Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Today in numptie bampots: Well, everybody thinks Amazon ratings mean more than sales. Uh, don't they?

Rural NC gay Trump fanboy, September 14, 2017:

The Guardian, September 20, 2017:

Hillary Clinton’s memoir What Happened has enjoyed a hugely successful debut, with publisher Simon & Schuster reporting that the book has sold 300,000 copies since its release on 12 September.

According to the publisher, the sales combine 167,000 hardcover copies with ebooks and audiobooks, giving What Happened the biggest first week for a non-fiction hardcover book in five years, when Mark Owen’s 2012 memoir No Easy Day sold 250,000 copies.

Carolyn Reidy, the president of Simon & Schuster, said: “The remarkable response to What Happened indicates that, notwithstanding all that has been written and discussed over the last year, there is clearly an overwhelming desire among readers to learn about and experience, from Hillary Clinton’s singular perspective, the historic events of the 2016 election.

“In its candor and immediacy, What Happened is satisfying that demand.”

Clinton’s 2003 memoir, Living History, sold 600,000 copies in its first seven days. Clinton’s previous book, Hard Choices, which recounted her time as secretary of state, sold 100,000 copies in its first week.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Measuring comparative fault the gay GOP way

Gay Trump fanboy Brian Talbert is quick to get pious- and partisan- when it comes to a Democrat accused of child abuse:

But for a week now, he's been mute as the legal troubles of the *resident's former Oklahoma campaign chair pile up.  In this September 18 AP story, we learn Talbert's not the only one willing to cover up for fellow Republicans:


At least two people knew about child pornography on former Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey's computer at the Oklahoma Capitol, but failed to disclose that information to authorities until years later after police reportedly found Shortey in a motel room with a 17-year-old boy, according to newly released court records.

The application for a search warrant unsealed last week in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City shows a worker on Shortey's campaign three years ago "inadvertently observed child pornography contained in a folder on Shortey's computer in the Capitol building." The campaign aide reported that finding to an individual who didn't come forward until it was revealed that Shortey was under investigation for an incident with the teenager in a motel room in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.

Neither person was identified in the application, which was used to obtain a warrant to search Shortey's computer and office at the state Capitol. Court documents show the FBI seized a CD-ROM and a memory card from Shortey's office.

It's not clear whether either the campaign aide or the person the aide told could face criminal charges.

"I don't really have an answer for you," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Williams, chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Federal law requires a person with knowledge of the commission of a felony to report that information to authorities, but that law "requires some act of concealment on the part of the defendant," Williams said.

A similar Oklahoma law applies only to commercial film or photo print processors or computer technicians who discover child pornography in the course of their employment.

"It doesn't sound like that would be criminal, although it's immoral that they didn't report it," said Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater. "For the life of me, I'm not exactly sure why someone wouldn't report that."

Shortey, a married father of four who resigned in March, has been charged in federal court with child sex trafficking and producing and transporting child pornography, and has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

Breaking News from the Tinfoil Hat Squad's Halfwit Hashtags Bureau

A new psychic break with reality from Brian Talbert, the gay Trump fanboy:

There is no "we" when it comes to Deplorable Pride. It drew eleven stragglers to the Pride Parade.  No one posts to its social media but Talbert. Ask him to prove its membership.

Talbert's hashtag here is a classic of simple lying. "They" didn't vote Mayor Roberts out. 

Charlotte Democrats did, in their primary last week. There are no Democrats in Deplorable Pride. 

Talbert didn't vote at all. He isn't a Democrat. He doesn't live in Charlotte. He doesn't even live in Mecklenburg County.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Breibrt's Bannon says he is the *resident's wing man on the outside even as he doubles down to useat a Trump-backed senator

September 17, 2017:

Judge Roy Moore, the conservative candidate in the U.S. Senate GOP primary runoff in Alabama, continues to maintain his commanding lead over the establishment-backed Luther Strange, with a new poll showing the race to be Moore’s to lose...

Moore, at 50 percent in the new poll, leads Strange who struggles back at 37 percent. There are 13 percent undecided, and Moore’s 13-point lead is well outside the survey’s 3.7 percent margin of error.

September 17, 2017:

Judge Roy Moore, the conservative candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, has a commanding lead in yet another poll in the home stretch, now continuing to tower over Washington establishment-backed Luther Strange by eight points.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

You can look it up.

-Says advisor who just got his ass fired for not serving the *resident well.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

New Trump parse: when it comes to Boy Scouts, there's good ones and ones that don't suck up enough.

