Tennessee 'Turn Away the Gays' Bill Feels Heat from Memphis Chef

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    Feb 17, 2014 2:20 PM GMT
    A Republican Tennessee senator is under fire from a celebrity chef and other members of his district, after sponsoring a bill that would allow business owners to refuse service to gays.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/tennessee-turn-gays-bill-feels-heat-memphis-chef/story?id=22528176
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    Feb 17, 2014 5:17 PM GMT
    In other parts of the US perhaps. But not in Tennessee. This lawmaker will continue to be reelected.

    But the good news is that it does hurt the GOP "brand" nationally with Moderates. Not with their base, of course, this is what they support. The ones who believe in Creationism, think the Earth is 6000 years old, that global warming is a liberal hoax, and that the Sun revolves around the Earth (that gem of Right Wing science just came out this week).
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    Feb 17, 2014 5:40 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidIn other parts of the US perhaps. But not in Tennessee. This lawmaker will continue to be reelected.

    But the good news is that it does hurt the GOP "brand" nationally with Moderates. Not with their base, of course, this is what they support. The ones who believe in Creationism, think the Earth is 6000 years old, that global warming is a liberal hoax, and that the Sun revolves around the Earth (that gem of Right Wing science just came out this week).
    Or in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Carolina and any other southern state whose GOP has fallen under the control of the NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLSicon_sad.gificon_mad.gif
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    ART_DECO saidIn other parts of the US perhaps. But not in Tennessee. This lawmaker will continue to be reelected.

    But the good news is that it does hurt the GOP "brand" nationally with Moderates. Not with their base, of course, this is what they support. The ones who believe in Creationism, think the Earth is 6000 years old, that global warming is a liberal hoax, and that the Sun revolves around the Earth (that gem of Right Wing science just came out this week).
    Or in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Carolina and any other southern state whose GOP has fallen under the control of the NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLSicon_sad.gificon_mad.gif

    Now, now, your're generalizing. According to our RJ conservaposse, because 100% of Republicans don't think this way, you can't criticize ANY of them for thinking this way.

    Even if the screwballs are the majority, and control most of the key leadership positions in the Party, having just one rational person among them neutralizes any criticism of the others. I thought you knew this Right Wing rhetorical tactic.
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    Feb 18, 2014 2:40 AM GMT
    Ah yes, Amazing state we are. Let us not forget about the don't say gay bill here which would force school counselors or teachers to tell parents if their kid even mentions that they might be gay. Good ol' Tennessee.
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    Feb 18, 2014 2:35 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidA Republican Tennessee senator is under fire from a celebrity chef and other members of his district, after sponsoring a bill that would allow business owners to refuse service to gays.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/tennessee-turn-gays-bill-feels-heat-memphis-chef/story?id=22528176



    I think it's great bill. Why should a business serve clients that they don't like?
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    Feb 18, 2014 3:08 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    Now, now, your're generalizing. According to our RJ conservaposse, because 100% of Republicans don't think this way, you can't criticize ANY of them for thinking this way.



    There you go being disingenuous again. No one says you can't criticize idiots like this Senator, but don't make the assumption that all Republicans think this way --- because they don't.
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    ART_DECO saidIn other parts of the US perhaps. But not in Tennessee. This lawmaker will continue to be reelected.

    But the good news is that it does hurt the GOP "brand" nationally with Moderates. Not with their base, of course, this is what they support. The ones who believe in Creationism, think the Earth is 6000 years old, that global warming is a liberal hoax, and that the Sun revolves around the Earth (that gem of Right Wing science just came out this week).
    Or in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Carolina and any other southern state whose GOP has fallen under the control of the NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLSicon_sad.gificon_mad.gif


    The south may be an easy target but these screwballs get reelected everywhere including many liberal states. To think that it is just a southern problem is naive at best and prejudice at worst. It is called gerrymandering and it is how we get many wackos representing district from nearly all the states in congress.

    The south has far more potential to go purple or blue than many midwestern states yet so many write it off when they hear from the nut cases like this. There have been regular protests in Raleigh over that state's recent hard right turn and more than 1000 people have been arrested. Organizers claim the last protest had 80,000 to 100,000 people marching on Raleigh.

    http://www.alternet.org/activism/80000-march-north-carolina-proudly-pushing-back-against-radical-right-agenda


    This movement has inspired protests in SC and GA as well though it is on a smaller scale there. This is lost on all of you who see the south as nothing but bible thumpers. If the left would focus more energy on the fast growing southern states that elected Obama in 2008 ( VA, NC, FL) or 2012 (FL, VA) and work to try to end gerrymandering and harsh voter id laws then we could get some things done in this country. Democrats recently swept Va and NC tends to vote pretty close to VA. Getting rid of gerrymandering would probably help the moderate republicans make a comeback. I bet even Ga and Texas could go purple with enough effort. But if liberals continue to write off the south we won't get anywhere.
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    CuriousJockAZ said
    ART_DECO said
    Now, now, your're generalizing. According to our RJ conservaposse, because 100% of Republicans don't think this way, you can't criticize ANY of them for thinking this way.



