I honestly thought we were done with this garbage. And yet, Jim Hoft returns today to the same lies he was so fond of trumpeting a few months back about about Education Department official Kevin Jennings and the organization he formerly ran, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), along with a brand-new falsehood.
Under the headline, "Figures. Highland Park School Official Won't Send Students to Arizona But She'll Send Them to Secret GLSEN Gay Sex Classes," Hoft writes:
Suzan Hebson, assistant superintendent of Highland Park, Ill., School District 113, won't allow teen girls to travel to Arizona but she'll send them to secret GLSEN gay sex classes and make them sign a statement promising not to tell others. The teen sex classes promoted by Hebson are part of Obama's Safe Schools Czar's teen sex indoctrination.
I'm sure you will be shocked to learn that the Highland Park school in question, Deerfield High School does not send its students to "secret GLSEN gay sex classes." As the articles Hoft links to point out, the school features a number of panels for freshman students intended to help them adjust to high school; the classes are mandatory, but parents can keep their kids out of any specific panel they wish.
In one of those panel sessions, according to a March 8, 2007, Chicago Tribune report, "students who belong to a club called the Straight and Gay Alliance talk about personal experiences, such as what it feels like to be bullied or to be a straight friend of a gay classmate." The Tribune goes on to report:
"The whole point of the presentation is to help students understand how they--maybe even flippantly, intending to communicate with others--can be perceived or misperceived by others," Hebson said.
Erin Kaplan, 17, a senior, who describes himself as the only transgender student at Deerfield, said he believes that the climate at school has improved since the panel discussions began five years ago. He said the student alliance began the practice "after a really big wave of homophobic comments, targets for being gay."
Kaplan, a panelist for the last three years, tells students that he was born a boy--his parents gave him the name "Evan"--but that he has always felt like he should have been a girl. He wears feminine clothing at times but has a man's narrow hips and husky voice.
The panel this year consists of seven students. Four students identify themselves as gay, bisexual or transgender, and three are heterosexual, he said.
"What is important is that we learn to respect each other as peers," Kaplan said. "That's really the heart of what we talk about."
Question: What type of human being does one have to be to turn something like this into a rant against "teen sex indoctrination"?
Right-wing media have falsely claimed that Attorney General Eric Holder "refus[ed] to say 'radical Islam' is a cause of terrorism." In fact, Holder specifically mentioned "a radical version of Islam" as a possible motivation for Faisal Shahzad, a suspect in the attempted Times Square bombing.
In a May 13 blog post, Jim Hoft pushed the false claim that the recently passed health care reform law taxes "all Americans" 3.8 percent "when they sell their home."
Hoft cited a March 28 op-ed in the Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review by Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center, which claimed that the health care reform law "[i]mposes a 3.8 percent tax on home sales and other real estate transactions. Middle-income people must pay the full tax even if they are 'rich' for only one day -- the day they sell their house and buy a new one."
But as FactCheck.org has noted in response to the question, "Does the new health care law impose a 3.8 percent tax on profits from selling your home?":
No, with very few exceptions. The first $250,000 in profit from the sale of a personal residence won't be taxed, or the first $500,000 in the case of a married couple. The tax falls on relatively few -- those with high incomes from other sources.
FactCheck further explained that, contrary to the claim that the tax would affect all Americans, "only those with incomes over $200,000 a year ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly) will be subject to it":
The truth is that only a tiny percentage of home sellers will pay the tax. First of all, only those with incomes over $200,000 a year ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly) will be subject to it. And even for those who have such high incomes, the tax still won't apply to the first $250,000 on profits from the sale of a personal residence -- or to the first $500,000 in the case of a married couple selling their home.
Given Hoft's history of pushing falsehoods, it's not at all surprising he couldn't be bothered to check this one out before running with it.
The right-wing media has falsely claimed Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is "anti-military" because she temporarily barred Harvard Law School's Office of Career Services from aiding military recruiters due to the military's discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. In fact, Kagan has repeatedly praised the military for its "courage," "dedication" and "great service."
Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft, using his typical mix of hyperbole and hackery, has labeled Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan an "Anti-Military Loon," and posted what he claims is a picture of Kagan "protesting against the military at a LAMBDA-sponsored rally at Harvard in 2004." You will not be shocked to learn that this isn't true. Indeed, his source for the photo exposes his lie.
At that 2004 rally, Kagan wasn't protesting "against the military." As the Harvard Law Record article Hoft cites makes clear, the protest in question was against the "military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy and the Solomon Amendment's interpretation that requires Harvard to allow military recruitment."
And why did Kagan oppose those policies? Again, from the article Hoft links to (emphasis added):
"What the United States government is essentially saying to gays and lesbians is that they cannot participate in, they cannot contribute to this incredibly important mission. These men and women, notwithstanding their talents, their conviction, their courage, cannot perform what I truly believe to be the greatest service a person can give for their country. And that's just wrong, that's just flat out wrong."
So Kagan says that military service is "the greatest service a person can give their country." Boy, that really doesn't sound like the words of an "Anti-Military Loon."
