Made of WIN- Guest Post From Syreene in Cincinnati

Sep 17, 2009 by

Okay folks, during these dark times since the levee failure it has been hard to accentuate the positive here on HumidCity. There have been many more unpleasant things to write about it seems than good ones.

Now that I am running the site from our new home in Cincinnati my own posts have had to be broader while I leave the on the ground reporting to Lord David, Louis Maistros, Mark Folse, and the wonderful people at NOLARising (among others). Today I’d like to bring a small taste of Cincy to you and touch on some national issues. You see, despite the oft quoted Lafcadio Hearn, we’ve discovered a community of like minded friends and are living in a neighborhood that resembles the Marigny.

So here is some good news from a dear new friend up here, Syreene:

I’d like to raise to your attention some people who are courageously doing the right thing in a world that seems to get dumber every day.

First off, there’s Congressman Jerold Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, who has introduced a bill (The “Respect for Marriage Act”) that would repeal the horrid Defense of Marriage Act. With him are Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), along with Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) who, with a total of 91 original co-sponsors to date, introduced the Respect for Marriage Act in the House of Representatives.

I applaud you all for finally having the courage to try and overturn such a horrible and misplaced law as DOMA. I hope to all that is love that you succeed.

Most of us are used to saying how we like Stephen Colbert... but he really shined last night as the only media figure in America to talk about how corporations are set to truly take over our country if they win their Citizens United Supreme Court case. If they succeed, it could allow them to deregulate the entire campaign finance process, allowing corporations to give unlimited money to any candidate of their choosing. Or as Colbert put it:

“Now when I ran for President in 2008 as the Hail to the Cheese Doritos Stephen Colbert campaign for President, I was told that I actually couldn’t do that, that I was breaking federal election law by being sponsored by that corporation. But if this goes through… if this court case, if they win, does that mean that I retroactively won the election?”

You probably don’t know who U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land is… but today he deserves a round of applause for throwing out Connie Rhodes “Birther” challenge and telling the loony Orly Taitz (leader of “Birther” movement) that if she ever stepped foot in his court room again with such bullshit that she would face legal sanctions.

You’ve probably never heard of Tresa Kaelke either, but today this ACORN volunteer deserves praise for totally punking FOX and making them look like idiots who couldn’t investigate themselves out of a paper bag on national television.

I’d also like to extend my thanks to J.J. Abrams for saving the Star Trek Universe, Megan Fox for lesbian kisses in film, and George Takei and his partner for being the first gay couple on the ‘Newlywed Game.’

Thank you, all of you… for you are all made of WIN. (claps)

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