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Religious right declares 'defiant homosexual' Mayor Pete is 'biggest threat' in presidential race

And thus it starts.

Religious right declares ‘defiant homosexual’ Mayor Pete is ‘biggest threat’ in presidential race
By Alex Bollinger ·
Monday, April 15, 2019


A prominent Christian conservative has said that South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the “biggest threat to religious liberty in history.”

Bryan Fischer is the Director of Issues Analysis for the SPLC designated anti-LGBTQ hate group American Family Association.

In a column on the far-right website OneNewsNow, he calls Buttigieg “an open and defiant homosexual” and says that it makes sense to reject him for his “sexual proclivities” – comparing being gay to being Donald Trump.

“We can certainly understand the left’s condemnation of President Trump for his sexual romps with porn stars 12 or 13 years ago,” Fischer writes. “This means, of course, that unless they are profoundly hypocritical, [progressives] will be able to understand our legitimate concerns about Buttigieg’s aberrant sexual conduct and what it means for his qualifications to become the leader of the Free World.”


Fischer is quite clear that his problem is with Buttigieg’s sexual orientation, not just his policies, but he also goes after his policies.

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https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/04/religious-right-declares-defiant-homosexual-mayor-pete-biggest-threat-presidential-race/?fbclid=IwAR3OVQoow-dn2a4Ckjj8TwgkdQzzQLru32W7n5k3X3ny4imwg46h5wyWLe0
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 15, 2019, 05:26 PM (42 replies)

Religious right declares 'defiant homosexual' Mayor Pete is 'biggest threat' in presidential race

And thus it starts.

Religious right declares ‘defiant homosexual’ Mayor Pete is ‘biggest threat’ in presidential race
By Alex Bollinger ·
Monday, April 15, 2019


A prominent Christian conservative has said that South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the “biggest threat to religious liberty in history.”

Bryan Fischer is the Director of Issues Analysis for the SPLC designated anti-LGBTQ hate group American Family Association.

In a column on the far-right website OneNewsNow, he calls Buttigieg “an open and defiant homosexual” and says that it makes sense to reject him for his “sexual proclivities” – comparing being gay to being Donald Trump.

“We can certainly understand the left’s condemnation of President Trump for his sexual romps with porn stars 12 or 13 years ago,” Fischer writes. “This means, of course, that unless they are profoundly hypocritical, [progressives] will be able to understand our legitimate concerns about Buttigieg’s aberrant sexual conduct and what it means for his qualifications to become the leader of the Free World.”


Fischer is quite clear that his problem is with Buttigieg’s sexual orientation, not just his policies, but he also goes after his policies.

more...

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/04/religious-right-declares-defiant-homosexual-mayor-pete-biggest-threat-presidential-race/?fbclid=IwAR3OVQoow-dn2a4Ckjj8TwgkdQzzQLru32W7n5k3X3ny4imwg46h5wyWLe0
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 15, 2019, 04:55 PM (12 replies)

Why Notre Dame matters, in one Victor Hugo passage

Why Notre Dame matters, in one Victor Hugo passage
What Victor Hugo wrote to save Notre Dame when it was on the brink of destruction.
By Constance Grady@constancegrady Apr 15, 2019, 4:10pm EDT


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Work began on Notre Dame in 1180. It took 200 years to finish. And in the time since the cathedral was largely completed in 1260, it has survived war and weather and changing fashions. It survived the loss of its spire once before, in 1786, after the spire’s supporting structure was so weakened by centuries of weathering that restorers removed it and replaced it. It survived riots from the Huguenots. It survived the French Revolution. It survived Napoleon. It survived World War II.

Notre Dame represents the most beautiful things that we as human beings can make if we pour unimaginable amounts of labor and wealth and resources and time into the effort. It’s a pinnacle of a certain kind.

