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Andrew Sullivan ‘disgusted’ by gay rights ‘fanaticism’ | The Daily Caller

Brendan Eich

Openly-gay journalist Andrew Sullivan expressed his “disgust” over Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s resignation for his one-time opposition to gay marriage, calling it a symptom of gay rights “fanaticism” and warning the movement is fast becoming “no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.”

The former editor at The Atlantic and The New Republic is widely regarded as the intellectual father of the gay marriage movement. He wrote the first story to advocate for gay marriage in 1989 — a piece many regard as the blueprint for gay marriage laws and the normalization of homosexuality in America — and has a “tendency to view virtually everything through a ‘gay’ prism.”

But despite his activism, Sullivan is furious over Eich’s persecution for his $1,000 donation to California’s Prop 8 campaign in 2008, which made gay marriage illegal in the state (RELATED: Mozilla CEO out over opposition to gay marriage).

“The guy who had the gall to to express his First Amendment rights and favor Prop 8 in California by donating $1,000 has just been scalped by some gay activists,” he wrote in a blog post titled “The Hounding of a Heretic.”

“Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame?” Sullivan asked. “Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me — as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society.”

“If this is the gay rights movement today — hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else — then count me out,” he added. “If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.”

In a follow-up piece posted hours later, a still-incensed Sullivan blasted the “repugnantly illiberal sentiment” that Eich could’ve saved his job, if he’d only renounced his views.

“He did not understand that in order to be a CEO of a company, you have to renounce your heresy!” he wrote. “There is only one permissible opinion at Mozilla, and all dissidents must be purged! Yep, that’s left-liberal tolerance in a nut-shell.”

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Democratic politicians’ arrests shows natural match of liberalism and corruption | Fox News


Whether it be President Obama or Democratic lawmakers at all other levels of government, it’s becoming more apparent that malevolence and corruption are at the core of what drives liberal politicians.

In the past few days we’ve been bombarded with news of several Democratic lawmakers being arrested on corruption charges while Mr. Obama continues his bizarre mission to make the United States appear weak and confused in the international arena.

Liberal corruption and efforts to do damage to this country come from the same disease: politicians’ belief that they are superior, requiring constant evidence for themselves that everyone else is beneath them.

With the president embarrassing us in Europe and the first lady spending millions of taxpayer dollars in China on what is obviously another private vacation, Democrats have been getting arrested here at home.

California state Sen. Leland Yee, an outspoken advocate for gun control, has been indicted on charges of arms trafficking and public corruption.

Illinois state Rep. Keith Farnham, a Democrat, has resigned after it was revealed he is being investigated for child pornography. Pennsylvania state Sen. Leanna Washington has been ordered to stand trial on corruption charges.

The FBI and Internal Revenue Service have raided the home and office of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox, a Democrat, in a “criminal investigation.”

Patrick Cannon, the Democratic mayor of Charlotte, N.C., has been arrested by the FBI, and faces federal charges of theft and bribery.

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Republicans strike back at Harry Reid for calling ObamaCare victims liars | Human Events

Dingy Harry

Dingy Harry

In response to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bizarre declaration that all ObamaCare horror stories are false, and all the people lodging complaints are liars, the National Republican Senatorial Committee put together a devastating video that hits Reid with the weapon every ObamaCare-defending Democrat fears most: the truth.  Short, simple, and damn near nuclear:

The media loves to give Reid a pass for these nasty little smear jobs, but this time he’s run afoul of the very same personalization Democrats are normally good at exploiting for their advantage.  There are too many ObamaCare horror stories, too many ordinary Americans with names and faces; the magnitude of deception and failure built into this bill is too large to be ignored.  If there was any winning play for the Democrats in 2014, slandering all of these people as liars was not it.  They won’t be intimidated into silence, either.

