The Tournament of Roses Parade became the latest stage to spotlight “gay marriage” as two men were joined in secular matrimony on the float of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. (For those who think AIDS fundraisers aren’t leftist agitators – please consult reality.)
Penny Starr at our sister site CNSNews.com reports that ABC News covered the wedding/protest on their website, but ABC and NBC somehow excluded the float from their live parade coverage. No Kinky Boots moments for them?
Sure, that’s what a lot of those pointed-headed scientist types think but why should we listen to them? Instead, we should take the word Touré Neblett, currently an MSNBC pundit and quite possibly one of the dumbest people ever to appear regularly on television.
MSNBC's Chris Hayes is not happy that skeptics of the catastrophic anthroprogenic global warming (CAGW) theory, in particular, Matt Drudge, have been pointing out that in this age of global warming, it often seems very cold.
As the Washington Examiner's Charlie Spiering explained today (link includes video of Hayes):
Nicholas D. Kristof (I've tended to call him "Nick" through the years) has made and implemented a momentous, course of civilization-altering decision effective 1/1/2014 (HT Twitchy): "If you look closely at my Times byline ... I’ve knocked out my middle initial for the new year."
Why oh why would Nick want to do that? "I think in the Internet age, the middle initial conveys a formality that is a bit of a barrier to our audience. It feels a bit ostentatious." I've got a clue for you, Nick, old buddy old pal: Your columns are much more than "a bit" ostentatious and pretentious. Unfortunately, the disappearance of your middle initial is not likely to change that. If ever anyone exemplified navel-gazing, knee-jerk, double-standard liberalism, it would be you. Accordingly, I suggest that you begin to use a more appropriate middle initial than the one you just dropped. My suggestion follows the jump.
Ana Radelat at Advertising Age magazine revealed that in the year after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, gun-control groups spent $14.1 million on TV advertising, compared to just $1.9 million by gun-rights organizations – a 7-to-1 advantage.
Radelat added that the National Rifle Association spent $6.2 million on lobbying, which “may have been the better tactic – especially in a quiet election year.” Gun-control bills failed to pass Congress.
The late Republican congressman Charles Norwood would probably be sad about what happened at the Charles Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia last week.
Via the Deacon’s Bench blog, Wesley Brown reported the veterans’ hospital is “taking a stricter stance on its policy banning carolers from singing religious Christmas music in public patient areas.” They presented a group of prevented a group of high school students from Augusta’s Alleluia Community School from singing to its veterans a number of traditional holiday tunes that honor and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ:
Barack Obama's favorability rating is in the toilet, there are crucial midterm elections next year that could decide the fate of his presidency, and what do you think his pollster wishes from the media in 2014?
According toPolitico's Mike Allen, Joel Benenson hopes "playbookers" will "[g]o one year without reporting any public polling data."
How much do you need to know about a subject before expressing a strong opinion during a panel on MSNBC? Apparently very little, as Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart took part in a Monday afternoon discussion on the future of the Washington Redskins National Football League team since coach Mike Shanahan had just been fired.
Kristen Welker -- fill-in host for that weekday's edition of Andrea Mitchell Reports -- asked: “Are the Redskins stronger moving forward without Shanahan?” Capehart replied: “You’re asking the wrong guy here. I don’t know anything about football.” Instead, he turned to a liberal talking point: “But this much I do know: The name of the football team, personally speaking, is an abomination and that they should change it.”
The culture website Vulture.com is revisiting “2013's most acclaimed movies” and the screenwriters who wrote them. For some reason, they singled out “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and how scripter Danny Strong had to make up scenes that showed Reagan to be cruelly indifferent to the plight of South African blacks under apartheid.
Strong and Daniels ignored the actual historical record as liberal historian Douglas Brinkley included that in his book The Reagan Diaries, page 142. Reagan wrote: “Pres. Kaunda of Zambia arrived. A good meeting & lunch. I think he feels good about the trip. We made clear we detest Apartheid but believe we can do better with S. Africa by persuasion.”
Michael Palin of the Monty Python comedy troupe was interviewed by London's Daily Mail as the Python gang plans a lucrative reunion, and he announced that there's no way Islam could be mocked today in the way Python ripped into Catholicism and Christianity in their heyday in films like "The Life of Brian" and "The Meaning of Life" (with its "Every Sperm Is Sacred" satire).
He said: ‘Religion is more difficult to talk about. I don’t think we could do 'Life of Brian' any more. A parody of Islam would be even harder."
