Ted Nugent has lost yet another gig with a Native American casino, thanks to the rocker's various racially charged comments — this time a pair of concerts at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, which had been scheduled for August 2 and 3.
"The First Amendment gives people the right of free speech, but I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here," Puyallup Tribal Council Vice President Lawrence W. LaPointe told the NBC affiliate in Seattle. "We've been getting lots of complaints from the community and other organizations." LaPointe also added: "I don't want to take away his right to say what he wants to say, but we don't need it here."
Among the complaints from tribe members about Nugent were the photos he has posted on his own Facebook account, in which he has worn a traditional Native American headdress. This is on top of his infamous comment earlier this year, when he referred to President Obama as a "sub-human mongrel."
In this case, sadly, the tribe told the station that in addition to complaints about Nugent, they had also received outright threats from some individuals — including one about bombing the casino if Nugent performed.
The Puyallup Tribe's decision comes two days after another tribe, the Coeur d'Alene of Idaho, canceled a separate Nugent concert that was set for early August at their own casino. Nugent has not responded well to an apparent wave of cancelations, referring to the people agitating against him in a separate case (which was not connected to Native Americans in that instance) as "unclean vermin." --Eric Kleefeld
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) maintained Friday that he'll support the Republican presidential nominee, even if that somebody happens to be Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post reports.
In fact, Rubio might be more impressed with the billionaire business mogul than usual, saying his "performance has improved significantly" recently.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.
Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman
Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.
The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.
San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr released nine pages of racist and homophobic text messages sent between officers Friday and ordered all officers to undergo anti-bias training, The New York Times reports.
"We have nothing to hide," Suhr said of his 2,000-member force. "These are the actions of a few."
The messages, which disparaged blacks, Latinos, South Asians, and LGBT people, were found as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers.
The head of an evangelical legal organization has pledged to carry a gun into Target's bathrooms to defend against transgender women. Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver is calling for a boycott of the retail chain after it announced that it will allow patrons to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, The Huffington Post reports. Staver tweeted the following:
— Anita Staver (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016
Staver later claimed she always brings guns into public restrooms.