Congressional Democrats Seek HHS Update on Gay Blood Ban

86 members of Congress have sent a second letter to the fed urging it to speed up its re-evaluation of the lifetime blood ban on blood donated by men who have sex with men.

Prompting this new letter was the recent rejection of donated eyes after the death of a gay 16-year-old who committed suicide. They were rejected because his mother could not confirm her son had not been sexually active.

So far, only one Republican has signed on.

I’ve just had a baby, I’ve just been appointed [to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate], I have a lot to learn, so much on my plate, and this man basically says to me, ‘You’re too fat to be elected statewide.’ At that moment, if I could have just disappeared, I would have. If I could have just melted in tears, I would have. But I had to just sit there and talk to him … I didn’t hear a word he said, but I wasn’t in a place where I could tell him to go fuck himself.
For the third time this summer, computers in the House have been blocked from editing Wikipedia due to a string of controversial edits.

Anonymous users operating from an Internet Protocol (IP) address linked to the House were banned from editing the site for a month late on Wednesday.

The action came after a series of edits people using the IP address made to pages on the user-generated encyclopedia about transgender people that many on the site considered offensive.

The final straw came on Wednesday afternoon, when someone from the House edited the page for the Netflix hit show “Orange is the New Black” to change the characterization of an actor from “a real transgender woman” to “a real man pretending to be a woman.”

Earlier this week, the account had been used to edit pages for “tranny” — a derogatory term for transgender people — as well as the annual festival Camp Trans and transphobia, the opposition to people who are trans.

“An obvious transphobe is using this IP to edit the article on transphobia,” a Wikipedia user wrote earlier this month, urging administrators to block the account.

The Hill,'Orange is the New Black' fight sparks new House Wikipedia ban.”

Instead of governing, this is how House Republicans and their staffers choose to spend their time: vandalizing Wikipedia entries on the taxpayer’s dime.

These people are bullies and children.

Quiz many Americans on how the federal government works, and you might as well be asking them about rocket science. A recent poll of 1,416 adults from the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania released Wednesday shows that a grave number of Americans show “great uncertainty” on “basic questions” about how their government functions — including stuff that any middle schooler, let alone a voter entrusted with electing the most powerful people on the planet, should know. 

This is not good.

Americans have lost their taste for collective sacrifice… so when a frightening enemy like al Qaeda or ISIS threatens our sense of security, it suits nearly everyone for the president to blow up the bad guys without asking 99 percent of us to interrupt our pursuit of happiness.

Pretending we’re not at war

Presidents no longer ask Congress to declare war when ordering the military into action. That suits most Americans just fine.

Oh, the irony: Congressman who voted against increasing minimum wage complained about not getting a raise 

 A $174,000 salary is just not enough for some people — namely Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.).

Terry has the gall to oppose increasing the minimum wage while complaining that his salary hasn’t risen since a pay freeze in 2008, according to ThinkProgress.

He has refused to sign a measure to cut Congress’ pay by 10%. Follow micdotcom