Months after sparking a national wave of protest in the GLBT community, fast food chain Chick-fil-A has underwritten a gold event that benefits an anti-gay group, On Top Magazine reported on July 25.
Last February, the eatery chain sponsored a seminar on heterosexual marriage titled “The Art of Marriage” organized by anti-gay group the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which opposes legal equality for same-sex couples in that state.
…Gay blog Good As You did some sleuthing and found the company was the mainstay behind the WinShape Foundation, which is solely funded by Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy’s family.
“The foundation supports college students who espouse a fundamentalist Christian lifestyle (forget Jews or Muslims; Episcopalians need not apply),” the article added.
July 28, 2011
Tea Partier Rep. Joe Walsh, a harsh critic of the national debt, shows how balanced budgets begin at home:
Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who has made the media rounds bashing President Obama on the national debt, is being sued for $117,437 in back child support he allegedly owes his ex-wife and their three children…
Walsh reportedly told his ex-wife that he was out of work or between jobs before he was elected to Congress in November and therefore couldn’t make child support payments. So his ex-wife said it was news to her when she learned that he made a sizable personal loan to his campaign.
“Joe personally loaned his campaign $35,000, which, given that he failed to make any child support payments to Laura because he ‘had no money’ is surprising,” Laura Walsh’s attorneys wrote in a motion filed in December. “Joe has paid himself back at least $14,200 for the loans he gave himself.”
July 26, 2011
The Washington Post polled people: “In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose?”
The things that a majority supported: raising taxes on the wealthy, raising taxes on oil companies, raising Medicare premiums for the wealthy, increasing Social Security tax for the wealthy, raising taxes on hedge fund investments.
The things that a majority opposed: cutting spending on Medicaid, cutting military spending, raising the Medicare eligibility age, slowing Social Security benefits.
Which things are Congress (on both sides) currently proposing? All the things on the “oppose” list.. Which things are off the table in Congressional negotiations? The “support” list. It’s like we’re living in Bizarro World.
You can read the Post’s poll data (this was question #20).
Gosh, I can’t imagine why the advertisers were all fleeing his old Fox “News” show:
In the wake of last week’s massacre in Norway, U.S. conservative commentator Glenn Beck on Monday compared the summer camp where most of the 76 victims died to the Hitler Youth organization of Nazi Germany.
Beck, on his radio show, declared the killings “the work of a madman” and called the suspect “as bad as Osama bin Laden.” But before launching into that condemnation, he questioned what the victims were doing at a summer camp run by Norway’s ruling Labour Party.
Beck said the camp “sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler Youth or whatever. Who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing.”
Yeah, who does a political camp for kids, besides the Nazis?
However, politically-oriented camps are being organized in several U.S. states by chapters of the “9/12 Project” — an organization founded by Beck himself in 2009.
The Colorado 9/12 Project hosted a “Patriot Camp” for kids in grades 1-5 earlier this month, featuring programs on “our Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and the values and principles that are the cornerstones of our nation.”
Read on at CNN.
July 19, 2011
The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said in a recent statement:
…we find no evidence of any bigotry on the part of Rep. Michele Bachmann. Indeed, she has condemned anti-Catholicism. Just as President Barack Obama is not responsible for the views of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Rep. Bachmann must be judged on the basis of her own record.
They’re right, of course, but let us see if the media give the same scrutiny to Bachmann that they gave to Obama regarding his former pastor.
And what’s the context? Why, Rep. Bachmann only last month left the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, whose website says:
We identify the Antichrist as the Papacy. This is an historical judgment based on Scripture.
July 15, 2011
Tea Party economics:
Michele Bachmann, who has gone so far as to demand the debt ceiling never be raised, dodged questions on the issue Wednesday by simply repeating her assertion that Social Security and troop pay be left sacrosanct.
Asked by TPM about what areas might need to be cut offset their proposed guarantees, Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY) offered a similar response, repeating that Social Security, Medicare, military pay, and veterans’ benefits should all be off limits…
Let’s take a brief look at the numbers. The federal government is scheduled to spend about $300 billion in August. Something like $125 billion of that is debt. So if the debt ceiling doesn’t get raised, the government can only spend about $175 billion.
And after paying for Social Security, Medicare, military pay, and vet benefits, how much is left? Take a look:
There’s not a single dollar left for any other function of government. Not defense spending, not the FBI, not foreign embassies, not the court system, not prisons, not disaster relief, not unemployment insurance, not the border patrol, not TSA or the FAA, not roadbuilding, not maintenance of any kind, not national parks, and not pensions for retired federal workers. Not anything. And aside from military personnel, every single employee of the federal government will have to be furloughed.