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  • Tactics (Ping list)

    04/29/2016 5:00:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2016 | Mike Adams
    It is beyond dispute that the left is winning the current culture war and doing so by a landslide. In response to this reality I’ve heard many conservatives say we just need to start making better arguments for our positions. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are not losing because our arguments are inferior. We are losing because of tactics rather than substance. Put simply, the left has learned how to do two things: 1) Control the language in the national debate 2) Get their ideas disseminated and accepted without any evidentiary basis.There is one Christian apologist who...
  • Cumberland Schools investigating after photo circulates of teacher lying on cot (NC)

    04/27/2016 2:07:35 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 33 replies
    WRAL ^ | 4/27/2016 | uncredited
    Fayetteville, N.C. — Cumberland County Schools says it’s investigating after video surfaced on social media showing a teacher at Terry Sanford High School lying down on a cot while students sat nearby.[snip]The teacher, Nicole Montunnas, told officials she was feeling ill, Till said. Click through for the video or it is apparently at https://twitter.com/OgKeyy/status/724983591642513409
  • SF could ban business with firms in states hostile to LGBT rights

    04/26/2016 7:07:20 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 26, 2016 | Emily Green
    San Francisco would have to stop entering into contracts with companies based in states that bar civil-rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people under legislation introduced Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors. The proposed ordinance, by Supervisor Scott Wiener, is another effort to increase pressure on North Carolina and Mississippi to rescind recently enacted laws to limit transgender rights.
  • More Americans Oppose Men Using Women's Bathrooms, Reuters Polling Finds

    04/25/2016 2:28:25 PM PDT · by xzins · 95 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 25 Apr 16 | Samuel Smith
    Reuters data from April 22 finds that only about 40.9 percent of 1,753 respondents say "people should use public restrooms according to the gender which they identify." Meanwhile, about 45 percent of respondents said "people should use public restrooms according to their biological sex."The April 22 results represent an approximate 10 percentage-point increase in the number of people who believe everyone should use restrooms designated for their biological sex in just nine days. According to results obtained by Reuters on April 13, only about 35 percent of 331 respondents felt people should use bathrooms designated for their biological sex, while...
  • Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas Cancel North Carolina Tour Stops Over Anti-LGBTQ Law

    04/25/2016 11:30:13 PM PDT · by progunner · 90 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 25, 2016 | Erin Strecker, Billboard
    Bryan Adams, next it wasNick Jonas and Demi Lovato have canceled their upcoming tour dates in North Carolina in protest of North Carolina's controversial Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB2) law. Widely perceived as being anti-LGBTQ, the stars join artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Boston as acts who have recently pulled the plug on North Carolina shows in response to the new law."After much thought and deliberation, we have decided to cancel our Honda Civic Tour: Future Now shows in Raleigh and Charlotte. One our our goals for the tour has always been to create an...
  • Leading U.S. Pediatricians Oppose Transgender Bathroom Bill

    04/25/2016 8:33:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    UPI ^ | April 22, 2016
    North Carolina's new transgender bathroom law will harm already vulnerable children, says a leading group of U.S. pediatricians that wants the law repealed. The American Academy of Pediatrics this week joined other professional groups and business leaders in urging repeal of the law, which requires transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match the gender on their birth certificate. "As pediatricians, we know firsthand how increasing burdens and barriers for youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender can increase their risk of depression, substance abuse, dropping out of school, or suicide," said Dr. Deborah Ainsworth, president of...
  • Judge upholds North Carolina's voter ID law

    04/25/2016 7:32:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 25, 2016 | Cyra Master
    A federal judge on Monday night upheld North Carolina’s voter ID law, the Charlotte Observer reported. Judge Thomas Schroeder issued a 485-page ruling posted online Monday evening, dismissing all claims in the challenge to the state’s 2013 election law overhaul. Schroeder, appointed by George W. Bush, also upheld portions of the law that cut the number of days people could vote early and eliminated same-day registration and voting allowances. "This ruling further affirms that requiring a photo ID in order to vote is not only common-sense, it's constitutional," Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement. Opponents immediately condemned the decision....
  • [Language Warning] Henry Rollins: North Carolina, I Love You, But Your Governor Is an A##

