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  • Marijuana-Worshipping ‘Church’ Gets Tax-Exempt Status From IRS (IN)

    06/03/2015 12:46:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | June 2, 2015 12:28 pm
    An Indiana-based church that worships marijuana has been granted tax-exempt status. First Church of Cannabis founder Bill Levin said it took 30 days for the IRS to grant his group tax-exempt status. “Somebody at the IRS loves us,” he added. […] Marijuana is still illegal in Indiana. …
  • Parents sue school district over prayers at school events

    06/02/2015 6:50:44 PM PDT · by digger48 · 20 replies
    wishtv ^ | June 2, 2015 | ap
    <p>HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A Hobart school district faces a lawsuit over prayers that are said before athletic events, graduations and school board meetings from parents who say the prayers violate the First Amendment.</p> <p>Jim and Nichole Bellar filed the lawsuit over the prayers at events in the River Forest Community School Corp. after they say their son was ostracized after raising objections.</p>
  • We Republicans Lost On Gay Rights. That’s A Good Thing.

    06/02/2015 1:09:15 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | June 1, 2015 | Mark McKinnon
    I'm not among those Republicans who have “evolved” on the issue of gay rights. I didn’t need to. I’ve always been attracted to the GOP message of more freedom and less government, but thought it hypocritical and counter to the core of our philosophy that Republicans would not apply those tenets to gay rights. But of course I was often the black sheep in campaign meetings during the 1990s and 2000s. There goes McKinnon again. Taking up for the gays. Although “gay” wasn’t the word that was used back the
  • IPL plans $25M energy storage facility at Harding Street power plant

    06/02/2015 5:25:26 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 06/01/2015 | Power Engineering
    Indianapolis Power & Light Co. (IPL) plans to construct a $25 million energy-storage facility in central Indiana. Department of Metropolitan Development officials said IPL is looking at two spots for the battery energy storage system (BESS): one at the Harding Street Station in Marion County, Indiana; and the other is at a new $600 million Eagle Valley plant under construction in Morgan County. Officials estimate the project at the Harding Street plant to cost $24.5 million for new equipment and $500,000 for real estate. However, the project would not be eligible for a real estate tax abatement. IPL is seeking...
  • CIA Releases New 'Noah's Ark' Documents

    11/21/2002 11:50:10 AM PST · by Ready2go · 150 replies · 1,644+ views
    Insight Mag ^ | Nov. 13, 2002 | Timothy W. Maier
    CIA Releases New 'Noah's Ark' Documents Posted Nov. 13, 2002 By Timothy W. Maier Is it the Ark, or just a piece of rock? Two years after Insight filed an appeal charging that the CIA withheld documents and imagery concerning the Mount Ararat anomaly in Turkey, the CIA has released two new documents to Insight that indicate the search for "Noah's Ark" reached the level of the White House under former president George H.W. Bush. The appeal, filed one month after Insight's exclusive story (see "Anomaly or Noah's Ark?"; Nov. 20, 2000), comes on the heels of the CIA's releasing...
  • Proposal for ‘Straight Pride’ club spurs calls for training

    05/31/2015 9:58:46 AM PDT · by digger48 · 24 replies
    wishtv ^ | May 31, 2015 | AP
    <p>BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Educators and parents in southern Indiana are calling for more training and awareness of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students after a high school’s failed attempt to establish a “Straight Pride” club.</p> <p>A group of students at Bloomington High School North had proposed starting the faith-based club in the 2015-16 school year. Principal Jeff Henderson said federal law required the school to allow the club, which students had said would offer “specific supports for heterosexual students.”</p>
  • The Left Goes Insane

    05/31/2015 8:43:46 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Fay Voshell
    The fall in to “certain untruth” is almost complete within the ranks of the increasingly mentally disturbed Left. Further, because so much of what the Left is promulgating is in fact certain untruth, it must continually seek to cut off rational debates. It abhors questions about the veracity of its dogma and praxis. Leftists believe it is vitally important to prohibit questions that might undermine them or their system’s credibility. Nothing, absolutely nothing, about the dogma of the Left is to be questioned. It is only to be believed. That is one reason why the Left’s current chief flag bearer,...
  • Indiana man gets 200-plus years in prison for molesting boys

