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Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW Statement: Texas Board of Education Rewrites History.
  • Media Matters: Rep. Paul Broun Compares Health Care Reform To "The Great War Of Yankee Aggression."
  • Justin Elliot: California Bar Now Investigating Orly Taitz.
  • David Weigel: Sarah Palin: The Series.
  • Timothy Kincaid: Another Baptist church not anti-gay enough for Texas.
  • Finally, Good As You digs deeper into this weird CWA nutritional drink partnership/fundraising scheme and it just gets weirder.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Steve Benen: Looking Longingly At Joseph McCarthy.
  • Media Matters: Right-wing media eagerly spread absurd claim that Obama plans to "ban sport fishing".
  • Think Progress: Conservative Catholic League President Bill Donohue Defends Beck: Many Of His Critics Are ‘Phonies’.
  • Wonk Room: Girl Suing High School Over Canceled Prom: School Is Saying ‘You Can Be Gay, Just Don’t Be Openly Gay’.
  • Alan Colmes: Neal Horsley Arrested For Terrorist Threat Against Elton John.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Think Progress: Indiana’s ‘sovereign citizens’ renounce their U.S. citizenship, claim to secede from the Union.
  • TPM: Louisiana sheriff forming a citizen militia to defend the parish in the event of a terrorist attack.
  • Adam Serwer: How a smearing of Justice Department lawyers as "terrorist sympathizers" traveled from the conservative media to the United States Senate.
  • Alvin McEwen: Attacks on gay students no big deal to the religious right.
  • Media Matters: Glenn Beck repeatedly likens himself to historical figures of note, including Socrates, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Benjamin Franklin.
  • Finally, if this was satire, it would be absolutely brilliant.  It is not satire:

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Media Matters: Rep. Trent Franks: Blacks Better Off Under Slavery.
  • Andy Birkey: Rosa Parks didn’t ‘move to the front of the bus to support sodomy.’
  • Amanda Little: James Inhofe, Senate’s top skeptic, explains his climate-hoax theory.
  • Stephanie Mencimer: Roy Moore: Next Alabama Governor?
  • Alvin McEwen: Why won't One News Now tell us what 'Miss Beverly Hills' said about gays?
  • Alan Colmes: Gun Paranoids Believe ObamaCare Is Step Toward Refusing You A Gun.
  • Finally, as Steve Benen says, there is a key difference between the quality of our health care system and our health insurance system and if would be nice if Republicans could recognize that simple fact.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • David Weigel: At CPAC, Tea Party Movement Re-Enters Conservative Fold.
  • Sarah Posner: As inflammatory tea party rhetoric gets toasted at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Focus on the Family's advocacy arm tries to show a softer, gentler side of the religious right.
  • Media Matters: CPAC has always been a welcoming venue for the far-right fringe.
  • Think Progress: CPAC audience boos former GOP Rep. Bob Barr for saying waterboarding is torture.
  • Joe.My.God: Rachel Maddow Goes To CPAC.
  • HRC Back Story: DC Marriage Law Closer to Reality as Court Rejects Opponents’ Injunction Request.
  • TFN: David Barton: Garbage in, Garbage out.
  • Finally, Steve Benen says "[Scott] Brown is quickly proving himself to a dim-witted clown."

How Welcome Are Gays At CPAC?

Earlier this year when it was announced that the conservative gay group GOProud would be serving as a co-sponsor of this year's CPAC conference, some Religious Right groups threatened to boycott though, in the end, only Liberty University Law School actually followed through.

Now that the event is underway, CNN is reporting everyone is playing nice:

GOProud has a booth at CPAC just two spaces away from the exhibition for the National Organization for Marriage, which wants the government to define marriage as between a man and a woman.


Chris Plante, who is running the booth for the National Organization for Marriage, said being two booths away from GOProud wasn't an issue.

As cameras rolled, he introduced himself to Barron.

"I hope we'll have more time to talk over the next four days. Maybe we can have a beer later," Plante said.

"We can have a beer summit later. It worked for Obama," Barron joked.

