Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Masterpiece Cakeshop fails to anger

I am astonished     even amused     by the spectacular stupidity. Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Bakeshop (sic) in Lakewood, CO decided on July 19 that he would neither bake nor sell a wedding cake destined for a gay couple. According to a local television station Phillips said he isn’t a homophobe, and that he would gladly serve any other baked good to a gay couple — just not a wedding cake:

Sunday, July 29, 2012

According to LaBarbera, we should be tolerant of opposing points of view

In reference to hate monger Scott Lively, Pete writes "Will liberal elites and the media start holding pro-homosexuality activists accountable for their intolerance of opposing views?"  First of all, neither Lively nor LaBarbera have opposing views. They don't even have a different perspective. A religious belief that the Bible, as the inerrant word of God, should control civil law is not a point of view. Suggesting otherwise is intellectually dishonest. So yes     I am intolerant.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Rudy Speaks - for Romney - on Gun Control

On a campaign stump for Mitt Romney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Peter D’Oench of CBS4-Miami that gun control would not have deterred the Colorado gunman and prevented the shooting that took 12 lives and left 58 with wounds.

Really? Rudy has as many different positions on important issues as Willard. More importantly Rudy is stunningly wrong! As an Assistant US Attorney, and as Mayor of New York City, Rudy was an outspoken proponent of gun control including the assault weapon ban. When he was still marginally sane, Rudy said:
With your support and encouragement, the U.S. House of Representatives took a critical step toward getting assault weapons off the streets, out of neighborhoods, and out of the hands of criminals.
Limits on assault weapons, high capacity magazines and bullet accumulation could have saved lives and reduced the carnage. Shame on Rudy and Romney for pandering to the whack jobs on the far right.
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Focus on the Family: "Viewpoint Discrimination"

Before I get into the core of this, marriage equality has nothing to do with a brand of fried chicken sandwiches! Aside from the legal and civil benefits of being legally wed, the reasons for marriage equality include, but are not limited to:

Not ONE claim in this anti-gay video is accurate

The Marriage Twinkie, Kalley Yanta, offers another one of those idiotic Minnesota Marriage Minute videos. This one is about the "horrors" of marriage equality these past eight+ years. Aside from simply making up their own set of facts, these nitwits have a real problem differentiating causation from correlation. Video at the bottom of the page.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The State Sen. from NOM is also an anti-Muslim bigot

A plan to build a small Muslim prayer house in a Brooklyn, NY neighborhood has been stalled for years by neighborhood opposition stoked by the likes of Geller and Gaffney.  These nitwits don't seem to get that the First Amendment applies to all religions. Otherwise, we are no better than the Arab countries that we demonize.

Last week, Republican state Sen. David Storobin, who represents a nearby district, fired off a letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg claiming the mosque “may pose a danger to public safety.”

Storobin occupies a New York State senate seat that has been redistricted out of existence effective January, 2013. NOM essentially rented the seat for Storobin for a few months when Storobin agreed to run as an anti-equality candidate.
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While Romney's Sorry Ass is in the UK ...

Maybe he will learn that the Liberal Democratic Party, the Labour Party, the Green Party and the Conservative Party have at least one thing in common.

They all support marriage equality!

According to Sullivan, Willard was too busy pissing off the Brits to learn much of anything.

Chick-fil-A: The False Equivalence

Supporters of Chick-fil-A would have people believe that they are just folks making a choice on one side of an issue and enjoy equal standing. They will often add gratuitous flourishes about their rights to "free speech" and to disagree with "homosexual activists." It is intellectually dishonest hokum.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MLB "Diversity Summit" Excludes LGBT Community

Yesterday's headline on the Major League Baseball website was First-of-kind MLB Diversity Business Summit historic. The objective of the "Summit" was broadening the backgrounds of people who work in the national pastime. ... 1,000 people hoping to forge a relationship in baseball or with one of the suppliers.
This Summit was unique in that it combined a job fair with a chance for entrepreneurs to meet with representatives of teams and supplier networks. And by stressing diversity, MLB opened up its doors to people with ideas and perspectives that may not have been heard before.
According to Jesse Jackson, who addressed the summit:
We didn't know how good baseball could be until everybody could play. And we don't know how good business can be until everyone can play. Major League Baseball is marketing. It's advertising and promotions, making and designing uniforms. It's vendors. 
"I don't think about their sexuality, sir."

