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Beware Of 'Obama-Baal'

Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro is joining other right-wing figures in delivering a very evenhanded response to a reported Obama administration directive on allowing “transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity” in public schools.

In a column titled “Obama Administration Declares Itself God-Baal, Redefines Reality By Targeting Children,” Shapiro makes a reference to the ancient deity Baal, identified as a false god in the Bible, and claims that this “evil,” “Obama-Baal” entity is “using children as a propaganda tool” in its “game to define reality.”

“God help us all,” he writes, “though why He should, at this juncture, remains unknown.”

Last year, the Supreme Court declared itself God by asserting that no decent morality would prevent government from subsidizing two people of the same sex forming a legal relationship to have sex with one another. Today, the Obama administration went even further, declaring in their Infinite Wisdom that Genesis 5:2 had been officially revoked: all schools in America, says the Obama administration, must now allow “transgender people” into the bathroom of their chosen gender identity, or face the loss of federal funding or the threat of lawsuit. If Billy wants to shower next to Jane, all he has to do is call himself a girl – and if you deny him his identity, you are a bigot who must be sued or fined by the feds.

The letter itself states, “A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so.”

Secretary of the Department of Education John B. King Jr. issued a statement on the Obama-Baal redefinition of nature to fit leftist narratives:

No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus. We must ensure that our young people know that whoever they are or wherever they come from, they have the opportunity to get a great education in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence.

This is Orwellian Newspeak. Young girls would presumably like to enjoy an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence – and the same Obama administration proclaiming transgender bathrooms the law of the land says that young men must be taught not to enter into a “rape culture.” Yet if a boy says he’s a girl, we’re supposed to let him right on in to stare at the 15-year-old naked girls showering in the locker room, and to expose himself to them. The evil of using children as a propaganda tool is incredible, too. Why not begin with federal facilities? Because the left tries to use supposedly victimized transgender children to gin up sympathy, even if that means endangering young girls on a far more frequent basis. Kids are mere pawns in the game to define reality.



God help us all – though why He should, at this juncture, remains unknown.

Trump Ally Roger Stone: Hillary Clinton Might Kill Me!

Yesterday, Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone made yet another appearance on the radio program of Alex Jones, a Trump booster and conspiracy theorist extraordinaire.

Gary Heavin, the founder of the fitness business Curves who also happens to be a 9/11 truther and right-wing movie producer, joined Jones and Stone on the broadcast, and asked Stone if he fears for his life because, by attacking Hillary and Bill Clinton, he is “standing up to a machine that has a trail of bodies as far as you can see.”

Stone, who traffics in some of the zaniest anti-Clinton conspiracy theories and once called for Hillary Clinton to be executed, said that he had “increased his personal security,” knowing that “the Clinton’s have a track record” of beating and killing anyone who stands in their way.

“If in a couple weeks they tell you that I committed suicide because I was depressed or if I get hit by a truck while crossing the street or if they tell you I was killed in a freak hunting accident, don’t believe it,” Stone said. “Hillary Clinton’s the major perp and she needs to be exposed.”

Stone added that with all the stress of fearing for his life he “would not make it without Brain Force,” referring to a product marketed by Jones that promises to “supercharge your state of mind.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/12/16

  • Dara Lind @ Vox: Donald Trump just demonstrated you really can’t trust him — even on the Muslim ban.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/12/16

  • Donald Trump’s longtime butler seems nice
  • Phyllis Schlafly, James Lyons and others are forming a pro-Trump super PAC called the Committee for American Sovereignty. 
  • Yet another study finds that there is “no difference in the incidence of abortion in countries where the procedure is legal versus where it is heavily restricted or outlawed.” 
  • Erik Rush writes that by “electing Barack Hussein Obama in 2008, America boarded a bullet train to Destination Socialism.” 
  • Anne Graham Lotz says it’s “still possible” Donald Trump would “turn to God” once he reaches the Oval Office.

Trump Campaign Manager Open To Eliminating Federal Minimum Wage

In an interview with Virginia talk radio host John Fredericks on Tuesday, Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said that the presumptive GOP nominee believes there should be no federal minimum wage and that states should be allowed “to choose what the minimum wage should be in their respective states.”

“We should allow the states to decide how much it is,” he said. States can currently set their own wages, but they must follow the federal rate even if the state minimum is lower or nonexistent.

“It should be a state-based decision and I think there are some things, many things, where the federal government does not belong and this may be one of them,” Lewandowski said.

Lewandowski made the comments the day before Trump himself said it is a “lie” to claim that he wants to eliminate the federal minimum wage.

Trump himself has taken multiple and conflicting positions on the minimum wage.

Back in August, Trump came out against an increase in the minimum wage because “having a low minimum wage is not a bad thing for this country”

Then, during a debate in November, Trump said he opposed efforts to raise the minimum wage because wages are “too high” and “we have to leave it the way it is.” One month later, he denied ever saying that wages are too high.

