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It’s been fascinating watching the American Family Association work hard to suddenly distance themselves from the most vocal bigot on their payroll, Bryan Fischer (below). Even though they stripped him of his direct connections to the group the other night, he continues to host his show Focal Point under AFA’s umbrella.
This week, the AFA asked the Southern Poverty Law Center to stop attributing Fischer’s hateful comments to them, to which SPLC President Richard Cohen responded with a more tactfully-worded version of you’ve got to be shitting me.
The fact that the AFA is continuing to allow Mr. Fischer to host a daily radio show and blog on its website also makes us question the AFA’s sincerity. Sponsoring Mr. Fischer’s racism, anti-Semitism, and hatred of the Muslim and the LGBT communities in the name of “diversity” says as much about the AFA as it does about Mr. Fischer.
Is there nothing beyond the pale in the AFA’s view? Does the AFA believe that statements such as these have a place on its airwaves? Is this what the AFA considers “diversity”?
Without ending Mr. Fischer’s talk show, without apologizing for the bigoted statements that he, Mr. Wildmon, and others associated with the AFA have made, and without making it crystal clear that the AFA will not tolerate any such statements in the future, the AFA’s 11th-hour disavowal of Mr. Fischer appears to serve only one purpose: to give the AFA a degree of plausible deniability while it continues to spew hateful rhetoric. It’s a shell game and a transparent one at that.
Kyle Mantyla at Right Wing Watch adds:
… the AFA has literally accomplished nothing with this stunt [firing Fischer] and has completely failed to distance itself from Fischer’s utterly despicable views. The primary venues though which Fischer has managed to spread his bigotry for the last six years have always been owned, operated, and funded by the American Family Association and that relationship appears to remain intact.
Stripping Fischer of his title as AFA spokesman in no way alleviates the AFA of its responsibility for Fischer’s toxic views given that the only reason Fischer even has a platform from which to spread those views is because AFA is providing it to him and paying him to spread them!
From the very start of Fischer’s time at AFA, the organization has pathetically attempted to have it both ways: providing the very microphone from which Fischer speaks while simultaneously claiming that it bears no responsibility for the message that he sends.
The AFA’s latest effort to rid itself of Fischer’s rancid reputation is little more than a rhetorical accounting trick aimed at creating the false impression that the organization has wiped Fischer’s bigotry off of its books.
This is the problem with conservative Christian groups. They’ve spewed so much hate over the years, yet believe that a leadership change (or a firing) will wipe the slate clean for them. It doesn’t work like that. AFA leaders still believe horrible things about LGBT people and want to create policy that would discriminate against them. They have immense political power and they’ll continue to make life harder for those who are oppressed by their beliefs, with or without Fischer spewing his rhetoric.
But make no mistake: AFA officials haven’t completely distanced themselves from Fischer or his views. They continue to pay for and staff and distribute his radio show. Until they sever all connections with him and take back every anti-gay thing they’ve ever said — which they won’t and probably never will — there’s no reason to stop calling them a hate group or believe they’ve turned over a new leaf.
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Have you noticed that Sanofi hasn't named a replacement yet for their ousted CEO Chris Viehbacher? It doesn't seem to be for lack of trying. Stories have come out over the last few months about various people who have been said to have been under consideration, but. . .nothing. This story from Reuters says that the problem is that people don't really understand what happened to Viehbacher - which presumably makes it harder for them to figure out how to keep it from happening to them.
"The trouble with finding a successor hinges on the fact that we don't know the real reason he was fired, and because a lot of people are asking themselves questions about the subject," said an industry insider who has spoken to some potential candidates.
"The very low pay-off he received only reinforces the idea that the reasons he was fired are not the ones that have been talked about."
Well, I'm out of the running, at least. My French is pretty awful. But if you're fluent, and don't mind stepping into a darkened room that someone else recently disappeared from, the opportunity still awaits.
