'As A Straight Christian American...' – BK's 'Proud Whopper' Just Too Much for Homophobes [TW: Anti-LGBT Bigotry, Homophobia]
Burger King is getting flame broiled by anti-gay bigots on Facebook and Twitter. From Herman Cain to the Cain and Abel crowd, Burger King is under attack for unveiling its “Proud Whopper.”
Calling it a “sodomy burger” made by “Burger Queen,” anti-gay, homophobic, outraged Bible-waving social media users claiming to be Christian went on the attack almost as soon as Burger King changed its Facebook page photo to unveil its “Proud Whopper” yesterday. The billion-dollar fast food giant had introduced the burger — which is merely an ordinary Whopper wrapped in rainbow pride flag-like paper — at San Francisco’s pride parade, which it also sponsored.
Burger King yesterday also released a crafty video showing customers’ reactions to what is a smart marketing campaign, and apparently paid at least one LGBT blog (while not offering The New Civil Rights Movement sponsorship!) to sponsor a post advertising the campaign.
Failed former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain weighed in:
A lot has changed at Burger King since I was part of the management team there: BK introduces ‘Gay Pride Whopper’ http://t.co/EIgqwzSEAp— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain)July 2, 2014
The link goes to an article on his blog that begins:
Sigh. I can tell you for sure that when I get ready to consume my lunch, the thing I want to be thinking about is dude-on-dude action.
Hold the pickles
Hold the lettuce
Lunch and gay sex can’t upset us!
Meanwhile, over at Facebook, this self-styled representative of the “Straight Christian American” contingent wasn’t kind.
They told Burger King the Proud Whopper “saddens and sickens” them…
…and they’re headed to homophobe paradise: Chick-fil-A.
The “Proud Whopper” in the eyes of one former customer is a “sodomy burger.”
They’ll never eat at “Burger Queen”
They want a “PROUD I’M STRAIGHT” burger.
They’re opposed to the “LGBT agenda,” gay people have a “perverted lifestyle,” and BK caved to “Queer Pressure!”
They can’t spell, and have a “region.” (What’s a “region”?)
They don’t want gays “crammed down” their throat.
LGBT people’s “crap in the media” makes “regular” and “ordinary” people “puke.”
All because they were “born” Christian, and because “God said ‘Homosexuality is a sin.’”
"Gay burgers"? Dude, it’s a rainbow wrapper.
Image and screenshots via Burger King’s Facebook page
Herman Cain is just the latest in a long line of GOP candidates who say God told them to run for president—but apparently God never mentioned anything about winning.
Are you there, God? It’s Herman Cain—and the rest of The GOP is likely coming, too.
The Tea Party’s favorite pizza-preneur hit the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on Saturday with a message for conservatives, but more importantly, for Jesus Christ: If called, he’s ready for another run at the presidency in 2016.
“I do not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future, and that’s God Almighty,” Cain said. “And in case someone is wondering, I don’t trust in government, I trust in God.”
He’s not the only one waiting for God’s go-ahead. “I believe God will make it clear to me if that’s something I’m supposed to do,” said Ben Carson on Fox News in August. The neurosurgeon earned plaudits from conservatives last year (the Wall Street Journal ran a “Ben Carson for President” editorial) following his scalding speech at the White House prayer breakfast.
But sadly for both, God has been known to endorse multiple candidates, and a push from the man upstairs doesn’t always add up to votes.
It’s no surprise that many GOP candidates invoke God in stump speeches; after Mormons, evangelicals are the most Republican religion and just one in 10 consider themselves liberal. But only a select few belong to the divine endorsement club.
Members include former Indiana State Sen. William Costas, who credited a “message from God” delivered by his wife for his ultimately unsuccessful 1986 Congressional run. That same year Richard Stokes lost a bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, along with his wife, when he quit his job as a middle school teacher after hearing the “very deep, very plain” voice of God at 3 a.m. telling him to launch a campaign that focused on abortion, homosexuality and Communism. And Jim Bob Duggar—hero of the Quiverfull movement and star of the reality series 19 Kids and Counting—said he was “called by God,” but didn’t make it past the Republican primary in his 2002 U.S. Senate attempt. Even Ronald Reagan heard the voice of God, according to his son, Michael, who wrote in his book, Hand of Providence, “He believed God had called him to run for president. He believed God had things for him to do.”God has been known to endorse multiple candidates, and a push from the man upstairs doesn’t always add up to votes.
In 2012, at least five candidates claimed God had called them all the run.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News’ Sean Hannity it would be “up to God and the American people,” whether he would seek the nomination.
Herman Cain is just awaiting a sign like the one handed down to him in 2011. Before throwing his hat in the ring, he said, “I felt like Moses when God said, ‘I want you to go into Egypt and lead my people out.’ Moses resisted. I resisted.… But you shouldn’t question God.”
Though Rick Santorum’s wife, Karen, told him, “God cannot possibly want you to do this,” he ultimately convinced her with prayer that God was leading him onto the presidential path. “After a while she saw the same thing I did.”
In 2011, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a reporter, “I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do. This is what America needs.” And after a string of bad luck pushed him into third place—offensive campaign ads, and laughable debate performances helped—his wife, Anita, likened him to Moses, and described his decision to run as heeding signs from above, relayed by her to her chosen husband. “He didn’t want to hear a thing about running for president,” she said. “He felt like he needed to see the burning bush. I said ‘Look, let me tell you something. You may not see that burning bush, but there are people seeing that burning bush for you.’”