    There you go being disingenuous again. No one says you can't criticize idiots like this Senator, but don't make the assumption that all Republicans think this way --- because they don't.


    If they don't - and if those who don't are in the majority, which you appear to be claiming - then why do your political leaders constantly campaign against civil rights?

    (crickets)

    That's what I thought.
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    Feb 19, 2014 1:39 AM GMT
    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20140218/NEWS/302180111/TN-lawmakers-drop-wedding-vendors-bill

    My computer is a piece of shit so feel free to copy and paste to your browser.icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 19, 2014 2:26 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidA Republican Tennessee senator is under fire from a celebrity chef and other members of his district, after sponsoring a bill that would allow business owners to refuse service to gays.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/tennessee-turn-gays-bill-feels-heat-memphis-chef/story?id=22528176


    Back to pre ww2 it is? When jews were not allowed to buy in certain stores and not go to certain places... Gosh what year are we in, how can people still think like this...
  • irishkcguy

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    Feb 19, 2014 2:35 PM GMT
    The thing that pisses me off the most about the ridiculous discriminatory state laws like this that are cropping up (the recent Kansas bill was another one) is they are blatantly unconstitutional and will be easily overturned in the courts. How much time and public money is being wasted on the writing and passing of these bills? How much time and private and public money will need to be wasted in the courts when the inevitable lawsuits are filed and this bullshit gets overturned? The great irony is the party sponsoring all this nonsense is the one allegedly dedicated to freedom, limited government regulation and reigning in wasteful spending.
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    Feb 19, 2014 2:42 PM GMT
    irishkcguy saidThe great irony is the [Republican] party sponsoring all this nonsense is the one allegedly dedicated to freedom, limited government regulation and reigning in wasteful spending.

    Definitions of Republican terms:

    - freedom: something I get to enjoy but you can't
    - government regulation: none for me, but plenty for you to further my own agenda & interests
    - wasteful spending: never wasteful when it's for me & my interests, always wasteful when it's for you & yours
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    Feb 21, 2014 2:11 AM GMT
    friendormate said
    roadbikeRob said
    ART_DECO saidIn other parts of the US perhaps. But not in Tennessee. This lawmaker will continue to be reelected.

    But the good news is that it does hurt the GOP "brand" nationally with Moderates. Not with their base, of course, this is what they support. The ones who believe in Creationism, think the Earth is 6000 years old, that global warming is a liberal hoax, and that the Sun revolves around the Earth (that gem of Right Wing science just came out this week).
    Or in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Carolina and any other southern state whose GOP has fallen under the control of the NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLSicon_sad.gificon_mad.gif


    The south may be an easy target but these screwballs get reelected everywhere including many liberal states. To think that it is just a southern problem is naive at best and prejudice at worst. It is called gerrymandering and it is how we get many wackos representing district from nearly all the states in congress.

    The south has far more potential to go purple or blue than many midwestern states yet so many write it off when they hear from the nut cases like this. There have been regular protests in Raleigh over that state's recent hard right turn and more than 1000 people have been arrested. Organizers claim the last protest had 80,000 to 100,000 people marching on Raleigh.

    http://www.alternet.org/activism/80000-march-north-carolina-proudly-pushing-back-against-radical-right-agenda


    This movement has inspired protests in SC and GA as well though it is on a smaller scale there. This is lost on all of you who see the south as nothing but bible thumpers. If the left would focus more energy on the fast growing southern states that elected Obama in 2008 ( VA, NC, FL) or 2012 (FL, VA) and work to try to end gerrymandering and harsh voter id laws then we could get some things done in this country. Democrats recently swept Va and NC tends to vote pretty close to VA. Getting rid of gerrymandering would probably help the moderate republicans make a comeback. I bet even Ga and Texas could go purple with enough effort. But if liberals continue to write off the south we won't get anywhere.
    Than can you explain why these right wing fascists and flaky fundamentalists keep getting reelected time and again throughout much of the South. With the exception of Virginia and Florida, the rest of the South is a permanent lost cause especially Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Those four states will always be red, republican and extremely religious. When North Carolina swung hard right in 2012, that told me that most of the South will always be intolerant and backward in terms of social/cultural issues. The situation doesn't look good in North Carolina right now. The NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLS have the Tar Heel State under their thumbs once again which is horribly sad. All those demonstrations against conservative rule in the South are only being backed by a very small percentage of Southerners. I gave up on much of the South with the complete exception of Virginia.
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    friendormate said
    roadbikeRob said
    ART_DECO saidIn other parts of the US perhaps. But not in Tennessee. This lawmaker will continue to be reelected.

