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  • Putin Sends His Dirty War Forces to Syria

    09/10/2015 4:34:17 AM PDT · by bd476 · 70 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 10, 2015 | WRITTEN BY Michael Weiss and Ben Nimmo; Shane Harris
    The Kremlin isnít sending just any troops to prop up the Assad regime. Itís dispatching units that spearheaded Russiaís slow-rolling invasion of Ukraine.Reuters confirmed Wednesday what The Daily Beast first reported last weekónot only have Russian troops been deployed to Syria but they are indeed taking part in active combat operations, although against which of the manifold enemies of the Assad regime remains unclear.U.S. government sources told the news agency that two tank landing ships, aircraft and naval infantry forces have arrived in Syria in the past 24 hours, with the largest buildup occurring in Latakia, the northwest coastal province...
  • Nastiness threatens online reader comments (Liberals don't like being told they suck)

    11/07/2015 12:58:43 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 38 replies ^ | 11/7/2015 | Rob Lever
    Washington (AFP) - The Internet was supposed to facilitate better exchange between the public and news media. But vile and hateful comments changed all that. In the face of rising vitriol -- attacks, bigotry and general nastiness -- news organizations are increasingly throwing in the towel on online comments. Last month, Vice Media's Motherboard news site turned off reader comments, saying "the scorched earth nature of comments sections just stifles real conversation." It instead began taking "letters to the editor" to be screened by staff. Vox Media's online news site The Verge said in July it was "turning off comments...
  • U.S. Brings Dogfighters to Counter Russians Over Syria

    11/03/2015 1:33:27 AM PST · by SaveFerris · 47 replies ^ | 11.03.151:00 AM ET | David AxeIcemen
    The Pentagon is sending F-15Cs‚ÄĒsupposedly to fight the ISIS war. But the jets only have air-to-air weapons, and ISIS has no planes. Which means the real adversary is Russia. The U.S. Air Force is deploying to Turkey up to a dozen jet fighters specializing in air-to-air combat‚ÄĒapparently to help protect other U.S. and allied jets from Russia‚Äôs own warplanes flying over Syria. Officially, the deployment of F-15C Eagle twin-engine fighters to Incirlik, Turkey‚ÄĒwhich the Pentagon announced late last week‚ÄĒis meant to ‚Äúensure the safety‚ÄĚ of America‚Äôs NATO allies, Laura Seal, a Defense Department spokesperson, told The Daily Beast. That could...
  • Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isnít Religious Freedom, Itís Just Discrimination

    10/26/2014 9:58:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 23, 2014 | Sally Kohn
    A ĎChristianí wedding chapelóa private businessóin Idaho is suing for the right not to marry gay couples. There is no such right. Yet.The first thing you need to know is that most ďwedding chapelsĒ are not actually chapels. They are private businesses, sometimes run by ordained ministers who are thus licensed to perform marriage ceremonies, but just as often run by Elvis impersonators. Thus, the question of how marriage-equality laws apply to private wedding chapels is ostensibly a question of under what circumstances the government can lawfully step on a for-profit companyís blue suede shoes. Ground zero for this debate...
  • Eleanor Clift Praises Trump's No Labels Performance

    10/13/2015 12:28:46 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 13, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    It looks like we have yet another Flying Pigs Alert. Reliably liberal Eleanor Clift has praised Donald Trump's performance at the No Labels convention yesterday. Yes, you read that right. Not only that, Clift was also surprisingly critical of Bernie Sanders at the same event. Will political wonders never cease?†Of course, Clift did deliver a bit of obligatory liberal slam against Trump in the first paragraph of her Daily Beast column so let us get that out of way before proceeding to her glowing praise of The Donald:
  • How Trump is Beating the Koch Brothers

    10/12/2015 2:34:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 12, 2015 | Dmitri Mehlhorn
    After shunning the GOP for decades, Charles and David Koch tried to take it over. And then the Donald came to townÖ The Republican Partyís ongoing civil war involves lots of fireworks and sub-plots, but the overarching fight is between two visions and three billionaires. Charles and David Koch are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to take over the GOP and push America towards libertarianism. Donald Trump joined the Republican Party to run for President and push the country in the opposite direction, toward populist nationalism. Tragically, the Koch brothersí mistakes are steadily handing victory to the Donald. Many...
  • Trumpís No. 1 Fan is a Ricky-Martin-Hating Latina Birther

