Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Milo's in the trashheap but Breitbart bravely continues his work.

"...The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a lawsuit from a young woman in Virginia who wants school officials — and schoolkids — to declare that she is a he. The court has not revealed where it stands on the issue, but in 2015, the Court changed the definition of marriage nationwide so that states could not define marriage as a mixed-sex relationship.

""Only about one-in-2,400 Americans have changed their names from one sex to the other, according to a study of the 2010 census.

To read more Breitbart coverage about the clash between “gender identity” and heterosexual society, click here."

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It's business as usual at Breitbart as they try to figure out how their pet gay slipped the leash and was caught humping Andrew Breitbart's headstone.

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Breitbart, the secular version of Franklin Graham’s revelations from God, remains silent over the fate of its “Technology Editor,” and token queer, Milo Yiannopoulos.

The half-Jewish anti-Semitic, gay-loathing, Barbara Bush pearls-loving provocateur- at Breitbart they call him the “gay thot”- was, for a while this weekend, the Very Model of the Modern American by being named keynote speaker at the annual conference of Model Americans, CPAC.

How much a Model American is Milo? The President* and the Vice President are speaking at the multiday conference, but neither is the keynote speaker.

Milo was, after all, a Model American Conservative’s dreamboat. As Dan Savage put it, albeit crudely but effectively, in The Stranger:

...I suspect Yiannopoulos knows and doesn’t care because he's too busy cashing in on his outrageous anti-gay gay conservative schtick. (Milo opposes gay marriage, argues that being gay is a choice, and says he would choose to be straight if he could.) There’s nothing the right wing loves more than a black person willing to say black people are the real racists or a queer person willing to say queer people are the real threat. If you're queer or a person of color and you're telegenic and articulate and willing to sell the rancid cum rag that passes for your soul, you'll never have to do an honest day's work again in your life.

But video of an interview Milo gave where he got all Ann Coulter and was outdoing himself being outrageous. He let slip some views he shouldn’t have. The BBC reported,

In the footage, Mr Yiannopoulos - a passionate supporter of Donald Trump and an editor at right-wing website Breitbart - seems to suggest the determining factor for paedophilia is whether the younger partner has gone through puberty.

However at another point in the video he says the US age of consent, which is 16 to 18 years old depending on location, is "about right".


That’s a third-rail issue for Republicans, among whose articles of faith is that all LGBT humans are child molesters because they cannot reproduce among themselves.

Just ask former US House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, spending his golden years in a federal prison hospital suing one of his victims to get his blackmail money back.

They can look the other way, as they have done with members of Congress for decades, but when you talk about it in front of the proles, there’s a price to be paid.

Milo posted a variety of A/B apology tests, even arguing the film footage of him saying what he said was edited that way when what he really was saying was that teenage boys are little cherubs sent from Heaven by a Tory Jesus to remind us all we are sinners- even Milo, who says being gay is a choice but he can’t give it up.

So Milo got canned from the keynote seat. Filling that gig will be even harder than finding a national security advisor was for the President*. I mean, talk about shit sandwiches.

And then Simon & Schuster, the publisher, remembered where its spine was, and cancelled Milo’s book contract.

There have been rumors and reports Breitbart News staffers are threatening to quit unless Milo is fired. And who wouldn’t be concerned? The Nazis were all homosexuals, the alt right reminds us, somehow proving they aren’t. Being on the receiving end of the fake news media’s tendency to actually find out the facts may not be a sexual fantasy to which the Breitbartites may wish to confess.

