Perhaps Now Slick Rick Should Also be Indicted for Criminal Libel


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?


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?


Honestly ask yourselves the following question….

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:

James Rinefierd, treasurer

Cathy Nelson, vice president

Suzanne Salkind, vice president

Fred Sainz, vice president

Robert Falk, secretary

Allison Herwitt, legislative director

Marty Rouse, national field director

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:



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.


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?


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.

Still Acceptable in Massachusetts

From the Houston Press:

In March 2013, Alexis Hollada, better known by her stage name, Doomstress Alexis, is on her way back from Austin with her drummer, Raymond Matthews, in tow. The pair have just rocked a gig during SXSW with their doom metal act, Project Armageddon, and now just want to get back to Houston after picking up a bite to eat at a diner on U.S. 290. There isn’t much on the bass player and vocalist’s mind aside from food and a chance to use the bathroom before the long drive home, and she’s still high on the adrenaline from performing.

She and Matthews seat themselves and order coffee, which arrives a minute later while they look at their menus and wait for the server to take their order. And wait. And wait.

Time crawls along in the diner, which doesn’t look particularly busy. Repeated attempts by the pair to make eye contact with or flag down a server are ignored. Even polite calls for help and service elicit either a dead stare or no response at all. Hollada finally realizes what’s happening.

She is silently being told that as a transgender woman, she isn’t welcome in the restaurant.

In Houston, it will be illegal once the status of the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance is settled – but Massachusetts told her and all trans people loud and clear that this sort of discrimination against trans people is fine-n-dandy (and the less said about Wisconsin, New York and New Hampshire – and even Maryland from now until October 1st – the better.)

A restaurant is a public accommodation, after all.

More Kriminal Kops, et. al.

Lets face it…

The endgame is these badged, racist thugs scaring African-Americans away from the polls in November – and scaring Fox-seduced whites to the polls with the belief that the only racism is caused by blacks being too uppity.

Its their game – and they’re winning.

I hope Joe Solmonese is working on his “Jan. 20, 2017” speech – because what was left of the Obama Administration ended about a month ago, and ENDA has as much chance of becoming law before then as Tim Tebow does of leading the Seattle Seahawks to a 19-0 season this year.

Right now, we’re all just counting backward until just enough more white people are scared of Teh Black in 2016 than they were in 2012 so as to make the third time the charm for Mitt the Flip.

And if you’re not, you might as well be.

Mitch McConnell and John Boehner burned Congress on the evening of Jan. 20, 2009.

They – along with Ted Cruz and Darrell Issa – have been dumping more gasoline on the still-raging inferno whilst real people spend so much of their time and energy legitimately worrying about being tazed while sitting in a public place and worrying about whether any of their children will become the next Michael Brown that they can’t see that we no longer have a functioning government.

But white christianists have conned America into believing that the only real civil rights issues are Hobby Lobby’s ‘religious beliefs’ about contraception, business entities that are open to the public but who don’t want to be open to Teh Gay, and slaveowners’ descendants’ desire to never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever have to think about the ongoing consequences of their ancestors being so lazy and so unwilling to do their own heavy lifting that they spent more time, energy and resources in kidnapping millions of people from another continent than they ever would have if they’d gotten their own hands dirty and been willing to pay honest wages to non-slaves to build what came to be known as North America.

Forty-fife years ago (give or take a month) I sat in front of a television on a Sunday night and watched live images of a man walk on the moon – and did so while two wonderful people then in their 70s sat next to me and made sure that I watched, telling me that this was just the beginning of the future that lil’ ol’ four-year-old me would live to see.

What I’m seeing instead are the generations after mine convincing themselves that there is no racism because there’s a black president, believing that there is such as thing as a self-made son of a billionaire and watching Honey Boo Boo, Duck Dynasty and the Kardashians on an endless succession of new corporate-concocted elec-ta-ronic thingamajigs while trudging ever more quickly down the corridor to the Valley of Steel™ – a jointly-owned venture of Koch Industries and Bain Capital.

