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  • Why the GOP cannot sweep its Milo scandal under the rug

    02/23/2017 5:44:03 PM PST · by madprof98 · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/23/17 | Kristin Tate
    The British, gay provocateur and former Breitbart editor is everything that traditionalists hate: bold, politically incorrect, unapologetic, and often offensive. He uses his unconventional style to spread conservatism, offend “snowflakes” and promote free speech. Milo is so controversial, many mainstream conservatives have completely written him off, for fear of tarnishing the GOP brand. While it may be tempting to disassociate with Milo, the Republican Party must listen up and learn a few lessons from the controversial Brit — especially if it wants to expand its base among young voters, who now make up the nation’s largest voting bloc. *** The...
  • CPAC Offers Utterly Uninspiring Vision for Millennials

    02/23/2017 1:36:08 PM PST · by madprof98 · 52 replies ^ | 2/23/17 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    The one millennial-focused panel on the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) main-stage Thursday was titled "FREE stuff vs FREE-dom: Millennials' Love Affair with Bernie Sanders?" It got worse from there. *** Asked what might bring Bernie-loving millennials around to Republicans or capitalism, the panelists continued to bash Democratic policies such as the Affordable Care Act and the socialist policies that wrecked Venezuela. But they still failed to offer any positive visions of their own. It served as a stark reminder why the Republican Party does so dismally with young folks—in polls, just around 20 percent of millennials tend to identify...
  • Georgia governor slams door on ‘religious liberty’ revival

    02/23/2017 10:00:50 AM PST · by madprof98 · 17 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 2/23/17 | Greg Bluestein
    Gov. Nathan Deal was unequivocal in his opposition to a revived “religious liberty” measure on Thursday, signaling he would veto the measure if it made it to his desk. “I didn’t want there to be any confusion about where I stand on the RFRA bill: I have no desire or appetite to entertain that legislation,” Deal said. He was referring to a one-page proposal introduced this week by state Sen. Marty Harbin that brought the debate over the legislation back to the forefront. His measure would require the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 to apply in Georgia. ***...
  • The Meaning of Milo

    02/22/2017 5:25:08 PM PST · by madprof98 · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2/22/17 | Ross Douthat
    First, post-1960s social conservatism — the bigger-than-the-religious-right tent that once included a lot of moderately religious fellow travelers — has collapsed back to its zealous core. On practically every issue save abortion, liberals won the culture war decisively, and religious conservatives awoke to find themselves strangers in their own country, dismissed as bigots from liberalism’s pulpits and stuck on the wrong side of 40-60 or 30-70 public-opinion splits. But social liberalism’s sweeping victory produced new forms of backlash — less traditionalist and more populist, less religious and more rowdy, not sacred but profane. These forms of resistance take aim at...
  • Milo Is the Mini-Donald

    02/21/2017 6:42:54 PM PST · by madprof98 · 69 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2/21/17 | Frank Bruni
    If you halved Donald Trump’s age, changed his sexual orientation, gave him a British accent and fussed with his hair only a little, you’d end up with a creature much like Milo Yiannopoulos. He could be Trump’s lost gay child. In fact, Yiannopoulos, 33, has a habit of referring to Trump, 70, as “Daddy.” Trump the father and Yiannopoulos the son are both provocateurs who realize that in this day and age especially, the currency of celebrity isn’t demeaned by the outrageousness and offensiveness through which a person achieves it. Both are con men, wrapping themselves in higher causes, though...
  • The fall of Milo Yiannopoulos: Only the mainstream right has the power to stop the populist right

    02/21/2017 7:59:53 AM PST · by madprof98 · 29 replies
    New Statesman (UK) ^ | 2/21/17 | Helen Lewis
    The strangest part of yesterday was seeing Milo Yiannopoulous's increasingly sincere Facebook posts, as the awful realisation dawned on him - as it dawned on Nigel Farage during the referendum - that the sweet shelter of the mainstream right was being withdrawn from him. When he had attacked his female peers in the London tech scene, when he attacked transgender people for being "mentally ill", when he attacked an actor for the temerity to be black, female and funny in a jumpsuit, he was given licence. He was provocative, starting a debate, exercising his free speech. But yesterday he found...
  • One Press Conference, Two Audiences

