Senate Expected to Pass Gay Workplace Rights Bill Opposed by House

November 7, 2013
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  • November 7, 2013 at 11:44 am
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  • November 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm
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    Jack,
    Are you really comparing gay people to rapists and child molesters?

    • November 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm
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      As of now, 4 people don’t think I’m allowed to ask Jack a question. But, whenever they want to speak out against political correctness, I’m sure they reference the First Amendment. Constitutional touting hypocracy.

    • November 8, 2013 at 9:13 am
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      • November 8, 2013 at 10:34 am
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        Only a SC redneck would compare gay people to rapists and child molesters. Don’t they educate you hicks down there?

        • November 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm
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          Let’s not label all of SC and rednecks as gay haters ok Libby?

          Jack, if you don’t believe gay people were born that way, find a #@%@ing better comparison.

          My god. I would not want you sitting at my table with my kids when they said they had a gay friend.

          • November 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm
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            I read these comments a lot in the IJ and agree and disagree with people from all sides…that comment from Jack is maybe one of the most appalling that I have ever seen on these threads. Thing is, you cannot tell people like that anything, they have it embedded in their brain that what they say is gospel. There may be a Freudian reference as to why Jack is that opposed to gays…

      • November 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm
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        Absolutely, free speech. And because of it, you sound more like a Jack Ass.

        • November 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm
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          • November 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm
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            Source required on your “AIDS was caused by man to man sex.” HIV came from a chimp according to, oh I don’t know, science. Did you know you can get it from just coming into contact with infected blood? Even heterosexual people can get it. Even sexually inactive people can get it. It sounds as though it is you who has bought a lie.

          • November 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm
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          • November 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm
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          • November 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm
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            Bob says:

            “a huge chunk of gays with infected blood donated blood and made a widespread infection. I would say the “war” against gays with aids is well deserved, considering they only did that to show that heterosexual people could get it as well…”

            “It was a clear sign that HIV-positive donors were, knowingly or not, infecting the national blood supply”
            (It was knowingly)”

            I am having a very hard time believing that there was a Big Gay Conspiracy to taint the blood supply to ‘show that heterosexual people get it as well.’ Please provide a source for these statements. Otherwise, I’m going to assume that you are making them up to get a rise out of people.

          • November 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm
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            Jack,

            The reason we don’t hear as much about it now as before is that we have an understanding of it. We know what it is, how it’s transmitted and how to prevent it. It’s not the mystery it once was. And with the new medications available, it seems (whether correctly or not) somewhat beatable. At least in the states.

            World-wide, it’s a different story. In 2012, 2.3 million people were newly infected with HIV, and 1.6 million people died from AIDS. Over 200,000 of those people were/are under the age of 15.

            And while you are correct that in the US, MSM is the group that is the most affected by HIV/AIDS; globally, there are more women than men infected. And the vast majority of them contracted it through heterosexual sex. Among young people aged 15-24, the HIV prevalence rate for young women is twice that of young men. It’s not just a ‘gay’ disease.

            http://www.amfar.org/

          • November 12, 2013 at 10:43 am
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          • November 12, 2013 at 11:18 am
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            Jack,

            BS said, “most affected”, not the only ones affected.
            As a group they are most affected because they are the most infected and/or their friends and partners are more likely to be infected. Therefore, they are the most affected.

            Go learn some reading comprehension.

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm
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          • November 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm
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            Bob – I am sorry you had those experiences with Democrats in your youth. When I was still in school, I didn’t even know the difference between the parties. But being a Democrat does not make you an unfeeling person not willing to help another friend. Your whole perspective has been skewed by traumatic events in your past that make it impossible for you to be unbiased. No, Republican does not equal gay-hater or uncaring for sick & poor people, just as Democrat does not equal what you think it equals either.

            People are people regardless of their party affiliation. There are good ones and bad ones. I’m sorry the only Democrats you have met have been the latter. But your experience is only a microcosm of the world. It might be beneficial if you sought some counsel for your anger issues with Democrats and others that don’t fall in line with your beliefs.

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm
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            bob, do you have any links to articles about gays deliberately tainting blood supply?

        • November 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm
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          Bob says: “I won’t be labeled as a tin foil hat person, while you agree with Libby and her comments about the war with Iraq, and Koch Brothers insanity.”

