Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Christian Civic League of Maine

CCL seems to be having some difficulty keeping their bullshit consistent. This is from their latest email. Who wrote the quote? Who on earth put both in the same email stacked on top of each other? No doubt this came from Aden whose signature hyperbole is the "precious religious freedoms" stuff. How about "our precious bodily fluids" from Dr. Strangelove?

Liberty Counsel seeking dismissal in SMUG v. Scott Lively

Yesterday, Liberty Counsel (LC) announced that they have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit known as SMUG v. Lively. The motion was filed on June 22.

Scott Lively
In March of 2012 Sexual Minorities Uganda (or SMUG) filed suit in federal court against evangelical hate group leader, Scott Lively. The suit alleges that Lively violated international law by inciting the persecution of gays and lesbians, a crime against humanity. The alien torts act permits a foreign national to sue a US citizen in US courts for acts committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States. It has often been used to prosecute civil rights violations by US citizens on foreign soil.

"Healthcare ruling jeopardizes liberty"

I have not found the source of this spin but it has been repeated by Tony Perkins and some nitwit from New Jersey Family Policy Council. According to Perkins' hate group:
Family Research Council Says Supreme Court Health Care Ruling Jeopardizes Future of Liberty

FRC has been at the forefront of this debate over what can only be described as a government takeover of healthcare.  FRC uncovered and rallied opposition to the taxpayer funding of abortion contained in the bill and after its narrow passage continued to fight the measure in the courts.
A little reminder for Perkins:
  1. Obama ran on it and;
  2. Congress approved it with a super-majority in the Senate and;
  3. The Supreme Court has now confirmed that the law is constitutional.
So what is your problem, Perkins?
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What Do These Minnesota Companies Have in Common?

  • 3M
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Best Buy
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Cargill
  • Dorsey  & Whitney
  • Feagre & Benson
  • General Mills
  • Robbins, Kaplan, Miller
  • Supervalu
  • US Bancorp
  • United Health Group

Five things you should know about mortgage relief

Bel Ami's Cruise Misadventure Litigation

Bel Ami is a Czech company that makes gay male porn specializing in European twinks. Of course I wouldn't know about such things personally; I just heard about it. Anyhow, the company and 11 of its employees are now suing RSVP Vacations and the Holland America line, in Federal Court.

"World Swastika Rehabilitation Day"

As a Jew I am offended. Once I get past that, I am astonished. Some schmuck could offer a barely disguised L. Ron Hubbard re-write and then actually get followers.  There are people on this planet, presumably capable of reading and writing, who actually believe this crap in the 21st century.
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
-- Albert Einstein

To quote SPLC Hatewatch:

Celebrants of World Swastika Rehabilitation Day, who on Saturday arranged to have a swastika-festooned banner flown along Manhattan and the New Jersey shore, are expressing bafflement and outrage over the barrage of complaints their festivities invited.
The event was organized by followers of the “Raelian movement,” a publicity-loving UFO cult founded by a French race car driver and journalist who claims to be the son of an extraterrestrial named Yahweh and a half-brother to Jesus, Moses and Buddha.

Raelians claim that human life was created by a race of extraterrestrial scientists called the Elohim, who in 1973 abducted their leader, Claude Vorilhon (or Rael, as he prefers to be called), took him to their planet, and told him he was a prophet chosen to prepare the earth for their return.
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Amar’e Stoudemire's "Fag"

Amar’e Stoudemire is a forward, sometimes center, for the New York Knicks. A fan tweeted "...better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season." Stoudemire's reaction:
Fuck you. I don’t have to do anything fag.
Stoudemire subsequently apologized and was fined $50,000 by the NBA but that's not the point. In a moment of anger, the most derisive term that this jerk could come up with was "fag"     the challenge of sexual orientation as presumably related to manliness.

LGBT Americans have come a long way these last few years insofar as equality relates to equal protection under the law. We won't really be equal in society until we are no longer used, collectively, to construct a male term of disapproval.