    02/17/2017 8:51:49 AM PST · by madprof98 · 28 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2/17/17 | CONOR FRIEDERSDORF
    Viewers who watched it themselves saw a rambling, misleading performance. But those who relied on conservative cable newscasts or talk radio hosts got a very different impression.On Thursday, Donald Trump gave a press conference that was rife with untruths and evasions. Let’s begin with specific examples of demonstrable falsehoods, so that readers who are favorable to the president won’t have to trust my characterization: [Blather, Blather] *** Perhaps the divergent coverage of Thursday’s press conference helps to illustrate that a great many of those people aren’t seeing the same information as those who oppose Trump—they are being fed lies and...
  • Twitter reacts to Trump's wild press conference [Mainstream View]

    02/16/2017 1:21:32 PM PST · by madprof98 · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/16/17 | Alix Martichoux
    President Donald Trump's press conference Thursday morning was planned to announce his new pick for secretary of labor. But that's certainly not what anyone is talking after Trump took us along for an hour-long wild ride. [A slideshow offers a selection of tweets, more than half referencing SNL and almost all mocking the President.]
  • The bipartisan duo strikes again: [GA R-Gov] Deal taps [ATL D-Mayor] Reed’s wife to coveted post

    02/14/2017 1:12:57 PM PST · by madprof98 · 6 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 2/14/17 | Greg Bluestein
    Let it never be said that Gov. Nathan Deal’s friendship with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is faltering in the final days of their two political terms. The governor has appointed Reed’s wife Sarah-Elizabeth Reed to the powerful Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s higher education system, passing over many GOP donors and other allies who have long sought that seat. *** Where Deal once looked to Reed for help with the Obama administration, Hizzoner must turn to Deal for some pull with Trump’s White House. And the GOP governor has signaled he’s more than willing to help. His top...
  • Reading of Coretta Scott King’s letter forbidden by U.S. Senate

    02/08/2017 6:54:21 AM PST · by madprof98 · 44 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 2/7/17 | Jim GallowayTamar Hallerman
    In the midst of a Democratic protest this evening against the nomination of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as the next attorney general, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., began reading the contents of a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King, widow of the slain civil rights leader, protesting his nomination as a U.S. District judge. (That nomination was unsuccessful.) But 31 years later, Warren was sanctioned by her Senate colleagues for reading the letter on the chamber floor, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said impugned the character of her fellow senator.
  • Atlanta newspaper enters Trump, Lewis feud with front-page story

    01/15/2017 2:14:24 PM PST · by madprof98 · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/15/17 | MALLORY SHELBOURNE
    The front page of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sunday blasts President-elect Donald Trump with the headline "Atlanta to Trump: Wrong." The accompanying front-page article reacts to Trump’s criticism of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), after the incoming president said Saturday the longtime congressman does nothing for his district, which Trump said is in "horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested)." “The district that Trump described as in ‘horrible shape’ includes Emory University and Morehouse College, as well as Spelman College and Georgia Tech. The Coca-Cola headquarters is just one of that district’s many, high-profile corporate residents,” the AJC article...
  • Atlanta Mayor Reed to Trump: “John Lewis an American hero. Full stop.”

    01/14/2017 12:53:55 PM PST · by madprof98 · 106 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/14/17 | Leon Stafford
    Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pushed back Saturday on President-elect Donald Trump’s assessment of civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ district. In a series of tweets, Reed said: “John Lewis is an American hero & a national treasure. Period. Full stop. “That PEOTUS Trump would attack Congressman Lewis on MLK Day weekend for “all talk…no action” when he bled to actually “Make America Great” is why far less than half the country supports him at the dawn of his presidency.” Trump said Lewis’s district was “in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested)” in an early...
  • Trump to John Lewis: Fix your ‘horrible’ Atlanta district

    01/14/2017 6:15:23 AM PST · by madprof98 · 109 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/14/17 | Greg Bluestein
    President-elect Donald Trump labeled a congressional district that sweeps through the heart of Atlanta as a “crime infested” area that is in “horrible shape” in an early-morning tweet Saturday aimed at one of his most outspoken Democratic critics. The Republican was unloading at Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who has represented the Atlanta district since his 1986 election, after the civil rights icon made national headlines when he told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he will skip Trump’s inauguration next week. “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling...
  • Trump’s bogus claim that intelligence report says Russia didn’t impact the 2016 election outcome