But it’s all spin in the end, as Milo might claim in another unguarded moment. In the meantime, Breitbart hews to the party line, celebrating the Trump-in-Drag candidate for the French Presidency, Marine le Pen, for promising to make les gais less liberte’,  egalite’’, et fraternite’ while claiming, a la Milo, it’s what they really want:

Civil partnerships in France are known as pactes civils de solidarité or PACS and were brought into French law in 1999. the French government defines PACS as a legal contract “concluded between 2 adults of different sex or of the same sex, to organise their joint life.” 
PACS allow many of the benefits of marriage including a death benefit in case of accident of a spouse and the ability to receive a residency permit for a spouse who is from outside the European Union. One difference between PACS and marriage is that marriage allows a non-European spouse to apply for French nationality, while PACS does not. 
Le Pen has experienced a surge in support from the gay community in recent months. Experts say that the previous taboo of supporting the Front National among members of the gay community is slowly disappearing. 
French-Algerian author Didier Lestrade said: “People are not conflicted anymore to voice right wing opinion,” and added: “What’s happening in bars, especially when people have a couple drinks, when they are among friends, you can hear that they’re not afraid to voice opinions that for a long time were repressed within the gay community.” 
One of the most prominent members of the FN, party vice president Florian Philippot is openly gay after being outed in 2014 by a French magazine and the party boasts more high-ranking gay members than any other party in France...

Monday, February 20, 2017

Memento mori

Once upon a time in the Sandhills of North Carolina, the Presbyterian Church made a century-long commitment to education in an isolated part of an isolated state.

Scotland, after all, was equally stony ground: a collection of grass-covered rocks the Presbyterians converted into some of the best-educated people in the world.

Flora MacDonald College, and Presbyterian Junior College for Men, were outposts of that effort, and gave my family a leg up in the world. Five of my uncles were PJC graduates; my mother- the only girl in a farm family of eight kids- took her degree from Flora Mac.

In the 1950s the colleges were merged into the new Consolidated Presbyterian College, now St. Andrews University. There a slice of the next generation- several cousins and I- got our starts.

The Flora Mac girls are few now, and one less with the death of my mother, Margaret Comer Thompson, Class of 1952, on February 5.

We had a memorial service for her February 19, a few yards from the farmhouse in which she was born August 5, 1930.

It was a nice service. There were remarks appropriate to the occasion, and a piper from the St. Andrews University Pipe Band. My mother's freshman year college roommate came. "Your mother spoke of you often," she told me. "She was very proud of you."

I thanked her for her kind words. It's what one does at funerals. Everyone comes to one with different needs. Most leave with what they came looking for. The rest? Well, maybe the answer wasn't there. It may be somewhere else. Meantime, don't spoil someone else's event.

My thoughts on hearing the eulogy is that it helps to be told what to say, rather than having to draw from personal experience.

I walked around, in the time there was, thanking people for coming and learning who the hell they were. It's what my dad would have expected. I was Head of the Family for Three Hours.

Mostly it was like being a French exchange student: I could follow the literal version of what people said, but the nuance and context were beyond me. Everyone's lives had moved on without me, then intersected for an afternoon, and then returned to separate orbits once the observances were done.

I was gathered up for one photograph. I chuckled while being herded into place. It was the first time I could remember when I was not being told to go change something I'd worn, or brush my hair.

Robert Frost wrote, "Home is where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in." Edward Abbey wrote, "Home is where, when you have to go there, you probably shouldn't."

I was grateful to be invited. It was my first attendance at a family event in a quarter century. It was my first extended visit to the farm in fifty years. I was glad to see it again. It has not changed much, but that will not last. Little by little, we are dying off, our little constellation, and the longleaf pine forest will reclaim us all in the end.

I was sent home with a big plate of barbecue. It's what we do.

"Junk" Science, you might say

A Gardener's Diary: Pesident's Day?


All over the neighborhood, we are gobsmacked.

Old Men Mowing Season has never begun this early.

"I never knew what I wanted, except that it was something I hadn't seen before."


1970 MASH; Brewster McCloud
1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller
1973 The Long Goodbye
1974 Thieves Like Us; California Split Yes
1975 Nashville
1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
1977 3 Women
1978 A Wedding
1979 Quintet ; A Perfect Couple
1980 Health; Popeye
1981 Endless Love
1982 Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
1983 Streamers
1984 Secret Honor
1985 Fool for Love; O.C. & Stiggs
1987 Beyond Therapy; Aria
1990 Vincent & Theo
1992 The Player
1993 Short Cuts
1994 Prêt-à-Porter
1996 Kansas City
1998 The Gingerbread Man
1999 Cookie’s Fortune
2000 Dr. T & the Women
2001 Gosford Park
2003 The Company
2006 A Prairie Home Companion

Robert Altman was born on this day in 1925. I count my blessings that I was alive when he made movies. He and Peter Greenaway are the only directors whose works I went way out of my way to see. It took me two tries to see Health, for example, in first release.

