Thursday, August 31, 2017

Transgender troops are still completely up in the air

Donald Trump
USA Today claims that Secretary of Defense Mattis tapped the brakes. At Vox, Alex Ward claims just the opposite. The truth is that we simply do not know because of ambiguities in Trump's memorandum (which might be intentional) and a lack of specifics in Mattis's statement.

This all started with an unnecessary tweet directed at Trump's evangelical base, specifically people like hate group leader Tony Perkins. It served no purpose. To the best of my knowledge, the presence of transgender troops has created no problem or even controversy. The military expects people to do their jobs.

Deacon Keith Fournier is no stranger to hyperbole

Keith Fournier of Chesapeake, VA is a deacon of the Catholic Church who is also a lawyer and occasionally special counsel to the hate group, Liberty Counsel. Additionally, Fournier has co-authored anti-LGBT articles with the hate group's leader, Mat Staver. Fournier controls two small nonprofit organizations: Common Good Foundation and Common Good Alliance.

Thursday, Fournier is bent out of shape over, as he puts it: “Canada’s Gender X Passports and the Denial of Sexual Difference.” As you can tell, Fournier is terribly confused. Please bear with me for it is worth remembering that exactly one year ago today Fournier was still ranting about Obergefell v. Hodges. According to him, the decision in Obergefell was a travesty that would lead to the legalization of polygamy. 26 months have elapsed since the Obergefell decision and there is no case making its way through the federal courts that could legalize polygamy.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Your daily dose of Liberty Counsel bat guano

Once again, hate group leader Mat Staver is being inexcusably dishonest. Staver is a pathological liar. According to an email that I received Wednesday afternoon:
SPLC Should Rename "Hate Map" to "Groups We Hate Map"

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) admitted its fault and removed a town from its "Hate Map" this week. That map irresponsibly mixes religious organizations with violent hate groups. This time it included the town of Amana, Iowa because an unknown source alleged some people who might have been associated with The Daily Stormer met once in a restaurant for coffee. This is one of many inaccuracies and gross over-characterizations that can be found on SPLC's map.

Tony Perkins and James Dobson among signers of "The Nashville Statement"

The Nashville Statement, which was made public on Tuesday,  is largely anti-gay and anti-trans. In fact, it is almost entirely anti-gay and anti-transgender, mixed with Evangelical Christian sanctimony. The homophobia and transphobia is quite repetitive within the screed.

The statement was written by the Counsel of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. In 2015 CBMW received $232 thousand in contributions and had an operating loss of $44 thousand. Its president is Owen Strachan who is an associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. It's a form of contagion.

From the preamble, we are going to Hell in a hand-basket — The end is nigh:

Let Milo Speak!

Milo Yiannopoulos
Numerous reasons exist to allow Milo Yiannopoulos or Ann Coulter or a host of other odious people to speak on college campuses. Peaceful protests are fine. Violence and property damage are not fine. Preventing others from hearing opposing view is not fine.

Tuesday afternoon Alexandra DeSanctis wrote at the National Review:
The mayor of Berkeley is urging the University of California, Berkeley, to cancel an upcoming appearance by controversial right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, citing his concerns that anti-fascists will “use large protests to create mayhem.”

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Phony Christian charity collecting Hurricane Harvey relief funds?

Click to enlarge
Yesterday I received a solicitation from Mat Staver, chairman of  the hate group Liberty Counsel.
Liberty Relief International, a humanitarian relief ministry of Liberty Counsel, is asking you to help support relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Harvey has and continues to inflict catastrophic disaster to Houston, Texas - the fourth largest American city that is larger than the entire state of New Jersey. Already, 450,000 people have been affected by the storm, which continues to dump rain on already flooded regions.

Sam Clovis does have his defenders

Sam Clovis
Employed by hate group Family Research Council, Peter Sprigg knows everything there is to know about the gay. Sprigg's banalities are often so spectacularly stupid that you have to wonder if he is idiotic enough to believe that anyone else is idiotic enough to believe  him. In that regard, Sprigg does not disappoint when it comes to commentary regarding Trump's controversial nomination of Sam Clovis to be chief scientist for the USDA.

