Monday, December 10, 2012

John Austin: Governor Snyder putting right wing in driver's seat with right-to-work law


John Austin: Governor Snyder putting right wing in driver's seat with right-to-work law


John Austin is president of the state Board of Education. Austin, D-Ann Arbor, was elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2008. He is director of the Michigan Economic Center at Prima Civitas Foundation.
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By John Austin
I am saddened and chagrined that Governor Snyder is giving the keys to the state’s car over to the ideologically driven right wing of his party. Acquiescing to right-to-work legislation and empowering a right-wing education reform agenda threatens to damage both education and a Michigan economy that needs to run on talented, highly-educated people.
“Right-to-work” has little to do with improving Michigan’s economic prospects, and everything to do with disabling Michigan unions, including its largest, the teachers union. None of the states we most want to emulate, where well educated people earn their money the old fashioned way (they earn it in the private sector) are right-to-work states.
Of the top ten states in private-sector personal incomes (that aren’t oil and gas rich like Wyoming), none are right to work states. But they are the best educated, including: Massachusetts (39.5% of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher), Colorado (36.4%), New York (32.5%), Minnesota (31.8%) and Illinois (30.7%). Compare that to Michigan’s 24.6% bachelor’s attainment rate.
Are our kids fleeing Michigan for Indiana because it is now “right-to-work”? No, they are going to Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, and Denver because they have a better chance to take their talents (and too often their Michigan education) and either create, or take a job for themselves.
While we are signaling in Michigan that we don’t value our workers and our teachers, and competing with right-to-work states like Alabama and Mississippi to be the “low-cost” producer, other states are eating our lunch by building a knowledge economy, and employing Michigan’s talent to do so.
The Governor is also empowering Richard Mcllellan (who last brought us the 2000 school voucher plan) to float radical education “reform” trial balloons that would facilitate a new competitive marketplace for education, with lots of on-line and for-profit education providers replacing our public schools (and their unionized teachers), without concern for educational quality, or the financial impact on our already struggling neighborhood schools.
So, as with right-to-work, we are picking a fight, and demoralizing the very people we need to lift up, better support, and help to improve education: “the workers” — our teachers and educators, who feel like the rug is being pulled out from under them, again.
I expected better of a moderate governor, committed to reinventing Michigan, and avoiding debilitating food fights that could, as in Wisconsin and Ohio recently, distract us from improving education, and our economy.
It’s not too late to take back the wheel.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Michigan Judge Credits Election Victory To Facebook Ads: Her Opponent Spent Millions, She A Mere $51,000


Michigan Judge Credits Election Victory To Facebook Ads: Her Opponent Spent Millions, She A Mere $51,000

During the recently concluded elections, many records were set and one amongst them was of great interest to advertisers. Economists say that that billions of dollars were squandered on campaigns in an effort to entice voters to vote for them and never in the history of the country has more money been spent.
However, not much of the campaign was organized and a very small percentage of the ads were actually made targeting a particular audience – so it was possible that there was no way of gauging whether the billions spent were worth it, or were they being wasted.
During the elections it was also found that a single billboard that attracted controversy was more powerful in its message sending capacity than a television ad campaign that required millions to create.
Democrat Bridget Mary McCormack credits her victory over her Republican State Stephen Marksman, who failed to retain his seat on the Michigan State Supreme Court, on Facebook Ads. She says that the Facebook ads, which cost $51,000, helped her beat her opponent, who had spent $1 million in retaliatory ads on television through a Washington, D.C., conservative advocacy group called “Judicial Crisis Network.”
Moreover, the ads ran alternatively over the five days leading up to the election. Which ad to go when was decided upon after a small trial period to decide which ads were working bests for women, which for men and which for the different age groups.
All the ads had positive messages and there were no attacking messages on them – just simple messages like Ms. McCormack had the backing of 10 Michigan newspapers. The prime aim was that voters should be familiar with her name, when it was time to cast their ballots.
Apart from Facebook, her sister “West Wing” actress made an ad promoting her and she was also endorsed by local newspapers. But her campaign people say that it was Facebook that made the difference. They said that election was close, but the Facebook tipped the scales in her favor and she nudged ahead in the final stretch.
Ms. McCormack’s campaign manager, Jon Hoadley, says that he was surprised that she beat Marksman by over 30,000 votes as he had spared no money and effort in an anti-McCormack campaign. One ad, for example, featured the mother of dead soldier and then talked about the fact that she had offered to represent Guantanamo prisoners.
Hoadley said that the constant repetition of the ads on Facebook and that too over a short period of time made a huge difference and helped burn her name into liberal voters’ minds.
What is ironical is that placing ads on Facebook was not a planned or deliberate strategy nor was it’s worth and importance understood at that moment. According to Chong & Koster, the agency that managed Ms. McCormack’s campaign, it was more of an accident than a planned approach. He confessed that owing to time constraints, it wasn’t practicable to implement and affect an expanded strategy, which included display and search ads, so they settled for a Facebook as an alternative, as the next best thing.
Analysts feel that the heavy dose of attack ads, indirectly helped impose her name on the voters’ minds and that was of very vital importance as party affiliations were not present on the ballot and they, inadvertently, helped her name register in the minds of the voters.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Poll: 47% video hurts Romney with independents


