Jan Morgan — a gun range owner in Hot Springs, Arkansas, who declared her business a “Muslim-free zone” last year — has reportedly barred a Hindu father and son of South Asian descent from her range.
The son, who asked local media to keep him and his father anonymous for safety concerns, told Arkansas Matters that they were immediately asked where they were from upon entering the range, answering that they were from Hot Springs.
Morgan then informed the pair that the range is “Muslim free,” to which they replied they are Hindu, the son said.
The son said Morgan threatened to call the police if the father and son refused to leave.
“She just said, ‘you know, I don’t think you guys belong here,’” the son told Arkansas Matters.
Afterward, the son tweeted, “My dad and I just got kicked out of a Muslim-free gun range. I’m not Muslim, I’m just brown.”
Siddhartha? Yes, these savages have actually banned Hesse’s 1922 classic.
Highland Park High School students were told to put down their books last week.
The Art of Racing in the Rain — the book they were reading in a 10th-grade English class — was suspended from the school district’s approved book list. The novel about a race car driver grieving the loss of his wife includes a sex scene that made some parents uncomfortable.
It was among seven books suspended last week after parents challenged their content because of sex scenes and references to rape, abuse and abortion. In emails and at meetings, parents said high school students should not be exposed to some of the hardships and controversies of adulthood.
This later paragraph is especially telling:
Thad Smith, a parent and Highland Park graduate, said at a school board meeting that he was “frightened by the changes to recommended reading that have happened since I graduated.” Smith said his company’s email filter prevented him from sending an excerpt from one of the books.
Smith is quite wrong. When I was in high school (ca. mid 60s) we read such works as Tea and Sympathy (which involves much explicit language and the seduction of a student by a teacher’s wife) and, of course, Catcher in the Rye, the adolescent classic that likewise includes many sexual references and a lot of realistic (ie very raw) language. It was all part of the process of introducing young people to the adult world, in sometimes raw but carefully measured doses. Everyone but the most ignorant understood this and the ignorant knew to hide their ignorance in shame. Standards have become much less, not more, permissive since every ignoramus with an axe to grind can access suitable talking points on the net and a talking head or radio mouth to assure them that their ignorance is not ignorance at all.
More: Highland Park ISD Suspends Seven Books After Parents Protest Their Content
This reminds me of the Louisiana legislator who was horrified to learn that her school voucher bill would benefit Muslim schools as well as her pet fundy ones.
I learned a long time ago to be careful what you wish for. When the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby could use its religion to violate parts of a federal law, anyone with half a brain knew that the floodgates had just been opened.
Because that ruling wasn’t just about Hobby Lobby being given the right to deny four different types of birth control to their employees, it essentially established the precedent for people or businesses to use their religion to try to get their own way and ignore federal laws.
Similar to how a woman in Florida is suing a health clinic for religious discrimination because she admitted during her interview that she wouldn’t prescribe birth control to patients because it was against her religion.
Well, in a very interesting take on this whole situation, The Satanic Temple is urging women to print out a letter they’ve drafted to present to their physicians that exempts them from having to comply with several of the anti-choice laws that have been passed in many states around the country.
They’re calling this push, “The Right to Accurate Medical Information.”
Many states have anti-choice laws that require things like women to have a sonogram performed, or basically be subjected to conservative “pro-life” propaganda, before having an abortion.
The comments section on Senator Ted Cruz’s Facebook page is truly a goldmine of racism, homophobia and utter batshit crazy remarks by what can only be assumed to be the people that get the corner booth, in the far back hall, by the janitor’s closet at GOP conventions. On a normal day, you can find the standard rants about the New World Order, auditing the Federal Reserve and indiscernible gibberish about extraterrestrials running the government, etc.
A lot of these people absolutely worship Ted Cruz as well as his House colleagues from Texas, Louie Gohmert, Steve Stockman, and Ted Barton. Yes, that Ted Barton, the one who thinks wind energy would cause global warming by slowing the rotation of the planet. Needless to say, you can imagine what the comments section looks like on any given day.
It really got interesting though when Ted Cruz and Glenn Beck made a trip to the border with Mexico to hand out teddy bears and soccer balls to the refugee children. Remember, anything short of setting attack dogs loose on these kids or even shooting them is tantamount to betraying conservative principles in the minds of some of these people.
