Phil Robertson’s hate speech continues: Why won’t A&E take a stand against its “Duck Dynasty” star?

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Phil Robertson (Credit: A&E)

Why is A&E still supporting Phil Robertson?

That’s the question of the day after Robertson, the family patriarch who stars on the channel’s “Duck Dynasty” program, is raising eyebrows yet again for his virulently anti-gay views. Robertson was a keynote speaker at last weekend’s Western Conservative Summit, an annual GOP conference held in Denver. As LGBTQ Nation reported, the self-described “Bible-thumper” likened the LGBT community to murderers in his speech, responsible for the death of thousands of innocent Americans.

“How many did we lose in Iraq and Afghanistan—with all that firepower?” he asks. “Six or seven thousand. Guess how many were murdered on streets of America during the same time frame? About 160,000...

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France’s labor reform debated in Senate amid strikes

PARIS (AP) — France’s Senate starts debating a contested labor reform on Monday as rail and air strikes continue to disrupt traffic as country hosts the European Championship soccer tournament.

The national rail company, SNCF, said about 30 percent of regional trains and 10 percent of high-speed trains were cancelled. There were also disruptions for Paris commuter trains taking fans to the Ireland-Sweden match at the Stade de France on Monday.

About 15 percent of Air France’s domestic and long haul flights were cancelled due to a pilots’ strike, according to the company.

France’s Socialist government has already faced months of protests and strikes against the labor bill.

The conservative Senate is expected to substantially change the bill proposed by the government...

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“Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson accepts defeat, offers to be Trump’s “spiritual adviser”: “We have to be loyal to the party”

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Phil Robertson (Credit: AP/A&E/Zach Dilgard)

“Duck Dynasty” patriarch and child-bride proponent Phil Robertson appeared on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning and offered Republican front-runner Donald Trump the benefit of his spiritual assistance.

He said he was “on the Trump train,” and that he would do everything in his power — which largely consists of stealing millions of dollars from Louisiana taxpayers to produce a show with dwindling ratings — to get the real estate magnate elected.

Even though Robertson endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz earlier in the primary season, he insisted that “we have to be loyal to the party. I know Hillary Clinton’s record, and Bernie Sanders’. I know their records.”

He acknowledged that he doesn’t know Trump’s, as the businessman doesn’t have...

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Send the Bullies Back to School

Today, our kids face a new form of bullying through the use of social media. Simply search “Facebook bullying” on Google and the horrors of what is happening in cyberspace to kids around the world is instantly revealed.
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2nd body of 2 missing workers found in gravel pit

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — The second body of two men missing in a landslide at a gravel pit in southern Mississippi has been found.

Ray Coleman, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, says in a statement that rescuers found the body about 9:50 p.m. Friday. The worker was found in a portion of the slurry near the equipment he was operating.

The body of the first worker was recovered Thursday morning inside a piece of equipment.

Officials have not released the names of the employees at this time.

Officials with the Mining Safety and Health Administration say the two men were operating heavy equipment for Green Brothers at a pit in Crystal Springs on June 3 when they were buried in 10 feet to 12 feet of mud, slush and sluice.

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Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Play Football

I think, as a parent, it is up to us to educate our children the best we can and provide them with the most options possible while advocating for safety measures with our children’s Pop Warner, middle school and high school sports associations.
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Presidential Debates and the Power of Soundbites

Joe Biden could spend most of the evening with his left foot firmly inserted into his mouth, and who knows with young Paul Ryan? Is this another Bentsen-Quayle type of set-up? Keep your ears tuned.
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Big Bird and the Malarkey of the 2012 Presidential Campaign

Where is the strength and conviction we saw from Obama’s camp four years ago? And what happened to Mitt Romney’s compassion for others? Did he ever have any?
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Celebrating the Queens of Scream

Few Hollywood families have owned as much intellectual property within a specific film genre as the Curtis family once owns within horror.
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About 30 more homes evacuated in Arizona brush fire

PEEPLES VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A brush fire forced more evacuations as a precaution near Yarnell, an Arizona community where a 2013 blaze killed 19 members of an elite firefighting crew, officials said Thursday.

The flames broke out Wednesday, leading about 250 people to evacuate their homes close to Yarnell, about 60 miles northwest of Phoenix.

Authorities ordered additional evacuations Thursday, including about 30 homes in the Peeples Valley Area, as they feared the fire might make its way down to Highway 89.

That brought the total number of evacuees to near 300 in the area, but authorities remained confident the fire would not grow out of control and containment could still happen by sometime early next week.

The fire, which is believed to be human-caused, already has burned about 2 squ...

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