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  • Marching boldly into the New Post-homophobic Christianity

    07/05/2015 6:44:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 5, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It wasn’t like we didn’t see this coming but it’s 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 “constitutionally assured right” in the United States, Left side proponents are taking their victory laps. But at the same time they’re going to stick to the established talking points of telling everyone not to worry… nothing bad is going to happen to anyone else. You’re just not adjusted to the New and Improved Post-Homophobic Christianity. (From the Daily Beast) The...
  • THE SILENCING: Paper Will Limit Anti-Gay Marriage Op-Eds

    06/26/2015 2:27:59 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 101 replies
    daily caller ^ | 06/26/15 | Betsy Rothstein
    The editorial board of PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. is taking a hardcore stance against those who disagree with the Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage. As a result of Fridays ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage, they declared. After receiving strong pushback, the newspapers editorial board, which is overseen by Editorial Page Editor John Micek, quickly revised its policy. Freedom of speech will be allowed but only for a limited period of time. Micek explained on Twitter: Clarification: We will not...
  • Tim Cook takes Apple down the dark road of censorship

    06/25/2015 11:16:29 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 37 replies
    CiO Magazine ^ | Jun 25, 2015 10:47 AM PT | By Jim Lynch
    A couple of days ago, I wrote about the difficulties Apple would face if it tried to censor the Confederate flag in its online stores. Unfortunately, the company - under Tim Cook's leadership - wasted no time in engaging in reactionary censorship of the Confederate flag in its app store. Touch Arcade and other sites are reporting that Apple has begun a ham-handed purge of the app store. The company has removed games and apps that include the Confederate flag: It's looking like Apple has pulled everything from the App Store that features a Confederate flag, regardless of context. The...
  • Take Down the Fascist, Anti-Christian Gay-Pride Flag

    06/23/2015 8:48:28 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-23-2015 | John Nolte
    Under the banner of what is dishonestly called a gay pride or gay rights flag, hate, fascism, and intolerance has festered for years, specifically against Christians and conservatives. Under the auspices of a rights and equality symbol, Leftists have been on a rampage to take way the rights of others through bullying, lies, and online terrorism. The list of misdeeds and victims resulting from an increasingly emboldened Big Gay Hate Machine continues to grow. Under this banner of hate, people are outed against their will, terrorized out of business merely for being Christian, bullied and harassed for thoughtcrimes; moreover, hate...
  • Black Rachel Dolezal: Whites shouldnt discuss racism

    06/21/2015 3:48:00 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 46 replies
    The College Fix ^ | June 18, 2015 | Dave Huber
    As if the case of Rachel Dolezal couldnt get any sillier, anti-racism activist Tim Wise says that the black former NAACP chapter president once tried to stop him from speaking at Eastern Washington University because white folks cant speak with any legitimacy to issues of racism. Dolezal was a part-time professor at the college.
  • The New Shut Up Culture

    06/16/2015 1:13:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Jon Schwebbe
    (Disclaimer: The author of this piece is a white, middle class, heterosexual, Christian male. Please disregard all opinions below because PRIVILEGE.) A friend texted me the other day about abortion. Previously, she was very pro-choice. However, after reading up on the horrors of abortion and how women are negatively affected, she realized that she was actually pro-life. She told me she felt convicted in her new belief, but she was afraid to speak out about it because “people are too mean.” She's right. People are mean. If she expressed her opinion publicly, there's no doubt she would be ruthlessly attacked...
  • Spike to Cut Clint Eastwoods Caitlyn Jenner Joke from Guys Choice Awards Telecast

    06/14/2015 1:12:49 PM PDT · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Variety ^ | June 8, 2015 | Alex Stedman
    It looks like Spike TV didn’t find Clint Eastwood’s joke about Caitlyn Jenner during the Guys’ Choice Awards taping on Saturday very funny. A rep for the male-centered network said the reference will be cut from the telecast. “We will remove the reference in the version that will air,” David Schwarz, Spike TV senior vice president of communications, said in a statement. During the taping, while presenting “San Andreas” star Dwayne Johnson with a special award, Eastwood compared Johnson to other athletes-turned-actors like “Jim Brown and Caitlyn Somebody.” Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, made her debut as a...
  • WATCH: Jerry Seinfeld Doubles Down On Anti-Liberal, PC Comments. Jabs Seth Meyers

