Friday, April 08, 2016

The Boss Speaks to the NC Shower-Nuts

A Statement from Bruce Springsteen on North Carolina

As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Sunday April 10th show is canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

brucespringsteen.net

345 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice, Bruce. Why don't you go into politics? You haven't made a decent record since 1980 except one covering Pete Seeger. The Dems need a candidate for Prez.

I know you're going to stay away from Clarksdale, MS and cancel all foreign tours to countries that prosecute homosexuality as a crime. I know you won't be a hypocrite like Paypal, Apple, Disney, et al

"the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden"

unless your group is a protected class in North Carolina, you can't sue

sarcastic people as a group, for example, can't sue if the boss fires them because he doesn't like sarcastic

there endless other groups in the same category

Bruce, you're ignorant

and a boring old fart

April 09, 2016 7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the left is expanding authoritarian tactics on the global warming issue:

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-04-08/subpoenaed-into-silence-on-global-warming

when will re-education camps be set up?

if Hillary or Bernie wins in November

April 09, 2016 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

always special when you score a direct on the loonideviants and shut 'em up for a few days !!

April 10, 2016 5:33 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

Honestly, anon, my impression was that your comments were so vile and malevolent that nobody else wants to be part of the ugliness.

That means you win. Congratulations.

JimK

April 10, 2016 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, vile and malevolent

the very idea that people shouldn't be forced to participate in homosexual weddings or that restrooms should be segregated by gender

it's just disgusts me

April 11, 2016 5:52 AM  
Blogger JimK said...

Anon, two people fall in love and want to start a home and a family, and you are disgusted by it. You views are morally repugnant and inhumane, and that's why nobody is responding to you.

I'll make you a deal. Depending on how you sign in here, you should be able to delete your own comments. If you can't do that, post a comment asking me to delete them as admin, and I will.

One way or the other, if you clean up this mess you've made we will start with a clean slate and people can argue about the many interesting and important things going on today. If you do not, I will take a very active stance in editing your comments from now on.

JimK

April 11, 2016 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, I don't think I've ever expressed "disgust" with homosexual marriage here

I simply have argued people are entitled to their opinion and freedom of association

everything else is extrapolation from TTFers

if they aren't responding because my views are morally repugnant and inhumane, it's odd they chosen now to take this stance

I'll make you a deal, I won't make any comments and just read along occasionally and we'll see how interesting it is

April 11, 2016 10:33 AM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

It could be that we didn't respond because, as it turns out,we have far more interesting people to have actual conversations with.

I don't know why you were harsh on Bruce - he was just pulling out the "freedom of association" you like to use. I'd think you'd congratulate him for being so libertarian.


On another topic, I haven't heard of any "re-education camps," but if the investigators find evidence of fraud, hopefully some people go to jail this time. When they investigated the banks and insurance companies behind the 2008 collapse, they found all sorts of criminal activity, but they just slapped the companies on the wrist and gave them a little fine. So the next time they think about doing those crimes, they'll just add in the cost of the fine to their spreadsheets; there is no real disincentive to do it again.

Have a nice day,

Cynthia

April 11, 2016 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How will NC enforce it's new bathroom law?

..."That's a very interesting question. We don't have police officers sitting at public bathrooms all day long," a spokesman at the Raleigh Police Department told me with a laugh. Over in Greensboro, the state's third-most-populous city, I received a similar answer. "We would respond if we received a complaint. It's not like we would be standing guard at bathrooms," said Susan Danielsen, a spokeswoman for the local police department, also suppressing a laugh. At the Wilmington Police Department, spokeswoman Linda Rawley said the law struck her as strange. "So that means people have to go to the bathroom with birth certificates? Yeah, that was curious to me." At the Asheville Police Department, spokeswoman Christina Hallingse noted, "We're not checking birth certificates. We just don't have the police power to be able to do that in bathrooms."

Since the law was enacted March 23, police departments across the state have been working to determine how they will enforce it. In addition to restricting bathroom use, it bans anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation. "Our staff, particularly our attorney's office, is trying to figure out what it all means," says Damien Graham, another spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department. "We haven't mobilized our police force in any kind of different way. We're still digesting." Public universities like Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina are also assessing the law to determine how it will affect university policies, spokespeople from both universities said.

Can police patrol public restrooms? Can they demand birth certificates, or some other form of identification, from those accused of violations?...

"The bill was passed by the state legislature in less than 10 hours and then signed by the governor that very same night with very little debate," Oakley says. "And so it's incredibly poorly drafted, leading to all kinds of consequences." The lack of enforcement guidance in the legislation also suggests "it's not motivated by solving a real problem," she says. "If it was, they would have spent more time understanding and actually addressing a problem. Instead they passed a law that is a political statement."

Some police departments were still checking with their attorneys this week to determine whether they could arrest an individual who used the wrong bathroom. Because it's a civil law, using the wrong bathroom wouldn't be considered a criminal violation in itself, Hallingse from the Asheville PD points out. But the law doesn't lay out civil penalties for the violation, either, says Oakley, so police officers will have to use their best judgment when responding to complaints. Danielsen, the spokeswoman from the Greensboro PD, says officers there will try to respond with the "lowest degree of interaction" possible...."

April 11, 2016 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like BRUUUCE will not be able to play a gig on the Rattlesnake Freeway in the Utah desert:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/court-hands-defeat-on-polygamy-to-family-from-sister-wives/ar-BBrCWST?ocid=ansmsnent11

April 12, 2016 1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a stupid bitch

http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/education/florida-first-lady-decides-hookers-and-junkies-make-good-reading-for-fifth-graders/

April 12, 2016 2:12 PM  
Anonymous I got one more silver dollar said...

"For over 45 years, I’ve been fortunate to play music all around this country and the world. I’ve been honored to know and be friends with many different people from all walks of life. Although we, as a nation, have made progress in many areas, it’s sad and infuriating that some, in 2016, are still working so hard to take the rights away from our brothers and sisters, as in the cases of “bathroom laws” recently passed in North Carolina (HB2 – Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act) and Mississippi ("Religious Liberty" bill 1523), discriminating against the LGBT community.

I know that North Carolina is a state full of good folks and loyal fans, many of whom are angry about and feel misrepresented by this action. My band and I will continue to play our show as scheduled there tomorrow, April 13, and hope that our music unites people in this challenging time. We stand in solidarity with the LGBT community urging Gov. McCrory to listen to the people and reverse this wrong.

- Gregg Allman"

Way to go, Midnight Rider. Let's pretend for a moment that Bruce Springsteen is right about the NC law. The people hurt by him choosing to discriminate against Tarheels are his fans, who likely agree with him. Doesn't make sense to try and change aa law by hurting people who don't support the law. Maybe Bruce should just consider a hunger strike instead.

OK, let's stop pretending. The law was simply a reaction to a provocation by LGBT activists. They got a law passed in Charlotte that the owners of rest rooms have to let people use the bathroom that is set up for whatever gender they prefer to be. So the state reacted to nullify this law. The Charlotte law was completely unnecessary because one usually can't tell if someone has successfully transformed to another gender. If someone had actually become another gender, no one was stopping them from the rest room because no one could tell. On the other hand, if the transition was not successful- and we've all seen these people- a few business men might choose to bar them based on complaints from customers. All the state law does is restore this right. Such people tend to frighten and confuse children.

And they say "well, it's dangerous to use the boys room if you're dressed like a girl". True, but it's just as dangerous to walk out of a girls room if you like a guy dressing as a girl. The truth is such a person has taken a risk and put the themselves at danger. Until they've made a successful transition, they should dress like their biological self in public venues where they may need the facilities. Once they've made the transition, no one will know the difference.

See how easy life can be when everyone tries to get along and not play confrontational political games? Be a Greg and not a Bruuuce.

April 13, 2016 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/this-white-nationalist-who-shoved-a-trump-protester-may-be-the-next-david-duke/2016/04/12/7e71f750-f2cf-11e5-89c3-a647fcce95e0_story.html

April 13, 2016 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Thanks Bruce, PayPal, etc. McCrory already changed the law, more changes to come said...

North Carolina governor says he wants bathroom law partially changed after backlash

April 13, 2016 8:35 AM  
Anonymous paypal it forward said...

actually, more changes aren't to come

he's proposing to drop the employment part in response to bullying from Bruce and Paypal but not the bathroom provisions

meanwhile, when is Paypal going to live up to their convictions and shut down their Malaysian service center?

in Malaysia, one caught engaging in homosexual acts is whipped in public

sounds a lot worse than not being allowed in a bathroom you clearly don't belong in

April 13, 2016 9:17 AM  
Anonymous forbidden country said...

Chinese court rules against gay "marriage"

no more tours there, Bruuuce !!


http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2016/04/13/court-rules-against-couple-in-chinas-first-gay-marriage-lawsuit/

April 13, 2016 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"actually, more changes aren't to come"

Wrong as usual.

McCrory has already made changes and has requested more changes to be made.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) responded to a backlash against the state’s new law banning anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people by signing an executive order Tuesday aimed at calming the firestorm, even as he left the most controversial provisions intact.

McCrory said he was expanding protections for state employees, which would prevent these workers from being fired for being gay or transgender. He also said he would seek legislation restoring the right to sue for discrimination.""

April 13, 2016 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Support for middle class workers, not billionaires said...

Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) boosted the cause of striking Verizon workers on Wednesday, joining them on a picket line in New York City and blasting the telecom giant in a sidewalk speech.

Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers on the East Coast went on strike early Wednesday morning after 10 months of negotiations with the company failed to produce a new contract. The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers unions represent the workers.

It’s the largest strike in the U.S. in four years, and it’s happening just as the presidential primaries come to New York.

Sanders’ raucous speech aired live on cable news, giving Verizon a taste of the attention it may receive in the coming days. Sanders, a close ally of CWA who received the union’s endorsement, called Verizon “another major American corporation trying to destroy the lives of working Americans.”

“Verizon is one of the largest, most profitable corporations in this country,” Sanders said. “They want to outsource decent-paying jobs. They want to give their CEO $20 million a year.”

...Sanders applauded the striking workers for having the “courage” to walk out.

“I know how hard it is, what a difficult decision it is to go out on strike. I know you’ve thought a whole lot about it, and I know your families will pay a price,” the Vermont independent said. “Today, you are standing up not just for justice for Verizon workers, you’re standing up for millions of Americans who don’t have a union.”

Sanders has vocally backed organized labor in his years in Congress. It’s uncommon, though not unheard of, for presidential candidates to join striking workers in protest. Sanders, however, is no stranger to picket lines — or to labor disputes with Verizon, for that matter.

In 2003, he joined protesting workers in New England when they were locked in a contract fight with the company. As Paul Feeney, an IBEW shop steward, told HuffPost last year, employees “remember when Sanders stood up on the back of a pickup truck and addressed our members … And that means something to people.”

April 13, 2016 12:55 PM  
Anonymous I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night said...

"He also said he would seek legislation restoring the right to sue for discrimination."

no reason to think he'll get what he "seeks"

"Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) boosted the cause of striking Verizon workers on Wednesday, joining them on a picket line in New York City and blasting the telecom giant in a sidewalk speech."

hopefully, they won't show up next time he puts in a call to fix his internet

"Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers on the East Coast went on strike early Wednesday morning after 10 months of negotiations with the company failed to produce a new contract."

Why is it when Ted Cruz shuts down the government, he's a villain but if unions shut down the communications system, they're heroes?

"The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers unions represent the workers.

It’s the largest strike in the U.S. in four years, and it’s happening just as the presidential primaries come to New York."

is this so they can get election day off?

"Sanders’ raucous speech aired live on cable news, giving Verizon a taste of the attention it may receive in the coming days. Sanders, a close ally of CWA who received the union’s endorsement, called Verizon “another major American corporation trying to destroy the lives of working Americans.”"

I think most people appreciate all Verizon contributes to society. They are major contributors to the higher level of existence we have all moved to in the last decades.

"“Verizon is one of the largest, most profitable corporations in this country,” Sanders said. “They want to outsource decent-paying jobs."

You become profitable by keeping costs down. If they didn't, we'd all pay more for cable, internet, phone, et al

"They want to give their CEO $20 million a year.”

It's supply and demand. There aren't that many people who can run such a company so they're in demand. If they don't pay what he's worth, someone else will.

"...Sanders applauded the striking workers for having the “courage” to walk out.

“I know how hard it is, what a difficult decision it is to go out on strike. I know you’ve thought a whole lot about it, and I know your families will pay a price,” the Vermont independent said. “Today, you are standing up not just for justice for Verizon workers, you’re standing up for millions of Americans who don’t have a union.”"

They have no choice, Bernie. They have to do what the union bosses tell them...or else...

April 13, 2016 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/13/ok_so_now_were_forced_to_ponder_ted_cruzs_sexual_habits_college_roommate_on_cruzs_opposition_to_genital_stimulation_this_would_be_a_new_belief_of_his/

April 13, 2016 1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/06/henry-ford-understood-that-raising-wages-would-bring-him-more-profit.html

April 13, 2016 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Reaping what they've sown said...

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/276163-dems-joke-were-shocked-gop-cant-pass-a-budget

LMAO

April 13, 2016 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Currently, 47% of likely Republican primary voters in Maryland support Trump compared to 27% who support Ohio Gov. John Kasich and 19% who intend to vote for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz....

The Monmouth University Poll also found that Gov. Larry Hogan’s reservations about the frontrunner have little effect on Maryland voters. Just over half (53%) of likely primary voters have heard about Hogan’s comments that Trump should not be the party’s nominee. The vast majority (83%) of voters, though, say Hogan’s position will have no impact on their own vote.

April 13, 2016 3:34 PM  
Anonymous PlaningPeace.org said...

WELCOME TO

NORTH CAROLINA

DUE TO OUR STANCE ON LGBT RIGHTS

PLEASE SET YOUR CLOCK BACK 100 YEARS

April 13, 2016 3:42 PM  
Anonymous annual reset said...

actually, you only have to set it back a year

we have a President currently who ran with the position that gay marriage is wrong

April 13, 2016 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NC law that many people, performers and businesses find to be so reprehensible that they don't even want to go near the state of North Carolina, isn't about marriage equality.

The 1996 NC state law and 2012 NC state constitutional amendment, both of which banned marriage equality. were found to be unconstitutional when a US District Court so ruled. The state's governor and attorney general had acknowledged that a recent ruling in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear an appeal in that case established the unconstitutionality of North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage.

April 13, 2016 8:06 PM  
Anonymous the sober farm said...

nevertheless, the current law doesn't turn any "clock back 100 years"

the President's stance in his first election campaign was indicative of his recognition of the views of a saner world at that time, that homosexuality was not deserving of special protection and promotion by society

April 13, 2016 8:56 PM  
Anonymous making the law just again said...

we the establishment gets threatened, they don't hesitate to try and arrest people on phony charges

this time, their efforts have failed

the lie that normal pushing and pulling in a crowd is assault has been debunked

if you don't support the status quo, it's safe to go out in public again:

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/trump-campaign-manager-lewandowski-221921

April 14, 2016 9:22 AM  
Anonymous making the law just again said...

in the transgender bathroom war, the initial aggressor was the lunatic gay advocacy fringe

they passed a law, in Charlotte, saying you had to let anyone use the restroom of the gender they say they want to be

the state legislature retaliated by passing a state law that you had to use the rest room of your gender

of course, the fringe is acting like NC has bucked time-honored traditions of tolerance of deviant sexual practices

a bunch of malarkey

at this point, the compromise is obvious

eliminate both the state law and the Charlotte law

everyone will win

nine times out of ten, if not more, transgenders will be able to use any rest room

if someone turns them away, the can use the rest room is the HQ of one of these large hypocrite organizations that decry NC's new law

and traditionalists will not have the government ruling in favor of some bizarre social experiment

Heather Wilhelm, columnist for RealClearPolitics, has bravely written the antidote to bruce Springsteen's obnoxious self-righteousness:

"Decades ago, when Americans imagined 2016, hopeful citizens visualized groovy innovations like widely available personal jetpacks, easily accessible moon bases, and “futuristic” fashion trends that looked suspiciously like neon 1980s clothing coated with Saran wrap. So far, 2016 has brought us none of these delightful novelties, but it has delivered a series of depressing public bathroom wars.

Three weeks ago, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a now-infamous “bathroom bill,” a law that, among other things, restricts access to public restrooms based on the sex that users were assigned at birth. The bill, which was cobbled together after 12 hours in an emergency session, came as a response to a Charlotte ordinance that declared gender identity, not biological sex, as the standard-bearer for proper bathroom entry.

As you might have guessed, a flame war promptly ensued. PayPal, a company that happily does business in Singapore—a country that literally outlaws being gay—denounced North Carolina and loudly axed 400 new jobs in Charlotte. Deutsche Bank followed suit, killing its plans for 250 new jobs near Raleigh. According to the Wall Street Journal, at least 100 other companies have expressed their disdain for the bill.

Meanwhile, Bryan Adams, a musician who doubles as a living ’80s time capsule, righteously canceled his North Carolina show, perhaps forgetting, due to his age, that he had recently played in gay-hostile Egypt. Gravel-voiced “hard knocks” crabby man Bruce Springsteen, apparently trying to relive his own glory days, also deep-sixed an upcoming concert in Greensboro."

April 14, 2016 10:38 AM  
Anonymous making the law just again said...

"The bill, to be fair, was something of a mess. This week, McCrory issued an executive order expanding the state’s equal employment policy to cover sexual orientation; he also asked the state legislature to amend a section dealing with citizens’ rights to sue in state court. But the controversial bathroom section—declaring that, when it came to public facilities, biological men at birth go into men’s rooms, biological women at birth go into the women’s—remained. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 13 other states are considering similar legislation.

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Interviewed last week by the Wall Street Journal, McCrory seemed baffled at the bathroom backlash. “Who would’ve thought?” he said. “I can’t believe we’re talking about this.” Indeed, in a world where ISIS is expanding into Europe, ghost ships full of corpses are washing onto Japanese shores from North Korea, Hillary Clinton is proposing a $1 trillion tax increase, and people are still paying good money to see Bruce Springsteen, it seems ludicrous to obsess about bathrooms.

