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White Helmets Will Be Greeted As Liberators!


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Just How Grey Are The White Helmets And Their Backers?

While thousands of humanitarian organisations around the world are struggling fiercely with diminishing support from governments and the public, one has achieved a surprising amount of support from Western governments in a surprisingly short period of time and gained a surprising attention from mainstream media and ditto political elites: The Syrian Civil Defence or White Helmets.

Their name of course makes you think of the UN’s Blue Helmets and white is the colour of those who should be protected in harm’s way – and the colour of innocence. However, for many years there has been an Argentinian relief organisation with the same name.
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There was grand news out of Lynchburg, Va., last week: Liberty University announced that it had hired Ian McCaw, a “godly man of excellent character,” as its athletic director.

Liberty, which bills itself as the world’s largest Christian university, has large appetites, and it desires to vault into the big time. And McCaw, a man with the angular build and cobalt blue-eyed intensity of an ultramarathon runner, has achieved much success in his three decades in college sports.

“My vision for Liberty is to position it as a pre-eminent Christian athletic program in America,” McCaw said during a news conference in Lynchburg.

McCaw is well acquainted with Christian athletics. In May, he left his job as the athletic director at Baylor, another eminent Christian university. His departure followed a devastating investigation that found that the leaders of the football team and the athletic department had looked away when told of multiple gang rapes and sexual assault.

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This kind of shit isn't unusual in college football, unfortunately. What is especially gross though is how "godly" this university claims to be, while also fervently endorsing Trump even during the primaries. They're utter trash and I can't wait until I no longer associate with them.

There's a petition here if anyone wants to sign, though I'm not optimistic about it changing anything. As indicated in the article, Falwell does whatever the fuck he wants, no matter how much the student body or anyone else points out his hypocrisy.
Amy Sandler was a plaintiff in Baskin v. Bogan, which challenged Indiana’s denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples while Vice President-elect Mike Pence was governor

'I want everyone to know the type of man he is'

As a resident of Indiana for five years, I got to know Governor Mike Pence better than the average Indiana constituent. Now that he is about to be our next vice president, I want all Americans to know exactly how he treated my family when my wife, Niki, was dying of ovarian cancer.

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Source: Time

Mods, we need a tag for Mike Pence. Seeing as how we're going to be stuck with him as veep for the next four years and all. :-(
On July 30, 2003, Cannon Mills died.

The Kannapolis, N.C. textile factory, which after its 1887 inception bloomed into what was at one time the largest textile-producing factory in the nation, had long been one of the largest employers in rural North Carolina.

The company was the town, so to speak. In constructing its factory town, the Cannon family funded the building of a police department, a post office, schools, churches, and mill houses on surrounding land. The town’s main entertainment hub, complete with the still-operating and always pleasant GEM Theatre ($5 tickets! $2 sodas! $4 large popcorns!) sprouted next door. The company, though combative with union organizers from the start (multiple Cannon Mills ownership groups squashed multiple unionization efforts spanning from the 1920s to late 1990s, to the workers’ ultimate loss) established sentimental good will with its employees early on, becoming the first company in the nation to roll out life insurance for its employees when it did so in 1912. Other industries entered Kannapolis’s private business sector in the textile giant’s 116-year existence, but the town’s economic core was Cannon Mills.

In July 2003, when Cannon Mills’s owner went bankrupt, more than 4,000 workers living in Kannapolis lost their main source of income overnight. To put that in perspective, 11.7 percent of the town’s total 36,910 occupants—77 percent of whom were white and 30 percent of whom were in families with children, according to the 2000 U.S. Census—instantly became unemployed. Next door, in my hometown of China Grove, N.C., 560 people, or 15 percent of the town’s 3,651 dwellers, were out a job. It was the largest permanent mass layoff in the state’s history.

At 10 years old, I didn’t understand their tears. I didn’t understand them any more at 13 when people gathered en masse to gawk, cheer, or weep as they watched the smokestacks topple. I understood only that many people were depressed and confused. And as history will explain better than I, people, on a mass scale, don’t stay confused for long—they adapt and become content with the new norm, or they become pissed off. Kannapolis, like many, many other small towns across America, got pissed off.