    06/10/2015 7:37:02 AM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 32 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 06/10/2015 | Steven Crowder
    Jerry Seinfeld is on the micro aggressive trail lately. Like when he lashed out at liberal, PC culture, or when he may the ludicrous claim that your race or gender isn't as important in comedy as whether you're funny or not. But his comments here about gay French kings have really crossed the line. They deserved a voice too. Even better is his jab at Late Night host, Seth Meyers. VIDEO AT LINK Seinfeld even called out Seth Myers for saying he would never make fun of Caitlyn Jenner, which Meyers specified that he only meant on that day... "As...
  • Jerry Seinfeld: Politically correct students 'don't know what they're talking about'

    06/08/2015 8:24:25 AM PDT · by Borges · 82 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 6/8/2015 | Kat Brown
    Jerry Seinfeld has ruled out playing university audiences because they are too politically correct and he counts the entire younger generation in that. --- They just want to use these words," he said. "Thats racist. Thats sexist. Thats prejudice. They dont know what the [bleep] theyre talking about.
  • Feminist Author: White Men Need to Stop Writing So Much

    06/04/2015 12:42:28 PM PDT · by rightistight · 62 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/4/15 | Aurelius
    Writing online, author Elisa Gabbert answered one of her reader's questions about whether he should stop writing because of his "privilege" of being white and male. An anonymous reader asked Gabbert: "I am a white, male poeta white, male poet who is aware of his privilege and sensitive to inequalities facing women, POC, and LGBTQ individuals in and out of the writing communitybut despite this awareness and sensitivity, I am still white and still male. Sometimes I feel like the time to write from my experience has passed, that the need for poems from a white, male perspective just isnt...
  • British Labour chief: Im going to make Islamophobia an aggravated hate crime

    04/27/2015 3:52:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 27, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Via Breitbart, a reminder that Britains left remains a few steps ahead of Americas in legally sanctioning thoughtcrime. Here in the good ol free-market U.S.A., we still prefer economic sanctions for deviating from ruling-class orthodoxy. But give us time. As a much older nation, the UKs had longer to make progress. Theres a parliamentary election set for 10 days for now so Milibands speaking here with an eye to that. I wonder which group hes hoping to goose into turning out with these remarks devout Muslims or Britains Social Justice Warriors? Frankly, apart from womens issues and gay rights,...
  • Feds Financing System to Automatically Detect Cyberbullying

    03/28/2015 12:13:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    The project was awarded this month to Rutgers University, which has received $117,102 so far. The real-time, automatic detection of hurtful online speech is necessary, according to the NSF grant, because cyberbullying is a critical social problem. The grant said 40 percent of American teenagers have reported being cyberbullied. ... Vivek K. Singh, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, is leading the project. I have worked on multiple projects including designing a novel media sharing application, detecting patterns in large scale Twitter feeds, and analyzing community behavior in social media to design...
  • Employee to Home Depot: Stop pushing homosexuality

    03/24/2015 8:37:02 PM PDT · by PROCON · 81 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Michael F. Haverluck
    In an open letter to his employer, Home Depot employee Timothy Noffsinger, expressed loud and clear how he feels about the companys promotion of homosexual behavior.Besides going against his deeply held religious convictions, Noffsinger, a member of Denver Bible Church, expressed in his letter how its aggressive endorsement of homosexuality in the workplace is detrimental to productivity. "What would happen if Craig Menear, Chairman and CEO of The Home Depot (THD), were to appear at the next board meeting in lipstick and a wig wearing a skirt and pantyhose? Noffsinger asked. In the midst of such absurdity, could the Board...
  • Feminist Group Warns: Clapping is "Triggering," Use "Jazz Hands" Instead

    03/24/2015 10:06:04 AM PDT · by rightistight · 73 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/24/15 | Aurelius
    The NUS Women's Campaign, which states that it "exists to represent and extend and defend the rights of women students," is asking people to be "mindful" about clapping, as the loud noise could be "triggering" for some people. Instead, the group is asking members to use "jazz hands," as they are silent. This is not a joke. This is the actual tweet that went out:
  • The First Amendment Should Never Protect Hatred

