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The article in the link describes our tolerant conservatives in action. Geez. Ask a simple question and they turn into an ugly mob. And it’s an ugly mob mentality that becomes more apparent as the days go by.

http://politicalgates.blogspot.com/2014/05/sarah-palin-lost-her-christian-base.html

How come we weren’t invited.

Posted: May 5, 2014 by mitchethekid in Current Events, Free Speech, Politics

 

 

 

 

 

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/05/04/white-house-correspondents-dinner-transcript-of-obamas-remarks/

This is really to much to fathom. Exactly who comprises his audience?  Rush today, as indignant as ever said that Strerling was being rail-roaded by the “media” (as if he isn’t part of it) one the basis of one tape recording.!!!!

Talk about timing the interjection of skepticism. Implying that this poor guy is being destroyed. I mean, how to we really know it’s his voice? Hmmm?? Other than Sterling himself coping to it.  What Limbaugh was saying was that even though a murderer confesses, that confession shouldn’t be relied upon as being factual. What a dick he is.

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So what happens when Roger Ailes–president of Fox News–and his wife, Elizabeth, move into your neighborhood? Why, they buy the 140-year-old local newspaper and turn it into a right wing propaganda organ.

Oh, but that’s not all. They come after anyone they don’t like. The most recent example is siccing their lawyers on village trustee Stephanie Hawkins, who had the temerity to click the “share” button on another user’s Facebook post that the Ailes’s didn’t like.

The New Yorker covers the details.

On March 14, [Peter] Johnson [Ailes’s lawyer and a regular Fox & Friends guest-host] sent Hawkins a threatening letter. He insisted that Hawkins’s “retraction and correction be accompanied by a repudiation of the libelous statements and an apology for the outrageous and patently false statements made against our clients.” If she failed to act, they would sue. “You have intentionally, wrongfully and maliciously defamed and disparaged our clients,” he wrote, and “you will be held to account for all damages which flow therefrom … If our clients are forced to file suit to stop your wrongful conduct, they will also seek an award of attorney fees and litigation expenses.” He stressed that the Aileses “have not, and have no interest in, ‘spying’ on their neighbors,” adding: “Mr. and Mrs. Ailes have not, and have no interest in, ‘manufacturing phony scandals’ in their home town or any other small community in the great United States of America.”

Unlike others in the village, Hawkins hasn’t been intimidated yet.

“I’m not an attorney, but I recognized that there’s a certain standard for a defamation or libel claim and this didn’t meet it. This was a category of protected speech,” she told me. Late last month, she enlisted a legal team that included litigator Steven Hyman, the former president of the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and Norman Siegel, the former executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. “I’ve never heard of a newspaper suing for libel before,” Hyman told me. On March 28, Hyman and Siegel sent Johnson a response saying Hawkins had “every right to comment on public interest.” They added: “Sending repeated letters to Ms. Hawkins at various addresses containing the same threats and meritless claims is clearly calculated to try and intimidate and harass Ms. Hawkins and must cease.”

As of April 9, Ailes had yet to back off his threats to sue Hawkins. But a couple of days after the March 18 elections, Dar Williams received a letter from Ailes saying he was letting the matter slide. “Roger wrote this letter. He forgave us as a Christian for the pain we’ve caused his family,” Williams told me. “He said we had lost the election for our candidates with our letter, and that was punishment enough.”

The first thing I think of when I think of Roger Ailes is Christian compassion.

An Empty Vessel

Posted: April 9, 2014 by Marner in Free Speech, Politics
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Recently Mark Noonan at Blogs for Victory wrote a post titled, When Fighting the Left, Never Give an Inch. While the version he posted on his web site was disturbing enough, the early version that went to his RSS feed was even more so. Mark displayed his true character in this post. He is not the virtuous man acting on heart-felt principle, as he has portrayed himself to be. He is nothing more than an extreme partisan hack utterly lacking in principle.

Mark starts off saying that seeing Cindy and Meghan McCain in the NoH8 ad campaign let him know that the “liberal fascists” used it to show that anyone who supports gay rights believes him to be a hate-filled bigot. In Mark’s mind, the McCains are liberal fascists, and the purpose of the NoH8 campaign was the exact opposite of what it advertised. To him, it was to foment hate against those who oppose equal rights for gays. In the original version of his post, Mark wrote:

I bring this up because in the Mozilla case, we can now all see what I perceived years ago – that hatred and a desire to suppress dissent is the motivating drive behind the left’s campaign for same-sex marriage. And that is always what motivates all leftwing activities: hatred and a desire to suppress.

Mark believes that attempts to gain equal treatment for people are driven by hate, while denigrating and relegating that group to a second-class citizen status are actions ordained by God.