I showed up for the first screening at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland, Oregon. The could afford to show Altman movies- most of which never made big numbers- because they had the rights to The Rocky Horror Picture Show for Oregon, and that movie’s fans made it a weekly costume party.

But even the Clinton Street drew the line at showing Health to one guy. Keep the concession stand open on the off chance I might come out for some Raisinets?

Well, OK, I said, and when I came back three nights later I had eleven friends in tow.

Cookie’s Fortune remains one of the great portrayals of what makes small town life so dear to insiders and so incomprehensible to visitors. Gosford Park turned the stately home mystery into a whimsy of detection and a sharp-eyed upstairs-downstairs social commentary. 3 Women is brilliant. Ditto MASH; McCabe; The Player. A Wedding dissected the Great Traditional American Event.

Even his flops (alas, poor Popeye), were more interesting than most successful films.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

2016 Sore Winners to the right, please.

Sweet are its uses.

Republican Tea Party Governor Matt Bevin's been denigrating liberal arts education so long, Irony can stick a leg out and trip him any time it likes:

Dressed as beloved Peanuts character Lucy outside the General Assembly Real Men's Room, Phil Berger yanks up the ball on HB2 yet again

If you loved those problems where two trains left different cities at the same time, at different speeds, and had to figure out which one got to Muncie, Indiana first, you'll love the debate over HB2 as its first anniversary gets set to expose itself.

State senate boss Phil Berger, the snake from Eden, NC, said the new governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, had to be the one to propose any compromise plan to change the Republicans' beloved round-up-the-usual-penises-law, now so embedded in the American psyche that it was a Jeopardy question last week.

So the Governor proposed one: repeal of Session Law 2016-99 (that's where Berger parked his repeal of the right to sue for wrongful termination in state courts as part of making Granny and Little Neveah feel safe peeing at the courthouse when they have to go for the next hearing for Neveah's babydaddy, Furbus); and Session Law 2016-3.

The latter is where you go to read about how Urinary Security is advanced by capping the entire state's minimum wage, barring cities and counties from treating their residents any better under law than the drunkest bubba in Fuquay-Varina would after a losing streak on the scratch tickets; and banning local government from requiring contractors not to discriminate against people they think might be LGBT (they could be trying to get those construction jobs away real Tar Heels so they can get in there and memorize the blueprints for future public restrooms, dontcha know).

Oh, and SL 2016-3 is also where the General Assembly declares

"the practice of denying employment opportunity and discriminating in the terms of employment foments domestic strife and unrest, deprives the State of the fullest utilization of its capacities for advancement and development, and substantially and adversely affects the interests of employees, employers, and the public in general.

"The General Assembly declares that the regulation of discriminatory practices in employment is properly an issue of general, statewide concern..."

Which is why, with all those bad things coming from discrimination, the Republicans chose to write LGBT citizens out of protection from them.

After all, with so much of the population off limits, you gotta have *somebody* you can beat up, or throw out, just on general principles. I mean, Jesus, because Jesus!

So the Governor sent over his compromise: repeal HB2, pile new penalties on top of existing ones for people acting out in bathrooms (this could be an exploding cigar for Berger, since virtually all such reported bathroom violence is on people Bergervoters think might be a man in a dress); and 30 days notice to the public if local government wants to protect its locals from getting a Number 6 worked on them* so the North Carolina Values Coalition can gin up another instant special session to block it.

And like a good compromise, both sides of the HB2 standoff denounced parts of it.

Passed, the law would put us as a state back where we were before HB2. Mind, we're 99.82761% of the way there already, after Berger crammed HB2 through last March and then got ED failing to repeal- with 3/5 majorities in both houses, how limp is that?- it in his special session last December.