    05/30/2015 12:02:15 PM PDT · by digger48 · 27 replies
    wishtv ^ | May 30, 2015 | Staff
    <p>ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana man convicted of sexual abusing three young boys has received a more than 200-year prison sentence.</p> <p>An Elkhart County jury convicted 40-year-old Jose Jesus Macias in April on all 11 felony counts of child sexual abuse the Goshen man had faced.</p>
  • NORTH CAROLINA GOP GOV.GOES MARIO CUOMO ON GAY MARRIAGE AND A CHALLENGE TO RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVES

    05/29/2015 4:57:59 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 18 replies
    Vanity | 5/29/2015 | Self
    The words of the former New York Governor and Democrat icon Mario Cuomo rang out loud and clear some 30 years ago. "I am personally opposed to abortion but" would pretty much sum up Cuomo's message. Yesterday that message was echoed on the issue of gay marriage by the Republican governor of North Carolina in a statement entitled "Governor McCrory defends Constitution". Governor Pat McCrory noted his own 'sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman'. But then we got this: "Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no...
  • REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR MCCRORY CONFIRMS ANTI RELIGIOUS FREEDOM POSITION IN NC ON GAY MARRIAGE

    05/28/2015 2:20:52 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 13 replies
    5/28/2015 | Self
    As the debate over First Amendment Freedom of Religion laws raged back in May with Republican Governors backing down under business pressure in Indiana and Arkansas, the Republican governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, said his state didn't need such a law. The legislature has been acting, though, the House passing a bill to allow government officials to object to gay marriage, the bill now in the Senate as Senate Bill 2. But today Governor McCrory says he will veto the bill. A news release describing it is headlined "Governor McCrory defends Constitution". McCrory speaks of 'sincerely held religious beliefs...
  • Fight over last rib at barbecue results in victim being stabbed with fork

    05/28/2015 10:47:00 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 56 replies
    Fox59 ^ | 5/27/15 | JILL GLAVAN
    One woman was hospitalized and another arrested after a fight over the last rib at a backyard barbecue turned violent. The fight broke out on North Turner Street in Muncie on Sunday night. Officers got a call about a stabbing around 7 p.m., in the midst of a large family barbecue. According to a police report obtained by the Muncie Star Press, a woman told police she had been stabbed in the eye with a fork by Sabrina Davis, a family friend. “She was upset that Davis was taking the last rib from the kitchen,” an officer said in the...
  • Man accused of choking fiancée over NASCAR-IndyCar dispute

    05/27/2015 8:24:02 PM PDT · by sam_whiskey · 31 replies
    Fox 59 ^ | Kylie Wierks
    A Franklin man was arrested Sunday evening after choking his fiancé in a dispute over whether NASCAR or Indy Car is better.
  • Gallup Signals the GOP: Abandon the Bitter Clingers in Your Backwards Base

    05/27/2015 1:40:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A new Gallup poll out. Headline: "Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues." Now, before you go off getting depressed about this, let me tell you what the reason for this is, after we give you the details. "Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level." It's a subtle message to the Republican Party, and...
  • Ann Coulter excluded from speakers at CPAC

    02/26/2015 1:19:24 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/26/2015 | Eddie Scarry
    Author and conservative firebrand Ann Coulter was not invited to speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, marking the first time in several years that she was not scheduled to attend in an official capacity.Coulter is usually a popular speaker at the annual conference -- it's the largest gathering of conservatives in the U.S. held this weekend just outside of Washington, D.C. -- where she has delivered well-received speeches and signed her books for fans."I wasn't invited," Coulter confirmed in an email Thursday to the Washington Examiner media desk. "I might just show up anyway just to piss them...
  • Hands Up, Don't Discriminate Against Gays

