Archive for the ‘Wingnuts’ Category
This might seem like a bit of an overreach to some. But I think Sarah is dangerous, especially if the economy ever tanks worse than it did this last time, which is possible since Capitol Hill and the White House seem incapable of properly regulating bankers.
If I ever leave Boston, one of the things I will miss will be the Boston accent — now that I’ve learned to translate on-the-fly, of course.
I live in the heart of South Boston, where you hear people talk like this every day. It’s really quite endearing in people as long as they are not right-wing freaks. If they ARE right-wing freaks, the accent makes them sound like complete idiots.
Accents can be like that.
I lived in the South and the Southern accent is the same way: totally cute on a nice, normal person; a wingnut freak and suddenly you sound as if you’ve been screwing your siblings your entire life.
It took less than a minute for them to take it down. You can go to the link here.
Why did I do such a thing? Because she brays about same-sex marriages not being natural and whips up her moronic followers with the issue.
Meanwhile, apparently her offspring can get married, have a kid and decide the holy blessed institution of one man-one woman is just not worth the effort after 18 months.
They may have good reasons for divorcing. But let’s hope the family stops acting as if every hetero marriage is a gift from their god.
And, yeah, I know it’s old. It’s just that she’s been shooting her mouth off again about same-sex marriage, and I thought it was important to remind people of this.
After taking the gratuitous swipe at Starbucks in the previous post, I thought it was fair to bring you this bit of news from the Starbucks shareholders’ meeting at which the CEO put a wingnut in his place. Story from KPLU in Seattle, with bonus audio on the page linked here.
The CEO of Starbucks defended his support of same-sex marriage at the company’s annual meeting in Seattle. Starbucks came out in favor last year of Washington’s referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. Opponents of that measure vowed to make Starbucks pay, and the National Organization for Marriage launched a boycott of Starbucks.
At the company’s annual meeting Wednesday, shareholder Tom Strobhar suggested that the boycott had indeed bled the company of value.
“In the first full quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earrings — shall we say politely — were a bit disappointing,” he said.
CEO Howard Schultz shot back that the decision to back gay marriage was not about the bottom line, but about respecting diversity. He said the company had delivered a healthy return last year, boycott or no.
“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much,” he said, to loud applause from the audience.
The comment came shortly after shareholders voted down a proposal to prevent the company from making political contributions. Board members said they wanted the flexibility to promote the company’s policy agenda.
I decided to do some simple searching of shareholder Tom Strobhar, who makes it appear that his only concern is the “disappointing” returns on 39 percent on Starbucks stock. That fact alone should make anyone suspicious of a guy who makes it seem as if his only concern is his stock. Turns out Strobhar is something of a professional wingnut who presents himself as a financial planner, and his financial concerns related to LGBT issues go back to at least 2005. This from an wingnut news site called Agape Press:
A pro-family activist says he’s not surprised that a motion to remove sexual orientation from Ford Motor Company’s equal employment policy did not pass. However, conservatives still say it was a victory.
Flanked by four high-level corporate officers, Ford Motor’s chairman William Ford, Jr., opened today’s annual shareholders meeting by saying the company is profitable in most of the world. “Worldwide our total vehicle sales have gone up for the last two years,” he said. “The exception to our worldwide success is our North American automotive operations.”
The two-hour meeting gave shareholders the chance to review a list of ten proposals, among them a resolution from a retired Illinois doctor that asked Ford to remove reference to sexual orientation from its written non-discrimination policy. William Ford recommended a vote against the proposal. “Ford believes that our workplace should be free from discrimination,” the company leader stated. “Such an environment is conducive to productive workers.”
Ford shareholder Tom Strobhar, who is a pro-family activist from Ohio, publicly read the proposed resolution and spoke in its favor.
Shareholders voted down the anti-gay proposal. Strobhar also turned up during a 2005 controversy over the support of Planned Parenthood by the March of Dimes:
[The March of Dimes spokeperson] denied the organization funds any “abortion activities, abortion research or gives directive advice on abortions” and said the group “vigilantly monitors all use of its funds.”
However much the charity may monitor its funds, though, March of Dimes or any other donor cannot control how the organization it supports moves other money around, said Tom Strobhar, a financial expert in Dayton, Ohio, who heads up Pro-Vita Advisors. “Obviously, money is fungible. If you give for this specific service, that frees up money for use elsewhere.”
And then there is this from 2008 and the Anglican Mainstream, an arch-conservative group:
One of the largest natural gas and electric utilities in the nation has donated $250,000 to defeat California’s marriage-protection amendment.
Prop. 8, which goes to voters in November, would restore the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
Tom Strobhar, president of the corporate-research firm Pro Vita Advisors, called PG&E’s intervention outrageous.
“It’s one of the most egregious abuses of shareholders and ratepayers that I’d ever seen,” he told Family News in Focus.
Jeez, one minute he’s a pro-family activist, the next he’s a financial adviser. It’s clear that what he actually represents is a class of wingnuts who are obsessed with the sex lives of strangers and will dedicate their lives to spreading their misinformation and bigotry.
Yet the Christian right often presents Strobhar as a disinterested third party financial expert.
It’s been proven time again that the right wing regularly uses lies and deception such as this because they cannot win on their message alone, which most thinking people reject outright.
Now comes Mitt Romney with a Sunday interview on Fox during which he exclaims that, until nearly the last minute, he really though he was going to win the election:
The GOP nominee tells “Fox News Sunday” that he knew his campaign was in trouble when exit polls suggested a close race in Florida. Romney thought he’d win the state solidly.
Obama ended up taking Florida and won the election by a wide margin in the electoral vote.
Romney says there was “a slow recognition” at that time that President Barack Obama would win — and the race soon was over when Obama carried Ohio.
Romney says the loss hit hard and was emotional. Ann Romney says she cried.
Poor Ann. The little people just did not connect with her or her husband.
And I’ll hazard a guess that it will happen when she walks in from work early one day to find Greg with a penis in his mouth.
Hey, those are my cereals!
For some reason it bothers me that I eat the same cereal that he does. I may need reassess my morning cereal routine.
At least Mitt and I differ on the long-term political viability of West Bank settlements. I would hate to have to come up with a new positions on those. They’re confusing enough as it is.
I don’t know what is wrong with this woman. Perhaps she had some unspeakable thing in her background that caused her some kind of psychological damage. Perhaps she was brought up in a family where it was OK to make AIDS jokes in one breath while with another talking about virgins washing Jesus’ feet with their tears while secretly wanting to fuck him. Perhaps she is, as with so many other wingnuts, just intellectually deficient.
Whatever she is, let’s hope she’s not breeding and raising kids of her own.
What is with some Christians and the violent imagery in which they continually conjure up Jesus? It’s fairly clear that, if he were a real person, he was more like John Lennon than an action movie star.
Gee, I wonder why women — many conservative women, included — are abandoning the Republican Party?