    04/25/2016 4:48:38 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    laweekly.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | By Henry Rollins
    When North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law, I wonder if he was thinking long-range about what the result might be. I can’t see him and his staff wondering out loud if their thick-skulled, cracker logic...
  • Bill Kristol Pushes Jim Mattis For Third Party Run: "Patriotic Americans" Will Look At This Choice

    04/25/2016 7:36:56 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 33 replies
    RCP ^ | April 24, 2016 | Tim Hains
    BILL KRISTOL: The only thing that appeals to me is what Reince Priebus just called a dumb idea, which is giving the American people a better choice than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump... I think an independent candidacy is totally doable, I think it will happen. The ballot access problems are not -- STEPHANOPOULOS: -- coming up on the filing deadlines -- KRISTOL: -- oh, Texas, North Carolina. Every other state -- no other state's filing deadlines' before June 27th. You couldn't wait until the convention. You'd have to decide after Indiana, possibly after California. I think there will be...
  • WRAL News poll: NC voters conflicted over HB2

    04/25/2016 7:22:33 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | April 12, 2016 | Matthew Burns
    RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina voters say a new law has hurt the state's image and job prospects and should be completely or partially repealed, but they believe people should be required to use public bathrooms that correspond to their birth gender, according to a WRAL News poll released Tuesday. The results reflect the ongoing struggle statewide with the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, commonly referred to as House Bill 2, since it was signed into law almost three weeks ago following a one-day special legislative session. The law prohibits transgender people from using public bathrooms that correspond to...
  • North Carolina Restroom Law Becomes a Central Election Issue

    04/25/2016 7:05:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 25, 2016 | RICHARD FAUSSET
    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Parrish Clodfelter, a 79-year-old retiree who lives on a central North Carolina farm, professes opinions about transgender people that might get him fired if he worked for a multinational corporation, though for many here, they constitute simple country wisdom. “A man wants to change to a woman, he’s got a mental problem,” Mr. Clodfelter said on Wednesday over lunch at Spiro’s Family Restaurant, where posters by the door advertised classes on carrying concealed weapons and a “Hillbilly Sunday” Pentecostal church service. But Mr. Clodfelter has a different kind of problem. As a longtime Republican, he wants...
  • North Carolina and Mississippi See Tourist Backlash After L.G.B.T. Laws

    04/24/2016 1:39:06 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 115 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 22, 2016 | Shivani Vora
    The reaction has been swift. The singer Bryan Adams canceled his concert in Mississippi in protest against what he called an “anti-L.G.B.T.” law, and the actress Sharon Stone decided not to film a movie there. In North Carolina, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam and Ani DiFranco have canceled shows in response to a law regulating transgender bathroom access. While the celebrity response is drawing considerable attention, the travel industry in each state is more concerned about lower-profile visitors: the everyday tourists who have already begun canceling trips or planning vacations elsewhere. Both states have been hit by hotel cancellations...
  • Why Six Swing-State GOP Senators Are in Trouble – And How They Can Survive

    04/24/2016 7:02:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/23/2016 | By Gerald F. Seib
    In a complicated political season, nobody has more complications to worry about than the half-dozen Republican senators seeking re-election in tight, swing-state contests. Those senators–hailing from Illinois, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina—are being buffeted by big forces largely out of their control as they try to hang onto their seats. Their fate will determine whether Republicans keep control of the Senate, where they currently have a 54-46 advantage. The predicament of these GOP senators comes into clearer focus in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, completed just last week, which helps crystallize three big complications they...
  • NASCAR Chair Brian France ‘Working Behind the Scenes’ to Change NC Bathroom Law

    04/24/2016 8:08:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 23, 2016 | Trent Baker
    NASCAR has decided to openly oppose the North Carolina bathroom law, according to a Motorsport report. The law forbids people from using the public bathrooms of the opposite sex in government buildings. At this week’s 2016 Associated Press Sports Editors Meeting, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said his sport is “working behind the scenes” to change the controversial law.
  • Undocumented mom fears her ‘American Dream’ will be cut short

