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Thursday, May 26, 2016


Three white high school football players from Dietrich, Idaho have been charged in the brutal sexual assault of a black teammate, The Washington Post reports. The alleged assault took place on October 23rd last year in the men’s locker room at Dietrich High School. Law enforcement officials allege that one of the football players restrained the victim while another shoved a coat hanger up his rectum and another repeatedly kicked the coat hanger.

Two of the alleged perpetrators, 18-year-old John R.K. Howard and 17-year-old Tanner Ward, are being charged as adults. An unnamed 16-year-old football player is being charged in the case as a juvenile. Howard has not yet filed a plea in the case and it isn’t yet known whether Ward has filed a plea, the Post says.

The unidentified victim’s family also filed a $10 million lawsuit earlier this month alleging that this vicious sexual assault was the culmination of a harassment campaign against him. The family alleges that his teammates would regularly insult him with racially charged terms and the suit alleges he was regularly called “‘Kool-Aid’ ‘chicken eater’ ‘watermelon’ and [the N-word],” the Post reports.

The lawsuit also alleges that the high school did nothing to stop the horrible physical and emotional abuse regularly inflicted upon the victim, who was particularly vulnerable due to “mental disorders including learning disabilities.”

May Howard and Ward receive the same treatment when they are incarcerated for their actions.

Roger West

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


The communications chair for the Young Republican National Federation criticized her party on the national level for supporting Donald Trump as she announced her resignation from the group, Fusion reported.
“Our social media accounts have already seen messages from people announcing their support of Donald Trump and invoking our organization. I cannot be part of that,” Katrina Jorgensen said in a statement on her Facebook page on Monday. “No matter how loud I am in my renouncement of Trump, my title will still betray me. I want no part of a racist, fascist, hateful presidency.”
Jorgensen said that her voice was tied to the party’s message in her role, and that she was quitting because she would not give up her principles.
“The role of the Communications Committee is to reach our members and the public with our positions in support of our parent party,” she wrote. “Unfortunately, the RNC has decided to embrace this candidate as our standard-bearer. So every press release, every tweet that does not denounce Trump will be seen as capitulating to the GOP.”
According to Fusion, the organization focuses on advocacy on behalf of Republicans between the ages of 18 and 40. Jorgensen called on other Young Republican leaders to “prayerfully consider their own positions” given that they were told in the past that they were the party’s future.
“If we have instead decided to uphold a man who does not represent us or our views — a man that has belittled war heroes, explicitly stated misogynist beliefs, relied on intimidation of minorities, insulted our international allies, rewarded violence, championed divisive rhetoric and proved completely uneducated in conservative fiscal policy — I cannot participate in that,” she said.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Samantha Bee continued her history lesson on the evangelical religious right — and their symbiotic relationship with the Republican Party.
“Last week, we took a look at the religious right — those coveted evangelical voters that conservatives spent decades pandering to only to be dumped just before November prom for a heretical billionaire bully who only says the word “God” when he is ejaculating on a pile of money,” Bee began.


“Many people think the new religious right arose as a response to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. But that’s not true”
Religious studies professor Randall Balmer explained that leaders like Jerry Falwell and Paul Wirke were looking for ways to extend their power in the American political process, following the founding of the Moral Majority in 1979.

Balmer explained, “They held a conference call to discuss the prospect of other political activities. Several people discussed possible issues and finally a voice on the end of one of the lines said, ‘How about abortion?'”

Bee then interviewed author and filmmaker Frank Schaeffer, who claimed to be instrumental in the founding of the modern anti-abortion movement.
“One of the things that I did back in the day when I was young was help found, start, begin what became known as the ‘pro-life movement.’ It is the single greatest regret of my life. We made a film series called ‘Whatever Happened to the Human Race‘ featuring my dad — Francis Schaeffer — and Dr. C. Everett Coop,” Schaeffer said.
“Most evangelical leaders didn’t want anything to do with it. They wanted to just preach Jesus. They thought politics was dirty. They didn’t want anything to do with it. We had to talk them into it.”
Schaeffer then explained how the GOP got involved in making the Moral Majority’s new anti-abortion agenda legitimate.
“One of the people who helped us do that was Jack Kemp. He brought in 50 senators and congressmen including Henry Hyde and Bob Dole and a bunch of other people and gave it respectability.”


Sunday, May 22, 2016


Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) and Bernie Sanders (Larry David) reminisce about their time running against each other in the Democratic primary.