In recent weeks, Trump has complained in private that it’s difficult to have any sort of relationship — or even make small talk — with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He’s told staff that he finds Speaker Paul Ryan, whom he’s dubbed a “boy scout,” dry as well, but the two have some rapport.

-Rachel Bade and Josh Dawsey, "Inside Trump's dalliance with Democrats," Politico, September 14, 2017

There are many great honors that come with the job of being president of the United States. But looking out at this incredible gathering of mostly young patriots. Mostly young. I'm especially proud to speak to you as the honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America.
TRUMP: You are the young people of character, integrity who will serve as leaders of our communities and uphold the sacred values of our nation...

The United States has no better citizens than its Boy Scouts.
No better.
The values, traditions and skills you learn here will serve you throughout your lives. And just as importantly, they will serve your families, your cities, and in the future and in the present will serve your country.
The Scouts believe in putting America first...

I'll tell you the reason that I love this, and the reason that I really wanted to be here, is because as president, I rely on former Boy Scouts every single day. And so do the American people.
It's amazing how many Boy Scouts we have at the highest level of our great government. Many of my top advisers in the White House were Scouts. Ten members of my cabinet were Scouts. Can you believe that? Ten...

Boy Scout values are American values. And great Boy Scouts become great, great Americans...

[William Levitt] sold his company for a tremendous amount of money.
And he went out and bought a big yacht, and he had a very interesting life. I won't go any more than that, because you're Boy Scouts so I'm not going to tell you what he did.
Should I tell you? Should I tell you?
You're Boy Scouts, but you know life. You know life.
So look at you. Who would think this is the Boy Scouts, right? 

-Address by the *resident of the United States to the National Boy Scout Jamboree, July 24, 2017

Gay and straight, reactionary to Nazi, conservatives agree running down humans is fun.

A Republican legislator in Pennsylvania says he will cheerfully run down street protesters with his car.
While sharing a news story about the St. Louis protests, Pennsylvania Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R) tweeted that “[i]f anyone EVER tries to stop my car on a highway with negative intentions… I will not stop under any conditions.” 
In subsequent tweets, Bernstine called protesters “thugs” and “snowflakes” and vowed he “won’t be assaulted in the name of ‘free speech.'”
Bernstine, a family values sort who apparently considers pickups to be covered by the Second Amendment, is in good company. Republican legislators in six states have pushed no-fault vehicular homicide laws this year.

The man who ran down protesters in Charlottesville after taking part in Vanguard America's Golf Togs Hate Rally, heartily endorsed this view.

Another self-styled conservative thought leader casting his lot with the neo-Nazis is Stanly County, NC gay Trump fanboy Brian Talbert, who told a Fox News interviewer,

Talbert also shared a video showing a driver nearly running over protesters. His post read, "you will be run over."

"I stand by those words. If they're going to beat on my car, stop me from my everyday life, they're a terrorist organization attacking me. I'm going to do anything to defend myself," he said. 

-Caroline Fountain, "Deplorable Pride faces accusations,, June 16, 2017

Trump's snubs of his betters remind us, "There is nothing deep down inside us except what we have put there ourselves."

Edie Windsor was a quiet, widowed lesbian whose partner died years ago. 

Then the IRS sent her an inheritance tax bill for $350,000. Under the Defense of Marriage Act their marriage was invalid, and what would have passed to her tax-free had she married a man threatened to beggar her,

Edie Windsor said, "No."

She went out and got a lawyer and sued the US government.

The case went to the Supreme Court, and she won. Millions of LGBT Americans won, too.

Edie Windsor remarried and enjoyed a happy old age, full of honors. She died this week at the age of 88.

Former President Obama, in whose tenure Windsor won her case, posted on Facebook:
America’s long journey towards equality has been guided by countless small acts of persistence, and fueled by the stubborn willingness of quiet heroes to speak out for what’s right. 
Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor – and few made as big a difference to America. 
I had the privilege to speak with Edie a few days ago, and to tell her one more time what a difference she made to this country we love. 
She was engaged to her partner, Thea, for forty years. After a wedding in Canada, they were married for less than two. But federal law didn’t recognize a marriage like theirs as valid – which meant that they were denied certain federal rights and benefits that other married couples enjoyed. And when Thea passed away, Edie spoke up – not for special treatment, but for equal treatment – so that other legally married same-sex couples could enjoy the same federal rights and benefits as anyone else. 
In my second inaugural address, I said that if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. And because people like Edie stood up, my administration stopped defending the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in the courts. The day that the Supreme Court issued its 2013 ruling in United States v. Windsor was a great day for Edie, and a great day for America – a victory for human decency, equality, freedom, and justice. And I called Edie that day to congratulate her. 
Two years later, to the day, we took another step forward on our journey as the Supreme Court recognized a Constitutional guarantee of marriage equality. It was a victory for families, and for the principle that all of us should be treated equally, regardless of who we are or who we love. 
I thought about Edie that day. I thought about all the millions of quiet heroes across the decades whose countless small acts of courage slowly made an entire country realize that love is love – and who, in the process, made us all more free. They deserve our gratitude. And so does Edie. 
Michelle and I offer our condolences to her wife, Judith, and to all who loved and looked up to Edie Windsor.
The *resident of the United States, who gets up every morning to spew bile and personal attacks on individuals, has been silent.