A meeting, yes. But don't expect a meeting of the minds.

"Gays and lesbians have the right to live as they choose, but they don't have the right to redefine marriage for the rest of us," Plante said.

But off camera, things look a little different, as NOM felt it necessary to send out a far less friendly statement to reporters on GOProud's participation in CPAC:

Many reporters, including Politico, have asked us how we feel about the fact GOProud is just a few booths over from us. We welcome everyone's right to participate in the democratic process, but we have a message for GOProud on marriage: If you try to elect pro-gay-marriage Republicans, we will Dede Scozzafava them. The majority of Americans, and the vast majority of Republicans, support marriage as the union of husband and wife, and NOM is here to make sure these voters and their voices are heard loud and clear.

Time's Jay Newton-Small also reports that GOPround had a run-in with representative of American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property which, just the other day, released a report defending Don't Ask, Don't Tell on the grounds that homosexuality is fundamentally evil and allowing gays to serve openly would destroy the military's honor.  Needless to say, TFP was not every welcoming of GOProud

These days, the group is particularly concerned with gays in the military. Beyond opposing the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the organization of lay Catholics would like to see all homosexuals banned from the military, according to a white and green pamphlet they were handing out. The case against gays in the military is laid out in a book, displayed prominently, called An American Knight: The Life of Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC, yours for just $14.95.

While I was flipping through the autobiography, a woman approached the booth. Catherine Sumner, it turned out, was part of GOProud, a group of openly gay Republicans and conservatives that for the first time is taking part in CPAC. “Is this your flyer?” Sumner demanded, waving the white and green pamphlet. Thus launched a debate about gays in the military that pretty much ended when the booth attendee told her that homosexuality is a sin and she's going to hell.

“It's insulting,” Sumner, 31, who edits a military magazine, said turning away. “Across the board the reaction to GOProud's presence here has been positive, but then you have guys like this. Even Dick Cheney came out and says he supports us. Conservatives have to be more inclusive, they have to be.” In fact, just one group, Liberty University, boycotted CPAC over the inclusion of GOProud, though the Catholic crowd weren't the only ones unnerved by their presence: one booth down from GOProud's set up in the fourth row, those manning the National Organization for Marriage, which works to ban gay marriage, kept casting nervous – and slightly envious – glances at the somewhat larger crowd surrounding GOProud's booth.

Considering that a who's who of right-wing leaders, including David Keene of the CPAC-founding American Conservative Union, joined TFP for a press conference yesterday supporting DADT at CPAC itself, its hard to imagine that GOProud or its supporters could have felt particularly welcome at the event:

UPDATE: Via Sarah Posner we see that GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia is not at all impressed with NOM's tactics: 

UPDATE II: This video from Media Matters is absolutely remarkable: 

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Think Progress: All the funding for anti-marriage equality campaign in the nation’s capital came from outside of D.C.
  • David Weigel: National Organization for Marriage Lobbies for D.C. Referendum.
  • Alvin McEwen: Liberty Counsel attacking lgbt parenting again but won't comment on Jenkins/Miller case.
  • Media Matters: Judicial Watch hides facts in attack on Pelosi flights.
  • Sarah Posner: Religious Leaders Urge Obama to Condemn Ugandan Anti-Gay Bill at Prayer Breakfast.
  • Think Progress: DeMint Blocks A Wise Lesbian Latina From Serving On The D.C. Superior Court.
  • Finally, do you think this condescending attitude might have anything to do with the RNC's troubles recruiting more women candidates to run for office.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Mother Jones: Sarah Palin's Tea Party Dinner Disaster.
  • TPM: McCain Primary Challenger Hayworth: Obama 'Should Come Forward' With His Birth Certificate.
  • Prop 8 Trial Tracker: This is a Witness for the Defense?
  • Think Progress: Top DADT Advocate Says Abu Ghraib Abuses Happened Because Women Are Allowed In The Military.
  • Media Matters: A guide to Andrew Breitbart's lies, smears, and distortions.
  • Finally, what does is say about the state of the GOP that its members have to promise to be on their best behavior tonight during the President's State of the Union Address?