    04/02/2015 8:27:10 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 1Apr 2015 | Ann Coulter
    Happy National Hate Week! Today, we're all hating on Indiana. Who will be the left's Emmanuel Goldstein next week? Evidently, the sole function of the media these days is to subject the public to a steady stream of manufactured events: "Hands Up, Don't Shoot"; nuclear power kills; Lena Dunham's rape by a college conservative at Oberlin; the "mattress girl" raped at Columbia University; Jon Stewart is funny; a fraternity gang-rape at the University of Virginia; and a law protecting religious freedom will lead to separate water fountains for gays in Indiana. Happy National Hate Week! Today, we're all hating on...
  • Court Rules New York May Not Issue Pro-Life License Plate

    05/26/2015 1:39:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 26, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Pro-adoption organizations should have the same speech rights as any other organization, said the attorney representing a group whose pro-life license plate has been denied for the past 13 or 14 years in New York. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday reversed a lower court ruling ordering the state to let an adoption advocacy group put the words "Choose Life" on its own plates. By a 2-1 vote, the court said the commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles had "broad discretion" to decide which plates to permit, and did not violate the First Amendment free speech rights...
  • Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse

    05/26/2015 1:50:25 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 59 replies
    Foxnews.com/opinion ^ | 5-26-2015 | Todd Starnes
    A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.” The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders...
  • ‘Couldn’t agree more!’ Obama connects with five-year-old gay marriage advocate on Twitter (CREEPY!)

    05/25/2015 5:01:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/15 | Imogen Calderwood
    Barack Obama has been putting his new Twitter account to good use, using it to support a little girl’s ideas on gay marriage. Five-year-old Yasmeen Faruqui wrote a letter to the President with a list of insightful requests, and was amazed when she received a reply. ‘Please stop war for our world, instead have a meeting’, Yasmeen said in the handwritten note. ‘Please give a speech to tell everyone they can marry who they want.’
  • The Democrats heat up some leftovers for the 2016 Senate races.

    05/24/2015 8:05:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 5/23/15 | Moe Lane
    Before we get into the meat of this story from the National Journal, let me just note that this – “One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obama’s tenure in office” – has always been properly appreciated by me. I noticed this issue a while back. Sorry, but I felt the need to establish that. Moving on… …less attention has been paid to how the shrinking number of Democratic officeholders in the House and in statewide offices is affecting the party’s Senate races. It’s awfully unusual to see how...
  • The Tolerant Jeweler Who Harbored an Impure Opinion of Same-Sex Marriage

    05/24/2015 5:21:29 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/22/2015 | Charels C.W. Cooke
    In the American Conservative yesterday, Rod Dreher related the following story: So, a Canadian Christian jeweler custom-made a pair of engagement rings for a lesbian couple, Nicole White and Pam Renouf, at their request. Later, when they found out that the jeweler personally opposes same-sex marriage, they went to pieces and demanded their money back. The couple now believes the rings they ordered will have been tainted by having been fashioned by jeweler Esau Jardon’s hands, given what impure thoughts he holds in his mind. One could be forgiven for wondering how we are all supposed to keep up. Last...
  • Wells Fargo Commercial: Learning Sign Language (lesbians adopt a deaf child)

    05/23/2015 10:07:49 AM PDT · by Salman · 8 replies
    Wells Fargo verified YouTube account ^ | Apr 23, 2015 | Wells Fargo verified YouTube account
    A couple learns a new language to welcome a new addition to their family. See how Wells Fargo is always there to help you prepare financially for life’s biggest moments.
  • Bobby Jindal signs 'religious freedom' order protecting same-sex marriage opponents

    05/20/2015 2:06:01 PM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/20/2015 | Eric Bradner
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued new protections for businesses that refuse to serve same-sex marriages, embracing the "religious freedom" cause dear to conservative Christians even though it's stung other Republican politicians. Jindal, a prospect for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, issued an executive order on Tuesday after saying he was disappointed that a Statehouse committee had earlier in the day voted down a bill that would have accomplished the same goal. That panel's concern: that Louisiana would look much like Indiana, where concerns that a new "religious freedom" law would lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians triggered such a...
  • Bobby Jindal plans to issue an executive order enforcing intent of religious freedom bill