    03/19/2015 6:12:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 84 replies
    Thought Catalog ^ | March 18, 2015 | Tanya Cohen
    One of the most admirable things about Europe is that most (if not all) of the right-wing rhetoric that you hear in the US is explicitly against the law there. For example, attempting to link Islam with terrorism, saying that gay marriage isnt really marriage, or saying that trans women arent really women would get you charged with discrimination and/or incitement to hatred. Numerous European public figures have been charged with hate crimes for implying that large-scale immigration is connected to higher crime. In fact, a politician in Sweden was prosecuted for hate crimes for posting statistics about immigrant crime...
  • Former Brazilian Presidential Candidate Condemned to Pay R$ 1 Million for Voicing Homophobic View

    03/16/2015 6:36:42 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 12 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Former Brazilian Presidential Candidate Levy Fidelix Condemned to Pay R$ 1 Million for Voicing Homophobic View By Julio Severo Former Brazilian presidential candidate Levy Fidelix was condemned by the So Paulo Supreme Court to pay a fine of R$ 1 million (over US$300,000) in a public civil action filed by the LGBT movement. The condemnation, delivered Friday (March 14), deals with declarations that Catholic Fidelix made in an interview in a TV show September 28, 2014, where he said: The large intestine does not reproduce How can I, a family man and a grandfather, be afraid of losing votes?...
  • Is Being Gay a Choice?

    03/11/2015 8:23:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 102 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, Dr. Ben Carson stepped onto a political mine -- really, jumped onto it with both feet -- when he answered a question from CNN's Chris Cuomo about the nature of homosexuality. "You think being gay is a choice?" Cuomo asked Carson, after Carson rightly stated that being black and being gay are two very different phenomena. "Absolutely," replied Carson. He then went on to explain, "A lot of people who go into prison straight go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay." Carson's unstated line of reasoning is perfectly logical. When Cuomo asked Carson...
  • Silencing Climate Chaos Skeptics

    03/07/2015 6:56:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), other senators and Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) recently sent letters to institutions that employ or support climate change researchers whose work questions claims that Earth and humanity face unprecedented manmade climate change catastrophes.The letters allege that the targeted researchers may have conflicts of interest or may not have fully disclosed corporate funding sources. They say such researchers may have testified before congressional committees, written articles or spoken at conferences, emphasizing the role of natural forces in climate change, or questioning evidence and computer models that emphasize predominantly human causes. Mr. Grijalva asserts that disclosure of certain...
  • You can't make fun of terrorists at the U. of Minnesota

    03/03/2015 5:24:47 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 26 replies
    campusreform.org ^ | March 3, 2015 | Allison Maass
    "In the future, close attention may be paid to the content published by Students for a Conservative Voice to ensure that any material that is produced with student fee funds does not compromise the cultural harmony of the campus."
  • Student gov't rep removed from office over opposition to in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

    02/26/2015 6:10:18 AM PST · by massmike · 19 replies
    http://campusreform.org/ ^ | 02/26/2015 | Glori Foster
    A former student representative at George Mason University was removed from his position after tweeting about illegals receiving in-state college tuition which was perceived as offensive by some students. Storm Paglia assumed the position of undersecretary for university dining services last May and on Feb. 13 tweeted his disapproval of the Virginia Senate and House allowing illegals to have in state tuition with an easier process than if I were to apply. And the next time someone tells me the word ILLEGAL is inappropriate please enlighten me on how they havent broken our countrys laws, Paglia continued in a separate...
  • California Public School Promotes White Space to Unlearn Racism

    02/24/2015 6:34:04 PM PST · by PROCON · 39 replies
    breitbart ^ | Feb. 24, 2015 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    In a state where leftists use the public schools to promote their socialist ideology with impunity, imagine my surprise when a teacher handed out a flyer promoting racism. A parent of a high schooler sent me the following flyer that was handed out in one of her sons classes at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California. I had no idea that it was acceptable in public high schools in California to promote the idea that an entire race of people are racist simply based on the color of their skin. But there it isin black and...
  • The Left Realizes Too Late that Political Correctness Is a Virus

    01/31/2015 9:54:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/31/2015 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    There are few things in life as exquisitely pleasurable as watching the terminally silly fight among themselves, and, for those of us who have turned the practice into a spectator sport of sorts, this week certainly did not disappoint. On Tuesday, New York magazines Jonathan Chait decided that he was tired of watching people he dislikes use the tactics on which he himself likes to rely, and, with 4,700 words of deliciously biting criticism, set off something of a firestorm. The language police are perverting liberalism! griped Chait. The new political correctness has bludgeoned even many of its own supporters...
  • Ted Cruz Excellence Award Raises Questions About Caucus Union Ties

