Uptown Sports, the Canada-based agent to major professional hockey players, is refusing to back down on its denouncement of Sean Avery’s stance on marriage equality, and on their comments against gay rights and marriage equality. In fact, it sounds like they’ve taken the Maggie Gallagher course in how to play the victim — and passed with flying colors.
â€œVery sad to read Sean Averyâ€™s misguided support of same-â€‹gender â€œmarriageâ€. Legal or not, it will always be wrong,â€Â Uptown Sports wrote, via Twitter Monday night, asÂ The New Civil Rights Movement reported.Â The statement continued, â€œTo clarify. This is not hatred or bigotry towards gays. It is not intolerance in any way shape or form. IÂ believe we are all equalâ€¦Â But IÂ believe in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. This is my personal viewpoint. IÂ Do not hate anyone.â€
Later Monday night,Â Todd Reynolds, the author of the homophobic tweets, said in an interview,
â€œThereâ€™s certainly a voice for the other side on this particular issue. I was merely responding to be the other voice. I believe in standing up for what you believe in. Iâ€™m passionate about what I believe in. And I believe in morality and I believe in right and wrong. I know many people with different view points for what is right and wrong. But Iâ€™m a little disappointed in some of the responses.
â€œIf you oppose a viewpoint, youâ€™re immediately targeted by some people as a hater, a bigot, intolerant, homophobic and many other terms. Thatâ€™s obviously not the case for people who know me. â€¦ I donâ€™t hate anyone. And Iâ€™m certainly not a bigot. But I believe in marriage between one man and one woman. Itâ€™s a social debate thatâ€™s raged on for quite some time. In Canada and the U.S. itâ€™s a hot-button topic right now. I guess maybe it was how I was raised. I believe in voicing your opinion and not being part of the silent majority.â€
Reynolds, son of Uptown Sports’ founder, is playing the victim card, just as Maggie Gallagher would have instructed.
“Iâ€™m a little disappointed in some of the responses.” Really? When you attack an entire group of people for who they are, and suggest they are morally wrong by the very nature of their existence, you have no right to be “disappointed” in the responses you get. Especially on a social media platform like Twitter. What were you thinking?
“But the majority, I think, of Canadians would say that they donâ€™t agree with gay marriage â€“ that man and woman were created to be married, not man and man or man and horse, you know?â€
â€œIf you oppose a viewpoint, youâ€™re immediately targeted by some people as a hater, a bigot, intolerant, homophobic and many other terms.” Yup. And that’s what you deserve. Being anti-gay isn’t a viewpoint. Homosexuality isn’t a”viewpoint”Â or a lifestyle choice, nor is it subject to debate. It has existed as long as man has been alive, and is as natural as heterosexuality. Being anti-gay is like being anti-giraffe. They exist, get used to it.
“Iâ€™m certainly not a bigot. But I believe in marriage between one man and one woman. Itâ€™s a social debate thatâ€™s raged on for quite some time.” Wrongly. And so was interracial marriage. And so was, I imagine, the move to “traditional marriage” from polygamy.
“I believe in voicing your opinion and not being part of the silent majority.â€ Wrong – you’re not the silent majority. You’re actually voicing your opinion, a minority opinion, now. So, you’re the vocal minority.
“Reynolds broke just about every rule in the book among those who represent pro athletes for a living,” write Rick Chandler at NBC Sports’ Off The Bench.
Don Reynolds, Todd’s father, supports his son’s homophobia.
â€œItâ€™s sad. I mean, my personal position is that I do not support gay marriage, and I think itâ€™s wrong, as well. Itâ€™s not politically correct to, I guess, give your opinion about a thing like that. Itâ€™s politically correct on the other side, for people to say, â€˜sure, I support gay marriage.â€™ But the majority, I think, of Canadians would say that they donâ€™t agree with gay marriage â€“ that man and woman were created to be married, not man and man or man and horse, you know?â€
Well, I don’t know if there are polls about marriage equality in Canada, but it’s been the law of the land there for almost six years. And here in America, you would be wrong, as a majority of Americans support the right of same-sex couples to marry.
Oh, and you now who else disagrees with the Uptown Sports folks? TheirÂ competitors, who, I’m sure, have room to represent a few more enlightened pro hockey players.
But curiously, in response to the question, “Do you think something like this could either gain or lose you some clients?,” posed by theÂ National Post, the senior Reynolds had a bit of a different point of view, saying,Â â€œI hope not. I donâ€™t think that your opinion about gay marriage or sexual orientation or whatever should ever come into the hockey business. Iâ€™ve been in the hockey business for 28 years, and this is the first Iâ€™ve heard of it.â€
The front page of the Uptown Sports site claims, “Commitment. Dedication. Integrity. The Way We do Business.” Perhaps they should now add “homophobia” to the list.
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‘The Law Is Clear’: Appeals Court Rules Trump Handpicked Judge Should Never Have Appointed Special Master
A three-judge panel on the conservative 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Donald Trump, and effectively against his hand-picked federal district court judge Aileen Cannon in the ex-president’s “special master” case.
The judges, all three conservatives, two of whom appointed to the bench by Trump himself, ruled that Judge Cannon should never have agreed to Trump’s request to appoint a “special master” to review all the items the Dept. of Justice removed from his Mar-a-Lago residence by executing a legal search warrant.
Cannon had ordered the special master to specifically review approximately 100 classified documents, and blocked the DOJ from accessing them while they were under review. That block halted its investigation into Trump’s likely illegal retention of the documents and other items – over 10,000 – he removed from the White House and was string at Mar-a-Lago.
