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In his continued crusade against the Common Core education standards, Glenn Beck encouraged people across the country to boycott tests associated with Common Core, later declaring, “The day we’re all willing to peacefully go to jail like Martin Luther King, we will win.”

In a live broadcast to nearly 700 theaters nationwide, Beck and his fellow anti-Common Core “warriors” joined forces Tuesday night to “make Common Core history" (emphasis original) in a two-hour live movie titled We Will Not Conform. Those “warriors” included conservative commentator and notorious Common Core misinformer Michelle Malkin, hosts Dana Loesch and Pat Gray from Beck’s TheBlaze, “self-proclaimed historian” David Barton, Townhall columnist Terrence MooreJay Spencer of Liberty University (a sponsor of the event), and representatives from state-based groups waging war on Common Core.

The participants also included Matt Kibbe and Ellen Wheeler from FreedomWorks, a group which ”started out as the Koch-funded Citizens for a Sound Economy” and came under scrutiny last year “due to bizarre internal feuding and questions about its finances.” Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey told Media Matters at the time that “the group wasted money by paying Glenn Beck $1 million … to fundraise for the organization.”

This live event is just the latest salvo in Beck’s campaign against the state-based education standards, which were originally adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. Beck and co-author Kyle Olson released a book in May called Conform, which, in addition to baselessly attacking teachers and public schools for 222 pages, argued that Common Core helps progressives remove parents from their children’s lives. The day before the event, Beck compared Common Core to slavery.

We Will Not Conform was structured around five “working groups,” each tasked with formulating strategies for the different types of tools viewers could use to help defeat Common Core in their states: research and resources, politics, messaging, grassroots organizing, and alternatives to public schools. Many of the right-wingmedia’sfavoritemyths about Common Core were featured in these working groups, including accusations of the standards as a “national program” and “takeover of education,” of being “top-down” and “control-usurping,” and wanting to “cash in on your children.”

Some of the most egregious rhetoric from the evening included:

  • Glenn Beck equating the fight against Common Core to "David versus Goliath," and saying that "The day we’re all willing to peacefully go to jail like Martin Luther King, we will win."
  • Michelle Malkin asserting that Common Core turns kids into experimental “guinea pigs,” and declaring,"We’re locked and loaded."
  • Terrence Moore claiming that "progressive education is trying to take away the great stories" of American education, which is not what “Thomas Jefferson” would have wanted.
  • The Blaze’s Buck Sexton interviewing six parents and their children about their experiences with Common Core, asking the children questions like, "How many of you think Common Core is confusing, for no reason?" and "Big thumbs down for Common Core, huh?"

These attacks come as a few states are pulling out of Common Core. Coincidentally, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R), “previously a Common Core supporter,” signed legislation ”designed to replace the controversial Common Core academic standards” the same night as Beck’s event. States’ moves to repeal the standards come on the heels of extreme right-wing rhetoric from the likes of Beck, Malkin, and others.

At the end of the night, Beck encouraged viewers to “stand up” and “stay the course” because “our children’s future is at stake” and they “will thank you for it.” He also announced that a post-event action plan to “stop Common Core’s federal takeover of education” would be made available online.



h/t: Hilary Tone at MMFA 

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All four of these morons are bad for society. 

h/t: Tim Peacock at Peacock Panache

In the wake of SCOTUS’ heinous anti-women ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, TheBlazeTV’s Dana Loesch is defending Hobby Lobby’s hypocritical decision NOT to provide birth control (which they once used to provide).

During the past couple of days, she and her husband Chris were celebrating the idiotic pro-Hobby Lobby SCOTUS ruling:

First, the ringleader, Dana:


Who’s taking facts now? Not you, Dana!


“Women’s rights remain unchanged?” What a big fucking whopper that lie is. Women’s reproductive rights are under attack because of the pro-HL ruling.

Her husband Chris piled on the anti-women/pro-Hobby Lobby cheerleading:



@TruthNWisdom is a truth-telling hero, unlike scum like you and your wife and their ilk.


He’s repeating the baseless lie that “Planned Parenthood kills minority babies.”



WRONG, Chris, this SCOTUS ruling INVITES the corporation into a women’s bedroom.



The idiots that make up a huge constituency belong to the GOP/Tea Party, NOT Liberals/Progressives and Democrats.



