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Anti-Gay Marriage Rudy Giuliani Lies, Says 9/11 Didn’t Happen Under Bush



Bush Was President During 9/11, The Shoe Bomber, And The Anthrax Attacks

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Swptember 14, 2001: Giuliani and Bush at Ground Zero

Rudy Giuliani, the mayor of New York City in 2001 when the terrorists hit the World Trade Center towers, looked in George Stephanopoulis’ eyes this morning and said, “We had no domestic attacks under Bush.” Was he not there? This is one of the most disgusting lies I have heard in quite some time. I live in New York City, and I lived in New York City on 9/11. I even went to work that day in SoHo, just blocks away from the Twin Towers, after they were hit.

Let’s not forget, not only did 9/11 happen under George W. Bush, but so did Richard Reid – the “shoe bomber,” and, those horrible weeks right after 9/11 that we were all microwaving our mail, for fear of another anthrax attack. (Five people died and seventeen people were infected during the anthrax attacks.)

No domestic terrorist attacks under Bush? Bullshit.

Giuliani’s one claim to fame was his performance as mayor on 9/11. Trust me, on 9/10 he was literally fighting to keep his job. If 9/11 hadn’t happened, you never would have heard from him again. He has used 9/11 as his calling card, despite the fact that his policies led to the direct death on so many police officers and firefighters that day.

To outright lie about 9/11 is treacherous.

And it just shows you what some people will do: use an issue as it suits them, regardless of the human cost.

Speaking of using people and issues, it was Giuliani who actually lived with a same-sex couple then stiffed them at their wedding. Via a Towleroad May 4, 2009 piece:

“Howard Koeppel and Mark Hsiao, the New York couple who housed former mayor Rudy Giuliani for six months during his messy split with wife Donna Hanover, were married in a ceremony in Westport, Connecticut yesterday .

Giuliani “was a last-minute no-show,” the New York Post reports.”

Ah, the sanctity of marriage… Actually, speaking of the sanctity of marriage, Giuliani, who is against gay marriage, has been married three times. Guess he just wants as much sanctity as he can get.

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Watch: Senator Cory Booker Delivers Emotional Speech After Rand Paul Holds Up Anti-Lynching Legislation



It was reported Wednesday that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was the only barrier to passing anti-lynching legislation.

Paul argued in his statement to the media that he thinks the language would turn lesser crimes into being considered a lynching. So he wants to edit the bill so that it would only qualify “serious bodily injury standard” that would only make it a hate crime if it’s a “substantial risk of death and extreme physical pain.”

It prompted Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to take to the Senate floor with a fiery speech imploring his colleagues to act.

“This idea that someone would be brought up on lynching charges for slapping is absurd,” said Booker.

“I do not need my colleague, the senator from Kentucky, to tell me about one lynching in this country,” he went on. “I’ve stood in the museum in Montgomery, Alabama, and watched African American families weeping at the stories of pregnant women lynched in this country and their babies ripped out of them while this body did nothing. I can hear the screams as this body and membership can of the unanswered cries for justice of our ancestors. Every one of us is sensitive to that anguish, to that pain, as is the senator from Kentucky. And this week, the senator from Kentucky mentioned the colleague Justin Amash. I want to tell my colleagues on both sides of the aisle he is one of only four congressmen of the 435 to vote against the antilynching bill. That means this bill was supported by the leader of the Democrats, the speaker of the House. It was supported by the leader of the Republicans, the whip of the Republicans, the whip of the Democrats. 400-plus votes supported this.”

Booker said that surely if the bill was so “wrong” then the GOP leadership would stand up against it in unison. Instead, Paul is an outlier.

“If this bill is wrong, 99 senators are wrong. If this bill is wrong, then the NAACP is wrong,” he went on. “If this bill is wrong, then the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is wrong. If this bill is wrong, then the Urban League of America is wrong. Legal organizations, civil rights organizations, Democrats and Republicans — tell me another time when 500-plus congresspeople, Democrats, Republicans, House members, and senators come together in a chorus of conviction and say now is the time in America that we condemn the dark history of our past and actually pass anti-lynching legislation.”

But it’s one man that is “standing in the way of the law of the land changing because of a difference of interpretation.”

