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Andrew Breitbart, the right wing extremist posing as a media mogul, actually got someone fired who deserved it. Instead of Shirley Sherrod or hundreds of thousands of ACORN workers losing their jobs, Chris Barron is about to “step down” as Chairman of GOProud, after they outed a Rick Perry operative.

Jewelry from the late Elizabeth Taylor sells for $115 million. “Part of the proceeds will go to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which she established in 1991 to help people living with AIDS.”

Time Magazine names “The Protester” as “Person of Year.” What do you think? Good choice?

At New York City’s “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays,” (which we love love love), Jenny Greenstein found her partner Dina Weisbergeron one knee, proposing. Of course, she said yes. Congratulations, you two! (You have just a few days left until the show closes. See it if you can!)

Shocking! Is it possible the Florida Family Association (FFA) is lying when they claim that 65 advertisers have pulled out of “All-American Muslim,” on TLC, after the FFA condemned the show which portrays human being who happen not to be Christian? The New York Times’ “Media Decoder” blog is suggesting that, yes, the Florida Family Association is lying. I wouldn’t be surprised, after all, the FFA is affiliated with the larger American Family Association, a certified hate group.

Since the family is “older than any State,” a Christian blog claims that they’ve found “A Libertarian Argument AGAINST Gay Marriage.” Of course, they put the term gay marriage in quotation marks, because it’s not a real thing, whereas God…

Earlier today we wrote about the loathsome Molotov Mitchell, and apparently, so did hate group head Peter LaBarbera. And apparently, we could use the word “loathsome” twice in that sentence.

“Colombia’s Catholic Church and the country’s Inspector General on Tuesday strongly criticized a court decision to allow a gay U.S. journalist to adopt two Colombian boys, suggesting he may become attracted to them.” If there’s ever been any organization that knows about grown men being attracted to little boys, it’s the Catholic Church. It’s called projection, folks. On the other hand, a gay journalist, I would trust.

We really, really wanted to do a piece on this story. For now, our deepest condolences go to Derence Kerneck, who last week lost the man who would have been his husband if Prop 8 had never existed. Ed Watson was Kerneck’s husband in spirit, no doubt, after spending more than 40 years together.

“The gays have found a new — and I would say more effective — way to make their point. They’re just being themselves. And the sooner politicians catch up with the rest of the United States to realize that gay men, lesbians and their families deserve respect rather than demonization, the better off we’ll all be,” writes Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart. Indeed.

Great news! Michele Bachmann is “biblically qualified” to be president, says former state Rep. Danny Carroll of Grinnell, Iowa, and his group of Iowa Christians. Of course, the Bible would probably suggest stoning to death a woman were she to hold office, but that’s not important to real Bible-believing Christians. No doubt they’ll be enjoying their crab puffs as they don their non-gay poly-cotton Christmas apparel at their next meeting in the White House.

Bill Donohue, who is head of the laughable Catholic League, and has called HIV/AIDS a “self-inflicted wound,” wants to disbar a lawyer for “outbursts of anti-Catholicism in the courtroom,” because she is “an unrepentant individual.” Takes one to know one, Mr. Donohue. By the way, when’s the next annual New York Times ad supporting pedophile priests going to run?

Pam Spaulding notes that, sadly, the SWAN lawsuit against the Department of Defense has been dismissed.

“Veteran White House reporter” Keith Koffler thinks “Obama 50 Minutes Late for Press Conference” is news. “I took a little video to give you an idea what it’s like to be in the room. Notice the LACK OF AN APOLOGY for tardiness. Unless Maliki gave it on behalf of both of them in Arabic.” Because, you know, Obama is a Muslim.

Jeremy Hooper of Good As You notes a J. Matt Barber tweet that suggests “all gay couples are incapable/undesirous of monogamy,” but actually says, “if U grind a unicorn’s horn 2 dust & snort it U can fly.” And here we thought only faeries had wings, Matt.

“Newt Gingrich, the peddler of myths and fantasies, is the modern incarnation of the late L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.” Yup.

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‘Oddest’: Legal Experts Mock Trump’s ‘Nutty’ and ‘Doomed to Fail’ Emergency Supreme Court Motion



It weighs in at 240 pages but legal experts are still mocking Donald Trump’s emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an 11th Circuit Court ruling and allow the special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents retrieved from him Mar-a-Lago home.

“Oddest SCOTUS petition. Very technical and not terribly logical,” observed Andrew Weissmann, an NYU School of Law law professor and former DOJ official who served as the General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as special counsel to then-FBI Director Robert Mueller.

