One Lump of Stupid or Two, Huckabee?

“One of the mistakes we’ve even heard over the course of the same-sex marriage debate, is that marriage is all about just love and feeling and sentimentality. And regardless, heterosexual marriage is largely in trouble today because people see it as a selfish means of pleasing self, rather than a committed relationship in which the focus is on meeting the needs of the partner. That sense of selfishness and the redefinition of love as to something that is purely sentimental and emotional, has been destructive.”

Mike Huckabee, Uncle Sugar hisself. Bet his anniversary this year will involve sleeping on the couch.

Blessed Are The Haters, For They Shall Be Self-Righteous Their Entire Lives

Get off the Cross, Someone Needs The Wood

Jeebus weeps

Jeebus weeps


Here we go again. Some more Xristian Xrazies trying (and succeeding) to become strip-mall martyrs in Possum Holler:

Clerk employees quit rather than issue gay marriage licenses

“Clerk Gwen Pope and employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler all said they were resigning because the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages clashed with their religious beliefs. Their last day will be July 14.

“Currently, Decatur County’s clerk office will not issue a same-sex license, the employees said.

“According to Drew Baker, area representative for the Tennessee Equality Project, Decatur County is the only county in the state that has said it won’t issue same-sex licenses. As of Thursday there have been no requests for a same-sex license in the county.

And there’s the rub: No one has asked them to compromise their (allegedly) deeply held religious beliefs. It was a pre-emptive strike, a sort of Chimpy McStagger invasion of the wrong country.

“Pope said the decision to step down wasn’t made to make news.

…Pope told the reporter, who found this story because?

“It’s kind of sort of like you don’t want to draw attention to yourself for any reason,” Pope said. “That’s not why we’re doing this. Not doing it in any way to draw attention to us. It’s for the glory of God. He’s going to get all the glory.”

“All three will be looking for new jobs. There was no backup plan, they said.

Bet me that a GoFundMe account will be up and running shortly.

“…Pope said God will provide. “I honestly believe God will take care of us,” she said.”

I’m glad that they believe that God will provide, because as people who have resigned, they will not be eligible for unemployment benefits, not that the Republicans in Tennessee would have much of a benefits plan anyway.

(WBIR via Raw Story)

Some Fries With Your Stupid, Kansas?

We Don’t Serve Your Kind

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Kansas governor pondering religious objections legislation

Gov. Brownback is considering going where Mike Pence has gone, and where Bobby Jindal tried to go in legalizing We Don’t Serve Your Kind laws. The article tells us that Brownback already has rescinded previous Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ executive order to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in state hiring, so he’s already proven his intentions.

“Kansas already has a “religious freedom” law, enacted in 2013, saying that state or local government agencies can’t substantially limit someone’s exercise of religion without a compelling reason. It allows lawsuits to challenge government actions.

“Legislators last year considered providing additional protections specifically for churches, faith-based groups, businesses and individuals citing religious beliefs in refusing to participate in or provide goods, services and accommodations for same-sex weddings.”

Kansas is in a deep economic slump following Brownback’s decision to allow it to become the Randian-Libertarian paradise of almost no taxes. I’ve no idea what sort of pressure Corporate America could put on the state, but given their very fragile economy any sort of organized protest and boycott would probably bring Kansas to its knees. Kansas re-elected him after he destroyed their economy (and education system), so I have no sympathy for what might follow.

When it comes to political leaders and their relationship to religion, I usually suspect them of being grifters using it to rile up the rubes and gain some additional power (see Jindal, Bobby), but then there are governors like Brownback who I suspect are the real deal, theocrats just waiting to install Biblical Law.

Let’s keep an eye on this one.

The Morning Quote

Get Off The Cross Someone Needs The Wood

The wingnut mind at work

The wingnut mind at work

Today’s pontificating poltroon is the Pride of Iowa, ol’ Cantaloupe Calves hisself, Steve King, rhapsodizing on impeaching the Supreme Court, you know, for doing their job:

“That provision does exist, and let’s hear what the public has to say,” he added. “If that were put up before me today, and I think I mentioned Ginsburg and Kagan as being two that had been conducting same-sex marriages on their spare time and did not recuse themselves, I would put up the vote to remove them from office. And I’d like to see that case heard again and it would come down four-to-three and it in the end it would come back to the states for that decision, where it should be. But I don’t know if the public is ready for that.”