Time to meet Evelyn. Evelyn gets a double feature for your facepalm pleasure. She believes in just about every wacky conspiracy story out there and also thinks that somehow God is punishing us for allowing refugee children to come across the border, by sending refugee kids across the border with diseases. You really can’t make this stuff up.
MUCH MUCH More: Angry Conservatives Turn on Ted Cruz for Giving Toys to Kids
A guest on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show, Iraq war veteran Earl Catagnus Jr., seems to believe that the number of military advisors President Obama is sending into Iraq (300) is extremely significant. He said:
“I have to just mention this about the 300, and what the significance of that number is, it’s symbolic. The movie now, 300 with the 300 Spartans, is an East versus West fight. I don’t know if this is where the sophistication - why the President chose 300, and I don’t know but it signals maybe to Iran, because we see that because the movie was a big downer, and Iran it wasn’t allowed to be played because it shows the Persians in this negative, barbarous state. Again, it’s an example of something, if it isn’t intended, and it’s an unintended consequence, you’re thumbing your nose at another part of the region just because of your ignorance of what that means, that 300 military advisers, American Spartan warriors that are the special forces and, again, I don’t know if that was intended or unintended, but it will signal a message to Iran.”
Yes, that’s someone trying to claim that President Obama’s decision to send 300 military advisers to Iraq is somehow tied with the movie 300 starring Gerard Butler.
I’m sure in the midst of an extremely tense situation developing in Iraq, President Obama sat there thinking to himself, “You know, let’s send 300 troops over to Iraq in a symbolic gesture like the Spartans used against the Persians in that movie 300. That way, we’ll not only be advising Iraq on how to handle these Islamic insurgents, but we’ll be sticking it to Iran at the same time.”
A spokesman for Comedy Central sent out the following press release:
After hearing the extremely compelling, and not at all ridiculous, beliefs by creationists from Answers in Genesis, we’ve decided to offer what we think is the proper platform for these extremely sane and logical individuals to present their scientific evidence.
And by scientific evidence we mean comedy in the form of delusions and probable mental instability.
While the scientific snobs over at Cosmos might not be willing to take these people seriously, we’re willing to take it a step further by giving them one hour per week to provide our audience with pure comedic gold.
We expect such creationist hits as:
Were you there when the universe was formed? So then you don’t really know.
Yes, we really believe humans and dinosaurs co-existed.
It’s perfectly logical that a 500-year-old man built an ark that housed millions of animals without any apparent waste management system.
Of course we have proof! It’s called the Bible.
It’s perfectly acceptable for two daughters to get their father drunk, then have “relations” with him in hopes that the act will result in them becoming pregnant.
Just to name a few of the hits that we’re hoping the good folks at Answers in Genesis will provide for our audience. We just felt that after looking over what these people believe, and why, Comedy Central was the right place for them to present their arguments.
As of now we have not yet heard a response from Answers in Genesis about our offer.
Like Louis Gohmert, Ted is probably not an actual idiot himself, he just plays one on Fox TV for the benefit of his whack-job base in the Texas hinterland. He may realize that this base will conflate “net neutrality” with the old fairness doctrine, a common but very stupid error. Alan doesn’t mention this angle in the article, but it seems likely to me that Cruz’s reference to “robust free speech” is an attempt to encourage that conflation.
Ted Cruz proved once again what an absolute fool he is when he released a statement concerning net neutrality and the FCC. Net neutrality, of course, is what keeps the Internet 100% open. It means that every website, regardless of size, is accessible at the exact same speed as every other site. If you want to stream something on Netflix, or visit your neighborhood pizza shop’s website, both will be accessible on your computer at whatever broadband speed you pay for.
What Internet service providers are trying to do is make it to where they can charge websites premium fees to gain access to these speeds. And those sites that either can’t, or won’t, pay these premium fees to the Internet providers will then be throttled down to potentially unusable levels. Basically, it’s the corporate takeover of how we access everything on the Internet. It’s a massive threat that more Americans need to take far more seriously.
Well, Senator Cruz issued a statement on net neutrality - and subsequently proved that he doesn’t have any idea what it means.
