3.31.2015

Dana Loesch's atrocious excuse-making for defending Indiana's license to discriminate law


Anti-LGBTQ demagogue Dana Loesch defense another state's horrible anti-LGBTQ "religious freedom" (aka license to discriminate) law, and this time, it's Indiana's idiotic SB101 that was recently signed into law by Indiana Governor and potential 2016 GOP Presidential candidate Mike Pence.

Just a side note: Indianapolis is where KFTK and WIBC's corporate owner Emmis Communications is based at, and The Dana Show aired on those two stations prior to going nationally syndicated with Radio America in 2014.

She has attacked Angie's List, Wilco, and others who dared to boycott Indiana over the passage of SB101.





Angie's List:



Wilco:






Last night on TheBlazeTV's Dana, Loesch and her panel slammed and mocked celebrities' tweets opposing Indiana SB101 and Pence.
From the 03.30.2015 edition TheBlazeTV's Dana:


More proof that Loesch is lying through her teeth about the RFRA's impacts.

Judd Legum at Think Progress LGBT on the truth about the difference between Indiana's RFRA law and the other 19 states and federal's version:
The Indiana law differs substantially from the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by President Clinton in 1993, and all other state RFRAs.

There are several important differences in the Indiana bill but the most striking is Section 9. Under that section, a “person” (which under the law includes not only an individual but also any organization, partnership, LLC, corporation, company, firm, church, religious society, or other entity) whose “exercise of religion has been substantially burdened, or is likely to be substantially burdened” can use the law as “a claim or defense… regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity is a party to the proceeding.”

Every other Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to disputes between a person or entity and a government. Indiana’s is the only law that explicitly applies to disputes between private citizens.* This means it could be used as a cudgel by corporations to justify discrimination against individuals that might otherwise be protected under law. Indiana trial lawyer Matt Anderson, discussing this difference, writes that the Indiana law is “more broadly written than its federal and state predecessors” and opens up “the path of least resistance among its species to have a court adjudicate it in a manner that could ultimately be used to discriminate…”Click to enlarge CREDIT: DYLAN PETROHILOS/THINKPROGRESS

This is not a trivial distinction. Arizona enacted an RFRA that applied to actions involving the government in 2012. When the state legislature tried to expand it to purely private disputes in 2014, nationwide protests erupted and Jan Brewer, Arizona’s Republican governor, vetoed the measure.

Senator (and soon-to-be likely Senate Majority/Minority Leader when Harry Reid retires at the end of the 114th Congress) Chuck Schumer (D) on the difference between Indiana and the other RFRAs:

In the uproar over the recently passed Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), defenders of the bill like...
Posted by Senator Chuck Schumer on Tuesday, March 31, 2015



Remember that the Indiana RFRA is VASTLY DIFFERENT than the other 19 states that have such laws and the federal one.
















It's not just Indiana that's proposing and/or passing RFRA bills in the vein of the now-vetoed Arizona SB1062 and recently passed and signed into law Indiana SB101: Georgia, North Carolina, and Arkansas-- to name a few, are considering such bills.




More on Loesch's attacks on LGBTQ rights:

3.11.2015

#47Traitors Enablers: Dana Loesch defends #IranLetter by Tom Cotton and 46 other GOP Senators on Iran

Dana Loesch defending neocon foreign policy yet again, and also slams Bowe Bergdahl (who is NOT a "deserter") in order to suck up to Arkansas Senator Tom "Traitor" Cotton (R)'s  treasonous actions.







Dana is wrong. The 47 GOP Senators that signed on the Iran Letters are anti-American traitors, NOT "patriots"! Remember that this is the same party that claims to be "more pro-American than thou."

Laura Clawson at Daily Kos:
Yes, Cotton thinks that the great grandchildren of people who violate Iran sanctions should be imprisoned. Which, by the way, is completely unconstitutional. But this is someone who got the vast majority of his Republican colleagues in the Senate, including leadership, to sign onto a letter to Iran trying to torpedo American diplomacy. Congressional Republicans listen to this man. That's terrifying—but if this open letter has helped discredit him publicly, it may be one good outcome of the whole mess.