    10/10/2015 11:42:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 9, 2015 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    Trump's most passionate worshipper thinks he was sent from Heaven, and has blanketed her social media accounts with pro-Trump, anti-establishment messages. ďIíM HISPANIC AND I VOTE FOR MR. TRUMP! VOTE FOR MR. TRUMP! YES, MR. TRUMP! WE LOVE YOU! WE LOVE YOU ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!Ē That was the resounding, loud endorsement given by Myriam Witcher, a devout Trump fan who was invited on-stage by the Republican presidential frontrunner during a Las Vegas rally on Thursday. Witcher, a Colombian immigrant, was picked out of the crowd after Trump spotted her flaunting a copy of the issue of...
  • Russiaís Giving ISIS An Air Force

    10/09/2015 4:23:45 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 85 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10.08.15 | Michael Weiss
    Putinís air campaign in Syria is not only supporting Assad, itís giving cover to fighters from the so-called Islamic State. Last June, the U.S. embassy in Damascus accused Bashar al-Assadís air force of clearing a path for an ISIS advance on Syrian rebels in the Aleppo town of Azaz. ďReports indicate that the regime is making air strikes in support of [ISISís] advance on Aleppo, aiding extremists against Syrian population,Ē the embassy account tweeted, following up with a broader accusation: ďWe have long seen that the regime avoids [ISIS] lines, in complete contradiction to the regimeís claims to be fighting...
  • Russiaís New Mega-Missile Stuns the Globe

    10/08/2015 10:28:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10.09.15 | DAVID AXE
    On Oct. 7, Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired 26 high-tech cruise missiles at rebel targets in Syriaóa staggering 1,000 miles away. The missiles in question, which the Pentagon calls SS-N-30s, were mostly unknown to the outside world before the Oct. 7 raid. Even close watchers of the Russian military were surprised to see them. The missile attack was also highly visible. In many ways, it was an announcement to the world, and America in particular, that the once-dilapidated Russian navy is back in actionóand that Putinís missileers are now among the planetís most advanced. Planning for the missile...
  • GOPís 2016 Festival of Hate: Itís Already the Most Racist Presidential Campaign Ever

    09/29/2015 2:01:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Palestinian-American Comedian
    It’s not just Trump. Cruz, Carson, others—it’s a festival of hate out there. And it’s only going to get worse, and worse.It appears that the GOP has traded in its dog whistle for a bullhorn when it comes to bigotry in the 2016 race for president. It’s as if the Republican presidential candidates are regressing to a time long gone. There was a time decades ago that conservatives, and even Democrats like George Wallace, could and would openly demonize minorities in the most vile terms to attract white voters. But soon they realized the need to be subtler because times...
  • Black Lives Matter Is Living in the Past

    09/28/2015 6:33:40 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09.28.15 | John McWhorter
    Yes, black lives taken by cops matter. But so do black lives taken by other blacks. BLM wonít win over America until it acknowledges this. It is considered the height of sophistication to declare that ďAmerica doesnít want to talk about race.Ē I say itís time to retire this phrase. Imagine being from a foreign country and hearing that phrase, watching a room full of earnest people nodding warmly, after just the first eight months of this year. Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Sam Dubose, Sandra Bland, the Justice Departmentís report on Ferguson, the Charleston shootings, Rachel Dolezal, Bill Cosby, Ta-Nehisi...
  • We just got the clearest sign yet that Russia doesn't really care about fighting ISIS in Syria

    09/12/2015 2:46:19 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 95 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12 Sep 15 | Natasha Bertrand
    Moscow will reportedly provide Russian troops in Syria with an advanced antiaircraft missile system as part of its military support for Syrian president Bashar Assad. "This system is the advanced version used by Russia, and it's meant to be operated by Russians in Syria," a Western diplomat who is regularly briefed on US, Israeli, and other intelligence assessments told Reuters. And as The Daily Beast's Michael Weiss points out, any antiaircraft missiles deployed by Russian troops in Syria won't be directed at ISIS, since ISIS has no air force. In fact, none of the rebels do ó only government forces...
  • Finally, Trump and the GOP Start Muslim-Bashing

