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Yet Another Of Bill O’Reilly’s Colleagues Calls Him A Liar

Another of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s former colleagues from his days at CBS News is now saying the loudmouthed O’Reilly is lying about his actions while reporting from Argentina in 1982.

Ignacio Medrano-Carbo, who served as O’Reilly’s cameraman while the two were covering riots in Buenos Aires, says O’Reilly has repeatedly claimed that he saved Medrano-Carbo’s life. Specifically, O’Reilly remarked in 2009:

“The camera went flying. I saved the tape because it was unbelievable tape. But I dragged him off the street because he was bleeding from the ear and had hit his head on the concrete.”

Never happened, Medrano-Carbo says:

“I never fell nor was I bleeding out my ear at any time during my Buenos Aires assignment. I do not even recall Mr. O’Reilly being near me when I shot all that footage nor after I left the unrest at Plaza de Mayo that evening.”

For his part, O’Reilly asserts that he never even worked with the cameraman:

“I never worked with Ignacio Medrano-Carbo. This is nothing more than yet another coordinated attack which predictably comes on the heels of my appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.”

That blanket denial led Medrano-Carbo to fire back at O’Reilly with this salvo:

“I don’t know what to say… Ninety-nine percent of that footage in his report was mine. How’d he get that footage, if I’m not his cameraman?…I have the footage to show. You can see me in the BBC report. Why would I lie? You used 99 percent of my stuff, and I’m not your cameraman? I certainly did not get beat up. You did not help me.”

This is just the latest instance of O’Reilly being accused of fabricating or exaggerating his days as a field reporter. He has also said he “reported on the ground in [an] active war zone” and “survived a combat situation in Argentina during the Falklands War.” It was later proven that the Fox News host was never in a combat zone during the Falklands War between Great Britain and Argentina.

In the past, O’Reilly has attributed the attacks on his veracity to the “left wing media” and those who are seeking to destroy him. But it seems more likely that Bill O’Reilly is simply a serial liar who uses falsehoods about his bravery to mask the reality that he is, in fact, a sniveling wimp.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine: Gays Already Have Too Much Power

Mike DeWine, the Republican Attorney General of Ohio, has discovered a new way to put one’s foot deeply into one’s mouth: Via a legal brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Specifically, DeWine says in his brief that the LGBT community in his state doesn’t deserve to be a protected class of people and that no state should be required to recognize a same-sex marriage from another state:

“Heightened scrutiny does not apply because there is no fundamental right to the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages.”

So let’s see if I have this right: States have to recognize the legal marriages of heterosexual couples and afford them the same benefits they receive in the state where they were married, but a state can refuse to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple simply because they don’t agree with the concept? Are you kidding me?!

DeWine’s brief also uses some incredibly tortured logic by saying that the fact that the federal government  and some states are supporting same-sex marriage proves that the LGBT community has not been:

“(R)elegated to such a position of political powerlessness. At the federal level, the executive branch filed an amicus brief, as did some 167 Representatives and 44 Senators. Not only that, with respect to DOMA, the executive branch’s strong support led it to the ‘unusual position’ of failing ‘to defend the constitutionality of an Act of Congress based on a constitutional theory not yet established in judicial decisions’ and that was rejected by four Justices.”

Ever wonder how someone with a law degree who makes his living from the law can be so dense when it comes to laws he disagrees with? I’m beginning to think Mike DeWine was repeatedly dropped on his head as a child.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on same-sex marriage in June of this year, and based on what the state of Ohio has placed before them, it seems highly likely they will rule in favor of equal marriage rights for all Americans. Then Mike DeWine can his ilk can go back to fretting over more pertinent legal issues.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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Indiana Woman Faces 70 Years In Prison For Miscarriage

Sometime today in an Indiana court, a 33-year-old woman will find out if she faces up to 70 years in prison. Her crime? She had a miscarriage and then went to a hospital because she was experiencing heavy bleeding.

Purvi Patel’s saga of heartbreak and legal jeopardy began in 2013 when she went to an Indiana emergency room complaining of extremely heavy bleeding. Ms. Patel initially denied she had been pregnant when asked by hospital officials, but then recanted and admitted she’d had a premature delivery in her home, placed what she assumed was a deceased fetus in a bag, and placed the bag in a dumpster on her way to the hospital.

Soon the police were also involved. They searched Patel’s cell phone records, located the the fetus, and began asking very personal questions. Patel, however, maintains that the child was not alive when she placed it in the dumpster:

“I assumed because the baby was dead there was nothing to do. I’ve never been in this situation. I’ve never been pregnant before.”

