About a block from the garage entrance, we turned down the street and found a line of protesters standing in our way. To get back to our car, we’d have to go through them. My friend and I were wearing “Make America Great Again” Trump hats. We were targets, and I was terrified. I could feel it coming — they would look at me and start walking up to me.
Before we could make it into the garage, four or five men surrounded me, and another four surrounded my friend. They just started swinging. We swung back as best as we could. My main thing was I didn’t want to fall; I didn’t want to be knocked down. I’m not a big guy, but I can defend myself as best I can if it’s one on one — but not when they have so much anger against us.
One of the blows caught my nose, and blood just started pouring out. That kind of stunned them, and they backed off a quick second. My adrenaline kicked in; I felt punches on my head, and I felt the punch that hit my nose, but I was in survival mode by then, and I didn’t realize until later how much it hurt. I called my friend, “Okay, let’s go!”
We ran into the parking garage, and we thought we were safe, but there were another few dozen protesters there, too. We got in our car and headed toward the exit. Some protesters jumped on the cars in front of us, but we eventually made it out. My friend drove me to the emergency room because my nose was pouring blood. I had a broken nose, and because I was covered with scratches, I had to get a tetanus shot, too. It took a lot out of me, much more than I realized at first; my headaches and soreness didn’t start to go away until a week later.
The whole thing made me angry. Here in Northern California, I feel like I’m a unicorn: I’m a gay Hispanic who’s a Republican. It was much harder to come out as a Trump supporter than it was to come out as gay — the minute you say you’re for Trump, everyone comes at you — but this has pushed me out of the closet about it completely.
I should be able to vote for whom I want, and I shouldn’t have to deal with violence to go hear my candidate speak.
In a Facebook post, Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson explains why the State should be allowed to force bakers and florists to participate in gay weddings even if such participation goes against their religious beliefs.
In a nationally-televised debate among three of the Libertarian candidates for President (A debate that should, by the way, have been more inclusive of all the candidates.), a highly unlikely hypothetical question was raised about whether a Jewish baker has the right to refuse to serve a Nazi sympathizer asking for a “Nazi cake”. I responded to that question in the legal context of whether a public business has the right to refuse to serve a member of the public, as distasteful as it might be.
The simple answer to that question is, whether all like it or not, U.S. law has recognized the principle of public accommodation for more than 100 years: The principle that, when a business opens its doors to the public, that business enters into an implied contract to serve ALL of the public. Further, when that business voluntarily opens its doors, the owners voluntarily agree to adhere to applicable laws and regulations — whether they like those laws or not.
To be clear, anti-discrimination laws do not, and cannot, abridge fundamental First Amendment rights. I know of no one who reasonably disagrees. In the highly unlikely event that a Nazi would demand that a Jewish baker decorate a cake with a Nazi symbol, the courts, common sense, and common decency — not to mention the First Amendment — all combine to protect that baker from having to do so. It’s not an issue, except when distorted for purposes of gotcha politics.
Does a public bakery have to sell a cake to a Nazi? Probably so. Does that bakery have to draw a swastika on it? Absolutely not. And that’s the way it should be.
Of course, we all know that this conversation is really “code” for the current, and far more real, conversation about society’s treatment of LGBT individuals. I have even heard some talk of a “right to discriminate”. And of course, we have states and municipalities today trying to create a real right to discriminate against the LGBT community on religious grounds — the same kinds of “religious” grounds that were used to defend racial segregation, forbid interracial marriages and, yes, defend discrimination against Jews by businesses. That is not a slope Libertarians want to go down.
Once again, my belief that discrimination on the basis of religion should not be allowed has been distorted by some to suggest that a legitimate church or its clergy should be “forced” to perform a same-sex marriage. That is absurd. The various ballot initiatives I supported across the country to repeal bans on same-sex marriage all had one provision in common: A specific provision making clear that no religious organization, priest or pastor could be required to perform any rite contrary to that organization’s or individual’s faith. That protection was supported almost universally by the LGBT community — even though most legal scholars agreed that such a protection already exists in the Constitution. We just wanted to leave no doubt.
I was the first major candidate in the 2012 presidential campaign to call for full marriage equality, and Libertarians have long stood for equal treatment under the law for all Americans. As your candidate for President, I will not tarnish that record.