Monday evening Sprigg penned: “Science vs. Science on USDA Nominee’s Views of ‘LGBT Behavior’ and ‘Choice’.” I'll get to the homophobic tripe but first:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Brian S. Brown takes credit for Trump's trans ban

Brian S. Brown
Anything involving Donald Trump is crazy. Anything involving Brian Brown is nuts. Combine the two and the result is absolute insanity. In an email to supporters, Brian S. Brown of National Organization for Marriage fame seems to imply that NOM is responsible for Trump's ban on transgender troops.

The email is titled: “President Trump Acts.” Behold:
Late last week we issued a call for our political leaders to give us more than words, but give us deeds when it comes to fulfilling campaign promises to protect people of faith, defend religious liberty and roll back the dangerous agenda of LGBT extremists pushed by President Obama.

AFA equates rainbow flag and Confederate memorabilia

Maintaining slavery and white supremacy represented the goals of the Confederate States of American. African-Americans take considerable offense to statues honoring slavers, insurrectionists and traitors.

Today, claims of honoring “Southern heritage” are nothing more than code for advocating white privilege. Those who say that the Civil War was about states' rights are correct but the singular right that they seceded and fought for was permission to own other human beings whom they saw as inferior. This meme represents exclusion.

Scientific American and Gender (and the irrational response)

“The science separates gender and natal sex quite clearly. Yet those who do not like the science always get back to a confusion regarding the two constructs as some sort of amalgamation that does not exist.”
Sometimes it is complex. Charlie prefers clothes and toys
associated with girls but identifies as a boy.
He is pictured here at age 10. Credit: Lindsay Morris
The September issue of Scientific American focuses on gender. The editors penned an editorial which does not require a subscription. It is titled: “The New Science of Sex and Gender — Why the new science of sex & gender matters for everyone.” According to those editors:
As science looks more closely, however, it becomes increasingly clear that a pair of chromosomes do not always suffice to distinguish girl/boy—either from the standpoint of sex (biological traits) or of gender (social identity).
They conclude with an interesting perspective. Something that never occurred to me:
Change will only continue if the institutions that matter stay open to it. The assault on women's health by Republican lawmakers in Washington looms as a formidable obstacle. Women's well-being needs to be seen as an issue for everyone, regardless of political affiliation. The new science of sex and gender holds the prospect of helping shape public perception and policy making to acknowledge this reality.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Masterpiece v. Colorado schedule

Masterpiece Cakeshop
Regarding Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Supreme Court has already granted extensions for filing merits briefs. The first of these, from Masterpiece (the petitioner) via Alliance Defending Freedom is due by this Thursday, August 31. That means amicus briefs in support of Masterpiece are due on September 7. To the best of my knowledge Labor day does not extend the due date.

I understand that Cato will be filing a brief in support of Masterpiece. We are going to see other briefs from libertarian groups and individuals. These are important because they are likely to make the most legitimate secular argument (to the extent that one can be made) in favor of permitting discrimination. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Fruitcake!

Finding the nuttiest anti-LGBT culture warrior in the land is no easy task. There are just so many unhinged, insane, irrational crackpots to choose from. Among the obvious choices, however, is Florida's own Anthony Verdugo of Christian Family Coalition. The banner, above, is from CFC's website.

So what egregious anti-Christian ordinance is under consideration that will actually legalize child abuse?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hostages to fear, ignorance and stupidity we have become subservient to imbeciles

fear
Hate group American Family Association has new blog post up Thursday titled: “Parents beware: Schools annulling your 'bigoted' views.” It seems that every sanctimonious right wing organization is trying to make hay of that story about a kindergarten in California and a transitioning student.

A kindergartner at Rocklin Charter School Academy was in the process of transitioning from male to female. It is not anyone's place to judge either the child or her parents. It's not a fad and it's not contagious. It is safe to assume that the child's parents have consulted with experts and that the child has been objectively diagnosed. But we don't have to assume anything. As a civil society we should accept the kid unconditionally and make life as easy as possible for someone who will be vulnerable and ego-fragile.

ADF's misleading statement on Amy Lawson - Discriminatory photographer

Amy Lawson
Amy Lawson
The reality is that Lawson lost this case the moment it was filed.
Alliance Defending Freedom, an SPLC designated hate group, claims that Amy Lawson (Amy Lynn Photography Studio) won her lawsuit against the city of Madison, Wisconsin. ADF Lawyer Jonathon Scruggs indulged in some societal hyperbole.
The court’s judgment has vital implications for everyone in Wisconsin who values artistic freedom. The court found—and the city and state have now agreed—that creative professionals without storefronts can’t be punished under public accommodation laws for exercising their artistic freedom because those laws simply don’t apply to them. It means that government officials must allow such professionals anywhere in the city and state the freedom to make their own decisions about which ideas they will promote with their artistic expression. The court’s orders bring this case to a close, and we are pleased that Amy and many other artists in Madison and throughout the state can pursue their work without fear of government censorship.

