Blue Religion

That’s the term – given by a commenter to this Texas Observer item – for the insanity that a substantial portion of the populace noe adheres to: “believing cops can do no wrong, if a cop says it, it must be true.”

One of the many disturbing facts that have come to light in the weeks since Michael Brown was killed by a police officer is that for all the crime data tracked by the government, there is no central record kept of law enforcement use of deadly force. Individuals and groups have been making their own databases, but a citizen would need to file open records requests to learn about his or her community.

You may have asked yourself, “Was Michael Brown’s killing lawful? And could an unlawful shooting happen in my hometown?”

Well, good news, if you live in Houston. The Texas Observer has looked at the numbers and the answer is, no. Your police force cannot wrongly shoot you.

Hint: If you can’t smell sarcasm there, then you’re either an adherent to Blue Religion or you need a nose transplant – or both.

Sarcasm…

you know, like when someone gets up to a podium and says, “And now I’d like to say a few nice words about [     ].  I’d like to, but I can’t.”

The above is simply the Observer’s sarcastic interpretation of what someone – or some cops – could spin all of the ‘investigations’ that have taken place in Houston over the last decade to mean,

The department clears itself, so – of course – the department is innocent.

Toothless review boards can’t gather any info beyond what the department claimed cleared itself, so – of course – the department is innocent.

And so on, and so on, and so on….

No, It Isn’t Just Worse – It Is Even Worse Than That

The obscenity of Chad “Rosa ‘The Half-Million Dollar Sham’ Parks, Jr.” Griffin’s continuing employment has already been publicized – both here and elsewhere.

HRC Prez Chad Giffin’s 2013 Salary $507,000.00, Stealing Credit and Rewriting History Sure Pays Well!

Now, Back2Stonewall and others have dug deeper into that festering pile of skunk dung on Rhode Island Avenue:

According to OpenSecrets.org the Human Rights Campaign only spent $650,000.00 on lobbying political issues in 2013.  Only 1/4 of the amount of its top 8 salaried workers

In 2013 HRC received an estimated $56,000,000.00 in donations.

One-fourth – or 25% – isn’t the key ratio here.

It is 650000/56000000….

which is 1.16%.

Interestingly, $650,000 amounts to $1.00 for each of the people (living and dead) who Joe Solmonese claimed as HRC ‘members’ back in 2005.

Coincidence?

Maybe they think no one will notice.

Or maybe they know that there are so few people who will give a damn that it really doesn’t matter.  After all, did that fraud cost Joe Solmonese or HRC anything nine years ago?  Did blatantly and openly committing fraud live onstage at Southern Comfort two years after that cost Joe Solmonese or HRC anything?  These people are more insulated from the lived reality of the people they claim to represent than even the richest, most obnoxious members of Congress.

After all…

Even the richest, most obnoxious members of Congress have to go through the pretense of submitting themselves to the voters every two or six years – and every once in a while, even the Koch Brothers’ money can’t prevent a defeat.

When was the last time any of you out there got to vote on who is allowed to become and/or remain part of the fake-activist caste who get to live professionally on Rhode Island Avenue and are in no way affected by the harm that HRC causes to LGBTs who live in the real world?

 

Perhaps Now Slick Rick Should Also be Indicted for Criminal Libel

SickSlickRick

From the ever-so-Republican-leaning Houston Chronk:

A tweet mischaracterizing Gov. Rick Perry’s indictment was sent Sunday evening from his personal account, setting the social network abuzz and leaving his critics fuming. A few hours later, the message was deleted, with his account calling it “unauthorized.”

Unauthorized, eh?

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Lehmberg did not indict Perry. She and other officials in solidly Democratic Travis County recused themselves from the case against Perry. Bert Richardson, a Republican judge from Bexar County, appointed San Antonio lawyer Michael McCrum to serve as a special prosecutor. McCrum brought forth charges against Perry, and on Aug. 15, a Travis County grand jury handed up an indictment alleging Perry abused his official capacity and coerced a public servant.

Although the tweet came from Perry’s personal account — as opposed to the ones run by his staff — it was unclear Sunday evening whether he actually sent it out. The governor was reportedly preoccupied working the crowd at McLane Stadium in Waco as Baylor’s football team played its first game there.

At this point the only question remaining is: Will Fox ‘News’ will let its viewers decide whether or not Slick Rick was wearing a tan suit while (allegedly) not authorizing the tweet while at the game?

$2,342,380

Honestly ask yourselves the following question….
ScamEqualsScam

Has the Human Right Scampaign ever done anything – anything that the organization can actually prove that it, rather than some other organization, did – that is worth shoveling that much money into the pockets of eight individuals while trans people (as well as plenty of non-trans LGBs outside of DC, NYC and SF) are starving due to discrimination?

But Then Again It Might Be

From Crooks and Liars:

Michael Sam was waived by the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but his career as the first openly gay player in the NFL is far from over.

I wouldn’t place any large bets either way.

However, I’m cynical, so I’m leaning toward the reality embodies by this comment to that piece:

I predict that every coach will admit he can play, except just not on their team.

You know…

Like how non-trans Gay, Inc.-ers – including the non-trans heterosexual ones (and there are more of them than there are trans ones) – will tell extremely qualified trans people how they can do anything…

except collect paychecks from Gay, Inc.

The Gay, Inc. Scam Continues

Dan Savage was wrong (big surprise, eh?)

It doesn’t get better.

It gets worse…

exponentially worse.

