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Negative reactions continue to pour in about Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) decision to endorse same-sex marriage, having changed his opinion because his son, Will, is gay. In addition to Bryan Fischer’s claim that being gay is comparable to robbing a bank and CPAC attendees’ claims that the golden rule doesn’t apply to homosexuality, several other groups and individuals have specifically targeted Will in their responses to his father’s new position. The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins applauded Portman’s love for his son, but condemned Will’s “choices,” which are “harmful” both to him and to “society as a whole”:

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Top Conservative Publication Attributes Newtown To Feminism: Shooting Occurred Because Women Ran The School

If there were less women and more “male aggression” in Sandy Hook Elementary School, the massacre there never would have taken place, according to a contribution to a leading conservative magazine.

National Review, whose inhouse editorial suggested Newtown was the price of the Second Amendment, published a piece on Wednesday from anti-feminist Charlotte Allen suggesting the reason the shooter was able to kill so many students was because Newtown was a “feminized setting:”

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/nov/05/david-cameron-gulf-arms-trip

David Cameron has arrived in the Gulf at the beginning of a low-key arms trip aimed at persuading regional powers upset by Britain's response to the Arab spring to buy more than 100 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets. The deals could be worth more than £6bn to Britain.

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New act would limit federal protection to Canada's busiest rivers, lakes

Proposals for big pipelines and interprovincial power line projects will no longer have to prove they won't damage or destroy navigable waterways in Canada, under changes introduced by the government Thursday.

These big projects are exempt under the new navigation protection act proposed in the government's second omnibus budget bill. The new act would replace one of the country's oldest laws, the Navigable Waters Protection Act. It was established in 1882 and said that no one could block, alter or destroy any water deep enough to float a canoe without federal approval.

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For people who don't realise how ridiculous this is, there are at least 97 lakes within an hours drive of where I live. One of Canada's biggest resources is our massive reserves of fresh water, most of which will no longer be protected.

It's also completely transparent that this was meant to help the Shell pipeline by removing the river that's going to be affected by it from protection, which is perhaps one of the reasons the Tories buried it in the budget.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a Winnipeg satirist has a video on YouTube "thanking" the federal immigration minister for taking away health benefits from refugees.

Ari Sara Kreindler said her song and slide show Thank You Jason Kenney was inspired by his policy and a petition thanking him for it that was posted on his website.

"When I first heard about the cuts to refugee health care, the policy seemed mean-spirited and potentially damaging to the most vulnerable people," said Kreindler, a provincial health policy researcher who has a PhD. The move is expected to save each Canadian 59 cents a year.

The woman, who's studied at Oxford and has a love for musical theatre, wanted to respond.

"But it seemed too heartbreaking for satire."

Then, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's personal website posted a petition that thanked him for making the cuts.

"We, the undersigned, thank Jason Kenney for his efforts to streamline benefits afforded to refugees (sic) claimants under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) and bring them in line with the benefits received by taxpaying Canadians, including new Canadians," said the petition posted to the website for the Conservative MP for Calgary Southeast.

"When I found out Jason Kenney decided to post a petition thanking himself for the cuts, the idea was pretty pathetic," said Kreindler. "I thought 'I can do a better job of thanking Jason Kenney.' "

She came up with a 1920s-style "cakewalk" ditty and video slide show poking fun at the immigration minister for refusing to cover health-care expenses such as prescription drugs for refugees. The satirical piece has lyrics like "Let's tell those refugees they'll never take us for a ride. They should've packed their insulin when fleeing genocide."

Kenney has not seen the video, said his spokeswoman Alexis Pavlich, who issued a prepared statement.

"The sensible changes we made to the IFH program are widely supported by Canadians," it said. "The changes ensure that bona fide refugees continue to receive comprehensive health coverage."

The federal government stopped providing prescription drugs, prosthetics, eye and vision care to privately sponsored refugees on June 30 and is being sued by Hospitality House Refugee Ministry for breach of contract.

The statement from the minister's office says refugees "no longer receive gold-plated health-care benefits that are more generous than those which Canadian taxpayers, including seniors, receive."

The petition thanking Kenney wasn't apparent on his website Wednesday.

Kreindler's video, meanwhile, is on YouTube. She's performed it at a coffee house, it has aired on CKUW radio and the video has been seen and heard by much larger audiences on the Internet.

"I've never had 3,000 people come out to see the show," said Kreindler, who sings and plays piano.

She's assembled a troupe of family and friends called Just Theatre.

For Thank You Jason Kenney, her mom prepared a slide show to illustrate the song, she said.

It's a heavy subject that needed a light touch to make it more palatable for more people, she said.