    01/07/2017 12:45:18 PM PST · by madprof98 · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/7/17 | Aaron Blake
    he big, overarching reason that President-elect Donald Trump doesn't want to accept the conclusions of the intelligence community about Russia's alleged hacking is pretty simple: It would call into question whether he would have won the 2016 election without it. Trump is a winner, and it would hurt his brand. And he's making that very clear right now — in a deceptive way.
  • ‘Insane’: Anger in Mobile, Ala., as city robs park of beloved old cedar for Trump rally backdrop

    12/21/2016 3:26:30 PM PST · by madprof98 · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/20/16 | Samantha Schmidt
    On the day leading up to the final rally of Donald Trump’s “thank you” tour, city officials in Mobile, Ala., raved about its plans for a festive, Christmas welcome for the president-elect. The mayor’s chief of staff tweeted that the city “did the impossible,” erecting and decorating a 50-foot Christmas tree as a backdrop for Trump’s speech. But some Mobile residents soon speculated that the majestic cedar tree was one they had seen before, reported. Just over a mile away from the stadium where Trump would speak, in a public park, a massive cedar tree was gone. As skeptical...
  • YouTube star says he was pulled off Delta flight after speaking Arabic

    12/21/2016 9:37:36 AM PST · by madprof98 · 24 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 12/21/16 | Kelly Yamanouchi
    A YouTube star known for pranks and hoaxing says he was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight after speaking Arabic. In a series of tweets and videos, Adam Saleh described the incident on Delta Flight 1 from London Heathrow Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. “We got kicked out of a @Delta airplane because I spoke Arabic to my mom on the phone and with my friend slim,” Saleh wrote. In one tweet, he called for a boycott of Delta. Delta said two customers were removed from the flight and later rebooked “after a disturbance in the...
  • Dear America, Why Did You Let Us Down?

    12/18/2016 7:33:03 AM PST · by madprof98 · 156 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | 12/16/16 | Lisa Pryor
    In Australia, and around the world, we have been living this presidential transition with you. We watched the debates on our lunch breaks, we scrolled through news on our phones as the voting results were announced, in the warm light of a spring day. Since the election I have cried many times, in the shower, in the car, as the conventions that define liberal Western democracy are stripped away by Donald J. Trump, with every distressful appointment, each impulsive outburst. I have embarrassment of grief for a government that is not mine and for a country that does not belong...
  • A civil rights leader was kicked off a plane. Now he’s suing the airline.

    12/17/2016 6:39:37 AM PST · by madprof98 · 83 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/14/16 | Rachel Weiner
    The Rev. William Barber, the head of the North Carolina NAACP and a leader in the state’s Moral Mondays movement, says he was kicked off an American Airlines flight earlier this year because he is black. He filed suit against the company on Wednesday in Alexandria, Va., federal court, demanding unspecified monetary damages as well as changes at the airline. According to the minister, he was harassed by fellow passengers and a flight attendant before being removed from his flight, which was departing Reagan National Airport, for no reason. “To be born two days after the March on Washington and...
  • Transgender Student Tells UW-Milwaukee Chancellor to “F” Off After Yiannopoulos Speech

    12/14/2016 1:17:23 PM PST · by madprof98 · 61 replies
    Media Milwaukee ^ | 12/14/16 | NICOLE FRECHETTE et al.
    The UW-Milwaukee transgender student who was singled out by controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos sent an angry, expletive-laden filled email to Chancellor Mark Mone, accusing the chancellor of insulting her and engaging in “goddamn lip service.” “GO F-CK YOURSELF,” Adelaide Karen Kramer started the email, which she sent to the chancellor and 458 members of the university community on December 14, the morning after Breitbart editor Yiannopoulos spoke to a sold-out crowd in the Wisconsin Room at the UWM Student Union. Kramer was responding to an email that Mone sent to all students and faculty after Yiannopoulos’ incendiary speech. *** In...
  • Colin Kaepernick's parents respond to 'over the top' criticism from admiral