And you can thank God for Michele Bachmann, too. In 2006, the Almighty ordered the mother of five to run for Congress. But He wasn’t finished, so in 2011 God urged her to run for the highest office. “Every decision that I make I pray about, as does my husband,” the Congresswoman explained. “And I can tell you, yes, I’ve had that calling and that tugging on my heart that this is the right thing to do…”
These candidates all claimed that God was the impetus and continuing force behind their campaigns. And every one, save Rick Santorum, claims they never wanted to do it in the first place. According to their own admissions, they had to be convinced by God to do his will.
And they all lost.
But then again, God never mentioned anything about winning.
God’s favorite candidates can all take heart in the words of another famous loser, Pat Robertson, who claimed the White House was as good as his in the 1988 election. The televangelist was another who initially resisted God’s call to run, but eventually relented. “I heard the Lord,” Robertson whispered in front of a New Hampshire church congregation along the campaign trail, “saying ‘I have something else for you to do. I want you to run for president of the United States.’” He went on, “I assure you that I am going to be the next president of the United States.”
After finishing a distant third, Robertson says in his book, The Plan, that he questioned his faith. “I’ve been asked the question a hundred times: ‘Did you miss God?’ I asked over and over, ‘Did I miss Your leading, Father? … Did I hear You? … Why didn’t I win?’”
Robertson’s soul searching led him to draw a comparison between his loss and Jesus Christ himself, whom, he writes, “failed by human standards but was part of God’s perfect plan. Was He hurt? Of course he was. Will He be vindicated? Gloriously so.”
“I followed God’s plan for me, so in His eyes I did win.”
The Washington Post reported over the weekend that several top tea party groups have spent “just a tiny fraction of their money directly into boosting” candidates, instead devoting most of their money to fundraising and consultants. The questionable spending has been aided by media outlets like CNN and Fox News, which, in the words of one of the shady groups in question, have given the tea partiers “great television news coverage” to promote their efforts.
Over the years, CNN and Fox News have frequently promoted tea party events and hosted group spokespersons. CNN partnered with one dubious group for a presidential debate, while Fox News host Sean Hannity is a radio partner with another group. In turn, tea partiers have used the favorable coverage to increase name recognition and solicit more funds.
The Post wrote that the Tea Party Patriots (TPP), the Tea Party Express (TPE) and the Madison Project “have spent 5 percent or less of their money directly on election-related activity during this election cycle.” The spending “contrasts with the urgent appeals tea party groups have made to their base of small donors, many of whom repeatedly contribute after being promised that their money will help elect conservative politicians.”
While candidates are receiving relatively little money, tea party leaders are cashing in. TPP leader Jenny Beth Martin is “on track to make more than $450,000 this year”; TPP national finance director Richard Norman “is paid $15,000 a month,” and his firms have received “at least $2.7 million since June 2012”; and the Tea Party Express has paid “$2.75 million since the beginning of 2013” to the firm of leader Sal Russo, “while donating just $45,000 to candidates and spending less than $162,000 on ads and bus tours supporting their election.”
The Post report follows years of scrutiny from other outlets, including Media Matters, about lavish spending by tea party groups. In many instances, the criticism has come from other tea party groups, who have complained about the hypocritical nature of the consultant spending.
Mother Jones' Stephanie Mencimerreported in 2011 that TPP’s “coterie of consultants and fundraisers” have “sparked bitter complaints by affiliated tea party groups” who view the group as “morphing into the very type of slick, DC-centric special interest group they have been fighting against.” Politico's Ken Vogel reported in 2010 that tea party leaders “are suspicious of its [TPE’s] big payments to Russo Marsh, view the bus tours as distractions from meaningful grass-roots organizing headed into the 2010 midterm elections and say the Republican ties of both the firm and PAC are wrong.”
Despite years of reporting on the dubious nature of these tea party groups, media outlets like CNN and Fox News continue to give a publicity boost to the groups.
Here are five ways CNN has helped tea party scammers.
CNN Partnered With Tea Party Express On Presidential Debate. CNN teamed up with TPE to host a September 2011 Republican presidential debate. The partnership drew criticism from Media Matters and journalists. TPE called the event an indication that “the tea party, which began as a small grassroots movement, has grown tremendously in size and influence to become a powerful force in American politics.”
CNN Promoted Tea Party Express Tours. CNN has frequently covered Tea Party Express tours. Slate’s David Weigel summarized CNN’s fawning coverage in a 2010 article headlined, “CNN and the Tea Party Express: The Greatest Romance of Our Time,” and noted that CNN had “highly uncritical coverage” and “was CNN’s first salvo in a series of fairly positive specials about conservative activists in 2010.”
CNN Is Still Hosting Spokespersons For Questionable Tea Party Groups. According to a transcript search of the Nexis database, CNN has continued to regularly host Tea Party Express representatives. Tea Party Patriots representatives has also repeatedly appeared on CNN in recent years, according to a Nexis search.
CNN Loved Ex-Tea Party Express Spokesman Mark Williams, Who Was Forced To Resign For Racist Remarks. CNN frequently hosted then-TPE spokesman Mark Williams in 2009 and 2010 despite his long history of race-baiting and incendiary rhetoric (Williams said Allah is a “monkey god,” President Jimmy Carter is a “creepy little faggot,” and Obama is “Tiger Woodsing” a “mistress” while raping the country). He was finally forced out of the group after he characteristically wrote a blog post about slavery that portrayed blacks as lazy.