    05/19/2015 2:12:41 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 32 replies
    nola.com ^ | 05/19/2015 | Emily Lane
    Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a statement Tuesday (May 19) saying he plans to issue an executive order to enforce the intent of a religious freedom bill that effectively died about two hours earlier, in the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee. Read the full statement below: "We are disappointed by the committee's action to return the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act to the calendar. We will be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one...
  • In Iowa for second visit, Clinton keeps to her low-key, tilt-left strategy

    05/18/2015 11:06:45 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Robert Costa
    MASON CITY, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s appearance here Monday at the home of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson — one of the first gay couples to marry in Iowa — spoke volumes about the political pitch and style of her nascent presidential campaign. Even as a global celebrity and the overwhelming Democratic front-runner, Clinton is doggedly focused at this early stage on highlighting her progressive values and on what she called “people-to-people connections” — aggressive organizing in the state where she placed a disappointing third in the 2008 caucuses. The event — the first of Clinton’s two-day visit —...
  • The Morning After the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

    05/16/2015 1:55:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | Linda Greenhouse
    Let’s assume, as I do, that the Supreme Court finds a constitutional right to same-sex marriage when it decides Obergefell v. Hodges sometime next month. What happens next? It may be a morning-after landscape of more confusion than clarity, with some rain falling on the victory parades. Conservative Christians, claiming victimization by the onrushing tide of marriage equality, aren’t like to be deterred in their quest for the right to withhold goods and services from same-sex couples. Indiana’s retreat last month, under pressure from some leading corporations, from a law that would have given businesses a religious excuse for discriminating...
  • HILLARY CLINTON AND THE SUPREME COURT

    05/16/2015 3:55:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | May 15, 2015 | CARSON HOLLOWAY
    According to the Washington Post, Hillary Clinton told a group of her fundraisers that she will have a litmus test for her nominees to the Supreme Court (if she should win the presidency): they will have to agree with her that the 2010 Citizens United ruling must be overturned.  In that ruling the Supreme Court held that corporations have First Amendment rights to engage in political speech and to spend money on such speech.  In making her pledge, Mrs. Clinton follows Bernie Sanders, who is also running for president.If Republican critics of Mrs. Clinton wanted to be demagogues about it,...
  • Marlin Stutzman for U.S. Senate (Senate Conservatives Fund endorsement for Indiana)

    05/16/2015 2:22:35 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    Alexandria, VA -- Today, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) announced its endorsement of U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) for the U.S. Senate in Indiana where U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) is retiring. SCF President Ken Cuccinelli made the following statement: "We're proud to support Congressman Marlin Stutzman for the U.S. Senate in Indiana. He's a proven conservative who believes in limited government, a strong national defense, and traditional values. During his time in Congress, Stutzman has worked to repeal Obamacare, balance the budget, and stop the president’s executive amnesty. He showed great wisdom and courage in opposing the food stamp...
  • Ted Cruz Was Fearless Yesterday

    05/16/2015 9:16:29 AM PDT · by VinL · 64 replies
    Red State ^ | 5/16/2015 | Erick Erickson
    Last night in Georgia, Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% spoke to the delegates at the Georgia Republican Convention. Regular readers of RedState know that the Speaker of the House in Georgia, collaborating with gay rights activists, left-wing Democrats, and big business, scuttled a state version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Action in exchange for Democrat votes on a billion dollar tax increase. If conservatives wanted RFRA passed in Georgia, the Speaker demanded they gut the legislation with “anti-discrimination” language that would actually expand protected classes in Georgia for the left. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% spoke last night and he called B.S....
  • Muslim Leader Who Said Israel is ‘Enemy of God’ Invited to White House

