Via Mediaite, no one’s surprised, right? I actually predicted yesterday that that NYT story would hurt the businessmen more than it would hurt Cruz because I remembered what a gay conservative once told me. Conservative are more likely to accept me as gay, he claimed, than gays are to accept me as conservative.
Here’s my favorite post from the boycott page, which now has more than 3,000 “likes.” It used to be that many straights viewed gays as so far beneath contempt that they wouldn’t want to shake their hands or invite them into their living rooms. Fifty years of the gay-rights movement has changed that, not universally but enough that the GOP’s leading “true conservative” candidate for president would be willing to attend a campaign reception in a gay businessman’s home. An ironic monument to “progress”.
So predictable was that reaction that I’m wondering why the host decided to hold the reception at all. Maybe his hospitality business is doing well enough that he thought he could withstand a boycott. And/or maybe he’s so devout a hawk, especially when it comes to Israel’s security, that he feels morally bound to promote fellow hawks from across the political spectrum, whatever that may mean for his business…
President Obama issued a statement on the Armenian genocide that amounts to a contortionist act at the circus, implying the word “genocide” while twisting himself into knots to avoid using the actual term.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, committed by the Turks. Obama promised during his 2008 campaign to finally use the dreaded word to describe what happened. But, frightened of the reaction by the Turks, he is breaking his promise.
The statement he issued instead must be the warm up by his joke writers, who are piecing together his remarks for Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ dinner. Because this has to be a joke.
Obama lays it on thick, as if a surplus of emotion can atone for the deficit of moral fortitude. The statement is nearly 800 words, among them tear jerkers like “horrific,” “horrors” “solemn” “painful” “solemn” (again) “painful” (again) “terrible” and “dark.”
He tries as hard as possible to get within inches of using the word “genocide” without actually deploying it.
Even by James Carville standards, this was bizarre. Toward the end of his appearance on Ed Schultz’s show today, Carville called Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer “this anti-Disney, gay bike bar Glenn Beck or whatever this guy is.”
Maybe Carville will come back and explain what he meant. It’s true that Schweizer was a contributor to one of Beck’s books. And Schweizer is the author of “Disney Betrayed,” which criticizes the company for various things including sponsoring “Gay Days” at their parks. But a casual viewer might well have come away with an entirely different understanding of what Carville was implying. Note also the way Carville’s voice jumps by a couple of octaves when asked what advice he’d give Hillary’s handlers. Jittery, James?
Note: Schultz didn’t exactly subject Carville to the third degree, but as you’ll see Schultz did suggest that the filing of amended tax returns by the Clinton foundation does raise questions.
ED SCHULTZ: I want to go back to the tax returns if I can. People amend tax returns when they’re not correct. People refile tax returns when there are mistakes. What’s your response to that?
Wait, what? Someone plucked the heart out of a roasted lamb and presented it to the Attorney General of the United States?
Yes. This really happened. Miller told The Huffington Post it took place on an April 2010 trip to Algeria, during which Holder signed a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty.
It was a “big banquet dinner with him as the guest of honor,” Miller said. “The interior minister punches his arm right through the side of a whole roast lamb, pulls out the heart, puts it on a plate, and makes a big show of handing it over.”
[Editor’s Note: HOLY F–KING SHIT!]
“Holder is about the least adventurous eater I’ve ever met, and he looked like he was going to die,” Miller continued. “So he did what any kid does, and set it down. Pushed it around with a fork. Never did eat it, even though you’re really supposed to.”
Refusing to eat a ceremonial roasted lamb’s heart: just another case of the Obama administration diminishing America’s standing in the world community.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, here’s what a bowl of lamb hearts looks like:
Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush supports President Obama’s trade deal, praises his management of the National Security Agency and agrees that Congress should have moved faster to hold a vote on new attorney general Loretta Lynch.
And that’s all since last week.
It’s an unusual approach for Bush to take in seeking the nomination of a conservative party that mostly loathes the current president. The former Florida governor has gone out of his way at times to chime in on issues where he agrees with Obama — bolstering his attempt to be a softer-toned kind of Republican focused on winning a majority of the vote in a general election.