    04/24/2016 6:05:45 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 56 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | April 22, 2016 | Mark Prince
    Yessica Ochoa made headlines in 2014 when her 9-year-old daughter, Ligsdenis, became the first child to show up in Charlotte as part of a surge of unaccompanied Central American children who walked by the thousands across the nation’s southern border. Nearly 70,000 made the trek that year, seeking asylum from gang and cartel violence, and hoping for reunification with parents who had left them behind to establish better lives in the U.S. Ligsdenis Ochoa photographed shortly she arrived in the U.S. from Honduras in 2014. T. Ortega Gaines ogaines@charlotteobserver.com Ligsdenis is now a fourth grader at Merry Oaks Academy and...
  • Manipulated Conservatives: Transgendered Bathrooms are Trivial

    04/21/2016 7:26:11 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 102 replies
    04.21.16 | chickensoup
    Manipulated Conservatives: Transgendered Bathrooms are Trivial As I watch people get involved with dramas over this issue, I think: What is it that we are not supposed to pay attention to? What is it that the elites, the media and the government don't want us to notice? Is it the loss of our history and culture with the change with monies, another knife in the gut by the Obama administration? Is it the subtlest of this election? Is it the lousy depression like statistics in some areas of the country? Is it the invasion of western Civ and our country...
  • Trump revisits North Carolina bathroom law for transgenders: Let the states decide

    04/22/2016 1:10:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 131 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/22/2016 | AllahPundit
    Since the debate over what he said yesterday is still raging, it’s only fair that you get to hear his latest comment about it. Skip to 8:35 of the clip below from last night’s interview on Trump TV.His response to Hannity’s question about North Carolina is a dodge but it’s a dodge with a conservative pedigree. If you’re a Republican who’s been put on the spot about a hot-button social issue, you can’t go wrong saying, “Leave it to the states.” Even righties who disagree with you on the merits will tip their caps at your nod to federalism....
  • Obama: Mississippi and North Carolina anti-LGBT laws 'should be overturned'

    04/22/2016 11:13:10 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | April 22, 2016 | Nick Gass
    Mississippi and North Carolina ought to rethink their laws affecting the rights of its LGBT citizens, President Barack Obama said Friday, while inviting all Britons to visit the states nonetheless. Before ending a news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama fielded a question about the United Kingdom issuing travel advice to its citizens on Friday about the new laws in Mississippi and North Carolina that affect the rights of British LGBT travelers. Attempting to assuage concerns and not offend the citizens of those states, Obama told the British people that they should come visit North Carolina and Mississippi,...
  • NBA Will Move All-Star Game If North Carolina Doesn't Change Anti-LGBT Laws

    04/22/2016 8:55:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    DeadSpin ^ | 04/22/2016
    North Carolina is set to host the 2017 NBA All-Star game, but in a meeting with reporters today, commissioner Adam Silver said that the game will have to be moved if recently enacted anti-LGBT laws are not changed. Silver was much more vague when asked about when specifically such a decision would be made, but this is still as clear a rebuke of the North Carolina laws as we’ve seen from him.
  • Heilemann: 'In His Gut, Trump's a Social Liberal'

    04/21/2016 3:11:30 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 55 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    From bathrooms to abortions, John Heilemann believes that in his heart, Donald Trump is a social liberal. Heilemann made his assertion on today's With All Due Respect in the context of discussing Trump's comments on a Today town hall this morning in which he was critical of the North Carolina transgender bathroom law, and said he'd have no problem letting Caitlyn Jenner choose any bathroom. Heilemann: "Trump is probably, I think in his gut, a social liberal. I think his position on abortion, for instance, the ["very pro-choice"] position he held for most of his life, is the real position...
  • Court overturns VA school's transgender bathroom rule

    04/20/2016 7:35:57 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    wowk.com ^ | April 20, 2016 | wowk
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia high school discriminated against a transgender teen by forbidding him from using the boys' restroom, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a case that could have implications for a North Carolina law that critics say discriminates against LGBT people. The case of Gavin Grimm has been especially closely watched since North Carolina enacted a law last month that bans transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. That law also bans cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances, a response to an ordinance recently passed in Charlotte. In the Virginia case,...
  • Rick Santorum: 'Love and accept' Bruce Jenner (If he says he's a woman, then he's a woman)