So why can’t we just live and let live? Bathroom law opponents “are crusading against a tiny minority that poses no real threat,” Jillian T. Weiss, a transgender rights lawyer and activist, wrote in Wednesday’s USA Today. In a way, she’s correct: Demonizing transgender people is unfair in any light. But Weiss also misses the bigger picture behind the bathroom brouhaha. It’s not a fight against people. It’s a fight about reality, and whether the government can dictate a certain version of it. Ultimately, it’s a fight about freedom of thought.

America’s burgeoning bathroom wars, so silly and banal on the surface, are actually quite deep: They fling together two conflicting, wildly incompatible streams of thought. On the transgender side, identity is everything. If gender is truly fluid, and yet truly knowable, then the denial of one’s gender identity is a hurtful denial of one’s very being or self.

This is also why the bathroom issue provides such a massive spark point: If the government agrees that trans men and women can access the bathrooms of their choice, they are officially validating the view that gender is no more than what you feel or believe it to be. They are ruling this view, in their own way, a fact—and if it’s a fact, can anyone really rightfully disagree?

Last week, novelist Ian McEwan learned the consequences of thought crime the hard way. “The self, like a consumer desirable, may be plucked from the shelves of a personal identity supermarket, a ready-to-wear little black number,” he told an audience. “…Call me old-fashioned, but I tend to think of people with penises as men.”

You can probably guess what happened next—and that McEwan was bullied into backtracking.

Unfortunately, the bathroom wars are likely just getting started. The Obama administration has already chosen sides. “This is a good illustration that the fight for civil rights is not over,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said of the North Carolina law. “The president, every time, is going to be on the side of equality and fairness and justice for every American.”

That sounds great, unless you’re an American with traditional views on gender, your kids are in a public school, and the girls’ locker room has just been declared a gender-fluid zone. Alas, my friend; you simply have the wrong thoughts. Sadly, in some cases, that’s when “equality and fairness and justice” don’t really apply."

April 14, 2016 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A sponsor for an anti-trans bill in Tennessee, state representative Jeremy Durham, has been deemed “a continuing risk to unsuspecting women” by the state attorney general and has been put under strict rules regarding his movements in state offices, out of fear that he will compulsively sexually harass women he comes into contact with. Durham denies the allegations, but has already resigned his position as House majority whip because of the constant drumbeat of women saying he’s a pig who won’t quit with the inappropriate behavior.

The situation is one of rather unsubtle irony because the anti-trans bill that Durham is backing, which bans trans students at public schools and universities from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender, is being defended using the same urban legend employed to pass similar legislation in other states: That men dress as women or pretend to be trans in order to hide in the ladies room to harass and even rape women.

This, and it should be needless to say, does not happen. In the real world, predatory men creep on women in a fairly straightforward manner, often acting with a confidence that suggests they don’t think there’s any real chance anyone will do anything about it....


MoCo has allowed trans people to freely use the bathroom of their gender identity and there have been exactly ZERO cases of girls/women being harassed in public bathrooms by men in women's clothing.

Same with the state of Maryland and every other jurisdiction (200 cities and 17 states) where similar protections have been enacted.

Not a single problem has been reported.

April 14, 2016 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Chinese court rules against gay "marriage""

Yes, but what else has China done?

Chinese court rules ‘gay cure’ treatments illegal

"A Beijing court has ruled in favour of a gay man in a case against a “gay-straight conversion” clinic, an unprecedented legal judgment in a country where most people consider homosexuality deeply taboo.

Yang Teng, 30, brought the case against the Xinyu Piaoxiang clinic in the south-western city of Chongqing, which allegedly told him it could “cure” him of his homosexuality through a series of treatments involving hypnosis and electric shocks.

The court ruled that such treatments were illegal, and demanded that the clinic give Yang 3,500 yuan (£359) in compensation and post an apology to its website.

“It’s very good news for us,” Yang told the Guardian. “The court ruling will make a huge difference.”

Although China has become more accepting of homosexuality in recent years, many families, institutions and even educational textbooks still treat it as a problem that needs to be fixed. Homosexuality was legalised in China in 1997 and removed from a list of mental illnesses in 2001, but same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships remain forbidden.

For many Chinese gay people, the greatest barriers to acceptance are social rather than political. Because of the one-child policy, Chinese parents often place enormous pressure on their children to marry and raise families. Only 21% of Chinese people say society should accept homosexuality, according to a 2013 survey by the Pew Research Centre, up from 17% in 2007. Many gay Chinese people report being discriminated against at work, passed over for promotions or fired without justifiable cause.

Yang proactively sought out the treatments in February after his parents pressured him to start a family. He also attempted to sue the search engine Baidu for advertising the clinic, but the judge rejected that case.

Gay-straight conversion clinics are widespread in China, the US and Europe despite warnings by medical experts that the procedures are not backed up by any scientific evidence and are likely do more harm than good.

“We want to convey the court ruling to more Chinese parents so that they can understand that homosexuality is not an illness and does not need to be treated,” Yang said. “We hope to save other homosexual people from a lot of pain.”"

April 14, 2016 12:00 PM  
Anonymous cruzin' down the highway said...

so what?

they didn't rule that homosexuality couldn't change

only that electroshock treatments wouldn't do it

indeed, they didn't even say that

simply that this particular electroshock didn't work

some other kind, maybe a different voltage or combined with certain drugs might work

fact remains, China doesn't like the gay agenda

meanwhile, the next President of TTFers likes the North Carolina law:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ted-cruz-supports-hb2-north-carolina

April 14, 2016 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Eagle Forum's Schlafly endorses Trump said...

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2016/03/despite-trump-endorsement-from-eagle-forum-leader-members-are-sticking-with-cruz.html/

https://www.facebook.com/MrsPhyllisSchlafly/photos/a.381227055286291.89144.252460981496233/992242374184753/?type=1&theater

April 15, 2016 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is there any significance to that post? I mean Schlafly is good beer, but I don't think it will sway any votes

April 15, 2016 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/s06t5t/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-more-reasons-to-not-like-ted-cruz

April 15, 2016 8:21 AM  
Anonymous All You Need Is Love said...

Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina show in protest of anti-LGBT law

Count Ringo Starr as the latest musician to cancel a show in North Carolina.

The former Beatle announced Wednesday he has canceled the All Starr Tour stop in Cary, North Carolina on June 18 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in response to the state’s controversial Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (aka HB2).

“I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love,” Starr said in a statement. “How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended.”

North Carolina passed the bill on March 23 to block an expansion on the state’s current anti-discrimination law that would have gone into effect this month. The original ordinance would have granted members of the LGBT community protection in public accommodations, meaning transgender people could safely use restrooms of the gender to which they identify. Among other points, HB2 made the state’s current anti-discrimination law unchangeable.

Bruce Springsteen was the first high-profile performer to cancel a gig in the state. “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them,” he wrote Friday.

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Bryan Adams canceled Thursday’s show in Biloxi, Mississippi over a new law that outlaws the punishment of people who discriminate against others based on sexual orientation.

Jimmy Buffett and Gregg Allman both condemned HB2, but neither canceled their scheduled performances in North Carolina. Billy Ray Cyrus joined the anti-HB2 crowd Tuesday via a Facebook post.

“As Canned Heat sang, ‘Let’s work together,’” the end of Starr’s statement reads. “And The Beatles said, ‘All you need is love.’”

April 15, 2016 8:27 AM  
Anonymous ringo hits his friends said...

“I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love,”

maybe you should do the same, Ringo

your fans probably agree with you

so why are you attacking them?

they probably don't appreciate being your whipping boy

and at this stage in your career, you need all the appreciation you can get

I was thinking about going to your stop in DC, even though your all-star band isn't particularly stocked this time around

think I'll skip

sorry to disappoint you, but we need to take a stand on your assault on the rights of Carolinians

in my mind, I'm going

can't you just see the sunshine?

can't you just feel the moonshine?

ain't just like a friend of mine,

to hit me from behind?

April 15, 2016 9:46 AM  
Anonymous I need the golden-gated city like a hole in the head said...

from the Outer Banks to the Smokies, NC is this year's hot destination for tourism

April 15, 2016 9:54 AM  
Anonymous throw 'em in Galileo's cell said...

Bill Nye, the science guy, wants climate change skeptics jailed

sounds like he would be a great Chairman Emeritus of TTF !!

April 15, 2016 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/14/bill-nye-open-criminal-charges-jail-time-climate-c/

April 15, 2016 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At yeas, North Carolina --

Where women and girls will be joined by trans men in public ladies' room to pee while their men folk are joined in pubic mens room by trans women.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/04/north-carolina-bathroom-law-transgender-man-tells-his-experience

April 15, 2016 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/15/bill_nye_is_as_much_as_scientist_as_i_am_sarah_palins_latest_delusion_is_dangerous/

April 15, 2016 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Where women and girls will be joined by trans men in public ladies' room to pee while their men folk are joined in pubic mens room by trans women"

has it happened yet?

of course not

the law either way has no effect

it's just a proxy war between homosexual activists, who want to impose their viewpoint on everyone else, and those who value freedom

April 15, 2016 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are nights I only feel right

in Carolina

in the pines

April 15, 2016 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, living up in them backwoods of a former slave state and being legally free to discriminate against God's LGBT creations feels right to you nights.

And then North Carlininians like McCrory wonder why businesses and performers don't care to join in.

Another group has refused to bring their world renowned act to North Carolina.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cirque-du-soleil-north-carolina-show-lgbt-law_us_57113516e4b0018f9cb9fedd

NC made their decision to hate and now others are making their decisions to take no part in it.

April 16, 2016 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lawmaker Hastert urged life sentences for repeat child molesters

"...in 2003, when Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart was recovered after being kidnapped, sexually assaulted and held captive for nine months, Hastert took a strong stance in a statement.

"It is important to have a national notification system to help safely recover children kidnapped by child predators," he said. "But it is equally important to stop those predators before they strike, to put repeat child molesters into jail for the rest of their lives and to help law enforcement with the tools they need to get the job done."

Now, prosecutors say Hastert sexually abused five students decades ago when he was a high school teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School.

And Hastert's attorneys are asking Judge Thomas M. Durkin to keep him out of jail..."

April 16, 2016 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Keep your religious hatred, these debate champion students don't want to appear to show any support for it said...

Debaters boycott championships at Liberty U. over Falwell’s anti-Muslim remarks

April 16, 2016 11:41 AM  
Anonymous if I had Alladin's lamp for only a day said...

"Yep, living up in them backwoods of a former slave state"

funny you should mention that

those former slaves are a large voting bloc in NC and they are disproportionately in favor of traditional sexual mores

the new law wouldn't have passed without their support

they are actually offended by the idea that a desire to engage in deviant sexual practices is the equivalent of their complexion

they're right to be offended

the idea is offensive

btw, virtually everywhere in the first world used to be slave territories

now, it's mainly practiced in Muslim lands

the only thing different about North Carolina is they had an economy more dependent on cheap labor

if you don't believe me, ask Thomas Jefferson

"and being legally free to discriminate against God's LGBT creations feels right to you nights"

the law doesn't discriminate against people

it discriminates against certain actions

that's what all laws do

the opposite is called anarchy

you simply disagree about what actions should be subject to laws

you're entitled to your opinion

but your idea this is fundamental and beyond debate is errant, and frankly the kind of obnoxiousness that's dividing our country

"And then North Carlininians like McCrory wonder why businesses and performers don't care to join in"

I don't think they do

they understand insecure people are always looking for some validation

btw, good spelling is a virtue

"Another group has refused to bring their world renowned act to North Carolina.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cirque-du-soleil-north-carolina-show-lgbt-law_us_57113516e4b0018f9cb9fedd

NC made their decision to hate and now others are making their decisions to take no part in it"

and putting on a bizarre acrobatic show would be participating in hate how?

not coming is meaningless and hurts innocent people

if they really want to take a stand, why don't they engage in civil disobedience?

they could play in NC and have all their performers use the wrong gender rest room

they won't because they don't want to take a stand

they want the media to give them approval

"Keep your religious hatred, these debate champion students don't want to appear to show any support for it said...
Debaters boycott championships at Liberty U. over Falwell’s anti-Muslim remarks"

Falwell is a religious leader

why should he not promote his own religion and denounce other religions?

religions are ideas and beliefs

true debaters would argue about them, not boycott them

the only ones who don't are those who don't care about anything

April 16, 2016 1:02 PM  
Anonymous if I had Alladin's lamp for only a day said...

I'd make a wish

and here's what I'd say

nothing could finer

than the free state of North Carolina

in the

morn-wa-wa-warnin'

April 16, 2016 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you don't like warm weather, plant trees and build nuclear plants

http://www.wsj.com/articles/climate-crowd-ignores-a-scientific-fraud-1460758426

April 16, 2016 2:19 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

"has it happened yet?

of course not"

Wrong again Anon. I'm amazed at how you never tire at being so wrong all the time. Clearly you didn't bother to follow the handily provided link. Charlie now provides a small card to the women in the restroom explaining why he has to be there. Hopefully it will reduce the likelihood of him getting his @$$ kicked by a boyfriend or husband when he leaves the ladies' room, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

The conservative religious dominionists keep pushing these laws by scaring people into thinking that without them, perverted men are going to dress up like women, claim they're transwomen, and harass or abuse girls in the restrooms.

Now they have passed a law where perverted men can just dress like regular men, claim they're transmen, and harass or abuse girls n the restroom without any of the attention that a "man in a dress" would attract.

Way to think things through, Einstiens.


"the law either way has no effect"

That then begs the question, why did the gov call a special session and ram this bill through with no prior notice and only 3 hours of public debate in the house? Surely, a bill with "no effect" could have waited until the normal session began, and gone through the normal public review.


"it's just a proxy war between homosexual activists, who want to impose their viewpoint on everyone else, and those who value freedom"

Hardly. It's the "backlash" you promised us from the SCOTUS desicion on gay marriage. Mat Staver from the "Liberty Council" is behind it, as are other right wing fringe groups. LGBT activists have been expecting this. The general public did not expect the religious right to be so petty, punitive, and obnoxious in their treatment of LGBT people afterwards, but folks like Kim Davis showed them otherwise. They are now aware of what LGBT folks have known about you all along, and they don't like what they see. I'm not surprised they are boycotting.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/whos-behind-the-new-lgbt-bathroom-laws/

Keep up the good work Anon, being just the way you are. It makes my job a whole lot easier.

Have a nice day,

Cynthia

April 16, 2016 3:47 PM  
Anonymous special time said...

"Wrong again Anon. I'm amazed at how you never tire at being so wrong all the time. Clearly you didn't bother to follow the handily provided link."

Don't know what cinco the psycho is referring to here

but it's always special when you make a couple dozen points and the TTFer only dares to quibble with one

"Charlie now provides a small card to the women in the restroom explaining why he has to be there. Hopefully it will reduce the likelihood of him getting his @$$ kicked by a boyfriend or husband when he leaves the ladies' room, but I'm not going to hold my breath."

oh, we're talking about bathrooms again

I remember making a point, which TTFers couldn't dispute

if you transition to another gender and pull it off well, no will know when you use the wrong bathroom

if you don't, if you're walking around dressed like a girl when you're clearly a boy, you run a risk regardless of which bathroom you use

making a law to force people to let you use the wrong one will not change that, except to possibly increase the risk

"The conservative religious dominionists keep pushing these laws by scaring people into thinking that without them, perverted men are going to dress up like women, claim they're transwomen, and harass or abuse girls in the restrooms."

no one has "scared" them in to thinking that

it's the logical thought that comes to everyone's mind

and "conservative religious" people are the least of your worries

it's the good ol' boys with blue collars and red necks where you have problems

"Way to think things through, Einstiens."

ironic statement from a chronic bad speller

"That then begs the question, why did the gov call a special session and ram this bill through with no prior notice and only 3 hours of public debate in the house? Surely, a bill with "no effect" could have waited until the normal session began, and gone through the normal public review."

I think they feel it should be mad clear that the government is not an advocate of the gay agenda and trying to impose it on its citizens

surely, you understand the importance of a people knowing their government supports freedom

"Hardly. It's the "backlash" you promised us from the SCOTUS desicion on gay marriage. Mat Staver from the "Liberty Council" is behind it, as are other right wing fringe groups."

fringe?

5 out of 9 justices overruled amendments passed overwhelmingly by popular vote in two-thirds of the states

April 17, 2016 8:09 AM  
Anonymous special time said...

"LGBT activists have been expecting this. The general public did not expect the religious right to be so petty, punitive, and obnoxious in their treatment of LGBT people afterwards, but folks like Kim Davis showed them otherwise."

when you had gays flying in to Kentucky to go to one of the few who wouldn't marry gays, we see who's petty

gays don't want to get married

they want the government to force everyone to treat them as normal

it's an attempt by government to impose the world view of gays on everyone else

"They are now aware of what LGBT folks have known about you all along, and they don't like what they see. I'm not surprised they are boycotting."

the media is helping them with the PR war, for now

but when the states become courageous and start to resist this evil, the businesses aren't going to give up the businesses and musicians start losing money, the boycott won't last

if businesses and musicians won't come to a state, that states' citizens should not patronize them

don't think many will forgo the money to be made in Atlanta or Indianapolis

"http://www.cbsnews.com/news/whos-behind-the-new-lgbt-bathroom-laws/"

let's see the big revelation of this brilliant piece of journalism:

"opponents say Liberty's handiwork actually protects those who, for religious reasons, decline to employ or serve gays, lesbians or transgender people"

really?

you mean, like, a church shouldn't have to hire a person who disagrees with their scriptural views to run their outreach programs?

someone who believes gay marriage is wrong shouldn't have to help put one on?

yes, the point is to actually protect those who, for religious reasons, decline to employ or serve gays, lesbians or transgender people

glad you finally got the point

"Keep up the good work Anon, being just the way you are. It makes my job a whole lot easier."

didn't realize this was your job

you should probably be fired

you're not doing a very good job

"It could be that we didn't respond because, as it turns out,we have far more interesting people to have actual conversations with."

sure, suddenly, after I devastate you with piercing logic and rhetorical legerdemain, you suddenly aren't interested anymore

what a shocker!

"Have a nice day,"

thanks, you helped by confirming my brilliance

that was special

April 17, 2016 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Proof before post said...

"ironic statement from a chronic bad speller...

...I think they feel it should be mad clear..."


Kettle, black.




