Right Wing Evangelical Gary McCullough Says Ellen DeGeneres Forced Out of AI because She’s a Lesbian

Right wing evangelical Gary McCullough says Ellen DeGeneres forced out because she is a lesbian and “there is a limit on what Christian viewers will tolerate.

I generally stay away from showbiz-type stories, but I find it very interesting that Gary McCullough, a director of Christian Wire, could have the hubris to say I told you so over Ellen DeGeneres’ decision to resign as one of the judges on “American Idol.” His reason is based on his belief that so-called Christians wouldn’t accept a lesbian as a judge on a prime time television show. Er, could the reason for Ellen DeGeneres’ departure be that she cannot sing and had no business critiquing the contestants. Last year R&B legend Patti Labelle said that some judges on the show have no business in such a role because they have no experience in that regard.

Lost on Gary McCullough is the fact that Kara DioGuardi has been fired from the show. This had nothing to do with her sexuality, as is the case with DeGeneres. It is amazing how the religious right will twist words and act as though they are the judge and jury of every facet of this country’s being. He’s an excerpt from his press release:

When it comes to the business relationship between American Idol and Ellen DeGeneres, to the chagrin of Pansy Hilton and a multitude of homo-fascist bloggers, I am on an I-told-you-so roll.

In January, I wrote, “I am confident that the producers of American Idol will be shocked when their market share has cratered, and will in all honesty find a dozen other reasons for the drop in ratings. After all, what successful television producer could have a clue what wholesomeness is as long as they see promoting homosexuality as a virtue.”

In May, I wrote, “Here is my next prediction. There will be no left wing social activist as a judge for the tenth season of American Idol. Not only will DeGeneres be gone, she will not be replaced by anyone close to a Rosie O’Donnell wanna-be.” The question now is; can American Idol be saved. I say no. Ellen DeGeneres skied over that bull-shark and the audience she drove away will never return. Idol may as well succumb to slobbering panders of Hilton and bring him on as a judge and nuke the fridge.

The moral of the story, contrary to what Gary McCullough believes, is that “American Idol” has run its course and is no longer a ratings bonanza, especially in light of Simon Cowell’s departure. This isn’t about Ellen DeGeneres being a lesbian host. Clay Aiken came second during one season’s competition and has had a good career, despite the fact he is a homosexual. Who cares? Certainly not Hollywood. He says there is a limit to what Christian viewers will tolerate. Really? That sounds like a lot of right wing evangelical BS to me.

Glenn Beck Promotes Auction for Dinner with Andrew Breitbart After he Slandered Black Former USDA Official Shirley Sherrod

Glenn Beck promotes auction for dinner with Andrew Breitbart after modern-day lynching of black former USDA official Shirley Sherrod.

Media Matters: Glenn Beck promotes auction for dinner with Andrew Breitbart. Birds of a feather flock together. In the aftermath of the modern-day lynching of black former USDA official Shirley Sherrod over incident that occurred 24 years ago, Andrew Breitbart is embraced by many conservatives for his propagandist ways.

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Aunesti Lee Allen, 3, Shot & Killed by 4 Year Old Playmate, After her Mother, Fiona Lee, Leaves Gun on Kitchen Table

Aunesti Lee Allen, 3, shot and killed by four year old playmate, after her mother, Fiona C. Lee, leaves loaded .45-caliber handgun on kitchen table.

Three year old Aunesti Lee Allen was shot and killed by the four year old son of her mother’s boyfriend in an Indianapolis home. According to the Indiana Star, the girl’s mother, Fiona C. Lee, 26, was arrested and jailed late Thursday on child neglect and drug charges. Why am I not surprised about the environment the child were in. A police spokesman said the boy picked up the gun, pointed it at Aunesti’s head and pulled the trigger. She later died at Riley Hospital for Children. Fiona Lee was preliminarily charged with three counts of neglect of as dependent, felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to the Indy Star.

Of course, the boy and his father, Curtis J. White Sr., 24, are no where to be found. He accompanied Lee to the hospital and left before police were able to speak with him. According to the Indy Star, Lee’s other two witnessed the shooting. The .45-caliber handgun was reportedly on a side table in the kitchen in plain view and was “within easy reach of any of the kids,” the police said. Why in the world would anyone leave a loaded gun lying around in a home with kids? That is careless, but given the history of the mother, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. I would venture to say this isn’t the first time she left the gun lying around carelessly.

Her daughter’s life is certainly worth more than a $200,000 bond. This tragedy could have been avoided. I would classified her parenting skills as “ghetto parenting.”  I hope this tragedy will force her to become a better person and scare her straight. The reality is that some people just don’t deserve to become parents.

Abneris Santiago Allowed Boyfriend, Alfred Santiago, to Sexually Molest 11 Y.O. Daughter & Starve Two Sons

Abneris Santiago admits in court that she did nothing to stop her boyfriend, Alfred Santiago, from sexually assaulting her 11 year old daughter & starving her two sons.