The fate of the nation really shouldn’t be decided by individual anecdotes; gigantic programs which effect millions of lives should not be judged in a contest between a dozen people who really like them, and a dozen people who hate them.  But such individual anecdotes have enormous currency in politics today, and no one has spent that currency more freely than the Obama Democrats, who have reduced the use of human props at press conferences to near-parody.  They wouldn’t do that if they didn’t think it was working, so of course they’re uncomfortable when the same tactic is turned back against them.

In the case of ObamaCare, the weight of bulk data is also behind opponents.  There’s a good reason happy stories from satisfied customers are hard to come by.  A stunning CBS News / New York Times poll this week found only six percent of Americans claiming to support the Affordable Care Act in its current form, while support for full repeal was 42 percent.

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American Thinker: Obama says mass murderer Ho Chi Minh was inspired by Jefferson

There is still some leftover admiration among lefties for the “agrarian reformer” Ho Chi Minh, who created the Vietnamese Communist party and was dictator of North Vietnam from 1951 to 1969. This becomes apparent when you have President Obama laying this bomb on the press:

It may come as some unwelcome news to the families of the nearly 60,000 Americans who died in the Vietnam War that the whole thing was just a misunderstanding.

That was the impression President Obama gave on Thursday when he spoke to the press after his meeting with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Sang brought Obama a copy of a letter sent to President Harry Truman from Ho Chi Minh in which the communist dictator spoke hopefully of cooperation with the United States.

Obama, striking a wistful tone, observed that it may have taken 67 years, but the United States and Vietnam were finally enjoying the relationship that Ho once wrote of. After all, Obama said, Ho had been “inspired by the words of Thomas Jefferson.”

The message here was that if only we might have bridged our differences then – if only Ho and Truman could have done what Obama and Sang did this week, so much unpleasantness might have been avoided.

via Blog: Obama says mass murderer Ho Chi Minh was inspired by Jefferson.


IRS employees union: Please don’t make us enroll in Obamacare | The Daily Caller

The union that represents IRS employees is urging its members to write to their congressmen to help get the union out of Obamacare.

“I am a federal employee and one of your constituents. I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” according to a form letter drafted by leaders of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which represents IRS employees.

NTEU members currently get health coverage through FEHBP, which represents federal employees, but Republican House Ways and Means chairman and Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Camp seeks to obliterate that program and push legislation that would put federal employees into Obamacare exchanges.

“If the ObamaCare exchanges are good enough for the hardworking Americans and small businesses the law claims to help, then they should be good enough for the president, vice president, Congress, and federal employees,” Camp’s spokesperson said, making clear that Camp’s move has political motives.

“Camp has long believed every American ought to be exempt from the [Obamacare] law, which is why he supports full repeal,” Camp’s spokesperson also said.

NTEU is not happy.

“H.R. 1780 would put federal employees in a special class where they would be prohibited from receiving health insurance through their employer. It would treat federal employees differently from state and local government employees and most employees of large private sector companies who receive health insurance benefits through their employer. The primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to provide a marketplace for the sale and purchase of health insurance for those who do not have such coverage – not to take coverage away from employees who already receive it through their employers,” the letter reads.

“I work hard and am proud of the services that I provide to your constituents every day.  One of the main benefits I receive as a federal employee is the ability to purchase health insurance coverage through the FEHBP with an employer contribution towards those benefits. Please let me know your views on this legislation. I look forward to hearing back from you,” the letter concludes.

NTEU recently made news by preventing acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel from fully canceling taxpayer-funded employee bonuses this year as he promised, citing the union’s labor contract with the IRS.

via IRS employees union: Please don’t make us enroll in Obamacare | The Daily Caller.


Obamacare Call Center Will Not Offer Healthcare Benefits to Employees | National Review Online

In order to ensure Americans understand how to access the benefits available to them when many provisions of the Affordable Care Act go online October 1, the Obama administration announced last month that it is setting up a call center that will be accessible to Americans 24 hours a day.

One branch of that call center will be located in California’s Contra Costa County, where, reportedly, 7,000 people applied for the 204 jobs. According to the Contra Costa Times, however, “about half the jobs are part-time, with no health benefits — a stinging disappointment to workers and local politicians who believed the positions would be full-time.” The county supervisor, Karen Mitchoff, called the hiring process “a comedy of errors” and said she “never dreamed [the jobs] would be part-time.”