And so if Notre Dame is irrevocably damaged, it might be a good time to turn to one of the greatest celebrations of what the cathedral represents, which appears in Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This description appears at the opening of Book Three of the novel, just after we meet Quasimodo the hunchback and Esmeralda the dancing girl, and it’s an evocation of what makes Notre Dame great:

Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of centuries. Art often undergoes a transformation while they are pending, pendent opera interrupta; they proceed quietly in accordance with the transformed art. The new art takes the monument where it finds it, incrusts itself there, assimilates it to itself, develops it according to its fancy, and finishes it if it can. The thing is accomplished without trouble, without effort, without reaction,— following a natural and tranquil law. It is a graft which shoots up, a sap which circulates, a vegetation which starts forth anew. Certainly there is matter here for many large volumes, and often the universal history of humanity in the successive engrafting of many arts at many levels, upon the same monument. The man, the artist, the individual, is effaced in these great masses, which lack the name of their author; human intelligence is there summed up and totalized. Time is the architect, the nation is the builder. […]

All these shades, all these differences, do not affect the surfaces of edifices only. It is art which has changed its skin. The very constitution of the Christian church is not attacked by it. There is always the same internal woodwork, the same logical arrangement of parts. […] The service of religion once assured and provided for, architecture does what she pleases. Statues, stained glass, rose windows, arabesques, denticulations, capitals, bas-reliefs,—she combines all these imaginings according to the arrangement which best suits her. Hence, the prodigious exterior variety of these edifices, at whose foundation dwells so much order and unity. The trunk of a tree is immovable; the foliage is capricious.


Hugo thinks of Notre Dame as a work of art authored by humanity itself, with no individual artist. It surpasses anything an individual can do and therefore becomes the best of what all of us can do.

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https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/4/15/18311758/notre-dame-fire-victor-hugo-hunchback
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 15, 2019, 03:50 PM (1 replies)

Trump to Give Tiger Woods Presidential Medal of Freedom

Another instance of dt cheapening something. Because Woods won a golf game?

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-to-give-tiger-woods-presidential-medal-of-freedom?ref=home

Trump to Give Tiger Woods Presidential Medal of Freedom
Andrew Innerarity/Reuters

President Trump announced Monday that he plans to award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, just a day after the golf legend broke his nearly 11-year dry spell to win the Masters. “Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!” Trump tweeted. After more than a decade of tumultuous medical and personal problems that took him out of golf’s top 50 ranked players, Woods won his 15th major tournament on Sunday afternoon.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 15, 2019, 02:35 PM (27 replies)

Ilhan Omar's Deeply American Message

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/04/ilhan-omars-deeply-american-message-to-cair/587131/


Ilhan Omar’s Deeply American Message
The Minnesota lawmaker urged American Muslims to act like citizens, not guests. Other religious minorities should take note.
6:00 AM ET
Peter Beinart
Professor of journalism at the City University of New York


I watched Ilhan Omar’s recent address to the Council of American Islamic Relations for the same reason most people did: to see whether she had—as Donald Trump claimed—minimized the 9/11 terrorist attacks. What I found was unexpected. In offering a vision for how to live as an American Muslim, her speech to CAIR beautifully evoked what I treasure about being an American Jew.

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Rather than living “with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen,” Omar argued, American Muslims should “raise hell, make people uncomfortable”—just as African Americans and other discriminated-against minorities have. In so doing, they would inspire others to rally to their cause, because “once you are willing to stand up for yourself … then others will show up for you.”

With political assertion, Omar suggested, comes the political responsibility to oppose injustice even among your own people. It’s sadly ironic that the only part of Omar’s speech many Americans have heard is her reference to the September 11 attacks as “some people did something.” Because, while Omar should have been more explicit in condemning 9/11 and warning about jihadist radicalization in the United States, she forcefully demanded that Muslims call one another to account. “It doesn’t matter if that country is being run by my father, my brother, my sister,” Omar declared in the last section of her speech. “I will criticize that country” if it is “violating basic human rights.”

From a Jewish perspective, this too is deeply familiar. Jews often warn against airing communal dirty laundry. If you want to criticize Israel, they say, do so only within the family. But this argument holds less weight among American Jews than within other diaspora communities. Why are American Jews more willing to criticize Israel? In part because they are more secure and thus believe they can do so without inflaming anti-Semitism. Omar was urging Muslims to act with the same self-confidence: If you don’t want to be treated like an outsider in America, don’t act like one.

