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Irony, Like Revenge, Can Be A Bitch

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You can't help but feel a tingle of satisfaction when ignorance gets its comeuppance. So get ready for a tingle from, of all places,  a bakery called Sweet Cakes, in Oregon. If you don't remember them, they refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. This was found to be in violation of the law and instead of following the law, they decided to turn off the oven and shutter their shop. Nearly a year later, here's the report on them from Raw Story:

Sweet Cakes by Melissa closed its doors in September of 2013, but continues to exist as an online delivery business. One of its current clients is the ex-gay ministry known as The Restored Hope Network, whose purpose is “restoring hope to those broken by sexual and relational sin especially those impacted by homosexuality.”

So where's the irony in all that?

The Restored Hope Network is run by “ex-lesbian” Anne Paulk, whose marriage to another ex-gay advocate, John Paulk, ended in divorce last year after he determined that he was no longer a “formerly gay” man.

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It seems making gay conversion cakes might have its market, but it has to make one wonder if they're also advertising those baked goodies next to the welcome back to the "boy's club" or "lady pond" cakes.

When will bigoted zealots realize being LGBTX is not a sickness that can or even should be cured? It's who some people are -- just as some people are tall, some are short, some have blue eyes, others brown. We can't change what is...

Oh, and in case Sweet Cakes by Melissa on the Internet wasn't aware, they still can't discriminate if a gay couple wants to order a same-sex wedding cake from them. Internet sales too are covered by the same discrimination laws that forced her to close her doors back in 2013.

A personal tip to Melissa and her Sweet Cakes: You'll sell more same sex wedding cakes than conversion cakes. Baking for what is -- as opposed to what never will be -- is a money maker. Though divorce cakes could be a blossoming business for you if you keep clients like the Restored Hope Network.

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Torture worse than waterboarding: Inside the Senate report on CIA interrogations

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Did you know that waterboarding was the "least worst" method of torture used on high-value detainees by the CIA under the Bush administration's watch?

My dear friend and one of the best investigative reporters out there, Jason Leopold, went on Nicole Sandler's radio show just before my weekly spot. He's a tough act to follow, especially when he reveals what the corporate "news" media won't touch with a ten-foot ad buy. Which is why you haven't heard about the "not legally authorized" torture "techniques" that will likely turn many American stomachs once details are finally (if ever) made public.

Now, because Jason has made such good and plentiful use of the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act), he is being called a "FOIA terrorist" and has had to deal with considerable blowback from some very powerful people in very powerful places. IMHO, the reason they feel so "terrorized" is that they're scared to death of Jason's reporting and the truths he brings to light.

Here are a few excerpts from Jason's Al Jazeera America piece:

A still-classified report on the CIA's interrogation program established in the wake of 9/11 sparked a furious row last week between the agency and Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein. Al Jazeera has learned from sources familiar with its contents that the committee's report alleges that at least one high-value detainee was subjected to torture techniques that went beyond those authorized by George W. Bush's Justice Department.

Two Senate staffers and a U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the information they disclosed remains classified, told Al Jazeera that the committee's analysis of 6 million pages of classified records also found that some of the harsh measures authorized by the Department of Justice had been applied to at least one detainee before such legal authorization was received. They said the report suggests that the CIA knowingly misled the White House, Congress and the Justice Department about the intelligence value of detainee Zain Abidin Mohammed Husain Abu Zubaydah when using his case to argue in favor of harsher interrogation techniques. [...]

Even before accessing the documents, committee staffers received crucial information in a briefing from former FBI agent Ali Soufan in early 2008, according to Al Jazeera’s sources. Soufan — who now runs a private security and intelligence consultancy — told the staffers that he had kept meticulous notes about the methods used by a psychologist under CIA contract to interrogate Abu Zubaydah at a CIA black site in Thailand after his capture in Pakistan in March of 2002. Soufan's account, the staffers say, shows that torture techniques were used on Abu Zubaydah even before some had been sanctioned as permissible by the Bush administration. [...]

Two Senate staffers told Al Jazeera that the Panetta documents question the Bush administration claims about the efficacy of Abu Zubaydah’s torture, and the staffers noted that some of the techniques to which he was subjected early in his captivity had not yet been authorized.

Jason explained that the previously undisclosed torture methods made waterboarding seem like the least ghastly practice by comparison... and perhaps that's why the public focus was (intentionally) on waterboarding. See the shiny, inhumane keys? Now move along.

You can hear Jason talk about these revelations in his own words here (podcast). And please read his entire Al Jazeera post here. Where you will not read, hear, or see any references to Jason Leopold's reporting is in the corporate "mainstream" media. Maybe we can all use our social media skills to force the press into covering his work. Wouldn't that be novel?

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"Well, Senator Feinstein, how does it feel?"

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Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, Senator Feinstein Hypocrisy Edition, because our voices matter:

Re "CIA denies Senate spying claim," March 12

Anyone who fails to appreciate the supreme irony of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) righteous indignation over the CIA's alleged spying on and undermining of the Senate Intelligence Committee (of which Feinstein is chair) has not been paying attention.

