A federal judge has said he will strike down Ohio's gay marriage ban on April 14. I still remember the vote in 2004 to ban gay marriage. The troubling part of that, was my precinct to vote in just so happened to be in a church, that very publicly supported the ban. Seems rather un-democratic when you're voting for something in a place supporting it.

With all the news of the NSA snooping on our internet activities, people today want a browser they can trust more than ever. The only way you know if you can trust them or not is by looking at their history. Mozilla has said for years that they are big supporters of equality, but when they promoted Eich to CEO, they gave the perception that they really don't support equality. Now as people decide what browser to use, they might start thinking "Well Mozilla said they will protect your privacy, but they also said they support equality and look at how that went." Give the importance of the privacy issue, this is something that will weigh on the minds of many, regardless of their opposition or support to Prop 8. That could very well be a negative view they might not overcome.

Here's the nutshell of Mozilla. I am not for litmus tests on executives, but Mozilla doesn't function like companies we are used to. Think of regular companies. They rely on people buying their product/service. Mozilla gives away their product. 90% of their income is actually from a deal with Google to have Google's search engine as the default engine in Firefox. For Google to get a ROI, that means people need to use Firefox. With Mozilla pissing off the open source community, plus countless others in the tech field, they pissed off their #1 sales person, that works without commission. This isn't an issue of "free speech" or any of that nonsense, but rather an issue of rather people should continue to promote a product when they have a moral issue with the company behind that product. This is the key point that the media, and now the right-wing have ignored. It's a viral ingredient to this discussion and one that is also rather complicated to explain.

Mozilla Fallout: The Intolerant Demand Toleraces

It hasn't even been 24 hours since newly appointed Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich, resigned his position over complaints of his support for Prop 8. Now the right is in full frenzy, preaching about tolerance.

Republicans love saying that Democrats hate the free market, but when you look at the actions of Republicans you quickly see its them that don't like a free market. Last month it was Republican legislation blocking Tesla from selling cars direct to customers. This month, Republicans in Florida are going after craft beer brewers and trying to force them to sell only through the big distributors. 

Breitbart Reporter Calls For Murder Of All Muslims

When news of todays Ft. Hood shooting broke, it didn't take long for the vitrolic right to jump to their conclusions.

The Supreme Court decided to strike down the personal aggregated limits on campaign contributions. Prior to the decision an individual could only donate about $49,000 to all campaigns combined. Now the sky is the limit. The decision went along ideological lines, with Roberts writing for the majority and declaring that free speech trumps campaign finance, open up the possibility of further challenges to get rid of even more campaign limits. Hey, it's not like money has caused corruption in our political system so far, right????

Remember a few months ago when Republicans said the Congressional Budget Office backs up their claims that "Obamacare kills jobs"? Instantly we knew it was false. What the CBO said was that people wouldn't be locked into certain jobs simply because of their employer sponsored health insurance. 

Well the CBO has another report out saying the same thing, and get ready for Republicans to twist, omit, misrepresent and lie once again. 

Speaking of the GOP having no replacement for the ACA:

Wouldn't it make more sense to repeal and try to replace with another plan, instead of repealing then saying "hey, now wait and see if we can come up with something?"

In the battle over healthcare things must be getting really bad for the Republicans when they have lost their own backers at Fox News, who are now asking where a Republican alternative is. House Republicans have said they will unveil a plan later this year, which also makes you wonder why it took so long. It's not like this debate just popped up, after all. It has been going on for over 5 years now.


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