Following Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, disestablisment gains traction in Mississippi

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have a right to marry, some state officials are looking into opting out of issuing marriage licenses entirely. Republican Mississippi state Rep. Andy Gipson, the chairman of the state house judiciary committee, told the Clarion-Ledger that the state is looking into eliminating state marriage licenses. “One of the options that other states have looked at is removing the state marriage license requirement,” he said. “We will be researching what options there are. I personally can see pros and cons to that. I don’t know if it would be better to have no marriage certificate sponsored by the state or not. But it’s an option out there to be considered.”

Source: Mississippi Lawmaker Floats Getting Rid Of Marriage Licenses Altogether

GOP leaders vow to deny Obama third term over gay marriage

Republicans, furious over the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, have vowed to make gay marriage the centerpiece of their 2016 campaign efforts. Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, announced today, “we’re taking this issue to the people and will use it to make certain that Barack Obama does not get a third term.”

Source: Governors vow to fight SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage – NY Daily News

Biteme to GOP: Fuck you

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed President Obama another major victory regarding his signature health care law.

Republicans made sure to disembowel the Affordable Care Act before they passed it, then they tried to defund it, weaken it and repeal it. They tried mocking it by calling it Obamacare. They forced poor Mitt Romney to back away from his signature Massachusetts legislation that was the precursor to Obamacare. They lied about it over and over. They used it to try and defeat President Obama’s reelection. They opposed it in every state legislature, denying coverage to millions who needed it. They fought it through the courts.

After a five-year full-court press, they lost in the Supreme Court.

They could have spent that time trying to fix the law’s defects but chose instead to screw Americans out of healthcare coverage.

Fuck them.

Source: Supreme Court rules in favor of Obamacare subsidies – NY Daily News

Secret revealed: How to run over a pedestrian in New York City without getting arrested.

Elle’s Law [under which drivers can lose their licenses for six months to a year for failing to yield and injuring pedestrians] has not been enforced at all since it was passed unanimously by both houses of the New York legislature and signed by the governor in 2010. In New York City this is specifically due to NYPD policy that an officer has to actually witness a reckless driver hitting a pedestrian in order to charge the driver under Elle’s Law. This was never part of the law, it has arbitrarily become department policy under leadership of the NYPD.

Yup, under Mayor De Blasio, if the cop is looking away when you run someone over, you can get away with it. Woo hoo!

If you want to kill someone in New York City and get away with it, the weapon of choice should be a vehicle. It’s the perfect crime. Fewer than 7 percent of the drivers in fatal crashes that kill pedestrians are ticketed and only a tiny fraction, usually only those driving drunk, face any criminal charges.

Source: A Tragic Traffic Pattern | Manhattan, New York, NY | Local News and this item from the West Side Spirit. And the previous item at Biteme.

Time Warner doesn’t just suck — they suck ON PURPOSE!

You always knew your ISP or broadband provider was slow as shit. Well, a new study by BattlefortheNet revealed that the major Internet providers are intentionally slowing traffic from the Net’s most popular websites.

Why? I don’t know. But I’d guess they want you to “upgrade” to a more expensive tier which will still provide snail-like connectivity.

At least we now know why so many people complain that they’re having trouble reaching the BITEME website.

Source: Major Internet providers slowing traffic speeds for thousands across US

Southern Baptist Convention issues manual on how to evade civil rights laws

The Southern Baptist manual, Protecting Your Ministry From Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Lawsuits, shows employers how to protect themselves from any civil rights lawsuit brought by a fired employee, by pretending that all your employees are ministers.

As soon as someone can get us a copy of this gem, Biteme Inc. plans to have all our maintenance staff teach the Gospel, middle managers will lead Muslim prayers five times a day, the cafeteria staff will indoctrinate diners in the ways of Pastafarianism, the financial staff (they’re already all Jewish) will lead daily davening, C-suite execs will become our catechists, and the marketing department will go abroad in saffron robes with their Buddhist begging bowls.

Just to be clear — the Bitemaster is a big supporter of religion. But assholes, even religious ones, can Bite Me.

Source: Christian Denomination Plans To Avoid Civil Rights Laws By Pretending Receptionists Are ‘Ministers’ | ThinkProgress

Bill Maher asks Ann Coulter: Would your ‘imaginary friend’ Jesus approve of your anti-immigrant rants?

Disclosure: I haven’t watched the confrontation between rich media whores Maher and Coulter.

Bill Maher and Ann Coulter are two peas in a pod. Both have made lucrative careers out of low blows. Maher takes his ire out on anyone religious. Coulter is less discriminating — she hates everyone.

Source: Bill Maher asks Ann Coulter: Would your ‘imaginary friend’ Jesus approve of your anti-immigrant rants?

Chicago public schools could follow Greece down the toilet

This month’s scramble by Chicago school officials to find enough cash to pay the bills is the result of “an appalling situation” years in the making — a cascading financial crisis that could hit classrooms this fall when nearly 400,000 kids return to school.

For years, the Chicago school system has been paying the bills on a hope and a prayer. Now it’s time to pay the piper. They don’t have the dough to pay what they owe to the teachers’ pension fund. Their creditworthiness has been downgraded to “junk” status. They lost over $100 million on a series of complex interest-rate gambles engineered by their former COO, David Vitale, who  previously — you’re gonna love this — served as Vice Chairman at Bank One Corp.

Unless Mayor Rahm Emanuel can squeeze some aid out of the state government, things look bleak for his school system.

Source: Chicago Public Schools faces cash crunch now, possible crisis in the fall