We are past the point in this country now where one’s views on homosexuality can be called a “matter of conscience.” No. Being against equality here isn’t a matter of conscience anymore than having been against racial equality in 1955 was. It is just bigotry plain and simple. Enough. Piss off. Go form your own Boy Scouts. Go form your own stupid country. You aren’t America anymore.
Asked if she’s nervous, Douglas said, “Not really. I’m just going to go out there, be myself and have fun.”
Douglas — who says she’s an Obama fan — was on a panel promoting the Kids’ Health Goes Gold initiative in Charlotte this afternoon, along with her Olympic teammates Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber.
Time to put together a summer shindig — Bill Murray’s been tooling around the U.S. crashing every party he can find.
Known to pop up in the unlikeliest karaoke bars and house parties in New York City, he “is looking to take a vacation around the United States,” his rep announced last month. “He’s hoping that if he shows up to your party with a bottle of wine or vegetable tray, you will be able to make the proper accommodations for him. This includes allowing him to sleep on your couch or in a spare bedroom.”
Bill Murray can sleep on our couch anytime.
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Frontpage: Friday, April 20th
- Suu Kyi to Boycott Parliament: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her fellow Burmese opposition lawmakers will boycott Monday’s historic Parliament opening, her party, the National League for Democracy, announced Friday.
- White House Supports Secret Service Head: White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday the Obama administration has confidence in Mark Sullivan, the director of the Secret Service, even though 11 agents are under investigation for consorting with prostitutes while on official business in Colombia last week. Carney added that the president’s security was never in jeopardy in Cartagena.
- Breivik: I Learned From al Qaeda: Confessed Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik said he read case studies of al Qaeda attacks before he went on a shooting rampage that killed 77 last July, he told the court Friday during day five of his sensational public trial in Oslo.
- U.N. Observers Monitor Syria: Seven United Nations observers have been deployed in Syria to ensure compliance with a brokered ceasefire that the government has largely failed to uphold, a spokesman for U.N. envoy Kofi Annan said Friday. The rest of an advanced team of about 30 unarmed monitors is expected in the coming days.
- Poll: National Mood Improving: It’s getting better all the time. According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday, 43 percent of Americans say things are going well in the country, 3 points higher from February but up a huge 19 points from August. But 57 percent say things are still going badly.
Photo: Happy 4/20! (Sara De Boer / Retna) See more celebrity stoners.
Frontpage: Tuesday, April 10th
- Syria: We Are Removing Troops: The Syrian government said on Tuesday that it has begun to remove troops as the United Nations’ deadline for a ceasefire draws closer—but activists said 12 people had been killed by government forces early Tuesday.
- Tulsa Suspects Confess: Police say the two men arrested in connection with the shooting spree in Tulsa, Okla., have confessed. Alvin Watts, 32, confessed to shooting two people, and Jake England, 19, confessed to shooting three. Three of the victims died and two were seriously injured. All were black, and authorities are still investigating whether the crime was racially motivated.
- Radical Cleric Can Be Extradited to U.S.: The radical cleric Abu Hamza may soon be on his way to the United States, along with four other men, now that the European court of human rights has ruled their rights won’t be violated by extradition. In 2006 Hamza was sentenced to seven years in prison for inciting hatred at his north London mosque, and he’s also accused of attempting to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999.
- At Least 15 Killed in Afghan Blasts: At least 15 people were killed by early-morning suicide bombings in Afghanistan, officials say. Eight civilians and three policemen were killed by a blast at a local government office in Herat, while another four policemen were killed by three suicide bombers at a police compound in southern Helmand province.
- MD Teacher Trio Claims Winning Ticket: Three teachers from Maryland came forward to claim their share of the record-shattering Mega Millions jackpot, the state announced Tuesday. The teachers pooled $20 each to buy 60 tickets at various Maryland locations, and will each have $35 million wired to their bank accounts within the next 10 days.
Photo: In 1941, the great American photographer Edward Weston accepted a commission to illustrate Leaves of Grass, by the great American poet Walt Whitman. A show opening April 21 at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts presents images from the project, all shot on a cross-country trip. See more.
(Edward Weston, Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Obama’s central point should have been that since America’s founding, government has built much of the public infrastructure that makes American capitalism possible. And since the progressive era, it has been government’s efforts to humanize and stabilize capitalism that has ameliorated the savage cycles of boom and bust that have fueled chaos and revolution overseas. It is today’s Republicans, Obama should have said, who have forgotten this core truth about America.
Peter Beinart says President Obama came up short in last night’s State of the Union.
We’ve also got best moments of the speech and a round-up of our contributors’ takes on the address.
A lot of fearmongering in the media has Americans concerned that all our goods are imported from China. But is that really true? GOOD’s new business editor, Tim Fernholz, calls bullshit:
While Chinese goods seem ubiquitous, especially given America’s economic woes, the reality is that imports from the country are a relatively small part of the economy: A total of 88.5 percent of consumer spending in the United States is on items made here, with only 2.7 percent spent on “Made in China” goods, according to new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco: