- Today's comic is September surprise by Matt Bors:
- Registering to vote just got easier. With this little widget, you can fill out a registration form, print it off and mail it in ... or, if you're lucky enough to be in a state where you can register online, it will take you directly to your Secretary of State's website. Do it now! And share it with family and friends. Remember, as Rep. John Lewis said, voting is "the most powerful, nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union."
- Jury nullification:
A jury unanimously acquitted Doug Darrell, a 59-year-old Rastafarian charged with marijuana cultivation, after his lawyer, Mark Sisti, argued that a conviction would be unjust in light of the fact that Darrell was growing cannabis for his own religious and medicinal use. More remarkably, Judge James O'Neill instructed the jury that "even if you find that the State has proven each and every element of the offense charged beyond a reasonable doubt, you may still find the defendant not guilty if you have a conscientious feeling that a not guilty verdict would be a fair result in this case."
- It snows dry ice on Mars.
- Bitter much?
Sen. Richard Lugar says he will not campaign for the man who vanquished him in May’s Republican primary.
- Washingtonians love marriage equality:
Referendum 74, approving same-sex marriage, is ahead 52-40 percent with 8 percent undecided. Its lead has edged up from 49-39 percent in July. The measure would ratify legislation, passed last February and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire, making Washington the seventh state to legalize marriage equality.
- I'm so old I can remember when wingers loved freedom of speech:
Fox News’s Todd Starnes is sick and tired of ‘South Park’ and Hollywood getting a free pass. The Fox News commentator participated in the Values Voter Summit panel on “Religious Hostility in America” over the weekend. [...]
We have the seen the administration come out and say, "we condemn anyone who denigrates religious faith." And they come out in regards to this anti-Muslim film.
Well, that's well and good, but my question is, when has the administration condemned the anti-Christian films that are coming out of Hollywood? Where are the federal investigations into shows like ‘South Park,’ which has denigrated all faiths?
Where is the outrage when people of the Christian faith are subjected to this humiliation that is coming out of Hollywood?
- Stop the presses. No, seriously, stop them right now:
A new book by my father and brother (Chuck Heath and Chuck Heath, Jr. [PALIN! AS IN SARAH'S FAMILY!] will be out on September 25. The book chronicles our family's experiences in Alaska and how the adventure of growing up in the Last Frontier helped shape us.
- Did you know that the Bible has a whole section on the morality of changing your name when you have a sex change? No, neither did I, but apparently, that's in the Oklahoma version of the Bible:
“A so-called sex-change surgery can make one appear to be the opposite sex, but in fact they are nothing more than an imitation of the opposite sex,” the judge wrote in a seven-page order last year.
“Here, petitioner has not even had the surgery by which his sex purports to be changed. Thus, based on the foregoing and the DNA evidence, a sex change cannot make a man a woman or a woman a man all of which, the Court finds is sufficient in and of itself to deny petitioner's request for a name change,” Graves wrote.
“To grant a name change in this case would be to assist that which is fraudulent,” Graves wrote. “It is notable that Genesis 1:27-28 states: ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth ...' The DNA code shows God meant for them to stay male and female.”
The judge also wrote about not wanting to be “complicit in legitimizing sex changes through changes of names.”
Scott Howell, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Democratic opponent this November, has distributed a fundraising letter deriding Hatch an “old guy” and warning that the senator could “die before his term is through."
"I’m going to be frank,” Howell writes, according to the letter posted by ABC 4 News in Salt Lake City. "Orrin Hatch is not a bad guy. But he is an old guy."
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