Lemony Snicket funds series of unfortunate baby murders with $1 million Planned Parenthood gift

Daniel Handler, who writes children's books under the pen name Lemony Snicket (and in turn inspired a hit Jim Carrey film), announced on Twitter Monday that he was giving one million dollars to Planned Parenthood.

" & I are giving 1 million dollars to . We’ve been very fortunate, and good fortune should be shared with noble causes," he said in the tweet.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America quickly tweeted out thanks to Handler and his wife Lisa Brown for the gift:

Shameless! Democrats, media imply Marco Rubio is a Nazi sympathizer

How can you tell Marco Rubio is on the political rise? Democrats and the media are both desperately trying to discredit him. The latest attack, however, is so incredibly over-the-top, it is amazing that anyone is taking it seriously.

According to a report by The Dallas Morning News, Rubio was in Dallas Tuesday for a fundraiser at the home of Harlan Crow, a real estate developer and one of the city’s wealthiest citizens. He is also a Republican, and often supports conservative candidates. However, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz blasted Rubio for holding a fundraiser in Crow’s home, and made this outrageous statement:
Senator Marco Rubio will hold a fundraiser in a home that features two paintings by Adolf Hitler, a signed copy of Hitler’s autobiography, Mein Kampf, and a cabinet full of place settings and linens used by the Nazi leader. An event at a home with items like these is appalling at any time of the year. Adding insult to injury, Rubio is holding this event on the eve of the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. Holding an event in a house featuring the artwork and signed autobiography of a man who dedicated his life to extinguishing the Jewish people is the height of insensitivity and indifference. There’s really no excuse for such a gross act of disrespect.
Sounds terrible, right? Marco Rubio holding a fundraiser in the home of a Nazi sympathizer would be a terrible thing. Of course, as Wasserman Schultz is prone to do, she misrepresented the truth to attack Rubio, and The Dallas Morning News did nothing in its reporting to contradict it. What the Morning News failed to mention was the reason why those items are in the Crow home. Rather than being part of a Hitler shrine, as Schultz implies, the items are housed in a museum-like library of historical artifacts Crow keeps on his property. It is one of the largest and most respected private collections of historical artifacts in the country. We know this because The Morning News itself reported on it earlier this year. Here is an excerpt from their coverage from April 2015:
Over the past 40 years, Crow has collected thousands of documents, manuscripts and works of art that span centuries. “Many people have their own hobbies and have vocations,” he said. “American history is mine.”
Among his favorites, Crow counts an Abraham Lincoln syllogism about the evils of slavery, a copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac and a letter written in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, after his first trip to the New World. The collection has paintings by Renoir and Monet and by Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
A sculpture garden includes likenesses of Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, the late British prime minister.
It also has busts of dictators, including Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and Yugoslav dictator Josip Broz Tito. Crow has said the collection is not intended as a celebration of repressive regimes but to preserve a part of world history.
Crow said invited guests visit the library about once a week. They range from single visitors to groups of 50 or 60 people. The library drew one of its largest crowds last year, when several hundred people attended a Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society tour.
We can expect Schultz to omit the fact that the Hitler artifacts were part of a historical collection, but to have The Dallas Morning News print her allegation and let it go unchallenged is shameful. Then again, since it comes at the expense of a Republican, are we really surprised?

Suddenly, when it allows them to attack Marco Rubio, Democrats are now staunch defenders of the Jewish people. If Schultz and her liberal friends care about the Jewish people so much, why aren't they supporting Israel as well?  

Conservatives furious over Ann Coulter's anti-Semitic, anti-Israel tweets

With a handful of tweets Wednesday night, Ann Coulter may have single-handedly kicked herself out of the conservative movement. The author and commentator raised the ire of many, and is being accused of anti-Semitism, after criticizing several Republican candidates during the Presidential debate for their support of Israel.

Coulter took to Twitter Wednesday night (September 16) as the top 11 candidates for the Republican Presidential nomination participated in the CNN Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Library.

Live-tweeting as the debate unfolded, Coulter managed to unload criticism on every candidate throughout the night, except for Donald Trump, whom she has supported in recent weeks.

Coulter initially seemed annoyed when several candidates mentioned their support of Israel should they become President, tweeting this:

Coulter then made her feelings on Israel (and Jews) clear with her next tweet:

Coulter’s ranting tweets caught many by surprise, with some wondering if she had been hacked. However, Coulter doubled down in later tweets, complaining that the candidates were pandering to Israel, Jews, and Evangelicals. When someone called her tweet about Jews offensive, she joked that she had much more offensive ones. She defended her comments to a number of Twitter users who called the tweet offensive.

Her tweet also unleashed several anti-Semitic responses in support of her anti-Israel stance, including one tweet that included a drawing of someone wearing a Star of David defecating into Uncle Sam’s mouth, which is too graphic to include here.

Coulter also complained that the Republicans were pandering to the pro-life crowd, accused the candidates (except Trump) of wanting to bring terrorists to America as refugees, made fun of Chris Christie’s weight and Rand Paul’s hair, and called Carly Fiorina “annoying.” Only Trump escaped her vitriol.

Debate Fact Check: Trump DOES take outside money

Part of Donald Trump’s appeal to GOP voters was his insistence that he was so rich that he could not be bought by special interests and didn’t need outside money.

During last night's debate at the Reagan Library, he again asserted that he is taking no money from anyone. It isn't a new claim. He has claimed that he had plenty of money to fund his campaign, and criticized Republican candidates who sought out donors. “I wish good luck to all of the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money,” he recently tweeted.

It doesn't take much research to find that Trump's claims are completely false. He has, for some time, taken in donations. 

A visit to DonaldJTrump.com now shows the real estate developer has added a donation page (shown below), where supporters can give as much as $2,700 to the self-professed billionaire’s campaign.

Trump himself has not addressed the donation page, nor answered whether he thinks supporters will see the move as hypocritical or a flip-flop on previous statements.

Why can't an Ivy League graduate become a U.S. citizen?

The immigration reform debate has been raging for years, but rarely do we see the perspective of actual immigrants, and their experiences working through our dysfunctional system. Contrary to popular belief, becoming an American citizen or gaining legal residency is not a matter of "getting in line" and filling out paperwork. Just ask William Han.

Han is from New Zealand, and came to America on a student visa, with dreams of one day becoming a U.S. citizen, until those dreams hit reality. Han has earned two degrees from Ivy League colleges, and for the past 15 years, has tried to become an American citizen. In a recent essay for Vox.com, he has documented perhaps the most complete breakdown of how difficult it is to become an American, and outlines the various obstacles and costs even he has been unable to overcome. If an Ivy League graduate cannot navigate our dysfunctional system, how does a family from Central America or Asia with little money and no legal resources stand a chance? This is why we have illegal immigration; many of these immigrants do not want to flaunt our laws; they are often left with no other choice.

While Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be tracking down true criminals like Kate Steinle's murderer or gang members, they focus on easy targets for deportation, like families trying to gain legal status or students like Han. Here's an excerpt from his essay:
When the rest of the world send America its best and brightest, America says 'Go away.' Numerous American friends, when the subject of my immigration status came up, have said to me things to the effect of, "Why don't you just become a citizen?" To the Americans I have known, it really seems that people, or at least law-abiding people like me, should be able to just go down to the DMV, fill out some paperwork, and get citizenship. Time and again I have had to disabuse my friends of this misconception. What matters when it comes to obtaining citizenship is your "status" while you're in America, and your status can be difficult to change. Years spent as a student do not count. Neither do years on a work visa unless your employer is willing to sponsor your green card. 

To read his entire piece, click right here to visit Vox.com.

Feminist choir replaces "Jesus" with "Hillary Clinton" in praise hymn

Here's something that will make your stomach turn. A self-proclaimed "women's alternative chorus" named "Voices of the Heart" is caught on video changing a hymn, removing "Jesus" and replacing it with "Hillary."

Yeah, THAT Hillary. The choir sings "Woke up this morning with my mind set on Hillary," accenting it with a "hallelujah." Where's a bolt of lightning when you need it?

You won't believe how much time Obama has spent on the golf course

This weekend, CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller reported that President Obama played the 250th round of golf of his presidency on Saturday. Knoller also mentioned an interview Obama did with CBS back in 2009, in which he said he enjoys playing golf because it gets him "out of the bubble" of the White House and outside for six hours. Think about that - our President is spending six hours at a time on any given day out on the golf course. Only our President could do that and still keep his job.

We decided to do the math and figure out exactly what sort of impact Obama's golf hobby is having on his job. 250 rounds of golf, at six hours per round, equals out to 1,500 hours. That means President Obama has played golf the equivalent of 24 hours a days for nearly 63 days of his Presidency. That's obscene.  

That time Stone Cold Steve Austin smacked Donald Trump (VIDEO)

Just last year, the possible future President of the United States was hamming it up on television with a role on WWE wrestling. Donald Trump participated in a WWE storyline in which he bet his wrestler could beat Vince McMahon's wrestler, and the loser would get their head shaved. Of course, Trump won, and McMahon lost his hair. However, Trump managed to tick off Steve Austin, who served as the match referee. Austin then delivered the "stunner," to Trump. Mind you, this all happened as he was considering a second Presidential run. Leader of the free world, folks.

Donald Trump's face found in tub of butter

 A woman in Missouri opened a tub of butter and saw what she thought was the face of Donald Trump staring back at her. We think there's a resemblance, what do you think?

Ironically, the Trump butter declared soon after being opened that he had changed his mind and was now margarine. It then declared it would go to war on Mexican and Chinese food, and make dinner great again.

H/T: KSDK.com

Ted Cruz takes on Ellen Page over gay rights

In the movie Juno, actress Ellen Page played a snarky teenager who always had the perfect comeback and could rattle off monologues with perfect precision. However, Page doesn't have Diablo Cody writing for her anymore, and when she tries to argue with someone now, she comes across as a petulant 12-year-old. 

Ted Cruz was in Iowa yesterday at the State Fair, and was ambushed by Page, who thought she could show up a Princeton debate champion on the issue of gay rights. You can imagine how it went.

As you will see in the video below, Cruz didn't exactly deliver any zingers, but he didn't have to. Page wanted to argue theoreticals, while Cruz smartly kept his cool and delivered fact after fact. He enlightened Page to the real issue: the treatment of gays worldwide. Page wanted answers on "gays and trans" being fired from their jobs, but didn't mention a single real-world instance. Instead, Cruz pointed out the real discrimination, against Christians forced to violate their faith by having to serve gay marriage ceremonies. 

Perhaps Page's worst moment came when Cruz asked if she thought a gay florist should be forced to provide flowers for a Christian wedding whose beliefs they disagreed with. Page said yes, to which Cruz said "Well, I don't," saying he believed everyone should be free to make decisions based on their own beliefs.  

If you think Page was there on some mission for gay rights, think again. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she was filming a new reality show called "Gaycation" and the confrontation will be part of the show. Once again, it isn't about the cause, it's about herself. In the end, her hubris was her undoing, because her attempt to take on a law professor in a debate just made her look like the angriest pixie on the planet.

Hillary is talking with a Southern drawl...AGAIN!

Hillary Clinton is back in the South, which means her terrible Southern accent is back too.

After weeks of traveling through northern states and both coasts, Hillary Clinton appeared at a Democratic event in South Carolina recently, and was free to unleash her inner Arkansas hillbilly accent once again. While speaking with Jaime Harrison, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, Clinton’s pandering speech pattern was in full effect. Apparently, she is oblivious to the fact that America has caught on to this tactic.

The Weekly Standard’s Shoshana Weissmann posted an excellent video of the highlights of Clinton’s talk, rating the level of southern drawl with a “cowboy boot scale.” You can watch it here:

H/T: Political Illusions Exposed

Are Planned Parenthood baby parts funding Hillary Clinton's campaign?

According to a new report, Hillary Clinton has received significant support from the leaders of Planned Parenthood, even as the organization is mired in controversy over the selling of the body parts of aborted babies. It leads to the uncomfortable assumption that the selling of baby parts may be passively funding the Clinton campaign.

According to a FreeBeacon.com report by Bill McMorris, the amount of money Hillary Clinton has received from Planned Parenthood staff is twenty times more than all the other Democratic presidential nominees combined. It is impossible to tie a direct link between the money Planned Parenthood earned by selling baby parts to money given to the Clinton campaign, mostly because the money trail generated by the individual clinics selling the parts is not accessible to the public. However, the principle is certainly there: Planned Parenthood has benefited greatly from Clinton's support, and both the Clinton and Obama administrations ensured the organization's practices were protected from government scrutiny.