Roger West

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Conservative Dipshit James O'Keefe, Still King of Douche-baggery


Conservative dipshit and once dead Breitbart protégé James O’Keefe - the idiot made a faux paus that toppled his own attempt to infiltrate a group funded by progressive billionaire George Soros because he couldn't hang up the phone, the New Yorker reported.

An audio has been floated around of O’Keefe’s call to the Open Society Foundations captures him identifying himself as “Victor Kesh” and leaving a message, only to tell an unidentified person about his plan because he failed to realize that he didn’t disconnect the line.

O’Keefe states in his voicemail to Dana Geraghty that, he “would like to get involved with you and aid what you do in fighting for, um, European values,” explaining that “Kesh” is a Hungarian-American.

After asking Geraghty for someone to contact and leaving a number, “Kesh” ends the call. But then O’Keefe can be heard telling someone, “Don’t say anything before I hang up the phone.”

O’Keefe then engaged in a 10-minute discussion about his actual plan regarding the group
“What needs to happen someone other than me to make a hundred phone calls like that,” he said.
At one point, “Kesh” says that he is opening Geraghty’s LinkedIn page in order to use the information to help ease his way into the Soros “octopus,” only to realize that doing so only reveals his own LinkedIn account to her.
“It was a little chilling to hear this group of men talking about me as a ‘point of entry,'” Geraghty said. “But — not to sound ageist — it was clear that these people were not used to the technology.”
She subsequently forwarded the voicemail to the foundation’s president, Chris Stone, who ridiculed their attempt to scam her.
“The Watergate burglars look good compared to these guys,” Stone said. “These guys can’t even figure out how to use an Internet browser, let alone conduct an undercover operation. You read the transcript and you can’t help but laugh. But the issues here aren't funny.
I am sure the ghost of Breitabart is proud James, and I' am sure you will see this as another accolade of success.

James O'Keefe, you are today's dumbest human in the world, congrats asshat!

Roger West

Friday, May 20, 2016


Sophomoric Louisiana state House session was shamed into silence on Wednesday after a member proposed limiting the weight and age of erotic dancers in the state.

As discussion began on Wednesday of House Bill 468 — which would increase the age limit on strippers from 18 to 21 — it was clear from the cackling in the House chambers that male lawmakers were not taking the subject seriously.

After Rep. Walt Leger offered the bill, the first question came from Rep. Sam Jones.
“I appreciate you wanting to raise the minimum age,” Jones said. “Are you going to put a maximum age on that?”
“I’m open to suggestions,” Leger smiled as members of the House laughed. “I’m not looking to comment on anybody’s tastes.”

The first amendment offered by Rep. Kenneth Havard did exactly that: It insisted that dancers be “between twenty-one and twenty-eight years of age and shall be no more that [SIC] one hundred sixty pounds in weight.”

“In the spirit of this legislative session, I will offer up this amendment as a part of keeping the spirit alive of trimming the fat,” Havard quipped, drawing more cackling from the male lawmakers.

However, Havard quickly withdrew the amendment after Rep. Nancy Landry asked him how he could “not find this offensive.”

But it was the scolding from Republican Rep. Julie Stokes that brought the lawmakers’ fun to an end.
“I’ve got to say, looking out over this body, I’ve never been more repulsed to be part of it,” she said, silencing her colleagues. “I’m going to tell you one thing, the disrespect — and I saw it in 2013 in committee, and I’ve never been so disgusted to be part of a committee as I was in 2013, somebody made comments, like, ‘What if it’s a classy strip club like Cheetah’s in Atlanta?’ That’s not the way we behave in this body.”
“I don’t even know what Representative Havard was thinking,” she continued. “That’s a dangerous thing to do politically. It was a bad idea.”
Stokes suggested that the male politicians “look around at their own bodies, and their own daughters.”

“I refuse the spirit of everything that I heard,” she said. “And I can’t even believe the behavior in here. I think we need to call an end to this. I hear derogatory comments about women in this place regularly. I hear and I see women get treated differently than men, and I’m going to tell you what, you gave me a perfect forum to talk about it right now.”
“Because it has got to stop,” Stokes added. “That was utterly disrespectful and disgusting. I really don’t have anything left to say.”


