Monday, September 28, 2020

Here is What Marco Rubio Had to Say in 2016 regarding Merrick Garland

Marco Rubio is my junior senator. He was once the darling of the Tea Party whack jobs.
March 17, 2016
I don’t think we should be moving forward on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term. I would say that if this was a Republican president.
Well Senator, you are not saying that with a Republican president. Are you? Shame on you for being a hypocrite and liar while you self-righteously judge others.

Hate Group Leader's Exaggerated Self-Importance

Eugene Delgaudio
Eugene Delgaudio and two other nitwits attempting to designate June as LMNOP month.
Hate Group Leader Eugene Delgaudio (Public Advocate of the US) has issued a “full endorsement” of Amy Coney Barrett for a seat on the Supreme Court.

According to a pretentious “press release:”
Public Advocate played a critical role in selecting Justice Neil Gorsuch, and in confirming Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the vicious assault by the Homosexual Lobby and their leftist allies. And we will fight even harder to see that a constitutional-minded, pro-family justice is confirmed now. We are giving our full endorsement to Amy Barrett.

Some Help In Case You Missed The Rapture

“Dr.” Dave Williams has some advice for you!
Dave Williams
Does that screen behind him have something to do with nuts?
via davewilliams.com

Did you miss The Rapture? Maybe you were too busy with other important things like following Trump's Twitter feed. Perhaps you were sound asleep — zonked on Ambien. There are just so many, many things that could keep us from, … something.

According to Dr. Dave Williams the Rapture is imminent. It might even have occurred:
If you are reading this after the rapture has occurred, it's because you weren't ready. Jesus said in Matthew 25:10 that "those who were ready went in ... And the door was shut."

Let me give you 20 pieces of counsel to survive this terrible time if you miss God's first roundup, the rapture.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Blabbermouth Steve McConkey

Steve McConkey needs a more productive hobby. This one is not working out.
Steve McConkey
This is not Steve McConkey's image of choice
for obvious reasons.
Steve McConkey of 4 Winds USA (known to the IRS as Four Winds Christian Athletics) is a uniquely deranged bigot who resides in the lunatic fringe zone. McConkey gets stupendously distressed at the intersection of athletics and LGBTQ people. Folks like Steve are often demonstrating their own insecurities.

Friday, McConkey informs us: Steve McConkey Applauds GOP Senators for Anti-Transgender Bill:
The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act would stop biological males from competing as girls or lose federal funding.

Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia is the bill's lead sponsor. Four other Senators co-sponsored the bill: Mike Lee of Utah, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, James Lankford of Oklahoma, and Tom Cotton of Arkansas.

An Amalgam of Anti-Islamic Hate + Anti-LGBTQ Bigotry

William Kilpatrick does do a very good job of identifying evil in America. Few things are more evil than bigotry.
William Kilpatrick
There are few photos of William Kilpatrick. This is from his own blog circa 2012.
Friday's gratuitous instruction takes the form of Catholics need to know these unpleasant truths about Islam. “The problem is not just armed jihad, but also another kind of jihad that is even more threatening.”

Leave it to LifeSiteNews to offer a combination of homophobia, transphobia and Islamophobia in one batshit post. The author of this malignant stew is William Kilpatrick.

We do not know much about Kilpatrick. According to his bio he once taught at Boston College what he taught, when or from what level in the academic hierarchy is generally unknown. We also know that Kilpatrick is an fanatical defender of the Catholic faith.

I know some Catholic priests in New York. These are friends who do not hate anyone. Kilpatrick is a defender of his brand of Catholicism which might exist at the Vatican but not among most parishioners.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Christian Convert: "If Enough Believers Pray in Tongues, This Country Can Turn Around"

“Is there an association of board-certified prophets or do we just take their word for it?”
Sid Roth
Sid Roth | via Charisma

Speaking in tongues has the religious authenticity of snake handling. Of course most snake handlers eventually become corpses. Those who speak in tongues have fewer direct consequences arising from their hobby.

Speaking in tongues originated with the notion that when the Apostles spoke, each person heard their message in their own language. Linguists have studies speaking in tongues and generally believe that people make up words from sounds that form patterns consistent with their own language.