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Think Progress: Fox News Devastated Over Arrest Of ACORN Pimp, Says The Story Probably Needs ‘A Lot Of Context’.
  • Raw Story: GOP sends fundraising letter disguised as ‘Census’ form.
  • Media Matters: History profs: Beck's documentary smearing progressives is a "complete lie"; Beck's living in "alternative universe."
  • Bilerico: Uganda's 'Kill The Gays' Bill Goes XXX??
  • Box Turtle Bulletin: Pugno’s illogical complaint about documents.
  • Finally, what kind of parent complains about a dictionary ... and what kind of school agrees to pull all dictionaries from its shelves as a result? 

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW Statement: Guess Who's Coming to the McDonnell Inauguration.
  • Rev. Byron Williams, a member of PFAW Foundation’s African American Ministers in Action program, weighs in on the Pat Robertson saga.
  • As always, the Family Research Council has something useful and insightful to say when it comes to Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
  • Media Matters tracks the Interpol conspiracy theory through right-wing media.
  • If Michael Steele wasn't chairman of the RNC last summer, who was?
  • Finally, Rep. Steve King puts every other absurd response to the crisis in Haiti to shame with this statement: "Illegal immigrants from Haiti have no reason to fear deportation but if they are deported, Haiti is in great need of relief workers and many of them could be a big help to their fellow Haitians.”

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Media Matters: Huckabee violating Fox News' reported order to stop conflict of interest promotions
  • TPM: GOP Rep Launches Terror News YouTube Series, Warns Of Muslim Brotherhood Plot
  • Alex Koppelman: What's Lou Dobbs up to?
  • Steve Benen: Rudy the Clown
  • Finally, GOProud apparently thinks that liberals ought to be cheering them on for co-sponsoring CPAC.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Alan Colmes: The Republican National Committee’s War On Christmas.
  • Steve Benen: Mary Matalin's Alternate Universe.
  • Box Turtle Bulletin: Focus On the Family Denounces Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill.
  • Media Matters: O Tannen-Mao? The right-wing's White House Christmas tree freak-out.
  • Ezra Klein: Republicans try and fail to justify voting for Medicare Part D.
  • Think Progress: DeMint Uses Failed Terrorist Bombing To Attack Unions.
  • Finally, just when you think the Orly Taitz saga can't get any stranger, it does.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Sen. Tom Coburn said the American people should be praying that a Senator couldn't make it to cast a vote on health care reform, while a conservative blogger hopes that Sen. Robert Byrd dies.
  • Michael Steele says Democrats are "willing to basically flip the bird to the American people" in passing health care reform.
  • Rep. Bart Stupak's office has been coordinating attacks on the Senate bill with Republicans and Religious Right groups.
  • Media Matters names Glenn Beck its "Misinformer of the Year."
  • PolitiFact names Sarah Palin's "death panels" claim it's "Lie of the Year."
  • Finally, congratulations to Good as You's Jeremy Hooper and his husband Andrew Shulman for being the first same-sex couple to be featured in Martha Stewart Weddings.

Right Wing Round-Up

FRC Rehashes Smears Against Kevin Jennings In New "Exposé"

Earlier today, Media Matters posted a piece entitled "Unraveling the Right's false attacks on Kevin Jennings" that went through and debunked a bevy of right-wing smears aimed at the founder of GLSEN and current Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Kevin Jennings.

Media Matters chronicled seventeen separate Jennings-related attacks ...and seemingly every single one of them has now shown up in this new Family Research Council "exposé":

UPDATE: Media Matters debunks this video, calling it "devoid of facts and full of homophobic smears."

Monckton's Got Nothing On Huckabee

Last week, Media Matters ran this piece exposing the views of Lord Christopher Monckton:

Media Matters Action Network, our partner organization, has unearthed a 1987 American Spectator article in which Lord Christopher Monckton -- one of the right's favorite global warming deniers -- advocates requiring the entire population to undergo monthly HIV tests and forcibly quarantining "for life" those who test positive.