While reaching out to provide business opportunities to racial minorities is admirable, MLB hasn't gotten the message that diversity means our inclusion. Once again, MLB hung out a sign that read Gays need not apply. Bud Selig and Major League Baseball continue to pretend that LGBT people do not exist. Nothing says this better than the statement of an MLB-employed "reporter" covering the event:
I don't think about their sexuality, sir. That's none of my business. I went to an event and covered what I saw. The theme of the event was being open to all members of society. That's admirable on any level. I'm sorry you perceive it differently.
Not surprisingly, a query to the "Diversity Business Partners" office has not been answered. I'll send another query with a link and see if that motivates a response.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Law Professor at Catholic College Chides Church on Tax Exemption

You won't see this on NOM's blog.  Nicholas P. Cafardi is dean emeritus and professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law. In America Magazine, "The National Catholic Weekly," Mr. Cafardi correctly observes that the bishops are putting the church's tax exempt status at risk. He also notes that the tax exemption creates a double burden for taxpayers who subsidize tax deductible donations which the church then does not pay income taxes on.

Kudos to Frank Bruni re: Ms. Bachmann

In a New York Times OpEd titled The Divine Miss M, Mr. Bruni writes:
What I find most fascinating about Michele Bachmann — and there are many, many more where she came from — is that she presents herself as a godly woman, humbly devoted to her Christian faith. I’d like to meet that god, and I’d like to understand that Christianity.
Mr. Bruni also notes:
Speaking of gay marriage, both the Reform and Conservative branches of Judaism in this country have embraced it, and the Episcopal Church in the United States has developed a special blessing for same-sex couples. Leaders of these denominations would tell you not that they’re flouting Judeo-Christian tradition but that they’re doing full justice to their faiths, which hinge on more than reflexive fidelity to chosen passages from ancient writings. They hinge on the human intellect and its ability to filter timeless values through modern understanding.
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If we repeat our campaigns - we will lose our campaigns

Whenever our rights are tendered to the whims of the electorate we have lost. That is the sad, undeniable truth. Oh, we fought very hard. Over the last four years, people worked tirelessly in California, Maine and North Carolina to thwart ballot initiatives. Yet, in spite of selfless efforts we failed to advance our equality interests.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Why TF does anyone need to own an AR-15? WHY?

The usual disclosure: I am a victim of gun violence. Apparently, James Holmes had a number of weapons in his car when he was arrested. These included a handgun, a shotgun and an AR-15 which is presumed to have created the carnage in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater.

The AR-15 is known as the "black rifle." It is the semi-automatic version of the M16 assault rifle used in the Vietnam war. Even as a semi-automatic, the weapon is capable of jam-free rapid fire. An available 100 round magazine can be discharged in 30 seconds or less. Smaller magazines can be replaced in seconds. In England and other countries, one must demonstrate an "extraordinary need" to possess a weapon as lethal as the AR-15.

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Scouting and the Mormons

The Mormon connection to scouting is quite prominent. In 2001, Newsweek's David France explained that LDS has adopted scouting as its official youth program in which more than 400,000 Mormon boys participate. LDS supported troops comprise about 13% of scouting. This has given the Church tremendous influence over the national board.

It is unknown how much sway, or constituency, the LDS had over the secret 11 member "homosexual committee" that has sustained their discriminatory policy this week.  Suffice it to say, the Mormons have very real leverage. Were they to convert their troops to a different church organization, this would be a huge blow to scouting - financially and organizationally.

As for Willard, he said, in 1994, that scouting should be open to all, regardless of sexual orientation. I doubt that he believed that when he said it.

The bottom line is that the superstitions of less than 2% of the US population are having a considerable effect on the lives of many more people     the vast majority of whom do not subscribe to their religious beliefs.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Had Thomas Peters gone to a real college . . .

