Again thank you for your gifts. Hugs
Again thank you for your gifts. Hugs
Thank you for your gifts!
Bernie Sanders re-envisioning the social security cap for today’s capitalism. The markets must adjust.
Todd Starnes, Asshole of the Day for July 22, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Yesterday President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order only applies to federal contractors. This is after Congress failed to pass ENDA, which would have protected all workers from discrimination on this basis. So it’s a small victory for LGBT groups.
But limited though this order is, it’s not good enough for hardcore bigots who feel that the world will end if employers can’t fire people for being gay.Here’s Fox News’ go-to bigot, Todd Starnes explaining how awful this is:
The mask is coming off of the homosexual movement’s agenda. They really do not believe in religious liberty. They want forced affirmation of homosexual and transgender conduct to trump every other consideration in the workplace – including religious liberty.”
The Obama administration seems hell-bent on forcing Christians to assimilate to the militant LGBT agenda. Resistance is futile.
You see, to Todd Starnes, firing people for being gay is a religious matter. In his view Christian organizations shouldn’t be helping the poor if it means they can’t fire gays. Hating gays is more important than helping the poor.
But more specifically, here he is saying that the federal government should not be attaching strings to its funds to protect the rights of its citizens in the workplace where those funds will be spent. It’s a peculiar argument. It is not a stretch to say that, absent the Civil Rights Act, he would argue that the federal government shouldn’t attach a requirement on federal contractors that they not be allowed to fire employees for being black if they could cook up some cockamamie religious reason for hating blacks.
And since religious freedom for him only seems to apply to his particular sect of Christianity, he can’t see that what he’s asking for could also mean that a company owned by another religion could fire a member of his sect on the basis of their religion. As Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in her dissent in the Hobby Lobby case
“Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be ‘perceived as favoring one religion over another,’ the very ‘risk the [Constitution’s] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude.”
Religious freedom is a private freedom, not a right for one religious group to impose its rules on others.
So, for defending the rights of those who would take federal funds to be able to fire people for being gay, Todd Starnes is Asshole of the Day.
It is Todd Starnes‘ sixth time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for
Full story: Media Matters
Rick Perry, Asshole of the Day for July 23, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
There’s a crisis on America’s southern border, and it’s not poor adult immigrants coming for work and opportunity, it’s children fleeing violence in Central America. Rather than stay and risk death, they travel hundreds of miles with very little resources with the hope of safety in America.
But of course in America, the very people who most loudly proclaim their Christianity don’t want to help. They shout loudly to deport these children who have swelled the detention centers and strained the resources to support them. There’s lots of loose talk that Obama is “in on it”, or that Obama is not following the law, but he is following the law— a law signed by George W. Bush designed to keep immigrant children safe, whether they came here legally or not. And as to the “in on it” allegation, unless you believe that Obama got Central American drug gangs to escalate the violence and killings, there’s just no plausible other conspiracy here.
We’ve featured several assholes who have spoken out on the crisis in various ways:
But there’s the run-of-the-mill fear mongering, conspiracy theory, and xenophobia; and then there’s Rick Perry.
Gov. Perry, you may recall, was a serious contender for the GOP nomination in 2011 until he suggested that deporting children was wrong, and his numbers were sliding even before his Oops moment. But that was then.
As the crisis has escalated Perry has tried to play to his base while still governing like a human, but if the two are in conflict, guess which he does?
And then this: This week Perry said he would send the Texas National Guard down to the border. Sounds like he’s doing something. But is he? Here’s what the Texas National Guard General says about the deployment:
Most of the 1,000 National Guard troops headed to the Texas-Mexico border will take up observational positions and detain people only if they interfere with their mission, a top general over the deployment said Tuesday.
Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said the troops will help deter illicit traffic while U.S. Border Patrol agents deal with a record spike of unaccompanied minors entering the country. The Texas National Guard troops are headed to border on the orders of Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who has been a chief critic of the White House response to the crisis and is considering another run for president in 2016.
Nichols said troops will be armed for their safety, but when asked if their weapons would be loaded would say only that ammunition would be in magazines.
So will they be stopping people at the border? No.
What can they do? Nothing.
They are observers. They can stand there with possibly empty guns looking tough. Looking like Perry is doing something.
It’s all just for show. For Fox News footage. For his 2016 campaign commercials, and especially for his SuperPAC that he won’t coordinate with.
But it’s not to help secure the border, like he’s pretending to the GOP base of xenophobes. Not one single bit.
Oh, and one last thing— Perry expects us to reimburse him for this piece of pointless theater. Yep. Mr. States’ Rights wants federal money to pay for the deployment he ordered.
So, for making a big show of sending the National Guard, even though they can’t and won’t do anything, Rick Perry is Asshole of the Day.
It is Gov. Perry’s sixth time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for
Full story: Talking Points Memo
That’s it for today! I can’t do it. I am sitting here with tears running down my face, barely able to breathe, and I have to change the images in my head. How can any one picture the kids in trouble, harm, hurting, and scared…and not say enough. Do what we have to do to protect the kids. Tearful hugs.
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