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Houston’s “Drag Queen Story Time” Will End Following Threats from Conservatives | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos
The organizers of Drag Queen Story Time in Houston, in which performers in drag read stories to children in public libraries, have decided to call it quits.

The main reason? The threats from conservatives were putting the performers, their families, and the children who attended the events at risk.
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yesterday by jtyost2
Tory Islamophobia row: 15 suspended councillors quietly reinstated | Politics | The Guardian
Guardian investigation finds suspensions lifted despite apparent Islamophobia or racism
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yesterday by hthief
Robert Jeffress: People Like Me Have “Deeper Convictions” Than Other Christians
Pastor Robert Jeffress, one of Donald Trump‘s most vocal white evangelical supporters, was asked on FOX News Channel this morning what he thought about a recent survey that found significant drops in religious affiliation and growth for the “Nones.”

After trying to spin this as good news for the religious, Jeffress argued that more conservative churches like his were “growing furiously” (an apt phrase for more than one reason). He also said the recent religious trends wouldn’t be a problem for Donald Trump at the ballot box because evangelicals — by which he means conservative white evangelicals — have “deeper convictions” about their beliefs and vote accordingly.

It’s a complete slap in the face to every believer who doesn’t share his view that belief in Christ is aligned with the Republican Party’s platform.
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yesterday by jtyost2
Trump complains about John McCain funeral
"I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve," he told workers at the factory.

"I don't care about this, I didn't get a thank you. That's OK."

Mr Trump approved the military flight of McCain's remains from Arizona to Washington, but it was Congress that accorded the late senator the honour of lying in state.

The US president said McCain "didn't get the job done for our great vets and the VA" by refusing to repeal Obamacare and attacked him for "a war in the Middle East", in reference to the senator's support for the Iraq War.

"Not my kind of guy," the president said. "But some people like him and I think that's great."
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5 days ago by jtyost2
Bolsonaro and Trump swap football shirts - BBC News
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is visiting US President Donald Trump at the White House.

Mr Trump said the two countries had "never been closer" in the Oval Office, where the two leaders exchanged football shirts featuring each other's names.

Mr Bolsonaro has been nicknamed "Trump of the Tropics" for his controversial comments. The far-right former army captain has insulted different groups, including women and gay people.
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6 days ago by jtyost2
Analysis | Lindsey Graham’s remarkably tepid defense of John McCain after Trump’s attacks
It would be one thing to stand up for McCain’s actual conduct or even to rebut specific allegations without mentioning Trump, but Graham does none of that here. It’s about as vanilla a defense as you could imagine. It’s the kind of thing you would expect from basically any senator who is forced into commenting on Trump’s controversies.

And to be clear, this isn’t just inside-baseball politics. This is the kind of thing that could affect McCain’s legacy inside the party whose nomination he won in 2008. Trump is accusing Graham’s friend of truly awful things: betrayal of the party and even a conspiracy to hijack an election. Graham says nothing about McCain’s “service will ever be changed or diminished,” but that’s what’s happening here.

Graham doesn’t seem willing to go there and risk a rift with Trump, given his own political considerations. But Trump is very much forcing him to choose between those two things. And the more Trump continues to attack a recently deceased war hero, the more difficult it would seem for Graham to continue playing this game. What happens when Trump accuses McCain of something even worse than conspiring with Democrats against him? Graham needs to ask how much he’s willing to turn a blind eye to.
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7 days ago by jtyost2
ADL Report: Right-Wingers Committed Every 2018 Extremist Murder In US
The Anti-Defamation League’s annual report on extremist killings in the United States, released Wednesday, found that individuals linked to right-wing extremist movements committed every single extremist-related murder in the country in 2018.

Right-wing extremists killed 50 people last year, mostly with firearms, making them responsible for more deaths than in any year since 1995, according to the ADL’s data.

The report focuses on incidents like the February mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, committed by a teenager who expressed sympathy towards white supremacist ideology; the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue by an avowed anti-Semite; and the shooting spree at a Tallahassee yoga studio by a man bent on committing violence against women.

Guns were responsible for 42 of the 50 deaths documented by the ADL.

“The white supremacist attack in Pittsburgh should serve as a wake-up call to everyone about the deadly consequences of hateful rhetoric,” ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement accompanying the report’s release. “It’s time for our nation’s leaders to appropriately recognize the severity of the threat and to devote the necessary resources to address the scourge of right-wing extremism.”

The ADL only includes in its count incidents in which there is “positive evidence connecting the murderer to an extremist group or movement,” rather than just a killing committed by someone who has expressed racist, anti-Semitic, or other hateful comments. They are categorized by their “primary” ideology, meaning the one they seem most driven by, most recently followed, or that clearly drove the murder they carried out.

