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Often times the T in LGBT often gets ignored. I often feel that I am a bad ally because I don't understand this community too well. Also, until very recently, people weren't discussing it. So my embarrassment about not understanding, combined with an inability to learn about the subject, has also left me kind of awkward around some wonderful people I know.

It doesn't mean that I don't want to be a better advocate. and now I have a way to do so.

Scott Skinner-Thompson is a lawyer, an NYU professor, and a columnist. (Also, that is one of the beautiful wedding pictures I found online. He had alpacas at his wedding. I'm jealous.) Anthony Kennedy's decision for the majority is one of those decisions that have repercussions that we don't know about yet.

The one I didn't realize, but it makes perfect sense when it is pointed out is how it does affect our transgender friends.

This week is even better because Anthony Kennedy opened the door to transgender people, and now we could see a case that can open doors for another group that is oppressed.

Like John F. Kennedy said, "The rights of every man are diminished when the right's of one man are threatened."

We are a better people now that we have marriage equality. Next, we will fix the rights of the transgender community.

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Okay, I think it's awesome that the Supreme Court released such an amazing decision on Pride Week. I'm a bit behind on the news (My mom visited at the end of last week, and somehow I still made 2 Word Salads this week and I only missed my flashback graphics this weekend.) however, I am going to celebrate Pride Week by celebrating this decision.

So let's start with Justice Anthony Kennedy...

I am no fan of Anthony Kennedy. His libertarian naivete is what ruined the Citizen's United decision. However, I was genuinely moved when I read this paragraph at the end of the decision.

If you are not moved, then there is something wrong with you.

Or. to quote Ted Cruz, "A lot a lot of Republicans put out statements today saying they were unhappy. They were crying crocodile tears."

So everyone was moved and is celebrating this momentous decision.

This Pride Week the most powerful man in America, Anthony Kennedy, has something to be proud of. And Anthony Kennedy has written words that will be passed down for generations and celebrated by countless generations of Americans.

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For those who don't know, Michael A. Ventrella is a friend of mine. He is a very talented writer whose newest book is a fun political vampire book called "Bloodsuckers" that has a cover by yours truly. (It's a fun read. I'm not just saying that as a friend either. His next book is a steam punk novel about Theodore Roosevelt. Does that not sound like fun?) He also runs a blog called VentrellaQuest, where he talks about political issues. He is a lawyer, and he has been a lobbyist and he knows about politics from both the inside and the outside. Also, he has a great sense of humor that shows through in his writing. I think today's image captures that perfectly.

Also, he really does have arms. Honest.

I love the A Team.

I have watched the A Team more than I should and if there was an A Team convention, I'd be there.

One of the amazing things about the show (Not how easy it is to flip a car or how every brown orphan child can help build a non-lethal Mad Max style car) was how bad of a shot the bad guys were. When they needed to, the A Team could hit their mark (Usually when the story needs it, other than that they are as bad of a shot as the bad guys) but the bad guys couldn't hit anyone on the A Team even if they were exposed in a hot-air balloon made out of trash bags and blow dryers.

Seriously, that happened. Mr. T was pretending to be a deaf mute while Hannibal pretended to be a gay hair dresser in prison...but I digress...

That is the world second amendment advocates live in. One where Mr. T, Hulk Hogan and William "the Refrigerator" Perry defeat Italian mobsters by throwing them. (That happened in an episode, too. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.)

How can we have a sensible conversation when every fat slob with an AR-15 think they are as smooth as Templeton Peck when they are as crazy as Murdock? That is the reason we can't have a real conversation about guns in this country.

We have people who watch shows like the A Team and think they are real. Arming people can't stop a spree killer. After the Charlie Hebdo shooting a gun activist group showed that.

Until we can have a real conversation, we can't move forward as a nation.

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I'm sick of people saying "Point to the law that would have prevented this mass shooting." There is no silver bullet. There is nothing that would guarantee a mass shooting not taking place other than a culture shift. If we didn't have the NRA, as it is, an anti American terrorist organization which lobbies for arms dealers, maybe we might not have all of these mass shootings. Mark Kelly, who nearly lost his wife Gabrielle Giffords to a killer, knows this too.

