Hillary Clinton Shows Commitment to Diversity with Openly Gay Campaign Manager

Robby Mook Hillary Clinton campaign manager

Hillary Clinton Shows Commitment to Diversity with Openly Gay Campaign Manager (Photo Credit: Attribution Unknown)

While the Republicans are throwing the kitchen sink at Hillary Clinton, she is quietly building a very diverse campaign staff, including hiring openly gay Robby Mook as her campaign manager. The Democrats understand the power of diversity, mirroring the changing American demographics.

Vermont native Robby Mook is the first openly gay man to run a presidential campaign in American history. He’s no slouch. He successfully ran Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia gubernatorial campaign against Tea Party favorite Ken Cuccinelli. In short, he should be able to deftly steer Hillary Clinton in dealing with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who are also Tea Party favorites.

Mook previously worked for the Democratic National Committee and directed Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign in Ohio, Nevada, and Indiana, where she won the popular vote.

He also managed New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s successful campaign last fall, which ended the GOP’s 30-year control of that seat.

Robby Mook may not have a political science degree, but he has a history of success, which will serve Hillary Clinton well. So, while they sling mud in her direction, she is gathering a team of heavyweights, including Indian-American policy wonk Maya Harris,  to take her into the homestretch.

Pastor Andy Stanley: Churches Should be ‘Safest Place on Planet’ for Gay Youth

Pastor Andy Stanley on gay youth

Pastor Andy Stanley: Churches Should be ‘Safest Place on Planet’ for Gay Youth (Photo Credit: Andy Stanley/North Point Community Church via Facebook)

Pastor Andy Stanley on gay youth

Atlanta megachurch pastor Andy Stanley says the church should be the “safest place on the planet” for gay youth “to talk about anything.” Um, this is sure to irk right wing evangelical Franklin Graham. But then again, he may not care, since North Point Community Church donates a lot of money to his charity Samaritan’s Purse.

“We just need to decide from now on in our churches when a Middle School kid comes out to his small group leader or a high school young lady comes out to her parents,” said Stanley. “We just need to decide, regardless of what you think about this topic — no more students are going to feel like they have to leave the local church because they’re same-sex attracted or because they’re gay. That ends with us.”

Stanley acknowledged that there was a diversity of views on homosexuality and gay marriage among his audience, but felt that regardless of these differences churches, as a collective, can create safe space for gay youth.

“There is not consensus in this room when it comes to same-sex attraction. There is not consensus in this room when it comes to gay marriage,” said Stanley.

“We just can’t continue to look into the filter of our politics at our spirituality. Its got to be the other way around … and specifically when it comes to this issue.” Source: Christian Post

I fully expect all the right wing evangelical wingnuts to freak out over Andy Stanley’s remarks. But Jesus didn’t turn his back on a prostitute, I am pretty sure he wouldn’t turn his back on anyone.

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Martin O’Malley Ramps Up 2016 Presidential Bid by Striking Populist Tone

Martin O'Malley Ramps Up 2016 Presidential Bid by Striking Populist Tone

Martin O’Malley Ramps Up 2016 Presidential Bid by Striking Populist Tone (Photo Credit: Martin O’Malley YouTube Channel)

Martin O’Malley strikes populist tone

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is striking a populist tone as he ramps up his 2016 presidential bid. It would be in Hillary Clinton’s best interest not to ignore the impact he could have on progressives during the primary season.

Martin O’Malley’s YouTube channel is an indication of where he’s heading — to the campaign trail.

In his latest YouTube video, O’Malley called for equal pay for equal work, marriage equality, the DREAM Act, drivers’ licenses for new American immigrants. He said “it’s all about fuller participation in the social, the economic and in the political life of our country.” If that’s not a populist tone, then I don’t know what is.

I recall back in 2008, Hillary Clinton miscalculated the strength of Barack Obama and snatched defeat from the jaw of victory. If Martin O’Malley can get a strong machine behind him, he could pose a formidable threats.

Stephen King on 2016 GOP Candidates: “I Thought I was Supposed to Write the Horror Stories”

Stephen King on 2016 GOP Candidates: "I Thought I was Supposed to Write the Horror Stories"

Stephen King on 2016 GOP Candidates: “I Thought I was Supposed to Write the Horror Stories” (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Author Stephen King slams 2016 GOP presidential candidates

Author Stephen King didn’t hide his feelings about the current slate of Republican presidential candidates, tweeting, ” I thought I was supposed to write the horror stories.” LOL.

