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‘Godless Sickos Who Bash Christians’: Todd Starnes Attacks LGBT Org Working To Prevent Teen Suicide

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Fox News religion reporter and columnist Todd Starnes is waging war against Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project.

The religious right is up in arms because for about 24 hours Frito-Lay, a multi-billion dollar international division of PepsiCo, did a good thing and helped fundraise for a non-profit created to help stop LGBTQ youth and teens from attempting or committing suicide because they’ve been bullied.

Last week on its Facebook page Doritos posted a photo of a bag of its Rainbow Doritos, cool-ranch flavored multi-colored chips, with an offer: donate $10 or more to the It Gets Better Project, get a free bag of Rainbow Doritos.

They sold out in a day.

“The folks who make Doritos and Cheetos are jumping into bed with gay activist Dan Savage,” Fox News‘ religion reporter and commentator Todd Starnes said on his radio show today, a week after the fundraiser had finished. No mention of the fact that it was a 24-hour long fundraiser, but rather, Starnes suggested to his listeners and readers that this was an ongoing relationship.

“Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says he is shocked that Frito-Lay would associate themselves with a hate group,” Starnes said. Yes, saving the lives of LGBTQ youth and teens to Huckabee and Starnes is now an act of hate.

“It appears that Frito-Lay would rather do business with the likes of Dan Savage than America’s good, church-going people,” Starnes continued.

LOOK: Conservatives Are Freaking Out Over ‘Rainbow Doritos’ Campaign For Anti-Suicide LGBT Charity

“It’s not my business what kind of corn chip you chow. But as for me and my house, I can promise you this, not a single Frito. Not a single Cheeto. Until Frito-Lay stops giving money to a bunch of godless sickos who bash Christians.”

Note Starnes didn’t say Dan Savage is a godless sicko who bashes Christians, he said the It Gets Better Project is “a bunch of godless sickos who bash Christians.”

Mike Huckabee is only too happy to join in the gay bashing, posting this to his Facebook page minutes ago:

I wanted to alert you to my letter to Frito-Lay. You will be hearing more from me about this. Will you stand with me?Warning: A video linked to in the article contains vulgar language.

Posted by Mike Huckabee on Thursday, September 24, 2015

That link goes to the infamous, anti-gay, far right wing site WND, and an article by the virulently anti-gay Bob Unruh. It attacks and mischaracterizes Dan Savage, in a way only WND can do.

Read it at your peril.

 

Image via Doritos/Facebook
Hat tip and audio: Right Wing Watch

 

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‘No Doubt’ Trump and His Allies Were Staging a ‘Seditious Conspiracy’: Former Harvard Law Professor

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On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” former Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe broke down how the plan concocted by far-right lawyer John Eastman on behalf of former President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 election constituted a “seditious conspiracy.”

“I know you call this an attempted coup, not just in the general use of the word that so many have adopted, but in a very specific way. You say Eastman delivered the blueprint,” said anchor Erin Burnett. “Tell me why you now feel so confident that that is exactly the word which describes exactly what it was he was trying to do, and that that was Trump’s intention.”

“Well, there’s no doubt from the information we now have about the meeting that Trump was holding with people like Giuliani and Eastman shortly before the insurrection that we all saw on live television, that they were planning, step by step, to twist arms and pressure people, including building a gallows if necessary with Pence’s name on it, in order to get the vice president to perform a role that the Constitution doesn’t assign the vice president,” said Tribe.

Tribe then went on to cite the specific law that he believes Trump and his allies broke with their actions before and during the Capitol riots.

“It was seditious conspiracy,” he said. “That’s the term that the U.S. Criminal Code uses, 18 U.S. Code section 2384, and then it led to inciting an insurrection. It was all part of a long plan, much more public than most coups that we see.”

Tribe went on to detail how the former president might try to replicate his illegitimate attempt to take power in 2024.

“The back-up plan is to get states to disregard the votes of the people even after the suppression of votes and the counting by people who are partisans if it doesn’t go their way,” he said.

Tribe concluded by warning Americans against complacency, as “we can’t just let that go on while we go over the cliff and destroy our democracy.”

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‘Privileged’ Millionaire Joe Manchin Blasted for Claim $3.5 Trillion Jobs Bill Could Create ‘Entitlement Mentality’

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) for months has effectively been working to derail President Joe Biden’s agenda, by refusing to eliminate the filibuster and by refusing to support Democrats’ $3.5 trillion jobs bill.

Like many of the wealthiest Americans, the coronavirus pandemic did not hurt Senator Manchin’s net worth. It grew by $1 million from 2018 to 2020, to $8.6 million, leading some on Monday to blast him over remarks he made to reporters Monday about “entitlement mentality” over Biden’s $3.5 trillion jobs, infrastructure, and social spending legislation.

“We’re just concerned about entitlement mentality versus rewarding mentality and then taking care of those who really can’t take care of themselves… there’s so much good stuff in there that we’re still working diligently,” Manchin told reporters, as NBC News’ Sahil Kapur reports.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted at Monday’s daily press briefing, 80 percent of Americans support much of the legislation’s critical points.

Many, saying they are tired of Manchin trying to control if not derail the Democratic agenda, are expressing outrage.

 

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Police Union Demanding COVID Be Treated as Workplace Injury Says ‘Dozens’ of Troopers to Quit Over Vaccine Mandate

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The union representing Massachusetts State Troopers is claiming that “dozens” are set to resign over the state’s Republican governor’s mandate that all executive department personnel provide proof of vaccination by October 17, or risk “disciplinary action including possible termination,” according to the Associated Press. That mandate applies to “42,000 state workers and contractors in the executive branch.”

In an undated statement the State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM) says “dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork, some of whom plan to return to other departments offering reasonable alternatives such as mask wearing and regular testing.”

In that same press release, union president Michael Cherven says they were suing “to treat a COVID related illness as a line of duty injury.”

SPAM filed a lawsuit earlier this month “saying the Oct. 17 deadline would cause troopers ‘irreparable harm’ and they wanted more time to ‘negotiate the terms and conditions of their employment.'”

There are about 1800 state troopers.

Last week, the Associated Press reported, Judge Jackie Cowin ruled that “the public interest is, unquestionably, best served by stopping the spread of the virus, in order to protect people from becoming ill, ensure adequate supply of medical services, and curtail the emergence of new, deadlier variants of the virus.”

About 20 percent of Massachusetts State Troopers are unvaccinated.

Some conservatives are weighing in.

David Frum says their decision to resign “may be enabled by the favorable pension deals they receive, no matter what else they have done.”

He adds:

And Bill Kristol simply says, “Mandates work.”

 

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