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Hateful Gay-Left Lobby Gets Maine Reporter Fired

Gay-Left Lobby Gets Maine Reporter Fired Over a Personal E-mail
December 9, 2009 by Tim Graham

The censorious intolerance of the gay left is on display again – a reporter was fired in Waterville, Maine. His offense? Sending an angry private e-mail to the Human Rights Campaign in Washington. The HRC wanted the reporter dismissed – and bang, he was terminated.

Via the Romenesko media news site, I found Al Diamon of Downeast.com reported that Larry Grard was fired after 17 years at the Waterville Sentinel and 35 years in journalism:

Grard was fired by Bill Thompson, editor of the Sentinel and its sister paper the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, shortly after the Nov. 3 election in which Maine voters repealed a same-sex marriage law approved by the Legislature. Grard said he arrived at work the morning after the vote to find an e-mailed press release from the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., that blamed the outcome of the balloting on hatred of gays.

Grard, who said he’d gotten no sleep the night before, used his own e-mail to send a response. “They said the Yes-on-1 people were haters. I’m a Christian. I take offense at that,” he said. “I e-mailed them back and said basically, `We’re not the ones doing the hating. You’re the ones doing the hating.’

“I sent the same message in his face he sent in mine.”

Grard thought his response was anonymous, but it turned out to be anything but. One week later, he was summoned to Thompson’s office. He was told that Trevor Thomas, deputy communications director of the Human Rights Campaign, had Googled his name, discovered he was a reporter, and was demanding Grard be fired. According to Grard, Thompson said, “There’s no wiggle room.”

He was immediately dismissed.

Grard said he thinks his religious beliefs were a factor in his firing, calling it “anti-Christian bias.” “A lawyer said to me, `What if you’d agreed with [the Human Rights Campaign]? Would the company fire you for that? Of course they wouldn’t have,'” he said.

The Sentinel and the other MaineToday papers editorialized in favor of same-sex marriage.

The week after Grard was fired, he said, his wife, Lisa, who wrote a biweekly food column for the Sentinel as a freelancer, received an e-mail informing her that her work would no longer be needed.

As if this weren’t enough bile from the ultra-left, here is another example of the myopic and hypocritical intolerance of any view other than their own. Notice the hate speech, hyperbole and intolerance from this supposedly “open-minded” blog post. The lesson: if you disapprove of any left wing cause you’re a bigot:

Reporter fired for responding to pro-gay press release
December 16, 2009 by Michael Hawkins

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Mounting environmental fraud

Climate change data dumped
November 29, 2009 by Jonathan Leake

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.

The UEA’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) was forced to reveal the loss following requests for the data under Freedom of Information legislation.

CRU emails were leaked before they were hacked
November 29, 2009 by Thomas Lifson

The BBC received copies of some of the CRU emails more than a month ago, but did nothing about them, sitting on explosive evidence of fraud. The UK Daily Mail reports:

ClimateGate Smoking Gun Found, American Thinker Does Media’s Job
November 25, 2009 by Noel Sheppard

As NewsBusters has been reporting since the ClimateGate scandal first broke last Friday, America’s media have either been shamefully ignoring the sensitive information hacked from a British university’s computer system or dishonestly telling the public there’s nothing to it.

The Scientists Involved in Deliberately Deceiving the World on Climate
November 30, 2009 by Dr. Tim Ball

The Public and Mainstream Media Still Don’t Grasp the Implications.

Top 10 Annoyances in the Climate Change Debate
November 28, 2009 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

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Liberal bigotry at its best

The Vilification of Rush
November 2, 2009 by Kenneth L. Hutcherson

Liberals would prefer no opposition. Behind the force field of political correctness, there should never be any disagreement once the liberal mind has decided that something is good for society. There can be no opposition to the “correct” way of thinking, and if you don’t think “correctly,” you are attacked.

Those who dare to disagree with liberal orthodoxy are punished sooner or later. Not even someone as powerful as Rush Limbaugh, whose dream of part ownership of the St. Louis Rams was shattered by a particularly insidious species of liberal intolerance, is immune.

I believe with all my heart that minorities, especially African-Americans, will never be free until they stop allowing people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to insist they adopt the mentality of victims. Likewise, they will not be free until they take the next bold step: start thanking God for America, and stop condemning the white male.

It is time for America to reject the Minority Thought Pattern and the hateful campaign against Rush Limbaugh.

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Since liberals continually compare Nazis and the political right

Russian News: There Are Scary Similarities Between Obama & Hitler
October 22, 2009 by Gateway Pundit

Not everyone was happy to see Obama win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Russian national news warns that Obama is popular just like Hitler was.
Pravda reported:

Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini were very popular at the time, but they were not presented with the Nobel Prize. Yet, they were nominated for same.

If we look down the history from 1900 to 2009, we will find only one person who was extremely popular and talked about like President Obama. That person is Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi Party and chancellor of Germany.

Despite both men’s popularity; there are more scary similarities between these two leaders:

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UN exaggerated warming 6-fold

Carbon Dioxide irrelevant in climate debate says MIT Scientist
August 18, 2009 by Dianna Cotter

In a study sure to ruffle the feathers of the Global Warming cabal, Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT has published a paper which proves that IPCC models are overstating by 6 times, the relevance of CO2 in Earth’s Atmosphere. Dr. Lindzen has found that heat is radiated out in to space at a far higher rate than any modeling system to date can account for.

SPPI Monthly CO2 Report: July
August 13, 2009 by Christopher Monckton

UN exaggerated warming 6-fold: the scare is over

SPPI’s authoritative Monthly CO2 Report for July 2009 announces the publication of a major paper by Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT, demonstrating by direct measurement that outgoing long-wave radiation is escaping to space far faster than the UN predicts, showing that the UN has exaggerated global warming 6-fold.Report, page 3.