The next part that Mark replaced in his post was this:

It would be one thing, for instance, if you got a Republican governor and Republican State legislature to enact same-sex marriage, quite another if you blithely allowed a leftist pressure group to find a leftist judge to impose it on a State.  In that case, if you want to be a Republican and still want to be in favor of same sex marriage, then your actual task would be to immediately propose a State Constitutional amendment specifically voiding such a judicial decision.  This would, of course, immediately get you labelled by the left as a homophobic bigot, no matter how often you protested that you are in favor of same-sex marriage.  This is because, once again, the left isn’t in it to get gay people married, but to get people they hate suppressed – and this very much includes you, Mr and Mrs Conservative same-sex marriage proponent.  They might not direct hate at you at the moment, but that is only because you are helping the haters advance the cause to the point where everyone they hate can be suppressed.  Just because they are attacking Evangelicals and Catholics as homophobic bigots and lauding you for your advanced thinking doesn’t mean there isn’t room for you in the Gulag. Your space is already reserved – and they’ll get you there all the easier once all those troublesome social conservatives are forced into silence because they are, in the public mind, hated as much as the segregationists of yore are hated today.

If a person is in favor of same-sex marriage, they generally believe it to be unconstitutional to deny gays that right. For Mark, it is virtuous for a Republican to act in direct contradiction to this belief by proposing a state Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage even if you believe that amendment would be unconstitutional. He also believes it is one thing for a Republican governor and legislature to pass a law approving gay marriage, but makes no mention of the validity of that law if passed by a Democratic governor and legislature. Mark believes laws are only valid when passed and enacted by Republicans.

Mark finishes his original posting with this gem:

Never give an inch. If a leftist wants to do something, immediately refuse to do it. Even if you think its a good idea. Find something else to do, instead. Put the onus on the left – demand of them that in return for your assistance in advancing a leftist ideal that they help you advance a conservative or libertarian ideal. Lots of luck with that, of course – but it at least allows you to still proclaim your support for this or that non-conservative cause while also not helping the left to destroy part of conservatism in preparation for destroying you. Fight the left. Fight them all the time. Fight them on every issue. Concede nothing. Because if you don’t, then you are partnering up with people who will destroy you.

This shows Mark’s true character. He does not believe in acting on principled beliefs, because he has none. He believes a man’s highest calling is to simply oppose anything a liberal does or says. This man is a hypocrite who laments a company removing their CEO, while calling for a purge of all liberal government employees. This is a man with no character, no principle, and a bit of delusion. He uses this canard that liberals are evil and driven by hate to foment hate among his own side. These are the declarations of a man who believes in nothing more than his own political party. In other words, an empty vessel.

From National Memo:

Disappointing — and slightly embarrassing — news arrived on Tuesday for conservative Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, when a federal judge ruled in favor of MoveOn.Org, the liberal organization that put up a billboard in the state slamming Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid.

MoveOn had been sued in March by lieutenant governor Jay Dardenne, whose office runs the state’s tourism industry. Dardenne, representing the state of Louisiana, accused the group of slandering the “Louisiana: Pick Your Passion” motto when it set up a billboard in the Baton Rouge area that read, “LOU!SIANA: Pick Your Passion! But hope you don’t love your health. Gov. Jindal’s denying Medicaid to 242,000 people.” According to the suit, because MoveOn.org used the tourism campaign logo to blast an elected official, it had violated trademark laws.

Because nothing says freedom of speech and anti-censorship more than a Republican administration suing a non-profit political organization it doesn’t like to try to force them to take down a billboard the governor likes even less. His lackeys claimed the billboard slandered(!) the state motto, violated the state’s trademarks, and caused overall confusion for drivers everywhere.

Yup. Those conservatives just hate censorship of any kind.

Louisiana-billboard

The billboard reads “Louisiana: Pick you passion! But hope you don’t love your health. Gov. Jindal’s denying Medicaid to 242,000 people.” Louisiana is one of 24 states that have refused to expand Medicaid because of their leaders’ political objections to “ObamaCare.” The “Pick your passion” phrase is also used by the state’s travel authority, and MoveOn used a similar font for the state name as the travel authority does. So that was the basis of the lawsuit filed by the state, although as the judge recognized, the real reason was clearly the fact that Gov. Jindal et al just doesn’t like to be criticized in public.

In her ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Shelly Dick said, “The State has not demonstrated a substantial likelihood of prevailing on its burden of proving confusion by viewers of the billboard. Furthermore, the State has failed to demonstrate a compelling reason to curtail MoveOn.org’s political speech in favor of protecting of the State’s service mark.”

Remember when Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was actually considered a frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination? He still thinks he’s in the running, but he really does need to get a grip.