The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, who recently went public with his homosexuality calling it a "gift from God," has donated a considerable amount of money to help fund an LGBT initiative in Southern states, including his native Alabama.
The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign says Cook gave the contribution for its three-year, $8.5 million campaign, called "Project One America" that launched in April in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi, according to The Associated Press.
President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in canceling the Hollywood studio's film "The Interview," a comedy about a plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, after the company was subjected to a devastating cyber attack.
"I wish they had spoken to me first," Obama said at a year-end news conference, according to The Associated Press.
Sony on Wednesday dropped its plans to release "The Interview," an action comedy film directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen and starring Rogen and James Franco, on Christmas Day. "Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business," Sony said in a statement. more >>
In the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Ringside Politics bestowed its first "Turkey of the Year" award to then New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for his woeful leadership, bad judgment and embarrassing statements. Since then, we have been recognizing "turkeys" from both of the major political parties. For example, in 2014, we gave the "Turkey of the Year" award to a very worthy recipient, Republican House Speaker John Boehner.
After years of putting the spotlight on "turkeys" we are pleased to announce our first "Champion of the Year." For 2014, there is no one more qualified for this honor than U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Cruz is unquestionably brilliant and he has the academic credentials to prove it. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and graduated from Harvard Law magna cum laude. He was an award winning debater in college and the primary editor of the Law Review at Harvard. Eventually, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, becoming the first Hispanic (Cuban father) ever to hold such a position. From 2003-2008, he served as Solicitor General for the State of Texas, successfully arguing five cases before the Supreme Court. more >>
The column is co-authored by Christina Hadford.
Domestic abuse scandals have rampaged through the NFL: Greg Hardy, Rod Smith, Anthony Ray Jefferson, and most recently, Ray Rice. In response, the NFL launched a "thorough review" of its personnel conduct policies, management assembled "critical response teams" to address future violence, and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) called a congressional hearing to discuss policies related to domestic violence. Unfortunately, however, violence will not wane until efforts are taken to mitigate its cause rather than just control its effects.
To initiate lasting and effective change, the NFL needs to encourage purposefully high standards of sexual conduct. For too long, the NFL has engrossed itself in the sexual revolution by propagating semi-pornographic material and implicitly championing casual sex—both of which are a breeding ground for violence. more >>
A new bill introduced in the Missouri state legislature that would require women seeking abortions in that state to get written consent from fathers except in the cases of rape or incest, is already under attack from abortion rights group Planned Parenthood, which has slammed it as an "insult to women."
Father of five and Republican Missouri state representative Rick Brattin, introduced the bill in the state legislature earlier this month and it is expected to be picked up in next year's legislative session.
"No abortion shall be performed or induced unless and until the father of the unborn child provides written, notarized consent to the abortion, except in cases in which the woman upon whom the abortion is to be performed or induced was the victim of rape or incest and the pregnancy resulted from the rape or incest," reads the bill. more >>
"Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout." Was that a headline from Ronald Reagan's favorite conservative weekly, Human Events? Or, perhaps a stiff rejoinder from the up-to-the-minute reporting of The Weekly Standard?
No! That's the headline in an editorial in—can you believe—The Washington Post! It gets better. The Post flays President Obama's rationale for lifting the embargo on Cuba (the incoming GOP Congress will have something to say about this) and it dissects the President's White House statement.
The administration's policy is so bad that even The Washington Post has been forced to go to the ramparts in defense of truth and good policy. more >>