    12/11/2016 6:43:16 PM PST · by madprof98 · 47 replies
    SFGate ^ | 12/11/16 | Cindy Boren (WaPost)
    After standing by proudly but quietly as their son continued to protest the national anthem and draw intense criticism, the parents of Colin Kaepernick finally decided to talk about his decision and beliefs. "Colin is carrying a heavy load and following a difficult path that he truly believes in. He is putting his entire future and possibly his life on the line for those beliefs," Teresa and Rick Kaepernick wrote in a statement released to The Undefeated. "As his parents, it pains us to read articles and tweets saying that his family does not support him; this could not be...
  • Editorial: Milo, censorship and free speech

    12/10/2016 6:40:38 AM PST · by madprof98 · 14 replies
    Iowa State Daily ^ | 12/9/16 | ISD Editorial Board
    SU Students 4 Trump, and other conservative forces on campus, would have students believe that their First Amendment rights are under assault by the tyrannical administration here at Iowa State University. The organization, which is not an official student group but rather a charter of the nationwide group Students 4 Trump, made national headlines after canceling a Milo Yiannopoulos event last week. *** However, there is no evidence to show that this wasn’t just a simple case of bureaucratic overlook, or a situation where the university looked at the reality of past Yiannopoulos events and decided that more security would...
  • Boy, 9, says Santa Claus fat shamed him . . .

    12/07/2016 12:27:15 PM PST · by madprof98 · 88 replies
    RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. A Rutherford County woman said her son left his visit to Santa Claus in tears because the man made fun of his weight. Ashley Mayse said she wished she'd never brought Anthony, 9, to talk to the Santa employed by Forest City, Channel 9's partner, WLOS, reported. Anthony posed for a picture with Santa and shared his Christmas list, but the man's final comments caused Anthony to later tear up the picture with the not-so-jolly character. "And when it got done, he said, ‘Lay off the hamburgers and french fries’ and that really just disrespected me, and...
  • [GA House Speaker] David Ralston: Let Congress take a crack at ‘religious liberty’ measure

    12/04/2016 8:15:18 AM PST · by madprof98 · 6 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 12/4/16 | Jim Galloway
    On Friday afternoon, House Speaker David Ralston joined host Bill Nigut and I for some conversation on GPB’s “Political Rewind.” Many topics were touched, and you can listen to the entire exchange here. Perhaps most important was Ralston’s contention that an end to gridlock in Washington was a reason to give the “religious liberty” issue a rest come January – and let Congress take a crack at it. The House speaker also said it would be “irresponsible” not to consider the apparent defeat of North Carolina’s governor, who signed legislation similar to the measure that Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed last...
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber [of Commerce] to oppose ‘religious liberty’ bills in 2017

    11/30/2016 1:03:21 PM PST · by madprof98 · 17 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 11/30/16 | Scott Trubey
    Top brass at the Metro Atlanta Chamber said Wednesday they will make avoiding another firestorm of controversy over “religious liberty” legislation a top priority when the state Legislature reconvenes in January. SunTrust Banks Executive Vice President Jenner Wood, the outgoing chairman of the chamber’s board, said the conversation alone over the legislation, which critics deride as discriminatory toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, is damaging to the state’s reputation of tolerance and inclusion. It also can dent Georgia’s economic progress since the recession.
  • What’s Wrong with the ‘Whitelash’ Thesis

    11/19/2016 6:02:52 PM PST · by madprof98 · 15 replies
    National Review (Corner) ^ | 11/19/16 | Peter Augustine Lawler
    Liberal professor of political philosophy Mark Lilla is all for the gains on behalf of diversity rightly understood over the last generation. And we conservatives agree there really has been progress on this front, and our country in some key respects is more just than it used to be. Our rigorous “selective nostalgia” — attentive as it is to the ways things are getting better and worse — celebrates the ways things have gotten better for African Americans, women, gays, Latinos, and others. One of the most memorable days of my life, in fact, was driving through midtown Atlanta the...
  • Canadians invite California, Oregon and Washington to secede

    11/15/2016 5:50:51 PM PST · by madprof98 · 72 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 11/15/16 | WSB-TV
    After the West Coast overwhelming supported Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for president, Canadians are taking to social media to invite Washington, Oregon, and California to join Canada.
  • What Our Sons Are Learning From Donald Trump

    10/18/2016 2:23:00 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/18/16 | Claire Cain Miller
    Throughout his campaign, Donald J. Trump has displayed a particular type of hyper masculinity — the man who is proud not to apologize and to have never changed a diaper; who views “loser” as the ultimate insult; who bonds with other men by objectifying women. It’s especially striking because today’s schools and workplaces try to value something different: empathy, impulse control and collaboration. For three decades, jobs that require these social skills have grown much more than others, researchers have found. They say one reason that boys are more likely than girls to get in trouble in school and are...
  • Clinton wins debate, but Trump exceeds expectations