Poll: 47% video hurts Romney with independents






WASHINGTON -- The secretly recorded video of Mitt Romney dissecting the American electorate at a high-priced fund-raiser bolsters him among Republicans but makes almost a third of independents less likely to vote for him, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.

The survey, taken Tuesday, finds just over half of independents say the video won't make a difference in their vote. Those who say it will have an effect by 2-1, 29%-15%, say it makes them less likely rather than more likely to support the GOP presidential nominee.

Predictably, two-thirds of Democrats say the video makes them less likely to support Romney -- very few Democrats are on his side in any case -- while 44% of Republicans say it makes them more likely to back him.

The Obama campaign unveiled an Internet video with people reacting -- negatively -- to the comments. Michigan Democrats held a conference call with reporters with state party Chairman Mark Brewer saying, "It's hard, if not impossible, to be president of the United States if you write off half" the people.
The Romney campaign countered with a statement that if elected, Romney will "permanently lower individual tax rates by 20% across the board."

For some, the comments were still difficult to take.

Daniel Pier, 54, of Warren caught the comments on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. He had been undecided and was leaning toward Romney. Now, he's moved toward Obama. Pier is on Social Security disability for a bad heart.

"I'm hearing him (Romney) talk about entitlements. ... We're depending on the government. I couldn't live unless we collected that," he said. "Every valve in my heart is bad.

"I thought he was a good guy, but every time he opens his mouth it's like he's pushing me further and further away."

Romney's comments have a basis in fact: The Tax Policy Center in Washington, D.C. -- a joint venture of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution -- reported that 46.4% of earners did not pay federal income tax in 2011. (As has been widely reported, however, more than half of those who don't pay federal income taxes still pay federal payroll taxes, which include those for Social Security and Medicare.)

But linking those non-filers to specific voters is treacherous.

As the Free Press reported last year, the number and percentage of non-filers in higher-income brackets has increased in recent decades because of certain tax breaks, but low-income individuals and families and retirees account for most of the non-filers. And though Obama does better than Romney with low-income voters, a Gallup poll released Tuesday said Romney still gets about a third of the vote among those with household incomes less than $24,000 a year.

He also enjoys an advantage over Obama with older voters.

Vincent Hutchings, a political science professor at the University of Michigan, said Romney's words are true, up to a point: A large portion of voters will back Obama and not Romney because of Obama's politics. But, he said, some voters are going to react negatively to Romney characterizing "those people as being motivated by something other than virtuous incentives," that they are "aligned with Obama because they're on the government dole."

"It looks bad. He knows it looks bad," Hutchings said. "It's one thing to say a lot of people are committed to my opponent. It's another thing to say those people are a bunch of leeches."

Most recent polls have shown Obama with a slim lead. In Michigan, a Free Press/WXYZ-TV poll a week ago showed Obama ahead of Romney by 10 percentage points.

Republican consultant John Truscott in Lansing said he thinks the story is being spun "in a way that's unfortunate," believing that it should be used to spotlight a government on a fiscally unsustainable path.
Some did take it in that spirit. In Hesperia, northwest of Grand Rapids, 67-year-old Bill Myers said Romney's remarks moved him off the fence and now he's more supportive of the Republican.

"Somebody's standing up and saying the truth," Myers said. "I don't like the way he said it, but I think it's the truth that 40% of Americans want something for nothing. We live in an entitlement society."

He acknowledged that if someone wanted to tinker with his Medicare, he wouldn't be happy about it. But the conversation must be had, he said.

