Herman Cain: Gay Is A Choice, “Black Doesn’t Wash Off” (Video)
GOP frontrunner Herman Cain continues to insist being gay is a choice. Again, demanding to be shown the science, Cain continues to operate as an ignorant bigot, incapable of actually using the Google machine to find out whether or not there is science. (There is.)
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“I was born Black… this doesn’t wash off,” Cain told CNN’s Piers Morgan last night. Morgan, who again delved into journalistic malpractice, said that his own gut told him gay isn’t a choice.
Here’s a tip, to all the budding journalists out there: If you’re going to ask a question, and you know the answer you’re going to get, and you know that answer is a load of bull, have some research in your hands to prove otherwise. That’s called “journalism.” Piers Morgan merely operated as a talk show host. The network that’s home to Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon should be ashamed of itself, and those two anchors should right about now be knocking on Piers Morgan’s door ready to verbally take his head off.
Cain earlier this month used the same boilerplate to insist that being gay is a choice, and therefore, is a sin. By the way, Mr.Cain, your religion was a choice, so you are choosing to believe that homosexuality is a sin. Show me the scientific proof that it is.
“Well, you show me the science that itâ€™s not and Iâ€™ll be persuaded. Right now itâ€™s my opinion against the opinions of others who feel differently. Thatâ€™s just aÂ difference of opinions, “Cain said to Joy Behar in early October.Â Think Progress’ Zack Ford offered this comment:
If Cain has not seen â€œthe science,â€ he clearly has never bothered to look. Based on decades of research, all majorÂ medicalÂ professionalÂ organizationsÂ agree that sexual orientation isÂ notÂ a choice and cannot be changed, from gay to straight or otherwise. The American Psychological Association, the worldâ€™s largest association of psychological professionals, describes sexual orientation as â€œaÂ complex interactionÂ of environmental, cognitive and biological factors.â€ There is considerable evidence to suggest that biology, â€œincluding genetic or inborn hormonal factors,â€ plays aÂ significant role in aÂ personâ€™s sexuality.
Shortly after that, theÂ Log Cabin Republicans, aÂ gayÂ GOPÂ group instrumental in working toward endingÂ DADT, immediately responded to Cainâ€™s outrageous statement.
â€œIf Herman Cain truly wants to see the science proving that sexual orientation is not aÂ choice, Log Cabin Republicans would be happy to show it to him,â€ said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper. â€œThe claim that aÂ person chooses to be gay or lesbian has been discredited by every major professional medical organization, starting with the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association. An individualâ€™s orientation is no more aÂ choice than the color of his skin or whether he is left-â€‹handed, and too many people have been hurt because of failed attempts to change the way they wereÂ born.â€
â€œI would also be happy to discuss my experiences as aÂ current Army reserve officer and combat veteran, and the testimony of military leadership that the repeal of â€˜Donâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€™ strengthens our armed forces and furthers Americaâ€™s national security interests. It is unfortunate that Mr. Cain chose to divert attention away from aÂ solid platform of greater liberty and smaller government by indulging in anti-â€‹gay rhetoric. Log Cabin Republicans sincerely hope that Herman Cain is open to hearing the evidence and changing his mind on these issues.â€œ
And by the way, while I remain firmly convinced that being gay is not a choice, so what if it were?
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Trump Lawyer’s ‘Critical Evidence’ Will Help DOJ Make Decision to Charge ‘Without Significant Delay’: Former Prosecutor
Donald Trump‘s attorney Evan Corcoran, who allegedly directed another Trump attorney to draft the false statement claiming all classified and sensitive documents had been returned, has been ordered to testify before a grand jury and hand over documents and records to Special Counsel Jack Smith in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents criminal investigation.
Trump appealed U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell’s decision ordering Corcoran to testify and hand over documents, including handwritten notes. The Appeals Court in light speed mode, rejected Trump’s appeal.
Corcoran will be testifying before the grand jury on Friday, CNN reports.
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One former top DOJ official, Brandon Van Grack, says the “Special Counsel is about to get access to the most critical evidence in the case. Should allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”
He did not define what “without significant delay” means in terms of days, weeks, or months.
Van Grack served at Main Justice for eleven years, including as a lead prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and later, as the Chief of the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.
“The announcement from a panel of three judges in the appeals court – less than a day after Trump sought to put Corcoran’s testimony on hold – adds momentum to the special counsel investigation as it seeks to secure evidence that could make or break a federal criminal case against Trump,” CNN explains. “The Justice Department has successfully argued in court that prosecutors have enough evidence that Trump’s interactions with the lawyer were part of a possible crime that they can pierce the confidentiality of the conversations between the two.”
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A former top Dept. of Justice official says a federal judge’s expedited ruling ordering an attorney for Donald Trump to testify against his client before a grand jury and hand over documents very well may be related to “national security.”
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith had successfully made the case Donald Trump may have committed a crime, via his attorneys, in his classified documents case. That finding allowed her to invoke the crime-fraud exception, and order Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to testify before the grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents.
Former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann, who also worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and headed the DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Section, Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC said it’s possible Judge Howell’s expedited decisions were related to national security.
Tuesday night Judge Howell ordered DOJ to provide information by 6:00 AM Wednesday.
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Trump appealed Howell’s ruling, and Wednesday afternoon the Appeals Court denied his appeal related to the documents, Politico reports.
“I’ve never seen anything that quick. It’s very hard to know why. I have to say, to me, when I think about what can be a plausible reason– and this is pure speculation – is that there must be something in the papers that gave the judges concern about national security implications, because it’s such a short timeframe.”
“The reason this is a bombshell is you could end up with Evan Corcoran as a key, fundamental witness against Donald Trump in an obstruction of justice case and a false statements case,” Weissmann adds.
According to Politico, Wednesday’s appeals court ruling “effectively permits the Justice Department to circumvent Trump’s attorney-client privilege after a lower-court judge found that the documents likely contain evidence of a crime.”
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This article was updated to correctly spell Andrew Weissmann’s last name.
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Trump Appeals After Judge Agrees With Special Counsel on Crime-Fraud Exception and Requires His Attorney to Testify
Donald Trump’s attorneys have appealed a ruling that requires one of his lawyers to testify before a grand jury investigating his unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return classified documents from the White House.
Attorneys for the Special Counsel “said there is evidence of a deliberate effort not to turn over all the material covered by the subpoena,” The Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell had reportedly agreed with Special Counsel Smith that there is sufficient evidence proving Donald Trump may have committed a crime via his attorneys, and ruled his attorney must testify before a grand jury. The ruling, which was not made public, was handed down Friday night, NBC News reported Wednesday afternoon.
Judge Howell “ruled in favor of applying the ‘crime fraud’ exception to Trump’s attorney-client privilege and ordered Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify before the federal grand jury.”
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Trump’s attorneys have already appealed the ruling.
“People familiar with the matter said an appeals panel has already begun reviewing the decision, after Trump’s lawyers appealed,” The Washington Post adds. “The extraordinarily quick timeline suggests that the judges — all nominated by Democratic presidents — intend to rule swiftly.”
Trump could take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but The Post says it’s “not clear he would have a much better chance of success there.”
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