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Saturday, January 21, 2017

His supporters call the Obamas monkeys, but the Trumps just can't stop aping them: POTUS passes over antigay Christian bakeries to get copycat cake fake

First, the future First Lady, Mrs Trump, plagiarized a speech by the First Lady, Mrs Obama.

Then the President, Mr Trump, plagiarized lines from a Batman movie for his Inaugural Address, which he didn't actually write after all.

Then the President, Mr Trump, stole photos of the President, Mr. Obama's last inaugural, to use on his website because Obama drew a more yuge crowd.

Now it turns out that The President, Mr Trump, had the last inaugural cake of the President, Mr Obama, copied exactly for his ball. 

Well, except for one thing:
MacIsaac said the attention caught her by surprise partly because, per the order, the Trump cake was intended to be more of a prop: All but a three-inch slice at the bottom was inedible. 
“It’s just a Stryofoam cake. It’s not for eating,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be seen on TV.”
But the biggest scandal is the bitch-slap the President, Mr Trump, has dealt anti-gay Christianist evangelicals.

He didn't hire a Christian baker:
MacIsaac did not want to state her political affiliation, but said her bakery began planning how it would donate its proceeds from the Trump inaugural cake to charity. The baker and her staff chose the Human Rights Campaign, a nonprofit group that advocates for equal treatment of the LGBT community — and that has declared Trump “unfit for the presidency.” 
“I’m a small-business owner and one of the things I’m very, very proud about is that I don’t discriminate,” MacIsaac said. “I would never turn someone away based on their age, their sex, their sexual orientation, their political views. It’s just not the way we operate.”
One of the arguments made by Christianist bakers like Oregon's Aaron and Melissa Klein- who have spent three years making money vilifying a lesbian couple they denied wedding cake to- and Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, is that they deserve the custom of religious conservatives who support their beliefs. Failing that, they will settle for tax-free online monetary gifts.

Stutzman, who refused to supply flowers and sticks and twigs for a gay couple's wedding, argues with the Kleins that compliance with state anti-discrimination laws violates their artistic freedom and ability to proof-text the Bible (Stutzman has raised nearly $300,000 from her online trolling, and has also gotten an unspecified cut out of the $742,000 bonanza a pizza joint hoovered up for telling a TV station they'd never, ever cater a gay wedding, as if any self-respecting gay couple would order 'za for two hundred out of Walkerton, Indiana).

The Kleins were fined $135,000 by the State of Oregon for deliberate infliction of emotional distress on the lesbian couple. They moved their business into their home to evade compliance while raising money online, claiming they had been forced to close their business.

In 2015 they paid the fine; their case remains on appeal. But having cleared a $350,000 profit on their internet grifting (plus whatever Franklin Graham raised for them in a secretive Samaritan's Purse online canvass), they announced in October 2016 they were closing the business they'd claimed was closed two years earlier. 

So here the Kleins were, available for a new surge to maybe 310-320% of their original ask, fueled by serving the President an inedible, fake cake dedicated to the truth of the Gospel, and he blew them off.

The Klein's campaign is still running under the claim that 
They have been struggling financially ever since they were forced to close the doors of their bakery in 2013 as their income was basically cut in half. If they are forced to pay the damages to the lesbian couple they will be in much worse shape than they are now. They are pioneers in standing strong for the Lord and have been very courageous and steadfast throughout this whole ordeal. Please let's rally around them to help ease the stress of everyday expenses and unexpected urgent needs. Thank you for your desire to help the Klein family, they will certainly appreciate it.
Fortunately for their future earning potential, the Kleins' scruples are narrow, as a Portland-area paper found:
Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa grabbed national headlines after the business owners refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple earlier this year because they claimed same-sex marriage conflicted with their religious beliefs. 
However, two undercover reporters from Portland alternative weekly paper Willamette Week discovered the bakery operators were happy to bake goods for celebrations of other things conservatives traditionally scorn, including parties for divorce, a pagan solstice, and stem cell research. 
When one of the reporters called and asked if the business could make two identical cakes to help a friend celebrate the grant she received for cloning human stem cells, a Sweet Cakes employee simply laughed and said, “It’ll be $25.99 each, so about $50 to start.” 
A request for a cake to congratulate a friend on her divorce was also happily accepted, with a Sweet Cakes worker saying, “We can definitely do something like that.” 
Sweet Cakes was even happy to take orders for cakes for a pagan summer solstice fete — complete with a green pentagram decoration — and celebrating babies born out of wedlock.
Ditto a previous cake martyr, Jack Phillips of Denver, to whose defense a California college professor and conservative activist, Steven Hayward, rushed in Forbes magazine. "Persecution and the Art of Baking, or, How Civil Rights Became Corrupt," is a farrago of persiflage and piffle, from a bogus claim Hayward had to retract about a KKK chapter forcing a Georgia baker to whip up an offensive combo of eggs, flour, sugar, and lard to claims the State of Colorado was going to force Phillips and his staff to go through a Chinese Mao-era re-education camp.

Phillips, another frosting artiste for God ("who has happily served people of all backgrounds for years, simply exercised the long-cherished American freedom to decline to use his artistic talents to promote a message and event with which he disagrees" and who- to his credit- didn't opt for the online welfare begs) has lost his case all the way up the line and back.

President Trump passed him over, too (not to mention Memories Pizza in Indiana, which closed for a week in 2015 to gin up some anguish with which- along with some coaching on how to force TV tears from their champion, Glenn Beck- to enrich themselves beyond the dreams of avarice.

Day-Not-One-Until-Monday has been a bitch for those who cussed out social media dissenters who didn't believe The Great Grabber is anointed by God to save America. Sad. So sad.

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