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Salt Lake Police Officer Forced To Resign For Refusing To Attend Gay Pride Parade Speaks Out…

ADDITION Gay Marriage Mormons

Show me where upholding your sworn duty includes participating in a gay pride parade?

Via KSL Com

Eric Moutsos doesn’t believe he should have to leave his personal convictions at home when he walks out the door to go to work — particularly his religious beliefs.

But his former boss, Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank, says when an officer shows up to work for his department, that officer is expected to do their job. And if there is any hint that any personal biases may get in the way of doing their assigned duties, then that’s a problem.

Moutsos was placed on leave in June after allegedly trying to switch assignments to avoid participating in the city’s gay pride parade. He resigned from the force after his suspension became public.

On Monday, Moutsos issued a six-page statement about that experience, the first time the former Salt Lake police officer has told his side of the story.

In light of current debate on Utah’s Capitol Hill concerning legislation to balance anti-discrimination with religious freedoms, Moutsos said he felt now was an important time to speak out.

At first, he wanted to remain anonymous. But after the KSL independently verified his identity, Moutsos agreed to an interview with his name being used.

By stepping forward, Moutsos hopes all sides can agree to come together, even if they don’t see eye-to-eye on every issue.[…]

In June of 2014, the Salt Lake City Motor Squad Unit was asked to participate in the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City, which included performing choreographed maneuvers on motorcycles.

Moutsos, a member of the unit, was told to participate. But because of his personal beliefs, he said he felt uncomfortable doing so.

Moutsos said he had no problem performing his duty to protect and serve. The officer had previously provided security as same-sex couples flocked to the Salt Lake City-County Building to be married following a federal court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.[…[

Two days after being placed on administrative leave, Moutsos’ story became worldwide news. Moutsos said he was immediately branded a “bigot” and knew he would no longer be able to work in Salt Lake City. He resigned from the department a short time later.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do. I didn’t think anyone would touch me,” he said.

Since then, Moutsos has been hired by another Utah law enforcement agency. But he said the past six to seven months have been a “battle.

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Feds Spend $12,500 Translating Spanish Novel On “Heterosexual Privilege”…

Things I learned today: Not only do I benefit from white privilege, but also “heterosexual privilege.” Watch out world, I’m unstoppable!

Via Free Beacon:

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) spent $12,500 to translate a Spanish novel on “homophobia,” which “examines heterosexual privilege and queer resilience.”

El gato de si mismo, or The Cat Himself, is a 2005 novel by Uriel Quesada, the director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola University, New Orleans.

The NEA issued the grant because of the book’s subject matter.

“One of the few Spanish-language novels that addresses homophobia, Quesada’s book examines heterosexual privilege and queer resilience in 21st-century Latin America through allusions to literary history and Hispanic Catholic culture,” the federal agency said in a description for the grant. El gato de si mismo received Costa Rica’s National Literary Award in 2006.”

A Google translation of the book’s Amazon description said the novel is like a “science fiction detective story,” that journeys “into schizophrenia” and “repressed” discourse.

“Uriel Quesada’s narrative could be defined as a written ‘from the closet’, understood as a place of identity, law enforcement, mental and linguistic space,” it said.

Ron Paul Blames Bush And Psychotropic Drugs For Chris Kyle Killing…

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Uncle Ron took two hits of the brown acid at Woodstock. Hints at deranged Veteran syndrome.

Via Buzz Feed

Former Congressman Ron Paul, the father of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul, said Wednesday that “American Sniper” Chris Kyle would be alive today if his killer was not using psychotropic drugs.

Paul has repeatedly linked or blamed mass shootings on the use of psychotropic drugs.

“If Eddie Ray Routh had never served in the military, I’m of the opinion that he would probably not have killed anybody,” Paul wrote on the website of his Institute of Peace and Prosperity on Wednesday as well as on his Facebook page. “He would not be imprisoned for life and Chris Kyle would be alive today. Much of the blame should lie with our foreign policy of interventionism and the VA’s faulty reliance on psychotropic drugs for treating the guilt associated with preemptive wars.”