Tea Party Express Uses CNN Coverage For Fundraising. For example:
- An October 2013 email promoted an appearance by Sal Russo on CNN on the debt deal, and then asked readers for donations.
- A September 2011 email about “Tea Party Victories” cited the CNN debate as “a very important milestone” and asked for donations from “as little as $5 all the way up to the maximum allowed $5,000.”
- Tea Party Express sold tickets and sponsorship packages for a watch party for the CNN debate, which it called “a truly historic, first-of-its-kind event.”
- A December 2010 email announcing the CNN partnership asked for money.
- An October 2009 email stated that “CNN and Fox News have confirmed they will be covering the launch of the ‘Tea Party Express II: Countdown to Judgment Day.’” It then asked for money.
Fox News And Conservative Media
Here are five ways Fox News and conservative media have helped tea party scammers.
Fox News Helped Launch The Tea Party Movement. Fox News was the most instrumental force in the creation of the modern day tea party. During the movement’s nascent days in 2009, Fox News breathed life into the tea party by heavily promoting April 15 tax day tea parties across the country, and even hosting its own “FNC TAX DAY TEA PARTIES.”
Sean Hannity Is A Tea Party Patriots Partner. Fox News host Sean Hannity is acting as a de facto spokesperson for the group in fundraising emails and on his Premiere Radio show. (You can listen to some of Hannity’s radio promotions for TPP here.) Hannity hosted Jenny Beth Martin on the April 15 edition of his Fox News show, and said “we are partners on radio.”
Fox News Went Overboard Promoting The Tea Party Express. Fox News devoted live coverage and publicity to the kickoff of Tea Party Express tours in 2009 and 2010. Fox News also embedded a reporter —whom they labeled a “tea party groupie” — to cover the tour.
Tea Party Express Uses Fox News Coverage For Fundraising. For example:
- An August 2011 email touted an upcoming Fox News appearance by a representative, and then asked for money.
- An August 2010 email read, “Fox News is reporting on our 2-week push to help pull off another upset and propel Conservative Republican Christine O’Donnell to victory over Liberal Mike Castle.” It then asked for money.
- A March 2010 email highlighted Fox’s coverage of its Tea Party Express III, and then asked for money.
- An October 2009 email stated that “CNN and Fox News have confirmed they will be covering the launch of the ‘Tea Party Express II: Countdown to Judgment Day.’” It then asked for money.
- A July 2009 email highlighted a favorable Fox Nation post to ask for money.
Dubious Groups Recruit Conservative Media As Event Speakers. Despite their dubious spending and questionable practices, the Tea Party Express and Tea Party Patriots have been able to recruit members of the conservative media to their events. Tea Party Express speakers have included Fox News contributor Sarah Palin, radio host and Fox News contributor Mike Gallagher, and radio host Mark Levin. Tea Party Patriots speakers have included Mark Levin, Wall Street Journal writer and Fox News contributor Stephen Moore, radio host Dana Loesch, Fox News contributor Herman Cain, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell, and radio host Glenn Beck.
Dan Calabrese, the editor-in-chief of Herman Cain’s Best of Cain website, is appalled that Michigan Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Mark Schauer has picked “Vagina Woman” Lisa Brown to be his running mate.
In 2012, Republicans in the Michigan House barred Brown, then a state representative, from speaking on the House floor after she used the word “vagina” in a speech against an anti-choice bill.
In a column titled “Democrats pick The Vagina Woman for Michigan’s Lt. Governor” (url: “democrats-nominate-the-vagina”), Calabrese writes that Brown and Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis are “highly un-accomplished” and that their “main claim to fame is having talked publicly about their own sexual organs.”
“[I]t’s worth taking a look when a candidate chooses a running mate with nothing much to recommend her except the fact that she once angrily mentioned one of her own body parts during a legislative session,” Calabrese adds, also objecting to the fact that Brown, who is now a county clerk, issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples this month in the days before a marriage equality ruling was stayed.
It is not normally worth much news coverage when a candidate picks a running mate, although it usually gets a fair amount because political junkies tend to be obsessed with such minutia. But it’s worth taking a look when a candidate chooses a running mate with nothing much to recommend her except the fact that she once angrily mentioned one of her own body parts during a legislative session, and that brings us to Mark Schauer, Michigan’s presumptive Democrat nominee for governor, and his new running mate, Lisa Brown[.]
But it’s the same thing they did in Texas, where the highly un-accomplished Wendy Davis is being touted for governor because she got a lot of media attention for staging a talk-a-thon in protest of restrictions on abortion. That’s not working out too well, as Davis is way behind in the polls and her campaign has been beset by revelations about her supposedly inspirational life story. But that’s what you get when you choose a candidate based on personal media narrative - especially one as flimsly as this - rather than actual qualifications.
Mark Schauer is no great prize either. He served one term in Congress before being turned out in the 2010 Red Wave election, but he was there long enough to vote for Obama’s massive “stimulus” boondoggle and, of course, ObamaCare. He now spends his time engaging in every conventional Democrat pander of the moment, including demands that the minimum wage be raised and lots of blather about the “middle class” and so forth. And now he’s proving that he knows the current Democrat playbooks very well, which is why he has selected the latest so-called victim of the “war on women” on the apparent belief that voters want to put the fortunes of their states in the hands of people whose main claim to fame is having talked publicly about their own sexual organs.
h/t: Miranda Blue at RWW
The Illuminati, "Obama's 'Secret Mistress,'" And Cancer "Cures": CNN's Gingrich Has A Bizarre Email List
Subscribers to CNN host Newt Gingrich’s email list are receiving supposed insider information about cancer “cures,” the Illuminati, “Obama’s ‘Secret Mistress,’” a “weird” Social Security “trick,” and Fort Knox being “empty.”
