Exclusively Shrivelled

September 30, 2010

My, my….

Look at what one now finds at The Shrivel’s stalk-blog, ‘Chris Armstrong Watch‘:

I guess he got tired of people born after the year 1300 looking at his nonsense.

None Dare Call It a Slow-Trickle Second Kristalnacht

September 30, 2010

Given that LGBTs being driven – not to mention encouraged – to suicide is still acceptable, the only question left: Who will be the first person murdered with open glee in this newest round of christianism-by-intimidation?

Surprisingly it wasn’t a 14 year-old girl in La Crosse, Wisconsin:

La Crosse, Wisconsin police are investigating an incident in which a man shoved a 14 year-old girl in an attempt to wrestle away a version of the gay pride flag the teen was going to carry in the city’s Maple Leaf Parade.

The teen was rollerblading and carrying a flag pole with two rainbow flags — one a hybrid of the American flag and the gay pride flag — as members of 7 Rivers LGBT Resource Center’s float prepared for the parade about 9:45 a.m. Saturday on Rose Street, said Roseanne St. Sauver, the center’s executive director. Commodore Mark Schneider, who was on a float nearby, approached the girl and put his hands on the flagpole, St. Sauver said. St. Sauver walked over, placed her hands on the pole and told him, “Please stop, she’s a 14-year-old child.” “He said, ‘I do not care. Look what you are teaching them,’” St. Sauver said. That’s when, St. Sauver said, Schneider shoved the girl with his body. St. Sauver said Schneider told the girl: “Go to a country where they will hang people like you.“

Actually, I think the actual only question left is: When will Andrew Shirvell become the person to commit that murder.  I think we know who the victim will be – and who will defend Shirvell when it happens.

News Flash: Hunger and Sickness Disappear Completely From Planet Earth

September 30, 2010

Which would be the only non-projectile-vomiting-inducing headline which could accompany the obscene opulence of:

As one commenter to that story observed:

A disgusting display of wealth and waste. How many children, battered women and homeless veterans could have been help[ed] with all that money? Churches are businesses and need to be treated as such.

I couldn’t have said it better – so I’ll end there.

The Mortgage-ant!

September 30, 2010

From Crooks and Liars:

Our financial overlords have come up with an ingenious new way to loot the American economy: Forging foreclosure documents.

Luis Fernandez’s foreclosure documents never looked quite right. Critical papers regarding his Orlando home were missing dates, and some signatures appeared to him to be forged. The mortgage had been sold so often – including once in the middle of the foreclosure process – that at times it was hard to tell which company was trying to seize the house. He challenged the foreclosure in court but failed.

Now, as Fernandez seeks to appeal his eviction and get his home back, he has learned that the law firm representing the banks is under investigation for fabricating foreclosure documents.

Why do I get the feeling that the person Matt Damon portrayed in The Informant! is involved here somewhere?

And it isn’t just the mortgage vampires.

Remember the insurance mafia?

We just got a notice from our mortgage holder that our payment would be going up a few dollars per month next year.  No, we’re not on an ARM; we have a fixed rate.  But, there is an escrow account for taxes and insurance.  And this notice indicated that an increase in our homeowners insurance for next year was going to toss things out of whack enough that our monthly payment would go up – a whopping $7 per month, but its not that $7/month that caught my eye.

It was the insurance amount that triggered it.

First of all, we had yet to receive the actual premium notice for 2011 from the insurance syndicate, so I initially wondered if the mortgage crooks were just pulling the number out of their shirvell.


The annual amount represented nearly a 20% increase over last year’s premium.

No claims against us during the year – on that or any of our policies.

And I damn sure didn’t get a 20% pay raise to help offset the milllions that the company’s worthless pieces of shit who are unworthy of the protection that criminal law affords them ‘executives’ will make for wearing thousand-dollar suits, fucking their secretaries and doing nothing to produce anything except financial suffering among the people of America who actually want to be productive.

But the insurance racketeers gets to reward themselves a 20% raise on my back?

Well, I called the local insurance capo agent just to see if the number was real.

And it was.

Dear ‘fierce advocate’: Stop having dinner in peoples’ back yards and do something about this crime wave.  These bastards don’t deserve any increase at all in any rate on any type of insurance right now.  If they can’t live off of the invountary financial servitude mandatory liability insrance that anyone with a car is forced into buying from them, then they can go compete in the screwed-blued-and-tattooed marketplace for a job that doesn’t come subsidized with government-enforced financial slavery.

Shrivelled Logic

September 30, 2010

Ah yes…

The Shrivel of today:

Now, The Shrivel’s past:

Students For Life President Andrew Shirvell, an LSA senior, said although his group believes scientists should do everything they can to relieve suffering, using embryos should not be practiced in research.

“The group agrees that we”re opposed to the leftover embryos from in vitro fertilization being used for research,” Shirvell said.

He said his group believes an embryo should have the same rights as a developed human.

“Just because they”re frozen doesn”t mean they”re any less of a human being,” Shirvell said.

Shirvell said Students For Life stands by research crediting adult stem cells with as much potential in research as embryonic stem cells.

“If adult stem cells are as effective as embryonic stem cells why not just use the adult stem cells? We”re opposed to embryonic stem cell research. We oppose anything that would end human life artificially,” Shirvell said.

So, from August of 2001, we see that he’s a proponent of the adult stem cell fraud as well as a ‘fertilized egg = human being”-er.

So he’s pro-life, eh?

Not when it comes to the possibility of getting a chance to kill adults.

Michigan’s general prohibition of the death penalty does contribute to the building-up of a real Culture of Life in this State.  But such a culture will not be destroyed if Michigan were to one day enact capital punishment in limited circumstances because executing convicted criminals is not an intrinsically evil act, unlike the legal execution of innocent, unborn children via abortion.  

Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more!


I also suggest that he whineth no more about free spech rights given that he clearly has not had his interfered with in any way – even though he has a wee bit of a problem seeing things that wub his wittle feewings the wrong way.  From 2005:

Members of a local student-oriented Catholic parish received an email last week urging them to boycott the New York Pizza Depot on East William Street because of a gay pride rainbow sicker on its front door.

The sticker has upset some people, including Andrew Shirvell, an NYPD customer and member of St. Mary’s Student Parish, located down the street from NYPD.

Shirvell, a University alumnus and former president of Students for Life, said the sticker is offensive because it endorses homosexuality instead of simply tolerating it.

“I find the rainbow flag offensive because it is a symbol of the homosexual movement that, in my opinion, indicates a validation of the homosexual lifestyle, as opposed to a sign that indicates ‘openness’ to customers who are of the homosexual orientation,” he said.

Apparently, The Shrivel also is offended by accuracy.  From that same article:

After Shirvell saw the sticker, he asked one of the owners why it was on the door. Shirvell said Maurice Grillo, one of the owners at NYPD, told him that an incident of some sort involving the gay community “forced his hand.”

Last week Shirvell sent an e-mail to members of St. Mary’s Student Social Justice Ministry, asking them to persuade Grillo to take the sticker down. Shirvell wrote in the e-mail that he may not eat at NYPD because it is “time to take a stand. Otherwise this type of intimidation of small business owners and their customers will never end.” Shirvell encouraged others to call or visit NYPD’s owners and ask them to remove the sticker.

Shirvell said he was led to believe that Grillo “had to put up the rainbow flag decal in order to appease the homosexuals who frequented NYPD on Friday nights” after leaving Necto nightclub on Liberty Street. Shirvell said Grillo told him he hoped the sticker would come down in a few weeks, but declined to give details about the alleged incident.

Grillo said in an interview that he was never pressured to hang the sticker on his door by anyone and that Shirvell may have misunderstood what he told him.

“It was just a decision,” Grillo said. “There was absolutely no pressure whatsoever. I just felt like it was the right thing to do. If we feel like taking it down — we will.”

John Pelemaco, a manager at NYPD, said a previous incident played a role in the posting of the sticker. According to Pelemaco, though he was not at the restaurant on the night the alleged controversy ensued, to his understanding there was a conflict between a gay clubgoer and someone at the restaurant that resulted in the former being offended.

Pelemaco said he believed hanging the sticker was a way for NYPD to make peace and ensure that no members of the gay community feel ostracized or offended.

I might not have included that part if The Shrivel was a member of some church that did not have a 2000-year record of intimidating governments, businesses and individuals into doing things Joe the Rat’s way.  But, as they (or, well, I) say: If you lay down with inquisitors, you’re liable to wake up with an iron maiden. 

C’est la vie!