The post echoes comments Paul made last year in a speech to The Independent Institute in which he said “it doesn’t take a real genius” to figure out psychotropic drugs are the cause of mass shootings.[…]

Paul said when many veterans return from war they realize the dangers of multiple deployments and come to the belief that perhaps the war they are fighting in is “useless, worthless, maybe there is no benefit to it.”

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Jay Carney Jettisons CNN, Makes A Break For Amazon….

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He had a no compete clause with CNN and will be unable to replace Al Sharpton.

Via Fortune

Jay Carney, the former White House press secretary for the Obama administration, is joining Amazon in a role that combines public relations and public policy.

Carney will join Amazon on Monday as the online retail giant’s senior vice president for Worldwide Corporate Affairs, the company confirmed on Thursday. The newly-created department will fold in the company’s existing public policy and public relations teams, which are headed by Paul Misener and Craig Berman, respectively. Misener and Berman will both be reporting to Carney in his new role.[…]

Carney, who previously spent nearly two decades as a journalist working for Time, resigned his post as White House press secretary last May after more than three years on the job and had been working as a political analyst for CNN over the subsequent months. Carney succeeded Robert Gibbs, who was the White House’s first press secretary under Obama.

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ISIS Executes “Aladdin” For Being A “Sorcerer”…

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Next up on the chopping block is Ali Baba and his Forty Thieves.

Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (Deranged-MD) Yells To GOP Counterpart ‘You Coward’

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Bringing civility and partisanship back to congress.

Via WAPO

It’s been a chippy week at the U.S. Capitol, with Republicans and Democrats sniping back and forth over the impending lapse of funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

While a stopgap resolution appeared to be in sight late Thursday, the tensions spilled out on the House floor after 7 p.m. as the second-ranking leaders for each party sparred over the funding clash.

As Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) discussed the scheduling of Friday’s votes, Hoyer criticized Republicans for leaving the department “twisting in the wind” — prompting groans from the GOP side of the aisle and prompting McCarthy, who had the floor, to reclaim his time.

Hoyer’s retort? “You coward,” he said, captured on a C-SPAN broadcast.

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BREAKING: ISIS Kills 15 Christians, Woman Beheaded…

The blood of martyrs for Christ running strong.

(ANSAmed) – The Islamic State (ISIS) has killed 15 of the Christians it took hostage in northeastern Syria earlier this week.

The news was given by Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana to the Catholic organization Aid to the Church in Need on Thursday. ”Many of them,” he said, ”were defending their villages and their families.” One woman was beheaded in the village Tel Hormidz and two men were shot to death. There is no information at the moment on how the other 12 were killed. Youkhana added that the number of those known to have been taken hostage had risen to about 350. In addition to the hundreds previously reported, some 80 inhabitants from the Tel Jazira village, 21 from Tel Gouran, 5 from Tel Feytha and 3 from Qabir Shamiya have been taken. Almost all are being held in the Sunni Muslim village Um Al-Masamier.

Another 51 families, ”with around five members each”, Youkhana said, have been taken hostage in Tel Shamiram, but it is not known where they are being held. ”They have probably been taken to the ISIS-controlled Mount Abdul Aziz region,” Youkhana said. One source has said that a mass execution is being planned for Friday, February 27, in the mosque of Bab Alfaraj, a Sunni village in the area. There has been no confirmation of the news.

Imam Kerry To Meet With Iran Instead Of Netanyahu During His Trip To US…

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Lurch will have ‘one success’ as SOS, making Iran a nuclear power.

Via Washington Examiner

Secretary of State John Kerry is off to Europe and Saudi Arabia on Monday for a weeklong trip during which he will resume nuclear talks with Iran, just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes to Washington to lobby against a potential deal.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Thursday said Kerry would travel Monday to Geneva for a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council, and would meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the nearby resort of Montreaux to resume talks on limiting Iran’s nuclear program.