Near the end of her speech, Omar explained that rather than keeping her religion private, as both Muslims and Jews are often expected to do in Europe, she expresses it openly as a way of affirming that, in America, she need not hide who she is to enter the public square. “I tweet out verses of the Koran,” Omar explained. “I say As-salaam alaikum and Alhamdulillah”—“Peace be unto you” and “All praise is due to God alone”—“because I want” Americans “to get comfortable” with “what they mean.”

Listening to those words, I remembered an August night in 2004 when, after the speeches were done, 50 or so delegates went to the floor of the Democratic National Committee to sit and read the Book of Lamentations, as Jews do on the holiday of Tisha B’Av. Ilhan Omar envisions an America in which Muslims can one day do something similar. And every Jew who cherishes the opportunity America has given us to be fully, proudly, and publicly ourselves should be cheering her on.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:19 AM (2 replies)

This Tax Day, Some Truckers are Unhappy with Trump


This Tax Day, Some Truckers are Unhappy with Trump
The 2017 tax overhaul is hitting long distance drivers with unexpected bills.
Hannah Levintova


Last month, Dennis Bridges, a CPA who runs an accounting firm just north of Atlanta, had to break bad news to a client. Bridges specializes in doing taxes for truck drivers around the country, and this tax season he’s had to tell dozens of truckers that after years of being able to count on receiving tax refunds that they in fact would owe thousands of dollars. This particular client from New York owed $4,000. It could have been worse: about 20 percent of Bridges’ trucking clients have owed more than $5,000.

When Bridges’ firm called the driver to deliver the news, the line first went silent. Then the driver “went into a panic,” Bridges recalls. “He was just asking, ‘Where on earth am I going to get the money to pay this thing?'” For years, he had received an annual refund in the ballpark of $1,500.

“I thought Trump was giving us a tax cut. And where the heck is it?”


“They got screwed,” says Kevin Rutherford, a small fleet owner who hosts Trucking Business and Beyond, a daily satellite radio show, and also runs an accounting service geared to drivers. After the tax bill became law in late 2017, Rutherford asked his clients and radio listeners for their 2017 and projected 2018 tax data. Using their numbers, he ran about 50 scenarios, finding that for “most company drivers, losing the per diem would mean they’re going to pay more tax.” Only a handful of scenarios came “close or about even” to the filers’ past returns. “It depends on how many kids they have and a couple other things, but for the most part, it was a pretty big loss,” he says.

Trucking is a popular vocation, employing about 3.5 million drivers nationwide, making it, by some counts, the most common job in 29 states. While all but three of those states went to Donald Trump in 2016, the tax overhaul enacted by the president and the GOP Congress in 2017 hit American truck drivers hard by stripping a key exemption for dining and living expenses while on the road. Millions of long-haul drivers employed by trucking companies are finding themselves slapped with massive and unexpected tax bills, according to accountants, professional trucking associations, and drivers.

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https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/04/trump-tax-bill-truckers-truck-drivers-deduction/
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:45 AM (29 replies)

"...owns two rescue dogs, and plays the goddamn piano. He's actually terrifying... "

Like that's a bad thing?


Wonder Boy Pete Buttigieg is a gay Harvard alum, fluent in Gramsci, Joyce, and Norwegian. And he’s the Democrats’ folksiest heartland hope. Really!
By Olivia Nuzzi

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“I think everything about this is as improbable as it is well aligned,” Buttigieg told me. “There’s that line about me being a laboratory concoction of what a politician might be. I get where that comes from, but then again, in what laboratory would you have cooked up as your entry in a presidential contest ‘mid-size-city midwestern mayor who’s not even 40 yet,’ you know?” He’s 37, and it doesn’t take much imagination to see why a skeptic might assess what’s on offer here and come away in disbelief that a single, organically grown person prone to consultantspeak could check so many boxes relevant to this moment, including, I guess, those for the always advantageous political qualities of “false modesty” and the “ability to be all things to all people.”