It is a Legitimate Question Mr. Perkins

Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins of Family Research Council is doing a “Poor Us!” over controversies surrounding potential Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Perkins frames those questions as: “The Left's anti-Christian Dogma.”

Nothing pleases Perkins more than the opportunity to complain about anti-Christian bias. Perkins doesn't have many tools at his disposal. In simplest terms, Perkins is not terribly gifted. His choice of levers in most situations is self-victimization.
A Reuters headline from yesterday reading "As U.S. Supreme Court nomination looms, a religious community draws fresh interest" pointed to Barrett's association with "People of Praise," a Christian parachurch organization, and suggested the group was somehow "authoritarian" and discussed whether it should be considered a cult -- even comparing it to the dystopian "Handmaid's Tale."

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Glorifying Stupidity

Some of these people are saying: “I am stupid. Isn't that wonderful?”
Terry Beatley
Terry Beatley | via YouTube

Wednesday, American Family Association's headline reads: Compromising truth is a 'slippery slope.' We are further informed:
The left is lying to American women, and a Christian organization is trying to set the record straight with the truth.

The Hosea Initiative believes women are being deceived by the sexual revolution, and it has led to a societal change and legislation that undergirds harm.
Guess who is fibbing and guess who has little regard for objective truth.

Is it Arithmetic or the Stock Market That So Confuses Brian S. Brown

It could be just Brown's assumption that supporters will believe any bullshit.
The source of all that bullshit

September 12 email from Brian S. Brown on Behalf of International Organization for the Family, an anti-LGBTQ hate group:
xxxxxxxxx, In just one day, our petition to Netflix has generated several thousand messages sent to the executives of the streaming service, demanding that they remove the awful film Cuties from their catalogue. If you haven't already done so, please click the link below and sign our petition today.
Thus, the petition started on September 11. The petition now has just over 10,000 signatures.

Heck - I'll Answer Jim Garlow's Question and I'm Not Even a Christian

Jim Garlow and Donald Trump
Jim Garlow professes to be a moralist. Yet he is a robust supporter of the most amoral president in American history.
via Right Wing Watch

Wednesday, as the introduction to a homophobic diatribe Jim Garlow asks: What Has Happened to My Church?

Garlow is an interesting guy. While I disagree with him on just about everything and while I find many of his positions repellant, Garlow has demonstrated some degree of civility. Kyle Mantyla of Right Wing Watch has written:
I have to admit that, among the conservative figures I monitor professionally, you have always seemed something of an anomaly to the extent that you seem genuinely considerate and interested in dialogue with those with whom you disagree.
Nevertheless, Jim Garlow came to prominence as a vigorous proponent of California Proposition 8. He is also a promoter of conversion therapy which is used in an attempt to corroborate some interpretations of scripture and as a justification for repression and discrimination.

Monday, September 21, 2020

On Donald Trump (Via Woodward in Part)

“A self-absorbed, delusional, mentally ill person is capable of anything.”
Donald Trump
In his latest book, Rage, Bob Woodward offers little opinion but he does correct some of Trump's fallacies. It reminds us of just how incorrect Trump has been since his 2016 campaign.

I have not completed the book but a few things stand out.

At one point Woodward presses Trump on whether he would be willing to apologize if he got something wrong: Trump's response (you guessed it): “I'm never wrong.”

Trump's belief in his own infallibility is not just political. When someone tells Trump something that Trump wants to hear, Trump adopts that as truth. He does so in the absence of evidence and regardless of the views of others, including experts. Trump turns opinions into facts.

Trump really does believe that he is the smartest, most knowledgeable person in the world. Trump thinks that President Obama is stupid and a poor speaker. That opinion became truth for Trump because of racism and his inherent insecurity. Trump lives in his own head. It is probably a coping mechanism to address the effects of monstrous father.