Gingrich Productions, the company run by the Crossfire co-host, has been sending sponsored emails from shady sources filled with dubious claims. CNN has been helping Gingrich build his list by not only employing him, but also by promoting Gingrich Productions and its website.
While Gingrich’s team has previously claimed that they work hard to “vet” the organizations they rent the email list to, they have repeatedly violated their own apparently low standards.
For example, Gingrich Productions has sent at least 15 sponsored emails for Stansberry & Associates since June 2013. Stansberry is a disgraced financial firm that was fined $1.5 million by the Securities and Exchange Commission for engaging in “deliberate fraud” and profiting from “false statements.” The firm sells financial products by pushing conspiracies about the Obama administration. Founder Porter Stansberry recently said it’s “fucking bullshit” that people get upset at him for using slurs like “nigger” and “fag” when he’s “not the least bit bigoted.”
Gingrich’s team previously claimed to distance the former speaker from Stansberry after questions surfaced about a sponsored email suggesting Obama would win a third term. ABC News reported in November 2012 that “according to Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond, Stansberry & Associates should have been on the blacklist. ‘We do not rent to the entity in question,’ Hammond said, speaking by phone Thursday. ‘In fact, we go to lengths to vet where we rent.’”
Gingrich is part of a movement where, as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes noted, “much of conservatism is a con and the base are the marks.” Fox News contributor Scott Brown was recently forced to distance himself from Newsmax after he sent a sponsored email for the group touting the findings of quack Dr. Russell Blaylock. The New Republic's Ben Adler wrote in a piece about Gingrich and fellow hucksters Herman Cain and Mike Huckabee that they “are pioneering a new, more direct method for post-campaign buckraking. All it requires is some digitally savvy accomplices—and a total immunity to shame.”
Gingrich’s list is primarily managed by TMA Direct. A data card on TMA’s site indicates that the list contains over 400,000 emails and costs $8,000 per order. The company is headed by Mike Murray, who is also the founder and president of Gingrich’s American Legacy PAC. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that American Legacy has advertised on Gingrich Productions’ list, and disbursed thousands of dollars to TMA.
Sign Up For Gingrich’s Email List, Learn About The Illuminati And Obama’s “Secret Mistress”
Though a Gingrich spokesperson claimed in 2012 that “we go to lengths to vet where we rent,” Gingrich’s recent mailings are full of companies touting suspect medical “cures” and dubious financial schemes.
The following are the subject line and quotes from some of the sponsored emails Gingrich Productions has sent to its list in the past six months.
"American Doctor Releases Cancer Cure Before Government Spies Find it." An August 29, 2013, email from Health Revelations claims that “cancer was cured back in 1925,” and “the annual flu shot is nothing more than a BALD-FACED SCAM.” The email takes readers to a page claiming that “Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Alzheimer’s” have been “DEFEATED” but suggests the government is covering up such cures.
"The Illuminati [Secret Society] Puts a Deathgrip on America." A December 31, 2013, Wall Street Daily email claims that the ”Illuminati was behind every consequential wealth event of the past year” including bitcoin. The Illuminati is a frequent player in conspiracy theories.
"Obama’s ‘Secret Mistress’ Exposed." A December 12, 2013, email from Laissez Faire Club claims that “President Obama has made painstaking efforts to keep his ‘secret mistress’ hidden from the American public, and he has succeeded brilliantly… until now.”
"WhistleBlower: 7 Deadly Drugs the Government Wants You to Swallow." The Health Sciences Institute claimed in a November 19, 2013, email that an “insider near Washington D.C. has just blown the lid off the 7 Deadly Drugs the U.S. Government can’t wait for you to swallow.” The email assured Gingrich readers that it’s not a conspiracy theory since the “whistleblower has concrete evidence ‘the powers that be’ are shoving pure poison down your throat… and laughing all the way to the bank.”
"Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Social Security Checks …" A September 12, 2013, Newsmax Media email claimed that they’ve “stumbled upon this weird trick that can add $1,000 to monthly Social Security checks.” (For more on this email claim, see here.)
"Fort Knox is Empty (the Gold’s Missing…)." An August 20, 2013, Wall Street Daily email claimed, “Whispers are swirling around Capitol Hill that Fort Knox is empty” and “the U.S. government has been shipping gold to nations like China (as collateral for a weak dollar).”
"New Scandal in the White House?" A cryptic July 11, 2013, Stansberry & Associates email claimed that there’s a “big new scandal brewing in the White House” and “when this scandal is ultimately exposed, it’s going to have major implications not only for Barack Obama, but also for our entire country.”
Wall Street Daily, Laissez Faire Club, and Stansberry & Associates are connected corporately through controversial parent holding company Agora, Inc., which frequently markets to conservative audiences.
Fox News contributor Scott Brown was forced to end his financial relationship with Newsmax after he sent a sponsored email to his list touting dubious Alzheimer’s disease cures from huckster Dr. Russell Blaylock. Brown is one of several conservative media outlets and personalities — including his Fox News colleague Mike Huckabee and conservative magazine National Review — that have helped sell out their followers to Blaylock in recent years.