You would think that such views would have made Monckton a marginal figure. But apparently there are no views too extreme for the right-wing media.

On October 23, for instance, Glenn Beck said on his Fox News show that Monckton is "one of the world's foremost authorities on what the global warming hoax is really all about and what they are about to sign over in Copenhagen."

Monckton appeared as a guest throughout Beck's October 30 Fox show. Beck introduced Monckton by saying: "With me now, Lord Christopher Monckton, former adviser to British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher and climate change expert."

On October 19, Rush Limbaugh described Monckton as "a voice of sanity," saying, "The hysteria on the left on virtually everything is all over the place. So you got to hear a voice of sanity in this. Last Wednesday, St. Paul, Minnesota, during a presentation at Bethel University, a portion of remarks made by Lord Christopher Monckton regarding the United Nations' climate change treaty."

Allow me to just remind everyone that Mike Huckabee said more or less the same thing ... in 1992, which was five years after Monckton wrote his piece and four years after the federal government had distributed a pamphlet penned by then Surgeon General C. Everett Koop entitled “Understanding AIDS” which explained that the disease could not be contracted through everyday contact:

"It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population," he said. "This deadly disease, for which there is no cure, is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents.

"If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague."

Huckabee is currently a leading contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, a highly sought-after speaker, and host of a television program on Fox News.

Considering that such views didn't turn Huckabee into a marginal figure, it shouldn't come as much of a shock to see someone like Monckton hailed as a "voice of sanity" because, as Media Matters notes, there simply are "no views too extreme for the right-wing media."

UPDATE: Over at Open Left, Nick Berning points out that Monckton is not actully a "lord," nor is he a "Nobel Laureate."

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Media Matters: Anti-gay "hate group" MassResistance is source for right-wing media attacks on Jennings.
  • Alan Colmes: GOP CA Councilman Wears Sign Equating Pelosi With Stalin.
  • Good As You: Manhattan Declaration's most eye-opening signature yet.
  • Minnesota Independent: Bachmann tied for voice GOP insiders most want to ‘mute’.
  • Towleroad: Annise Parker Takes Distinct Lead in Houston Mayoral Race.
  • Steve Benen: Don't Feed The Crazies.
  • Think Progress: Right-wing activists demand that Rep. Periello move office to make protesting him easier.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Matthew Yglesias: War on Christmas Just Got More Fierce.
  • Pam's House Blend: GOProud calls for President to speak out against Uganda's execute gays bill (You know, maybe GOProud should be calling on some of its CPAC allies to speak out as well.)
  • Sarah Posner: Rick Warren condemns the punishment but not inflammatory rhetoric.
  • Think Progress: Tea Party activists to ‘storm Senate offices’ and ‘stay there until they force us to leave.’
  • Tapped: CAIR Tipped Off The FBI.
  • Media Matters: AIM blog post smearing Jennings as a "pedophile" removed from site.
  • Finally, it's amazing that ABC let an insightful media professional like John Stossel get away.

LaBarbera on Jennings: "This Is All About Homosexuality"

Recently we released a report entitled "Rise of the New McCarthyism: How Right Wing Extremists Try to Paralyze Government Through Ideological Smears and Baseless Attacks" that examined how "Joseph McCarthy’s ideological heirs in the Republican Party and right-wing media are using the language and tactics of McCarthy to stir fears that the nation is being destroyed by enemies from within."

Among the features of this new McCarthyism is "an obsessive hunt for homosexuals" and one of their primary targets has been Kevin Jennings, the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.

And, as if to prove our point, just yesterday the Washington Times ran this editorial entitled "Obama's buggery czar" that was based largely on this recent "exposé" of GLSEN 's recommended reading list, which the times says proves Jennings is unfit for his position:

The readings try to make sex between children and adults seem normal and acceptable. Being exploited by homosexual pedophiles is portrayed as something that can make children happy and fulfilled. Perhaps Mr. Jennings will claim he was too busy to check what his organization was recommending children read. Either way, this is not a man who should have been appointed by the White House to make schools safe.