Thursday, May 19, 2016


For many viewers, Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s much-anticipated interview with Donald Trump on Monday night was a reminder of all the sexist things Trump’s said about her: that she’s a “bimbo,” she’s “crazy,” she’s got “blood coming out of her whatever.” At one point during the interview, Kelly even confronted Trump about his sexism, noting the infamous “bimbo” incident.
“Did I say that?” Trump asked, sheepishly. Kelly confirmed that he had. “Oof,” Trump responded. “Excuse me.”
Watching this exchange, followers of Trump’s whirlwind presidential run may have been confused. Why would Trump have granted this interview with Kelly, who he’s repeatedly called a bad reporter? What’s more, why would he subject himself to multiple reminders of how he’s mistreated her?

The reason, according to Trump himself, is that the interview was actually proof that he never mistreated Kelly at all. Speaking on a local Oregon radio station on Monday before the interview with Kelly aired, Trump said Kelly would not have asked him for a one-on-one if he was really all that sexist.
“Megyn Kelly called me — I didn’t call her, she called me, which I respect that she called me,” Trump told KXL News in Portland. “I say it with respect. And If I said something so bad, She wouldn’t have called me.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has suggested that his interview with Kelly proved his innocence. Speaking in front of a crowd of Oregonites earlier this month, Trump said that Kelly’s request for an interview was proof that he wasn’t really talking about her period when he said Kelly had “blood coming out of her whatever.”
“She called me. She said I’d like to see you,” Trump told the audience. “Now, if I was wrong, she wouldn’t have done that. And I respect her for doing it.”
Though he’s long been scrutinized for sexism, Trump has been under particularly intense fire this week, following a New York Times investigation about how Trump has treated women throughout his life. The detailed account of Trump’s mannerisms was based on interviews with more than 50 women, who revealed “unwelcome advances, a shrewd reliance on ambition, and unsettling workplace conduct over decades.”

As for Kelly, even her employer Fox News has decried Trump’s “sexist” remarks and accused him of having a “sick obsession” with Kelly. More recently, however, it’s been reported that Fox News executive co-chairman Rupert Murdoch has reversed that position, and “plans to fully back Trump in the general election against Hillary Clinton.” Indeed, aside from the one confrontation over the word “bimbo,” Kelly’s interview with Trump on Monday was widely regarded as soft.

Still, we may not have heard the last of the Kelly-Trump saga. Kelly said recently that she is writing a tell-all book that detailing the impact of Trump’s sexism on her life over the last year. The book, however, will not come out until a week after the general presidential election.

[Cross-posted from thinkprogress]


Wednesday, May 18, 2016


An Easton Pennsylvania substitute teacher was taken into custody Tuesday morning after admitting to a judge that she had been carrying on a sexual relationship with a student dating back to 2015.

According to Lehigh Valley Live, Kelly Aldinger, 49, had previously been arrested two weeks ago after a police officer on a routine patrol discovered Aldinger and the unidentified teen having sex in a car parked in the Easton Cemetery.

Authorities state that Aldinger, a substitute teacher in the Easton Area school district, said she initially met the student in class last year which led to an affair with the 16-year-old.

Aldinger had previously been listed as the council president of St. Paul’s III Lutheran Church, where she oversaw Christian education, along with supervising Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. It is not known if Aldinger holds any position with St. Paul’s at this time, with the church directory showing the council president position unfilled.

Aldinger, who is divorced and has at least one child, is currently living with her parents and unemployed after the school district terminated her contract, stated her attorney, Josh Fulmer.

If found guilty of institutional sexual assault, she faces up to 7 years in jail and $15,000 in fines.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Samantha Bee examined the Evangelical movement’s controversial involvement in Republican politics during the last several decades.

Citing Ted Cruz’s complete failure to capture Evangelical votes, Bee continued with a look at Trump’s ridiculous pandering to Christians — using the Donald as a jumping off point to give the audience a history lesson on the religious right.


“To understand how we got there, we have to go back to origins of the new religious right… It wasn’t abortion that birthed the religious right. It was good old white Nativism and anti-government anger when the IRS challenged evangelicals’ god given right to go to school without black people.”

Bee also added a caution, before continuing, “Please understand when I say the religious right, I’m not talking about people of faith — hashtag #NotAllChristians — but a political movement to harness voting evangelicals to the conservative Republican cause.”


Monday, May 16, 2016


John Oliver was back in his groove Sunday night after Donald Trump provided him with a wealth of material following a bizarre week that saw Trump denying impersonating his own fake publicist — after previously admitting that it was him.

