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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”
Wingnuts • Views: 12,086

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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Charles Barkley Urges Final Four and Super Bowl To Stay Out of Indiana

Calls for NCAA events not to be held in Indiana
Sports • Views: 26,676

At Sports Illustrated tonight: NCAA Tournament Analyst Charles Barkley Denounces Indiana Law.

NCAA tournament analyst Charles Barkley released a statement Friday calling for big events such as the Final Four and the Super Bowl not to be held in Indiana in light of recent legislation in the state that many view as discriminatory against gay, lesbian and transgendered people.

“Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me,” Barkley said in the statement.

“As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities.”

Friday Afternoon Acoustic Jam: Spencer Elliott, “Insignificant”

The yin and the yang
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Music & Guitar Tab available at candyrat.com

Visit Spencer Elliott at:

Facebook: facebook.com
Website: spencerelliott.net

Video Production by Jason Lockart and Robbie Lanham
Audio Production by Antoine Dufour

Spencer plays:
Fan-Fret Jumbo guitar by Jedidiah Wiebe

Stupidest Man on Internet: Germanwings Copilot Was a SECRET MUSLIM

More derp from the Dim One
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DERPJim Hoft, Dumbest Man on the Internet, has discovered the only evidence he needs to assert that Germanwings copilot Andreas Lubitz was A SECRET MUSLIM!

Jim’s evidence: a completely insane, over the top writer for a German anti-Muslim website who goes by the pseudonym “Michael Mannheimer” (real name: Karl-Michael Merkle), who explains that Lubitz occasionally visited the city of Bremen, and there’s a mosque in Bremen, so you FILL IN THE DOTS. What more do you need? Secret Muslim convert! There’s no other way to interpret this overwhelming evidence.

The insane rant that convinced the Dumbest Man on the Internet:

According to Michael Mannheimer, a writer for German PI-News, Germany now has its own 9/11, thanks to the convert to Islam, Andreas Lubitz.

Translation from German:

All evidence indicates that the copilot of Airbus machine in his six-months break during his training as a pilot in Germanwings, converted to Islam and subsequently either by the order of “radical”, ie. devout Muslims , or received the order from the book of terror, the Quran, on his own accord decided to carry out this mass murder. As a radical mosque in Bremen is in the center of the investigation, in which the convert was staying often, it can be assumed that he - as Mohammed Atta, in the attack against New York - received his instructions directly from the immediate vicinity of the mosque.

Converts are the most important weapon of Islam. Because their resume do not suggests that they often are particularly violent Muslims. Thus Germany now has its own 9/11, but in a reduced form. And so it is clear that Islam is a terrorist organization that are in accordance with §129a of the Criminal Code to prohibit it and to investigate its followers. But nothing will happen. One can bet that the apologists (media, politics, “Islamic Scholars”) will agree to assign this an act of a “mentally unstable” man, and you can bet that now, once again the mantra of how supposedly peaceful Islam is will continue. And worse still, the attacks by the left against those who have always warned against Islam, will be angrier and merciless.

For now the German Islam supporters like never before have their backs against the wall.

Michael Mannheimer, 26.3.2015

UPDATE at 3/27/15 11:37:10 am by Charles Johnson

Meanwhile, in the real world: Torn-Up Sick Notes Show Crash Pilot Should Have Been Grounded.

(Reuters) - German authorities said on Friday they had found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy.

[…]

“Documents with medical contents were confiscated that point towards an existing illness and corresponding treatment by doctors,” said the prosecutors’ office in Duesseldorf, where the co-pilot lived and where the doomed flight from Barcelona was heading.

[…]

They found no suicide note or confession, “nor was there any evidence of a political or religious background to what happened”, they added.

AZ GOP Lawmaker Suggests Law Requiring Church Attendance

Separation of church and state, what a concept
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Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen, who is a Republican if you can believe that, suggested this week (while explaining her vote for a bill that would allow people to carry guns basically everywhere) that Arizona lawmakers should debate a bill to force citizens to attend church on Sunday. You can’t make this stuff up.