    But the good news is that it does hurt the GOP "brand" nationally with Moderates. Not with their base, of course, this is what they support. The ones who believe in Creationism, think the Earth is 6000 years old, that global warming is a liberal hoax, and that the Sun revolves around the Earth (that gem of Right Wing science just came out this week).
    Or in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Carolina and any other southern state whose GOP has fallen under the control of the NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLSicon_sad.gificon_mad.gif


    The south may be an easy target but these screwballs get reelected everywhere including many liberal states. To think that it is just a southern problem is naive at best and prejudice at worst. It is called gerrymandering and it is how we get many wackos representing district from nearly all the states in congress.

    The south has far more potential to go purple or blue than many midwestern states yet so many write it off when they hear from the nut cases like this. There have been regular protests in Raleigh over that state's recent hard right turn and more than 1000 people have been arrested. Organizers claim the last protest had 80,000 to 100,000 people marching on Raleigh.

    http://www.alternet.org/activism/80000-march-north-carolina-proudly-pushing-back-against-radical-right-agenda


    This movement has inspired protests in SC and GA as well though it is on a smaller scale there. This is lost on all of you who see the south as nothing but bible thumpers. If the left would focus more energy on the fast growing southern states that elected Obama in 2008 ( VA, NC, FL) or 2012 (FL, VA) and work to try to end gerrymandering and harsh voter id laws then we could get some things done in this country. Democrats recently swept Va and NC tends to vote pretty close to VA. Getting rid of gerrymandering would probably help the moderate republicans make a comeback. I bet even Ga and Texas could go purple with enough effort. But if liberals continue to write off the south we won't get anywhere.
    Than can you explain why these right wing fascists and flaky fundamentalists keep getting reelected time and again throughout much of the South. With the exception of Virginia and Florida, the rest of the South is a permanent lost cause especially Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Those four states will always be red, republican and extremely religious. When North Carolina swung hard right in 2012, that told me that most of the South will always be intolerant and backward in terms of social/cultural issues. The situation doesn't look good in North Carolina right now. The NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLS have the Tar Heel State under their thumbs once again which is horribly sad. All those demonstrations against conservative rule in the South are only being backed by a very small percentage of Southerners. I gave up on much of the South with the complete exception of Virginia.




    Yes I can explain. In NC over 50 percent of the population voted for a democrat to represent them in congress but due to gerrymandering only 3 of their 14 delegates are democrats. Money is the second part of the story. Art Pope financed all the right wing elections with huge amount going to help the current Governor who then appointed him budget director. And yes now they want to pass all these voter restriction laws to stay in power. Virginia is ever so slightly bluer than NC and the two states have very similar demographics. McCorey's approval is down to 39% so hopefully there's a chance he won't get reelected but with the money machine behind him, I can only be so optimistic.
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    Feb 22, 2014 3:32 PM GMT
    friendormate said
    roadbikeRob said
    friendormate said
    roadbikeRob said
    ART_DECO saidIn other parts of the US perhaps. But not in Tennessee. This lawmaker will continue to be reelected.

    But the good news is that it does hurt the GOP "brand" nationally with Moderates. Not with their base, of course, this is what they support. The ones who believe in Creationism, think the Earth is 6000 years old, that global warming is a liberal hoax, and that the Sun revolves around the Earth (that gem of Right Wing science just came out this week).
    Or in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Carolina and any other southern state whose GOP has fallen under the control of the NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLSicon_sad.gificon_mad.gif


    The south may be an easy target but these screwballs get reelected everywhere including many liberal states. To think that it is just a southern problem is naive at best and prejudice at worst. It is called gerrymandering and it is how we get many wackos representing district from nearly all the states in congress.

    The south has far more potential to go purple or blue than many midwestern states yet so many write it off when they hear from the nut cases like this. There have been regular protests in Raleigh over that state's recent hard right turn and more than 1000 people have been arrested. Organizers claim the last protest had 80,000 to 100,000 people marching on Raleigh.

    http://www.alternet.org/activism/80000-march-north-carolina-proudly-pushing-back-against-radical-right-agenda


    This movement has inspired protests in SC and GA as well though it is on a smaller scale there. This is lost on all of you who see the south as nothing but bible thumpers. If the left would focus more energy on the fast growing southern states that elected Obama in 2008 ( VA, NC, FL) or 2012 (FL, VA) and work to try to end gerrymandering and harsh voter id laws then we could get some things done in this country. Democrats recently swept Va and NC tends to vote pretty close to VA. Getting rid of gerrymandering would probably help the moderate republicans make a comeback. I bet even Ga and Texas could go purple with enough effort. But if liberals continue to write off the south we won't get anywhere.
    Than can you explain why these right wing fascists and flaky fundamentalists keep getting reelected time and again throughout much of the South. With the exception of Virginia and Florida, the rest of the South is a permanent lost cause especially Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Those four states will always be red, republican and extremely religious. When North Carolina swung hard right in 2012, that told me that most of the South will always be intolerant and backward in terms of social/cultural issues. The situation doesn't look good in North Carolina right now. The NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLS have the Tar Heel State under their thumbs once again which is horribly sad. All those demonstrations against conservative rule in the South are only being backed by a very small percentage of Southerners. I gave up on much of the South with the complete exception of Virginia.




