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Eric Cantor is a delicate little flower (whose intellectual guide is Ann Coulter)

To justify carrying water for the fringe right on immigration, GOP House leader whines that the president is mean


If you are curious as to whom the Republican leadership truly respects and listens to about the proper policies for the party to follow, the answer might surprise you. Certainly one would expect that they’d listen to their strategists and pollsters. And it’s well known that they grant their donors the kind of fidelity one would normally only expect of 12th century knights of the realm. But if one is to judge by their approach to immigration, they are following the advice of the great oracle of wingnuttia, Ann Coulter.

Yesterday Democrats lamented the fact that the Senate immigration bill, passed over a year ago, still languishes in the House. The president made a mild comment suggesting that the American people are “ahead of the House Republicans” in this matter and would like to move ahead. He later called House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and they had a discussion of the issue after which Cantor released a pouty press release whining that the president is a big meanie:

Today, President Obama called me to discuss his desire for comprehensive immigration reform. The President called me hours after he issued a partisan statement which attacked me and my fellow House Republicans and which indicated no sincere desire to work together. After five years, President Obama still has not learned how to effectively work with Congress to get things done. You do not attack the very people you hope to engage in a serious dialogue. I told the President the same thing I told him the last time we spoke. House Republicans do not support Senate Democrats’ immigration bill and amnesty efforts, and it will not be considered in the House. I also reiterated to the President there are other issues where we can find common ground, build trust and get America working again. I hope the President can stop his partisan messaging, and begin to seriously work with Congress to address the issues facing working middle class Americans who are struggling to make ends meet in this economy.

It looks like somebody didn’t get his nap.



South Carolina mayor fires town’s first openly gay police chief, says being gay is a “questionable”

Source: Salon

South Carolina mayor fires town’s first openly gay police chief, says being gay is a “questionable lifestyle”

Residents of a small South Carolina town are raising questions about the sudden firing of an openly gay official


Residents of Latta, S.C., are raising questions about the sudden firing of the town’s first female and openly gay police chief.

Latta Mayor Earl Bullard fired Police Chief Crystal Moore after giving her seven reprimands in a single day, which a member of the city council says is more reprimands than Crystal received during her 20 years with the police department. ”I looked at the reasons, some of them are questionable,” Brian Mason, a Latta council member, told WBTW.

According to WBTW, the reprimands include running “unauthorized” background checks, “questioning authority of supervisor,” “questioning authority of mayor,” “failure to maintain order” and “contacting the news media.”

Some on the council believe Bullard fired Moore after she began an investigation into one of his appointees, but others believe he was motivated by anti-LGBTQ sentiment, a claim they say is supported by a recorded conversation in which Bullard says he “doesn’t agree with some lifestyles.”

Councilman Jared Taylor recorded the conversation:


Read more: http://www.salon.com/2014/04/18/south_carolina_mayor_fires_towns_first_openly_gay_police_chief_says_being_gay_is_a_questionable_lifestyle/

Christian group releases bizarre video about Jesus and the Holocaust

Warning: This video cannot be unseen


Unless their goal was to massively troll not only Jews but any people who think the Holocaust isn’t something that should be exploited for marketing purposes, Jews for Jesus’ new video is a huge mistake.

However, if the goal was to troll, then well done, Jews for Jesus, you managed to be terrible on purpose. Bravo. (For what it’s worth, a spokesperson for the group said their intent was not to troll but rather to “engage people in a conversation,” whatever that means.)

Anyway, check out the video below to see what it would be like if Jesus were sent to a Nazi death camp and selected to be gassed. If you’re Jewish, Jews for Jesus apparently thinks this will make you want to convert to Christianity rather than, say, throw-up in your mouth.

And if you’re not Jewish? Well, you wont need to convert, obviously — but you probably still will throw-up in your mouth.



'Duck Dynasty' Show Canceled In Missouri Due To Low Ticket Sales

TOM KLUDT – APRIL 18, 2014, 12:24 PM EDT

The "Duck Dynasty" clan isn't the draw it used to be. Not even in the Bible Belt. Promoters announced last month that members of the Robertson family would appear at a show titled "Faith, Family & Ducks" at an 11,000-seat arena in Springfield, Mo.

For $37, $50 or $58, fans could enjoy live music and hear the bayou millionaires talk about "living the American dream" while staying true to their "family values and modest lifestyle." But according to local media reports, the April 27 event has been canceled due to low ticket sales.

The golden era for the A&E reality series appears to be over. Ratings for last month's season five finale were down almost 30 percent from the previous year. The season opened to disappointing ratings a month after the family's patriarch, Phil Robertson, made racist and homophobic remarks in an interview with GQ.

