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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

New Hillary Clinton Ad Features Just Kittens

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Hillary Clinton followed up the official announcement of her candidacy with a new campaign ad featuring nothing but kittens. The sixty-second spot stars an assortment of kittens… tabbies, calicoes, Siamese, and a dozen other breeds… in a variety of adorable vignettes. At various points in the advertisement, the kittens are shown playing in a sock drawer, tangled up in yarn, and chasing a duckling. Clinton herself appears only in the final seconds of the ad, saying merely, “Hi. I’m Hillary”. The commercial immediately drew the wrath of the Republican National Committee chairman. A visibly furious Reince Priebus told Fox News, “It’s woefully short on substance. There’s no mention of what Hillary Clinton would do to grow our struggling economy, fix the disaster of Obamacare, or repair our damaged reputation abroad. It’s just cats”. In defence of the ad, the Clinton campaign issued the following statement, “America loves kittens. Loving kittens makes America strong. Hillary is ready for kittens. Kittens are ready for Hillary. Meow, meow, meow, meow”.

14 April 2015

Andy Borowitz

New Yorker

Borowitz Report

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/new-hillary-clinton-ad-features-just-kittens

Barney Frank Destroys a Tea Partier for Comparing Obama to Hitler

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Editor:

NEVER let rightwing “Orthodox” malign the left, socialism, or communism… NEVER. Our Patriarch supports and approves of the left… he hates the rightwing and everything that it stands for. If some klutz attacks communism… COUNTERATTACK! GIVE THEM NO MERCY. Treat them like Barney Frank teats this Teabagger. If they’re priests… reflect on the fact that all ROCOR priests commemorate Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev at every service… that is, they spit on that commemoration by supporting godless GOP filth like Ted Cruz (who spat on Arab Christian leaders, remember?).

You can NOT be “nice”… just as the people of Novorossiya can’t be “nice” with Galician Uniate Nationalists. Not all contagion is “outside the gates”… reflect on that…

BMD

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In this classic video from a town hall event, US Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) forcefully took a deranged Obamacare hater to task for feeling so strongly against the effort to bring healthcare to millions of Americans that she felt the need to compare Obama to Hitler and his unspeakable crimes. One of his conservative constituents asked him, “Why are you supporting this Nazi policy (Obamacare)?” The crowd didn’t take kindly to her offensive question, but Frank felt compelled to answer her with a question of his own, responding, “On what planet do you spend most of your time? You stand there with a picture of the President defaced to look like Hitler, comparing the effort to bring increase healthcare to the Nazis, and it is a tribute to the First Amendment that such vile, contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated”. When she tried to ask a second question over the raucous applause, he dismissed her by saying, “Trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table”.

10 April 2015

Occupy Democrats

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/watch-barney-frank-destroys-a-tea-partier-for-comparing-obama-to-hitler/

Time to Stop Justifying Discrimination with Religion

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We have to be wary of all (especially, uninformed konvertsy) who try to ally the Church of Christ with “Evangelical” Radical Sectarians and their political fancies. The Church does NOT countenance that… no matter how much loud sorts claim that it does. Remember… HH approves of Alexis Tsipras… not godless greedster filth like Ted Cruz. Ponder that. This piece does offer some good points. We have no right to ram our religious beliefs down others’ throats… that’s my view, any road.

BMD

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Last Thursday, the New York Times published an article about Orthodox Jewish men refusing to sit next to unrelated women when boarding planes. This raises a question… “At what point does one person’s religious freedom end and another’s basic rights begin?” Whilst many Orthodox Jewish rabbis condemned the practise of refusing to sit next to women on planes, some continue the practice. These even resulted in up to 11-hour delays as passengers refuse to switch seats in protest. Obviously, one needs to communicate seating preferences to the airline in advance. You just can’t expect women to bend to someone’s whims because of religion. It isn’t their responsibility to move, particularly, if that woman sought to reserve a specific seat for whatever reason. Maybe, she wanted an aisle seat, or, maybe, she wanted to sit in the emergency exit row to get more legroom. If the airline expects people to move, it must offer them a similar seat.

Modern religion doesn’t give one the right to inconvenience others or change what they do. The idea that women who sit next to Orthodox Jewish men must move is sexist. Now, if someone asks politely, that’s fine, but they have to be OK with the other person refusing to move. Certainly, they can’t keep a flight from taking off because someone didn’t accommodate their seating preference. Most people agree that the burden is on the person with the religious seating preference to figure out the seating arrangement ahead of time or ask politely. People who travel with children have to deal with the same thing… either checking-in ahead of time or relying on the politeness of the other passengers to accommodate their preferred seating. This means they try to avoid wasting time during boarding or potentially delaying a flight. Overall, this isn’t unreasonable. However, once their seating preferences start delaying flights, it becomes a problem. Luckily, this sort of seating preference seems to be decried from within the Orthodox Jewish community, but it mirrors what is going on with the Christian right in the USA, which has started emphasising the need to protect the USA’s Judeo-Christian heritage. This causes religious preferences to turn extreme. Ted Cruz called supporting marriage equality a gay “jihad”, comparing activists to terrorists, and interpreted the First Amendment as a “God-given right to seek out and worship God”.

According to a Pew Research survey, Christians now make up 78.4 percent of the American population. No one is trying to take away Christians’ rights to express their religion; odds are if they did, it would be unsuccessful, given how many Christians there are in the USA. We shouldn’t accept religion as an excuse for denying the rights of others… whether it’s through racism, sexism, or homophobia. Just as women having the right to sit where they want on a plane doesn’t take away the rights of Orthodox Jewish men, marriage equality doesn’t take away the constitutional right of the Christian Right to marry who they want to marry. Using religion to back up unfair laws doesn’t make them any less discriminatory. We as a country need to be very careful about what we will let religion excuse because it’s often indicates a larger problem.

14 April 2015

Nicole Dan

Independent Florida Alligator

http://www.alligator.org/opinion/columns/article_f7d16366-e258-11e4-873f-0fae6e130245.html

PA Slaughterhouse Recalls 1,800 Pounds of Veal Sold for Orthodox Easter

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A Pennsylvania slaughterhouse recalled 1,800 pounds of veal carcasses sold to families for Orthodox Easter without inspection. The US Agriculture Department said that Leader Slaughterhouse in Imler (Bedford County) PA produced six 300-pound veal carcasses on Friday outside of inspection hours. They didn’t bear the Agriculture Department’s mark of inspection, but no illnesses ensued from the incident. Plant Manager David Hill said that customers from Pennsylvania and New York picked up the quarter-cut carcasses to consume at home for Sunday’s Greek Orthodox Easter. Hill stated that none of the recalled meat wound up in stores. He says that customers already returned most of it to the slaughterhouse. Imler is about 28 miles south of Altoona.

14 April 2015

Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2015/04/14/Pennsylvania-slaughterhouse-recalls-1-800-pounds-of-veal-sold-for-Orthodox-Easter/stories/201504140140

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