Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Woman Behind The Orchestrated Attack On RFRA: Meet Katie Blair

If you're one of those rallying against Indiana's RFRA law, Advance Indiana thought you should see the woman who has orchestrated the statewide and now national attack in the media against it in an effort to villainize anyone of faith, in particular those of the Christian faith. Meet Katie Blair. The idea of recasting RFRA as short-hand for all things anti-gay was her brainchild. In this role she has found more success than gaining supporters for government-funded abortions to all women on demand in her former role as director of activism for Planned Parenthood of Indiana. A few months after leaving her next job at the state Democratic Party as director of the 51% Club, she became advocacy coordinator for the ACLU of Indiana. See Blair speaking at this State House rally for Planned Parenthood of Indiana in 2011. The ACLU, incidentally, supported the original federal law signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

George "The Fraud" Stephanopolous Grills Pence On RFRA

The irony in watching ABC News' George Stephanopolous, a former attack dog media spinner for President Bill Clinton, grill Gov. Mike Pence on his decision to sign Indiana's version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRF"). While Stephanopolous, a closeted homosexual, was flacking in the Clinton administration, President Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") to bar recognition of same-sex marriages, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, which statutorily recognized the military's policy of barring gays from serving in the military and this now condemned law known as RFRA. To this day, Bill Clinton remains the only president in the history of the United States to sign into law discriminatory laws against gay people. The hypocrisy of these people is beyond the pale. Gov. Pence handles himself well under questioning by the faux newsman. As I've said on numerous occasions, I don't believe a federal or state RFRA law is needed; however, I won't stand by and watch as a bunch of carnival barkers commandeer the public stage and make this law out to be something it has never been since the federal law was enacted more than two decades ago. Yep, there's truly a sucker born every minute.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Angie's List Uses RFRA As Excuse For Canceling Plan For Taxpayer-Financed Expansion

Which came first? The chicken or the egg? Less than a week after news reports surfaced of a Pennsylvania class action lawsuit being filed by its members alleging a scheme to defraud its members by claiming it provides unfiltered consumer reviews of service providers, Angie's List announced that it is putting on hold its plan to tap $18.5 million in taxpayer subsidies awaiting approval by the Indianapolis City-County Council, blaming the enactment of RFRA for its decision.

The proposal had already been sent back to committee once after reaching the full council due to growing skepticism about the future viability of a company that has never turned a profit in its two decades of existence and was scheduled for a vote by the council at next Monday's meeting when the class action lawsuit with damning allegations was filed against the company. The lawsuit, in essence, claims the company's consumer ratings have more to do with advertising fees paid by the service providers it rates than actual reviews made of the service providers by its paid consumer members. Naturally, the Gannett-owned Indianapolis Star accepts the faux reasoning offered by the company's CEO for putting its taxpayer-financed expansion plan on ice because it fits the newspaper's agenda:
Angie's List is canceling its Eastside headquarters expansion over the passage of the religious freedom bill, its founder and chief executive officer said Saturday. The CEO of the online consumer ratings service based in Indianapolis said he could not in good conscience partner with the state over the proposed $40 million expansion and hinted that moving some parts of the company out of state is "on the table."
"We are going to re-examine our options for a HQ," Oesterle said.
"We are putting the 'Ford Building Project' on hold until we fully understand the implications of the freedom restoration act on our employees, both current and future," Oesterle said in news release.
"Angie's List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents," Oesterle said.
I'm sure it had nothing to do with the distinct possibility its taxpayer-financed expansion plan was about to be voted down by the council, even after the company hired a team of high-paid lobbyists to help secure its passage.

RFRA Opponents Showing More Of Their Backside

The manipulation of public opinion through false information has no bounds. I've said before that I believed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA") legislation was totally unnecessary; however, the fact remains RFRA never was characterized as representing government-sanctioned discrimination against any group of people, in particular gays, until the debate came to Indiana after 19 states had already enacted state RFRA laws modeled after the version passed by Congress more than two decades ago.