    10/10/2016 5:57:32 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/9/16
    (CNN)Donald Trump exceeded expectations, but Hillary Clinton won the second presidential debate, according to a CNN / ORC poll of debate watchers. The results showed a clear victory for Clinton, with 57% saying Clinton won, as opposed to 34% for Trump. It's a strong showing for Clinton, but not as good as her performance at the first presidential debate, when 62% of debate watchers said she won.
  • Facebook post ignites bathroom debate on Ga. campus

    09/30/2016 9:02:34 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 9 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9/30/16 | Chris Joyner
    Earlier this month, a Trump-supporting student at the University of West Georgia took umbrage at a sign declaring a bathroom on campus to be “liberated” from the “gender binary.” He tore the paper sign off, but first he had a buddy take photos of him doing it so he could post it on Facebook later . That earned junior Lans Carcioppolo a visit from college administrators, but he is unapologetic.
  • Boy allowed to run for homecoming queen after high school initially denies request

    09/21/2016 5:44:40 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 53 replies
    Martinez was first told by Cypress Creek High School Principal John McHale he couldn’t run for queen because he’s a boy. “I started crying. Like, it made me really emotional considering how hard I was trying to be queen,” Martinez said.
  • Clinton leads Trump as Americans shrug off her pneumonia scare: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    09/16/2016 4:37:12 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 100 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/16/16 | Chris Kahn
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 4 percentage points, and her recent bout with pneumonia doesn't appear to have scared away her supporters, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. The Sept. 9-15 tracking poll showed that 42 percent of likely voters supported Clinton while 38 percent backed Trump. Clinton, who has mostly led Trump in the poll since the Democratic and Republican national conventions ended in July, regained the advantage this week after her lead briefly faded in late August.
  • Kaine predicts Catholic church will change its teaching on gay marriage

    09/11/2016 5:07:56 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 46 replies
    WA POST ^ | 9/10/16 | John Wagner
    Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine, a practicing Catholic, on Saturday described his evolution on same-sex marriage and predicted that his church would change its views as well. “My full, complete, unconditional support for marriage equality is at odds with the current doctrine of the church that I still attend,” Kaine said at a dinner celebrating gay rights. “But I think that’s going to change, too.”
  • Gallup: Life got better for pretty much everyone under Obama

    09/01/2016 9:34:47 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 92 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/31/16 | Christopher Ingraham
    "The percentages of U.S. whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asians who are thriving have all increased during the Obama era," Gallup notes. The percentage of blacks thriving has risen by about 6 points, as has the percentage of whites and Hispanics. Asian thriving has risen by about 10 points since 2008.
  • No motive yet for Munich attack

    07/22/2016 7:25:20 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 112 replies
    SBS ^ | 7/22/16 | AAP
    There was no known motive for the shooting in Germany's third-largest city, which went into lockdown with transport halted and highways sealed off immediately after the attack on Friday evening. *** German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the motive for the attack was not yet clear. "The motives for this abhorrent act have not yet been completely clarified - we still have contradictory clues," he said in a statement. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but supporters of Islamic State celebrated on social media. "The Islamic state is expanding in Europe," read one tweet.
  • Jesuit appointed head of US religious freedom commission

    06/25/2016 6:45:48 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | June 24, 2016 | Catholic News Agency
    Jesuit Father Thomas Reese was appointed chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, becoming the first priest to hold this position. He replaces Princeton law professor Dr. Robert George. Jesuit priest Father Thomas Reese was first appointed to a two-year term as a member of the commission by President Barack Obama in 2014, and re-appointed in 2016. Now he will take over as the chair of the organization, an independent, bipartisan commission that monitors and reviews religious freedom violations around the world, and makes policy recommendations to the Secretary of State, Congress and the president. “I am...
  • Florida Catholic bishop: ‘It is religion, including our own,’ that targets LGBT people

    06/13/2016 3:23:48 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/13/16 | Robert Lynch
    Second, sadly it is religion, including our own, that targets, mostly verbally, and often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence. *** Even before I knew who perpetrated the mass murders at Pulse, I knew that somewhere in the story there would be a search for religion as motivation. While deranged people do senseless things, all of us observe and judge and act from some kind of religious background. Singling out people for victimization because of their religion,...

