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Hometown: Detroit Area, MI
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Current location: San Francisco, CA
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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Yiannopoulos' sweet-bigot money book deal goes up in flames.

Milo Yiannopoulos' book Dangerous was canceled abruptly Monday after Republican conservatives released clips of videos-with-audio in which he seemed to condone sex between men and boys.

In a terse statement released Monday afternoon, the right-wing provocateur's publisher said: "After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have canceled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos."

Yiannopoulos' provocative right-wing persona (he attacked feminists and trashed women who used birth control, to name a few of his views), helped get him a reported $250,000 book deal from Threshold Editions, a conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster, which was due to release his book, Dangerous, in June.

The book stirred controversy and outrage from the get-go. When word of the deal came out late last year, it inspired critical tweets, threats to boycott S&S books and vows from some authors to find another publisher for their own books. The book rose to No. 1 on Amazon in early February, but by Monday it had dropped to No. 84, based on pre-orders.

But the latest uproar was a bridge too far for his publisher.

The gay British writer, who has collected kudos in the era of Donald Trump as a self-described "dangerous" provocateur, teetered on the edge of disaster Monday after Republican conservatives released clips of videos-with-audio in which he talked about his own past as a teenager who had sex with men and suggested that some young teen boys might be old enough to give consent to such sexual relationships.


http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2017/02/20/could-milo-yiannopoulos-now-lose-his-lucrative-book-deal/98156040/

In praise of nurses.

It was 11 years ago today that my wife went into labor with a healthy ten-pound, thirteen-once baby boy. And while the doctors were determined to let a small Asian woman try and deliver him naturally, the nurses rolled their eyes knowing that was never going to happen. While the doctors tried to shame her into producing breast milk, which didn't seem to come (at least not enough to feed such a big kid), the nurses snuck in bottles of formula, as well as extra cups of Jell-O for a weary mom. And it was one particular angel who volunteered to watch him a an extra hour or two so we could get a little extra sleep. My heart always goes out to nurses, but it's this time of year I think of them the most.

Video surfaces of Milo Yiannopoulos defending pedophilia, ACU board reportedly not consulted on CPAC

The American Conservative Union, which hosts the annual gathering of conservatives called “CPAC,” announced over the weekend that alt-Right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos would be this year’s keynote speaker.

Many criticized the move because Yiannopoulos is not seen as a traditional conservative — if a conservative at all. Instead, Yiannopoulos is seen as the figurehead of the alt-Right movement, a movement that prides itself in nationalism, which many accuse of racism and anti-Semitism.

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor for the conservative magazine National Review who is seen as one of the conservative leaders in post-modern politics, said the move to include Yiannopoulos as the keynote speaker is “sad and disappointing.”

Still, ACU chairman Matt Schlapp defended the decision in comments to the Hollywood Reporter, which broke the story about Yiannopoulos.

“An epidemic of speech suppression has taken over college campuses,” Schlapp told the news outlet. “Milo has exposed their liberal thuggery and we think free speech includes hearing Milo’s important perspective.”


http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/02/19/video-surfaces-of-milo-yiannopoulos-defending-pedophilia-acu-board-reportedly-not-consulted-on-cpac-invite/

DeVos criticized teachers at D.C. school she visited and they are not having it

DeVos, who has no professional experience in public education, is an avowed proponent of voucher schools, charter schools, online schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools. Teachers across the country have been galled by what they see as her lack of faith in — and understanding of — the public schools that educate nearly nine in 10 of the nation’s children.

Jefferson educators found her comments about their work hard to take: On Friday evening, the school responded to DeVos via its Twitter account, taking exception to the education secretary’s characterization of Jefferson teachers.

“We’re about to take her to school,” the first of 11 rapid-fire tweets said.

The tweetstorm singled out teachers like Jessica Harris, who built Jefferson’s band program “from the ground up,” and Ashley Shepherd and Britany Locher, who not only teach students ranging from a first- to eighth-grade reading level, but also “maintain a positive classroom environment focused on rigorous content, humor, and love. They aren’t waiting to be told what to do.”

“JA teachers are not in a ‘receive mode,'” the tweets concluded. “Unless you mean we ‘receive’ students at a 2nd grade level and move them to an 8th grade level.”

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/devos-criticized-teachers-at-dc-school-she-visited-—-and-they-are-not-having-it/ar-AAn5amh?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout

Logan Receives A 96% Positive Score On Rotten Tomatoes

Logan won’t be out in theaters for another two weeks, but many critics and press were able to see the film early this past Thursday. And, judging by Rotten Tomatoes, James Mangold’s film is currently holding with a 96% positive ratings score. This is already far higher than the previous Wolverine films.

The film is very much a contemporary western and one of the most highly anticipated superhero films of 2017. It’s the second R-rated superhero film to be released, the first one being Deadpool, and for a character like Wolverine, it’s been a long time coming.

You can read Heroic Hollywood’s review of Logan here.

The film debuted to press without an end-credits scene, however, 20th Century Fox has updated Logan’s run time and this suggests that there will be one added for general audiences.

The film is tracking to make $60 million during its opening weekend. The film will mark the final time Hugh Jackman will play the character of Wolverine, a role he originated in 2000’s X-Men.


http://heroichollywood.com/logan-receives-96-score-rotten-tomatoes/

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Oklahoma restaurant fires 12 workers after Day Without Immigrants

dozen employees at the I Don’t Care Bar and Grill in Catoosa, Oklahoma lost their jobs Friday when they skipped work to show solidarity for “A Day Without Immigrants.”

According to a report from KTUL news, all of the employees are Latinos who felt it was important to participate in the protest. None of them anticipated they would be fired, however.

“They feel like they’ve been unfairly terminated,” one friend translated for the employees.

They’ve been working at the bar and grill since it opened almost two years ago.

“(They’re) upset they stood for something they felt was necessary so the community would stand together, and they got terminated for that,” the friend told KTUL.

To make matters worse, the owner of the I Don’t Care Bar and Grill fired them via text message.

“You and your family are fired,” the text read. “I hope you enjoyed your day off, and you can enjoy many more. Love you.”



http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/you-and-your-family-are-fired-oklahoma-restaurant-fires-12-workers-after-day-without-immigrants/

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