Media Matters already debunked the editorial's claims, so I just want to highlight this post from Peter LaBarbera, who loved the Times' editorial:

Folks, as one who has worked for more than 15 years with other pro-family groups to expose the insidious and child-corrupting agenda of Kevin Jennings and GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network), I’m overjoyed that conservatives and right-leaning media are finally helping to expose this organization’s truly radical and evil agenda to millions of outraged Americans.

LaBarbera also wants it known that, contrary to the claims from the various other conservatives who are attacking Jennings while claiming that this is not about homosexuality, the attacks are entirely about homosexuality:

One more point: it is now common for conservatives — especially non-religiously-affiliated media leaders like Sean Hannity (who should be applauded for his yeoman’s work exposing Jennings) — to make the odd disclaimer that the GLSEN/Jennings controversy (or whatever “gay”-related culture-war story they are discussing) “is not about homosexuality.” Baloney. This is all about homosexuality and the “gay” activist agenda whose singular goal is to normalize homosexuality as a “civil right.”

Jennings’ role in the wider GLBT movement is to promote homosexuality and gender confusion (transgenderism: cross-dressing, etc.) to impressionable youth through the schools (public and private). It is absurd and intellectually dishonest to claim that this highly organized and well-funded campaign is somehow not about … homosexuality! (Which is not to deny that some or even many homosexuals agree with us that Jennings’ “gay-youth” agenda is reckless.)

Only a Homosexual Movement unified by a morality- and normality-rejecting ideology that aims to mainstream sinful, deviant, and once-taboo behaviors could produce such perverse ‘Recommended Readings’ for students as GLSEN — complete with fictional, “non-judgmental” accounts of man-boy sex. Only a movement that defiantly calls itself “queer” could produce “Fistgate” — a GLSEN-sponsored youth conference at Tufts University in 2000, at which underage children were verbally guided by homosexual adults on how to engage in the vile, sadomasochistic act of ‘fisting’ — hand-anal penetration (yes, truth is stranger than fiction).