Today’s Featured New Release is Beyond Limits ($6.99 Kindle), the eighth novel in the Tracers series by Laura Griffin [Pocket Books / Simon and Schuster].
All prices current at the time the post is written. Most books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.
He promoted a lot of questionable products and ideas, in my opinion, but the biggest problem was that his personal site warned against the supposed dangers of vaccines. He was an anti-vaxxer being touted as a health “expert.”
I still haven’t heard back from About.com despite my inquiry. However, after that posting went up, company CEO Neil Vogel tweeted and retweeted a couple of pro-vaccine messages (coincidence? I don’t know):
And, wouldn’t you know it, Dr. Axe’s information is no longer found on the Adrenal Health page. It looks like he is no longer working for them. There’s no indication of any statement on the matter made by Axe.
Well, good on you, About.com. Maybe you’ll learn to vet a few of these experts a little more thoroughly next time.
seriously just listen to thor okay folks
He is the Elrond of the MCU. He is older and wiser than everyone and tells everyone to not do the thing. People do the thing anyways.
Thor is the smart one everyone. Get that in your heads.
Today on Amazon’s Gold Box, get 62% off on a Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition HD 1080p 16MP Waterproof Sports Action Video Camera.
In the Bonus Deal of the Day, get 33% off on HeadFoams Headphones for Kids, with several colors to choose from.
The Kindle Deals of the Day for those in the UK is Mysteries for 99p.
This weekend’s Buy 1 NOOK Book, Get a NOOK Book FREE in Barnes & Noble stores is: History Books (well, not textbooks, though, and some are fairly modern “history”).
Today’s Audible Daily Deal is Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier ($7.99 Kindle,
A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall ($12.74 Kindle, $0.99 B&N), by Will Chancellor [Harper], is today’s Nook Daily Find; no price match yet on Kindle, so be sure to report the lower price and check back in the afternoon. Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
Please see this post in regards to backing up your books purchased from B&N.
Measles, unpleasant for adults but frequently deadly for children, is a highly contagious disease. The virus spreads through the air. Everyone over the age of six months can and should be vaccinated against it. Infants, doctors say, should not.
Tell it to this guy.
The Fresno County Department of Health said there is a confirmed case of measles in Fresno County. Health officials said the infected person, a man in his 40′s, visited the labor and delivery floor of Community Regional Medical Center.
That person visited the hospital on two separate occasions between Thursday, January 22 at 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 25 at 9:00 p.m. Community Regional Medical Centers is taking steps to contact patients who were potentially exposed at the hospital.
The carrier visited other places where there are lots of kids around.
The individual is also known to have been at WinCo Foods [a supermarket] … on January 25th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and at Fashion Fair Mall at the Build A Bear and Disney stores on January 25th from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
In his defense: He may not have known he had measles. Symptoms of the disease usually don’t appear for one to two weeks after a person is infected.
Definitely not in his defense: Hey, shithead, we’ve had an unbelievably effective vaccine for more than fifty years. Use it.
Measles was declared eradicated in the United States fifteen years ago, but the CDC says there were 63 confirmed cases of measles in 2010, and 187 in 2013. The most recent CDC report I could find covers January 1 through May 23 of last year. During that period, 288 known cases of measles were tallied, adding up to a 20-year high. If that level held for the year, we ended 2014 with 700 cases. Apparently, we were already up to almost 600 reported cases by early September.
The CDC found that
In the three largest outbreaks of 2014, which account for over a half of all cases this year, transmission occurred after introduction of measles into communities with pockets of persons who were unvaccinated because of philosophical or religious beliefs.
P.S. Bonus link:
Nearly 70 students from a Riverside County, Calif., high school will miss up to seven days of classes because they haven’t been immunized for measles. Since the … students haven’t been immunized, they need to avoid classes until Feb. 9 unless they confirm they’ve received immunization or show proof of resistance as determined by a Titer test.
(Image via CDC)