          Nowhere on this site, have I ever agreed with Libby on Iraq on the Koch Brothers. I don’t agree with everything she says, and I only chime in once in a while. And not on those issues. But because I disagree with you I’m automatically labeled a 20-something dude who hates Republicans and has it out for all of them. Because I asked you to provide sources for your Big Gay Conspiracy theory, I’m proving my mentality of ‘us vs them’ and ‘destruction and hate.’

          And then you post a wall of long-winded, rambling text. You STILL don’t provide a source verifying your theory, but once again claim, ‘they don’t care about the risk, they want people to get aids so that they can prove they are equal.”

          Sweetheart, you’re making that tin foil hat person argument far better than I ever could.

    • November 12, 2013 at 10:39 am
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      You guys see where PEDOPHILIA was classified as “sexual orientation” by the American Psychiatric Assoc a few weeks ago? And then only when they caught heat for it was the classification changed. ?????

      • November 12, 2013 at 11:23 am
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        Jack,

        It was merely a text error. Must be nice to be perfect all of the time. Good for the AFA to catch the error and have it corrected.

        • November 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm
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          If you like that text you can keep it. LOL

  • November 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm
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    It’s amazing that the Right wants to “return” to the Constitution yet stomps all over it when applying equal rights to ALL Americans.

    The Constution just doesn’t protect white men, you know…

  • November 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm
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    What does sexual proclivity have to do with hiring/ firing practices? Gay people have the same rights as other employees.

    • November 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm
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      *Should*

      Should have the same rights as other (read “straight”) people.

      However, the reality is that they do face discrimination.

      • November 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm
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        But everyone faces discrimination in reality.

        • November 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm
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          Does that make it right? Should they? Do you discriminate against others?

          • November 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm
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          • November 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm
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            No, Bob. That’s not what they do.

            If that were the case, my department of over 100 people would not be 85% white.

            My best friend spent 3 years working for the EEOC. You know what? All that “you must have equal minority hiring” crap is just a myth.

            In fact, the EEOC much more often than not finds in favor of the hiring company.

          • November 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm
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          • November 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm
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            I do deny it. I’ve been in this business for 33 years and do not know of one company that does this. Yes, you have to be careful with your Employment Practices, but there is no quota to fill. Period.

        • November 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm
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          I agree should we change the law to protect the overweight and homely?

  • November 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm
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    • November 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm
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      So what!?!?!?

      What are you saying? That white males should take priority over everyone else?

      I’m a white male and I’m all for employers hiring the best candidate for the job. Personal bias (whether racial, sexual, religious, length of your hair, etc etc etc) should never play a part in hiring.

      • November 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm
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        • November 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm
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          Yeah, I’ve taken a couple in my 35+ years in the industry – both on the company side and the DOI side. Believe it or not, at the DOI we were always told to offer open positions THE BEST CANDIDATE! If, and only if, 2 candiddates were equal, then we looked at minority as a factor. AND there were no quotas – even at the state.

          • November 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm
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          • November 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm
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            Jeez, Bob: you hurt my feelings.

            It’s hard to get past being called “moron,” “condescending jerk,” and “not a very good person” to respond to your otherwise superb insight.

            I think what you are really saying is that at the class you took, the teacher told you that you’d better document a “reason” that the white guy is a better candidate so you can hire him…wink, wink. Just a guess…because, as you know, I didn’t take the class.

          • November 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm
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            You probably taught the class.

          • November 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm
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            Oh. And I meant that as a compliment. :-)

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm
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          • November 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm
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            Bob – those can be the worst things to be told. Especially by a complete stranger. You go around slinging out insults like a pez dispenser and then rail against others (Democrats) that you say do the same thing. You did call him a name and you did insult him. At least own it instead of trying to minimize it.

            You ridicule and then complain against being ridiculed yourself (see your post above.) That is the epitomy of hypocrisy.

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm
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            bob, just an anecdotal aside here. When the home health agency I worked for had to lay off people, it strictly based on longevity. Not what college you attended, not how much experience you have overall, just how long you worked for that agency. (I was subbing for the HR person, so I had to prepare the data for the executive director)

        • November 12, 2013 at 10:21 am
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          Considering a white girl sued the University of Texas over admissions practices, I think it is safe to say there is no guarantee against discrimination suits.

          I’ve been in charge of hiring (thankfully for only a couple of years) and I can say no one ever suggested I hire the minority or the white kid. It was a very subjective process because I was hiring for an entry level position that had no requirements. The point was always the best fit. Where I am now, I don’t have to worry about it, but I will say our boss (who happens to be a white male) does his best to hire the most qualified person. That’s all anyone can do. If the best candidate is gay, then they shouldn’t be skipped over because they’re gay. That’s what ENDA is about.