On the Bright Side, it Isn’t Just Transsexuals Whose Identities Are Erased by Right-Wing Media

On the other hand…

I think we will hear more about the Sonny Liston defense from here on in.

In an interview with Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg yesterday, conservative pundit Ben Stein insisted that Michael Brown, the black teenager who was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, “wasn’t unarmed” because he was “armed with his incredibly strong, scary self.”

The idea of calling this poor man ‘unarmed’ when he was six-foot-four, 300 pounds, full of muscles, apparently — from what I read in the New York Times — on marijuana, to call him unarmed is like calling Sonny Liston unarmed or Cassius Clay unarmed,” Stein said.

Calling Muhummad Ali Cassius Clay in 2014 is like…

Well, you know….

A TV Evangelist Who’s an Anti-Semite and a White Supremacist? Who’da Thunk It?

From The New Civil Rights Movement:

The FBI was investigating Paul Crouch, the co-founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). Crouch, who died last year at the age of 79,  was one of the world’s first “televangelists.” Crouch and his wife, Jan Crouch, first began their “ministry” by renting time on a local Canadian TV station, and grew their “ministry” into TBN, a multi-million dollar international TV network which the co-founded with the now infamous grifter, Jim Bakker, and his wife, Tammy Faye Bakker.

The New York Times in 2012 reported on the TBN founders who were at the forefront of the so-called “prosperity gospel,” noting that in 2010 alone they took in $93 million in donations through their “ministry.”

Now, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, investigative journalism site MuckRock “reveals the laundry list of Crouch’s activities the FBI was monitoring or even investigating.”

Among the more interesting revelations is the claim that the FBI’s “reports accuse Crouch and his partners as being motivated by ‘anti-semitic and white supremacist,’ beliefs.”

In 1997 the FBI labeled Crouch “an anti-semitic, white supremacist” — but once they identified him as a religious figure they “conducted no further investigation.”


Special rights for christianists…

Who’da thunk it?

His Allowing of Gay Marriage Want to Trump the GENDA Need Is Number Four

From The Week:

Andrew Cuomo is the worst kind of backstabbing, triangulating “centrist” in the wretched No Labels mold. Better for liberals to beat him now, or at least make his victory as unimpressive as possible, before we have to beat him in a presidential primary down the line.

The reasoning:

There are three major reasons to ditch Cuomo.

First, Cuomo has a history of advancing nakedly conservative goals. He gave his leave to GOP-gerrymandered state districts. When state Democrats won the 2012 election anyway, he didn’t lift a finger to stop two state Democrats from switching sides. And as the Bridgegate investigation has showed, he works hand-in-glove with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on some highly suspect stuff. He just loves cutting deals with Republicans to bolster his bipartisan credentials, even if the outcomes of those deals are awful and anti-liberal.

Second, Cuomo has consistently obstructed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s agenda. Six months in, the de Blasio mayoralty looks to be off to a decent start. But the truth is that the mayor of New York simply doesn’t have that much power to institute major policy in the face of opposition from Albany, and getting Cuomo to go along has been like pulling teeth. Instead of raising taxes on the rich, Cuomo wants to cut them. He blocked rental subsidies for the homeless. Worst of all is Cuomo’s atrocious urban policy, particularly on public transportation, whose coffers he wants to raid to alleviate costs for drivers. De Blasio seems to get that New York City is absolutely dependent on its subways and buses, but like most rich people Cuomo is a driving partisan to the bone.

Third is corruption. Obviously, the Times investigation is the major mark against him here, though his campaign has also admitted to rounding up fake protesters to harass Zephyr Teachout while she is campaigning.

A walk through the sea of Cuomo’s “deep commitment to protect the rights of all New Yorkers, including those in the transgendered community” would get no one’s feet wet.