He’s wrong, of course. Public accommodation laws arose from the necessity to protect travelers from harm way back when being denied a room in an inn or a meal at a tavern could be a matter of life-or-death. Getting one’s feelings hurt because someone doesn’t cheer one’s lifestyle does not rise to the level of harm that warrants state involvement. His assertion that the law trumps individual conscience is an odd one for someone who claims to be a libertarian; the Jim Crow laws forced merchants to discriminate even if they didn’t want to, because “It’s the law.”
If a bakery (or a florist, or a photographer) doesn’t want to participate in your wedding, there is a simple solution that doesn’t involve the State, go to another baker. Someone else will be gladly accept the business.
Forcing those who religiously object to gay marriage to participate in gay marriage ceremonies is an act of forced political speech in a way that just selling a generic cake to a gay customer is not. It’s disheartening that Mr. Johnson cannot distinguish the difference. However, since his opinion on the matter is no different than Hillary’s or Trump’s, it isn’t a deal-breaker.
New York state will not allow a college baseball team to participate for a National title because the competition is in North Carolina, which has become a pariah to leftists because of its insane policy of keeping men out of women’s bathrooms. Sorry guys, we know you’ve really worked hard for this, but politicians gotta pander to trendy left-wing causes-of-the-moment.
Also, New York City’s ethically challenged mayor (who I am told is not a Communist) has been using the power of his office to bully people not to eat at Chik-Fil-A, which is another pariah to leftists because of its founder’s insane belief that marriage is a union between one man and woman. Apparently, though, when people who aren’t rabid leftists are allowed to decide for themselves where they want to eat, they really don’t care about the bleatings of socialist juicebox wankers.
Sort of weird that lefties are still mad at Chik-Fil-A even though the SCOTUS bowed to their whims and imposed gay marriage nationwide by judicial fiat. Like, get over it, already.
Any guesses on what the trendy social justice putsch will be after the State finishes trampling all resistance to the gender appropriators?
The “Fight for 15″ crowd has won a major victory. Wendy’s is installing touchscreen ordering systems in all 6,000 of its stores. So, those fast-food workers will no longer have to accept the indignity of a job that pays less than a highly trained paramedic.
As has been suspected for a long time; the social justice whipped up by the left and right are pretty much just to keep an ignorant and lazy citizenry distracted from the criminal actions of Government. The Congress is every bit as incompetent, corrupt, and cynical as many of us have said for a long time, so says a new book from an anonymous congressman.
Washingtonian Magazine attempts a defense of criticisms of Washington DC made by “flyover state hayseeds ” (Yes, they use that phrasing). They end up validating every criticism… Washington DC really is a place where self-centered elitists really don’t give a damn about anything but their own power and egos and have a sneering contempt for the rest of the country.
“Yes, (our) stock-in-trade is abstractions: statistics, seminars, social science. But those abstractions—that out-of-touchness, if you will—are the very things that help our technocrats rise above parochialism. They don’t worry about the effects of policies on their neighbor or on the business around the corner. Sure, our wonks have a point of view, an ideology even. But they cast their arguments in terms of the national interest, and they mean it. If Washington were allowed to make policy—without the heartland and its parochialism getting in the way—we might actually fix this place.”
So, basically “Shut Up, You stupid hicks. We know what’s best for you and we don’t give a damn about you.”
Which is exactly why people hate Washington.
This arrogance is the number one thing I don’t miss now that I no longer live there.
Funny how we are lectured to never say anything unkind about Mohammedans because “it might lead to violence.” Yet, the left encourages anti-Christian hate speech.
I get so tired of repeating this.
Update: Meanwhile, the Integration of Mosque and State proceeds apace, as the ACLU nods in approval.
This weekend in Arizona (where I used to live), some Progressive Leftwing Fascists (Hillary and Bernie Sanders supporters) tried to stop Trump supporters from exercising their Constitutional Right to Peacefully Assemble.
Makes me wish this were a real thing.
The Anti-Trump Fascists were chanting about “Racist Police” and such all. At that same Trump rally, a left-wing agitator dressed up in KKK drag and got punched out by an African-American Trump supporter. I wish our national politics had not devolved to “Idiocracy,” but… hey, that’s where the Progressive Left has brought us.
“Transgenders for Cruz is like Jews for Hitler.” – Joy Behar
If you added up all the IQs on ‘The View’ you still wouldn’t get to room temperature. But this is how leftists think, actually. They think repeating the same stupid cliches ten million other stupid leftists are repeating makes them clever.
Ted Cruz is not going to round up trannies (or gays, or anyone else) and put them into camps. Ted Cruz is not going to put trannies in gas chambers.
Your comparison is not valid.
