LGBT Activists: Marriage Was Never The “End Game” Some Admit They Seek Radical “Transformation” Of Society 5/5 (1)

By: Leo Hohmann

Now, the real fight begins, say leaders in the LGBT movement.

And it won’t be for the faint of heart.

So-called “marriage equality” is not the end-game, according to the activists. It’s merely a window through which they will push for other rights, in housing, education, health care, employment and religious practice.

An op-ed in the Nation, a left-of-center magazine, provided a playbook for LGBT rights activists moving forward from last Friday’s 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court proclaiming same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

In that op-ed, LGBT activists were encouraged to take the offensive against any individual or group that does not agree with their worldview.

“Create a specific anti-fascist infrastructure of social media, legal, research and watchdog groups to expose and defeat the right wing culturally and politically,” writes the article’s authors, a trio of LGBT rights activists. “In sum, the work ahead for queers is to be transformative, not transfixed.”

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A perusal of commentary from LGBT leaders shows that marriage was never the end game. The next step will be for activists to fan out throughout the 50 states, with a special focus on those less-friendly states in the Bible Belt and middle America.

The article goes on to lament that 29 states have no LGBT rights protection, so that is where they plan to strike first.

‘Zones without rights’

Particularly troubling to the three Nation authors were the existence of what they call “zones without rights.” These are place where not enough agitators are committed to persistently push the homosexual agenda.

“Large parts of the U.S. (the South, Midwest and Southwest) are zones without rights,” the authors wrote. “Very few people actually give time or money to queer organizations and LGBT advocacy groups; this over-weights the influence of a few funders. Mainstream parties ‘handle’ rather than support us – the Democrats see us an ATM; the Republicans, as a punching bag. LBT women’s issues are absent from the mainstream movement’s agenda. The leadership of the queer movement is aging, and there’s still not enough investment in young leaders and people of color (POC) leaders.”

They will send activists out as community organizers wearing different hats. Some will come as “faith-based” leaders urging the embrace of homosexuality within traditional Christian churches, while others will focus on housing and employment discrimination and still others on getting the LGBT agenda more firmly entrenched into school systems both public and private.

Just as many major cities have passed “non-discrimination” ordinances forcing businesses and other private organizations to not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, now LGBT activists say they will push for politicians to introduce the same type of laws at the state level in legislatures nationwide.

Below is a roundup of comments from the LGBT leaders.

Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning speaks out

Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning
Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning

Transgendered Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) penned an op-ed in the Guardian from his jail cell, giving his views on the next phase of the LGBT rights movement. Manning came out the day after a military court sentenced him to 35 years in prison in 2013 for espionage.

Same-sex marriage is “just the beginning,” according to Manning. “We can’t let our movement end.”

“There are still queer and trans folks who struggle every single day for the right to define themselves, to access gender-appropriate healthcare and to live without harassment by other people, the police or the government. Many queer and trans people live – and lived – in our prison and jails, in our homeless shelters, in run-down houses and apartment buildings, and on the corners of every major city. Marriage equality doesn’t help them; and the potential loss of momentum for trans/queer rights after this win could well hurt them.”

Manning said coming out and requesting that the media refer to him with female pronouns while also demanding “gender confirming healthcare” from the federal prison system was “an incredibly empowering moment.”

“Nobody can control or define our identities unless we let them, and so I chose to come out and to define myself – nothing more. In the two years since, I am always awestruck and inspired by the queer and trans kids out there all over the world who reach out to me and send letters from very real places like Noblesville, Indiana, Arklow, Ireland and Abeokuta, Nigeria.

“We do have to, as a movement, give hope to these kids, and especially young trans youth like Leelah Alcorn, who committed suicide last year after leaving a devastating indictment of the world that she experienced, or Islan Nettles, who was murdered on the streets of New York in 2013. It’s hope that my younger self, who, like many trans/queer kids, struggled to survive while living homeless in Chicago in 2006, could’ve used.

