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Era Detergent Ads Boast Anti-Gay ‘Chuck Norris Approved’ Seal



Era detergent, far from a controversial product, has waded into the culture wars big time, with a re-newed ad campaign from 2011 that boasts a “Chuck Norris Approved” seal. Era’s Chuck Norris ads are now running in major markets. You know who else is “Chuck Norris Approved”? Mike Huckabee, the Southern Baptist Minister and former presidential candidate who spent the past month actually defending Congressman Todd “legitimate rape” Akin, and who called anti-gay Americans to action by chowing down on Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches to show their hatred of gay marriage, in partnership with anti-gay hate groups.

Chuck and Huck, by the way, are a perfect match. Norris and his wife Gena just recorded a video, promoted by the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, urging the 30 million Evangelical Americans whom, they claim, didn’t vote in 2008, to vote against Barack Obama, lest America face “1000 years of darkness.” No, seriously, they said that.

“We can no sit quietly or stand on the sidelines and watch our country go the way of socialism, or something much worse,” adds Chuck, a radical conservative, fear-mongers, in his video released last week.

Norris is so anti-gay he’s even supported the Boy Scouts kicking gay children out of Scouting. Norris, by the way, is also a columnist at World Net Daily, which is the anti-Obama home for the Birther movement.

Era is owned by Proctor & Gamble (NYSE:PG), manufacturers of iconic American home, health, and beauty products, from Swiffer and Tampax to Crest and Charmin. Why P&G, a 175-year old corporation with annual sales of $83 billion, would want to take a stand by supporting an active anti-gay religious radical is surprising, and why P&G would want to renew the “Chuck Norris Approved” Era detergent ad campaign — and run it immediately after the close of the Democratic National Convention — makes clear they’re pandering for the anti-gay, anti-immigrant, radical religious right vote.

Apparently, consumers agree. Era Detergent’s Facebook page has many comments by consumers angered by the Chuck Norris endorsement:

“If you want a homophobic, racist, misogynist to hawk your soap, thats your choice, but I ain’t buyin’ it!!”

“Wow, glad to know your product is “Chuck Norris approved”. Now, I won’t waste any more of my money on a product endorsed by a vicious, homophobic, hatemongering, violence promoting, theocratic fascist Republican. I’m sure the rest of the bottle I have will clean my garbage can nicely.”

“Chuck Norris approved? You just lost my business.”

“If Era is “Chuck Norris” approved, will the detergent go down with the rest of us for 1000 years when Obama is reelected or will it have the blessing of Mr. Norris? Wouldn’t buy Era either way – just asking.”

“Chuck Norris to promote ERA??? really, you are going to use a guy who promotes hate and discrimination to sell your product? Any one who believes in only ‘allowing’ rights to be given to ‘certain’ people instead of all people is clearly UN-American and I won’t be using your product. And before, anyone says that we all stood behind Ellen, she wasn’t spreading hate!”

“ERA has decided to use Chuck Norris to promote its product. Seriously, the man is a raving lunatic. No more ERA for me!!!”

“I just saw your commercial on Morning Joe, and noticed your “Chuck Norris Approved” seal. I really like ERA and bought it regularly, but this really turns me off. Please don’t give Chuck Norris any more money.”

“I’m boycotting ERA because Chuck Norris!”



In an era (no pun intended) when everything and every choice consumers make is political, from coffee to chicken to search engines to computers to restaurants, why would anyone make the choice to buy into anti-gay hate?

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‘Boldly Ignorant’ Ted Cruz Slammed by Retired NYPD Detective for His Suggestions to Protect Kids



Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show,” a retired NYPD detective expressed disgust with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over his attempts to dismiss the idea of new gun laws to protect children in schools and instead is insisting America needs to turn schools into fortresses.

In interviews and appearing at the NRA convention this weekend in Houston, Cruz has vociferously disregarded the easy availability of high-powered weapons and instead focused on a door that was left open at the elementary school where the shooting occurred.

After host Phang shared a clip of the Texas Republican making his case, she asked former law enforcement detective Marq Claxton his thoughts on what Cruz was proposing.

Calling the controversial senator “boldly ignorant,” he proceeded to rip Cruz’s proposal apart.

“Marq, I was a prosecutor for half my career, I never prosecuted somebody for leaving a door open. How absurd is this proposal by Ted Cruz that the solution is to make sure that we don’t have too many doors at our schools?” host Phang asked.

“Ted Cruz’s statements were boldly ignorant and dismissive of the clear obvious danger that is faced by so many people in society because of the prevalence of violence and gun violence in particular,” he replied. “It really shows just how so many political electeds lack the fortitude to move forward and do the right thing: save lives.”

“Instead of sloganeering, Mr. Cruz and his other elected colleagues really should be working on legislation that provides, or minimizes the risk of damage, and could quite possibly and probably save lives,” he continued. “That is some additional gun restrictions, some background checks, there are other things that are out there that will undoubtedly be effective and save lives, and prevent these gun violence deaths.”

Watch the segment below or at this link.


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‘Taking Us All for Fools’: Critics Decimate Greg Abbott’s Claims and Defense of His Actions in Wake of School Shooting



Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”

“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”

Critics aren’t buying his claims.

Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.

“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.

“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.

“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.

Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”

Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”

Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.

“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up  $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.

Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:

And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”

“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then.  He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”

“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”


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‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns



The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.

Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”

That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”

“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.

“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”

Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.

“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.

“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”


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