In the three years between the shuttering of the factory’s doors and the final implosion, California billionaire David Murdock, the former owner of Cannon Mills and current chairman of Dole Foods, announced his latest project: the North Carolina Research Campus. On the same ground that was once home to the textile factories, a sprawling campus would rise, with buildings occupied by research teams from Duke, UNC, Appalachian State, and other North Carolina universities. The multi-million dollar effort was pitched in the local paper as an excellent move to create jobs, boost the economy, and show a public focus on science and education.

Fewer than 700 people are currently employed at the research campus. Job numbers are not an indicator of how successful efforts in researching and combating diseases are or will be, but the fact remains that 700 degree-requiring jobs do not 4,000 factory jobs make. According to UNC-Chapel Hill’s state population education data, 12.5 percent of Kannapolis’s adult population possessed at least a bachelor’s degree in 2000—the national average at the time was roughly 24 percent, per the census. By the time the N.C. Research Campus opened in 2008, Kannapolis’s number increased, but only slightly, to 14.4 percent.

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Source: Growing Up In A Trump Town
Rio Mayor’s Race Pits Evangelical Marcelo Crivella Against Socialist

Evangelical bishop is one of several unorthodox candidates favored to win in Brazil elections Sunday

RIO DE JANEIRO—He has called Catholics “demonic,” accused Hindus of “child sacrifice” and denounced homosexuality as “malign.” Now Marcelo Crivella may soon have a new name for himself: mayor of Rio de Janeiro.

A senator and bishop of an evangelical megachurch, Mr. Crivella is the front-runner in the race to lead Brazil’s second-largest city. Recent polls show him more than 10 points ahead of his socialist challenger Marcelo Freixo heading into the final round of voting on Sunday.

Mr. Crivella, a member of the fledgling Brazilian Republican Party or PRB, is among a string of unorthodox candidates challenging the political establishment this election season. Voter disgust is rampant following a corruption scandal that helped sweep former President Dilma Rousseff from power this year and which has tainted all major parties.

In Rio, residents are fed up with rising crime, deteriorating public services and what many see as wasteful spending on the recent Olympic Games. In a city renowned world-wide for its sun-and-samba sensuality, Mr. Crivella has drawn strong backing from the city’s poor and working classes, many of whom have embraced conservative Pentecostal beliefs as a bulwark against the struggles of daily life.

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Marcelo Crivella beat his opponent, socialist Marcelo Freixo, taking 59 percent of the votes in the municipal runoff election.

Democrats are sounding the alarm over the potential inclusion in major defense spending legislation of an amendment that would undermine President Obama’s executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination.

A group of 42 Senate Democrats led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) made public a letter on Tuesday calling on the conference committee working on the fiscal year 2017 defense authorization bill to omit from the bill the Russell amendment, which would allow religious-affiliated federal contractors to discriminate against workers.

“Section 1094 applies not only to the Department of Defense, but to the entire array of federal agencies and their contractors and grantees,” the letter says. “This would have far-reaching consequences, as taxpayer-funded discrimination would be allowed in every contract, subcontract, grant, cooperative agreement and purchase order awarded by federal agencies conducting business with religiously affiliated organizations.”

Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) inserted the provision as an amendment to the House version of the defense authorization bill in April during the House Armed Services Committee’s consideration of the measure. The Senate version of the defense legislation lacks any comparable language.
The Russell amendment permits “any religious corporation, religious association, religious educational institution or religious society” contracting with the U.S. government to engage in anti-LGBT discrimination on the basis of religious freedom. Because it would have the force of law, it would undermine Obama’s 2014 executive order barring anti-LGBT workplace bias among federal contractors.

The lack of definition for “religious corporation” in the provision could allow courts to construe the term broadly to any federal contractor — not just religious organizations — in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in the Hobby Lobby case.

During a conference call with reporters, Blumenthal said the adoption of the amendment into law as part of the defense authorization bill would enable “sweeping taxpayer-funded discrimination.”

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This party is unbelievable. They deliberately sneak in a "religious liberty" clause in a defense bill that "has to pass" so that when Obama vetoes it, they can claim he's anti-America.
OP: It appears that this article is a satirical piece, and Pence hasn't actually said any of these things. I have changed the tags to reflect this. Mods, should I take this post down? Please advise.

