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"Simpsons Showrunner to Ted Cruz: We Don’t Love You Back"

Link: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/simpsons-showrunner-to-ted-cruz-we-dont-love-you-back/
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may love the Simpsons, but the Simpsons (or at least their creators) may not love him back.

During a podcast with The Federalist‘s Ben Domenech, Cruz told The Daily Beast‘s Washington bureau chief Will Rahn that he was indeed a Simpsons fanatic, and as proof, cited his two favorite episodes: “‘Round Springfield,” which originated the famous post-9/11 French slur “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”, and “Treehouse of Horror VII,” in which the aliens Kang and Kodos take over the bodies of Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. (These are, incidentally, the Cruz-iest episodes Cruz could like.)

But alas, much like the relationship between Chris Christie and Bruce Springsteen, this relationship is purely one-sided:

“To paraphrase Kang, ‘Ted Cruz?’ Go ahead, throw your vote away,” Simpsons showrunner Al Jean told The Daily Beast, using one of the senator’s favorite episodes against him.

‘I’m done': Guest walks off Hannity after ‘brainwashed’ black folks remark

More: http://thegrio.com/2015/04/10/guest-walks-off-hannity-show/

Leo Terrell was absolutely done with the hate on Sean Hannity’s show, so he walked out. And surprisingly, it wasn’t even Hannity he was mad at.

The conversation, which was supposed to be about the circumstances of the Walter Scott shooting, turned sour when Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, Hannity’s other guest, tried to turn the topic back against “black America.”

Peterson claimed that people needed to “stop overreacting” to the shootings in the news, saying, “All I’m saying is we should wait for due process, because I don’t think that Americans understand how angry and brainwashed these young black folks are. There have been an element of black Americans listening to people like these race hustlers….”

Terrell, who had been vying for his turn to speak, said, “I am not going to sit here and listen to this, this hate. It’s my turn…”

A Resemblance

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Bengals Troll Browns

More: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12600831/cincinnati-bengals-troll-rival-cleveland-browns-logo-prank

CINCINNATI -- With a "nod to players of the past while looking forward to things to come," the Cincinnati Bengals announced major news Wednesday regarding their logo.

It wasn't really "major," per se. But in the spirit of April Fools' Day, the announcement still had the Buckeye State buzzing, and may have added a little lighthearted fuel to the Bengals' rivalry with the Cleveland Browns.

As part of a prank to commemorate the holiday and to troll their in-state rival, the Bengals tweeted they would have a "fresh new look for the 2015 season." The tweet contained a link that sent readers to their website. Once on the team site, readers were taken to a page that featured three pictures.

The first had two versions of the team's striped "B" logo side-by-side with the years 2014 and 2015 underneath them. The 2015 version of the "B" logo had an orange in it that was a slightly lighter shade of what existed in the 2014 logo. The second picture featured the same cosmetic tweak to the orange in the Bengals' striped helmet logo. The third picture also had a similar change in color between the words "Cincinnati Bengals 2014" and "April Fools 2015."


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xPost: "Real Religious Leaders Must Stand Up for Real Freedom"

More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-al-sharpton/real-religious-leaders-mu_b_6971012.html
Freedom of religion -- the ability to practice our faith without fear of persecution -- is a basic right that we as Americans hold dearly. But what we also cherish -- and have fought tremendously to achieve -- is the equal protection of the right of all to eat, shop, walk, work and live where we choose without discrimination. So how is it that in 2015 the governing body of the state of Indiana has enacted legislation that leaves room for businesses to discriminate against members of the LGBT community under the guise of some sort of "religious liberty"? The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, is one of the most biased pieces of state legislation we've seen in our modern era. The fact that it is cloaked in the name of religious freedom is particularly offensive to me as a member of the clergy who has been engaged in ministry and social justice work my entire life. This is a pivotal moment when all religious leaders must stand in unity for real freedom for everyone.