    01/20/2015 7:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | January 20, 2015 | David Robb
    The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors former ties to Hollywoods unions are coming into question in light of its recent decision to stand by its award to ultra-conservative presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz. The decision to give the Texas Republican its American Spirit Award had polarized the caucus membership, with internal objections leading to an emergency meeting of the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors executive committee Monday, which upheld the decision to honor Cruz. The caucus traditionally hands out American Spirit Awards to a Republican and a Democrat (California Governor Jerry Brown appears to be the choice on...
  • 'Keep Your Religion in the Closet' Says NYT Editorialist

    01/19/2015 3:22:21 PM PST · by xzins · 52 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 1/19/2015 | Michael Brown
    "I support the right of people to believe what they do and say what they wishin their pews, homes and hearts." So says an influential New York Times journalist. In other words, "Keep your religion in the closet." In his Jan. 10 Times editorial, "Your God and My Dignity: Religious Liberty, Bigotry, and Gays," Frank Bruni writes, "I've been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I've deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label: A threat to your religious liberty." He finds it "absurd" that the simple act of two men or two...
  • S. Dakota Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional; Same-Sex Couples Compared to Mixed-Race Couples

    01/14/2015 6:11:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/13/14 | Michael Gryboski
    A judge in South Dakota ruled the state constitution's definition of marriage is unconstitutional because it does not allow same-sex couples to marry. In a decision rendered Monday, district court judge Karen E. Schreier ruled the South Dakota's Amendment C unconstitutional, but put a stay on her decision pending appeal. Schreier drew a parallel to the Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which declared interracial marriage bans unlawful. "In Loving, the Supreme Court addressed a traditionally accepted definition of marriage that prohibited Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving from marrying," wrote Schreier. "Plaintiffs have a fundamental right to marry. South Dakota...
  • Russia's Usmanov to return James Watson's auctioned Nobel medal

    12/10/2014 5:33:30 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 28 replies
    BBC New ^ | 12/10/14 | BBC
    Russia's richest man has revealed that he bought US scientist James Watson's Nobel Prize gold medal, and intends to return it to him. Steel and telecoms tycoon Alisher Usmanov said Mr Watson "deserved" the medal, and that he was "distressed" the scientist had felt forced to sell it. The medal, awarded in 1962 for the discovery of the structure of DNA, sold for $4.8m (3m) at auction. The medal was the first Nobel Prize to be put on sale by a living recipient. The 1962 prize was awarded to Watson, along with Maurice Wilkins and Francis Crick, with each receiving...
  • The Benefits of Being Politically Correct(not a satire but reads like one)

    11/29/2014 4:45:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    NYT ^ | November 10, 2014 | Anna North
    The Benefits of Being Politically Correct By Anna North November 10, 2014 1:20 pm 30 Comments When people bring up political correctness, theyre often talking about how much they hate it. Unlike, say, diversity or inclusion, the term is perhaps most frequently used by those who object to what it stands for, who feel that calls to change the way they speak harm them or society in some way. These objections inspired Jack Goncalo, a professor of organizational behavior at Cornell, and his team to study the actual effects of political correctness. Theyd heard this idea that the effort to...
  • What is this? FreeRepublic is blocked on Amtrak WIFI as an offensive site!

    11/27/2014 4:56:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 89 replies
    Swordmaker | November 27, 2014 | Swordmaker
    Yesterday, my girlfriend and I borded an Amtrak passenger train in Stockton to travel to visit her friends in Visalia for Thanksgiving. Amtrak offers its passengers free WIFI as part of their amenities on the trip. As part of the log on, it specifies that Amtrak block access to "offensive" web sites, but otherwise allows free access to the Internet. I agreed to their conditions and found myself connected. Four attempts to connect to FreeRepublic resulted in being notified that my browser could not connect to the server! Thinking FR might be down, I turned off my WIFI, and reverted...
  • Teacher to student: If you don't support gay marriage, drop my class