But state officials were soon alleging that Patel had sought to purchase illegal abortion-producing drugs online despite the fact that there were no traces of such drugs found in Patel’s bloodstream. They also charged Patel with having abandoned a living child and the crime of feticide, a law which is on the books in 38 states across the country.

Then in February an Indiana jury found Purvi Patel guilty of “fetal murder of an unborn child” and “neglect of a dependent.” The charges carry a sentence of 70 years.

But there are a raft of legal issues involved in this case, not the least of which is that Patel was questioned in the hospital without a lawyer present, a direct contravention of the Miranda rights every person is entitled to. Additionally, expert witnesses presented at Patel’s trial could never agree on the true gestational age of the fetus or whether or not it was alive at the time Patel discarded of it.

Lynn Paltrow, the executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), says what she finds so troubling about the case is the contradictory nature of the two crimes Patel was convicted of:

“It’s confusing why a prosecutor would be allowed to bring such contradictory charges. How can you both have caused a pregnancy to terminate and given birth to a baby whom you neglect?”

Indiana, like many states controlled by conservative Republican legislatures and governors, has for years sought to punish women for anything they perceive as giving the right to choose to individuals. Keep in mind these are the same people who continually rail against government being too present in the lives of citizens. Their hypocrisy is disgusting and may well cost a woman the rest of her life in prison.

Does that seem like a truly just end to this story?

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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Ted Cruz Thinks The White House Should Be In Texas

In the first of what will certainly be an endless series of asinine and inane remarks to the press, Ted Cruz said Sunday that a big part of what’s wrong with America is that the White House isn’t located in Texas. Cue the laugh track, please.

Cruz, talking to Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union,” asserted that when he led the charge to shut down the government in 2014, he was reviled in Washington, D.C. but cheered as a hero in his home state of Texas:

“You were in Texas when I came home to the State Convention of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, and you saw the reaction of, in that case, the women back home who enthusiastically appreciated someone who was standing and fighting for them.”

Bash reminded Cruz that the White House isn’t located in Texas. To which the reincarnation of Joe McCarthy replied with a smug grin:

“And that’s part of the problem.”

Oh, Ted, you do make us laugh. But is that really the way a grown man should answer a serious question? It might win you cases in court, but it won’t get you any votes. Maybe we could have a White House in every state that wants one and then each state could feel like it is King for a Day.

Then Cruz dared to claim that despite the “attacks” on him by both Democrats and Republicans, he has never fired back in response. Oddly, his nose did not grow to Pinocchio lengths when he said:

“You have never heard me speak ill of any senator, Republican or Democrat. And I don’t intend to start. I’m not going to engage in the personal mudslinging, in the negative attacks on people’s character.”

Never is a very definitive word, Senator. You have never ever said anything bad about a fellow Senator? I find that hard to believe as much as Teddy Boy likes to paint himself as the good guy battling against the perceived evils of Congress and President Obama.

The only comforting thing I can possibly salvage out of the phenomenon that is Ted Cruz is that he has no chance of winning the Republican nomination for President. So once 2016 has come and gone, he can mosey on back to Texas and build himself a mock White House for his gigantic ego to roam through as he dreams wistfully of what might have been.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

 

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GOP Candidate Carly Fiorina Says American Workers ‘Watch Porn All Day’

It’s so comforting to know that someone has a solution to everything that ails the American economy. Someone who can tackle the issues of income disparity, the minimum wage, and the deficit. What could possibly be the magic bullet for all of these problems? Well, according to former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, it’s preventing workers from watching porn all day.

Fiorina, during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” said she could impove the American economy by cutting the pay of federal employees and asserted that they are “watching porn all day.” She then spouted out this nonsensical dross:

“How many Inspector General reports do we need to read that say, you know, you can watch porn all day long and get paid exactly the same way as somebody who’s trying to do their job?”

Indulge me for a moment as I retort to Ms. Fiorina’s ridiculous assertions: First of all, if she was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, which manufactures computers and peripherals, then isn’t she partially to blame for giving us the technology required to view porn all day at our workplaces?

Secondly, who in the world is Fiorina to accuse others of not doing their jobs? As I recall, she was once rated to be one of the “worst CEOs of all time.” She was adept at tripling her own salary while at HP, but she also laid off some 30,000 workers at the computer company. HP stock lost 50 percent of its value under her tenure as CEO. Hell of a job, Carly!

Fiorina boldly told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that her plans for reforming the American economic engine would include:

“One, zero-based budgeting so we actually know where money is being spent, and we’re talking about the whole budget and not just the rate of increase. And two, pay for performance in our civil service.”

If that’s all Fiorina has in her bag of tricks, her run in the GOP race for the White House will indeed be a short one.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.