To sum it up: Tom Cotton, the other 46 GOP signatures to the Iran Letter, and his enablers in the right-wing media apparatus are treasonous scumbags.

3.05.2015

At #CPAC2015, Loesch heinously says "gays could be stoned in the streets" if anti-LGBTQ bigotry isn't allowed

At the same CPAC conference in which she mentioned that "it was time to make [Conservative] Christians a 'protected class'", notorious anti-LGBTQ homophobia bigot Dana Loesch heinously suggested that non-discrimination laws "will lead to gays getting stoned in the streets."" WRONG AGAIN, Mrs. Loesch! It's phony "Christian" assholes like you, Tony Perkins, Matt Barber, Bryan Fischer, and their ilk that want to harm the LGBTQ community.

Tim Peacock at Peacock Panache:
"You don't have to be a Christian to be affected by loss of religious liberty, because if one liberty is taken, more liberties will be taken," Loesch said. After complimenting her rabid, fervently far-right fan base she continued, "If I'm not speaking up you're losing rights then what will happen to me when the day comes, if someone comes to me? What if you're stoned for walking out in the street for being gay? I mean, come on, that's where the conversation needs to go."
Loesch's stance against LGBT public accommodation protections is nothing new; she's been railing against these specific civil rights protections for years.
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To sum things up: Loesch thinks everyone should have the ability to deny service based on sincerely held religious beliefs because lack of religious liberty could lead to gays being stoned. But she also wants to simultaneously specifically protect Christians from the very sort of discrimination she rallied for.
Kyle Mantyla at PFAW's Right Wing Watch:
On Saturday morning, right-wing radio host and self-described "total partisan hack" Dana Loesch participated in a CPAC panel on religious liberty, along with the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins and Rep. Randy Neugebauer. During the discussion, Loesch said that if America doesn’t protect the supposed "right" of Christians to discriminate against gays in public accommodations, it will eventually lead to gays being stoned to death in the streets.
Thank God that Right Wing Watch has finally put Loesch into their monitoring rotation (something that should've been done years ago), considering that she was (and still is) Beck's lead substitute for his afternoon show and now has her own daily show after him. Her employer Glenn Beck and regular TheBlazeTV guest (and occasional fill-in host) David Barton are regularly monitored by RWW.






More on Loesch's attacks on LGBTQ rights:

At #CPAC2015, Dana Loesch says it's time to make "[Conservative] Christians a 'protected class'"

At CPAC 2015, KFTK radio host and TheBlaze employee Dana Loesch says it's time to "make [Conservative] Christians a protected class." WRONG, Mrs. Loesch! They already are a "protected class" by your own definition.


Tony Ortega at The Raw Story:
Columnist Cal Thomas, radio host Dana Loesch, and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins took part in a CPAC panel on religious freedom Saturday, and they pronounced that times were dire for followers of Jesus Christ.
“I feel like it’s time to make Christians a protected class,” Dana Loesch said, as the discussion reached a fevered pitch of self-pity.

1.09.2015

Dana Loesch enabling Islamophopbia by saying "Can we stop with 'Islamaphobia?'”

St. Louis' leading Islamophobe Dana Loesch is at it again. In the wake of the tragic Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris, France, Loesch has decided to do her usual anti-Islamic spiel by complaining about the term "Islamophobia."




From The Dana Show's FB Page:



Tough shit, Mrs. Loesch! We will continue to use the word "Islamophobia," and it perfectly describes jerks like you and Pamela Geller!


11.19.2014

Dana Loesch v. Ed Schultz battle it out on Obamacare in a contrasting home-and-home match

Recently, on their respective television shows, Dana Loesch and Ed Schultz debate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (aka Obamacare).