As a senator during the Bush years, Clinton and other Democrats limited Republican efforts to closely regulate abortion procedures. In return, Planned Parenthood executives and staff used the fruit (and baby parts) of their labors to support Clinton's current presidential run. McMorris provides more details:
She (Clinton) received far more from Planned Parenthood employees than her Democratic rivals, the former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., VT), the former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee, and the former Virginia senator Jim Webb. Webb, O’Malley, and Sanders have perfect pro-abortion voting records, while Chafee scored a 90, according to NARAL rankings. But Clinton raised 20 times as much money from Planned Parenthood employees. Sanders was the only other candidate to receive money from the abortion provider, garnering two donations totaling $500.
Vicki Cowart, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, Melissa Flournoy, the state director of Louisiana Planned Parenthood, and Catherine Valentine, general counsel for the San Jose-based Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, all contributed the primary maximum of $2,700 to Clinton’s campaign. Clinton led the entire presidential field with more than $46 million in total fundraising.
Planned Parenthood's support of the Democratic party comes as no surprise, but few realize the scope of their influence. The organization gave $18 million to independent political groups in 2014 and 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Planned Parenthood itself has given nearly $6 million to Democrats since 1990.

H/T: Political Illusions Exposed

Let's put the murder of Cecil the Lion in perspective

While it is understandable to be upset over the death of a non-threatening lion, we should also be outraged that nearly 30,000 babies have been murdered in Planned Parenthood clinics alone, with little to no media coverage. 

Oh my! George Takei makes racist comment about Clarence Thomas

George Takei has lost his mind.

The Star Trek star blew his top over Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' opposition to gay marriage, and said something downright racist about him in an interview with Fox 10 in Phoenix.“He is a clown in black face sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry. He doesn’t belong there…I mean, this man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America,” he said.

Here is video of the interview:

Would-be robber didn't expect his victim to be armed; now he's dead

A man hoping to rob customers in a restaurant parking lot did not expect one of them to be carrying a gun. He should have known better; after all, he was in Texas. Emphasis on the was.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified by authorities, attempted to rob two people outside the Benihana's restaurant in Dallas Sunday night. When the suspect put on a mask and pulled a gun, one of the customers pulled out their gun, and shots were exchanged. Both individuals were hit, but the would-be robber died later at the hospital. The victim is expected to recover from his wound.

It just goes to show you: there may be criminals in Texas, but they aren't here for long. 

H/T: WFAA-TV Dallas

Atheists demand Texas town remove 'Jesus Welcomes You' sign

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FRF) in Wisconsin has threatened legal action against the town of Hawkins, Texas for erecting a sign on city property that says “Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins.”

The town of Hawkins, about 75 miles east of Dallas, installed the sign four years ago, and it was supported by the city council, the Chamber of Commerce, and numerous residents. Students from the local high school’s shop class helped make the sign. According to The Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph, FRF sent a letter to the city asking them to remove the sign and “refrain from displaying any messages that endorse religion or non-religion in the future,” arguing that it is an “unconstitutional religious display on government property.”

“It is inappropriate and unconstitutional for the city of Hawkins to display the sign, because it conveys both a government preference for religion over non-religion and prefers Christianity over other religions,” an attorney for the foundation wrote in the letter.
Mayor Will Rogers said a recent public meeting showed overwhelming support from residents in favor of the sign, which is maintained by private funds and volunteers, not the town. Although Hawkins town officials have not decided how to respond to the letter, Mayor Rogers believes the city will win if they go to court to keep the sign.

H/T: The Tyler Morning Telegraph, PoliticalIllusionsExposed.com

Watch crabby Hillary blow off a supporter

Hillary Clinton's true colors are starting to show, and it isn't pretty. Check out the video below to see how she treated one of her own supporters when she asked for a photo: Clinton blows off the request, telling her to "go to the back of the line." Really Hillary? Three seconds of your time isn't worth one person's vote?

H/T: Fox News/Fox and Friends, PoliticalIllusionsExposed.com

How Maine got rid of welfare deadbeats

“The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” II Thessalonians 3:10

Republicans have always championed welfare reform, but their efforts have routinely been sidetracked by Democrats who insist such reforms are uncaring to those in need and unfairly target minorities. The GOP, however, managed a welfare reform breakthrough recently, but they had to go to Maine, the whitest state in America, to do it. The reforms not only addressed the issue of fairness to those who cannot work, it managed to purge welfare rolls of those who can - and won't - work.

According to a report from USHerald.com, Maine had over 12,000 able-bodied people on food stamps. Gov. Paul LaPage (a Republican) championed the passage of reforms last year that required these able-bodied workers to either work twenty hours a week, enroll in a vocational training program, or volunteer for 24 hours each month to continue receiving benefits. Even though Maine provided reasonable alternatives to those unable (or unwilling) to work part-time, enrollment in the program dropped from over 12,000 in December 2014 to about 2,500 earlier this year.

Gov. LaPage didn't stop there. According to Fox News, he also instituted drug testing for welfare recipients who have been convicted previously of drug-related felonies. He is now proposing crackdown on purchases made with EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards to purchase alcohol, cigarettes, and lottery tickets, or using the cards outside of the state for cash withdrawals.

In addition, since Maine reinstituted a cap of 60 months on benefits (a cap which President Obama had waived), welfare rolls have dropped to 6.191 in March, from a high of 14,804 in 2011.

What is working in Maine seems to be catching on nationwide, as Americans, regardless of political persuasion, push for an end to welfare abuse. Twelve other states have begun drug testing on welfare recipients, and more reforms similar to Maine's initiatives are gaining momentum nationwide.

Usama Bin Ladin's book collection included many American liberal writers

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently posted a list of documents and books found in Usama bin Ladin's (yes, that's the official government spelling, for those keeping track) collection at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. According to The Blaze, his collection included a pretty vast porn stash, but perhaps even more telling of the man's mindset were the authors he was reading. Among the English-language book collection were a number of liberal writers, including Noam Chomsky. His collection included a few mainstream works, like Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward, but also included a number of conspiracy advocates and 9/11 "truthers." It seemed he was a particular fan of liberal authors who hated American democracy.  

Among the books found in Bin Ladin's library were:

America’s “War on Terrorism” by Michel Chossudovsky. It's a little amazing to think Bin Ladin was reading a book by a 9/11 truther who thinks President George W. Bush was behind the attacks. In its Amazon listing, Chossudovsky's book features this phrase in its description: "the 'war on terrorism' is a complete fabrication based on the illusion that one man, Osama bin Laden, outwitted the $40 billion-a-year American intelligence apparatus." One wonders how Bin Ladin felt about that.

Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeier. The politics of Illuminati conspiracy theorists like Springmeier are all over the place, but they are all certifiably crazy. Which is probably why it found a home on Bin Ladin's bookshelf.

Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance and Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies by Noam Chomsky. Chomsky, who has espoused principles of liberalism, socialism, and anarchy, is an outspoken critic of what he calls "American imperialism." He is also Professor Emeritus at MIT, so he not only has a platform for his radical views, he is highly regarded among the educational elite. And yet, two of his books caught the eye of Bin Ladin.