We still have much work to do.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

NOM: Why stop at coffee and cereal?

National Organization for Marriage has decided to engage in an economic war of aggression by organizing silly boycotts of companies that support marriage equality. That has included a pathetic attempt to ostracize Starbucks and a newer campaign against General Mills.

Talk about selective observation. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Perhaps Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty should stop breaking the law

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty is comprised of a bunch of old fart Christian fundamentalists who retired long before DADT was repealed.  Back in April, they sent a letter to Howard McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. That didn't get much traction so now they are claiming that Admiral Mullen is part of some conspiracy to confiscate religious liberty.  For retired military you would think that they could fabricate something that wasn't so full of holes, improbable reports and unattributed hearsay.

Meanwhile, these hapless misfits are benefiting from an illegal financial scheme.

What they are not saying about ObamaCare polls

Health insurance coverage is of particular importance to gay people. More often than not, gays work for smaller companies that do not provide partnership benefits. Moreover, some two million children in this country are being raised by gays or gay couples, usually without dependent or family health insurance coverage.

MSNBC and other broadcasters are quick to cite polls indicating that a majority of Americans oppose the Obama healthcare initiative. Overlooked, but seemingly obvious, is the fact that;

Saturday, June 23, 2012

David Blankenhorn has another problem

Yesterday's Op-Ed in the New York Times by Blankenhorn, How My View on Gay Marriage Changed, and NOM's rather inelegant reaction lead me to believe that the NOMers were completely blindsided. Maggie Gallagher seems surprised in her strained NRO response. Moving forward, National Organization for Marriage and Blankenhorn's Institute for American Values have a more difficult issue to resolve.

Friday, June 22, 2012

I'm sure that it is just a coincidence

English: General Norton A. Schwartz, USAF, Chi...
Hate group leader, Tony Perkins, blames the black guy and a Jew for what he calls hostility towards religion in the Air Force. The black guy, of course, is President Obama and the Jew is the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, General Norton Schwartz.

Diversions: 5 Min. Microwave Chocolate Cake

I was housebound for a few days and perfected this recipe. This concoction requires careful measurement. I rarely use my microwave and I am not into shortcuts. For example, I bake all of my bread (there isn't a decent loaf to be found in Miami). Nevertheless, this tastes like five-star stuff at 1:00 AM when you are desperate for a sugar and chocolate fix.

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup 100% cacao cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg white (preferably without any shell)
  • 3 tbs. milk  (regular or soy)
  • 3 tbs. melted butter or oil
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels (optional)
Stir the whole mess together in a coffee mug. Microwave for three minutes. Microwaves vary even with the same wattage so this may require some experimentation. Undercooked is better than overcooked. During the last minute of cooking, the whole thing rises from the mug like a piston. It will not spill over     usually.

The chocolate morsels make a big difference. They are overkill if you are using the cake as a base for something else like ice-cream. Try adding a bit of vanilla or some cinnamon.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Aww - Brian Brown Doesn't Like a Comic Book

English: Logo of Marvel Comics
I am not a comic book reader but, apparently, in Marvel Comics' X-Men they are having a gay superhero wedding. Northstar is going to tie the knot with Kyle. Needless to say, National Organization for Marriage is not pleased. Their real problem (as a proxy for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops) is the growing mainstream acceptance of same-sex marriage. Yet, NOM president Brian Brown reacts in a more traditional fashion via email:

I am a Scientologist

Fluoxetine HCl 20mg Capsules (Prozac)
. . . and I own a business. I want my employee health insurance policy to exclude psychiatric treatment for my employees so that it coincides with my religious beliefs. The ravings of L. Ron Hubbard tell me so. While we are at it, I want a rider for my prescription coverage so that I am not indirectly paying for Prozac and other psychiatric medications.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Where ARE all those locked up pastors?