“We need to send a powerful message to the world in a unified voice: that we can fight for social justice for everyone, everywhere and change the world, not just get married. We can continue to build our communities and address the root causes of queer and trans poverty and deaths. We can work to get queer and trans people out of the prisons and jails and off the streets, and to improve our access to housing, education, employment and gender-confirming healthcare.

“… My name is Chelsea Manning, I am trans woman and I am here to recruit you to the next stage in the equality movement. Join me.”

Magazine offers playbook for LGBT activism

In the op-ed in the Nation by Urvasha Vaid, Tamara Metz and Amber Hollibaugh, the LGBT movement was broken down by strengths and weaknesses, and then the authors presented a list of “opportunities” and “threats.”

Among the strengths listed were “young people’s attitudes,” as they are more open to LGBT rights, and the “vibrant infrastructure of grassroots groups” who advocate for transgenders. These are largely the same activists who advocate for “people of color, youths, seniors, immigrants, criminal justice and HIV/AIDS,” the article said.

The marriage decision was not enough to make life sufficiently “equal” for LGBT people.

And, they say, the LGBT movement has weaknesses that need to be shored up.

“The queer movement is focused on formal legal gay/lesbian equality only and still does not address the economic, racial and gender-based inequities affecting low-income LGBT folks, transgender people, people of color, women and others in queer communities,” the authors wrote.

‘Unify’ all minorities and demonize opponents

They encouraged LGBT activists to look at immigrant rights groups for lessons on how to build coalitions into a progressive voting bloc.

The strategy is to unify all minority groups, including LGBT, youth, women, Latinos, immigrants, blacks, progressive men, labor and environmentalists under one banner, building “a progressive voting bloc for the next five decades.”

“Faith-based organizing in every denomination creates great leaders, new frames and a base of support,” the authors write. “Social media is a queer space of organizing and movement building.”

Among the threats listed by the Nation article? There are many, and all focus on conservatives who still believe some boundaries in the sexual revolution needn’t be crossed. They write:

“The religious, cultural, economic and political right that targets LGBT people, women’s economic, reproductive and sexual freedom and is organized around a racialized notion of national culture. A religious liberty framework is being deployed to undermine all civil rights laws. Social policy retrenchment as economic conditions worsen hurts millions of our people, and requires stronger alliances to forestall. Like what happened with abortion rights, the demobilization of donors and volunteers post-marriage is a risk. Over-criminalization, the national security state and over-policing harm the lives of many in LGBT communities (trans, immigrant, POC, sex workers, youth, HIV+ people, urban-based).”

The next phase: ‘Disestablish marriage’

Tamara Metz, associate professor of political science and humanities at Reed College and the author of “Untying the Knot” wrote a portion of the article under the subtitle, “What’s Next? Disestablish Marriage!”

Now that marriage “equality” is the law of the land, the next phase of the struggle is to work toward the elimination of marriage as an institution, Metz argues.

“Abolish the legal category. Even as we savor the victory for civil equality this week, we should start to push for disestablishing marriage. Freedom, equality and the health of our liberal democratic polity depend on it.

“Get the state out of the business, and let couples (and groups, for that matter) marry under the auspices of what are for them real ethical authorities. In these hands – of their church, their family, their urban tribe, their garden club – the power of the status to transform would be invigorated.”

Metz is not the first to be totally honest about the LGBT movement’s goal of rendering the term “marriage” meaningless as an institution that has limits or boundaries of any sort.

Lesbian journalist Masha Gessen, a Russian-American who wrote a book blasting Russian President Vladimir Putin for his anti-gay stance, said in 2012 in a radio interview that homosexual activists were “lying” about their real political agenda.

Here is what she said in an ABC Radio interview.

“It’s a no-brainer that (homosexual activists) should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. … (F)ighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there – because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie.

“The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change. And again, I don’t think it should exist. And I don’t like taking part in creating fictions about my life. That’s sort of not what I had in mind when I came out 30 years ago.

“I have three kids who have five parents, more or less, and I don’t see why they shouldn’t have five parents legally. … I met my new partner, and she had just had a baby, and that baby’s biological father is my brother, and my daughter’s biological father is a man who lives in Russia, and my adopted son also considers him his father. So the five parents break down into two groups of three. … And really, I would like to live in a legal system that is capable of reflecting that reality, and I don’t think that’s compatible with the institution of marriage.”

Listen to the ABC Radio interview with lesbian journalist Masha Gessen:

Samantha Allen, writing for the Daily Beast under the headlined article “LGBT Leaders: Same-Sex Marriage is Not Enough,” said LGBT people face challenges with regard to housing, violence, immigration status and other forms of discrimination.

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, deputy managing director for United We Dream, or UWD, a youth-led U.S. immigrant organization, called Friday’s ruling “bittersweet” for “the estimated 267,000 LGBTQ people who are also undocumented.”

“The reality for them is that they face unrelenting discrimination for both sexual orientation and gender identity as well as their immigration status,” he told the Daily Beast.

Carlos Padilla, the program coordinator of UWD’s Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), said undocumented LGBT immigrants face high rates of violence and sexual assault in detention centers.

“To make matters worse, the Department of Homeland Security often places these people into solitary confinement for ‘their own protection,’” Padilla told the Daily Beast. “This is torture and we cannot stand for it as a country.”

Illegal-immigrant LGBT people constitute 3 percent of the U.S. LGBT community but account for 8 percent of LGBT hate-violence survivors, a statistic that Padilla finds unacceptable.

But it seems what most LBGTs want is not a change in the laws but a change in people’s attitudes toward them.

“For LGBT people as a whole, a wide range of cultural problems are sure to persist even after same-sex marriages become a nationwide norm,” Allen writes. “A recent GLAAD poll found that, despite majority support for same-sex marriage in the U.S., many Americans still have a fundamental discomfort with LGBT people in their own social circles.

“More than 100 million Americans still say they’re uncomfortable just seeing a gay co-worker’s wedding photo, and staggering rates of hate violence continue to devastate the transgender community,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told the Daily Beast. “We must not only advance policy, we must also accelerate acceptance of the LGBT community – because laws alone don’t end discrimination, people do.”

Focusing on churches, schools, families

The activists intend to make that happen by using the left’s vast community organizing resources. They will focus on re-educating churches, schools and families.

One community organizing group, Believe Out Loud, an online community for LGBT Christians, told the Daily Beast it has “a unique role to play in promoting this acceptance in the context of U.S. churches, particularly within Christianity.”

“As we look ahead to a movement beyond marriage equality, we know that the work of affirming Christians is not yet finished. It’s now time for churches to move beyond simply accepting what we understand, to affirming LGBTQ people as they are,” the organization said in a statement.

While legal rights are seen as “one critical piece of the puzzle,” Dr. Eliza Byard, executive director of GLSEN, an LGBT advocacy group that focuses on reaching public schools, told the Daily Beast. “Education is the glue that holds society together and transmits both opportunity and shared values from one generation to the next.”

Texas a ‘battleground’ state

One of the first battleground states that the LGBT activists will focus on is Texas. They plan to agitate at the grassroots level in churches, schools, city councils, state legislatures and in Congress while also aggressively filing lawsuits against those who do not bend to their wishes.

National and state gay rights leaders convened in front of the Texas Capitol Monday to make a statement: The fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is not over. The next frontier, they told the Texas Tribune, is to push for more protections against discrimination in areas including employment and housing.

“In many states, including my home state of Ohio and right here in Texas, you can get married but then suffer consequences,” Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage, told the Tribune. “You can get married and then lose your job, lose your home and so much more because we are not guaranteed nondiscrimination protections. … Friday’s historic ruling is a victory, but it’s just the beginning.”

Obergefell was joined by a coalition of community-organizing groups including the Human Rights Campaign, Democrat state Rep. Celia Israel of Austin, Equality Texas, two same-sex couples who filed suit over Texas’ same-sex marriage ban, and others who announced they would be part of a statewide campaign for nondiscrimination protections.

