Texas GOP endorses harmful ex-gay conversion therapy

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that a party which is opposed to science and so in favor of legislating (so-called) morality is promoting ex-gay conversion therapy, also known as “reparative therapy.” This weekend, 7,000 delegates at the Texas GOP Convention at the Forth Worth Convention Center ratified a platform which recognized the “legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle.”

via Texas GOP endorses harmful ex-gay conversion therapy.

Militias versus mice? US declares rare western Meadow jumping mouse endangered

A rare mouse found in New Mexico and two other western states now has protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

That’s expected to aggravate ongoing battles between the federal government and western ranchers over water and property rights in drought-stricken areas.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday listed the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse as endangered.

The tiny mouse lives along streams and in wet areas in parts of New Mexico, southern Colorado and eastern Arizona. Biologists say the biggest threats are grazing and water use and management.

Regional officials with the U.S. Forest Service have acknowledged they will have to put up fences or take other action to protect water sources for the mouse. Ranchers say that could force them to abandon their grazing allotments.

via US declares rare western Meadow jumping mouse endangered.

Jerks Photo of the Day: Michigan GOP pretends to read fashion mags, claims they understand women

What do you do when you’re accused of fighting a “War on Women” because you, for instance, force them to purchase abortion insurance in case they get raped? If you’re the Michigan GOP, you turn it into a hilarious joke.

Republican Congressmen Peter Pettalia, Roger Victory, and Ben Glardon totally shattered the idea that they’re anti-woman by posing for a photo while reading Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar.  Michigan Public Radio Network reporter Jake Neher tweeted the photo along with this zinger which Pettalia uttered ”a couple of times” because it is that funny: “Don’t say we don’t understand women.”

In response, four women members of Michigan’s Democratic House delegation, tweeted their own photo of themselves reading proposed bills, with the caption “Real Women read bills not fashion mags.”

via Photo of the Day: Michigan GOP pretends to read fashion mags, claims they understand women.

Koch Brothers’ $25 Million Gift to UNCF Sparks Controversy | News | PND

Who does this guy think he is kidding – it is just about the money and if the Koch Brothers can claim they are not prejudiced while supporting the destruction of voting rights – that’s OK with him?

UNCF president Michael Lomax told Insider Higher Ed that the organization does not  factor the politics of potential donors into its gift-acceptance decisions. “UNCF has one principle that we hold on to — and it’s one that I looked at throughout this process, and that I’ve held firm to,” he said. “[T]hat is that we believe and have believed for seventy years that our cause should be supported by all Americans, and therefore we urge all Americans to support UNCF.”

via Koch Brothers’ $25 Million Gift to UNCF Sparks Controversy | News | PND.