From Michael Petrelis via Facebook:

Here are the salaries of the executive leadership team at HRC that they were hiding, which are combined totals from both arms of the organization:

Chad Griffin, executive director:
$507,907

James Rinefierd, treasurer
$325,285

Cathy Nelson, vice president
$293,000

Suzanne Salkind, vice president
$286,623

Fred Sainz, vice president
$252,234

Robert Falk, secretary
$244,475

Allison Herwitt, legislative director
$225,693

Marty Rouse, national field director
$207,163

As best we know, Griffin’s half-million-plus compensation makes him the highest paid executive director within the LGBT equality movement. Is he worth that salary and what exactly did he do in 2013 to warrant such pay?

Well he damn sure didn’t hire any trans women. [UPDATE:  Well, apparently, there has been a hire of a trans woman at the Cesspool, although (1) this has been secretive enough that the person is right now little more than J. Smith: TNG, and (2) take a wild guess as to which generation of trans women the hire was plucked from.  Hint: it isn't from the generation that forced HRC to even pretend that it cares about trans people.  Prediction: Rosa, Jr. has learned from Pee Wee's mistake, making his token hire before he lies to SCC.]

Just the $150K (or so) bump up from what Pee Wee Solmonese was pulling in could have funded three full-time, salaried positions to actually focus on trans issues (I know, I know – we all know that HRC, as an institution, actually doesn’t give a damn about whether trans people live or die, but indulge me here) instead of allowing Rosa Parks, Jr. to feather his already-overpaid nest even more.

As Melanie Nathan noted, also on Facebook:

HRC is like a huge corporation – if anti-trust laws could be applied to a non-profit they may be seen as hogging the LGBT donated dollars – if the advertizing misrepresentation consumer laws could be applied they may be seen to be using other people’s work to raise their money.

That is the point. Look at what other organizations raise – so much less than them, – because HRC spends so much time and resources and focus on acquiring membership and fund raising, and those other orgs are way more effective. HRC just has a front seat by virtue of its money – but its steering the truck offcourse.

I believe they spend more time fundraising than doing the actual work.

Melanie, the problem is that “fundraising” is HRC’s only “actual work.”

Of course, as obnoxious as the salary line items are, I find this statement on its 990 quite interesting as well:

HRC HAS GROWN TO MORE THAN 1,500,000 MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS

Really?

It wasn’t all that long ago that HRC was proven to be lying through its purple and yellow teeth to bump up ‘membership total’ to around a half-mil or so by counting anyone who had ever (allegedly) given them as little as one dollar.

Remember?

HRC ‘members’ include all who ever donated $1
Group won’t release count of current, dues-paying members

May 06, 2005  |   By: STEVE KOVAL

When the Human Rights Campaign claims to act on behalf of 650,000 members, the nation’s largest gay rights lobby is hoping people take notice. But the Washington, D.C. based group is probably hoping people don’t take notice of just how those “members” are counted.

Under the decade-long leadership of Elizabeth Birch, HRC’s membership numbers always climbed year-to-year.

Membership figures provided by HRC indicate rapid growth. In 1990, there were only 20,000 members; five years later there were 100,000.

By 2000, 20 years after being founded, HRC had 360,000 members. By 2003, the year Birch left, there were 500,000. Today, under new director Joe Solmonese, HRC claims 650,000 members.

In fact, those totals were guaranteed always to escalate impressively, and never to decline. That’s because HRC counts “members” in a way that will strike many as curious.

HRC membership numbers include the name of every person who has ever once given at least the minimum amount — currently $1 — and provided an address, said spokesperson Steven Fisher this week.

“The GLBT movement is unique. When we come out of the closet, we commit for life,” said Fisher, defending the membership count.

“We’re an advocacy organization and our intent is to be inclusive of everyone and never let our members go uncounted or be invisible,” he said.

HRC’s bylaws provide that “any revenue of $1 or more received by [HRC] from an individual or association, whether as a gift or payment for goods and services delivered by [HRC], shall constitute dues” for a member.

This means that someone who donated a dollar or made a small purchase from the HRC store years ago is considered from that time forward an HRC member, even in death unless HRC specifically learns of the person’s demise.

Another class of HRC supporters, called “active members,” includes those who are current with an annual dues payment of just $5, even though the HRC Web site asks for a minimum payment of $35 to join the organization.

So how now is HRC distinguishing between ‘members’ and ‘supporters’?

Or does HRC even bother?

No, it doesn’t get better.

It gets worse…

exponentially worse.

On Rhode Island Avenue, Jan. 20, 2017, will just be one more day for the overpaid and underworked to swill, tweak and lie – as another eight-year cycle begins for the permanently-employed don’t-have-to-give-a-shit class.

Don’t Tell Me That the Houston Chronicle Isn’t in the Tank for Greg Abbott

Why else would a feature story about this

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has backed out of one of two debates his campaign agreed to have with Democratic rival Wendy Davis.

have a slideshow that starts out with this?

ChronDodging

This is the story:

For now, that leaves one debate — Sept. 19 in Edinburg — between now and Election Day. The event will be televised statewide, with a feed available to Telemundo and Sinclair stations across the state.

The Davis campaign pounced on the news as evidence Abbott is running scared, saying it’s “no surprise” his campaign nixed the debate a day after the a judge found Texas’ school finance system unconstitutional. Abbott defended the system as attorney general.

Greg Abbott: Khristianist.  Kon-artist.  Koward.

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