    11/22/2014 1:37:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 119 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Students who oppose gay marriage are homophobic, according to an audio recording of a Marquette University instructor who went on to say that gay right issues cannot be discussed in class because it might offend homosexuals. I reached out to the 20-year-old student at the center of this outrageous episode and the story he tells should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks religious schools are safe havens for open discourse. The story was first reported on a blog run by a Marquette University professor and was picked up by the good folks over at The College Fix. The...
  • IRS is monitoring comment threads on conservative blogs

    11/20/2014 7:47:17 AM PST · by PROCON · 116 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Nov. 20, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Internal Revenue Service, which claims to be so understaffed that it cant bother to collect unpaid taxes, or search backup tapes for Lois Lerners missing emails, apparently has plenty of time to read the comment threads on conservative blogs that have been critical of the agency (Hi there, IRS agents!). William Jacobson, one of the best-informed and most effective critics of the agency, writes on Legal Insurrection: Hey, remember the Reader Poll we did about whether it was okay to follow and try to interview Lois Lerner in her neighborhood? Do you approve of media confronting Lois Lerner in...
  • Senior Navy Intelligence Officer Canned by Pentagon for China Comments

    11/12/2014 7:07:46 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 46 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Nov 10, 2014 | Brent Scher
    A senior Navy intelligence officer has been removed from his position due to comments made regarding aggressive Chinese military movements that ran counter to the Pentagons talking points on the issue, according to the Navy Times. Capt. James Fanell was removed from his position as the director of intelligence and information operations at U.S. Pacific Fleet. Fanell was reassigned within the command. Though neither the Navy nor Fanell commented on the reason for the personnel change, it is widely believed to be due to an internal investigation of his comments on China, according to the report. Fanell warned during a...
  • N. Carolina Judge Resigns So He Won't Have To Conduct Gay Marriages, Thinks Others Will Do The Same

    10/23/2014 2:38:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/23/2014 | Samuel Smith
    A North Carolina county judge resigned on Monday because he did not want to violate his Christian faith and perform same-sex marriages, which are now permitted under the state's law. With the news that North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban was struck down by a federal judge on Oct. 10, Judge Gilbert Breedlove, a 57-year-old magistrate in Swain County and also an ordained minister, could not, in good faith, be forced to conduct same-sex courthouse weddings when his Christian belief tells him that a marriage is only between a man and a woman. "It was my only option," Breedlove told Citizen-Times....
  • Houston's First Amendment Problem

    10/22/2014 5:57:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    The recent questionably unconstitutional moves by the Houston city council to subpoena the sermons of five area ministers, as well as internal correspondence dealing with social issues, should have the American Civil Liberties Union and everyone else who believes in free speech and religious freedom up in arms. We as Americans must guard every aspect of our Constitution and recognize when it is being threatened. One of the great dangers in America today is extreme intolerance in the name of tolerance. For example, in this Houston case, it is presupposed that the pastors in question may have said something that...
  • Canadian woman denied job for being a Christian

    10/13/2014 7:08:54 AM PDT · by massmike · 22 replies
    christian.org.uk ^ | 10/13/2014 | n/a
    A Canadian woman says that she was barred from getting a job at a wilderness tourism company because of her Christian faith. Bethany Paquette, who is an experienced rafting guide, said she was attacked over her religion by Norwegian company Amaruk Wilderness Corp. Paquette has taken her email correspondence with the company to lawyers and is preparing a case for the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. Describing her experience, Paquette said: I did feel really attacked on the basis that Im a Christian. She says she was shocked when she read an email sent in reply to her application by...
  • What the 'gay marriage' debate is really about

    10/10/2014 10:29:10 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 66 replies
    WND ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | Matt Barber
    Exclusive: Matt Barber warns, 'The courts are tossing around spiritual nitroglycerin' Its called Pandoras Box. And the Supreme Court just opened it. Did you actually think the debate over gay marriage was about marriage? Have you really come to believe that this cultural kerfuffle has anything to do with civil rights or equality? Have you bought into the popular premise that this is a legitimate discussion on federalism that its a reasonable disagreement over whether the U.S. Constitutions equal protection clause requires that newfangled gay marriage, something rooted in same-sex sodomy, a deviant and disease-prone behavior our Constitutions framers...
  • Jerry Brown Passes Law Forcing Doctors to Undergo LGBT Sensitivity Training