    09/18/2015 10:28:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 18, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Palestinian-American Comedian
    It took a while, but Trump is finally hating on Muslimsógoing along with a supporter who called Obama a Muslim born in another country. Donald Trump gave us a profile in cowardice on Thursday night, remaining silent as one of his supporters served up a big heaping of vile anti-Muslim comments at a packed New Hampshire campaign event. The Trump supporterís words were so off the charts that part of me thought the guy might be joking. But sadly it appears he was deadly serious when he told the GOP frontrunner: ďWe have a problem in this country. Itís called...
  • Hillary Was the CNN Debateís Real WinneróSeriously

    09/17/2015 10:54:13 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 9-17-2015 | Michael Tomasky
    Sure, sheís had a rough few months, but sheís still the massive favorite to win the Democratic nomination. But more than that, itís clearer than ever that these people are jokers. Well, that was all kind of...interminable. For a time there in the middle, I thought Ben Carson had strolled out to perform some elective surgery. I guess we kind of agree that Carly Fiorina won, since she did manage to convey some real or at least manufactured-real passion on about three or four occasions. But you wanna know who really won that debate? Hillary Clinton. Go ahead, go ahead,...
  • How the Tea Party Got Hijacked by Trumpís Troll Party

    09/16/2015 1:10:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 16, 2015 | Rick Wilson, national Republican message and media strategist
    As the candidates gather at the Reagan Library for the second 2016 presidential debate, a longtime conservative consultant says the Tea Party has morphed into the Troll Partyóand itís a fight for the soul of the GOP.All my life, the Republican Party has been my political home. Helping it succeed has been my work for decades. It was never perfect, but families never are. Flawed, and given to wrong turns from time to time, we had good years and terrible years. We elected presidents, took back Congress after decades, lost it, and took it back again. Our leaders ranged from...
  • Who the Hell Are ĎLatinos for Trumpí?

    09/15/2015 3:19:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/15/2015 | Gideon Resnick
    Only 20 percent say they support The Donald for president. We talked to a few, who even say they agree with him on immigration. Trump will be lucky to win 20 percent of the Latino vote if he makes it to the general election, according to todayís polls. He called Mexicans ďrapists,Ē threw the most prominent Latino reporter out of a press conference, and wants to put his name on a wall running the length of the border with Mexico. PiŮatas are literally being made out of him and selling like hotcakes in Mexico. So who the hell are the...
  • Why Do Rappers Idolize Noted Racist Donald Trump?

    09/13/2015 11:58:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 13, 2015 | Stereo Williams
    Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and others have referenced him in their tracks, but rappers should know better than to venerate someone who couldnít care less about their community. Donald Trump references have peppered hip-hop tracks for decades. Everybody from Ice Cube to A Tribe Called Quest to Lil Wayne have name-dropped the famously-coiffed billionaire in their rhymesóusually as an acknowledgement of great wealth or a lavish lifestyle. His presence has been so pervasive in rap music that emcees like Gucci Mane, Jeezy, E-40, and Mac Miller have released songs literally bearing his name, and The Huffington Post recently created a...
  • Daily Beast Exclusive: 50 Spies Say ISIS Intelligence Was Cooked (by Obama Admin)

    09/09/2015 6:48:58 PM PDT · by kristinn · 54 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | Shane Harris and Nancy A. Youssef
    Itís being called a ďrevoltĒ by intelligence pros who are paid to give their honest assessment of the ISIS waróbut are instead seeing their reports turned into happy talk. More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaedaís branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned. The complaints spurred the Pentagonís inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how...
  • Donald Trump: Legalize ALL the Drugs [wayback machine]

    09/07/2015 1:58:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 102 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 8, 2015 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    ".....The reform-minded Trump of decades past is a far more attractive figure than his current incarnation, at least in the eyes of the pro-legalization advocates of today. ďWell, I certainly think he had it right in 1990, and what he said then actually seemed to understand the situation,Ē David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute, told The Daily Beast. ďMy sense is that looking for consistent philosophy or even policies in Donald Trumpís statements is a pretty fruitless exercise.Ē Boaz also pointed out that Trump recently voiced his support for medical marijuana, and that when asked about...
  • David Petraeus' bright idea: give terrorists weapons to beat terrorists