Sick of old people? He looks like Alex P. Keaton. Scared of young people? He looks like Alex P. Keaton. Religious? He’s a Christian. Atheist? He’s not weird about it. Wary of Washington? He’s from flyover country. Horrified by flyover country? He has degrees from Harvard and Oxford. Make the President Read Again? He learned Norwegian to read Erlend Loe. Traditional? He’s married. Woke? He’s gay. Way behind the rest of the country on that? He’s not too gay. Worried about socialism? He’s a technocratic capitalist. Worried about technocratic capitalists? He’s got a whole theory about how our system of “democratic capitalism” has to be a whole lot more “democratic.” If you squint hard enough to not see color, some people say, you can almost see Obama the inspiring professor. Oh, and he’s the son of an immigrant, a Navy vet, speaks seven foreign languages (in addition to Norwegian, Arabic, Spanish, Maltese, Dari, French, and Italian), owns two rescue dogs, and plays the goddamn piano. He’s actually terrifying. What mother wouldn’t love this guy?

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David Axelrod, Obama’s longtime strategist and now Buttigieg’s friend, observed that Buttigieg has something in common not only with Obama but with the two Democratic presidents before him: faith. “His fluency on faith and his willingness to speak about it is an asset,” he said. “Carter, Clinton, and Obama — they all shared that quality. It was one of the cues that opened the door to voters.”

Eric Lesser, now a Massachusetts state senator, is a friend of “Peter’s” from Harvard. He worked on the 2008 campaign and then for Axelrod in the Obama White House. “He reminds me of the very early phases of President Obama,” Lesser said. “Just the fact that he is so deeply thoughtful and intellectual, and also somebody who is relatable.”

Axelrod said there are “two ways” to look at the race: You either “beat Trump at his own game,” and alienate crucial voters in the process, or you “build a bridge for people who may have voted for Trump and who may like some of the things he’s done but are troubled by him.” Buttigieg is uniquely able — and willing — to do this, Axelrod said, because such voters helped get him reelected (with 80 percent of the vote) when Mike Pence — a born-again Christian and zealous opponent of the LGBTQ community — was the governor of Indiana. Buttigieg is often asked how he would defend himself against Trump on the debate stage, or once the insult-comic campaign alter ego logs back on full time. He always says the same thing, that you’ll never be able to beat him with a savage one-liner, that beating him will mean ignoring him, to some degree, so that someone else — and their ideas — can get some oxygen.

But before he gets to present his theory of the case against Trump, he’s got to get through his case against the other Democratic contenders. Or at least that’s how I thought a primary worked. Buttigieg either sees things differently or wants to avoid meaningful bickering at this early stage with his competitors, and so he’s pretending to. “I think the thing about having so many of us in the field is that, for somebody like me, you’re not competing against any individual. You’re competing against the house,” he said. “And it’s possible, in that way, to — I think — run your own plan and talk about your own case and let others figure out for themselves all the ways in which I am simply not like any of the others.” Operationally, the strategy of his campaign seems to be: Pick up enough Democrats who found Trump’s message appealing to actually win in Iowa and New Hampshire, then ride the momentum and publicity (he’ll say yes to any interview; see here, and here) into Super Tuesday. And from there …

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http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/04/pete-buttigieg-2020-presidential-campaign.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosam&stream=top&fbclid=IwAR0knm-ERFsVThOhi3o8rja1t8RRJbhChtoaQtGcDQ1ixkTbXjGwOTAG5Pw
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:25 AM (23 replies)

Pete Buttigieg Just Terrified Trump By Destroying The Myth Of MAGA

Posted on Sun, Apr 14th, 2019 by Jason Easley
Pete Buttigieg Just Terrified Trump By Destroying The Myth Of MAGA


Mayor Pete Buttigieg wasted no time in destroying the myth behind Trump’s MAGA and making a real appeal to rural and Rust Belt communities.