On May 8, Trump said he would “like to see an increase of some magnitude” in the minimum wage but that he doesn’t want the federal government to set a minimum wage floor and instead wants to “let the states decide,” even though eliminating the federal standard would let the minimum wage fall in several states.

Three days later, Trump tweeted that he is “asking for [an] increase” in the minimum wage and that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., “lied when she says I want to abolish the Federal Minimum Wage.”

Donald Trump Gets Backing Of Activists Who Deny Marital Rape, Oppose Women's Suffrage

It isn’t at all surprising that a candidate who has a long history of making misogynistic and degrading statements about women, has bragged about the endorsement of a convicted rapist, has talked about Hillary Clinton getting “schlonged,” and at one point backed the idea of punishing women who have abortions would attract the support of those with their own histories of troubling rhetoric about women.

Indeed, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has touted the endorsements of several politicians and activists who have done everything from denounce women’s suffrage to deny the existence of marital rape.

1) Phyllis Schlafly

Trump was quite honored to receive the endorsement of Phyllis Schlafly, who introduced him at a St. Louis rally and repeatedly praised his plans to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.

Schlafly is the founder of the anti-feminist group Eagle Forum and is best known for helping defeat the Equal Rights Amendment.

Among her anti-feminist beliefs is the claim that marital rape does not exist.

“By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don't think you can call it rape,” she said in 2007, later explaining that marital rape is simply a fabrication invented by feminists who want to levy the accusation when “they get tired of a husband” or “want to fight over child custody.” (Trump’s own lawyer has similarly claimed that marital rape is not rape).

Besides denying the existence of marital rape, she has blamed reports of sexual assaults on college campuses on the rising number of female college students, criticizing policies to combat assaults for turning college campuses into “a dangerous place for men.”

“There isn’t any rape culture,” she said in 2014. “There is a war on men.”

Colleges, according to Schlafly, should stop enforcing Title IX and install gender quotas to protect male admissions.

She has also proposed “increasing the so-called pay gap” between men and women in order to help women find husbands, since “the pay gay, really, is something that women like” as they would prefer to marry “a higher-earning man.”

2) Joe Arpaio

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, has been one of Trump’s biggest boosters, campaigning with the candidate and cheering on his anti-immigrant proposals.

Arpaio, who admits to keeping prisoners in a “concentration camp,” was challenged by the Justice Department over his widespread abuse and targeting of Latinos, particularly Latina women.

As Ian Millhiser noted in Think Progress, the Justice Department’s complaint cataloged instances where Arpaio’s deputies were “forcing women to sleep in their own menstrual blood,” “assaulting pregnant women,” “stalking Latina women” and “ignoring rape.”

Last year, The Guardian reports, Arpaio’s office “agreed to pay $3.5m to settle a lawsuit that alleged metro Phoenix’s sheriff botched the investigation into the rape of a 13-year-old girl and failed to arrest the suspect who then went on to sexually attack her again,” a case that “was among more than 400 sex-crime cases that were inadequately investigated or not looked into at all by Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office during a three-year period ending in 2007.”

3) Ann Coulter

While Trump has been campaigning with conservative columnist Ann Coulter to promote her attacks on immigrants, we wonder if she will ever lead one of his campaign rallies in a chant against women’s suffrage.

Indeed, Coulter has repeatedly voiced her opposition to women having the right to vote, saying that revoking women’s suffrage is necessary to help elect Republicans.

This is far from Coulter’s only controversial views on women’s issues.

She once said that women who claim to have been raped are typically “girls trying to get attention” and refused to condemn the murder of abortion provider George Tiller, mocking concerns about violence against abortion providers.

4) Scott DesJarlais

Among the first members of Congress to endorse Trump was Tennessee Republican Scott DesJarlais, who along with some of his fellow GOP lawmakers met with Trump in March to work on ways to unify the party.

As we’ve noted, the GOP congressman has quite the record on women’s issues:

Before running for Congress as a “pro-life” and “pro-family” Republican, “DesJarlais, a physician, pressured a patient who was his mistress to get an abortion. It was later revealed that the pro-life congressman had approved of his first wife having two abortions, and that he’d had sex with at least two patients.” He also had affairs with “three coworkers and a drug representative,” and was later fined for violating medical ethics.

DesJarlais’ ex-wife also accused him of “dry firing a gun outside the Plaintiff's locked bedroom door, [admitting] suicidal ideation, holding a gun in his mouth for three hours, an incident of physical intimidation at the hospital; and previous threatening behavior ... i.e. shoving, tripping, pushing down, etc.”

5) Robert Jeffress

Texas-based pastor Robert Jeffress is one of Trump’s most outspoken Religious Right supporters and campaign surrogates. For instance, Jeffress rushed to Trump’s defense when he said that women who have abortions should face “some form of punishment.”