There’s religious zealots in the world, and that’s folks like you, Mr. Chris.

On Monday’s edition of The Glenn Beck Program, while subbing for Lonesome Rhodes Beck, Loesch deliberately lied about the negative impact on women due to the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling in order to mock the boycotters of Hobby Lobby.

From the 06.30.2014 edition of TheBlazeTV’s The Glenn Beck Program:


On last night’s Hannity, Loesch debated with former National Organization For Women head Patricia Ireland on the ruling.

Ellen at Newshounds.us on the segment:

Last night, it was the Hannity show’s turn, via a “debate” about “some of the most outrageous rhetoric” from the left” – which just happened to solely include comments from NOW president Terry O’Neill. 
Hannity chose for his debate the ever hate-filled and hate mongering Dana Loesch. Loesch seems to particularly despise feminists. On The Kelly File in April, she sneered that she didn’t know the goal of another feminist conference other than “to raise up the next generation of women into old cat ladies.” She added, “It was like watching Mean Girls with less attractive women. …You don’t have to “get” progressives. They “get” themselves.” She’s a charmer, alright. 
Not surprisingly, Loesch brought her special brand of hostility to this segment. She started off with a condescending response to the other guest, former NOW president Patricia Ireland. “So the idea that women are somehow being denied anything – Look, my rights have not changed after this ruling, Sean, and women who work for Hobby Lobby, they still have access to birth control, as provided by Hobby Lobby,”Loesch said.


Of course, DL had to act like a smart-ass on national television and Ireland was correct.

From the 07.01.2014 edition of FNC’s Hannity:



(cross-posted at DanaBusted.Blogspot.com)

Wow, this Dana Loesch lady is nuts.

From the 06.25.2014 edition of TheBlazeTV’s The Glenn Beck Program:

See Also: Dana Busted: Dana Loesch defends Washington NFL Team’s racist name, slams USPTO for denying “Redskins” trademark

H/T: Gary Legum at Wonkette



Tea Party moron Dana Loesch is 
defending the awful racist slur of Washington NFL Team’s nickname, the “Redskins” by falsely claiming that the term honors Native Americans.


She even got cheapshots in at Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). She slammed the United States Patent and Trademark Office for correctly denying the name.


Here are Loesch’s tweets slamming the USPTO’s decision:

 


More false logic from Loesch. The Blackhawks, Braves, Cleveland Indians team name, and Oklahoma’s names honor Native American heritage respectfully, whereas the Washington NFL Team name and Cleveland Indians mascot Chief Wahoo do not.


TOTAL LIE. Sen. Warren did NOT exploit her Native American ancestry.


Sorry, Dana, but the $20 will NOT be taken out of circulation; however, Andrew Jackson can be replaced with someone else more deserving.



The name “Redskins” does NOT honor Native American heritage (considering then-owner George P. Marshall was a vicious racist), you doofus!


Gary Legum hits back at Loesch’s falsehood-ridden statement that “Dems are the ones who hate Native Americans.”

Lindsey Adler at BuzzFeed:

recent study by the California State University, San Bernadino reports 67% of Native Americans find the Washington Redskins name and imagery racist.
12 percent of Native respondents were neutral and 20 percent disagreed. In contrast, 60 percent of white respondents do not find the name racist. When asked if they found the term “disrespectful,” the number of positive respondents rose to 68%.

This debunks the "90% of Native Americans support keeping the ‘Redskins’" canard in the infamous 2004 Annenberg poll espoused by anti-DC NFL Team name change folks like Loesch.




Travis Waldron at Think Progress Sports:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington “Redskins”, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits the protection of offensive or disparaging language. 
The U.S. PTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued a ruling in the case, brought against the team by plaintiff Amanda Blackhorse, Wednesday morning.
“We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the board wrote in its opinion, which is here. A brief explanation of how the Board reached its decision is here. 
“The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed with our clients that the team’s name and trademarks disparage Native Americans. The Board ruled that the Trademark Office should never have registered these trademarks in the first place,” Jesse Witten, the plaintiffs’ lead attorney, said in a press release. “We presented a wide variety of evidence – including dictionary definitions and other reference works, newspaper clippings, movie clips, scholarly articles, expert linguist testimony, and evidence of the historic opposition by Native American groups – to demonstrate that the word ‘redskin’ is an ethnic slur.”