Speaking of which, NRO’s Rich Lowry says that Donald Trump is George Wallace.
Progressive Leftist/Feminists once again demonstrated their capacity for intelligent, thoughtful discourse by throwing urine at a young Libertarian. Her heinous thoughtcrime: She has spoken out loud her belief that there are only two sexes.
“The feminist girls all were laughing at me and giving me the middle finger on the street, guys were screaming at me that ‘maybe that washed the scum off you,’” she recounted. “Despite their professed feminism, they don’t care about women if they have the wrong opinions. And despite their professed concern for ‘violence against women,’ they don’t care if women who disagree with them are physically attacked.”
You know why we on the right think you on the left are dangerous nutjobs? This is why we on the right think you on the left are dangerous nutjobs.
Hat Tip: AoSHQ
Jenner’s comments stunned LGBT activists. One of the costars of “I Am Cait,” Jennifer Boylan, lost it, yelling “That’s a lie,” brandishing a rolled-up newspaper when Jenner indicated conservatives support minorities’ rights. “You’re living in a dream world,” Boylan shouted, then took to the blogosphere in a fit of hysteria, saying Boylan struck Jenner with the newspaper and “not ironically either. I smack her like she is a basset hound that just took a dump on the carpet,” the co-star and consultant to the show wrote.
Monica Roberts of TransGriot piled on, writing, “Caitlyn, while you have every right to support whoever you wish in this 2016 presidential contest, I would suggest that you not support a presidential candidate who thinks it’s sound political strategy and policy to demonize our trans younglings for political gain.” Zack Ford, an apologist for LGBT issues at Think Progress, wrote, “Caitlyn Jenner simply cannot be taken seriously as an advocate for the most disadvantaged transgender people if she’s lauding Ted Cruz in the same breath.” What a stellar champion of diversity you are.
If you don’t live in a free society, it doesn’t matter if you’re trans, straight, green, or blue.
Rachel Kramer Bussel of Salon said “Jenner’s optimism about Cruz is baffling.” She then sunk to firing personal attacks at the reality star, asking, “Are Jenner’s musings wishful thinking? A ratings grab? Her own version of lunacy? They certainly seem to have no basis in reality, considering the platform Cruz has built and the followers he’s courting.”
One way to keep a false narrative alive is to punish, belittle and “otherize” anyone who questions the false narrative.
Middle-aged leftist women are the gatekeepers to the publishing world. One such editor was offended because one chapter did not present abortion in a positive light, so HarperCollins canceled this guy’s book.
The short version is, the author needed to provide a rationale for Artificially Intelligent robots to rebel against humanity. The AI’s observe that humans abort babies if the baby is in any way a threat to their well-being. The AI’s reason out that if humans ever perceive them as a threat, they will eliminate them as well. For this reason, they strike pre-emptively.
Apparently, someone was “triggered.”
I was not given notes as writers are typically given during the editorial process. I was told by my agent that my editor was upset and “deeply offended” that I had even dared advanced this idea. As though I had no right to have such a thought or even game the idea within a science fiction universe. I was immediately removed from the publication schedule which as far as I know is odd and unprecedented, especially for an author who has had both critical and commercial success.
Once the left took control of the institutions, they abruptly decided that Free Speech was a threat, and vowed to put a stop to it.
Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ tour of U.S. university campuses has started off with a bang. His first event, at Rutgers University in New Jersey, was disrupted by feminists and Black Lives Matter protesters, who chanted slogans and smeared fake blood on their faces before storming out of the auditorium.
After their two minutes of fame, the progressives stormed out of the auditorium, leaving a trail of red paint for the janitors to clean up.
This is why I have no respect whatsoever … and actually thorough contempt… for the Progressive Left, for everything the Progressive Left stands for, and for anyone aligned with the Progressive Left.
Canadian blogger James Campbell came out as a gay conservative. Familiar story: Conservatives have no problem with him being gay. Gays have a Big Problem with him being conservative.
I play and coach in a LGBT soccer league. After a game one night I was approached by one of the organizers, who warned me that other members were talking about my comments, “found my views repellent” and that I was “making enemies.” I asked him to specify which particular view was so offensive. Apparently it was an anti-Hillary article I posted. I had attacked the queen bee and the hive was responding.
My fiancé’s gay friends pressured him over my views and in turn he applied this pressure to me. He was extremely upset after he found out that one of my favourite books was The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. His gay friends had persuaded him that only sociopaths could enjoy such a book.
