Arizona’s Christian pastry chefs and photographers prepare for gay enslavement, ladies just don’t understand divorce, and a blind man with a history of gun violence has been rearmed.
Bakers in Arizona will now be forced to make penis cakes for gay weddings, most women don’t know what they’re doing when they file for divorce, and a blind man who shot and killed a friend just got his guns back.Arizona Christians Are Now Slaves to the GaysNot everyone was happy with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to veto a bill permitting businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians, but Judson Phillips may have had the most outrageous reaction.
Tea Party leader writes fiery response to anti-gay bill veto.
Not everyone was happy with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to veto a bill permitting businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians, but Judson Phillips may have had the most outrageous reaction. In an email and blog post titled “Tyranny, the loss of liberty and Arizona’s SB1062,” the Tea Party Nation president outlined the devastating effect Brewer’s decision will have on Arizona and society as a whole. He also revealed (shocker) that he’s never been to a same-sex wedding because he is under the impression that they are some sort of cross between an orgy and a trashy bachelorette party. According to Phillips, Brewer has essentially sold Arizona Christians into slavery. Without a law protecting discrimination, bakers will be forced to “create a cake for a homosexual wedding that has a giant phallic symbol on it,” and photographers will have to “photograph a homosexual wedding where the participants decide they want to be nude or engage in sexual behavior.” Other religious groups aren’t obligated to put up with such obscenity! “Would they force a Jewish photographer to work a Klan or Nazi event?” he asked. “How about forcing a Muslim caterer to work a pork barbeque dinner?”
Should take a class before filing so their husbands aren't surprised.
Getting a divorce in Utah is hard enough as it is, but state Rep. Jim Nielson wants to crack down on divorcing parents by making it even harder to split up. Since 1994, couples in the Beehive state have been required to complete (and pay $55 for) a two-hour divorce class before a court will make their breakup legal. Now, Nielson is proposing legislation that would force couples to complete at least part of the seminar before filing for divorce. This measure seems drastic as it is, but it’s Neilson’s reasoning—that women are just filing for divorce left and right without really knowing what divorce is and blindsiding their husbands—that really raises questions. “The friends that I have that have gone through a divorce, most of the people that I know personally that have gone through that personally are men,” Nielson said on the DadsDivorce.com Internet show earlier this month. “And my sense, at least from the men that I interact with, is that they’ve usually been surprised by the divorce request, by the filing.”
Step away from the computer.
Virginia Republicans might be wise to step away from Facebook for a while, as two of them are currently in hot water over some unsavory posts. First, state Sen. Steve Martin revealed on the social network that he regards pregnant women as nothing more than fetus “hosts.” “You can count on me to never get in the way of ‘preventing’ an unintentional pregnancy,” he wrote last week in response to a Valentine’s Day card from the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition criticizing his stance on reproductive rights. “However, once the child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.” This Tuesday, Virginia Republican Party Treasurer Bob FitzSimmonds joined Martin in the doghouse with his response to a Facebook post in support of GOP women and, in particular, House hopeful Barbara Comstock. “I have nothing against Barbara Comstock, but I hate sexist twat,” he wrote. FitzSimmonds removed the post and replaced it with an apology, telling the Virginian-Pilot that he had intended to use the word “twaddle,” meaning foolish speech, and that “my post was not about Barbara Comstock. It was relating to the sexist stereotypes used by the women posting.”
Welcome to Florida, where a legally blind man can not only own a gun but be acquitted for shooting and killing a friend after hours of drinking together, and then get his gun back. John Wayne Rogers—who reportedly went to jail in 2011 for punching a woman and was on probation the year before that for shooting 15 rounds at a cousin—spent two years behind bars for fatally shooting a friend at his home in Geneva, Florida in 2012 before he was acquitted in January thanks to Florida’s notorious “stand your ground” law. Claiming that he needs his guns for protection, Rogers argued that it’s his constitutional right to have the 10mm Glock and rifle that were confiscated when he was arrested returned to him. He didn’t want to do it, but Judge John Galluzzo conceded saying, “I have to return property that was taken under the circumstances. I have researched and I haven’t found case law to say otherwise.”
There's no limit to the dangers of equality.
Same-sex marriage opponents frequently warn that equality is the gateway to societal acceptance of sinister acts, such as bestiality or incest. According to Tea Party-approved Kentucky Senate hopeful Matt Bevin, it’s only a matter of time before same-sex marriage paves the way for parent-child marriage. The businessman going up against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s Republican primary, explained this slippery slope on Janet Mefford’s right wing talk radio show. “If it’s alright to have same-sex marriages, why not define a marriage—because at the end of the day a lot of this ends up being taxes and who can visit who in the hospital and there’s other repressions and things that come with it—so a person may want to define themselves as being married to one of their children so that they can then in fact pass on certain things to that child financially or otherwise,” he said. “Where do you draw the line?” Bevin has attacked McConnell for having ties to the federal judge who ruled earlier this month that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
A Utah legislator says double the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, an Idaho bill would allow doctors to refuse service to gays and single mothers, and an ex-border patrol vigilante is running for California governor.
Utah Rep: More Carbon Dioxide, PleaseUtah state Rep. Jerry Anderson wants to redefine the term “air contaminants” in proposed state legislation limiting regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide. In fact, the retired science teacher argued at a committee hearing this week that, contrary to credible climate research, we could and probably should double the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. “We are short of carbon dioxide for the needs of the plants,” Anderson said.