But the strategy also carries grave risks for a likely candidate who is already viewed with deep suspicion by conservatives, many of whom have little desire to find common ground with Democrats. Tea party leaders are already warning that Bush, the son and brother of former presidents, is alienating conservatives.
“It’s stunning, frankly, that a candidate on the Republican side would be doing his best to line himself up with some of the president’s policies,” said Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots who now leads a group called Citizens for Self-Governance.
(CNSNews.com) – Citing the Declaration of Independence, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) argued on the House floor yesterday that same-sex couples are endowed by “their Creator—by God” with a right to marry.
“Our Declaration of Independence, as all of us quote so often, says: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men’—of course, if Jefferson were writing today, it would be either all people or all humankind—‘are created equal, that they are endowed by’—not a Congress, not by a Constitution, not by a will of the majority—‘their Creator’—by God—‘with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’
“That, of course, has not always been America’s performance, notwithstanding it has been its promise,” said Hoyer. “Next week, the highest Court in our land will be asked to consider whether these words apply to same-sex couples who love one another. Many courts have already said that it does.”
“Born equal, endowed by God with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Is there a happier time in one’s life than when one pledges themselves to another?” said Hoyer, later in his speech. “We all gather, we all celebrate, we all wish them well. LGBT Americans now have the right to marry and have their families treated equally in 37 States and the District of Columbia. In the remaining States, however, LGBT residents are watching the Supreme Court with great anticipation.”
You might think that the White House would have something of substance to say about the repeated violations of a memorandum of understanding between the administration and the Clinton Foundation that prohibited it from accepting donations from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state. Wrong!
When pressed by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl on Friday about whether the White House was concerned by the Clinton Foundation’s various indiscretions, or even its failure to disclose foreign donations including those from Uranium One, White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest seemed to suggest that they were not (h/t Washington Free Beacon):
Earnest repeated a claim made by Clinton’s campaign team that no evidence exists to prove that foreign donations influenced the former secretary’s decision making while she served as America’s chief diplomat. This claim is supported by the fact that the evidence that might have supported this contention was destroyed weeks ago.
“I’ve been in a position where there have been other, to put it mildly, conservative authors that have launched – written books based on what they purport to be serious allegations against the President of the United States,” Earnest averred.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan posted a video message this week expressing his politically incorrect opinions on “black culture.” The 30-year law enforcement veteran started by denouncing the term “African-American” as “divisive,” before arguing that the embrace of “thug culture” was destroying the community and calling for a renewed focus on teaching “character and integrity.”
“First off, let me take issue with the title of ‘African-American,’” he began. “We’re Americans.”
After arguing the term created a false division, he said that he believed that most of the racial issues in Escambia County, Florida, were “perceived,” listing examples of the American culture embracing African-Americans, including the election of President Obama. He stated, “The statistics are that, if we’re such a racist nation, why do we currently have an African-American president?”
He then took aim at thug culture: “We have unfortunately in the black community embraced a thug culture, one that aggrandizes, again, foul language, shooting cops, abusing women. And if you don’t think those things have an effect on children, you need to get a grip.”
Steve Rhode, the Get Out of Debt Guy, has advised a Muslim man seeking financial advice not to try to use Islam as a crutch to get out of paying half of what is now a $64,000 student loan debt.
“Dear Steve,” the Seattle, Wash. man going by the name Amir wrote to Rhode in a missive published this week, “I had two citi-student loans and at some point in time within the last 5 years they went to Navient.”
Amir explained that he had unsuccessfully asked the loan servicing company to lower his payoff amount to $32,000, even though the actual amount he owes is $64,000 “because of deferment and interest.”
The dismayed student loan borrower also noted that he “was born into Islam” but only took a serious interest in the religion in 2012. One thing he has learned since then, he said, is that “dealings with interest” are “strictly forbidden” under Islam.