    05/04/2015 5:49:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 141 replies
    CNN ^ | May 3, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is clarifying — but not stepping back from — surprising comments this weekend in support of former Olympian Bruce Jenner's decision to come out as a transgender woman. "If he says he's a woman, then he's a woman," Santorum told BuzzFeed during a roundtable discussion in South Carolina on Saturday. Santorum continued: "My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody. Not to criticize people for who they are."
  • dam Silver: Charlotte All-Star Game ‘problematic’ if law remains

    04/21/2016 2:11:00 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 29 replies
    NBA commissioner Adam Silver hinted Thursday that the league will move its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte if North Carolina does not change a recent anti-transgender law.
  • Burr-Feinstein antiencryption bill a firing offense

    04/21/2016 10:51:30 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 14 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 04/19/2016 | Sascha Meinrath
    Sens. Richard Burr (R) of North Carolina and Dianne Feinstein (D) of California should be stripped of their positions for introducing a bill that would endanger American digital security and privacy. The Burr-Feinstein antiencryption bill isn't just bad, it's evidence of a dangerous incompetence in congressional leadership that is undermining America’s security. In fact, the draft bill, leaked two weeks ago and now officially released, is compelling evidence that Senate leadership should strip – or at least not reappoint – Senators Burr and Feinstein of their positions on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.... To say this most recent Burr-Feinstein...
  • Donald Trump Comes Out Against North Carolina’s ‘Very Strong’ Bathroom Bill

    04/21/2016 9:34:47 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 147 replies
    Donald Trump says transgender people should be able to "use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate." On NBC's Today show Thursday morning, the GOP front-runner said he opposes North Carolina's "very strong" bathroom bill, which allows businesses to prohibit transgender people from doing just that. "North Carolina did something that was very strong and they're paying a big price. And there's a lot of problems." Trump said.
  • Curt Schilling, ESPN Analyst, Is Fired Over Offensive Social Media Post <bathroom dust up>

    04/21/2016 4:47:04 AM PDT · by mykroar · 57 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 4/21/2016 | Richard Sandomir
    Curt Schilling, a former All-Star pitcher and one of the highest-profile baseball analysts on ESPN, was fired from the network Wednesday, a day after he drew intense criticism for promoting offensive commentary on social media. Schilling, who had worked for the network since 2010 and most recently offered analysis on "Monday Night Baseball," was dismissed after sharing a Facebook post this week that appeared to respond to the North Carolina law that bars transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not correspond with their birth genders. The post showed an overweight man wearing a wig and women's...
  • UK alerts LGBT travelers to North Carolina, Mississippi laws

    04/20/2016 3:18:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2016 5:38 PM EDT
    The British government is advising lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens to pay special attention when traveling to North Carolina and Mississippi. […] The British advisory says new laws in North Carolina and Mississippi may affect LGBT travelers and directs those seeking more detail to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. The advisory adds that attitudes toward LGBT people differ widely across the United States. …
  • North Carolina High School Opens Indoor Gun Range

    04/20/2016 11:58:52 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 40 replies
    Bearingarms.com ^ | April 19, 2016 | Jenn Jacques
    A high school in Smithfield, NC now offers another lane of study for some students: Members of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program are able to study their aim on campus. The JROTC built a 1,200-square-foot, six-lane, indoor shooting range at the Smithfield-Selma High School and students began using the facility last week. The $10,000 in costs for the range was donated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
  • Rich States, Poor States: 9th Edition

    04/19/2016 6:43:38 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 8 replies
    The American Legislative Exchange Council ^ | April 14, 2016 | Joe Horvath
    On Tuesday, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Center for State Fiscal Reform released the ninth edition of the Rich States, Poor States ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index rankings. The study ranks all 50 states based on their economic outlook, calculated by weighing 15 variables in critical economic policy areas. Therefore, it is no surprise that of the states in the top 10 for economic outlook, six (Wisconsin, Florida, Indiana, Arizona, North Dakota and North Carolina) also qualified for the most recent State Tax Cut Roundup as states that substantially reduced taxes... Wisconsin earned an all-time best ranking of nine,...
  • NC NAACP president removed from flight before takeoff