The Last Week Tonight host began by calling out the Republican Party — focusing on House Speaker Paul Ryan — for their awkward at-a-distance relationship with the new face of the party.


Oliver compared the GOP leaders and Trump to a “teenage Christian couple who have made an abstinence pledge. They’re going to have sex, and it’s just a matter of time — but they still need to make a big show of resisting in case anyone might be paying attention.”

The host then turned to Trump’s adamant refusal to admit that he was publicist “John Miller,” heard on a 25-year-old audio tape bragging about his client and claiming that pop singer Madonna was badgering Trump for a date.
“Much like his candidacy, that claim is sad—but not implausible,” explained Oliver. “Remember, there were rumors that in the ‘90s, Madonna got together with Vanilla Ice, Jose Canseco, and Willem Dafoe. And what is Donald Trump if not the authenticity of a Vanilla Ice, the likability of Jose Canseco and the terrifying facial expressions of Willem Dafoe?”
Turning to Trump’s claim that he was unfamiliar with tape and saying, “It was not me on the phone,” Oliver ridiculed how preposterous the whole controversy has become.
“It’s clearly you!” Oliver blurted. “Look, there is only one way to settle this. Tonight, I’d like to extend an invitation to ‘John Miller, publicist’ to appear on this program.”
“Now, to be clear,” he added, “this is not an invitation to Donald Trump, who has never been and will never be invited here for an interview. But if ‘John Miller’ wants to sit down with us, we would love to have him.”

As an added inducement, Oliver promised to provide “John Miller” with a badly cooked Trump steak, skin mags and a hand mirror.


Sunday, May 15, 2016


SNL's opening last night featured the frighteningly real prospect of presumptive Republican presidential nominee with John Miller [Donald Trump], portrayed by Darrell Hammond, selecting a running mate with the help of Bobby Moynihan‘s Gov. Chris Christie.

The SNL bit opened with a canny late swing at Trump’s public relations alter ego, then hit some fairly edgy notes as Moynihan pitched everyone from Carly Fiorina to a certain Floridian who crawled back into the news this week.

The pair finally settled on a pick, which you can watch below.


Roger West

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Bill Maher last night said political correctness may be out of control, but conservatives can’t use that as an excuse to blame liberals for Donald Trump [AKA John Miller].
“I’ve ridiculed liberals for everything from offensive Halloween costumes to Islamophobia; from the self-esteem movement to college campuses forgetting what free speech is,” Maher said during his “New Rules” segment. “But none of that justifies embracing a dangerous buffoon simply because his lack of political correctness is cathartic. Trump is your problem. But somehow the ‘party of personal responsibility’ doesn’t want to take responsibility for this one.”
Maher pointed out an increase in op-eds arguing that Trump’s rise to become the apparent GOP presidential nominee was fueled in part by liberal “smugness” alienating otherwise moderate voters.


“That is their thesis — that Trump voters are perfectly nice if left alone, like raccoons,” he observed. “They just want to eat garbage and crap in your hot tub.”
In reality, he argued, conservatives just get upset whenever they’re confronted with evidence that things like homosexuality, racism, or global warming are real.
“Here’s the thing: you guys were wrong about all that,” Maher said. “Really — check the climate science. Check the dashboard camera on the police car. Check your pastor’s Internet history.”
Which ever alter ego Trump is today conservatives "John Miller", "John Barron", Fuckface Von Clownstick, Donald J. Trump is all you. Own it.

Roger West

Friday, May 13, 2016


The U.S. Secret Service is investigating presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s former butler over a Facebook post calling for President Barack Obama’s assassination.

The former butler, Anthony Senecal, 74, said in a Facebook post Obama should be hanged for treason. He made the statement in 2015, and the magazine Mother Jones wrote on Thursday about the post and other similar remarks by Senecal. Senecal worked for decades as a butler at Trump’s Palm Beach mansion, Mar-a-Lago.

After reports of Senecal’s comments began to circulate, the Secret Service said in a statement, “The U.S. Secret Service is aware of this matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation.”

The story broke as Trump, whose proposals to ban Muslims from entering the United States and build a wall along the Mexican border have drawn heavy criticism, concluded a charm offensive on Capitol Hill. He attended a series of meetings there on Thursday with Republican lawmakers to try to win the party establishment’s support for his candidacy.

