Friday, April 28, 2017

Mr. Erickson: It's unfortunate that we make you so insecure

Erick Erickson
I will not apologize for making Erick Erickson insecure. That is his problem.  Erickson is seated at the intellectual kiddies' table for good cause. He is incapable of marshaling the critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate anything more substantive than what is most superficial. Consider his blog post titled: “You Will Get Punched and Others Have Rights Too.”
You know, I’m really damn tired of all the people running around making other people extremely uncomfortable then screaming about their rights and privileges when called out. If you want to go around making people uncomfortable, you’ve got the problem, not the rest of us.

AFA Wants to be Designated a "Hate Group" Forever

Today it is American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group promoting transphobia. The spew is titled: “Moms complain: Man can't be a mother.” Ten days ago I wrote about village idiot Todd Starnes getting bent out of (some) shape because Dove made a commercial with a transgender mom. Maybe it is me but I fail to appreciate what possible difference it makes to their petty little sanctimonious lives if Dove uses a trans woman for a commercial. Trans people do exist and they raise children just like everyone else and that's a fact.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Brian S. Brown is now competing with himself for money-grubs

Brian S. Brown
You knew this was going to happen eventually. Brown's two gigs competing for the same miserable dollar.

Wednesday, on behalf of National Organization for Marriage, Brian S. Brown informed me of “A major announcement.” I expected something like his two groups would merge. What is was was less, well … “major:”
I've got some very exciting and important news: We have just confirmed with the authorities that the 2017 March for Marriage has been officially scheduled for Saturday, June 17th in Washington, DC!
That is your BFD? Brown drones on:

Those Oppressed Conservative Christians & The Day of Dialog

Friday, April 28 is the conservative Christian Day of Dialog in public schools. DoD is organized by the Christian group Focus on the Family with assistance from the anti-LGBT hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom. Focus' project manager is Candi Cushman. To put it succinctly, Cushman is an anti-gay bigot. Day of Dialog is a response to GLSEN's anti-bullying program Day of Silence.

Focus on the Family perceives that anti-bullying programs threaten the rights of Christian students. That would only be true if Christian kids are wed to the belief that they have a right to bully their LGBT peers. Because this is a response to the Day of Silence Focus on the Family concentrates a great deal of energy on human sexuality. As they explain on the website:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trump's tax plan is disastrous

Trump seeks to reduce corporate tax rates to 15%. I haven't seen the details but on the surface this only going to increase national debt.

Simplistic GOPers are likely to try to offset a reduction in tax revenues with decreased spending which creates a swirly down the drain.

Deficit spending is actually highly stimulative. When the government spends money it provides revenues to contractors who pay more money to more employees who patronize businesses which also pay employees and so on. Turn off the tap at the source and you can appreciate the problem.

Gay PA State Representative Calls a Bigot-Boy's Grandmother

Brian Sims
Pennsylvania Representative Brian Sims has a certain distaste for bad behavior. The gay politician also has a sense of humor and snarkiness that I seem to recognize.

Earlier in the week, some nitwit (first name David) wrote “Nigger Faggot” on Sims' Facebook page. Sims responded:
David, I can’t tell if you’re just a really dumb little boy or an angry bigot but I know for sure that you shouldn’t have posted your grandmother’s telephone number on your Facebook page.

She and I just had a very disappointing chat about you. We’ll talk soon…

Church of England priest marries male model 54 years younger than him

The retired priest is the guy on the right
In England Philip Clements, 78, formerly a parish priest, married Florin Marin, 24. The fact that this guy is gay is irrelevant. On the surface it seems a bit creepy but I am in no position to judge anyone else's relationship. There is clearly a double standard when it comes to public criticism.  Older men marrying very young women generally get little public attention unless one of the betrothed is a celebrity.

Clements also wants to make a point:
As a priest, I want the church to think seriously about this issue and to change its teaching and rules to allow clergy as well as lay members of the church to marry someone of the same gender if that is how they feel.

I think a lot of clergy must be with partners, or wanting to be with them, but they are stopped from being themselves by the rules of the church.