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What’s so odious about this North Carolina law everyone is talking about? As I write this, NC is suing the federal government for overreach after the Justice Department threatened to have federal education funding ixnayed for the state if they did not rescind the bill.

The Justice Department has sued back.

This has never been a “who goes to the bathroom” issue. That’s the magical squirrel everyone has their eye on. Every goddamned idiot on the right is wigging over transgender rights to use the bathroom of their gender ID. It’s such a small part of what this bill does; what it really does is prohibit the localities of North Carolina from passing laws protecting the rights of LGBT citizens because you guessed it, state’s rights. In the bill, it says that no one can or will be compelled to respect the rights of that community.

Loretta Lynch is right: we’re looking at modern day Jim Crow style laws aimed to relegate certain individuals to secondary, even tertiary status.All of these goober states can’t handle teh gay. Fuck ’em. They will lose this fight.

I don’t want to toot my own horn, but Justice thinks these bills contravene protection offerered by the Civil Rights Act. Finally, someone gets it.

 

Civil Wrongs

For a lawyer and educator, Ted Cruz is manifestly ignorant of law and ought to know better than I do:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has built his presidential campaign around defending “religious liberty.” This weekend, he hosted a “Rally for Religious Liberty,” which highlighted the many stories of wedding vendors who have faced legal consequences for refusing service to same-sex couples.

In an interview with Ed Berliner of Newsmax, Cruz suggested that he believes a gay florist should have as much right to refuse service to a Christian couple as the reverse:

CRUZ: Imagine if this were inverted. Imagine if there were a gay florist — now I know that’s hard to imagine, a gay florist — but just go with the hypo[thetical] for a second. Imagine if two evangelical Christians came to a gay florist and they wanted to get married, and the florist said, “You know what? I disagree with your faith. I have problems with your faith.” You have no entitlement to force that florist to provide flowers at the Christians’ wedding. We are a pluralistic nation that tolerates diversity.

Before I point out what’s wrong with his little scenario, I’d love for Ted Cruz to elaborate on why gay florists are “hard to imagine”. What the fuck is that supposed to mean? Comedy is not your strong suit, slick. I don’t know what his strong suit is, because he’s a fuckup and a nobody as far as Americans are concerned.

Now grasp hold of this, Ted. We have this little thing call the Civil Rights Act that covers you from being discriminated against by the business community for being religious. However, discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation is quite legal, except in cities or municipalities that have anti-discrimination laws forbidding it. I expect that to be fixed on a national level as soon as we rid ourselves from conservatives again(knock on wood).

So your premise that everyone is allowed to discriminate because it their business to serve who they wish is false. You’re trying to make it OK to do it by saying its OK for other groups to do it. Try again, Buzz.

This guy is a snake and people actually voted for him and might vote for him again. He doesn’t have a Chinaman’s chance of winning the nomination, so we can take comfort in that. But this “management reserves the right to deny service” concept writ large is fucking dangerous.

Paging Doctor Asshole

Picking on Ben Carson is too easy. He doesn’t understand the Constitution, he thinks Obama wants to declare martial law so he can pursue a third term, and says other stupid things that a smart person should not say. Yet somehow, he rates as a Serious Candidate-the polls show this. We live in an idiocracy where bottom-feeders like Carson flourish. His ascendance is probably being propelled by racists who finally have a black man they can like because he sounds like the massa.

A while back, Ben got himself in hot water because he doesn’t have a clue about what makes someone gay. He had to walk that dumb shit back. Then he said this:

“I simply have decided, that I’m not going to really talk about that issue anymore because every time I’m gaining momentum, the liberal press says ‘let’s talk about gay rights.’ And I’m just not going to fall for that anymore,” he said.

Translation: When stupid words formulate in my head and I emit them from my face, I can blame the mass media for repeating them.

So that was that. Ben was not going to talk about the gays.

It turns out that’s all he can talk  about these days:

In a recent interview with Brett Baier on Fox News, the CNN interview was brought up and the GOP presidential candidate continued to express his frustration with homosexuals claiming that they’re owed civil rights. “I was a little bit irritated [during the CNN interview in March] that he was equating the whole gay marriage issue with the Civil Rights movement,” Carson said. “Because, quite frankly, I didn’t remember any times when there were signs up that says, you know, ‘everybody else here and gay people have to drink at this fountain.’”

Let me ask you this, Ben: were poll taxes and literacy tests a form of discrimination? Eh? News flash-just because there are no “signs”, that doesn’t mean that there is no breach of civil rights. What a turd of an argument for sanctioning homophobia. Discrimination must be on clear signage for it to be called discrimination…OK, dumbass.

There’s something very sad about a minority oppressing another minority. The enemy is forgotten and ignored history. But Ben Carson has transcended that, so he doesn’t stay true to the game. He doesn’t see class, gender and race because he’s wealthy. That sounds like a good thing. But what it really means is he is hopelessly out of touch with people. While it is true that  all of our politicians are rich, we rabble need to pick the people who want to understand us. Of course, Ben does that, catering to gun nuts, religious fanatics, conspiracy theorists and unrepentant Obama-haters. Maybe he knows what he’s doing, because he needs those votes-but he will probably never break off from the base and start listening to the mushy middle that all presidential candidates need to win. And I doubt condemning homosexuals to second-class citizenry will put them in his column.

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