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GOOD NEWS: The ‘Gays in the Military’ Debate Just Ended

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There are few people on Earth that people from all walks of life would collectively consider a “total badass.”

Much like a question on Family Feud, the top answer would be debated across popular football players and MMA fighters. Others, may wax nostalgic like Mike Tyson or Bruce Lee. Some may go the way of pop culture and argue for someone in “Game of Thrones” because they don’t get out much. And then, the real answers show up around numbers 5 through 7.

One of them will unquestionably be “a U.S. Marine,” “Special Forces,” “Green Berets,” or my personal fave, a U.S. Navy SEAL. No debate. No reservation. Just a simple “yup” does the trick, thank you kindly.

So, what if I told you there is a SEAL…who is openly gay? Did you just bump into a glass wall throwing papers up in the air because yeah, that happened.

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Another Robertson Put His Duck in His Mouth About Gays

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Like Father. Like Son. 

While the Duck Dynasty marketing machine steamrolls every one into submission, you may have forgotten Phil Robertson’s rant on gay people when he said the following back woods, country witticism:

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” he said. “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?

And then he followed that gem up with a little rebel-flag-waving ignorance about Jim Crow laws:

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person,” Robertson is quoted in GQ. “Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

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Texas School Pays $77K for Kicking a Student’s Behind Out of the Closet to Her Mother

dont_mess_with_gay_texasIn 2009, a beatnik school district in east Texas committed a social faux-pas. In fact, the egregiousness of this redneck, knee-jerk, the-village-just-found-its-missing-idiot debacle cost Kilgore ISD more than $77,000. Why?

According to the Longview News-Journal, young softball player Skye Wyatt was confronted by two coaches and accused of a lesbian relationship. She denies it because she had a call from the united sisterhood of its none of their damn business. To wit, they called her mother to inform her that her daughter was gay.

Because that’s being a good teacher. Right? The following year, Skye files a lawsuit.

“It’s the worst bullying I’ve ever seen,” says attorney Paula Hinton, who represented Skye pro bono along with Jennifer Doan and the Texas Civil Rights Project. ”Not only has this girl been outed to her mother and thrown off the softball team where she was a great player, the school organizes this ‘mean girls style attack’ and submits these horrible affidavits.”

So, Kilgore ISD got its Lone Star behind handed to them. In addition to getting spanked for 77 LARGE, the district will institute training sessions for employees, as well as updating its handbooks to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation more clearly.

Still no word on the neck discoloration — all that red and stuff.

#PRWin: Rocco’s Pizzeria V. Arizona’s Bigoted Senate

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As quiet as they would have liked it to be kept, the Arizona state Senate passed S.B. 1062, which reads the following: 

“Exercise of religion” means the PRACTICE OR OBSERVANCE OF RELIGION, INCLUDING THE ability to act or refusal to act in a manner substantially motivated by a religious belief whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.

Arizona Democrats, who argue the legislation is a way to legalize discrimination against LGBT individuals, sponsored eight amendments in an attempt to thwart the legislation — all of which were rejected by Senate Republicans. In other words, “no shirt, no shoes, no gay folks, no service.”

And then a notable Tucson-based pizzeria decided to stick a pie in Arizona’s eye. And it’s so dee-lish.

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Will Sochi Winter Olympics Win the ‘Worst PR Ever’ Medal?

Sochi 2014 Company OlympicsNow, before you answer that close-to-rhetorical question, this doesn’t involve Munich or Atlanta. That’s too easy and something that doesn’t involve jokey-jokes.

Back to the show: think about any Olympics (that doesn’t involve human tragedy). Summer or Winter. Name the Olympic Games that has been a bigger punching bag.

Berlin, 1936, was hosted by a sardonic, mustachioed fellow who wanted “his Olympics” to move forward under an Aryan mindset. And then Jesse Owens stuck a bat right up his behind. (Go ‘Merica!)

Mexico City, 1968, featured an iconic picture with Tommie Smith and John Carlos with the black-gloved ‘Power to the People’ salute following their first- and third-place win in the 200m dash respectively. Right on.

Moscow, 1980, the U.S. team weren’t allowed to go because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Wait, what? Seems we would like a do-over compared to public sentiment about that #$%& country, but anywho.