    04/17/2016 3:10:19 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 62 replies
    WRAL ^ | 4/17/2016 | Jodi Leese Glusco
    Morrisville, N.C. — The president of the North Carolina NAACP was escorted off an American Airlines flight Friday night. Rev. William Barber was returning to Raleigh from Washington, D.C., when, he says, he was removed from the flight. [snip]Barber said a passenger in a seat nearby was talking loudly as the plane filled up and asked the stewardess to request the passenger lower his voice. After requesting assistance from the flight attendant, Barber said he overheard the nearby passenger making "distasteful" and "disparaging" comments about him. According to Barber's statement, the passenger said he had problems with "those people" and...
  • Cirque du Soleil cancels North Carolina shows over transgender law

    04/16/2016 4:41:04 PM PDT · by Washi · 43 replies
    MSN News ^ | April 15, 2016 | Colleen Jenkins
    Cirque du Soleil said on Friday it was canceling shows in North Carolina over a new state law that it called discriminatory, the performance group said on Friday, becoming the latest entertainment act to take a stance against the measure. "The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is an important regression to ensuring human rights for all ... Cirque du Soleil believes in equality for all," the group said in an online statement. North Carolina last month became the first state to enact a measure requiring transgender people to use restrooms and locker rooms in schools and other public...
  • Cirque du Solei Cancels North Carolina Shows Over Public Facilities Act — Plans Shows In Dubai

    04/16/2016 12:36:29 PM PDT · by detective · 67 replies
    Truncated title. Full title: Cirque du Solei Cancels North Carolina Shows Over Public Facilities Act — Plans Shows In Dubai, Where Gays Are Put to Death. Canada-based circus and theater entertainment company Cirque du Soleil has canceled its upcoming shows in Greensboro, Charlotte, and Raleigh in North Carolina to protest the state’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. “Cirque du Soleil strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form,” the group announced Friday in a press release. “The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is an important regression to ensuring...
  • After 16 years, vindication for Marine pilots

    04/16/2016 7:59:54 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | April 14, 2016 | Jeanette Steele
    In a victory rare to U.S. military aviation, two widows of Marine Corps pilots have won a 16-year fight to lift blame from their husbands’ shoulders for a 2000 Osprey crash that killed 19 people, including 15 Marines from San Diego County. Test pilots Lt. Col. John Brow and Maj. Brooks Gruber were at the controls of the MV-22 aircraft when it crashed in the Arizona desert during an exercise. The revolutionary aircraft -- which travels like an airplane but lands vertically like a helicopter -- was still in the operational evaluation stage. The Marine Corps had a lot of...
  • NBA keeps 2017 All-Star Game in North Carolina for now despite 'anti-LGBT' law

    04/15/2016 12:58:32 PM PDT · by kevcol · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2016 | Ahiza Garcia
    The NBA said Friday it is not currently planning to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, despite the state's anti-LGBT "bathroom law." . . . The law, which took effect in March, prevents cities in North Carolina from creating non-discrimination policies based on gender identity. (The law was enacted after Charlotte passed such an ordinance.) It also mandates that students in state schools use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate. . . . The announcement comes after six U.S. senators wrote an open letter to Silver asking him to move the...
  • When a Porn Company Tries to Take the High Moral Ground

    04/15/2016 11:42:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2016 | Michael Brown
    A major porn website has announced that it is blocking North Carolina users in protest of HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.So, North Carolina decides to keep its bathrooms and locker rooms safe from sexual predators and a porn company gets morally indignant.Oh, the irony. (For the bathroom side of the bill, see my questions to Bruce Springsteen; for the religious protections side, see the points made by Ryan Anderson; for Gov. McCrory’s partial compromise, while standing strong on other key points, see here.)An internet porn company, by definition, is not only immoral but literally traffics in immorality,...
  • Duke University official apologizes to parking attendant (barf alert)

    04/15/2016 5:39:48 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    Seattle Times (via AP) ^ | 4/4/2016 | Staff
    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A Duke University administrator at the center of a sit-in outside the office of the school president apologized Monday, saying his behavior was neither civil nor respectful.The statement from Tallman Trask III about a dispute two years ago with a parking attendant was posted on the school’s website Monday.“While the details of what happened are a matter of disagreement and subject of civil litigation, I recognize that my conduct fell short of the civility and respectful conduct each member of this community owes to every other,” the statement reads. “I express my apology to Ms. (Shelvia)...
  • N.C. Governor Signs Executive Order to Appease LGBT Community and Other Critics

