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I was pleasantly surprised to see this morning on the cover of WaPo and Obama Times news of this progressive order.

At The Confluence, MIQ2xu reinforced my own suspicions

It was not until I went to B0botland that I found the fly in the ointment

Someone posted the text of the  EO rrrr Memorandum. The last paragraph

This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

So, first of all, this is NOT an executive order. Like say the Jane Crow Executive Order. This is what Obama uses when he wants something to take effect. Such as the very conscience rules that will render this “memorandum” ineffective.

But this is a “memorandum” which is barely a step up from propaganda/campaign promise/speech. Hence the last paragraph.

Here’s how a GLBT member reacts in Bobotland

Great, another grand gesture that really does not mean shit.

Because we gays just love those grand gestures. :sarcasm: It’s still “separate but equal,” which as we all know, is NOT EQUAL. It’s just a small bone to throw to the LGBT citizens. It sounds good, but in reality, how enforceable is it? Does it really address the law?

And all you nice straight folks out there just giddy over this “token acknowledgment” of us Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered persons as full citizens with full rights: what if the shoe were on the other foot?

“This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.”

Good to see some are sharp and awake.

Or, as NY Times eventually discloses

Richard Socarides, who advised President Bill Clinton on gay rights issues, said that while the memorandum on its own did not grant any new rights, it did “draw attention to the very real and tragic situations many gays and lesbians face when a partner is hospitalized.”

As to why this empty gesture now? Besides the upcoming elections some good guesses at the Confluence. Apparently there was a kerfluffe with CBS which reported Elena Kahan, possible SCOTUS choice might me gay. In fighting this, the White House staff let their homophobia show

A White House spokesman, Ben LaBolt, said he complained to CBS because the column “made false charges.”

Indeed! The horrible, horrible charges! So, the empty visitation memorandum might be just damage control. It was sudden enough to make the story plausible.

Page one of Washington Times wears this headline

Judge: Prayer day violates U.S. law

Obama to recognize national tradition

Ironically, the lawsuit leading to this decision was brought by the Freedom from Religion Foundation against Dubya. But this is a perfect case of Jr.jr

The lawsuit originally targeted then-President George W. Bush and members of his administration, but Mr. Obama is now listed as the defendant because the president enforces the statute in question by issuing a proclamation each year declaring National Day of Prayer.

Because proclamations for National Day of Prayer are released through the White House press office, Mr. Bush’s former press secretary, Dana Perino, was originally listed as a defendant, but has since been replaced as a defendant by Robert Gibbs, Mr. Obama’s press secretary.

The judge had decided yesterday

that the country’s National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional because it calls on citizens to take part in religious activity. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Barbara B. Crabb said the statute that created the National Day of Prayer violates the Constitution’s prohibition against the government establishment of religion

A determination that the government may not endorse a religious message is not a determination that the message itself is harmful, unimportant or undeserving of dissemination. Rather, it is part of the effort ‘to carry out the Founders’ plan of preserving religious liberty to the fullest extent possibly in a pluralistic society.’”

Of course, out constitutional scholar/Messiah doesn’t believe in separation of powers nor separation of church and state as he had his flunkies declare

The ruling will not stop President Obama from recognizing, as he did last year, a national day of prayer, said White House spokesman Ben LaBolt. Judge Crabb delayed the imposition of her ruling pending an appeal.

“We have reviewed the court’s decision, and it does not prevent the president from issuing a proclamation,”

This is the funniest part of the news

“President Obama is a constitutional scholar, and knows the issues at stake,” said the foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor.

Well, Annie, you should have paid more attention:

It was not the B0bots, but six million fundies staying home Election Day who elected Obama. Their pastors didn’t tell them to vote for a number of reasons – they were paid off before and after the election:

Before the election Obama did nothing to make his supporters in California to vote against proposition 8

Obama declared – repeatedly that abortion is not an issue of women’s freedom, but a moral choice.

During his campaign he pledged to extend Bush’s faith based programs, including allowing those federally funded groups to hire and fire based on faith.

He also openly courted the religious right using Reagan’s line “I know you cannot endorse me but I endorse you”

When congress was writing the stimulus, Obama personally asked House members to dump contraceptives funding from the bill

Obama’s Romneycare is establishing Scientology as the go to healer – prayers to be reimbursed as medical expenses

and also it restores funding for abstinence only programs education (i.e religious groups)

and culminating nicely with the Jane Crow Executive Order allowing religious hospitals/practitioners to discriminate against women, but protecting THEM from being discriminated against ( additional provisions to Hyde too)

and these were just a few I searched in my own blog.

Where were you, Foundation for Freedom from Religion when all these things happened?

Me? I learn to read the incoming threats from the way a candidate sells himself.

Bush sold himself as the first busines school graduate – he wrecked the economy.

Obama, the  first Constitutional scholar…. see how it works?

The Iceland volcano is the star of most covers, with DC’s Express marvel of placement: The huge “GROUNDED” headline, has Obama looking in the distance towards planet Mars – maybe because the budget cuts and job losses to NASA

.WaPo wins for the best volcano photo and has good (if minuscule) news for gay couple – if sick, you count for something

.Washington Times sticks with the Tea Party on the cover and also tells us Obama flaunts his Prayer Day proclamation over the courts objection. It’s good to be king!

The ruling will not stop President Obama from recognizing, as he did last year, a national day of prayer, said White House spokesman Ben LaBolt. Judge Crabb delayed the imposition of her ruling pending an appeal.

“We have reviewed the court’s decision, and it does not prevent the president from issuing a proclamation,”

Stars and Stripes reminds us the price of wars with a poignant Arlington story

while USA Today reminds us of the doubling of civilian deaths in Afghanistan

.In NY, upstate they are still giving the Tea Party a cover

.while in the city, NY Post stamps his brand by giving the volcano a cute name

while AM NY entertains us with antiquated MTA rules

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ah, and Obama Times once again mirrors WaPo  – Rahm and Axelrod must be in accord these days

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