    09/02/2015 5:26:53 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sept 2, 2015 | Trevor Trimm
    The latest brilliant plan to curtail Isis in the Middle East? Give more weapons to current members of al-Qaida. The Daily Beast reported that former CIA director David Petraeus, still somehow entrenched in the DC Beltway power circles despite leaking highly classified secrets, is now advocating arming members of the al-Nusra Front in Syria, an offshoot of al-Qaida and a designated terrorist organization. Could there be a more dangerous and crazy idea?
  • Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS

    09/01/2015 6:33:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 26 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | August 31, 2015 | Shane Harris
    To take down the so-called Islamic State in Syria, the influential former head of the CIA wants to co-opt jihadists from Americaís arch foe. Members of al Qaedaís branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus. The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaedaís Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast....
  • Why Trump Will Never Make the Ballot

    08/20/2015 9:46:44 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 55 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.20.156:15 AM ET | Stuart Stevens
    Making political predictions rarely turns out well, but hereís one: Donald Trump will not be a candidate for president in 2016. What? Yes, I know, heís already announced. In my view, though, he wonít take this all the way to the ballot in Iowa, New Hampshire, or any of the Republican caucus or primary elections. Why? Because heís Donald Trump and everything we know about him tells us he wonít do it. Letís step back from the Trump frenzy and consider the realities of a possible Trump run. First is the essential question: Will Donald Trump be the next president...
  • Cruz, Trump in Secret Talks

    08/19/2015 2:51:01 PM PDT · by onyx · 154 replies
    THE DAILY BEAST ^ | 08.19.15 -- 1:15 AM ET | Tim Mak
    ¬ĎPlaying the Long Game¬í It¬ís a bromance with a payoff¬óthe senator has been developing the billionaire¬ís support and their aides are even discussing joint events, but if Trump drops out, Cruz aims to clean up.Donald Trump and Ted Cruz¬ís mutual admiration is turning into a conservative bromance¬óone that could have a huge strategic payoff for the Texas senator¬ís presidential campaign.Behind the scenes, Cruz has been methodologically developing Trump¬ís support. The two candidates have met in person at least five times and talk by phone occasionally. And in the future, they may even hold events together.The two campaigns privately discussed...
  • Daily Beast: Itís 'Violence Against Women' if Ronda Rousey Fights Floyd Mayweather

    08/15/2015 7:55:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/15/15 | Melissa Mullins
    Emily Shire at The Daily Beast thinks itís a terrible idea for UFC champion Ronda Rousey to go head to head in the ring with boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. Why? Because Mayweather has a history of domestic abuse (heís been convicted of violence against women five times, though only served one sentence) and, as Shire writes: ďA future fight between Rousey and Mayweather wouldnít strike a blow for equalityóbut would likely underscore how appalling violence between men and women really is.Ē Rousey thinks differently. Sheís been going after Mayweather, notoriously slamming him fresh off her win of the ESPY award,...
  • Daily Kickoff: Rising Star Israeli diplomat George Deek | Ted Cruz to host Iran strategy meeting

    07/28/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Less than a mile or so from Chabad Lubavitch's HQ at 770 Eastern Parkway, around 80 Hillary for America supporters gathered at the home of former White House Jewish Liaison Jarrod Bernstein and Hildy Kuryk, currently communications director at Vogue, to hear from the Clinton campaign's senior advisors including manager Robby Mook, vice chairwoman Huma Abedin and finance director Dennis Chang. SPOTTED: Recent Chairman of the Conference of Presidents Bob Sugarman, Obama mega-bundler Sarah Kovner, Tusk Ventures' Seth London, Anya Hoerburger of Intermedia Partners, Samantha Maltzman, Jill Strauss, Samantha Vinograd of Goldman Sachs and formerly at office...
  • Getting ugly: Why the Trump spousal Ďrapeí story was unfit to print