I suppose following Rep. King’s legal theory then all SCOTUS Justices who have conducted marriages (or participated in a marriage?) should be impeached for not recusing themselves? Of course, King has rationally, unemotionally, called for abolishing civil marriage altogether:

That’ll teach the ‘mos!

We Don’t Serve Your Kind

Jeebus weeps

Jeebus weeps

Here we go again:

‘No Gays Allowed,’ Grainger County store owner defends controversial sign

“WASHBURN (WATE) – A Grainger County store owner said he is simply voicing his freedom of religion and speech after posting a sign that has the community talking.”

“Phones at Amyx Hardware have been ringing non-stop after he posted a sign reading “No Gays Allowed” outside of his store in Washburn. “A lot of people have called me and congratulated me,” said owner Jeff Amyx. But other calls are on the other side of spectrum. “People calling and threatening me. Telling me I would regret this. No I’ll never regret this,” said Amyx.”

The thing with Free Speech is that no one can stop you from making a fool of yourself, but you have to be able to stand the consequences. You can proclaim proudly that you are a bigot, but you have to be prepared for the backlash (which is other peoples’ Free Speech).

The usual suspects who say that their religious freedoms are being stomped on are in the marriage industry, baking cakes, arranging flowers, operating venues, etc. I often wonder how ego-inflated a baker is to think that a cake is somehow participating in the ceremony, but a hardware store? Unless some form of religion calls for pipe-wrench wielding congregants I think Mr. Amyx is grandstanding and getting his GoFundMe glands salivating when his store is inevitably sued and shunned.

“I don’t hate people. It’s not the people I hate, it’s the sin that I hate.”

Could have fooled me. Amyx doesn’t even want to associate with gay people, it’s why he’s keeping them out of his store, which seems like a lousy way to say I love you. That’s hate.

“On Tuesday, Amyx took down the “No Gays Allowed” sign and put up a sign that reads “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”

As for impinging on Mr. Amyx’s religion (Amyx as you might have guessed is a Baptist preacher, too), I don’t understand: how does selling a pound of nails to some LGBT people do that, but then again I am not a theologian. I suspect a famous carpenter might be able to shed some light, and I’m not talking about Norm Abrams.

(WATE via Raw Story)

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Jeebus weeps

Jeebus weeps

Alabama’s Chief Justice the Ayatollah Roy Moore has a disciple, Win Johnson who is the director of the legal staff of the Administrative Office of Courts. The AOC runs Alabama’s court system (which is headed by Moore).

Mr. Johnson writes letters it seems… to the Governor. Oopsie!

You gotta read the article to believe it. I cannot excerpt it and do it justice. The letter, in all of it’s theocratic nutty goodness is at the bottom of the article, and it is a masterpiece of derpitude, the new gold standard of haranguing your boss as it were, probably just before security arrives with the sturdy box to walk you to your car.

Here’s the conclusion of the article (and before the actual letter):

“Asked if he regretted writing the letter, Johnson paused for a moment before answering.

“I regret sending it to the governor’s legal adviser.”

The Morning Quote And A Shorter Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz hosannaTed Cruz tells NPR that states not specifically party to the Obergefell ruling can, you know, disregard the Supreme Court:

“Those who are not parties to the suit are not bound by it… The parties to a case cannot ignore a direct judicial order, but it does not mean that those who are not parties to a case are bound by a judicial order.”

Shorter Cruz: “You told me I had to go to bed at 8, you didn’t tell me I had to sleep.”

One Lump of Stupid or Two?

As God Intended

As God Intended

The fall-out from the Supreme Court continues to wield its disastrous path:

That’s it?

