Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tim Kaine, crybabies and the utter stupidity of the Log Cabin set

Stop whining! My heart said Cory Booker or Elizabeth Warren. My brain tells me that control of the Senate is far more important than who is Vice President. Massachusetts and New Jersey have Republican governors who would appoint  Republican replacements. Special elections ordinarily have terrible turnouts which favor Republicans. We have an opportunity to replace the late Justice Scalia with an actual human being. That might require control of the Senate.

Tim Kaine is a good guy. He was an extremely popular governor who speaks Spanish fluently and has an “F” rating by the NRA. He is also a very smart person (Harvard Law). He evolved on same-sex marriage and signed into law a bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in state employment. Kaine's counterpart, Mike Pence, is a dedicated bigot.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Evangelical Calculus

Antonin Scalia
In April of 2014—when Antonin Scalia was allegedly still among the living—Alliance Defending Freedom had what I thought was its best religious freedom case in Elane Photography v. Willock. A wedding photographer was the closest they would ever come to their artistry hyperbole. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case letting the ruling against Elane by the New Mexico Supreme Court stand.

On Friday with Antonin Scalia definitely not among the living, Alliance Defending Freedom excitedly announced “Jack Phillips' Last Stand in an email blast. They continue:

NOM has a new misadventure in the making

National Organization for Marriage
National Organization for Marriage has announced a new campaign “To Defeat Missouri Representative Anne Zerr Who Betrayed Missourians, Denying Them The Right To Vote On Critical Religious Liberty Protections.” When did NOM or Brian Brown move to Missouri?

According to Brian S. Brown, NOM's president:
Following through on a promise made to citizens last April when the Missouri House of Representatives refused to pass SJR 39, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced they have launched, through their NOM in Missouri PAC, a campaign to defeat Rep. Anne Zerr in the 23rd Senate District Republican primary. NOM in Missouri is funding mailings and phone calls urging voters to defeat Zerr in the August 2nd primary and elect her principal opponent, Bill Eigel.

Just to clarify: The Washington anti-trans scam

I am unable to come up with a legitimate scenario to explain how Joseph Backholm selected some obscure guy in Fullerton California—with no discernible experience—to accomplish the campaign's primary objective. Nearly $150,000 was paid to an individual, not a company. Indeed, he failed to gather enough signatures and the venture failed.

It has the appearance of a straw contractor designed to line Backholm's pockets. Backholm has not responded to email.

Please direct any comments to the main article on this matter.

NBA moves its All-Star Game and Mark Creech is awfully displeased

Mark Creech
The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to the anti-gay, anti-trans law known as HB2. Much of the media is incorrect on HB2. Yes, HB2 is anti-transgender but it is more than that. HB2 removed all municipal protections (which covered most of urban North Carolina) that protected citizens from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity.1

Rev. Mark Creech is North Carolina's senior mullah—and a rabidly anti-gay bigot. Creech is also the executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. Creech has previously (and remarkably) said: “Contrary to the gossip and tale-bearing, the new law in North Carolina is not discriminatory.” I hate to say that Creech is full of shit but he has been known to stretch the truth from time to time.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The "Just Want Privacy" autopsy - Was it a SCAM?

Joseph Backholm
A prominent Washington attorney, Jack Connelly, and former Yankee, John Olerud, were major funders. Kaeley Triller Haver is presumably unemployed again. An obscure California signature gatherer pocketed close to $150,000. Family Research Council and National Organization for Marriage both did email blasts. Brown's ActRight collected nearly $4,000 in credit card processing fees.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

FRC to the rescue

Family Research Council is taking a great deal of credit for the far-right Republican platform. It is a platform that il Duce himself could be damned proud of and FRC is probably correct in taking no small measure of credit. This says more about the state of sanity in the Republican Party than the effectiveness of Tony Perkins' hate group. The GOPers have gone so far as to include biblical instruction in public schools. Quoting the Washington Post: