Washington State Judge Fines Christian Florist $1,000 For Refusing To Sell Same-Sex Wedding Flowers…

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The fine was requested by Washington’s Dem Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Via Seattle PI

A Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding was fined $1,000 Friday, plus $1 for court costs and fees.

Benton County Superior Judge Alexander Ekstrom’s ruling gives Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Washington, 60 days to pay the state for her refusal to serve Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed when they sought to buy wedding flowers in 2013.

Stutzman, who had sold flowers to Ingersoll for years, knew he was gay and said when he sought to buy wedding flowers that the marriage went against her beliefs as a Southern Baptist. After they were refused flowers, Ingersoll and Freed went ahead with a smaller wedding than they had planned. They got married in their home with 11 guests and flowers from another florist.

In a February ruling, Ekstrom found that Stutzman’s refusal to provide flowers because of sexual orientation violated Washington’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws. Along with the fine, the judge’s ruling also requires that everything Arlene’s Flowers sells to opposite-sex couples has to be available at the same price to same-sex couples.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, whose office requested the fine, said in a statement Friday that the ruling is a reminder of the reach of Washington’s anti-discrimination laws.

“My primary goal has always been to end illegal discrimination,” Ferguson said. “I’m pleased that today’s ruling clearly prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples.”

HT Theo Spark

SCOTUS Rejects Appeal By US Flag-Wearing California Students On Cinco De Mayo…

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Diversity and tolerance trump the First Amendment.

Via KTVU

The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former California high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out during a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday at school.

The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place an appellate ruling that found that school officials acted appropriately because their concerns about racial violence outweighed students’ freedom of expression rights. Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would enflame the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday.

The onetime students at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California, argued that school officials gave a “heckler’s veto” to the objecting students.

The brother and sister who won a landmark Vietnam era student speech case at the Supreme Court also supported the appeal.

Anonymous Basement Dwellers Threaten Israel With “Electronic Holocaust” Just One Week Before Holocaust Remembrance Day…

Same as the Pali’s, they do their work underground just not in tunnels.

Via Daily Mail

The cyber activist group Anonymous has issued a chilling video statement threatening Israel with an ‘electronic Holocaust’ in response to what it calls ‘crimes in the Palestinian territories’.

The clip is edited in the style of a television news report and features a masked and suited individual sitting behind a desk and reading from a pre-prepared script as he declares plans for a massive cyber attack on April 7 – one week before Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Declaring Palestinians youths a ‘symbol of freedom’, Anonymous says it will take down ‘servers, government websites, Israeli military websites, and Israeli institutions’ in a move that will ‘erase [Israel] from cyberspace in our electronic Holocaust’.

The video is narrated in an electronic voice, suggesting software has either been used either to conceal the identity of the person speaking, to translate it from another language into English, or possibly both.

‘We are coming back to punish you again, for your crimes in the Palestinian territories, as we do every year on 7 April, All we see is continuous aggression, bombing, killing and kidnapping of the Palestinian people, as in the last war against Gaza in 2014,’ the voice in the video says.[…]

Previous targets of the hacker group’s operations have been websites of the Israeli prime minister’s office, the IDF, the Bank of Israel and the Embassy of Israel to the United States.

Speaking to Newsweek, Benjamin T. Decker, a senior intelligence analyst at Tel Aviv-based risk consultancy The Levantine Group, said it is not the first time Anonymous has issued such a threat – adding that it happens every year, with Israel able to limit the impact further each time.

‘For the most part, this is posturing. This is actually the fourth year that Anonymous has carried out this Op Israel attack and called on their supporters to erase Israel from the internet,’ he said.

‘As the years have progressed we have seen that, despite their increasing sophistication in hacking techniques, we have seen less damage against Israeli cyber infrastructures, largely due to Israel’s pioneering of most cyber warfare tactics, both offensive and defensive,’ Mr Decker added.

The video threatens Israel with an ‘electronic Holocaust’ on April 7 – just one week before Holocaust Remembrance Day, known in Israel as Yom HaShoah.

The event is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany.

News of Anonymous threat comes as a Jerusalem district court indicted a Palestinian from east Jerusalem on charges of traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group.

The Shin Bet security service says Khalil Khalil, born in 1990, had joined a gym at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem to physically prepare for the mission.

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Al Sharpton Compares Indiana Religious Freedom Law To Slavery And Jim Crow…

This is the same guy who called a man a “punk faggot” on national TV.

“This is a key moment for the country. Too often in our history, we’ve seen religion used to justify attacks on other people’s rights, from slavery, to Jim Crow, to women’s right to vote. That same fight is with us today, and we can’t let it stand.”

Al-Nusra Front And ISIS Entrapping Homosexuals In Syria By Pretending To Be Gay…

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I wonder how far that “pretending” goes?

Via The Daily Caller

Gay Syrians are being targeted by jihadis who pose as homosexual in order to entrap and ransom them.

At least one kidnapping occurred in Raqqa, Syria, in 2013, reported the The Daily Beast.

“Karim” and “Tareq” were on their second date and had just finished dinner when Karim was attacked by five men. They put a bag over his head, gagged him, and drove him away. Karim realized his date had trapped him after hearing Tareq and his captors talk about ransom.

After two weeks of negotiations, Karim’s family paid a ransom and he was released. Writes Daily Beast reporter Amelie Zaccour:

Tareq had been posing as a gay man but working with a group linked to Jabhat al Nusra, according to Karim, in order to entrap homosexuals, a not uncommon practice in war-torn Syria. Al Nusra, the anti-Assad militia most closely associated with al Qaeda, had picked up one of Karim’s friends and got a list of numbers from his phone to track down other gay people.

When Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad was still firmly in power, Syrians caught living a homosexual lifestyle only had to paid a fine, Karim told The Daily Beast.

Now, jihadi organizations are vying for control of the country, imposing fundamentalist interpretations of Islam.

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Poll: Americans See Putin As Only Slightly More Of An Imminent Threat Than Obama…

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Obama is a threat from within.

Via Reuters

People in the United States feel under threat, both from beyond our borders and within them. In fact, when asked about both U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, it was a pretty darn close call — 20 percent saw Putin as an imminent threat compared to 18 percent who said the same about Obama.

A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll asked more than 3,000 Americans what they see as some of the biggest threats to themselves and the country. You can slice and dice the information in literally hundreds of different ways here. People were shown a range of potential threats and then asked to rate how dangerous they were with one being no threat and five meaning the threat is imminent.[…]

Perhaps the most disturbing part, however, is how Americans view each other, simply because of the political party they favor. Thirteen percent of us see the Republican and Democratic parties as an imminent threat. That’s the same number who think the Chinese might be. Quick reality check: neither political party is the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt, nor could they cripple us economically in an afternoon. Nor has either party independently building an army that may soon be able to rival that of the United States — that we know of, anyway.

It’s also interesting to see that both sides of the political aisle are worried about themselves: 38 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of Republicans think their own party is something of a threat. Politics makes for strange bedfellows, but when you’re scared of the party you’ve gotten into bed with, something seems amiss.

Meanwhile, the world is certainly worried about the United States. In a Gallup survey of people in 65 countries, about one quarter named the United States as the greatest threat to world peace. Maybe that should not be so surprising, as only about half of Americans know which country was the only one to ever drop a nuclear bomb.[…]

Lower on the list of beliefs and movements we feel are imminent threats sit Judaism and Christianity (7 and 6 percent, respectively), thus pulling in all three major Western religions. Still, many Americans feel atheism is an even bigger threat — 12 percent.

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Anglican Bishops Apologize For Climate Change: “We’ve Been Complicit In A Theology Of Domination”…

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For 50 Cents a day you can pay for a solar powered fan to cool a starving child in Africa.