    07/29/2015 3:57:46 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 57 replies ^ | Howard Kurtz
    ďOn one occasion during 1989, Mr. Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage. As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderness, which he normally exhibited towards me, was absent. I referred to this as a Ďrape,í but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.Ē What a scoop, huh? Now it would be one thing if Ivana was making this allegation today. Instead, the first Mrs. Trump issued this statement to CNN yesterday: ďThe story is totally...
  • Ex-Wife: Donald Trump Made Me Feel ĎViolatedí During Sex

    07/27/2015 6:28:58 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 252 replies ^ | July 27, 2015 | Dark Tower
    Ivana Trump once accused the real estate tycoon of Ďrape,í although she later clarified: not in the Ďcriminal sense.í Donald Trump introduced his presidential campaign to the world with a slur against Mexican immigrants, accusing them of being ďrapistsĒ and bringing crime into the country. ďI mean somebodyís doing it!ÖWhoís doing the raping?Ē Donald Trump said, when asked to defend his characterization. It was an unfortunate turn of phrase for Trumpóin more ways than one. Not only does the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination have a history of controversial remarks about sexual assault, but as it turns out,...
  • Whitewashing the Black Panthers

    07/26/2015 10:15:52 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 13 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 07.25.15 | Michael Moynihan
    A new PBS documentary tries to excuse a murderous and totalitarian cult. When his captors uncinched the noose around his neck and shoved him into a wooden chair, Alex Rackley might have assumed his ordeal was over. He had already endured a flurry of kicks and punches, the repeated crack of a wooden truncheon, ritual humiliation, and a mock lynching. But it wasnít over. It was about to get much, much worse.Rackley, a slight, 19-year-old black kid from Florida, was tough (he had a black belt in karate), but hardly in a position to resist his psychopathic interrogators. During a...
  • Time for Rush Limbaugh to Smother Trump

    07/21/2015 11:53:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 22, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    The king of talk radio could take out Trump if he wanted to, so why wonít he sack up and do it?The New York Times recently ran a piece titled, Rush Limbaugh Rallies Listeners to Donald Trumpís Defense. In reading Rushís full transcript, I found that headline a bit unfair. On Monday, he did cite ex-CBS reporter Sharyl Attkissonís defense of Trumpówhich I (and others) found to be unpersuasive. But his comments were far more nuanced than the Timesí headline suggested. Apparently Limbaugh felt that way, too. ďBecause I donít join in the condemnation of Trump,Ē he explained on Tuesday,...
  • Scott Walkerís Many Answers on Gay Rights

    07/21/2015 9:55:01 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 21, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    Pandering Is Hard. Suffice it to say the Wisconsin governor and 2016 hopeful has a hard time explaining his views on the subject. Itís safe to say LGBT issues are not Scott Walkerís favorite conversation topic. Questions about various aspects of the gay rights debate have frequently tripped him up on the campaign trail - most recently during an interview on CNN when he was asked whether being gay was a choice. ďOh, I mean, I think thatís -- thatís not even an issue for me to be involved in,Ē the Wisconsin governor said. ďThe bottom line is, Iím going...
  • Ted Cruz: I Won Those Purple Hearts!

    07/16/2015 10:41:32 AM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05/15/2015 | Patricia Murphy
    The senator claims on the campaign trail that he was the reason the Fort Hood soldiers shot in a 2009 attack were awarded Purple Hearts. Why thatís stretching the truth just a tad. Senator Ted Cruzís presidential stump speech electrifies conservative crowds with a cocktail of growls, whispers, warnings of impending doom, and at least one claim of personal accomplishment so powerful, it often brings many in the audience to their feet.
  • Jeb Bushís Big Lehman Brothers Problem

    07/12/2015 7:15:28 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 7/2/15 | Charles Gasparino
    Jeb Bush says he released 33 years of tax returns this week because he wants to be the most transparent candidate to run for president in 2016. But if thatís really the case, why is he continuing to obfuscate some of his most lucrative and potentially controversial business dealings he had before announcing his candidacy, like his work as an ďadviserĒ for investment bank Lehman Brothers? So, if Jeb wonít tell you what Jeb exactly did while working on Wall Street, in the interests of transparency and disclosure, I will try. Not much is known about what Bush actually did...
  • Daily Beast Attacks Post-Abortion Counseling