April 17, 2016 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"if you transition to another gender and pull it off well, no will know when you use the wrong bathroom"

If you transition before puberty this might be the case. Do you want to open that can of worms?

April 17, 2016 9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Kettle, black"

follow the conversation, moron

cinco ridiculed someone else's intelligence

I simply fired back

April 17, 2016 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you transition before puberty this might be the case"

if you say so

in that case, it doesn't make any difference

the person will be at risk no matter what the government does

April 17, 2016 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-just-met-with-pope-francis-to-discuss-the-immorality-of-unfettered-capitalism/

Includes the full text of the speech Bernie gave to the conference of The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

April 17, 2016 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOW WONDERFUL THaT YOU'VE POSTED IT HERE

why DID you ?

April 18, 2016 6:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""ironic statement from a chronic bad speller...

...I think they feel it should be mad clear..."

Kettle, black."

...follow the conversation, moron

cinco ridiculed someone else's intelligence

I simply fired back


You bitched about a "chronic bad speller" and then in your very next original sentence, you clearly demonstrated what an ignorant speller and proofreader you are -- you spelled "made" as "mad."

Now that your own bad spelling has been explained to you, I repeat:

Kettle, black.

Try to keep up.


April 18, 2016 8:10 AM  
Anonymous TTF and Einstein said...

actually, you still haven't looked back at the conversations to have a moment where you realize what a moron you are

everyone will occasionally make a careless spelling error in this type of medium

but when you ridicule people, mockingly calling them a bunch of Einsteins

and you misspell "Einstein"

well, as I said, that's ironic

and, OK, just stupid

it's like doing the wave in a Havana baseball stadium while the police are pulling bodies out of the rubble in Belgium

April 18, 2016 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Made" is not that tough to spell yet you failed as you belittled someone else for a typo of IE vs. EI.

And you think you're so smart that you are constantly patting yourself on the back.

Nope, you are not only a hater of God's LGBT creations (He does not make mistakes) but a petty moron too.

April 18, 2016 9:56 AM  
Anonymous happy tax day!!! said...

well, it's hard not to pat yourself on the back when you're as brilliant as I

interesting that this disturbs you so

again, spelling mistakes are mad here all the time

but it took cinco the psycho to make one while insulting someone else's IQ

that's just embarrassing

but, apparently, TTFers have no capacity for embarrassment

"you are not only a hater"

oh, I've met many GLBTs over the years

get along fine with them and I've told most of them I disagree with the political agenda of the gay advocacy movements

haven't heard much disagreement from them

problem with TTfers if they think any deviation from the gay agenda is, by definition, "hate"

it's called fanaticism

"of God's LGBT creations (He does not make mistakes)"

try substituting this with any other tendency than homosexuality

how about God's serial rapist creations?

it's a rhetorical game and, essentially, nonsense

"but a petty moron too"

you've yet to show any evidence of that

but I've shown how you are a moron

statements without back-up, like you seem to tend toward, are moronic


April 18, 2016 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've mad your bed.

May you long enjoy lying in it.

April 18, 2016 12:20 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

“Don't know what cinco the psycho is referring to here”

It shouldn’t have been too hard to figure out, Anon. All of the items I quoted came from the same post, just use one of the little arrow keys to scroll up, or swipe your finger in the correct direction if you’re using a mobile device. This isn’t rocket science.

“but it's always special when you make a couple dozen points and the TTFer only dares to quibble with one”

You throw a lot of trash around here Anon. You can’t reasonably expect someone to come along behind you and pick up every single piece. We’ve usually got better things to do.

“oh, we're talking about bathrooms again”

Yeah, it’s kind of a recurring theme around here. Glad you noticed.

“if you transition to another gender and pull it off well, no will know when you use the wrong bathroom

if you don't, if you're walking around dressed like a girl when you're clearly a boy, you run a risk regardless of which bathroom you use

making a law to force people to let you use the wrong one will not change that, except to possibly increase the risk”

Even when the law isn’t about bathrooms, but just jobs and discrimination, you guys make it about bathrooms. And it’s always about pervy guys dressing up as women, and using the trans law to get away with pervy behavior. Face it. Republican politicians have been caught doing more pervy things in restrooms than transwomen have. We should have a law protecting us from Republican politicians. Don’t even get me started about priests.

Trans people work very hard to “pass” as their comfortable gender for a long time before trying to risk a bathroom visit. That’s why they’ve been able to do it for years without the public even being aware of it. This is probably a contributing factor in why 18 percent of people claim they have seen a ghost, while only 16% claim to have seen a trans person.

It’s your media campaign against transpeople and conflating them with sexual predators that will “possibly increase the risk” to trans people far more than any non-discrimination law will. Trans people go out of their way to avoid trouble. It’s a personal safety thing.

April 18, 2016 12:37 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

“and "conservative religious" people are the least of your worries

it's the good ol' boys with blue collars and red necks where you have problems”

Wrong again. So, so wrong. I grew up with rednecks Anon. I went to high school and college with them. They were out and proud, and many of them were large. They’ve been getting larger. Both of my brothers-in-law are self-proclaimed beer swillin’, hard partyin’, hard fishin’ rednecks. They’ve never so much as even looked at me funny, much less treated me with any disrespect. The rednecks at my college would bring a Coke can to class with them to spit their tobacco into.

Rednecks are easy to deal with; and a lot of them even have some common sense. That’s a HUGE plus when you’re having a conversation with them. You really only have to start worrying about them when they’re drunk. There’s no telling what they might do then, but that’s pretty much the case with any drunk person.

Rednecks have never gotten organized enough to funnel thousand (or even millions) of dollars to fund an anti-marriage campaign or ant-LGBT smear campaign. Religious conservatives have non-profit corporations set up across the country just for this purpose. There are certainly rednecks to be found among religious conservatives - the Duck Dynasty guys are a perfectly good example - but I’m not going to taint all rednecks with the bad behavior of the fanatically religious ones. That would just be unfair.

It’s not rednecks trying to keep LGBT people out of marriage, jobs, housing, and even just using the restroom that will raise the least suspicion, and be the safest, it’s religious conservatives – and they’re on a mission from GOD. Harold Camping built a 100-million dollar empire on Armageddon and gay bashing; pretty impressive for a guy whose middle name was “Egbert.” Rednecks have built monster trucks.

“fringe?”

You take umbrage with “fringe,” your favorite adjective? Would you prefer the “hate group” label they earned from the SPLC? I can use either descriptor, or invent a new one if you prefer. Just let me know.

Yes, I used “fringe.” You like to think you’re part of the vast 70% majority of the American population that’s religious. But really, you’re the kind of Christian that other Christians on other websites cry “Please stop calling yourself Christian! You’re giving the rest of us a bad name!” You’re only half a step left of the Westboro Baptist Church, and most people don’t like them either. They like to think they are part of the vast “normal” mainstream religious folk in this country too.

“ironic statement from a chronic bad speller”

Not as ironic as that statement coming from someone who has yet to master how to capitalize and punctuate a sentence properly. Pro tip: consider “specks” and “planks” before giving me such an easy one. Yes, I transposed two letters while typing. I guess that was the most substantive thing you could find to try and attack me with. Go for it, spelling queen!

Once you figure out how to use periods, or the shift key, you might find a useful lesson on grammar from Weird Al Yankovic, enjoy!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc


“follow the conversation, moron

cinco ridiculed someone else's intelligence

I simply fired back”

Wrong again. Someone has to have intelligence before it can be ridiculed. I ridiculed their stupidity.

Fire back all you like hon.

Have a nice day,

Cynthia

April 18, 2016 1:24 PM  
Anonymous master blaster blogster said...

good article in the Post today about how most musicians are opting to continue their NC dates and just speak up when they're there

hey, that's what I suggested !!

i'm so smart, it's just sickening !!

April 18, 2016 4:33 PM  
Anonymous sidekickster said...

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April 18, 2016 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Religious liberty kills said...

Religious day cares get freedom from oversight, with tragic results

The God Loophole: Thousands of religious day cares across America legally are allowed to run their facilities with little government oversight. But freedom from regulation can come at a high price for children. And when things go wrong, parents have little recourse.

April 18, 2016 4:37 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

Ooops,it looks like Duke University isn't happy with HB2 either, and would like to see it repealed:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/duke-university-hb2-repeal_us_571531e9e4b0060ccda3f72a

“We deplore in the strongest possible terms the new state law, HB2, that prevents municipalities from establishing laws that protect members of the LGBTQ+ community and others from discrimination and eliminates some economic advancement opportunities for underrepresented communities,” said a statement attributed to Duke President Richard Brodhead, provost Sally Kornbluth and Duke University Health System CEO A. Eugene Washington.

The Duke administrators went on to say that the school, a private institution in Durham, North Carolina, is suffering economically, with some researchers and professors unable to travel to their campus due to the law, and prospective students and faculty suggesting they may steer clear of the state due to HB 2. "

“The economic and material impact is being felt across the state in many ways, including at universities,” they continued. “Scholars from states and municipalities that have imposed bans on government travel to North Carolina have been unable to travel to Duke to continue vital ongoing research partnerships or attend academic conferences. Prospective students, faculty and staff, as well as Duke alumni planning visits to campus, have voiced concerns about whether they will find a hospitable environment in North Carolina. These developments have the potential to limit the value that Duke and other colleges and universities contribute to the state, namely producing trained graduates and expanding the frontiers of knowledge.”

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has voiced similar concerns, stating that prospective students, faculty and researchers are avoiding coming to the state and current and prospective donors are reconsidering their financial support to the school."

Brilliant.

Have a nice day,

Cynthia

April 18, 2016 6:05 PM  
Anonymous She hopeys she changeys our minds. She hasn't and won't said...

Yes, you should listen to Bill Nye instead of Sarah Palin on climate change

"...The tendency to focus on Nye, though, does reveal a bigger game. It is not to provide a painstaking, step-by-step, scientifically supported critique of everything that researchers have established about how the climate works. Rather, it’s to win in the media and public minds, where Nye does indeed loom large, and where Palin, and documentaries like “Climate Hustle,” might indeed have a persuasive effect.

But even here, the battle is pretty clearly being lost. A recent Gallup survey found a stronger U.S. public consensus on the causes of climate change than ever before — record numbers, 65 percent, now believe humans are the primary cause of climate change."

April 19, 2016 7:30 AM  
Anonymous counter the culture said...

he latest old fogey group to boycott NC:

Pearl Jam

ooooooo....that oughta scare the hell outta 'em!

of course, NC outlawed gay marriage in 1996 and passed a constitutional amendment in 2012 making the definition of marriage hetero and even forbidding same sex civil unions

none of these guys had any problems then

asked to play a concert?

it was, like, cool, rock on!!

what's difference now?

big business and the establishment have ganged up to bully states like NC, who have tried to preserve its citizens' right to association and religion

Bruuuce, Ringo, Eddie

rich guys catering to big business and the establishment

sad...

April 19, 2016 12:43 PM  
Anonymous blogster with the hogster said...

yeah, none of these Southern states have ever been gay heaven

why all the boycotts and outrage now?

until very recently, a guy dressed as a girl would not go in a girls' room

then, these lunatic fringe gay advocates tried to impose this on the people of Charlotte

and the state countered this affront

to hear the PR BS from the media, NC has been letting people go in any rest room they're dressed for from time immemorial

just another little dishonesty in a long history of lies from the gay agenda

April 19, 2016 3:24 PM  
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April 19, 2016 3:26 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

What's the big difference?

It's the 21st century Anon. People have learned and grown.

Try it sometime. You just may find a new hobby.

Have a nice day,

Cynthia

April 19, 2016 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"NC outlawed gay marriage in 1996 and passed a constitutional amendment in 2012 making the definition of marriage hetero and even forbidding same sex civil unions"

You are stuck in the past.

None of the bans on same-sex marriage or civil unions in the USA is constitutional any longer.

The Fourth Circuit ruled on October 15, 2014:
"IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that North Carolina Const. art. XIV, § 6, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 51-1, and N.C. Gen. Stat. § 51-1.2 are declaredUNCONSTITUTIONAL to the extent those laws prevent same-sex couples from marrying and prohibit the State of North Carolina from recognizing same-sex couples’ lawful out-of-state marriages.

A little later, SCOTUS ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, 2015, legalized same-sex marriage in a decision that applies nationwide. Same-sex marriages are currently licensed and recognized in all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

April 19, 2016 3:53 PM  
Anonymous good golly miss molly said...

"What's the big difference?

It's the 21st century Anon. People have learned and grown."

uh-huh, 21st century

NC passed a constitutional amendment in 2012

if Bruuuce, Ringo and Eddie now think people shouldn't be able to segregate rest rooms by gender, they have grown

they've shrunk

they should live and let live

if Bruce wants to get a sleazy bar in Asbury Park and let guys dressed like girls in the girls' room, we promise we won't boycott the has-been whiner

"Try it sometime. You just may find a new hobby."

tell it to the hobby lobby

"Have a nice day"

yeah, go try your charm on a cobra

"None of the bans on same-sex marriage or civil unions in the USA is constitutional any longer"

that's beside the point

if they are so for gay "rights", why didn't they do anything then?

and if they've simply grown, aren't they hypocrites for being so judgmental toward people who have the same view they had 4 years ago?

gay "marriage" may not be here to stay, btw

when something passes 5-4 in the SCOTUS, it's obvious subsequent courts could overturn the ruling

even most liberal legal scholars agree the reasoning of the decision was faulty

April 19, 2016 4:40 PM  
Anonymous tutti fruiti rudy said...

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April 19, 2016 4:42 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

Yeah Anon, it's the 21st century.

We no longer stone adulterers to death.

We no longer burn witches at the stake.

Serfs no longer have to follow the religion of their King.

We no longer have inquisitions and burn heretics at the stake.

The Catholic Mass is now heard in English, not Latin.

Mormons now let black men join the priesthood.

And many churches are now home to happily married gay couples.

I know all of these changes were hard for the religious folks of the time, but the human race is better off for all of them. It's called progress.

Have a nice day,

Cynthia

April 19, 2016 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Fourth Circuit rocks! said...

Today the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision is the first federal ruling affirming that Title IX protects students on the basis of gender identity, that separating transgender students from their peers is discriminatory and unconstitutional. This decision paves the way for school districts across the country to more strongly support all of their students, including transgender students.

April 19, 2016 8:43 PM  
Anonymous back to the future said...

"Yeah Anon, it's the 21st century"

yeah, it is

other than niftier phones, laptops, and tablets, which are probably a given, most else is uncertain, certainly social and sexual mores

the wealthy nations have moved to a generally gay-tolerant state in the last five years or so but most of the world has not - Africa, Latin America, Russia, China, Muslim countries, put them together and you find most of the 21st century world is not tolerant

America may be the safest place in the world for gays, given the effort by radical Muslims to infiltrate and destabilize Western Europe

"We no longer stone adulterers to death"

you may remember Jesus but a stop to this practice two millennia ago so this never happened in the Christian world

in Muslim countries, both friend and foe of the U.S., this is common

"We no longer burn witches at the stake"

never really did

a small group of Puritans in Massachusetts about 400 years ago, suffering hallucinations caused by a mold growing on their wheat, did this a few times

it was never common and is only well-known now because it was popularized by an Arthur Miller play in the 1950s

"Serfs no longer have to follow the religion of their King"

in America, we have religious freedom but most other places you're in a lot of trouble if you don't adhere to the state religion

in North Korea, you must be atheist

in Iran, you must be Muslim

in France, you must be a secularist

here, there is a massive effort by gays to destroy any religion which doesn't affirm the legitimacy of homosexuality, among other things

and this effort includes governmental coercion

"We no longer have inquisitions and burn heretics at the stake"

I'm not a Catholic so I wouldn't defend them generally but the inquisition is completely misunderstood

Henry the VIII did this kind of stuff roundabout 500 years ago but his personal story would indicate it had nothing to do with religious convictions

"The Catholic Mass is now heard in English, not Latin"

actually, there a some scattered Catholics still doing this but the original was not Latin so don't get it

"Mormons now let black men join the priesthood"

Mormons are a non-Christian cult who have a history of accommodating the prevailing political pressure

their numbers are small and they are not representative of any period

if anything, they are growing more prominent in the 21st century

"And many churches are now home to happily married gay couples"

this has happened mainly in the convictionless kind of churches that have been declining for decades

"I know all of these changes were hard for the religious folks of the time,"

most of what you cite was not widespread and didn't represent change at all for most

"but the human race is better off for all of them. It's called progress"

actually, the human race is better off with a since of sexual mores

eliminating them is a step back to the time before civilization

so, a move toward paganism is hardly progress

"Have a nice day,"

yeah, go join Priya at the electroshock therapy center

"Today the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision is the first federal ruling affirming that Title IX protects students on the basis of gender identity, that separating transgender students from their peers is discriminatory and unconstitutional. This decision paves the way for school districts across the country to more strongly support all of their students, including transgender students."

time to amend Title IX

our next Congress will pass it and our next President will sign it

April 20, 2016 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your predictions.

I'm sure all TTF readers now believe President Huckabee will sign it!

April 20, 2016 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no, President Hillary will

hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

you remember Hillary

a little more than 8 years ago, she was sure to be the next President

hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

of course that was 8 years after Al Gore says he was elected President

which was 6 years after Bill lost Congress because of Hillary's healthcare screw-up and Newt Gingrich became the de facto leader of the country

hahahahahahaha!!!

April 20, 2016 5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kind of like when Obama was gonna roll back the oceans and close Guantanomo

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha !!!!!!!!

April 20, 2016 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://thefederalist.com/2016/04/19/bill-nye-epitomizes-the-lefts-authority-complex/

April 21, 2016 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Remember the Clinton surplus said...

With Kansas In Crisis, GOPers Abandon Gov Brownback On Tax Cuts

"TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — After he became Kansas governor in 2011, Sam Brownback slashed personal income taxes on the promise that the deep cuts would trigger a furious wave of hiring and expansion by businesses.

But the "shot of adrenaline" hasn't worked as envisioned, and the state budget has been in crisis ever since. Now many of the same Republicans who helped pass Brownback's plan are in open revolt, refusing to help the governor cut spending so he can avoid rolling back any of his signature tax measures.

If Brownback won't reconsider any of the tax cuts, they say, he will have to figure out for himself how to balance the budget in the face of disappointing revenue.

