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If you spoke faster than David Hewlett you’d travel back in time: Michael Shanks
As good as Oprah's last show was
and there were many lessons to take away from her 'talk' with all of us,  I'm now finding it hard to be as affected and hopeful in the face of the news coverage showing more tornadoes, more damage, death totals climbing and more storms on the way. I wish she hadn't taped today's show last week (or was it the week before?) because now it seems so...unimportant in the face of the horror in so many states (Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, etc.). If today's show had been live, she could have changed part of the show to acknowledge the devastation. :( 

On top of all that, I got another bad hit while catching up with the current trend of "Governors Who Would Be Kings". I discovered Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam actually signed HB600 into law on Monday. This little ditty overturned Nashville's anti-discrimination ordinance protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in the private business sector.

How does it do that? Simply put, HB600 prohibits local governments from creating anti-discrimination laws that are more strict than Haslam's Kingdom the State's.

In other words:

King Haslam of Tennessee is saying that discriminating against gays and lesbians is AOK in his kingdom and that means all the villages cities within his Kingdom must conform and can no longer enforce their anti-discrimination laws to protect the gays and lesbians. (Damn those gays and their illegal practice of magic!)

BTW: One of the supposed reasons behind HB600 is that businesses spread out over the State will no longer need to worry about inconsistent demands from one county to the next.


Uhm, King Haslam? There was another way to go. Like...the opposite direction? Like, hello? NO ONE can discriminate based on sexual orientation? That would have eased those poor corporations and their, "ohnoes, is this the county where we aren't allowed to refuse Mr. 'Swisher' and Ms. Butch a job?"

*rolls eyes*

Of course, I hope everyone realizes what is likely to come next if this law stands. You do, don't you? DON'T YOU?

"Businesses no longer need serve Blacks minorities, hire Blacks minorities, or worry about firing Blacks minorities because they're Black a minority."  

This has been a Republican contention since the Civil Rights Act. The one distinction they love to make: That city governments can't and shouldn't regulate private businesses.

"Sure, we'll let gays and blacks into our schools, and okay, I guess we'll fill the government quota for civil servant jobs, but that's it. Old Bud and his diner can rehang those signs that said, 'We don't serve Blacks here and the Piggly Wiggly can refuse all applications by anyone of color.'"

BTW? King Haslam received plenty of support from - are you ready? The US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. At least six members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with radical anti-gay organizations like the Family Research Council, lobbied for the bill’s passage - and supposedly several major corporations were involved as well, but now that HB600 is law, most are saying they weren't in favor of, nor support the bill. 

I fear that with all these new Republican Kings, well, we all know there can be only one, so can we expect a King to emerge as the true Warlord leader by going to war against his fellow Republican governors and eventually taking over all the red states for himself? Can't you just see the end result?

The Red States Kingdom of America!

If I were a betting woman...and I am...I'd bet that Florida's King, Rick Scott, will turn out to be the warlord and eventually King of all the Red he surveys (thanks to our military satellites). Haslam may be crowing now, but soon, he'll just be the Sheriff of Nottingham Tennessee.
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