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Listen: Fox News’ Erick Erickson Says Gays Are ‘Terrorists’

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Fox News’ Erick Erickson, deemed America’s “Most Powerful Conservative,” calls gay people terrorists, hours after terrorists strategically slaughtered 12 people in Paris.

Late last month, The Atlantic named RedState founder and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson the “Most Powerful Conservative” in America. Erickson is a Louisiana native who lives in Georgia. His meteoric rise to fame on the far right defies comprehension, but it likely is tied to him seemingly having no personal internal editor, allowing him to blurt out what’s on his mind without considering repercussions. The Tea Party loves that.

Yesterday, three radical Islamic extremists hunted down journalists at the iconic French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, which is known worldwide for its unrelenting mocking of religious extremism. The terrorists slaughtered its editor and staff, after asking for each by name. Just hours after that news broke, Erickson recorded and published what sounded like a commentary on the attack that left 12 dead and 11 more wounded.

“A publisher published something that offended. It mocked, it offended, and it showed the fallacy of a religion. It angered,” he told listeners. “So the terrorists decided they needed to publicly destroy and ruin the publisher in a way that would not only make that destruction a public spectacle, but do it so spectacularly that others would think twice before publishing or saying anything similar.”

Sounds just like a commentary attacking the horrific acts of terrorism in Paris, doesn’t it?Â

“The terrorist wants to sow fear,” he slowly continued, as his published text reads. “The destruction of an individual is not just meant to be a tool of vengeance, but a tool of instruction. It shows others what will happen to them if they dare do the same. It is generates self-regulating peer pressure. Others, fearing the fall out, will being to self-police and self-regulate. They will silence others on behalf of the terrorists. Out of fear, they will drive the ideas from the public square and society will make them off limits.”

Erickson concludes, “The terrorists did what had to be done to publicly destroy and ruin the offender.”

So they demanded the Mayor of Atlanta fire the Chief of the Fire Department for daring to write that his first duty was to “glory God” and that any sex outside of heterosexual marriage was a sin.

And the terrorists won in Atlanta.

You can bet Erickson was quite proud of himself for that twist.

And for calling gay people terrorists.

In case you’re unsure what happened in Atlanta, Georgia, the fire chief was fired this week after he published a religiously-themed book that among other things, calls gay people “unclean,” and likens them to pedophiles and people who have sex with animals.

Mayor Kasim Reed made clear that he fired Kelvin Cochran not for the content of the book – although that seems like sufficient grounds – but for not consulting with him before publishing it.

Erickson wants people to believe that Cochran was fired for his religious beliefs, to fit the religious right’s narrative that they are being persecuted, even if they’re not.

And it seems he’ll say just about anything to make people believe that – even that gays are terrorists.

UPDATE: Just to be 100 percent clear on Erickson’s intentions, the description for the Soundcloud audio, presumably written by Erickson since it says it was, reads: “Erick ties together the terrorist attack in France today with the firing of the Atlanta Fire Chief.”

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Completed More Cancer Treatment

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent outpatient pancreatic cancer radiation therapy and has been declared cancer-free, according MSNBC’s Pete Williams and a statement from the Supreme Court.

“The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” the SCOTUS statement says. “No further treatment is needed at this time.”

The three-week treatment was completed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Ginsburg, who is 86 and keeps an active schedule, has maintained she will continue to serve as long as she feel capable.

Here’s MSNBC’s report:

 

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Internet Responds to Death of Billionaire Conservative Activist David Koch by Reminding Everyone What He Stood For

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Billionaire conservative political activist David Koch has just died. He was 79. With his brother he founded and ran the massive Koch Industries. He was worth an estimated $48 billion.

Koch will be lauded by some as a philanthropist – his name appears on buildings like New York City’s Lincoln Center, and he donated to hospitals, museums, and universities. But many Americans will remember him as one of the major players behind the Tea Party, and using his vast wealth to help massively reconstruct American politics into, some say, the vitriolic insanity we see today.

Jane Mayer, who literally wrote the book on “Dark Money” in politics, including the impact of the Koch brothers, last year penned another deep dive into their history.

She wrote at The New Yorker that in 1980 “Charles convinced his younger brother David to run for Vice-President on the Libertarian Party ticket. The brothers regarded Ronald Reagan, who was running for President that year, as too liberal. The Libertarian platform called for abolishing all federal income taxes and virtually every federal agency, including the I.R.S., the F.B.I., the C.I.A., the F.E.C., the E.P.A., the F.D.A., and the S.E.C. The party also opposed Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, public education, and minimum-wage and child-labor laws. Charles and David, former members of the John Birch Society, which their father, Fred, helped found, regarded centralized government as a scourge akin to Communism. At the time, however, such views were considered kooky even by most conservatives. The conservative stalwart William F. Buckley, Jr., called the Kochs’ views “Anarcho-Totalitarianism.” The voters’ verdict was equally harsh. David spent two million dollars of his own money on his candidacy in 1980, but he was trounced. The Libertarian Party earned only one per cent of the vote.”

On social media some are sharing their remembrances of David Koch, and what he stood for.

Here’s CNN’s Keith Boykin:

Salon’s Amanda Marcotte:

Others:

 

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Trump’s Claims About His Performance on Jobs Just Got Destroyed by One of His Own Federal Agencies

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Job Growth Was Much Weaker Than First Reported – and Much Weaker Than Trump Brags About

President Donald Trump’s approval rating is consistently dismal, but the one area that always pulls his low numbers up is how voters think he’s handling the economy and unemployment. Trump talks all the time about how great the economy is – like taking credit when the DOW jumps up or when unemployment drops down, but never taking blame when the reverse occurs.

For example, here’s President Trump talking about the economy and low unemployment numbers – to children and their families – at a White House Easter egg roll:

Trump’s claims about jobs just got slammed, and the wrecking ball comes from one of his own federal agencies: the Dept. of Labor.

Every year the DOL goes back and reviews the numbers it puts out, dives deeper by comparing them to state unemployment insurance reports, and issues a report measuring what unemployment and job growth really was.

And for 2018, the numbers are much different than what the initial reports showed.

“Employers added a half-million fewer jobs in 2018 and early 2019 than previously reported,” according to the Labor Department, The New York Times reports, calling the revision downward “the largest in recent years.”

In other words, the DOL initially reported an additional 500,000 jobs that were never created.

Here’s what that looks like:

A contributing editor at Digital Trends says it’s a 21% drop in job growth numbers from what the Trump administration often claims:

And this senior economist offers up what the revision to the jobs numbers might look like if spread out over just a few months.

“2018, which had ranked among the strongest years of job growth in the decade-long recovery, was weaker than previously believed,” the Times also reports.

 

 

 

 

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