I received this reply fro…

I received this reply from Senator Kaine after sending a thank you note through HRC after the Senate passed ENDA. Even though this is likely an automated response, I still found it really cool that he not only fights for equal rights but also cares enough about his constituents to send a reply at all. :-) #ENDA #TimKaine

Dear Mr. Miller:

Thank you for contacting me about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). I appreciate hearing from you.
On April 25, 2013 Senator Jeff Merkley introduced ENDA, legislation to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. I am a cosponsor of this bipartisan bill, which addresses discrimination in the workplace by making it illegal to fire, refuse to hire, or refuse to promote employees based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. On November 7, 2013 the Senate passed ENDA by a vote of 64-32. I applaud the bipartisan support for the bill in the Senate, and am encouraged by this effort to bring an end to discriminatory practices.
As a former civil rights lawyer, I am fully committed to the basic equality and common dignity of all people. As Governor, my first act was to sign an executive order banning discrimination against state employees for any reason, including sexual orientation. I will continue to support efforts that promote the equal rights and the dignity of all citizens.
Thank you again for contacting me.

Sincerely,

Tim Kaine

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Hands On With Apple’s iPhone 5S: Focus On Photography And The Fingerprint

dmiller1969:

Although I am not a big fan of Apple’s smaller screen on the iPhone nor their proprietary approach to digital media, I must admit the finger-print reader built into the home button, the 64-bit processor, and some of the software advances in the new iPhone 5S announced today have more than piqued my curiosity. :-)

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Apple’s iPhone 5s is a major improvement over the iPhone 5, packing some changes to the hardware beyond the usual spec and performance improvements we see from “s” advances on iPhone. The big splashy focus features here are the improved camera and the brand new fingerprint sensor built into the Home button, which powers Apple’s new identification tech called Touch ID.

Both of these features were what I focused on with my hands-on time with the new phone. An Apple employee walked me through how to set up the phone for Touch ID, and how to use that to unlock the device and make purchases in the App and iTunes Stores. Each iPhone 5s can support up to five different fingerprints, making it possible for a user to authorize their family and friends to be able to use their device, too.

The setup process with the iPhone 5s is…

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Poor Reaction to Affleck: He-Nerd Rage

dmiller1969:

Very well said. :-)

Originally posted on Reasonable Conversation:

ben-affleck-batman-tai-urban_wenn20441205__oPtWow. Been asked three times today what I think about Ben Affleck cast as Batman, once by a person I don’t know and who isn’t a reader. Hate to pass the buck, but with the exception of his dislike of Man of Steel that seems to increase over time (I still like it on the whole), I’d have to say that MovieBob pretty much nails it.

Yes, he’s been in some goofy movies, and yes he’s not as talented as Matt Damon (who probably wouldn’t be right for the role), but he’s a solid actor with a love of comics, two Academy Awards, who has played a range of different parts with depth and aplomb. Sure, his last attempt at a comic movie, Daredevil, sucked, but it wasn’t because of something he did. It was a poorly written movie where the hero was heroic because stories have protagonists…

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George Zimmerman acquitte…

George Zimmerman acquitted in Trayvon Martin’s death

SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman is a free man.

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A difficult case to prove in either direction, with so many conflicting reports of who threw the first punch and so much emotion-inspired testimony from witnesses. However, I do feel that no matter who started the fight that brought a tragic end to this young man’s life, Zimmerman must be held responsible for the simple fact that he had no right following or otherwise engaging Trevon to begin with. A neighborhood watch volunteer has no more right to engage a suspicious person than you or I and I do not consider his insistence to do so after the 911 representative clearly advised him to stop as anything shy of irresponsible. Had he left the matter to the police, that young man would still be alive to tell his side of the story. Zimmerman may very well have acted out of self-defense, but he must be held responsible for placing himself in the position that led to the necessity for such actions to begin with. He may very well not be guilty of second degree murder, but I feel he is still guilty of manslaughter, at the very least.

Just reward

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Her punishment for the earlier transgression. I didn’t have a wet noodle, so 20 lashes with a soft, nylon chord will have to do. Unfortunately, she’s just not taking this seriously at all. ;-)

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Epic battle

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Any guesses as to who will win this battle for front-porch territory? The answer is… ME and the can of wasp spray I shot them all with from a safe, up-wind position (so the chemicals would not trigger an MCS flare-up). :-)

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