10 Acts of Madness By Right Wingers This Week -- Limbaugh's Rape Fantasies Edition
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Wait, so he wants an Arab Spring type revolt in this country? Color us confused.
If you enjoyed this little snippet, here is Wayne’s speech, via the Raw Story:
6. OK Governor finds a clever way to defy marriage equality—deny everyone spousal benefits
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced this week that her state is going to have a little hissy fit. It will no longer allow any married couples to apply for spousal benefits at any state-owned National Guard facility, regardless of whether they're same-sex or opposite-sex. If gays want equal rights, then you know what? Nobody gets rights. So there!
"Oklahoma law is clear,” Fallin said. “The state of Oklahoma does not recognize same-sex marriages, nor does it confer marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision reached today allows the National Guard to obey Oklahoma law without violating federal rules or policies. It protects the integrity of our state constitution and sends a message to the federal government that they cannot simply ignore our laws or the will of the people.”
Twenty-nine states have constitutional bans on same-sex marriage, but nearly all of them have decided to comply with the federal rules on recognizing couples in the National Guard in terms of benefits.
Fallin, was no doubt darn pleased with herself when she thought this one up. Heck, it might even stir up more hostility towards gay people. Wouldn’t that be a bonus?
7. Alabama Rep. introduces bill to eliminate overtime pay
This is nice. And just in time for the holiday season. Meet U.S. Representative Martha Roby, a.k.a. Cruella DeVille. While the Tea Partying 37-year-old is not fighting tooth and nail against people getting affordable healthcare, she’s coming up with ways to deprive employees and workers of their hard-won rights and protections.
This week she introduced a resolution euphemistically called “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013,″ which would end the requirement of the Fair Labor Standards Act for employers to pay Time-and-a-Half to employees for every hour worked over 40 in one week. It’s called H.R. 1406, and here’s what the Congressional Budget Office has to say about it:
“H.R. 1406 would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide compensatory time for employees in the private sector. In lieu of overtime pay, employees could receive compensatory time off at a rate not less than one and one-half hours for each hour of employment for which overtime pay would otherwise have been required. Such compensatory time could be provided only in accordance with a collective bargaining agreement or with the consent of affected employees. The changes would be effective for five years after enactment of the bill.”
Long story short: It’s another way for employers to exploit workers with long hours and less pay. Note the use of the word, “flexibility,” which, when used by conservatives always affords more “flexibility” to employers, not workers, flexibility to work people round the clock, say, without paying overtime. Kind of like “right to work,” which is, of course, code for “right to be exploited, worked to death and fired for no particular reason.”
You know what would be good to take on next? Those silly laws against Child Labor.
8. Baptist church official: Wives who are not subservient violate biblical law
Equality in marriage is an abomination. We’re not talking LGBT rights here—although, of course, that’s an abomination too. We’re talking good old-fashioned heterosexual marriage. Husband and wife, cleaved to one another, as the bible somewhat creepily puts it. Not equal, this cleaving. Get it straight ladies.