“The FCC’s latest adventure in ‘net neutrality’ would stifle innovation and subject the Internet to nanny-state regulation from Washington.” Cruz wrote in the statement. “Internet freedom has produced robust free speech for billions and a wide-open incubator for entrepreneurs to generate jobs and expand opportunity.”
I know, there are also many liberal and lefty conspiracy theories. The difference is that they have not been mainstreamed into one of the two major political parties in this country. Remember, for example, that it was VP candidate Sarah Palin who popularized the notion of “death panels,” and the GOP that ceaselessly accuses the administration of deliberately leaving Americans to die in Benghazi for some incomprehensible but undoubtedly nefarious reason. In contrast, we have not seen Joe Biden allege that Bush used earthquake machines against Iraq, nor did 1972 Dem candidate George McGovern claim that Nixon had faked the Moon landings. Conspiracy theories as a factor in national politics are almost exclusively a product of the right.
Most of us know that conservatives are professional conspiracy theorists. In the past I’ve joked that they must really believe President Obama is the most powerful president in United States history considering the amount of conspiracies they’ve alleged he’s successfully perpetrated.
But conspiracy theorists always make me laugh because they believe all of these asinine things, yet none of them ever come to fruition. Not one time do these people ask themselves, “Maybe the people I trust have been lying to me?”
I’m still waiting for President Obama to make this massive push to confiscate everyone’s guns. After all, isn’t that what the NRA has said he’s planned to do since he was elected? Well, as we all know, that hasn’t happened (and it won’t). But I’ll tell you what has happened. Every single time the NRA and their conservative puppets start pushing these conspiracies about guns, gun and ammo sales skyrocket. But I’m sure there’s absolutely no link between massive gun manufacturers’ support of the NRA and their irrational fear mongering about gun confiscation that always leads to a spike in gun and ammo sales.
What about those microchip mandates in the Affordable Care Act? Anyone been microchipped yet? Anyone? Bueller? Didn’t think so.
Full rundown and more: A Breakdown of Some of the Asinine Conspiracy Theories Conservatives Have Used Against Obama
An employee at a leading Republican consulting firm used by lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick, Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Donna Campbell, among others, registered a political action committee with the state by the name of “Boats ‘N Hoes PAC” earlier this month.
Shaun Nowacki, listed as comptroller for Blakemore and Associates consulting firm, registered the PAC with the Texas Ethics Commission on April 1, according to state records.
Allen Blakemore, the principal for the firm, is the “senior strategist” for Patrick’s lieutenant governor campaign and was hired by Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, for eight different campaigns beginning in 1991, according to Blakemore’s website.
Nowacki and Blakemore each did not immediately return calls requesting comment.
Patrick, a Houston Republican, is in a heated runoff with incumbent David Dewhurst and drew statewide attention Tuesday for his immigration debate with San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.
The PAC’s name is likely a nod to a popular phrase coined in the 2008 movie “Step Brothers.”
“That’s a horrible name,” said Jessica Luther, a writer and activist in Austin. “Why would you use the word ‘hoes,’ which is obviously derogatory toward women, in a PAC name? The Texas GOP rarely surprises me, but this one actually does.”
I think by now most who follow my writing know that I am not a fan of creationists. In fact, the more I speak with several of them, the more I think these people are suffering from severe mental illness. They’ll literally say that all scientific data is “just a theory” and that none of it is provable, yet they’ll cling to the “truths” inside of the Bible because they view the Bible as some kind of factual history book.
When I attack creationists, they think I’m attacking Christianity - which isn’t true at all. As most people who follow me know, I’m a Christian. I’ve probably written nearly 100 articles defending my faith.
Because I believe Christianity goes far beyond the Bible. In fact, while I won’t deny that I do believe the Bible does have some basis for facts hidden within its text, I see it more as a guide book for those who might need direction. I don’t see the Bible as a word for word factual depiction of history. That’s ludicrous.
And while these people might call themselves Christians, and they’re more than free to do just that, I can’t view these people as Christians. I see them as people suffering from some form of mental condition. And while that might sound harsh, it’s just the way that I feel.
To really believe that dinosaurs and man walked the Earth together; that a man named Noah built an ark that housed every animal on Earth and lived to be 900 years old; that the science behind the speed of light isn’t valid; that the Earth is only 6,000 years old; and the Earth was made in 6, 24 hour days is insane.
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