Senecal has not served as a butler to the billionaire candidate since 2009, but he was identified in a March 15 profile in the New York Times as a current employee of Mar-a-Lago, serving as the estate’s historian.

Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, said in a statement, “Senecal has not worked at Mar-a-Lago for years, but nevertheless we totally and completely disavow the horrible statements made by him regarding the president.”

She declined to comment on the Times report about Senecal’s recent role. Senecal did not respond to a call seeking comment and could not be reached by email.
“It is time for our Military to drag that fraud out of the white mosque and hang his ass for treason and other high crimes against AMERICA !!!!!!!” Senecal wrote on Sept. 13, 2015, in reference to Obama.
Mother Jones reached Senecal on Thursday. The magazine reported that Senecal said of his Facebook comments, including a private comment on Wednesday in which he said Obama should be shot: “I wrote that. I believe that.”

[Cross-posted from Reuters]


Thursday, May 12, 2016


Major dickhead and murderer George Zimmerman is auctioning off the gun he says he used to shoot and kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012, Mediaite reported on Wednesday.
“I’m a free American,” Zimmerman said of his decision. “I can do what I like with my possessions.”
The online auction is set to begin on Thursday morning, a year to the day after he was injured in a dispute with Matthew Apperson, who Zimmerman described as being a Black Lives Matter “sympathizer.”

“I am proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds will be used to: fight BLM violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of Angela Correy’s persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric,” Zimmerman wrote on the auction website. “Now is your opportunity to own a piece of American History.”
He also described the gun as being operable, “attempts by the Department of Justice on behalf of B. Hussein Obama.

Roger West

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Late night host Stephen Colbert had some advice for House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday to help him get in the mood for endorsing Donald Trump.
“You want the first time you endorse Donald Trump to be special,” Colbert explained. “Look at Chris Christie, he rushed right in to endorse and now everywhere he goes is a walk of shame.”
“Don’t worry, Paul, when you decide the time is right for you to endorse Trump, it will only last a minute,” the comedian added. “Just shut your eyes and think of Reagan.”
“Until you’re completely ready, maybe it’s just best if you stay home and endorse yourself.”


Monday, May 9, 2016

Jan Brewer: 'This woman thing has gotten way out of control'

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer argued on Sunday that too much emphasis has been placed on electing female candidates.

During a discussion on CNN about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s possible running mates, host Jake Tapper asked Brewer if she would be interested in the job.
“Who made up that list? They didn't put me on there,” Brewer complained. “Of course, I would be — I would be willing to serve in any capacity that I could be of help with Donald on.”

“Do you think he needs to pick a woman?” Tapper wondered. “Given how bad his numbers are with women.”

“I don’t necessarily think you need to pick a woman,” Brewer insisted. “You know, this woman thing has gotten way out of control I believe.
“And I think it’s been driven by the left,” she remarked. “Because they think that it’s going to bring them over the end. But I think people, when they sit down to vote, they vote for the very best candidate. They want somebody that’s going to represent them.”


Sunday, May 8, 2016


Dan Savage and Ann Coulter clashed during Friday’s Real Times panel discussion - with Savage ripping into Coulter’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.

“Why do we want to throw these 11 million people out of the country?” Savage asked at one point. “They contribute more to our economy than they take out; they pay more in taxes than they receive in services; illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes per capita –”
“All of that is untrue,” Coulter responded. “Those are false facts. Not only are they false facts, but if they are true facts then you need to go and elect people who will change the laws.”
“But your rationale for building this wall is bullshit,” Savage shot back, a reference to Donald Trump’s insistence that he would build a wall at the US-Mexico border.


“No, the rationale is that he [would be] the commander-in-chief, he protects the borders,” Coulter countered. “Those are the laws.”
Earlier in the discussion, Coulter quipped that Savage “should be the spokesman for Hillary Clinton” because of his criticism toward the Republican base.
“That’s gonna be a big hit with the American people — who are overwhelmingly voting for Trump,” she said.
“No, the GOP base — which is overwhelmingly rubes, idiots, sexists, racists — are overwhelmingly voting for Trump,” Savage responded.

