Melissa Harris-Perry: “To Tell the Truth”

“It Happened One Night.” Actually, It Happened All Last Week :)


Stefon, City Correspondent and Anchor, Seth Meyers

Today’s Experience with “Meet the Press”

While watching “Meet the Press,” I thought, “I do hope the Republicans do not pick Gov. Bob McDonald of Virginia to be their nominee for VP. I’d hate to see that Cheshire smile every other day!” (God forbid!)

Host, David Gregory had excellent questions for Rick Santorum who was startled with the reach into his background. He had to “think quick” and come up with answers that avoided admitting, “You got me!”  He could not defend his record and could only launch into tirades against President Obama’s record…as he, Rick, sees it. E.J. Dione sees President Obama winning, if the election was today.

My heart was warm when Peggy Noonan brought up the way women are being spoken of in the politics of today.

If you missed “Meet the Press”, please set your DVR to record the re-run at 2:00pm EDT on MSNBC.  Enjoy today’s games!

Have You Asked for a Miracle? 1

Say “Yes!” to Your Miracle!Written by Sheila Schuller Coleman

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” -James 4:8

If God stood before you today with your miracle- the miracle that you are desperate for – and offered it to you on a silver platter for you free, would you accept it? Would you say “yes” to your miracle?You probably think, “That’s silly. Of course, I would! Doesn’t everyone say yes to a miracle?”

I love the story of the man who was home alone when it began to rain. Before long, his house was flooded and the rising waters had covered his feet. He went outside and saw a man on a raft drift by.

“Need a lift?” the man called.

“No, thanks. I have prayed for a miracle. I’ll wait for my miracle.” So, the raft sailed out of sight.

Before long, the waters were up to his knees, and another man came into sight rowing a canoe. He asked, “Need a lift?”

“No, thanks. I have prayed for a miracle. I’ll wait for my miracle.”

The canoe rowed out of sight and soon the waters were up to his chest. A motorboat powered up to his house. “Jump in before it’s too late!”

“No, thanks. I’m waiting for my miracle.”

When the waters were up to his chin, a helicopter flew over, hovered, and a rope ladder was dropped to within inches of his face. “Grab on before you drown!”

“No, thanks. I’m waiting for my miracle.”

Suddenly the man was standing before St. Peter at the pearly gates. Astonished, the man said, “Hey, what’s this all about? I prayed and believed in a miracle!”

St. Peter replied, “We sent you three boats and a helicopter!”

Sometimes we don’t recognize the miracles God sends to us. If we’re not careful, we can miss every one. So, Lord, show us – through Your Word and through Your children – the miracle. Give us the courage to say “yes,” to grab on to Your miracles, and to hold on for dear life!

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Lord, I do not want to miss Your miracle for me. You do not want me to miss my miracle. So, open my eyes and reveal Your miracle. Make it obvious and then give me the courage to grab on and hang on for dear life! Amen.



SPLC’s Expanded List of Anti-Gay Hate Groups is a Veritable Bigot Parade
Dear GoodOleWoody,

The Southern Poverty Law Center — who is teaming up with Truth Wins Out on a national campaign targeting destructive “ex-gay” therapy — released an expanded list of anti-gay hate groups earlier this week as a part of a wide-ranging report on the state of hate groups across America. The report found an alarming increase of nearly 60 percent in the number of active anti-gay hate groups between 2010 and 2011.
Organizations joining the ranks of SPLC-certified hate groups include Mission America, founded by Linda Harvey, whom TWO has dubbed “the most homophobic woman in America;” Public Advocate of the United States, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia and headed by Eugene Delgaudio, whose anti-LGBT bigotry is so extreme that he refers to the Student Non-Discrimination Act – which would protect LGBT students against bullying and discrimination in public schools – as the “Homosexual Classrooms Act;” and Minnesota’s notorious You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide ministry, fronted by radically anti-gay pastor Bradlee Dean, a hair-metal rocker who travels to public schools across the country delivering vitriolic “faith-based” anti-gay lectures to teenagers.The latest edition of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report also contains an authoritative article detailing the hate and misinformation coming from the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), an “ex-gay” junk science group. This group is headed by radical extremist Joseph Nicolosi, whose theories on sexual orientation are so bizarre that he actually believes Bozo the Clown can turn people gay. NARTH has become the primary source for the faulty research and scientific distortions used by the religious right to justify their continued opposition to LGBT equality at a time when public opinion is swinging dramatically in the other direction. TWO’s Wayne Besen told the SPLC’s Ryan Lenz, “There’s no other play in the playbook except going back to the fire and brimstone.”

Minnesotans should take special note of the newly-expanded list. The inclusion of Bradlee Dean’s You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide International as an anti-LGBT hate group is notable because of the close ties between Dean, his organization, and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Before Dean dumped the notoriously anti-gay former presidential candidate for allegedly “going to the left,” she famously prayed for Dean’s traveling youth ministry to “multiply ten-fold,” helped the group raise funds, and made a guest appearance on Dean’s television show. Both Dean and Bachmann – whose husband’s Christian counseling clinic was busted for offering “pray away the gay” therapy last year by a Truth Wins Out hidden-camera investigation – are outspoken supporters of a proposed amendment that would write marriage discrimination into the Minnesota state constitution.

So-called “ex-gay” organizations have been at the forefront of the push for marriage discrimination in Minnesota, as documented in a recent report by Andy Birkey of the Minnesota Independent. Exodus International, the nation’s largest “ex-gay” umbrella group, has also decided to weigh in this summer, bringing its annual conference to St. Paul from June 27-30 – at exactly the same time that the debate over the proposed anti-gay amendment is expected to reach a fever pitch.

This is no coincidence. Truth Wins Out plans to be on the ground in Minnesota during Exodus’s road show, and we look forward to collaborating with local and state organizations to fight back against ‘ex-gay’ lies.

John Becker
Truth Wins Out