    • November 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm
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      What a stupid and ignorant comment. It’s people like you who perpetuate stupidity and prejudice……and in my opinion don’t even deserve to be a part of these United States.

  • November 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm
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    Yes, the poor downtrodden white male may be endangered of not earning more than everyone. Oh, the horrors.

    • November 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm
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      LOL!!!

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      • November 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm
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        So, your blanket statement is that the black is not as good a candidates for the job as a white? Right?

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          • November 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm
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            Corporations don’t keep track of minority quotas. That’s a ridiculous allegation. And even if they did, they would have to do it based on the demographics for their area – not equal parts black, white, Asian, etc.

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          • November 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm
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            No, they don’t. They may document their files when interviewing minorities that are not subsequently hired, but they don’t have a quota or count.

          • November 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm
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          • November 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm
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            Bob – It’s not a knee jerk reaction. I have taken many, many classes on this very subject and have insured thousands of clients in my 33 years.

            Anyone can be sued for anything. That is why we sell Employment Practices liability insurance. Yes, you have to be careful when documenting hiring, firing, and disciplinary actions – but I repeat, THERE ARE NO QUOTAS.

          • November 12, 2013 at 10:33 am
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            All the company has to do is have a legitimate process and document that process through any hiring or promotions.

            During my weird career path, I have not seen any companies that worry about hiring a set number of any race. I may not have taken any classes on selling EPL, but I have taken classes at grad school and CPE groups.

            I have not heard of preferential hiring. Every class or conference I’ve attended has stressed the process. If the process is created to hire the best candidate and you follow that process from start to finish, you’re protected. You only have problems if you deviate from the process to EXCLUDE someone you don’t like (for whatever reason).

            ENDA may not seem necessary to you, but no one should be excluded from a position based on a trait or characteristic that has nothing to do with the job.

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:15 pm
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          • November 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm
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            Yeah, and I said bin Laden was found in Afghanistan ONCE, yet you still keep bringing it up. Why don’t you start acting like you want everyone else to act?

            And don’t try backpedaling now. You were not specifically talking just about lay-offs.

            “The downtrodden white male receives less support, and is often not hired as a result of firms trying to have equal amounts of all colors in the firm. When there are less blacks than whites, and there are equal amounts at a large corporation, this means more whites are turned away as a proportion. This same occurrence happens at schools, with scholarships, etc.”

            “And the corporation is simply hiring just as many whites and blacks in the corporation to avoid getting sued. Then they are specifically turning down enormous amounts of white people simply because they are white which is not fair.”

            We live in a litigous society. As long as you are documenting your hiring, firing, and performance improvement processes you can protect yourself WHEN sued. Nothing will keep you from being sued if someone feels they’ve been discriminated against. Again, that’s why we sell EPLI. For the defense coverage.

            Again, no numbers, head-counting, or quotas.

  • November 7, 2013 at 3:29 pm
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    Yes, everyone should be equal, but with so very much messed up in this country, is this really what the senate needs to be working on? I can think of so many higher priority items.

    • November 7, 2013 at 3:49 pm
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      If you were gay it would be important to you.

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        • November 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm
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          I was a registered Republican for over 10 years. Again, another instance where you don’t know what you’re talking about.

          And since when are Republicans discriminated against. Look at all of them on this blog. If anyone’s beind discriminated against on here it’s liberals. You’re ridiculous!

          • November 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm
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          • November 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm
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            Wow, Bob. Rant much?

            Discrimination? Pish posh. When the Republican House opposes any and all bills regarding gay rights, their position on gays is clear. To call them out on it is only pointing out their position. It’s not discrimination.

            The same with Healthcare. Republicans had many, many chances to put forth healthcare reform when they had a majority. They did nothing. To say they do not want equal healthcare for all is not discrimination. It’s fact.

            And yes, dear Bob, I was a Republican raised in a military household with both parents registered Republicans. My mother is now a registered Democrat along with me and my sister. Societal pressure has nothing to do with it. Republicans are more considered the norm than us far-out hippy, dippy liberals. That’s how we are portrayed. Either that or we’re no good, lazy, deadbeats with our hand out for everyone else’s money.

            Grow up. You’re no more discriminated against because of your political party than I am.