I first began preaching when I was just a boy, at the age of 4. I was initially ordained in the Church of God and Christ, a fundamentalist Christian denomination, and was re-baptized in 1994 by Rev. Dr. William Jones, a progressive Baptist who was a friend of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 2003, when I came out publicly in support of marriage equality, many friends I preach for (I preach at about 80 churches a year) were upset, and some threatened to not invite me to deliver sermons. But I stood my ground, reminding them that since the age of 12, when I was appointed Youth Director of Operation Bread Basket by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Jones, I had been a civil rights activist. That is when I first saw my civil rights and ministerial obligations as one and the same.

My religious conviction compels me to fight for civil rights and social justice; I don't divide the two. Each and every one of us must speak out against this egregious Indiana law. We cannot fight for civil rights for some; we must fight for all in order to protect our great nation and preserve what makes us so unique. Didn't racists use religion to justify their belief in the inferiority of Blacks? Didn't misogynists misquote the Bible to justify gender inequality? The blatant use of religion has always been a tool of bigots. It is important, religiously, to stand up and dramatically denounce this Indiana law and say that it in fact does not represent religion. Rather, it legalizes bigotry and discrimination.

It's difficult to comprehend how such laws and antiquated actions can even be in existence in this day and age. Sadly, there are in fact 19 other states that have legislation similar to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But as a piece in The Atlantic highlights, Indiana's law is particularly troubling because it "makes a business's 'free exercise' right a defense against a private lawsuit by another person, rather than simply against actions brought by government." In other words, businesses can use this law to protect themselves against any discrimination or civil rights lawsuits brought against them.

"Real Religious Leaders Must Stand Up for Real Freedom"

More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-al-sharpton/real-religious-leaders-mu_b_6971012.html

Freedom of religion -- the ability to practice our faith without fear of persecution -- is a basic right that we as Americans hold dearly. But what we also cherish -- and have fought tremendously to achieve -- is the equal protection of the right of all to eat, shop, walk, work and live where we choose without discrimination. So how is it that in 2015 the governing body of the state of Indiana has enacted legislation that leaves room for businesses to discriminate against members of the LGBT community under the guise of some sort of "religious liberty"? The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, is one of the most biased pieces of state legislation we've seen in our modern era. The fact that it is cloaked in the name of religious freedom is particularly offensive to me as a member of the clergy who has been engaged in ministry and social justice work my entire life. This is a pivotal moment when all religious leaders must stand in unity for real freedom for everyone.

I first began preaching when I was just a boy, at the age of 4. I was initially ordained in the Church of God and Christ, a fundamentalist Christian denomination, and was re-baptized in 1994 by Rev. Dr. William Jones, a progressive Baptist who was a friend of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 2003, when I came out publicly in support of marriage equality, many friends I preach for (I preach at about 80 churches a year) were upset, and some threatened to not invite me to deliver sermons. But I stood my ground, reminding them that since the age of 12, when I was appointed Youth Director of Operation Bread Basket by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Jones, I had been a civil rights activist. That is when I first saw my civil rights and ministerial obligations as one and the same.

My religious conviction compels me to fight for civil rights and social justice; I don't divide the two. Each and every one of us must speak out against this egregious Indiana law. We cannot fight for civil rights for some; we must fight for all in order to protect our great nation and preserve what makes us so unique. Didn't racists use religion to justify their belief in the inferiority of Blacks? Didn't misogynists misquote the Bible to justify gender inequality? The blatant use of religion has always been a tool of bigots. It is important, religiously, to stand up and dramatically denounce this Indiana law and say that it in fact does not represent religion. Rather, it legalizes bigotry and discrimination.

It's difficult to comprehend how such laws and antiquated actions can even be in existence in this day and age. Sadly, there are in fact 19 other states that have legislation similar to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But as a piece in The Atlantic highlights, Indiana's law is particularly troubling because it "makes a business's 'free exercise' right a defense against a private lawsuit by another person, rather than simply against actions brought by government." In other words, businesses can use this law to protect themselves against any discrimination or civil rights lawsuits brought against them.

"Rand Paul Changes His Tune On Defense Spending"

More: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/03/26/3639375/rand-paul-defense-spending/

In his first year in the Senate, Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a budget that called for a $164 billion cut to defense spending by 2016. “Military funding has often far outpaced not only our most likely enemies, but has often outpaced the entire world’s military spending combined,” he wrote at the time as he outlined his plan for a “draw-down and restructuring of the Department of Defense.”