Now, Berger says, that's not enough. We can't do anything, he wheezes, until we know if the governor wants men dressing up as women to terrorize Granny and Little Neveah at the Coliseum when Neveah's babydaddy Furbus gets out and drives them all to Greensboro for a Saturday at the gun show.

Berger is obsessed by men's junk. The start of every session, after all, he and his poodle, House Speaker Tim Moore, collects them from all the Republican legislators and lock them in a box, storing them in the closet where they keep the Rainy Day Fund and the hurricane relief piggy bank. Berger has to be the first to know if there's any junior members with senior equipage, lest his alphamaleness be impugned.

Berger refuses to reissue all the shriveled willies even for a day, for a conscience vote on repeal. If he wanted a repeal, he'd have a repeal. It's like the old "how many shrinks does it take to change a lightbulb joke": a simple majority, but they have to really want to change it.'

The fact is, Berger likes HB2, and so do his members. They don't care if the state's cities take the hits financially. It'll make it all the sweeter the next time their backward-looking, declining-population counties come to Raleigh for another siphon off Charlotte's sales tax income if Charlotte's pie is that much smaller for losing the NCAA for seven years.

As Berger told WBTV's Mark Garrison this week, "Some people are concerned about the sports events, but we're not gonna have colleges and ath-uh-letes dictatin' public policy in this state."

As ex-Governor McCrory's finally-pried-loose-by-court-order HB2 papers show, LGBT animus is the icing on the legislative cake voters keep mixing gerrymandering and voter suppression to confect for Berger as tribute every two years. And when Furbus complains he has hit the minimum wage ceiling at Hardee's, it's not HB2, or even Andy Pudzer's raging robots: it's the damn Mexicans.

Just keep the old people focused on hairy men in Ivanka Trump frocks. They're marked way down at Dollar General this season. Lewd but stylish: that's the watchword for the 2017 session in Raleigh.


*You remember, in Blazing Saddles, surely:

Taggart: I got it! I got it!
Hedley Lamarr: You do?
Taggart: We'll work up a Number 6 on 'em.
Hedley Lamarr: [frowns] "Number 6"? I'm afraid I'm not familiar with that one.
Taggart: Well, that's where we go a-ridin' into town, a-whompin' and a-whumpin' every livin' thing that moves within an inch of its life. Except the women folks, of course.
Hedley Lamarr: You spare the women?
Taggart: Naw, we rape the shit out of them at the Number Six Dance later on.
Hedley Lamarr: Marvelous!

Friday, February 17, 2017

“...there has never been a presidency that’s done so much in such a short period of time”.

New York magazine:

"The Obama family’s travel expenses cost America an estimated $97 million over eight years — enough to provide Fox News hosts with hours of righteous indignation. The Trump family is on pace to exceed that sum in less than seven months."

New Meme: Socialist jokes are only funny when everybody gets them.

"Agree?? Dude, that's why we got #AltFacts!"

Seth Godin offers a theory:

Power and reason

A fish is not like a bicycle, but they're not mutually exclusive. You can have both.

Part of our culture admires reason. It celebrates learning. It seeks out logic and coherence and an understanding of the how and the why.

At the same time, there are other people who seek out influence and authority. Either to exercise it or to blindly follow it.

Sometimes, they overlap. Sometimes, power is guided by reason. But that's not required, not in the short run.  And sometimes, reasonable, informed people wield power. But again, as a visit to a university's English department will show, not always.

It's tempting for the powerful to argue with those that admire reason, pointing out how much power they wield.

And it's tempting for the well-informed to argue with those that have power, pointing out how little reason they possess.

But just as a fish isn't going to stop you from riding a bicycle, these arguments rarely work, because power and reason don't live on the same axis. Listening to someone argue from the other axis is a little like watching TV with the sound off. It might look normal, but it is hard to follow.

Before we engage, we need to agree on what's being discussed.

47 months to go-

Thursday, February 16, 2017

This weekend, Rare Book Cafe goes to prison.