Round 1 (MSNBC's The Ed Show):
On Thursday, 11.13.2014, Schultz hosted Loesch, Community Health TV CEO Dr. Corey Hebert, and MSNBC's Krystal Ball. Of course, as usual, Loesch was acting like a rude screaming banshee on major-level national television by filibustering the host and the other two guests.

Left of Center at Crooks and Liars on her Ed Show appearance:
Dana Loesch, author of "Hands Off My Gun" begins by trying to discredit Ed by using the phrase, "those are White House Numbers." As if these were different than the CBO numbers he was talking about, then she tries to play the "my friends and family are all losing their healthcare" game and has not one official fact she can cite.

She dodges the question, 'are there fewer insured than there were one year ago before the implementation of Obamacare?' Instead of answering the questions, she brings up the Politifact lie of the year, "If you like your doctor, you can keep him" in a sad attempt to distract Ed from the question, 'do fewer people have insurance now than one year ago.' Still, she fails to answer the simple question, are there fewer uninsured than one year ago?
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I honestly can't get through this awful fiction-festival any more. I'm disgusted these morons get to be in charge of 70% of the state legislatures, a majority in the House AND Senate. Her interview just depicts how intellectually and factually bankrupt this party is. Poor Krystal Ball and Corey Hebert had to combat her fictitious bullshit and refute claims of fantastical origins. The Republicans can't tell us what we're going to keep on Obamacare, just what's going to be cut. There was at least five minutes of her pointless obstruction and it let's us know there is no reasoning with people living in Crazytown, Fantasyland, USA.


From the 11.13.2014 edition of MSNBC's The Ed Show:


PunditFact on Loesch's Obamacare Lies:
Loesch said that 4.7 million people have lost their health insurance due to Obamacare. That number matches one cited by the Associated Press based on preliminary estimates and incomplete data. The best estimate from independent researchers is that perhaps 2.6 million people received notices that their health care insurance policies were being canceled. 
However, Loesch spoke as if these people, whatever their number, did not find replacement coverage. In reality, fewer than 1 million people who had been part of the individual insurance market ended up with no coverage at all. Given the constant churn in that market, it is unlikely that the Affordable Care Act caused all of them to be without health insurance. 
Loesch’s number is off, both in terms of the cancellations and what people did afterward. Still, the new law did hurt some people. 
We rate the claim Mostly False.


Round 2 (TheBlazeTV's Dana):
In contrast to the shoutfest that Loesch filibustered her way into being the dominant voice on The Ed Show segment featuring the two last week, the interview on Dana had a much calmer tone.


Josh Feldman at Mediaite on Schultz v. Loesch Part 2:
Ed Schultz hosted BlazeTV’s Dana Loesch on his MSNBC show last week and things ended up getting pretty damn heated. They fought each other and Schultz said Loesch was being rude and “unworkable.”
So today, they faced off for Round 2 on Loesch’s BlazeTV show, and… it was actually very respectful and no one raised their voices at each other.
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He repeatedly said he’s not completely thrilled with the law, but as first steps go, it’s a good start.


From the 11.17.2014 edition of TheBlazeTV's Dana:





In both rounds, Loesch had the lies and Schultz had the truth on his side.


10.21.2014

On FNC's Fox and Friends to hawk her book, Dana Loesch says "gun control is the real war on women"

After a couple months hiatus from updating DanaBusted.Blogspot.com, we are back in business, and as usual, Dana Loesch is telling fibs to the national audience.

Today, while hawking her book Hands Off My Gun (which came out today) on Fox and Friends, Loesch was peddling lies to advance her gun fetishist agenda and also falsely claiming that "gun control is the real war on women."

Vegasjessie at Crooks and Liars:
She's just so pathetic to this condescending gun oil salesman and 2nd Amendment grifter, how could Schultz be so naive to think the DNC can defeat Koch money? Perhaps Loesch is right, but she wasn't on the curvy couch to forecast the midterms. She was still peddling her latest book, and like any good Republican, trying to fleece the public of every penny to promote the agenda of the NRA. 

