Uprisings: American Psycho

By : Billy Manes
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It might be a nicer world if we could simply direct our horror in the direction of a singular orange blob of money who barks at babies and has people punched in the gut and carried out of his rallies. Also, words like “nigger,” “faggot,” and their likes – presented here because they were reported in video form by the New York Times from a Trump rally, not because they make for comfortable parlance for anybody with a sane mind – have no business dragging their lexicon carcasses back into the mob rule of a Republican party run afoul.

It would certainly be a nicer election in 2016 if the standard bearers were actually on an even playing field. Sure, down-ticket on Aug. 30, we’ll have our a la carte picks at whom we think best represents our interests in our own local districts and municipal governments. And we should. But when people from the Republican Party are veritably leaping from its caustic platform (“corrective therapy,” anyone?), we have problems enough without having to worry about that ingrown hair that keeps coming back.

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Sen. Marco Rubio talks business, avoids gays

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At noon on July 19, failed presidential candidate (who was also missing from the RNC for reasons of campaigning, he said), opened up the doors of a furniture business affected by the closing of South Orange Avenue for the three week media circus last month.

The set-up was that Rubio, a concerned Floridian who brushes his teeth with Small Business™ toothpaste, was to speak with the business owners about how he would handle the obvious ledger-lack impugning some operations from one of the Orlando’s growing business centers. His answers on that subject were few, except to state that he was doing his best to mitigate the bureaucracy that will eventually lead to nearly $20 million in funds being distributed by the One Orlando foundation and its ancillary causes. In short, he had no answers.

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Kasich on gay rights: People should take a “chill pill”

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San Francisco (AP) – Asked about gay rights and marriage equality, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says more people should take a “chill pill” and try to get along with one another rather than turn to unwieldy legislation.

The Ohio governor appeared at a town hall hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California April 29, where he answered questions on issues that included terrorism and health care as well as discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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Bill allowing counselors to reject patients based on “personal beliefs” passes state House

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Nashville, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would allow counselors to turn away patients based on sincerely held personal beliefs has passed in the House in Tennessee and is close to getting to the governor. The Senate, which already passed the measure, still has to approve an amendment adopted by the House.

The bill passed 68 to 22 following a rancorous debate on the House floor.

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LGBT discrimination in North Carolina: Backlash round-up

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Across the U.S., big business is pulling out of North Carolina and state governors are banning travel to the state. This following the passage of a state law that prevents municipalities from passing measures that project LGBTs.

A round-up of the latest wave of backlash after the jump. Here’s yesterday’s round-up. 

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Indiana chamber backs statewide gay rights protections

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Less than a year after big business helped pressure Indiana Republicans to scale back their contentious new religious objections law, the state’s powerful business lobby has decided that step wasn’t enough.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the voice of the state’s business establishment, called Nov. 5 for Republican Gov. Mike Pence and the GOP-controlled Legislature to extend the state’s civil rights protections to bar discrimination against people based on their LGBT status.

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Indiana restaurant to gays: No pizza for you!

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South Bend, Ind. – Less than a week after Indiana Governor Mike Pence told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week that the new “religious freedom” law had nothing to do with discriminating against gays and lesbians, an Indiana pizza restaurant owner has decided to use the law to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” said Crystal O’Conner to WBND News 57 in South Bend, Indiana.

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ENDA moves forward in Senate

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is moving forward on the first major bill barring workplace discrimination against gays in nearly two decades as Americans’ shifting views about homosexuality have significantly changed the political dynamic.

Seven Republicans and 54 Democrats stood together Monday and cleared the bill past its first hurdle on a 61-30 procedural vote, setting the stage for debate on Tuesday and possible passage by week’s end. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

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