"Let him own it," Republican Rep. Mark Hutton said. "It's his policy that put us there."

Tax collections missed projections in 11 months of the last year. A growing number of Brownback's conservative allies want to scale back the tax cuts to ease the budget crunch.

Brownback took office on a pledge to make Kansas friendlier to business and successfully sought to cut the top personal income tax rate by 29 percent and exempt more than 330,000 farmers and business owners from income taxes. The moves were popular in a Legislature where the GOP holds three-quarters of the seats.

The governor argued that Kansas had to attract more businesses after a "lost decade" in the early 2000s, when private sector employment declined more than 4 percent.

The predicted job growth from business expansions hasn't happened, leaving the state persistently short of money. Since November, tax collections have fallen about $81 million, or 1.9 percent below the current forecast's predictions.

"We're growing weary," said Senate President Susan Wagle, a conservative Republican from Wichita. While GOP legislators still support low income taxes, "we'd prefer to see some real solutions coming from the governor's office," she said.

Last month, Brownback ordered $17 million in immediate reductions to universities and earlier this month delayed $93 million in contributions to pensions for school teachers and community college employees. The state has also siphoned off more than $750 million from highway projects to other parts of the budget over the past two years.

Lawmakers are worried about approving any further reductions in an election year. All 40 Senate seats and 125 House seats are on the ballot in November.

Democrats have long described Brownback's tax cuts as reckless. Republican critics want to repeal the personal income tax break for farmers and business owners to raise an additional $200 million to $250 million a year.

Debate over the next budget will intensify after lawmakers return from a recess later this month. They could follow through on their threat by adjourning without making specific reductions and leaving the governor with the authority to do so. He faces fewer repercussions because he will not appear on the ballot again before leaving office in January 2019.

Brownback rejected earlier calls to scale back the tax cuts and shows no signs of backing down.

He declined to be interviewed about the lawmakers' unusual demand until new revenue projections are released Wednesday. Spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said the governor will release proposals afterward for balancing the budget, but, "a plan to raise taxes on small businesses or anyone else will not be among them."."..."

April 21, 2016 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Remember the Clinton surplus said...

...Brownback blames the economic sluggishness — the state ranked 43rd in total personal income growth in 2015 — on slumps in agriculture, energy production and aircraft manufacturing.

"You've got some global issues that are going on that we have absolutely no control over," Brownback told reporters at a recent news conference.

But Scott Drenkard, an economist for the conservative Tax Foundation, told legislators last month that farmers and business owners appeared to pocket the extra money from the state's recent tax cuts rather than use it for expansion — "tax avoidance, not job creation."

The state's personal income tax collections dropped 24 percent during its 2014 budget year, down $713 million. They've increased since, but the official projection for the 2017 fiscal year is less than $2.5 billion — still 15 percent off the 2013 peak.

Meanwhile, Kansas reported gaining only 800 private-sector jobs between March 2015 and March 2016, a mere 0.1 percent increase.

Last year, legislators plugged part of the budget gap by increasing sales and cigarette taxes as part of a $400 million revenue-raising package.

Brownback's administration has floated the idea of selling off the state's rights to future tobacco settlement payments, but lawmakers have been cold to such borrowing.

The continuing budget turmoil has been "just amateurish," said Republican Sen. Jim Denning, a former conservative ally of Brownback's who has become a critic. "I'm not happy with how things played out."

April 21, 2016 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU’RE OUT! ESPN Fires Curt Schilling Over Anti-Transgender Rant

April 21, 2016 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Britain Issues Travel Advisory For LGBT Travelers Planning To Visit North Carolina And Mississippi
“It is both frightening and embarrassing that one of our nation’s staunchest allies has warned its citizens of the risks of traveling to [these two states].”

April 21, 2016 9:32 AM  
Anonymous or else said...

"Remember the Clinton surplus"

yes, I do

do you remember the Clinton deficits?

they happened in his first two years, before the Republicans took Congress by making a contract with America to eliminate the deficit

they forced Clinton to do it and also told him to do things like reform welfare and put more cops on the street and reduce the crime that was plaguing inner cities and deregulate banks and yada yada

that's why people are wrong to blame him for mass incarceration and banking deregulation and blah blah

what he did, he had no choice to do

Newt Gingrich told him to do it

or else

April 21, 2016 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Britain Issues Travel Advisory For LGBT Travelers Planning To Visit North Carolina And Mississippi
“It is both frightening and embarrassing that one of our nation’s staunchest allies has warned its citizens of the risks of traveling to [these two states].”"

not that anything has changed in either state

Britain takes a hit on their credibility for teh sake of political pandering

April 21, 2016 9:54 AM  
Anonymous just delighted said...

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April 21, 2016 10:47 AM  
Anonymous reality runs wild said...

I know we have freedom of religion but people need to be wary of this dangerous cult:

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/21/enough_with_the_hillary_cult_her_admirers_ignore_reality_dream_of_worshipping_a_queen/

April 21, 2016 11:04 AM  
Anonymous left, left, left right left said...

as you know the moron court has ruled in Richmond that the public school must let a girl that wants to be a boy use the boys room or they have violated Title IX

(having greatly increased the cost of higher education, it's high time to repeal Title IX, btw)

but in the Richmond case, the school even offered the girl a rest room of her own

no dice

because gays don't want safety

the goal is to force others to validate their view of reality

in previous episodes of this sitcom, the "right to privacy" was the go-to guy for the liberal agenda

now, it's the new season, with a new right to force everyone to validate your view of reality

heretofore, Americans have surmised that if they accommodate gay, they'll eventually shut up and everyone can live and let live

but that's not in the nature of homosexuality

its nature, as has been seen many times before, is aggressively totalitarian

the public will eventually realize that

it's the 21st century now

the days of free love are over:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/04/21/time_to_go_galt_on_the_public_schools_130340.html

April 21, 2016 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your boy, Trump, is with you:

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/04/21/donald-trump-says-transgender-people-should-use-the-bathroom-they-want/

April 21, 2016 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drumpf belongs to the GOP and you may rest assured, Mr. Libertarian, there are no GOPers here.

"as you know the moron court has ruled in Richmond that the public school must let a girl that wants to be a boy use the boys room or they have violated Title IX"

There goes that reading comprehension problem of yours again. The Fourth Circuit did no such thing.

WaPo clearly reported:

"...In a 2-to-1 decision, the 4th Circuit ordered a lower court to rehear the student’s claims that the Gloucester County, Va., school board’s bathroom policies — which restrict transgender students to using a separate unisex bathroom — violate federal law. The judges also ruled that the lower court should reconsider a request that would have allowed Grimm to use the boys’ bathroom at Gloucester High School while the case is pending..."

Even your trans phobic opinion writer got that part right by quoting the Washington Post and you still missed it.

What the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit actually ruled was that, as The Washington Post reports, “a transgender high school student who was born as a female can sue his school board on discrimination grounds because it banned him from the boys’ bathroom.”

The court did NOT rule that public schools must allow anything at all. The court ruled the lower court must allow this young man's lawsuit to continue.



April 21, 2016 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Fay Clayton, Esq. speaks truth to Blackburn's committee, while Daleiden is protected from having to testify under oath said...

Thank you, Madam chair. I've been a corporate litigator since 1978 and I'm here today despite a family medical situation for two reasons.

One is that women's reproductive health and medical research are being threatened by these hearings. The second reason is that I have instructive experience to share with this panel on the topic that you're considering here.

Sixteen years ago a client of mine, Anatomical Gift Foundation, a nonprofit donation that provided donated tissue to medical researchers in hopes of curing the diseases including the ones Senator [Jeanne] Shaheen mentioned earlier. That nonprofit was falsely accused by life dynamics, the anti-abortion group congressman [Rep. Jan] Schakowsky mentioned, accused of selling fetal tissue. These baseless charges were made in a videotape sent [in 2000] by Life Dynamics to Congress, and in that video the person making the accusations was anonymous.

As it happened, an employee of Anatomical Gift Foundation, my client, had gone to work for another company, in violation of his contract. AGS hired me to sue. That man's name was Dean Alberti. In his deposition, which was under oath like all of us today, but unlike what he said in the videotape, the videotape that Life Dynamics had sent to Congress, Alberti admitted he was the person in that video and he admitted what he had said in that video was fictional. He testified that he told those lies because Life Dynamics had paid him to and, he said, I needed the money. He had repeated those falsehoods on TV's "20/20," but he knew better than to lie under oath when I deposed him where the penalties of perjury [...] do arise.

Those of you who were here [...] may recall the humiliation that certain members of the House committee suffered when their star witness, Dean Alberti, went up in flames and admitted that that much-touted video had been fabricated. Those House hearings established that my client had done nothing wrong, that fetal tissue wasn't for sale at all and that anti-abortion zealots, Life Dynamics, had forced a false witness on Congress. What was for sale wasn't fetal tissue. It was a phony witness statement and it had been bought and paid for by anti-abortion extremists.

I find it curious given the not-so-distant history of this strikingly similar scenario that this panel has not demanded sworn testimony of the accusers, the latest batch of anti-abortion accusers as you've asked of us, Chair Blackburn. You haven't asked for that, haven't asked for them to go under oath and that seems strange to me, particularly when they come up with a similar tale about so-called sale of fetal tissue, which again is a lie. This suggests to me that someone is afraid to put David Daleiden and his star witness, Holly O'Donnell, under oath because, as we saw with the Dean Alberti fiasco, when penalties of perjury attaches, sometimes instead of fiction the actual truth comes out.

We know they doctored videos to the point that the federal judge blocked the release of further tapes because they were fraudulent. Another fact we know about them comes from the Los Angeles Times of the unedited videos. They showed him coaching and manipulating the testimony of Holly O'Donnell whose interview, by the way, looks more like play-acting than any genuine emotion. [...] We have no way of knowing what he offered or said to Ms. O'Donnell when his camera was not running. And, in Texas, when he went before a grand jury convened for the expressed purpose of prosecuting Planned Parenthood, the grand jury did something very different. It didn't indict planned Planned Parenthood, it indicted Daleiden for falsehood and [...] found that Planned Parenthood did nothing wrong.

April 21, 2016 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Fay Clayton, Esq. testifies under oath to Marsha Blackburn's committee, while Daleiden is protected from having to testify under oath said...

"Thank you, Madam chair. I've been a corporate litigator since 1978 and I'm here today despite a family medical situation for two reasons.

One is that women's reproductive health and medical research are being threatened by these hearings. The second reason is that I have instructive experience to share with this panel on the topic that you're considering here.

Sixteen years ago a client of mine, Anatomical Gift Foundation, a nonprofit donation that provided donated tissue to medical researchers in hopes of curing the diseases including the ones Senator [Jeanne] Shaheen mentioned earlier. That nonprofit was falsely accused by life dynamics, the anti-abortion group congressman [Rep. Jan] Schakowsky mentioned, accused of selling fetal tissue. These baseless charges were made in a videotape sent [in 2000] by Life Dynamics to Congress, and in that video the person making the accusations was anonymous.

As it happened, an employee of Anatomical Gift Foundation, my client, had gone to work for another company, in violation of his contract. AGS hired me to sue. That man's name was Dean Alberti. In his deposition, which was under oath like all of us today, but unlike what he said in the videotape, the videotape that Life Dynamics had sent to Congress, Alberti admitted he was the person in that video and he admitted what he had said in that video was fictional. He testified that he told those lies because Life Dynamics had paid him to and, he said, I needed the money. He had repeated those falsehoods on TV's "20/20," but he knew better than to lie under oath when I deposed him where the penalties of perjury [...] do arise.

Those of you who were here [...] may recall the humiliation that certain members of the House committee suffered when their star witness, Dean Alberti, went up in flames and admitted that that much-touted video had been fabricated. Those House hearings established that my client had done nothing wrong, that fetal tissue wasn't for sale at all and that anti-abortion zealots, Life Dynamics, had forced a false witness on Congress. What was for sale wasn't fetal tissue. It was a phony witness statement and it had been bought and paid for by anti-abortion extremists.

I find it curious given the not-so-distant history of this strikingly similar scenario that this panel has not demanded sworn testimony of the accusers, the latest batch of anti-abortion accusers as you've asked of us, Chair Blackburn. You haven't asked for that, haven't asked for them to go under oath and that seems strange to me, particularly when they come up with a similar tale about so-called sale of fetal tissue, which again is a lie. This suggests to me that someone is afraid to put David Daleiden and his star witness, Holly O'Donnell, under oath because, as we saw with the Dean Alberti fiasco, when penalties of perjury attaches, sometimes instead of fiction the actual truth comes out.

We know they doctored videos to the point that the federal judge blocked the release of further tapes because they were fraudulent. Another fact we know about them comes from the Los Angeles Times of the unedited videos. They showed him coaching and manipulating the testimony of Holly O'Donnell whose interview, by the way, looks more like play-acting than any genuine emotion. [...] We have no way of knowing what he offered or said to Ms. O'Donnell when his camera was not running. And, in Texas, when he went before a grand jury convened for the expressed purpose of prosecuting Planned Parenthood, the grand jury did something very different. It didn't indict planned Planned Parenthood, it indicted Daleiden for falsehood and [...] found that Planned Parenthood did nothing wrong..."

April 21, 2016 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whether a girl who wants to be a boy is actually a boy is a philosophical dispute and not a fact

the court has no business ruling here

how does Trump belong to the GOP?

he has made clear he doesn't respect their rules and will do everything to change them

the entire party is mounting an unprecedented effort to stop him

he was a Democrat most of his life and has a long history of contributing to Democrat candidates

he just decided he would be able to get the GOP nomination easier to run as a GOP moderate than a Dem moderate because the Dem party is, well, nutso

look at the trouble Hillary is having

she's changed her positions to Democrat socialist in order to squeak out a victory

April 21, 2016 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how does Trump belong to the GOP?

Because he's winning the GOP nomination for President thanks to all those GOPers who support him in GOP primaries, duh.

https://radio.foxnews.com/2016/04/21/donald-trumps-even-closer-to-clinching-republican-presidential-nomination/

April 22, 2016 7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let’s Get This Straight About the Convention
As we’re in a position to know, majority rule always has and always will guide the Republican gathering.


April 20, 2016 7:09 p.m. ET
by Bill Brock, Bob Dole, Haley Barbour, Jim Nicholson, Clayton Yeutter, Marc Racicot and Mel Martinez—all former national chairmen of the Republican National Committee

So if Drumpf still has the majority of GOPers behind him in Cleveland this summer like he does today, Drumpf will be the GOP 2016 Presidential nominee.

April 22, 2016 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Message to shower nuts said...

Sexual Abuse Survivors Want Conservative Politicians To Knock It Off With ‘Bathroom Predator’ Myth
“We speak from experience and expertise when we state that these claims are false.”


"A coalition of 250 organizations working with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors are calling on conservative politicians to stop using rape as a scare tactic to discriminate against transgender people.

“Those who are pushing these proposals have claimed that these proposals are necessary for public safety and to prevent sexual violence against women and children,” reads a statement the groups released on Thursday. “As rape crisis centers, shelters, and other service providers who work each and every day to meet the needs of all survivors and reduce sexual assault and domestic violence throughout society, we speak from experience and expertise when we state that these claims are false.”

Proponents of North Carolina’s controversial H.B. 2 law — and similar proposed measures that are also considered to be discriminatory against LGBT citizens — often argue that such legislation is important because men might otherwise enter women’s restrooms and attack young girls. Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz alluded to that fear last week.

Many elected officials, law enforcement agencies and other experts have said there’s little to no evidence supporting the “bathroom predator” myth.

H.B. 2 bars cities from enacting measures to protect LBGT people from discrimination and forbids trans people from using the bathrooms and locker rooms that correlate with their gender identity — instead, they are required to use the ones that match the sex on their birth certificate. The law doesn’t explain how this should be enforced.

“We cannot stand by while the needs of survivors, both those who are transgender and those who are not, are obscured in order to push a political agenda that does nothing to serve and protect victims and potential victims,” the statement continues.

A man going into a women’s restroom and assaulting someone is always illegal, even if there are anti-discrimination laws in place to protect LGBT rights.

“We know the threat of sexual assault is real and pervasive — we just don’t think discriminating against transgender people does anything to keep anyone safe,” Terri Poore, policy director at the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, told The Huffington Post.

As far as Poore knows, none of the politicians saying these bathrooms law would prevent sexual assaults have consulted groups that work with survivors. ..."

April 22, 2016 8:15 AM  
Anonymous I see drool dripping said...

"So if Drumpf still has the majority of GOPers behind him in Cleveland this summer like he does today, Drumpf will be the GOP 2016 Presidential nominee."

if you're talking about Trump, he has given a lot of money over the years to an old lady, Dhroolary, who has gone into sputtering and coughing fits lately and is running as a Democrat

even now, when most people think he will win the nomination, he is only favored by 40% in polls

and while he has 19 states and lost 13, he usually loses when a state doesn't allow voters to cross party lines in the primary

further, a good chunk of his victories came when there were many candidates and polls show he would had lost if he had run against one or two

meanwhile, the Dems have only one candidate running who hasn't been the focus of an FBI investigation for over a year

and he's a socialist

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/21/hillarys_primary_success_is_a_sham_bernie_sanders_will_remain_the_true_democratic_front_runner_until_the_fbi_finishes_its_investigation/

April 22, 2016 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donald Trump's campaign contributions to Democrats and Republicans

"...What the numbers show

We went to two authoritative databases of campaign finance data to examine Ferguson’s numbers: OpenSecrets.org, to find federal donations, and FollowtheMoney.org, for state-level donations.

Trump has actually been relatively evenhanded in doling out cash to the two parties, but since 1989, he’s contributed over $350,000 more to Republicans running for federal and state offices, campaign finance records show.

Data from the Federal Election Commission and state elections offices provided by the two websites show that Trump has given $584,850 to Democrats and $961,140 to the GOP over the last 26 years.

The difference in donations is almost entirely captured in Trump’s recent giving. Since 2012, Trump has donated $463,450 to Republicans and just $3,500 to Democrats (California Attorney General Kamala Harris and New York Assemblyman Michael Benedetto)...."

"the Dems have only one candidate running who hasn't been the focus of an FBI investigation for over a year

and he's a socialist"


And they both beat the presumptive GOP nominee by double digits in general election polling.