CNN calls Thursday’s ruling “a major defeat for former President Donald Trump.” The appeals court’s ruling halts “a third-party review of documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate,” and “removes a major obstacle to the Justice Department’s investigation into the mishandling of government records from Trump’s time in the White House.”
“The law is clear,” the judges wrote in their ruling Thursday, posted by NBC News’ Daniel Barnes. “We cannot write a rule that allows any subject of a search warrant to block government investigations after the execution of the warrant. Nor can we write a rule that allows only former presidents to do so. Either approach would be a radical reordering of our caselaw limiting the federal courts’ involvement in criminal investigations.”
“And both would violate bedrock separation-of-powers limitations,” they continued. “Accordingly, we agree with the government that the district court improperly exercised equitable jurisdiction, and that dismissal of the entire proceeding is required.”
They also wrote: “In considering these arguments, we are faced with a choice: apply our usual test; drastically expand the availability of equitable jurisdiction for every subject of a search warrant; or carve out an unprecedented exception in our law for former presidents. We choose the first option. So the case must be dismissed.”
“The district court,” meaning Judge Cannon, “improperly exercised equitable jurisdiction in this case. For that reason, we VACATE the September 5 order on appeal and REMAND with instructions for the district court to DISMISS the underlying civil action.”
Right Wing Social Media Platform Parler Announces Kanye West Will No Longer Buy It in ‘Interest of Both Parties’
After Kanye West‘s antisemitic and racist remarks last month, which led to him being deplatformed by Twitter and Instagram, the extremist artist and rapper announced he was purchasing the right wing “free speech” social media platform Parler, which performs little content moderation.
On Thursday, hours after West went on far right extremist and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ show and praised Adolf Hitler, Parler issued a statement saying by mutual agreement West would not be purchasing the platform.
But the Parler statement, which came from its parent company, also claimed the decision had been made weeks ago.
“In response to numerous media inquiries, Parlement Technologies would like to confirm that the company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intent of sale of Parler,” Parler said on Twitter. “This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November.”
On Thursday, stunning many, West told Alex Jones, “I see good things about Hitler,” as Consequence reported. “Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”
When West had agreed to purchase Parler, he stated, “In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves.”
CNBC reported last month that “Parler, which initially launched in 2018, was swept up in controversy last year over the role it played in the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the Capitol building. That led a slew of tech companies, including Google and Amazon, to blacklist the service, rendering its app and website inaccessible.”
Owens, promoting nationalism, told young supporters in London, “Whenever we say nationalism, the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler.”
“But if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine. The problem is that he wanted, he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalise. He wanted everybody to be German, everybody to be speaking German. Everybody to look a different way. To me, that’s not nationalism.”
Hitler was responsible for the slaughter of up to 17 million people.
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‘This Is Nazism’: Americans Outraged After Kanye West Praises Hitler – ‘This Is Not a Clown Show. It’s Dangerous’
“I see good things about Hitler,” West told Jones, as Consequence reports. “Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”
In between those two remarks West launched into a plethora of lies about all the good things Hitler has done, including inventing the microphone (false) and highways (also false.)
West doubled down, exclaiming, “I like Hitler,” and said, “the Jewish media has made us feel like Nazis and Hitler have never offered us anything of value to the world.”
West, who brought a white supremacist with him to dine with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago last week, today also claimed he loves everyone but injected antisemitic tropes about contracts and pornography.
“I think most Jews are great people,” West said, while claiming, “I agree there’s a Jewish mafia.”
West, who goes by “Ye,” astonishingly “took credit for popularizing antisemitism,” Consequence reports, “saying, ‘No one in high school knew what antisemitic meant until Ye made it popular.'”
That, too, is a lie.
The outrage online is palpable.
U.S. Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) tweeted, “JUST NOW: ‘I see good things about Hitler, also. The Jews… Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.’
— Kanye West on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ InfoWars show.”
“This is Nazism,” he added. “When are we going to say ENOUGH?”
Many pointed to a wildly offensive tweet posted by GOP Congressman Jim Jordan, who heads the House Judiciary Republicans. After nearly two months it was removed within minutes of West praising Hitler.
U.S. Rep. Eric Falwell (D-CA) blasted Jordan, saying: “for 2 months you were cool with Jew-bashing.”
For 2 months Jim Jordan refused to delete this tweet. Even after Kanye declared war on Jews. As he usually does, Jim looked the other way. Only after Kanye praised Hitler today did Jim delete the tweet. We have the receipts, Jim. And for 2 months you were cool with Jew-bashing. pic.twitter.com/kqzwkNW2pq
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) December 1, 2022
Funny to learn exactly where the line is for the Republican party.
It’s not explicit but vaguely deniable antisemitism. No, it apparently only kicks in at openly praising Hitler. https://t.co/vMdJmG4Qci
— Dylan Reeve (@DylanReeve) December 1, 2022
Kanye had to literally praise Hitler and the Nazis before Jim Jordan’s House Judiciary Republicans deleted their pro-Kanye tweet. If you want to understand just how extreme the modern GOP is. https://t.co/il7QAg2EiO
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) December 1, 2022
Sam Stern of Politico and MSNBC took a wider view.
“We’re all gawking at Kanye saying he sees ‘good things about Hitler’ but i can’t escape the absolute dread that people who know no better and look up to this man and stumble upon this interview will be moved, even on the margins, by him,” he tweeted. “This is not a clown show. It’s dangerous.”
As did actor Josh Gad:
“It’s not what Kanye West says that scares me. It’s that he has 30 million followers who listen to his insanity on top of a cheerleader in the form of the current owner of this platform. No one who says “I love Hitler” should be allowed any oxygen on any social platform (period).”
There is video online of Kanye West’s vile remarks. NCRM will not post or link to it.
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