"If it's funny, some people are likely to be more motivated to click on it and become aware of the issues."



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I wish I could say that I'm surprised he put up a petition thanking himself for this but I'm really not.
Conservative MP Anders: Sorry for saying Mulcair hastened Jack Layton's death

Conservatives were left cringing once again over the ramblings of caucus colleague Rob Anders, this time over his suggestion that an ambitious NDP Leader Tom Mulcair helped hasten the death of predecessor Jack Layton.

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Santorum: ‘We Will Never Have… Smart People On Our Side’



Speaking Saturday at the Values Voters Summit, Rick Santorum said that “smart people” would never side with conservatives. Watch it, via RWW:



Santorum also claimed “the media” and “colleges and universities” would not be “on our side” because “they want to tell you what to do.”

Rather, according to Santorum, the conservative movement will be supported by “the church and the family.” This summer, however, a group of Catholic nuns have launched a bus tour “to shed light on the effects the House Republican budget would have on the poor.”

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OP: WHY ARE THEY CLAPPING? "Woo hoo! I'm a IDIOT!" Man, I can so be a politician if these are the standards. No wonder the country is going down the toilet real fast. I'm flabbergasted. Can you imagine a speech like that at any other time in this countries history?

Lincoln: "Vote for me! I'M AN IDIOT AND PROUD!"

I guess it may work for the conservatives. I mean, since conservatives are apparently idiots now, so how would they know anyway? Man. Nice how he insults his own party.

Sorry if this has been posted already, mods.
   Chris Grayling and Jeremy Hunt rise as cabinet reshuffle takes shape   
Rightwinger replaces Kenneth Clarke as justice secretary, while culture secretary is promoted to health post

David Cameron's new cabinet is taking shape as beaming ministers troop out of Downing Street to take up new roles and sacked ministers lick their wounds away from the cameras.


In one of the most significant moves, the rightwinger Chris Grayling was promoted to the cabinet to replace the "one nation" Tory Kenneth Clarke, who was demoted to the position of minister without portfolio with a roving economic brief.

The prime minister's original plans were disrupted when Iain Duncan Smith refused an offer to replace Clarke as justice secretary. Duncan Smith, who had indicated that he was only really interested in his work reforming welfare, thought about the move overnight. On Tuesday morning he told the prime minister he would like to stay put even though justice secretary is technically a more senior post.

Duncan Smith's approach contrasted with that of Andrew Lansley, who was demoted from the post of health secretary to become new leader of the Commons, replacing Sir George Young. Lansley had always said he would only ever serve in the cabinet as health secretary.

Jeremy Hunt replaces Lansley as health secretary. He described his appointment as a huge task and the biggest privilege of his life.


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OP: So we have a Justice Secretary who thinks it's okay for B&B owners to ban gay guests, an Equalities minister voting against equality legislation and Jeremy Hunt (aka the man who made a mess of the BSkyB bid) as Health Secretary. Oh and 3 out of 5 women in the cabinet demoted as opposed to 1 out of 19 men.

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A protester who made it into a Conservative party barbecue in Edmonton says he was dragged out of the event and arrested by police when he tried to ask Immigration Minister Jason Kenney a question.

Bashir Mohamed, 17, planned to confront Kenney about the federal government's cuts to refugee health care. Mohamed says he was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and came to Canada with his parents when he was three.

He said he stood up and began to ask a question while Kenney was speaking, but was quickly grabbed by four men who pulled him outside.

He says police arrested him, but he was later released without charges.


"The police were very nice. They just wanted to figure out what was going on. I have nothing against the police," Bashir said shortly after he was released.

Steven Dollansky, the president of the Edmonton Centre Conservative Association and a member of the group that organized the barbecue, explained that the protester was removed because he interrupted the minister in the middle of his speech.
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A Conservative private members’ bill that repeals part of Canada’s hate speech laws has passed the House of Commons with scant media attention, and even less commentary. But it's being cheered by many Canadian conservatives as a victory for freedom of speech. And it's being cheered most vocally by another group: White supremacists.

Bill C-304, introduced by Conservative backbencher Brian Storseth, repeals Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which bans hate speech transmitted over the Internet or by telephone. It passed third reading in the House of Commons on Thursday and is now headed to the Senate.

“This is a huge victory for freedom in Canada,” a poster calling him or herself “CanadaFirst” posted on the website of StormFront, a notorious white supremacist group. “However, we still have other unjust Zionist ‘hate’ laws that need to go.”

“Way to go, Harper. I know we can’t get everything we want, but I stand a little taller today as a Canuck,” wrote “OneMan.”
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