Told Ya So, Bobby Jindal!

Boy exorcist and noted volcano scholar Bobby Jindal

Boy exorcist and noted volcano scholar Bobby Jindal

Hey guys, remember that time when boy exorcist and noted volcano scholar Bobby Jindal signed his own We Don’t Serve Your Kind executive order to allow Louisiana Xristian bidnesses to discriminate against the ‘mos? It seems we were right: the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (NOCVB) doesn’t like it very much!

Speaking at the Travel Weekly Leadership Forum in New Orleans on May 21, NOCVB President Stephen Perry said his group had worked hard to prevent the Marriage and Conscience Act from passing, arguing that if it had, 80% to 85% of the city’s top convention customers told him they would have been unlikely to return.

Confirming Perry’s fears, a New York lawmaker requested that Gov. Andrew Cuomo take similar action against Louisiana, but Perry said he was confident he could convince Cuomo that Jindal’s order would not hold up.

“We stand for religious freedom, but we do not stand and will not stand for bigotry and intolerance in the marketplace,” he said.

“It’s becoming a profound issue in America,” Perry said, “especially in cities with large conventions and special events. Based on the letters we’re seeing, it affects the leisure traveler dramatically, as well, because every one of them emotionally connects with the places they choose to go.”

Schadenfreude: It’s What’s For Breakfast

Mike-Pence-Stupid

Our usual morning cup of stupid is interrupted by Mike Pence, so it is almost the same thing. Anyway, as you may recall dumber than a stump with just as many termites, Pence torpedoed his greater ambitions to be in the 2016 Goat Rodeo when he signed Indiana’s We Don’t Serve Your Kind law, and the backlash that followed. It’s estimated that in current dollars his bigotry cost the state many hundreds of millions of dollars in cancelled business trips, conventions, and expansions in the state, and of course irreparable damage to that state’s reputation. And Pence was effectively scratched from the Goat Rodeo.

And now for the schadenfreude: Pence, who is up for re-election, is being primaried by his own party. And not just by anyone, but by Bill Oesterle, the founder of Angie’s List, one of the companies that stopped expansion in Indiana.

Heh.

Congratulations to Ireland…

liza…you’ve surpassed the USA on civil rights and liberties: Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say (It’s a WaPo article, so reflexively they put in a Both Sides…):

“As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how large the “yes” margin of victory from Friday’s vote would be. Analysts said the “yes” support was likely to exceed 60 percent nationally when official results are announced later Saturday.”

One Lump of Stupid or Two, Sen. Cruz?

Canadian-born latino and immigrant-hating southern white supremacist Senator Ted Cruz will always, Always, ALWAYS fight to allow Y’all Qaeda to discriminate against the ‘mos.

One Lump of Stupid or Two, Sen. Cruz?

Your Morning Stupid

Ted Cruz smells his record.

Ted Cruz smells his record.

Ted Cruz finds a novel way to deflect questions about Marriage Equality and gay rights in general:

“Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?

“ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals — that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”

So, shorter Cruz: I may be bad, but ISIS is worse. Next question!

BREAKING: UNSADDLE THAT GOAT!

2016 Goat Rodeo Breaking News

Mike Pence is OUT!

Mike Pence is OUT!

Friend of Theocrats everywhere, Mike Pence is a scratch from 2016 Goat Rodeo!

“The Republican governor said Monday that he would run for a second term next year, which he will likely officially announce at the Indiana Republican Party’s Spring Dinner next month. Indiana law disallows candidates from running for two offices on the same ballot — and a legislative effort to allow Pence to run both for the White House and governor hasn’t gone anywhere.

“Asked whether there is now no scenario in which Pence will run for president in 2016, spokeswoman Christy Denault replied: “Correct.””

I’m sure he’ll never admit it, but his ill-fated We Don’t Serve Your Kind law seems to have torpedo’ed his greater ambition.

Is there a lesson here for Boy exorcist Bobby Jindal who only today enacted his own, personal, We Don’t Serve Your Kind law by executive order? Some say, Yes.

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Theocracy Today

Boy exorcist and noted volcano scholar Bobby Jindal (The Stupid Party — LA) has released his first campaign ad for The 2016 Goat Rodeo, even though he has not announced yet:

And just to make it perfectly clear to Y’all Qaeda, Jindal has also issued an Executive Order To ‘Accomplish The Intent’ Of Failed Anti-Gay Bill.

“For months Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has been pushing an anti-gay “religious liberty” bill called the Louisiana Marriage And Conscience Act. earlier this afternoon it was defeated by a whopping 10-2 vote by a House committee.

Yay! That’s deader than Mike Pence’s chances of ever having a key to the Oval Office, amiright?

“Almost immediately, Gov. Jindal issued a statement in response.

Uh-oh.

““We are disappointed by the committee’s action to return the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act to the calendar,” Gov. Jindal told The Advocate, a local Louisiana newspaper. “We will be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Because the poor, hapless Xristian is once again the martyr?

“”This Executive Order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax exemption, tax deduction, contract, cooperative agreement, loan, professional license, certification, accreditation, or employment on the basis the person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.””

So essentially it’s open season on the ‘mos in Louisiana. Government agencies will not be able to investigate, let alone pursue any discrimination cases or press for damages. Of course, if the SCOTUS does strike down bans against Marriage Equality, especially as marriage is part of the good faith and reciprocity clause (legally married in one state is legally married in all), this executive order will most likely be unenforceable, but Bobby will have made his point with Y’all Qaeda by proverbially dying on that hill.

This is what theocracy looks like, folks. Think about this.

The Morning Quote

NotChimpy and Chimpy

NotChimpy and Chimpy

Again, NotChimpy wins the morning in the same interview as the previous post:

“A big country, a tolerant country ought to be able to figure out the difference between discriminating against someone because of their sexual orientation, and not forcing someone to participate in a wedding that they find goes against their moral beliefs.”

So… a tolerant country should allow discrimination? Right.