“Senator Franken was entitled to whatever type of review or process he wanted,” Gillibrand said. “He could’ve stuck it out, stayed in the Senate, gone through [the] Ethics Committee’s investigation. Those were his choices, but I had to make my choice.”
Some major Democratic donors, including Susie Tompkins Buell, have expressed frustration about Gillibrand’s decision to call for Franken’s resignation. But Gillibrand said that “if there are a few powerful Democratic donors who are angry,” then “that’s on them.
It’s funny she says: “Senator Franken was entitled to whatever type of review or process he wanted,” Gillibrand said. “He could’ve stuck it out, stayed in the Senate, gone through [the] Ethics Committee’s investigation…”
Perhaps if Gillibrand had called for an investigation – which she didn’t instead of insisting for his resignation without due process. He would have.
OFFICIAL WELCOME: Vice President Mike Pence let me be the first person to officially welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love, and to my District in the State House!
To be clear, we’re a City of soaring diversity. We believe in the power of all people to live and to contribute: Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Atheist, Immigrant, we want you and we’ll respect you.
So keep that in mind while you’re here raising money to attack more families, spread more lies, blaspheme with your bible, and maybe even talk to a woman without your wife in the room. We have plenty of them, and they’re pretty much all more powerful and more real than you have ever been.
President Donald Trump has invited conservative leaders to the White House on Thursday for what they expect will be the ceremonial signing of a long-awaited—and highly controversial—executive order on religious liberty, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.
Two senior administration officials confirmed the plan, though one cautioned that it hasn’t yet been finalized, and noted that lawyers are currently reviewing and fine-tuning the draft language. Thursday is the National Day of Prayer, and the White House was already planning to celebrate the occasion with faith leaders.
The signing would represent a major triumph for Vice President Mike Pence—whose push for religious-freedom legislation backfired mightily when he served as governor of Indiana—and his allies in the conservative movement.
Thursday is the National Day of Prayer, and also the annual Canterbury Medal Gala hosted by the Becket Fund, a group that advocates for religious freedom. This year’s recipient is conservative legal activist Leonard Leo, who has played a key role in advising Trump on his selection for the Supreme Court and has pushed for the executive order in meetings with the president.
Its no coincidence that the White House leaked this news hours after Democrats reintroduced the Equality Act.
In a widely under-reported piece of devastating news. On Monday, Donald Trump signed an executive order revoking three previous orders issued by President Obama and affecting Executive Order 11246, signed in 1965 by President Johnson , including Executive Order 13673 or the “the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order.” Signed in 2014, it required that companies receiving large federal contracts to demonstrate that they have complied for at least three years with federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender stereotyping.
Federal contractors will no longer have to prove they have been compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on sex in employment.
The Obama administration had argued that Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination includes sexual orientation and gender identity, a definition the Trump administration has been steadily moving away from. As Keen points out, the ADA and Rehabilitation Act are both of concern as they prohibit discrimination based on HIV status and other disabilities.
By nullifying EO 13673, “this administration has made it extremely difficult to enforce these federal laws as applied to federal contractors,” said Lambda Legal attorney Camilla Taylor.
“It’s sending a message to these companies that the federal government simply doesn’t care whether or not they violate the law.”
The 14 affected federal laws and regulations affected by the new Trump executive order also includes Executive Order 11246, signed in 1965 by President Johnson. Executive Order 11246 prohibited federal contractors from discriminating in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Four years later, President Nixon added discrimination based on disability and age. In 1998, President Clinton added sexual orientation. And in 2014, President Obama added gender identity, plus prohibited federal contractors, too, from discriminating against their employees based on these categories
Trump-backing internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos has burned a rainbow flag in an ad calling for people to vote for Donald Trump. Yiannopoulos, a popular figure on the ‘alt-right’, has seen his profile rise thanks to attention-grabbing bigoted comments and his support of Donald Trump, whom he refers to as ‘daddy’.
The high-profile troll was banned from Twitter earlier this year after allegedly encouraging a wave of racist and sexist abuse directed at Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. Despite frequently using his own homosexuality as a defence against accusations of racism and sexism, Yiannopoulos previously said he would ‘cure’ himself of being gay if he could. He is also actively transphobic, claiming trans people are “gay men dressing up for attention” and described the trans community as “mentally ill”.