Noting the passing of the great and the good- a presidential routine- isn't his. It's the sort of grace note real leaders instinctively know is the right and timely thing to do. It's not PCness, it's marking the passing of a women who proved, anew, that government is our servant, not our master.

The *resident did, however, find time this morning to praise an eleven-year-old boy who begged to be allowed to mow The White House lawn (for free; one can see the "Loser" thought bubble over the billionaire's head):

His tiny claques of gay supporters here and there around the country, divorced from reality and respect even for themselves, ignored Edie Windsor's death, too, even as they clamor for personal attention and spew spite-memes in social media, slagging they majority of LGBT Americans who wonder why they have to welcome turkeys calling for an early Thanksgiving. They proclaim, ever less credibly, that he is the best friend the gays ever had.

All the gay Trump fanboys do is invite comparisons. Edie Windsor stood up to the federal government and bettered the life of every LGBT American.

What have the Melania-in-drag enthusiasts accomplished? I invite them to share what doubtless the mean mainstream media conceals.

"The base loves it when you dress like a schlub, Mr *resident."

In the summer of 2014, American conservatives felt their aortas exploding anew.

President Obama appeared in public in a tan suit.

And he was black.

Congressman Peter King- who didn't care enough to put on a tie- went on a tirade about the suit evidencing a lack of seriousness.

He was not alone in his outrage. Those who went North Korean on the former president in 2009 for not wearing a suit jacket in the Oval Office, and putting his feet on the desk, said the tan suit proved anew that blacks just don't know how to act when the American people f**k up and elect them president.

Now the *resident's Nixon Dirty Tricks alumnus Roger Stone is a lone voice of sartorial outrage over the *resident's mix-and-match plan for his tutorial on racism from his Official African-American, Senator Tim Scott:

“An abomination,” Stone told Mediaite “That’s what it is. We can only assume Kelly is now dressing Trump.”

… I’m gonna say ouch for John Kelly.

In addition to being one of Trump’s oldest associates and longtime GOP powerbroker, Stone is also a known fashion plate with strong sartorial opinions. He maintains his own blog “Stone on Style,” and is occasionally employed by the Daily Caller as a style editor. Last month he dinged the Caller to Mediaite for a fashion hit piece it ran on Barron Trump.

Or maybe it’s something more nefarious.

Over at InfoWars — a website that regularly speculates about human pig chimeras and child slave colonies on Mars — Stone has opined that Trump could be being drugged by General Kelly. InfoWars chief Alex Jones “reported” that sedatives have been being administered to Trump through his diet coke.

In The Atlantic, Ta-nehisi Coates offers an explanation:

To Trump, whiteness is neither notional nor symbolic but is the very core of his power. In this, Trump is not singular. But whereas his forebears carried whiteness like an ancestral talisman, Trump cracked the glowing amulet open, releasing its eldritch energies. The repercussions are striking: Trump is the first president to have served in no public capacity before ascending to his perch. But more telling, Trump is also the first president to have publicly affirmed that his daughter is a “piece of ass.” The mind seizes trying to imagine a black man extolling the virtues of sexual assault on tape (“When you’re a star, they let you do it”), fending off multiple accusations of such assaults, immersed in multiple lawsuits for allegedly fraudulent business dealings, exhorting his followers to violence, and then strolling into the White House. But that is the point of white supremacy—to ensure that that which all others achieve with maximal effort, white people (particularly white men) achieve with minimal qualification. Barack Obama delivered to black people the hoary message that if they work twice as hard as white people, anything is possible. But Trump’s counter is persuasive: Work half as hard as black people, and even more is possible.

Maybe Clay Travis meant the First Amendment protects his right to *be* a boob on TV

The head of Fox Sports Radio went on CNN. He told the woman anchor that Jamele Hill- the ESPN host who said the *resident is a white supremacist- has to be fired because Curt Schilling got fired for being enthusiastically anti-LGBT on his show.

