Aug 232016
 
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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 »

The 3 Musketeers of the NCGA – Douche-bag of the Day Award

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Jun 292016
 

DOUCHES_1Well, again, it just makes sense to give the award to a group, since they are conspiring together to return North Carolina to the 1800s. It seems that something was finally found to put the fear of God into the members of the North Carolina General Assembly about HB2…the NBA. Never mind jobs, reputation, economic growth…no, the threat of losing the All-star game brought them around…sort of. So  here’s to you Tim Moore, Pat McCrory and Phil Berger…you’re all Douche Bags.

What they have held a secret meeting to come up with is a change to HB2. They think a tweak will give the NBA cover to not more the game, and maybe this has even been negotiated with the NBA in advance. Let’s hope that the NBA isn’t stupid enough to have fallen for this papers to pee scam. Continue reading »

Let’s Talk Restrooms…Or Not

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Mar 252016
 
Speaker Tim Moore bent over like he's expecting his boy friend to show up (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Speaker Tim Moore bent over like he’s expecting his boy friend to show up (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

I’m getting tired of hearing about and talking about public restrooms. I don’t particularly like having to use them, but I’m sure thankful they’re there sometimes. I suspect most folks feel the same.

But alas, the public restroom is under attack. Where once one could go for some semi-private release, it’s now a place where evil-doers and gender-obsessed perverts lurk. Public restrooms are now symbols of doom and perversion. And who are these evil-doers and perverts? Well, Republicans of course. I know you didn’t think I was going to say transgender people. That’s who Republicans think it is, and boy howdy, are they obsessed that a female might grab a look at their little pee-pees I guess, and I can understand how that would be an embarrassment to them.

Not to mention the fact that, statistically, you’re more apt to have a problem with a creepy Congressman pervert in the bathroom than with a transgendered person. Think about it.

So, what they want you to think is that just made some minor tweaks to what they call the Charlotte Bathroom Bill. House Speaker Tim Moore, the rightful face of this mess, put a post on his Facebook page last night trying to ‘splain it all away. He starts with: Continue reading »

Trouble in Alamance County North Carolina

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Oct 162014
 
This entry is part 15 of 35 in the series Gay Marriage
Judge James Roberson

Alamance County Chief Judge James Roberson

Unfortunately there are some magistrates in North Carolina who don’t understand about doing their jobs. a magistrate judge in Pasquotank County on Monday refused to marry two men, citing religious objections. Some magistrates in Alamance County also said they wouldn’t marry gay couples.

I am flummoxed by Chief District Court Judge Jim Roberson of Alamance County who said that some of the 11 magistrates under his supervision didn’t want to officiate same-sex marriage ceremonies. “As a team, we’re going to abide by the law,” Roberson told the Times-News of Burlington. “Some of our magistrates have concerns based on their faiths and religious beliefs. I completely respect that. Other magistrates do not.” Roberson said a magistrate comfortable with performing the ceremony would step in if another declined.

“I highly respect people’s legitimate, deep-seated, consciously held religious beliefs. I also highly respect people’s individual rights. Trying to balance those two is where my goal is right now,” Roberson said Wednesday, “finding that balance where we can assure the public the law will be followed and marriage ceremonies will be performed as requested.”

Well, let’s just be straight up about this. BULLSHIT. Here’s part of what I wrote in a fax to Judge Roberson: Continue reading »

More of God’s Love from Ron Baity of North Carolina

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Oct 162014
 
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Ron BaityWe LGBT people have lots of power. Have you all noticed that? We can bring about fires, floods, hurricanes, and even, according to Jerry Falwell, the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We, LGBT people, have managed to turn Uhmerika into a dictatorship ruled by a bunch of people in black robes. But I can still be fired for just being gay, in my workplace, a director called me a homo with no repercussions, and despite being together for 15 years, me and Lay still can’t get married here in Florida. Amazing.

Well, now it turns out, we are able to bring about Ebola. At least that’s what Ron Baity of the Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Raw Story tips us to his Sunday Sermon in which Baity says gay marriage is a sign of the end times.

“Listen, folks, it’s on,” he announced. “You might as well get ready for it. It’s on. It’s just a matter of time when they’re going to say to the churches… It’s just a matter of time before our constitution in our churches will be overturned like our state constitution just been overturned this week. I mean, it’s coming.”