Their announcement came a day after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a written opinion that county clerks in Texas who have religious objections to same-sex marriage can opt out of issuing such licenses, though they should be prepared to face fines or legal challenges, the Tribune reported.

Democrat proposals for statewide nondiscrimination laws have failed to gain any traction in the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature, where conservatives have tried to override city ordinances.

Nine Texas cities with populations of more than 100,000 have passed LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances over the past decade, including Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Plano.

As gay-rights activists push for the expansion of these laws at the state level, Republicans are pushing back, and the strength of that push back will soon be tested.

“Our religious liberties find protection in state and federal constitutions and statutes,” Paxton said in a statement Sunday on his written opinion. “While they are indisputably our first freedom, we should not let them be our last.”

Paxton’s opinion followed a memo by Gov. Greg Abbott that directed heads of state agencies to “preserve, protect, and defend the religious liberty of every Texan.”

In Missouri, State Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, called for the state to pass a law barring discrimination against members of the LGBT community.

“People can still be fired for their sexual orientation. Newly married gay couples can be denied housing,” Webber told Missouri.net. “This is not the end. This is an important step, but we’re going to continue pushing forward until everybody in the state has complete equal rights.”

Diane Booth, who married her partner in Iowa in 2013, said a nondiscrimination act needs to be passed at the federal level.

“You can be fired at will. You can be refused service in a restaurant. Heck, they’re even trying to refuse people selling flowers and baking cakes,” said Booth.

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TSA Blasted For Tweeting Photo of Travelers Cash – ‘And you wonder why nobody trusts you people’ 5/5 (1)

By: Chelsea SChilling

The Transportation Security Administration is getting an earful from angry Americans after the agency’s spokeswoman tweeted a photo of the contents of a traveler’s suitcase – $75,000 in cash – for all the world to see on Tuesday.

“If you had $75,000, is this how you’d transport it? Just asking! TSA @ RIC spotted this traveler’s preferred method,” tweeted Lisa Farbstein, TSA spokeswoman at headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

The public reaction was fierce and included some of the following comments:

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  • TSA_Lisa_FarbsteinSo … taxpayers are paying you to tweet photos of their luggage?
  • Fantastic. Give someone a chance to rob said traveler.
  • Gee, it’s a total mystery why so many people distrust TSA and think you overstep boundaries.
  • Thanks for the pic. Thieves at the next airport appreciate the info.
  • Were you asked to publicly post this person’s private property to social media or did you decide to post on your own?
  • Did you receive this passenger’s permission to photograph their belongings and tweet it out? This is grotesque.
  • That’s awesome. Next will you post public pics of someone’s meds? You should be fired.
  • Is this what y’all do on the clock? Post pics of travelers’ personal belongings on twitter?
  • Now that the public knows the exact design, color and size of this bag and also its contents, how is this traveler safer?
  • So the TSA is just outright fu–ing with people and bragging about it.
  • What other photos get taken of the property of people who violate no rule or law? How long are the photos preserved?
  • Shame on you. What a disgrace.
  • And you wonder why nobody trusts you people.
  • Wow. Way to breach privacy. No wonder no one respects TSA.
  • Were they planning on using that to bring down a plane? Why are you showing people’s personal belongings? Oh yeah, you suck.
  • What the hell is wrong with you? Besides being a government busybody. None of your damn business & none of social medias’!

One Twitter user asked Farbstein about the government approved way to transport legally earned cash so it wouldn’t be seized by TSA.

Farbstein responded, “TSA didn’t seize/confiscate/take it. It alarmed the x-ray machine as an unknown and we spotted it. It’s just a curiosity.”

The photo was taken at the Richmond, Virginia, airport. Farbstein confirmed that the contents were “not on the prohibited items list.”

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Levin: The Supreme Court ‘Doesn’t Deserve Your Respect Ever Again’ 5/5 (1)

By: Kathleen Brown

Nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin called the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling legalizing gay marriage “utterly lawless” and a “bastardization” of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.