This follows, Clay Travis says, because he is a "First Amendment absolutist." That doesn't mean that Schilling was wrongly fired *and* that Hill should not be- both were exercising their absolute free speech rights.

It doesn't even mean what you'd expect it to mean what an executive at a right-wing media outlet would mean: that it's wrong to fire white men for talking about homos, but right to fire black women who talk about racism.

No, it turns out Clay Travis is just another apt pupil of the late Fox News founder Roger Ailes:

TRAVIS: I’m a First Amendment absolutist and believe in two things completely: the First Amendment and boobs, and so…

BALDWIN: Wait, did you just say you believe in the First Amendment and — hold on, I just want to make sure I heard you correctly as a woman anchoring the show, what did you just say? You believe in the First Amendment and b-o-o-b-s?

TRAVIS: Boobs, two things that have only never let me down in this country, the First Amendment and boobs. So, those are the two things I believe in absolutely in the country. So, I don’t think Jemele Hill should be fired, but if you make the decision that you’re going to let Curt Schilling go, that you have to also make the decision you’re going to let Jemele Hill go.

Left unexplained by Travis is how boobs inform his free speech views, and whether having them affects either the Schilling or Hill cases.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"You might think that. I couldn't possibly comment."

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Is child sex abuse partisan? Deplorable Pride's selective outrage raises questions, and eyebrows

One of the more consistent fantasies of the zombie gay Trump fanboy club Deplorable Pride is that all Democrats are wicked cesspits of sin and Republicans are, well, family values Christians.

Thus this post by Brian Talbert- the intellectual leader of DP- which, increasingly, is composed of himself:

Uh, so what about the coverage in The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Slate, The Seattle Times, The Seattle P-I, BBC News, Newsweek, Russia Today, The New York Times, The Guardian, The South China Morning Post, ABC News, CBS News, US News & World Report, The Hill, Townhall, the Daily Caller, CNS, Newsbusters, Breitbart News, The Boston Globe, The Times of London, and The Blaze, to pick just a few examples a simple Google search pulls up?

And then there's the case of former Oklahoma state senator Ralph Shortey- who is also getting way more coverage that DP's clueless leader, Brian Talbert, lets on. Talbert- Deplorable-on-the-Spot when there's an imagined partisan jab to be leveled- is silent on this story about a prominent Republican legislator:

Indicted former Oklahoma state senator sought sexual contact from young males through Craigslist, FBI says

The investigation of former state Sen. Ralph Shortey uncovered evidence he posted Craigslist ads several times "attempting to solicit young males for sexual contact," the FBI reports.

"Need a boy or bromance," he stated in two Craigslist ads, according to the FBI. "Looking for younger the better (legal) white or mixed."

He received "hundreds of pornography emails and communications with individuals encountered via Craigslist," according to the FBI.

The investigation also found Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, emailed photos of himself and his wife "to various individuals in connection with arranging sexual encounters," the FBI reports.

Shortey was indicted Sept. 5 in Oklahoma City federal court. He is facing trial on three child pornography counts and one child sex trafficking count. He has pleaded not guilty and is free pending trial.

The investigation of Shortey, 35, began after Moore police officers found him with a 17-year-old boy inside a hotel room about 1 a.m. March 9. He resigned from the Senate later that month.

New details about the investigation came to light this week when a magistrate judge made public an FBI agent's request for a search warrant. The agent was seeking information from Facebook about an account using the screen name Brian Tilley.

The 28-page document reveals that the investigation found evidence of widespread wrongdoing by Shortey and not just the four instances alleged in the indictment.

He faces up to life in federal prison, if convicted. At sentencing, U.S. District Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti could consider evidence of other uncharged offenses in deciding the punishment.

His defense attorney, Ed Blau, declined Wednesday to comment.

Shortey used the fake names Brian Tilley and Jamie Tilley on Craigslist, in emails and on the messaging app Kik, the FBI agent wrote in a court affidavit filed May 1.

"Shortey used those pseudonyms almost exclusively for illicit and illegal sexual interests or encounters, several of which included communications and exchanges of pornography with underage males, and/or the sharing of child pornography," Special Agent Charles W. Thumann wrote.

An AOL account linked to Shortey "contains hundreds of emails addressed to 'Brian,'" the agent wrote.

In 2012, Shortey used the email account to send "commercial pornography" to males identified as 16 and 17 at the time, according to the affidavit. "Shortey ... received, in exchange, videos of the boys masturbating."