“I am offering to pay off the original amount I owe,” Amir graciously offered. As for the rest, he wants his creditors to acknowledge that his “awareness and conditions have changed” since he accepted the loan.
“Can I get the interest wiped out and close this account and case with just paying the original amount borrowed?” Amir asked.
Rhode then responded by having exactly none of Amir’s plea for a religion-based student loan discount.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a veiled threat to the parents and students who choose to opt out of Common Core testing – The Feds “have an obligation to step in.”
Federal law, under No Child Left Behind, requires 95 percent of students in a state to take the annual standardized tests in reading and math from grades 3-8. It is a requirement which until now has never needed enforcement or consideration.
With as many as 184,000 students in New York choosing to opt out, the 95 percent threshold will not only be in jeopardy, it will be an easily missed mark.
When asked what would happen in states with such a high opt out rate, whether they would have to force consequences upon schools, parents, and students, Duncan responded “We think most states will do that.”
He added, “If states don’t do that, then we have an obligation to step in.”
The latest video from the House Democratic Caucus aims to spell out why it’s important for Americans to become engaged with politics – but has some problems spelling “Democratic Caucus.”
Education and outreach, particularly to students, is the focus of a press conference video on dems.gov. A video that features Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) with the misspelled title, “Chairman, House Democrattic Caucus.”
The video also includes Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) referring to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) as a “Congresswoman.”
I seriously think Joe got dropped on his head too many times as a child.
(CNSNews.com) - Speaking at the 67th Annual Israeli Independence Day Celebration in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, Vice President Joe Biden said that “no president has ever done more to support Israel’s security” than Barack Obama.
“President Obama and I are proud to carry forward the unbroken line of American leaders–Democrat and Republican–who have honored America’s sacred promise to protect the homeland of the Jewish people,” Biden said.
A planned screening of the film American Sniper on the University of Maryland campus has been been canceled after outcry from Muslim students.
The school’s conservative group released this statement in response:
The University of Maryland Student Entertainment Events (SEE) decided to screen American Sniper on May 6 and 7, 2015. After meeting with concerned student organizations, SEE has decided to ‘postpone’ the movie.
If the University prevents a movie like this from being shown, it promotes intolerance and stifles dialogue and debate on the subject and goes directly against the atmosphere of diversity the University of Maryland purports to provide.
The Muslim Students Association at the University of Maryland started a petition requesting that the school pull the screening of American Sniper. In the petition, the group stated that the film “perpetuates the spread of Islamaphobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason.”
Ironically enough, the group also requested that students “exercise their freedom of speech” by signing the petition to remove the film from campus. MSA seemingly got their wish this morning when the school decided to cancel the screening.
The University of Maryland is only one of several campuses that have faced student outcry for screening, or attempting to screen, the Oscar-winning film. Just recently, the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at the University of Michigan protested the school’s decision to cancel the campus screening. Their protests were successful as the school eventually decided to show the film as planned.
This is a shocking collection of harrowing photographs of the death and destruction reaped on Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago that were taken by an American and a colleague who risked imprisonment to smuggle them out and show the world the full horror of what happened.
John Elder and Armin T. Wegner both documented the unimaginable suffering they witnessed in images which helped build a case against a Turkish government which still denies the slaughter of up to 1.5million Armenians constituted genocide.
As Armenians mark 100 years since the atrocities, many Western countries still do not use that word, and US president Barack Obama is once again unlikely to do so in his upcoming statement marking the anniversary despite pledging he would during his election campaign.
MILAN — An Italian prosecutor says Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out.
Prosecutor Mauro Mura told a press conference in Cagliari, Sardinia, on Friday that wiretaps indicated the suspected terrorists were planning a bomb attack at the Vatican and that a suicide bomber had arrived in Rome.
Mura said the attack plans never went further and that the suicide bomber left Italy, though it wasn’t clear why. He said the wiretaps gave “signals of some preparation for a possible attack.”
Italian police said Friday they were making arrests of 18 suspected extremists, including two purported bodyguards for Osama bin Laden, who allegedly staged attacks in Pakistan and sought to topple the Pakistani government.