Chelsea Clinton, world-renowned expert on everything

Not a joke: This is actually Chelsea's
children's book.
Alas, Chelsea Clinton's upcoming childrens' book will not borrow from Dr. Seuss and be titled "Monica Hopped on Pop." Instead, it will address (and I'm not kidding here) poverty, gender equality, epidemics, climate change, and endangered species. It sounds like the kind of book you read at bedtime if your kid is named "Apple."

Watch Hillary's condescending treatment of Fox News' Ed Henry

Hillary has kept the press out in the cold for over a month now, refusing to answer their questions and only meeting with arranged groups that would politely nod and smile when she speaks. That changed today (5/19) when Ed Henry of Fox News dared to call Hillary out during one of these "talks" in Iowa. He asked her when she would take press questions, and she basically blew him off. You can see her condescending and uncomfortable response in the video above, posted by Rising Response.

The tactic seems to have worked, as Hillary suddenly decided to answer a few press questions afterward. Thanks to Fox News for initially posting the report.

Check out this hilariously bad vintage Earth Day video!

It shouldn't be a surprise that twenty years ago, environmentalists were using the same fear-mongering that they use today. Back then, however, the liberal pandering featured many more awkward celebrity moments. Case in point: this awful Earth Day TV special from 1995, archived thanks to the folks at EverythingIsTerrible.com. Happy Earth Day! 

UPDATE: Teacher fired for making kids write letters to cop killer

Mumia Abu-Jamal (left), and Marilyn Zuniga (right)

UPDATE (5/14): Orange County school board officials voted Wednesday (May 13) to terminate Marilyn Zuniga's employment as part of a larger personnel restructuring agenda. By including Zuniga's termination in a larger personnel agenda plan, the school board did not immediately reveal the firing to Zuniga's supporters, who attended the meeting where her employment was discussed.

ORIGINAL STORY: A New Jersey elementary teacher has been suspended after she had her students write "get well" letters of encouragement to a convicted cop killer. According to NJ.com, Marilyn Zuniga, a third grade teacher at Forest Street Elementary School in the city of Orange, gave her students an assignment of writing a "get well" letter to Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is currently serving a life sentence for killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.

A number of left wing activists (including actor Ed Asner) have been campaigning for Abu-Jamal's release from prison for years, even though the case against him was considered strong. Sometime in early April, Zuniga told her students to write Abu-Jamal "get well" letters after his health deteriorated from diabetes complications. Afterward, Zuniga tweeted "Just dropped off these letters to comrade Johanna Fernandez. My 3rd graders wrote to Mumia to lift up his spirits as he is ill. #freemumia" Zuniga later deactivated her Twitter account.

Johanna Fernandez is a professor at Baruch College in New York City, where she teaches in the Departments of History and of Black and Latino Studies. She is also a member of "Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal" and "The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home," which both advocate for his innocence. Fernandez posted on her Facebook that she personally delivered the letters Zuniga gave her to Abu-Jamal.

After school officials learned of the assignment through local media, they suspended Zuniga pending an investigation. "The school's principal and district administrators vehemently deny that it had any knowledge of the assignment and preliminary inquiries find that no approval was ever sought nor were parents notified about this unauthorized activity," Orange Public Schools said in a statement. "The incident reported is in no way condoned nor does it reflect curriculum, program or activities approved by the district."

According to Rich Costello of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, Abu-Jamal "shot [Faulkner] in the back, and then as the officer lay slumped against a wall helpless, he leaned over and shot him between the eyes."

Angie's List opposes religious freedom in Indiana

Angie's List, the wildly popular website featuring reviews of local businesses, recently stepped into the debate over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana by announcing they were not following through with a $40 million expansion of the company in the state, in protest of the new law. They joined several companies who planned boycotting the state of Indiana over the law, which they say allows for discrimination against gays. Supporters of the law say it merely protects many from violating the tenets of their faith.

Now, The National Organization for Marriage has started a campaign against Angie's List for their intolerance of the Christian faith. They have started a website, DumpAngie.com, to organize a protest. Organizers posted this statement on the site:
Angie's List has announced that they are halting a $40 million expansion of their facility in Indiana to protest passage of the common sense religious liberty bill. Angie's List thinks that attacking the rights of Christians and other faiths is smart business, so we're showing the business community the real effects of attacking religious liberty. Join us in dumping Angie's List!
Organizers ask that Angie's List customers leave a final review, stating they are cancelling their subscription because of the company's stand against religious freedom. They also ask that supporters sign a petition which they will deliver to Angie's List. In the first few days of the petition drive, over 1,000 signatures had been collected.

Here are the Facebook and Twitter pages of the reporter who attacked Memories Pizza

You're likely familiar with all the liberal fury directed at Memories Pizza, the Indiana pizzeria who dared to say they supported the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). You're likely not familiar, however, with the reporter who falsely characterized them as bigots. South Bend's ABC 57 reporter Alyssa Marino mischaracterized the owners of Memories Pizza, stating they would not serve gay customers, when in fact they said they would hypothetically turn down an offer to cater a gay wedding. Now, supporters of Memories Pizza are letting Marino know just how they feel, thanks to Facebook.

Alyssa Marino's Facebook page (click here to visit it) has been inundated with criticism from individuals upset over her slanted, sensationalized reporting. Marino has not responded on Facebook to the comments, and her last post is dated March 31, promoting the story, which was titled "RFRA: First business to publicly deny same-sex service." It should be noted that the owners of Memories Pizza stated they have never and would never deny serving a gay person, but if asked, would refuse to cater a gay wedding, which would be seen as an endorsement of gay marriage.

Marino did respond to the controversy through her Twitter account (@alyssa_marino). She didn't seem to be so aggressive towards the owners of Memories Pizza when responding to a tweet, stating "I just walked into their shop and asked how they feel. They've never been asked to cater a same-sex wedding." She did, however, manage to retweet someone who was heaping praise on her for being a "phenomenal, passionate and honest reporter." Obviously, the criticism is getting to her, as the desperate attempt to pat herself on the back shows.

A GoFundMe campaign raised nearly $850,000 for Memories Pizza after threats of violence caused them to temporarily close their doors.

Is Ted Cruz a natural-born American?

When Ted Cruz announced he was running for President this week, the haters turned out en masse, insisting he could not be President because he was born in Canada.

It isn't really even an issue, however. Cruz is absolutely qualified to be President, and he is a natural-born citizen by law. To get a pretty good explanation why, click here to read an article by the Cafe con Leche Republicans.