    04/14/2016 2:35:31 PM PDT · by detective · 58 replies
    The New American ^ | 13 April 2016 | by Raven Clabough
    On Tuesday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (shown) caved to pressure from big businesses and the LGBT community and signed an executive order to change the state’s recently passed LGBT law that barred local governments from extending protections to gay and transgender individuals and mandated that individuals use bathrooms based on the biological sex that appears on their birth certificates. Unfortunately for the governor, the order failed to appease the law's critics and has provoked criticism from the law's supporters.
  • Say goodbye to paypal

    04/14/2016 1:28:30 PM PDT · by budj · 42 replies
    AFA | 4/14/16 | self
    I got an email from the AFA today. It said, in part: "If you have a PayPal account, join American Family Association and cancel it today. Also, be sure to let PayPal know why you are canceling. TAKE ACTION Cancel your PayPal account today. Here's how: To close your account: Call: 1-888-221-1161 -Or- 1. Log in to your PayPal account online. 2. Click the Profile icon next to "Log Out." 3. Click "Close your account" under "Account options." If you don't have a PayPal account, you can still call and share your concern. If you're looking for an alternative to...
  • Twitter Takes 'Moment' to All But Celebrate Left-Wing Bullying of North Carolina

    04/14/2016 7:39:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 4/13/2016 | Ken Shepherd
    "HB2 is hurting North Carolina's commerce" blared the headline for a Twitter "Moment" this evening which all but celebrated the left-wing corporate and political bullying of the Tar Heel State for its law overriding a Charlotte "bathroom bill" ordinance. Tweets marking the left-wing boycott read like a who's who of boutique liberal media outlets from VICE to Vanity Fair to The Hollywood Reporter, and, of course, The New York Times.
  • Common Core Great for Homeschooling

    04/14/2016 6:45:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 22 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 13, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    The Heritage Foundation published a special report with essays from several education experts, detailing the background and the effects of Common Core. Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and William Estrada, director of federal relations at the Home School Legal Defense Association, highlighted the problems with Common Core. Estrada wrote, "Common Core is good for homeschooling.” He pointed out in 2009, there were 850,000 homeschooled students in the U.S. By 2012, the Department of Education found that there were 1.8 million homeschooled students. As you can see, the growth in homeschooling tracks nicely with...
  • Breaking: Ringo Starr Cancels North Carolina Concert in Protest of Anti-LGBT Law HB2

    04/13/2016 3:11:41 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 140 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/13/16 | Harper Neidig
    Ringo Starr won't be performing in the Tar Heel State. The former Beatle has just canceled a concert scheduled for June in Cary, North Carolina, citing HB2, an anti-LGBT law signed by Gov. Pat McCrory that has drawn national outrage. "I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in this area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love," the 75-year old singer-songwriter, drummer, and actor said in a statement first reported by ABC News on Twitter:
  • NEWSLETTER: 2nd Vote Identifies “Better Alternative” to PayPal

    04/13/2016 11:43:17 AM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    2nd Vote ^ | 11 Apr 16 | 2nd Vote
    Last week, many 2nd Vote members asked about alternative ways to make and process online payments after e-commerce giant PayPal joined the liberal misinformation campaign in North Carolina. The California based company announced that it would stand against North Carolina’s common sense protections for small business owners and religious liberty and withdrew plans for a global operations center in Charlotte in an attempt to bully the state economically.   Subsequently, our research team noticed a growing company called ProPay that provided many products for online merchants.   After looking very closely at ProPay’s record of advocacy on the issues, the company has earned...
  • Days after barring city employee travel to anti-LGBT states, Santa Fe mayor to travel to Qatar

    04/13/2016 12:02:23 PM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 50 replies
    KOB 4 News ^ | April 13, 2016 | KOB 4
    Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales will travel this week to Qatar, and the trip is drawing criticism that the mayor is breaking his own directives. Qatar is known for its anti-LGBT laws, and Gonzales' trip was announced just days after the mayor reaffirmed Santa Fe's ban on city employee travel to states that have passed what advocates say are discrimination laws against the LGBT community.
  • North Carolina Governor Tries to Step Back From Bias Law