    06/01/2016 4:56:10 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 16 replies
    ABC11 ^ | 5/31/16 | AP
    ICHMOND, Va. -- The debate over whether transgender students should be able to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appeals court refused Tuesday to reconsider a three-judge panel's ruling on the matter. The Gloucester County School Board had asked for a review by the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel said in a 2-1 decision last month that a Virginia high school discriminated against a transgender teen by forbidding him from using the boy's restroom. In his dissent of Tuesday's decision denying...
  • Barack Obama’s rising popularity: The GOP contest may be making him look better

    03/29/2016 2:08:44 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 21 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/29/16 | Jim Galloway
    Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz sends this note about Obama’s rising popularity, as measured by the Gallup organization: All the noise being made by the presidential campaign, especially by the Republican campaign, has taken attention away from what may turn out to be more significant for the general election—Barack Obama’s rising approval rating. Obama’s weekly approval rating in the Gallup tracking poll (I ignore the daily fluctuations which are largely meaningless) has risen to its highest level in many months—53 percent approval vs. 44 percent disapproval for the past week.
  • BREAKING: Nathan Deal will veto Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ bill

    03/28/2016 7:19:56 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 182 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/28/16 | Greg Bluestein
    Gov. Nathan Deal said he will veto the “religious liberty” bill that triggered a wave of criticism from gay rights groups and business leaders and presented him with one of the most consequential challenges he’s faced since his election to Georgia’s top office. The measure “doesn’t reflect the character of our state or the character of its people,” the governor said Monday in prepared remarks. He said state legislators should leave freedom of religion and freedom of speech to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Johnny Isakson: Georgia should leave ‘religious liberty’ up to feds

    03/21/2016 12:09:27 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 24 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/21/16 | Greg Bluestein
    Sen. Johnny Isakson didn’t outright call on Gov. Nathan Deal to veto the controversial “religious liberty” legislation waiting on his desk. But the two-term Georgia Republican left little to the imagination in remarks Monday criticizing the measure. “I’ve said at the beginning of the session that I think it’s a national issue. It ought to be a seamless policy. Any time you have state-by-state policies, you run the risk of having conflicts,” he said of House Bill 757.
  • Kokomo [Indiana] mayor signs LGBT protections ordinance, 5-4

    03/15/2016 12:53:37 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 32 replies
    WTHR ^ | 3/14/16 | Jennie Runevitch
    KOKOMO, Ind. - Kokomo has become the latest Indiana community to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Council members voted 5-4 in favor of an ordinance protecting members of the LGBT community after what has been a contentious debate. Mayor Greg Goodnight signed the ordinance early Tuesday. The overflow crowd tested the capacity of Kokomo's council chambers. By fire code, only 157 could fit inside. Police estimated 300 to 400 more people had to stand outside and await the final vote on the human rights ordinance. The measure protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens from discrimination....
  • Nathan Deal makes a forceful, biblical case against Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ bill

    03/03/2016 6:01:37 PM PST · by madprof98 · 53 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/3/16 | Greg Bluestein
    Amid a growing outcry from powerful corporations over Georgia’s “religious liberty” proposal, Gov. Nathan Deal issued his strongest warning yet to lawmakers who are debating controversial legislation seen as a conservative answer to the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. In stark terms, the Republican said he would reject any measure that “allows discrimination in our state in order to protect people of faith,” and urged religious conservatives not to feel threatened by the ruling. He also called on his fellow Republicans pushing for the measure to take a deep breath and ” recognize that the world is changing around us.”
  • The growing corporate backlash to Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ bill

    02/29/2016 4:49:14 AM PST · by madprof98 · 11 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 2/29/16 | Greg Bluestein
    The print edition of Monday’s AJC carries a lengthy story on metro Atlanta businesses raising new concerns about the “religious liberty” bill that passed the Senate earlier this month. It includes this passage: "Representatives of the popular annual Dragon Con festival, which brought more than 70,000 people to the metro area in 2015, said in a Facebook post they are monitoring the bill’s progress closely and that 'legislation that hurts one of us, hurts all of us.'" ***** That measure, House Bill 757, would allow faith-based groups to cite their sincerely held religious beliefs to decline service to couples in...
  • Racism at University of Missouri is real, whether you believe it or not