Blogger drops porn ban after liberal outcry

Last month, Blogger announced they were banning sexually explicit images and video from their site, and deleting blogs that carried such material. The ban on "sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video" was set to take place on March 23, but Blogger has reversed that decision, after a combination of porn enthusiasts, gay rights supporters, and liberal activists protested.

Google (which owns Blogger) had already banned porn in their ads, and the proposed ban on explicit content on Blogger wouldn't actually delete the content. Explicit content would be made private and inaccessible to the public without an invitation from the blog's author. Violet Blue of ZDNet lamented the decision, calling it "sex censorship" and saying the ban of sexually explicit content is prejudicial. "Homophobia, transphobia, and racism are alive and well today, and the backbone of these hideous things is censorship," she said. Blue also said the policy unfairly targeted those whose blogs Blogger labeled as "adult" already, including LGBT and 'outsider sexuality' diaries, erotic writers, transgender activists, sex toy reviewers, art nude photographers, sex news and porn gossip writers, LGBT sex activism, fetish fashion, and feminist porn blogs.

In a statement retracting the proposed policy change, Blogger seemed to acknowledge the outrage from the LGBT community, stating the recognized "the negative impact this could have on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities."

Fearmongering doctor finds fame attacking border kids

Dr. Elizabeth Vliet
Dr. Elizabeth L Vliet isn't an expert on infectious diseases, but she plays one on TV. In fact, she is a board-certified psychiatrist who is using the recent furor over immigration to make a name - and maybe some money - for herself.

Dr Vliet has appeared several times on Fox News warning that the refugee children from Central America, who are fleeing to the United States to escape drug and gang violence at home, are bringing a number of dangerous infectious diseases with them. There isn't any actual proof to any of this, and there has been no outbreak of major diseases among the children detained along our border. Because she is a doctor, however, her statements are taken as fact without verification.

Last June, Vliet penned a column for The McAllen (TX) Monitor in which she claimed border kids were bringing in every disease short of Mad Cow into the country. Again, she cited no proof or examples, but instead provided a rundown of a list of terrible diseases and their effects. Her column, however, led to her TV appearances on both Hannity and Justice with Judge Jeanine, who both took anti-immigrant stances and used Vliet's statements to validate them.

Vliet's misleading statements have also been adopted by anti-immigrant activists and bloggers, who use them to justify their racist rhetoric by blaming immigrants (particularly children) for anything and everything. The website The Federalist Papers actually used Vliet's statements to blame the measles outbreak at Disneyland on illegal immigrants, even though all the evidence points to a Disneyland employee (and U.S. citizen) as the source of the outbreak.

The Gateway Pundit also used Vliet's arguments to blame the measles outbreak on illegal immigrants, stating that 72 cases of measles reported in 2011 were "imported" from other countries. While The Gateway Pundit tried to blame those cases on illegal immigrants, the source they used stated the exact opposite. The source, For The Record, could find no instance in which a case of measles could be attributed to an immigrant, legal or illegal. Of the 72 cases "imported" from other countries, 52 were caused by American citizens who brought the disease back while traveling abroad, while the remaining 20 were brought in by foreign tourists.

Vliet's campaign against immigrants isn't the first time she has ventured outside her expertise to gain a little notoriety. Besides being an expert on demonizing immigrant children, Vliet has parlayed her experience as a psychiatrist into a successful money-making venture - as a hormone health expert. Her website bills her as specializing in "preventive and climacteric medicine for women and men."  She has also written at least five books on the subject, including "It's My Ovaries, Stupid," all promising answers on how to improve your health by addressing hormone imbalance.

Although she often promotes herself as an expert on various issues, some of her former patients take issue with her professionalism. On the Vitals.com website, Vliet earned a 2.5 star rating, with some patients complaining about her bedside manner, and others complaining that they couldn't speak with her on the phone unless they paid an extra fee. One patient even called her "mean and nasty," claiming one phone consultation left her in tears.

For now, however, Dr. Vliet seems content on being an expert on the issue that brings her the most attention: feeding the fear and hatred of immigrant children.

Starbucks CEO defends Obama, slams Giuliani

Starbucks CEO (and outspoken liberal) Howard Schultz has once again jumped on his progressive soapbox, this time, to criticize former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani over his comments that President Barack Obama doesn't love America.

Giuliani, speaking at a private event for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in New York City on February 18, openly questioned Obama's love for his country. “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” he said. "He doesn't love you. And he doesn't love me. He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.” The event was held at the 21 Club in Manhattan and was attended by a number of conservative leaders and media types, according to a report by Politico.

In response, Schultz issued a statement slamming Mayor Giuliani's comments. "As an American, I find Rudy Giuliani's vicious comments about President Obama 'not loving America' to be profoundly offensive to both the President and the Office," he said, citing his comments as "yet another example of the extreme rhetoric that continues to divide our country rather than uniting us in common purpose."

Schultz has used his platform as Starbucks CEO to campaign for a number of liberal causes. His push to legalize gay marriage in Washington state led to his statements to shareholders to sell their stock if they didn't agree with him. A campaign against the coffee chain led by supporters of traditional marriage can be found at DumpStarbucks.com.

Even this liberal group thought Obama's executive order was unconstitutional

You know President Obama has gone over the line when even liberals are calling him out. The Isenberg Center for Immigration Empowerment (ICIE) in Dallas is a self-described liberal immigration group, but they have no problem calling out any politician of any party when they do not follow the Constitution. They have been highly critical of President Obama's high deportation rate and the lack of due process many immigrants experience. In fact, founder Ralph Isenberg is quick to point out that Republican Presidents tend to be pro-immigrant in their policies, while Democratic Presidents often fall short (he cites Bill Clinton's disastrous immigration reform of 1996 as a prime example).

After a federal judge struck down President Obama's executive order on immigration, ICIE issued a press release praising the move, pointing out that Obama had violated the Constitution and overstepped his authority. He points out that while adjustments should be made to ensure due process in the immigration process, it should be initiated by Congress, not the President.

The statement issued by ICIE is as follows:
The Isenberg Center for Immigration Empowerment (ICIE) in Dallas has reviewed the decision of the Federal District Court in Dallas concerning President Obama’s Executive Order in November expanding the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival program (DACA) and delaying the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program (DAPA). The presiding judge issued an injunction while the lawsuit moves forward, and ICIE is not surprised by the actions of the Federal Court. 
ICIE, which helps hundreds of foreign nationals and their families remain together in the United States each year, often finds itself at odds with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its policies. However, in this case, ICIE will be the first to point out that immigration is a matter the Constitution left to Congress. 
According to ICIE founder Ralph Isenberg, “The Congress is free to use the Executive Branch to implement policy but the President is not free to get in the way of what Congress desires. The Supreme Court has been very clear on this matter, which is called ‘plenary power.’ The President has no right to alter the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1952 (INA 1952), which remains the core document of laws relating to immigration.” 
Isenberg feels the INA of 1952 should be modified to repair the damage done by the passing during the Clinton Administration of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which would open more opportunities to resolve millions of immigration matters without any immigration reform act.
Note: When Liberals Attack editor Victor Medina works with ICIE and Mr. Isenberg to report on the immigration issue and find bipartisan solutions. 