“The idea that the 14th Amendment — a Civil War amendment — somehow reaches the personal policy agenda of Anthony Kennedy is an absurdity. It’s a bastardization,” Levin said on his Friday broadcast.

“A lawless Supreme Court — utterly lawless, it’s absolutely nuts — doesn’t deserve your respect ever again, even if it issues an opinion that you like.”

Here is the transcript of what Levin said:

“This decision belongs in the states. There’s no federal constitutional authority for this. Don’t hand me the 14th Amendment. Anybody who has a cursory, passing understanding of the 14th Amendment and its history know this is bold.

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“The truth is that if those who support gay marriage wanted it enshrined in the Constitution, the only way to do it is through a federal constitutional amendment or Article V.

“The idea that the 14th Amendment — a Civil War amendment — somehow reaches the personal policy agenda of Anthony Kennedy is an absurdity. It’s a bastardization.

“They sit there day in and day out with their clerks, cloistered, thinking about how they’re gonna write clever decisions. And they’re not clever decisions. Bastardizing the Constitution isn’t that hard. It’s done every day.

“But a lawless Supreme Court — utterly lawless, it’s absolutely nuts — doesn’t deserve your respect ever again, even if it issues an opinion you like.

“It doesn’t mean you have to disrespect all the judges. I respect three of them — three of them — because they try hard to follow their oath. But the other six just don’t give a damn, in this politburo. And I’ve addressed this many times…

“And you’ll notice, the one real recourse that exists — the one that bypasses the very federal Leviathan that’s designed this Rube Goldberg nonsense — is touted by me, and me alone. Well, [Sean] Hannity supports it, there are a few others, but nobody ever talks about it.

“Today, it’s ‘What are we gonna do? What are we gonna do?’ The Constitution tells us what to do. Do we not live in an oppressive government with the federal government?

“Let me tell you what Kennedy and the four goose-steppers on the left have unleashed: endless battles between people of faith and secularists, endless battles where the federal government has to make decisions, and will make decisions for the secularists.

“The federal government did this. The federal government did Dred Scott, the federal government did Roe v. Wade, the federal government’s now gonna make these decisions about religion.

“Oh, they claimed they’re concerned about privacy, stay out of the bedroom. They never stay out of the bedroom. They don’t stay out of our medicine cabinet. They won’t get out of our lives, and now they’re in our churches, and synagogues, and yes, mosques.

“It is outrageous that five American citizens who happened to go to Ivy League law schools, who do happen to win the lottery, who are nominated to go on the Supreme Court, who are confirmed to go on the Supreme Court, are smarter and wiser than the entirety of the nation.

“How did that happen? It didn’t happen. They’re not. They’re not. And I can prove it by reading their opinions. They’re sophomoric. They’re pathetic. They’re elementary.”

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TAXPAYER-FUNDED Professor: ‘Whiteness’ Is ‘Terror,’ Confederate Flag Represents ‘Capitalism’ 5/5 (1)

By: Eric Owens

A sociology professor at the University of Memphis has used her Twitter account to announce that white people are synonymous with “terror” and to define the Confederate flag as the quintessential symbol of capitalism.


The taxpayer-funded professor is Zandria Robinson. The pair of tweets are the highlights among a set of Robinson’s compiled by Campus Reform and the website SoCawlege.com.

Here is a screenshot of Robinson’s June 26 tweet telling the world that the concept of having white skin is identical to the concept of terror:

11And here is a screenshot of her tweet from June 24 explaining that the Confederate flag is the fundamental symbol of capitalism.

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The $20-dollar word “heteropatriarchal” used by the fourth- or fifth-tier public school professor means a combination of male and heterosexual power “essentially describing the severe sex and gender bias prevalent among the elite ruling classes of nation-states,” according to the Collins English Dictionary. However, this fancypants definition is currently “pending investigation.”