Wants less regulation on greenhouse gas emissions.
Retired science teacher and Utah Rep. Jerry Anderson wants to redefine the term “air contaminants” with proposed legislation that limits regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide. In fact, he argued at a committee hearing this week that, contrary to credible climate research, we could and probably should double the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. “We are short of carbon dioxide for the needs of the plants,” Anderson said. “Concentrations reached 600 parts per million at the time of the dinosaurs and they did quite well.” Joe Andrade, a retired University of Utah engineering professor countered Anderson’s claims, telling the Salt Lake Tribune that such carbon levels may not be toxic to humans but would be toxic to the atmosphere, acidifying the oceans and warming the planet.
Jerry Brown's first challenger is Tea Party favorite.
One of the only candidates challenging California Gov. Jerry Brown so far is a Tea Party favorite and former Minuteman border-patrol leader who last year was detained at an L.A. airport for having a loaded gun in his carry-on. Republican state assemblyman Tim Donnelly kicked off his 2014 gubernatorial campaign at a furniture factory in November, declaring, “I want to let Jerry Brown know that... not only are we coming for him, but the people of the state of California are coming for their freedom back.” But before he made his big announcement, Donnelly had already released one of the strangest campaign ads this year—if not ever. In it, the cowboy hat-clad assemblyman derides Gov. Brown’s ban on lead ammunition, uses the word “sexiest” twice (first, to describe his wife as the “sexiest woman in California,” and then in pledging to make California “the sexiest place on the planet to do business). Throughout, Cuban-American singer Maria Conchita stands beside Donnelly, translating his words into Spanish and declaring, “He has big ones... and he is angry.”
Under protection of their religious beliefs.
Idaho state Rep. Lynn Luker wants to pass legislation that would allow doctors to deny gay people and unwed mothers medical treatment, allow teachers to deny educating gay students, and allow psychologists to provide faith-based counseling all under the claim that they are exercising their religious beliefs. “We’ve seen the government attempt to come in and dictate who a church should hire for their personnel,” Luke told the House State Affairs Committee, which unanimously approved the bill. “We’ve seen the government mandate health care which requires businesses and individuals to support paying for...contraceptions against their religious feelings.” Other states, like Arizona, have introduced similar bills following the New Mexico Supreme Court’s ruling last year in favor of a gay couple who sued a photographer for refusing to photograph their nuptials.
Until after he’s been re-elected.
You’ve got to give it to Malcolm Smith, at least he is determined. The New York State Senator decided to go ahead with his re-election campaign after being charged with attempted bribery for a spot on the NYC mayoral ballot, and now he’s asked a judge to push back his corruption trial, so that it doesn’t ruin his chances of re-election. The office of the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York has already said it opposes Smith’s request, which “frustrates the public’s interest in a timely resolution of the pending criminal charges.” But, hey, it doesn’t hurt to ask, right?
If you care at all about black men, you’ll vote to criminalize homosexuality. Obama is secretly murdering critics and today’s boys are being neutered. Another week in wild theories from the fringe.
Bryan Fischer never fails to be an endless source of Fringe Factor material. This weekend, the American Family Association spokesman and right wing radio host paid tribute to National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day by giving a new motive to his existing war on homosexuality: his love for black males. Fischer misread a Centers for Disease Control fact sheet from 2010 about black males in the U.S., saying that they make up “six percent of the population”–it’s actually 12 percent–and “44 percent of HIV” infections in the country.
Strange argument against ammunition ban.
Colorado state Sen. Bernie Herpin offered up one of the most far-fetched arguments on behalf of selling large amounts of ammunition this week by suggesting that it was perhaps a good thing that James Holmes had a 100-round magazine when he shot up a movie theater in Aurora. At a legislative hearing, Wednesday, Herpin was arguing on behalf of his own proposal to overturn Colorado’s ban on the sale of magazines with more than 15 rounds, when Sen. Irene Aguilar pointed out that “James Holmes bought his 100-capacity magazine legally” and that “this law would have stopped James Holmes from purchasing a 100-round magazine.” Herpin agreed that, sure, maybe Holmes would not have been able to buy so much ammunition, but then threw out the idea that, “As it turned out, that was maybe a good thing that he had a 100-round magazine, because it jammed. If he had instead had four, five, six 15-round magazines, no telling how much damage he could have done until a good guy with a gun showed up.”
Maybe won’t exonerate him like he hoped it would.
Earlier this week, Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford insisted that an investigation by his office (paid for by the good people of Illinois) would clear his name of sexual harassment allegations against him. The investigation might not exonerate Rutherford, who is campaigning to be the Republican party’s gubernatorial candidate, after all because he’s now refusing to release the results. His attorney says that, now that Rutherford has officially been served with a lawsuit, “he has to follow the rules,” insisting that, “Nothing’s being hidden and no negative inference should be taken.”
Billionaire sees Kristallnacht everywhere.
Like a modern-day Robin Hood but completely the opposite, Tom Perkins is continuing his fight over the plight of the 1 percent. Speaking at an event aptly titled “The War on the 1 percent,” Perkins, 82, reiterated earlier views he expressed about the wealthy in a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal. "I wouldn't say taxation is a form of persecution. But the extreme progressivism of the tax system is." His comments Friday were modest in comparison to his WSJ piece in which he compared taxation of the rich to the Nazis’ Kristallnach. Perkins has since apologized, but he is still fighting the good fight for the uber-rich. He said the one percent faces "an economic extinction,” though he did qualify it is “not a physical one.”
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