Happy 5th Birthday, iPhone!

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SCOTUS & ObamaCare: Tea Party Meltdown

In what is now old news, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare earlier today. In a surprising move, Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote to the delight of many and the melt down of others. Today was one of those 12-hour day at work, so I watched (with some popcorn and Diet Coke) the responses today from a very shocked GOP:

Bryan Fischer, American Family Association:

Sarah Palin, Self-Made Media Whore: “It’s time, again, for patriotic Americans to rise up to protest this obvious infringement on our economic and personal freedom.”

Yes – Sarah Palin crawled out of her shit hole with a response (Twitter above, Facebook below) to refresh her need for attention:

Thank you, SCOTUS. This Obamacare ruling fires up the troops as America’s eyes are opened! Thank God.

This proves to be such an unsettling time in America as we undergo the fundamental transformation that Barack Obama promised he would do to us if elected. Obamacare was dealt in deception and confusion by flooding the public with an overwhelming amount of conflicting “rationale” via thousands of pages of unread legislative detail, which is the radical left’s M.O. Obama promised the American people this wasn’t a tax and that he’d never raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000. We now see that this is the largest tax increase in history. It will slam every business owner and every one of the 50% of Americans who currently pay their taxes. The other 50% are being deceived if they think they’re going to get a free ride – because Medicaid is broke. Recipients of Obama’s “free health care” will have fewer choices and less accessibility. Trust me – this much more expensive health care WILL be rationed; to claim otherwise defies all economic and common sense.

We will not retreat on this. A newly elected legislative branch is key to defending our Republic and fundamentally restoring all that is good in America.

SCOTUS now rules this is a tax? Well, Congress has the ability to create taxes – and also has the ability to rescind them. Upon their return from the July recess, Congress should act immediately to repeal this terrible new tax on the American people, and indeed they must repeal all of Obamacare. This is the most brazen and sweeping new tax and government overreach imposed on us. We the People did not ask for this tax, we do not want this tax, and we can’t afford this tax. This is not an answer to America’s health care challenges.

It’s time, again, for patriotic Americans to rise up to protest this obvious infringement on our economic and personal freedom. November is just around the corner. Today, the Supreme Court issued their ruling on Obamacare. In November, We the People will issue ours.

- Sarah Palin

Michele Bachmann: “We Will Never Be The Same”

Bachmann heatedly disagreed with the high court’s 5-4 decision on the mandate, ruling that Congress has the authority to enforce the healthcare law’s individual mandate, which will require most U.S. taxpayers to buy insurance or pay a penalty. The Tea Party leader predicted that not only will the nation be swept into an economic “black hole” because of the law, but also argued the Affordable Care Act was still unconstitutional in her eyes.

“This is clearly unconstitutional,” she said. “There is no basis in the Constitution for the government to have this level of history-making expansion of power. Because what this means, for the first time in the history of the country, Congress can force Americans to purchase any product, any service that Congress wants them to, which determines the price and we are forced to, which is a denial of liberty.

“We will never be the same.”

Ben Shapiro (who the fuck is Ben Shapiro?): “Liberals who support Obamacare do not give a damn about the constitution.”

 

Steve: “November decides whether we keep our Republic.”

Read more: “27 People Who Think America Died Today”

Timmy: “I might as well move to Canada.”

Here are more idiots who want to move to Canada.

Vicki Lawrence: “The Nights The Lights Went Down In Georgia”

Sources: Truth Wins Out, The New Civil Rights Movement, PoliticusUSA

Chris Pine Gets Naked-Chased At NYC Gay Pride (VIDEO)

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Chris Pine tells Conan O’Brien: “It was like 150,000 men, all very excited,” he recalls. “Then I got chased down the street by a large man wearing a sock around his … shouting ‘Captain Kirk!’ It was quite a welcome to the city.”

 

UPDATE: Gay Couple Provide More Info About Theft of Engagement Photo

Earlier today, I posted about engaged gay couple Tom and Brian whose “wedding” photo was co-opted by the anti-gay organization Public Advocate of the United States (a Virginia-based group led by homophobe Eugene Delgaudio). After some of the coverage of their plight, the couple clarified information about the photo theft:

Dear Friends, Family, and Community,

Words cannot express the overwhelming gratitude we feel at the outpouring of support and love we have received in the last 24 hours. It has been a whirlwind of emotions.

What has occurred is unjust and we promise that we will do what we can to make sure it doesn’t occur to other couples in the future, regardless of sexual orientation. To provide you with a bit of an update and to correct some of the misspoken statements in the media as of late…

  1. The stolen image was from our engagement photo shoot and not our wedding. The photograph was taken by the talented Kristina Hill of Kristina Hill Photography.
  2. Despite the rumors that we have hired lawyers – we haven’t – yet. In fact, we have reached out to GLAAD and have spoke with representatives at LAMBDA Legal a couple of times today.It is our hope that LAMBDA Legal, “the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS,” will take up our cause.

We encourage you to continue to share this injustice with your friends, families and communities. And if you or anyone you know has any connections, suggestions, recommendations, or other advice for Kristina, Tom and me – we are definitely interested in hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Tom and Brian

Be sure to help spread the word and learn more about Tom and Brian at their blog.

Photo via The Gay Wedding Experience