Expedia celebrates a very gay Valentines Day

According to travel website Expedia.com, nothing says Valentines Day like lesbians.

A commercial released by the website promoting Valentines Day getaways, which aired on network and cable stations, featured a number of couples kissing in public places. Titled "PDA," the commercial implored amorous couples to "get a room," suggesting they use Expedia to book a hotel room.

However, in the middle of all the shots of kissing couples is a quick scene of two women kissing on a street corner. The shot is quick - only about three seconds long - and the couple is partially obscured for a second. Many viewers may not even realize they are both female, but a few sharp-eyed viewers caught the attempt at social commentary and voiced their displeasure on social media. Here is the commercial:

Expedia is the world's largest travel website.

Teacher fired for giving student a Bible finally gets justice

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled in favor of a New Jersey teacher who was fired for giving a student a Gideon Bible. Walt Tutka, a substitute teacher at Phillipsburg Middle School in the Phillipsburg (New Jersey) School District, was fired in early 2014 after he gave a Gideon Bible to a student who asked about the Bible and told him he didn't have one. You can the see the original story about the firing by clicking here.

In its ruling, the EEOC ruled that there was sufficient cause to believe the school district discriminated against Tutka on the basis of his religion, and retaliated against him for it. Todd Starnes of Fox News uncovered an email from Phillipsburg Middle School assistant principal John Stillo that showed he was hostile towards the Gideons, even to the point of sending police after them. "It has been brought to the administration's attention that Gideons may be near our campus to distribute literature to our students," Stillo wrote in the email memo sent to school staff members. "Please make sure they DO NOT step foot onto our campus at any time. There will be added police and security presence at dismissal."

Tutka, a member of the Gideons Society, was told he violated school district policy after giving a student a Bible, even though Tutka did not initiate the discussion about the Bible. An inquisitive student continually asked him about a Bible verse, and when Tutka showed the student a Bible with the verse in question, the student remarked he had no Bible. In response, Tutka gave him the Bible in hand. The EEOC ruled Tutka did not violate policy and was well within his rights. "You can't just fire people because they happen to hand a Bible to somebody while they are at work," attorney Hiram Sasser of the Liberty Institute (who represented Tutka) said.

With the ruling, the Phillipsburg School District must now reach out to Tutka to make amends. If they do not, the EEOC will assist Tutka in seeking restitution from the district.

Source: Liberty Institute 

Obama's immigration executive order helps his Democratic lawyer allies, not immigrants

We all agree that our current immigration system is broken. Unfortunately, little has been done to correct the main problems keeping good people from immigrating legally: a cut in the bureaucracy in the application process, and the elimination of President Obama's detention quotas and visa limits. While Republicans should be addressing the red tape in the immigration process, their failure to act has opened the door for President Obama to grandstand on the issue with his recent executive order. However, that doesn't mean he is actually helping immigrants.

Ralph Isenberg, an immigration activist and founder of The Isenberg Center for Immigration Empowerment (ICIE), posted this editorial on his organization's website today, addressing the recent moves by both the President and Congress on the immigration issue. Isenberg believes the President's moves are geared to benefit immigration attorneys (who tend to be Democratic) over the immigrants who truly need relief. Isenberg, for some time, has spoken out against attorneys he feels take advantage of immigrants, while his group provides their services to immigrants at no charge. His statement follows:

Nickelodeon cartoon reveals lesbian characters

The Nickelodeon cartoon The Legend of Korra aired their series finale last week, with a final scene that showed the two lead female characters, named Korra and Asami, entering a spirit portal together. Now, the series' co-creator, Michael Dante DiMartino, has revealed to fans of the show that - surprise - the characters were lesbians all along.

"Our intention with the last scene was to make it as clear as possible that yes, Korra and Asami have romantic feelings for each other. The moment where they enter the spirit portal symbolises [sic] their evolution from being friends to being a couple," DiMartino posted on his Tumblr account, while also acknowledging his surprise that they were able to broach certain adult subjects on "a children's TV network."

Now we know who really rules Hollywood

Hollywood likes to think of itself as a leader in human rights and courageously progressive. However, as the recent "Sony Hacking" scandal has proven, Hollywood will bow to anyone. When the rich and famous pull a movie (even a terrible one like "The Interview") because they fear a personal backlash, the have no business preaching to us about the "right thing to do." 

'Naughty List' of anti-Christmas retailers released

The American Family Association (AFA) has released their annual “Naughty or Nice” list of American retailers, recognizing those retailers who censor or refuse to use the word “Christmas” in their stores, as well as those retailers who embrace the word in defiance of political correctness.

The term “War on Christmas” is nothing new, as every year, many try to sterilize the holiday season of any traditional religious reference, including the use of the word “Christmas.” To fight this tide of political correctness gone amok, AFA is singling out those businesses who won’t acknowledge “Christmas” in favor of phrases like “Happy Holidays,” even while using the Christmas season to make money.

"Naughty List"
It takes some effort to make the “Naughty” list, which is well-publicized. Companies on the list have been fully reviewed and researched, and those companies who do not use the word “Christmas” in their advertising, website, and store displays make the list. Most of the companies have been featured before and are aware that AFA is monitoring their approach to Christmas. Among the companies who made this year's “naughty” list are:

Is Android the official smartphone of gay marriage?

Google's line of Android devices, including smartphones and tablets, are the most popular mobile devices in the world, eclipsing both Windows mobile devices and iOS devices like iPhone. The success of Android is due to providing a product that consumers like and trust, but many of those same consumers might be irked by new Android commercials that decide to weigh in on a controversial social issue.

A series of new Android commercials feature quick shots of different slices of American life, but in-between the shots of traditional America are scenes showing and supporting gay marriage. In one commercial, titled "And You," which has been widely shown on television, one man is shown proposing to another man. In another commercial, titled "Be Together.  Not The Same," two men are shown kissing in a gay wedding ceremony. The commercial the gay marriage segment is used in explains that the world moves forward when people make brave decisions, and the gay marriage scene is coupled with a shot of Martin Luther King speaking and leading a protest march.