Via RTCC

Climate change is the “most urgent” moral issue facing humanity, according to a group of 17 Anglican bishops, calling on the church’s 85 million-strong followers to take action.

The bishops, from Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas, say they have been “complicit in a theology of domination” that has seen environmental degradation ignored.

Writing ahead of the most important Christian festival of the year, Easter, they urge fellow Anglicans to push for an ambitious UN climate deal in Paris later this year.

They also commit their own dioceses to divest from fossil fuels, invest in renewable energy and take energy conservation measures in church buildings.

“In the words of St Theresa of Avila, we are God’s hands and feet on earth – now is the time for us, rooted in prayer, to step up and take action on the climate crisis,” said the archbishop of Cape Town and primate of southern Africa, Thabo Makgoba.[…]

Although climate scientists have for many years warned of the consequences of inaction there is an alarming lack of global agreement about the way forward. We believe that the problem is spiritual as well as economic, scientific and political, because the roadblock to effective action relates to basic existential issues of how human life is framed and valued: including the competing moral claims of present and future generations, human versus non-human interests, and how the lifestyle of wealthy countries is to be balanced against the basic needs of the developing world. For this reason the Church must urgently find its collective moral voice.

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Report: Turkey Helped Al-Nusra Front And Other Islamist Rebels Seize Key City Of Idlib From Assad’s Forces…

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The Turks are complaining about Iran meddling in Iraq.

Via Haaretz

A Syrian military source accused Turkey on Monday of helping Islamist rebels to stage an assault on Idlib, a provincial capital which fighters seized at the weekend.

The source declined to comment on the situation in Idlib, citing security considerations, but a monitoring group has confirmed the Al-Qaida linked Nusra Front and allies now control Idlib and said the Syrian air force bombed the city on Monday.

The fall of Idlib, 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border, marks only the second time in the Syrian civil war that Damascus has lost control of a provincial capital. The first was Raqqa, which the ultra-radical Islamic State group has turned into the de facto capital of its self-declared caliphate.[…]

The setback for Assad in Idlib coincides with growing tension over Yemen between Saudi Arabia and Iran, one of Assad’s firmest backers. Turkey has come out in support of a Saudi-led military intervention against Iranian-allied Houthis in Yemen.

The Syrian conflict, in which an estimated 220,000 people have been killed, has been a major arena for Iranian-Saudi rivalry.

The Nusra Front’s influence in northwestern Syria has been expanding at the expense of mainstream rebel groups, some of which received U.S. military support. It is a rival of Islamic State, an Al-Qaida offshoot that has seized territory in both Syria and Iraq.

Ahrar al-Sham issued a statement urging the people of Idlib to help fighters run the city and saying they were not seeking to set up an Islamic emirate.

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Obama Putin Pays Army Of Internet ‘Trolls’ To Spread Fake Good News…

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Putin is six years behind and he has Pravda.

Via NY Post

Russian President Vladimir Putin pays a secret army of social-media “trolls” to spread fake, glowing posts about him throughout the Internet, former workers have revealed.

“You write, write, write from the point of view of anyone,” one of the roughly 400 pro-Putin propagandists told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

“You could be posing as a housewife who bakes dumplings and suddenly decides, ‘I have an opinion about what Putin said!’ ” explained the ex-staffer, identified only as “Tatiana, 22.”

For a salary of roughly $700 a month, the workers spend 12-hour shifts at computers in a St. Petersburg “troll factory,” blogging and posting comments under aliases.

Report: New Clinton Foundation Leader Blocked College Conservative Group Numerous Times At U. Of Miami…

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Sounds like something a megalomaniac Clintonite would do.

Via Campus Reform:

Donna Shalala, former Department of Health and Human Services secretary and outgoing President of the University of Miami, tried more than once to deny young female students a chance to organize a conservative club on campus.

Shalala’s past attempts to silence conservative activists is resurfacing amidst her new appointment to head-up the Clinton Foundation.