    04/13/2016 10:48:30 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/12/2016 | Richard Fausset and Alan Blinder
    Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina, whose state has been the subject of withering criticism since he signed legislation limiting bathroom access for transgender people and eliminating anti-discrimination ordinances based on sexual orientation, announced Tuesday that he would strengthen workplace protections for state employees and urge the General Assembly to modify part of the law.... He also said he would urge lawmakers to reverse course and allow people to bring discrimination cases in state court.... Since the measure became law, North Carolina has faced a barrage of criticism from business interests and warnings of boycotts and canceled investments. PayPal, an...
  • Porn site blocks N.C. users as punishment for bathroom bill

    04/11/2016 7:19:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo
    The Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2016 | Victor Morton
    Is Donald Trump being cheated out of the Republican Presidential nomination? Without a single vote being cast by Republican voters in Colorado, Ted Cruz won 21 delegates from the state’s seven congressional assemblies and 13 delegates at the state convention on Saturday April 9th, 2016. While the Colorado GOP establishment changed the primary process in August 2015 – the opposition to Trump delegates has supporters of the businessman up in arms. What is the Truth About The Colorado Delegate Controversy?
  • Senators ask NBA to pull All-Star game from North Carolina

    04/13/2016 5:04:17 AM PDT · by kevcol · 57 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 13, 2016 | Kelly Cohen
    A bipartisan group of senators has asked NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to pull the league's 2017 All-Star game from North Carolina because of a law in that state that many say discriminates against gay and transgender people. . . . Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Pat Leahy, D-Vt., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., all signed onto the letter sent Tuesday. Kirk is the only Republican signed onto the letter and is running for reelection this year.
  • McCrory wants lawmakers to reverse part of HB2

    04/12/2016 2:14:47 PM PDT · by NCjim · 13 replies
    WRAL ^ | April 12, 2016 | Mark Binker
    Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory says the General Assembly should reverse a portion of the recently passed House Bill 2 but leave in place provisions that deal with locker room and restroom usage. Specifically, the governor called on lawmakers to reverse a part of the law, known as the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which prevents North Carolina workers who believe they've been wrongfully fired due to sex, age, race or gender from suing in state court. "I will immediately seek legislation in the upcoming short session to reinstate the right to sue for discrimination in North Carolina...
  • McCrory order expands LGBT rights to NC workers, aims to restore right to sue for discrimination

    04/12/2016 1:27:06 PM PDT · by Coronal · 46 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | April 12, 2016 | Craig Jarvis
    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday issued an executive order that changes two provisions in the controversial LGBT-protections law, and reaffirms private sector and local government rights to enact their own non-discrimination policies. In a statement his office released, the governor said the order was necessary because of widespread confusion about the intent of the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. The law has led to substantial opposition from major companies, and hundreds of quantifiable lost jobs.
  • Deutsche Bank cancels US growth plans over LGBT laws

    04/12/2016 12:11:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Apr 2016 16:13 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Deutsche Bank, Germany’s biggest lender, on Tuesday added its voice to a growing protest by major companies against legislation recently passed in some US states targeting gay and transgender people. The bank said in a statement that it would “freeze plans to create 250 new jobs at its Cary, North Carolina, location” by the end of 2017. The decision was “due to state-wide legislation enacted in North Carolina on March 23 that invalidated existing protections of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fellow citizens in some municipalities and prevents municipalities from adopting such protections in the future,” the...
  • Citing HB2, Deutsche Bank freezes 250-job expansion in Cary (NC)

    04/12/2016 9:35:45 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    WRAL ^ | 2/12/2016 | Evan Matsumoto & Matthew Burns
    Deutsche Bank on Tuesday announced that it will freeze plans to create 250 jobs at its Cary location due to North Carolina's new discrimination law, House Bill 2. The announcement on the company's website said the statewide legislation "invalidated existing protections of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fellow citizens in some municipalities and prevents municipalities from adopting such protections in the future." [snip] In September 2015, the bank announced its plan to add the 250 jobs through 2017 and invest $9 million there through the end of this year. North Carolina agreed to provide about $3.3 million...