While Android obviously has the right to use whatever content they want in their commercials, to take a stand on such a contentious issue while promoting electronic devices makes little sense. It should be noted that this is not merely a company featuring gay Americans in their advertising. This is a company promoting gay marriage, an issue that divides most Americans, mostly on religious grounds, and is still not legal in many states. With recent reports of business owners being fined or threatened with jail time for refusing to participate in gay marriages, many feel such heavy-handed advocacy on an issue most consumers disagree on has no place in a commercial for smartphones and electronic devices.

Do you think Android devices should be used to promote gay marriage, or should consumer advertising stay out of controversial issues? Feel free to comment below.

Kim Kardashian marks Veteran's Day by tweeting her bare butt

It would seem the narcissism of Kim Kardashian knows no bounds. The woman famous for being famous (and a few X-rated activities) marked Veteran’s Day a little different than most Americans. While many of us took to social media to thank friends, family, and complete strangers for their military service and sacrifice, the completely oblivious Mrs. Kanye West shared a photo of her bare butt and asked fans to “break the internet” with it.

Kardashian didn’t acknowledge Veteran’s Day on Tuesday at all, but did find the time to promote a new pictorial and article about her in Paper Magazine. As part of that promotion, she tweeted a link to a picture from the pictorial showing her heavily-oiled bare butt with the hashtag #breaktheinternet. She also tweeted about one of the other pictures in the pictorial (in which she balanced a champagne glass on her butt) by saying “and they say I didn’t have a talent...LOL.” The pictorial in Paper Magazine also features Kardashian, who has a one-year-old daughter, posing fully nude.

Ten facts showing immigrant children aren't spreading the Enterovirus

You've probably heard political pundits contending that the recent outbreak of Enterovirus 68 in the midwest was spread by unaccompanied immigrant children who settled there after being released by U.S. Border Patrol. We decided to look into that and verify the claim, but found that there is no proof of a correlation between the two. Here are ten facts about Enterovirus that will change your perception about the outbreak, along with sources for each fact.

1. Enterovirus 68 is not new in America. It was first reported in 1962 in California, and it could be related to earlier enterovirus outbreaks in Asia. Enterovirus 68 has been reported in the United States every year since 1987. What is unusual this year is the higher number of cases. Source: CDC.

2. It is common for outbreaks of Enterovirus this time of year. The virus usually begins infecting people in late summer and into the fall, but the number of cases decreases as fall moves on. Children with asthma or similar respiratory diseases are more susceptible to the virus. Source: CDC.

3. The first cases of Enterovirus 68 were reported in Kansas City, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. The location of the outbreak is important, as it does not correlate with large numbers of immigrant children in those areas. Source: CDC.

4. Missouri and Illinois are not significant destinations for unaccompanied immigrant children. Contrary to some reports in online media (none from reputable news sources), the areas affected by the outbreak did not receive large numbers of immigrant children from the border surge. The entire state of Missouri only received 173 immigrant children, ranking them at #34 out of 50 states in terms of number of immigrant children received. Illinois received 437 children, ranking them #18 out of 50. Source: US Office of Refugee Resettlement.

5. The top ten states receiving immigrant children have seen no major Enterovirus 68 outbreaks. Texas, New York, California, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana, the top ten states receiving immigrant children, have not seen significant Enterovirus 68 outbreaks. Source: U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement.

6. No cases of Enterovirus 68 have been reported in Arizona. Despite its location along the border with Mexico and the fact that 217 immigrant children were released there, no cases have been found in Arizona. Source: CDC.

7. Enterovirus 68 is not a common virus in Central or South America. Since 2008, outbreaks of Enterovirus 68 have been reported in the United States, Asia and northern Europe, but not Central or South America. Since the 1960s, only a handful of cases have ever been reported in the region. Source: CDC.

8. Texas has seen only scattered cases of Enterovirus 68. Despite receiving the most immigrant children, over 6,000 in fact, very few cases have been reported here. Most are in the Dallas area (10), and none have been reported in areas along the coast and border, including the Valley, San Antonio, and Houston, were large numbers of immigrant children were released to the public. Source: KENS 5, San Antonio.

9. California has only seen 32 cases of Enterovirus 68. Despite receiving over 4,000 immigrant children, only 32 cases of Enterovirus 68 have been reported in the state, out of 691 nationwide. The cases are spread throughout the state in major urban centers, not along the Mexican border. Only five cases in San Diego have been reported. Source: ABC News.

10. Unaccompanied border children have higher rates of vaccination than children in Texas. Earlier this year, as the border surge began, many claimed we would see outbreaks of diseases like Tuberculosis, brought over by border children released to their families across America. The outbreaks never materialized, because the countries the children came from (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras) have all vaccines paid for by the government. For example, 93% of children from those countries are vaccinated against the measles, higher than the rate of American children vaccinated against the disease (92%). Source: Texas Observer.

Absolute idiot Gwyneth Paltrow: Give Obama absolute power

Gwyneth Paltrow held a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at her home in Los Angeles this week, with President Barack Obama in attendance. As she was introducing the President, Paltrow couldn’t contain herself. Her statements to the crowd suggested nothing short of making Obama King of America, according to a report by TheWrap.com.

“It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass,” Paltrow said of the President. The Oscar winning actress then acted like a love-struck schoolgirl, openly flirting with the President. ”I'll shut up now and just say welcome; and you're so handsome that I can't speak properly,” she said.

In her comments, discussed the importance of equal pay for women, saying the issue is “very important to me as a working mother.” Paltrow’s idea of “equal pay” may be a bit skewed, as she personally earned $19 million this year alone, and has a personal net worth of over $60 million.

Attendees at the event were hardly typical “working mothers,” as tickets just for the cocktail reception and President Obama’s remarks started at $1,000. 200 people attended the reception, while 50 individuals paid an additional $15,000 to have dinner with the President afterward. Among the attendees at the event were Julia Roberts and actor Bradley Whitford.

President Obama had recently held other fundraisers in Hollywood, including one at the home of Fox Entertainment CEO Jim Gianopulos. In July, President Obama held a fundraiser at the home of Scandal creator Shonda Rimes, just a few months after the President appointed her to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees.

Wendy Davis seeks campaign boost from actress Kathleen Turner

Wendy Davis and Kathleen Turner
Wendy Davis' campaign for Texas governor is struggling, trailing her Republican opponent Greg Abbott by as much as 18 points, according to one poll. That might explain why the Davis campaign has made the move of bringing in a Hollywood celebrity to boost her bid.