And then, there’s Sochi. President Putin, please take the stand as we rattle off your many terrible PR achievements…

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Duck Dynasty Ratings Take a Dive After All

Duck-DynastyLate last year, America was all miffed about Duck Dynasty‘s patriarch Phil Robertson and his not-so-fan-friendly views on gay rights and Jim Crow laws. Well, many people except the executives at A&E who thanked the nation for its concerns with a Duck Dynasty marathon.

It seemed this was the show that could do wrong, even though it did. A&E didn’t think so as they brought Big Daddy back hoping for happy-happy-happy ratings for its season premiere.

Yeah, not so much. More than 4.5 million people did not tune in and that sound you hear was the this nation not really giving a quack about the much beloved show.

According to Nielsen ratings, the Season 5 premiere on Wednesday of the A&E reality show drew 8.5 million viewers, down sharply from the nearly 12 million that tuned in for the Season 4 opener in August. Granted, that’s still a sweet number for a season premiere on paid TV, but it shows that maybe people do care about that “down-home-thinking.”

In fact, behind The Walking Dead, it’s the number one show on TV—but it will be interesting to see if this show continues to be the juggernaut it’s become or if people just want the Robertson klan … clan to get ducked. (Oh, come on! It was there. We’re having fun here, no?)

#PRFail: You Know It’s Bad When the GOP Can’t Keep This Guy Happy

GOProud Jimmy LaSalviaMeet Jimmy LaSalvia. 

With his parted hair, used-car salesman smile and plush tweed jacket, the guy is a walking billboard for the Grand Old Party, no? Up until a few days ago, he was one of its most vociferous cheerleaders, too.

Oh, and he’s gay.

LaSalvia is founder of Republican activist/truncated fundraising group GOProud.org. You would think this guy resembles everything 2016 wishes it could be for Republicans, yes? Not so much.

According to Time, LaSalvia left the GOP for reasons this raging Independent finds baffling. Crisis communications lobbyists need to run to the nearest white courtesy phone.

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THIS JUST IN: Keith Ablow, M.D. Says ‘Marriage Died in 2013′

THIS JUST IN 2Hey kids, those of you who are married. Some of you need to inform your spouse that you are officially divorced. G’head, give him or her a call. Pour a little liquor out on the curb. Notify the in-laws that you won’t be seeing them anymore.

Your marriage is over, at least that’s what FOX News medical correspondent and “A-Team” member, Keith Ablow, M.D., thinks. No word on if Mr. T is suing for trademark infringement or if Ablow is using all those gold chains to pick up the ladies on the FOX team, but marriage sucks.

His reasons are even better, after the jump…

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Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty: ‘Blacks were Happy, Happy, Happy Before Civil Rights.’

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That loud ‘thud‘ you heard was this guy falling … hard.

Grace can be a persnickety thing, you know?

You may reach a state of grace like Glen Campbell, who once joked about the “overnight success story” of his hit “Rhinestone Cowboy” by saying, “If that was an overnight success, it was the longest night of my life.” You work hard. You scrimp, save and set aside what you can for your dream. And then, it happens: There you are — king of the mountain.

That is until someone — or something, as is mostly the case — kicks your tail smooth off that thing. You know those nasty calamities Wile E. Coyote gets himself into once the ACME box explodes in his grill? Falls from grace are like that. It’s not the immediate bang that will kill you — it’s usually the looming cloud.

Which is what brings us to the patriarch of Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson, as he hearkens back to a better time. The 1950s and 1960s. Wait, what?

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FOLLOW-UP: Not-so-fast on Hallmark’s GLAAD Card and ‘Fun’ Sweater

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This would have been better.

Yesterday, I used a stepladder to get my hamhocks poised upon my soapbox so everyone could hear me wail about Hallmark’s decision to destroy Christmas folklore in the scope of being politically correct.

Evidently, I wasn’t the only one who thought “Deck the Halls” shouldn’t be jacked with as social media blew up and Hallmark caught the back hand of a collective slap to its wallet, according to The Consumerist. The writer shares Facebook commentators got all over the card shop’s page with these vitriolic posts:

Shame on you Hallmark. Better start figuring out what you’re going to do with all of those GAY sweaters when they don’t sell.

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