            And the SC redneck comment was specifically targeted at Jack-Ass and not all people from SC. Learn to read.

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm
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          • November 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm
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            Bob says –

            “So then, you stopped being republican, because you were tired of being labeled. I do oh so love being right about that. I’ve said it before, and you confirmed it below.” – Wrong. Again. I was never labeled for being a republican. Unlike you, I don’t feel a need to go around shouting my political views to anyone in earshot. I think my statement was that republicans are considered more the norm. Not Democrats, as you have confirmed with your diatribe about how lazy we are and how we do not care for our friends in need and etc. ad nauseum.

            “Did too many repubwicans call you a big bad lazy person? Awww poor baby. Is that harder than being called a racist, homophobe? No. Is that harder than being told you want people to die? No. You took the easier route.” Again, no. I’ve never been a big, bad lazy person since I left home and started working for a living at age 17. And I don’t label all Republicans homophobe and racist. Only those that make it perfectly clear they are on this blog. That is not discriminating. It is identifying their mind-set and calling them on it. Much as you feel you are entitled to by calling people Moron, Child, Idiot, etc. ad nauseum.

            And finally “The SC comment was directed at your opinion that SC people are hicks. It was not just the jack ass.” – If you will notice, the comment was pasted right under his hideous post comparing rapists and pedophiles to homosexuals. Jackass IS from SC, he acts like a hick, and I had a legitimate question about his education since I spent many formative years in NC which is not much better. Fortunately for me I made it out of NC or might be just as ignorant as he.

        • November 12, 2013 at 10:42 am
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          I, too, used to be republican. Both my parents were republicans, even when we lived in democrate states. My parents (retired Marine dad, btw) have been democrats for the last decade or so.

          I haven’t seen any republicans discriminated against. What is your definition of discrimination? (calling someone names is not discrimination in my mind. just low class)

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            *democrat* states

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          • November 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm
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            Bob – I went dumb when I read your post. You’re the ONLY ONE that understands how women feel? What an assinine thing to say.

            And again, you take one instance that happened in your life how many years ago and become fanatical about it. Guess what, Bob. NOT EVERYONE IS YOU. I know plenty of women that have had abortions and know they made the right choice and have NEVER regretted it.

            Bottom line, you don’t want babies don’t have unprotected sex. If you do have unprotected sex, you as a man, are in for a situation over which you have no control. Deal with it.

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm
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            bob, I don’t really think misrepresenting the source of a solution is discrimination. That may be annoying or borderline idea theft, but it is not discrimination.

            Ignoring ideas COULD be discrimination, but I’m not convinced.

            Another weird fact about my unusual life, I grew up where white people were scarce. Very scarce. I suffered from harrassment (until I stood up for myself-marine brat, remember?). I was NOT discriminated against, however. I know the difference.

            However, calling someone names is low class, and can rise to the level of harrassment or even escalate to violence. That is still not discrimination. I don’t approve of harrassment any more than discrimination. I just don’t want the issue of ‘discrimination’ to get lost in the conversation (well, what passes for conversation on IJ).

            Let’s table the abortion talk in this particular thread. I understand what you said. I actually do have further comments and questions, but not here. Not in the thread about ENDA.

    • November 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm
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      Yeah, we need to shut the government down again.

      • November 7, 2013 at 5:09 pm
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        Or have a vote on the PPACA Law for the 40-somethingth time.

        • November 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm
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          • November 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm
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            Wah!!! Cry baby. If Republicans want a bigger say in government they need to put up some candidates worth voting for. It’s not our fault your guys can’t get elected.

          • November 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm
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          • November 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm
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            Well, I suggest your party do the same. That is if you want to have a say in government. It ain’t happenin’ any other way.

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm
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          • November 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm
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            Bob – PLEASE take a reading comprehension class. I am getting so tired of having you unravel your twisted reasoning behind my every post.

            You said ” Your party changed image, not tactics.” It was the last sentence to your post. I then replied, “I suggest your party do the same.”

            Get it?

  • November 8, 2013 at 9:52 am
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    Why is it hate speech or a hate crime when it’s done to blacks,homosexuals,muslims,etc but not others? Serious question!

    • November 8, 2013 at 10:36 am
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      You should know the answer because you’re full of hate.

      • November 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm
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        I love you Libby.

        • November 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm
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          Please don’t.

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm
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            Hahahaha, ok now I like Jack.