Roger West

Saturday, May 7, 2016


Bill Maher again last night - took Fuckface Von Clownstick to task regarding Clownstick's Masculinity, arguing that the stereotypes about 1950s housewives really do apply to the Republican candidate.
“Never forget, Lady Trump, that Hillary Clinton was born a woman,” he said. “But you chose to live your life as a whiny little bitch. Which is why, if Hillary is the Democratic nominee, I’ll be voting for the only one who has balls.”
Maher recalled that the real estate mogul once sued him for “challenging” him to prove he was not the son of an orangutan in response to Trump’s “birther” rhetoric concerning President Barack Obama.
“I sure hope this ‘man’ gets elected so the world respects us again,” Maher said sarcastically, adding, “He makes Lindsey Graham look like Vin Diesel. This isn’t presidential — it’s Glenn Close boiling the rabbit.”
And like a “daffy” housewife of the ’50s, the host said, Trump can’t balance a checkbook.
“Trump Airlines, Trump Casinos, Trump University, Trump Steaks. He’s got the Midas touch — if every time Midas touched something it exploded,” Maher said.

Roger West

Friday, May 6, 2016


GOP, you planted the seeds of hate, racism, xenophobia and greed that you’re now harvesting with Donald Trump’s candidacy.

Seth Meyers was quick to mock exiting candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Wednesday night, for not only being a national embarrassment but appearing to be universally hated by nearly anyone he has encountered.

But the real reality check came when Meyers showed the pathway the GOP took to get where they are now. “This should be a serious moment of introspection for Republicans,” he began with the tough love. “How did they get to the point where they’re handing their nomination to a race-baiting, xenophobic, serial liar who peddles conspiracy theories and thinks the National Enquirer is a real newspaper. The answer: This is no accident. This is not a fluke. The Republican Party is the party of Donald Trump — and has been for years.”

Meyers showed a clip from 2009, when scenes of the “birther movement” were playing out across the country. “I don’t want this flag to change! I want my country back!” the woman shouted holding up her own birth certificate.

“First of all, even if the president was a secret Muslim, he was never going to change the flag,” Meyers explained. “That’s like a surefire way to blow his secret.” Meyers said that when Trump saw the hate and vitriol coming out of people seeing a black man become president, he merely fanned the flames.
“And how did GOP leaders react when confronted with the fact that large numbers of their voters believed these racist myths peddled by Trump and others?” he said before showing a clip of John Boehner saying that it isn’t his job to stand up to his own voters and “it wasn’t my job to tell them what to think.”
“It wasn’t your job to tell them? Your job title was literally Speaker!” Meyers exclaimed. “Fucking speak!”

These GOP leaders all openly accepted the “myths about the first black president being born in Kenya and being a Muslim,” Meyers explained that these myths made Trump famous with conservatives. Now, suddenly, GOP leaders who not only endorsed other people but attacked Trump are coming to his side to help stop the GOP from turning into a shit-show. “This perfectly encapsulates why the forces opposed to Trump within the GOP were doomed from the beginning, because they were never willing to fully commit to standing up to Trump.”
“At the end of the day, Republicans should do some soul searching about how they turn their party into the party of Donald Trump. The #StopTrump movement, for all its good intentions, was awkward, it was poorly organized. It was almost as awkward as this moment,” Meyers said, showing Cruz elbowing his wife in the face.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Justice Department Tells North Carolina To Abandon Its Anti-LGBT Bathroom Bill — Or Else

The U.S. Department of Justice has informed Gov. Pat McCrory that North Carolina’s anti-transgender law, HB2, violates the federal Civil Rights Act. He has until Monday to provide assurances “that the State will not comply with or implement HB2.”

The letter sent to McCrory Wednesday explains that HB2, which among other things bans the use of restrooms by transgender people in accordance with their gender identities in all public schools and state buildings, violates both Title VII and Title IX. They protect against discrimination on the basis of sex in employment and education, respectively.
“Access to sex-segregated restrooms and other workplace facilities consistent with gender identity is a term, condition or privilege of employment,” the letter asserts. “Denying such access to transgender individuals, whose gender identity is different from the gender assigned at birth, while affording it to similarly situated non-transgender employees, violates Title VII.”
The letter also explains that because of the similar Title IX violations, North Carolina is at risk of losing its $861 million in federal funding for its schools.

If McCrory does not provide confirmation that HB2 will not be enforced, the Department of Justice could then begin taking actions against the state to overturn it. The Department of Education could follow suit by exercising its leverage over the state’s funding.

As of Tuesday, McCrory was still claiming that the law was not discriminatory. “This had to do with privacy,” he reiterated.

[Cross-posted from thinkprorgess]