"We're going to need to take a tough stand," he said. "Somebody's going to have to give up something. If it's me, so be it."

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Schuette: 'Criminal acts were committed' by McCotter aides forging election petition


Four staffers of former U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter, R-Livonia were charged today in connection with the false nominating petitions that led to McCotter's departure from Congress.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette described the four as "not simply Keystone Kops running amok ... criminal acts were committed."
He said the petition forgeries and cut-and-paste jobs on the petitions "would make an elementary art teacher cringe."
Schuette said the McCotter staffers also likely did the same thing in the 2008 elections, using 2006 petition signatures.
• Don Yowchuang 33, of Farmington Hills, the deputy district director, was charged with 10 counts of election law forgery, a five-year felony; one count of conspiracy to commit a legal act in an illegal manner, a 5-year felony, and six counts of falsely signing a nominating petition, all misdemeanors.
• Paul Seewald, 47, of Livonia, the district director, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit a legal act in an illegal manner, nine counts of falsely signing a nominating petition.
• Mary Melissa Turnbull, 58, of Howell, district representative, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit a legal act in an illegal manner and one count of falsely signing a nominating petition.
• Lorianne O'Brady, former scheduler, 52, of Livonia was charged with five counts of falsely signing a nominating petition.
"Let me tell you this, we find any other evidence, we'll review it in the same painstaking ... thorough fashion," Schuette said at a late-morning news conference.
Schuette blasted McCotter for being "asleep at the switch," and providing no guidance to his staffers.
"They acted above the law as if it didn't apply to them," Schuette said.
But there is no specific evidence that McCotter was involved in the petition fraud, so the former congressman, who resigned in July, was not charged.
"Their motive is immaterial," Schuette said. "They set a standard of conduct that is disgraceful."
McCotter this afternoon released a statement saying, "I thank the Attorney General and his office for their earnest, thorough work on this investigation, which I requested, and their subsequent report."
“For my family and I, this closure commences our embrace of the enduring blessings of private life,” McCotter said, adding that he would not make himself available to answer any questions from the media at this point.
According to the investigator's report obtained by the Free Press, the four were a “dysfunctional congressional staff that had completely lost its moral compass” and were “indifferent to the requirements of the law.”
All four worked in McCotter’s Livonia office. They are Yowchuang, district deputy director, Seewald, the district director, O’Brady, a scheduler, and Turnbull, a district representative. The investigation revealed that they forged petitions, cut and pasted signatures from other petitions, and had individuals falsely signed as petition circulators.
Most of the illegal acts occurred at McCotter’s district office the day before the deadline for turning in petitions. They needed at least 1,000 valid signatures and turned in more than 1,800. All but a few hundred were found invalid by the Secretary of State’s office.
Yowchuang was the most deeply involved of the four staffers and was linked in the report to 17 separate counts of wrongdoing.
The investigators interviewed 75 people and seized 725 documents for their probe involving 136 nominating petitions.

An unprecedented bungle for incumbent congressman

McCotter – briefly presidential candidate in a long shot, hard-to-explain bid a year ago -- was considered a shoo-in to win his sixth two-year term in the 11th Congressional District this year, especially since it was redrawn as more friendly territory for a Republican candidate.
But then, in May, news broke that McCotter’s campaign had submitted false and fraudulent petition signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office in support of his re-election. Officials said the vast majority of the 1,830 signatures delivered were duplicated, some with the dates changed.
An investigation was launched by the Attorney General’s Office, with McCotter pledging his cooperation.
It was a campaign mistake that might be committed by an untested candidate, but no one in Washington or Lansing could remember it happening to an incumbent congressman, so routine is the collection of petition signatures.
McCotter’s name was left off the ballot, and, as local Republican leaders fumed, in June he dropped the idea of even running a write-in campaign in the Republican primary.
At first resolving to leave Congress at the end of term, McCotter last month abruptly announced his resignation from office, saying he and his family had suffered a “nightmarish month and a half.”
It forced the governor to call a special primary on Sept. 5 that is expected to cost $650,000 and two elections in November – one to fill out what by then will be no more than several weeks remaining in McCotter’s unfinished term.
McCotter often cut a strange figure on Capitol Hill. Lanky, sardonic and sometimes standoffish in comparison to more gregarious, backslapping politicians, he spoke in a deep voice and played guitar in rock bands. Once a rising star in the party who chaired the House Republican Policy Committee, he was at ease quoting conservative economic thinkers and Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones alike.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

