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Leader schools GOP buffoon on his home court: “Let’s assume that people want a hand up and not a handout!”

“One of the frustrations that I see from our perspective — and I know there are solutions — is that the Democrats, using nonprofits and going into these communities, have lots of goodies to offer,” said Revolvis Consulting partner Jason Roe. “And our guys aren’t exactly in the offering goodies business. So it’s harder for us to go in and do the same kind of thing.”

Asked “what we can do” about that frustration, panelist Robert Woodson told Roe, “I have to challenge you — it’s not ‘goodies.’ It bothers me when people assume that lower-income people respond to gifts. Food stamps, or things that are given to them. Nobody wants to be dependent. So let’s assume that people want a hand up, and not a handout.”

Woodson, the founder of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, then cited the example of Republican former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. “He built a community center that taught kids English …” said Woodson. “He committed resources and help to us, so we supported him.” He added, “What liberals do is at least they express their concern. Whether what they do is helpful or harmful, at least they show up.”

MAJ. KURT CHEW-EEN LEE, FIRST ASIAN AMERICAN U.S. MARINE OFFICER, DIES AT 88

The son of Chinese immigrants, Maj. Lee was a gung-ho Marine who climbed the ranks and broke barriers during a time strong racial prejudice. A recipient of the Navy Cross, the Marines’ second-highest honor — really, experts say deserved higher — Maj. Lee is perhaps best known for his fierce bravery in combat during a assault by Communist Chinese forces in Korea on the night of November 2-3, 1950.

The 2010 documentary Uncommon Courage: Breakout at Chosin, recounts how Lee led 500 men through a nighttime blizzard and rebuffed an attack by enemy forces to save 8,000 Marines from capture at Chosin Reservoir.

Wall of the Male Self

I was talking to a guy friend recently about men who have “issues” with boundaries. You know they type…they talk about sex five minutes after meeting you for the first time, they touch without permission, they stand or sit too close (again, without permission), they try to draw you away from the herd to get you alone, their idea of a second date is go to their place and get insanely drunk…you catch my drift.

I’m talking about the guys who ask you out/proposition you when your significant other is standing within earshot. I’m talking about the ones who get belligerent when you issue a polite rejection, the ones who immediately respond to your movements with force, i.e. you try to move away, they immediately tug you in the opposite direction even though you’ve made it clear you’re trying to get away.

So my Guy Friend in typical Guy Fashion started talking about how men are “dumb” and that if you want to take things slowly (or are altogether uninterested), you have to spell things out clearly otherwise they “just won’t know”. Ladies, we know what that means: they conveniently assume whatever the hell they want, regardless of what you say and do. ‘Cause last time I checked, you can’t get much clearer than, “No.”

George Takei on Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill, Life in a Japanese Internment Camp & Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu

In a major victory for civil rights advocates, Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to deny service to LGBT people in the name of religion. The bill was passed by both houses of the Arizona Legislature earlier this month and sparked outcry not only from human rights activists, but also from major corporations, and eventually even from some of the Republican lawmakers who voted for it. Delta, PetSmart, American Airlines Group, Marriott and Apple were among the many companies that urged Brewer to block the bill. The Arizona bill is similar to measures that have failed in other states. In another victory for LGBT rights advocates, on the same day as the Arizona veto, a federal judge in Texas declared that state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. We are joined by one of the country’s most well-known champions of gay rights: the legendary actor, author and activist, George Takei, best known for playing Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. He recently wrote a scathing essay headlined “Razing Arizona,” promising to boycott Arizona if Brewer had allowed the controversial anti-gay bill to pass into law.

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