Shortey also went by Brinokc4u on the Kik app, according to the affidavit.

In one graphic Craigslist ad, Shortey was seeking five to 10 men to take turns having sex with a male he described as 21 but "looks 18," according to the affidavit.

"Law enforcement has not identified that person," the FBI agent wrote.

Arrest was in March

Shortey — who once planned to be a missionary — was investigated first by Moore police and then the FBI after being found with the 17-year-old boy at the Super 8 in Moore.

Police reported Shortey asked in a Kik conversation if the teenager would be interested in "sexual stuff" after the teenager wrote "I need money for spring break." Police also reported finding an open box of condoms in Shortey's backpack and a bottle of lotion in the teenager's backpack.

Shortey was charged March 16 in Cleveland County District Court with three felonies — engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for prostitution.

State prosecutors dropped that case Sept. 7 since Shortey now faces the federal child sex trafficking count over the same accusation.

In the newly released court affidavit, the FBI agent revealed the teenager "confirmed that he and Shortey intended to have sexual contact and that they had agreed Shortey would pay him for the contact."

Police observed both beds were unmade, the agent wrote.

The teenager also advised he met Shortey through a Craigslist personal encounter ad about a year before and that Shortey was aware he was 16 at that time, according to the affidavit.

The teenager said "he and Shortey were smoking marijuana when officers knocked on the door," according to the affidavit. He "also advised that they had smoked weed at Shortey's coffee shop ... on the second floor two or three times."

Shortey is accused in one of the child pornography counts of persuading that teenager to send him an inappropriate photo. The FBI agent reported the teenager said the two actually exchanged photos of their genitals sometime before May 2016.

Shortey is accused in the other child pornography counts of emailing sexually explicit videos to two individuals in October 2013.

RELATED: During his tenure in the state Senate, Shortey was infamous for filing bizarre bills, among them a proposed ban on human fetuses in food products and an ordinance authorizing homeowners to shoot down drones. 
Shortey also authored numerous anti-immigrant bills, including one that would deny US citizenship to babies born of undocumented parents. Additionally, he sponsored many items on the threat of electronic pulse attacks, a longtime topic in the fever swamps at InfoWars. 
The head of Equality Oklahoma notes that Shortey once promised him that he would leave the Senate chamber during a vote on an anti-transgender bill, but Shortey appeared at his desk and voted for it anyway. Shortey was the state Trump campaign chairman during the GOP primary.
So- does Deplorable Pride give Republicans a pass on diddling kids? We'll see if they denounce Ralph Shortey with some claptrap about too much mainstream media coverage picking on the poor, self-loathing closet perv.

It's a defensible position on the #AltRight, after all.

Former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos- whose column defending Deplorable Pride's failed attempt to lawsuit their way into the Charlotte Pride parade the Stanly County microgroup touted on its Official Website (before it got hacked and turned into a dating site for conservative gays)- won renown earlier this year for these comments:
“We get hung up on this sort of child abuse stuff,” Yiannopoulos is heard saying in a video, acknowledging that he has a controversial point of view, “to the point where we are heavily policing consensual adults.” 
“In the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men — the sort of ‘coming of age’ relationship — those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of rock, where they can’t speak to their parents,” he added. 
“It sounds like molestation to me,” an unnamed person tells Yiannopoulos in reply, likely an interviewer. “It sounds like Catholic priest molestation to me.” 
“But you know what? I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him,” Yiannopoulos replied, using a euphemism for male oral sex.

After Harvey and Irma, the Administration sees swamps in a new light.


The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has quietly reversed its own internal policy prohibiting anonymous donations from lobbyists to White House staffers who have legal defense funds.

The little-noticed change could help President Donald Trump’s aides raise the money they need to pay attorneys as the Russia probe expands — but raises the potential for hidden conflicts of interest or other ethics trouble.

“You can picture a whole army of people with business before the government willing to step in here and make [the debt] go away,” said Marilyn Glynn, a former George W. Bush-era acting OGE director who worked in the office for 17 years.

The *resident got up early to sell the deal he said he didn't make last night. #MAGAHatters, y'all's a buncha saps. #Sad #AsPresidentSays

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Deplorable Pride discovers supporting the *resident really is a drag, just not with dressing up like women as they so hoped

September 1, 2017: the zombie gay Trump fanboy club, Deplorable Pride, crawled down from its Stanly County barn loft to issue An Official Statement:

September 13, 2017: Daddy stood his boys up. Again.