The politically correct “not-about-gays” caveat is about illogical as claiming that the effort to expose systematic human rights abuses in China and North Korea “has nothing to with Communism.” Anyone who calls himself “conservative” should know better. Besides, true conservatives should not be ashamed of enthusiastically conserving the age-old Judeo-Christian sexual/marriage ethic — which has served mankind well and which rejects all efforts to approve of unnatural and destructive sexual behaviors condemned by God.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • David Weigel: Republicans Pay Tribute at ‘Tea Party’ Movie Premiere.
  • TPM: Americans for Legal Immigration PAC has withdrawn its support from Lou Dobbs because he's not anti-immigration enough for them.
  • Steve Benen: Feeling the Franken Fallout.
  • Good As You: Matt's reliably low road runs over Chai.
  • Media Matters: Limbaugh suggests liberals using health care reform to "eliminate" elderly because those people remember success of Reaganism.
  • Finally, Box Turtle Bulletin posts a remarkable statement from James Nsaba Buturo, Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity, addressing criticisms over the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Act.
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Kyle Mantyla, Monday 12/20/2010, 5:14pm
Today's eipsode of WallBuilders Live radio program was dedicated to lamenting the tragedy of Tom DeLay's conviction for money laundering with DeLay's BFF Rick Scarobough, who says that he takes solace in knowing that this nation will one day be called to judgment by God:  Scarborough: Tom DeLay is a very close personal friend of mine. I got to know Congressman DeLay when I was pastoring for twelve years in his district. I found him to be a genuine, Godly man and consequently when this indictment came down and subsequent trial began back on November the first I determined that I... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Saturday 12/18/2010, 3:40pm
Today, the Senate voted 63-33 to invoke cloture and bring the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell to a final vote later today.  With repeal of DADT all but a foregone conclusion, the Religious Right has begun releasing statements which we are going to chronicle here as they come it. And judging by the early statements from the likes of Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, this vote is literally going to mean the end of America: We are now stuck with sexual deviants serving openly in the U.S. military because of turncoat Republican senators ... Had the cloture vote failed,... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 12/09/2010, 6:56pm
Right Wing Watch In Focus: Glenn Beck: Irresponsible And Indifferent To The Violent Consequences of His Dangerous Rhetoric. Amanda Terkel @ Huffington Post: Media Matters Hires Angelo Carusone, Leader Of 'Stop Beck' Movement, To Ramp Up Campaign Against Fox News. Stephanie Mencimer @ Mother Jones: Judge Freezes Assets of Former Beck Gold Advertiser. Alvin McEwen: Paul Cameron wants gays to go through 'public shaming' . . . amongst other things. Scott Keyes @ Think Progress: Ken Cuccinelli Proposes State Be Exempted Voting Rights Act Because Virginia Has... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 12/08/2010, 2:54pm
Remember that "Resisting the Green Dragon" video we posted last week featuring a who's who of Religious Right leaders explaining how the environmental movement is out to control the world and destroy Christianity? Well, it turns out that, once again, Glenn Beck beat us to the punch because I just came across this Media Matters post reporting that Beck had Calvin Beisner and David Barton on his program back in October to promote it: Glenn Beck doesn't want the Tides Foundation talking to your kids. That would be "indoctrination." How about people who call gay... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 12/06/2010, 6:47pm
Right Wing Watch In Focus: The Ten Scariest Republicans Heading to Congress. Alvin McEwen: Irony alert - Family Research Council accuses SPLC of "cherry-picking" science. Joe.My.God: GOP Iowa Gov-Elect Terry Branstad Demands Public Vote On Gay Marriage. Zaid Jilani @ Think Progress: Rep. Steve King Calls For The Return Of McCarthyism In Congress: It’s A ‘Good Process’ That He Would ‘Support’. Eartha Jane Melzer @ Michigan Messenger: Anuzis downplays endorsement of ‘hate group’ leader. Alan Colmes: Bush... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 12/03/2010, 6:50pm
Robert Steinback @ Hatewatch: AFA’s Fischer Recycles Lies in Support of Anti-Gay ‘Truth.’ Greg Sargent: Scott Brown comes out in favor of DADT repeal. Ian Millhiser @ Wonk Room: Anti-Gay Groups Would Force Justice Thomas To Recuse From Health Care Litigation. Lynda Waddington @ Iowa Independent: King continues to mislead on Pigford settlements. Adam Serwer: Would the GOP prefer a judge overturn DADT? Media Matters: Historians Dismantle Beck's Roman History Lesson. MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 11/18/2010, 6:50pm
Media Matters: Fox's "Nazi" rhetoric also comes straight from the top. Joe.My.God: GOProud Vs. Concerned Women. Ryan J. Reilly @ TPM: Sheriff Joe's New 'Posse' Includes Hulk Lou Ferrigno, Steven Seagal. Amanda Terkel @ Huffington Post: The Federalist Society: Where Are They Now? David Neiwert @ Hatewatch: David Duke, Huffing About Sexual Mores, Calls the Kettle Black. Finally, several good things from the Iowa Independent today: Iowa vets call on Vander Plaats to denounce statements about Medal of Honor, Anti-gay groups spent $948,000 in Iowa to... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 11/11/2010, 6:37pm
Media Matters: Anti-Defamation League Director Abe Foxman: Beck's Soros smear is "totally off limits and over the top." Elise Foley @ Washington Independent: Latino GOP group: Steve King leading on immigration would kill the party’s 2012 chances. Sam Stein @ Huffington Post: Media Matters Pays $86,000 In Auction To Have Lunch With Murdoch. Alex Seitz-Wald @ Think Progress: Tennessee GOP Lawmaker Warns Undocumented Immigrants Will ‘Multiply’ Like ‘Rats’. Good As You: Implied criminality: FRC's latest DADT distraction.... MORE >