Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Daily Blend: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 – The Re-linkening

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Consider this a continuation of my previous “wrap-up” post as the dust continues to settle. There’s plenty of good and a smidgeon of bad, so hold onto your butts:

The good —

  • LGBT: Last night was a major win for equality with same-sex marriage passing by popular vote in three states (and a constitutional ban failing in a fourth), the election of the first-ever openly lesbian senator, and the fall of anti-gay candidates everywhere like flies.

  • Meanwhile, in the schadenfreude department, Sen. Scott “racist” Brown (R-MA) and Rep. Joe “deadbeat dad” Walsh (R-IL) are both kicked out.

  • Oh, and Troy, Michigan’s notoriously homophobic mayor, Janice Daniels, is also out on her bigoted ass.
    (via Joe. My. God.)

  • New Hampshire: I wonder how many men feel discomfited now that both state senators, both representatives, and the governor are all women?

  • Florida: The Sunshine State did particularly well, with voters turning down abortion restrictions, killing a ban on Obamacare’s health insurance mandate, and preventing taxpayer money from going to churches and religious schools. Upholding abortion rights, healthcare reform and secularism all in one – not to shabby for a state renowned for its zaniness.

  • More good Floridian news: Rep. Allen West (R) will soon be Rep. no longer, possibly as a result of all that crazy shit he’s always spewing.

  • Atheism: While the only openly atheist Congressperson, Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), lost his seat after decades of serving the progressive community, candidate Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), rumored to be both an atheist and bisexual, is winning, though her opponent isn’t conceding yet.

  • Drug Laws: Massachusetts approves medicinal marijuana, though a similar initiative fails in Arkansas.

  • So, all in all, I guess this means those polls weren’t skewed against Republicans after all.
    (via Joe. My. God.)

  • And finally, we can safely say that yes, FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver is (probably) a witch. (Or just very good with statistical analysis. Either way.)

  • The bad —

  • Right to Die: Massachusetts narrowly defeats assisted suicide. Because the hoi polloi gets to decide how terminally suffering people end their lives.
    (via The Atlantic)

  • Animal Cruelty: North Dakota rejects harsher penalties for those who “maliciously and intentionally burn, poison, crush, suffocate, impale, drown, blind, skin, beat to death, drag to death, exsanguinate, disembowel, or dismember any living dog, cat or horse”.
    (via The Atlantic)

  • Healthcare Reform: Alabama, Montana, Wyoming and Missouri all take symbolic (ie. mostly futile) stands against Obamacare’s individual mandate.

  • Secularism: Openly theocratic judge Roy Moore, famous for installing the Ten Commandments in his courthouse, is reinstated as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

  • Climate Change: Various anti-science denialists are retained in Congress.

  • And finally, worst of all: Measure B passes in California, revealing systemic prejudice against barebackers. (That’s my interpretation and I’m sticking by it.)

  • So … any bets on how long it’ll take before Republican rage returns to screw everything up again?

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