In an ad released this week, Yiannopoulos attempts to provoke outrage yet again by burning a rainbow flag – while echoing Trump’s own claim that mass killings of gay people will be commonplace under Hillary Clinton.
Today in our “Some People Just Need The Shit Kicked Out of Them” section. We report on a homophobic eBay seller who placed up for auction a photo album filled with photographs of a group of gay friends, and to smear their memory by claiming their “lifestyle choices,” led to their deaths.
On Monday, “Mattspickens” posted his auction for “VINTAGE 1970’s PHOTO ALBUM GAY QUEER HOMOSEXUAL MEN BOY.”
Bunch of gay people. I picked these up from one of these people in the pictures estate sale. He died from his lifestyle choices. Color photo’s partying, swimming, quite a few pictures.
Thanks for bidding and please ask questions as needed
Not much is known about the album except that the piece of shit seller indicates the man who owned it died in northwest Arkansas.
Many Ebay members have criticized “Matt” for his comments and the choice to sell someone’s personal memories. In response, he posted an article from the anti-LGBT propaganda article from extreme right website Wing-Nut WorldNetDaily that quotes the Family Research Council
“Matt,” who has a 99.8% positive feedback rating, insists “there is no bigotry at all.”
“A smoker chooses to smoke knowing the possible consequences and so does anyone else that makes lifestyle choices. It’s a reality of life,” he writes.
“We all make choices. It’s nothing personal, just a fact, a reality of life… I’m wondering why so many are having such a tizzy. I’m not. I can only wonder that some are not wanting to be responsible for their choices.”
Though reported and flagged many times eBay has not removed the listing.
*UPDATE 9/21: To all those who helped contact eBay reprehensible seller and listing. Thnak you. They have finally removed it from the site.
Your item discription is very offensive and full of discrimination! If you hope to sell this item, you should rewrite the discription without your personal views. I have reported you to Ebay for hate speech.
If you wanted to sell it–why did you post your own “personal bigotry”?E-bay has been notified–!
There is no bigotry at all. A smoker chooses to smoke knowing the possible consequences and so does anyone else that makes lifestyle choices. It’s a reality of life. We all make choices. It’s nothing personal, just a fact, a reality of life, life gravity. I’m wondering why so many are having such a tizzy. I’m not. I can only wonder that some are not wanting to be responsible for their choices.
I’ve reported your item description to eBay as offensive (hate speech). I’d point out, regardless of eBay’s determination in the matter, that your own bigotry is a ‘lifestyle choice’…a poisonous and damaging one.
Take a look in the mirror. Getting defensive are we?
So, why is it that you picked up this album? Are you attracted to “gay queer homosexual men boys”? So why are you selling it? Are you a hateful homophobe? It certainly sounds like it.
Trying to push buttons? Not working…. sorry find someone else.
Can you tell me where the estate sale was? I mean, where this man was from?
Passed away in NW Arkansas.
when you say “he died of his lifestyle choices”……..that’s offensive and judgemental, and will be perceived that way by the market you hope to reach
“No part of the story concerns Mr Card’s theories about society in terms of gay issues or homosexual issues. I think he has a right to his opinions and has also made it clear that it was a battle that he fought and lost and would like to get on with the rest of life.” –Harrison Ford, promoting Ender’s Game and spouting the studio spin line at San Diego’s Comic-Con.
I am ashamed of Harrison Ford. He knows the boycott has nothing to do with whether this particular story has anything to do with Card’s views on homosexuality and that it has to do with Lion’s Gate supporting monetarily a virulent homophobe who wants to see me and my friends killed or put into concentration camps. ”
Cards statements were not “opinions” Mr. Ford — any more than Hitler had an “opinion” about the Jews. Mr. Card would like gays not to exist, and if they do to be criminalized and persecuted and money from Lionsgate buying the story and the percentage of the box office that comes from his producer credit has and will continue to help him continue.
I can guarantee you Harrison, if Card had said all those things about blacks and funded and worked white supremacy groups, this movie would have never been made and your multi-million dollar paycheck would not existed.
So in reply to your statement let me say a hearty FUCK YOU to you Han Solo. If Chewbacca was here he’d smack you silly.