And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love/ Yeah they'll know we are Christians by our love

In 2015, the Irish people held a referendum on marriage equality. There was a spirited campaign, and on the day every county but one voted for it.

Then everyone went out to the pub and made up, and now they have an out prime minister.

Australian conservatives have used the threat of marriage equality to cling to power for years, even as polls show staggering majorities favor it. In 2004 they borrowed a page from American conservatives and redefined marriage in law to protect it from being redefined by the mean gays.

This year they tried a new expedient: a $122 million, nonbinding postal ballot, with a three-month campaign runup.

Australia's Christianists were ready. Their "no" campaign kicked off ahead of the September 12 mailing date, and is already so vicious even the government has moved to strengthen Australian hate speech laws.

Alabama judge Roy Moore is the moral center of the Republican Party. That ought to worry y'all.

For a long time, it was easy to dismiss Alabama judge Roy Moore as an Alabama freak. They produce lots down yonder, after all.

Now he's about to go to the US Senate to make law, after having been removed twice from the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to follow the law.

Why do you need to care?

Because Roy Moore is now a pretty mainstream Republican.

Today in Things the #AltRight Demands You be Upset About

How Not To Look Stupid: 6 lessons Senator Joel Ford will not learn from the big ol' whoop-ass the voters handed him yesterday

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"Until" came about 9.30 last night. Ford was the only one who didn't read "viewing" as in "funeral."

1. When constituents write you about issues before the General Assembly, don't respond with, "I guess you saw what happened in the papers."

2. When you are running in an off-year, low-turnout primary, don't close your Facebook page to people asking for the meat of your pie-in-the-sky plans. Most of the city was rightly ignorant of you. Frittering away your base is kinda dumb.

People don't take kindly to being blocked by the man who says he wants to rebuild communication between city government and the people. Your senate constituents, even less so.

3. The Charlotte Pride Festival is the biggest single event in Charlotte. People- over 150,000 this year- notice when candidates don't show up, then fill their Facebook page with photos at the event they preferred to attend.

4. People also notice when a candidate launches a surprise Facebook ad claiming to be an LGBT ally. Voting records are public, as is the stuff one says while campaigning. 

So when journalist Matt Comer challenged your gay rights record, it wasn't very bright tweeting him that GIF of a dog taking a dump.

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5. Spending $32 for every vote you got is something most folks would really only expect from a Raleigh legislator.

6. When 85% of your own party vote against you, it's worth some head-scratching, however much you may hate doing that.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Actor James Woods- who played gay for money- says, "Different rules for thee than me."

Long-unemployed actor James Woods, 70, takes issue with a gay-themed movie:

Actor Armie Hammer, who appears in the offensive movie:

Woods dumped that gal after seven years for a 20-year-old he took to the White House Down movie premiere in 2013:

 James Woods young girlfriend

UPDATE: And here's a charming addendum from actress Amber Tamblyn:

But for two letters, it coulda been a thing.

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GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore has smartened up. Now he hangs with others who call for butchering gays. Fifteen years ago, he was doing it himself.

The New Civil Rights Movement has a story up today about Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's penchant for giving interviews to an Iowa Christianist pastor who likes to call for the extrajudicial execution of LGBT Americans, because Bible:

The leader in the race for the nomination to be the Republican Party's candidate for the U.S. Senator from Alabama, Roy Moore, has a history of appearing on the radio program of a right wing Christian pastor who calls for gays people to be executed and says that AIDS is "God's retribution."

Moore, who resigned as the state's Supreme Court chief justice after being suspended until the end of his elected term over his actions against same-sex marriage, at least five times has appeared with Pastor Kevin Swanson, as CNN reports. As recently as February Moore appeared on Swanson's show.

Just how anti-gay is Pastor Swanson?

In late 2015 Swanson held a political religious liberty conference, attended by Sen. Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported on Swanson's conference, saying a "significant portion" of what was talked about during the event "was the exact contours, the exact language of what they believe is a biblical commandment that gay people in the United States should be rounded up and executed."

"It really was a 'kill the gays' call to arms," Maddow observed. "This was a conference about the necessity of the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality."

This is no surprise to those who've been paying attention ("I have the memoryof an elephant," Noel Coward used to purr. "In fact, elephants often consult me").

As a member of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore advcated the same thing.

In a routine 2002 child custody case, Ex parte H.H. IN RE: D.H. v. H.H., dissented for pages and pages in a screed driven by one of the parties having been in a same-sex relationship, and called for the same thing Swanson does now:
Custody disputes involve decision-making by the State, within the limits of its sphere of authority, in a way that preserves the fundamental family structure. The State carries the power of the sword, that is, the power to prohibit conduct with physical penalties, such as confinement and even execution. It must use that power to prevent the subversion of children toward this lifestyle, to not encourage a criminal lifestyle.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

"His wahf must be so jealous."