Kerry will then travel to Riyadh to brief Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the talks and other issues, and attend a meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council ministers in London on March 6.

The White House had previously said Kerry would not be in town when Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday, but did not say where he would be.

Kerry and his international partners in the “P5+1″ group — Britain, France, Germany, Russia, the U.S. and China — are under pressure to close with Tehran on the basic outlines of a deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program by their self-imposed March 24 deadline. A November 2013 interim deal expires June 30, and officials in both Washington and Tehran have said they would not seek a further extension.[…]

On Thursday, Kerry lunched with Democratic senators to plead them not to move forward with sanctions.

While in Washington, Netanyahu also is scheduled to speak Monday morning at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and it’s likely many of the Democrats boycotting his speech at the Capitol may attend.

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Secret Warning Issued By TSA On “Catastrophic” Threat To Aviation…

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Wonderful.

Via The Intercept:

The Transportation Security Administration said it is unlikely to detect and unable to extinguish what an FBI report called “the greatest potential incendiary threat to aviation,” according to a classified document obtained by The Intercept. Yet despite that warning, sources said TSA is not adequately preparing to respond to the threat.

Thermite — a mixture of rust and aluminum powder — could be used against a commercial aircraft, TSA warned in a Dec. 2014 document, marked secret [PDF here]. “The ignition of a thermite-based incendiary device on an aircraft at altitude could result in catastrophic damage and the death of every person onboard,” the advisory said.

TSA said it is unlikely to spot an easy-to-assemble thermite-based incendiary device during security screening procedures, and the use of currently available extinguishers carried on aircrafts would create a violent reaction. The TSA warning is based on FBI testing done in 2011, and a subsequent report.

A thermite device, though difficult to ignite, would “produce toxic gasses, which can act as nerve poison, as well as a thick black smoke that will significantly inhibit any potential for in-flight safety officers to address the burn.”

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Ted Cruz: Top Priority Is Abolishing The IRS…

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Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said among his top five priorities for the United States is to “abolish the IRS” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday.

Sean Hannity of Fox News asked Cruz what his top five agenda items are for the country.

“Number one,” said Cruz. “Repeal every blasted word of Obamacare.”

“Number two, abolish the IRS, take all 125,000 IRS agents and put them on our southern border,” said the senator. “Number three, stop the out of control regulators at the EPA and the alphabet soup of Washington. Number four, defend our constitutional rights – all of them, and number five, restore America’s leadership in the world as a shining city on a hill.”

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Saint Skittles Three Years Later: Pain, Anger And Sadness Still Haunt Family And Friends For The Aspiring Pilot And Chef…

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The shared bank account with Al Sharpton is geting low and needs replenishing. Sympathy is found in the dictionary between sh** and syphilis.

Via NY Daily News

People called him Mouse, because he was so quiet that you hardly noticed he was there. You know the kid, right?

The one who was always giggling at the neighborhood swimming pool, where the park director used to playfully chase him around then call him “her baby” while helping him do his homework?

His name is Trayvon. Trayvon Martin. You remember him, don’t you? The 17-year-old who, three years ago, had been visiting the home of his father’s girlfriend on a rainy Sunday night and had gone out to a local convenience store to get Skittles and iced tea.[…]

He was the one who grew up on these corners of Miami Gardens, not the easiest of streets to navigate. Some friends called him Tray, others Tay-Tay. He was learning how to cook and would make meals for them.

He’s the one who got his first haircut, when he was a baby, from a guy named Steve Bass, who has the picture on his phone to prove it. He’s the one who mowed lawns to make extra money. He’s the one who loved to go roller skating at Galaxy Skateway with his friend Aiyanna Fleming. They went all the time, she says.

He was the one who was a jokester, a prankster. He’s the one who was interested in aviation and dreamed of becoming a pilot someday. And he’s the one who was going to college, that’s for sure, says his mother. There’s no doubt in her mind. Florida A&M was going to be the school, says Fleming. They talked about going together.