That has been my response to the continuous screeching of the Christian right or the idiot at the end of the bar about we evil gays. Back in 2009, Tony Perkins and the rest of the bigot brigade pretty much guaranteed us that the Matthew Shepard Act had a singular and sinister purpose which was to imprison Christian clergy who preached "the truth about homosexuality." So, where are all those locked up pastors? Did Justice ship them off to Gitmo? I cannot find them.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I think that George Will was referring to Bill Donohue

When it comes to bloviating ignoramuses, Billy Boy can give Trump a run for his money.  Bill Donahue was at it again today. As President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Donohue is out to convince everyone that Catholic priests didn't, and don't, have a pedophilia problem. Oh no; their problem is the gay.

She forgot "destructive lifestyle"

I read this crap so you don't have to. Sometimes I have to marvel at the hackneyed "literary" litter that comprises Some woman by the name of Angela O'Brien caught my attention this morning with a piece that is amazingly titled C.S. Lewis and how the acceptance of gay sex leads to the eradication of friendship:
June 13, 2012 ( - When close friends are presented in film or literature today, the conclusion is often: ‘Oh, they are gay.’ One of the tragedies of our culture, in its vigorous acceptance of the homosexual agenda, is the corrosion of a true understanding of friendship. What is ‘Friendship’? Have we lost our concept of it?
Proving once again that the search for secular reasoning to oppose the form of a loving relationship between two people unknown to the seeker is not an endeavor undertaken by  society's best and brightest.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Most Idiotic "Minnesota Marriage Minute" EVER!

Well here we go again. The woman with the bad hair and expressionless demeanor tells us why Minnesotans should incorporate bigotry into their state constitution. This time it is because marriage equality causes people to lose religious liberty. Really?

Monday, June 11, 2012

A "new" same-sex parenting study that NOM likes

[Updated] NOM has no fewer than three "articles" on their blog citing research from the University of Texas at Austin. According to this study, adults raised by lesbian mothers had negative outcomes in 24 of 40 categories, while adults raised by gay fathers had negative outcomes in 19 categories. Of course this is utter nonsense.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Where we continue to fail

Over the last two days, I exchanged some email with the guy who owns the airplanes that dragged the homophobic banners over Orlando a few days ago.  These are the ones that read "WARNING: GAY DAY AT DISNEY 6/2." They were paid for by David Caton's Florida Family Association. I have written previously about this cretin and his one-man hate factory here, here and here. He never did sue me as he threatened to do. But I digress.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Class action suit: LAPD targets gay men

According to a federal class action lawsuit, the Los Angeles Police Department unconstitutionally uses decoys to arrest gay men for the bogus crime of soliciting "nonmonetary intimate association with other men."


What is it about "Public Accommodation" that mystifies the religious right?

A public accommodation is generally defined as most businesses or buildings that are open to     or offer services to     the general public. Yet, NOM and the rest of the religious fundamentalists are kvetching about the hapless and hopelessly idiotic New Mexico photographer who, in spite of unambiguous state law, refused to photograph a commitment ceremony. One would think that picture snapper, at some point, might have wanted to find out if, indeed, his services were a public accommodation.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

NOM: "Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Overrules the Will of the People"

Brown: "This is a gross miscarriage of justice that we trust the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court will rectify."

Nice to know that Brian Brown, the official representative of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, is a constitutional scholar. The simple fact is that the "will of the people" does not operate to determine the constitutional rights of a minority group.  Nor does the will of the people determine what is, or is not, constitutional under the law.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judiciary  made their individual and collective decisions not to hear the case on legal grounds.

Those are simple facts that Mr. Brown is unable to appreciate.

Furthermore, Mr. Brown, the Bishops and their cronies rolled the dice, possibly to delay the matter. Indeed, had the Court decided to hear this case en banc NOM and its allies would have succeeded in delaying things for a year or so.

As for the Supreme Court of the United States, they may very well choose to not hear this case. Avoiding the case will mandate marriage equality in California without setting precedent.