According to reports, the incident occurred during the 2002-03 academic year, during which Colleen Donovan, Andrea Kiser, Nathalia Gillot, and Sarah Canale founded a group called Advocates for Conservative Thought. In order to use university resources and facilities, the club had to be approved and registered with the Committee on Student Groups. However, the process did not occur as smoothly as they hoped it would.

The Committee on Student Groups denied the group approval three separate times—once in November 2002, again in December 2002, and again in January 2003. The Committee suggested that ACT would simply be a mirror of the College Republicans club that already existed on campus and adding another such club to the mix would be a poor use of university resources.

However, one of the group’s founders pointed out at the time that College Republicans endorse specific candidates and party policies; the club they sought to found would seek to sponsor lectures, distribute materials, and take part in “the exposition and promotion of conservative principles and ideas in society.” Indeed, some of ACT’s founders were Democrats who identified with many conservative beliefs.

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Dingbat Reid Calls Whistleblowers Accusing Him Of Using Political Pressure For Special Treatment “A Bunch Of Whiners”…

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This asshat can’t be gone from the Senate soon enough.

Via Washington Times:

An inspector general called them courageous, but Sen. Harry Reid said Friday that the government whistleblowers who accused him of using political pressure to try to win special treatment for a Las Vegas casino were “a bunch of whiners.”

Mr. Reid, a Nevada Democrat who announced he will retire at the end of this Congress after 30 years in the Senate, said it’s his job to press the federal government to speed up decisions on his constituents’ needs, and said that’s what he was doing when he made the appeal to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to act on the casino’s request to expedite processing of investors’ visas.

“If I had to do over again, I would do it again. If I did it over again, I’d probably be stronger than I was,” he told KNPR radio in an interview just after he announced his impending retirement.

Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth earlier this week released a report accusing then-USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas of showing favoritism toward investor visa applications backed by high-profile Democrats in three different cases, including the casino request about which Mr. Reid personally got involved.

Mr. Roth said the special treatment was brought to his attention by more than 15 whistleblowers — an extraordinary number, in Mr. Roth’s judgment — who believed Mr. Mayorkas was caving to political pressure.

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Syrian Opposition: Obama Giving In To Iran On Nuke Deal Because His Father Is A Shiite Muslim From Kenya…

If only he was a Republican, then MSNBC would have a solid two weeks worth of programming to fill up.

Lesbian Moonbat Outraged Christians Have A Problem With Paintings Depicting “Gay Jesus”…

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While she ignores ISIS throwing homosexuals off rooftops in Syria and Iraq.

Gay Passion of Christ Envisioned and Attacked – HuffPo

Jesus arrives as a gay man of today in a modern city with “The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision,” a controversial series of paintings that are newly available as a book.

The paintings and the new book that I wrote about them have been attacked as blasphemy by conservative Christians. But we refuse to concede Jesus to those who act like they own the copyright on Christ, then use him as a weapon to dominate others.

The contemporary queer Christ figure is persecuted, killed and rises again in the 24 paintings by New York artist Doug Blanchard. A surprisingly diverse group of friends join the gay Jesus on a journey from suffering to freedom.

Right-wing Christians denounced us as “blasphemers” and condemned our book as an “abomination,” “disgusting” and “an outrage to mock Christ in this manner.” Facebook canceled ads for the book because it was too “shocking.” When the LGBT community protested, the social media company reversed its decision and “resurrected” the ad.

LGBT Christian visions are important now because conservatives are using religion to justify discrimination against queer people. Whenever anyone commits violence against another, Christ is crucified again — including when LGBT people are attacked or killed because of who they are.

Every group envisions Christ in their own image from their own context, and now there is a gay vision of Jesus, shaped by the political, economic and cultural forces of our time. LGBT people often identify with the hurt and humiliation that Jesus experienced on the cross.