Joan Rivers wasn't pleased that the red-hot actress Jennifer Lawrence attacked her implicitly in the Barbara Walters "Most Fascinating People" special. The New York Post reports she said Lawrence should "grow up" and then uncorked this insult (a rich one, considering Joan's plasticity):
“I love that she’s telling everyone how wrong it is to worry about retouching and body image, and meanwhile, she has been touched up more than a choir boy at the Vatican.” Is that any way to talk when America is 25 percent Catholic? Rivers said to look at her pictures, Lawrence is no role model for being honest about women's body images. Here's what Lawrence said to Walters, that calling people fat on TV should be illegal:
Saturday’s Washington Post once again promoted the Muslim author Reza Aslan’s history-mangling Jesus book “Zealot,” this time by reproducing a top-ten “most intriguing religion books” list from Religion News Service. Not every selection was a liberal journalist's pick to click, but these books were laid out with large, color images of the covers.
John Murawski of RNS praised Aslan's work for providing a “much-needed antidote” to how Christians have ethnically and historically sanitized Jesus buried in “aspic”:
“TSA recognizes the concerns members of the transgender community may have with undergoing the security screening process at our Nation’s airports and is committed to conducting screening in a dignified and respectful manner,” they promise.
Hollywood power players like Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Sean Penn routinely tout a progressive path for the U.S. When it comes time to shoot a movie, said stars often end up following a studio's conservative path to where state tax incentives lead them.
Now, an "expanding web of brokers, tax attorneys, financial planners and consultants" are exploiting the system in a way that gets cash quicker to Hollywood while offering businesses a nifty new tax break. Consider Ric Reitz, a financier featured in the LA Times article, as an example of how the system works.
Did you ever notice how the liberal media can obsess for days over a Koran-burning stunt, but ignore feminist groups that have a serious hatred problem with the Catholic Church? Via Chicks on the Right, we learned that the bratty anti-Catholic leftists of FEMEN have pulled their latest stunt. A woman with the message “I AM GOD” painted on her body jumped up on the altar and screamed in the middle of a Mass on Christmas at Cologne Cathedral, the home of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cologne and one of the tallest cathedrals in the world.
In their own statement, FEMEN boasted “Josephine foiled Christmas mass in the main cathedral.” As if a woman throwing a momentary screaming fit and getting dragged out somehow expels Christmas from a church. (Video below)
Less than a week after Phil Robertson was suspended by A&E from the hit show Duck Dynasty, the hunting equipment mogul and his family are pushing back. Speaking with the British Daily Mail newspaper, a “source close to the family” said that the network was aware of the controversial things that Robertson had said in an interview but declined to suppress them even though it could have.
“It is our belief that they knew what was going to happen and then used the situation to exercise control over Phil,” the newspaper’s source said.
Beware angry Democrats when they're football fans. AP reporter Mike Baker wrote up Washington state Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, who grew angry over the Arizona Cardinals upset of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Referring to Arizona's fight over illegal immigration, he tweeted "Losing a football game sucks. Losing to a desert racist wasteland sucks a lot."
Washington state Republican Rep. J.T. Wilcox retweeted Fitzgibbon with the comment "Makes us all look bad". Fitzgibbon told AP "If folks are going to take that too seriously, then I'm sorry about that." He went on to attack SB 1070 in Arizona:
It might be easy to forget, but ultraliberal Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla) is one of those dreaded "greedheads" who deal in millions of dollars of stocks. A story on the front of The Washington Post business section on Sunday reports Grayson “got burned twice by ‘stock loan’ schemes that have cost him nearly $50 million.”
Dina El Boghdady reports Grayson is ranked 21st in the House for wealth, with a net worth of “at least $16.7 million, in part due to the value of his stock portfolio.” Grayson lost about $18 million in transactions with Virginia businessman William Dean Chapman, who was just sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding Grayson and 121 others. The Post didn't seem to rifle through any of Grayson's recent tax returns, like they wanted to do to Mitt Romney.
On the final installment of PBS’s Inside Washington Friday, host Gordon Peterson asked his panelists who they thought would be elected president in 2016.
Rather surprisingly, the Washington Post’s Colby King said, “Paul Ryan because the Democratic nominee will never be able to replicate what Barack Obama has done, never bring out that base” (video follows with commentary):
The latest edition of the gay newspaper The Washington Blade displayed what liberal newspapers don't find controversial: "Medicare to examine ban on gender reassignment." In other words, leftists are pushing the Obama administration to subsidize sex-change operations. We're posting enormous deficits, but the "progressives" are always searching for new entitlements.
As usual, liberal journalists refer to this lack of "access" to taxpayer money a "ban." Chris Johnson reported: "The document from the Department of Health & Human Services, dated Dec. 2, finds that the reasoning for the ban is 'not complete and adequate' to support denying Medicare coverage for transgender people seeking the procedure."