    07/07/2015 7:20:40 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies ^ | July 6, 2015 | Tory McClintock
    To the abortion absolutists of the left, it isnít enough that a woman kill off the life inside of her. She then has to be happy about it. Recently on The Daily Beast, writer Samantha Allen disregarded the voices of women who suffer Post Abortion Stress Syndrome and attacked post-abortion counseling offered by pro-life groups. Allen accused counseling services of ďpeddling medical liesĒ about the procedure of abortion. The author exploited the tragic post-abortion suicide of Stacy Zallie at age 21, whose parents founded The Stacy Zallie Foundation to offer ďnon-judgementalĒ post-abortion care in her memory. The piece bashed the...
  • Marching boldly into the New Post-homophobic Christianity

    07/05/2015 6:44:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Hot ^ | July 5, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It wasn‚Äôt like we didn‚Äôt see this coming but it‚Äôs certainly arriving faster and harder than even some of the more conservative estimates would have predicted. Now that gay marriage (or just any old marriage if you prefer) is a ‚Äúconstitutionally assured right‚ÄĚ in the United States, Left side proponents are taking their victory laps. But at the same time they‚Äôre going to stick to the established talking points of telling everyone not to worry‚Ķ nothing bad is going to happen to anyone else. You‚Äôre just not adjusted to the New and Improved Post-Homophobic Christianity. (From the Daily Beast) The...
  • Brooklynís Obnoxious Secret Flag Burning Ends With A Whimper

    07/01/2015 9:35:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 1, 2015 | Kate Briquelet
    A Brooklyn group burned the American flagóbut were too scared to show up to their own media circus. This is what happens when you try to host a mass flag burning in Brooklyn: You don't. At least not on the day advertised on social media. Because on Wednesday evening, a horde of patriotic bikers and American-flag-hoisting hotheads crawled out of the city's conservative netherworld and descended on Fort Greene Parkóhell-bent on stopping a red, white and blue barbecue they tripped over on Facebook. ďWeíre here to [expletive] up tiny liberal punks,Ē one biker reportedly declared. Little did they know the...
  • How the Right Hijacked MLK to Fight Gay Marriage

    07/01/2015 2:43:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 1, 2015 | Patricia Murphy
    A number of prominent conservatives seem convinced that Martin Luther King, Jr., would have fought marriage equality. They are probably wrong. In their fight against the Supreme Courtís same-sex marriage decision, leading conservatives have been turning to an unlikely source for inspiration: Martin Luther Kingís ďLetter from Birmingham JailĒ (PDF), the collection of notes that King smuggled out of his jail cell during his eight-day detention for protesting the Jim Crow laws that sanctioned discrimination across the South. The letter is one of the most iconic documents from of the Civil Rights era and includes Kingís observations on the injustice...
  • Daily Beastie Cries 'Treason' and 'Terrorism' and 'Vandalism' on Conservative Justices

    06/28/2015 6:37:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 6/28/15 | Tim Graham
    When the Left erupted in outrage over the Supreme Court decision on campaign financing in Citizens United, they didnít their resistance to the result could be described as ďtreason.Ē But thatís not the way theyíre playing on the new gay-pleasing decisions. At The Daily Beast, contributor Jay Michaelson asked ďDid The Four Dissenting Justices In Gay Marriage Case Just Suggest Treason? The conservative justicesí incendiary dissents in Obergefell are a shocking betrayal of judicial responsibility.Ē Michaelson -- who announced "I'm queer, I'm Jewish, and I'm proud of it" -- suggested somehow that resistance to a Court decision isnít democratic, itís...
  • Daily Beast: Same-Sex Marriage Dissenting Supremes Pushing ĎTreasoní

    06/27/2015 5:15:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 27, 2015 | Breitbart News
    From Jay Michaelson writing at the Daily Beast:† In controversial cases, is the role of jurist to inflame controversy, or quell it?In Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 case which found race-based marriage bands unconstitutional, Chief Justice Earl Warren built a 9-0 consensusójust as heíd done years earlier in Brown vs. Board of Education. He knew that a country divided by race ought to be united, if possible, by a Supreme Court mindful of fundamental valuesóeven if the Court was, as the constitution requires, overturning the will of the majority.The four dissents in the landmark case on same-sex marriage, Obergefell v....
  • Ann Coulter: GOP hopefuls are ďbozosĒ and ďmoronsĒ (Also, she really loves black comedians!)