He’s also the one you’ll find buried in a crypt behind an inch-thick slab of granite at Dade Memorial Park on Opa-Locka Blvd. His final address: MDCU 10 South Row A Crypt 9.[…]

Sybrina Fulton just doesn’t have time for this. She has a speaking engagement at Carol City Middle School in less than an hour, and she’d better be on her way. She has a mountain of work ahead with the anniversary of her son’s death fast approaching. In just over a week she’ll host the “I am Trayvon — Day of Remembrance Peace Walk” followed by the third annual Remembrance Dinner. She’s in constant motion, and the idea of stopping is agonizing.

“I’m going to kill you,” she says, when asked for a few more photos, candids this time, shots of her working.[…]

They have a hard time believing Trayvon exploded on Zimmerman that night three years ago. They can’t imagine him saying the things that Zimmerman claimed. They can only recall him losing his cool once, when he was about 11, over a video game joystick. Everyone laughs.

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Kabuki Theater Over, GOP Caves On Obama Attorney General Pick Loretta Lynch, Passes Judicial Committee…

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The usual RINO’s Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona voted with the Dems.

Via National Journal

Loretta Lynch had a lot to prove before her nomination for attorney general could make it to the Senate floor—chiefly that she is not like Eric Holder, the man she’d be succeeding.

She withstood lengthy lines of questioning at a two-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at the end of January, and her nomination passed the committee Thursday in a 12-8 vote to send the confirmation to the Senate floor. Despite initial Republican opposition and a months-long battle to prove her commitment to fostering a renewed relationship with Congress, the Senate is expected to approve her nomination.

“I will be myself, Loretta Lynch,” the nominee said at a hearing last month.

Three Republicans senators—Orrin Hatch, Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham—voted for the nomination.

Initial opposition stemmed from GOP criticisms of Holder and of the Obama administration’s policies, particularly the president’s unilateral actions on immigration. Obama nominated Lynch to succeed Holder in early November. But Republicans have since held up her confirmation as a consequence of President Obama’s immigration programs to provide temporary work permits and deportation deferrals to more than 4 million undocumented immigrants, actions the GOP say are lawless and unconstitutional.

“I’ve been here for 40 years, and no attorney general—no attorney general—has ever had to wait this long for a vote,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, the committee’s ranking member, said at Thursday’s Judiciary Committee executive session.[…]

Hatch fiercely defended Lynch’s prosecutorial record during Thursday’s executive session, saying the case against her has ignored her professional career. He blasted a Feb. 19 letter sent from at least 50 House Republicans to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging a vote against her nomination to “register your disapproval with this administration’s persistent, lawless conduct.”

“That is ridiculous on its face,” said Hatch, a former Judiciary Committee chairman.

But Lynch will serve as the top law-enforcement officer in America, Sen. Jeff Sessions said, and an attorney general is required to uphold the Constitution.

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Obama Threatens Top-Selling AR-15 Rifle With Executive Ban On Bullets…

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But… but… but… it’s so scary looking!

Via Washington Examiner:

It’s starting.

As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56 mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.

Wednesday night, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stepped in with a critical letter to the bureau demanding it explain the surprise and abrupt bullet ban. The letter is shown below.

The National Rifle Association, which is working with Goodlatte to gather co-signers, told Secrets that 30 House members have already co-signed the letter and Goodlatte and the NRA are hoping to get a total of 100 fast.

“The Obama administration was unable to ban America’s most popular sporting rifle through the legislative process, so now it’s trying to ban commonly owned and used ammunition through regulation,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, the group’s policy and lobby shop. “The NRA and our tens of millions of supporters across the country will fight to stop President Obama’s latest attack on our Second Amendment freedoms.”

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Bin Laden Friend Found Guilty Of 98′ US Embassy Bombings

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Via NY Post:

A one-time al Qaeda chieftain and aide of Osama bin Laden was found guilty Thursday of conspiring to kill Americans in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa.