    10/10/2014 3:00:55 PM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a law requiring that California health care providers be trained to better understand the specific health needs of the LGBT community. The law is meant to target inequities in medical treatment for LGBT patients who, according to the San Francisco Examiner, suffer from a lack of provider understanding of gay and transgendered health issues. Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, who authored the original bill AB 496, contends that LGBT patients have a variety of negative experiences with doctors and other healthcare professionals. Lesbian couples complain that they have difficulty finding OB-GYN doctors willing to counsel...
  • Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban On U.S. Flag Shirts

    09/29/2014 7:12:03 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 29, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Rights: A Ninth Circuit Court ruling that students can't wear American flag T-shirts because they may offend Mexican students celebrating Cinco de Mayo is a ridiculous yet dangerous assault on the First Amendment. On Sept. 17, more than four years after Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., sent students home for wearing American flag t-shirts, an 11-judge Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that it was the right choice, "tailored to avert violence and focused on student safety." The decision upheld the court's three-judge ruling in February that justified the school's actions based on tensions between Mexican...
  • St. Patricks Day Parade ending ban on gay groups (NYC)

    09/03/2014 12:03:39 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | Sep 3, 2014 | David K. Li
    New Yorks St. Patricks Day Parade will finally end its ban on gay groups marching in its annual Irish celebration, organizers said Wednesday. The organizing committee said this move to change of tone and expanded inclusiveness is a gesture of goodwill to the LGBT community in our continuing effort to keep the parade above politics.
  • EPA Chief: CO2 Regulations Are About Justice For Communities Of Color

    08/27/2014 12:36:55 PM PDT · by maggief · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 27, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    The Environmental Protection Agencys proposed global warming regulations arent just about stemming global temperature rises according to agencys chief, they are also about justice for communities of color. Carbon pollution standards are an issue of justice, said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a teleconference call with environmental activists. If we want to protect communities of color, we need to protect them from climate change. McCarthy is referring to the EPAs proposed rule that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The agency says the rule will not only help fight global warming, but will also improve public...
  • Smartphone app reveals the politics in your shopping cart

    08/26/2014 3:56:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/25/2014 | Rebecca Bratek
    Herbal tea, Clorox wipes and Skippy peanut butter have a little blue in them, while Folgers coffee and Campbell's soup are as red as their labels. Finding out where your favorite brands lie on the political spectrum is now as easy as scanning bar codes with your iPhone. BuyPartisan, a free smartphone application developed by former Capitol Hill staffer Matthew Colbert, gives users the chance to learn more about the political leanings of the makers of supermarket items. By compiling campaign finance data from the top Fortune 500 companies and matching it with their products, the app lets consumers scan...
  • Report: Response to climate-change survey led to CEO's departure from PR Giant, Edelman

    08/26/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    PR Week ^ | 08/2014 | Lindsay Stein and Frank Washkuch ,
    Edelman global CEO Richard Edelman said in a conversation with an editor of Vices Motherboard blog that former US CEO Mark Hass was fired from the agency in part because of the way he responded to an investigation into PR agencies work with climate-change deniers. Quoted by Motherboard senior editor Brian Merchant, the chief executive of the worlds largest PR agency said, "We fired the head of our US [division] in part because of that stupid note he wrote, about, you know, how we dont answer these kinds of things." In response to inquiries from the Climate Investigations Center that...
  • Feds Creating Database to Track Hate Speech on Twitter

    08/25/2014 6:10:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | August 25, 2014 3:30 pm | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track misinformation and hate speech on Twitter. ... This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda [?], and assist in the preservation of open debate, the grant said. ... Truthy claims to be non-partisan. However, the projects lead investigator Filippo Menczer proclaims his support for numerous progressive advocacy groups, including President Barack Obamas Organizing for Action, Moveon.org, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, and True Majority. ... The government-funded researchers hope that the public will use...
  • Dictionary goes ideological, slams those who homeschool

    08/11/2014 5:07:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 8/11/2014 | JOSHUA MERCER
    UPDATE: Dictionary.com has removed the offensive recommended sentences which slammed homeschooling. Thanks to all who wrote in.For those asking, here was a screenshot of the offensive words.Because of course a dictionary has to become ideologicalIf you look up homeschool over at Dictionary.com, you get the following example sentences which use the word in question. If you wish to teach your children such nonsense, thenhomeschoolwhere lame propaganda can remain unchallenged. If she cant find anyone willing to validate her helicopter parenting, shellhomeschool. If you want to keep your kids from reality and turn them into mindless automaton copies of yourself,homeschoolthem. My...
  • One Generation Away from Freedom

