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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS cancels event that was to be hosted at venue apparently owned by gay hoteliers who hosted fundraiser for Ted Cruz. This seems to be the beginning of a backlash against the fundraiser's hosts. From the BC/EFA website ...

A message from Executive Director Tom Viola:

It is with regret that we have decided to cancel this year’s edition of the Broadway Bares Solo Strips fundraiser, which was scheduled for May 10 at the NYC club 42West. We cannot in good conscience hold an event at a venue whose owners have alienated our community, as reflected in an April 23 New York Times story and anApril 24 follow-up post.

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Okay, This Is My Kind of Canola Policy Wonk

Okay, we've already heard from ill-tempered TPM Reader CB on the Canola Oil/rapeseed oil policy debate. Now a more interesting a even-tempered follow-up from TPM Reader SR ...

Okay, as enough of a foodie to still be DVRing “Good Eats” reruns, I now have to chime in with two exclamations phrased as questions, and an important piece of new info.

1. Rapeseed and canola plants are brassicas? Whoa! Who knew? And I’m not being facetious. Ever since I learned (yeah, from Alton Brown) that a ginormous number of the things we think are different vegetables are barely distinguishable from each other genetically, I’ve just been fascinated by the whole brassica thing.

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More Thoughts on the GOP Gay Rights Mullet

Ted Cruz has now responded to the brouhaha over his Manhattan fundraiser hosted by two prominent gay hoteliers. He argues that there's no contradiction between his opposition to gay marriage and saying that he would love his daughter if one of his two daughters was gay. In truth, there really is not a necessary contradiction. That's a totally valid point. But that hardly exhausts the issue or the balancing act (to use a generous formulation) that national Republicans are trying to pull off. They have to balance between a base that remains committed to opposing not only gay marriage but what we might call the normalization of gay life under the law, and a general public that has really moved on from this issue and is beginning to see legal inequality as on the par with de jure racial discrimination. As I said yesterday, we're seeing the rise of a gay rights policy mullet - same old same old when talking to the base, but a very different way of talking about attitudes toward LGBT Americans when talking to the general public - and specifically, super-rich campaign donors.

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Canola Oil Will Not Be Impugned!

We've gotten a veritable avalanche of emails in response to my post on the secret history of Canola Oil. Some are particularly vehement. Which brings me to one in particular from TPM Reader CB. He actually says in his email "Please don't use my name anywhere" so I am simply referring as 'Canola Oil Badass' (i.e. 'CB') who accuses me of "playing up the 'secret conspiracy' angle [to] you denigrate a very healthy and affordable food oil by smearing it as the product of some sort of nefarious, secret scheme."

From CB ...

Josh's Canola post had a slightly off smell to it for me: I'll try to explain why.

1. Why revel in your ignorance? That Canola is from a plant developed from plants in the large family of rape vegetables is not a secret, and most cooks know what it is.

2. Which leads me to, "You don't cook, do you?" Canola is better for pan or wok frying because its smoke point is up to 100 degrees higher than olive oil.

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What's The Fallout?

I flagged this story yesterday. Joe Arpaio, the antic Sheriff from down in Maricopa County, Arizona, hired a PI to investigate the wife of a federal judge who was overseeing HIS trial. He admitted this yesterday under oath. That sounds like the kind of thing that can get you in big big trouble. Curious to hear from our lawyer readers, particularly with experience with the federal courts, just what the fallout from something like this could be.

The Secret History of Canola Oil

This afternoon I picked up this weird story about a little town in Saskatchewan that is considering changing it's town slogan from "The Land of Rape and Honey." As I noted in the post, "rape" in this case is "rapeseed", which is an oil seed which produces a huge amount of the world's vegetable oils in its original and some man-made breeds of the plant. When I saw the headline I put it in one of our TPM chats. There were a couple WTFs and guffaws and then David Kurtz chimes in with something like "Ahhh, rapeseed? The oil seed?" And I'm thinking, Where the hell does he come up with this stuff? Who the hell's ever heard of rapeseed? What's rapeseed? Is there like cockwheat that I've never heard of either?

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