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Scientist says BP well could be leaking 100,000 barrels of oil a day

A University of California researcher and member of the Obama Administration’s Flow Rate Technical Group said Monday that BP’s leaking Gulf oil well could be leeching 20 times as much oil as the company originally claimed. In little noticed comments to McClatchy Newspapers, the researcher, Ira Leifer, noted that even…

CA: Out-of-state same-sex marriages prior to enactment of Prop 8 to be recognized as of Jan. 1

While the 18,000 same-sex marriages performed IN California were upheld as legal, there was no clarity for quite some time about whether the Golden State would recognize legal same-sex unions performed outside of its boundaries. Senate Bill 54 was signed by the Governator last month recognizing any same-sex marriages performed…

California moves to become an innovative libertarian paradise

Must-read (and watch) post from Digby on the push to use California as a “shock treatment” state, exploiting the budget shortfalls to create a crisis and hopefully remake it into a libertarian paradise/hellhole for reality-based people. Already the dividends are paying out from this experiment, as the California government is…

Mormon Church admits spending more than 100 times the amount to pimp Prop 8 than it reported

Bearing false witness is no problem for these folks. That or they have a serious deficit in math sklls. (365gay): Six weeks into an investigation by California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, the Church of Latter-Day Saints has admitted that it spent nearly $188,000 more on the campaign to approve Proposition…

Glenn Beck: kick California out of the U.S.

Wow. Now that this turd has been unleashed from Headline News and jumped to Faux News, he’s really gone over the deep end — California is polluting the rest of the union with its wayward leftist ways (hey, what about Prop 8!?), so Glenn Beck’s ready to boot the U.S.…

WSJ op-ed: Prop 8 backlash shows need to change donor disclosure laws

You knew this was coming — those who donated to help pass Proposition 8 are angry that boycotts and actions were taken to publicize their decision to foment bigotry. Now there is a call to make that information about their donations secret. We have secret balloting for obvious reasons. Politics…

Yes on 8 files motion to invalidate all same-sex marriages

The final nail in the coffin to the dignity and civil rights of the 18,000 same-sex couples who married in California. The proponents of Prop. 8 have filed a motion (Strauss v. Horton, S168047) asking the Supreme Court to nullify all existing same-sex marriages. It makes you sick. BTW, Ken…

California readers

The petition to put a ballot initiative banning divorce in California needs more signatures. I’d sign it if I could, but I’m obviously not a resident there. But if you are, hop on over and sign it. Because if Californians really are willing to fuck up people’s lives to preserve…

Betrayal and optimism

Eli Sanders has a really interesting post up explaining why the Prop 8 fiasco was so devastating, beyond just the size of California and its relative impact. And it seems to have occurred to him after watching “Milk”. (Which I still haven’t had a chance to get out and see.)…

Unhinged pro-Prop 8 amicus brief filed by bible beating group

Here I am about to kick back and relax my weary bones and then this completely deranged document lands in my inbox. After today’s news about the California Supreme Court’s decision to review Prop 8′s constitutionality, we got wind of this amicus brief filed in support of letting Prop 8…

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