"The study, which analyzed four separate experiments conducted in the US and Germany, provides empirical evidence to suggest that in some individuals homophobia is the external manifestation of repressed sexual desires they feel towards their own gender."
Romney: $50 no-parental-notification state-funded abortions and transsexual counseling for your Kindergartener!"
"WASHINGTON (AP) — The 3-year-old daughter of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been released from a Virginia hospital and is settling in at home with her parents, a campaign spokesman said Tuesday.
Bella Santorum, who suffers from a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 18, was hospitalized Friday as her father began a brief holiday break from campaigning. Santorum did not campaign Monday so he could be with his daughter, who was discharged from the hospital Monday night."
'I need your support more than ever.'
On Dec. 8 Bay Windows obtained a copy of a letter Gov. Mitt Romney wrote to the Log Cabin Club of Massachusetts in 1994. At the time the letter was written, Romney was in a heated campaign against U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy. In the letter, Romney, who is an all-but-declared candidate for president in 2008 and who has made opposition to civil marriage rights for same-sex couples one of his signature issues, pledged to be a more effective leader on gay civil rights than Kennedy. He promised to cosponsor the federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act and expand the legislation to include protections for gay men and lesbians in housing and credit. He also pledged to back the creation of “a federal panel to find ways to reduce gay and lesbian youth suicide …”
The letter, which is written on “Romney US Senate” letterhead, was widely reported on at the time. In an Oct. 20, 1994 oped, Boston Herald columnist Don Feder said that the letter proved that “Romney is the Mormon Bill Weld, the man he looks to for inspiration. Nowhere is his social radicalism more apparent than on the cutting-edge moral issue of our age — the normalization of homosexuality.”
On Dec. 9, the New York Times quoted from the 1994 letter and noted that Romney aides “did not dispute the letter’s legitimacy.” Bay Windows determined the letter’s authenticity by comparing quotes from the letter from 1994 news reports on the letter published in Bay Windows, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. Bay Windows also considered the credibility of the source — a former officer of the Log Cabin Club — who provided a copy of the letter to Bay Windows.
Flip 1: “Roe v. Wade has gone too far.”
Flop 1: “I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.”
Flip 2: “I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.”
Flop 2: “I never really called myself pro-choice.”
Flip 3: “I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.”
Flop 3: “Any description of my being a hunter is an overstatement of capability.”
Flip 4: “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.”
Flop 4: “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there.”
Flip 5: “I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.”
Flop 5: “Ronald Reagan is… my hero.”
Flip 6: “I will work and fight for stem cell research.”
Flop 6: “In the end, I became persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise.”
Flip 7: “I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.”
Flop 7: “There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.”
Flip 8: “I like mandates. The mandates work.”
Flop 8: “I think it’s unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front.”
Flip 9: “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.”
Flop 9: “I did not see it with my own eyes.”
Flip 10: “This is a completely airtight kennel mounted on the top of our car.”
Flop 10: “They’re not happy that my dog loves fresh air.”
Flip 11: “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”
Flop 11: “He’s going to pay, and he will die.”
Flip 12: “Those… paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process toward application for citizenship.”
Flop 12: “Amnesty only led to more people coming into the country.”
Flip 13: “I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts.”
Flop 13: “Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a personal account.”
Flip 14: “Based on the numbers of American Muslims… I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified.”
Flop 14: “A person should not be elected because of his faith nor should he be rejected because of his faith.”
Flip 15: “I’m a strong believer in stating your position and not wavering.”
Flop 15: “I changed my position.”
Flip 16: “I would like to have campaign spending limits.”
Flop 16: “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations.”
Flip 17: “I supported the assault weapon ban.”
Flop 17: “I don’t support any gun control legislation.”
Flip 18: “The TARP program… was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures.”
Flop 18: “When government is… bailing out banks… we have every good reason to be alarmed.”
Flip 19: “I’m going to take burdens off the back of the auto industry.”
Flop 19: “Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.”
Flip 20: “When I first heard of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, I thought it sounded awfully silly.”
Flop 20: “‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has worked well.”
Flip 21: “I believe the tax on capital gains should be zero.”
Flop 21: “It’s a tax cut for fat cats.”
Flip 22: “These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress.”
Flop 22: “Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore.”
Flip 23: “Relative to the leading candidates, some people see me as being more conservative.”
Flop 23: “I’m not the most conservative candidate.”
Flip 24: “It does take a village.”
Flop 24: “It takes a family.”
Flip 25: “I don’t line up with the NRA.”
Flop 25: “I’m a member of the [NRA].”
Flip 26: “The all-Democrat stimulus that was passed in early 2009 will accelerate the timing of the start of the recovery…”
Flop 26: “The all-Democrat stimulus passed in early 2009 has been a failure.”
Flip 27: “…the costs of health care will be reduced.”
Flop 27: “We were unable to deal with… health care costs in Massachusetts.”
Flip 28: “If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation.”
Flop 28: “What works in one state may not be the answer for another.”
NO SORRY, SANTORUM, YOU MUST CARRY YOUR DEAD PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TO FULL TERM.
Finally, footwear for the indecisive -- or those who decide often, but then change their minds.
A pair of politically active pals in Los Angeles have created MittFlops, thong sandals that represent the seemingly flip-flopping positions of Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney.
Now you can be fashion-forward on Super Tuesday, even if your tootsies get a little cold. Democrat Ross Wachsman and Republican Christine Dizon developed the flip-flops to express their disenchantment with Romney, who holds a slim lead in the race for the GOP nomination. One model features Romney's mug with "Flip" and "Flop" on opposing feet.
.... For a pair of across-the-aisle friends, Wachsman and Dizon sure seem united in their opposition to the former Massachusetts governor. "What to do with a man like Mitt Romney?" their press release reads. "A man who changes his beliefs faster than a prison escapee ditches a jumpsuit. A man who declared his support for a woman's right to choose then denied being pro choice; stood for healthcare insurance reform then tried to crush it; advocated environmental control, only to campaign against it. Where does he belong -- the White House? No way. The better place for him: under your foot."
[The term] was also in the 1976 election, when President Gerald Ford used the phrase against his opponent Jimmy Carter. In the 1988 U.S. presidential election, Michael Dukakis used the term against opponent Richard Gephardt, saying, "There's a flip-flopper over here" about Gephardt.
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