Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Oh good grief - Why does Brian S. Brown do this crap when I am tired? He is seeking just $875

Brian S. Brown
I will keep this brief (I am still quite ill and not sleeping very well at all). Here is the latest pitch from National Organization for Marriage regarding why someone should fork over money to them:
n six days, we will launch a major nationwide educational campaign concerning one of the most important cases ever involving the religious liberty rights of people of faith. This case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission is currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Briefing in the case is complete and NOM filed an important legal brief in support of the right of Christian bakers like Jack Phillips to refuse to participate in celebrating a gay 'wedding' if doing so violates his religious beliefs. Oral argument is set for December 5th.

FRC: ' Why It Is Unnecessary to Force Jack Phillips to Bake a Wedding Cake '

Travis Weber
Travis Weber—Employed by anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council
Travis Weber holds a law degree from Regent University School of Law. That and the fact that instead of practicing law he works for a hate group (Family Research Council) are telling. I will cut to the chase since I am in no mood to expound upon Weber's intellectually mediocre piece at length. On Tuesday Weber has basically said that Jack Phillips should not have to obey Colorado's nondiscrimination law because there are many bakeries in the Denver metropolitan area that would bake a same-sex wedding cake.

Some alarming financial data from the Fed

Tuesday, the Federal Reserve released charge-off and delinquency rates reported by member banks for the third quarter. The good news is that mortgage defaults continue to decline. However credit card delinquency and charge off rates (seasonally adjusted) are at their highest levels in four years. Furthermore, four years ago the rates were in decline. These rates have been steadily rising for 2½ years.

As we head into the Christmas season, this suggests (particularly in an environment of rising rates) that Americans have less purchasing power which could create an economic downdraft.

What does this have to do with queers? Nothing!

Another idiotic petition from AFA

Tim Wildmon
Hate group leader Tim Wildmon of American Family Association
American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group, is gathering signatures in support of Air Force Colonel Leland B.H. Bohannon. Conservative Christians continue to demonstrate that they are oblivious to the fact that we do not care about their approval. Moreover, religion is not an excuse for discrimination or discourtesy, let alone unprofessional conduct.

As I wrote on November 9, a senior NCO (E-7) in Bohannon's command was retiring. It is customary for the commanding officer to thank the retiree's spouse by letter. In this case the NCO's spouse is another man. Bohannon refused to send the letter due to religious objections. He got a general to do so instead. It is a variation of “he obtained a suitable cake a few blocks from here.” It doesn't alter the fact that the man was discriminated against.

Uh-oh: 30 people have now accused that Ohio GOPer of inappropriate conduct

Wes Goodman
Wesley Goodman via Twitter
I wrote about Wes Goodman on Sunday. The short … uh, strokes are that Goodman is, um was an anti-gay “family values” Ohio state legislator who led a secret gay life. In 2015 he is alleged to have sexually assaulted an 18-year-old boy and Tony Perkins covered it up.

Now, according to the Independent Journal Review:
Disgraced Ohio state Rep. Wes Goodman — a Republican — in the wake of the lawmaker's recently revealed sex scandal and resignation is being accused by dozens of people of sexual misconduct. IJR has obtained testimonies from over 30 individuals who have had inappropriate and never-before-shared experiences with Goodman.

A 411 on LEDE router software

Replacing a router's firmware with Linux is now easier than ever.
There are innumerable reasons for installing the LEDE distribution on a router which replaces the manufacturer's firmware. If, for example, you have a router from other than Netgear that supports disk storage, it lacks a DLNA media server. LEDE allows you to install MiniDLNA which is the same software that Netgear embeds into its routers (Netgear made this available as open source). Since installing LEDE my Internet download speed has increased by about 20%. Upload has not changed.

There are many other packages one can install that serve a myriad of needs. You can browse the available packages.

Yeah, I have a question

ADF's registration graphic.
I'll leave it to you to ponder what Running the Race refers to.
It seems as if they have organized a virtual campaign rally.
Anti-LGBT hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom, is having a conference call on November 30. People can register here. The subject of the call is this year's fundamentalist chew toy — Masterpiece Cakeshop and its bigoted owner, Jack Phillips, who denied a wedding cake to a gay couple. According to the registration page, participants will be able to comment and ask questions. If I could ask one question it would be: Suppose Phillips did not approve of interracial marriages?