Incidentally, Hoft's basis for his claim -- that Kagan "expelled military recruiters from the Harvard campus in defiance of The Solomon Act" -- is also false. When Kagan became dean of Harvard Law, she continued the school's policy of allowing military recruiters access to its Office of Career Services. Only after the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Solomon Amendment was unconstitutional did Kagan prohibit the career office from working with recruiters. As the New York Times noted, Kagan "follow[ed] the law" and "continued a policy of allowing the military recruiters access to students" during this period. Kagan once again granted military recruiters access to OCS one semester later, after the Bush administration threatened to revoke Harvard's federal funding.
Right-wing media have highlighted April's increase in unemployment to attack President Obama's economic policies. But the monthly increase in payrolls was the largest in four years, and the unemployment uptick reportedly occurred "mainly because 805,000 jobseekers -- perhaps feeling better about their prospects -- resumed their searches for work."
Right-wing media have falsely claimed -- citing no evidence -- that alleged Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad is a registered Democrat. Media Matters for America has contacted the offices of the registrar in Shahzad's hometowns and confirmed that he is in fact not a registered voter in those towns.
Right-wing blogs have seized on comments OMB Director Peter Orszag made on April 8 at the Economic Club of Washington to claim that he admitted that there are "death panels" in the new health care law.
Will this ridiculousness ever stop?
The latest iteration is just a recycled version of a previous death panels claim that was debunked back in December.
Today, Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft claimed that "Sarah Palin was right" and posted a video clip of Orszag's comments, complete with Breitbart TV's dubious title: "Obama's Budget Director: Powerful Rationing Panel (Not Doctors) Will Control Health Care Levels."
The "powerful rationing panel" is the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board. Here are Orszag's comments highlighted in the video being pushed by Breitbart and the right-wing blogs:
ORSZAG: Well, let me just first pause and point out that's exactly what we just created for Medicare. So this Independent Payment Advisory Board has the power and the responsibility to put forward proposals to hit a pretty aggressive set of targets over the long term. And furthermore, the proposals take effect automatically, unless Congress not only specifically votes them down but the President signs that bill. So the default is now switched in a very important way on the biggest driver over long-term cost, which is the Medicare program.
DAVID RUBENSTEIN [President, Economic Club of Washington]: Was that explained to Members of Congress very carefully?
ORSZAG: Yes, it was and that's why this was something that was very difficult to actually - this is why I think it was underappreciated, that this is a very substantial change. Again, a lot will depend on whether it realizes its potential, and how the culture develops, but it has statutory power to put forward proposals to reduce healthcare cost growth overtime and improve quality,and those proposals take effect automatically if Congress ignores them, or if Congress votes them down and the President vetoes that bill. So in other words, inertia now plays to the side of this independent board.
Palin herself tried in vain in December to push this claim that the Independent Payment Advisory Board amounted to a "death panel." Dick Morris also pushed it on Fox News, falsely claiming that the board will say "you can't treat this person with colon cancer with the best drug available."
In fact, the health care law specifically prohibits the Advisory Board from "any recommendations to ration health care ... or otherwise restrict benefits."
Sarah Palin was not right, contrary to what Hoft claimed. She was very, very wrong -- no matter how many times her right-wing defenders push this debunked nonsense.
On Fox & Friends, Dick Morris admitted he fabricated his "bombshell" claim that in 1997, then-Attorney General Janet Reno threatened President Clinton by saying that if he did not reappoint her as attorney general, she was "gonna tell the truth about Waco" -- a claim the right-wing media uncritically promoted. Following Morris' admission that his claim was actually his "conjecture based on the facts," will the same media outlets run a retraction noting that Morris has now admitted that Clinton "didn't actually say" what Morris claimed?
Rush Limbaugh joined other right-wing media in promoting Fox News analyst Dick Morris' dubious claim that in 1997, President Clinton told Morris that Clinton had reappointed then-Attorney General Janet Reno because she threatened to "tell the truth about Waco." However, Morris' story contradicts his previous account of a conversation he had with Clinton about reappointing Reno. In that account, Morris gave no indication that Clinton had confided to him about any alleged threats from Reno.
Right-wing media figures, led by Sarah Palin, have continued to distort President Obama's comments that "whether we like it or not," the United States "remain[s] a dominant military superpower," in order to suggest that Obama is opposed to the U.S. holding this position.
At his nuclear conference last week Barack Obama broke the sad truth to Americans,
"Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower."
And, he's supposed to be the leader?
He really believes America is the problem not the solution. Whether he liked it or not, this provoked Sarah Palin to pen her latest blog post on his radicalism. The former Alaskan governor nailed President Obama on his open regret for American exceptionalism.
In recent days, Fox News and the conservative media have seized on the official logo of the Nuclear Security Summit to claim its image "looks like" an Islamic crescent. However, as Comedy Central's Jon Stewart noted, "the inspiration for the logo is actually the Rutherford-Bohr Model of the atom that we all learned about in high school."
From an April 14 Gateway Pundit post:
Obama's nuclear summit logo is an Islamic crest.
Via Evil Conservative.
It's just weird. We all know he's a good Christian. We've even seen his church.
More at EC.
Right-wing media misleadingly cropped remarks made by President Obama at the Nuclear Security Summit to suggest Obama is opposed to America remaining "a dominant military superpower." In fact, Obama said that as a "military superpower," the U.S. has an interest in reducing tensions between foreign nations because violent conflict abroad inevitably "ends up costing" the United States "significantly in terms of both blood and treasure."