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Tuesday Evening Jam: Bob Schneider, “The Fools”

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One of the reasons I love Bob Schneider’s music so much is that his lyrics occasionally get completely wacky, but still there’s something in there that’s really touching. Here’s the latest video from his EP King Kong Vol. 1.

Published on March 30, 2015. From Bob Schneider’s King Kong Vol 1 EP::Released on February 10, 2015

Video directed and edited by Bob Schneider

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Stephen King: Indiana’s RFRA Is “A Dog Turd”

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Author Stephen King had a very direct, unvarnished description of Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” yesterday on Twitter:

That’s why he gets paid the big bucks.

Indianapolis Star Front Page Editorial: “FIX THIS NOW”

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Indianapolis Star’s front page editorial today on the controversial “Religious Freedom” law

We are at a critical moment in Indiana’s history.

And much is at stake.

Our image. Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome. And our efforts over many years to retool our economy, to attract talented workers and thriving businesses, and to improve the quality of life for millions of Hoosiers.

All of this is at risk because of a new law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that no matter its original intent already has done enormous harm to our state and potentially our economic future.

The consequences will only get worse if our state leaders delay in fixing the deep mess created.

Half steps will not be enough. Half steps will not undo the damage.

Only bold action — action that sends an unmistakable message to the world that our state will not tolerate discrimination against any of its citizens — will be enough to reverse the damage.

Gov. Mike Pence and the General Assembly need to enact a state law to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Those protections and RFRA can co-exist. They do elsewhere.

More: Editorial: Gov. Pence, Fix ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Now

Indiana Anti-Gay Activist Opposes Mike Pence’s Plan to “Clarify” the RFRA

The anti-gay base keeps giving away the game
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been all over the media yesterday and today, pretending the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” has nothing to do with discriminating against LGBT people, and today he announced that he’d push for a “clarification” of the bill, to show that it doesn’t do that thing everybody knows it does.

Pence has a problem, though; the anti-gay activists who helped ram this bill through the Indiana legislature are opposed to any such clarification, because of course they are.

Micah Clark of the American Family Association’s Indiana chapter, who stood right behind Pence, along with several other Religious Right leaders, when he signed the bill into law and has quite a record of anti-gay activism, said today that he opposes any such clarification.

He told AFA President Tim Wildmon today that conservatives should call Pence and other state officials and demand that they oppose any effort to clarify that the law does not legalize discrimination: “That could totally destroy this bill.” (In Georgia, supporters of a similar bill also opposed a push to ensure that the legislation will not permit discrimination in business.)

Wildmon agreed, adding that the Indiana law is necessary to protect anti-gay business owners from “persecution.” The law’s critics, Wildmon claimed, are waging “spiritual warfare” against state officials.

Here’s a photo originally posted proudly by Micah Clark, showing Clark and several other anti-gay activists standing with Pence when he signed the RFRA, with annotations added by GLAAD to make it very clear that Pence is simply lying about its intent.

Indiana GOP Shocked - SHOCKED - People Think ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Is Anti-Gay

Stunned
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Spoiler, for those not aware of how the GOP operates: they’re not really shocked. They knew exactly what they were doing. In some circles, this tactic is known as “lying.”

WASHINGTON — Indiana’s Republican leaders said they were shocked, confused and completely caught off-guard by the backlash to their new “religious freedom” law, telling reporters Monday that they had not expected criticism calling the measure anti-gay.

“I don’t think anyone anticipated that the characterization of the bill would be, this denies to services to a specific class to Hoosiers. It does just the opposite. It includes all Hoosiers in the religious freedom standard. And it’s a misperception that it denies services,” said Indiana state House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) during a Monday morning press conference with Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R).

Long acknowledged that the GOP-controlled legislature did not work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups on crafting the language of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because the lawmakers didn’t think the bill would affect that community.

It is to laugh.

UPDATE at 3/30/15 12:36:00 pm by Charles Johnson

I should point out that critics of this bill understand it’s designed to protect people who deny services to gays. Nobody has said the bill itself “denies services” to LGBT people. This is a classic GOP misdirection.

Tim Cook: ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws Are Discriminatory and Dangerous

Drawing a line
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Apple CEO Tim Cook drops the mic at the Washington Post. It’s rare to see the head of a massive corporation put himself on the line like this; good on ya, Tim.

Tim Cook: Pro-Discrimination ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws Are Dangerous.

I remember what it was like to grow up in the South in the 1960s and 1970s. Discrimination isn’t something that’s easy to oppose. It doesn’t always stare you in the face. It moves in the shadows. And sometimes it shrouds itself within the very laws meant to protect us.