Kudos to the USPTO, even it pisses off the pro-keep the “Redskins” name crowd.

Neil Irwin at The New York Times on the future of the DC NFL Team’s name: 

We can only guess the exact volume and color of the steam coming out of Daniel Snyder’s ears right about now. Wednesday morning, the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled the trademark for the Washington Redskins, the pro football team that Mr. Snyder owns — and that he has steadfastly refused to rename, amid accusations that its mascot is racist.
It’s important to be clear on what the ruling from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruling means and doesn’t mean. It does not prohibit Mr. Snyder from using “Redskins” as the team’s name. It merely prevents him from using the court system to prevent others from using the term.
One could now imagine someone opening the “Redskins Bar & Grill” without paying a royalty to Mr. Snyder, though that opens up an awkward Catch-22: It’s legal to use the name because a government commission found it disparages Native Americans, but you would then own a restaurant whose name disparages a minority group.





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And Mr. Snyder and the team will assuredly challenge the ruling in federal court. Native American groups won their case before the trademark appeal board once before, in 1999, only to have it overturned by a United States District Court. And there was a dissent in the ruling by the trademark review board this time around. (Amusingly, even the dissenter, Marc Bergsman, seemed to distance himself from the name, writing, “I am not suggesting that the term “redskins” was not disparaging in 1967, 1974, 1978, and 1990 … Rather, my conclusion is that the evidence petitioners put forth fails to show that it was.”)
But it’s hard to view the new ruling as anything other than the beginning of the end of the name. It has now been assailed not just by Native American groups but by the president of the United States and half the Senate, which ultimately controls the various tax and legal advantages the N.F.L. enjoys. Players in football and many other sports are now routinely asked their view of the name, and their evident discomfort with it is rising.

Yep. Time to change the name of Washington’s godawful team name.

(cross-posted from DanaBusted.blogspot.com)

Yet again, NRA mouthpiece and TheBlaze Dana Loesch is pandering to the fringe gun nuts by posing on the cover for her new book (Hands Off My Gun: Defeating The Plot To Disarm America, originally titled Defenseless) due to be out in October in a very offensive manner by insulting the survivors of the Sandy Hook Shooting.


John Amato at Crooks and Liars:

Dana Loesch, firebreather for Glenn Beck and other low brow conservatives has a new book out and decided to pose on the cover with an AR-15, a weapon that helped massacre so many innocent children in Sandy Hook. Glenn Beck is very excited that the cover will absolutely piss off liberals, but her crassness only proves the point I’ve been making for a long time.

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Tim Peacock at Peacock Panache:

Dana Loesch is no stranger to controversy. She’s the extreme right conservative that applauded the desecration of enemy bodies overseas (urination on the bodies by American soldiers, in case everyone’s forgotten). She’s the Tea Party conservative that defendedArizona’s SB1062, a piece of legislation that would bring back a new era of Jim Crow public accommodation discrimination (which didn’t come as a surprise since Loesch supports Jim Crow in general). Loesch is the extremist that sided with Cliven Bundy even after he made (and doubled down on) egregiously racist statements in the course of his ‘sovereign citizen’ spiel. In her latest shock-jock stunt to generate publicity (and money), Loesch posed for the cover of her new book “Hands Off My Gun" (due out in October) with the same weapon used in both the Sandy Hook massacre and the Oregon high school shooting this week.  
[…] 
 Furthermore, Loesch’s intentional use of that particular firearm - a firearm now nationally associated with one of the worst school shooting tragedies in modern history - doesn’t just work to incense the gun regulation crowd; rather, it serves as a snub (perhaps even a rude gesture) to those families who lost family members in both Sandy Hook and the Oregon shooting. And Loesch knows this. To say anything otherwise would be disingenuous.
 

 This is typical crass moronic behavior we’ve come to expect from Loesch.

 More on Loesch’s idiocy and falsehoods on Guns and the 2nd Amendment:  


(cross-posted from DanaBusted.blogspot.com)

Her book was initially titled Defenseless

H/T: Tim Peacock at Peacock Panache

bulgebull:

Radio Shrieker Dana Loesch Poses With Sandy Hook Gun On New Book Cover

For her new book cover, wingnut radio shrieker Dana Loesch poses with the same style of gun used to murder 20 children in Sandy Hook. Glenn Beck’s The Blaze says the cover “will drive liberals crazy.” 

