On December 10, 2008 the gay community will take a historic stance against hatred by donating love to a variety of different causes.
On December 10, you are encouraged not to call in sick to work. You are encouraged to call in “gay”–and donate your time to service!
Day Without A Gay seeks to shift our strong feelings about injustice toward service! Let’s fight for equality by out-loving those who would deny us rights. Call in “gay” on December 10th (International Human Rights Day) and volunteer for your local LGBT and/or human rights organizations.
Check out what volunteer oppurtunities are available near you by clicking HERE OR HERE!
California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) confirmed Monday that it will investigate allegations that the LDS Church failed to report nonmonetary contributions to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign.
An independent nonprofit organization, Californians Against Hate, called for the investigation after the measure passed earlier this month, effectively ending same-sex marriages in that state.
“They read my letter and I guess came to the conclusion that there’s something worth looking into,” said Fred Karger, who heads Californians Against Hate, which was formed to track donations in support of the ballot initiative. “I’m hopeful that the LDS Church will cooperate and share all the records and all the information they have about their activities in the Proposition 8 campaign.”
Karger, a retired political consultant, alleged in his complaint that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints failed to report money invested to organize phone banks, send out direct mailers, provide transportation to California, mobilize a speakers bureau, send out satellite simulcasts and develop Web sites as well as numerous commercials and video broadcasts….
Karger, however, sees the fact that FPPC is moving forward as a good sign. He said his political attorney told him the commission looks into fewer than 5 percent of complaints, an indication in his mind that “when they do it, it’s pretty serious.”
There are about 770,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in California, according to the most recent statistics published in its 2007-2008 Almanac. These LDS Church members account for about 2% of California’s population. In a letter dated June 29, 2008, Mormon leaders in Salt Lake City called for church members to work hard to pass Proposition 8 in California. Proposition 8 is a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would change the state constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Many, if not most, Mormons have responded to the church leaders’ request for assistance on this matter by actively campaigning for and donating to protectmarriage.com. All donations of $1,000 or more are reported daily to the California Secretary of State. Smaller donations are reported less often.
(Be patient– it’s a large spreadsheet and takes awhile to load.)
The California Secretary of State’s office maintains a database of donors to political causes within the state. That database is online and searchable at the Secretary of State’s website. That database is updated almost daily currently.
I would like to think that mine is worth more than $300k!
OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 18 (UPI) — Washington state has agreed to pay $300,000 to an ex-prison inmate whose penis was consumed by a flesh-eating bacteria while he was behind bars.
Charlie Manning told The Seattle Times Monday he will have $115,000 left after paying attorney’s fees arising from his lawsuit and other bills. He expects to get the money this week.
“It’s been a nightmare,” Manning said. “I figured I should settle for what I could get because I just want it behind me. It’s unreal. It’s like something from Mars.”
Manning, 61, was serving a 13-month sentence for a drunken fight when he became ill. The prison doctor wrongly diagnosed his symptoms as an allergic reaction to medication. It turned out he had necrotizing fasciitis and the bacteria destroyed his penis and one testicle.
The Department of Corrections said the suit was settled because going to court would have been more expensive.
“While the end result was unfortunate and Mr. Manning’s original diagnosis turned out to be inaccurate, this was the result of a misdiagnosis, not the result of poor medical care,” officials said in a statement. “Not all medical judgments — whether performed in a prison or at a doctor’s office — are infallible.”
I bet they are wishing they hadn’t donated $712,416.72 to YES ON 8 now!
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Focus on the Family said it has eliminated more than 200 positions, the largest staff cuts in the evangelical Christian group’s 31-year history.Citing the faltering economy and a decline in donations, Focus officials said Monday that 149 employees would lose their jobs, most by month’s end. Another 53 open positions will be left vacant.
Ministry spokesman Gary Schneeberger said the group’s board has approved a $138 million budget for the fiscal year that began last month after bringing in a record $146 million in revenue the previous year.Williams blames the struggling economy and smaller number of donations that account for 96 percent of the group’s total revenue. He said donations in October were down $2 million compared to the same month in 2007. Glenn Williams, the group’s chief operating officer, said many of the cuts involve operations, human resources, finance and marketing.
RIVERSIDE — The state Board of Equalization announced Monday that taxpayers adversely impacted by the wildfires burning in the Southland are eligible for breaks on filing for extensions and paying taxes or fines.
The breaks are available to affected residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Los Angeles County homeowners whose properties were damaged by fire were urged to call the county assessor’s office at (213) 974-3211 to apply for a reduced assessment.
Those who lost tax records can get free replacements by calling the BOE Information Center at (800) 400-7115.
One-month filing and payment extensions are available regarding a spectrum of taxes, ranging from property taxes to sales taxes and a long list of specialized taxes.
Those specialized taxes, fees and surcharges include:
– sales and use taxes;
– alcoholic beverage taxes;
– timber yield taxes;
– energy resources surcharge;
– emergency telephone user surcharge;
– integrated waste management fee;
– tire recycling fee;
– underground storage tank maintenance fee;
– childhood lead and occupational poisoning prevention fees;
– fuel taxes;
– cigarette and tobacco taxes;
– interstate user tax;
– natural gas surcharge;
– covered electronic waste surcharge;
– water rights fee;
– hazardous waste fee;
– oil spill prevention and response fees; and
– ballast water management fee.
Now…onto my part.
To all those that lost their homes and voted no on prop 8, I am truly sorry, I cannot imagine what you must be going through.
To all those that voted yes on prop 8, Karma is a bitch.