Not only that, but with Drumpf atop the GOP ticket, some GOPers are worried about what happens down ticket.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/08/karl-rove-gop-will-lose-white-house-and-congress-if-trump-becomes-president/

No wonder you are freaking out.

April 22, 2016 9:28 AM  
Anonymous eat a banana said...

freaking out?

I don't really favor any of the four remaining candidates but I didn't favor the current President either

no did I think highly of McCain or Romney or George W

I'm not really counting on government to fulfill my hopes and dreams

it's just a spectator sport to me

I can tell you, though

Dhroolary dreads having to face Donald Trump

and if America has to choose between a competent moderate who lacks some self-control or a lying ultra-liberal in poor health who has no achievements, despite holding some very impressive positions, and who has carelessly put lives and the security of her country at risk in order to hide her dubious and, probably, illegal activities...I think you will have a very disappointing autumn

the best you can hope for is she is indicted

Bernie's views will prevent him from getting to the White House

but at least he has integrity and Dems can say they fought a decent campaign

bonus: Dems can support the 2nd amendment and get that monkey off their backs!!

April 22, 2016 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Walsh Nixes Concert After GOP Ties Revealed
"I cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way," artist says


"Joe Walsh will not be performing at a July 17th concert he was initially scheduled to perform in Cleveland, OH. In a statement he released on Wednesday, Walsh said the event was billed to him as a benefit for the families of veterans, but after he discovered it was part of the Republican National Convention, he made the announcement that he is withdrawing from the show.

"It was my understanding that I was playing a concert which was a nonpartisan event to benefit the families of American veterans on Monday, July 17th in Cleveland. The admat I approved said this specifically," the singer said in the statement. "Today it was announced that this event is, in fact, a launch for the Republican National Convention."

Walsh, who will be co-headlining the One Hell of a Night Tour with Bad Company beginning this spring, also took issue with being affiliated with an event that would garner money for the convention. "In addition, my name is to be used to raise sponsorship dollars for convention-related purposes. Therefore, I must humbly withdraw my participation in this event with apologies to any fans or veterans and their families that I might disappoint.

"I am very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns," he continued. "It is both isolationist and spiteful. I cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way. I will look at doing a veteran related benefit concert later this year."

Last weekend, Walsh made a surprise appearance during the Arcs performance at Coachella. Walsh will be performing about a 40 minutes drive from Cleveland when the One Hell of a Night Tour makes its stop in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, on June 26th."

April 22, 2016 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/22/conservatives_gang_up_on_a_child_anti_trans_bullying_of_5_year_old_in_minnesota_shows_adults_not_kids_are_the_problem/

April 22, 2016 3:14 PM  
Anonymous words of wisdom said...

I'm not saying that transgendered isn't an issue either, or where people go to the bathroom in public doesn't matter. But, c'mon. It's easily solved. If you look like a woman, use the women's room; if you look like a man, use the men's room. If you're a bearded dude in a dress, hold it until you get home.

April 25, 2016 10:28 AM  
Anonymous freakin' genius said...

Michele Obama didn't boycott Mississippi. Instead she went and spoke out.

Hey, that's what I said to do!!

I'm SOOOO smart!

https://www.bing.com/search?q=Michelle+Obama+Mississippi&filters=tnTID%3a%22FBA3A689-197A-4bcb-A434-5339BEB2B063%22+tnVersion%3a%221392938%22+segment%3a%22popularnow.carousel%22+tnCol%3a%227%22+tnOrder%3a%226b53a563-e5c1-4ff0-a57e-dad494160856%22&efirst=5&FORM=HPNN01

April 25, 2016 10:43 AM  
Anonymous that'll be extra!! said...

by now, everyone's heard that the Koch brothers, demonized by Harry Reid, are saying they prefer Hillary to any of the Republicans left

and it's the same reason Trump wins in places as diverse as Massachusetts and Alabama, Missouri and Arizona and Michigan and Florida

it's because this election is not about conservative v liberal, red v blue

it's about those who can be paid off v those who can't

Hillary is the last standing champion of the former

April 25, 2016 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, you guys heard words of wisdom from a freakin' genius!!

that'll be extra!

make checks payable to brilliant anon

April 25, 2016 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Much For ‘Letting The People Decide’ The Supreme Court Nominee
A new poll shows a majority of Americans want a vote this year on Merrick Garland. The GOP still says no.


Gallup: Obama Retains Strong Edge Over Congress in Job Approval

"I'm SOOOO smart!

https://www.bing.com/search?q=Michelle+Obama+Mississippi&filters=tnTID%3a%22FBA3A689-197A-4bcb-A434-5339BEB2B063%22+tnVersion%3a%221392938%22+segment%3a%22popularnow.carousel%22+tnCol%3a%227%22+tnOrder%3a%226b53a563-e5c1-4ff0-a57e-dad494160856%22&efirst=5&FORM=HPNN01


Prove you are "SOOOO smart" Let's see you turn that cumbersome URL you posted into an actual HTML link.

Like this:

HTML Links: How to make a link

April 25, 2016 5:40 PM  
Anonymous an einstein for our times said...

"So Much For ‘Letting The People Decide’ The Supreme Court Nominee
A new poll shows a majority of Americans want a vote this year on Merrick Garland. The GOP still says no"

the American people have already decided by electing Republicans to a Senate majority

the Constitution says this party has approval power over SCOTUS nominees

if Obama wants a justice on the SCOTUS, he will have to seek the advice of the Senate majority on who to appoint and obtain their consent

if Americans don't like the decision of the GOP Senate, they can vote them out

they have six year terms though

and Americans don't favor changing the constitution to promote liberals to the SCOTUS and take away the rights of Americans

"Gallup: Obama Retains Strong Edge Over Congress in Job Approval"

too bad he's not running

now that the race is jelling, Hillary is losing support and Trump is gaining

the latest poll has Hillary up by 3, within the margin of error

Trump has the big Mo

it's what I said would happen

I am soooOOOoooo smart!!!

"I'm SOOOO smart!

https://www.bing.com/search?q=Michelle+Obama+Mississippi&filters=tnTID%3a%22FBA3A689-197A-4bcb-A434-5339BEB2B063%22+tnVersion%3a%221392938%22+segment%3a%22popularnow.carousel%22+tnCol%3a%227%22+tnOrder%3a%226b53a563-e5c1-4ff0-a57e-dad494160856%22&efirst=5&FORM=HPNN01

Prove you are "SOOOO smart" Let's see you turn that cumbersome URL you posted into an actual HTML link.

Like this:

HTML Links: How to make a link

April 25, 2016 10:30 PM  
Anonymous using m' super powers said...

"Prove you are "SOOOO smart" Let's see you turn that cumbersome URL you posted into an actual HTML link.

Like this:

HTML Links: How to make a link"

I don't know who the moron is who wrote this but instead of the blog asking you to identify pictures to make a post, perhaps an IQ test should be given.

Copy the address I linked and paste into your browser. It'll work. And to someone with your intelligence, it will seem like magic!

You'll see how Michelle Obama is not boycotting Mississippi but choosing to go there and speak. Almost sounds like an engaged society. Just what I suggested.

Bruuuuce is so dumb

And I'm super smart!!

April 26, 2016 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donald Trump is blessed with incompetent enemies. Not since Jeb Bush dropped out of the race have we seen anything as comically pathetic as John Kasich and Ted Cruz openly conspiring to deny Trump the nomination through a half-baked plan to divvy up the remaining primary states in an attempt to deny Trump a large enough delegate lead to avoid a contested convention. The whole sorry affair is a reminder that the Republicans have a serious deficiency when it comes to competent leadership, which is one of the main reasons that Trump has been able to get as far as he has in this election season.

The Cruz/Kasich plan is something that could only be hatched by people whose confidence in their own cleverness is completely unmoored from any real world evidence for it. The idea is that, at this late stage in the game, each of them will “throw” certain states to the other through the magic of not doing local campaigning for a week. Kasich promises not to campaign in Indiana anymore and Cruz will, in exchange, not campaign in Oregon and New Mexico.

And….that’s it. They aren’t withdrawing their names from the ballot. Nor are their campaigns sending out messages to voters to vote for the other guy. The hope is that by Kasich simply removing himself from the campaign trail in Indiana for a whole week, the voters who were planning to go for him will beat feet to Cruz, edging him over Trump, who is currently in the lead in the winner-takes-most state. Brilliant plan, guys. Really top notch. It will be a total surprise when voters, completely unaware or indifferent to this plan, just vote for who they want and Trump wins anyway.

Plus, the whole move shows that Kasich and Cruz have no understanding of the conservative base they’re trying to woo. These are folks who have heard for decades now that they are the victims of some great elite conspiracy to rob them of their right to control the country. Trump has already plugged himself into that narrative, telling Republican voters that there is a conspiracy to deprive him of the nomination and, through that, deprive the voters of their right to choose the nominee.

This move shows he’s not paranoid at all, because there is, in fact, a conspiracy to deprive him of the nomination and, by virtue of that, deprive the voters of their right to pick the nominee through majority rule. Trump is already getting a poll boost from telling voters that the elites are out to get him. What’s going to happen now that the conspiracy has been proven real?

Trump is not a brilliant politician. He’s not a savant whose genius instincts stomp all over any effort by experienced politician to stop him. He’s a man who got really, really lucky, in that he made a run for president against a field that was so overstuffed with incompetents that he looks like a genius in comparison. This latest brilliant plan from Kasich and Cruz highlights that. He’s not so much winning anymore as these fools are losing.

Moreover, the whole thing is a symptom of what is a deeper problem for the Republicans, which is a total inability to get competent people into the upper echelons of leadership. It’s comical to consider all the chatter last summer about the “deep bench” the party had to offer in the Republican nomination contest, as the over a dozen people who threw their hat into the ring turned out to be an embarrassment. The Republican party is stuffed to the gills with people who think they are smart and capable, sure, but is mostly empty when it comes to those who have accurate self-assessment.

April 26, 2016 7:50 AM  
Anonymous growin' up said...

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April 26, 2016 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the Constitution says this party has approval power over SCOTUS nominees"

Not it doesn't Mr. Thinks He's SOOOOO Smart.

The US Constitution says:

The President "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint ... Judges of the supreme Court..."

If Obama is a lame-duck President, then Senator Grassley, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, who is also in the last year of his term in office is also a lame-duck.

However, unlike the GOP's most recent understanding, no elected official is a lame-duck until after their successor has been elected to replace them in that office.

"they have six year terms though"

Senate elections are held every two years for approximately one-third of the Senators.

In 2016, 24 GOP and 10 Democratic Senate seats are up for election.

Those dismal Congressional approval ratings I noted above will help Democrats be elected to replace some of those 24 your-term-is-over-in-2016 GOP Senators.

"too bad he's not running"

That's OK, Hillary has said she will continue and expand President Obama's policies, which are much more popular than cutting taxes for the rich, giving corporations welfare, and lowering aid for the elderly, infirm, and poor yet again.

Everyone knows what's happening in Kansas and we don't want to be so effing stupid nationwide.

now that the race is jelling, Hillary is losing support and Trump is gaining

LMAO

You mean "now that the GWU/Battleground poll of 1000 Likely Voters has Trump within 3 points," but you seem to be unaware that there's already a more recent 1000 Likely Voter poll, the USA Today/Suffolk poll and it shows Hillary ahead by 11 points.

The RCP average remains Clinton 49 over Drumpf 40.5.

I'm so glad you pointed out the GWU/Battleground poll though. It also reported "Obama’s Approval Rating Turns Positive for First Time in Three Years"

Things are looking up for the Democratic Party and soon to be President Hillary Clinton.

April 26, 2016 7:57 AM  
Anonymous alert from the intelligentsia said...

the smartest guy in the room said:

"the Constitution says this party has approval power over SCOTUS nominees"

the latest moron in the room said:

"Not it doesn't Mr. Thinks He's SOOOOO Smart.

The US Constitution says:

The President "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint ... Judges of the supreme Court...""

hey, stooooooopid!

"consent" is synonymous with "approval" in the thesaurus

indeed, here's Webster's definition of "consent":

"the approval by someone in authority for the doing of something"

ouch!

that's embarassing !!!

but you're probably used to it

here's the process:

President nominates

Congress advises and, upon being satisfied that their advice has been heeded, approves

upon gaining this approval, President appoints

the problem is that Obama has already demonstrated that he cannot nominate a person who believes in the Constitution

so, Congress needs to factor that in when setting priorities for its time

right now, it seems more prudent to wait for the next President and see if they can get it right

as for Obama, he's fortunate his disregard for the Constitution hasn't gotten him impeached

the smartest guy in the room said:

"they have six year terms though"

the latest moron in the room said:

"Senate elections are held every two years for approximately one-third of the Senators.

In 2016, 24 GOP and 10 Democratic Senate seats are up for election."

good to know

of course, everyone already knew that, but nice you feel like you've shared

I know a person like you must get depressed about how stupid you are

"Those dismal Congressional approval ratings I noted above will help Democrats be elected to replace some of those 24 your-term-is-over-in-2016 GOP Senators."

actually, the ratings have been like that for years but, somehow, the GOP has more Senate and House seats and governor mansion and state legislatures than Democrats and ever before

Americans apparently have a capacity for voting for people they don't approve of

especially if the alternative is a Democrap

April 26, 2016 11:22 AM  
Anonymous the kudos kid said...

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April 26, 2016 11:57 AM  
Anonymous just got an idea said...

"Americans apparently have a capacity for voting for people they don't approve of"

yes, the public saccades are sooooOOOooo fickle!!


April 26, 2016 1:23 PM  
Anonymous that hopey changey thang said...

good news!

Judge ruled North Carolina is free to fight voter fraud

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/04/26/federal-judge-upholds-controversial-north-carolina-voter-id-law.html?intcmp=hplnws

in my mind, I'm going to Carolina

"Obama’s Approval Rating Turns Positive for First Time in Three Years

Things are looking up for the Democratic Party and soon to be President Hillary Clinton"

got some news for you:

all those young voters were inspired by Obama's candidacy eight years ago are now Bernie supporters

and they detest Hillary and the way she's been handed the super delegates and the nomination

they won't forget

Trump, while not liked personally, is perceived as having won fair and square

Hillary is not liked personally and she is perceived as not having won fair and square

see the difference?

Democrats should hope Hillary is indicted

it's their best hope !!

April 26, 2016 1:35 PM  
Anonymous aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayy, matey!! said...

you know, Donald T isn't perfect, but he is brilliant

last night, he said Bernie has been cheated and should run as an independent

priceless

let's hope Ralph Nader is his running mate

April 27, 2016 10:49 AM  
Anonymous I get it said...

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April 27, 2016 2:26 PM  
Anonymous He hopes his HB hatred helps him hang on to his Governorship. said...

HB 2 Deeply Unpopular in North Carolina; Voters Think It's Hurting State

"April 25, 2016

PPP's new North Carolina poll finds minimal support from voters in the state for HB 2, and that voters think its passage has hurt the state in several ways.

Just 36% of voters in the state support HB2, to 45% who are opposed. Independent voters are against it 33/46, and Democrats (20/63) are more unified in their opposition to the bill than Republicans (56/24) are in their support. Voters think the bill is having a bad effect on both the state's economy and its overall reputation. 54% think it's had a negative impact on North Carolina's economy, to only 11% who think it's having a positive impact. On that front even GOP voters by a 17 point margin grant that it's having a more negative than positive effect on the state economically. 53% of voters think HB2 has had a negative effect on North Carolina's national reputation, to only 22% who claim they think it's had an overall positive impact on the state's image. Because of these things, just 32% of voters in the state think HB2 is actually helping North Carolina, compared to 53% who think it's hurting the state. Independent voters, by a 53/30 spread, side with Democrats in thinking that HB2 is doing a lot more damage to the state than good.

Voters also don't think HB2 is having the positive impact it was purported to have. Only 37% think its passage has made the state safer, to 44% who think it has not. Again on this aspect of the issue independents join with Democrats in saying by a 34/44 spread that it's not making North Carolina safer. A lot of the rhetoric around the bill been about protecting women but they both oppose the bill (33/46) and think it's failing to make the state safer (34/48) by even wider margins than the population as a whole.

Following his signing of HB2 and subsequent defense of the bill, Pat McCrory is trailing Roy Cooper for the first time in 3 months in our polling. Cooper has the advantage with 43% to 42% for McCrory, with Libertarian Lon Cecil at 4%. McCrory led our North Carolina polls in both February and March but has seen his deficit among Democrats grow from 65/16 to 73/14 amid the furor over HB2. One of the reasons McCrory was elected by such a wide margin in 2012 was substantial crossover support from Democrats, and he's lost most of that in the subsequent years. McCrory is under water on his approval rating for the 33rd month in a row, with only 40% of voters approving of the job he's doing to 49% who disapprove. Meanwhile Cooper has seen his favorability numbers rise after refusing to defend HB2- he has a 37/27 favorability rating, up from 33/28 a month ago.

The anger over HB2 isn't doing Republicans in the legislature any favors either. Only 30% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of them to 52% who see them negatively. That -22 net favorability rating is 8 points worse than the -14 spread legislative Democrats hold at 32/46. Democrats have a 45/42 advantage on the generic legislative ballot, including 40/34 with independents.

Full results here."

April 27, 2016 5:38 PM  
Anonymous ramblin' gamblin' man said...

"Just 36% of voters in the state support HB2, to 45% who are opposed"

a lot of nuance missing here, despite the long post

for example, if it had no economic impact, how many people oppose?

most TTFers believe if they ramble on with the absurdities, length alone will help the chances someone will fall for their bullcrap

still, the above indicates that more than half of voters in NC don't profess to be opposed to the bill (55%)

April 28, 2016 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Nice teleprompter, Don said...

"...Trump gave a sedate but completely incoherent speech on foreign policy in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, hoping to burnish his image as the GOP's self-declared "presumptive nominee" and to put his inflammatory foreign policy statements behind him.

...here's a list, in no way comprehensive, of the many times Trump contradicted himself while laying out his alleged foreign policy:

We have to be both stable and completely unpredictable: Trump repeatedly said the United States had "no coherent foreign policy" and needed to again become a stable and dependable ally. How to do that? "We must, as a nation, be more unpredictable."