In the book, the co-founder of the St. Louis Tea Party and 2012 winner of Accuracy in Media’s Grassroots Journalism Award — not to mention fearless enemy of progressives — provides readers with a comprehensive guide to why the founders created the Second Amendment, the disastrous consequences of anti-gun legislation — particularly on women — and what citizens can do to protect themselves against a government and complicit media hell-bent on violating such rights. Having gone toe-to-toe with leftists on the issue many times, Loesch’s book further serves as a “how-to” guide for defeating the arguments parroted by the mainstream media and its champions.

The AR-15 was also used this week in Oregon’s school shooting. Dana Loesch: 

“Gun control is the ultimate war on women. Firearms are the equalizer between the sexes. Sam Colt made us equal, indeed. This book explores that, the racist roots of gun control, and debunks the biggest arguments made by anti-gun extremists. The AR is on the cover because it is the most vilified, misunderstood rifle in America, responsible for the fewest crimes. Education is the antidote to ignorance. Consider this book the medicine.”

I’m sure the parents of all those murdered children will appreciate having their misunderstanding corrected by Dana Loesch.

You can thank Rush Limbaugh and Dana Loesch’s hateful mouths for allowing Sandra Fluke to rise to stardom, which is a good thing for America. So happy that Fluke’s advancing in November. 

h/t: Catalina Camia at USAToday.com

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Republican Habitual Whiner Dana Loesch Completely Misses The Point of The #YesAllWomen Hashtag & In Doing So, Contributes To Misogyny Herself

Not surprising to hear this from Dana Loesch. She continually misses the point of the hashtag. 

I’m speechless. Please, some of you help me figure these crap tweets out.

She’s cray-cray beyond belief.

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rawstory:

Her synapses misfire every day.

From the 05.15.2014 edition of MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes:

Not a real surprise, as Dana Loesch gets caught lying yet again. 

h/t: Mark Follman at Mother Jones

Fox News is witnessing the nasty byproducts of its endless campaign to depict extreme, virulent homophobia as a normal part of mainstream Christianity.

It’s long been standard practice at Fox News to conflate anti-gay bigotry with Christianity. Last December, for instance, the network rushed to defend Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson after he compared homosexuality with bestiality and equated gay people with “drunks” and “terrorists,” with Megyn Kelly referring to Robertson as “[t]his Christian guy,” Sean Hannity describing his comments as “old fashioned traditional Christian sentiment and values,” and Fox News commentator Todd Starnes defending Robertson as upholding “the teachings of the Bible.”

Meanwhile, Fox has repeatedly touted business owners who refuse service to gay couples, taking up their mantle in regular “Fight for Faith” segments. The network has championed some of the country’s most extreme anti-gay hate groups as mainstream Christian organizations. When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declined to attend he city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade over its ban on LGBT groups, Fox News attacked him as a “religious bigot.” And the network regularly describes even basic legal protections for LGBT people as anti-Christian. 

Now, a new anti-gay controversy has once again provided fodder for Fox to depict extreme anti-gay bigotry as grounded in mainstream Christianity. Earlier this month, HGTV cancelled a forthcoming reality show slated to be hosted by brothers Jason and David Benham. The cancellation came after Right Wing Watch unearthed the brothers’ history of extreme anti-gay and Islamophobic activism, including condemning homosexuality as “demonic" and "destructive.”

Anchor Megyn Kelly responded to HGTV’s move by asserting on the May 8 edition of The Kelly File that while “gay rights are more and more protected in this country,” the same didn’t hold for “Christian beliefs and Christian rights.” 

During the May 16 edition of Kelly’s show, guest host Martha MacCallum invited right-wing radio commentator Dana Loesch and Democratic strategist Jessica Ehrlich to discuss the controversy engulfing the Benham brothers. Perfectly encapsulating the right’s bogus homophobia-as-Christianity narrative, Loesch dubbed Ehrlich an “anti-Christian bigot” for deigning to criticize the brothers’ extreme anti-gay views:

LOESCH: I just don’t understand the anti-Christian bigotry. I mean, I think the world is big enough for us all, don’t you think?

