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Bill Maher Tweets Hamas is Like Dealing With a 'Crazy Woman'EXPAND

Bill Maher has opinions on the situation in the Gaza Strip and they are loaded with sexist bullshit for some reason.

On Thursday, thousands of Israeli troops stormed into the region, leaving behind dozens of civilian casualties in their wake. On Wednesday, four children were killed by an Israeli missile.

Thursday evening, responding to the conflict in the region, Maher, the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher and a comedian known for his outspoken stance on a variety of political and social issues (who also hosted a show called Politically Incorrect) tweeted this:

Maher is completely entitled to his opinion about the situation in that region. Agree with his stance or disagree, but no one, certainly not me is here to tell him he doesn’t have a right to take a stance.

But ‘crazy woman’? Dude. First of all, that’s an unoriginal joke that stopped being funny in 1993. Secondly, “crazy woman” is a loaded term with a fuckton of implications for women. Making a joke about hitting a woman to make a point about a country where people are being killed is just gross. It’s not just PC whining, OK? If you really want people to take your opinions about issues that are important to you seriously (as Gaza clearly is to him), how about taking a moment to extend the courtesy to other people and do the same for issues that are important to them? That’s what I don’t get in situations like this. If you want to be taken seriously as a political pundit, how can you be so dismissive in the language you use when referring to women or other marginalized groups?

But I guess it’s not about that. It’s “what shocking thing can I say at a time like this to ruffle the most feathers?” This is the second time today we’ve seen a celebrity use Twitter to make a completely inappropriate “comedic” tweet about a horrible international news story.

People on Twitter of course had immediate reactions to his choice of words. Some took issue and some showed support from him against the “PC police,” which in case anyone needs a reminder is not a real goddamn thing. As my good buddy Jamie Kilstein once put it, “the PC police aren’t real. You’re not going to go to jail. You’re just an asshole.”

Amen, sister.

Image via Twitter.

Source: Rebecca Rose for Jezebel

Todd Starnes showed a shocking lack of taste (even for him) when he reacted to the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner with snarky attacks on President Obama. Kudos to Fox’s Greta Van Susteren for calling him out on it.

While most people probably took the news of the airline crash with sorrow and concern, Starnes thought of smearing Obama. Here’s a grab from Starnes’ twitter feed during the hour that the news broke of the crash.


An hour later, Starnes thought of this:


But in case you think I only criticize Greta Van Susteren, here’s a big shout out to her for having the gumption to stand up to her own colleague. On In a blog post called, "NOTE TO FNC’s TODD STARNES: THIS IS VERY BAD TASTE, 295 PEOPLE DIED," Van Susteren wrote, “This is not the time to be snarky or have some pathetic attempt at humor. Let me repeat… 295 people died.”

Good for her!

H/T Media Matters

NOTE: I don’t agree with Greta Van Susteren very often; however, in this instance, she is correct to slam her fellow colleague Todd Starnes. 

h/t: Ellen at

H/T: Mollie Reilly at Huffington Post

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


South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Monday learned the perils of automatically cross-posting messages from one social media account to another when this botched tweet went out into the world:

No, the state isn’t shuttering all its schools. Rather, the sentence was an unfortunately clipped version of a longer message posted to Haley’s Instagram that said the state would “no longer educate children based on where they are born.”

Below is the full message from Instagram:

South Carolina made history this year by passing education reform. We will no longer educate children based on where they are born. Through reading coaches, technology investments, and expanding charter schools we just confirmed that we want our children to be the future workforce for our growing high tech jobs! #ItIsAGreatDayInSC

h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW


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.

h/t: Caitlin MacNeal at TPM LiveWire

Locals turn on AL ice cream maker over anti-LGBT tweets to talk radio host Dana Loesch (via Raw Story )

Local businesses are ending their association with an Alabama ice cream maker after the owner’s brother made a series of anti-LGBT comments on Twitter. Jack-O-Lantern Farm and Lyons Coffee Roasters said they would not do business with Shirey Ice Cream…


Today, Tea Party Pundit Dana Loesch has smeared Democratic State Rep. Stacey Newman yet again, this time for mentioning about Benghazi, a tragic event in which 4 Americans were killed on September 12th, 2012, that the righties like Loesch have decided to exploit for political gain in order to  attack 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and by extension, the Democratic Party.

Here’s her tweet that got the right all hopping mad:

Her [Loesch’s] own site smeared Newman in a derogatory manner:

I interviewed Charles Woods, father of US Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, one of the four lives lost during the Benghazi terror attack. He’s a grieving father still searching for answers. Meanwhile, Democrats call the attack a “pseudo scandal” and crack jokes like this on Twitter. Keep it classy, Stacey Newman.

