Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 3

Maybe if they offer a 2-drink coupon? - The number of tourists visiting Answers in Genesis' "Creation Museum" in northern Kentucky has fallen and, according to local ABC News affiliate Channel 9, the facility is losing money.

"The Creation Museum, which features 70,000 square feet of biblically-themed exhibits, is adding new attractions, like dragons and zip lines, to lure more people in. The museum's website says that the new "Zip Line and Canopy Adventure Tours" offer family-oriented entertainment that features "over two and a half miles of zip lines and sky bridges, it is the biggest and best zip line course in the Midwest!"

Dungeons and Dragons, fellas. It works every time. (God Discussion)


Griper Blade:

After marriage equality ruling, conservative leader plays the victim card

Wow, who could've seen that coming, huh?
Steve Benen: The Heritage Foundation's Jim DeMint published a daily essay this morning on marriage equality, which struck me as … what's the word I'm looking for … hilarious.

The crux of the piece is that opponents of equal rights for all Americans "deserve to be treated with dignity" — the classic "be tolerant of my intolerance" sort of schtick. Consider this gem:
[The Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act] denies dignity to the millions of Americans and their elected officials who have voted to pass laws that tell the truth about marriage.
I've read that sentence several times, trying to make sense of it, but I'm at a bit of a loss. In fact, I'm not sure if DeMint even knows what "dignity" means, exactly. The former senator seems to be arguing that the nation has a choice: we can extend basic human decency to all Americans and eliminate the need for second-class citizenship or we can make proponents of discrimination feel good about themselves. We're apparently supposed to endorse the latter.
Benen has more, but the point I want to make is that — no matter what the issue — Republicans are always the victims. DeMint has no legitimate argument to make, so he lays down the well-worn conservative victim card.

But DeMint's op-ed isn't meant to change anyone's mind about marriage rights. What it's meant to do is solidify the base who dearly cherish their own victimhood. Always outraged, always convinced that America is beset by enemies from within and without, always certain they're the heroes in their little drama-queen narratives, the rightwing Tea Party base loves nothing more than to be told that they're being disrespected/deprived of their rights/attacked by forces that only Republicans are capable of resisting.

Jim DeMint's sad defense of institutional homophobia may be hilarious, but it's also calculated to anger the Republican base with their imaginary status as perpetual victims.



Criminal enterprise hiding assets

Roman Catholic Church officials in Milwaukee vigorously shielded pedophile priests and protected church funds from lawsuits during a decades-long sex abuse scandal, according to hundreds of newly released documents.
The documents include letters and deposition testimony from Cardinal and Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan who, during his time as archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009, appealed to Vatican on numerous occasions to help address the ongoing fallout from the scandal.
The 6,000 pages of documents related to eight decades of abuse cases showed in great detail the Milwaukee archdiocese regularly reassigned priests who were accused of sexual molestation to new parishes and Dolan himself asking the Vatican permission to transfer $57 million to a trust fund to protect it against court action.

He tried to bury those assets in the cemetery trust fund. You can't make this stuff up.

As Dan Savage always says, if any other organization did this (his example is Denny's), we'd be after them with pitchforks and torches, but the Church has a 80 year documented history of child rape and we're still supposed to listen to their considered opinions as if they have some kind of moral authority.


Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Asked to Resign Amid Snowballing Scandal


Christian Taliban

In a surprise move last night, a North Carolina Senate Republicans amended a bill introduced to ban Sharia law and inserted language that would force closure of all but one of the state's abortion clinics. A House staffer reported that there was "no sign of this bill until barely 2 hours before the vote took place."

Even as the Texas state legislature was back in session to again debate the restrictive abortion bill defeated there last week, the new language introduced in North Carolina would force Planned Parenthood to close all its clinics in the state, said Sen. Martin Nesbitt, D-Buncombe, the Senate Minority Leader during debate.

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(The Guardian): "Bolivian president's jet rerouted amid suspicions Edward Snowden on board". Way to go, Obama!


Now Obama gives up on Obamacare

From the Atlantic Monthly blog:
With less than six months to go before the Affordable Care Act takes effect, the administration has decided not to implement a crucial element of the law for one year. The requirement that businesses provide insurance to their workers is being pushed back to 2015,....

This is so sad and sick. How can people expect folks to "pull themselves up by their bootstraps" if they constantly get dizzy whenever they bend over?


REPORT: Corporations Pay Lower Tax Rates Than The Middle Class

You'd think that we'd use Rainbow Dash for this story. But Rarity is part marshmallow.Well here's a fun story where we can enjoy saying the hell with just about everybody, yay! On the one hand, you've got General Mills, a soulless megacorporation that is, OK, slightly less awful than many, because gay-friendly policies and all, yes, very nice, and we can get behind that because good corporate citizenship and all, but then they also had this kind of cloying cheesy uber-branded promotion that's supposed to be for "Pride Month" — but which they apparently only started promoting on June 28th — called "#LuckyToBe," featuring rainbow-shaped marshmallows in their terrible Lucky Charms cereal. They even got a Belgian website so the URL could be "," which we suppose is maybe the most interesting fact in this story.

And then you have WorldNetDaily, which is compelled to put scare quotes around "gay," because that's the kind of dicks they are, and they have this dumb story about the General Mills promotion that's all "Oh, how weird, gay cereal, I bet they all eat FRUIT Loops, haw-haw-haw, and now the Leprechaun is a sodomite and the cereal is magically gaylicious and what is America coming to?" and all we can say is fuck you double, WND, for joining the late Cheerios-burning guy in making us the least bit of sympathetic for General Fucking Mills Corporation, and besides we prefer bagels for breakfast anyway or maybe just toast, who cares just as long as we have plenty of coffee, THE END.


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