Gay men accused me of having “internalized homophobia” for failing to celebrate with gusto the giant publicity stunt which was marriage equality — a teaspoon of distraction in exchange for a bucket of freedom.
I was called a sociopath, a psychopath, “cisgendered,” right-winger, retard, fascist, arrogant and dangerous. I was even anonymously threatened with violence.
This bit was kinda interesting.
For years, while living in Vancouver, I kept my silence whenever the topic of politics came up. I remained silent while my friends chimed in with the canned laughter as Jon Stewart ridiculed conservatives.
I remained silent when my friends said, “Isn’t Justin Trudeau’s gender neutral cabinet just awesome?”
I remained silent as my friends talked about how wonderful they were for starting a petition to let more Syrian migrants in.
Very telling how leftism works. The leftist leadership sends down a message, “Syrian immigrants are good. You must support Syrian immigration.” And that becomes the thing everyone supports, mindlessly and without question. because not supporting means you’re not part of the tribe, you’re not one of ‘the cool kids.’ Being on the Progressive Left is like being in middle school… forever.
I could not stand living like that.
Some giggling leftist brownshirts vandalized some guys pickup because it had a Confederate flag. Taking their cue from the leadership of the Democrat Party, they thought they were completely justified in vandalizing the other person’s property because he offended them. Judge Judy smacked them down the way we only wish college administrators would smack down the crybullies at Yale and Missouri.
“You three are a bunch of morons,” Sheindlin told the defendants. “You don’t vandalize someone else’s property because you don’t like what it says. That’s not America.”
“You may disagree with the statement but the response to that is not to vandalize somebody else’s property.”
The smirking bullying buttheads later admit that they lied about finding the flag on the ground. Because leftists lie about everything. They can’t help it.
The Huffington Post slipped and let us know what they really thought, then memory-holed it.
Woe be to anyone who questions the left-wing Rape Culture/Climate Change/White Supremacy Narrative.
The campus police chief has been fired at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, in Georgia, after he was quoted in the student newspaper as saying that most sexual assaults are not rape but “women waking up the next morning with a guilt complex.” The chief, Bryan Golden, was dismissed on Friday, according to The Tifton Gazette.
Chief Golden was quoted in an article in the student paper, The Stallion, about sexual assault on college campuses. The full quotation was: “I might sound insensitive, but I’m not. Most of these sexual assaults are women waking up the next morning with a guilt complex. That ain’t rape, that’s being stupid. When the dust settles, it was all consensual. It [forcible rape] doesn’t happen here. It doesn’t show up here. They’re about as much a rape as a goat roping.”
Remember that episode of King of the Hill where an uptight, over-religious woman convinces the town to cancel Halloween because of its “Satanic” and “anti-Christian” overtones? In the past, it was the fringe of the social right that was mocked for taking Halloween too seriously. But now, it is the intolerant social left that is setting out to take the fun out of Halloween.
For example, A coven of dour feminists have suggested a list of “appropriate” Halloween costumes for young girls to celebrate feminist empowerment: including Gloria Steinem and Len Dunham. Gee, doesn’t that sound like fun.
Another sanctimonious leftist advises on how to lecture people whose costumes are politically incorrect.
Among all the tricks and treats, cultural appropriation is an undeniable problem this time of year.
By “undeniable problem” she means “irresistible opportunity for moralistic preening by social leftists.” In this case, she recommends cornering those whose costumes are deemed “offensive” and delivering a stern lecture on the sin of “cultural appropriation.”
“Cultural Appropriation” is a term created by sanctimonious social leftists to attack white people who enjoy partaking of non-white, non-European culture. White entertainers that incorporate elements of African, Caribbean, or Asian influences into their art and music: jazz, for example or Kabuki-inspired costumes, are guilty of cultural appropriation. Note that “Cultural Appropriation” only goes one way; to suggest that Africans should not attempt “white European art” such as ballet or classical music would be racism. “Cultural appropriation” has been extended by the sanctimonious social left to condemn colleges that serve tacos on campus and people who dress up as ninjas or bandidos for Halloween.
In reality, “cultural appropriation” is something privileged leftists made up to lord over other people because they have no real problems and no real morality. There’s also an element of the Baby Boom Left — for whom race sensitivity rivals only hyper-environmentalism as their religion of choice — that needs to keep their pieties from dying out in the Next Generation; even as racism becomes culturally and socially irrelevant.