Actress Kathleen Turner rose to fame in the 1980s with films like Romancing the Stone and as the voice of Jessica Rabbit, and in recent years, has been a vocal supporter of abortion rights. In an email sent out to supporters Sunday night, Turner made her case for supporting Davis, while asking her supporters to donate to the Davis campaign war chest. The text of her email follows:

Is PETA covering up De Blasio role in groundhog death?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a dubious reputation for drumming up publicity and manufacturing scandal in the name of protecting animals. Though they claim to love animals, they appear to love sucking up to high-profile liberal Democrats even more. That may explain why PETA is denying the fact that liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is responsible for killing the beloved New York City groundhog who predicts the weather every year.

According to a story on TheWrap.com, GroundhogGate started when Mayor de Blasio participated in a Groundhog Day event February 2. In front of hundreds of spectators and dozens of press cameras, de Blasio held up a groundhog who had just predicted six more weeks of winter, when the rodent suddenly wiggled free and was dropped by the Mayor. The groundhog, who was actually a female named Charlotte on loan from the Staten Island Zoo, was found dead a week later. An autopsy revealed Charlotte died from internal injuries consistent with a fall, but zoo officials insist it was from a fall after the de Blasio drop. Officials did not provide details as to how a groundhog in a cage could suffer a fall greater and more lethal than being dropped by the 6'2" de Blasio.

Of course, PETA is up in arms over the situation, but refuses to blame De Blasio. "We are sure that Mayor Bill de Blasio, who cares about animals, will be devastated," PETA said in a statement. "The blame lies with the organizers, and PETA has been after them for years - and still is - to stop disturbing and tossing around a groundhog for this gimmick.”

PETA did not explain their logic in insisting that organizers of the event are responsible for Charlotte's death, while de Blasio escapes criticism, even though he promoted and participated in the event, and likely provided the fatal drop.

PETA has reason to cover for de Blasio. He recently backed a ban on horse drawn carriages in the city, something the group has been fighting for years, even though the carriages enjoy wide support from New York City residents.

In the case of Charlotte the groundhog, PETA didn't need to throw the animal under the bus. They just let the liberal Democrat drop it.

Note: An earlier version of this story mistakenly noted that horse-drawn carriages were banned in New York City. There is no ban in place, and a ban is currently not under consideration by the city council. We regret the error.

Gwyneth Paltrow to host Obama fundraiser in her Hollywood home

Gwyneth Paltrow, or at the very least, the withered husk that was once the Oscar-winning actress, remains one of President Barack Obama's strongest supporters, even while the rest of Hollywood and America has soured on his multiple failures. To show that support, the actress is opening her home to the President and the Democratic party on October 9 for a fundraiser, with the Democratic National Committee raking in the dough.

According to an invitation by the DNC obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, President Obama will attend a reception at the actress' home, followed by an intimate dinner during which he will answer questions from guests.

In case you're hoping to attend to rub shoulders with Hollywood's elite or ask the President a questions about Benghazi, know that it will cost you. Tickets to the event run between $1,000 and $32,400 (apparently that extra $400 is really necessary). The message is clear: no riff-raff from the middle class allowed.

It is not unusual for Obama to go to Hollywood looking for money to fund Democratic candidates and the general wussification of our once great country. However, President Obama has already held what was billed as his final Hollywood fundraiser of the year in July, when he held events at the home of Shonda Rhimes (creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal), as well as the home of Michael Rapino, owner of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

DC teacher tells kids to compare George W. Bush to Hitler, won't lose job

The Hitler/Bush worksheet
A teacher in Washington D.C.'s public school system made national news recently after giving an assignment in which sixth grade students were asked to compare former President George W. Bush with Adolf Hitler. The teacher at McKinley Tech Middle School (who has not been identified) has admitted to using poor judgment and has apologized, but apparently will not lose his/her job.

The assignment, which was not part of any established curriculum, asked students to use a Venn Diagram worksheet (which uses overlapping circles to note similarities between two subjects) and compare the political overreach of both Adolf Hitler and George W. Bush. The assignment was called "Men Who Abused Their Powers."

The instructions for the assignment stated "Now that we have read about two men of power who abused their power in various ways, we will compare and contrast them and their actions. Please refer to your texts, 'Fighting Hitler – A Holocaust Story' and 'Bush: Iraq War Justified Despite No WMD' to compare and contrast former President George W. Bush and Hitler. We will use this in class tomorrow for an activity!"

Obama Phone provider advertises on "Black Jesus"

"Black Jesus," the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim show that has been criticized as being both blasphemous and racist, has had trouble finding advertisers, but that did not stop SafeLink, the leading provider of Obama Phones, from supporting the show by purchasing advertising time during a recent episode. However, pressure on advertisers by family groups and Christian advocates have had a dramatic effect.

Safelink is owned by TracFone, and its CEO is F.J. Pollak, who is a strong supporter of President Obama, having donated and "bundled" hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign. Safelink provides millions of Obama Phones to individuals on public assistance, although they refuse to release specific numbers on how many phones and how much profit they earn on them.

Safelink first advertised during the August 14 episode of "Black Jesus," but even they have felt the pressure from the American Family Association and One Million Moms, who have organized a nationwide protest against the show's advertisers. Very few advertisers continue week to week, with most bowing to pressure and announcing their intent not to continue buying ad time. Safelink did not buy advertising during the most recent episode (September 4, in an episode in which Jesus and his followers grow and sell weed out of a community garden).

The protest against the show's advertisers has had a dramatic effect. For the September 4 episode, the show only featured one commercial break, while most 30-minute shows feature two. Instead, Adult Swim featured just as many promotional spots for other Adult Swim shows as they did actual commercials. Among the advertisers for the September 4 episode were the following (contact information for each advertiser, where available, is included):

*20th Century Fox Movies (advertising the film "The Maze Runner"). Click here to contact Fox Movies through Facebook, and click here to contact them through Twitter.

*Playstation/Bungie (advertising the video game "Destiny"). Click here to contact Playstation through Facebook, and click here to contact them through Twitter. To contact Bungie (the developer/publisher of "Destiny") click here to contact them through Facebook, and click here to contact them through Twitter.

*Hydroxycut (who has advertised over multiple episodes). Click here to contact them through Facebook, and click here to contact them through Twitter.

*Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures (advertising the film "The Equalizer"). Click here to contact them through Facebook, and click here to contact them through Twitter.

*Southern New Hampshire University. Click here to send them feedback through their website, click here to contact them through Facebook, and click here to contact them through Twitter.

Even with the dwindling advertiser support, the show continues to pull in viewers. The premiere episode had 2 million viewers, and while the audience has shrunk, "Black Jesus" still ranks in the top ten cable shows for the night, with just under 1.5 million viewers.