I’ve identified the people in the cake photo

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 4:05pm

People have asked who is cutting the cake in the photo from the Texas Faith and Family Day.


From left to right: Rep. Stuart Spitzer peeking over Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz, who is looking creepy because he’s probably getting some from Spitzer. Rep. Mark Keough sharing a tender moment with Rep. Molly White (in red), Rep. Scott Turner struggling to find a way to prove he doesn’t deserve a primary with Sen. Charles Perry, who filed a bill similar to Rep. Cecil Bell’s punishing government employees who give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Sen. Brian Birdwell. And of course Sen. Donna Campbell, witness to the Second Coming.

This was also held in the Capitol, a taxpayer funded enterprise. And these legislators, accompanied by my BFF, Cathie Adams, and Saenz and others, were there on the government payroll.

While I’ve identified them by their names, let me sum them up: Assholes.


DIFFA tickets available Saturday at Traffic

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 3:52pm

DIFFA 2014

DIFFA’s 25th anniversary gala isn’t for more than a week, but if you’ve already purchased seats you don’t have to wait and stand in line at the Omni in your tux. You can beat the crowds by dropping by Traffic at the Joule this Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will even be champagne and snacks available! And if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, well, you can do it there and then, too.


AFA’s map of bigots

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 2:10pm
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The AFA Map of Bigots. Notice they didn’t list themselves

Well, this is interesting.

The American Family Association has created the “AFA Bigotry Map,” and no, surprisingly enough, it isn’t a map that shows all the places where AFA has perpetrated its hatefulness.

AFA President Tim Wildmon explained in a written statement, “Families and businesses that express a Christian worldview on social issues often face vicious retaliation from anti-Christian zealots, and it’s time to call them out for their intolerance.” And so, they created the “Bigotry Map.”

The AFA Bigotry Map website explains: “The American Family Association has identified more than 200 groups and organizations that openly display bigotry toward the Christian faith and is educating Americans about these groups through an online map.”

The interactive map “identifies groups whose actions are deeply intolerant of the Christian religion.” These groups strive to “silence Christians and to remove all public displays of Christian heritage and faith in America,” usually through lawsuits and threats of lawsuits demanding that prayer be removed from schools and city council meetings, that 10 Commandment monuments “be stricken from courthouses and that memorial crosses be purged from cemeteries and parks.”

Wildmon claims, “Because of anti-Christian bigotry, private business owners have been sued and forced to close their businesses. Families and businesses that express a Christian worldview on social issues often face vicious retaliation from anti-Christian zealots, and it’s time to call them out for their intolerance.”

He also claims that some members of the groups targeted by the “Bigotry Map” have “committed violent crimes against Christians and faith-based groups,” and that they also target Christians with physical and “profane verbal” assaults in an effort to intimidate them.

The “interactive map” on the website is dotted with markers indicating where these groups are located and what kind of groups they are. Rainbow-striped markers denote groups with a “homosexual agenda” that “advocate for the legalization and promotion of same-sex marriage and viciously attack Christians who exercise their First Amendment right to voice support for God’s plan for marriage as between one man and one woman.”

There is a red marker with a white A for the atheist groups, a gray marker with a white cross marked out by a red X for “anti-Christian” groups which “actively engage in the complete eradication of the Christian faith from society, government and private commerce. These groups file lawsuits and use intimidation to silence any reference to Christianity from the public square.” And then there is the blue marker with the white outline of a human form to denote the “humanist” groups that believe “critical thinking and physical evidence are the sole basis for beliefs. Humanists believe science triumphs faith in issues of morality and decision-making.”

I checked the map and it only lists four “homosexual agenda” groups in Texas: HRC Dallas/Fort Worth, HRC Houston, HRC Austin and HRC San Antonio. Dallas Voice is not listed; I don’t know whether to be relieved or insulted.

Resource Center in Dallas isn’t listed. Neither is Fairness Fort Worth. Nor Equality Texas, Tyler Area Gays, … . The list of what isn’t listed goes on and on.

There are five atheist organizations listed for Texas, two anti-Christian groups (both of them Americans United groups), and five humanist groups. We LGBTs need to get busy! Those atheists and humanists are outnumbering us!


MORONS MAKE LAWS: Throw teachers in jail for recommending … books

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 12:09pm
Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook

Kansas state Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook has introduced a bill to arrest and prosecute teachers and librarians who give children books that are “deemed harmful to minors,” according to Courthouse News Service. She also wants to punish sex-ed teachers for teaching students about … sex.

“Harmful material” includes any depiction of nudity, sexual conduct, homosexuality, sexual excitement or sadomasochistic abuse “in a manner that is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the community with respect to what is suitable for minors.”

Teachers could face up to six months in jail.

Who would compile the list? The bill doesn’t say, but some of the books recently listed on the American Library Association’s challenged book list are To Kill A Mockingbird, The Color Purple, The Hunger Games and Brave New World.


Same-sex marriage rabbi does Texas House invocation

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 10:07am
Goodfriend and Bruant

Rabbi Kerry Baker, right

Rabbi Kerry Baker did the invocation in the Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday.