Of course,I do want to be fair to the specific catholic parish to which The Shrivel belonged at that time, because apparently The Shrivel either was speaking only for himself or, at the very least, not for the parish.

“I was solely acting in my capacity as a parishioner of St. Mary’s in communicating to my fellow parishioners what was going on, again, since many St. Mary’s parishioners frequent NYPD after weekend masses,” Shirvell said.

“In my e-mail, I in no way indicated that I spoke on behalf of the parish or any of its ministries, including the Student Social Justice group.”

Pat Waters, operations director and pastoral associate for St. Mary’s Student Parish, said St. Mary’s does not discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Catholics.

Waters said that Shirvell does not have any official status as a spokesman for the church and that Shirvell’s view on this matter is in opposition to the majority of the parish.

Waters added that of the people he had spoken to about Shirvell’s statements, he could not find many who agreed with him.

“Most of the people — at least of the people I’m at work with — more were outraged and indignant about (Shirvell’s) posture than (the sticker itself),” he said.

Grillo said that, despite the controversy over the sticker, he felt some people were inflating the matter to serve their own political interests.

“I feel like everyone is just trying to make us the middle of a political issue,” Grillo said.

“All NYPD wants to do is make good food for the whole community,” he added.


I bet that all Chris Armstrong wants to do is go to school and serve as Michigan’s Student Body president without being terrorized by a deranged, closet-case alumnus whose very presence on the staff of Michigan’s top law enforcement official calls into question the degree to which any non-heterosexual person within the boundaries of the state of Michigan can count upon their constitutional rights to even be acknowledged, much less enforced.


What does Half-Term Paul Scott, now merely a candidate for relection to his Michigan House seat, have to say about The Shrivel’s presence in a state law enforcement position?  Inquiring people-who-have-actually-read-the-Fourteenth-Amendment want to know.

Someone Needs to Fine-Tune the Rabbit Ears on her Google

September 29, 2010

Just received via e-mail:

I got your contact on my private search for a reliable and trusted person; I know that this email will meet you ina a good health and also surprisely but God have his own way of bringing people together.I was moved to write to you and also seek your advice of which i know that it helps me to overcome my present situation,I’m presently single and searching for a trusted and God fearing person. My dearest,In your free time, may it please you to write me back so that i can explain more about myself,my details,my pictures and my purpose of writing to you.Please do not neglect a humble and lonely heart that seeks for your love. A good friendship is the foundation build on other relative things to come. May God bless you as i wait impatiently to read from you

“Surprisely,” whatever search for a religion-addled person brought you to my e-mail box should disqualify your search engine from ever calling itself such again.

A Truly Deranged Individual

September 29, 2010

I rarely just blanketly recommend a post over at The John’s site, but this one is worth looking at – in no small part because this has flown under my (and possibly other people’s) radar.

This guy is really, really creepy. Best line from Anderson [Cooper]:

It appears, though, that you’re obsessed with this young gay man.

The obsessed person in this case is Andrew Shirvell, a Michigan Assistant Attorney General.   


My criticisms for The John’s site usually involve other things, but the one thing I’ll criticize that post about is this: “really, really creepy” is a massive understatement.  I think the guy needs to be involuntarily committed for his own good.

The person that this state actor (a key civil rights term of art)  is obsessed with is someone else I’d never heard of: Chris Armstrong, who apparently had the unmitigated gall to be openly “gay” (Andrew Shirvell is the type of clown who puts that word in air quotes – which says plenty in and of itself – but he’s also the type of person who apparently thinks that being on the same side of anything as the Alliance Defense Fund is a positive thing – which says even more) and to get himself elected as the Student Body prez of the alma mater of ‘Concerned Michigan Alumnus‘, the University of Michigan (hmmm…isn’t that where Half-Term Paul Scott went to law school?  I’m sensing a pattern here!)

Here’s Shrivel’s, er…, Shirvell’s definition of “outrage“:

OUTRAGE ALERT: Armstrong Praises Anti-Christian Activist Judge Vaughn R. Walker

With barely a month left before Fall semester classes begin at the University of Michigan, new student body President Chris Armstrong is publicly rejoicing over a San Francisco federal court’s decision this week to overturn California’s democratically enacted 2008 constitutional amendment that sought to preserve traditional marriage between one man and one woman.