John McCain Comes Pretty Close to Calling Michele Bachmann Delusional on the Senate Floor


John McCain Comes Pretty Close to Calling Michele Bachmann Delusional on the Senate Floor


There was a time, before Sarah Palin sashayed onto the national political scene, that John McCain was considered a relatively reasonable member of the GOP. On Wednesday, McCain revived some of that bipartisan temperance when he took to the Senate floor to defend Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, against allegations from congressional conspiracy theorist Michele Bachmann that Abedin had convoluted ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which, if true, would pose "serious national securit concerns."
Though NPR reports that McCain didn't explicitly mention her by name, it seemed pretty clear that his rebuke was directed at Bachmann, as well as the other House GOP lawmakers who requested on June 13 for an investigation of Abedin. After vouching for Abedin's character as "an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant," McCain insisted that other Republicans stop being total assholes about making unfounded accusations:
I have every confidence in Huma's loyalty to our country, and everyone else should as well. All Americans owe Huma a debt of gratitude for her many years of superior public service. I hope these ugly and unfortunate attacks on her can be immediately brought to an end and put behind us before any further damage is done to a woman, an American, of genuine patriotism and love of country.
And, in case McCain's words failed to shame Bachmann in her McCarthy-esque quest to seem like an important politician, Bachmann's former campaign manager Ed Rollins offered his own considerably sharper rebuke in an article on FoxNews.com:
As a member of Congress, with a seat on the House Intelligence Committee, Mrs. Bachmann you know better. Shame on you, Michele! You should stand on the floor of the House and apologize to Huma Abedin and to Secretary Clinton and to the millions of hard working,loyal, Muslim Americans for your wild and unsubstantiated charges. As a devoted Christian, you need to ask forgiveness for this grievous lack of judgment and reckless behavior.
Doesn't it seem like forever ago since Michele Bachmann was relevant enough to be profiled in the New Yorker and photographed for the cover of Newsweek trying to use her heat vision on the American electorate?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How Financial Criminalization Crashed the Economy, and the Culprits Got Off Scot-Free