Stephen King went after the GOP over the religious freedom laws that have been passed in states such as Indiana and Mississippi.

President Obama Dings Jamaica on Gay Rights During UWI Town Hall

President Obama Dings Jamaica on Gay Rights During UWI Town Hall

President Obama Dings Jamaica on Gay Rights During UWI Town Hall (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Jamaica gay rights

President Obama dinged Jamaica on gay rights by singling out LGBT activist Angeline Jackson for standing up and no backing down in her fight for equality. That was a strategic jab at the island nation for it horrible record on gay rights.

Obama singled Jackson out as one of two extraordinary young people who were in the audience at the Youth Forum at the University of the West Indies.

angeline jackson LGBT activist

President Obama Singles Out Jamaican LGBT activist Angeline Jackson (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Here’s a little about Angeline Jackson (@angelinejackson):

Angeline Jackson is the executive director of Quality of Citizenship Jamaica, which advocates on behalf of lesbian and bisexual women and transgender Jamaicans.

Jackson was kidnapped and sexually assaulted as a teen.

Angeline Jackson’s tweet after President Obama singled her out:

Right Wingnut Jesse Lee Peterson: “Discrimination Given to Us by God”

Right Wingnut Jesse Lee Peterson: "Discrimination Given to Us by God"

Right Wingnut Jesse Lee Peterson: “Discrimination Given to Us by God” (Photo Credit: YouTube)

Black right wingnut Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson says “discrimination was given to us by God.” Um, there are no words….Read for yourself:

In a column titled “What’s Wrong With Discrimination?,” Peterson claims that “gays never wanted equality,” warning that LGBT people are instead acting “like fascists” and using the schools and the media to “brainwash” children…

LGBT groups have been effective in linking their immoral cause to the noble civil rights movement. In reality, gays never wanted equality. They wanted society to accept their sinful lifestyle, or else. LGBT groups – to be blunt – act like fascists. Just like militant Islam demands Shariah law, homosexual pressure groups demand “sodomy law.”

Discrimination has always been a hallmark of freedom. The ability to discriminate is given to us by God so that we can make right choices. People discriminate all the time. We discriminate when we date, marry, pick our friends and in countless other ways, just like homosexuals do. And LGBT groups and liberals discriminate against people of faith all day long!

Indiana Pizzeria Invokes Religious Freedom Law, No Pies for Gay Weddings

Indiana Pizzeria Invokes Religious Freedom Law, No Pies for Gay Weddings

Indiana Pizzeria Invokes Religious Freedom Law, No Pies for Gay Weddings

Religious Freedom Act

Gov. Mike Pence said that Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act isn’t meant to encourage discrimination. Well, it does. A Walkertown pizzeria said it will discriminate against gays on the basis of this law. This begs the obvious question…who orders pizza for a wedding?

Memories Pizza owner Crystal O’Connor told local ABC News affiliate, “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.” “We are a Christian establishment. Though they are welcome to patronize the establishment for non-matrimonial events.

“I don’t think it’s discrimination,” O’Connor says. “It’s supposed to help people that have a religious belief.”

It will be interesting to see how Gov. Pence proposes to fix this law since he clearly stated he doesn’t think it will lead to discrimination. Memories Pizza is saying otherwise.

IN Gov. Mike Pence Says Religious Freedom Law Needs “Clarification”

IN Gov. Mike Pence Says Religious Freedom Law Needs "Clarification"

IN Gov. Mike Pence Says Religious Freedom Law Needs “Clarification” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Indiana religious freedom law

INDIANA RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAW:  Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) said the religious freedom legislation that he signed in private needs “clarification” and a “fix” after outrage and protests erupt over perception that the LGBT community could face discrimination. Never mind the fact that Gov. Pence got support on the bill from three homophobic men.

Gov. Pence said the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not a license to discriminate. He called on the general assembly to send him a bill this week with language fixing the “perception” problem the law he signed has.