EHRLICH: It is absolutely — what you just said encapsulates my argument completely.

LOESCH: How so?

EHRLICH: There is no anti-Christian bigotry here. They have cloaked their political views in a religious -

(CROSSTALK)

EHRLICH: These are not Christian views… Those are not the views of all Christians, and for you to say that is outrageous.

[…]

LOESCH: So, how does that make them anti-Christian, using your logic, Jessica, using your logic, if they are anti homosexual because they believe in a biblically based -

EHRLICH: Because not all Christians believe -

(CROSSTALK)

LOESCH: You’ll learn more if you keep your mouth shut. Now, Jessica, how is that that they are anti-homosexual but you are not anti-Christian? [emphasis added]

In her rush to accuse Ehrlich of being an anti-Christian bigot, Loesch didn’t bother dwelling on the vehement anti-gay activism of the Benham brothers. David Benham asserted in 2012 that “homosexuality and its agenda” were “attacking the nation,” has compared the fight against LGBT equality to the struggle against Nazi Germany, and has highlighted Leviticus’ prescription of the death penalty for gay sex.  As Ehrlich noted, those aren’t the views of all Christians. A poll released by the Public Religion Research Institute in February found majority support for marriage equality among white mainline Protestants (62 percent), white Catholics (58 percent), and Latino Catholics (56 percent). And even though substantial majorities of evangelicals oppose same-sex marriage, they’re hardy unanimous, with 59 percent of black Protestants and 69 percent of white evangelicals expressing their opposition.

Loesch’s unhinged defense of the Benham brothers is an unsettling illustration of the danger that comes with Fox News’s campaign to depict homophobia as nothing more than mainstream Christianity. It ends up excusing even the most extreme forms of anti-gay bigotry while painting a misleading picture of what most American Christians actually believe.

h/t: Luke Brinker at MMFA

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Fox’s Dana Loesch wants you to know that despite her heated support for the homophobic Benham brothers, she has friends and family members who are gay. She also wants you to know that her “biggest daily struggle” is “balancing” her conservative activism with “compassion.” If her appearance on The Kelly File Friday night is any guide, I think it’s clear Loesch needs some more work on that “compassion” thing.

As Loesch tells it in her column about her Kelly File nastiness (which seems more the norm than an aberration), all she wants to do is stand up for “sincere people of faith” like the Benham brothers - the rabidly anti-gay, anti-abortion and anti-Muslim realtors whose HGTV reality show got shelved once their activism was revealed. It’s worth pointing out that the Benhams don’t just have extreme right-wing religious opinion, they are political activists about it. Without the kind of Christian tolerance for diversity of opinion Loesch claims to support.

From Media Matters:

On May 6, Right Wing Watch reported that David Benham, who along with his brother Jason was slated to star in a fixer-upper reality show called Flip It Forward, had an extensive record of anti-choice, anti-gay, and anti-Muslim activism. David Benham explained to far-right radio host Janet Mefferd in 2012 that he and his brother had participated in a protest of the Democratic National Convention to take a stand against “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation,” abortion, divorce, and “demonic ideologies” circulating in the education system. Benham has also compared the anti-gay marriage fight to the struggle against Nazi Germany and highlighted Leviticus’ prescription of death for gay sex.Benham’s views on Muslims are no kinder; he has declared that “Islam takes life and enslaves it” and protested in front of mosques while shouting “Jesus Hates Muslims.”

Yeah, that sounds compassionate and tolerant, eh? Well, apparently it does to Loesch.

On Friday night, Loesch was paired against Democrat Jessica Ehrlich. At least in this segment, Ehrlich was a refreshing change from the nice, bland, go-along-to-get-along Democrats who come off more as Fox News patsies than the political “strategists” they’re billed as. Ehrlich refused to be called an “anti-Christian bigot.” And obviously, Ms. Compassionate could not deal with even a fraction of what she loves to dish out!

Guest host Martha MacCallum had to interrupt the acrimony and end the segment.

Nicely done, Ms. Ehrlich!

Jessica Ehrlich is this week’s hero of the week, while Dana Loesch takes worst person in the world honors. 

See Also: Dana Busted: On The Kelly File, Phony “Christian” Dana Loesch falsely smears Jessica Ehrlich as an “anti-Christian Bigot”

h/t: Ellen at Newshounds.us