Hey Dana, the Democrats are right to call the conservatives’ reaction to Benghazi a phony scandal. 

She trotted in an attack on Wendy Davis, too. 

NO, Speaker Jones should NOT censure Rep. Newman at all. If he did that, then it’ll be a partisan witchhunt. 

KC Star's Barb Shelly and Stacey Newman were NOT “mocking 4 dead Americans in Benghazi,” but the right-wing's overreaction to Benghazi.

Democrats are NOT “trivializing” the deaths of 4 Americans at Benghazi in 2012.

The Riverfront Times on Newman’s Benghazi comments:

St. Louis County’s Democratic State Representative Stacey Newman made a joke about Benghazi. It hasn’t gone over too well.
Newman went on Twitter Tuesday night and joked about an issue that has been a staple of Republican concerns since September 2012, when four Americans were killed in the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, in what has since been determined as an intelligence failure. Since the tragic event partisan politics have raged, with Republicans accusing the Obama administration of covering up the details of the event, and Democrats accusing Republicans and conservative media outlets of exploiting a tragic accident for political gain.

No doubt Newman was joking about what has been seen as an exaggerated reaction to the Benghazi incident by the conservative right. And comedians have been joking about this for quite a while, mostly by making fun of the apparent hypocrisy involving the right’s current outrage over an alleged cover-up during the Obama administration that killed four Americans versus the right’s lack of outrage over the cover-up during the George W. Bush administration that killed more than 4,000 Americans and nearly 200,000 Iraqis.

Unlike Loesch, Twitchy, and the right-wing media morons, Newman is telling the truth about Benghazi and how the right’s exploiting it.

(cross-posted from


Jars of Clay Frontman Dan Haseltine Posts Apology On Using Twitter As A Venue For Advocating Marriage Equality, But Doesn’t Apologize For His Support of Marriage Equality

Dan Haseltine, lead singer of the popular Christian folk rock band Jars of Clay, gained much attention last week when tweeted for three days about marriage equality and religion—but not all the attention was positive.

Many in the LGBT community were moved by the public Christian figure’s call to love, support, and not judge people are gay. Additionally, many followers appreciated Dan’s attempt to calmly facilitate difficult conversations. According to subsequent tweets, however, it seems that numerous outlets, Twitter followers, and even Jars of Clay fans did not react positively:

I trust Scripture. I don’t think the treatment of gays must begin with the conversation of “right or wrong” we are to love either way.

— Dan Haseltine (@scribblepotemus) April 25, 2014

I hope that helps at least the folks calling me a heretic and a humanist..etc to have a little more free time. Goodnight. -Dan

— Dan Haseltine (@scribblepotemus) April 25, 2014

If the knee jerk reaction is to spit venom or become defensive, how do we listen? How do we honor honest searchers of truth?

— Dan Haseltine (@scribblepotemus) April 25, 2014

If your immediate response was to get angry or to call me out as stupid or ignorant as I processed ideas in the public forum.. Why?

— Dan Haseltine (@scribblepotemus) April 25, 2014

When you looked at my tweet and it didn’t line up with your belief and so you offered a hateful or judgmental response… Why?

— Dan Haseltine (@scribblepotemus) April 25, 2014

Last Month, the ecumenical Christian Charity World Vision reversed its decision to welcome openly LGBT employees after receiving negative backlash from notorious anti-LGBT pundits, who doubted the organization’s religious convictions. While Dan has seemingly been confronted with a similar firestorm, he did not retract his LGBT-affirming stance.

Ultimately, Dan urged everyone to visit his blog to gain clarity and insight into his initial tweets:

charisma and other media outlets are still running mis-informed posts even after I have clarified some things.

— Dan Haseltine (@scribblepotemus) April 26, 2014

There, on Friday, Dan published a lengthy post titled “Reset. (Context…Tangent…Apology)”.


In my questions and dialogue with people on Twitter, it became evident that the issue I had chosen to discuss was far too personal, nuanced, and deeply connected to faith and our human condition to honor the amount of wrestling that others have done on this topic.  And though they were my questions and it was a dialogue provoked by me, it bled into the Jars of Clay world, and my other band mates felt people’s dismay, frustration and the projection of my views and ideas back on to them. It is not theirs to shoulder. 