There is a serious problem we have where we allow certain industries to have free range and do what they want to. It's a serious problem and we need to fix it. The oil companies are causing a mass extinction, yet we pay for their protection on the oceans. The banks are robbing Americans blind, yet we just give them a slap on the wrist. We are overflowing with guns, so any whack-job can have access to a gun and shoot whoever they please.

We need a paradigm shift.

I have been reading Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy, and in Green Mars they are discussing such a paradigm shift in the book. It was suggested that such a shift can't take place until the generation holding us back dies off. There is truth to this idea, but can we do that while those in power still have 20 or 30 more years to live?

The NRA needs to go. The culture that percolates in gun shows has given us mass murderers, like the Oklahoma City Bombing, and mass shooters,like Sandy Hook. We need to change this violent culture which breeds racism, fascism, and terrorism. We need to mock and humiliate those who are part of this, to borrow one of their phrases, "thug culture."

Black people who peacefully protest are not thugs. Black people who express their anger in property damage are not thugs. Those who are second amendment activists are thugs, and history has shown them to be violent and ugly.The NRA does nothing but fuel their rage.

We must tear down the NRA as we know it.

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How and when to vote for Bernie Sanders (by state) http://buff.ly/1GcZCk8 #Bernie #Feelthebern
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This needs to be said more often, but Ta-Nehisi Coates is an American treasure. http://buff.ly/1FsLYb4 #CharlestonShooting #Confederate
The flag that Dylann Roof embraced, which many South Carolinians embrace, endorses the violence he committed.
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As some of you know, I'm friends with Michael A. Ventrella and he has a blog called VentrellaQuest. This weekend he ran a great guest blog by the author Terri Lynn Coop. I'm not familiar with her work, but she too has a blog which is called Readin', Ritin', & Rhetoric, and she has a book out, too, called "Devil’s Deal."

Her guest blog post has been the best summation of the important decision that came out of the Court last week.

What I love, or hate sometimes, about court cases is how a decision codifies an idea. The idea of being born gay is important.

If you are a Christian, that means God made you that way.

It also means that being gay is a protected class. That is what the decision of Anthony Kennedy did. Now because that idea is now in our laws, that is going to have an amazing effect. Like how United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry gave us the opening to have this case, Obergefell v. Hodges.

This moment is like when Brown v. The Board of Education lead the 1964 Civil Rights act. We are witnessing the modern parallel.

This was the pebble to create the land slide that my LGBT brothers and sisters can finally be equal citizens and not be second class citizens. It is a beautiful thing.

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Ted Cruz stops by #WordSalad to tell us a joke.
Ted Cruz must think it's cute being an assh*le.First he made jokes about Joe Biden days after he lost his son. Joe Biden might be crazy, and worth joking about, but if any of Ted Cruz's children died, mocking him would not be on my list of things to do. No matter how I detest this subhuman waste of space.Now Ted Cruz tells second amendment jokes.This quote (And yes, the "What? Too soon?" punchline was all me) was reported on the Monday after the ...
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I started reading Stephen King when I was in junior high, and by high school I felt I had outgrown his work.

But then he started writing for Entertainment Weekly. The essays he wrote were engrossing and made interesting commentary on society. I've been curious to pick up his newer novels, but people give them such mediocre reviews I've stayed away from them. However, his essays about politics and his twitter are interesting. (I would read a collection of his essays. And when the TV series Haven ends, The Colorado Kid.)

After the Charleston shooting Stephen King tweeted this.

I can't stop the NRA. I don't own a gun and I don't want them near my children.

Those who can are the ones who own guns.

We need to either co-op the NRA with people who are not crazy, or create an alternative which can take the place of what the NRA used to be.

Before the revolt back in the `70s, the NRA was a reasonable organization, working with Congress to create laws to prevent people like Lee Harvey Oswald to get a gun. Now, they have devolved into people whose rhetoric inspires a new generation of Lee Harvey Oswalds.

Or the Charleston shooter.

That shooter's name should be forgotten. I refuse to use it, unless there is no other way to figure out how to mention him.

I ask those who are hunters and sport shooters, it's up to you to create an organization that shares American values and teaches gun safety. I ask them to turn their back on using fear to sell more guns.