Our message, to people around the country and around the world, is this: Apple is open. Open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. Regardless of what the law might allow in Indiana or Arkansas, we will never tolerate discrimination.

Men and women have fought and died fighting to protect our country’s founding principles of freedom and equality. We owe it to them, to each other and to our future to continue to fight with our words and our actions to make sure we protect those ideals. The days of segregation and discrimination marked by “Whites Only” signs on shop doors, water fountains and restrooms must remain deep in our past. We must never return to any semblance of that time. America must be a land of opportunity for everyone.

Read the whole thing.

Awesome Music From Mali: Salif Keita, “Calculer” & “Kamoukie”

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Here are two songs by the great Malian musician Salif Keita. I dare you to sit still while this plays.

Former SCGOP Head Todd Kincannon Accused of Threatening Wife

Right wing family values
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Todd Kincannon, former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party and unreconstructed hateful racist, was questioned by police last Thursday after threatening his wife and refusing to let her out of the car in a Chick-fil-A parking lot.

Todd Kincannon, a Columbia attorney and former executive director of the S.C. Republican Party, has been accused of threatening his wife and refusing to let her out of his car Thursday night, according to a report from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. He has not been arrested or charged with any crimes, according to a sheriff’s department spokesman.

The report states that on Thursday at about 10:21 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy responded to Kincannon’s house in Columbia “regarding a possible domestic incident.” The deputy met with Kincannon, who said he and his wife had gotten in an argument about him “touching [his wife’s] leg at a work function.” The report notes that Kincannon “denied any physical altercation and had no signs of such.”

The officer then spoke with Kincannon’s wife, Ashely Suzanne Griffith, who said that they “have a history of unreported domestic violence.” She said she was “extremely fearful” of Kincannon and described him as being “extremely ‘traditional’ and controlling, thus becoming very upset due to embarrassing him,” according to the report.

Kincannon’s accounts on Twitter were recently suspended, after a long history of posting insanely offensive and racist tweets, often advocating or excusing violence. For example, he posted our Most Disgusting Right Wing Tweet About Ray Rice last year. Because his account is suspended, we can’t embed the tweet any more, but this is our saved text version of it:

Anyone surprised he’s being accused of abusing his wife?

UPDATE at 3/29/15 12:32:09 pm by Charles Johnson

Here’s a screenshot of another Kincannon tweet on Ray Rice, courtesy of @ProgressGA.

Chuck C. Johnson Worked for Two Years on Yet Another Massive Fail

“This is how it is done”
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A couple of days ago, our stalker pal Chuck C. Johnson started posting a string of clownish boasts about an article he was planning to publish. Chuck hyped this article as a bombshell exposé of a well-known conservative figure, said he’d been working on it for two years, and dropped a series of hints about sexual harassment and grabbing “tits” (Chuck is nothing if not classy).

TAKE NOTE, MEDIA! THIS IS HOW IT IS DONE!

(Rarely have I seen a person with such radically over-inflated self-esteem, yet so little reason for it.)

So anyway, long story short, Chuck’s target this time is Allen West: BREAKING, EXCLUSIVE: Allen West Has Sexually Harassed at Least Two Women - GotNews.

Who knows if there’s any truth to these allegations? It wouldn’t be very surprising, since West has been accused of sexual harassment before; but hey, this is Chuck C. Johnson! And of course, that means it’s based on those anonymous sources for which Chuck has become notorious, and that some observers suspect may exist only in Chuck’s alleged mind.

But shortly after posting this BREAKING EXCLUSIVE BOMBSHELL, Chuck was forced to add his first walk-back, when one of the women he identified as having been groped by West demanded that he correct the record. In typical Chuck fashion, he did this in the most passive aggressive way possible:

West, who was fired from Pajamas Media, grabbed the breast of then 24-year-old, Michelle Fields in front of an elevator while the two of them were colleagues. Fields declined to be interviewed on record but three different sources at PJ Media confirmed this story. (Update: Fields repeatedly and emphatically refused comment on the record and asked that I change her earlier confirmation which I have now done.)

The funniest part of this is that Chuck was immediately, viciously attacked by hordes of angry right wingers who really didn’t cotton to the idea of the Ginger Avenger smearing their idol Allen West, who won the loyalty of the wingnut base by making frequent horrible statements about President Obama. A couple of my favorites:

So far, not a single source in media or blogs has linked approvingly to Chuck’s hit piece. And Chuck seems to dimly realize he screwed this one up, big time; normally he posts at least a dozen links to an article like this on Twitter and rants about it for hours. But this time, he posted just one lonely link — then immediately started tweeting about other subjects.

Can you say “backfire?” TAKE NOTE, MEDIA! THIS IS HOW IT IS DONE!

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