Watch the full speech below:


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‘Completely Corrupt’ Barr Blasted for Blaming ‘Antifa’ for Violence While Ignoring Arrest of Right Wing Extremists



Attorney General Bill Barr is under fire for claiming in a Thursday afternoon press conference that “Antifa” is responsible for violence seen at some of the largely peaceful protests across the nation, while ignoring the arrest of far right wing extremists for actual or attempted violence at protests. Barr mentioned “other similar groups” but none by name or specific political affiliation, including right wing white supremacists.

Barr made his remarks attempting to attack the left despite his own Dept. of Justice on Wednesday announcing the arrest and filing of charges against members of a far-right extremist movement “for conspiracy to cause destruction during protests in Las Vegas, and possession of…a Molotov cocktail.”

The FBI, in fact, has issued a report contradicting President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr’s politicized claims that “Antifa” is at the center of the violence being committed as largely peaceful protestors respond to the killing of George Floyd.

“The FBI has found no evidence that the American militant anti-fascist movement Antifa was involved in violence that erupted during national protests over the death of George Floyd,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday, citing a report at The Nation.

On Sunday, Attorney General Barr had issued a statement claiming the “violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”

On Thursday afternoon he echoed those words, ignoring his own FBI’s report, saying: “We have evidence that Antifa and other similar extremist groups, as well as actors of a variety of different political persuasions, have been involved in instigating and participating in the violent activity.”

Aside from Antifa, which is not an organized group but rather a straw man the right uses to attack the left, Barr did not specifically name any of the other groups he says he has evidence of committing violence and other illegal acts – or their actual political affiliation.

On social media, many are recoiling in anger and outrage over his latest politicization of the Dept. of Justice. Some were happy to provide actual evidence that the violence is largely instigated by those on the right, including white supremacist groups and the right-wing “Boogooloo” movement – some of whom have already been arrested this week.


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Trump DOJ Urges Supreme Court to Let Religious Adoption Agencies Discriminate Against LGBTQ Families



President Donald Trump’s Dept. of Justice is telling the U.S. Supreme Court it should allow religious and faith-based adoption agencies discriminate against LGBTQ families.

Solicitor General Noel Francisco has filed a strongly-worded 35 page amicus brief in a case claiming that Catholic Social Services is being denied their First Amendment rights after signing a contract with the City of Philadelphia to provide adoption and foster services – and to not discriminate. Philadelphia dropped the religious non-profit after it said it would not allow same-sex couples, married or unmarried, adopt or foster children.

Catholic Social Services can continue to operate as it chooses, but the City of Philadelphia will no longer place children with it. CSS is essentially saying it has a First Amendment right to taxpayer-funded placements of children.

In the brief Francisco and other DOJ attorneys, including Eric Dreiband, actually criticize a Philadelphia Human Services Commissioner for what they call “an impermissible lack of neutrality,” after she told Catholic Social Services “they should be following ‘the teachings of Pope Francis’ as she understood them.”

The DOJ goes all-out against those remarks, calling them “unconstitutional,” and claims they represent an “overt hostility toward religious belief,” an “animosity to religion or distrust of its practices,” and an “impermissible hostility to religion” – despite admitting a lower court noted the Commissioner was educated as a Jesuit and was “simply making ‘an effort to reach common ground.'”

The DOJ uses the word “hostility” in its brief 25 times.

“The U.S. government isn’t a party to the case, known as Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, so the brief is completely voluntary,” The Washington Blade reports. “In justifying the brief before the Supreme Court, the filing makes the case the Justice Department has a compelling interest to intervene.”

The Supreme Court accepted the case in February. The far right wing Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is representing Catholic Social Services.

Francisco has represented the Trump administration in telling the Supreme Court the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect gay people in the workplace from discrimination. As Solicitor General he has also asked the Supreme Court to rule that firing an employee simply because they are gay is legal, and that it is legal under federal law for employers to fire transgender workers merely for being transgender.

Francisco clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who represented the court’s animus against LGBTQ Americans and same-sex couples for decades. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Lumen Christi Institute, which says it works “to renew our civilization by forming leaders for a global society in need of Christian wisdom.”

In years past anti-gay activists and the Catholic Church have falsely claimed the Catholic Social Services adoption agency in Boston was “forced” to shut its doors in 2006 because it refused to allow LGBT people adopt. In reality, its board members voted to allow LGBT people to adopt, but it chose to close rather than allow same-sex parents adopt.

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