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Wow... Elizabeth Hasselbeck just won an ounce of respect from me (which, to date, means she has exactly one ounce of respect from me) when she called out Joe The Plumber for his anti-gay remarks!  

National:  Lt. Dan Choi, leader of Knights Out West Point grads has been discharged under Don't Ask Don't Tell.  We're not surprised, however, we're still saddened that the military made this move.  He told.  Its true... But he told because he knows he's a fantastic soldier and servant to our nation, and knows that his orientation is NOT an issue!  Why can't the Pentagon see?  Meanwhile, the Victory Fund's Chuck Wolfe isn't the only one discussing the merits of an openly gay SCOTUS Justice to replace Souter.  Even Alabama Republican Jeff Session thinks its alright!  Here are both views.  

White House Watch:  Even the New York Times is noticing that there is a decidedly eerie silence coming from the White House over LGBT issues.  Is our president too scared to stand up for Equality right now?  Honestly, why not do it in your first year?  If you really do support Equality (which in my heart of hearts I truly believe the president does) then get these goals met in your first year, meet with the criticism, move the dialog past it, and move on.  Pushing for a repeal of DOMA and DADT is NOT going to harm his chances for a second term.  He has said time and again he believes in this--then please act on it.  The administration's silence on the Marriage Domino Fall is even wierder.  OK, the president doesn't exactly want to say he's HAPPY about Marriage Equality.  So just make a strong statement that you believe that these are great wins for state's rights and the democratic process!  Say SOMETHING!  It looks SO WEIRD that history is happening and that this avalanche gets rolling faster and faster every day, and you say nothing.  HOWEVER, he HAS FINALLY BROKE THE SILENCE ON DON'T ASK DON'T TELL!!!  That's why Judy Shepard thinks he's 'teachable!'  

Off the Blotter:  Mike Rogers from the movie OUTrage gets ripped up for bullying on a local news show.  Here's the trailer.  Apparently straight black men will turn gay if gays can get married.  Lady Gaga disagrees:  she says she owes everything to gays!  Remember when Madonna used to remember that?  Celebrity ally Ben Lee gives gays another musical gift:  "Boy With a Barbie," and now he's got it amped up in dance!  Carrie Prejean might have reasons for having such hard feelings toward gays--her parents accused one another of being gay during their acrimonious divorce.  A sneering, disturbing, contemptuous and hypocritical reaction to the National Day of Prayer:  why James Dobson and Rush Limbaugh are despicable people.  


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Chris Geidner: In Iowa, judges are ousted.

Via Chris Geidner's Poliglot blog at Metro Weekly:


In Iowa, which declared Iowa's marriage ban unconstitutional under the state's constitution in 2009, the National Organization for Marriage got one of its first electoral victories this year. The judicial retention elections appear to have resulted in the replacement of all three justices up for a vote this year.

Here, as of 3:35 a.m. and with 1767 out of 1774 precincts reporting, are the Iowa Secretary of State's election results:

Supreme Court Justice David L. Baker
Yes 443437 45.75%
No 525865 54.25%

Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit
Yes 442459 45.6%
No 527921 54.4%

Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus
Yes 437118 44.99%
No 534486 55.01%

The court was unanimous in its 2009 ruling that Iowa's constitution required marriage equality."

Can we trust Rasmussen anymore?


Happy Hour Roundup will be coming late today. Fortunately, there is lots of news to report on! Unfortunately, there will be no time for me to collect it and send it. Expect it between 5pm and 6pm!