Daily Archives: July 1, 2015

Broad Way

I believe in progress. I think that while there may be temporary setbacks to freedom and prosperity for all, the arc of history will bend towards the little guy eventually. They got the guns, but we got the numbers.

I think we will have universal broadband, or at least a form of subsidized national broadband soon. I can’t put a date on it, but it is undeniable that every person is going to need the Internet to do basic things. Finland is the only country to have realized that Internet access is a right.

But the telecoms aren’t going to let go of their rapacious domination of the broadband market. They’re making millions upon millions gouging people for shitty service. They put the lie to the idea that private enterprise does everything better. And they’ve got the high-powered lawyers and lobbyists trying to stop municipal Internet from arsing in various places. Now they’ve got states piling on regulations restricting the rise of government-supplied access. It’s an uphill battle. I remain optimistic, perhaps foolishly.

I would be happy to pay a tax to give everyone the ‘net. And any politician who championed this idea would see their favorables jump through the roof. One of these days they will have to choose people over profits if they want to have the power that comes from being elected.

Forward. It’s a new century! We always hear politicians say that America is a leader. How about we act like it for once?

Spreading Love

Let me be clear; I am not a fan of any religion. But it probably looks like I just bash Christians.

I need to be more, er, inclusive in my disdain. It only seems like I have a bone to pick with Christians-but that’s only because you are the dominant religion in America. You’re everywhere, and I catch you looking stupid more often than I do any other faith.

I’ll fix it. I think that this picture I am about to post is fucking awesome and should be shared like crazy.

Love-Wins

There, I’ve insulted someone else. Thank you, Atheist Republic. Up you go on the ‘roll.

Sad Little People

Some pigfucker in Tennessee is taking the anti-gay backlash in the wake of the marriage decision to a new level; he’s announced a no-fag policy in his shitty little business. To no one’s surprise, he invokes God to justify his homophobia:

“They gladly stand for what they believe in — why can’t I?” Amyx told WBLR. “They believe their way is right, I believe it’s wrong — but yet I’m going to take more persecution than them because I’m standing for what I believe in.”

So he placed a “no gays allowed” sign on the front door of his Washburn hardware store and said Monday that he would never take it down.

“A lot of people have called me and congratulated me,” Amyx told WATE-TV. “But other calls are on the other side of spectrum — people calling and threatening me, telling me I would regret this. No, I’ll never regret this.”

In lovely Tennessee, you see, it’s perfectly legal to refuse service based on sexual orientation. They and Arkansas are the only two states that ban nondiscrimination laws. Homosexuals have no specific rights to service at a place of business because so far we lack the courage to fold gay rights into Title II of the Civil Rights Act. It’s a shitty situation that needs attention, and it should remind us of the inherent wrongness of the lunch counter bans of the 60’s.

There is a small victory to be noted here. Even his paying customers were alarmed by the sign:

However, Amyx removed the sign Tuesday and replaced it with another one bearing a revised message at the urging of friends and customers who suggested he make it “a little nicer.”

The new sign reads: “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”

Sadly, he can do that. It’s not against the law to be a horrible person in Tennessee. Until the federal government addresses this issue, there is no limit to jerkoff behavior in the smelly groin area of the United States.

Marriage equality has been achieved. But so much more remains to be done. I’m confident the side of tolerance and acceptance will win in due time. For now, we must take joy in their cries of persecution as the bigots realize that their right to religious belief stops at being able to abridge the fundamental right of any person to achieve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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