How could any mother sit by and watch her children being malnourished and her daughter sexually assaulted by her boyfriend? I can’t fathom how anyone could sit idly by and watch such atrocities being unleashed on her children. According to the Dallas Morning News, Abneris Santiago did just that. She admitted in court Friday morning that she did nothing to stop her boyfriend, Alfred Santiago, from sexually abusing her 11 year old daughter and slowly starving her three children over several months in a filthy motel bathroom, the Dallas Morning News said.

Abneris Santiago’s guilty plea came in the middle of her trial in a Dallas County courtroom. Asked by the judge whether she was pleading guilty because she was guilty, Santiago sighed deeply and paused before answering yes. Before the trial, prosecutors offered her a sentence of 50 years, but she rejected it. That offer was withdrawn, and no deal is in place. She faces a maximum sentence of life in prison in the punishment phase of her trial, which began immediately after her plea.

Earlier this week in the same courtroom, the boyfriend, Alfred Santiago, was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison. He and Abneris Santiago had one child together, a 1-year-old who was found healthy in their room at the Budget Suites motel near Dallas Love Field. The other children — an 11-year-old girl and two boys, ages 5 and 10 — were rescued from the bathroom last July when an uncle visiting from out of town found them.

I can’t begin to imagine the traumatic experience these children have lived through in the months leading up to their rescue. As for the daughter, I pray that she will get the help she needs to get over these horrific acts against her. I wouldn’t blame the children one bit if they cut all ties with their mother. No decent woman would ever let anyone hurt her children and not take some type of action. I will say, the only thing Abneris Santiago ever did right is admitting her guilt in the crimes against her children. With any luck, she will look like the Holocaust survivor her children was labeled by witnesses as comparable to.

Robert Freeman, 13, Shot and Killed in Case of Mistaken Identity in Crime-Ridden South Side Chicago Neighborhood

Robert Freeman, 13, murdered in crime plagued Far South Side Chicago neighborhood in a case of mistaken identity, suspects still at large.

How could anyone murder a 13 year old child? Chicago police are seeking the person who killed 13 year old Robert Freeman Wednesday night on the Far South Side of the city. What makes this more tragic is the fact that the gunman reportedly shot the wrong kid, police sources said. Freeman died after being shot multiple times. Another innocent life taken so senselessly.

Dozens of youths were hanging out in the street at 8 p.m. Wednesday when the killers snuck through a thicket of overgrown weeds in an empty lot and opened fire, relatives said. Robert, who moved to West Pullman a few months earlier, had quickly established himself as a friendly face on the block, mowing lawns for pocket money and riding his bicycle with an infectious smile, neighbors said. He attended Oglesby Elementary School, but when his family moved he transferred him out of the Chicago school system in May. Source: Sun Times

Not to speak ill of the dead, but this wasn’t Freeman’s first brush with trouble, a police source said, according to the Chicago Sun Times. He was arrested fro allegedly throwing bricks at car windows earlier this summer. This doesn’t justify why he was killed and as of Friday morning, no suspects are in police custody.It also doesn’t help that the area in which the shooting occurred has been plagued with crime. According to the Sun Times, in the past two years there have been two other killings within a block of where Robert was killed. It is time the law enforcement bring Martial Law to the crime-ridden areas of Chicago. There are far too many innocent people, many children, losing their lives at the hands of a handful of thugs.

President Obama’s Appearance on "The View" Not About Making History, Meant to Appeal to "Soccer Mom" Demographic

President Obama to appear on “The View” in an effort to appeal to “soccer mom” demographic as his poll numbers continue to slip.

To all the haters, including Gov. Rendell (D-PA), as much as you don’t like the fact that President Obama will appear on “The View,” is a calculated move that serves a purpose in his mind, at least. We know Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg will lob soft questions his way and it will be all laughs and a really homey atmosphere aimed at soccer moms, a demographic that he is slowly losing right now. Obama has made history, in a roundabout way. He will become the first president to appear on a daytime television chat show. Hardly a major feat, but one you can understand to some degree.

Here’s an excerpt from the Financial Times that pretty much sums up why the President decided to appear on “The View:”

Mr Obama’s administration, facing dismal marks even from friendly pollsters, is making a new push to talk to Middle America, trying to recapture some of his old campaign magic before November’s midterm Congressional elections. And all without having to go through the pesky medium of the White House press corps.

Certainly, the president needs all the positive exposure he can get. Polls regularly put his approval rating below 50 per cent, and a new Quinnipiac University survey found that US voters thought – by a margin of 48 to 40 per cent – that he did not deserve to be re-elected in 2012.