“Henry James once said he was a reader moved to emulation. I can relate. I love crime fiction - especially series, so when I started writing, that's what came out.

“I really wanted to bring two worlds, two genres together - that of the clerical sleuth and that of the hard-boiled detective. I thought prison chaplaincy was the perfect intersection.

“I also wanted to take readers where they rarely get to go - North Florida and deep inside a state prison.”

-Michael Lister

That’s how Michael Lister- author of 27 books (last check, more may have been published this week), former youngest chaplain in the Florida Department of Corrections, newspaper editor, college instructor, Ford Mustang enthusiast and Big Brother- brought the world John Jordan, his ministerial detective in a series of New York Times bestseller-listed murder mysteries.

Think Father Brown in San Quentin.

As if writing about murders inside a giant lockup-turned grad school for crime isn’t enough of an imagination workout, Lister also runs a series involving a classic 40s-style noir PI Jimmy “Soldier” Riley and the sizzling streets of Panama City.

On the side, Lister works out some unresolved issues about the apocalypse in a line involving life after everything falls apart. Oh, and there’s the Remington James books about the North Florida guy who inherits his dad’s gun & pawn shop, putting aside a much calmer career as a nature photographer.

Then there’s the spiritual meditations....

How does he do it all?

Something seems to hinge on the "where"- as you can see from this video:

Rare Books Cafe is sponsored by the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. It’s broadcast every Saturday from 2.30 to 3.30 pm EST and features interviews, panel discussion and stuff you can learn about book collecting whether you are a regular at Sotheby’s or just someone who likes books.

The program airs live on Rare Book Cafe’s and the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair’s Facebook page; the Book Fair Blog, and the Book Fairs YouTube channel. Shows are archived on YouTube and can also be viewed on the Facebook pages and the blog after their first run.

Hosted by Miami book dealer, appraiser and’s Bucks on the Bookshelf radio show creator Steven Eisenstein, the program features a revolving set of cohosts and regular guests including Thompson; Thorne Donnelley of Liberty Book Store in West Palm Beach, Florida; miniature books expert Edie Eisenstein; and program creator/producer T. Allan Smith; and Lindsay Thompson, owner of Henry Bemis Books in Charlotte.

This week's program will also feature guest cohost Cynthia Gibson, owner of the website and an avid reader of Listeriana!

Once again, Tia Leone saves the day in Washington

While the President* was whining, yesterday, about the national security chief he fired the day before being a fine man traduced by the press, his nominee for secretary of labor was teeing himself up:
Only yesterday, the Republican national committee sent out a press release citing a Wall Street Journal editorial that highlighted “the bogus charges” Democrats and “their union machine” were lobbing at Puzder in “a desperate attempt to block his confirmation at all costs. Puzder’s record “as a proven job creator and business leader makes him the perfect candidate to stand up for American workers.” 
But while Trump and his intimates were immune to the anti-Puzder campaign, other Republicans were not. At least four Republican senators – Susan Collins (Maine), Johnny Isakson (Georgia), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Tim Scott (South Carolina) – looked set to vote against him, ending his chances of nomination. Rumor had it more knives were ready to be plunged in Puzder’s back. 
The fast-food boss’s fall shows another flaw emerging in Trump’s presidency. Having been seen off by the judiciary over his immigration ban, Trump is now learning that while he may love to give the middle finger to (supposedly) liberal public opinion, there are Republicans who will not join in. And without them, his plans can come undone. 
If Trump wants someone to blame, he could start with Barack Obama. The Obama administration led the most dramatic turnaround in employment in living memory. Unemployment peaked at 10% after the recession Obama inherited from George W Bush. It was less than 5% when he vacated the White House. But wages have stagnated and many of those new jobs have been created in service industries such as fast food. 
Out of this conundrum has emerged a vocal, organized and union-backed movement fighting for a higher minimum wage and more worker rights, Fight for $15. When Trump appointed Puzder, the well-oiled machine that won some major concessions from McDonald’s, WalMart and others under Obama saw its chance. Protests across the country highlighted Puzder’s record – and it was not a good one. 
...Here was a man who talked gleefully about dumping staff for robots: “They’re always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex or race discrimination case,” he told Business Insider last year. 
He told Bloomberg BusinessWeek his firm was hiring “the best of the worst. It’s kind of the bottom of the pool.” And in his first memo to Hardee’s managers, he wrote: “No more people behind the counter unless they have all their teeth.”
The good news for Andy Pudzer is that the First Lady intervened for a fellow Slovenian in #AltFactland.