            This reminds me of when Planet said you and I appeared to be in a relationship due to how we fought.

            Hilarious.

          • November 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm
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          • November 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm
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            Yeah, Jack, you caught on to me. All that talk about homos and honkies is really turning me on.

    • November 8, 2013 at 5:18 pm
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      Serious answer – I define hate speech as, “bigoted speech attacking or disparaging a social or ethnic group or any member of such a group.” So, if it’s done to caucasions (which I am guessing you might be suggesting), I’d call it hate speech. Happy to help!

      • November 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm
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        I bet you were calling for the resignation of Bill Maher this morning……crickets. Did you see the hate directed at Conan O’Brien this weekend after a little tweet about Muslims and crickets on the left about Bill Maher? Hypocrits as usual.

        • November 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm
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          I did not see it but did just go to The Blaze to take a loot at it. I couldn’t find it, only Conan’s tasteless tweet. And, the hilariously racist and prejudiced commentary from the bloggers below the tweet, too. Bill’s employment status is between he and his employer. Let me know when Bill commits a crime and we can have the conversation.

          • November 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm
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            Cap- there’s your problem. It took me one google search to find Bill’s rant. You do that much research on all of your opinions?

            You made my point for me about “hate speech”. You get it yet???

            You see the left calls it hate speech or a hate crime when it’s against their opinions only. We call it free speech regardless. I don’t care if Bill keeps his job or not. Paula Dean gets fired for say N 10 years ago.

            Do you see the double standard? Of course you don’t.

          • November 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm
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            It is hate speech, Jack. Hate is hate, whether it’s towards blacks, gays, or white people. You seem to have alot stored up for anyone that is not just like you.

          • November 12, 2013 at 8:20 am
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            Libby, then why is it that people on the right pay a higher price for it? Why is it that black on white murder is not reported in the same way?

            I agree hate is hate when it comes to murder,violent crimes. But speech is opinion and free speech is guaranteed regardless of your opinion.

          • November 12, 2013 at 9:01 am
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            Bill didn’t get fired because that is between he and his employer. Paula Dean got fired because that is between her and her employer. Has nothing to do with a political affiliation. Again, did Bill commit a hate crime? If yes, then I say he should be prosecuted. No double standard there. Perhaps you should famaliarize yourself with the definition.

            Is Bill’s rant from last year? I found something from last year, but nothing current.

          • November 12, 2013 at 9:16 am
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            “Libby, then why is it that people on the right pay a higher price for it?”

            People on the right pay a higher price for hate speech? While I question your source for such an outrageous statement, if that’s true it does not speak well for these people on the right to which you refer.

            And what do you mean by “Why is it that black on white murder is not reported in the same way? ” How should each be reported?

    • November 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm
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      If you dont already know the answer to your “serious question” than I just lost a lot of faith in peoples IQ’s and our education system.

      • November 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm
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  • November 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm
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    Wow, they say this will help millions. I didn’t know millions of gay people are being fired or not promoted because of their sexual preference. I work with a few gay people and some are above me in the company, and I mean way above me, and some are below. None have ever been fired in the long time I’ve worked here. Obviously some have been promoted way up and it’s not a secret of their orientation. A few have left on their own for bigger and better jobs. So this will affect millions, I question that. Just another law people can use to sue over, that’s all it is. This bill was probably started by a law firm because they wanted some more teeth into their lawsuits vs the average discrimination that anyone can face.

    • November 11, 2013 at 9:39 am
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      You question it based off of anecdotal evidence? I hope all of your opinions aren’t formed on that basis. The fact is that no one should be fired or not hired because of their sexual orientation and in some states it is still legal for that to happen. It doesn’t matter if it affects millions of people or one-it shouldn’t happen at all.

      • November 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm
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        AE,
        I’d like to see your evidence that it will affect millions of people. Show me because I haven’t seen the numbers. So we need to pass another law when we already have discrimination laws in place. So tomorrow should we pass a no Asian discrimination law, the day after a Caucasian law, then the day after that a Hispanic law? That’s like the government adding a law that says, no going over the speed limit law. We already have a speed limit law, but I guess that would be a way for you to get two tickets (one for speeding and another for going over the speed limit). Like I said, this was probably started by lawyers so they can reference two laws when someone is fired, vs the one we all use.