This makes alarming reading in Mr Obama’s Washington, where Democrats could lose control of the House and even the Senate. If the president thinks it’s tough to get legislation passed now, just imagine how difficult life will be in a Republican-dominated Congress.

Hence the new drive to present Mr Obama as a regular guy, sitting on a couch talking about his daughters with a bunch of moms. Before heading to the studio for the show’s taping on Wednesday he visited the Tastee Sub Shop in New Jersey, another high-calorie photo opp for a president once derided for his penchant for arugula (rocket).

Though I am not thrilled with the president appearing to yuk it up on day-time television, I understand his goal nonetheless. For all the haters out there who criticized him for not attending the Boy Scout anniversary ceremony, big deal. That certainly can help his poll numbers.

Preston Smith, GA GOP Attorney General Candidate, Admits to Extramarital Affair with Female Staffer

Preston Smith, Georgia GOP attorney general candidate, admits in divorce records to extramarital affair with female staffer in 2003 and 2004.

To echo Queen’s famous song, another one bites the dust. Yes, another political career could come to a screeching halt. Georgia State Sen. Preston Smith, 37, who is a Republican candidate for attorney general, has admitted to an extramarital affair with a woman whom he hired to work in his Senate office in 2003 and 2004, according to transcripts of Smith’s testimony in his 2009 divorce, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The woman also worked on his Senate election campaigns.

Copies of depositions from the divorce, in which Smith discussed his infidelity, marital acrimony and the couple’s financial problems, have been sent to media outlets in recent days after Smith came in second in the race for Republican attorney general in the July 20 primary. Former Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens came in first. The runoff election is set for Aug. 10. Source

Well, this revelation couldn’t come at a better time for his opponent, Sam Olens, who he faces in a run-off. He said, in an e-mail to the AJC, that “I fell short in my personal life by getting a divorce and people have the right to make a moral judgment on that it they chose.” Heck yes, people will make a moral judgment on that and other things in his life. How can he be trusted to be a good attorney general if he can’t get basic things in his life right?

Yolanda Beck, 37 Y.O. Black Grandmother, Charged with Misdemeanor After Toddler Ingests Traces of PCP, Cocaine

Yolanda Beck, a 37-year old black grandmother, charged with one count of misdemeanor after her toddler grandson injested traces of PCP and cocaine left behind on wrappers in her Chicago home.

Yolanda Beck, a 37-year old grandmother is facing one misdemeanor count of endangering the life and health of a child, after her one-year old grandson injested traces of PCP and cocaine left behind on aluminum foil wrappers in their West Side home, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Beck has a history of drug arrests, so exactly why is she just facing one misdemeanor count? According to the Sun Times, the toddler was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital early Sunday when family members noticed he was lethargic. The doctors then determined the boy had PCP and cocaine in his system, police said. Beck reportedly admitted to smoking the drugs the same day of the incident and said she left the wrappers behind where they were easily accessible to the child. The toddler was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is in the care of a relative.

Beck was arrested at least four times for drug possession — most recently in February and dating back to 2003 — but was never convicted on those charges, police said. She pleaded guilty to two separate misdemeanor counts of prostitution in July 2008 and was sentenced to three months court supervision, according to court records. Beck was ordered held in lieu of $7,500 bail on the child endangerment charge on Tuesday. Source

Good parenting skills were obviously missing from Yolanda Beck’s home, specifically in light of the fact that she is a grandmother at 37. Unless, of course, given her history, she may have given birth to her own child during her teenage years. I hope the judge will throw the book at this woman and keep her locked up for a long time. If she has a drug addiction, then she should have been forced into rehab. How many more offenses will this woman commit and be given a slap on the wrist by the courts? She will only graduate to more heinous offenses if she is allowed to roam the streets.

Bodies of Missing American Servicemen in Afghanistan Identified as Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove & Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley

Bodies of missing American servicemen in eastern Afghanistan found and men identified as Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove and Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley.

The Hinterland Gazette wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the families of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove and Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley. Both sailors went missing in an extremely dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan. Jarod Newlove was recently found dead and his body recovered, according Fox News. McNeley’s body was recovered earlier.

The family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, a 25-year-old from the Seattle area, had been notified of his death, the U.S. military official said on condition of anonymity, because he was not authorized to disclose the information.

Newlove and Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley went missing last Friday in Logar province. NATO recovered the body of McNeley — a 30-year-old father of two from Wheatridge, Colorado — in the area Sunday.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told The Associated Press in Kabul on Thursday that two days ago the Taliban left the “body of a dead American soldier for the U.S. forces” to recover. The Taliban said McNeley was killed in a firefight and insurgents had captured Newlove. Mujahid offered no explanation for Newlove’s death. Source

I am wondering why the servicemen were in such a dangerous part of the country by themselves. Nonetheless it is a tragedy and it seems as though this war isn’t showing any signs of ending. At least with the United States being victors.