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Muslim cleric denied unopened soda on United flight because she could ‘use it as a weapon on the plane’

Tahera Ahmad - Facebook
“I asked people around me if they witnessed this discriminatory and disgusting behavior and the man sitting in an aisle across from me yelled out to me, ‘you Moslem, you need to shut the Fuck up.’ I said, ‘what?!’ He then leaned over from his seat, looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘yes you know you would use it as a WEAPON so shut the fuck up.'”
The flight attendant that caused this is no longer flying and that is a great thing. The last thing we need in the air are real terrorists such as the flight attendant and the idiot passenger who agreed with the flight attendant should be jailed for the good of society. The problem is we don't have enough cells for all the republicans and wingnuts who should be occupying them.

White House Removes Cuba From State Sponsor Of Terrorism List

The White House removed Cuba from the list of nations that sponsor terrorism. The move is a critical step in normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba. President Obama first notified Congress that he planned to remove Cuba from the list on April 14th. Secretary of State John Kerry removed Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terror on Friday, at the end of a 45-day congressional notification period. The designation had been in effect since 1982, during Ronald Reagan’s first presidential term.
Several prominent Republicans were quick to criticize the Obama administration for improving diplomatic relations with Cuba and lifting the state sponsor of terror label. House Speaker John Boehner lamented that Obama “handed the Castro regime a significant political win in return for nothing.” GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush complained that the decision was “further evidence that President Obama seems more interested in capitulating to our adversaries than in confronting them”.
Not all Republicans were critical of the Obama administration’s actions, however. Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake supported the move, arguing that:
Time has gotten away from those who favor the old policy. It’s so yesterday.
In 2014, President Obama relaxed some travel and trade restrictions with Cuba that helped pave the way to Friday’s decision. Since Obama lifted those restrictions, some Americans have been able to travel to Cuba legally by boat or airplane, and trading between the United States and Cuba has resumed on a modest scale.
With Cuba’s removal from the list of state sponsors of terror, only Iran, Syria and Sudan remain on the shrinking list of terrorist supporting nations. Cuba’s inclusion on the list has long been viewed by critics of the Cuba trade embargo as an unnecessary relic of the Cold War. Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba is a welcome shift from that outdated policy.
While some Republicans will continue to bash President Obama for making diplomatic overtures to the Cuban government, the trade and travel ban has not made political sense for at least the past decade. Friday’s decision is a pragmatic and sensible step towards improving relations between the United States and Cuba. That move was long overdue.

Obama Rescues Arrogant and Ungrateful Texas Republicans With Federal Disaster Declaration

President Obama has rescued arrogant and ungrateful Texas Republicans by signing a federal disaster declaration for those areas impacted by the state’s deadly floods.
The White House announced that President Obama signed the disaster declaration for the areas of Texas hit by flooding:
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding beginning on May 4, 2015, and continuing.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Harris, Hays, and Van Zandt.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding also is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding in the counties of Cooke, Gaines, Grimes, Harris, Hays, Navarro, and Van Zandt.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Kevin L. Hannes as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

FEMA said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.
These are the same Texas Republicans who have been arrogantly dabbling in succession talk for years, and most recently have been gripped by a paranoid conspiracy theory that President Obama is sending the military to take over the state.
Gov. Greg Abbott has not thanked the President for his quick action to help Texas. Instead the statement of gratitude was spoken by“> Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, “I thank the President and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for their prompt response to Texas’ urgent need for a federal disaster declaration. We have seen so many lives lost, homes damaged or destroyed, and communities threatened by this devastating storm system. Texas is grateful for the swift response by FEMA and I look forward to working with my FEMA partners to ensure critical assistance is delivered to Texans in need.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, who demanded the federal aid, has also not thanked President Obama.
The behavior of Cruz and Abbott is different from former Gov. Rick Perry who publicly thanked President Obama after a fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX in 2013, “President Obama called from Air Force One as he was en route to Boston. We greatly appreciate his call, and his gracious offer of support, of course, and the quick turnaround of the emergency declaration that will be forthcoming, and his offer of prayers.”
Arrogant Republicans like Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz won’t thank the President for literally rescuing their state with prompt action in a time of disaster. Cruz and Abbott are ignoring basic civility because they think it is good politics to ignore Obama while begging for a federal handout.
If Texas were capable of going it alone, they could handle their own natural disaster, but they can’t. What’s even worse is that many Texas Republicans lack the basic decency to thank the President for quicking being there for them in their time of dire need.

Why Is Media Ignoring Bernie Sanders?

Why Is Media Ignoring Bernie Sanders?
Listen carefully, and you'll notice they never mention anything about him.

Get Out Your Tinfoil Hats – Walmarts Are Now ‘Urban Tactical Centers’ For Jade Helm

Get Out Your Tinfoil Hats – Walmarts Are Now ‘Urban Tactical Centers’ For Jade Helm (VIDEO)When Obama invades Texas he’ll have ample supply of Chinese-made American flags and $9 toasters.

Fox Yappers Throw Hissy Fit Over Sanders' 90 Percent Tax Rate Proposal

Fox Yappers Throw Hissy Fit Over Sanders' 90 Percent Tax Rate Proposal
Sen. Bernie Sanders said he could back a 90 percent top marginal tax rate, so of course heads were exploding over at Fox "news."

Maine's Wingnut Governor Vows To Veto Any Democratic Bill Until Income Tax Is Eliminated

Maine's GOP Governor Vows To Veto Any Democratic Bill Until Income Tax Is Eliminated
Paul LePage (R-Maine) is throwing a partisan hissy fit.