Baity said that even after God flooded the Earth to stop homosexuality, people were “out of their habitation” in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

“They were doing something that was not normal, they were doing something that was not natural, and as a result of that, like God judged this world with a flood, he judged Sodom and Gomorrah with fire!” the pastor exclaimed. “The most blasphemous thing I’ve heard in 40 years of ministry, I heard on the news last night, where rogue judges have gone against the will of the ministry and made America a country where there’s totalitarianism, where there are judges who have set themselves up as dictators to overthrow the will of the people! And they placed their sanction upon marriage that is out of the habitation of God’s creation!”

Don’t be surprised at the judgement of God.” “You think Ebola is bad now, just wait. If it’s not that, it’s going to be something else. My friends, I want you to understand, you can’t thumb your nose at God, and God turn his head away without God getting your attention.”

And he really got the vapors over actually seeing a gay marriage (if he really did):

Baity said that he also saw an official “place his blessing upon two men” by pronouncing them “husband and husband.” Baity noted that the official had taken it “one step farther” when he “blasphemed the God of heaven” by blessing the wedding.

“If you think for one skinny minute, God is going to stand idly by and allow this to go forward without repercussions, you better back up and rethink this situation,” he warned. “I want you to understand, that is raw, pure blasphemy.”

Now, none of this comes as any kind of big surprise, Baity’s always had his knickers in a wad over gay people (projection there Ron?). Back when Amendment One was up for vote in North Carolina in 2012 (because the Republicans needed to get people to the polls for something), Baity was head of the anti-marriage equality organization Return America, and referred to homosexuality as “a perverted lifestyle” in a Sunday sermon before telling his congregation that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people should be prosecuted. “For 300 years, we had laws that would prosecute that lifestyle,” he is quoted as saying. “We’ve gone down the wrong path. We’ve become so dumb that we have accepted a lie for the truth, and we’ve…discarded the truth on the shoals of shipwreck!”

[callout]It should be noted that Tony Perkins has been a keynote speaker at meetings of white supremacist groups, started the Family Research Council with an illegally purchased mailing list of white supremacists from David Duke, and now heads an SPLC-designated hate group.[/callout]That year Baity also preached that LGBT people were like “maggots” and murderers, who were promoting “perversion” in schools. That same year, Tony Perkins personally awarded Baity the Family Research Council’s top “pro-family” award.

Well Ron, I’ve got some news for you, if I, as a LGBT person, really had all the power you claim I do, you can rest assured I would have overwritten the Constitution to make sure that people like you were locked up and receiving the mental health care you so obviously need. The point is, and I can’t state this strongly, your figurehead god of hate has no power here. My God of love and inclusion is the one in charge. You need to get on the right team.

Daily Douche – Mac Butner

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Jul 092014
 
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I was thinking about starting this new series, as yesterday seemed to bubble to the surface a rash of people and organizations deserving of the “douche” designation. So the morning started with me thinking about who to feature first, and then a few items down in my Facebook stream, what do I find but an article about Malcom “Mac” Butner the appointed chairman of the Rowan County Housing Authority, and Republican extraordinaire. It seems Mac has been busy on his Facebook wall lately.

Malcom "Mac" Butner

Malcom “Mac” Butner, Rowan County Housing Authority Chairperson

According to The Raw Story:

In referring to the Moral Monday protests, Mac wrote: “Gee, they are all black, I guess the white folk could not get off because they were too busy working (and) being productive, good citizens.”

He also claimed liberals and Democrats “don’t have a principled bone in their body and they don’t care even if our constitutional republic is destroyed.”

“To hell with the lesbos, queers, liberals and baby killers,” he added.

Butner removed some of those posts from his Facebook page, which still shows several pro-Confederate posts he shared, along with his own all-caps commentary.

“The primary difference between the leaders of the Confederate States of America and the Union is that Confederate leaders were godly gentlemen and the Union folks were not,” Butner posted June 5.

Continue reading »

More Burning Stupidity

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Apr 042013
 

Louie GohmertWe’ll start with the lesser of the today’s stoopids. So long as there is U.S. Representative Louis Gohmert, there will blazing stupid things to report. Louie’s latest convolution of logic explains his oppostion to reasonable gun control. According to Louie, you can’t restrict the size of gun magazines because gay marriage leads to bestiality. Or something like that.

First, let me just say that I’m from Florida. We have a constitutional amendment here, and laws on the books prohibiting gay marriage, so we don’t have gay marriage in Florida. Yet in 2011, our glorious legislature took three tries to finally pass a law making bestiality illegal…and the reason for that was because of a rash of reported cases which couldn’t be prosecuted. So Louie, gay marriage has nothing to do with bestiality or gun control.