Hate Group Presumes to Instruct People on Voting Biblical Values

David Closson
David Closson is credited with authorship of Family Research Council's latest anti-LGBTQ diatribe.
via Twitter
Family Research Council, an anti-LGBTQ hate group has published a new document titled: Biblical Principles for Political Engagement: Worldview, Issues and Voting. The credited author is FRC's David Closson.
Note: This post contains some very verbose paragraphs of quoted text. I have chosen to provide them in full. Moreover, this commentary is limited to issues associated with LGBTQ people. The actual document includes other issues such as reproductive choice.
The purpose of FRC's lengthy thesis is to encourage FRC's constituency to vote for Republicans. A Republican administration sates Tony Perkins' greed for power. Mr. Closson would undoubtedly claim that he is setting forth biblical values, leaving electoral choice to the reader. Yeah, sure.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Now We Know a Bit More About Abigail Shrier

Whether Shrier is motivated by money, religion or both is irrelevant. Shrier is now actively enabling people who claim that gender identity is a choice.
Abigail Shrier

Abigail Shrier is the author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. Shrier makes the case that young females can be influenced to become transgender. Shrier came to that conclusion due to research by Lisa Littman.

Ms. Shrier did not care that the publisher of that research issued a correction, an apology and a formal comment. Shrier did not care that Littman never spoke with any transgender people. Shrier did not care that most of the mothers Littman spoke with were culled from anonymous transgender-denial websites.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Misleading Hate Group + Gary Bauer Shill for Donald Trump

Nothing says “stupid” like intentionally misquoting someone.
Gary L. Bauer
Friday, the virulently anti-LGBTQ Gary Bauer took to American Family Association's blog to urge people to reelect Trump. At the core of Bauer's effort is the denigration of former VP Joe Biden.

AFA has titled the piece: Biden accused of 'insane' view of wannabe superpower. That wannabe superpower is the People's Republic of China. Bauer claims that China wants Biden to win. Apparently, if true, that is a reason to vote for Trump. Gary Bauer never has made much sense.
Bauer says, Biden has been a vocal “cheerleader” of the ruthless Communist-run country as a U.S. senator and vice president, and he remains so today.

As the first-term Vice President, Biden famously wrote a New York Times op-ed in 2011 that stated he “rejected” the view that China is a growing threat to the United States, and he went on to describe a good relationship with China after spending hours talking with its president, Xi Jinping.

L. Brent Bozell III Now Fighting Nonexistent Censorship

Another reason to #DumpTrump
L. Brent Bozell III

Media Research Center, a nonprofit led by L. Brent Bozell III has made an announcement:
Social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google may deny it, but it’s becoming obvious to many that conservatives are facing censorship. Now, though, the conservative Media Research Center (MRC) has announced a new alliance that’s going to fight the Big Tech companies over this censoring of conservative speech, websites and people, all the way up to the president, who recently saw even his input knocked off the web.

“If they can do it to the president of the United States, they can do it to anyone. And in fact, that’s exactly what’s happening,” said MRC’s Brent Bozell.

In an Effort to Garner Support of American Jews, Trump Demonstrates Remarkable Stupidity


According to Religion News Service:
President Donald Trump reportedly led a White House call to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which begins this year on Friday (Sept. 18) at sundown. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Trump urged American Jews to vote for him, saying during the call that voting for Democrats would leave Israel "in big trouble."

"We really appreciate you," Trump reportedly said as he signed off the call, an annual pre-Rosh Hashanah presidential tradition. "We love your country also."

Thursday, September 17, 2020

It's a conspiracy I tells ya

The anti-LGBTQ zealotry creates irrationality and paranoia.
Shawn Hyland
Shawn Hyland, Family Policy Alliance
According to Shawn Hyland: NJ School Age Children Forced to Learn Pornographic Acts. Sure. Hyland is employed by Family Policy Alliance which is the political arm of Focus on the Family. Mr. Hyland is apparently a New Jersey coordinator.

Supposedly Hyland was trying to email revised learning standards to a state senator:
I copied and pasted the exact words of the learning standard into the body of the email. That was a tragic mistake, because the exact words and explicit sex acts required for school age children to learn in New Jersey public schools were flagged as “pornographic” by government state computers.
How the hell would he know why an email did not arrive at its intended destination? There are 14 SMTP return codes for transient errors like “420: timeout connection problem.” There are another 16 return codes indicating a permanent failure such as “550: Non-existent email address.” Nowhere in those 30 codes is there anything having to do with pornography.