In recent years, several prominent conservative outlets and personalities have sent emails to their followers touting Blaylock and his dubious medicine:
National Review. The conservative magazine sent an April 20, 2013, email from Newsmax / Blaylock with the subject line: “These 7 Things Activate Alzheimer’s in Your Brain.” (Last week, National Review told Think Progress that it was investigating emails it had sent out touting a separate shady sponsor. According to the magazine’s publisher, “National Review takes all complaints seriously.”)
Dick Morris. On January 18, the newsletter of former Fox News contributor Dick Morris sent a message to its readers stating: “Please find a special message from our paid sponsor, Newsmax Health. Sponsorships like this help to allow us to continue to send you Dick’s commentary free of charge. We appreciate your support. DickMorris.com.” DickMorris.com then enclosed Blaylock’s ”5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease” pitch.
DickMorris.com also sent an email offer from Newsmax / Blaylock on October 30, 2013, with the subject line: “These 7 Things Activate Alzheimer’s in Your Brain.”
Christian Broadcasting Network. Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network sent an email with the subject line “5 Signs You Could Get Alzheimer’s Disease” on January 9 to its email list. It contained the disclaimer: “This Select Advertising Offer is sent to you by the Christian Broadcasting Network as a paid advertisement and is not necessarily endorsed by CBN.”
CBN also sent an email offer from Newsmax / Blaylock on October 17, 2013, with the subject line: “These 7 Things Activate Alzheimer’s in Your Brain.”
Mike Huckabee. The Fox News host sent the “5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease” email to his list on January 16, 2013. He wrote: “Please find a special message from our paid sponsor, Newsmax Health. They have important information to share with you. Sponsorships like this help to allow us to continue to send you my commentary free of charge but do not necessarily reflect my views.”
Huckabee also sent an email offer from Newsmax / Blaylock on September 10, 2013, with the subject line: “These 7 Things Activate Alzheimer’s in Your Brain.”
Herman Cain. Cain’s CainTV sent the “5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease” to its list on November 1, 2012, along with a disclaimer stating it is from its “sponsor partner Newsmax.com - the sort of thing that helps us pay the bills here at CainTV. It carries no endorsement from us, but we appreciate your willingness to receive these messages.”
CainTV also sent an email offer from Newsmax / Blaylock on October 19, 2013, with the subject line: “These 7 Things Activate Alzheimer’s in Your Brain.”
Russell Blaylock’s advice is rated quackery.
Fox News contributor Scott Brown is renting out his email list to an outlet that touts shady products like Alzheimer’s disease cures and Social Security tricks.
Brown joins several of his Republican colleagues in attempting to cash in on their followers through dubious or shady practices. Mike Huckabee, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich have all been renting out their email lists to suspect sources. As Salon’s Alex Pareene noted, “the conservative movement is an elaborate moneymaking venture. For professional movement conservatives, their audiences and followers are easy marks.”
Brown sent an email this morning with the subject line “5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease” to his ScottBrown.com email list. Brown wrote in the email: “Dear Patriot, I thought you might be interested in the offer below from our sponsor Newsmax Health. Thank you, Senator Scott Brown.”
Brown’s email contains a pitch touting the findings of Dr. Russell Blaylock, and “Simple strategies and natural therapies to prevent, treat, and reverse memory loss, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative disorders.”
Blaylock, a repeat guest on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ radio show, has made numerous dubious medical claims through Newsmax and other far-right media outlets:
- Blaylock has pushed the connection between vaccines and autism and claimed that the “greatest danger is the vaccines themselves.”
- Blaylock’s regular interviews on Alex Jones’ radio program feature headlines like, "Dr. Russell Blaylock Exposes Obama’s Nazi Healthcare System," "Obamacare is Mandated Social Engineering," and "How Vaccines Hurt You."
- "The Blaylock Wellness Report" claims he is the ”secret weapon” against cancer since “You won’t get the whole story on cancer from the traditional media” and “You won’t even get all the details from your own doctor (even from cancer specialists — oncologists).”
- Blaylock’s newsletter boasts that he doesn’t “parrot what the New England Journal of Medicine” prescribes. During one interview, Blaylock advised viewers not to trust the Centers for Disease Control because they support practices such as fluoridation and vaccines.
Brown has also sent an email pitching dubious financial offers.
The Franklin Prosperity Report is a questionable newsletter operated by Newsmax that claims to be based on the “investment methods” of Benjamin Franklin.
Fox News’ Neil Cavuto opened a discussion on Thursday by saying, “I sometimes wonder” whether fast food workers demanding $15 an hour wages are “union plants.” But instead of any actual reporting, he called on Herman Cain – whose record in the restaurant business is “marked by a long and largely successful battle against minimum-wage increases,” as Huffington Post put it. Cain assured Cavuto that the protesters must be plants because minimum-wage workers “appreciate those jobs.”
On December 5, the day that workers held protests in about 100 U.S. cities, Cavuto implied that Cain was a neutral expert with some kind of first-hand information. Cavuto’s first words to Cain were: “You hear and see what’s going on here.” Then Cavuto asked, “How many of those who are protesting are fast food workers and how many just might be union plants? I sometimes wonder.”