When RFRA was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993, it overwhelming passed both houses of Congress with bipartisan support. Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC), an outspoken critic of gay rights, was one of only three senators to vote against it. When Illinois passed RFRA in 1998, then-State Sen. Barack Obama voted for it. It is shocking and disturbing that one side of a political debate can be allowed to advance phony arguments with the full backing of the media.

A point I don't hear discussed is the fact that under both the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and Indiana's Civil Rights Act, an employer is permitted to discriminate against a person based on their sexual orientation. An employer cannot discriminate under those laws based on a person's sex, race or religion, but it can discriminate based on a person's sexual orientation. Why aren't the opponents of RFRA focusing their attention on changing those laws instead of claiming RFRA does something it doesn't do?

It's no wonder we now live in a country where an element of the government can assassinate a president, civil rights leaders and other world leaders with impunity and carry out false flag events and propaganda campaigns against its own people and have the media castigate the discerning citizens among us as crackpot conspiracy theorists. Creating false realities is now the modus operandi.

Greg "I'm The Most Transparent Mayor" Ballard Has No Government E-Mail Account

The IBJ's Kathleen McLaughlin tells us Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has no government e-mail account to document his communications among staff members and the public. It's funny because he had an e-mail account he used as a candidate. Are we to believe he stopped using e-mail when he became mayor? Or has he continued using a private e-mail account to conduct official communications in order to skirt Indiana's Access to Public Records Law?

The state's Public Access Counselor Luke Britt takes the position an e-mail communication is a public record regardless of whether a public or private e-mail account is used if it involves an official communication of a public official, although there are no rules, statutes or case law affirming that legal contention. "When a public official avails himself of any communication medium, whether it is phone, email or text message, he is availing himself of the Indiana access laws when communicating in his official capacity," Britt said in an October opinion on a Lake County complaint.

McLaughlin's story notes that a number of City-County Council members, including the council president, Maggie Lewis, use private e-mail accounts. The main reason council members use private e-mail accounts is because they figured out early on that the mayor's office spied on their e-mail communications. When the shoe is on the other foot and it's the council trying to pry e-mail communications out of the administration, which has been the case with respect to the ROC investigation, the council has had to resort to obtaining an order from a judge to force the administration to turn over public documents, including e-mails.

One of the things that McLaughlin's story doesn't delve deeply into is the use of texting for communications. It's very frustrating when you see public officials, including council members and administration folks relying heavily on text messaging during official meetings. It's obvious that some council members have a private conversation going on during council meetings often about a matter under debate at the meeting. Lobbyists close to council members who have members' personal cell phone address are able to communicate one-on-one with them during legislative deliberations, giving them an unfair advantage over the public. Members of the public must sit sometimes for hours waiting to offer public testimony, only to be given a very short time allotment to express their views.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fortune Magazine Names Daniels One Of World's Top 50 Leaders

Reach for your barf bucket. Fortune magazine includes former Gov. Mitch Daniels on its list of the world's greatest 50 leaders. He shares the top ranking list with late night comedian Jimmy Fallon, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, NBA player Lebron James, China President Xi Jinping, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, pop star Taylor Swift and Whole Foods' CEO John Mackey. Try convincing me Fortune Magazine isn't run by the CIA. Please, God, when does it end?

Harry Reid Won't Seek Re-Election

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will announce he won't be seeking re-election to his Nevada Senate seat. Reid survived a very close re-election battle in 2010, and he says he doesn't want to soak up campaign resources for himself as Democrats try to regain control of the Senate. Reid also says the severe eye injury he sustained earlier this year from a fall while exercising weighed in his decision.

There hasn't been much mention of this in the media, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), an ophthalmologist by profession, has been assisting Sen. Reid during his recovery in his attempts at regaining sight in his injured right eye. Reid recently praised Paul for his encouragement and expert advice and wanted to let the people of Kentucky know just how "thoughtful, considerate and kind" their junior senator is.