Like another pile of gelatinous spite, Rush Limbaugh, Steve Bannon went basic black for his 60 Minutes interview with Charlie Rose.

Bannon, however, had the message discipline to stay stationary and seated. In his famous debut as the Johnny Cash of Conservatism at 2009's CPAC Conference, Limbaugh mesmerized his audience: not so much with his message as with the way Limbaugh's enthusiasm made his copious moobs bounce up and down.

Today in "Well, duh..."

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"Mostly, not having to care matters."

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Youthful enthusiasms: easy to mock once care has eroded away

Cotton Boll Conspiracy loves to snark liberal college students. The Age of Orange seems to have liberated a new strain of thinking not so evident the last ten years.

Almost anything, he reports, can reduce the young and the left-wing to tears.

"It’s a cliché as old, it would seem, as humanity: Each generation feels the one that follows isn’t doing its bit to uphold civilization," he opens.

Its corollary is also as old as humanity: that they are always wrong, and their betters- who are older- are right but ignored.

So they get their own back by writing "I toldyasos" ranging in form from Roman epigrams to blog posts.

I wish CBC'd also limn for us what reduces conservative college students to the now-fashionable urge to Milo-ize all campus discussions with good old-fashioned race talk, gay-bashing, and misogyny.

If one accepts their claims at Charlottesville that they are the master race, surely their discourse need not be pitched so low.

Remembering all too well the things I thought were vital in college that weren't, I like to cut kids some slack. They are finding their way intellectually.

I have lots of college classmates who, forty years ago, catechized me for being a conservative shill.

Now the same people chastise me for being a liberal simpleton.

The one fragile thread of consistency in their lives is that they always know better.

It's the perfect #AltFacts pose, as it simply floats, divorced from all fact. It exists only now.

Limbaugh flees hoax storm, decamps bunker with semi-load of pain killers and impromptu shows on the CB (handle: Mooby Dick)

Rush Limbaugh, September 5, 2017:

'There is a desire to advance this climate change agenda, and hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it.

'You can accomplish a lot just by creating fear and panic. You don’t need a hurricane to hit anywhere. All you need is to create the fear and panic accompanied by talk that climate change is causing hurricanes to become more frequent and bigger and more dangerous, and you create the panic, and it’s mission accomplished, agenda advanced.'

Rush Limbaugh, September 7, 2017:

'May as well announce this. I’m not gonna get into details because of the security nature of things, but it turns out that we will not be able to do the program here tomorrow.

'That will be in the hands of Mark Steyn tomorrow. But we’ll be on the air next week, folks, from parts unknown. So we’ll be back on Monday. It’s just that tomorrow is going to be problematic.

'Tomorrow it would be, I think, legally impossible for us to originate the program out of here.'

But what about her uranium-caked Benghazi emails?

Ostensibly assaulted by campus protests, battered by arguments about intersectionality, and oppressed by new bathroom rights, a blameless white working class did the only thing any reasonable polity might: elect an orcish reality-television star who insists on taking his intelligence briefings in picture-book form.

-Ta-Nehisi Coates, 'The First White President," The Atlantic, October 2017

No more awkward prying: now Big Data can out you.

Once, in 1986, there was a group of friends.

Within twenty years, LGBT rights broke them up. One used another as a shield to argue he couldn't hold anything against the gays as he sued to bar them the right to marry in Oregon: he had a gay friend! Another came out for legalized discrimination against gays and dismissed his former friend as an idiot- and, worse- a liberal.

If only we had this technology back then, we could have saved so much time:

AI’s power to pick out patterns is now turning to more intimate matters. Research at Stanford University by Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang has shown that machine vision can infer sexual orientation by analysing people’s faces. The researchers suggest the software does this by picking up on subtle differences in facial structure. With the right data sets, Dr Kosinski says, similar AI systems might be trained to spot other intimate traits, such as IQ or political views. Just because humans are unable to see the signs in faces does not mean that machines cannot do so.

The researchers’ program, details of which are soon to be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, relied on 130,741 images of 36,630 men and 170,360 images of 38,593 women downloaded from a popular American dating website, which makes its profiles public. Basic facial-detection technology was used to select all images which showed a single face of sufficient size and clarity to subject to analysis. This left 35,326 pictures of 14,776 people, with gay and straight, male and female, all represented evenly.

