News Round-Up: July 6, 2016

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Over one billion people live in jurisdictions that have legalized same-sex marriage.

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson says same-sex marriage is to blame for 160,000 murders in America.

• What a surprise: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says Hillary Clinton obviously lied.

• An idiot has filed a lawsuit against the state of Kentucky for refusing to allow him to marry his laptop. He apparently thinks he’s making a point of some kind…

• Zales is the first major jewelry store to carry a line of rings designed specifically for LGBT weddings and commitment ceremonies.

• Right-wing website readers really want Newt Gingrich to be Donald Trump’s running mate.

• Democrats now have a nearly 70,000-voter advantage over Republicans among the more than 1.3 million active registered voters in Nevada.

• Gryffin drops acoustic version of “Heading Home” featuring Josef Salvat

DUCK DYNASTY Star Phil Robertson Endorses Ted Cruz For President

Sen. Ted Cruz lays claim to the high honor of being endorsed by the Duck people.

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has released a new video wherein he goes duck hunting with Cruz, camouflage, grease paint and all.

You’ll recall Phil Robertson is virulently anti-gay and got in some trouble a while back for sharing those opinions. It eventually brought about the demise of his popular show.

From the Houston Chronicle:

Robertson says in the endorsement video that his qualifications for a president include someone who is godly and who would “kill a duck and put him in a pot and make him a good duck gumbo.” He says Cruz “fits the bill.”

Cruz defended Robertson in 2014 when he got in trouble for declaring that gays are sinners and that African-Americans were happy under Jim Crow laws.

I did think it odd that Robertson kept referring to Cruz as “my man.” What all goes on in those duck blinds?

Las Vegas: “Duck Commander Musical” To Close After Four Weeks

Duck Commander Musical, based on the popular reality TV show Duck Dynasty, has announced it will close May 17th.

The show had it’s official opening on April 15th at the Rio’s Crown Theater in Las Vegas.

According to reports, calls were made to the crew today informing them the show would close.

To be fair, the reviews were not bad. Not GREAT mind you, but not bad. I hate seeing actors out of work, but clearly the brand has lost it’s lustre.

The once popular reality juggernaut came under fire when the show’s patriarch, Phil Robertson,gave an interview to GQ Magazine in 2013 where he shared anti-gay animus:

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.


“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

In the aftermath of the interview, the TV series saw a decline of 50% of it’s audience.

Right Wing Rodeo

Some of the most outrageous things conservatives said this week:

• Erick Erickson: “The minimum wage is for people who have failed at life.”
• Lou Dobbs: Drunk women pretty much get what’s coming to them.
• Phil Robertson: “Convert them or kill them.”

Duck Dynasty personality Phil Robertson says he’s “as much of a homophobe as Jesus was”

Anti-gay Phil Robertson, of Duck Dynasty fame, has written a new book – UnPHILtered – to “clear the air” on several topics.

Of course, one of those being his now famous comments about gays in an GQ interview that saw him be suspended from his TV show.

In this interview with ABC, Robertson is asked if he thinks he’s a homophobe. His response: I’m as much of a homophobe as Jesus was.”

I somehow doubt that. Watch the interview below:

Homeless Center Director Carl Siciliano on Phil Robertson debacle

Graphic via Memeographs

“When Phil Robertson and others condemn LGBT people in the name of Christ, they help create a climate where many religious parents condemn their LGBT children.

“The Ali Forney Center is inundated with youths from across the country who have been thrown out of their homes by religious parents who rejected them. Over 200,000 LGBT youths are enduring homelessness in the USA.

“LGBT youth will not be safe until more Christians follow the example of Jesus Christ, who never uttered a word in judgment or condemnation of LGBT people.”

– A Statement from Ali Forney Center Executive Director, Carl Siciliano, regarding Phil Robertson.

Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty: You need to marry a 15 year old girl

In this clip, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty at the Sportsmen’s Ministry in Georgia in 2009:

“Now that’s a woman. They got to where they’re hard to find. Mainly because these boys are waiting til they’re twenty years old before they marry them.

“Look, you wait til they get to be twenty years old and the the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket.

“You got to marry these girls when they’re about fifteen or sixteen and they’ll pick your ducks.”

Now, if an adult male were to “date” a 15 year old boy, he would be attacked as a pedophile.

You have to wonder about how those same “moralists” will react to Phil Robertson advising men to find wives who are 15 years old…?

A&E backpedals on “suspension” of Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty

A&E Networks has lifted the “indefinite” suspension of Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty.

Robertson set off a firestorm after his incendiary comments to GQ Magazine earlier this month comparing homosexuality to bestiality.  A&E’s initial reactions was to “suspend” the patriarch from filming. 

Robertson has not missed any filming to date.

An A&E statement to The Hollywood Reporter read:

As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.

That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.

So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

Sarah Palin admits she never read the Phil Robertson interview she defended

Well, this should come as no surprise.

Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska, made an appearance on Greta Van Susteren’s show last night to talk about the endangered species that is “free speech,” and the Duck Dynasty debacle.

It turns out Ms. Palin, who jumped at the chance to stand up for Phil Robertson and his comments comparing homosexuality and bestiality, had never even read the interview.

When pressed by Fox News host Greta Van Susteren whether the language Robertson used when talking about his opposition to homosexuality was graphic and offensive, Palin admitted she didn’t know what Robertson had said.

“I haven’t read the article. I don’t know exactly how he said it,” Palin said Monday on Fox News’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

After the GQ interview was published, Palin immediately came to Robertson’s defense by posting a statement on Facebook saying it was an issue of free speech and defended his comments in a TV appearance with Sean Hannity.

“I defend what he said! What did he say?”


(via Politico)

Phil Robertson – THIS is having your freedom stifled

Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty should feel lucky that he HAS freedom of speech in the United States

Those folks protesting that Phil Robertson, of Duck Dynasty fame, has had his “freedom of speech” stifled by being suspended from the hit TV show might want to take a look at this American citizen sentenced to a year in jail in Dubai for making a “parody” video:

An American man detained for months in the United Arab Emirates and seven co-defendants were fined and sentenced to up to a year in prison Monday after being convicted in connection to a satirical video about youth culture in Dubai.

The video they produced and uploaded to the Internet was a spoof documentary of would-be “gangsta” youth in the Gulf Arab city-state. The state-owned daily The National said they were accused of “defaming the image of United Arab Emirates society abroad.”

Shezanne Cassim, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen from Woodbury, Minn., became the public face of the defendants after his family launched an effort to publicize his months-long incarceration following his arrest in April.

Cassim, who was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Dubai for work after graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2006, was sentenced Monday to a year in prison followed by deportation and received a 10,000 dirham ($2,725) fine, according to family spokeswoman Jennifer Gore.


Gulf Arab authorities have been cracking down on social media use over the past two years, with dozens of people arrested across the region for Twitter posts deemed offensive to leaders or for social media campaigns urging more political openness.

The video, called “Ultimate Combat System: The Deadly Satwa Gs,” is set in the Satwa district of Dubai. It is a documentary style clip that pokes fun at Dubai youth who styled themselves “gangstas” but are not particularly thuggish, and shows fictional “combat” training that includes throwing a sandal and using a mobile phone to call for help.

THIS is losing your right to freedom of speech and expression.

Being suspended by your employer because you embarrassed them is not.