Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NYPD Detective Stripped Of Badge And Gun After Angry Rant Captured On Video

NYPD detective Patrick Cherry

Yesterday, I wrote about a New York Police Department detective who went bonkers on an Uber driver who honked his horn while the detective was trying to park his car.

The NYPD has been swift to act after the video of the rant went viral.

Detective Patrick Cherry has been removed from the department’s elite Joint Terrorism Task Force and will be doing desk duty until he is officially transferred out of the prestigious division.

“No good cop should watch that video without a wince,” Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a Wednesday press conference. “Because all good cops know that officer just made their jobs a little bit harder.”

“In that kind of encounter, anger like that is unacceptable,” Bratton continued. “In any encounter, discourtesy and obscene language like that is unacceptable.

“That officer’s behavior reflected poorly on everyone who wears our uniform.”

Arkansas: Huge Rally For Changes To "Religious Freedom Restoration Act"

Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign

From the Associated Press:

Hundreds gathered on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol urging lawmakers to make changes to a religious-objection measure that has faced national backlash from businesses and gay-rights groups.

Seth Hutchinson, Son Of Arkansas Governor, "Proud To Have Made A Small Contribution"


Seth Hutchinson, son of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, sent an email to Business Insider today after he was referenced in his dad's press conference where the governor announced he was sending the recently passed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" back to lawmakers to mirror the federal version of the law.

The liberal 31 year old union activist, based in Austin, Texas, had this to say about today's events in Arkansas:

"I am happy that my Dad is now calling on legislators to rework HB 1228.

"I had communicated with him my opposition to the bill, along with thousands of other Arkansans and concerned citizens around the country.

"I'm proud to have made a small contribution to the overall effort to stop discrimination against the LGBT community in Arkansas, the state that I love (Go hogs!).

"I love and respect my father very much, but sometimes we have political disagreements, just as many families do. We must build a mass movement of Americans fighting for economic, environmental, and social justice if we want to see real progress."

From T-Mobile - "Pets Unleashed"


T-Mobile's April Fool's Day ad.

If Bruno the Wonder Dog had a cell phone, he'd go 'selfie insane.'

David Letterman: "The Top Ten Guys Indiana Governor Mike Pence Looks Like"



Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana made it all the way to the Top 10 List on David Letterman last night as Dave listed "The Top Ten Guys Indiana Governor Mike Pence Looks Like."

Just about every one of these is spot on :)

Tweet Of The Day: Honey Maid

Hillary Clinton Weighs In On Arkansas RFRA: "I Urge Governor To Veto"

(via Twitter)

Indiana Pizzeria: We Would Turn Away Gay Wedding Customers

Crystal O'Connor of Memories Pizza

A Indiana pizzeria has gone on record as saying they would turn away gay or lesbian couples who would order pizza for their wedding reception.

(Who serves pizza at a wedding reception?)

The family-owned Memories Pizza, located in Walkerton, told a local news team Tuesday night that they would refuse service to a same-sex wedding.

“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” owner Crystal O’Connor told ABC 57. “We are a Christian establishment.”

She had been asked about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by Governor Mike Pence (R) last week, which critics say would legitimize discrimination of the exact sort O’Connor described.

The family emphasized that they would not refuse service to gay couples who came into the pizzeria to eat, but would not cater same-sex weddings. “We’re not discriminating against anyone,” O’Connor said, “that’s just our belief, and anyone has the right to believe in anything.”

Her father added that the homosexual lifestyle was a “choice,” as he chose to be heterosexual. “Why should I be beat over the head to go along with something they choose?” he asked.

Conservative proponents of the current RFRA have repeatedly said not one business in Indiana has said they would turn gays away.

Well, now there is.

The restaurant apparently has a One-Star rating on Yelp.

Indiana: New Language Could Specify RFRA Cannot Be Used As Defense Of Discrimination


The Indianapolis Star is reporting on new language that is being vetted to "clarify" the recently passed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" which has caused turmoil in the state and across the country.

A copy of the language obtained by The Indianapolis Star was being presented to Gov. Mike Pence Wednesday morning. The measure would specify that the new religious freedom law cannot be used as a legal defense to discriminate against residents based on their sexual orientation.

