Watch: Norquist Tells CPAC Left Is Comprised Of ‘Competing Parasites’

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Anti-Tax activist Grover Norquist, who’s also a member of gay conservative group GOProud’s board, told CPAC attendees today that their left-wing opponents are made up of “takers” who want nothing more than to drain government and private funds for their own purposes.

“The left believes the proper role of government is taking things from some people and giving it to other people,” said Norquist, before deriding the “two wings” of the left’s dependency movement: those who are dependent, and the lawyers, labor unions and others who help keep them dependent by “making sure none of them get jobs and become Republicans.”

Norquist went on to say that the left is “not made up of friends and allies,” but rather they are “made up of competing parasites” who will devour one another if the right can successfully curb President Obama’s tax and spend policies. “If we say no to tax increases, stop throwing money [at them], they will cheerfully gnaw at the guy sitting next to them as on a taxpayer,” he said.

The right, he claims, is the “leave us alone” coalition who doesn’t want to run other people’s lives. Unless it comes to dictating marriage rights. Then it’s a free-for-all!

Give the speech a view, AFTER THE JUMP…


Video via Media Matters.


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Alabama Gov-Elect Bentley Tells Non-Christians He’s Not With Them

Isn't this a warm hello from the Governor-Elect Robert Bentley of Alabama?

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Bentley told a big crowd at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where the late civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once was pastor, that he believed it was important for Alabamians ''that we love and care for each other." 
   
  ''I was elected as a Republican candidate. But once I became governor … I became the governor of all the people. I intend to live up to that. I am color blind," Bentley said in a short speech given about an hour after he took the oath of office as governor. 
   
  Then Bentley, who for years has been a deacon at First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, gave what sounded like an altar call. 
   
  "There may be some people here today who do not have living within them the Holy Spirit," Bentley said. ''But if you have been adopted in God's family like I have, and like you have if you're a Christian and if you're saved, and the Holy Spirit lives within you just like the Holy Spirit lives within me, then you know what that makes? It makes you and me brothers. And it makes you and me brother and sister." 
   
  Bentley added, ''Now I will have to say that, if we don't have the same daddy, we're not brothers and sisters. So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother." 

Said Bentley later: ''We're not trying to insult anybody." 


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NH GOP Tells AP: Marriage Equality Repeal Off the Agenda for 2011

Nh Marriage equality advocates and foes were gearing up for a big battle in New Hampshire this year, but it appears that may be off the table, according to the AP:

"House Republican Leader D.J. Bettencourt confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that jobs and the economy will be the top priorities on an agenda to be announced Thursday. Bettencourt says there's widespread agreement that social issues will have to take a back seat."

NOM must be so disappointed!

More on this as it develops…


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Navy Tells Capt. Owen Honors To Sit This One Out While His Videos Are Investigated

Capt. Owen Honors, the chief of the USS Enterprise who was the second-in-command when he filmed those awful "training" videos, has been temporarily relived of his post pending an investigation. The "Support Captain Honors U.S.S. Enterprise" Facebook page has already launched; it's got about 800 members thus far.


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Watch: GOP Audience Gasps as Michelle Bachmann Tells Them She Was Once a Democrat, Worked for Jimmy Carter

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At a speech to Michigan Republicans in Troy on Tuesday, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) elicited gasps from the audience as she told them she was once a Democrat.

Michelle Bachmann says she was a "fair-minded Democrat" who worked on Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign (and danced at his inaugural ball before she read a "snotty" novel by Gore Vidal that she perceived as mocking the Founding Fathers.

"And as a reasonable, decent, fair-minded person who happened to be a Democrat, I thought, 'You know what? What he's writing about, this mocking of people that I revere, and the country that I love, and that I would lay my life down to defend — just like every one of you in this room would, and as many of you in this room have when you wore the uniform of this great country — I knew that that was not representative of my country."

"And at that point I put the book down and I laughed. I was riding a train. I looked out the window and I said, 'You know what? I think I must be a Republican. I don't think I'm a Democrat.'"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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A gay Marine tells his story and blasts DADT

Powerful op-ed in the New York Daily News from Justin Johnson, who served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s gay. He’s a Marine. And, he knows Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is wrong:

Since I hadn’t outed myself to the military in 2005 and simply allowed my four year active duty service expire, the Marine Corps recalled me from its pool of inactive reserves. Now, I was faced with a decision to closet myself and deploy or out myself to the Marines, be honorably discharged and consequently not deploy. In effect, I faced a choice between maintaining my personal integrity and following through on my commitment to serve when called, which I agreed to when I was commissioned.

I reached out to friends, family and comrades for advice. Surprisingly, the Marines I spoke to, most of whom I served with in combat, were almost uniformly in favor of me deploying despite my sexuality. Certainly, one or two were concerned what might happen if I were outed, but the vast majority gave me characteristically blunt advice: “Buck up, serve honorably, if you don’t go, someone else will have to.”

So I deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, from September 2007 to April 2008 without incident and with honor.

As I have said, I have kept a low profile on this issue to this point. But I can no longer abide the mischaracterizations made by politicians and conservative organizations. There are certainly real concerns about training and discipline that must be addressed, but the arguments put forth by many opponents are disapproval of homosexuality as opposed to genuine concerns about “readiness.”

The recent survey of the military echoes my experience: 92% of those who have served with someone they knew or believed to be gay felt their unit’s performance was better or the same as it was before. The repeal of DADT will contribute immeasurably to unit cohesion and our national security, and is in keeping with our commitment to justice for all.




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Listen: Gay Grandma Tells Love Story

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Watch: Dan Savage Tells CNN That It Must Stop Giving Platforms to Hate Group Leaders Like the FRC’s Tony Perkins

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CNN ran a segment on bullying and hate crimes inspired by the SPLC's recent report and their designation of 13 new organizations as "hate" groups.

Dan Savage tells Kyra Phillips, who is incredulous over the numbers of violent crimes committed against gay people, that change must begin with organizations like CNN, which give platforms to leaders of hate groups like the Family Research Council, which masquerade as religious organizations.

Says Savage: "There are no ‘two sides’ to the issue of LGBT rights. Right now one side is really using dehumanizing rhetoric. The Southern Poverty Law Center labels these groups as hate groups and yet the leaders of these groups, people like Tony Perkins, are welcomed onto networks like CNN to espouse hate directed at gays and lesbians. And similarly hateful people who are targeting Jews or people of color or anyone else would not be welcome to spew their bile on CNN."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

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UPDATE: Savage says, "The question about what could be done to lower the rate of anti-gay hate crimes was the planned final question in the segment, CNN knew I was going to slam 'em when they asked it, and they had me on anyway. Which is to CNN's credit."



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Pink Tells Ellen, “I’m Pregnant”

PINK ON ELLEN DEGENERES X390Pink swings by The Ellen Degeneres Show on Wednesday to confirm rumors she and her husband Carey Hart are expecting their first child.
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President tells Log Cabin to get him 2 to 5 votes for DADT vote, refuses to say if DADT is unconstitutional

I just posted Joe’s report on his meeting with the President. No point in repeating it here. Go over to the main site and check it out.




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