    05/26/2015 3:40:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 111 replies
    Salon ^ | May 26, 2015 | Staff
    Hereís how you profile Ann Coulter by the numbers. Job well done, Daily Beast! Lloyd Groveís new piece has it all ó multiple Ted Kennedy cracks, a sexy description of what sheís wearing, provocative but not too serious conversation about immigration, and finally an Adolf Hitler kicker. Here are the highlights! Ann Coulter arrives. The Daily Beast swoons: ďShe wears tight, seemingly painted-on jeans, a hint of midriff showing beneath her blouse; at 53, she still rocks that ďVixen of the RightĒ thing that once prompted Playboy to ask her to take it all off. In a rare display of...
  • Prominent Democratic Donor Called Scott Walker a ĎDumb (bleep)' for Something 60% of Americans Share

    05/26/2015 6:50:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joe Perticone
    Hillary Clinton is heading to the Sunshine State this week to spend time with one of Floridaís most influential Democratic donors, trial lawyer John Morgan. Morgan is not just praising Clintonís candidacy, but actively bashing her potential Republican rivals. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Morgan took shots at Wisconsin Governor and prospective 2016 candidate, Scott Walker: ďWalker would be the first president with a GED.ĒThe Democratic donor attempted to insult Walker for not obtaining a college degree, which he opted out of in order to get started with his career. Morgan continued, calling Walker cruel names in an...
  • If Jeff Sessions' Anti-Immigration & Free Trade Stances Are the Future of the GOP, It Has No Future.

    05/17/2015 8:06:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Reason ^ | 05/16/2015 | Nick Gillespie
    In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions said the United States needs to curb legal immigration along with illegal immigration, and fast. We need a timeout, don't you know, and the only folks who favor letting more foreigners in are monocle-wearing, cigar-smoking elitists: High immigration rates help the financial elite (and the political elite who receive their contributions) by keeping wages down and profits up. For them, whatís not to like? That is why they have tried to enforce silence in the face of public desire for immigration reductions. They have sought to intimidate good and...
  • Abu Sayyaf raid required U.S. troops to use Ďhand to handí combat

    05/16/2015 2:28:09 PM PDT · by PROCON · 54 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | May 16, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    U.S. Special Operations Forces had to fight ďhand to handĒ in Friday nightís raid that killed the Islamic State terrorist group senior commander Abu Sayyaf, several defense officials told The Daily Beast Saturday. Troops from the U.S. Army Delta Force landed near a multi-story building with Ospreys and Blackhawks and were met with resistance when they entered, including ďhand to handĒ combat, one official told The Daily Beast. There was some resistance from armed guards and from the terrorist commander himself, but the troops were well prepared to handle that, another official said.
  • Black Journalist Warns NBC Brass: Keep Lester Holt or 'It's Going to Get Ugly'

    05/11/2015 1:06:57 PM PDT · by drewh · 76 replies ^ | May 11, 2015 | 12:26 PM EDT | Tim Graham
    All of NBCís bleeding-heart coverage of tattered American race relations Ė including the racial struggles of Michelle Obama Ė might sound awfully tinny if they donít keep black anchorman Lester Holt in the Nightly News anchor chair. In a new Brian Williams story at the Daily Beast, ďa prominent black broadcast journalist who knows HoltĒ told them: ďIf Brian does not come back and Lester does not get the job, itís going to get ugly. You can only imagine.Ē It would seem odd for them to exile Williams and then turn to Savannah Guthrie or someone else other than Holt,...
  • De Blasioís National ďContract With AmericaĒ Strategy Leaks

    05/09/2015 4:10:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 8, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Everyone from Susan Sarandon to Van Jones is helping draft and push de Blasioís new ďContract with America,Ē which will push for paid sick leave and free, universal pre-K.First New York City. Then America. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is heading to Washington, D.C. next week to present a progressive ďContract with America,Ē a 13-point agenda intended to push the Democratic Party leftward. According to a draft of the document provided to The Daily Beast by someone asked to join the effort, de Blasio will call for a number of measures for which he has already pushed in...
  • How some in the LGBT community are inadvertently making the case for Ted Cruz