    11/13/2015 5:10:59 AM PST · by madprof98 · 73 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 11/12/15 | Jeneé Osterheldt
    For months, I have been reading about racism there. I didn't want to write about it. I was exhausted from the never-ending flood of injustice I see as I write about women's rights, #blacklivesmatter, marriage equality and more. It hurt to dive into the dynamics at the University of Missouri, where two students scattered cotton balls outside the campus Black Culture Center a couple of years ago.
  • There’s a good reason protesters at the University of Missouri didn’t want the media around

    11/11/2015 8:41:32 AM PST · by madprof98 · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/11/15 | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    These student protesters were not a government entity stonewalling access to public information or a public official hiding from media questions. They were young people trying to create a safe space from not only the racism they encounter on campus, but the insensitivity they encounter in the news media. In the outsized conversation that erupted about First-Amendment rights, journalists drowned out the very message of the students Tai was covering.
  • Three members of Hillsboro School Board resign amid controversy over transgender student

    09/11/2015 5:53:06 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 29 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 9/11/15 | Kim Bell, Lily Fowler
    In the midst of controversy surrounding a transgender student, the Hillsboro School District accepted the resignations of three board members Thursday morning. The four remaining board members met at 6:30 a.m. Thursday to accept the resignations from Board President John Stewart, Vice President Dan McCarthy and Director Bo Harrison. *** Superintendent Aaron D. Cornman said Stewart's and Harrison's letters simply announced they were resigning their seats and gave no reason. McCarthy, meanwhile, wrote that he was resigning due to strained philosophical differences. He did not elaborate. The three resignations follow more than a week of controversy surrounding a transgender student’s...
  • Missouri school to allow transgender student to use girls' facilities

    09/02/2015 1:34:11 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 91 replies
    Guardian ^ | 9/2/15 | Ellen Brait
    When a transgender high school student in Missouri received backlash for her request to use the girls’ bathroom and locker room, she found one very important ally: the school board, which granted her permission to use the facilities. According to Kelli Hopkins of the Missouri school board’s association, 17-year-old Lila Perry has been granted her request because of recent guidance issued by the US Department of Education. While there is no “policy per se on transgender students use of bathrooms”, Hopkins said, there is a policy that says “districts cannot discriminate against students based on their gender”. “The Office of...
  • Cobb pizza restaurant apologizes for Facebook transgender posting

    08/17/2015 4:44:31 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 22 replies
    The owner of the Jammin Pie, a Cobb County pizza restaurant, is apologizing for a Facebook post that an Atlanta nonprofit said attempted to humorously pitch pizzas at the expense of the transgender community. Health Initiative, which promotes health issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, urged supporters to call Jammin Pie on Wade Green Road in Kennesaw to “let them know exactly how you feel about this.” In the Facebook posting, the restaurant reportedly took a shot at frozen pizza with a photo and caption that read: “If you can’t tell the difference between delivery and DiGiorno,...
  • Gay marriage endorsement mars Obama’s Africa tour

    07/27/2015 4:31:03 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 12 replies
    CAJNews ^ | 27 July 2015 | Haile Edris
    ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – UNITED States President Barack Obama’s visit has been met with contempt by the majority in the continent owing to his country’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriages. The leader of the most powerful nation in the globe will only make a low-key appearance at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in a continent where such marriages are taboo. He will meet mostly Western diplomats and representatives. “How can we celebrate a man who advocates a man to marry another man? If it was the president of China, maybe, we would attend because they...
  • Washington, D.C. Attorney Arrested for Child Porn Allegations

    07/01/2015 5:25:55 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 18 replies ^ | 6/29/15 | Emily Miller
    According to court documents, an undercover police officer communicated with Gigot on a website that is frequented by people who have a sexual interest in children and incest. The undercover police officer texted with Gigot through a phone app called Kik. Court documents show that Gigot texted the police officer that he wanted to have sexual relations with a 12-year-old boy. The cover story was that the boy's father was organizing it. He asked: "[h]ow young would you go…I'd do 5[,] [b]ut 0-12 is hot." During the planning, Gigot allegedly texted the officer a video of a naked pre-pubescent boy,...