Lindzen’s paper on outgoing long-wave radiation shows the “global warming” scare is over. Thanks to recent peer reviewed papers that have not been mentioned in the mainstream news media, we now know that the effect of CO2 on temperature is small, we know why it is small, and we know that it is having very little effect on the climate. Page 3.

The IPCC assumes CO2 concentration will reach 836 ppmv by 2100, but, for almost eight years, CO2 concentration has headed straight for only 570 ppmv by 2100. This alone halves all of the IPCC’s temperature projections. Pages 5-6.

Since 1980 temperature has risen at only 2.5 °F (1.5 °C)/century, not the 7 F° (3.9 C°) the IPCC imagines.

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Why Aren’t Pelosi’s ‘Macaca Moments’ In the Media?

Why Aren’t Pelosi’s ‘Macaca Moments’ In the Media?
August 12, 2009 by Christian Toto (hat tip to Center for Western Journalism)

Remember the offhand “macaca” comment made by former Virginia Sen. George Allen?

Blame the “former” tag partly on the wall-to-wall coverage of Allen’s verbal slip in outlets like The Washington Post, which seemed to run a “macaca” story in every edition during the run up to that senatorial election.

And did most Americans even know who South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford was before his imbecilic behavior brought him national attention?

So what unites these stories with so many others? They typically hurt the GOP and fit the media template regarding Republicans. These events are news worthy, no doubt. But stories which could damage Democrats are often either ignored by mainstream media outlets or given a cursory glance before giving way to fluffy stories about President Obama’s pectoral muscles.

Consider the following items that got little to no coverage in the mainstream press — in a just media word, each would spark countless news articles:

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Weather stations give flawed temperature data, meteorologist claims

More cooking the books on climate change
August 7, 2009 by Rick Moran (hat tip Lux Libertas)

This is actually pretty startling news; the more than 1200 climate monitoring stations run by the Weather Service are reporting false data according to this Kevin Mooney piece in the Examiner:

Weather stations give flawed temperature data, meteorologist claims
August 6, 2009 by Kevin Mooney

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Why Most Journalists Are Democrats: A View from the Soviet Socialist Trenches
August 3, 2009 by Barbara Oakley (hat tip to Political Correctness Watch)

Trying to make the world better can make it worse.

Several decades ago, I spent a couple seasons working for the Soviets as a Russian translator—hauling in fish by day and slugging back samogon by night. (Well, sometimes slugging back homemade vodka by day, too—that’s the Russians for you.) I was curious about one of politics’ biggest questions: is extreme socialism beneficial?

What I found was so much propaganda about the wonders of Soviet Socialist Mankind and the horrors of Western Democracy that the people exposed to it might as well have had electrodes implanted to control their thoughts. There were no governmental checks and balances and nothing even close to a free press—so positions of power were filled by nasty sorts who kept good people in fear for their lives if they didn’t think the right thoughts. Soviet Socialism, as it turned out, was a perverse system that killed motivation even as it made fear as natural as breathing.

Why wasn’t this widely reported in the Western press?

As it turns out, the preponderance of journalists are Democrats. And socialism, with its idyllic, “progressive” programs, has formed an increasingly important role in Democratic policies. Who wants to investigate a possible dark side of your own party’s plank?

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Jeffersonian or Hamiltonian?

Jeffersonian or Hamiltonian?
March 1951, by Murray N. Rothbard (hat tip to Tenth Amendment Center)

The people must constantly keep their Government small and local, and even then must watch it with great vigilance lest it run amok. That is the great Jeffersonian lesson, and it is one that all Americans must begin to learn again.

From this basic cornerstone, the rest of the Jeffersonian edifice is easily deduced. It explains his passionate, lifelong adherence to States’ Rights, his determined opposition to John Marshall in the latter’s successful campaign to make the Constitution more elastic so as to permit wider extension of federal power, his very distrust of the Constitution itself and insistence upon incorporating a Bill of Rights.

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The Role of Government Affordable Housing Policy in Creating the Global Financial Crisis of 2008

The Role of Government Affordable Housing Policy in Creating the Global Financial Crisis of 2008
July 7, 2009 by U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

The housing bubble that burst in 2007 and led to a financial crisis can be traced back to federal government intervention in the U.S. housing market intended to help provide homeownership opportunities for more Americans. This intervention began with two government-backed corporations, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which privatized their profits but socialized their risks, creating powerful incentives for them to act recklessly and exposing taxpayers to tremendous losses. Government intervention also created “affordable” but dangerous lending policies which encouraged lower down payments, looser underwriting standards and higher leverage. Finally, government intervention created a nexus of vested interests – politicians, lenders and lobbyists – who profited from the “affordable” housing market and acted to kill reforms. In the short run, this government intervention was successful in its stated goal – raising the national homeownership rate. However, the ultimate effect was to create a mortgage tsunami that wrought devastation on the American people and economy. While government intervention was not the sole cause of the financial crisis, its role was significant and has received too little attention.

In recent months it has been impossible to watch a television news program without seeing a Member of Congress or an Administration official put forward a new recovery proposal or engage in the public flogging of a financial company official whose poor decisions, and perhaps greed, resulted in huge losses and great suffering. Ironically, some of these same Washington officials were, all too recently, advocates of the very mortgage lending policies that led to economic turmoil. In a number of cases, political officials even engaged in unethical conduct, helping their political allies, family members and even themselves obtain lucrative positions in the mortgage lending industry and other benefits. At a time when government intervention in private markets has become alarmingly common, government “affordable housing” initiatives offer important lessons about the dangers of government efforts to manipulate or conjure outcomes in the market.

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