Hate group's real problem is revenues

Coral Ridge Ministries
Coral Ridge Ministries annual revenues
Through 2007, year ended December 31
Thereafter, year ended June 30
Coral Ridge Ministries Media dba D. James Kennedy Ministries is designated as an anti-LGBT hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center. They were originally listed as a hate group for statements like this (as described by SPLC):
In one typical newsletter, Kennedy published a photograph of two sweet-looking children under a headline reading, “Sex with Children? Homosexuals Say Yes!” Elsewhere, he has written that “homosexuals prey on adolescent boys” and “take America's children.”

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Oh, the hate group is suing a bevy of organizations

I just pulled up some of the paperwork from the D. James Kennedy Ministries' lawsuit filed yesterday.

Defendants include:
  • Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Amazon Smile Foundation
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • GuideStar USA

Popcorn Futures are Soaring - Hate Group sues SPLC

I am getting this second hand from Family Research Council in an email to supporters:
Family Research Council Statement on D. James Kennedy Ministries' Lawsuit Against the Southern Poverty Law Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Yesterday, D. James Kennedy Ministries filed a lawsuit in an Alabama federal court against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) alleging "that the SPLC illegally trafficked in false and misleading descriptions of the services offered by D. James Kennedy Ministries and committed defamation against D. James Kennedy Ministries arising from the publication and distribution of false information that libels the ministry's reputation and subjects the ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public."

Ryan T. Anderson has a new tactic: Call it "disagreement" and redefine hate

Ryan T. Andereson
The latest from Ryan T. Anderson is “Disagreement Is Not Hate, Despite What the Left Says.“ We don't serve your kind here!” That's not hate. Oh, no according to Ryan T. That's “disagreement.”
Now [the Boy Scouts of America] will allow homosexual young boys in the Scouts and allow homosexual leaders in the Scouts, and what are you going to have? You are going to have all kinds of sexual molestation. This is a playground for pedophiles to go and have all these boys as objects of their lust.
Mathew Staver — August, 2015
The above quote is not hate. It is just disagreement over social science.

Priest compares Roe v. Wade to Wansee Conference

Father George W. Rutler
Father George W. Rutler of St. Michael's Church in New York City really should know better. In a verbose and wandering polemic essentially defending Confederate statuary from an historical perspective, Rutler opines:
Some have proposed that the Capitol receive a bust of Justice Harry Blackmun whose opinion in the Roe v. Wade decision was the American equivalent of the protocol of the Wannsee Conference.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Brian Brown blames "the left" for the violence in Charlottesville

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown will keep trotting out different memes, not to inform anyone but to see what works to attract donations to National Organization for Marriage. At this point even the gullible donor base has heard it all. The faithful know that the Church does not approve of marriage equality and and NOM is there to … Come to think of it I do not really know what NOM does other than to ask for money.

Today's missive from Brian Brown is titled: “Silence and Selective Outrage.” Up top is a map in red and blue.

Hate group leader Tim Wildmon is a shameless liar

Tim Wildmon
Hate group leader Tim Wildmon of American Family Association
Lying seems to be permissible if it suits your self-righteous religious purpose. At least that seems to be the acceptable use policy at hate group American Family Association. Monday, when Walker Wildmon claimed that an incident at a Target store had something to do with Target's transgender accommodation policies (it did not), the confusion was due to the fact that young Walker is a very dim bulb.

Hate group leader Tim Wildmon is no genius either. Tuesday, he repeats the same story with embellishments in an email to supporters. He is also confused but an accomplished prevaricator as well. I have enumerated the lies. Emphasis per original:

Hillsong's Brian Houston Issues Statement Opposing Marriage Equality in Australia

Hillsong leader Brian Houston
Hillsong leader Brian Houston
First some background. Hillsong Church in Australia, a promoter of the prosperity gospel, is a massive operation with churches around the world including mega-churches in Los Angeles and New York. Australia has unique tax laws. The custom for church leaders is to take 75% of their remuneration as tax-exempt expense accounts. One can only wonder at the abuses in the United States.