    05/15/2015 6:55:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 15, 2015 | Joe Kaufman
    Muslim Leader Who Said Israel is ‘Enemy of God’ Invited to White HousePosted By Joe Kaufman On May 15, 2015 @ 12:28 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments [1]Regardless of the circumstances, when a representative from CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group with close ties to Hamas, is allowed into the White House, a serious, indeed dangerous, problem exists.One day after the brutal death of his cousin – a revenge attack following the murder of three Israeli teens – Tariq Abu Khdeir, a 15-year-old boy who had traveled to Israel from Tampa, Florida, found himself arrested and...
  • Video: Bruce Jenner comes out — as a conservative Republican

    04/25/2015 10:30:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/25/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Last night’s interview with Bruce Jenner by Diane Sawyer on ABC’s 20/20 turned out to be very revealing … in a much different way than many thought. By this time, a relentless series of media reports had made it quite clear that Jenner had embraced a transgender identity, at least privately. The big reveal turned out to be that Jenner also identifies as a conservative Republican: When Sawyer asked if Jenner cheered when Obama became the first president to even say the word “transgender” in a State of the Union address, the 65-year-old replied that he “would certainly give...
  • It's Not Hateful To Say That Bruce Jenner Is Not A Woman

    04/26/2015 11:35:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 158 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2015 | Michael Brown
    This past Friday night, I tweeted out, “My heart goes out to Bruce Jenner, & when he says, ‘I am a woman,’ I hear him saying, ‘I am deeply confused & hurting.’ Let's pray for him!” The responses to this tweet were as ugly and profane as anything I have ever seen. Why the extreme and even irrational hostility? Some of the tweets included these gems: "f--- you you disgusting saliva gerbil" (to be honest, I’ve never been called that before) "you cranky scheming mustachio'd clown" (this was also a new one) “F--- YOU. I don’t have the patience for...
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • USS Indianapolis survivor Clarence Hershberger dies at 89

    05/14/2015 9:03:13 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 24 replies
    WIBC radio (Indianapolis) ^ | 5/14/14 | Ray Steele
    Another of the remaining survivors of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis has died...
  • What EPA Wants You to Know About Nail Salons

    05/13/2015 7:36:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 12, 2015 | Clare Foran
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will take a trip to a San Francisco nail salon Wednesday—a visit intended to shine a spotlight on health risks posed by the industry. [Snip] Nail polish and other products found in salons contain an array of chemicals that may pose a threat to public health and the environment. Without proper handling, exposure to chemicals such as formaldehyde can lead to difficulty breathing, skin irritation and other health problems. EPA already has put together a federal working group and doled out grants to organizations tackling the industry's public health and environmental impact created by...
  • O'Reilly: Christianity's Decline In America Could Lead To Collapse Like Roman Empire

    05/13/2015 7:17:17 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 58 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 13,2015 | Jeff Poor
    During his “Talking Points Memo” segment on Tuesday, “The O’Reilly Factor” host Bill O’Reilly explained that Americans have changed their stance on a number of issues, including immigration and Christianity and that has been to the detriment of the United States.
  • Down South - Republican presidential hopefuls show how low they can go

    05/12/2015 2:44:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | May 11, 2015 | William Saletan
    This weekend, a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls showed up at the South Carolina Freedom Summit. They were there to court primary voters who will winnow the presidential field next February. Judging from the speeches, it’s going to be an ugly race. What the candidates are selling, and primary voters are buying, is vituperation against people who don’t look, talk, or pray like the Republican base.............. [SNIP of stuff that sounds good to me - Santorum was on fire] ...............Mexicans, Muslims, gays, rats, roaches. Christian superiority, military contempt for the president, and gauntlets thrown down to queer-loving CEOs. It’s going to...
  • Obama: ‘Sex’ And ‘Gender’ Are Different Things

    05/11/2015 3:44:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 11, 2015 | by Scott Greer
    President Barack Obama believes “gender” and “sex” are different things. In a Monday press release issued to support National Women’s Health Week, Obama declared that affordable health care is a fundamental right — for all sexes and genders. “The security of quality, affordable health care should not be a privilege — it should be a fundamental right for every person, regardless of their sex or gender,” Obama stated in the proclamation. The distinction made by the president reflects a growing movement to emphasize that the two words mean different things. According to the World Health Organization, sex “refers to the...
  • Gay Hotelier Mati Weiderpass Defends Hosting Ted Cruz In Impassioned New York Observer Op-Ed