        • November 11, 2013 at 5:20 pm
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          The current discrimination laws already “protects applicants and employees from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), or national origin. Religious discrimination includes failing to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious practices where the accommodation does not impose undue hardship.” (http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) That should cover your concern about Asians, Caucasians and Hispanics.

          This law just adds another category of people who can’t be discriminated against just because others might disagree with their sexuality.

          And a quick googling came up with this to support the ‘millions’ of people that ENDA will help:

          “Because many people are not “out,” this provides additional counting difficulty. One survey of LGB employees found that 23.8% of lesbian and gay people were not out to anyone at work, and 48.8% of bisexual people were not out to anyone at work

          One 2011 study found an estimated 9 million, or approximately 4% of the U.S. population is lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and .3% is transgender.

          Based on approximately 150 surveys, the founder of Witeck-Combs Communications estimates that 6.7% of Americans are LGBT.”
          (http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-workplace-issues)

          Like many people of different races, colors and religions, many LGBT Americans will need to invoke this protection. Many work for companies that don’t have issues with their sexuality/gender. But, ENDA will help make sure that those who don’t work for such companies won’t be harassed or discriminated against due to their sexuality.

  • November 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm
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    • November 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm
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      Pig.

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        • November 12, 2013 at 9:21 am
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          You’re clueless (a nice word for ignorant.) Transgender means they are no longer of the opposite sex. That’s the “trans” part in case you were wondering.

          And once again, you are comparing gay people to pedophiles. Clueless, just clueless.

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm
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            Libby fail- it can also be their state of mind until the sex change

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm
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            Newflash homophobe, transgenders in transition think and act like their opposite sex. They have ALWAYS thought and acted like their opposite sex. The surgical part is only cosmetic. Really, you are pathetic with your backwoods mentality. Read a book.

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm
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            So if you go into a restroom Libby and the woman next to you has facial hair..you know kinda 5 oclock shadow type stuff..how do you know its a transgender?

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm
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            I think I’d tell him he’s in the wrong restroom. A transgender male to woman wouldn’t be caught dead in public with facial hair.

          • November 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm
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            So they shave in the car on long road trips? Get otta here. That’s very transgender of them. You crack me up, no pun intended. I love you Libby. Are you married?

        • November 12, 2013 at 9:23 am
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          BTW – do you know any gay or transgender people? Or do you just run them out of town on a rail?

          • November 12, 2013 at 1:50 pm
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          • November 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm
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            I don’t hate you, Jack. I feel sorry for you.

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm
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            Libby- I feel the hate from here so don’t try the feel sorry crap.

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm
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            I don’t hate you. I hate how you think. You have slurred almost every minority there is. Now either you’re a hopeless bigot or just a troll. Either way, you’re not worth my time.

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm
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            there,there libby. I think we have established everyone is a bigot in their own way. Admitting it is the 1st step. Once you admit it then you can use words like craka,honkie,bigot in your office without fear. Come on say it with me..HONKIE at the top of your lungs. Feels good!

        • November 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm
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          I’m not Libby so I am not answering for her. Though, I will say the scenario you drew out is exactly what happens in some foreign countries and it isn’t an issue (all sex bathrooms). Just people answering the call of nature. If it’s privacy you seek, close the door. If you are worried about the safety of a child, attend the bathroom with them.

          • November 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm
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            Cap- you ever had a homo hit on you while standing at a urinal? Do you have children or grandchildren?

            I guess me assuming you are a man with the name Captain Planet is sexist, but lets go there anyway.

          • November 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm
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            No, but I bet you have.

          • November 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm
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            You’re awfully hung-up on bathrooms and bodily functions.

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm
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            libby why don’t you let the person answer a question instead of injecting your feelings every chance you get.

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm
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            Must have been the guy on the other side of the stall when conservative Sen Craig was tap dancing looking to score in a air port bathroom

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm
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            So, a man found you attractive and hit on you. Were you forced to reciprocate? If not, then what’s the problem? Be happy someone thinks you’re attractive enough to try to get your attention. You don’t have to do anything about it. Just say “thanks, but not interested,’ and walk away. No harm, no foul.

            I don’t understand why this is an issue.

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm
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            BS- John 3:18 offends a lot of people. Why is that?

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm
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            How can there still be all these societal issues in the South with all this Bible Thumping? Is this the chemical reaction you get from drinking strychnine and getting bit by a rattlesnake?

          • November 12, 2013 at 2:59 pm
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            Jack,

            John 3:18 “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

            I’m sorry. I’m not sure I understand how this verse relates to this discussion? Am I looking at the right one?