Just four years later, as he prepares to mount a presidential campaign in early April, Paul is changing his tune. Late Wednesday, he introduced a budget amendment which would increase the defense budget by 16 percent, or $190 billion, over the next two years, TIME reported.

For years, Paul distinguished himself among Senate Republicans by actually advocating for a reduced military presence overseas and a downsized military budget. His image as a strident critic of the military industrial complex was further solidified in his nearly 13-hour filibuster on the Senate floor in which he mounted a lengthy protest against the secrecy surrounding drone strikes and delayed the confirmation of CIA Director John Brennan.

Now, as he competes with other Republicans for the conservative base’s allegiance, Paul has shifted from a libertarian senator who wants to completely eliminate war spending to a likely presidential candidate who has rallied Republicans around the need to defend the country against ISIS and Islamic extremists.

#BlackCelebsBeLike Trending on Twitter

More: https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%23BlackCelebsBeLike&src=typd

Blinking Router: #BlackCelebsBeLike See racism is over, blacks need to get over it we got a black president! *ignores Sony's racist emails"


Swizz Dizz: #BlackCelebsBeLike Only racist people see racism


Victor Steele: #BlackCelebsBeLike lemme blame blacks for racism real quick, even though blacks didn't invent it or keep it going. That's a good idea!


Renee: I remember when #BokoHaram took those girls. I tweeted black celebs 4 exposure almost 0 replied, busy w music, film n $$ #BlackCelebsBeLike


Margari Aziza: #BlackCelebsBeLike if I'm not offended, then the entire Black community is NOT ALLOWED to be offended.


Taylor: #BlackCelebsBeLike "Classism is the new racism. But buy my new Anton Jackson-inspired line of $300 rags and sweats!"

"Fox’s Ralph Peters Says Obama ‘Just Not Manly’"

More: http://www.newshounds.us/fox_s_ralph_peters_says_obama_just_not_manly_031815

Ralph Peters – the unhinged Obama hater whom Fox News loves – was on Hannity last night for another round of “blame Obama for (fill in the blank).”

This particular edition of hate mongering could have been called “Blame Obama for everything in Iraq and whitewash the role of the Bush administration's misbegotten invasion under false pretenses.”

Ironically, Peters – who has previously accused Obama of not liking America “very much” and not being “grateful to it,” who has called Obama “the reincarnation of Pontius Pilate,” who said Obama “believes you can negotiate with cancer tumors” and “chose the side of the terrorists” in Paris – now whined that Obama blames George W. Bush too much.

“If President Obama developed athlete’s foot, he would blame George W. Bush,” Peters accused. With a feint at balance, Peters acknowledged the Bush administration “made mistakes.” But if you ask me, that’s quite an understatement for invading a country and deposing its head of state under false pretenses. Even worse, Peters claimed, “The difference is the Bush administration did, however slowly, learn from their mistakes.”

"That awkward moment when I realized my white “liberal” friends were racists"

**POSTED IN THE AA GROUP**
More: http://thegrio.com/2015/02/15/white-liberal-racists/

Has the sharing of prejudice evolved into a hip bonding ritual in 21st-century America? This writer shares his surprising experiences as a white male navigating through young white “liberal” circles — after all the black people have left the room.

“White power!” the smiling girl declared, her fist held high in a grotesque imitation of a Black Power salute. A tall, thin, stylish humanities major in a midriff-baring red T, she was a vegan, an environmentalist, an intellectual, and she was my friend.

The comical scene played out to its record-scratching, freeze-frame, “WTF?” climax around a picnic table populated by frat boys in the middle of the sunny UCLA campus. It seemed like the thousandth time a friend had suddenly unloaded a blatantly racist bombshell, although this was the wildest one yet.

As a Canadian working and studying in Los Angeles for ten years, I began to wonder why progressive young hipsters of various races were so eager to privately share their disturbing ideas about black people. The fact that these probing admissions came from a large number of my “coolest” friends, rather than the usual suspects, made it seem like a disturbing new cultural phenomenon.
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