China is destroying the United States economically, but we have huge economic leverage over China: Trump loves to attack China, and he once again complained about the United States' large (but shrinking) trade deficit with China that's "letting them take advantage of us economically." But he also claimed that the Obama administration has huge, unspecified financial leverage over China, which isn't being used to make China take a tougher line against North Korea.

We'll be an incredible ally again. Also, our allies are freeloaders: Trump once again criticized other countries for not spending enough on their own defense. "Our allies are not paying their fair share," he complained, promising to somehow make them boost their defense budgets. He then pledged that America would again be a powerful and respected ally to the same countries he had insulted.

We can't waste money, but we have to spend a lot more on weapons: "Not one dollar can be wasted," Trump said of the federal budget, blaming much of America's supposed decline on government overspending and debt. He also called for the United States to pump cash into building new weapons to rebuild the American military, demanding hugely expensive and wasteful systems such as new fighter aircraft and warships.

Weapons are a scourge, but we have to spend a lot more on weapons: "The power of weaponry is the single biggest problem we have today in the world," he said, seemingly forgetting his demand that the United States spend billions of dollars more adding to that very problem.

We have to work with Muslim allies, but none of them are allowed to come here: Trump promised he would work "very closely with our allies in the Muslim world" to help defeat ISIS and radical Islam. Seconds later, he once again demanded the United States temporarily halt Muslims from entering the United States. "A pause for reassessment will help us prevent the next San Bernardino," he said.

The foreign policy establishment has already reacted with almost universal horror to Trump's rise. A group of more than 75 Republican foreign policy experts blasted Trump in an open letter last month, saying he was "fundamentally dishonest" and "utterly unfitted" to be president. CIA Director John Brennan said he would refuse any orders to resume waterboarding or other acts of torture, which Trump has said he would bring back. Marine Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, attacked torture as "inconsistent with the values of our nation" in response to Trump's comments. The Huffington Post this week described panic among current and former military officers at the prospect of a Trump presidency. Wednesday's speech likely won't do anything to change minds."

April 28, 2016 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Dreamer, you silly little dreamer said...

"if it had no economic impact, how many people oppose?"

If pigs could fly, would they wallow in mud.

Pigs don't fly, and the do wallow in the mud.

The fact is law has economic impact which is why "just 32% of voters in the state think HB2 is actually helping North Carolina, compared to 53% who think it's hurting the state. Independent voters, by a 53/30 spread, side with Democrats in thinking that HB2 is doing a lot more damage to the state than good."

Nice dream that HB2 would have no economic impact but it is simply not true.

PayPal Pulls $3.6M North Carolina Plan After Transgender Law

Asheville conference estimated to have $1.5 million impact canceled due to HB2

Economic impact of HB2 mushrooms in the Triangle:
-Wake County economic developer says 5 companies have suspended search in county
-Suspended projects range in size from 75 jobs to 1,000 jobs
-Deutsche Bank freezes plans to add 250 workers in Cary


Furniture market boycott due to HB2 could hurt NC economy

"you know, Donald T isn't perfect, but he is brilliant"

Brilliant indeed:

DONALD TRUMP COMES OUT AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA'S HB2

April 28, 2016 9:00 AM  
Anonymous NCAA for will protect participants and spectators from discrimination at NCAA events said...

Board of Governors approves anti-discrimination process for championships bids
Hosts must demonstrate environment will safeguard dignity of participants, spectators


"The NCAA Board of Governors on Wednesday took steps to protect participants and spectators from discrimination at NCAA events.

At its quarterly meeting in Indianapolis, the board adopted a new requirement for sites hosting or bidding on NCAA events in all divisions — from the Men’s and Women’s Final Fours to educational events such as leadership development conferences — to demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event.

The board’s decision integrates the new requirement into the bidding process for championships, adding it to information already required that outlines available access for people with disabilities and details on playing and practice facilities.

“The higher education community is a diverse mix of people from different racial, ethnic, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds,” said Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University and chair of the Board of Governors. “So it is important that we assure that community – including our student-athletes and fans – will always enjoy the experience of competing and watching at NCAA championships without concerns of discrimination.”

The board’s decision follows the recent actions of legislatures in several states, which have passed laws allowing residents to refuse to provide services to some people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. While proponents of the laws focus on how they protect religious beliefs, critics have voiced concerns that they create an environment of sanctioned discrimination.

The board’s decision reaffirms the NCAA commitment to operate championships and events that promote an inclusive atmosphere in which student-athletes participate, coaches and administrators lead and fans engage.

The Association considers the promotion of inclusiveness in race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity as a vital element to protecting the well-being of student-athletes, promoting diversity in hiring practices and creating a culture of fairness.

Historically, the Association has used the opportunity to host its events as a means to make clear its values. The Association now prohibits championships events with predetermined sites in states where governments display the Confederate battle flag, and prohibits NCAA members from hosting championships events if their school nicknames use Native American imagery that is considered abusive and offensive.

The new requirement integrates appropriate protections against discrimination into the championships bidding process. Board members feel the measure will provide assurance that anyone associated with an NCAA championship event – whether they are working, playing or cheering – will be treated with fairness and respect.

The new selection criteria, procedures and the status of currently awarded sites will be reported to the Board of Governors Ad Hoc Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and Equity and full implementation is expected during the current bidding process."

April 28, 2016 5:36 PM  
Anonymous PewResearchCenter said...

GOP’s Favorability Rating Edges Lower

APRIL 28, 2016

"The Republican Party’s image, already quite negative, has slipped since last fall. Currently 33% of the public has a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 62% have an unfavorable view. Unfavorable opinions of the GOP are now as high as at any point since 1992.

In October, 37% viewed the Republican Party favorably and 58% viewed it unfavorably. The decline in favorability since then has largely come among Republicans themselves: In the current survey, 68% of Republicans view their party positively, down from 79% last fall.

By contrast, public views of the Democratic Party are unchanged since October. Currently, 45% of the public has a favorable impression of the Democratic Party, while 50% have an unfavorable opinion.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted April 12-19 among 2,008 adults, finds that Democrats have a far more favorable impression of their party than Republicans have of theirs. Nearly nine-in-ten Democrats (88%) view their party favorably, which is 20 points higher than Republicans’ ratings of the GOP (68%).

Just 28% of independents view the Republican Party favorably, while 37% say they have a favorable impression of the Democratic Party. Notably, just 43% of Republican-leaning independents view the GOP favorably, while 50% hold a negative opinion of the party.

Democratic-leaning independents, like those who identify as Democrats, have much more positive impressions of the Democratic Party. About six-in-ten (63%) view the party favorably, compared with 32% who have an unfavorable view...."

April 28, 2016 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what an ass:

http://www.cbsnews.com/live/video/caitlyn-jenner-uses-womens-bathroom-in-trump-building/?ftag=CNM15cf32c

April 29, 2016 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You like that ass, huh?

wink wink

April 29, 2016 11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harvard IOP Spring 2016 Poll

"CLINTON IN COMMANDING LEAD OVER TRUMP AMONG YOUNG VOTERS, HARVARD YOUTH POLL FINDS

Sanders remains most popular candidate for America’s 18- to 29-year-olds; Nearly half believe today’s politics are unable to meet the country’s challenges; Majority reject both socialism and capitalism

Washington, D.C. – A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds Hillary Clinton the clear front-runner over Donald Trump to win the White House in 2016. Among likely voters, Clinton has 61% of young voters and Trump 25%, with 14% of likely young voters unsure.

The IOP’s newest poll results – its 29th major release since 2000 – also shows that a majority of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds rejects both socialist and capitalist labels. 42% of young Americans support capitalism, and 33% say they support socialism. A detailed report on the poll’s findings is available online at http://bit.ly/IOPSpring16Poll.

“Millennials care deeply about their futures and in this election cycle they are laser-focused on issues like access to educational opportunity, women’s equality and the economy,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Director Maggie Williams. “This survey reflects their passion, their worries and most importantly, a growing awareness that their voices have power.”

“Young Americans are sending a strong message. They care deeply about the future, but are concerned that the current state of our institutions and our politics are not sufficient to meet our nation’s challenges,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe. “We hope that in the remaining months of the campaign, candidates from both parties work to rebuild the trust that’s been eroded and inspire Millennials to not only vote, but engage in civic life.”..."

May 01, 2016 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Simple math said...

Republicans have a massive electoral map problem that has nothing to do with Donald Trump

"...If Clinton wins the 19 states (and D.C.) that every Democratic nominee has won from 1992 to 2012, she has 242 electoral votes. Add Florida's 29 and you get 271. Game over.

The Republican map — whether with Trump, Cruz or the ideal Republican nominee (Paul Ryan?) as the standard-bearer — is decidedly less friendly. There are 13 states that have gone for the GOP presidential nominee in each of the last six elections. But they only total 102 electorate votes. That means the eventual nominee has to find, at least, 168 more electoral votes to get to 270. Which is a hell of a lot harder than finding 28 electoral votes...

...The Republican map problem goes deeper than Trump — or any one candidate. Blaming Trump for a loss this November not only misses the point but could ensure that Republicans are doomed to repeat history in 2020."

May 03, 2016 8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trump changes everything and most states are now in play

the old Democratic bloc is now irrelevant

Ramussen has him leading Hillary by 2 nationally

wait til we get goin'

May 03, 2016 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Ramussen has him leading Hillary by 2 nationally"

Yet last week when the "stay home and don't vote" option was offered by Rasmussen, Clinton and Trump tied at 38%.

"Last week, Rasmussen Reports gave voters the option of staying home on Election Day if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the big party nominees, and six percent (6%) said that’s what they intend to do for now. Clinton and Trump were tied with 38% support each; 16% said they would vote for some other candidate, and two percent (2%) were undecided.

But Trump edges slightly ahead if the stay-at-home option is removed..."


You wish those 1000 LV Rasmussen polled told the entire story.

But they don't.

"...Trump leads 48% to 35% among men but trails Clinton by a similar 44% to 34% among women.

Clinton’s narrow 38% to 32% lead among those under 40, traditionally a reliable Democratic group, suggests that younger voters will be a big target in the upcoming campaigning. Twenty-five percent (25%) of these voters like another candidate for now, and five percent (5%) are undecided. Trump has a small advantage among older voters.

Clinton earns 71% of the black vote, 45% support among other minority voters but just 33% of whites. Trump gets only nine percent (9%) of blacks, 33% of other minorities and 48% of white voters..."


The Hill reports Hispanic voter registration spikes

"Registration among Hispanic voters is skyrocketing in a presidential election cycle dominated by Donald Trump and loud GOP cries to close the border.

Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials, projects 13.1 million Hispanics will vote nationwide in 2016, compared to 11.2 million in 2012 and 9.7 million in 2008...

...rising registration rates among Hispanics in Colorado, Florida and Nevada could make it easier for the Democratic candidate to retain those swing states. Even Arizona could be in play..."


Trump polls worse with women, hispanics and African Americans than the last GOP loser, Romney did.

May 04, 2016 7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feds Tell North Carolina Governor That Anti-LGBT Law Violates Civil Rights Act
Enforcing the law would force North Carolina to give up millions in federal education funds.


"WASHINGTON — A North Carolina law that bans transgender individuals from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity violates federal civil rights laws by discriminating against students and employees on the basis of sex, the Justice Department told Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Wednesday.

Vanita Gupta, the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, wrote a letter that gives McCrory until Monday to confirm that “the State will not comply with or implement HB2,” according to The Charlotte Observer.

Federal officials have previously said that states that fail to give transgender students full access are engaged in discriminatory activity. Last month, the federal appeals court in the 4th Circuit ruled in favor of a transgender high school student who is suing his school board because he was banned from the boys’ bathroom.

The state of North Carolina and McCrory have come under increased pressure from outside organizations as a result of the law, which was passed to prevent the city of Charlotte from establishing an anti-discrimination ordinance. The federal government says that the law violates both the rights of employees under the Civil Rights Act and the rights of students under Title IX, meaning that the state could lose out on millions of dollars in federal school funding.

The law, Gupta wrote, “is facially discriminatory against transgender employees on the basis of sex because it treats transgender employees, whose gender identity does not match their biological sex, as defined by HB2, differently from similarly situated non transgender employees.”"

May 04, 2016 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/05/04/in-final-year-president-obama-more-popular-than-reagan/21370520/

May 05, 2016 7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"last week when the "stay home and don't vote" option was offered by Rasmussen, Clinton and Trump tied at 38%"

this is funny

not long ago, TTFers were bragging about polls showing Hillary crushing Trump

now, they seem to think it a victory that they can interpret a poll result to make the numbers a tie

ha-ha!!

did they ever, in their wildest dreams, actually think Hillary could beat any of the Republicans, all of whom had accomplishments and qualifications?

Hillary's only accomplishment has been to serve as the inspiration for the show "The Good Wife"

"Last week, Rasmussen Reports gave voters the option of staying home on Election Day if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the big party nominees, and six percent (6%) said that’s what they intend to do for now. Clinton and Trump were tied with 38% support each; 16% said they would vote for some other candidate, and two percent (2%) were undecided.

But Trump edges slightly ahead if the stay-at-home option is removed..."

ha-ha-ha!!!!

"...Trump leads 48% to 35% among men but trails Clinton by a similar 44% to 34% among women.

Clinton’s narrow 38% to 32% lead among those under 40, traditionally a reliable Democratic group, suggests that younger voters will be a big target in the upcoming campaigning. Twenty-five percent (25%) of these voters like another candidate for now, and five percent (5%) are undecided. Trump has a small advantage among older voters.

Clinton earns 71% of the black vote, 45% support among other minority voters but just 33% of whites. Trump gets only nine percent (9%) of blacks, 33% of other minorities and 48% of white voters..."

all this effort to stir up division is getting old and people in all these divisions are sick of the gangrene on our society that the Democratic party represents

the winner is whoever gets the most votes overall

and Trump is winning that poll

"Feds Tell North Carolina Governor That Anti-LGBT Law Violates Civil Rights Act
Enforcing the law would force North Carolina to give up millions in federal education funds"

this is a gift from the Obama administration to the GOP

showing the American people why we need a new Federal government

they ought to send them a nice parting gift!!

"http://www.aol.com/article/2016/05/04/in-final-year-president-obama-more-popular-than-reagan/21370520/"

oh yeah

when people think "popular", they always think "Obama"

ha-ha-ha-ha!!

must be why Hillary's doing so well

HA-HA-HA-HAhahaha!!!

May 05, 2016 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahahahah

Looks who is stuck having to rely on a single outlier poll when the RCP averages still show Hillary crushing derr Drumpf.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_clinton-5491.html

May 05, 2016 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahahaha

Rasmussen had Romney beating Obama by a single point on November 5, 2012.

The actual vote result was Obama beat Romney by 3.9 points.

Warming!

More facts ahead!

(Time to stick your head back in the dirt)

Which Polls Fared Best (and Worst) in the 2012 Presidential Race
By NATE SILVER NOVEMBER 10, 2012 8:38 PM


"...Several polling firms got notably poor results, on the other hand. For the second consecutive election — the same was true in 2010 — Rasmussen Reports polls had a statistical bias toward Republicans, overestimating Mr. Romney’s performance by about four percentage points..."

And be sure to note the handy little table as you scroll down Nate Silver's report.

Rasmussen came in 20th out of 23 polling outfits in predicting the actual vote outcome in 2012.

IBD/TIPP, which came in first out of 23 polling organizations in predicting the actual vote outcome in 2012, currently shows Clinton up by 7 points.

CNN/ORC, which came in fourth out of 23 polling organizations in predicting the actual vote outcome in 2012, currently shows Clinton up by 13 points.

Laugh all you want and by all means, enjoy your Rasmussen fantasy!

May 05, 2016 5:35 PM  
Anonymous the only thing she'll finish is her sentence said...

Nate Silver is some gay guy who got lucky in the last election

not doing well this time

he predicted back in the fall that Trump had no chance to win the nomination

didn't see Sanders coming

Hillary became infamous as Bill's good wife

because of this, she has held numerous very powerful positions

without an accomplishment in any of them

she hasn't even done that well in getting elected, often pulling out the gender sympathy card by crying in public when she gets in trouble

people aren't falling for it anymore

Nate Silver had Hillary crushing Bernie in New Hampshire six months before the primary

didn't happen

Nate Silver has Hillary crushing Trump in New Hampshire six months before the general election

won't happen either

right now, against a convinced socialist believer, she has won 35% of the delegates needed for the nomination

that convinced socialist believer has won 29% of the delegates needed for the nomination

we have numerous huge states left

if Bernie winds up with more won delegates than Hillary, a not unlikely scenario, the super delegates she gained by talking bribes from the establishment will be under tremendous pressure to support the will of the public

so the GOP has wrapped things up

and Hillary has miles to go before she sleeps

and she doesn't have a history of finishing well


May 05, 2016 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only one talking about Nate Silver's 2016 predictions is you.

Silver's report of Rasmussen's outlier status in the last presidential election is factual and correct.

Cling to your outlier 20the out of 23 polling organization's prediction that Drumpf will win back the White House for you GOPers.

He won't.

Clinton, Sanders, either one will trump Drumpf with ease.






May 05, 2016 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Facts matter said...

Why North Carolina’s governor had to apologize to Bruce Springsteen

In a recent interview, NC Governor McCrory "suggested Springsteen may have ulterior motives for cancelling the show, that The Boss cancelled the show over ticket sales, not LGBT rights.

“I love Bruce Springsteen. I love his music,” McCrory said, before diving in. “But he cancelled a concert in Greensboro.”

Then, he continued, “By the way, they only had 8,000 tickets sold, with all respect. Bruce doesn’t mention that. They didn’t quite get the tickets sales they wanted, might have had something to do with it.”

“For him to cancel the concert, two days before the concert, over a bathroom policy — I doubt he read it. I doubt he understands it,” McCrory trailed off.

The thing is, no one knows where the governor got such a number, and McCrory hasn’t said. But Andrew Brown, a spokesperson from the Coliseum, told the News & Record it sold more than 15,000 tickets for the show and only had 100 remaining.

According to Politifact, the Coliseum can generally seat 20,000 but had planned for 16,000 for this show, given Springsteen’s stage setup. Thus the show was nearly sold out.