Prosperity has certainly been visited upon the Houstons. It has been reported that church leader, Brian Houston's expense account is US $1 million per year. He takes other liberties as well through a church-affiliated non-profit foundation that he controls. Houston reportedly sold a beach-front estate to the foundation for an enormous profit while he and his wife remain the tenants.

Police arrest a juvenile in trans teen assault case

Dakota Kern
This is a sickening story. On August 16, 18-year-old Dakota Kern, who has been transgender for five years, was invited to a pool party. It was possibly a setup. After hearing some taunts, Kern and a friend attempted to leave. Someone shouted “get it” and Kern was assaulted by as many as 20 people. Those very brave perpetrators of gratuitous violence were so proud of their work that they circulated a video of the assault that was captured on a cell phone.

During the assault, Kern was shoved to the ground and kicked repeatedly. Kern told medical personnel that she hit her head on the pavement and passed out. None of her injuries proved serious. However a hate crime — which is what this was — sends a message that transgender people are potential victims of violence.

J.P. Morgan Chase provides $1 million to counter hate

JP Morgan Chase
According to the Wall Street Journal J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. will donate $500,000 each to Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Aside from the economics this demonstrates that these organizations are held in high esteem.

In recent days numerous hate groups have made a concerted effort to denigrate SPLC. This came in the wake of a CNN story about hate groups using SPLC's hate map. The sanctimonious Christian anti-LGBT hate groups seem to think that their avowed piety gives them a pass; the freedom to marginalize gay and transgender people.

Monday, August 21, 2017

A school's sound judgment sparks "Outrage" from the usual suspects

Sexual orientation and gender identity are innate.
Hate and intolerance, however, are learned behaviors.
Lianne Laurence is another professional orthodox Catholic writing for LifeSiteNews. Monday, Laurence writes: “Kindergarten celebrates 5-year-old transgender ‘transition;’ kids traumatized.” About the only people who are “traumatized” are the folks at LifeSitNews, the hate group Pacific Justice Institute and California Family Council — all of whom jumped at the chance to create victims of the infamous LGBT agenda.

Trump manages to find a racist, extreme homophobe and non-scientist for a science slot

Sam Clovis
Image credit: CNN
Agent Orange has nominated Sam Clovis to be chief scientist for the USDA. Clovis has argued that being gay is a choice and that legalizing same-sex marriage could lead to the legalization of pedophilia. That's all very scientific of course. Clovis does have a PhD but it is in public administration. He also holds an MBA. In other words, he absolutely no science education.

Clovis is also a real charmer. He claims that climate research is “junk science” and that climate change is a hoax. CNN reports that in a now defunct blog that Clovis was especially critical of President Obama accusing him of being a socialist and writing that progressives were “liars, race traders and race 'traitors.'”
I confess not to know what a race trader is.

Promoting the dreaded Homosexual Agenda™

Toys"R"Us
The very dim bulbs at American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group, are extremely upset with Toys“R”Us. The toy retailer's offense is advertising on a Nickelodeon show that the mullahs at AFA do not like. According to Bill Bumpas on AFA's fake “news” blog: “Problematic content spotted in children's show … again.” Oh my! Yet another author at AFA with a porn name.
A pro-family group is rebuking Toys"R"Us for advertising on an animated show that exposes children to LBGT content and crude language.

Hate group leader's son is equally clueless

Walker Wildmon
Walker Wildmon
At American Family Association Walker Wildmon is leader Tim Wildmon's assistant. He is hopelessly confused as is Chris Woodward who writes for AFA's faux news blog. As a literalist conservative Christian organization, AFA tortures logic with twists and turns to evade the fact that transgender people actually exist.

Woodward writes: “'Welcoming' policy gains another victim.” Yes, this is yet another idiotically false story about Target Stores. As an aside, in case you missed it, Target is doing great which means that AFA's silly boycott over transgender accommodations is an utter failure. Boycotts only work when they are an economic lever.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fox's imbecile in residence had to weigh in on hate groups and CNN

Todd Starnes
Looking at that headline one might legitimately ask: “Which Fox imbecile is David referring to (there are many)?” Yes there are many but the imbecile in residence has to be Todd Starnes. Starnes is often confused, usually wrong, and possibly closeted. Friday at the right-wing outlet Townhall.com Starnes produces: “CNN Publishes Fake Hate List – Targeting Well-Known Christian Groups.”