    04/26/2015 1:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | April 26, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Ted Cruz, along with most of the other Republican presidential candidates, actual and potential, appeared at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Summit on Saturday. He decried what he sees as ďliberal fascismĒ that has ensured "there is no room for Christians in today's Democratic Party." Ironically, some people who support LGBT rights are busily making Cruzís case, albeit inadvertently. Indeed, recently, Hillary Clinton, still the likely Democratic presidential nominee despite the play for pay scandal that is consuming her campaign, recently gave Cruz a boost. As a way of illustration, a recent article in the Daily Beast by Jay Michaelson...
  • Why Are Two Wealthy Gay Men Hosting a Benefit for Ted Cruz? Israel.

    04/25/2015 9:34:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 26, 2015 | Jay Michaelson
    The LGBT community is threatening boycotts and canceling benefits. The hidden reason is the GOPís Israel strategy.If youíve ever been to Fire Island Pines, one of the leading gay utopias on the planet, you know that there isnít much to do. Thereís only one commercial center with a couple of stores, a bar, and a hotel. And yet, in less than 24 hours, over 4,000 people have said theyíre going to boycott it. The reason? Itís owned by Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, the self-described ďprominent NYC hotel ownersĒ who recently hosted a ďfireside chatĒ with Republican presidential candidate Ted...
  • Exclusive: Pentagon Map Hides ISIS Gains

    04/22/2015 6:46:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 22, 2015 | Tim Mak
    The Defense Department released a map last week showing territory where it is has pushed ISIS back, claiming that the terrorist group is ďno longer able to operate freely in roughly 25 to 30 percent of populated areas of Iraqi territory where it once could.Ē This was touted as evidence of success by numerous news outlets. Pushing ISIS back is clearly a good step. But the information from the Pentagon is, at best, misleading and incomplete, experts in the region and people on the ground tell The Daily Beast. They said the map misinforms the public about how effective the...
  • Clinton Embroiled in Scandal Again, Newsweek Frets Over 'Enemies' Discrediting Her

    04/19/2015 1:57:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 18, 2015 | Mark Hemingway
    My colleague Jay Cost flags this Newsweek article, which is ostensibly about the scandalous revelation that one of the largest Clinton Foundation donor has trade ties to Iran. But here's the first paragraph: >>>>Enemies of Hillary Clinton waiting to discredit her bid for the White House are likely to seize on news that one of the biggest benefactors to the Clinton Foundation has been trading with Iran and may be in breach of US sanctions imposed on the country.<<<< Why on earth would a story about Clinton cashing large checks from a shady Ukranian oligarch be framed not about the...
  • Does Christianity have a Future?; Study shows Christianity on decline in the wealthy West

    04/13/2015 9:54:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 04/13/2015 | Candida Moss
    A new study shows Christianity on the decline in the wealthy West, with Islam surging. What Would Jesus Say? Itís not what you think. A study released by the Pew Forum last week demonstrates that the future of the religious world is rapidly and dramatically changing. Differences in fertility rates and the high incidence of conversion make Islam the worldís fastest-growing religion. And, if current rates continue, by 2070 Islam could be the worldís largest. Between now and 2050 the number of Muslims is projected to rise to 2.8 billion, a 35 percent increase. While India will continue to be...
  • Tedís Devious Health Insurance Adventure

    04/06/2015 10:32:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 6, 2006 | Michael Tomasky
    Did Cruz really sign up for Obamacare hoping the Supreme Court would nix the subsidies, giving him a ready-made horror story? Yeah, probably.There are just so many interesting questions about Ted Cruz, are there not? Okay, maybe not that many. But the one of keenest interest by far to me is: Does he really think he can get away with manufacturing a fake personal Obamacare horror story and peddle it in Dogpatch and get votes with it? Hereís the situation. Cruzís wife, Heidi, recently took a leave of absence from her big Wall Street job at Goldman Sachs. The Cruz...