Using his stage name, Zjeliko Ivanek,  Pudzer gets to keep his role as the President's chief of staff on the CBS series, Madam Secretary.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Do not complain, earthling. You are at the age your own medical authorities tell to have regular colonoscopies."

As my dad used to say, "You know, sometimes those tabloids are right."

You must be feeling pret-ty sheepish if you mocked this 1994 warning:

Senator Alan Simpson, asked for comment, replied, "Klaatu barado nictu."

Only one of the twelve remains in office: Orrin Hatch of Utah, who is now president pro tem of the Senate and third in line to the presidency.

Aliens play the long game. And they play for keeps.

One for the Sore Winners to chew on

A Gardener's Diary: Balmy February

Signs of spring as mid-February goes bipolar in Charlotte: 80F one day; 50F the next. Today a rain front is coming in.

But there are signs of life in the garden.

Across the street, my neighbor Mildred's forsythia is declaring spring sprung:

Well, *I* call them forsythia. Mildred, who will be 86 in the summer, says they are "yellowbells," so that is that.

Late last summer I took some cuttings and planted them out back, next to the compost bins, and they are thumbing their nose at their first winter on their own:

The ancient rosemary is in first bloom, bottom right:

Late last summer the front beds were dug out with a mechanical backhoe, to rid us of the roots of a mimosa that threatened to upend house and driveway alike, as well as three 35-year-old boxwoods with the blight.

I took a fortnight to sift the soil, pull out all the bulbs I could find, and then mulch and spread the new beds. I took another week to separate all the bulbs, then replant them in groupings. 

Now there's 152 of them coming up in better, less-compacted soil:

My much-loved, and much-moved pair of grape hyacinths are not only about to open, but they are now four:

That's one of the best things about gardening: take care of what you start with, and God gives you more as a reward.

Three and a half weeks: in like Flynn, and out, too.

"I’m going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people," he told our Robert Costa in a phone interview at the time. "We want top of the line professionals."

-Donald Trump, The Washington Post, August 30, 2016

"David Petraeus, the retired general and former CIA director who pleaded guilty to sharing classified information with his biographer and lover, is reportedly among the candidates for the permanent position, as is Vice Admiral Robert Harward."

-The Atlantic, February 14, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

So unfair, so bummed out

I hear a lot lately about how it is mean for the President* and his family to be accused of turning The White House into a QVC broadcast studio.

It isn't like that at all, snarl the Sore Winners. But let's consider two instances addressed in this article.  One is the President's Nordstrom front in his War on Seattle (the other front is his war on the US District court there). He says Nordstrom treated his daughter horribly by dropping her clothing line no one was buying.

But Mrs Kurshner loudly and publicly stepped down from her brand a while back, to step up to being her dad's right-hand policy girl. So Nordstrom, on the face of it, can't be mean to Ivanka. She doesn't work there any more. Heh, heh, heh, sure thing, buddy.

Ent #AltFacts, I guess. Just redefine the Mean Meme.

The other is the scurrilous accusation that Mrs Trump planned to profiteer from her improbable elevation. Here is a section of her recently-filed lawsuit. Kindly read it and advise me this: what else has Mrs Trump had on her plate, opportunity-wise, that could have produced the riches she claims she has lost?:

"Plaintiff had the unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as an extremely famous and well-known person, as well as a former professional model and brand spokesperson, and successful businesswoman, to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories, each of which could have garnered multi-million dollar business relationships for a multi-year term during which Plaintiff is one of the most photographed women in the world," read the filing. "These product categories would have included, among other things, apparel, accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care, skin care and fragrance."