Case Watch

Kroger Company Pride

The case is Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Kroger Company.

Kroger Company is an active participant in LGBTQ Pride. That did not sit well with a couple of employees (Brenda C. Lawson and Trudy K. Rickerd) in Arkansas. Both refused to wear an apron with a rainbow on it (the separate narratives in the complaint are the same for both women). The claims is that they are victims of religious discrimination:
… Lawson believes in the literal interpretation of the Bible. Lawson holds a sincerely held religious belief that homosexuality is a sin.
[…]

He lies on the air with the greatest of ease ...

Tony Perkins

The subject of “The Flying Trapeze” was 19th century circus performer, Jules Léotard. I am referring to Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins of Family Research Council. As an aside I derive some pleasure from the fact that Perkins recently blocked me on Twitter. I must have pissed him off.

According to Perkins: Facebook Attaches an Asterisk to Free Speech. The term “free speech” customarily refers to constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. Facebook is a private actor.

Perkins also provides a replay of an interview he conducted with Dr. Andre Van Mol, an anti-LGBTQ ignoramus associated with the hate group, American College of Pediatricians (not to be confused with the American Academy of Pediatrics). I have already addressed Van Mol's nonsense.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Mr. LaBarbera is in distress

Peter LaBarbera (Americans for Truth About Homosexuality) is terribly distressed over a Burger King promotion in Finland. He provides a copy of a polemic originally posted at the blog of American Family Association. Before I get there, let's talk about good citizenship.


Mr. LaBarbera has his grubby hands outstretched in search of donations. Americans for Truth About Homosexuality had its tax-exempt status revoked by the Internal Revenue Service effective May 15, 2015. Hence Donations to Americans for Truth About Homosexuality are not tax deductible.

One would think that the sanctimonious LaBarbera would feel compelled to be honest with donors. He does not. The cynic knows that properly informing donors might result in fewer donations because they are giving money to a for-profit business (which probably does not file accurate and timely tax returns).

The donation page is silent with respect to tax deductibility.

Precisely WHO Made Marriage Political?

Brian S. Brown was all for marriage politics when he thought that it was beneficial to the Church. Now he is accusing us of doing what he did, complaining that marriage should not be politicized.
Brian S. Brown

On behalf of National Organization for Marriage, Brian S. Brown has sent out a “gimme” email titled: why they attack marriage. Oh, do tell.
One of the things that has occurred over the past several years is an effort by the left to turn virtually every subject into a political matter. This trend has been building for a while, and to a significant extent can be traced back to the effort by radicals to redefine marriage. You see, once marriage is seen as a political institution as opposed to a universal or spiritual institution, then secular rules can be applied and the institution changed. That is exactly what LGBT radicals did.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

David Lane: "Are Facemasks Creating Health Risks for Those Not Sick?"

The answer to David Lane's moronic question is “no!”
David Lane

The holier-than-thou David Lane is a creepy Republican operative and rabidly anti-LGBTQ. The guy is a walking hate group. Mr. Lane says many very stupid things. His conservative Christian constituency enables Lane to say many very stupid things. Lane is never fact-checked by his usual audience.

My job — from time to time — is point out some of the spectacularly stupid things that Lane espouses.

One of those spectacularly stupid things is promoting the idea that face masks do more harm than good. Opposing face mask mandates has become a means of supporting the reelection of Donald Trump.

Cruz Knows Better - The Sanctimonious Christian Pressure Groups Might Not

The subject matter is far less relevant than the threat to constitutionally protected freedoms.
It seems that all of conservative Christendom is claiming that Netflix is trafficking in child pornography. At issue is a film titled Cuties (Mignonnes in French). According to rottentomatoes.com, the critical consensus reads:
A thoughtful look at the intricacies of girlhood in the modern age, Cuties is a coming-of-age film that confronts its themes with poignancy and nuance.
The split in opinion is easily explained:

Howto: Make Your Child a Marginalized Neurotic Nitwit

What made Brielle Penkoski think that it was a good idea to wear a homophobic shirt to school?
Rich Penkoski
A holier-than-thou hate group leader, Rich Penkoski, has apparently managed to make his 15-year-old daughter, Brielle, as dysfunctional as he is. I tend to think that Brielle should be able to wear her homophobic t-shirt if that makes her happy. That is not the issue.