Before I even get to the body of this thing there are problems just with the headline.
  1. Based on SPLC determinations the list is anything but fake.
  2. The list doesn't “target” any type of group except hate groups.
  3. The fact that a group is well known is irrelevant. The Klan is also well known.
  4. The fact that a group claims to be Christian is also irrelevant. Again, the Klan makes that same defense.

Hate group leader claims transgender people are a danger to women and children

Jonathan Saenz
Jonathan Saenz is the leader of Texas Values. That organization is not on SPLC's hate group list but, in my opinion, it should be. This claim that trans women are a danger to women and children is nothing new. That doesn't mean that we should stop calling it out.

According to American Family Association, lamenting the demise of Texas' “bathroom bill:”
Texas Values president Jonathan Saenz explains that while the vast majority of Texans want those protections in place for their women and children, their elected representatives – because of the actions of two Republican lawmakers – weren't even given a chance to vote on it. …
Later on, AFA quotes Saenz directly:
I wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing lawsuits [or] other actions that are taken because parents and children are not going to just stand by and allow these privacy violations to continue to happen in Texas …

On the sane side: Apple donating $1 million each to SPLC and ADL

Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook
Image credit: CNN Money
On Wednesday Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, announced that the company would donate $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. In addition he announced that the company would match, on a two-for-one basis, employee contributions to human rights groups through September 30.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Liberty Counsel continues to threaten to sue those who CORRECTLY name it a hate group

Hate Group Leader Mat Staver
Hate Group Leader Mat Staver
The Southern Poverty Law Center considers Liberty Counsel a hate group. That is an indisputable fact. If leader Mat Staver does not like the fact that SPLC deems Liberty Counsel a hate group then he needs to take that up with SPLC. Unless and until Mr. Staver and the rest of the malcontents at Liberty Counsel modify their behavior, SPLC is likely to continue to designate Liberty Counsel as a hate group. Obviously the hate group listing has unnerved Liberty Counsel to the point of unhingedness (to the extent that they were not already unhinged).

Ed Whelan continues to be simply devastated by Obergefell

Ed Whelan
Note: Mr. Whelan claims that I have some facts wrong. I am trying to sort it out. By late afternoon on Sunday I will either delete this advisory or replace it with a correction. 

Martin Edward Whelan III is a very smart guy. As an undergraduate at Harvard he was Phi Beta Kappa. Whelan graduated Harvard Law magna cum laude. Whelan is also a religious fundamentalist which means that he is not so smart after all.

Thursday, the former law clerk to Justice Scalia writes in his National Review column, This day in liberal judicial activism:
2009—Purporting to be carrying out its duty to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration’s Department of Justice instead sabotages that law. Abandoning strong arguments that had been successful in previous litigation, DOJ asserts in a brief that it “does not believe that DOMA is rationally related to any legitimate government interests in procreation and child-rearing.”

"They're coming for your kids!" Federalist polemicist goes full-tilt anti-trans unhinged

Joy Pullman
According to Joy Pullman (and the climate deniers at the
financially troubled Heartland Institute) Common Core
is also an evil conspiracy
Joy Pullman, one of The Federalist's editors has a piece on Thursday titled: “The Trans Juggernaut Wants Your Kids, And Public Schools Are Just The Beginning.” Pullman is right and Jews drink the blood of Christian children during the Sabbath and black men are determined to rape white women and your Muslim neighbor is secretly planning to kill you. Be afraid of [fill in the blank]! Uh-huh.

The Federalist has no limits on awful. There seems to be nothing that is too offensive for them to post. Nothing is too stupid or too ignorant. I will get to the specifics of Pullman's “essay” but first, this is the subtitle:

Stanton reprises his HRC-Target-Walmart Act for Witherspoon Institute

Glenn T. Stanton
Thursday, Glenn T. Stanton, a spokesperson for Focus on the Family, offers “The Human Rights Campaign Rewards Walmart for Having the Same Bathroom Policy as North Carolina” at Witherspoon Institute's blog. It seems fitting that the intellectually pretentious poseur is providing a piece for a pretentious pseudo-intellectual blog edited by Ryan T. Anderson.