It is no exaggeration to say that since the 1980s, much of the American (and global) financial sector has become criminalized, creating an industry culture that tolerates or even encourages systematic fraud. The behavior that caused the mortgage bubble and financial crisis was a natural outcome and continuation of this pattern, rather than some kind of economic accident.
It is important to understand that this behavior really is seriously criminal. We are not talking about neglecting some bureaucratic formality. We are talking about deliberate concealment of financial transactions that aided terrorism, nuclear weapons proliferation, and large-scale tax evasion; assisting in concealment of criminal assets and activities by others; and directly committing frauds that substantially worsened the worst financial bubbles and crises since the Depression.
None of this conduct was punished in any significant way. On November 7, 2011, the New York Times published an article based on its own review of major banks' settlements of SEC lawsuits since 1996. The Times' analysis found fifty-one cases in which major banks had settled cases involving securities fraud, after having previously been caught violating the same law, and then promising the SEC not to do so again. The Times' list, furthermore, covered only SEC securities fraud cases; it did not include any criminal cases, private lawsuits by victims, cases filed by state attorneys general, or any cases of bribery, money laundering, tax evasion, or illegal asset concealment -- all areas in which the banks have numerous and major violations.2012-05-21-Screenshot20120521at8.29.30AM.pngIn Predator Nation, I provide detailed, well-documented accounts of behavior ranging from assisting Enron's frauds (Citigroup, Merrill Lynch), to fraudulently exploiting the Internet bubble (most of the major investment banks), to using for-profit colleges to exploit government student loan programs (Goldman Sachs), to assisting in money laundering and tax evasion on a large scale (at least eleven banks including UBS, Barclay's, and Lloyds), to using bribery and artificially complex derivatives to destroy the finances of a county government (JP Morgan Chase), to profiting from Bernard Madoff even while strongly suspecting him to be a fraud (JP Morgan Chase, UBS).
Total fines for all these cases combined appear to be far less than 1 percent of financial sector profits and bonuses during the same period. There have been very few prosecutions and no criminal convictions of large U.S. financial institutions or their senior executives. Where individuals not linked to major banks have committed similar offenses, they have been treated far more harshly.
Given this background, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the mortgage bubble and financial crisis were facilitated not only by deregulation but also by the prior twenty years' tolerance of large scale financial crime. First, the absence of prosecution gradually led to a deeply embedded cultural acceptance of unethical and criminal behavior in finance. And second, it generated a sense of personal impunity; bankers contemplating criminal actions were no longer deterred by threat of prosecution.
And just as the last twenty years of unpunished financial crime constituted a green light for the bubble, so, too, America's non-response to the bubble and crisis is setting the tone for financial conduct in the future.
The Obama administration has rationalized its failure to prosecute any senior financial executives (literally, not a single one) for bubble-related crimes by saying that while much of Wall Street's behavior was unwise or unethical, it wasn't illegal. Here is President Obama at a White House press conference on October 6, 2011:
Well, first on the issue of prosecutions on Wall Street, one of the biggest problems about the collapse of Lehmans [sic] and the subsequent financial crisis and the whole subprime lending fiasco is that a lot of that stuff wasn't necessarily illegal, it was just immoral or inappropriate or reckless....I think part of people's frustrations, part of my frustration, was a lot of practices that should not have been allowed weren't necessarily against the law.
The president and senior administration officials (such as Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's Criminal Division) have portrayed themselves as frustrated and hamstrung -- desirous of punishing those responsible for the crisis, but unable to do so because their conduct wasn't illegal, and/or the federal government lacks sufficient power to sanction them. With apologies for my vulgarity, this is complete horseshit.
When the federal government is really serious about something -- preventing another 9/11, or pursuing major organized crime figures -- it has many tools at its disposal and often uses them. There are wiretaps and electronic eavesdropping. There are special prosecutors, task forces, and grand juries. When Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974, the FBI assigned hundreds of agents to the case.
In organized crime investigations, the FBI and federal prosecutors often start at the bottom in order to get to the top. They use the well established technique of nailing lower-level people and then offering them a deal if they inform on and/or testify about their superiors -- whereupon the FBI nails their superiors, and does the same thing to them, until climbing to the top of the tree. There is also the technique of nailing people for what can be proven against them, even if it's not the main offense. Al Capone was never convicted of bootlegging, large scale corruption, or murder; he was convicted of tax evasion.
In this spirit, here are a few observations about the ethics, legalities, and practicalities of prosecution related to the bubble:
First, much of the bubble was directly, massively criminal.
Second, if you really wanted to get these people, you could. Maybe not all of them, but certainly many. Some bubble-related violations are very clear, with strong written evidence, as my book Predator Nation demonstrates. And if you flipped enough people, some of them would undoubtedly have interesting things to say about what their senior management knew. In fact, there are many techniques, venues, organizations, regulations, and statutes, both civil and criminal, available to investigate these people, punish them, and recover the money they took -- if you really wanted to. The federal government has used almost none of them.
Third, the moral argument for punishment is very strong, providing ample justification for erring on the side of aggressive legal pursuit. Whatever portion of banking conduct during the bubble was criminal, it was certainly substantial, and there is no doubt whatsoever that it was utterly, pervasively unethical, designed to defraud in reality if not in law. Since the crisis, the people who caused it have been anything but honest or contrite. They have been evasive, dishonest, and self-justifying, returning as quickly as possible to their unerringly selfish behavior. Their behavior caused enormous damage, both human and economic; the consequences of their wrongdoing are so large as to justify almost any action that could help to prevent another such crisis by creating real deterrence. There would also be intangible but large benefits to raising the general ethical standard of a vital industry, and one whose executives often become high-level government officials.
Given this background, let's now consider the question of criminal liability, as well as the feasibility of prosecution.
J'Accuse
The list of prosecutable crimes committed during the bubble, the crisis, and aftermath period by financial services firms and senior executives includes: securities fraud (many forms); accounting fraud (many forms); honest services violations (mail fraud statute); bribery; perjury and making false statements to federal investigators; Sarbanes-Oxley violations (certifying accounting statements and financial controls); RICO offenses and criminal antitrust violations; Federal aid disclosure regulations (related to Federal Reserve loans); Personal conduct offenses (many forms: drugs, tax evasion, etc.).
In Predator Nation I consider each of these categories in detail, naming many names and providing many specific examples. But in considering only one category, securities fraud, we already face an embarrassment of riches.
Almost all the prospectuses and sales material on mortgage-backed securities sold from 2005 through 2007 were a compound of falsehoods. But it starts even earlier in the food chain. We also know that mortgage originators committed securities fraud when they misrepresented the characteristics of loan pools, and the nature and extent of their due diligence with regard to them, when they sold pools to securitizers (and accepted financing from them). Most or all of the securitizers (meaning nearly all the investment banks and major banking conglomerates) then committed securities fraud when they misrepresented the characteristics of the loans backing their CDOs, the characteristics of the resulting mortgage-backed securities, and the nature and results of their due diligence in the process of creating those securities. The securitizers also committed securities fraud when they made similar misrepresentations to the insurers of, and sellers of credit default swap (CDS) protection on, those securities.
The executives of both originators and securitizers then committed a separate form of securities fraud in their statements to investors and the public about their companies' financial condition. They knew that they were engaging in a Ponzi-like fraud that would eventually need to end, and as the bubble peaked and started to collapse, they repeatedly lied about their companies' financial condition. In some cases they also concealed other material information, such as the extent to which they, themselves, and/or other executives of their firms, were selling or hedging their own stock holdings because they knew that their firms were about to collapse.
Next, several investment banks committed securities fraud when they failed to disclose that they were selling securities that were designed to fail so that the investment banks, and/or their hedge fund clients, could profit by betting on their failure. The Hudson and Timberwolf synthetic CDOs sold by Goldman Sachs, and which were the focus of the Levin Senate subcommittee hearings, provide a very strong basis for prosecution. Goldman's trading arm had been dragooned into finding and dumping their most dangerous assets to naive institutional investors. Important representations in the Hudson sales material--that assets were not sourced from Goldman's own inventory -- were lies, and they were material lies, since investors had learned to be wary of banks clearing out their own bad inventory. E-mail trails show that top executives closely tracked the garbage disposals and were gleeful at the unloading of the Timberwolf assets -- as they should have been, for the assets were nearly worthless within months. There have been no prosecutions.
In some cases, we already have clear evidence of senior executive knowledge of and involvement in these frauds. For example, quarterly presentations to investors are nearly always made by the CEO or CFO of the firm; if lies were told in those presentations, or if material facts were omitted, the responsibility lies with senior management. In some other cases, such as Bear Stearns, we already have evidence from civil lawsuits that very senior executives were directly involved in constructing and selling securities whose prospectuses contained lies and omissions.
The list is long. In chapters three through six of Predator Nation, I survey the financial sector's behavior during the bubble, and provide dozens of examples of major criminal behavior. Again, there have been no prosecutions.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