If you want to read something scary, try a Stephen King novel.

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To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, I'm making graphics this week with the

quotes I have, not the quotes I need. This week, I'm using quotes about

guns that I've collected. Yesterday on Academic Shade, Anthea Butler challenged white people to stand up to racism. I think I will be doing that, too. But for now, I want to continue on with one aspect of the Charleston issue which is not so much talked about; gun culture.

The second amendment has got to go. So, f*ck all of you gun supporters, it's racist.

Like the "Confederate Flag," the flag used for 100 years of lynching before it was flown over South Carolina, the second amendment is a relic of hate. Now, what Madison and Jefferson were fighting for was not to have a standing army, because they knew that would lead to what the Army has become, a corrupt force that has occupied our presidency. I agree with that intent. However, to sell it, the South, which has always been a police state, had to have it written to have slave patrols.

That is how it was sold.

Now we need to get rid of it. Or at least create an amendment to end endless war.

However, we have an angry, violent, well armed and well funded contingency which has corrupted the meaning of the second amendment. They protest armed which is dangerous. I, for one, am sick of it.

We want to end this police state we live in? Let's create a second amendment which does that.

I make pictures, I trade in ideas. I don't have the words to replace the second amendment. I do know it does not mean you get to protest with a gun. That is authoritarian and that is the police state we live in. Let people like Heather "Digby" Parton, who writes a great blog, Hullabaloo, and also writes over at Salon, write it. Let people with the gift for words create a solution for this problem. Let's amend the second amendment and use it to end this violence.

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Tomorrow is my Senator's birthday! I am proud, for the first time in my life really, of my elected officials. (I also have Jim McGovern as my Congressman, who's kick-ass himself, too.) And to celebrate, I made her this.

I must say, I quite love the Notorious RBG, and I was surprised by Sonia Sotomayor, who I had low expectations of and who has become RBG's BFF. Their tag team means that Ginsberg's influence on the court will last for decades. Sometimes I imagine Sotomayor and Ginsberg going off water skiing together. Mainly because I am crazy like that.

I must say, the only way to keep the court from slipping rightward is to replace Ginsberg with Mike Papantonio.

If Donald Trump is elected, he would tap either Judge Judy or Judge Wapner.

I digress.

With neoliberals like Barack Obama in office, and 3 former Republicans running to replace him on the Democratic ticket (Clinton was a Goldwater Republican and worked on his 1964 campaign, Lincoln Chafee was a Republican and if Jim Webb gets into the race, he was a Republican, too.) the court will continue shifting rightward. Kagan is a fine justice, but she was to the right of John Paul Stevens. Much like Sonia Sotomayor was to the right of David Souter. David Souter was a George H.W. Bush appointment.

I'm not saying that Kagen and Sotomayor are bad choices, I'm just saying that we can do better. With the 4 most conservative judges ever on the court and a 5th in the top 10 most conservative judges, we need a better opposition. Having a neoliberal like Obama, who does damage to the Liberal and Progressive brand by being right-wing on a lot of issues, doesn't help bring that opposition. Mostly because he's part of the problem.

So for Elizabeth Warren's birthday, wish her a happy birthday, but tell me who should be a Supreme Court justice. Mike Papantonio would be an amazing choice, however, his experience is as a trial lawyer and a television and radio pundit, so I will confess he might not be the best choice. Who should Bernie Sanders pick to replace Ginsberg and Scalia?

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Rick Perry stops by #WordSalad this week to tell us about drugs and the #CharlestonShooting
<p>In 2012 Rick Perry <a href="http://www.salon.com/2015/06/05/same_swagger_but_fewer_painkillers_rick_perry_2016_is_almost_no_different_than_rick_perry_2012/">was on drugs</a>.</p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uvmKnFY4uk">Lots of drugs</a>.</p><p></p><p>Lots and <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/hugging-jug-maple-syrup-does-not-lo">lots of drugs</a>.</p><p></p><p></p><p>So if there is one thing Rick Pe...
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Right About Now began before the Occupy Movement, however, at it's core is about sending a message to the 1%. It follows the story of Michael Robinson who is a High School student who has become internet famous by his videos of the Wisconsin Protests and his group of friends.