More Christianists Demanding Special Rights

April 30, 2012

From the Houston Chronk:

The Friendly Atheist reports that two movie theaters in the Greater Dallas area aren’t allowing clips by a local atheist group to run in their theaters.

The Green Oaks Movie Tavern in Arlington rejected last month an ad from the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason, citing a policy against religious advertising, and now the Angelika Film Center in Plano has rescinded an initial decision to run the ad, even though it has accepted ads from churches.

Zachary Moore, who leads the Coalition of Reason chapter,  told the local CBS affiliate Angelika had received complaints from Christians….

And, now, the money shot:

[Dallas attorney Stewart Thomas] says, “it seems to me the public accommodation is to attend the theater and watch the movie everyone has the right to watch the movie. I’m not sure the theater has to sell to anyone that wants to buy advertising.”

Uh huh….


Ayn Rand Rangers Fans

April 26, 2012


An unfortunate scene unfolded in Arlington tonight as a pair of Rangers fans caught a foul ball tossed into the stands by Mitch Moreland in the eighth inning of Rangers-Yankees, then refused to give the ball to the toddler sitting next to them—instead choosing to pose for pictures and generally behave like douchebags.

Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay—capturing the thoughts of America for probably the first time ever—chided the couple for “rubbing it in the kid’s face,”….

The guy looks like a cross between George W. Bush (who was probably in his usual throne at the home plate end of the Rangers dugout) at his most ‘born on third’-entitled and Jay Leno at his ‘Bill Hicks deserved to live to see Patrick Duffy and Joey Lawrence appear on the Tonight Show together’ smarmiest.


April 25, 2012

As if there was any doubt:

Last week, ALEC acknowledged that it was reeling after its corporate sponsors — some of which pay hundreds of thousands of dollars at times for membership in the right-wing group — started dropping like flies. In a statement that sidestepped any admission of wrongdoing for pushing voter suppression and Stand Your Ground/Shoot First bills nationwide, ALEC announced, “We are eliminating the ALEC Public Safety and Elections task force that dealt with non-economic issues, and reinvesting these resources in the task forces that focus on the economy.”

We already knew this was a PR stunt. But in an recent interview, the Republican state legislator who chaired the disbanded committee confirms it:

Republican State Rep. Jerry Madden of Texas chairs the Public Safety Task Force and although he is disappointed the committee is disbanding, he said many of the issues will be transferred to other committees.

“ALEC’s decision won’t impact the important issues we’ve worked on,” Madden told The Christian Post. “But I will say this, these groups are targeting ALEC because when conservatives get together, we influence state and federal policy in a major way and these groups are scared of us – and should be.”

There never was any doubt, right?

Creepier Than Ann Coulter – And For All The Same Reasons

April 22, 2012

[W]hile liberal women may praise Ann for (at least) getting herself an education, where is the praise for Ann’s best decision of all — to marry well?Progressives like Hilary Rosen, who lambasted Ann Romney on economic issues for being a stay-at-home mom, would presumably prefer women to be dependent on the state for health care and housing .

But by marrying wealthy, Ann made a truly empowering decision that allowed her the freedom to do whatever she wanted.

That would be S.E. Cupp.  As Digby observes:

Evidently Cupp is looking for a wealthy, patriarchal throwback to take her away from all this and there are probably a few available. Sadly, being in her 30s she’s pretty much out of the running for anyone younger than 60 or so. (Rich male “providers” of all ages tend to prefer the younger ones.) She missed her “Romney window” a long time ago.

Maybe something else put her out of the running as well.

“One of the few ex-cons that did more harm after getting out of prison”

April 21, 2012

That’s Wayne Besen on holier-than-thou Watergate felon Chuck Colson, who has finally done something useful for the world by ceasing to be a part of it:

He was described as the “evil genius” of the Nixon administration, and spent the better part of a year in prison for a Watergate-related conviction. His proclamations following his release that he was a new man, redeemed by his religious faith, were met with more than skepticism by those angered at the abuses he had perpetrated as one of Nixon’s hatchet men.