Republican Arizona Senator Sylvia Allen suggested this week that lawmakers should debate forcing people to attend church services once a week.

Allen acknowledged such a law would never be allowed, but floated as an idea to create what she described as a much-needed “moral rebirth of this country.”

“How we get to back to a moral rebirth of this country, I don’t know, since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have,” Allen said. “Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth.”

Sylvia Allen also believes the Earth is 6,000 years old, and therefore we don’t need any environmental laws to regulate uranium mining.

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And Allen believes strongly in the whacked out far right “Agenda 21” conspiracy theory, and thinks it’s replacing the US Constitution with a commie government. Yes, she really does.

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This has been your daily glimpse at how insane the Republican Party has become.

(h/t: wrenchwench.)

Right Wing Bloggers Desperate to Blame Germanwings Crash on Muslims

Crazed
Wingnuts • Views: 25,312

By now everyone’s heard about the reports that a French prosecutor has alleged that copilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed a Germanwings A320 into an alpine mountain late Tuesday. Key word, of course, being “alleged,” because nothing has been determined for certain yet.

But that doesn’t stop the Stupidest Man on the Internet, the inestimable Jim Hoft, from screaming: PHOTO—- the Copilot Who Murdered 149 People on a Germanwings Airbus A320 | the Gateway Pundit.

DERPPhotos were released today of the copilot who murdered 149 people on a Germanwings Airbus A320.

The copilot would not let the pilot back into the cockpit after he left to use the restroom.

28-year-old German Andreas Lubitz trained in the [sic] Phoenix, Arizona and is pictured here in San Francisco.

Somehow Hoft managed to refrain from automatically blaming the crash on Muslims, as he normally would — probably because he knew his knuckle-dragging readers would do it for him. And they responded like Pavlov’s dogs:

News of recent conversion to Islam in 3…2…

[…]

the PC crowd will never ‘reveal’ his true ‘ties’

[…]

another pilot “…trained in the US.” —
but- this was not a terrorist- attack -
NO-
islam is a religion of peace-
Right

[…]

Andreas Lubitz, peace be upon him, is no more Islamic than the Sharpton is hustling.

[…]

“Not known” just means he was smarter than the stupid (liberal) people running Germany.

[…]

Time that we start testing every pilot before every flight. Hand them a bacon sandwiche and throw any that don’t eat it off the dam plane.

[…]

Showing pix of him at San Francisco proves his communist leanings.

[…]

This tragedy should be blamed on muslims anyway ! : without 9/11, and other arab/muslim “air terrorism” (highjacking etc), the cockpit door would have been normal (not reinforced etc) and it could have been opened by the locked out pilot/crew who then could have retaken control of the plane.

[…]

[…]

Was he a Muzzie who changed his name or had converted recently?

[…]

Photographed at a sodomite mecca.

[…]

Could this be the new ingenious tactic the terrorists are using to down planes?

This crazed response isn’t unique to Jim Hoft’s hate site; if you look at comments on any right wing blog or media site today you’ll find similar Islamophobic rants. For example, from the story at Breitbart “News:”

Accommodations to Islamic pilots could allow them room for a prayer rug in the cockpit and allowing them to navigate towards Mecca for Prayer Time before readjusting heading for final destination.

[…]

No Qu’rans allowed signs posted

[…]

yelling Allah Akbar while downing a plane is so yesterday..

[…]

The ACCELERATING demographics in Europe show that the ‘NO-GO’ areas of ISLAMIC CULTURE are GROWING and, as they MERGE, there will be FEWER and FEWER places to LAND.

[…]

Does O-hole allow Muslims to pilot AF One?

It would be interesting to know, how many times AF One has been flown by a Muslim?

[…]

I think andreas last thoughts went to Allah

At Breitbart there are thousands of comments like this. There’s a deep, deep sickness running amok in the right wing base.

Overnight Jam: Greg Holden, “Hold on Tight”

Don’t take your life for granted
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