    05/11/2015 3:21:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | May 11, 2015 | By JamesMichael Nichols
    Openly gay New York hotelier Mati Weiderpass penned an op-ed this week, lashing out at "gay extremists" for protests surrounding a discussion he hosted with presidential hopeful Ted Cruz in late April. Weiderpass and longtime gay business partner Ian Reisner are owners of the OUT NYC Hotel and 80 percent of the commercial property in New York's Fire Island Pines, among other properties patronized by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The two ignited large-scale backlash last month when they played hosts to a "fireside chat" with notoriously anti-gay presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz in front of about...
  • How the Illiberal Left Uses Silencing Tactics

    05/11/2015 12:02:23 PM PDT · by iowamark · 30 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 11, 2015 | Kirsten Powers
    In March 2014, pioneering Internet company Mozilla announced the appointment of co-founder Brendan Eich as CEO. That same day, a Twitter mob exploded with criticism of Eich. Gay rights supporters were angry about a 6-year-old donation of $1,000 to the “Yes on 8” campaign, which sought to ban same-sex marriage in California in 2008. It’s OK to be angry about Eich’s donation. Screaming for Eich’s head on a pike for his failure to conform to Mozilla’s majority view on same-sex marriage is not. Liberals are supposed to believe in protecting minority views, even when they disapprove of those views. Instead...
  • Ted Cruz charts fraught territory, attacks GOP opponents on religious liberty

    05/11/2015 8:48:27 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MAY 9, 2015 | DAVID M. DRUCKER
    GREENVILLE, S.C. — Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday did something he hasn't done too often since declaring for president: He took a swipe at his rivals for the Republican nomination.The Texan delivered a typically energetic and rousing speech to an auditorium full of conservative activists gathered to hear from nearly a dozen Republican 2016 contenders. The address was a mixture of political humor, substantive policy proposals and ideological red meat served up grilled for a hungry crowd in the Tea Party friendly Upstate region of South Carolina.But as a part of Cruz's delivery, he charged some of the other GOP...
  • Pro-Israel Advocates Should Support Ted Cruz’ Hosts

    05/11/2015 8:43:51 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | May 10th, 2015 | Ronn Torossian
    Something disturbing happened recently which slipped right past Pro-Israel advocates. Mati Weiderpass is a fervent ally of Israel who happens to be gay. He hosted a discussion in his Manhattan home with Republican Presidential candidate, Texas Senator Ted Cruz who is a staunch ally of Israel, very strong on Iran and other issues key to those of us who care about Israel.In the aftermath, Weiderpass and his businessesÂ’ are being boycotted by extremists in the gay community for daring to host an event with Cruz. In these days of Israel having enemies in every corner we turn, I am thankful...
  • Prince releases Freddie Gray protest song ‘Baltimore’

    05/09/2015 3:11:52 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 64 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 9. 2015 | Jim Farber
    Prince released his much-anticipated protest song about “Baltimore” on Saturday — one day before his scheduled “Rally 4 Peace” concert in the troubled city.
  • Suspect in murder, abduction case stabbed victim 224 times

    05/08/2015 6:09:35 PM PDT · by digger48 · 49 replies
    wishtv ^ | May 8, 2015
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The woman at the center of an abduction and murder case will only face murder charges, according to court documents. According to police, 23-year-old Kiara Ivette Ciares-Quinones was arrested on Thursday for the murder of Vilma Soriano that happened at the Whispering Pines apartments, on the northwest side of the city. The probable cause affidavit said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer arrived to the scene to the report of a deceased person on Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. A caller told officers that her neighbor had just been killed by someone fleeing the area who tried to leave her...
  • AG Kamala Harris Granted More Time to Stop Kill-Gays Measure