But Charles “Chuck” Colson spent the next 35 years steadfast in his efforts to evangelize to a part of society scorned just as he was. And he became known perhaps just as much for his efforts to minister to prison inmates as for his infamy with Watergate.

Colson died Saturday at age 80. His death was confirmed by Jim Liske, chief executive of the Lansdowne, Va.-based Prison Fellowship Ministries that Colson founded.

…and which uses your tax money to coerce prisoners – who the state won’t protect from being sodomized by other prisoners – into giving up their right not to be sodomized by religionism.

Hell, of course, is just a big of a myth as god, compassionate conservatism, Sarah Palin’s brain, the existence of trans protections under Maryland statutory sex discrimination law, the usefulness of anyone named Romney, and the post-Watergate redemption of Colson.  However, I’ll chip in a few bucks to help build one just to ensure that Colson rots and burns in it.

In Praise of the Internet

April 20, 2012

Seen recently at the Vancouver Sun – and elsewhere on the intertoobs:

Wow. Thanks to Ann Romney for making Sarah Palin look good. Here’s what she said earlier this week at a Moms for Mitt group near Philadelphia.

“Why should women be paid equal to men? Men have been in the working world a lot longer and deserve to be paid at a higher rate.

“Heck, I’m a working mom and I’m not paid a dime. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my family, as should most women… and if a woman does work, she should be happy just to be out there in the working world and quit complaining that she’s not making as much as her male counterparts.

“I mean really, all this wanting to be equal nonsense is going to be detrimental to the future of women everywhere. Who’s going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It’s almost laughable.

“C’mon now ladies, are you with me on this?”

No Ann, we’re not.

Now, I don’t doubt for one nano second that those quotes represent what Ann ‘I’m the white daughter of a white millionaire and I married a white millionaire and cranked out five white boys, so of course I know what its like to raise non-white children while being non-white and making minimum wage’ Romney actually thinks about the class of people that she’s trying to con into voting for her husband.


I do have trouble believing that she’s sufficiently untrained to speak that freely with her master’s husband’s self-declared birthright on the line in the upcoming election.

Thus far, other than that Vancouver Sun blog posting…

…I’m tending to see that quote pasted onto facebook posts and in places like the Drudge Retort (yes, it fooled me too.) Consequently, I suspect that the quote might not be real.

But, I’m simply reporting what I’ve seen elsewhere; the fact that its out there is a story unto itself, don’tcha know – and, in all honesty, I think Ann ‘I’m the white daughter of a white millionaire and I married a white millionaire and cranked out five white boys, so of course I know what its like to raise non-white children while being non-white and making minimum wage’ Romney should be forced to admit or deny making the statement…

and, of course, if she denies it – she should be asked if, nevertheless, the content thereof is actually what she believes.

In Praise of Jeff Epperly

April 19, 2012


[Hilary] Rosen, a longtime fixture on the LGBT scene, has come to represent the worst of that peculiar and annoying segment of the pundit-lobbyist class for whom you can’t really understand why they’ve attained the high position they have in that milieu.

After all, Rosen was a catastrophe at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the lobbying group for the nation’s largest record companies. As head of that group from 1987-2003, it was under her watch that the recording industry began its disastrous policy of taking file sharers to court—also known as suing the pants off your future customers.

From there Rosen went on to such illustrious jobs as representing British Petroleum after the Gulf oil spill. In other words, if you’re looking for someone who understands the plight of America’s everywoman, Rosen is a terrible choice because her perspective appears to be a lot closer to the Romneys than she would likely admit. Yet she still manages time-after-time to get gigs as an allegedly progressive pundit, a job she still can’t manage to get right despite its ridiculously low bar for being considered a success.

But hey – even Fred Gladding got one hit, right?