Monday, September 14, 2020

That Great Friend of LGBTQ People Has Done it Again

Last week, the Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in favor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The archdiocese terminated a gay teacher, Joshua Payne-Elliott, solely because he was married. Joshua had been in the employ of the school for more than 13 years. The archdiocese is appealing an interim lower court ruling in favor of the teacher.

There was nothing in Joshua's contract that prohibited him from marrying. The school did not want to terminate Joshua. They did so at the insistence of Archbishop Charles C. Thompson who threatened to revoke the school's Catholic charter if they did not comply by firing Joshua. Joshua's job performance was never in question.

What is this? A crackpot confab?

Dr. Crackpot
via MADNESS: Project Nexus
Four warriors for the faith (one Jew and three Christians) were required for Witherspoon Institute's latest anti-LGBTQ diatribe. Monday they have scribbled together — Correction: Transgender Surgery Provides No Mental Health Benefit.

The roster of zealots (in the order presented):
  1. Andre Van Mol: A family physician and founding member of American College of Pediatrians which, according to Southern Poverty Law Center, is an anti-LGBTQ hate group. Van Mol is an elder of the cultish Bethel Church in Redding, CA.
  2. Michael K. Laidlaw: A California endocrinologist who is not board certified. Laidlaw has been relatively quiet lately but he is obsessed with LGBTQ people.
  3. Miriam Grossman: A Los Angeles psychiatrist. Grossman is affiliated with an orthodox Jewish group, The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, which is not a federally nonprofit organization.
  4. Paul R. McHugh: Catholic zealot nearing 90 years of age. McHugh is the religious right's favorite crank physician.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Bewilderment is a Transmittable Condition Among Hate Group Leaders

Porno Pete interprets a poll backwards.
Peter LaBarbera

“Porno Pete” (Peter LaBarbera) informs is that a poll by a conservative Christian organization demonstrates that its constituency does not approve of transgender persons.

It's all good for The Peter: Evangelical Support for Radical Gender Ideology Plummeting – But One in Five Still Reject the Bible’s Teaching on Gender: Ligonier Poll.

Well, “shit!” My trans friends will be profoundly disappointed by this unsettling development. First, however, they are going to have to figure out what “radical gender ideology” means. Details, schmetails. Why focus on minutiae?

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Marco Rubio as Dishonest Manipulator

Marco Rubio is ostensibly raising money to support Trump. However those funds go to Rubio's campaign committee.
Marco Rubio
via Getty Images
Thursday, a fundraising email from Marco Rubio raises some serious questions.

Marco Rubio is my senior senator. We must not forget that Rubio was a Tea Party candidate. Rubio got away with some very messy dealings which include misuse of a GOP credit card and a close friendship with disgraced former congressman David Rivera. (Rivera and Rubio co-owned a house.)

Ask Rubio about Rivera and the likely answer is “David who?”

The aforementioned email is titled: Florida is at HUGE risk.

Were Linda Harvey Sane She Would Make Less Mischief

Linda Harvey
via YouTube

Hate Group Leader Linda Harvey (Mission America) is wed to the absurd notion that LGBTQ people pose a peril to society. The current occupant of the Oval Office is a sick narcissistic sociopath and pathological liar. Trump is a threat. LGBTQ people? Not so much.

Ms. Harvey's outlet of choice these days is LifeSiteNews. There she has license to spread bigotry and disinformation sprinkled with a dusting of crazy. The latest example is California leads nation in systemic sexualization of children.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

What the Hell is "Gender Dystopia?"

D. Paul Sullins
Rev. D. Paul Sullins of Ruth Institute
Circa 2018 image via YouTube
An email Wednesday from anti-LGBTQ hate group, Ruth Institute, brings renewed attention to a dishonest September blog post titled: American Journal of Psychiatry Corrects Pro-Transgender Surgery Study. The primary author is Rev. D. Paul Sullins.