Jeffress, an enthusiastic conspiracy theorist, has also dismissed security threats against abortion providers and clinics and, like Trump, has some interesting thoughts about the 9/11 attacks.

The Southern Baptist pastor argued that God let the attacks take place because “he certainly won’t allow the sacrifice of children to go unpunished,” referring to legal abortion.

With endorsers like these, Trump will be well on his way to winning the women’s vote.

Jim Bakker: God Told Me 'A Major Event' Will Take Place In The Future

Last year, televangelist Jim Bakker prophesied that all sorts of bad things might happen on September 13 of that year, including typhoons, earthquakes, bombings, a financial collapse and/or an unspecified incident involving Pope Francis.

Since none of those prophesies ended up coming true, Bakker has now started making much vaguer predictions, including one he delivered this week while pitching his famous food buckets.

“I believe it’s time to hear from God and God has been speaking to me,” he said. “I walked out of my garage yesterday and as I’m walking and things happened and when one of those, you might call them crazy things, but God said, ‘A major event is about to take place.’ I knew that I knew that I knew. And every time that God ever speaks to me like that, something happens.”

He then said that once viewers pray and speak to God, they should call his ministry or visit his website to order food buckets because “one day it will be too late.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/11/16

  • Andy Towle @ Towleroad: American Counseling Association Cancels Nashville Conference Over Anti-Gay Therapist Law. 
  • Emma Cueto @ Bustle: 100 Methodist Clergy Just Came Out As LGBTQ In A Courageous Statement For Inclusion.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/11/16

  • Televangelist James Robison asks: “What if, by the miraculous grace of God, these two Republican politicians — Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — came together and were moved in supernatural unity? ….What if they chose to serve God and others together, for the sake of freedom, by serving one another and leading America as a team? What if they not only shook hands but got on their knees together to seek God’s best for all of us, whom the Father loves so deeply?”
  • Anti-LGBT activist Linda Harvey declares that “homosexuals and the ‘transgendered’ are victims only of their own desires and delusions.”
  • Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition says that “Martin Luther King Jr. didn't march on Selma so that grown men and boys could march into girls changing rooms and showers.” 
  • Alveda King is tired of all the people “suggesting that allowing everyone to use the same public bathrooms will solve America's problems” since “America’s moral dilemma won’t be solved in the public bathrooms of America.”

Conservative Founder Of Curves Gym Is A 9/11 Truther Who Wants To Save Us From The 'Shadow Government'

Last month, we reported on a new right-wing movie called “AmeriGEDDON,” which features the United Nations conspiring with other nefarious actors to launch a nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack against the U.S. in order to give the government a reason to impose martial law and begin confiscating firearms.

The film’s executive producer and lead actor is Gary Heavin, the founder of the women’s fitness franchise Curves and a supporter of conservative causes, particularly the anti-abortion movement. He is also a frequent guest on InfoWars, the conspiracy theory outlet that is featured in the trailer to “AmeriGEDDON.”

Heavin promoted the movie last week on “The Jim Bakker Show,” where he said that Bakker’s program and his movie are needed because the U.S. media is pushing propaganda and lies on the American people … such as what really happened during the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Indeed, Heavin said God revealed to him the truth about 9/11:

The idea that Building No. 7, that was not even hit by a plane, could freefall from furniture burning at the speed of gravity is nonsensical, but they’ve been able to get away with that version of things because they control the message. I have to admit, I didn’t want to think about it and it wasn’t but a few years ago that I was on my ranch in Australia, just retired, I’m sitting out under a palm tree and I said, ‘Okay, God, I’ve got time now, peel the onion back,’ and that was one of the first areas of information that God revealed to me.

I’m a jet pilot and the plane that flew into the Pentagon apparently had no wings because there’s only a hole and, by the way, the hole is smaller than the fuselage of a 757, it’s about the size of a missile, and the most videoed building in the world had no video of the plane hitting the building, and, by the way, there was no debris, there were no suitcases, there were no engines. What’s preposterous is the idea that that was a plane flying into the building.

Most Americans, it’s getting close, about 50 percent of Americans today, say, ‘Wait a minute, this doesn’t make sense,’ and Donald Trump — whether you love him or hate him, sounds like you love him—has the courage to ask these questions that we get ridiculed for. And, by the way, ridicule is a strategy of the Enemy.

Heavin told Bakker that a secretive and powerful “shadow government” exists in the world “that wants us to die to have a diminished population.”

This shadow government, Heavin said, is “setting us up for disaster,” and he knows this because he has “sensed that people that are in positions of influence” neither care about nor like Americans and support the creation of “a one world government.”

He then won cheers from Bakker’s studio audience when he lashed out at the refugee resettlement program and American immigration policy, which he cited as proof that the government is deliberately attempting to incite unrest.

Heavin, half-jokingly, also suggested that people with pacemakers should wrap themselves in “EMP-proof suits” just in case an EMP strike occurs.

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