In his morning prayer, he advised legislators to treat everyone equally and watch out for those who are marginalized.

“It’s not enough to do what is good for the majority, but to do what is good for all of us,” Baker said.

Whatever could he have been talking about?

Baker is the rabbi who performed the first legal same-sex wedding in Texas last week after a court ruled Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant should be issued a marriage license in Travis County.

Goodfriend works in the office of Rep. Celia Israel, but Baker lives in fellow Austinite Rep. Elliot Naishtat’s office. House members normally invite clergy who live in their own districts, so it was probably Naishtat who invited Baker to deliver the prayer, although we don’t have confirmation of that.

See this week’s Dallas Voice for an interview with Goodfriend and Bryant.


MORONS MAKE LAWS: Wash away your cancer with baking soda

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 9:38am

Assemblywoman Michelle Fiore

“If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing with, say, salt water, sodium cardonate through that line and flushing out the fungus,” said Nevada state Assemblywoman Michelle Fiore.

The lawmaker’s stupidity is based on research done by an Italian doctor whose medical license was revoked in 2003 and who was later charged with wrongful death. By “sodium cardonate” she probably meant “sodium bicarbonate” or baking soda.

But why let science stand in the way of making laws?

Fiore has proposed what she calls the “terminally ill bill” that would allow people to come to Nevada to get what she calls “alternative treatments” — whether or not they’re proven to kill you. She thinks people would flock to Nevada for medical care like they do for entertainment. That could actually happen if Nevada decided to build world-class research hospitals rather than propose quack treatments.

And cancer is not a fungus, Assemblywoman Fiore.


MORONS MAKE LAWS: The mouth bone’s connected to the vagina bone

Posted on 25 Feb 2015 at 2:27pm
Rep. Vito Barbieri

Rep. Vito Barbieri

Idaho state Rep. Vito Barbieri wants women to take an oral gynecological exam.

His committee was hearing testimony on doctors prescribing drugs to induce abortion through telemedicine.

“Can this same procedure then be done in a pregnancy?” Barbieri asked. “Swallowing a camera and helping the doctor determine what the situation is?”

Telemedicine refers to video conferencing with a doctor, something that’s occurring more frequently in places like Idaho with large areas of sparse population. It doesn’t involve swallowing cameras.

Laughter erupted in the room when Barbieri was told that pills that are swallowed do not end up in the vagina.

“Fascinating,” Barbieri said. “That makes sense.”


MORONS MAKE LAWS: Georgia lawmaker wants to outlaw creating mermaids artificially

Posted on 25 Feb 2015 at 2:01pm

Rep. Tom Kirby

Georgia state Rep. Tom Kirby doesn’t mind naturally occurring mermaids. He’s not too keen on centaurs, but he agrees people could get around better if they had wings.

But we shouldn’t be creating these things by combining human DNA with animal DNA. If people grow wings naturally, he’s fine with it.

“The mermaids in the ocean, that’s been around for a long time,” Kirby said. “I don’t think we should create them. But if they already exist, that’s fine.”

Here’s a link to the video of him explaining science and making laws that will keep us safe from these human-animal hybrids. At least the ones that don’t occur naturally.


Legislator files complaint against marriage equality judge

Posted on 25 Feb 2015 at 1:34pm
Tony Tinderholt

Rep. Tony Tinderholt

Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, filed a complaint against a state judge who permitted a Travis County couple to wed last week, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The complaint against District Judge David Wahlberg was filed with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct on Thursday, Feb. 19.

In his complaint, Tinderholt believes “Wahlberg failed to give notice to the office of Attorney General of Texas which is required by statutory law under government code…Constitutional challenge by a judge requires notice and must wait until 45 days after to enter final judgment.”

“This judge deliberately violated statutory law and this is unacceptable,” Tinderholt told the Chronicle. ”This complaint and any action, which the legislature decides to take, is about ensuring that our judicial system respects the laws of our state and respects the separation of powers. Judge Wahlberg allowed his personal views to dictate his action and ignored state law to accomplish his desired outcome.”

The freshman Arlington legislator defeated Diane Patrick of Arlington in a contentious GOP primary last year.


Fink thanks Dallas City Council for progress on LGBT issues

Posted on 25 Feb 2015 at 9:52am

Screen shot 2015-02-25 at 9.39.11 AMDallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance President Patti Fink addressed the Dallas city Council this morning to thank it for its support of the LGBT community.

She noted the upcoming one-year anniversary of the LGBT equality resolution and the number of items that have been accomplished in the year since its passage. Among the most notable are this week’s equalization of pension benefits for married police and firefighters as well as equalization of benefits for other city workers earlier this month.

“You stood for us and stood up for us,” Fink said.

Other accomplishments she noted were the city’s inclusion of LGBT issues recommended by the LGBT Task Force in lobbying efforts before the legislature this session and improving the city’s ranking in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

Not used to hearing compliments, the mayor and city council allowed Fink to go one minute overtime, a privilege not often given to speakers.