    08/07/2014 7:40:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 6, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    The Heritage Foundation recently showed a documentary entitled One Generation Away: the Erosion of Religious Liberty. This bold documentary emphasized the importance of preserving our natural liberties, and expressed fear that they could easily be taken away as a secular government grows. rick santorum EcoLight Studios, a Christian movie company owned by former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, will distribute the film in theatres this September to convey an important messagefreedom can be taken away far easier than it is given. Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum presented the film at the Heritage event, saying that The fight to protect our...
  • World's top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers

    08/04/2014 10:44:30 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 4, 2014 | By Suzanne Goldenberg and Nishad Karim
    Some of the worlds top PR companies have for the first time publicly ruled out working with climate change deniers, marking a fundamental shift in the multi-billion dollar industry that has grown up around the issue of global warming. Public relations firms have played a critical role over the years in framing the debate on climate change and its solutions as well as the extensive disinformation campaigns launched to block those initiatives. Now a number of the top 25 global PR firms have told the Guardian they will not represent clients who deny man-made climate change, or take campaigns...
  • Colorado Baker Appeals Gay 'Re-Education' Order

    07/18/2014 5:40:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    CBN News ^ | 7/18/2014
    A Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is appealing a "re-education" order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.The order requires cake artist Jack Phillips to create wedding cakes for gay couples and to re-educate his staff that the state's Anti-Discrimination Act means artists must endorse all views.It also requires him to file quarterly compliance reports for two years.According to Phillips' attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom, the reports must include the number of patrons that Phillips declines to serve, along with the reason.The order stems from a 2012 incident in which Phillips refused a...
  • Skeptic of Climate Change Finds Himself a Target of Suspicion

    07/15/2014 1:33:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 15, 2014 | By MICHAEL WINES
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama here, says he remembers the morning he spotted a well-known colleague at a gathering of climate experts. “I walked over and held out my hand to greet him,” Dr. Christy recalled. “He looked me in the eye and he said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Come on, shake hands with me.’ And he said, ‘No.'  ” Dr. Christy is an outlier on what the vast majority of his colleagues consider to be a matter of consensus: that global warming is both settled science and a dire threat. He...
  • California High School: We Have a Right to BAN God

    07/13/2014 11:41:51 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 53 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | July 13 2014 | Warner Todd Huston
    A High School in California has insisted that it has a right to ban the mention of God in a students graduation speech paradoxically claiming the Constitution gives them that power. In July 18-year-old Brooks Hamby refused to follow the schools ban order and thanked Jesus in his speech anyway sending the school into fits of apoplexy. A California school district says it will not apologize to a teenager who defied its orders and mentioned God in his graduation speech. Attorneys representing the Brawley Union High School District have written a 10-page letter defending the schools right not only to...
  • Woman kicked off plane after argument about Israel conflict (Jewish Woman Forced Off)

    07/13/2014 10:51:49 AM PDT · by equalator · 37 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 7-12-2014 | Scott Heins
    Dr. Lisa Rosenberg, a physician from New York, was returning home from vacation boarding a flight from PBIA to John F. Kennedy International Airport. She said she had just finished a phone conversation with a colleague when a woman said she was offended by Rosenbergs remarks. I was saying how it was good Israel found the students that killed the Palestinian teenager and how it was exemplary not making them into heroes, but seeking to publicly try them, Rosenberg said. I said any other country would have made these students out to be martyrs and celebrating them. Rosenberg added that...
  • (Graham) Nash sees young people as saviors of the future (i.e. of Crosby, Stills etc.)

    07/08/2014 2:26:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 8, 2014 5:02 AM EDT | John Carucci
    Graham Nash feels optimistic that young people will once again change America for the better. So while hes frustrated by political ideals surrounding issues like global warming and marriage equality, he realizes that those powers against progress will naturally run their course. They will all die at one point and the children will take over, Nash said. Then he added: Do you know anybody under 25 that gives a damn whether you marry a man if youre a man or if you marry a woman if youre a woman? No.