A&E briefly suspended Robertson before capitulating to conservatives like Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal.



Fraternity shuts Ole Miss branch after noose tying


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the then-all white Southern college.

The university announced Thursday that the national office of Sigma Phi Epsilon, based in Richmond, Va., had closed its Ole Miss chapter. The names of the three students haven’t been released. They were kicked out of the fraternity.

Besides the noose, someone draped a pre-2003 Georgia state flag with a Confederate battle emblem in its design on the face of the James Meredith statue in the pre-dawn hours of a Sunday morning in February.

Ole Miss spokesman Tom Eppes says the students face university disciplinary proceedings and the FBI is investigating.


Read more: http://www.salon.com/2014/04/17/fraternity_shuts_ole_miss_branch_after_noose_tying/

Oregon ruling spurs halt on immigration detainers


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman’s constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities.

The ruling is one of several recent federal court decisions to place scrutiny on the practice of keeping people in jail after they’re eligible for release so that they can be considered for possible deportation.

The rulings make it clear that local officials are not required to honor the so-called immigration detainers, and that jurisdictions may be liable for doing so.

Several jurisdictions, including in Oregon, have announced they will stop honoring detainer requests. Some counties and states had previously limited the practice, arguing it erodes trust in law enforcement and drags people with minor infractions into deportation.

The federal government says the detainer requests are optional.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2014/04/17/oregon_ruling_spurs_halt_on_immigration_detainers/

Texas seizes polygamist group’s secluded ranch


ELDORADO, Texas (AP) — State agents have seized a polygamous group’s Texas ranch where hundreds of children were removed during a 2008 FBI raid prompted by child sex abuse allegations.

The group’s leader, Warren Jeffs, is serving life in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting two girls he took as child brides.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says its agents took possession of the secluded property near Eldorado on Thursday. In a statement, DPS says authorities were helping the remaining eight adults living on the ranch leave and to do an inventory.

A judge in January ordered the forfeiture of the Yearning For Zion Ranch, which was owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The state sought to seize the property over allegations of mismanagement by Jeffs.


Read more: http://www.salon.com/2014/04/17/texas_seizes_polygamist_groups_secluded_ranch/

Shouldn't the wing nut brigade and the flying monkeys be screaming about "Freedom of Religion?"

Obama: No US military involvement in Ukraine


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering.

Obama said Thursday that is because what’s happening in Eastern Europe is not a situation that would be amenable to a military solution.

Instead, Obama says Russia has to create an environment in which separatist forces that are occupying buildings in Ukraine disarm and begin negotiations with Ukraine’s interim government. He says there must also be progress on reforms that meet the interests of various groups inside Ukraine, that elections be held and the country stabilizes its economy.

He says thousands of Russian troops massed along the Ukrainian border were sent there as a “gesture of intimidation.”


Read more: http://www.salon.com/2014/04/17/obama_no_us_military_involvement_in_ukraine/

GOP To Obama: 'No, We Can't' Move On From Obamacare

SAHIL KAPUR – APRIL 17, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

The partisan debate over Obamacare was accurately summed up in one simple tweet Thursday by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

It came immediately after President Barack Obama announced that 8 million Americans had signed up for private insurance on Obamacare's exchanges, and called on Republicans to give up their quest to repeal the law.


No, we can’t. RT @ZekeJMiller: Obama: "I think we can all agree that it's well past time to move on."

3:46 PM - 17 Apr 2014

Nope! Republicans have absolutely no intention of letting go of Obamacare, their No. 1 campaign issue in 2014. The positive new sign-up figures unveiled by the White House -- including 5 million on non-exchange private plans, 3 million on Medicaid, 3 million young adults on a parent's policy -- won't change that because the issue animates the conservative base like none other.



Obama Blasts GOP Govs Turning Down Medicaid Expansion: 'That's Wrong'

Source: TPM

DYLAN SCOTT – APRIL 17, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT

President Barack Obama was uncharacteristically blunt Thursday while addressing the Republican governors and state legislators who have turned down Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.

"That's wrong," Obama said from the White House briefing room after he announced that 8 million people had enrolled in private coverage under the law. The White House simultaneously released a fact sheet, which said 5.7 million people would be left uncovered in 2016 if the 24 states that have not expanded the program maintained their opposition.

"This does frustrate me: states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite," Obama said. "We've got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states. Zero cost to these states."

"It should stop," he said. "Those folks should be able to get health insurance like everybody else."


Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-blasts-gop-govs-medicaid-expansion
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