    Yes I can explain. In NC over 50 percent of the population voted for a democrat to represent them in congress but due to gerrymandering only 3 of their 14 delegates are democrats. Money is the second part of the story. Art Pope financed all the right wing elections with huge amount going to help the current Governor who then appointed him budget director. And yes now they want to pass all these voter restriction laws to stay in power. Virginia is ever so slightly bluer than NC and the two states have very similar demographics. McCorey's approval is down to 39% so hopefully there's a chance he won't get reelected but with the money machine behind him, I can only be so optimistic.
    The people going to the polls and voting are the ones to blame because they let big money and the news media dictate to them who to vote for rather than using their own brains and thinking for themselves. This sounds more like an American problem than just a Southern problem. If Mr. McCorey is the governor of Virginia, don't worry because Virginia governors can only serve one four year term.
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    friendormate said
    roadbikeRob said
    friendormate said
    roadbikeRob said
    ART_DECO saidIn other parts of the US perhaps. But not in Tennessee. This lawmaker will continue to be reelected.

    But the good news is that it does hurt the GOP "brand" nationally with Moderates. Not with their base, of course, this is what they support. The ones who believe in Creationism, think the Earth is 6000 years old, that global warming is a liberal hoax, and that the Sun revolves around the Earth (that gem of Right Wing science just came out this week).
    Or in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Carolina and any other southern state whose GOP has fallen under the control of the NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLSicon_sad.gificon_mad.gif


    The south may be an easy target but these screwballs get reelected everywhere including many liberal states. To think that it is just a southern problem is naive at best and prejudice at worst. It is called gerrymandering and it is how we get many wackos representing district from nearly all the states in congress.

    The south has far more potential to go purple or blue than many midwestern states yet so many write it off when they hear from the nut cases like this. There have been regular protests in Raleigh over that state's recent hard right turn and more than 1000 people have been arrested. Organizers claim the last protest had 80,000 to 100,000 people marching on Raleigh.

    http://www.alternet.org/activism/80000-march-north-carolina-proudly-pushing-back-against-radical-right-agenda


    This movement has inspired protests in SC and GA as well though it is on a smaller scale there. This is lost on all of you who see the south as nothing but bible thumpers. If the left would focus more energy on the fast growing southern states that elected Obama in 2008 ( VA, NC, FL) or 2012 (FL, VA) and work to try to end gerrymandering and harsh voter id laws then we could get some things done in this country. Democrats recently swept Va and NC tends to vote pretty close to VA. Getting rid of gerrymandering would probably help the moderate republicans make a comeback. I bet even Ga and Texas could go purple with enough effort. But if liberals continue to write off the south we won't get anywhere.
    Than can you explain why these right wing fascists and flaky fundamentalists keep getting reelected time and again throughout much of the South. With the exception of Virginia and Florida, the rest of the South is a permanent lost cause especially Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Those four states will always be red, republican and extremely religious. When North Carolina swung hard right in 2012, that told me that most of the South will always be intolerant and backward in terms of social/cultural issues. The situation doesn't look good in North Carolina right now. The NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLS have the Tar Heel State under their thumbs once again which is horribly sad. All those demonstrations against conservative rule in the South are only being backed by a very small percentage of Southerners. I gave up on much of the South with the complete exception of Virginia.




    Yes I can explain. In NC over 50 percent of the population voted for a democrat to represent them in congress but due to gerrymandering only 3 of their 14 delegates are democrats. Money is the second part of the story. Art Pope financed all the right wing elections with huge amount going to help the current Governor who then appointed him budget director. And yes now they want to pass all these voter restriction laws to stay in power. Virginia is ever so slightly bluer than NC and the two states have very similar demographics. McCorey's approval is down to 39% so hopefully there's a chance he won't get reelected but with the money machine behind him, I can only be so optimistic.
    The people going to the polls and voting are the ones to blame because they let big money and the news media dictate to them who to vote for rather than using their own brains and thinking for themselves. This sounds more like an American problem than just a Southern problem. If Mr. McCorey is the governor of Virginia, don't worry because Virginia governors can only serve one four year term.


    Virginia's newly elected governor is a democrat and won by only a few votes. McCorey is NC's governor and there is not such limit there. Gerrymandering, big money, and voter suppression IS indeed an American problem. Once blue state like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Ohio are also looking radically red at a local level.