I have written about the subject correction before. In sum:
…the conclusion that “the longitudinal association between gender-affirming surgery and lower use of mental health treatment lends support to the decision to provide gender-affirming surgeries to transgender individuals who seek them” is too strong.
In other words, just because someone wants the surgery doesn't mean that someone should receive the surgery.

Oh the Poor Hate Group

All we have ever requested is equal protection and due process. Is that really too much to ask for?
Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins
Family Research Council routinely denigrates LGBTQ people, Muslims, immigrants and others every single day. Their intent is to marginalize groups of people that it disapproves of. They do so, in my opinion, in their greed for money and political power. Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins is self-absorbed.

What goes around comes around
Apparently, FRC's hate has come around to bite them in the butt. I just received an email titled: Big Tech Company MobileCause Pulls Plug on Family Research Council & FRC Action One Hour Before Election Broadcast Event. The email is unsigned but references FRC contacts J.P. Duffy and Joshua Arnold.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

ADF is Pimping Barronelle Stutzman Again - With Outright Falsehoods

Barronelle Stutzman
Discriminatory florist, Barronelle Stutzman
via Alliance Defending Freedom
Tuesday, Alliance Defending Freedom sent out an email linking to an August post on their blog: How a Supreme Court Case on Foster Care May Affect Barronelle Stutzman. The author of this jeremiad is Maureen Collins. Given that readers have no influence on the Supreme Court I suppose that the appeal is for donations.

The age of Trump: Conservatives can say whatever the fuck they want without being held accountable for their mendacity. I am hopeful that, in November, we can send a message that lying is unacceptable.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a self-righteous anti-LGBTQ hate group. The hate is coupled with a steaming pile of bullshit.

Anti-LGBTQ Political Ads in Michigan

Frank Cannon
Frank Cannon, president of American Principles Project
via American Principles Project
American Principles Project (APP), an anti-LGBTQ group, is running anti-LGBTQ ads in Michigan in an effort to attract disaffected Democrats. According to a statement issued by the group, this is a “$4M Swing State Ad Blitz Hitting Biden and Dems for Transgender Radicalism.”

About half of the funds are being spent in Michigan, a state Trump won in 2016. According to recent polls, Biden now has an edge over Trump. APP is promising to run similar ads in Wisconsin very soon.

Kevin Whitt
Two of the ads feature Kevin Whitt who claims to be ex-trans. Mr. Whitt is deranged. He is also full of crap. The former prostitute is now fleecing Christians. In 2019 Whitt had a UK GoFundMe campaign in which he claimed to be ex-gay.

Whitt claimed that he was gay due to child abuse. He was supposedly raising money to publish a book titled God Saved the Queen. He raised a small amount of money and the book was never published. Shocking. The ex-trans BS is a recent embellishment.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Crackpot du Jour: Sexual Diversity is Not "Family Friendly"

Image via CBS
I was waiting for the immature reaction:
This will be the first role for the nonbinary Del Barrio. They were in their final year of studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art when they auditioned for the role of Adira on Star Trek: Discovery.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Kanye West: Planned Parenthood guilty of ‘black genocide’ by abortion

The underlying assumption is that Black women lack the critical thinking skills required to preclude them from “murdering their babies.”
Kanye West
via Reuters
Many anti-choice arguments are moronic. The most moronic of all is the idea that abortion represents some form of racism. Apparently, Black women are being abducted, chloroformed and then being subjected to involuntary abortions.

According to the story at a religious outlet:

Dennis Prager Serves an Important Purpose

Dennis Prager
via DEADState
Dennis Prager is an important figure in society. He proves that we Jews are just as capable of being batshit crazy and any other group.

Tuesday, Dennis Prager authored The Lockdown Has Gone From a Mistake to a Crime for the right-wing Townhall.com. Referencing his treatise of four months prior, Prager is dubiously self-congratulatory:
Regarding the economic catastrophe in America and around the world -- especially among the world's poor who are dependent upon America and other first-world countries for their income through exports and tourism -- I wrote, "It is panic and hysteria, not the coronavirus, that created this catastrophe."

