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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 2, 2016 at 12:46pm
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 2, 2016 at 12:34pm

Loren - terrifying is the word. And if you want to see something even more terrifying, get a load of what Steve Bannon said a couple of years back in a speech to the Vatican:

And as president of the advisory board of the Human Dignity Institute, he [Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke] was also in charge when none other than President-elect Donald Trump confidant and chief strategist Steve Bannon gave a speech at the Vatican in 2014, during which he warned the church to stick to its conservative ideals or face apocalyptic repercussions. “We’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict, of which if the people in this room, the people in the church, do not bind together and really form what I feel is an aspect of the church militant, to really be able to not just stand with our beliefs, but to fight for our beliefs against this new barbarity that’s starting, that will completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years,” Bannon said in his address.

I posted this last week, but I don't remember exactly where.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 2, 2016 at 12:00pm

Bertold, the bill you've alluded to in your last post is – and this is not a word I use often or casually – terrifying.  It could effectively walk the social gains of the last half-century back to null with the stroke of a pen.

My only hope is, if that foolish thing becomes law, that there can be a sufficient civil reaction to it to cause those in power to at least rethink their actions.  Sadly, those currently in power mostly don't have the thoughtfulness to rethink much of anything.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 2, 2016 at 11:49am

Neighbors Troll Mike Pence With Rainbow Flags

Patheos -Progressive Secular Humanist

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 26, 2016 at 2:42am

Wow! Bertold my head is spinning with how fast the right wing is destroying decades of progress. This would be even worse than 1950, because this would be outright codified national law, not a loose collection of various laws and traditions of hate.

Yes, I can see that a family name might die out in a few generations without laws permitting gay folks to adopt or have surrogate-assisted kids. Thanks for sharing. I'm bi but chose to not have kids because of an inherited birth defect and type 2 diabetes from my mother's side. My not very bright siblings made up for my choice by way over-producing.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 16, 2016 at 5:13pm

Here we go, back to the past.

HOLY WAR
The GOP’s Anti-LGBT, Anti-Women ‘Religious Freedom’ Law on Steroids
The First Amendment Defense Act would allow hospitals, governments, universities, and businesses to ignore same-sex marriage, deny women healthcare, and fire gay people.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 2, 2016 at 12:04pm

Ruth sent me an article about an unlikely but not impossible scenario: How Evan McMullin Could Win Utah And The Presidency (FiveThirtyEight.com)

We could have a President McMullin, rather than Clinton or tRump, if:

  1. McMullin wins Utah (getting some electoral votes),
  2. The Electoral College deadlocks (neither tRump nor Clinton gets 270 electoral votes) -- in which case the House chooses the president from among the top three candidates, and the Senate chooses the VP from among the top two.
    In the House, there's one vote per state delegation, majority required; and if they're still deadlocked by Inauguration Day, the vice-president becomes acting president.
  3. tRump loses enough House Republican support that nobody has a majority; and the party that loses in the Senate decides that McMullin/Pence is preferable to having Pence in charge, or that McMullin/Kaine is preferable to Kaine.
Comment by Grinning Cat on November 1, 2016 at 7:37am

If someone -- "patient zero" or not -- knowingly spread a horrible disease to other people, selfish recklessness is exactly the right term!

Bertold, very well said! Especially in view of one well-known world religion forbidding its authority figures from marrying or having sexual relationships -- it's ironic and backwards that supposedly celibate priests and bishops give advice and issue dicta on marriage! The analogy extends equally well to people who love cookies but hate donuts, and don't want to see anyone else eating them.

I was glad to see this graphic of mine (unfortunately still relevant post-Obergefell) show up in a few other places on the web:

Claiming that someone else's marriage is against your religion is like being angry at someone for eating a doughnut because you're on a diet. [Background: pink frosted donut with colored sprinkles, a big bite taken from it, fading to grayish tones at the bottom]

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 31, 2016 at 12:40am

Comment by kathy: ky on October 26, 2016 at 8:20pm
Did anyone else catch the article in the LA Times, today, about patient o being found not to be the original carrier of the HIV virus found in the US? Seems that it was all a misunderstanding. I can't recall the name of the movie but it made him out to be the really bad guy.
 

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