[He] updated his Facebook status on Thursday, August 5, 2010 in order to brag about the fact that Vaughn R. Walker, the San Fransisco federal judge who issued the extremely controversial decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, received his undergraduate degree from U of M.

Armstrong’s new hero, Judge Walker, who – like Armstrong – is openly homosexual, has a history of persecuting Christians from the bench:

In 1999, Walker rejected arguments from the parents of a San Leandro boy who claimed their religious rights were violated by pro-gay comments their son’s teacher had made in the classroom. In 2005, Walker sided with the city of Oakland against two employees who placed fliers promoting ‘natural family, marriage and family values.’ Walker wrote in an opinion that the city had ‘significant interests in restricting discriminatory speech about homosexuals . . . (and has) a duty under state law to prevent workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.’

Given openly homosexual Judge Walker’s long-held bias against Christians, it is unsurprising that Armstrong would celebrate the Perry decision by highlighting the fact that he is proud that “Walker went to Michigan.”

Remember: Though not the top law enforcement officer there, the person who pecked this has executive administrative law enforcement authority in the State of Michigan. 

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution….


No State shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Maybe they don’t teach that at the U of Michigan.

If not, then maybe they should.

Perhaps they do teach that christianists have special rights.

I doubt it, but, if so, then maybe they should stop.

The Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool Proves Its Worthlessness Yet Again

September 29, 2010

Tyler DeVere at Q Notes poses a question:

Why does Johnny Weir deserve the HRC Visibility Award?

And he does a good job at offering a reality-based (read: non-DC, non-queerionaire-centric) answer to the effect that Weir most certainly – again, if reality (read: a world where Joe Solmonese’s wardrobe and 401(k) plan weren’t the top priorities of a ‘gay rights’ organization) was a consideration – does not deserve such an ‘award.’

[A]s far as I can tell, Johnny Weir is not openly gay or bisexual. I’m not taking anything away from Weir, but this seems like a bizarre choice for such an award.I find it respectable that Weir rejects labels and doesn’t want to be put in a box, but does that really qualify him to be recognized for an LGBT organization’s Visibility Award? What has Johnny Weir said or done that makes him worthy of recognition for “outstanding visibility”?

Weir has said, “I don’t feel the need to express my sexual being because it’s not part of my sport and it’s private. I can sleep with whomever I choose and it doesn’t affect what I’m doing on the ice.”

On the other hand, he’s also said, “I would marry a woman. I very well could. People laugh at me, but why is that so funny? I love women.”

Assuming he is indeed gay, if he doesn’t want to come out for whatever reason, that’s fine — I’m not judging him. But why is being given this award?

Clearly, Tyler is operating under the assumption that HRC is an organization that has some priority other than its own obscene pile of cash. 

And, of course, like a good self-aggrandizing propaganda outfit that has no goals other than self-perpetuation and infinite monetization, it has fake blog-commenters who belch non-answers to legitimate questions, thereby clogging the activism arteries of those who actually need real progress to occur.  Case in point, the comment to Tyler’s piece by “PumaJ”:

Whilst many of Johnny’s fans love him for his extraordinary beautiful and unique style of figure skating, the majority of his newer fans love him because of his self honesty and visibility. Since his reality show, Be Good Johnny Weir, first aired early this year the number of fans at his Facebook site has grown from about 20,000 to over 40,0000. Over 60,000 people follow him on Twitter. This does not take into account the equal or even greater number of his fans in Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and other countries.

Ultimately, that distinguishes him from Kate Goesselin, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Danza and the Kardashian krapheads HOW?!?!?!?!?

Many of Johnny’s fans are members of the LGBT community.

That distinguishes him from Lady GaGa and Toby Keith HOW?!?!?!?!?

Many of us have been moved by Johnny’s example to be more open and more honest in our own lives. One does not have to “come out” and announce “I am gay/lesbian/bi/or transgendered” to be strong in their personal identity.

That distinguishes him from Liberace HOW?!?!?!?!?

But, it has been in the straight fans that I have seen the biggest change. Folks who’d previously accepted Johnny as he is, but didn’t think about, or really know about the greater LGBT community and problems have started to become educated and thus, increasingly fierce allies of us who are LGBT, including Johnny.

Proof?  (And, BTW, that’s slick how you craftily avoided the Obama Administration nothingism of “fierce advocate.”  Getcha a case of beer for that one!)