Friday, February 10, 2017

Trump Tower's new bag lady

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"But how can they multiply so fast if they can't breed, and nobody wants a toaster oven any more?

Bad news for the North Carolina Republican Paty, where LGBT animus is Job 1 even where there's no election coming for a while.

The news? The gays' recruiting campaigns just keep working.

According to a new Gallup poll, there's more deviants and perverts- as Franklin Graham likes to call them- in North Carolina than ever: up 4/10ths of a percent just from 2012 to 2016.

That's like 16.8% of the whole population increase in the Tar Hell State for the same period.

The dampening effect of HB2 can be seen in the state's regional standing. It is only ranked third of the eight states Gallup grouped as the Southeast in its report.

With 3.5% of North Carolinians ID'ing as LGBT, we trail Georgia (4%) and Florida (4.2%).

Virginia (3.4%) and Kentucky (3.3%) are nipping NC's heels.

Tennessee, where the legislature hardly has anything to do any more but legislate Bible, "No Homo" and practice sexual harassment, has 3.1%, while the region's historic bottom-dwellers, South Carolina and Alabama, underwhelm with 3.0% each.

It's all part of a national trend, Gallup says.
A variety of factors influence changes in the portion of adults identifying as LGBT over time. Gallup research documents ongoing increases in the social acceptance of LGBT individuals in the U.S. Growing public acceptance can affect, and likely increase, the willingness of LGBT individuals to identify as such on surveys. 
Nationally, virtually all of the increases in LGBT identification over the past five years are among millennials. Their coming of age at a time of greater social acceptance toward LGBT individuals may contribute to disproportionate increases in LGBT identity across states. As the youngest millennials reach 18 and enter Gallup's national adult surveys, their influence on the national survey estimates increases proportionally. 
A third factor could be mobility: LGBT individuals, in theory, could be more likely to move to parts of the country with greater social acceptance. Other research, however, suggests that the chances of moving away from where one lived as a teenager do not vary much by sexual orientation. As a result, it's unlikely that mobility plays a strong role in explaining differences in LGBT identity by state or region over time. 
State-level rankings by the portion of adults identifying as LGBT clearly relate to the regional differences in LGBT social acceptance, which tend to be higher in the East and West and lower in the South and Midwest. Nevada is the only state in the top 10 that doesn't have a coastal border. States ranked in the bottom 10 are dominated by those in the Midwest and South.

However, regional changes over time in LGBT identification may be affected both by levels of LGBT acceptance and the demographic composition of regional populations. Analyses of Gallup's 2016 Values and Beliefs poll find that the New England and Pacific regions rank highest in LGBT acceptance but differ in the age composition of the population. More than a third of adults in the Pacific region (35%) are millennials, compared with 31% in New England -- figures that, by population demographic standards, represent a relatively large difference. This difference may explain why, despite high levels of social acceptance in both regions, increases in LGBT identity are larger in the Pacific region than in New England. 
The presence of large portions of millennials in the population does not perfectly predict the magnitude of increases in LGBT identity. Among regions, the Southwest has a relatively large proportion of millennials in its population (34%) but is also the region least likely to say that gay and lesbian relationships should be legal. This relatively low level of acceptance may be a factor in explaining the relatively low level of change in LGBT identity despite having a large younger population. 
Bottom Line 
State and regional changes in the level of LGBT identification defy simple explanation. However, it does appear that variation among states and regions in population demographics, especially age, and LGBT social acceptance (or stigma) interact to affect the willingness of adults to identify as LGBT.
What this translates into is 361,540+ pissed-off voters. Little wonder Senator Berger and Speaker Moore spend so much time trying to suppress turnout.

Every day, the awful choice. Walk, or chew gum?

At a Seattle bistro:

Saint Johns Bar & Eatery sandwich board dont spell so good because the new education secretary Betsy DeVos dont think so good. The board went viral.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

"Daddy, can't you destroy those agents' careers, too?"

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Jeez, Preebs, I told ya already, he left Egypt off the list 'cause he said "thread COUNT", not "threat level."