If Cain had any inside scoop to impart other than his (biased) belief, he kept it to himself. Instead, he came up with his own unsupported theory:
Neil, I believe that most of ‘em are union plants because my experience with minimum wage workers, having led the National Restaurant Association, is that most of them appreciate those jobs and here’s why: They are not minimum wage jobs, they are starting jobs, and what never comes through the liberal rhetoric is the fact that most people who start at minimum wage, if they do a good job, they get increases within six months. …If you artificially force the minimum wage to go up, …there would be job losses. The losers would be the minimum wage workers or the potential workers and the consumers because any prices would be passed on to the consumers.
Cavuto asked whether starting wages could be raised “a little higher.”
Not surprisingly, Cain was against that, too. “You could start them a little higher, but that means that we’re going to hire a little fewer. That’s just the fact of the matter.”
h/t: Brian at NewsHounds
Conservatives are working themselves into a froth about what they believe is the next HUGE OBAMA SCANDAL: allegations that the unemployment numbers were cooked just ahead of the 2012 election.
This scandal may turn out to be just as devastating to the Obama administration as the IRS, Benghazi and Fast & Furious scandals. Not devastating at all, in other words. In fact, this one seems even flimsier than those pseudo-scandals.
New York Post columnist John Crudele, citing one anonymous source, claims that Census Bureau employees have been ordered to make up responses when surveying households for the Labor Department’s monthly unemployment report. Crudele claims to have evidence from 2010 that one Census survey-taker was caught making up numbers to meet a quota. Crudele’s anonymous source claims there were other incidents of surveyors making up numbers, that Census officials encouraged such shenanigans, and that fake-number generation ramped up ahead of the 2012 election.
This, Crudele suggests in a daring leap of logic, probably explains unemployment’s drop to 7.8 percent in September 2012 from 8.1 percent the month before.
That drop was reported on Oct. 5, 2012, just a month ahead of Election Day, and immediately seemed suspicious to conservatives like former General Electric CEO Jack Welch.
Conservatives were aflutter again on Tuesday about Crudele’s column, with CNBC forehead-vein-farmer Rick Santelli declaring himself and Welch vindicated, and failed GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain tweeting.
But sorry, Herman Cain, no. “The employee who did it” does not say that. In fact, there is no such employee in Crudele’s report. Crudele cites only an anonymous source who generally claims that numbers were made up. The “employee” who allegedly “did it” is one guy who allegedly made up numbers in 2010, which careful readers will note was two years before the election. That employee was not accused of raising or lowering unemployment figures — just of making up numbers to meet a quota of households.
Obviously, if the Census Bureau is telling employees to make up numbers one way or another, that’s a problem. Neither the Census Bureau nor the Labor Department had anything interesting to say about Crudele’s report when contacted by The Huffington Post, although a Labor Department spokesman said the Commerce Department was investigating the claims. The Census Bureau, which is a part of the Commerce Department, did not confirm or deny that statement.
Recently GOP released an internal assessment of losses in 2012 elections, possible causes and recommendations. Though the report did state that party has been losing base with the minorities and many other groups, the response from the party was to “deliver the message better”. It seems to me that party has not understood the root causes of their losses in elections, less favorability in the nation and declining voter base. I became a US citizen in 1986, and voted as Republican till 2004. Since then I have been increasingly dissatisfied with GOP’s relationships with the Muslims in USA. The Islamophobic rhetoric, though not exclusively restricted to Republican Party, has been consistently increasing over years.
Muslims mostly identify with GOP due to conservative values, and up till 2000 used to vote in greater numbers with Republican Party. In 2000 national elections, George Bush was endorsed by Muslim organizations and over 70% voted for the party. Many of President Bush’s supporters give credit to Muslims in Florida for the win in the state, leading to White House. Last year about 4% Muslims voted for GOP. Over 40% of American Muslims view themselves as independent voters, 7% identify themselves as Republicans and rest are affiliated with Democratic Party. Over last decade there have been more Muslim voters added, as the second generation has become adults and more immigrants have joined the pool. The Muslim voters’ ratio has dropped dramatically, but the Party has not taken any constructive steps to improve the relationships or even look into the causes.
The anti Muslim zeal increased over the last 2 years. American Muslims are becoming accustomed to bracing themselves for increasing Islamophobia during election years for political gains. The hearings by Representative Peter King (NY) on radicalization of Muslims in America were mainly airing anti Muslim sentiments. Many Muslim organization and individuals who could have given positive reports about American Muslims were not asked to testify in front of the committee. Law enforcement officials denied that there were major extremist Muslim groups in USA. Over 20 states introduced legislations, mostly Republicans to ban “Sharia law”. According to our constitution we cannot have foreign laws; the legislators very well knew that Sharia law cannot be and is not being implemented. But to appease their base and get political gains among the public they chose to waste their time and efforts on this nonexistent issue. Only thing they succeeded were in inflaming the anti Muslim feelings. According to CAIR in last 2 years 78 bills or amendments were moved in the country interfering with practices of Muslims; 73 of these bills were moved by Republicans. The voters at large did reject this message, as in last year’s election 4 out of 11 congressmen who were the most proponents of anti Muslim bias lost their seats.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), along with four Republicans colleagues alleged that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton had ties to Muslim Brotherhood. This was based on pure speculations and Islamophobia. Some Republican leaders including Senator McCain did rebuke the comments but Rep Bachmann has not toned down her Muslim bashing. Herman Cain’s comments that he would require Muslims to take” a loyalty oath” in his cabinet were an insult to all Muslims who are hard working, productive members of the society. The remark was even more disheartening coming from Mr. Cain, who himself is a minority and has known the struggles of African Americans over years. Mitt Romney gave his tacit approval to the anti Islamic message during the campaign, while jogging our memories about difficulties faced by Mormons in the past.
