Only Bigots Need To Hide, Michelle
If you’ve been a fan of this blog from the beginning, you’ll remember all the hateful, nasty, and just plain wrong comments extreme Right-wing Fox News commentator, and Equal Opportunity Bigot Michelle Malkin was making about gays after the November election. I wrote ten pieces, the first, “Michelle Malkin Just Canâ€™t Understand Why Weâ€™re Upset“, in which I wrote,
“Conservative part-time columnist and full-time hate-mongerer Michelle Malkin describes our anger at becoming second-class citizens and having the right to marry stolen from us as â€œinsane rageâ€, as if it would make sense for us to be calm and happy about an entire class of people being de-humanized.”
Doing some digging on her blog, I noticed her incredible focus on gays, and realized, back in December, that Michelle Malkin is just obsessed with gays. I wrote,
“Dear Michelle Malkin, I like you too. I like how youâ€™re obsessed with homosexuality. I like how the word â€œhomosexualâ€ appears in 45 of your blog posts, and how the word â€œgayâ€ appears in well over 150 of your blog posts. (They say, write about what you know. Well, Michelle, Iâ€™m wonderingâ€¦) I like how youâ€™ve written about gays every day this week. I like how youâ€™ve really bared your soul to us, told us what you think of us, taken those quick pot-shots that youâ€™re so well known for.”
Then, Obama took office, the tea parties came, and Malkin lost focus on us. I was glad, because I had warned her,
“Well, Michelle, I wish you would stop trying so hard to deprive me of my â€œunalienable Rightsâ€. I wish you would use your platform to stand for something, rather than against so many things. I wish you would stop your incendiary attacks against a group of people you obviously know little about, but who, for some very strange reason, you seem obsessed with, and frightened by. And I wish, Dear Michelle Malkin, you would just leave us alone. Because until you do, until you stop your ugly, hateful, uninformed, senseless attacks on the gay community, I promise you, weâ€™ll be alert and vigilant and call you on every one of your ugly lies. Weâ€™re here, Michelle, and weâ€™re watching your words.”
I thought she was done, but I guess I was wrong. Yesterday, Malkin began her obsessive and malicious attacks on gays again:
“Following in the footsteps of the anti-Prop. 8 mafia, two gay activist groups have announced plans to â€œoutâ€ Washington state citizens who sign petitions to oppose expanding same-sex partnership laws.”
“Now, imagine the uproar if the roles were reversed and anti-gay marriage activists were publicizing the names of petitioners supporting same-sex partnership expansion laws. But when they do it, theyâ€™re not creating a â€œclimate of hate.â€ Theyâ€™re just exercising their free speech.”
Funny, Michelle, everyone I’ve talked talk with, including the twenty-plus responses I got back from folks via Twitter (in under 15 minutes!), would have no problem standing up publicly for their position on civil and gay rights. One person said, “I’d write it on my forehead…” Fact is, Michelle, people who feel the need to hide their opinions are often embarrassed by them. And yes, Michelle, I’m still watching your words.
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Wealthy Florida Community Got COVID Vaccine Before Anyone Else — Then the Governor Got a $250,000 Contribution
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may have scored big in the CPAC Straw Poll last weekend, but his citizens aren’t likely to appreciate wealthy communities being able to jump the line for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that Florida’s elderly are still struggling to sign up to get their first dose of the vaccine, but in a wealthy gated enclave in the Florida Keys, everyone was vaccinated in January.
A Jan. 22 newsletter sent to the Herald revealed that the Ocean Reef Club in north Key Largo despite the rest of the state struggling to get the vaccine, “Over the course of the last two weeks, the Medical Center has vaccinated over 1,200 homeowners who qualify under the State of Florida’s Governor’s current Order for those individuals who are 65 years of age or older.”
“We are fortunate to have received enough vaccines to ensure both the first and second for those vaccinated,” the newsletter message continued. “At this time, however, the majority of the State has not received an allocation of first doses of vaccines for this week and beyond, and the timing of any subsequent deliveries remains unclear.”
The Herald questioned whether the Republican donors who live in the area are behind the decision to give quick and easy access.
“In fact, the only people from Key Largo who gave to DeSantis’ political committee live in Ocean Reef,” said the report. “All 17 of them had given the governor contributions of $5,000 each through December 2020, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
One donor, in particular, gave Gov. DeSantis an extra $250,000 after the area got their vaccines in mid-January.
Trump DOJ Refused to Open Criminal Investigation Into Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao IG Says Was ‘Warranted’
The Trump Dept. of Justice refused an Inspector General’s request to open a criminal investigation into Transportation Secretary Elaine’s Chao’s possible misuse of her office. Chao resigned one day after the January 6 insurrection.
“A formal investigation into potential misuses of position was warranted,” Mitch Behm, the department’s deputy inspector general, said on Tuesday, The New York Times reports. The Times cites “a letter to House lawmakers, accompanying a 44-page report detailing the investigation and the findings of wrongdoing.”
The Inspector General’s report reveals the IG’s office had “referred its findings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia on December 16, 2020, and the U.S. Department of Justice Public Integrity Section on December 17, 2020, both of which declined prosecution.”
In one instance, Chao had her staff pressure a store to do a repair job for her father. “Tell them I’m the secretary of transportation,” she said.
“The report said the Justice Department declined to investigate her promotion of her family’s shipbuilding business while serving as transportation secretary in the Trump administration,” the Times notes, suggestion there is no question Chao engaged in “promotion of her family’s shipbuilding business while serving as transportation secretary.”
The Times adds: “The inspector general’s investigation detailed a series of instances where Ms. Chao directed her staff to spend federal government time and resources to help with matters related to the shipbuilding company and her father.”
A search of the IG’s 44-page report reveals the word “father” appears 82 times.
Read the Times’ full report here.
Jim Jordan’s Campaign’s Funds Reporting Is Off by Millions and May Trigger an Investigation: Report
The campaign committee for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is under scrutiny after apparent mismanagement of funds leading to an under-reporting of nearly $3 million over a two-year period. The problems are so severe “experts say that the dollar amount — errors totaling some $2.87 million — may trigger an FEC investigation,” according to The Daily Beast.
Over the past three days the Federal Election Commission has sent Jordan’s campaign committee ten notices “in reply to more than a dozen amended reports correcting errors that the campaign caught in a sweeping review of filings, going as far back as 2018. One of the filings discloses errors in spending and raising totalling $1,470,286.48.”
Jordan’s campaign has about a month to respond. Failure to “adequately respond” could result in enforcement action.
Campaign spokesperson Kevin Eichinger told The Daily Beast: “There was never any money missing from the account…In fact, the campaign’s cash balance is actually higher than previously listed on the campaign finance reports,” which is also not a good sign.
“The error occurred when the former campaign treasurer inadvertently double-reported certain fundraising expenses,” Eichinger adds. “When the error was discovered, the campaign hired an outside expert to conduct a comprehensive audit and file the appropriate amendments.”
Read the full report here.
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