Monthly Archives: July 2019

Amazon Removes Books By “Father” Of Ex-Gay Torture

NBC News reports: Amazon has removed English-language books by a man largely considered “the father of conversion therapy” from its site following mounting pressure from LGBTQ activists. Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, founder of the now-shuttered Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic, as well as the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), authored several how-to guides directed to parents of LGBTQ …

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Rep. Justin Amash Leaves The Republican Party

Rep. Justin Amash writes for the Washington Post: Most Americans are not rigidly partisan and do not feel well represented by either of the two major parties. In fact, the parties have become more partisan in part because they are catering to fewer people, as Americans are rejecting party affiliation in record numbers. Today, I am declaring my independence and …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

ABC News reports: Green iguanas are crawling rampant in Florida — so much so that authorities are urging locals to kill the reptiles “whenever possible.” The critters are not native to Florida and are considered an invasive species because of the damage they can inflict on seawalls, sidewalks and landscape plants, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. …

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Appeals Court Upholds Block On Border Wall Funding

Bloomberg reports: A federal appeals court kept in place a judge’s ruling barring the Trump administration from moving ahead with construction projects for a southern U.S. border wall using funds not approved by Congress. The order issued Wednesday by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based court was in response to an administration request for permission to begin the process …

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Lone Democratic US House Rep Joins Nike Boycott

Our least favorite House Dem is at it again: Illinois Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski showed off his Nike boycott to Twitter in light of the company’s decision to pull its Betsy Ross flag sneakers. “I’m sitting here working. Notice I’m not wearing Nikes, nor will I anytime soon,” Lipinski tweeted Tuesday night along with a photo of his New Balance …

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DOJ Seeks “Path Forward” On Adding Census Question

Reuters reports: A U.S. Justice Department lawyer told a Maryland-based federal judge on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking a “path forward” to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a dramatic change of course. “We at the Department of Justice have been instructed to examine whether there is a path forward … that would allow us …

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Mayor Puts NYC WorldPride Attendance At Five Million

ABC News reports: Around 5 million people attended WorldPride in New York City over the weekend, surpassing estimates of about 3 million, according to the mayor. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio commended the police department for keeping the crowds safe as visitors from around the globe flooded the city’s streets over the weekend to celebrate LGBTQ rights. He …

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GOP Kentucky Gov Disses Dems In Bizarre Rap Video

The Lexington Courtier-Journal reports: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin hit the studio this week and came out with some new heat, just in time for Independence Day weekend – a new rap … from Kentucky’s governor … titled “Tim Kaine? Are you serious?” Just so we’re clear, this article is not a joke. Here’s the video. It’s an actual thing. Bevin …

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Trump To Caged Migrants: If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Come, You’ve Got It Better Here Than You Did At Home

Bloomberg News reports: President Donald Trump said that undocumented migrants detained at the U.S.-Mexico border are living in better and safer conditions than in their home countries, after public outcry over the detention of children and adults in unsanitary conditions. The Trump administration has come under intense scrutiny in recent days amid reports of migrants, including children, being held in …

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“Dumping Trump” Robot To Appear At DC Fourth Rally

Talking Points Memo reports: A giant robot designed to look like President Trump tweeting while sitting on the toilet, which made its debut in London during the president’s recent visit, will follow the president to D.C. on July 4th to protest his “Salute to America” celebration. Activists with CODEPINK, which will be bringing the popular “Baby Trump” blimp to D.C. …

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Fox Host: You Can’t Hijack Something You Already Own

“You can’t hijack something you already own. The last time I checked, the president is an American, and he’s an American president. But the left falls into this trap all the time. You know, they did this with the kneeling over the national anthem, they’re against whatever he does, and now they just look unpatriotic. People still don’t understand this …

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Late Day Thunderstorms May Imperil Trump’s Ego Rally

The Washington Post reports: The Independence Day weather forecast is threatening to put a damper on President Trump’s “Salute to America” event on the National Mall. A spokeswoman for the Department of the Interior said the agency expects Thursday’s events “to take place rain or shine.” But with a chance of storms in the Washington, D.C., area, it’s unclear whether …

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Border Patrol Chief: AOC Is Trying To Dehumanize Us

Brandon Judd writes for Fox News: As the president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing 16,000 Border Patrol agents, I am personally and professionally offended by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s outrageous, inflammatory and false claims about the dedicated law enforcement officers I represent. By comparing Border Patrol agents to Nazis, Ocasio-Cortez is trying to dehumanize us. Interestingly, this …

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David Barton: Americans Have The Right To Own Tanks

Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch: Right-wing “comedian” Steven Crowder interviewed Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton for a “masterclass” on the meaning of the Second Amendment, during which Barton insisted that the Second Amendment grants average citizens the right to own tanks or any other weapon of war. Barton has repeatedly insisted that the Founding Fathers intended for there …

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Trump Claims Main Cost For His Ego Rally Is “The Fuel”

Politico reports: President Donald Trump on Wednesday downplayed the mounting cost of his ambitious Fourth of July celebration, saying the price tag “will be very little compared to what it is worth.” The president on Wednesday did not specify the projected costs for Thursday’s event, but the $2.5 million Park Service figure to just partially cover costs would be larger …

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Anti-Gay Baptist Pastor Charged With Molesting Boys

Huntsville’s CBS News affiliate reports: The lead pastor of a Florence church has been arrested, accused of sexually abusing young boys in his congregation. John Martin was taken into custody Friday evening and booked into the Lauderdale County Detention Center on four counts of Sexual Abuse. Martin has been a pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church on Sweetwater Avenue for nine …

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McConnell Wades Into Flag Shoes Flap: I Want A Pair

The Lexington Courier-Journal reports: Sen. Mitch McConnell will be rocking Nikes in 2019 if the company reverses course and releases its Betsy Ross flag-themed shoes. McConnell rejected the idea that the flag, which is generally not viewed as a symbol for hate groups but has been used at times by groups like the Ku Klux Klan and was also prominent …

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Limbaugh: Toilet Water Is A “Step Up” For Migrants

The Huffington Post reports: Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh went on a racist rant about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) account of the “horrifying” conditions that she found for migrants detained by the U.S. after crossing the Mexico border. He also repeatedly pronounced her name with an exaggerated accent, claimed she was “addicted to getting noticed” and called her fellow lawmakers …

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Boeing Pledges $100M To Victims Of 737 Max Crashes

The New York Times reports: Boeing said on Wednesday that it would allocate $100 million to help the families and communities affected by the recent crashes of two of its 737 Max jets. The move was among the most overt acknowledgment of Boeing’s responsibility in the crashes, which were caused in part by a malfunctioning anti-stall system on the new …

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Biden Raises $21.5M In Second Fundraising Quarter

Reuters reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden raked in $21.5 million in the second fundraising quarter of the year, the second-highest total reported so far by a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, placing him behind only Pete Buttigieg, who raised $24.8 million. In an email to supporters, the Biden campaign pointed out that Biden entered the race in late April after …

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