Ed Note: This racist tower of stupid bigotry seems a bit confused.  Perhaps because she is a sociologist instead of a  historian … but maybe,  someone could pass her a note and let her know that the civil war ended more than a few years ago.  Someone tell this poor girl that Lincoln a white guy already gave America the Emancipation Proclamation.  All slaves in America were declared free January 1, 1863.  And here’s the kicker, it was white Christian America driven by the spiritual values of the “Second Great Awakening” that fought their friends, neighbors, even family embers to end the hideous stain of slavery. 

Perhaps someone should also tell her that hating whites may be fashionable under the Obama Regime but in a year and a half she’ll just be an angry bigot  teaching at, well let’s just say it aint “Harvard.”  And quite honestly unless shes’ planning an all out race war, in which case she needs to be in jail,  using the language of the New Black Panthers does not make her appear somehow “Intellectual” it just makes her look angry, ignorant and pathetic.


This week, Robinson proclaimed that white people — “white folks” — believe that being polite provides immunity from her biting analysis of power structures based on race.

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The University of Memphis professor has also said she believes marriage that should be “widely accessible to a range of relationship types” and that black people — “black folks” — obtain fewer economic benefits from marriage because they have less money. (She doesn’t appear to discuss the economic effects of marriages involving rich black people or poor white people.)

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The academic freedom policy at the University of Memphis describes the public school’s professors as “citizens, members of a learned profession, and officers of an educational institution.” As such, while school officials won’t censor them, “their special position in the community imposes special obligations” because “the public may judge the profession and the University by their utterances.” The policy advises faculty members to “exercise appropriate restraint,” “show respect for the opinions of others” and “make every effort to indicate that they do not speak for the University.”

On her Twitter account, Robinson describes herself thusly: “Dirty South black feminist sociologist. Zora-type ethnographer. Some babies’ mama. Negressdamus. Norf Memphis Teacake’s wife. Never in no particular order.”

Robinson has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Her dissertation is entitled “This Ain’t Chicago: Regional Accomplishment in the Black Urban South.” She received her master’s and undergraduate degrees from the University of Memphis.

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Don’t Remember The Alamo? Texas Wants To Change All That! 5/5 (1)

By: Melissa Jacobs

 It may be the most famous spot in Texas: Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known simply as The Alamo. The site where a rag-tag group of defenders, outnumbered in weapons and men, took on the Mexican Army in a pledge to fight ’till the last man standing.

After a 90-minute battle, it was over. The defenders all died, but the 1836 battle is considered a turning point in the war for Texas independence. Military historian William McWhorter said it “galvanized” fighters who, a month later, defeated Mexican forces at the Battle of San Jacinto, “crying ‘Remember the Alamo.'”

Problem is, these days, the Alamo is decidedly unmemorable. The site, a 4.2-acre complex in the heart of downtown San Antonio, captures visitors’ attention, on average, for less than eight minutes.

Texas wants to change that.

Under a newly signed budget bill, the state is stepping in to provide $32 million to revive the iconic facade and resurrect the heroic tale using 21st century technology and a master plan in partnership with the city.

“The Alamo is our top tourist destination, but honestly it’s underwhelming,” said Alamo Director Becky Bridges Dinnin. “We have not told the whole story. The Alamo defined the heart and soul of the West. It’s a snapshot of history.”

Dinnin envisions the “new” Alamo employing a range of technologies to tell the story, as well as living historians or characters role-playing the Alamo experience, similar to Colonial Williamsburg — along with a new center to house an expansive collection on permanent display.

‘The Alamo is our top tourist destination, but honestly it’s underwhelming’

– Alamo Director Becky Bridges Dinnin

Along with gardens and the church, the existing compound encompasses the Long Barracks site, the oldest building in the complex and a visitor’s center built in the early 1930’s.

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Yet space is so tight, Dinnin says there are 30,000 to 40,000 artifacts not on display, including Santa Anna’s sword and musician Phil Collins’ collection donated last fall of 200 Texas treasures. The Collins collection includes the original Jim Bowie knife and a rifle used by Davy Crockett. Bowie was a renowned knife fighter; Crockett was a Tennessee congressman and frontiersman inspired by the Texas cause. Both lost their lives during the battle.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill granting the funds on June 12.

