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Friday, January 12, 2018

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) fired back at President Trump for denying that he called Haiti and African countries "shithole countries," saying Trump's denials are "not true." "In the course of his comments, [Trump] said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist," Durbin told reporters on Friday. "I cannot believe in this history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday." Durbin was one of several lawmakers in the meeting during which Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries," according to The Washington Post. Durbin told reporters that Trump's comments as reported by the Post were accurate. "You've seen the comments in the press," Durbin said. "I've not seen one of them that's inaccurate. To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. It is not true. He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly."


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Josh Dubois - (Obama) wanted to meet with the families of the victims and then offer words of comfort to the country at a (Newtown) interfaith memorial service. We prepared seven or eight classrooms for the families of the slain children and teachers, two or three families to a classroom, placing water and tissues and snacks in each one. Honestly, we didn't know how to prepare; it was the best we could think of. The families came in and gathered together, room by room. Many struggled to offer a weak smile when we whispered, "The president will be here soon." A few were visibly angry -- so understandable that it barely needs to be said -- and were looking for someone, anyone, to blame. Mostly they sat in silence. I went downstairs to greet President Obama when he arrived, and I provided an overview of the situation. "Two families per classroom ... The first is ... and their child was ... The second is ... and their child was ... We'll tell you the rest as you go." read more


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Steve Benen, Maddowblog: Donald Trump's legal defense team have responded to the Russia scandal in recent months by arguing, repeatedly and in public, that the president and his campaign didn't collude with Putin's government during last year's attack, and that the president didn't obstruct justice as the investigation has unfolded. The new line from Trump World is that collusion isn't a big deal and the president is literally incapable of obstructing justice. read more


Friday, December 01, 2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller has charged former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn with "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the FBI regarding conversations with Russia's ambassador. He is due to appear in court later Friday morning, a court spokesperson said. The White House declined to immediately comment.
Flynn is the first Trump administration official and the fourth connected to the campaign to be charged as part of Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and members of Trump's team, as well as potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes. read more


Thursday, November 30, 2017

In an impassioned letter released exclusively... to AL.com, Leigh Corfman, who accused Roy Moore of undressing her when she was 14 and he was 32, demanded the Republican Senate candidate stop calling her a liar, and attacking her character and end his "smears and false denials." Corfman decided to write the open letter after hearing Moore's own remarks [Monday] night at a rally in Henagar, his first public appearance in nearly two weeks. read more


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Trump made the comments during an immigration meeting with Durbin and six Republican lawmakers: Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.); House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Reps. Bob Goodlatte, (R-Va.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), according to MSNBC.

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It's past 12 noon EST the day after Trump said these things and not a single Republican in that room has publicly acknowledged what Sen. Durbin did.

What does that say about today's GOP or at least those men who were in the room?

Whether or not the First Amendment is violated is the only question before the court.

As with Sully, my opinion is that this has nothing at all to do with anyone's First Amendment rights and everything to do with public licensing and contract law as it pertains to business. When you accept a publicly issued license to do lawful business in whatever profession one chooses, it then becomes the public's right to expect access to your services under the prevailing public laws which outlaws discrimination. The business owner and his workers fully expect that all public services such as police and fire protection be provided them as a matter of their legal citizenry so why should they be allowed to deny other citizens access to their services because of their personal religious beliefs? Are we willing to allow public servants these same rights to deny their services to those who offend an individual's religious beliefs too?

This entire line of BS is just that, BS. If you want to make money from the public then you cannot pick and choose which customers you'll agree to serve outside of previously acknowledged limitations, often having to do with public health concerns or attire requirements only enforced within the premises of the businesses themselves. But certainly not as a matter of by whom someone's work product will be used after the fact of its delivery as long as said use is legal.

One's religion is a personal thing that no one nor any government should dictate how one feels. But there is a reason we acknowledge the separation of church and state. The role of state is to foster a community that respects individuality. If one wants the benefits of a government-regulated business environment, then one has to serve every citizen without prejudice. If one wants to claim their religious belief trumps equal treatment under the law then that person wants a Sharia-type mentality to supercede the Constitution. And I hold no illusions that the right-leaning justices on the SCOTUS might see it that very same way. One's individual personal religious rights should never supercede anyone else's constitutional rights when they conflict with each other. If you don't want to serve a sector of the public for religious reasons then do not expect to sustain yourself and utilize a public marketplace supported by the very people you wish to discriminate against.

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