Take it away, ArkansasOnline

LITTLE ROCK — A county clerk in Arkansas plans to resign effective Tuesday because of a moral objection to issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey said Monday she has notified the county judge of her plans to resign. She says she has a moral objection to issuing the marriage licenses following Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriages nationwide. She said the decision to leave the post after 24 years was not made out of hate.

…Polk County Clerk Terri Harrison, who serves as the president of the Arkansas Association of County Clerks, said earlier Monday that she had not heard from any clerks who were considering leaving their posts over same-sex marriages, which became legal Friday after a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

They take an oath of office. If they cannot—for whatever reason—uphold their oath, then the noblesse oblige is to resign, not to fail to discharge their duties. So what is Sen. Rapert’s response?

Pro tip: Anytime you find yourself muttering that Texas is right on anything, you should reconsider. Ken Paxton, the Texas AG is double-dog daring Texas clerks to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and has advised that there are plenty of lawyers who would defend them, and maybe some who would do it for free.

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Jeebus SavesTheodore Shoebat (and I’m not making that name up) has a suggestion in light of all the news last week: Don’t Ban The Confederate Flag, Instead Ban The Blasphemous And Demonic Homosexual Flag

“…America is advancing the sodomite agenda, that is why it hoists this useless flag all over the world, because the sodomite movement is an imperialistic movement that seeks to take over world. It is truly a hateful symbol, hateful against Christianity, hateful against the very Faith that built civilization, hateful against the building block of all civilization — the Family. It is a despotic symbol that deserves nothing but the flames.

“I say keep the Confederate flag and strip every single one of these repulsive, diabolical little flags. Shred them to pieces, burn them, take them down and rip them up. Do whatever is necessary to destroy these idols. All of those in the South, who want to see the Confederate flag remain hoisted and presented, should, in multitudes, burn these horrid sodomite flags, to shake up the government and let them know: we know why you are doing this, you have an agenda, and that is to strip away traditional Southern culture and replace it with the modernist antichrist ideology.”

He seems nice.

This Shoebat (not to be confused with this Shoebat, the alleged terrorist who has found Jeebus) also offers for sale a series of lectures on CD, so, you know, Grifters Gotta Grift. Hey, maybe these Shoebats should get together?

Superman V. Mighty Mouse: The NRO Speculates

super-friends-with-benefitsI did it again. (Fair warning! The link goes to white power pamphlet National Review Online, the most intellectually dishonest rest stop on the Information Super Highway.) I visited the NRO for giggles to see how the perpetually loose screws were on the hinges, so to speak, following the SCOTUS decision on Friday.

“On October 23, 1987, the U.S. Senate rejected the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Robert Bork, by a vote of 58 to 42. I’m not saying merely that if Bork hadn’t been rejected, President Reagan wouldn’t have appointed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote today’s opinion: I think that if Bork had been on the Court, that platform would have given him an outsized opportunity to influence America’s cultural and constitutional discussion – and that America would have been significantly less likely to embrace the sort of the change the Court affirmed today.

We’ve gone down this road before: what if you could go back in time and smother baby Adolph in his crib, or some other such rewrite of history that it satisfies your particular fetish. The thing is that even back in the Reagan Era, Bork was thought to be too conservative to be viable. Think about that for a moment. The man was as sane as he looked, which is something like an Old Testament Bookie taking odds on how long the dirty hippie would last on the cross.

History is of course fiendishly complicated, and this sort of counterfactual is impossible to prove. What if, instead of my hypothesis, the American people came to dislike Justice (or eventual Chief Justice!) Bork intensely, and as a result moved even faster in the direction of anti-originalist “living-Constitution” views? But I submit that, in my experience, even legal scholars who are in strong opposition to Bork’s views recognize that he would have been one of the most ferociously intelligent and effective justices ever to serve on the Court. He would, in my opinion, have been a game-changer.

It would indeed be a game changer. Bork was an advocate of an amendment to the United States Constitution which would allow Congressional supermajorities to override Supreme Court decisions. Imagine the time traveling that the Confederacy would do if that were the case?