    05/07/2015 8:42:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris has gotten an extension to the Monday deadline her office faced for processing a proposed ballot initiative that advocates killing anyone who engages in gay sex. Harris asked a state court in late March for permission to reject the measure, calling it obviously unconstitutional.
  • ‘Kill The Gays’ Author Plans To Get Hate Law On Ballot Without Gathering Signatures

    05/08/2015 1:44:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 8, 2015
    In a bizarre legal twist in a jaw-droppingly hateful proposal that calls into question the entire California ballot initiative process, the author of a bill proposing murdering California’s gays may ask a court to place his proposal on the ballot without gathering a single signature other than his own. In a letter quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Matt McLaughlin writes to the state attorney general, “Take notice that if your office and the California secretary of state refuse to clear the Sodomite Suppression Act for signature circulation, I may demand as remedy that it be placed on the election...
  • Perfect timing: Hilary backs restrictions on First Amendment protections

    05/06/2015 2:25:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/06/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Fresh off the heels of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s embrace a philosophy that would result in the elimination of federal protections on “hate speech” (he mistakenly believed that those protections had been eliminated over a half-century ago by the Supreme Court), Barack Obama’s likely successor as America’s leading Democrat has embraced the cause of restricting free speech. In her dogged quest to sate her restless left-flank, Hillary Clinton has endorsed the notion that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC can only be reversed by passing an amendment to the Constitution. The Court determined in Citizens United...
  • Are religious colleges at risk if Supreme Court approves same-sex marriage?

    05/07/2015 3:36:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/7/15 | Shannon Bream
    Religious freedom advocates are flagging a mostly-missed moment from last week's Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, calling it a warning sign. They point to an exchange between Justice Samuel Alito and the administration's top lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.Alito asked if, in the event the Supreme Court holds that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, would religious colleges risk losing their tax-exempt status if they continued to advocate for traditional marriage only. Verrilli responded, "I don't deny that ... It is going to be an issue." Travis Weber, Director of the Family Research Council's...
  • Indiana senate passes anti-BDS resolution

    05/06/2015 3:54:39 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Decision makes state legislature second in US, after Tennessee, to oppose boycott movement Indiana’s state senate passed a non-binding resolution opposing boycotts of Israel. Resolution 74, adopted earlier this week, makes Indiana’s legislature the second in the United States to pass a resolution condemning BDS, or the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign. Tennessee passed a similar appeal last month. The Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed the anti-BDS House Resolution 59 on April 22. The measure now goes to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for his signature. Last week, the student senate at Earlham College, a Quaker liberal arts institution in...
  • (D'Rat) Berkowitz headed to victory over Demboski in runoff race for (Anchorage) mayor

    05/06/2015 12:39:59 AM PDT · by balch3 · 10 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | May 6, 2015 | Devin Kelly
    Ethan Berkowitz headed to victory with a big lead over opponent Amy Demboski in the Anchorage mayoral runoff election Tuesday night. With 93 percent of the vote counted, Berkowitz had nearly 60 percent of the vote to Demboski’s 41 percent, a margin that was insurmountable. Berkowitz had held a commanding lead over Demboski throughout the counting Tuesday night. As his margin over Demboski held strong, Berkowitz stood on a chair at his campaign party in a downtown restaurant to wild applause and waving signs. He asked his supporters’s to continue to help after the night’s celebration to work on unifying...
  • G.O.P. Expands Labor Battle to Laws Setting State Construction Wages

    05/04/2015 2:55:28 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 2, 2015 | MONICA DAVEY
    A bill that would end prescribed wages on public construction projects in Indiana awaits the signature of Gov. Mike Pence. ... Indiana’s Republican-held legislature narrowly voted in April to repeal the state’s so-called common construction wage, a provision that had been around in various forms for 80 years and that sets pay standards for workers on publicly financed projects. The debate over the change, which Mr. Pence has said he supports, was muted compared with two decades ago, when tens of thousands of union workers turned up at the State Capitol and held off repeal. “It’s just a different era...