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Well, Chris Hayes didn't actually inquire this publicly, but he had to be thinking it internally.
During a Veteran's Day visit this week on Morning Joe, Chris Hayes responded satirically or snarkalicously (my own word meaning snarkily delicious) to Joe Scarborough's comments on the Veteran's Day holiday celebrations. Joe's diatribe defending the holiday, not that anyone was challenging him, was (DAILY CURRENT) :
"I mean these people are heroes," he scolded. "These men and women go out there and risk their lives so that you and I can breathe freedom. They go to the ends of the Earth to fight our enemies while you're sleeping comfortably at home.
"The deployments puts strain on their personal lives, on their marriages, on their health ... And they do it all for you. All so you can sleep soundly at night. How can you be against a holiday that honors their sacrifices? I mean really."
Seeing an opening for a little bit of playful fun, Chris didn't lose a beat in "confronting" the host in his playful, boyish indignance, as he's wont to do:
"Joe, soldiers aren't heroes," Hayes retorted. "You want to know who the real heroes are? The real heroes are people like my friend Chaz. Chaz owns a vegan bakery in Williamsburg. Before he opened his small business there were only 11 other vegan bakeries in the area, and only 4 were 100 percent gluten free. But none were non-GMO.
"Chaz's bakery has finally brought non-GMO vegan baked goods to people who need them. He's bringing little morsels of happiness and light into people's lives. What soldier has ever done anything like that? You don't need bullets to make a difference."
Well, this interchange, including laughs by both men after the mini-rant were seemingly not lost, nor found, on Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa). He immediately took the All In With Chris Hayes host to task calling him "America's village idiot" in a Facebook post.
Finally someone on the congressman's staff explained what sarcasm and snarky responses are, and Tom Latham took the Facebook post down, and issued this:
When satire attacks! My apologies TO @MSNBC host Chris Hayes 1:59 pm 12 Nov 2013
Hey, at least Congressman Latham finally got it. And congrats to Chris on pulling the wool over the eyes of an elected official, not that it's so hard to do these day. But kudos anyway.
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If the Republicans have their way in Hawaii, nobody's going to get lei'd.
Republicans in Hawaii say they don't care. They're adamant about not passing same sex marriage in their state of Hawaii. And their reason? Don't have one. From KITV-News, throwing away $2.17 Billion should be something they think long and hard about when their state stays solvent on tourism dollars.
According to Yahoo statistics:
Nearly 8 million travelers — 7,998,815, to be exact — visited the islands in 2012. That's an increase of nearly 10 per cent over the previous year. It also breaks the previous record of 7.6 million visitors marked in 2006, before the financial crisis and recession encouraged travelers to stay home.
Travelers spent a record $14.3 billion in Hawaii last year. This is nearly 19 per cent more than they spent in 2011 and it beats the annual spending record of $12.8 billion marked in 2007.
The agency expects continued growth this year, with the visitors expected to exceed 8 million in 2013 and spending forecast to top $14.8 billion.
What's at stake here is a lot of money as well as justice. When Prop 8 was struck down by the Supreme Court earlier this year, the signal had been sent out that laws against same-sex marriage were discriminatory. Evidently the word hasn't gotten out as far as Hawaii yet. Or maybe they just mis-heard the Conch Shell message. At least by those Republicans in the Hawaiian state legislature.
The amazing thing is that the financially strapped state makes a majority of its money in the tourism business. 80% of commerce on the islands is tourism related. Without the millions of guests annually, the state could not exist.
So what would happen if same-sex marriage were to become legal in our 50th State? Most likely a huge bounce in wedding destinations. With those weddings come guests. With the guests, come spending. Huge increased revenue.
As it is, Hawaii is considered a premiere honeymoon destination. Think now if all of those couples were to have their whole wedding parties in the state, holding services there as well. They would need to build more islands just to hold the overflow.
It's time for the republicans, who are the ones trying to stack the legislative committee to rule against this bill coming to the floor to stop and take an assessment of what they're doing. The entire state's economy is predicated on strong tourism. All they have to do is what's right and fair. It's bad enough they discriminate against their own Native Hawaiian people. They must fix that and at the same time, do what's best for all who live and work in Hawaii.
Show your colors. The rainbow of colors. Legalize same sex marriage and reap the rewards.
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