Councilor Joe Simpson Won't Face Ethics Charges

This has to be the most ill-conceived plan to discredit a critic ever concocted by the Republican City-County Council leader Mike McQuillen. Yesterday, McQuillen put out a press release which read:
This evening’s City County Council Ethics Committee will review and decide whether Councillor Joe Simpson violated ethics rules when he refused to recuse himself from voting on public safety issues – despite having an open lawsuit against the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. This will be the first time the public has the opportunity to hear the charges and voice their concerns with Councillor Simpson’s behavior. Councillor Pam Hickman, the Ethics Committee Chairwoman, canceled a previously scheduled Ethics Committee meeting.
“Councillor Simpson has refused to act in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the City Code. An elected official voting on issues directly related to an agency they are currently suing is a clear conflict of interests and I am glad Councillor Hickman has finally realized this needs to be addressed”, said Council Minority Leader Mike McQuillen.
Some of you may recall that Councilor Simpson was arrested by IMPD a couple of years ago under rather bizarre circumstances for inquiring about a police investigation of a break-in of a home next to his home. Simpson was later acquitted of the charges and sued the department for violating his civil rights. Simpson chairs the ROC Investigating Committee, which is charged with trying to determine how the Department of Public Safety could have possibly entered into such a one-sided, $20 million long-term lease at a run-down, ill-suited building owned by an individual with close political ties to Mayor Greg Ballard. As more and more damning information about the deal came to light during the course of the investigation, Republicans began a push to discredit Simpson by saying he had a conflict of interest in chairing the committee investigating the deal. The committee member pushing Simpson to recuse himself was Councilor Ben Hunter, who is a former, long-timer IMPD police officer and one of the key backers and sponsors of the proposal to locate the ROC at Eastgate Mall, whose owner contributed generously to Hunter's campaign. WRTV reports on how this call for an ethics investigation of Simpson ended:
Ethics charges against an Indianapolis city-county councilor were dropped Thursday in a unanimous decision by the ethics committee.
District 9 Councilman Joe Simpson (D) was accused of committing an ethics violation when he refused to recuse himself from voting on public safety issues despite having an open lawsuit against the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
An ethics committee meeting scheduled to discuss the matter Thursday lasted just minutes, ending in a unanimous vote to drop ethics charges against Simpson.
The meeting followed a closed-door executive session by the ethics committee.
No public comment was heard at the meeting, and councilors did not discuss reasons for dismissing the charges.
The committee is made up of three Democrats and three Republicans, and chaired by Council Member At-Large Pamela Hickman (D).
It's too bad my fellow Republicans weren't as interested in investigating former City-County Council President Ryan Vaughn for the blatant manner in which he used his council leadership position as a profit center for his law firm and its clients.

Gannett Headline Irony: Federal Aid Needed To Fight Heroin Addiction

A headline story in the Gannett-owned Indianapolis Star reads: "Federal aid needed to fight heroin addiction, expert says." My retort: "Dismantle the CIA to shut down the funding source of international drug trafficking operations and to end the tyranny, chaos and madness inflicted upon the world by its black hand." Gannett throws yet another ironic headline at us: "San Francisco joins those planning to boycott Indiana." Ah, yes, Baghdad by the Bay where the CIA introduced LSD, Rev. Jim Jones, the Black Panthers and every other counter-culture movement of the 1960s. Sorry, Gannett, but not all Americans are the blind followers you expect us to be.