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Nebraska Woman Offers Graphic Homophobic Rant During Lincoln's Anti-Discrimination Law Hearings (VIDEO)


Nebraska Woman Offers Graphic Homophobic Rant During Lincoln's Anti-Discrimination Law Hearings (VIDEO)

Posted: 05/11/2012 11:55 am Updated: 05/11/2012 11:44 pm
Homophobic Speech
Video footage of a surprisingly graphic, homophobic rant has gone viral in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) blogosphere in the wake of this week's non-discrimination ordinance proposal hearings in Lincoln, Neb.
Originally featured on Towleroad, the clip features a woman identified as Jane Skrovota, who offers a series of bizarre observations on gay sex, HIV/AIDS, Hillary Clinton and even Judas Iscariot as she denounces the "Fairness Ordinance," a measure that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s non-discrimination law, in her testimony.
"P-E-N-I-S goes into the anus to rupture intestines," Skrovota notes. "The more a man does this, the more likely he'll be a fatality or a homicider."
After stating that "a huge percent of gay men in school grounds molest boys, partly because they don't have AIDS yet," she adds, "Hillary Clinton's roommate four years in college was a gay woman. To avoid going gay like Clinton did, college students need single rooms and single gender dorms...A college woman is seduced with illegal Rohypnol to go gay."
And finally, she proclaims, "Jesus was kissed by Judas, a homo, who tried to sabotage Jesus' kind ideas. Do you choose Jesus, a celibate, or Judas, a homo? You have to choose!"
UPDATE: Several readers have emailed to tell us that the woman's correct name is Jane Svoboda, not Skrovota as numerous media outlets have reported.
The city council is expected to vote on the measure May 14. Other authorities have been considerably less critical of the proposal. "Dynamic cities have three things: technology, talent and tolerance," former Lincoln Sen. David Landis is quoted by LGBTQ Nation as saying. "Those cities are magnets for creative people to come and live. The fairness amendment is consistent with the most leading-edge data on what is good for a city."
Take a look at some of the dumbest things ever said about LGBT people below: 
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