Sunday, November 19, 2017

ICYMI: GOPer "Fam. Values" crusader gropes 18-Y-O boy and Tony Perkins covered it up!

Wesley Goodman
Wesley Goodman being sworn in as an Ohio legislator
The image has since been deleted from Goodman's social media
Republicans have foisted numerous conspiracy theories on the electorate; from Benghazi to birthers. I have a conspiracy theory of my own:

The Republican Party is nothing more than a conspiracy to achieve lower taxes for, and fewer regulations on, its donors regardless of the impact on anyone else. It then follows that anything is permissible for a GOPer if;
  1. They aren't inextricably caught and;
  2. They help the party achieve or retain political power.
Take the case of married “family values” Ohio State legislator Wes Goodman. The Washington Post has reported that Goodman sexually assaulted an 18-year-old boy. According to the Post, on October 18, 2015 Goodman invited the teenage son of a Republican donor to his hotel bedroom in Washington, DC. The kid woke up at around 4:00 AM to find Goodman pulling down the zipper of his pants. Panicked, the young man fled from the room. Goodman was 31 at the time.

Sunday reading

David Cole has a superb piece in the New York Review of Books regarding Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado CRC. Cole is National Legal Director of the ACLU and Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown.

Two opinion pieces in the New York Times caught my attention:

The first of these is titled Dear Nobel Winners, Mr. Trump Has All the Brains He Needs. It is a caustically satirical piece explaining why Agent Orange is not inviting America's recent Nobel laureates to the White House as has been the tradition.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tim Dolan goes all-in on pray-away-the-gay

Timothy M. Dolan
Cardinal Timothy Dolan has a diverse New York City constituency. He seemed, of late, to have made a conscious decision that he would not be a lightning rod for homophobia and transphobia. Today Dolan announced, via a press release, that he was endorsing a website as a resource for the care of “Same-sex Attracted Persons.”

Calling gay people same-sex attracted guarantees that you are pissing them off. It is an intellectually dishonest attempt to liken a disapproved sexual orientation to something like a drug habit. It's a close cousin to the Gay Lifestyle and a second cousin to the Homosexual Agenda.

LSU professor: "Don't call me 'Christian' any longer"

Robert Mann
If nothing else, Robert Mann is an interesting guy. Mann is a political historian and professor at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication. Mann was a U.S. Senate staffer for almost 20 years having worked for senators Russell Long and John Breaux.

Mann has an opinion piece today at Times-Picayune/ which I will quote from, in part (emphasis added):
It's not only that many so-called Christians accept Moore's dubious denials over the testimony of these women. Just as troubling is that they worship Moore, unconcerned about whether he's a pedophile because, you know, any Democrat is worse than a child molester.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fedora 27 was not ready for prime time

Updating Fedora 26 to Fedora 27 on Tuesday was an adventure. I suspect that might be relative to what packages are installed on the computer.

On my first try, dnf downloaded the packages. The dnf system upgrade reboot is supposed to then install and clean up everything. I kept getting double boots back to a F26 login  with with nothing upgraded. There was an error message that I could not find in journalctl (I really miss the simplicity of /var/log/messages).

The Christian dishonesty of raising funds off of Jack Phillips

National Organization for Marriage and Family Research Council are claiming that donating to their organizations will have some effect on the outcome of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. I am certain that other Christian organizations are making similar claims.

Brian S. Brown (NOM) writes “Help Needed to Support Critical Religious Liberty Case.” Brian S. Brown is a liar.

Jerry Boykin (FRC) writes “If you and I don't fight for Jack, who will?” Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin is a liar.

Hate group leader claims to "believe" in science and then proves otherwise

Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins (Family Research Council) is famous for his divisive rhetoric. Everything is us vs. them. When it comes to raising money for his hate group he ratchets up the hyperbole.

Anger is an important motivational tool. We do the same thing — hopefully more truthfully and we are not perpetually pissed off. Okay, I am perpetually pissed off but I'm not asking for money and I try hard to be accurate, correcting from time to time any factual misadventures.