Here’s what, always good for some stupid, Louie Gohmert had to say:

In fact, I had this discussion with some wonderful, caring Democrats earlier this week on the issue of, well, they said “surely you could agree to limit the number of rounds in a magazine, couldn’t you? How would that be problematic?”

And I pointed out, well, once you make it ten, then why would you draw the line at ten? What’s wrong with nine? Or eleven? And the problem is once you draw that limit ; it’s kind of like marriage when you say it’s not a man and a woman any more, then why not have three men and one woman, or four women and one man, or why not somebody has a love for an animal?

There is no clear place to draw the line once you eliminate the traditional marriage and it’s the same once you start putting limits on what guns can be used, then it’s just really easy to have laws that make them all illegal.

But maybe the greatest of show of stupid to come ’round the bend in recent YEARS comes unfortunately from my home state of North Carolina, and the Republican led state legislature.  I suspect they made Thomas Jefferson cry today when two legislators from Rowan County Harry Warren and Carl Ford, and 11 other idiots, sponsored legislation to make Christianity the official state religion. No word on which version of Christianity the intended to force on everyone, but the two Rowan legislators were Baptist, so I’m guessing everyone would have to switch to Southern Baptist. Continue reading »

Pastor Worley Congregant Fail

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May 252012
 

Mark Twain said, “Don’t argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience”!

Some years back I came across a rather long essay that speaks to what I see so much of evidence of today in regards to gay rights, and right here was a prime example. I wish I could find that essay again.

The author looked at all the times throughout history society experienced a great sea-change. The main point was that progress always, ultimately, wins, but as these changes begin, and less-enlightened people begin to the see the change coming, they become scared. People generally don’t like change, and some people just can’t imagine a world different from the one they’ve created (or been told to create). So out of this fear emerges resistance, and this resistance escalates over time as the change becomes more pronounced. It’s the old “wild animal backed into a corner” example.

Eventually, the change becomes ingrained in society, but the author’s point was that it does get worse before it gets better. Most recently we saw this in the civil rights movement. As blacks moved forward with their demands for equal rights, and as those began to take hold, the resistance escalated to outright violence, even violence by government officials and police.

So, in short, it does get worse before it gets better. These people are lazy. They want someone to tell them how they should feel / what to believe, and this is even more potent when it includes religion, especially religions which base their adherence on the threat of “eternal damnation.” For people like this person, who’ve spent a lifetime being frightened into their belief system, she can’t imagine a world where gay people aren’t despised, at least those that are out about it. She doesn’t mind the gay guy leading the choir, so that nice young man who has stayed single to take care of his mother, etc. (Don’t ask, don’t tell.)

So it does scare me that there are people like her, with a blind faith in a particular preacher, and people like this preacher who raise the level of hate rhetoric. The Nazis spent great energy over some years teaching lessons in schools about how all the problems of the world, especially those of Germany, were the fault of the Jews. They ingrained that belief, and that is what many in the evangelical church are doing today, and they’re not afraid to couch it the terms of war and militarism that are common in the Bible. So we shouldn’t be surprised if it ultimately results in an escalation to violence.

People like this woman have a small life, and they want someone to blame for that small life. It can’t be their fault. They are, like the pharisees, being good Christians, so God should be blessing them with a big house, nice cars and perfect children, but he’s not, so it must be because of some other reason. And remember, I think we can already assume she’s too lazy or scared to think for herself, so along comes her religious/spiritual leader to tell her that all the problems we’re facing in this country are the result of an angry God, but he’s not angry at her, but at the Teh Gayz…just fix or get rid of them, and God will bless America again. With a picture like that in her head, how could we expert to believe any different?

And this all is the result of this video getting out.

The Crazy from N.C…Please Make it Stop

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Sep 282011
 
This entry is part 31 of 35 in the series Gay Marriage

So this GOP State Senator James Forrester who is supposedly a medical doctor (fortunately the sick in his town he’s retired). The batshittery is beyond belief and goes on and on as this blow hard is caught in lie after lie as he tries to hide the animus on which the anti-gay hate bill was based. He was the primary sponsor.