The measure goes much further than a "preamble" that was proposed earlier in the week, explaining exactly what the RFRA law does. But it doesn't go as far as establishing gays and lesbians as a protected class of citizens or repealing the law outright, both things that Republican leaders have said they could not support.

The clarification would say that the new "religious freedom" law does not authorize a provider – including businesses or individuals -- to refuse to offer or provide its services, facilities, goods, or public accommodation to any member of the public based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Churches or other nonprofit religious organizations would be exempt from the language.

Arkansas: Governor Asa Hutchinson Asks Lawmakers To Mirror Federal RFRA Law


Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson held a press conference today to announce he's sending the recently passed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" back to the state legislature to insure the law mirrors the federal version of the law.

Yesterday, retail giant Walmart, whose corporate offices are located in Arkansas, asked the governor to veto the bill. Money talks, kids.

And speaking of kids, the governor's own son signed a petition calling for a veto of the legislation.

Follow KATV for more details as the press conference progresses.


Ed Schultz Gives Ryan Anderson Epic Slap Down Over Indiana "License To Discriminate"

I caught the end of this segment yesterday just as Ed Schultz was ripping little Ryan T. Anderson a new one for parroting the same right wing talking points. Quite the show.

From Mediate:

Schultz pointed to the hypothetical of a gay couple being turned away from a restaurant because of the owner’s beliefs, but Anderson shot back that conservatives don’t actually believe that and accused Schultz of “demagoguing.”

They kept fighting after Schultz took a shot at Governor Mike Pence over his personal views on gay people. Anderson said, “You just kept slandering the governor!” Schultz fired back, “I’m not gonna let you filibuster.”

When Anderson kept going, Schultz shouted, “Cut his mic off!… We’ll bring him back if he wants to be courteous!”

Minutes later Schultz brought Anderson back into the conversation, and he maintained his belief that Pence is a homophobe. Anderson accused him of “name-calling” but Schultz brushed him aside.

Schultz concluded by saying, “I apologize for the guy from The Heritage Foundation who can’t have a civil conversation.”

My Favorite Thing Today: Jeremy Jordan Sings "Don't Rain On My Parade"


Broadway favorite Jeremy Jordan killed it earlier this week at the annual MCC Theater's MISCAST gala concert event with his performance of "Don't Rain On My Parade" from FUNNY GIRL.

The official description of MCC Theater's MISCAST 2015 is as follows: "MCC Theater's annual Miscast gala is one of the most exciting and unique theater events in town. Broadway's hottest stars perform songs from roles in which they would NEVER be cast. And the results are thrilling!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

International Transgender Day Of Visibility


International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday occurring on March 31st dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.

Folks took to social media all over the world to say "I'm here. And I count."





Viral Video Of The Day


From the clip poster:
Police abuse of Uber driver in New York City.

In an unmarked car, the policeman was allegedly attempting to park without using his blinker at a green light. (His reverse lights weren't on. Likely double parked without hazards on.) The Uber driver pulled around and gestured that he should use his blinker, casually and non-offensively, and kept driving us. The policeman aggressively pulls up behind us and this is what happens.

(This occurred just before 2pm on the West side of Manhattan, in police precinct 6, on March 30th, 2015. The officer did not identify himself, but he had a New York license plate: GSS 8891)

Note that the driver takes the advice of his riders and apologizes over and over to the police officer. Note the police officer's response.

What else could you do?

I post this knowing 99.9% of police are good people. The tiny minority - like this guy - makes life worse for his law enforcement brothers.

Walmart Asks Arkansas Governor To Veto "License To Discriminate" Bill


Walmart has sent a message to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson that HB1228, a bill similar to Indiana's "License To Discriminate" law, is a bad idea.

"Every day, in our stores, we see firsthand the benefits diversity and inclusion have on our associates, customers and communities we serve. It all starts with our core basic belief of respect for the individual.

"Today's passage of HB1228 threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas and does not reflect the values we proudly uphold.

"For these reasons, we are asking Governor Hutchinson to veto this legislation." - Doung McMillon, Walmart CEO

Gov. Hutchinson has said he plans to sign the legislation.

Does Arkansas want to be the next Indiana?
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