Your comments belie your ignorance about this young man and the many ways in which he has already “come out” without making any type of grand announcement.

If you were doubting that the comment was from an HRC operative (or someone equally devoid of desire for substantive policy change because they themselves don’t personally need it), then look no further.  I’m sure that this person (or the person he was cloned from) made similar grandiose, privilege-drenched prnouncements as to how those who actually live in reality “belie” their ignorance about the degree to which the HRC-queerionaire-Barney Frank ENDA cvoers trans people without anykind of “grand announcement” in the form of the type of overt statutory language that a court would actually need to interpret the HRC-queerionaire-Barney Frank ENDA as being trans-inclusive.

Transgendered youth look up to him. Gay and Lesbian youth look up to him…

Really?  You speak for all youth?  Or even a measurable percentage of youth?

straight youth look up to him.


Look up to him?  Setting aside the “youth” who bullied the gay kid in Houston into committing suicide, lets think about actual, civilized “straight youth.”  Overall is “straight youth” more gay-tolerant than when I was in grade school?  Probably? But to make a blanket statement that “straight youth” look up to the Queen Latifah of figure skaters?  Or any figure skater for that matter?

If you ask them why, the answer is universally something like this: “Because he is awesome.”, “He is just himself, and he is fabulous, if you don’t like it, too bad.” “He’s so cool, thumbing his nose at those who try to define him!” “He’s like Lady Gaga, he makes it okay to be ourselves.” “He gives me courage to be who I am.” “Johnny Weir? Oh, I love him! I love how he is just himself.” “Oh? Of course he’s gay, I mean come on! He’s such a cool dude!”

And, by not actually acknowledging who he is, he’s as big of a fraud as Queen Latifah is – and Ricky Martin was.

So, what has he done? He has been himself….

He has led a life of over-exposed privilege and utter substancelessness that is so utterly disconnected from the lives of the people that HRC fraudulently purports to represent that it is doing itself a disservive by giving him a ‘Visibility’ Award.

HRC should be putting him on its Board of Directors.

I suggest you hang out in his fan communities for awhile. You will find your answer there.

Pu, I suggest you go hang out in a men’s room…

and give yourself a swirly.

Maybe it will jumpstart your brain.

If, By ‘Outsider,’ You Mean ‘On the Outside of Reality Looking In’….

September 28, 2010

Then maybe.  Otherwise….

Perhaps to the outside of Masturbation Mama’s coven?

Of course, what’s really funny is where I ran across that cyber-ad. 

I have to admit I’m not completely up on the niceties of how which ads pop up where and when, though I do understand that websites in question aren’t completely in control over something like that – and I do presume that not even The John would do that deliberately.

Nevertheless, I felt the need to point out the perversity of it.

I’m just not sure who the perverse party is.

(Okay, Sharron Angle is perverse no matter where her grill pops up, but you get the idea.)


September 28, 2010

From Zoe O’Connell at Complicity, a post about “Stonewall,” the UK’s answer to the Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool:

It’s getting to the point where I don’t need to write blog posts about Stonewall – they’re writing themselves.

Stonewall has never pretended to be a democratic member organisation. We have never said we speak for all lesbian, gay and bisexual people

Who do they speak for and are they actually accountable to anyone at all? It’s starting to sound awfully like Stonewall is a well funded clique to keep a few people in champagne and canapé receptions


I wonder if Stonewall actually is HRC.

But we’ve saved the best for last:

He also raised the issue of current laws requiring trans people to end their marriages to obtain gender recognition certificates.

Mr Summerskill acknowledged the “terrible unfairness” of this situation but said he had been in talks with ministers and officials about amendments to the Gender Recognition Act.

Whoops. Remember that demo a couple of years ago over the whole Bindel thing? You’re not a Trans organisation, are you Summerskill? What possible reasons could you have for talking to ministers about the GRA unless you wanted to cripple it somehow?

Yup – sounds like the ‘educating’ that the Cesspoolers have done in D.C. over the last decade.

Decency prevents me from repeating the words being used to describe Stonewall and Summerskill in Trans circles at this moment, but most of them are four letters long. It’ll take four weeks but just in case we get something juicy back, I’ve just dropped the Home Office a Freedom of Information Act request, asking for any consultation/correspondence they might have on the topic.

And I hope that Zoe will pass along the info she is able to acquire.