Khaled al-Fawwaz was convicted on four counts of conspiracy by an anonymous Manhattan federal court jury for his role in the attacks that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

He led an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in the early 1990s and later served as bin Laden’s spokesman in London.

Wearing a white cloak and skullcap, al-Fawwaz was expressionless as the forewoman announced the verdict.

Before being led out of the courtroom, he smiled at his lawyer.

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Former Disney Star Calls E! Host Racist For Cracking Hippy Jokes About Her Dreadlocks: “Outrageously Offensive,” “Ignorant Slurs”

Would it kill these people to have a sense of humor?

Via Salon:

You do not put down with a Disney star. You do not treat a young woman like a punchline. Because she will rightly call you out on it if you try – as Giuliana Rancic learned this week.

On a Monday “Fashion Police” Academy Awards night post mortem, E! co-host Rancic dismissed former “Shake It Up” costar Zendaya’s elegantly dreadlocked Oscar look by saying, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil or weed. Maybe weed.” But while plenty of other celebrities would have simply ignored the snark, the young actress and singer instead chose to challenge it. In a statement on Instagram, she said, “There is a fine line between what us funny and disrespectful. Someone said something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe. Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect. To say that an 18 year-old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or ‘weed” is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive.” Zendaya went on to cite dreadlocks wearers like “Selma” director Ava DuVarnay, Ledisi, Terry McMillan, Vincent Brown and Heather Andrea, noting, “None of them smell of marijuana.” And she added that her red carpet look was her statement “to remind people of color that our hair is good enough. To me locs are symbol of strength and beauty.”

Rancic swiftly tweeted in reply that “Dear @Zendaya, I’m sorry I offended you and others. I was referring to a bohemian chic look. Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would!!!” But she then apparently thought more of it, and then followed up Tuesday with a more elaborate on-air apology, saying, ” Something I said last night did cross the line…. “I just want everyone to know, I didn’t intend to hurt anyone,” Rancic said, “but I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters, it’s the result. And the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya, and that is not okay…. This really has been a learning experience for me. I’ve learned a lot today and this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of clichés and stereotypes, how much damage they can do. And that I am responsible as we all are to not perpetuate them further.”

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Al Sharpton Meets With Obama At White House On 3 Year Anniversary Of Trayvon Martin Shooting…

I’ll take a wild guess and say they talked about racism.

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Obama Dares GOP: “Have a Vote on Whether What I’m Doing Is Legal…I Will Veto”

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Via MRC:

Pres. Obama is daring Republicans to vote on whether or not his executive actions are legal.

Discussing opposition to his executive amnesty orders at an immigration town hall Wednesday, Obama said he would veto the vote because his actions are “the right thing to do”:

“So in the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I’m doing is legal or not, they can have that vote. I will veto that vote, because I’m absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the right thing to do.”

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Boehner Makes Super Awkward Kissy Faces At Reporter During Briefing…

This is pretty…creepy.

MoJo’s David Corn: My Family Is Worried About My Safety Because Of Bill O’Reilly’s “Violent” Rhetoric…

Break out the plastic sheets, David’s about to wet the bed!

Yet Another Record: Price Of Ground Beef Climbs To $4.235 Per Pound…

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Vegetarians rejoice…

Via CNS News:

The average price of a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high — $4.235 per pound — in the United States in January, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
In August 2014, the average price for a pound of all types of ground beef topped $4 for the first time, hitting $4.013, according to the BLS. In September, the average price jumped to $4.096 per pound; in October, the average price climbed to $4.154 per pound; and in November, the average price climbed to $4.201 per pound. In December, the price declined slightly to $4.156 per pound. But in January 2015,ground beef hit the highest price ever recorded at $4.235 per pound.

A year ago, in January 2014, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.467 per pound. Since then, the average price has increased 22.2 percent in one year.

Five years ago, in January 2010, the average price of a pound of ground beef was $2.279, according to the BLS. The price has since climbed by $1.956 per pound, or 85.8 percent.

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