It was a poor choice of venue on my part.  I chose some of my words poorly.  And I was unable to moderate the conversation in such a way that it kept everyone’s views with a shared validity and civility as I had hoped.    And so, I am not going to continue the conversation on that forum.  I do apologize for causing such a negative stir. 

In the coming days, I will begin posting some questions on my blog (, and even doing some interviews around this topic, as I believe there can be healthy dialogue and better understanding even if there is not shared agreement.  I am dedicated to being a life long learner.

While Dan apologized for using an informal venue and for unintentionally causing negative reactions against his bandmates, he stood by his support for the LGBT community, and continued to explore Christianity as a lived practice:

Last week, Jars of Clay performed at a music festival in Australia. As part of the programming of the event, the festival offered various breakout sessions and panel discussions on a host of topics that might be interesting to the festival attendees.  I was invited to sit on a panel discussion about moral behavior and the church.  The question we were presented was, “Does the western church’s focus on moral behavior undermine the church’s ability to love? …

…The film [12 Years A Slave] had such incredible storytelling and superb acting that gave faces and souls to the men, women and children trapped in slavery.  The thing that continued to swirl around my mind was a scene when one of the slave owners was quoting scripture to slaves.  He was using the words to drive home a point about his supremacy over the slaves, and the wrath they would face if they were disobedient.
He was mis-using scripture to back up his acts of oppression toward another human.  He was using scripture to back up his idea that slaves were less than human, and so should not be given the rights of humans. 
I would not say that the issues of slavery, which are tied to color and race, clearly mirror the issues of gay rights.  But for some reason, all the questions I had surrounding gay marriage came rushing back.

In the heat of discussion, I communicated poorly and thus unintentionally wrote that I did not care about what scripture said.  Thus, the tsunami hit.  It was picked up by bloggers and written into editorials before I could blink.  And rightly so, people were shocked and offended by my statement dismissing the value of scripture.  I got it. And possibly, I got what that combination of statements warranted for response. I should’ve chosen my words more wisely.
I care about what scripture says.   It matters.

So, that said, Twitter is a great place to share selfies and a horrible forum for discussions and a bad place to communicate under the fog of jetleg.

To show your support for Dan’s commitment to continuing the conversation and for his ongoing belief in LGBT equality—despite the criticisms he’s received as a result— you can tweet him at @scribblepotemus.

h/t: Ben Armbruster at Think Progress World

h/t: Ben Armbruster at Think Progress World

Erdoğan’s a menace to Turkey and to Kemalist heritage. 

h/t: Lauren C. Williams at Think Progress World


Twitter is investigating reports that the service was blocked in Turkey late Thursday after Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned at a rally that he will “eradicate Twitter” and had a court order to do so.


#ALERT | #Twitter has been blocked by the government in #Turkeynow!

“In the ongoing situation, Twitter has remained indifferent to remove certain links despite court orders favoring the citizens of the Turkish Republic,” Erdogan’s office said in a statement published by the Turkish website Sabah and translated by Al Monitor. “We came to [the] conclusion that in order to relieve our citizens, there is no way left beyond blocking Twitter, which disregards court orders, does not obey the rule of law.”

At a daily press briefing on Thursday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: “As we have previously stated, we remain very concerned by any suggestion that social media sites could be shut down. Democracies are strengthened by the diversity of public voices.

“An independent and unfettered media is an essential element of democratic, open societies, and crucial to ensuring official transparency and accountability”

As the news spread, Twitter offered users a way to bypass the ban by tweeting via text message.

Turkish users: you can send Tweets using SMS. Avea and Vodafone text START to 2444. Turkcell text START to 2555.

Twitter users in Turkey and abroad immediately shared information on how to bypass the ban via SMS and VPN. From inside Turkey,#TwitterIsBlockedInTurkey and #DictatorErdoganbegan to trend within hours.


#twitter blocked in #turkey tonight. folks are painting #google dns numbers onto the posters of the governing party.

In spite of ‘block’ there have been 272K tweets using#TwitterisblockedinTurkey in past 3hrs. 207K of those from Turkey itself.

Erdogan – who is currently fighting corruption allegations and waves of anti-government protests – has made repeated threats against social media users. Memes mocking the embattled Erdogan and his latest media crackdown also circulated widely.


12 milyon kullanጜısı olan #Twitter'a erişim engellendi! Dünyada sadece 2 ülkede yasak!


a list of apps on an average turkish phone. in case.


All these jokes/pics about death of Twitter in Turkey? I see them all from tweeps tweeting FROM Turkey.RT @DTJ_Online


"So?.. What’s wrong? Everyone is still tweeting…"

Source: Miriam Berger for Buzzfeed