Unfortunately, I was right.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Catholic Extremists Like Trump But Disapprove of the (phony) LGBTQ Outreach

Did any LGBT person take this seriously?
The headline reads: Trump’s campaign to attract LGBT voters is playing with fire. For starters, there is no LGBT outreach. Amb. Richard Grenell has attempted to appeal to gay voters. It is a sham; a con job.

Doug Mainwaring, the author of this nonsense, has a subtitle:
The presence of LGBT political muscle within the Republican Party may lead to disaster.
He goes on to write:
Coming close on the heels of its Ric Grenell video ad touting President Trump as “the most pro-gay president in American history” — which quickly racked up more than 6 million views — Log Cabin Republicans has revealed that it has six more video ads in the works featuring “other notable LGBT conservatives.”

Federal Court Strikes Down State Department Rule Denying Citizenship to Foreign-Born Children of Same-Sex Couples

The following is via Ilya Somin writing at the Volokh Conspiracy:
Late last week, a federal district court issued a decision striking down a Trump Administration State Department policy denying citizenship to some children of US-citizen same-sex couples born abroad. The decision was written by a Trump appointee, Judge Michael L. Brown, of the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

You Know What is Said About Waving a Flag While Thumping a Bible

The streets of our country are in turmoil. … Communists are seeking to destroy our country. … We need law and order. Yes, without law and order our nation cannot survive. Elect us and we shall restore law and order
Many of you know that the speaker of the above quote was Adolph Hitler at a rally in Hamburg Germany in 1932. I will accept the “Godwin.” Some things never change.

Tuesday, the latest missive from Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins of Family Research Council is titled: The cancel culture targets the American flag. Protect our freedom! According to Perkins, one needs to donate to the hate group to protect freedom.

In addition to the money-glom Perkins wants Donald Trump elected to a second term. Trump and Perkins have played each other. Trump panders to the Christian Right while the Christian Right, in return, gets anti-LGBTQ measures along with judges who assert that life begins with ejaculate.

Monday, August 31, 2020

The Radical Right Accusing the "Radical Left"

“If American civilization fails it will probably be the result of the obliteration of objective truth.”
Kay Coles James
Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation, is an intellectually dishonest Trump cheerleader.
via YouTube
It has been my observation that Kay Coles James, president of Heritage Foundation, is not an especially intelligent individual. James' latest polemic is titled: Fight for America: Voters must do this to stop socialism and anarchy. It reads like something crafted by the Trump campaign.

The simple fact is that our country is not in peril of becoming socialist. Even Bernie Sanders is not really a socialist which requires government control of the sources of supply; nationalizing our our major industries and replacing markets with central planning.

Netflix Fails to Balance Offensive Homophobia in Latest True Crime Series

A murderer claims to be a victim with an after-the-fact “gay panic” defense.
Dale Wayne Sigler
Dale Wayne Sigler while still incarcerated
via Netflix
Netflix' latest true crime saga is I Am a Killer: Released. The series is about Dale Wayne Sigler who murdered John Zeltner, a Subway cashier who happened to be gay. Sigler has never denied that he did murder Zeltner. Sigler shot Zeltner six times. He originally claimed that he did so in the act of robbing the restaurant.

Sigler was sentenced to death in 1991. In Texas that is usually a certainty. For the record, while I am a victim of violent crime I am opposed to capital punishment. I would like to strangle the asshole who shot me but our society should be better than that.

Texas commuted Sigler's sentence to life in prison because the state had changed its laws regarding jury selection. Under Texas law, Sigler became eligible for parole after 30 years. Sigler was paroled.

Polish Bishops Seek Conversion Therapy "Clinics"

The bishops grudgingly admit that their proposal is “clearly” not consistent with the science. Yet they promote pseudoscience.
Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń in Poland
via Wikipedia via Diego Delso
The Catholic Bishops of Poland have addressed sexual ideology. It's the usual pablum: Gay people are objectively disordered and transgender people do not really exist. LGBT people should not be permitted to raise children. We have seen it all before.

The original Polish document is here.

I produced an acceptable English version using Google translate. It's not perfect and the pdf creation squashed a line or two. Nevertheless, it clearly provides the intent of the bishops.