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Let’s take a look at what he based it all on:

  1. He says in a town hall it’s because gay men die 20 years sooner because of AIDS…blah, blah, blah. OK, so how does keeping gay people from marrying and encouraging monogamous relationships add to that problem?
  2. When called out on it, he first claims he got the info from the CDC. He assumed, because of his medical license I assume, that Michael would just accept that. When he didn’t, the doctor (lower case “d” is on purpose) then tries to say it’s based on his experience as a practitioner. It appears he did have one patient with AIDS at some point. Then he claims he got it out of a book by Frank Turek, a known homophobe who has no medical or scientific background.
  3. At one point he tries to claim he didn’t say it at all, and that it had nothing to do with the Bill, but Michael plays him the tape from his town hall (oops).
  4. Then he gets upset because Signorile is “trying to trip him up.”
  5. Next he claims that he’s just trying to preserve marriage between one man and one woman for over 5,000 years. Well, I guess he can be forgiven since he was a doctor and not a historian. Obviously in many societies men were permitted multiple wives, and for most of that 5,000 years which the doctor seems to remember so fondly, women were not equal parties in the marriage, but property. I’d call that a pretty big change to his “traditional marriage,” but he’d probably like to see it rolled back a hundred years or so anyway.
  6. Then he says he just wants people to vote on it so it can’t be decided by some federal judge (and he does say federal). Well, again, I guess he was too busy dissecting his cadaver to bother reading the Constitution, but if a federal judge rules, it’s lights out for his amendment anyway.
  7. Signorile points out how gay marriage in Massachusetts hasn’t negatively affected marriage, and the doctor’s response to all that is that he’s not an expert on all these things (never mind he presented himself as such during town halls and debates on the topic), and so he can’t answer Michael’s questions because they are biased.
  8. In the end, he claimed he introduced the bill to protect marriage, but when Michael asks him out right, how does it harm marriage, he admits he doesn’t know. Signorile calls him irresponsible…I would call him much worse.

Then despite being the primary sponsor of the Bill, our good doctor ends the conversation by inviting Michael to call someone else and ask them.

Hometown Pounded by Tornados

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Jun 182009
 

What now appears to have maybe two tornados pounded my hometown of Kings Mountain Tuesday evening. West Kings Mountain out through Bethlehem and Oak Grove communities seem to have been hit the hardest.

Some Kings Mountain friends I follow on facebook experienced damage from having windows blown out to golf ball sized hail. My mom has called and there are people I know (including my sister’s in-laws) have trees over on their roofs. Mom rode around a little today out through Bethlehem community and talked yards full of down trees and homes of people I know with their windows all blown out.

Mom was unable to get one friends house because the road was blocked, and I even saw one report where Interstate 85 was closed at some point because of tree across the interstate.

Here’s a video from one of the local TV stations, but it doesn’t really capture the scale of the damage as I’m starting to understand it.

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Fortunately, Mom only had a few limbs down in her yard, as the tornado, reportedly an EF 1 storm (winds of 86 – 100mph) seemed to stay further to the west and south. However, it reportedly cut a 16 mile long path.

It’s a bad time there, as a lot of people in that area are out of work.

A Visit to North Carolina

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Nov 102008
 

No blogging last week, as I was on the road from Monday to Friday. I drove up North Carolina because we had a business meeting in Burlington Wednesday, and then I took two days off, visited Mom and drove home. It was actually a pleasant week.

Bridges Barbecue SignI drove up Monday to Kings Mountain and spent the night there with Mom. We had dinner at a local landmark, Bridges Barbecue in Shelby. I asked, and it turns out they have been in business for 64 years. They cook a certain amount of pork (the only real barbecue meat) each day, and once that’s gone, they just close up. They start the meeting slow cooking the night before each. They also have the classic red barbecue slaw, and some of the best hushpuppies you’ll find anywhere. It’s the kind of place where you go and always run into people you know…especially my Mom.

Tuesday, I drove to Burlington for the Wednesday meeting, and Tuesday evening drove over to Greensboro to have dinner with a long time friend, Mark. We had dinner at a place in the downtown Arts Center. It was OK. A friend of Mark’s sat down with us, and we went through two bottles of wine talking about the election. Mark’s friend was a history major, so it was an intelligent conversation, even though he was a Republican. They were not showing the results in the bar in this place, and Mark does not have a TV, so I just turned on the TV long enough when I got back to the hotel room to see that Obama had won. It was sort of nice being uplugged from that.

The business meeting went very well Saturday, and then I drove back down to Kings Mountain to Wednesday and Thursday night. It had been fairly cool and rainy Tuesday, but the rest of week was just perfect fall weather. I washed windows for Mom Thursday, and we visited LeeAnn in the afternoon. I drove home Friday, and made pretty good time.

The fall leaves were beautiful and seemed to be a peak, so I took some pictures which you can see by visiting this page.

Explosion of Color