October 31, 2016

Latest Visit to Poll-Land: LAT/USC, Trump +1.9 (Update: Trump +3.4); IBD/TIPP, Clinton +1; Rasmussen, Clinton +3

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:13 am

LAT/USC, IBD/TIPP, Rasmussen.

Rasmussen says there’s no Clinton email effect yet. IBD/TIPP says there is. The LAT/USC poll has Trump’s black support at 4 percent, which is dubious in light of the mid-teens level of support Rasmussen has been finding.

UPDATE, 12:55 p.m.: Apparently the LA Times is having a tough time digesting and therefore posting the results from their jointly-run poll. The USC site now shows Trump with a 3.4-point, 46.6-43.2 lead on October 30, the latest date charted.

Mika and Joe Scorch Hillary, Her Friends in the Media Over Spin on FBI Revelations

Monday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, a mortified Mika Brzezinski went after Democrats who are now treating FBI Director James Comey as the devil personified, and came perilously close to delivering a mea culpa for her harsh criticisms of Republicans who support Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, co-host Joe Scarborough ridiculed the media’s attempt to create a meme that no one really has any idea as to whether there is anything damning in the 650,000 emails found on a computer used by Hillary aide Huma Abedin and her husband Anthony Weiner, essentially saying that anyone who really believes that is in the tinfoil hat brigade.


Positivity: Why LGBT activists are standing by these Christian businesses

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:40 am

From Washington:

Oct 28, 2016 / 03:02 am

When Kentucky t-shirt designer Blaine Adamson declined to print promotional shirts for a gay pride festival, he found himself facing a discrimination ruling from the county’s human rights commission.

But he also found an abundance of support, including some from an unlikely source – the lesbian owners of a screen print shop heard about his story and came to his defense.

“Because if you lose,” Adamson explained the owners’ reasoning to CNA, “then they also lose the right to reject messages from churches or other groups that they may not want to print for.”

“So it’s not just a Christian issue when it comes to freedom of speech. It’s everyone’s issue.”

Adamson was part of a panel of Christian business owners who are facing or may face legal consequences for operating their businesses according to their religious beliefs.

The panel spoke Tuesday in Washington D.C., at an Alliance Defending Freedom event, “Conscience and Creative Professionals,” exploring religious freedom cases that are expected to make their way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Panel members included Adamson, Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, and Breanna Koski and Joanna Duka, owners of a Phoenix-based custom art studio who are challenging a city ordinance they say would force them to cater to same-sex weddings against their consciences. Kelvin Cochran, the former fire chief of Atlanta who was fired over a book he personally wrote defending Christian views on sex, also spoke.

The panelists are among an increasing number of small business owners who found themselves facing legal threats and discrimination complaints when they decided they could not cater to same-sex weddings. However, they have argued that they are happy to serve gay and lesbian clients – and many have strong relationships with LGBT clients – but it is specifically same-sex wedding ceremonies or related events that they morally object to participating in. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (103116)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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