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It's very hard to compete with the liberally-minded society because Republicans don't know how to compete with progressive "pop culture." Republicans are "afraid to engage and don't know how to engage." Gee, we hardly noticed, Dana. You mean a KKK Teaparty gathering doesn't make for a good Hollywood plot?
The New York ruling on those denied their 2nd Amendment remedies is now a slippery slope to full disarmament of America. She believes there's a war on women when anyone's rights to own a gun are limited. She said that firearms are the ultimate equalizer, and she gave her height and weight, said she felt six foot two and 250 pounds, when she's got her "equalizer." She said we've always had the right to be armed, even before we had the right to vote.
Hey, Dana, aren't you the one that's instigating a war on women because of your anti-reproductive choice/anti-contraception/anti-birth control stances? 



From the 10.21.2014 edition of FNC's Fox and Friends:
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 More on Loesch's idiocy and falsehoods on Guns and the 2nd Amendment:  

More on Loesch's deliberate falsehoods on the war on women, attacks on [Democratic/liberal] women, birth control, and pro-choice viewpoints:

8.19.2014

"Josie" called in to KFTK's The Dana Show to give her pro-Wilson/anti-Brown slant of events in Ferguson

On last Friday's edition of The Dana Show, "Josie" tells her side of the story of how Michael Brown got shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, and of course, her story is full of lies, as she DEFENDED Officer Wilson's decision to shoot Brown.


TheBlaze (where Loesch is employed at):
The alleged friend of Wilson continued: “So he goes in reverse back to them, tries to get out of his car. They slam his door shut violently. I think he said Michael did. And, then he opened the car again, you know, he tried to get out. He stands up. And then Michael just bum-rushes him and shoves him back into his car, punches him in the face and then, of course, Darren grabs for his gun. Michael grabbed for the gun. At one point, he got the gun entirely turned against his hip. And he shoves it away, and the gun goes off.” 
The caller went on to claim that Brown then ran from the officer, making it about 35 feet away before Wilson got up and ordered the suspect to “freeze.”
“Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him… And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something,” she concluded. “The final shot was in the forehead, and then he fell about two or three feet in front of the officer.”

"Josie" was indeed lying out of her ass, as is anyone who sticks up for murdering Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson.

Kaili Joy Gray at Wonkette for the REAL truth about "Josie":

 We can all go home now, because Tucker Carlson’s cesspool of journamalism has a hot scoop that PROVES Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is definitely not guilty of murdering unarmed teen Michael Brown.

Wilson’s claims match a woman who called herself “Josie” who called into Dana Loesch’s radio show on Friday. CNN confirmed with police officials that what Josie told Loesch matches what Wilson says happened during his encounter with Brown.
According to Josie, Wilson, a six-year police veteran, claims Brown assaulted and then “bum rushed” him during their encounter on August 9.

Hang tight, we need to bust out some charts and graphs and an abacus to follow this logic. Some lady named “Josie” — oh, right, “Josie,” she knows everything! — called Dana Loesch’s radio show to tell her version of Officer Wilson’s version of the events that occurred on the day Officer Wilson killed Michael Brown. Was “Josie” there? No, but she heard it from a very good, very unbiased source who was also not there: Mrs. Officer Wilson! And just in case you are questioning whether “Josie” really is a friend of a friend of a friend who knows a guy who knows a thing, she called Loesch’s programming director back after dropping this hot scoop to insist “that her relationship to the named officer is legitimate.” That definitely seals it. You know “Josie” would never lie about something like that.
At least Loesch had the semi-decency to admit she had not vetted “Josie” and could not yet confirm whether her story of Mrs. Wilson’s story of Officer Wilson’s story is in any way accurate. The Daily Caller felt no such journalistic obligation. And in case the air-tight report from “Josie” doesn’t convince you, the Daily Caller also has a tweet that DEFINITELY proves … something.


@MiamiLib also smacks down Loesch and "Josie"'s lies:



From the 08.15.2014 edition of KFTK/Radio America's The Dana Show:


Dana Loesch on the Ferguson Shooting:









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