Thomas Peters of National Organization for Marriage attended third rate Ave Maria U. No wonder he comes up with nonsense like this:
Richard Florida, author of "The Rise of the Creative Class" and one of the formulators of the thoroughly-debunked "gay marriage is good for the economy" meme is out with a new article for the Atlantic comically called "The Geography of Tolerance".

Oh please. This strikes me as yet another elitist attempt to badger the "unevolved" masses into being more like their liberal neighbors  ...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Eugene Delgaudio reaches a new state of disgrace

Eugene Delgaudio of the ineptly named "Public Advocate of the United States" is another one of those holier-than-thou, one man hate factories. In response to the Boy Scouts of America, he has composed a little ditty. I am not going to link to the youTube video of this guy and a few other schmucks singing but here are the lyrics.  One day, this imbecile's children are going to be mightily embarrassed by this display of profound ignorance and hate. 

This obvious bigotry requires no commentary from me:

We ALL Pay for the Boy Scouts of America

The homophobic-by-policy Boy Scouts of America is a massive, tax-exempt, financial empire with hundreds of affiliated or  related entities creating a byzantine maze of inter-entity transactions. To keep things reasonably simple, I have confined the following exploration to the National Council in Irvington, TX for the year ended December 31, 2010. I have excluded all of the directly related entities.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pastor Cheats on Wife - Perspires - Sues Sprint Tel

You cannot make this stuff up. Carl J. Mimms III, pastor of the Freedom Tabernacle of Praise Church in Indianapolis, claims that he specifically told Sprint employees "to not allow anyone to have access to his account except for him" because he thought his wife might be snooping in his account.

According to Mimms,  Sprint invaded his privacy and by giving his call log transcripts to his wife, who suspected him of having an affair and confronted him with the phone records in front of their teenage daughter and several congregants.

According to the lawsuit filed in federal court, "Plaintiff's conversation with that Sprint employee or representative caused Plaintiff's blood pressure to increase, his head to perspire, and his heart rate to increase." Mimms neither confirms nor denies his wife's accusations in the suit but he wants Sprint Nextel Corp. to pay damages for their alleged breach of confidentiality, negligence and invasion of privacy.

Next, this dumb schmuck will be suing Satan for causing him to cheat on his wife. I am at a loss to determine who he will sue for causing his abject stupidity.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Re-Connected

I purposely unplugged  for a couple of weeks lest I lose all perspective. I just cleared over 7,000 unread articles from my news aggregator. Not much has changed over the last couple of weeks as it is still selective observation that passes for erudition. Christian self-victimization remains the staple of social "conservatives."

I did, however, author a piece on tax policy and constructive capital gains which obviously has nothing to do with queer nation. I may post that this week since I think that many people do not understand the full effect of the "Bush tax cuts." They are far more than a few percentage points in the tax code.

Funny, how clearing my head has altered by tastes in music a bit. At least for now, my Baroque fetish has been replaced with Romantic and Modern composers. I purchased some Schumann, John Adams and some Copland that I did not already own.

I am always amazed that staunchly conservative Republicans always cue of the Copland (Palin always marched to the stage with passages from Rodeo and Billy the Kid). Copland was an agnostic Jewish queer who was also a proud communist.

I'm baaaack!
I'll start to catch up today and tomorrow. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Regnerus Opus Dei

Regnerus Opus Dei is not an obscure religious order.  However, Mark Regnerus is the author of a seriously flawed study on gay parenting and that study was funded by an Opus Dei organization. In other words a secretive Catholic order funded a study used by NOM (which is a proxy for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops) in an attempt to discredit gay parenting in advance of four ballot contests in November.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Oh that lovable Governor Scott

SPLC Hatewatch reported on Friday:
Antigovernment activists and far-right extremists are waxing hysterical over yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold President Obama’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The Bishops Redefining - - - Logic

Those fun loving celibates are at it again. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is desperately trying to come up with reasons for banning gay marriage. At this point they are so invested in their obstinance that they are resisting marriage equality simply to avoid having their actions to date characterized as bigotry. My favorite quote: