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Aug 272016
Aug 242016
This entry is part 4 of 31 in the series Daily Douche-Bag

Douchebag ButtonIt’s not a tie; they worked together to create some bullshit “research” to say that LGBT people aren’t really LGB or T. Ryan Anderson, the principal homocon at the right-wing Heritage Foundation is all atwitter about a study, “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences,” published in the “New Atlantis Journal.” It is just another of those studies, like the Regnerus study of a few years ago, where anti-equality groups bought and paid for a particular result.

According to Anderson, the four major points of the “study” are:

  • The belief that sexual orientation is an innate, biologically fixed human property—that people are ‘born that way’—is not supported by scientific evidence.
  • Likewise, the belief that gender identity is an innate, fixed human property independent of biological sex—so that a person might be a ‘man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’—is not supported by scientific evidence.
  • Only a minority of children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood. There is no evidence that all such children should be encouraged to become transgender, much less subjected to hormone treatments or surgery.
  • Non-heterosexual and transgender people have higher rates of mental-health problems (anxiety, depression, suicide), as well as behavioral and social problems (substance abuse, intimate partner violence), than the general population. Discrimination alone does not account for the entire disparity.

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Aug 232016
This entry is part 25 of 31 in the series Daily Douche-Bag
N.C. Senate Majority Leader, Phil Burger (R-Stupid) and is BFF, House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Idiot) (Chuck Liddy - News & Observer File Photo)

N.C. Senate Majority Leader, Phil Burger (R-Stupid) and his BFF, House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Idiot) (Chuck Liddy – News & Observer File Photo)

North Carolina Senate Majority Leader Phil Burger has his knickers in a bunch because he claims Democratic faculty members at the University of North Carolina out-number Republicans by 12:1. He claims it is because of discriminatory hiring practices. People in the real world know better, so Burger has earned our Douche Bag of The Day Award.

According to a piece in The News and Observer, Berger suggests that Republican job candidates are discriminated against when they apply for university positions, unless they “toe the line from the left.”

I’ve checked, and there is no box on the application form for “Political Party Affiliation.” I’m not sure, but I would suspect that asking for that during a job interview would at least be unethical, and may be illegal. So how exactly would the people doing the hiring even know someone’s party affiliation?

The article is an opinion piece by someone who has been involved in the hiring process at the University, he explains that there just might be some sound objective reasons why. Among the reasons he offers is: Continue reading »

Douche of the Day – Trump Supporters

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Aug 142016
This entry is part 26 of 31 in the series Daily Douche-Bag

I’m sure a lot of people are not going to like this, but it needs to be said. No amount of twisted justifications and logical gymnastics can justify supporting Donald Trump for the office of President of the United States. I’d like to say the man is just a joke, but there is nothing laughable about his disposition, nor the way he has managed his life and run his businesses.

First off, conservatives love to claim they support our troops (never mind that the Republicans in Congress have consistently blocked funding bills for veteran services). If you support Donald Trump, you no longer get to claim that you support our troops and veterans, so just STFU about that. Donald Trump should have been immediately disqualified from being taken seriously the minute he made disparaging comment about prisoners of war. This was his comment directed at question about John McCain when Trump claimed he preferred people who weren’t captured. The phrasing took is beyond just not liking Trump, and insulting every U.S. POW.

Agree or disagree with John McCain’s politics, the man served his country, and endured a very special hell of torture and captivity as a POW, along with many other Americans during Vietnam. During the Revolutionary War, an estimated 20,000 Americans were held as prisoners of war and 8,500 died in captivity. In WWI, approximately 4,120 Americans were held as prisoners of war and there were 147 confirmed deaths. During WWII, the Germans, In Europe, held over 94,000 Americans were interned, and in the Pacific, nearly 30,000 Americans were interned by the Japanese. Over 40% of those died in captivity. During the Korean conflict, more than 7,100 Americans were captured and interned, and just over 2,700 are known to have died while interned. During the longest war in American history, the Vietnam War, 766 Americans are known to have been prisoners of war. Of this number, 114 died during captivity. Unlike previous wars, the length of time as a POW was extensive for many, with some being interned for more than seven years. ((National Park Services Website, POWs in American History: A Synopsis, Alan Marsh, Cultural Resources Specialist, 1998.)) Continue reading »

Why Increase the Minimum Wage?

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Aug 082016

School SuppliesSchool starts in Pinellas County this weekend where the nieces go to school. This was the shortened tax-free weekend, so continuing a long-standing tradition, me and Lay took the girls shopping for their school supplies.

We went to Target with their lists. One will be starting the 4th grade and the other the 5th, so the lists were pretty close to identical. We mostly purchased the cheaper non-brand name supplies in the bins in the “back to school” section, and at check out, the total was a little over $50.

We’re very lucky that the money doesn’t put a crimp in our budget. We’re not rich, but compared to many others, we’re certainly comfortable. However, on the way home we got into a discussion, when Lay asked, “How do people making at or near the minimum wage take care of kids?” I did some quick math in my head, and realized that a person making around $8.00/hour would have to work nearly four hours (half a work day), when you account for taxes, to pay for the school supplies for just one child. Continue reading »