“No idea where 8,000 may have come from,” Brown told Politifact.

Previously, officials had told local media outlets that the cancellation would cost the Greensboro Coliseum as much as $100,000.

Yesterday evening, the governor issued an apology through Politifact, saying he had the sales number wrong when he announced it on public radio.

Here’s the full statement from Josh Ellis, a spokesman for the governor:

“The governor apologizes for using the wrong number. It’s too bad Bruce Springsteen actually canceled on nearly 15,000 people at the last minute. Regardless, the governor is still keeping his Springsteen albums despite their political disagreements.”"

May 06, 2016 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Hdroollary is shaking in Bill's boots said...

"Cling to your outlier 20the out of 23 polling organization's prediction that Drumpf will win back the White House for you GOPers."

cling?

if I had a dog in the fight, I think the fact that Sanders is in a near-tie nationally with Hillary and that she will likely be recommended for indictment by the FBI and that she has had a cavalier regard for national security when she had access to the nation's secrets and that her Foundation accepted large donations from hostile nations she was negotiating with when Secretary of State and that she is beholden to the financial institutions that her husband deregulated and that she accomplished nothing in the Senate and that she voted for the Iraq war and that she is a shrill unattractive uninteresting speaker and campaigner would be among the things I'd "cling" to

but, alas, I've no dog in the fight

I'm not a GOPer, although neither is Trump

by any definition more than a few months old

"Clinton, Sanders, either one will trump Drumpf with ease"

thanks for providing today's big laugh

"Why North Carolina’s governor had to apologize to Bruce Springsteen"

I know you're desperate to keep this non-story alive

but another non-story won't do it

May 06, 2016 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Drumpf's pal 'is intelligence classification vetting nightmare scenario" said...

Trump Adviser’s Ties Raise Security Questions

"With Donald Trump on the brink of receiving classified security briefings from the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. foreign policy figures of both parties are raising concerns about a close Trump aide’s ties to allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump’s top adviser, Paul Manafort, has spent much of his recent career working for pro-Russian forces in Ukraine, and doing complex deals for an oligarch with close ties to Putin. And while a Democratic senator has already charged Trump is not responsible enough to receive secret information, Manafort’s deep relationships with top pro-Russian figures raise special concerns.

Manafort may be best known for managing the 2010 campaign of Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian politician whose ouster as president prompted a Russian invasion of the country. He has, according to court documents, managed tens of millions of dollars for Oleg Deripaska, an oligarch denied entry to the U.S. reportedly for ties to organized crime, but so close to Vladimir Putin that top Russian officials fought (unsuccessfully) to get him a visa.

Gary Schmitt, a former Reagan Administration official now at the American Enterprise Institute, said he believed Manafort’s ties merit extra scrutiny.

“If Trump is to be given access to sensitive intelligence, which can’t help but implicitly involve even more sensitive information about ‘sources and methods,’ then it’s imperative that any campaign staff who have had commercial ties with foreign governments and politicians not be given access as well until they have gone through a full, thorough background check — not the typical perfunctory review,” he said..."


" Hillary and that she will likely be recommended for indictment by the FBI "

Yet another fantasy!

Past cases suggest Hillary won’t be indicted
A POLITICO review shows marked differences between her case and those that led to charges.


"...The relatively few cases that drew prosecution almost always involved a deliberate intent to violate classification rules as well as some add-on element: An FBI agent who took home highly sensitive agency records while having an affair with a Chinese agent; a Boeing engineer who brought home 2000 classified documents and whose travel to Israel raised suspicions; a National Security Agency official who removed boxes of classified documents and also lied on a job application form..."

May 06, 2016 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Samantha Bee said...

Full Frontal
‏@FullFrontalSamB

Shouldn't #TedCruz have been forced to carry his unviable campaign to term?

May 06, 2016 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chief justice’s suspension adds to Alabama’s political mess

"BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama politics are at a low point even by Alabama standards: In a state that trails the nation in many areas, three top elected officials are embroiled in scandal or facing removal from office while a former governor serves time in federal prison on a corruption conviction.

Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended from his job Friday and faces possible ouster over his attempts to block gay marriage following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. It’s familiar territory for the Republican Moore, a Christian conservative who was previously removed from the same position in 2003 over a Ten Commandments monument and easily won re-election later.

Meanwhile, fellow Republicans tried to remove Gov. Robert Bentley by impeachment in the just-ended legislative session over a sexually charged scandal involving a top political aide, and an investigation continues. At the same time, GOP House Speaker Mike Hubbard awaits a state trial on 23 felony ethics charges that could result in his removal.

If convicted, Hubbard could even join the ranks of the imprisoned like former Gov. Don Siegelman, a Democrat who was convicted on federal influence-peddling charges.

All in all, it’s some of the worst of times for Republicans who promised to clean up state government after seizing control from Democrats who dominated for generations.

“I never recall when the top leaders of all three branches of government were simultaneously accused of improper behavior,” Bill Stewart, a retired political scientist from the University of Alabama, said Saturday...."

May 07, 2016 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Al Gore's Nobel Prize for Pseudo-Science said...

http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/03/an-inconvenient-review-after-10-years-al-gores-film-is-still-alarmingly-inaccurate/

May 09, 2016 4:01 PM  
Anonymous blimey the limey said...

ha-ha!!

good one, bloke !!

May 09, 2016 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Five Solomon Islands Disappear Into the Pacific Ocean as a Result of Climate Change

May 09, 2016 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Marshall Islands Are Disappearing

May 09, 2016 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scientist Slams Daily Caller For Distorting His Research To Suggest Climate Change Is Fake

May 10, 2016 8:14 AM  
Anonymous media alert said...

"Five Solomon Islands Disappear Into the Pacific Ocean"

so what?

these dinky islands are often claimed by the sea

happened long before alarmists began to get desperate to avoid looking foolish

"Scientist Slams Daily Caller For Distorting His Research To Suggest Climate Change Is Fake"

what a shocker!

someone notes that a researchers predictions didn't pan out

and the scientist lashes out

alert the media


May 10, 2016 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try reading what the scientist said, though your reading comprehension problems will likely preclude your ability to understand what he wrote. The scientist's complaints had nothing to do with predictions.

No doubt you still believe the tobacco industry paid deniers who claimed smoking doesn't cause lung cancer!

May 10, 2016 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“There is a lot of bullshit masquerading as science”

May 10, 2016 11:09 AM  
Anonymous follow the money said...

Global warming alarmists are being paid quite a bit of money to produce results that are pre-ordained. That's a contradiction of science, so it's hard to see how these alarmists qualify as "scientists", especially those who have based their entire career on promoting these ideas

May 10, 2016 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your author of the Daily Beast, Michael Bastasch, is widely known to be a Koch trained shill.

"..It's a Koch-Fueled World for Some Given Megaphones on the Right

The author of the piece was given the title of "Investigative Researcher of the Daily Caller News Foundation" based on his experience in the following internships and gigs at Koch-funded operations, according to his own LinkedIn profile:

Koch Internship Program at Charles Koch Institute
Government Relations Intern at The Heritage Foundation
Koch Summer Fellow at Institute for Humane Studies
Research Associate at Cascade Policy Institute
Public Affairs Intern at ALEC

In fact, Bastasch's online resume makes it look as though his post at the Daily Caller News Foundation since January of 2012 overlaps with a Koch Internship that began in 2012. Are they one and the same? Regardless, this recent college grad has already garnered months of experience nursing at the teat of Koch money through multiple right-wing groups..."


See more at: http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/06/11590/trained-koch-daily-caller-claims-fake-rebuttal-cmd-alec-role-promoting-stand-your#sthash.tBy724wb.dpuf

May 10, 2016 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Hillary sleazes on a crooked path said...

wow! I thought liberals have given up on this hypocritical routine in their repertoire

as has been generally noted, Democrats have numerous wealthy donors pulling their strings

indeed, they are the ones that fund this demonization campaign against the Kochs

Hillary won't even give any details of what she spoke about with wealthy bankers

Bernie is attempting to lead a revolution against these wealthy Dems but, though the people back him, their power is too vast

meanwhile, the GOP nominee has no wealthy donors and the Kochs have hinted they may support Hillary

May 10, 2016 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will take the word of 97% of world wide climate scientists over the word of 100% of all right wing funded "political" scientists like Michael Bastasch, the @$$hole who wrote the Daily Beast article any day of the week.

Democrats, wealthy or otherwise have nothing to do with it.

You are the one citing political crap while ignoring decades of actual science and data.

May 10, 2016 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Koch funded lying liars said...

Koch brothers' attack on Russ Feingold backfires as local TV stations pull deceptive ad

"The Koch brothers' Freedom Partners Action Fund decided to take on Russ Feingold with a $2 million ad buy. One problem for the Kochs: The ad was based on a lie, and now three Wisconsin television stations are refusing to air it.

'Jonathan Berkon and David Lazarus of the Perkins Coie law firm, which represents Feingold's campaign, sent a two-page letter on Wednesday to TV stations around the state challenging the accuracy of the ad. Their letter called the commercial "false, misleading and deceptive."
"For the sake of both FCC licensing requirements and the public interest, your station must immediately cease airing this advertisement," Berkon and Lazarus wrote.

In response, the lawyers said, three stations -- WMSN-TV in Madison and WLUK-TV and WGBA-TV in Green Bay -- have agreed to stop running the TV spot.'

The ad accuses Feingold of ignoring a 2009 memo detailing problems at the Tomah VA Medical Center when he was still in the Senate, problems that resulted in the deaths of three patients who were over-prescribed painkillers. The problem with the ad—which the author of the memo confirms—is that the memo was never sent to Feingold...."

May 10, 2016 4:04 PM  
Anonymous over and out said...

"I will take the word of 97% of world wide climate scientists"

yes, 97% of scientists who have been paid to do studies that were predetermined to prove global warming believe some element of the global warming alarmist propaganda program

the wonder is that it isn't 100%

TTF posting is canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

May 12, 2016 6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"97% of scientists who have been paid to do studies that were predetermined to prove global warming"

Have you got one iota of proof of your claim that each and every one of the 97% of climate scientists have been paid by some unidentified boogyman to lie about the facts they report?

NO?

Then shut up.

Nobody cares about your paranoid conspiracy theory.

"I know you're desperate to keep this non-story alive"

You mean Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) wants to keep this "non-story" alive.


What happened when a room full of Texas parents took on transgender bathrooms

May 12, 2016 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Inconvenient facts said...

Exxon’s Own Scientists Confirmed Climate Change—In the 70s

May 12, 2016 9:17 AM  
Anonymous will Bernie name a TTFer his VP matey? said...

"Have you got one iota of proof of your claim that each and every one of the 97% of climate scientists have been paid by some unidentified boogyman to lie about the facts they report?"

who do you think pays their salaries?

institutes that have already made clear they want to prove that global warming is real and catastrophic

the salaries of those researchers would be in jeopardy if they didn't support the agenda

indeed, it now puts one in legal jeopardy if you do a study that doesn't confirm global warming

attorney generals in 15 states are pursuing charges against such scientists and Bill Nye, the children's TV celeb, has publicly advocated jailing these scientists

"Then shut up"

thanks, we've already gotten that message from the pseudo-science climate establishment

studies with predetermined conclusions aren't science

"Nobody cares about your paranoid conspiracy theory"

yeah, I guess those 15 state attorney generals are imaginary

how the IPCC?

this division of the UN was formed specifically to promote awareness of global warming

that's why it's such a ha-ha when they unleash a new assessment

if that assessment wasn't alarmist, they'd be out of a job

"Exxon’s Own Scientists Confirmed Climate Change—In the 70s"

odd- back in the seventies, there had been no warming since WWII and many scientists believed another ice age was imminent

"Telling men to use the men’s room and women to use the women’s room is now a violation of civil rights, according to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The Justice Department has filed a ridiculous lawsuit against North Carolina for its law overturning a Charlotte ordinance that told private businesses how to manage their bathrooms.

Normally, laws are challenged in court by people who can show they were harmed. Lynch has decided her own political preferences are all the standing she needs.

The eradication of any legal distinction between the sexes, even in terms of basic biological functions, is a creepy obsession on the left. Lynch’s attempt to abuse the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Act in pursuit of this bit of social engineering undermines those landmark laws.

In Candia, the school board recently caved to the Obama administration’s push to redefine X and Y chromosomes as nothing more than a matter of choice. Dana Buckley addresses this on behalf of outraged parents today in an op-ed piece.

We would prefer federal, state and local governments to stay out of the bathroom business. Schools and businesses are perfectly capable of accommodating the very few people who see themselves as other than their biological sex. By generating a false civil rights crisis, Lynch proves the Obama administration is out of touch with reality."

May 12, 2016 12:41 PM  
Anonymous OOooOOOoooooOOoo LA La! said...

that's right!

creepy......

May 12, 2016 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"institutes that have already made clear they want to prove that global warming is real and catastrophic"

Name one such institute and then one such scientist who works there. Be sure to document proof of the institute's "predetermined" view on climate change as wall as proof the scientist found exactly what the institution predetermined they should and otherwise withheld their salary.

Crickets will chirp forever.

Unlike you, attorneys general will have to prove their claims in court with actual irrefutable evidence. They will follow the trail of Koch money with care and due diligence, quite unlike your flippant irrelevant comments.

""Exxon’s Own Scientists Confirmed Climate Change—In the 70s"

odd- back in the seventies, there had been no warming since WWII and many scientists believed another ice age was imminent"


You find it odd yet apparently were not curious enough to even bother to read the reports of what the 1970s Exxon research found and how Exxon opted to cover it up. They simply followed the model of the tobacco industry and its research into the horrible health effects of actively and passively smoking cigarettes.

Why is that? Do you have faith the climate is not changing even as we continue to pump heat trapping gasses into our environment?

You seem to believe the weather during the 30 years between WWII and the 1970's means something about climate.

Nope, sorry, it doesn't and you are wrong again.

Thanks for yet another OPINION piece about LGBT issues.

Most Americans do not find equality to be creepy like white straight people like you who fear losing their majority over all others.

Now that gays can wed, homophobes are picking on a smaller minority.

Good luck with that.

While you cry the blues, Stonewall will become a national monument and the bathrooms in every state of the union will be free from genital/birth certificate inspections allowing people to pee in peace.

BTW, you seem to have failed to notice the people sending cis men into ladies rooms to disrupt women there are from the American Family Association.

Even you should realize that's what's creepy!

And if you don't, good luck with that too.

May 12, 2016 1:51 PM  
Anonymous the swami said...

"Name one such institute and then one such scientist who works there. Be sure to document proof of the institute's "predetermined" view on climate change as wall as proof the scientist found exactly what the institution predetermined they should and otherwise withheld their salary"

TTFers have a very powerful delusion which can easily perceived in this comment. They really believe they represent authority in our society, with prosecutorial rights and duties to pursue all who disagree with the liberal agenda. Use your google skills. You'll find lots of enlightenment. Pay attention. The "science" part of "climate science" is no longer in the house.

"Crickets will chirp forever."

what an original comment!

how ever did you think of it?

"Unlike you, attorneys general will have to prove their claims in court with actual irrefutable evidence."

well, unlike them, I'm not trying to revoke free speech and scientific integrity

"They will follow the trail of Koch money with care and due diligence, quite unlike your flippant irrelevant comments."

still unclear why you think it's OK for rich Dems to spend inordinate sums to express their views and fund studies that advance their agenda

and, yet, you think Repubs are venal for doing so

money happens

just ask Hillary

"You find it odd yet apparently were not curious enough to even bother to read the reports of what the 1970s Exxon research found and how Exxon opted to cover it up. They simply followed the model of the tobacco industry and its research into the horrible health effects of actively and passively smoking cigarettes."

because you've obviously misstated the whole study

there was no global warming in the 70s, so why would they be studying it

it would be like studying Barack Obama's contribution to the Magna Carta

he wasn't around then, just like global warming wasn't in the 70s

if you can state a thesis that makes sense, maybe I'll check it out

"Why is that? Do you have faith the climate is not changing even as we continue to pump heat trapping gasses into our environment?"

the person relying on faith is you

you simply want global warming to be true

we continued to pump heat trapping gasses into our environment for the first 16 years of this millennium, and nothing happened

"You seem to believe the weather during the 30 years between WWII and the 1970's means something about climate."

well, it would be the 30 years before the study you refer to

"Nope, sorry, it doesn't and you are wrong again."

gee, why did Exxon do the study

"Thanks for yet another OPINION piece about LGBT issues."

as much as you like to propagandize, there aren't any facts in this areas

all the sound and fury is mere opinion

"Most Americans do not find equality to be creepy like white straight people like you who fear losing their majority over all others."

actually, almost everyone in the women's locker room at the club thinks the patrons in there who wear a dress and have a penis are creepy

so is Obama's obsession with setting the rules for all the nation's bathrooms

"Now that gays can wed, homophobes are picking on a smaller minority."

actually, all the initiative for the current flurry came from gay agendists

they tried to unilaterally impose their view of gender on the owners of bathrooms in Charlotte


May 12, 2016 4:14 PM  
Anonymous seeing the dictator's last gasp said...

just my opinion, but Obama appears to believe he is a monarch

remember when this used to be a democracy?:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/obama-administration-to-issue-decree-on-transgender-access-to-school-restrooms/ar-BBsZoch?ocid=spartandhp

May 12, 2016 11:40 PM  
Anonymous watch out for shrill Hill said...

Hillary's indictment is now a foregone conclusion, just like tricky Dick

it's shrill Hill

will she do the right thing and drop out of the race?

or will she put her country through another prolonged Clinton sleaze scandal?:

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/05/hillary-clinton-email-server

May 12, 2016 11:48 PM  
Anonymous bill nye s a loser said...

in spite of the coming global catastrophe, suffering due to the environment is at record lows

we live in a remarkable period of climate stability:

http://thefederalist.com/2016/05/12/bill-nye-is-a-huckster/

May 12, 2016 11:52 PM  
Anonymous everybody in the whole cell block, doing that e-mail rock said...

"Hillary's indictment is now a foregone conclusion"

it's gonna be fun to watch Hillary get what she deserves:

some time behind bars

May 12, 2016 11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only people obsessed with where trans folk pee are right winger transphobes.

