Category Archives: Intolerance

Texas: Try it, if you’re really tired with sanity. . .


From the state that brought you Ted Cruz, the latest theocratic madness.

From Rebecca Watson of Skepchick:

TX State Board of Ed Nominee: Obama Was a Gay Prostitute

From the transcript:

These days, individual Texas school districts don’t have to buy the books the State Board recommends. But many of them don’t really know all their options, so the State Board is still incredibly influential. I mean, obviously, they should be — that’s what Boards of Education should do: exert a strong influence over the quality of the state’s education.

Unfortunately, Texas has continued to be batshit insane. And things are about to get even crazier, thanks to one woman running for an open position on the board: Mary Lou Bruner. She nearly had enough votes in the primary to just win the seat outright, but because she only got 48 and not 50% of the votes, she’ll have to go through the motions of running a campaign. That’s good news, because in the meanwhile the rest of us can point out how fucking terrifying she is in the hopes that Texas wakes up and votes in literally anyone else but her.

First, there’s the evolution question. Obviously, Bruner thinks it’s all a myth. She believes that baby dinosaurs rode on Noah’s ark but after the flood there wasn’t enough vegetation to keep them alive and they couldn’t reproduce enough so they died, and the fossils support this because all dinosaur fossils have been found with the dinosaurs showing great distress, as though they’re trying to keep their heads above water.

You may be thinking, but aren’t all fossilized animals dead, indicating they all went through great distress at some point? Or, if you believe in fossils, why don’t you believe in the fact that the fossil record shows no record of a global flood but does show that dinosaurs lived 60 to 200 million years ago? But you would be a fool to think those things, because Bruner has transcended logic.

She also thinks that Barack Obama was a gay prostitute who sold his body for drug money in his 20s. I’m not joking. She actually believes that. Oh, for the days of birth certificate deniers.

Is this a woman you want anywhere near your children? Much less supervising their education?

Cruzin’ for slaves, Mexican and Canadian

And about Ted Cruz, there’s his super PAC head, who’s clearly as Looney Tunes as Dinosaur Lady.

Consider the latest lunacy reported by Bruce Wilson at Talk to Action:

Does Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz yearn to rule and reign over America like a God-anointed king from Old Testament scripture ? Short of Cruz himself shouting it from the rooftops, who can say for sure ? Still, nothing says “dominionism” quite as forcefully as “biblical” slavery.

Back in 2011, an open letter to Dr. Laura Schlessinger (concerning her radio show statement that, per Leviticus 18:22, homosexuality was an “abomination”) began, “Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law,” then popped the question,

“Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians.  Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?”

For David Barton, Cruz’ super-pac head (and the top evangelical power broker behind Cruz by one media account), this is no joke. It’s a serious question for which Barton’s website offers a serious, bible-based answer – an American may enslave both Mexicans and Canadians, but only if they’re pagans.

Headline of the day II: Long gone with the Don?


A screencap of the London Daily Mail homepage teaser for this story:

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Well, it looks like Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles is right about Trump’s promised transformation to a kinder, gentler candidate:

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The Donald: Elevating political discourse [not]


A story told two images, first via a Tweet from Associated Press reporter Jill Colvin:

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And the response, via Annette Kelly:

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Headline of the day III: America’s petro pals


From Mint Press News:

At UN Human Rights Council, Saudi Arabia Supports Right To Torture & Execute LGBT People

The Gulf kingdom, where homosexuality is punishable by beheading, objected to a report by the special rapporteur on torture because extending human rights protections to LGBT people “lacked any ground in international law.”

A curious case of corporate schizophrenia


When it comes to all that umbrage from the multinational corporations about North Carolina’s growing sexual bathroom hysteria, widely published Charlotte journalist Pul Blest notes a certain hypocrisy, as he notes in an essay for Jacobin:

Over 120 “leading business leaders and CEOs” signed an open letter by the Human Rights Campaign, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and Apple CEO Tim Cook. Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris, another signatory to the letter, said the company would no longer invest in the state, telling his firm’s partners, “I am not comfortable deploying dollars into startups there until the voters there fix this.” And PayPal withdrew plans to build a $3.6 million “global operations center” in Charlotte that would have employed over four hundred people.

Yet however decisive, these corporations deserve little praise for their supposed benevolence.

Some of the very companies that signed onto the Human Rights Campaign’s open letter are partially to blame for HB 2 passing in the first place. According to the Institute for Southern Studies, thirty-six of the companies donated to the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) and the Republican Governors Association (RGA), contributing over $4.3 million to the RSLC and nearly $6.5 million to the RGA since the 2010 election. The companies include Pfizer ($2.4 million combined to the two groups), Citigroup ($1.5 million), Hewlett-Packard ($1 million), Microsoft ($724,000), Google ($447,000), and Yahoo ($300,000).

Chart of the day: Breathing while black in Chicago


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From Recommendations for Reform: Restoring Trust between the Chicago Police and the Communities they Serve [PDF], the report of the Police Accountability Task Force, which notes:

For perspective, citywide, Chicago is almost evenly split by race among whites (31.7%), blacks (32.9%) and Hispanics (28.9%).

Quote of the day: Making Trump seem moderate


Leave it to Bigoted Bilious O’Reilly, the constipated curmudgeon who serves as the mainstay of Fox News, to make The Donald seem like a moderate.

He accomplished this miraculous feat in an interview of Trump when he questioned the Republican about his claims that he could create jobs for minority youth.

Here’s the money quote from Monday Night’s O’Reilly Factor, referring to African American youths he saw in Harlem whilst en route to Yankee Stadium:

How are you going to get jobs for them? Many of them are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads, and I hate to be generalized about it but it’s true, if you look at all the educational statistics, how are you going to give jobs to people who aren’t qualified for jobs?

But then what else should we expect from a network that features fired Los Angeles racist cop and king of the N-word Mark Fuhrman as their distinguished forensic consultant? You know, they guy almost singlehandedly responsible for getting O.J. off?