For years, she has been one of the intelligence community's most steadfast champions, deflecting criticism of the surveillance state, attacking whistle-blowers and justifying nearly every abuse. Her tenure at the spy community's ultimate oversight body, tasked with safeguarding the public interest, has seen that institution perform as something between a star chamber and a cheerleading squad.

Only when the monster she helped create might have turned against her does she seem to remember something called the Constitution. Is it any wonder that Congress is held in utter contempt by the people?

Mark McCormick

Los Angeles

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In January, a Times news article described Feinstein as "a key defender of the National Security Agency's data tracking program." Now, just two months later, Feinstein is riled up about the national security apparatus, but only because she believes it turned a jaundiced eye on Senate staffers.

Well, Senator Feinstein, how does it feel?

Frankly, I believe she and her supporters should be ashamed of her hypocrisy. Of course, this includes The Times, which endorsed Feinstein in 2012, stating clearly that "endorsing her for another term is an easy call."

Paul Marsden

Garden Grove

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Feinstein's committee found documents showing that President Bush's torture program was far more barbaric than previously revealed and far less effective than claimed. This controversy is really about the CIA hiding potential crimes from Feinstein's committee.

CIA Director John Brennan endorsed torture and rendition under Bush. As director, he has kept the lid on the truth. He should be fired.

The Senate Intelligence Committee report needs to be declassified, and if the U.S. won't pursue possible war criminals, the International Criminal Court should.

But under Bush, the U.S. refused to be under the court's jurisdiction. The Obama administration has since renewed a relationship with the court, but Senate ratification is needed for the ICC to do what no one in this country has the stomach to do.

It is the president's job to ask the Senate for ratification. Shame on us all if he does not.

Richard Green

San Clemente

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VIDEO-- Irony alert: Dick Cheney claims Sen. Mike Enzi lied

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To save you the torture (no pun) of having to wade through the steaming pile of The Dick's bulls**t on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos", start watching at about 9:50.

I couldn't tolerate listening to him either, so I skimmed as quickly as I could through the video until I found the segment covering the Dickette (Daughter Liz) and her U.S. Senate primary challenger, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). Daddy Dearest called out Enzi for suggesting that they're friends.

"Mike also said he and I are fishing buddies, which is simply not true. Never happened."

Given Daddy Dearest's own record of incessant lies, there is absolutely no reason we should give him any credibility on this either.

On the other hand, maybe he's right just this once. After all, who in their right mind would ever want to be friends, or admit to being friends, with Dick Cheney?

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Well Now, Isn't This Just Epicaricacy

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Okay, Epicaricacy. I had to look it up. It means pretty much the same thing as one of my all-time favorite words, schadenfreude -- to  delight in another person's misfortune. We all have it at one time or another.

Now before I go and share this sardonic news story, it's important you know this little bit of background on me -- I love animals -- especially dogs. So for all of those animal lovers out there, her's a classic piece an instant classic.

So it's with maudlin delight that I can share with you a case of epicaricacy, with a pinch of irony tossed in.  A tragic bit of schadenfreude. But if ever there was a video to describe the meaning of these wonderful words, it's this shocking video.

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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It's Sunday morning here in LA and I just can't stop smiling. Not because of anything I did. But because I can't get the spot-on, satirical review, of this Wizard of Oz video out of my mind.

Nobody does it better than the Onion (sorry 007 and Carly Simon fans). The "it" in this case is "satire."

When they take on a classic like the WIZARD OF OZ and critique it in modern day values and judgments, I'm on the floor. This review by Peter Rosenthal offers a humorous yet very sharp irony, exaggeration, and even ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

Hope you get the same reactions as I got. Enjoy. Oh, and it's safe for watching in any surroundings.


The Onion Looks Back At 'The Wizard Of Oz'

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Told ya so! Ailes, Fox "have a lot more to fear from" fired Brian Lewis than Lewis does "from Ailes & his toadies."

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ClusterFox indeed.

I so called this one. In my post of a few days ago, "Fox News [sic] boots Executive VP, top strategist, Roger Ailes BFF Brian Lewis," I wrote:

Do we smell a future tell-all book deal?

No, no please... hold your applause. Well, if you insist.

As you may recall, Lewis was the communications chief and a top strategist for Fox who was kicked to the curb after an internal investigation. Apparently, his “conduct” was in question. That conduct related "to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract” per the Los Angeles Times.

He was also Roger Ailes’ trusted BFF for decades.

And now he's threatening to leak some gory details about his now-former BFF and, of course, Fox.

There may not be a book in the works-- yet -- but the fun is about to begin. Buckle up!

Politico:

In a new statement, Lewis's lawyer says that Ailes and Fox News should be fearful of what secrets Lewis may reveal now that he is no longer bound by a confidentiality agreement.

"First, Brian Lewis no longer has any confidentiality obligation to Newscorp or Roger Ailes because of the false and malicious statements made by Fox to date," Judd Burstein writes in a statement provided to Gawker, a website that has long been a thorn in Ailes's side. "Second, Roger Ailes and Newscorp have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis."

This is going to be sooo good. Get out the popcorn. My treat!

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