The governor also said he and his family marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with Rep. John Lewis to commemorate the Bloody Sunday. He maintained that he does not condone discrimination of any kind. Funny, on his campaign website in 2000 he said, “Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s as a ‘discreet and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.” Kinda makes his “commitment” to equality for all ring hollow.

Pence said Indiana has passed a law that mirrors federal legislation the former president Bill Clinton signed and that mirrors that of other states. He says religious freedom is vital in our country. He also said Barack Obama supported the legislation in Congress, which had broad bipartisan support. The fact is he’s wrong. Both men didn’t support the same kind of legislation.

He blamed some in the media for “reckless” reporting of the law, but meanwhile he was flanked by anti-gay folks in a previous picture. Pence said he was hurt by the media’s portrayal of the law, which has hurt Indiana.

Pence said there is a “gross mischaracterization” of the law and “reckless” reporting in the first few days fueled the outrage.

Gov. Pence is missing the point….

Mike Pence’s talking points ignore the fact that his law has language that is not contained in the federal RFRA. For example, the Indiana act defines a “person” as including a “limited liability company, a corporation, a company, a firm, a society and a joint-stock company.” What that does is effectively grants companies a right to use religion as the basis for their actions.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said during his press briefing on Tuesday, “It leaves open the question of what sort of religious views a joint stock company would hold, but that may be something for lawyers to ponder.”

Further, the federal RFRA says that a person whose religious exercise has been burdened “may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding and obtain appropriate relief against a government.” The Indiana RFRA goes a step further, adding that a person (which could be a company), may use religion as a claim or defense in a proceeding “regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity is a party to the proceeding.”

So, what this all means is that a company can cite religion in a private lawsuit. If a bakery refuses to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple because they disagree with their sexual orientation on the basis of religion, they could invoke the Indiana RFRA. That’s what Mike Pence and all the supporters of this bill are deliberately ignoring. So, going a step further…what’s next? Discriminating against blacks and Hispanics on the basis of religion?

What’s next for the right wingnuts?

Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act BS

Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act BS (Cartoon Credit: Joe Heller)

By the way, the same drama is about to play out in Arkansas, where they just passed similar legislation. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) also said he will sign the bill into law.

California AG Kamala Harris Seeks to Block “Kill the Gays” Ballot Initiative

California AG Kamala Harris Seeks to Block "Kill the Gays" Ballot Iniative

California AG Kamala Harris Seeks to Block “Kill the Gays” Ballot Iniative (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is seeking to block the “kill the gays” ballot initiative that authorizes the killing of gays and lesbians.

Matt McLaughlin, a Huntington Beach attorney, paid $200 to file the “Sodomite Suppression Act.” Harris, a U.S. Senate candidate issued her first public statement about Sodomite Suppression Act:

“As Attorney General of California, it is my sworn duty to uphold the California and United States Constitutions and to protect the rights of all Californians.  This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society. Today, I am filing an action for declaratory relief with the Court seeking judicial authorization for relief from the duty to prepare and issue the title and summary for the “Sodomite Suppression Act.” If the Court does not grant this relief, my office will be forced to issue a title and summary for a proposal that seeks to legalize discrimination and vigilantism.”

Dr. Ben Carson: Prison Proves People Choose to be Gay (VIDEO)

Dr. Ben Carson: Prison Proves People Choose to be Gay

Dr. Ben Carson: Prison Proves People Choose to be Gay (Photo Credit: CNN Video Screengrab)

Dr. Ben Carson said he believes being gay is a choice because “a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out, they’re gay.” He added, “So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself the question.” What an incredibly ludicrous thing to say. Um, I guess he’s oblivious to the culture of rape in prisons around the world.

Carson made this disturbing comment during an interview on CNN’s “New Day” with Chris Cuomo, who asked whether he thought being gay was a choice. To which he said, “absolutely.”

Um, so how do you explain those gay people who didn’t find themselves behind bars? Ben Carson is a fool. For someone who made such an enormous contribution to the field of medicine, I am appalled, to say the least. Thankfully, Carson isn’t a serious presidential candidate and will drop out of the race quickly. He’s just pandering to the worst elements of the Republican Party.

UPDATE:  Dr. Ben Carson has issued an apology saying he “realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues.” He added, “I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.”