Last May Stanton took to The Federalist to expose the supposed hypocrisy of the Human Rights Campaign. This was based upon the observation that Target and Walmart both received scores of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index when only Target, he claims is trans friendly. I wrote about it here.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Why is the self-righteous set so persistently dishonest about transgender access?

The transgender pride flag
It's Claire Cretin, uh, Claire Chretien again (I know, mine is a sophomoric display of opprobrium). At the ultra-orthodox Catholic LifeSiteNews Chretien asks the rhetorical question (and answer): “Should men go in the girls’ restroom? This mom says no way.”

That is a compound lie. This is about school access. Chretien's intent is to suggest that adult men will be using girls' facilities. The second part of the lie is that this isn't about men or boys. This is about whether transgender girls should have access to the girls' restroom. The third part of the lie deals with scale. This isn't about innumerable people but about accommodating one or two kids who are vulnerable, fragile and already stressed to the limit. 

Hate Group Leader's Diatribe Claims That We are All Liars

Biran S. Brown
The latest email from Brian S. Brown, president of International Organization for the Family, is titled “It's Never Just That... ” Apparently the entire progressive population of the United States is participating in some grand conspiracy to mislead Christian conservatives. According to Mr. Misadventure:
Dear Friend — There's one thing that the left is extremely good at – assuring people that their extreme agenda is actually very modest and won't have any impact beyond helping some sympathetic group of people. There are so many examples of this:

An Update on the HBO/Real Sports Controversy

Real Sports with Bryant Gumble
A very senior HBO official has responded to me with a phone call regarding the use of the term “gay lifestyle” by a Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel correspondent. This incident seems to have generated more attention than I expected. HBO executives consulted with the folks at GLAAD and they are taking this matter very seriously. The correspondent had no malicious intent. He simply didn't know any better.

As GLAAD's media guide explains:

Crackpot pseudo-psychiatrist explains why an adorable animated short is dangerous to youth

Richard P. Fitzgibbons
Dr. Richard P. Fitzgibbons at a Franciscan University Event
Dr. Richard P. Fitzgibbons claims to be a psychiatrist but he is not board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In fact, According to the American Board of Medical Specialties, he isn't board certified in any medical specialty or family medicine. Nevertheless, Fitgibbons is quite prolific. Not in JAMA mind you but at Catholic websites. For example, an undated article at Catholic Culture explains “The Origins and Healing of Homosexual Attractions.” Here is a sample of the crackpottery:

Gay porn company accused of extorting money with threats to out viewers

A supposedly prominent gay man claims that gay porn company, Flava Works, tried to extort him and other subscribers by falsely accusing them of pirating its content on file-sharing sites. The company then demanded thousands of dollars to avoid being named in a lawsuit. Personally I have never used the Flava Works site which offers streaming videos, mostly of African-American and Latino models. I will out myself and confirm that I do watch gay porn. So what?

OT: Fedora - How to Eliminate Google-Chrome's Password Prompt

Fedora Linux
I do not use Chrome much. In fact, I only have it because it correctly parses my custom link shortener in TweetDeck; something that does not work properly in Firefox. In any event, every time I launch the damned thing (in KDE) it asks for my wallet password.

The fix is simple. You need to edit a bash script: /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome which initializes the browser.

Roy Moore headed to the United States Senate?

Roy Moore
The Ayatollah of Alabama, Roy Moore, seems poised to be the state's next Senator. In Tuesday night's primary neither Roy Moore nor the Trump-endorsed Luther Strange achieved a 50% majority. The two are headed to a runoff election on September 26. However, Moore had a roughly six point margin over Strange. Moreover, Moore's Christian army is going to show up at the polls in September.

Another silly AFA boycott has failed

Tim Wildmon
Hate Group Leader Tim Wildmon
As of Wednesday you can add Target (NYSE:TGT) to the list of American Family Association's failed boycotts. The company reported better than expected earnings this morning and revised guidance upwards. Same-store sales increased 1.3%, nearly double the expectations of analysts. Company executives attributed the good results to the success of the company's private label brands.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Brian Brown is touting FADA again - but it's just a pretext for asking for $$$

The email from National Organization for Marriage declares: “It's working!” What Brian S. Brown claims is “working” is public pressure to resuscitate the very dead First Amendment Defense Act, or FADA. Anything is possible but this would require 60 votes in the Senate and those are not there.

