Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor, made nationally news on Tuesday when it was learned that she subpoenaed a group of Christian pastors who opposed the city’s law, one that she said was personal to her, that would allow men to use women’s restrooms and vice versa. In her subpoena, she demanded that this group of Christian pastors turn over to the city all sermons and communication with their parishioners that dealt with homosexuality.
Beyond using the mayoral office as not only a bully pulpit, but using the power of it to bully this group of Christians, the Alliance Defending Freedom has said that her demand from these pastors is illegal as it violates their First Amendment Rights.
In a case of typical progressive hypocrisy, on the very day that news came out that Parker was attempting to bully Christians pastors via subpoena to turn over all sermons and communications dealing with homosexuality, she held a ceremony declaring October to be ‘National Bullying Prevention Month.’
An article in Houston Style Magazine provided all the information for the ceremony which was held on October 14 at 1:30 pm at Houston City Hall. They described what would happen during this ceremony.
The Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying is a national initiative of the U.S. Conference of Mayors sponsored in partnership with the Bully Project. Mayor Parker is campaign chair and spokesperson for this national effort involving the participation of more than 200 mayors in nearly all 50 states.
The mayor will also announce a special public screening of the educational film “Bully,” scheduled for October 17. The film, which premieres tonight on PBS, will be screened in communities across the nation this month as part of the campaign.
Read the full article at The Tea Party Network.
MoveOn and MAYDAY’s call for citizens to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money in our politics” was met by the conservative group American Commitment, which submitted a video highlighting progressive donor and climate change alarmist Tom Steyer’s role in the 2014 election cycle.
American Commitment’s submission currently has about 15 times as many votes as the second-place competitor. MoveOn and MAYDAY changed the rules Thursday to allow for another day of voting.
“Contest ends at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 16, 2014. The sooner you post your video, the more time you’ll have to get votes,” the rules previously stated.
Now the rules read “Contest submissions ends [sic] at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 16, 2014. The sooner you post your video, the more time you’ll have to get votes. The 24-hour voting period begins on Thursday [sic] at 5pm ET, and ends on Friday at 5pm ET, October 17th, 2014.”
“Pretty funny that liberal groups who pretend to hate money in politics are driven to panic and willing to embarrass themselves with a last-minute rules change to forestall the possibility that a submission about by far the biggest donor in America might win their contest,” American Commitment’s Phil Kerpen told The Daily Caller. “Steyer has spent $42M+ this year, more than the top 31 Republican donors combined. But he’s a liberal, so they love him.”
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
The display was put up by Family Hardware employee Jeff Verzi, who was honoring six family members serving in the military. He was told last week to remove the flags after an anonymous complaint citing the city’s rule that prohibits placing banners in the right-of-way.
Verzi politely refused, saying the flags represent six veterans in his family that he wanted to remember.
Then, on a quiet Monday morning following the city’s demand to Verzi, fellow townspeople spent a few hours placing hundreds upon hundreds of flags along the right-of-way for the entire length of the street.
Supporters started posting flags at around 8 a.m. and it took more than an hour to finish. Initially, the plan was for over 500 small American flags to dot the landscape. Eric Stange, general manager at Family Hardware, said their message generated a positive response from the community.
Connie Barron, spokeswoman for the city, has since said that no further action will be taken. She said it’s a good thing to see the community come together.
A growing number of lawmakers — mostly Republicans — are urging the Obama administration to bar travel to the United States for the roughly 13,000 foreign visa holders living in the West African countries where the disease is most rampant.
But Democrats are rejecting that strategy, arguing that it would both be ineffective and could worsen the epidemic in those African hot spots.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said Wednesday that U.S. officials should instead focus their efforts on enhanced health screenings, both overseas and in domestic airports, and cement the healthcare protocols designed to eliminate the spread of the disease in the United States.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday joined a growing chorus of conservatives in calling on the administration to bar travel from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — where Ebola has reached epidemic levels — until those countries have eradicated the threat.
“Common sense dictates that we should impose a travel ban on commercial airline flights from nations afflicted by Ebola,” Cruz told the Dallas Morning News. “There’s no reason to allow ongoing commercial air traffic out of those countries.”
Read the full article at The Hill.
The unnamed passenger, age 63, had boarded an Arik Air plane Wednesday night out of Lagos, Nigeria, which has had 19 Ebola cases this year though no new cases in the past month.
He was vomiting in his seat and died sometime before the plane landed around 6 a.m., the source said. The crew contacted the CDC, whose officials boarded the plane as about 145 worried passengers remained on board, a federal law-enforcement source said.
“The door [to the terminal] was left open, which a lot of the first responders found alarming,” said the source.
“The CDC went on the plane, examined the dead body and said the person did not have Ebola,” Rep. Peter King told The Post. “It was, what I was told, a cursory examination. The Port Authority cops and personnel from Customs and Border Protection were there . . . Their concern was, how could you tell so quickly? And what adds to the concern is how wrong the CDC has been over the past few weeks.”
Read the full story at the New York Post.