IG Launches Investigation Into VA Hospital Director Who Was Paid An Absurd $288K To Relocate 140-Miles…

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It’s about time they started investigating the crooks at the top of the VA. Update to this story.

Via Daily Caller:

The inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs has opened an investigation into why the director of the Philadelphia regional benefits office was given a $288,000 “relocation payment” to move from Washington, D.C. last year.

Diana Rubens was awarded that hefty sum to make the 140-mile move from her previous job in Washington, D.C. where she served as the agency’s deputy undersecretary for field operations. She oversaw 57 regional benefits offices in that position.

Florida U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, sent a letter to VA inspector general Richard Griffin on March 10 asking for an investigation into Rubens’ payout and to the agency’s policies regarding such payments. Miller also alleged in the letter that Rubens is being paid a senior executive service-level salary despite her current position being “two levels below her Central Office pay grade.”

Miller wrote in a separate letter to VA Sec. Robert McDonald that the “outrageous” payments are especially troubling given the agency’s scandals revolving around its inability to provide care to sick veterans.

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Boston “Black Lives Matter” Racists Say No White People Allowed At Meeting On Death Of Career Criminal Who Shot Police Officer…

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According to BLM, the ban on white people is at the behest of shooter’s family.

Via Independent Sentinel:

Police officer and former U.S. Army Ranger John Moynihan was honored at the White House less than a year ago as one of the nation’s “Top Cops” for helping to save a transit officer wounded in a gunbattle with the Boston Marathon bombers.

Today he is in a Boston Hospital fighting for his life. The extent of his injuries is unknown. He was shot in the face over a traffic stop.

On Friday night, Officer Moynihan and other officers stopped a car that was possibly involved in a crime.

Officer Moynihan, 34, went up to the suspects car, no guns drawn, and without provocation, Angelo West shot the officer right below the eye at point-blank range.

West continued to empty his magnum at the other officers. The suspect, Angelo West, 41, with a history of a violent criminal past, was shot by police. West was a career criminal.

Officer Moynihan is sedated and in critical condition with a bullet lodged behind his right ear.

The reaction by the Soros-backed group BlackLivesMatter and their many followers is despicable and illogical. They are without one ounce of concern for the officer who was shot by the violent black criminal.

The racist group will meet to see what they can do on behalf of this murder and whether they can get away with protests. Whites not allowed at this meeting!

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NY Post Video Site: “Indiana Is A Great Place To Be A Bigot!”…

I almost didn’t want to post the video as to not give it even one extra view, but the absurdity of the Indiana bashing needs to be chronicled…

The super clever description under the video on YouTube reads, “If you love covered bridges and discriminating, book your trip to Indiana today.”

They’re so cool…

Via Newsbusters:

A new digital short is blasting Indiana as a state full of bigots. In the style of a tourism ad, the parody shows images of all things Indiana is famous for, from it’s “world class cities” to it’s NFL team to the Indianapolis 500. The narrator’s voice croons, “That hoosier hospitality makes everyone welcome — especially, bigots! Whether you’re a family of bigots, a couple of bigots or just an individual bigot” the ad claims, you can “shame and humiliate people who are different from you to your heart’s content.” The ad cites the newly-signed bill, “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” as the reason bigots live in Indiana.

This ad isn’t just from a random Youtube user. The parody comes from “Internet Action Force” (IAF), a new digital shorts website launched by the New York Post. According to local news site Capital New York, IAF is run by a gamut of writers and comedians from left-leaning outlets such as Comedy Central, Conan O’ Brien’s TeamCoco.com, and Funny or Die. Senior Editor Nick Poppy even worked as a digital video editor for ABC News previously.

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Breaking: Vehicle Tries To Ram Gate At Fort Meade At HQs Of NSA, Shots Fired…Update: Two Men Disguised As Women Were In SUV, 1 Killed, Other Injured; Guard Also Injured…Update: Report: Threat To NSA Had Been Called In For Today, Perps Allegedly Fired On The Police First

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Fox is reporting a vehicle rammed the gate and that shooting was heard.