Mike Pence Opposes Word ‘Vice’ On Religious Grounds, Doesn’t Want To Be Called Vice Presidential Candidate

Mike Pence, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s running mate, told the news media at a press conference Thursday that he no longer wants to be called a vice presidential candidate.

The Indiana governor, an evangelical Christian, explained that he opposes the word “vice” on religious grounds. Pence said that the Bible has strict prohibitions against vice. He said the word “vice” means, among other things, “immoral” or “wicked behavior.”

“That’s not who I am, and that’s not who I want people to think I am,” he said. “I can’t in good faith willingly condone a word I find deplorable without violating my Christian principles.”Read more...Collapse )

Source: HuffPost
OP: Remember that anti-LGBTQ event in Orlando that Rubio was slated to speak at? Drumpf was there, too!

WASHINGTON ― [Bolting-Hutch of Beastliness] has said he’s the best ally to the LGBT community in this election cycle. The best, just the greatest. All you have to do is “ask the gays” themselves, he’s said.

But he probably didn’t say that Thursday as he surrounded himself with some of the nation’s most extreme anti-gay activists.

[Dishonest Satan] headlined a Pastors and Pews event in Orlando sponsored by American Renewal Project ― a Jerry Falwell Jr. creation ― that brought together hundreds of evangelical pastors who want to shape public policy. [Filthy Bung] shared the stage with a mix of conservative religious leaders who say gay people, in one way or another, are taking the nation on a one-way trip to hell.

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Source: HuffPost

Good job, [Scurvy, Old, Filthy, Scurry Lord], I'm sure this will get you LOADS of votes!

ETA to substitute Shakespearean insults for all occurrences of [Odoriferous Stench]'s name, because I forgot to do it originally.
This is the first time the justices have entered this nationwide debate

Gavin Grimm is at the center of a Virginia case on transgender bathroom access.

WASHINGTON ― The Supreme Court on Wednesday put on hold a judge’s order that would have allowed a transgender student to use the boys’ restroom at his local high school in Virginia.

Gavin Grimm, the 17-year-old at the center of the case, won a significant appeals ruling in April that deferred to the federal government’s interpretation of Title IX, a federal law that bars school districts from discriminating on the basis of sex but doesn’t explicitly provide gender identity protections.

As a result of that decision, a federal judge in June ordered the Gloucester County School board to allow Grimm, who is now a senior in high school, to use the boys’ bathroom in the coming school year. The teen sued after the district instituted a policy mandating students use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificates.

But after an unsuccessful bid to block the order, the school district asked the Supreme Court to intervene in an emergency fashion while it sought a more formal appeal ― a process that could take months.

Even though the court is currently on recess for the summer, five justices agreed to the request — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer ― but didn’t provide a reasoning for their move.

Of these, Breyer’s vote may come as a surprise to advocates, as the justice often sides with the court’s liberal wing. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan would’ve left the order in favor of Grimm in place.

As if to explain his vote, Breyer wrote a brief concurrence to say that he joined his more conservative colleagues “to preserve the status quo” and because the court is currently not in session.

“I vote to grant the application as a courtesy,” Breyer wrote.

Although the court hasn’t formally added this case to its docket, this is the first time the Supreme Court enters the controversy of bathroom access in public spaces for transgender people.

Grimm’s case could be a linchpin on this front, even as other states and localities face off with the federal government over whether existing federal civil rights statutes shield trans individuals from discrimination in education and employment settings.

Among the issues that are central to the Grimm case and similar disputes in North Carolina and elsewhere is whether the Obama administration acted lawfully in its interpretation of Title IX, which prohibits certain kinds of discrimination against students by state and local schools receiving federal funding.

By Cristian Farias. Posted 08/03/2016 05:43 pm ET.


Day 4: Make America One Again

Mijente, a group for Latinos who aim to fight xenophobia, staged a “wall off Trump” protest in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND — The final day of the Republican National Convention began with Ted Cruz on the defensive after he declined to endorse Donald J. Trump during his speech Wednesday night. On Thursday night, Mr. Trump’s address is the main event. A few things to watch for on the final day:

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Ugh, Falwell. I already had to hear that fucknugget give an endorsement speech for Trump once (even though he claimed it wasn't an endorsement...yeah fucking right).
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