This week, a lot of very spoiled, very privileged, very stupid people on the left aimed their hate at a brilliant African-American neurosurgeon; a man who grew up on the rough streets of Detroit to become not just the country’s foremost pediatric brain surgeon but a leading contender for the 2016 Republican nomination.
The Democrats are pretty upset that this “uppity boy” doesn’t know his place. But what really riled them up were a couple of positions he has taken of late.
1. Mohammedan Shariah is not compatible with the American Constitution.
2. Self-Defense is a Human Right.
Fuck Ben Carson
You know, the only thing more alarming than Donald Trump leading the Republican presidential field is the fact that Ben Carson is the guy right behind him. While establishment puds like Jeb! Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) can’t decide if they want to beat Trump or emulate him, the Good Doctor made it clear this week that he is not only willing to replicate Trump’s signature brand of hot-garbage-spewing, but he’ll say even DUMBER shit.
Ben Carson’s success makes it harder to attack Republicans as racists; but it sure has brought out the racism on the left.
One of the lesser fronts in the culture wars is in the area of science fiction writing. But even here, the keyboard warriors of the social justice left carry on their tireless War on Joy.
The facts of this case are the same as in gaming and in every other industry that social justice warriors touch. They do not care about art forms. They do not care about science fiction. They do not even particularly care about talent. They care about enriching and ennobling themselves and their friends, and pushing a twisted, discredited, divisive brand of authoritarian politics.
The skirmish is between the Sad Puppies and the Social Justice Warriors. The Sad Puppies are group of science fiction writers and fans who believe that works should be judged on their quality and entertainment value, not whether they serve The Agenda. Their opposite numbers are entrenched writers and editors who believe that the value of a literary work is based solely on A. NOT being written by a white male and B. serving to advance the left’s social agenda.
The Sad Puppies were successful in organizing their nominations to SciFi writing’s Hugo Awards such that, for the first time in many years, a number of nominees were based on actual literary merit and not identity politics.
The SJW’s would have none of that, such that they decided that No Awards were preferable to awards that might be won by one of the Pale Penis People. They organized a campaign advising their brownshirts that if there were no works in a category with correct politics, they should all vote “No Award.”
The results of Hugo Awards voting were ugly and unprecedented. 5 major categories including best novella and best short story went with “no award.” To put that in perspective, in the previous 60 years of Hugo Awards, a total of 5 “no awards” have been given previously.
Puppies supporters say that slew of “no award” wins this year can at least partially be attributed to the fact that SJW votes were concentrated on that choice, while Puppies votes were distributed between as many as four deserving authors.
Maybe this topic isn’t as important, in the long run, as Obama’s Deal with Iran that lets the Mullahs inspect their own facilities for compliance, or the domination of public education by doctrinaire Marxists, but it is a reminder that be it a Lesbian Luau, a Christian-owned bakery, or the SciFi aisle at Barnes & Noble; there is no respite from the bullying and propaganda of the social left.
The leftist fun-suckers at the Denver city council are looking to block Chik-Fil-A from opening a franchise at the Denver International Airport because they disagree with the beliefs of some of the chain’s founders.
Some members of the Denver City Council want to punish Chick-fil-A for its owner’s Christian beliefs about marriage. They are contemplating blocking the very popular chicken sandwich joint from setting up shop in the Denver Airport.
Besides the owner’s views on same-sex marriage, some members of the Council raised concerns about the “religion-influenced operation, which includes keeping all franchises closed on Sunday,” according to the Denver Post.
It’s kind of a sour-leftist twofer. They get to revel in that smug exclusion of alternative viewpoints the left calls “tolerance,” and they get to deny people the pleasure of eating a chicken sandwich and waffle fries.
Meanwhile, the Christians who were attacked by the Lesbian Gay Bullying Totalitarians (LGBT) and nearly lost their business for declining the opportunity to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, in an act of charity and forgiveness, sent cakes to 10 gay rights groups with messages of love.
What do you bet at least 9 of those cakes were tossed in the dumpster amid a string of profanity that would shame a sailor?
An editorial by the NYT’s Abe Rosenthal thinks the two gay hoteliers who met with Ted Cruz deserved the attacks and harassment they got for insolently reaching out to the other side in a civil manner.
It is, however, equally hard to understand what on earth they thought they were doing. There is not a Republican on the national scene who supports the right of Americans to marry whomever they choose. Very few of them truly believe in protecting the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans at all. And Mr. Cruz dwells on the far side of right-wing crazy on most issues, including this one.
The two gay dudes have since repented for being civil to a Republican, and promised it will not happen again.