“It’s no secret that Texans take great pride in the history of their state, and there is no symbol more evident of that pride than the Alamo,” Abbott said in a statement.  Along with bolstering the reputation of the site, Abbott said he hopes the money will “ultimately preserve the memory of those who so bravely fought for the freedom of the people of this great state.”

The investment comes as the General Land Office takes over day-to-day operations of the site from The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, a volunteer organization which has managed and maintained the site historically.

The funds are from a bill spearheaded by state Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio.

“It’s a sacred site around the world,” said Menendez. “Unfortunately, the limestone is crumbling and unless the state acted for the preservation of the Alamo, I was afraid this unique Texas identifier would fall into disrepair.”

Founded in 1718, the site is one of the oldest churches in the nation and was the first hospital in the state.

Menendez said he hopes the funds will be used to “develop a museum-like atmosphere.”

The history inside the compound is undoubtedly rich. A recent exhibit included the William B. Travis letters, which chronicle the countdown in which 182-257 Texians, (as they were known at the time) and Tejanos battled to hang on to the garrison during the 13-day siege.

“Our flag waves proudly from the walls,” writes Travis in a letter spirited across the plain by one of his cavalry. Another letter in the collection is addressed: “To The People of Texas and All Americans in The World.”

Once a formalized master plan is forged later this summer, the Alamo team hopes other collections will emerge.

Alamo historian and curator Richard Bruce Winders says the battle of the Alamo continues to resonate with a timeless message. “It demonstrated that this was a war that had to be won or Texas would be lost. ‘Remember the Alamo’ means to remember the courage, honor and dedication to duty of those who perished.”

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Mike Rowe Is Asked for His ‘Feelings’ on the Confederate Flag — Read His Brutally Honest Two-Part Response 5/5 (1)

By: Jason Howerton

Mike Rowe, host of CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” waded into the intense debate swirling around the Confederate flag on Tuesday night after a fan asked for his “feelings” on the matter.

Rowe was brutally honest in his response. He made it clear that the Confederate flag, like the Nazi flag, makes him “feel angry.” He went even further, explaining that the flag reminds him of the Ku Klux Klan and makes him want to “find the original Grand Wizard, and beat him to death with a golf club.”

But those are his personal “feelings,” he acknowledged. His “thoughts” on the matter are far more complicated and nuanced:

I know it’s irrational to allow talismans of evil to fill me with fantasies of time-traveling violence, but I’m a human being. I have no control over my feelings, or what triggers them. Fortunately though, I also have a brain. It’s a modest brain, but it functions in a way that allows me to acknowledge my feelings without being guided by them. Thanks to my brain, I came to realize that my feelings – while endlessly important to me – are surprisingly unpersuasive to everyone else. Consequently, while I’d love to tell you more about how I feel, I’m going to try instead to tell you what I think.

I think we need to be very careful about congratulating ourselves too enthusiastically for removing a piece of cloth from the public square – even if it’s removal is long overdue. I also think we need to stop calling people racist, just because they see the flag as something other than a symbol of hate. This is what happens when we put a premium on our feelings. We assume everyone who disagrees with us is not merely wrong, but dangerous.

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I know many good Southerners who abhor racism, but view this flag as an important connection to their ancestors – the vast majority of whom never owned slaves. This doesn’t mean the flag should be allowed to fly on public property – not for a minute. But it’s a mistake in my view, to equate the removal of a symbol, with the removal of the evil it’s come to symbolize. And that’s exactly what a lot of people are doing. We’re conflating cause and effect.

The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed on June 22, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Debate over the flag flying at the Capitol was again ignited off after nine people were shot and killed during a prayer meeting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed on June 22, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Debate over the flag flying at the Capitol was again ignited off after nine people were shot and killed during a prayer meeting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Rowe later argued that it’s “long past time” to take the Confederate flag down from the South Carolina Statehouse, which is public property. However, he also warned, “let’s not fool ourselves.”

