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Hate & Intolerance in the Name of God

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I understand that the religious right want to plunge the planet into apocalypse, but do they really have to talk what's left of the sensible and compassionate segment of the world's population with them?

From their intolerance toward anyone they deem "different" to their insistence on imposing their warped religious beliefs on the rest of us under the guise of "freedom," these zealots are some truly scary people whose actions show that they are anything but "Christian" (meaning living by the teachings of Christ).

The scene at the border crossings where hundreds of mostly unaccompanied children are entering the US is sad. What's even sadder are the videos we're seeing of the racists assholes in Murietta, CA, where bigoted citizens and their police counterparts not only blocked buses with loaded children who crossed the border, but shouted angrily at them things like "Get out," "go home" and "take your diseases with you."

I thought the United States of America was the land of immigrants, who came in response to "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Those miscreants are the epitome of the Ugly American who is sadly the fact of this country today.

The really insane thing is that these haters spew their vitriol in the mane of Christianity. As an atheist Jew, I'm more "Christian" than any of them, as I believe in taking care of those in need, not turning a blind or, or worse, to their pain and suffering.

Today on the show, I was joined by Claire Conner, who knows that hatred first-hand. She wrote of her childhood growing up with parents who were founding members of the John Birch Society in the book, Wrapped in the Flag: What I Learned Growing Up in America's Radical Right, How I Escaped, and Why My Story Matters Today.  

Responding the the more recent insanity of the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby ruling, Claire wrote "I'm Terrified by these Zealots" for Crooks & Liars.

I am too.

It's Tuesday, that means GottaLaff joins me for the second hour of the show. In addition to our plans for another edition of The Vagina Dialogues© when I'm in Los Angeles next week, we talked about some of these stories too:

GW Bush signed law protecting young migrants, but, hey... #BlameObama

Retailer: "If we can minimize the humans in our company, then we prefer that."

TransCanada to small town: Here's $28K. Now shut up about tar sands pipeline project.

Conference caller: "Black people harvested cotton," Cochran “harvesting black votes”

One last thing... Keep the people of Japan - and the entire Pacific rim -- and the rest of the planet in your thoughts today. A giant "once in a decade" typhoon is bearing down today on Okinawa, forecast to go straight up the country for a direct hit on Fukushima.

See you back here tomorrow, as long as the planet is still here, radio or not...

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Afternoon-Evening Links

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Central Mississippi Tea Party President Janis Lane / Facebook

Central Mississippi Tea Party President Janis Lane / Facebook

A Mississippi Tea Party Chat (from the Jackson Free Press, Jackson, Mississippi)

Cochran Campaign: McDaniel Campaign Is 'Full Of Criminals'

Haley Barbour Not Backing Down in ‘Nasty’ Mississippi Race

On apathy and not giving a damn: My new column in The Guardian on Senate race ["My" = Donna Ladd, Editor, Jackson Free Press, Jackson, Mississippi]

What the Bowe Bergdahl outrage is really about

Fox News Finds A Way To Blame Obama For Conservative Filmmaker’s Confession To Breaking The Law

An anatomy of the right's Bergdahl overreach.

What Republicans Don’t Want You to Know: 500 + Detainees Were Released from GITMO Under Bush

Man Accused Of Running Over Daughter's Fiance With Truck

The NRA Backtracks and Apologizes To Gun Fanatics That Are Terrorizing The Public

Someone Left A Loaded Gun In The Toy Aisle Of Target

Obama On Bowe Bergdahl: 'I Make No Apologies' For Bringing Him Back

What Republicans Don’t Want You to Know: 500 + Detainees Were Released from GITMO Under Bush

Conservatives Have Hilariously Forgotten How Badly They Wanted Bergdahl Home

Despicable Republicans Are Deleting Their Previous Praise of Bowe Bergdahl

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Overnight: Lauren Mayer: GOP Hypocrisy Blues

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Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
Note: Lauren's CD is now available!! Hear clips or purchase CD/downloads at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/laurenmayer8. It is also on iTunes and will soon be on Amazon!

From YouTube:

The GOP faux concern over Veterans Affairs (after blocking funding time & time again) has turned this suburban Jewish mom into a fraudulent blues singer

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Condoleeza Rice, Secretary Of State During 13 Attacks On Embassies Says There Are Unanswered Benghazi Questions

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California wildfires in San Diego force evacuations

Crime Still Isn't Devouring Denver 4 Months After Legal Pot

It’s not the secular world that’s hyper-sexual

This GOP primary debate for Idaho governor is so bonkers, we don’t know where to start

‘Libtard’-hating ex-police chief is back with profane video rant and reality TV show deal

Turkish mine disaster: Unions hold protest strike

US fast food staff protests over wages spread globally

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NC Republican: "We Have to Divide and Conquer Those on Public Assistance"

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Ex-Christie aide: Gov's self-exoneration chock full o' holes (ENTIRE VIDEO)

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Bridgegate Christina Renna ex-Christie aide testifies

Video h/t: BlueJersey.com

ADDED: Here is the entire testimony via NJTV News:

UPDATE:

Original post:

Talking Points Memo is reporting on the testimony of an ex-Christie aide, Christina Renna, given to the New Jersey legislative committee investigating Bridgegate. She worked in the governor's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) under both Bill Stepien and Bridget Kelly. Among her sworn statements were a few choice words about the slut-shaming gossip sheet whitewash in which Legal Team Christie cleared their client.

Here are a few of those words out of the very mouth of the very ex-Christie aide:

"'Mandatory directive' were not my words," Renna said. "If you notice, they are not in quotation marks. That was Gibson Dunn's words. That was their characterization. They are never words I would have used. I would never use 'mandatory directive,' except in one incident which we can circle back to. They were not my words." Weinberg asked Renna whether she had a chance to correct Gibson Dunn's characterization of her interview before it was released publicly. Renna replied that she had not been given the opportunity.

Christie's legal team had summarized it this way:

Renna believed Stepien kept track of mayors who were not in favor with IGA, but Renna was not privy to that process. But IGA staff would receive mandatory directives along the lines of “do not rush to return this mayor’s phone call.” Renna recalled an IGA staffer asking Renna, “Can we get a list of hands-off mayors?” Renna remembered responding, “You know we won’t get it, and it would change daily anyway.”

Randy M. Mastro, the Team Christie lawyer who led the internal "investigation" of Bridgegate, did say that his exoneration paper was his understanding, his recap, of the interviews he held. But if even an ex-Christie aide is poking holes in Mastro's findings, then it's further confirmation that the "report" was nothing more than a paper sieve. full of holesMore details at the link.

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