While kicking off his presidential campaign in South Bend, IN, Buttigieg said, “And that’s why I’m here today. To tell a different story than make America great again. Because there’s a myth being sold to industrial and rural communities, the myth that we can stop the clock and turn it back. It comes from people who think the only way to speak to communities like ours is through resentment and nostalgia. They’re selling an impossible promise of returning to a bygone era that was never as good as advertised to begin with. The problem is that they’re telling us to look for greatness in all the wrong places. Because if there’s one thing that the city of South Bend has shown it’s that there is no such thing as an honest politics that revolves around the word again. It is time to walk away from the politics of the past and towards something totally different. So that’s why I’m here today.”
https://twitter.com/PoliticusSarah/status/1117509011149131776

Buttigieg is right. Trump did sell a myth to rural and Rust Belt communities. He sold them on the belief that he had a time machine and could take them back to the time when prosperity, not unemployed, opioids, and despair filled their streets.

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https://www.politicususa.com/2019/04/14/pete-buttigieg-just-terrified-trump-by-destroying-the-myth-of-maga.html
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 14, 2019, 09:27 PM (45 replies)

Buttigieg looking to begin new era in politics with historic candidacy

https://wsbt.com/news/local/buttigieg-looking-to-break-several-ceilings-with-his-presidential-candidacy

Buttigieg looking to begin new era in politics with historic candidacy
by Bob Montgomery, WSBT 22 AnchorSunday, April 14th 2019

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, left, hugs his husband, Chasten Glezman, after Buttigieg announces that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination during a rally, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


SOUTH BEND — "My name is Pete Buttigieg. They call me Mayor Pete. I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana, and I am running for president of the United States."

With that, it's official.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a candidate for president.

We were at the Studebaker Building 84 on Sunday, where the mayor took his highly anticipated announcement inside.

The backdrop of the old automaker factory was the perfect setting for his central message for his brand-new candidacy: it's time to turn the page for America's next chapter.

“Change is coming, ready or not," said Buttigieg. "The question of our time is whether families and workers will be defeated by the changes beneath us or whether we will master them and make them work toward a better, everyday life for us all.”


The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend used the mayors of Dayton, Ohio, West Sacramento, California and Austin, Texas on stage at the start of the event -- and their endorsements -- to hammer home his point.

"Politics on the city level is much more personal and effective than what is happening in Washington these days," continued Buttigieg.


He says there's also a need for generational leadership change.

His bumper sticker slogan is what he says is "at the heart of every voter": freedom, security and democracy.

“Our conservative friends care about freedom, but they only make it part of the way," said Buttigieg. "They only see freedom from. Freedom from taxes, freedom from regulations, as though government were the only thing that can make somebody 'unfree.’ "

"The idea that security and patriotism belongs to one political party needs to end today. There's a lot more to safety and security than putting up a wall from sea to shining sea."


Buttigieg left his large, loud and enthusiastic crowd with one final thought.

"If you and I rise together to meet this moment, one day they will write histories, not just about one campaign or one presidency but about the era that began here today in this building where past, present, and future meet, right here this chilly day in South Bend."


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https://wsbt.com/news/local/buttigieg-looking-to-break-several-ceilings-with-his-presidential-candidacy
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 14, 2019, 07:18 PM (2 replies)

Sarah Sanders: Congress not 'smart enough' to look through Trump's taxes

Sounds like a challenge to me.

Sarah Sanders: Congress not 'smart enough' to look through Trump's taxes
By Michael Burke - 04/14/19 10:05 AM EDT


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday that she doesn't think members of Congress are "smart enough" to look through President Trump's tax returns.

"Frankly I don’t think Congress — particularly not this group of congressmen and women — are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be," she said on "Fox News Sunday."

"My guess is that most of them don’t do their own taxes and I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything," Sanders continued.


Sanders also said that Democrats are taking a "dangerous, dangerous road" in asking for Trump's tax returns.

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https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/438809-sanders-congress-not-smart-enough-to-look-through-trumps-taxes?fbclid=IwAR01fTrj4I2x1EeSDexrO0v0Q-1eYJnujHN6AKf7qzwe_mGxbZ5GyDj9UlE&fbclid=IwAR1zgaN05l7aBxFnPBryL4pNe7r6O5wahW_V_-NUp3t5BX0SsDzaaSQ3v64
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 14, 2019, 10:12 AM (22 replies)
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