The motion was addressed to Justice Clarence Thomas,  who oversees the 11th Circuit courts. His wife, Ginni Thomas, is an avowed supporter of Trump and his “Big Lie” claims he won the 2020 election.

READ MORE: Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene for Him in Classified Documents Case

“SCOTUS should send him packing,” tweets former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now an MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst. “No surprise here, this was why he paid former Florida Solicitor General Chris Kise $3 million to sign on, no one else on his team could handle this.”

“Just watch SCOTUS turn Trump down 9-0. (Or 8-1 if Thomas dissents . . . ),” writes retired Harvard professor of law Laurence Tribe. “Will The Donald start calling ‘his’ three justices traitors? Will he say they have a ‘death wish’ as he did with McConnell?”

Weissmann took another hit at Trump’s Lawsuit, declaring it “nutty.”

“Trump argument to SCOTUS: 11th circuit had power to stay Cannon decision BUT it [could] not take the classified docs away from SM Dearie review. Nutty and if he won Dearie wd just say he won’t review the docs bc they are not Trump’s.”

University of Texas School of Law professor of law Steve Vladeck says that while the lawsuit is “not *entirely* laughable,” but he thinks “it’s both (1) doomed to fail; and (2) unlikely to accomplish much even if it succeeds.”

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti says, “I would not be surprised if the Supreme Court decides not to hear it.”




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Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene for Him in Classified Documents Case



Donald Trump on Tuesday petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in his classified documents case, and reverse a ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed the U.S. Dept. of Justice access to the more than 100 classified and top secret documents federal agents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago residence and resort.

Trump is asking the nation’s highest court to order a special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents, despite the special master emphatically stating the government, not Trump, gets to decide what is classified and what is not, especially when Trump refused to provide a list of what he considered declassified.

The lawsuit, which is a massive 240 pages, mostly made up of other documents including the now infamous FBI photo of the classified documents on the Mar-a-Lago rug, is addressed to “The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Circuit Justice for the Eleventh Circuit,” and refers to the former president as “President Trump.”

The lawsuit also mentions the contents that federal agents took, including “89 empty envelopes,” while not noting they were classified document envelopes.

“As part of the 11th Circuit’s decision, the panel allowed the criminal investigation to use the seized documents, something [Judge] Cannon had previously barred,” The Washington Post notes. “Trump’s filing seeks only to reverse the appeals court’s ruling on the special master’s access to the documents, not the part of the decision concerning the investigation.”

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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Biden Will Include DeSantis in His Visit to Support Florida Hurricane Victims



President Joe Biden will travel to Florida Wednesday to support families devastated by Hurricane Ian, and will include the state’s GOP governor, Ron DeSantis, in his trip, the White House announced Tuesday.

Last week, asked if he would meet with DeSantis, a top detractor of the president, Biden told a reporter who asked, “I’ll meet with everybody who’s around. The answer is yes, if he wants to meet.”

“This is not about anything having to do with our disagreements politically, this is about saving people’s lives, homes and businesses,” Biden also said last week.

DeSantis asked President Biden for financial assistance for his state, battered by what experts say is one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history. DeSantis voted against relief aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy when he served in Congress.

President Biden and the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, will travel via Air Force One to Fort Myers, one of the hardest-hit areas of Florida by Hurricane Ian.

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But Fort Myers is also part of Lee County, where officials delayed evacuation orders.

“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” The New York Times reported. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”

“Lee County, which includes the hard-hit seaside community of Fort Myers Beach, as well as the towns of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Cape Coral, did not issue a mandatory evacuation order for the areas likely to be hardest hit until Tuesday morning, a day after several neighboring counties had ordered their most vulnerable residents to flee,” the Times added. “By then, some residents recalled that they had little time to evacuate.”

The St. Louis Post Dispatch blasted the Florida GOP governor, calling his “flip-flop on hurricane relief” a “study in right-wing hypocrisy.”

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“DeSantis’ willingness to shelve his usual attacks on the Biden administration to politely request emergency federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Ian is an inspiring example of constructive bipartisanship — as is Biden’s announcement that the government will bear a big part of the expense,” the Dispatch Editorial Board stated. “It’s interesting, though, that DeSantis took exactly the opposite stance a decade ago when he joined other hard-right members of Congress who argued against generous federal recovery aid when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast.”

Over the weekend DeSantis was blasted by volunteer relief aid workers who were delayed for hours in distributing “food, water, medicine, diapers, and anything else people needed” so Gov. DeSantis could get a photo-op.


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