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm
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            When you or someone else see’s the cross in a school or government building or any government property are you forced to reciprocate? Can’t you say “thanks,but not interested” and walk away. No harm,no foul?

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm
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            Jack – aren’t you the one crying about free speech? Yet you wish to censor me? I’ll post whatever I want, whenever I want cuz this here’s the daggum United States of America, goddammit.

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm
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            Now we are getting somewhere….go ahead let that hate out a little louder…yell HONKIE,CRAKA,BIGOT real loud.

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm
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            You are comparing apples to shoes. Crosses in schools or government buildings have absolutely nothing to do with a man hitting on another man, and how you deal with either.

            But since you mentioned it, personally, I don’t care about crosses in secular schools or government buildings. As long as they allow other religions expressions to be displayed as well, if requested, I’m fine with them.

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm
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            Jack – you need to read the part in the Constitution about separation of church and state.

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm
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            WTH are you talking about? Why would I yell those things out loud? Maybe you think I am a minority because of my ideals. You would be wrong. Blonde, blue eyed, caucasian American female born and bred.

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm
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            I could tell you are white, that was easy. On top of that only white people can yell honkie,craka,bigot and laugh about it…right. Anyone else says it and it’s HATE speech remember. So say it loud and proud honkie!

            Man I miss messing with you libs when I go home to my white priviledged neighborhood every night. Honkies!

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm
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            OK. So you are a troll.

          • November 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm
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            trolls have feelings too :)

          • November 12, 2013 at 5:27 pm
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            Jack,
            Never had a gay guy hit on me at the urinal. At a downtown bar in the beer garden, yes. With my wife sitting there, so he knew he had no shot. You know what, didn’t matter. I could care less. So, someone found me attractive – great! Unfortunately for him, I wasn’t interested because I am not gay. I do have some gay friends and a relative, though. You might find it crazy, but gay isn’t contagious. Oh, and the same sexual activity that happens in a gay bedroom happens in a straight one, too.

            I have 2 daughters.

            Jack, you aren’t really Bob Vander Plaats or Rick Santorum, are you?

    • November 12, 2013 at 11:40 am
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      Jack, yes, we know you mean. Even people who think they are normal have their kinky pervy sides.

      • November 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm
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        The difference Celtica is choosing not to act on them.Free will is a gift and a curse depending on how we use it. I know we all have those weak moments and periods of time in our life when we act out. Been there,done that. But society has lost it’s way and there will be a heavy price to pay. Our children and grandchildren will pay with loss of freedom,liberty,wealth.

        • November 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm
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          No, Jack, that is not the difference. The difference is that you even think of it. Normal people do not. Only those who think they are normal (but who aren’t really normal) think of it.

          • November 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm
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            Are you on meds?

      • November 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm
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        Celtica- i forgot to ask you, what are you wearing? LOL

        • November 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm
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          A slime proof raincoat…

          • November 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm
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            :-)

          • November 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm
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            too bad monica lewinsky didn’t have that on, there would not have been any DNA

          • November 12, 2013 at 5:17 pm
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            All play and no work makes Jack a pervy boy…

  • November 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm
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    jack and bob are definitely leading in the dislike category. I can understand why for jack since it appears he got his education out behind the barn. For bob, I’m perplexed since he has spent his life taking courses and his father worked on the machine that diagnosed aids.
    Gay people don’t try to spread HIV or attack you or your children in bathrooms.
    The term for those people is “psycopath” and they could be of any gender, race, sexual preference, religion or political affiliation.

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    Although I do not feel that employers should discriminate against anyone why is it that in our politically correct world that a employer should not be able to choose who they desire? I know that I for one would probably choose not to do business with a company that had employee’s who were openly gay or transgender. By the same token I would not want to do business with a company with heterosexual employees who were openly displaying their sexual life.

    We are all who we are but we do not need to flaunt it in the workplace.

  • November 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm
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    Why Not,
    I would venture to guess you don’t believe people need to hide their ethnicity, right? (I have the vision of that SNL skit when Eddie Murphy goes caucasion). Why do you ask gays or transgenders to hide who they are? And, if they did hide themselves and you did business with them, wouldn’t you still be doing business with a gay person or a transgender? Open or not, it doesn’t change the fact you did business with someone who I imagine you may feel is “icky”.

    Should I tell my friend Tony over here to quit being so openly black?



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