President Obama has been “accused” of being Muslim and even his citizenship has been questioned. General Colin Powell aptly answered to this question of him being possibly a Muslim, “So what if he was”. Every born American irrespective of his/her faith, race or ethnic background can dream of becoming US President.
Herman Cain Is The Latest Fox Candidate To Become A Fox Contributor | Blog | Media Matters for America
Fox News has hired former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain as a contributor. The move comes after the network encouraged Cain to run for president, and vigorously defended him against sexual harassment allegations that eventually sunk his candidacy.
Cain’s hiring follows a similar path that Fox News took with Scott Brown and Sarah Palin, both of whom were lauded by Fox News as political figures and then signed to contributor contracts when they entered public life (Palin has since parted ways with Fox).
Prior to running for president, Cain was a frequent guest on Fox News and was touted as a possible presidential contender because of his business background. During his April 14, 2010, Tea Party-themed program, Sean Hannity called Herman Cain a “rock star” job creator. Hannity then asked his audience, “How many of you would like him to run for president?” which drew loud applause.
Fox News host Neil Cavuto frequently hosted Cain and prodded him to announce that he was running for president on his program. Cain has called Cavuto, who is also a vice president for Fox News, “one of my closest friends,” and said in September 2010 that Cavuto “has been trying to drag” a presidential announcement “out of me for months now.” It was no surprise, then, that Cain announced he was forming a presidential exploratory committee in an “exclusive first” interview on Cavuto’s Fox News program on January 12, 2011.
When allegations of past sexual harassment during Cain’s business career surfaced during the campaign, Fox News rallied to his defense by dismissing the seriousness of the allegations and claiming that Cain was the target of a “smear campaign” because he’s a "black conservative," and the victim of a “gold digger” and “scam artist.” Here are ten examples of Fox News hosts and contributors defending Cain:
- Then-Fox News contributor Dick Morris said of the allegations: “Well, this is ridiculous. … This woman is in search of money. … This woman has been unemployed for 13 years, and this is apparently payday. … I look forward to her spread in Playboy." Morris also called one of the accusers, Sharon Bialek, a “gold digger” and said her accusations were “outlandish.”
- Fox News host Andrea Tantaros attacked Bialek as a “scam artist” with an “illegitimate child.”
- Fox News host Sean Hannity reported on Bialek’s accusations in a segment called, “Anatomy of a Smear Campaign.”
- Sean Hannity interviewed Gloria Allred, the attorney for one of Herman Cain’s alleged sexual harassment victims. Hannity repeatedly questioned why the woman didn’t immediately leave the vehicle after the alleged crime: “Why would one — if that happened, and it was so traumatic, and it was so bad, why would she stay in the car with him?”
- Fox News host Greg Gutfeld said: “We’re beginning to understand the ubiquitousness of sexual harassment claims and how because they’re happening so often and they’re everywhere, many of them are inherently meaningless, done to safeguard future reputation-damaging things, and you might not be guilty.”
- Fox host Mike Huckabee dismissed the sexual harassment allegations against Cain by comparing his alleged behavior to someone ordering food at Popeyes.
- Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume claimed that superiors in the workplace are now “at an equal or greater disadvantage” than their employees.
- Fox News host Eric Bolling claimed that the allegations were part of a “systematic taking apart of the right by the left.” He added that his “hunch is, you know, the left-wing nutjobs at Media Matters and all the other lefty blogs” were behind the Cain allegations.
- Fox News contributor Mike Gallagher dismissed the seriousness of the allegations, explaining: “The left hates blacks who are conservative”
- A Fox Nation post described Sharon Bialek as having “a Chicago smell.”
Fox’s press release about Cain’s hiring states that he “notably proposed the ‘9-9-9’ tax plan to solve the nation’s debt problem.” Fox News personalities, especially the hosts of Fox & Friends, presented Cain’s plan as alegitimate proposal. Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy claimed that Cain’s proposal is “attractive” to voters because it’s “so simple to understand.” Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson, meanwhile, proclaimed that “voters love, love, love” the 9-9-9 plan. In reality, as tax expert Edward Kleinbard and others have noted, Cain’s plan would have led to “a huge tax hike for the working poor.”
WASHINGTON — Senator Saxby Chambliss, the Georgia Republican who helped lead efforts to find a bipartisan deficit reduction compromise, announced on Friday that he would retire at the end of 2014, a decision likely to set off a battle on the Republican Party’s right flank for a successor.
Already, organizations backed by the Tea Party were stirring interest in a primary challenge for Mr. Chambliss over his embrace of new revenues as a part of any comprehensive deficit package. Representatives Tom Price and Paul Broun, two Republican doctors and ardent conservatives from Georgia, had expressed interest in a possible challenge.
But without Mr. Chambliss in the picture, the Senate contest in Georgia could shape up to be a battle royale on the right. Other possible candidates could include Herman Cain, a failed presidential candidate, and Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state who ran for governor in 2010 with the backing of Sarah Palin. Ms. Handel lost that contest but went on to a senior position at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation, where she championed a controversial move to withhold financing for Planned Parenthood cancer screenings.
In a statement, Mr. Chambliss took pains to say he did not fear losing a primary challenge.