Via NBC:

Police are on the scene of an incident outside Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County.

From Chopper4, emergency workers could be seen caring for an injured, uniformed man who was loaded into an ambulance.

It’s not clear what connection that person has to the incident, if any. There are two vehicles with damage outside the gate, including a police SUV.

The National Security Agency is investigating the incident.

Fort Meade, a United States Army installation, is home to approximately 11,000 military personnel along with about 29,000 civilian employees, according the military installation’s website.

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Appears from the pictures above to have at least one fatality, there appears to be a body covered with a sheet near the door of the black SUV that rammed the gate. Two injured in addition.

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Dressed as women who just happened to crash the gate and it’s a local incident? Can’t wait to hear the explanation for this!

Via NBC:

Gunfire erupted Monday morning at the gate of the National Security Agency’s facility at Fort Meade in Maryland when two men disguised as women in a stolen car tried to enter, sources said.

A guard intervened and shot at least one of the men in the Ford Escape. A search of the vehicle turned up a gun and some drugs.

The condition of the men in the car was not confirmed. The NSA is a conducting the investigation into the incident, but the FBI was also on the scene.

“The shooting scene is contained and we do not believe it is related to terrorism,” the FBI’s Baltimore office said in a statement. “We are working with the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland to determine if federal charges are warranted.”

It’s not clear why the men were trying to enter the facility, but one senior U.S. official called it a “local criminal matter.”

One bad guy shot, one captured and one guard also injured.

Update:

Our info sec friend, John Schindler, is reporting the following:

Doesn’t sound very “local” to me…

Bill Maher’s Message To The Lib Troll Hacks At Media Matters: “Shut The F*ck Up”

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Every once in a while, Maher says something pretty great to people on his side. This is one of those times.

Via Truth Revolt:

On HBO’s Real Time Friday, strident liberal atheist host Bill Maher weighed in on the left’s outrage over fashion duo Dolce & Gabbana’s comments defending traditional marriage and criticizing in vitro fertilization, which has led to a celebrity-led boycott of the company (and an ugly back and forth between Elton John and Stefano Gabbana). Maher told his fellow liberals enough with the politically correct policing of those “in their own ranks”; the gay fashion designers, he pointed out, are “95% on your side.”

“We liberals always talk about how the right needs to rein in its crazies,” said Maher, “but the left has some crazy reining in to do too.”

Maher then turned his attention to the chief of the thought police, Media Matters for America, for its recent example of laughable faux outrage over a recent cover of The Economist which used an image of jalapeños on an American flag in a story about Latinos.

“Hey, Media Matters, can I say one thing to you?” asked Maher. “Shut the f** up.”

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Daily Beast Editor Likens Indiana Gov. Mike Pence To Segregationist George Wallace…

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Libs are losing it . . . again.

Via Newsbusters:

On Monday’s New Day on CNN, Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon likened Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s defense of his state’s new religious freedom law to George Wallace’s fight for racial segregation. Avlon asserted that Republican politicians “don’t want to say they’re in favor of bigotry. So what you get is that incredibly awkward stonewalling by Mike Pence.” He added that “this puts him in the same position as George Wallace…by saying that…I’m not in favor of segregation. I never have been. This is about states’ rights and the Constitution.”

The CNN analyst also underlined that social conservative pressing this issue is “the tyranny of dog whistle politics…These politicians are terrified to vote against this because they don’t want to be seen – and vulnerable in a primary challenge – people who say they aren’t Christian enough and aren’t conservative enough.” Avlon later contended that the backlash against Governor Pence would sink any presidential aspirations: “Whenever there’s this kind of pandering to the outer reaches of politics, it ends up having unintended consequences that derail national ambitions.

Clueless Singer Miley Cyrus Calls Governor Mike Pence An “Asshole” For Signing Religious Freedom Law…

MSNBC called, Miley, wants to know if you want your own show.

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