Have a Safe Holiday

I’m taking a few days off from the web for the holiday so I hope everybody has a safe and wonderful weekend.

Also, since we do love to talk about books here, I’m about 150 pages into this book which at this stage may be one of the best books I have read all year:

I’m almost a quarter through it and am a bit nervous that there’s no way it can remain this good throughout the entire story.

See you Monday.

Crazy Christian Woman Loses It Over Gay Marriage

The closer a person is to religion, the further they are from reality.

Stephen Colbert Hosts Cable Access Show in Monroe Michigan

Serta to Stop Selling Trump Brand Mattresses

I had two reactions to this. First, laughter. Second, wait, Trump sold mattresses?

On Thursday Serta became the latest company to announce it was ending its business relationship with celebrity plutocrat Donald Trump following his remarks on Mexican immigrants.

“Serta values diversity and does not agree with nor endorse the recent statements made by Mr. Trump,” the company said in a statement, declaring that it would not renew its contract with Trump at the end of the year. Per Bloomberg, the mattresses — part of, I shit you not, the Trump Home Collection — sold between $1,299 and $2,999. Here’s a model called “Camino Firm”:

Bobby Jindal says Louisiana government won’t recognize same-sex marriages for now

From NOLA.com:

Gov. Bobby Jindal delayed — for the second time — the recognition of same-sex marriage by the Louisiana state government on Wednesday evening.

The governor refused to let Louisiana agencies acknowledge same-sex marriage following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last Friday. At the time, he said he was waiting for a lower appeals court to affirm the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, before moving forward with same-sex marriage recognition in Louisiana.

But now that the lower appeals court confirmed Louisiana’s same-sex marriage ban has been overturned, Jindal has decided Louisiana same-sex couples need to wait for yet another court’s decision.

“Our agencies will follow the Louisiana Constitution until the District Court orders us otherwise,” said Mike Reed, Jindal’s spokesman in the governor’s office.

Same-sex marriage advocates chastised the governor for refusing to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling from last week. They described Jindal’s behavior as dragging his feet on the issue.

Investigators Probe Fires At 6 Black Churches In 5 Southern States

From NPR:

Investigators continue their examination of a fire at the Glover Grove Baptist Church of Warrenville, S.C.

Fires damaged Glover Grove and some other black churches in the days following nine shooting deaths at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, raising concerns that the incidents were hate-inspired arsons.

Gay Marriage Opponents Act Like an Oppressed Minority in Catholic Group’s Ad

From AdWeek:

About halfway through this two-and-a-half-minute film from conservative nonprofit the Catholic Vote, its treacly, overlystylized message becomes clear. These Catholics are nervous about revealing their stance on same-sex marriage because they’re (spoiler alert!) against it.

That stance is nothing new. And everyone is entitled to their opinion, as long as it doesn’t lead to legislation that discriminates. No, what’s galling about the ad is its appropriation of LGBTQ themes to marginalize LGBTQ people.

The ad, with a straight face, position Catholics as a persecuted group for not having their message of intolerance (here blatantly recast as its opposite) widely accepted these days.

The strangest dialog regarding the gay marriage discussion is when Christians start claiming they are being persecuted because people they probably don’t know will be able to marry other people they don’t know. You aren’t being persecuted if it has nothing to do with you. Christ, what a bunch of assholes.

There’s a parody of the ad already up that nails how ridiculous this argument is:

Macy’s Dumps Trump

Shitty candidate, shittier businessman:

Macy’s is pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from its stores after the Republican presidential candidate’s recent controversial remarks created a public uproar.

The department store has come under intense pressure to cut ties with the real estate magnate and businessman after he referred to immigrants from Mexico and other countries “killers and rapists.”

In a statement Wednesday morning, Macy’s said the company “stands for diversity” and that it had no tolerance for discrimination.

East Tennessee Hardware Store Puts Up ‘No Gays Allowed’ Sign

He says gays are against his religion. Does that mean he’ll exclude people of other religious faiths (or no faith at all), or people with tattoos?

GRAINGER COUNTY, Tenn. — An East Tennessee store owner is using what some call a controversial sign to express his beliefs following the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

WBIR 10 News says the sign was brought to the station’s attention after multiple people posted about it on the WBIR Facebook page.

Jeff Amyx, who owns Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies in Grainger County, added the ‘No Gays Allowed’ sign because gay and lesbian couples are against his religion.

Conservative Media Argue Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Creates Constitutional Right To Carry A Gun In Public

Of course. It’s all so logical. At least in Wingnutlandia:

Conservative media used the Supreme Court decision affirming that marriage is a fundamental right of all Americans to argue that the Constitution also requires states to recognize concealed carry permits issued by other states. But the Supreme Court has never held that carrying a gun in public is a fundamental right.

On June 26, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires that states issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.

Conservative media and the National Rifle Association (NRA) quickly seized on the decision to draw a parallel with concealed carry reciprocity, a top federal legislative priority of the NRA. Reciprocity legislation, also known as federally mandated concealed carry, would force states to recognize permits to carry concealed guns issued by other states, regardless of what the issuing state’s standards are for issuing permits.

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