James Gandolfini, who rose to fame as the agonized mob boss on HBO’s groundbreaking drama “The Sopranos,” has died, the network confirmed late Wednesday.
Gandolfini, who was 51, was stricken during a stay in Italy, according to reports.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Wednesday she’s changed her views and now supports gay marriage, becoming the third Senate Republican to do so.
Murkowski declared as recently as her 2010 re-election campaign that she believes marriage should be legally defined as between a man and woman. She’s voted to amend the Constitution to forbid gay marriage. But she said Wednesday she’s changed her mind.
Murkowski said she’s come to the conclusion it is not the business of the federal government to tell people who they can marry. She called same-sex marriage consistent with Republican values of limited government and family values.
Charlie Sheen’s meltdown, Kim Kardashian’s sex tape, and Anthony Weiner’s sexting are but three examples of how “evil is running amok in our country and all over the globe.”
Call it Klan Kamp, a summertime retreat in the Ozark Mountains where, for $500 per camper, young and old can learn the fundamentals of the “HOLY mission of White Christian Revival” with the goal of becoming leaders in the “New Crusade for race, faith and homeland.”
On Aug. 23, the first class of the Soldiers of the Cross Training Institute (SOTC) is scheduled to begin on the Arkansas property of the Knights Party, the offspring of David Duke’s Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
The seven-day institute is the brainchild of the Knights Party leader and pastor, Thomas Robb, who has brought together a roster of fellow white supremacists from down the road and across the sea to teach such subjects as “America’s Changing Political climate,” “Leadership – Activist leaders and leaders in the shadows,” “What is propaganda and how to use it effectively,” and “Establishing white conscienceness [sic] in modern society.”
There is no mention on the institute’s website of spelling or typing lessons being offered during the weeklong kickoff of the crusade to establish “white consciousness.”
The key to winning the Latino vote is rejecting immigration reform, conservative pundit Ann Coulter said Tuesday.
Coulter offered her bad advice during an appearance on Fox News personality Sean Hannity’s radio show, where she continued to rail against the possibility of a bipartisan immigration reform bill passing the U.S. Congress
“We can win Hispanics,” Coulter said. “We can’t win them if we keep bringing in the foreign ones.”
New Delhi (CNN) — At 17, Sonali Mukherjee had everything going for her. She was a beautiful, intelligent and ambitious young woman, dedicated to excelling in her studies.
She was president of the Student Union, captain of the National Cadet Corps and an honor student set to pursue a PhD in sociology despite her modest family background — her father used to work as a security guard in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand and her mother was a housewife.
“I had seen my parents struggle for the most basic things, so I strived to achieve something big so that I could give my family a better life,” she said.
However, Mukherjee’s life changed after three male students from her college started harassing her. She didn’t respond to their advances, so they threatened to destroy her.
The Internal Revenue Service is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses despite an Obama administration directive to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts enacted this year, according to a GOP senator.
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says his office has learned that the IRS is executing an agreement with the employees’ union on Wednesday to pay the bonuses. Grassley says the bonuses should be canceled under an April directive from the White House budget office.
The directive was written by Danny Werfel, a former budget official who has since been appointed acting IRS commissioner.
(Read More: IRS Officials Face Grilling Over Lavish Spending)
IRS Under Fire, Again
Video of IRS employees dancing during an employee conference is stirring up controversy, reports CNBC’s John Harwood.
“The IRS always claims to be short on resources,” Grassley said. “But it appears to have $70 million for union bonuses. And it appears to be making an extra effort to give the bonuses despite opportunities to renegotiate with the union and federal instruction to cease discretionary bonuses during sequestration.”
Linda Harvey Likens Gay Acceptance among Youth to Believing the Sun Revolves the Earth
Mission America’s Linda Harvey yesterday attacked the College Republican National Committee for acknowledging that the GOP’s anti-gay stances were alienating young voters, who overwhelmingly support gay rights, and asking the party to “welcome healthy debate on the policy topic at hand.” She compared such a move to a science teacher instructing a class that there is a “healthy debate” as to whether the sun revolves around the earth because some “low-information students” think that’s how the solar system works.
While that is actually a great argument against teaching intelligent design and creationism in schools, Harvey said the situation would be like the GOP adjusting its rhetoric around abortion rights and gay equality in order to attract young voters.
Harvey even drew a parallel between same-sex marriage and racism: “Would a responsible party welcome a healthy debate on racism? Of course not.”
“Makes perfect sense until you remember that these young voters don’t know what they’re talking about,” Harvey continued. “Rather than pledge to educate the uninformed, the segment of these younger voters who are showing the effectiveness of propaganda but little wisdom; no, these researchers recommend the GOP back off of the truth.”
She accused the young Republicans of “ignoring all the evidence” about the supposed harms of homosexuality, which she said is “being packaged and sold to vulnerable children,” and catering to the “militant gay lobby.” Harvey even called for a third party based on Tea Party and religious values if the GOP turns into “the meaningless party.”
I couldn’t help but point out that of the several ptolomaicists out there, all the ones I know of are fundamentalist Christians, who take the authority of the Bible on the arrangement of the heavens to be more authoritative than reality. So “ignoring all the evidence” is indeed a curious choice of words on her part.
Incidentally, you can actually argue that all points of rotation are relative and arbitrary, and a perfectly valid system can be described in which the Universe revolves around the tip of your pencil, but unfortunately for the ptolomaicists this also implies that the Universe has no center, which is what really irks them. In the mind of a fundamentalists they must be the center of the Universe, because clearly they are the most important thing in it.
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While my anger and disbelief did not subside, I soon moved to sadness. Do you live in such a protected bubble that you would blame the victim of rape and excuse the perpetrators? Many have joined you in this victim blaming…unfortunately that is the culture in which we live. Your contribution to this culture as a role model for girls and women makes your comment more damaging to a young girl and so many like her who have been raped and made to question their role in that rape.
It is also puzzling that you would have this stance considering the mission of your own foundation.
“Funding and creating programs that will provide counseling, care (foster care and day care), housing, food, and education to youth who have been affected by violent crimes throughout the United States.”
What a girl or woman wears, what she drinks, where she goes is never consent to rape. I ask that you take the effort to learn about the rampant rape culture to which you have contributed.
As a child, I didn’t understand most of the midnight phone calls to my mom, or the times women would come over with children in tow, sometimes even in pajamas, and I would be told to go entertain them while Mama ensconced herself in her bedroom with their mother.
Once, my mom spotted a bruised woman with three children holding a cardboard sign in the Wal-Mart parking lot. It was pouring down rain. I was seven.
“Stay in the car,” she said, locking me in. She went to talk to the woman. I was so uninterested in what was happening; we were on our way to Wal-Mart to get a new something-or-other for me, and this weird stranger and her crying kids were delaying our mission.
I was even less enthused when Mom got back in the car and said, “We have to make a little trip first,” and then drove, with the woman in her own car behind us, to either a battered women’s shelter or a food cupboard.
I couldn’t remember which when the memory came to me, so I called Mama and asked her.