UPDATE You doubt me?:
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officers in Colombia allegedly participated in sex parties with prostitutes paid for by local drug cartels and received money, gifts and weapons from the groups they were investigating, according to a report released Thursday by the Office of the Inspector General.
Citing Colombian police officials, the report said there were allegations that at least nine DEA agents “solicited prostitutes and engaged in other serious misconduct while in the country.”
The 131-page report looked at allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment from 2009-2012 within the Department of Justice’s law-enforcement branches, including the FBI, the DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshall Service.
While the report found that there were “relatively few” allegations of sexual misconduct during that period, the DEA in Colombia seems to stand out.
In particular, the report found that local Colombian law officers allegedly arranged “sex parties” for DEA agents with prostitutes over the course of several years. Those parties were held at the agent’s government-leased quarters and were allegedly paid for by local drug cartels. A Colombian official said he sometimes held onto the agent’s weapons during the festivities.
The report also echoes the concerns of a DEA inspector who looked into the case and determined that because the parties took place in locations where the agent’s “laptops, BlackBerry devices and, other government-issued equipment were present,” it created security risks for the officers, “potentially exposing them to extortion, blackmail or coercion.”
While some of the DEA agents questioned denied the allegations “the information in the case file suggested they should have known the prostitutes in attendance were paid with cartel funds,” the report found.
Prostitution is legal in parts of Colombia — including the capital — and the DEA Inspector told investigators that it was “common for prostitutes to be present at business meetings involving cartel members and foreign officers.”
Eventually, seven of 10 agents admitted that they attended parties with prostitutes and the DEA imposed penalties ranging from two-day to 10-day suspensions.
The Office of Inspector General investigation was sparked, in part, by the 2012 Secret Service sex scandal in Cartagena, Colombia. In that incident, eight Secret Service members were fired and a handful of others were reprimanded for hiring prostitutes in the run-up to the Summit of the Americas, which brought together the hemisphere’s leaders.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pence Issues Signing Statement On RFRA

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Amidst an avalanche of criticism, dire consequences and warnings coming from its opponents, Gov. Mike Pence joined 19 other states and the federal government in enacting the state's own Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Here's the statement he issued after signing SB 101 into law:
“Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith. 
“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action. 
“One need look no further than the recent litigation concerning the Affordable Care Act. A private business and our own University of Notre Dame had to file lawsuits challenging provisions that required them to offer insurance coverage in violation of their religious views. 
“Fortunately, in the 1990s Congress passed, and President Clinton signed, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act—limiting government action that would infringe upon religion to only those that did not substantially burden free exercise of religion absent a compelling state interest and in the least restrictive means. 
“Last year the Supreme Court of the United States upheld religious liberty in the Hobby Lobby case based on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but that act does not apply to individual states or local government action. At present, nineteen states—including our neighbors in Illinois and Kentucky—have adopted Religious Freedom Restoration statutes. And in eleven additional states, the courts have interpreted their constitutions to provide a heightened standard for reviewing government action. 
“In order to ensure that religious liberty is fully protected under Indiana law, this year our General Assembly joined those 30 states and the federal government to enshrine these principles in Indiana law, and I fully support that action. 
“This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it. In fact, it does not even apply to disputes between private parties unless government action is involved. For more than twenty years, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act has never undermined our nation’s anti-discrimination laws, and it will not in Indiana. 
“Indiana is rightly celebrated for the hospitality, generosity, tolerance, and values of our people, and that will never change. Faith and religion are important values to millions of Hoosiers and with the passage of this legislation, we ensure that Indiana will continue to be a place where we respect freedom of religion and make certain that government action will always be subject to the highest level of scrutiny that respects the religious beliefs of every Hoosier of every faith.”
It will be interesting to watch and see what the organizations threatening to boycott Indianapolis as a convention city will do now since they can't hardly pick one of the 19 other states to move their conventions and trade shows if they are being true to their word.

UPDATE: Even Miley Virus is raging against Gov. Pence. It's a full frontal Illuminati assault!

You're an asshole @govpenceIN ✌️-1 cc: the only place that has more idiots that Instagram is in politics@braisoncwukong thank you for standing up for what is right! We need more strong heterosexual men fighting for equality in both men and women! Why are the macho afraid to love muchoooo?!?

It looks like Gen Con isn't going anywhere despite all of the table pounding before Gov. Pence signed SB 1 into law. Let's face it, what city in in this country is going to take care of the leaders of these organizations who make the decisions about where to host a convention better than the thick wallet Indianapolis gives to Visit Indy to take care of these folks to make sure they keep coming back year after year? The only other city that "entertains" these decision-makers as lavishly as Indianapolis is Chicago. Sorry, Illinois enacted RFRA quite a few years ago. In fact, a man in the State Senate by the name of Barack Obama voted for it.