Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lawsuit Attacking Plano's Nondiscrimination Ordinance is Probably DOA

Plano Texas “Skyline”
Greg Hatch and Laura Hatch do not state how they have been harmed by Plano, Texas' comprehensive nondiscrimination law. However, the Hatches have sued the city. They are asking a court to invalidate the law on the basis of noncompliance with the Texas Open Meeting Act. The Hatches are represented by Cleve Doty who is a sole general practitioner in Plano. Doty has been practicing law in Texas for about seven years. He has not represented anyone in federal court in his district and states no specialty.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hate group goes after lesbian teacher

Liberty Counsel has sent a threatening letter (via email) to Jeff Eakins, Superintendent of the Hillsborough County Public Schools. Hillsborough County (population 1.2 million) includes Tampa, Florida. This is a county that voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a margin of 52% to 45%. I have notified the responsible parties that Liberty Counsel is an anti-LGBT hate group.

At issue is math teacher, Lora Jane Riedas, who is gay. In Liberty Counsel's press release they provide this photo identified only as Riedas' partner and also a teacher. She is dressed as a nun for Halloween. I have done that myself. I stepped outside an event at the Waldorf to smoke a cigar and passersby were taking my picture. I then realized the absurdity of a nun smoking a fat cigar. But I digress. Riedas' partner is not smoking a cigar and the intent of the picture is to shame Riedas by association. It's a cheap shot but this is Liberty Counsel.

Harrowing stories out of Chechnya

Vladimir Putin and Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic
Vladimir Putin and Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic
The New York Times is reporting some horrific specifics about the Chechnya anti-gay pogrom. Chechen authorities are using chats to lure gays into apartments where they are then tortured. The tortured gay men reveal others who are then lured to a fake date through a chat, ostensibly with a trusted friend.
Maksim said it had started with a chat room conversation with “a very good old friend who is also gay,” and who suggested that they meet at an apartment. When Maksim arrived, however, he was greeted not by his friend but by agents who beat him. Later, they strapped him to a chair, attached electrical wires to his hands with alligator clips and began an interrogation.

“They yelled, ‘Who else do you know?’” Maksim said, and zapped him with current from time to time. “It was unbearably painful; I was hanging on with my last strength,” he added. “But I didn’t tell them anything.”

Thursday, April 20, 2017

How terribly original - Anti-bullying is bullying

Linda Harvey
I hate writing about Linda Harvey of Mission: America1. The woman has some form of personality disorder coupled with a diminished intellect. The result is an incoherent and stupefying mix of homophobia and transphobia. While her operation is a hate group she is not really a hate group leader. That would require something on a grander scale.

Enter Bob Kellogg one of the writers at American Family Association's news blog. According to the man employed by a hate group: “Avoid being bullied, walk out of schools.”

Still nothing but silence from the White House on Chechnya

Donald Trump
On April 2 it was reported that Chechen authorities had rounded up 100 gay men and murdered three. On April 10 gays were imprisoned in concentration camps and were being systematically tortured to reveal the names of other gay men. April 13, journalists were hiding in fear for their lives for having exposed Chechnya's anti-gay pogrom. The official word from Chechnya is that it would be impossible for them to persecute gay people because there are no gay people in Chechnya. Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic, is just a thug. He also insults our intelligence.

Texas' Ken Paxton is an Expensive Accessory

Ken Paxton Mug Shot
Texas taxpayers are now required to pony up $600,000 in legal fees. On Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit upheld a lower court ruling granting the award to the same-sex couples who sued the state over the constitutionality of its same-sex marriage ban. You may recall that Texas AG Ken Paxton (Super-Christian himself)  frustrated marriage equality in Texas to the fullest extent possible. Protracted litigation is expensive.

Mr. Paxton knows a thing or two about protracted litigation. It seems that ultra-conservative Christians are often hypocrites — selective observers who are quite capable of fucking over other people. Paxton was indicted in July 2015 on two first-degree felony counts and one third-degree count.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Staver Loses the Roy Moore Case

Hate group leader Mat Staver writes:
Today, the Special Court of retired judges, sitting as the Alabama Supreme Court, issued its decision affirming the Court of the Judiciary's (COJ) September 30, 2016, opinion imposing a lifetime suspension for Chief Justice Roy Moore. "This opinion and the entire case against Chief Justice Moore is a tragedy. For the first time in the history of Alabama, a justice has been disciplined for issuing an Administrative Order. Under this system, no judge is safe to issue orders or render dissents. The system has to change, and politics should be removed from judicial decision making and disciplinary actions," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, which represents Chief Justice Moore.