The so-called First Amendment Defense Act was introduced in both houses of Congress on June 17, 2015. It has never gotten out of committee, and probably never will because, as originally drafted it was blatantly unconstitutional. Rep. Paul Labrador eventually poison-penned his own bill which now reads:

Fox & Friends guest claims the rainbow flag and the Confederate flag represent "the exact same thing"

Star Parker
The company one keeps
Star Parker's fade to irrelevance was briefly interrupted on Tuesday when she made a rather strange comparison:
The same people that are demanding that the Confederate flag comes down are the same people that are insisting that the rainbow flag goes up. These two flags represent the exact same thing: that certain people groups are not welcome here.

Larry Tomczak if trying to kill people again

Larry Tomczak
The virulently anti-gay Larry Tomczak offers expert advice on what to do when a loved one is hinting at suicide. Why is every evangelist an amateur psychiatrist? Other than supposed faith healing charlatans these people would probably not weigh in on the type of chemotherapy that a cancer patient should receive. Why then do they feel license to practice psychiatry without a license? While psychiatry requires many years of study including practicums in school and residencies after graduation, I do not know if Tomczak possesses so much as an undergraduate degree.

As a comical aside Tomczak once claimed that a psychiatrist and prominent writer had committed suicide in spite of the fact that he was very much alive. So much so that he sued Tomczak who was forced to pay out $150,000 to settle the matter.

Disney's Chris Nee attacked again for WWG

Chris Nee
According to Claire Chretien at hate site LifeSiteNews: “Lesbian behind cartoon pushing LGBT to preschool: Disney excited to ‘publicize’ my gay lifestyle.” Pushing? Ms. Chretien indulges in several fantasies. Among these is the idea that gay people are recruited into a lifestyle that she — and the Catholic Church — disapprove of. Another is that children can be influenced to be gay.

Writing While Gay is probably Chris Nee's greatest offense Ms. Nee is the creator of Disney's Doc McStuffins which includes a lesbian couple as parents. I am reliably informed that the mean-time-to-homosexual for a nine-year-old boy is 22.38 minutes of viewing (excluding commercials).

Monday, August 14, 2017

Princeton Review, LGBT friendliest colleges - Your mileage may vary

Princeton Review has compiled its annual list of the 20 LGBT friendliest colleges and universities. I would not take this terribly seriously. The methodology is probably less than peer-review worthy science.

There are better measurements such as the services provided. Harvard, for example, has an off Office of BGLTQ Student Life. On the other side of the continent, Stanford provides a Queer Events and Services Team. Having an outreach to transgender students is important. It demonstrates the kind of commitment that the school makes to attract and then help LGBT students. There is no substitute for personally speaking with some queer students. Religious schools are a mixed bag. Notre Dame is very welcoming while Yeshiva might be perilous.

Trump is exhausting

Donald Trump
I have read Trump's statement on Heritage Foundation's blog. Daily Signal. The Associated Press characterized it as carefully worded. I think it is rambling and disjointed.

Trump's three day delay to say the right words allows the bigots to claim that Trump was coerced or that the statement does not reflect his true feelings. Both are probably correct. Trump had to seemingly be dragged kicking and screaming to do what should have come as his initial reaction.

Heartland Inst. polemicist adds trans-denial to his org's climate denial

Howard Beale "Mad as hell ..."
"I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
Monday, Michael T. Hamilton writes: “How Lena Dunham’s Transgender Dogma Turns Straight People Gay” for The Federalist. His subtitle reads:
Trans activists identify as infallible but trip over their own language and logic.
Hamilton has a pretentious academic title at the financially troubled Heartland Institute (in 2015 the small organization had a deficit of $1.4 million). Hamilton is neither an officer nor a highly compensated individual. However, he is highly confused — and confusing. He is not trying to be witty or satirical. After a few thousand words he tries to explain how an understanding of gender turns people bisexual. He is not nearly as clever as he thinks he is.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Checking with HBO on gay stereotyping

Real Sports with Bryant Gumble
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel has an extremely informative piece on the thuggish leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. All went well until the end when Gumble was having a chat with the correspondent. That individual referred to the Chechens having a problem with “the gay lifestyle.” That is very offensive and I was shocked that it was not edited out. Chechnya has a problem with gay people (who they claim don't exist in Chechnya). The problem is not with what they do (as in lifestyle) but in who they are, which is gay.