ALEC: Paying For Corporate Lobbying With Our Tax Dollars

ALEC: Paying For Corporate Lobbying With Our Tax Dollars
Check out this new video from a web-show called The Undercurrent that my organization, American Family Voices, sponsors. It's a new investigative journalism collaboration called The Undercurrent: Uncovered with one of my very favorite organizations, the Center for Media and Democracy, and it features the IRS complaint against ALEC filed by CMD and good government watchdog Common Cause

Kansas Republicans Finally Consider Changing Course On Their ‘Teabagger Experiment’

Cruel New Reality Show Is Republican Fantasy Of Pitting The Poor Against The Poor

Cruel New Reality Show Is Republican Fantasy Of Pitting The Poor Against The Poor (VIDEO) When I saw a promo for the newest CBS reality show, The Briefcase, I googled it to make sure that Paul Ryan or Ted Cruz wasn’t behind it. The premise...

You can’t rent a one-bedroom apartment anywhere in America on a minimum-wage job

Hours needed at minimum wage to afford a one-bedroom apartment (National Low-Income Housing Coalition)
A new report by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition shows that there is no state in the U.S. where a full-time, minimum-wage worker can afford the rent of a one-bedroom apartment.

There Used To Be A Vaccine For Lyme Disease, Till Anti-Vaxxers Stepped In

There Used To Be A Vaccine For Lyme Disease, Till Anti-Vaxxers Stepped In
Anti-science people are why we can’t have nice things.
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Wisconsin's Scott Walker To Ban Rape And Incest Victims From Getting An Abortion

Image via WikipediaOf all the states that have suffered under Republican misrule, Wisconsin appears to have suffered the most, and it’s about to get worse.

Check Out The Cabal That Forces 10-Year-Olds To Have Rape Babies

Check Out The Organization That Forces 10-Year-Olds To Have Rape Babies (SCREENSHOTS)
This isn’t “religious freedom.” This is the exploitation of child victims of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable for sake of a pushing an agenda.

Vegas Wingnut Student Cries To Fox News When Anti-Choice Club Is Denied

Vegas Student Cries To Fox News When Pro-Life Club Is DeniedA Las Vegas high school student teams up with Scalia's radical catholic law cabal to force an anti-choice agenda on teenagers.

Leader Of ‘Breeder-Cult’ Arrested In Horrific Case Of Child Abuse And Molestation

Featured image credit: Miami Dade County Jail
Melford Warren fathered at least a dozen children with two women, referred to as “the breeders.” Prosecutors say he beat and imprisoned the kids, ages one to thirteen, and kept a notebook detailing their sexual abuse.

Fox Hits A Deplorable Low By Giving The Duggars A Platform To Explain Away Child Molestation

Fox News has hit a new low by announcing that they are giving Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar airtime in order to allow them to explain away how they covered up the child molestation crimes committed by their son Josh.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar announced via a post on their blog that they would be going on Fox News next week, “Next week we will sit down with Megyn Kelly on Fox News to share our hearts with you about the pain that we walked through as a family twelve years ago, the tears we all shed and the forgiveness that was given. We appreciate the outpouring of love and prayers for our family at this time.”
Fox News later confirmed that the interview will air on Wednesday June 3 at 9 PM ET:
The Duggars have chosen to go on Fox News because they know that they are going to get to avoid the tough question by appearing on a network that will give them lots of sympathy. The Duggars didn’t choose to go on 60 Minutes, or do a primetime network special. The Duggars haven’t held a press conference or answered any questions. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are pulling from page one of the Republican playbook. When in trouble, run to Fox News.
Jim Bob and Michelle have already tipped their hands about what they are going to say. They aren’t going to apologize for enabling a child molester and hiding his crimes. They aren’t going to admit their own wrongdoing and take responsibility for their actions.
The Duggar parents are going to go on Fox News and talk about how the left and the media are out to get them. There will be plenty of references to how they have forgiven Josh and so has God. The Duggars will talk about how unfair this has all been to them, and how they have suffered. The Duggars will tell the nation how heartbreaking this was for them. They will discuss how they cried and prayed. Jim Bob Duggar will repeat his debunked tale of going to the police. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will be the persecuted party.
The one thing that Jim Bob and Michelle won’t talk about is Josh Duggar’s victims. They also won’t talk about how they covered up their sons crimes to protect the only job they’ve ever been good at, being a reality television freak show.
Lies and falsehoods are a normal course of business at Fox News, but giving airtime to parents who covered up the sex crimes of their own son is a new low even for Fox News.
If the Duggars think one Fox News interview is going to save their show, they’re wrong. Advertisers have bolted by the dozens. Many of these advertisers are promising not to buy ads on any future Duggar related programming. The end looks like it is near for 19 Kids and Counting. If Fox News really was interested in journalism, they might try to interview the sisters that Josh Duggar molested.
Fox News isn’t interested in the true story. Instead, the nation should be prepared for an interview where Jim Bob Duggar explains away his child molester son’s crimes.
The Duggars want to tell you why they are the real victims, and Fox News is going to help them take their message of child sex abuse cover-up nationwide.

Semen Will Cancerize Your Girlie Parts, And Other Fucked-Up Duggar Sex Wisdom

S*men Will Cancerize Your Girlie Parts, And Other F@#$ed-Up Duggar Sex Wisdom (IMAGES)Ladies, did you know that sleeping with any man besides your husband will allow alien sp*rm to give your lady bits cancer? Well, now you do.

Dallas megacult put woman ‘under discipline’ for wanting to leave her pedophile husband

Angry Christian priest sermon (Shutterstock)
While the cult said they would continue to financially support Karen Hinkley through August of this year, cult elders were disappointed that she wanted to have her marriage to Jordan annulled and felt she was acting hastily.