Out of the numbers

The images were then fed into a different piece of software called VGG-Face, which spits out a long string of numbers to represent each person; their “faceprint”. The next step was to use a simple predictive model, known as logistic regression, to find correlations between the features of those faceprints and their owners’ sexuality (as declared on the dating website). When the resulting model was run on data which it had not seen before, it far outperformed humans at distinguishing between gay and straight faces.

When shown one photo each of a gay and straight man, both chosen at random, the model distinguished between them correctly 81% of the time. When shown five photos of each man, it attributed sexuality correctly 91% of the time. The model performed worse with women, telling gay and straight apart with 71% accuracy after looking at one photo, and 83% accuracy after five. In both cases the level of performance far outstrips human ability to make this distinction. Using the same images, people could tell gay from straight 61% of the time for men, and 54% of the time for women. This aligns with research which suggests humans can determine sexuality from faces at only just better than chance.

Dr Kosinski and Mr Wang offer a possible explanation for their model’s performance. As fetuses develop in the womb, they are exposed to various levels of hormones, in particular testosterone. These are known to play a role in developing facial structures, and may similarly be involved in determining sexuality. The researchers suggest their system can pick up subtle signals of the latter from the former. Using other techniques, the program was found to pay most attention to the nose, eyes, eyebrows, cheeks, hairline and chin for determining male sexuality; the nose, mouth corners, hair and neckline were more important for women.

The study has limitations. Firstly, images from a dating site are likely to be particularly revealing of sexual orientation. The 91% accuracy rate only applies when one of the two men whose images are shown is known to be gay. Outside the lab the accuracy rate would be much lower. To demonstrate this weakness, the researchers selected 1,000 men at random with at least five photographs, but in a ratio of gay to straight that more accurately reflects the real world; approximately seven in every 100. When asked to select the 100 males most likely to be gay, only 47 of those chosen by the system actually were, meaning that the system ranked some straight men as more likely to be gay than men who actually are.

However, when asked to pick out the ten faces it was most confident about, nine of the chosen were in fact gay. If the goal is to pick a small number of people who are very likely to be gay out of a large group, the system appears able to do so. The point is not that Dr Kosinski and Mr Wang have created software which can reliably determine gay from straight. That was not their goal. Rather, they have demonstrated that such software is possible.

To calculate the selves of others

Dr Kosinski is no stranger to controversial research. He invented psychometric profiling using Facebook data, which relies upon information in a person’s profile to model their personality. The Trump campaign used similar models during last year’s presidential campaign to target voters, an approach which has generated criticism.

Dr Kosinski says he conducted the research as a demonstration, and to warn policymakers of the power of machine vision. It makes further erosion of privacy “inevitable”; the dangers must be understood, he adds. Spouses might seek to know what sexuality-inferring software says about their partner (the word “gay” is 10% more likely to complete searches that begin “Is my husband…” than the word “cheating”). In parts of the world where being gay is socially unacceptable, or illegal, such software could pose a serious threat to safety. Dr Kosinski is at pains to make clear that he has invented no new technology, merely bolted together software and data that are readily available to anyone with an internet connection. He has asked The Economist not to reveal the identity of the dating website he used, in order to discourage copycats.

It is true that anyone wishing to replicate Dr Kosinski’s work to determine intimate traits from faces will face significant challenges in applying laboratory science to the outside world. But they will be helped by ever-growing volumes of data and improving algorithms. “The latter, over time, inevitably win,” says Alessandro Acquisti of Carnegie Mellon University, who has shown that an individual’s social security number can be discovered using face recognition and online information. For those with secrets to keep, all this is bad news.

Technology has a way of seducing us into fresh moral swamps by degrees. American Christianists, for example, are stuck is a theological box: they have to maintain sexual orientation is a choice only made by those of whom they disapprove. Otherwise, the dread gays would also be God's creations. Biblical inerrancy has no off-ramps, see.

But Southern Baptist leader Albert Mohler has long maintained that, if sexual orientation is shown to be genetic, the evangelical opposition to abortion would vanish overnight.

There was a movie about this- The Twilight of the Golds- in 1997. It portrayed a conservative family who just pretended acceptance of their gay son, but went into a tizzy when his undeniably straight sister and brother-in-law found out they were to become parents of a healthy gay son.

So soon we will have apps you can use with social media. "Gay" will just be another filter.

That's what government will say, too, as they deny using it to classify all of us walking up and down streets, recorded by security cameras. Information is never just a curiosity. It always finds a use.