I have broken one paragraph into four paragraphs to make it more readable:

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Did David Kyle Foster Acquire Erudition When He Was Giving $10 Blowjobs?

David Kyle Foster makes a living deceiving others.
David Kyle Foster
David Kyle Foster
via YouTube
Thursday in a self-serving polemic, David Kyle Foster attempts to explain his personality disorder with: Why Witnessing to the Homosexual Takes a Holy Spirit Approach. Responding to the Christian takes a prescription for Nexium.

If someone wants to claim to be ex-gay my reaction would be “mazel tov.” When someone claims to be ex-gay and then insists that gay people are diseased and immoral, I have a slightly different reaction.

David Kyle Foster, a former prostitute and supposedly ex-gay man, tries to obscure his greed by claiming that he has a religious duty to “fix” gay people who he claims are “broken.”

Foster is a pray-your-gay-away practitioner. He writes:

You would think that a Bannon apologist could come up with a better photo

Steve Bannon
The word Schlump has Yiddish origins. Whatever you think about Steve Bannon, he is a schlump.
via Reuters by way of Charisma
At the ultra-conservative Christian outlet, Charisma, Amir George has penned a remarkably moronic defense of Steve Bannon. I suppose that he has never heard of Godwin's Law:
It was German theologian Martin Niemöller who, prophetically speaking of the the rise of Nazism in Germany, said, "First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me."
Steve Bannon is most certainly not the victim of persecution by an authoritarian government. Furthermore, he will enjoy the presumption of innocence and will likely be represented by a legal superstar.

Honestly, I am not obsessed with Brian S. Brown, but ...

Brian S. Brown
… Brian Brown does make a great deal of pejorative noise. That is because his two groups produce an endless supply of email attempting to raise funds at the expense of LGBTQ people.

Today's noise is titled: Court-Ordered Child Abuse, written on behalf of International Organization for the Family, an anti-LGBTQ hate group.
We have an excellent and long treatment by our Russian contributor Pavel Parfentiev of the sad case of James Younger, an innocent child who is being manipulated by his mother to become a girl in spite of his father's (and, according to the father, his own) wishes—and the mother is being aided by the courts in committing this abuse!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Heritage Foundation Shilling for Hate Groups

“Hate is a vigorous motivator when it comes to getting people to donate.”
Jim Jordan
Heritage Foundation has an affinity for Trump apologist Rep. Jim Jordan shown hear in his nature attire in his natural pose "on the attack."
via Toledo Blade
The post at Heritage Foundation's blog is titled: Lawmakers Demand Answers From Jeff Bezos on Exclusion of Conservatives From Charitable Program.
Conservative members of the House are asking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to answer questions as to why some conservatives appear to have been banned from using Amazon Smile, an Amazon charity program.
The congressmen are asking a rhetorical question which they already know the answer to. The Amazon Smile program excludes hate groups. It just so happens that the overwhelming majority of hate groups in the United States have a conservative bent.

To Raise Money a Hate Group Leader Claims That LGBTQ People Pose a Danger to Children

Brian S. Brown
Hate Group Leader Brian S. Brown, of International Organization for Marriage, has a new gimme email titled: a crack in the armor. It is a diatribe that includes self-victimization, science denial, bigotry and outright lies:
All around the world, LGBT extremists and their kin in the transgender movement have reigned seemingly supreme over cultures and political parties imposing their agenda seemingly at will (1). Here in America, anyone who questions what these people believe and the total lack of meaningful science behind their movement (2) – which is ruining children and breaking apart families (3) – is attacked, marginalized and threatened with reputational and career ruin (4). Lonely kids, especially girls, spend hours on social media feeling left out and alone, different from the rest, and then get seduced into the idea that they are transgender (5). Once that path is explored, even tentatively, they are pushed headlong into a system that validates their confusion, blames it on being ‘trapped in the wrong body’ and promises them that life will be better if they begin to “transition(6).” By the time these kids realize that life is not better, and is usually worse, it is too late for many of them. Their bodies will have been ruined and many are dangerously depressed (7). A large percentage try to kill themselves (8).