The Times indicates that a job posting advertised all of the jobs as full-time, and one call center employee, who said no reason for the apparent change was provided, told the paper, ”It reminded me of that George Clooney movie where he goes around the country firing people (‘Up in the Air’). The woman said, ‘I know you were led to believe you would be full-time, but things have changed…You are actually ‘part-time intermittent.’”

The Contra Costa employees are currently in training, and the call center — one of three based in California — is set to go live on October 1.

via Obamacare Call Center Will Not Offer Healthcare Benefits to Employees | National Review Online.


The Democrat budget proposal: a trillion dollars in new taxes | Conservative News, Views & Books

Some have criticized House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan’s budget for being too ambitious in certain respects – defunding ObamaCare, reducing tax rates and dramatically simplifying the rate structure, and repealing the hated Alternative Minimum Tax, for example.  But in addition to having the courage to propose good ideas just because they are the right thing to do, Ryan’s budget deserves applause for putting a strong opening bid on the table.  It doesn’t make any sense to impose concessions on yourself before tough negotiations have even begun.

The tax-and-spend drunken sailors who run the Democrat Party certainly understand that principle, because the Washington Examiner reports that their budget proposal is stuffed with pork-barrel spending plus nearly a trillion dollars in higher taxes:

Senate Democrats would raise nearly $1 trillion in new taxes under a budget proposal they laid out for President Obama while lunching with him in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

The president is making the rounds in the Capitol to help facilitate talks on a budget deal, which is set to consume lawmakers in the coming months as they work to strike a “grand bargain” on reducing the nation’s debt and deficit.

“He is very supportive of the path we are moving down,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said after the lunch.

Murray, who chairs the Senate budget panel, will unveil a budget plan Wednesday that would use $975 billion in tax increases and $975 billion in spending cuts to achieve $1.85 trillion in deficit reduction, according to those familiar with the plan.

Of course, as anyone with a room-temperature IQ and passing knowledge of history knows, the “$975 billion in spending cuts” – well over ten times the size of the sequestration “cuts” that drove this Party into convulsions, and led President Obama to declare war on the American people, with punishments ranging from fraudulent threats, to the cancellation of White House tours, to the release of illegal aliens from detention facilities – will never happen.  You’ll get the tax increases good and hard, and immediately.  The spending cuts will mostly happen in the “out years,” i.e. never.  The next Congress will simply declare that changing conditions, or the underestimated lingering horrors of George W. Bush, make it impossible to carry out savage, draconian, heartless cuts to vital government programs.  Hostage firemen and teachers will be paraded on stage.  You know the drill.  Patty Murray probably already has her Draconian Cut Speech for 2015 tucked into a desk drawer.  And note that the Demcorats’ budget never actually balances, not even with these tax hikes.

via The Democrat budget proposal: a trillion dollars in new taxes | Conservative News, Views & Books.


Del. Holmes Norton: A Shrinking Federal Government is Why There’s Little Private Sector Growth | CNS News

This woman is an absolute idiot.

( – Del. Eleanor Norton (D-District of Columbia) says private sector jobs are not showing much growth because the federal government is shrinking.

“What is shrinking is not the private sector – it’s hard for them to grow because the public sector, both the state sector and the federal government is shrinking and they are having to grow it all by themselves and that is why we don’t have much growth,” Holmes Norton said.

The delegate discussed her economic theory during last Friday’s House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on “The Impact of Sequestration on Women and Families.”

As previously reported, according to the U.S. Treasury and the Census Bureau, inflation-adjusted federal spending per person increased by $822.90 between 2008 and 2012. In constant 2012 dollars, the federal government spent $3,176,376,470,000 in 2008 and $3,538,446,000,000 in 2012.

via Del. Holmes Norton: A Shrinking Federal Government is Why There’s Little Private Sector Growth | CNS News.