“Lest anyone think this decision is about a primary challenge, I have no doubt that had I decided to be a candidate, I would have won re-election,” he said. “In these difficult political times, I am fortunate to have actually broadened my support around the state and the nation due to the stances I have taken. Instead, this is about frustration, both at a lack of leadership from the White House and at the dearth of meaningful action from Congress.”
Democrats insisted they would make a run at his seat.
“Georgia will now offer Democrats one of our best pick-up opportunities of the cycle. There are already several reports of the potential for a divisive primary that will push Republicans to the extreme right. Regardless, there’s no question that the demographics of the state have changed and Democrats are gaining strength. This will be a top priority,” said Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
But in a mid-presidential term election, Georgia will present a steep climb for the Democratic Party.
h/t: The New York Times
Source: The New York Times
In Meltdown Over Obama Win, Neal Boortz Compares President To Al Qaeda, Adolf Hitler | Blog | Media Matters for America
Conservative talk radio host Neal Boortz unleashed an astounding array of attacks on President Obama on Thursday, likening him to figures such as Adolf Hitler and serial killer Ted Bundy, as well as terrorist groups Al Qaeda and Ansar al-Sharia.
Boortz, whose Atlanta radio show is nationally syndicated, was addressing a commentary by Herman Cain, in which the former Republican presidential candidate congratulated Obama on his reelection. Boortz replied: “OK, Herman Cain, that’s BS.” He continued:
BOORTZ: I would like to congratulate Richard Speck. I would — you know, I would like to congratulate Ted Bundy on sneaking into yet another sorority house and killing another coed. I would like to congratulate Adolf Hitler on his invasion of Poland. I would like to congratulate the — Al Qaeda for their successful attack on New York City. I would like to congratulate the Ansar al-Sharia crowd over there in Benghazi for their successful assault on our consulate.
Congratulate Barack Obama? I’m sorry, Herman, love you but you can take that and stick in that phony damn cowboy hat of yours.
He went on to accuse Obama of being “dedicated to the destruction of our economic system” and the “weakening” of America and the U.S. military. Boortz also called Obama a liar and a thief and claimed he gave “away enough to con a bunch of ignorant, stupid voters into giving him the power to carry out his anti-American schemes.”
News/Talk WSB in Atlanta, Boortz’s flagship station, reported on June 4 that Cain will replace Boortz as the host of his daily show when Boortz retires in January 2013.
Boortz, who has a history of inflammatory attacks against African-Americans, working-class Americans, andimmigrants, previously likened Obama to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and said that Obama “is a bigger disaster to this country than 9-11.” That comment drew harsh criticism from 9-11 victims’ families.
It’s been less than 24 hours since the polls closed and already the first shots in an emerging civil war within the conservative movement are being fired. Right-leaning pundits have been taking turns beating up on Mitt Romney and blaming him for the loss last night. Donald Trump just tweeted, “Congrats to @KarlRove on blowing $400 million this cycle. Every race @CrossroadsGPS ran ads in, the Republicans lost. What a waste of money.” And GOP leaders are already taking to the barricades on either side of the divide, which basically comes down to this question: Were Romney and the GOP too conservative or not conservative enough?
Steve Schmidt, a top Republican strategist who ran John McCain’s 2008 campaign, invoked the term on MSNBC this morning. “When I talk about a civil war in the Republican Party, what I mean is, it’s time for Republican elected leaders to stand up and to repudiate this nonsense [of the extreme right wing], and to repudiate it directly,” he said.
But on the other side of the fight, Herman Cain, the former presidential candidate who still has a robust following via his popular talk radio program and speaking tours, today suggested the most clear step to open civil war: secession. Appearing on Bryan Fischer’s radio program this afternoon, Cain called for a large faction of Republican Party leaders to desert the party and form a third, more conservative party.
“I never thought that I would say this, and this is the first time publicly that I’ve said it: We need a third party to save this country. Not Ron Paul and the Ron Paulites. No. We need a legitimate third party to challenge the current system that we have, because I don’t believe that the Republican Party … has the ability to rebrand itself,” Cain said.
Fischer, a social conservative leader, noted that he predicted this summer that if Mitt Romney loses, evangelical conservatives would start a third party. “If Barack Obama wins this election the Republican Party as we know it is finished, it is dead, it is toast,” Fischer said in September at the Values Voter Summit in Washington.
Guest-hosting on The Neal Boortz Show, Former presidential candidate and prominent Mitt Romney backer Herman Cain is hoping that gas prices increase significantly before November, regardless of the impact on consumers, in order to help defeat President Obama.
MARK: Is it wrong that since gas prices have been going up like 30 cents in the last month, month and a half. That for a while I’ve been hoping that gas would hit $4 so people would realize that we need a Republican in the presidency so that on November 7th, gas will be slashed to like $2 a gallon?
CAIN: That’s not wrong at all. If it hits $4 a gallon nationally, that would be a huge wakeup call for a lot of people who, quite frankly Mark, aren’t paying attention. And the other reason that I would agree with you that it was not wrong in order to wake people up in that manner because sometimes you don’t wake them up until it hits their checkbook or their pocketbook is the fact that some of the times when gas prices go down it’s manipulated. It’s manipulated by the oil-producing countries. There are some countries that are really really big as far as oil production that want Barack Obama to win.
It is unlikely that Cain will get his $4-per-gallon-by-November wish. Though gas prices have increased slightly over the past month, largely due to refinery outages and climate-related closures, they are still down 30 cents per gallon in the past four months.
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