The Gay Old Party

President Obama and his lieutenants aren’t the only ones whose views on same-sex marriage are “evolving.”

Republicans — including prominent conservative office-holders, pundits and activists — are increasingly endorsing key parts of the gay-rights agenda.

What do former Vice President Dick Cheney, Governor Chris Christie, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, former Governor Sarah Palin, columnist Ann Coulter and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist have in common? They’re all prominent conservatives, and they’ve all made overtures to the gay community.

Cheney publicly endorsed gay marriage years ago. In January, Christie appointed New Jersey’s first openly gay Supreme Court justice. Priebus has done fundraisers with the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group. Palin hinted that she supported repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Coulter and Norquist sit on the advisory board of GOProud, a gay conservative advocacy group.

There have been noteworthy developments at the state and federal levels. In March, a majority of New Hampshire Republican legislators joined Democrats to reject a bill that would have repealed a gay marriage law and replaced it with civil unions. And in 2011, New York legalized same-sex marriage with the decisive support of four Republican senators, marking the first time in the nation that a legislative body controlled by Republicans approved either same-sex marriage or civil unions. According to a recent Politico story, House Republicans have “quietly worked behind the scenes to kill amendments that reaffirm opposition to same-sex unions.” Politico reporters interviewed House Republicans and found that gay issues “hardly register” with them.

Politico describes the change as “one of the swiftest shifts in ideology and strategy for Republicans, as they’ve come nearly full circle on same-sex politics. What was once a front-and-center issue for rank-and-file Republicans — the subject of many hotly worded House and Senate floor speeches — is virtually a dead issue.”

The easy explanation is that economic concerns have momentarily eclipsed social issues. But many conservatives are simply not interested in issues related to homosexuality. As Rep. Allen West told Politico, “I want my daughters to have the opportunities that I had, and that’s what concerns me. That’s what keeps me up awake at night, not worrying about who’s sleeping with who.”

I asked Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder of GOProud, why Republican sentiment toward gay rights has changed so quickly. “It used to be that the only gay people most people saw were once a year on TV at the San Francisco gay pride parade,” LaSalvia said. “Today everyone in America has gay people in their lives. America is changing its mind. It’s happening very, very fast and conservatives are a part of that.”

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The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies?

You’ll have to forgive the lateness but I just got around to reading The Chronicle’s recent piece on the young guns of black studies. If ever there were a case for eliminating the discipline, the sidebar explaining some of the dissertations being offered by the best and the brightest of black-studies graduate students has made it. What a collection of left-wing victimization claptrap. The best that can be said of these topics is that they’re so irrelevant no one will ever look at them.

That’s what I would say about Ruth Hayes’ dissertation, “‘So I Could Be Easeful’: Black Women’s Authoritative Knowledge on Childbirth.” It began because she “noticed that nonwhite women’s experiences were largely absent from natural-birth literature, which led me to look into historical black midwifery.” How could we overlook the nonwhite experience in “natural birth literature,” whatever the heck that is? It’s scandalous and clearly a sign that racism is alive and well in America, not to mention academia.

Then there is Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of “Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s.” Ms. Taylor believes there was apparently some kind of conspiracy in the federal government’s promotion of single family homes in black neighborhoods after the unrest of the 1960s. Single family homes! The audacity! But Ms. Taylor sees that her issue is still relevant today. (Not much of a surprise since the entirety of black studies today seems to rest on the premise that nothing much has changed in this country in the past half century when it comes to race. Shhhh. Don’t tell them about the black president!) She explains that “The subprime lending crisis, if it did nothing else, highlighted the profitability of racism in the housing market.” The subprime lending crisis was about the profitability of racism? Those millions of white people who went into foreclosure were just collateral damage, I guess.

But topping the list in terms of sheer political partisanship and liberal hackery is La TaSha B. Levy. According to the Chronicle, “Ms. Levy is interested in examining the long tradition of black Republicanism, especially the rightward ideological shift it took in the 1980s after the election of Ronald Reagan. Ms. Levy’s dissertation argues that conservatives like Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, John McWhorter, and others have ‘played one of the most-significant roles in the assault on the civil-rights legacy that benefited them.’” The assault on civil rights? Because they don’t favor affirmative action they are assaulting civil rights? Because they believe there are some fundamental problems in black culture that cannot be blamed on white people they are assaulting civil rights?

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‘God forbid somebody gets killed or a young person gets sold’

(EXPLICIT CONTENT: This report contains graphic details of sexual abuse of children as it has appeared in numerous locations on Facebook. WND immediately reported images of child pornography and child sexual abuse to the FBI. Censored screenshots published are among the mildest of those found.)

The group is called “I.ncest Forever” – and people from around the world share their sexual fantasies and real-life sexual exploits with their own mothers, fathers, siblings and children.

A boy no older than 4 is positioned between the legs of another toddler lying on a plaid blanket. He pins the second child down in a sexual position, and they are both naked. The photo is taken from above the children – likely by an adult – and posted to the immensely popular group.

The face of another boy, between 10 and 12, is planted in a bed. He’s wearing sneakers and grabbing his ankles as a man twice his size holds his waist and sodomizes him. Shortly after its posting, at least 34 people had “liked” the photo.

These are just two examples of many gruesome child pornography images on Facebook, the popular social network now making an initial public offering that may value the company as high as $100 billion.

On this site of 901 million users, many of the world’s pedophiles seek validation and acceptance. They rape small children, upload images of their abuse and trade those photos like currency with thousands of insatiable predators on Facebook.

As part of an undercover news investigation, WND used alias Facebook profiles and located dozens of child-porn images after “friending” many likely pedophiles and predators who trade thousands of pornographic photos on the social network. WND immediately reported graphic images of children and sex abuse to the FBI. (You can read more about that investigation in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.)

Despite repeated requests over the course of almost two months, Facebook did not respond to phone calls and emails. However, after Part 1 of this series was published, the social network provided a brief, emailed statement that WND posted here.

The following short documentary was posted on YouTube exposing the issue of child pornography on Facebook. While it covers the period from November 2010 to January 2011, it pinpoints many of the tactics still in use today by pedophiles and child-pornography traders on the social network.

(Warning: Contains disturbing screenshots of “likes,” interests and foul language posted by pedophiles):

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