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"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

"I love you and I'm not afraid." -- Evanescence, "My Last Breath"

“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Friday, April 29, 2016

Today in Disgusting People

There are so many to pick from that I decided just to pick a few highlights (lowlights?). I'm not including anyone running for the GOP presidential nomination -- they all have permanent places on the list.

So, in no particular order:

NC State Sen. Tom Apodaca:

On Wednesday, senators Terry Van Duyn of Asheville, Jeff Jackson of Charlotte and Mike Woodard of Durham filed Senate Bill 784, which would repeal the controversial LGBT law in its entirety. The bill is identical to one filed Monday by House Democrats.

Senate leaders assigned the bill to committees on Thursday. Because of a budget item included, its first stop is the Senate Appropriations Committee. But if it got approval from that panel, its second assigned stop is the Senate Ways and Means Committee – which is something of an inside joke in the Senate.

The three-member Ways and Means Committee hasn’t held a meeting in years. It’s widely known as the graveyard of the Senate – the place where Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca sends legislation that he wants to kill.

Typical sleazy, underhanded Republican.

Oh, look -- another one!

A House Republican panel is trying to sneak a “religious freedom” amendment into a major defense bill that would undermine President Obama’s 2014 executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT workplace discrimination among federal contractors, the Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson reports:

The amendment, introduced by freshman Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla., pictured), would require the federal government when contracting with religious organizations to afford them exemptions consistent with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the American with Disabilities Act. Since neither of those laws prohibit anti-LGBT bias, the amendment would enable religious organizations doing business with the U.S. government to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Judge Roy Moore is another perennial candidate. He's presently the subject of an ethics complaint filed by the SPLC, among others:

On Wednesday Liberty Counsel founder and CEO Mat Staver stood before the cameras and droned on in support of his client, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore is under attack by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others for his actions surrounding the Supreme Court's marriage decision and his instructions to Alabama magistrates to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The SPLC filed a complaint.

Staver, and later at the podium, Moore claimed the complaint was "politically motivated." At stake: whether or not the complaint leads to official ethics charges by the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama.

But it was their other language and attacks that were especially revealing and offensive.
Staver referred to one of the people who filed the complaint against Moore as an "admitted transvestite."

Moore slammed his critics as "atheists, homosexuals and transgender individuals." At one point he referred to a trans woman as "her," but "corrected" himself, calling her, "him."

"Admitted transvestite"? Pfft!

Remember Kevin "Death to Gays" Swanson? He's Ted Cruz' favorite crazy preacher. Well, he's at it again:

Repeating his biblical warning that it would be better for someone to have a millstone hung around their neck and be drown in the sea rather than cause a child to sin, Swanson warned that this nation "is on the cusp of judgment."

"Woe to the man that transgenders the restrooms in the public schools," Swanson declared. "Woe to the man who opens up the floodgates to every form of sexual perversion for 12-year-olds, 14-year-olds, 16-year-olds and 18-year-olds. Woe to the parents that open up the floodgates, the opportunities, the discipleship programs for children to attend the gender-blendered schools, the GLSEN kindergarten program."

"Johnny Cash was right," he said. "God is going to cut you down."

"Yeah, I know homosexuals love each other," he concluded, just like "cannibals love their victims" because "they taste good."

This would not be the first time that Swanson made such a claim.

Audio at the link, if you can stand it.

And finally, remember Linda Kathehi? Hint: She was the Chancellor at UC Davis during the infamous pepper spray incident, who then tried to cover it up. Well, karma will getcha, honey, and it doesn't always wait until your next go-around:

At long last, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi has been removed from her position, pending administrative review of a few untoward things, including spending students' tuition money to scrub social media of the image of a cop pepper-spraying students.

And to think parents and students could have saved themselves well over a million dollars if she had simply been suspended after the horrendous way she handled the pepper spray incident a few years back.

It gets much worse. Read the whole thing.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. I really don't know what's happened to this country, but I could make a good guess, starting with the rise of the "religious" right, who seem to have no standards and no integrity.

That's all I can stand for today.

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