“Racism and terrorism and all the other hate-filled ‘-isms’ that plague the species will never be eliminated by banning flags, burning books, limiting speech, or outlawing white sheets and pointy little hats,” Rowe wrote. “When Dylan Roof walked into The First Emanuel Church and killed nine black Americans, he wasn’t waving his rebel flag or screaming the N-word. He didn’t look like a racist. He didn’t act like a racist. Until he started killing people.”

“That’s the problem with people in white sheets and pointy hats. They don’t always dress the part, or carry the proper flag,” he added.

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By: John Nolte

The never-ending sleaze-fest that is Ben Smith’s successful but creepy “journalism” career hit another bump Monday in the form of conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt. Smith has spent the better part of a decade on the national stage posing as an objective journalist while crusading for left-wing causes, and doing so in ways so unethical, even Gawker is shocked.

Smith and his site BuzzFeed stepped in it Friday. After the Supreme Court made gay marriage the law of the land across all 50 states, BuzzFeed dropped its pretense as an objective news outlet to openly celebrate the ruling. Like many other left-wing sites, BuzzFeed altered its logo to resemble the anti-Christian gay pride flag.

When questioned on it, Smith finally admitted what I have been warning people about since 2007 — that Smith is a left-wing activist, not a journalist.

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“We firmly believe,” Smith told Politico, “that for a number of issues, including civil rights, women’s rights, anti-racism, and LGBT equality, there are not two sides.”

And naturally, if you believe there are not two-sides on those issues, how handy it is that those issues can be used to bleed into every other political issue, be it domestic or foreign policy. And you can bet it will bleed into BuzzFeed’s coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Speaking with radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt Monday, Smith not only revealed what a provincial, bubbled elitist he is, Smith exposed his outlet as one willing to take sides against a billion Christians on the issue of same sex marriage, but not one willing to take sides on the issue of evil government regimes and Shariah Law:


Ed Note: These people are so in love with hating God and Christianity that they will embrace anything that denigrates traditional “Godly” morality and Christianity.  It is a dark rage and spirit of evil that has been released upon the earth in preparation for  what must indeed transpire during these last days. 


BS: Like lots, like many, many other things we cover, these are arguments that we cover and that we don’t take positions on.

HH: Do you guys take positions, this leads me to the harder stuff for you now. Do you guys take positions on Castro being evil?

BS: You know, we, no, and this isn’t, we’re not in the position to take, like that this is often, I emailed you this before, and this is why I was initially reluctant to go on and was hiding out in Latvia, which is that when people who, when, I am sort of a connoisseur of really cringe-inducing interviews where the editor of the New York Times talks to an ideological, somebody who really cares a lot about ideology and comes across sounding really squirrely, because people who spend their time thinking about news are often kind of inarticulate on matters of ideology.

It’s not the thing they’ve spent a lot of time on. They’re not that interesting in it. And instrumentally, as a journalist, it gets in the way. And so you know, and this is what I always tell our reporters. Like don’t, try not to use the word outrageous in a headline, because if something’s outrageous, the reader ought to read this thing and come away and say hey, this is outrageous, and shouldn’t need to be told. You know, we should, we cover horrific things happening in the world. We do not add paragraphs saying by the way, a mass rape by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia was evil. That’s just not our job. We report on it.

HH: I know, but when you report, for example, on Saudi Arabia, you’re reporting on a state that refuses Christians to practice their faith. You’re reporting on a state that beheads people. You’re reporting on a state that embraces Shariah. Do you have an editorial judgment that that is an evil state? Or is that not within, is that again above your pay grade?

BS: Hugh, that’s not the business. I mean, the value that we add is the reporting, as I see it, and so that’s what we try to do.

HH: So can you articulate for me, and I get it, I think I get it, but can you articulate for me what is the different between the need to announce on LGBT equality and the need not to announce on Shariah-governed states?

[Long silence]

BS: That’s a really good question.

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