Small things can provide him great joy or generate intense irritation. Trump told The New York Times that he’s fascinated with the phone system inside the White House. At the same time, he’s registered a complaint about the hand towels aboard Air Force One, the White House aide said, because they are not soft enough.
-The Huffington Post
The world is disgracefully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain.
-Ronald Firbank (author, 1886-1926)
After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say 'I want to see the manager.'
-William S. Burroughs (author, 1914-1997) 

Often on the same day.

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"WTF, Flynn? You're counterintelligence. That means you help me when I don't know stuff!"

From the movie Airplane: "Captain Oveur: Joey, have you ever been in a... in a Turkish prison?...You ever seen a grown man naked?"

New York Magazine has a story from upstairs at the White House: 
President Donald Trump was confused about the dollar: Was it a strong one that’s good for the economy? Or a weak one? 
So he made a call ― except not to any of the business leaders Trump brought into his administration or even to an old friend from his days in real estate. Instead, he called his national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, according to two sources familiar with Flynn’s accounts of the incident. 
Flynn has a long record in counterintelligence but not in macroeconomics. And he told Trump he didn’t know, that it wasn’t his area of expertise, that, perhaps, Trump should ask an economist instead.
In 1970 President Nixon, stung by the Senate's rejection of his Supreme Court nominee, put up a second one: G. Harrold Carswell, an Eisenhower federal court appointee Nixon had jumped up to the Court of Appeals six months earlier.

Carswell had problems, it emerged. For one thing, he'd run the Georgia legislature as a full-throated, Jeff Sessions racist in 1948. The Attorney General, John Mitchell, said people shouldn't be punished for stuff they said- over and over- that they really believed when it was over twenty years ago.

That is why Senator Warren was silenced by the Republican majority last night. She was trying to cite comments by Senator Sessions, but they were thirty years old, so that proved she was just being a bitch.

Leader McConnell having left his ball gag in his office, he just told her to STFU. You put 40-some old Republican men in a room and give them a chance to tell a woman to stifle, whatcha think they're gonna do, huh?

Judge Carswell didn't think of women's rights, either.

It also emerged that in a decade as a trial judge, Carswell's opinions were overturned 58% of the time. While Nixon apparently felt the answer was to put Carwell on the Court of Appeals to improve his batting average, most people just said it showed Carswell was a mediocre judge.

In fact, Nebraska Senator Roman Hruska (the surname is pronounced by clearing your throat) thought the charge so unfair he tottered out to declare:
Even if he were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they, and a little chance? We can't have all Brandeises, Frankfurters and Cardozos.
The Senate rejected Carswell, and finally relented for Nixon's third try, Judge Harry Blackmun, who proved the truth of the song You Can't Always Get What You Want by writing the Roe v. Wade decision three years later and then turning into an implacable opponent of the death penalty.

Nixon said Senators would never confirm a Southerner who held Right-thinking views, a comment that time proved almost as dumb as "you won't have Dick Nixon to kick around any more" and "I am not a crook."

"Like the sands in an hour-glass, so are the days of our lives," the soap opera announcer of the day intoned.

Carswell resigned his seat to seek the Republican nomination for the US Senate. He said it was to get back at the liberals who shot him down- the "dark evil winds of liberalism" and the "northern press and its knee-jerking followers in the Senate." John Wayne endorsed Carswell, so that was that.

Carswell lost the Republican primary, 2 to 1. He resumed the private practice of law and homosexual inclinations not even J. Edgar Hoover picked up on in his Supreme Court background check. Carswell was convicted of battery after a Senator Larry Craig-style encounter in a public restroom in 1976. In 1979 he was beaten up by a man he invited back to his hotel room (whether either had ever seen Midnight Cowboy was never sorted out). He died in 1992.

Richard Nixon resigned ahead of impeachment four years later. He died in 1994 and went to Hell.

Senator Roman Hruska insisted Watergate was manufactured by the Democrats and retired in 1976. A federal courthouse and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center was named after him. He died in 1999.

President Trump realized Senator Hruska's dream of a more mediocre America in 2016.