The ADL said they are now tracking murders committed by followers of the involuntary celibate or “incel” movement. While not all “incels” are violent, men like the Tallahassee yoga studio shooter openly express their desire to hurt and kill women who they feel have deprived them of sex or loving relationships.
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10 days ago by jtyost2
How can sensible moderate stay in a party that’s abandoned its duty to govern in the national intere…
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12 days ago by gourock_swimming
“A version of Brexit has ALREADY HAPPENED”: Rob Delaney, austerity, and our warped news agenda
When a Tory-led government was elected in 2010, it brought in an austerity agenda that has now more than halved council spending on public services. This is all while the costs of social care are going up.
Real-terms spending on adult social care fell by 5.8% from 2010–17, and English councils were expected to cut nearly 5% of the total budget in 2018/19. This is at the same time as rising demand: the number of people in need of care aged 65 and over increased by 14.3% from 2010–17, and the number of adults with learning disabilities rose by around 20% in 2009–14.
It is telling that Chancellor Philip Hammond made no mention of fixing the social care crisis in his Spring Statement, other than yet again referring to the long-awaited spending review that has yet to signal a new funding model and more money desperately needed in local government. As social care is a legal duty of local government, it is soaking up a vanishing pool of money for other services that can lessen the burden on social care services in the first place.
Delaney’s claim that “A version of fucking Brexit has ALREADY HAPPENED to the poor, elderly & disabled in this country” is particularly striking.

In terms of the economic and social devastation and uncertainty Brexit’s detractors fear it will bring, this apocalyptic picture is already a reality for some families and communities across the country – as a result of austerity. No wonder horror stories about the catastrophe of no deal fail to land.
Equally, the failings of the new welfare system Universal Credit – part of austerity, by cutting benefits – would be a “version of Brexit” in terms of media attention; a huge, costly, poorly-planned public policy disaster.

This isn’t to say Brexit should be covered any less, but rather its coverage, and the public, would benefit from more of an understanding of how Britain is quietly falling apart at the seams. This situation, after all, was part of what drove the Leave vote in the first place.
by:AnooshChakelian  by:RobDelaney  from:NewStatesman  austerity  Conservatives  SocialJustice  SocialCare  disability  Brexit  politics  PhilipHammond  geo:UnitedKingdom  journalism 
12 days ago by owenblacker
Bubba the Love Sponge, the shock radio host on the Tucker Carlson tapes, explained
Between the Gawker episode, his various controversies, firings, and lawsuits over the years, Clem’s financial situation seems to have declined rapidly. Recent profiles have painted him as having fallen from national prominence, focusing on his dwindling finances and his difficulties staying on the air.

In 2011, Clem reportedly walked away from his Sirius hosting gig due to salary cuts by the network. Though he moved to another internet streaming site, he seems to have siloed himself from more mainstream radio hosting opportunities in the years since.

But it’s possible that staying out of the mainstream is paradoxically keeping him relevant to conservative America. Despite the profiles chronicling his decline, what’s remarkable about Clem is just how high-profile he still seems to be among certain listeners. He still has a daily radio show in Tampa, which also streams live on Twitch, where he has a respectable 2.2 million total views. Moreover, his particular blend of shock humor, reportedly licentious lifestyle, and a certain flavor of white American culture still seems to generate a striking collection of moments that intertwine with national American politics.

For instance, in 2007, Clem interviewed porn actress Stormy Daniels and openly spoke to her about her alleged sexual liaisons with Donald Trump. The details of that interview resurfaced last year. Clem’s on-air phone calls with Carlson may have ended years ago, but his friendship with the pundit hasn’t. And last month, he had a different guest caller who represents yet another facet of the interplay between conservative politics, white Americana, and the media: powerful, shadowy political consultant Roger Stone, days before special counsel Robert Mueller indicted Stone and arrested him on charges pertaining to Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

That Clem has managed to keep his fingers in so many political pies while drifting further afield of mainstream radio suggests that he is perhaps more in lockstep with a certain sort of national politics than with mainstream culture itself.

At this point, it’s possible we shouldn’t be asking who Bubba the Love Sponge is, but who and what else Bubba the Love Sponge knows.
culture  politics  conservatives  republicans  radio 
12 days ago by jtyost2
7As the domain of civil society burgeoned in the 1990s and early 2000s—a crucial compo-nent of the global spread of democracy in the developing and postcommunist worlds—many transnational and domestic actors involved in building and supporting this expanding civil society assumed that the sector was naturally animated by organizations mobilizing for pro-gressive causes. Some organizations focused on the needs of underrepresented groups, such as women’s empowerment, inclusion of minorities, ...
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13 days ago by harcesz
In unearthed audio, Tucker Carlson makes numerous misogynistic and perverted comments
During interviews on Bubba The Love Sponge, Carlson said he "love[s]" the idea of young girls sexually experimenting, used sexist terms to refer to a number of women, and defended statutory rape 
2019-03  #fox  conservatives  media 
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