""Why is that? Do you have faith the climate is not changing even as we continue to pump heat trapping gasses into our environment?"

the person relying on faith is you

you simply want global warming to be true

we continued to pump heat trapping gasses into our environment for the first 16 years of this millennium, and nothing happened"


Spoken like a person with their head firmly planted in the dirt, ignoring facts every day.

Even your favorite JMA reports:

Five Warmest Years (Anomalies)

1st. 2015 (+0.42°C), 2nd. 2014 (+0.27°C), 3rd. 1998 (+0.22°C), 4th. 2013, 2010 (+0.20°C)


Your favorite "hottest" year, 1998, is now the third hottest year, with 2014 and 2015 hotter, and 2013, and 2010 tied close behind it and you say that means "the first 16 years of this millennium, and nothing happened."

In fact two new record warmest years ever happened and 2016 is shaping up to possibly be another one.

"well, it would be the 30 years before the study you refer to "

Uh, no it wouldn't.

The 30 years between WWII (1939-1945) and the 1970s ended in the 1970s, which is when the Exxon research was done.

It seems you have as much trouble with math as you do with reading comprehension.

"it's gonna be fun to watch Hillary get what she deserves"

Yes, it will be awesome to get to witness the election of the first female President of the United States right after we had the pleasure to witness two full terms of the first African American President of the United States.

People like you seem to prefer wanting to witness the election of a "serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S."

Too bad for you, the FBI debunks conspiracy theories rather than falling for them. In their massive search through evidence, they have found nothing illegal.

The Hill reports: "...In Clinton’s case, none of the more than 2,000 emails now considered classified on her system were marked as such at the time they were sent, complicating the question of whether she or her allies broke the law.

“Was this simply a sloppy handling of documents, or was it knowing and intentional mishandling of classified information?” asked Barry Pollack, a lawyer at Miller & Chevalier who previously defended convicted CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling.

Since none of the documents were marked as classified at the time, Pollack said, prosecutors would either need to find a clear pattern of Clinton or her aides sending emails with obviously sensitive information, or else prove that the system was created to circumvent existing rules.

Multiple media outlets have reported federal officials have yet to find any evidence that Clinton intended to violate the law...'

May 13, 2016 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The persistence of the reality gap matters

May 13, 2016 10:02 AM  
Anonymous despicable day nears nightfall said...

"The only people obsessed with where trans folk pee are right winger transphobes"

no, it is gay agendists that love the issue because it's easy to make juvenile humor about

the opposition is concerned about a number of matters, including letting a guy disrobe in a girls locker room, wearing a dress and waving a penis

it's old-fashioned, but they are opposed to exposure

out on the streets, such a thing is illegal

Spoken like a person with their head firmly planted in the dirt, ignoring facts every day.

"Even your favorite JMA reports:"

can something be your favorite when you have no idea what it is?

"Five Warmest Years (Anomalies)

1st. 2015 (+0.42°C), 2nd. 2014 (+0.27°C), 3rd. 1998 (+0.22°C), 4th. 2013, 2010 (+0.20°C)

Your favorite "hottest" year, 1998, is now the third hottest year, with 2014 and 2015 hotter, and 2013, and 2010 tied close behind it and you say that means "the first 16 years of this millennium, and nothing happened."

In fact two new record warmest years ever happened and 2016 is shaping up to possibly be another one."

well, the change has been slight in the last two years

it's caused by El Nino, not AGW

but let's put that aside for a moment

you are conceding that from 1998 to 2013, 16 years, greenhouse gases flowed into the environment and the temperature did not increase

at least you're being honest about that today

"The 30 years between WWII (1939-1945) and the 1970s ended in the 1970s, which is when the Exxon research was done"

climate warming began in 1975 and lasted until 1998

why would Exxon study a couple of warm years?

**interesting trivia: from 1945 until 2016, a period of 70 years, significant warming only happened in a 23-year period**

"Yes, it will be awesome to get to witness the election of the first female President of the United States right after we had the pleasure to witness two full terms of the first African American President of the United States."

the era of identity politics ended in New Hampshire in 2016

the country jeered as Gloria Steinhem and Madelyn Albright crassly implied that Hillary should be elected solely because of her gender

Hillary suffered the hugest primary defeat to a non-incumbent in American history

she's a traitor to her country and she will pay for her crimes

"People like you seem to prefer wanting to witness the election of a "serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.""

if you're speaking of Trump, he is pretty candid, to a fault probably, but it's part of his appeal

I don't think he has the appropriate personal characteristics to be a good fit for the Presidency but he does have his positive qualities and is certainly better than a felon who couldn't be trusted with confidential information

May 13, 2016 1:23 PM  
Anonymous slurping it up said...

"Too bad for you, the FBI debunks conspiracy theories rather than falling for them. In their massive search through evidence, they have found nothing illegal."

actually, the FBI confirmed this week that this is a criminal investigation not the "security review" Hillary has maintained it is

the FBI also gave immunity to Clinton's IT director, which wouldn't be done unless it looked as is there was something to gain

further, Anthony Weiner's wife walked out of her testimony briefing when questioning got uncomfortable

"The Hill reports: "...In Clinton’s case, none of the more than 2,000 emails now considered classified on her system were marked as such at the time they were sent, complicating the question of whether she or her allies broke the law."

well, the Hill's report has not been verified but forwarding documents is not the only problem

Hillary and her aides regularly traded e-mails on her personal system discussing classified information at the highest level

it obviously wouldn't be marked as the content was newly created

it's illegal to discuss classified information in an unsecured forum

worse, though, is why she was using the unsecured system

it was to hide the trail of foreign governments giving her Foundation money while she was negotiating with them

"Multiple media outlets have reported federal officials have yet to find any evidence that Clinton intended to violate the law...'"

gee, I wonder which candidate they support.......

May 13, 2016 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/13/us/politics/obama-administration-to-issue-decree-on-transgender-access-to-school-restrooms.html?_r=0

this guy has about seven more months

hate to say it, but we may need to impeach him to put an end to this crap

he's also threatening to withhold funds from communities that have too low a minority population

that kind of community planning is called communism

always leads to suffering

May 13, 2016 2:21 PM  
Anonymous never Hillary is better than never Trump said...

http://nypost.com/2016/05/12/why-never-hillary-trumps-never-trump/

May 13, 2016 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Capt Obvious said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3587561/The-real-reason-Caitlyn-Jenner-considering-returning-man-Kardashian-biographer-reveals-Christian-belief-sinful-date-women-gender-struggle.html

unsurprisingly, Bruce Jenner now regrets his transition

at least he wasn't stupid enough to have surgery

May 13, 2016 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.""

if you're speaking of Trump"


Well how about that! Maybe there's hope for your reading comprehension after all!

"hate to say it, but we may need to impeach him to put an end to this crap"

Oh please do.

It worked so well in your favorite year, 1998.

"The 1998 election was the first time since 1934 that the non-presidential party failed to gain congressional seats in a mid-term election. It was also the first time since 1822 that the non-presidential party had failed to gain seats in the mid-term election of a President's second term."


May 13, 2016 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.climate-lab-book.ac.uk/2016/spiralling-global-temperatures/

May 13, 2016 5:04 PM  
Anonymous the crash has begun said...

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/poll-clinton-leads-trump-by-2-points-nationwide/ar-BBt0BNz?ocid=spartandhp

May 13, 2016 9:50 PM  
Anonymous for we were young and sure to have our way!! said...

"It worked so well in your favorite year, 1998"

the Republicans ran rings around Clinton

he did everything he was told

lower crime with minimum sentencing, welfare reform, bank deregulation, deficit elimination

those were the days

and will be the days

May 13, 2016 10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Facing a massive boycott, Target CEO doubles down on support of LGBTQ rights with these words

"...CNBC Squawk Box: Brian, speaking of challenges, businesses have wound up really in the middle of dealing with this North Carolina bathroom law. You guys are no exception to that. I think Target’s policy was to allow people to use the bathroom of their choice. I see here the American Family Association has a boycott going of your stores now. How are you gonna continue to navigate this one?
Cornell responds:

Target CEO Brian Cornell: Kelly, we've had a long history of embracing diversity and inclusion. A couple of weeks ago, I had one of our team members send me a note reminding me that if we went back to the mid sixties, our company was one of the very first to use African-American models in their advertising. And back then, it wasn't well received. We had a lot of tough feedback, but sitting here today, we know we made the right decision. And I certainly recognize that the stance we took, which, by the way, was very similar to many of our retail peers, has received quite a bit of feedback and as a company we're constantly listening. So we listen to our guests, we listen to our team members.

But what's been lost in this story is the fact that the vast majority of our stores—actually over 1,400 of our stores—already have a family restroom. And we're committed over the next few months to make sure every one of our stores has that option, because we want our guests to be welcomed in our stores.

But if there's a question of safety, I can tell you and others—our focused on safety is unwavering, and we want to make sure we provide a welcoming environment for all our guests one that safe, one that's comfortable, and that's our commitment over time.

​So, we took a stance and we're going to continue to embrace our belief of diversity inclusion and just how important it is to our company, but we're also going to make sure our focus on state is unwavering and we're going to provide a great environment for our guests to shop every time they’re in out stores."

May 14, 2016 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donald Trump Was Very Careful Not to Criticize Obama’s Pro-Transgender Directive

"Considering the fact that Donald Trump is now the presumptive nominee of the entire Republican party, you might expect him to vehemently criticize President Barack Obama‘s new pro-transgender directive to all U.S. Public schools. The order comes in the form of a letter that is expected to go out today from the White House that tells all
public school districts that transgender students can use the bathroom that matches their identity; it reads in part, “A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so.”

However, Trump is no average Republican, and so in place of where most members of his party may blast the President for drastic overreach or, to put it as bluntly as Texas Senator Ted Cruz once did, “You don’t have a right to intrude upon the rights of others because whether or not a man believes he’s a woman,” Trump has a different response. Instead, he played the middle ground on Friday morning when asked about it on two separate morning shows.

GMA’s George Stephanopoulos opened his interview with the real estate mogul by asking about the President’s “sweeping directive,” and Trump uncharacteristically did not blast the administration; simply, he responded, “Well, I believe it should be states’ rights.”

“I think the state should make the decision, I think they’re more than capable of making the decision, I felt that from the beginning,” he calmly noted.

“So you’re against this administration’s directive?” asked Stephanopoulos in an effort to clarify Trump’s stance.

“I just think it should be states’ rights,” he said simply to button up the topic, encouraging Stephanopoulos to move on. Trump later repeated this same line during his phone-in interview with Fox & Friends in a quiet and nothing-to-see-here manner.

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee seems to have a slightly different take on the newly-emerging and hotly contested conversation in this country regarding the rights of the transgender community. In February, the RNC approved a resolution to endorse the so-called “bathroom bills,” reading in part, “The Republican National Committee calls on the Department of Education to rescind its interpretation of Title IX that wrongly includes facility use issues by transgender students.” The resolution served as a formal rejection of President Obama’s interpretation of Title IX — the exact spirit behind the administration’s directive to public schools today — and the RNC slammed Obama’s work on this issue, saying that it “infringes on the rights of privacy and conscience of other students.”

Trump removed himself from this view last month. During an interview with Matt Lauer of TODAY, Trump admitted that if Caitlyn Jenner walked into Trump Towers, she would be welcome to use the bathroom that matches her identity as a woman, although, according to the RNC, this is “an identity that conflicts with [the] anatomical sex,” of a person. This is one of the issues where the real estate mogul seems to have a fundamental difference with the party he now represents, and especially in the wake of the Obama administration’s move Friday, watch for this to become a bigger sticking point in future rounds of the Trump-Ryan-Priebus circus meetings."

May 14, 2016 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Earth just recorded its warmest April on record, and it wasn't even close

"April was the warmest such month on record for the globe, and yet again, we saw a near-record large margin compared to average, according to NASA data released Saturday.

The record all but assures that 2016 will set another milestone for the warmest calendar year in NASA's database, regardless of whether the rest of this year sees comparatively cooler global temperatures.

During each of the past seven months, global average surface temperatures have exceeded the 20th century average by more than 1 degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

Until October, that 1-degree threshold had not been crossed since NASA's global temperature records began in 1880..."


Too Close to Dangerous Climate Thresholds — Japan Meteorological Agency Shows First Three Months of 2016 Were About 1.5 C Above the IPCC Preindustrial Baseline

"We should take a moment to appreciate how hot it’s actually been so far in 2016. To think about what it means to be in a world that’s already so damn hot. To think about how far behind the 8 ball we are on responses to human forced climate change. And to consider how urgent it is to swiftly stop burning coal, oil and gas. To stop adding more fuel to an already raging global fire..."

May 15, 2016 10:03 AM  
Anonymous chilly willy said...

delusional comment posted on May 15, 2016:

"We should take a moment to appreciate how hot it’s actually been so far in 2016. To think about what it means to be in a world that’s already so damn hot."

the forecast from the Weather Service on May 15, 2016:

"A strong cold front will bring chilly air to the central and eastern U.S. to begin the workweek. Temperatures are forecast to be 10 to 25 degrees below average across a large area of the plains, Midwest, Great Lakes, and Ohio valley. Freeze Warnings are in effect for parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes."

May 16, 2016 5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It hysterical how ignorant of facts you are.

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/2016-arctic-sea-ice-wintertime-extent-hits-another-record-low

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hundreds-suffer-ill-effects-from-heat-wave-in-israel/2016/05/16/

http://mashable.com/2016/04/29/asia-heat-wave-india/#f6SiiEaLfmqF

https://weather.com/safety/heat/news/deadly-southern-eastern-india-heat-wave-2016

May 16, 2016 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.thebigwobble.org/2016/04/heatwave-for-alaska-which-was-warmer.html

https://robertscribbler.com/2016/04/11/warm-southerly-winds-gust-at-hurricane-force-over-greenland-in-staggering-early-season-heatwave-temperatures-now-hitting-up-to-41-degrees-f-above-average-at-summit/

May 16, 2016 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It hysterical how ignorant of facts you are"

laugh it up, hypocrite funny boy

are you in favor of replacing all non-nuclear plants with nuclear ones and massive forestation projects:

the two steps would eliminate greenhouse gases

as it is, the catastrophe has been delayed

Greenlanders appreciate more moderate weather, the ice cap won't be missed, and more people generally die of extreme cold than extreme heat

and, as usual, the heat is dispersed unevenly

the most extreme change has been in uninhabited places, far north

May 16, 2016 9:22 AM  
Anonymous admires Chilly Willy said...

"We should take a moment to appreciate how hot it’s actually been so far in 2016. To think about what it means to be in a world that’s already so damn hot. To think about how far behind the 8 ball we are on responses to human forced climate change. And to consider how urgent it is to swiftly stop burning coal, oil and gas. To stop adding more fuel to an already raging global fire..."

I think Chilly Willy exposed this alarmist extremist anti-intellectual statement quite well

May 16, 2016 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"as it is, the catastrophe has been delayed"

What catastrophe?

You supposedly believe

"climate warming began in 1975 and lasted until 1998"

Chilly Willy is an fool who thinks regional weather defines global climate change. Having a cooler late spring in the middle of the US is only part of the climate change Earth is undergoing right now.

CW ignores the evidence of climate change in other parts of the world from the lowest measured wintertime arctic ice extent to the brutal springtime heatwaves from the middle east across the Indian subcontinent to southeast Asia.

Get your head out of the dirt and look farther than your own backyard.

May 16, 2016 10:59 AM  
Anonymous admires Chilly Willy said...

"What catastrophe?"

you must not have read the most recent IPCC report

they said the idea was dubious that any current extreme weather events are related to global warming

"You supposedly believe

"climate warming began in 1975 and lasted until 1998""

no, that's just the latest completed cycle

global warming and cooling have been occurring for eons

the Earth has been much warmer many times

"Chilly Willy is an fool who thinks regional weather defines global climate change. Having a cooler late spring in the middle of the US is only part of the climate change Earth is undergoing right now."

no, the very astute CW reacted to an inane comment that the Earth is "so damn hot"

"hot" refers to a point in time

"warming" refers to a period of time

even an idiot like you can get that

"CW ignores the evidence of climate change in other parts of the world from the lowest measured wintertime arctic ice extent to the brutal springtime heatwaves from the middle east across the Indian subcontinent to southeast Asia."

I thought you said regional weather doesn't define global climate change

apparently, in your make-believe world, it does if it supports AGW theory

funny how that works, huh?

"Get your head out of the dirt and look farther than your own backyard."

get your nose out of your armpit and think about what you say

May 16, 2016 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you are geographically challenged as well.

You think there's a "region" on Earth that runs from the Arctic Circle through Alaska and Greenland to the middle east, across the Indian subcontinent and to southeast Asia. And you seem to think that "region" (several regions actually) is comparable with the region that is the "central and eastern U.S."

As usual you are wrong once again.

Last Month Was The Warmest April Ever Recorded, Continuing 7-Month Hot Streak

"...April was the warmest month ever recorded, with soaring temperatures that smashed the previous monthly record by the largest margin in known history.

...Based on NASA data, April was the seventh month in a row that global temperatures set a new record high. It was also the third consecutive month that the record was broken by the largest margin ever.."

May 16, 2016 12:14 PM  
Anonymous chilly willy said...

ever heard of "a dream within a dream"?

if you're a dumbo Dem, Hillary is a nightmare within a nightmare

May 16, 2016 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1998-2013

no global warming at all

some mild increase now

we'll have to wait see where are after the El nino

May 16, 2016 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"no global warming at all"

Facts like "April was the seventh month in a row that global temperatures set a new record high. It was also the third consecutive month that the record was broken by the largest margin ever" mean nothing to true believers.

May 16, 2016 2:06 PM  
Anonymous admires Chilly Willy said...

CW:

"no global warming at all"

moron:

"Facts like "April was the seventh month in a row that global temperatures set a new record high. It was also the third consecutive month that the record was broken by the largest margin ever" mean nothing to true believers"

1998-2013 is 16 years

seven months 3.6% of that time

to emphasis the latter only demonstrates that global warming alarmism is based on desire rather than factual evidence

thanks for making the case against yourself

May 16, 2016 2:48 PM  
Anonymous chilly willy said...

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May 16, 2016 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep that head firmly in the dirt and ignore all the data you want.

You always have and apparently always will

May 17, 2016 7:10 AM  

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