Tuesday, August 22, 2017
So, Paul thinks that we should open a dialogue with Nazi's and white supremacist because this will help bring Americans together?
Whats clear, is that the GOP leadership is only demonstrating their complete uselessness in governing this country.
That there is no level they will not sink too, just to retain their power and control.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Clovis has been criticized by Democrats as being unqualified due to his lack of a scientific background. He holds degrees in political science and public administration and served in the United States Air Force for 25 years.
His comments about the LGBT community come from a CNN review of his radio broadcasts, writings, and speeches between 2012 and 2014. He also briefly ran for an US Senate seat in Iowa.
Rooted in conservative beliefs and talk radio, Clovis has repeatedly argued against homosexuality.
Despite a lacking scientific background, Clovis’ ideas about homosexuality often stem from the belief that science on the LGBT community is ‘unsettled’.
In 2011, he wrote an op-ed for the conservative blog the Iowa Republican.
In this piece, he discusses the idea of LGBT constitutional protections only being possible if homosexuality is genetic and therefore protected under the 14th Amendment.
‘Following this logic, the only way to extend 14th Amendment protections to those in the LGBT lifestyles is if these behaviors are genetically mapped or otherwise discernible. The science on this issue seems to be uncertain, and if one followed the arguments from plaintiffs, the issue argued was that these individuals, because of ‘love,’ should be allowed to ‘marry just like opposite-sex couples.’ What is it really? Is this about genetics or about emotions? The stronger case is genetics, but that is not the argument being advanced.’
He then argues that by this logic left-handed people and blue-eyed people should be constitutionally protected too.
Clovis also claimed at a campaign stop that while the science is still out, ‘as far as we know’ being LGBT is a choice.
In a video of a campaign stop, Clovis continued the idea that being LGBT is a behavioral choice.
Alarmingly, he then compares protecting this ‘behavioral choice’ to others like pedophilia.
‘Follow the logic, if you engage in a particular behavior, what also becomes protected? If we protect LGBT behavior, what other behaviors are we going to protect? Are we going to protect pedophilia?,’ he questions in the video. ‘Are we going to protect polyamorous marriage relationships? Are we going to protect people who have fetishes? What’s the logical extension of this?
‘It can’t be that we’re going to protect LGBT and then we’ll pull up the ladder. That’s not going to happen, it defies logic. We’re not thinking the consequences of these decisions through.’
When asked if this comparison is extreme, Clovis doubled down: ‘I think it’s a logical extension of thought. And if you cannot follow the logic then you’re denying your in denial.’
The committee has yet to schedule a Senate hearing to confirm or deny Clovis’ nomination.
A Romanian Orthodox bishop has resigned after a tape of him allegedly having gay sex surfaces.
Corneliu Barladeanu, the Bishop of Huși, was rocked by scandal this month over the shocking tape, which showed him having gay sex.
The Bishop was an influential voice within the ultra-conservative church, which is strongly opposed to LGBT rights and lobbied against the 2001 repeal of a law that criminalised homosexuality.
But Barladeanu was left with his reputation in tatters when the tape leaked online.
A blurry video, which has racked up more than 180,000 views, shows two male figures kissing and performing oral sex acts on each other.
According to reports, the figures are Barladeanu and a student at his seminary.
Despite protesting his innocence and claiming the tape had been tampered with, he was dismissed from his post as a Bishop this month.
A statement from the church’s leadership said the decision was made “for the peace and the good of the Church.
The Holy Synod had convened an emergency session to discuss how to deal with the scandal.
Barladeanu will remain within the church as a monk, according to officials, but will hold no official Church position.
It is the second such scandal within the Church in just weeks, after priest was also expelled due to a sex scandal.
According to AFP, the church said “all believers…should respect the discipline of the Church and permanently renew their spiritual lives”.
The Church also insisted the bishop would have been treated similarly if the other person on the tape had been a woman.
When not grappling with gay sex scandals, the Romanian Orthodox has taken a leading role in trying to reinforce a ban on same-sex marriage.
The church previously gave its backing to a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
The church gathered more than three million signatures in support of an amendment on the issue.
The Patriarch said the people “must support the Church’s effort to protect the natural, traditional and universal family, and resist some new family models that consider the natural woman-man union only one model among others”.
Meanwhile, the former Communist country continues to liberalise.
In the past two decades, it fully decriminalized homosexuality, introduced and enforced wide-ranging anti-discrimination laws, equalized the age of consent and introduced laws against homophobic hate crimes.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
James Damore, the software engineer who recent lost his job at Google over a controversial memo, this week compared being a conservative at the tech giant to “being gay in the 1950s.”
Damore told Business Insider that conservatives at Google are forced to “stay in the closet” and that he was fired for “wrong-think.”
“I was simply trying to fix the culture in many ways. And really help a lot of people who are currently marginalized at Google by pointing out these huge biases that we have in this monolithic culture where anyone with a dissenting view can’t even express themselves. Really, it’s like being gay in the 1950s,” he said.
“These conservatives have to stay in the closet and have to mask who they really are. And that's a huge problem because there's open discrimination against anyone who comes out of the closet as a conservative.”
In his 10-page memo, Damore claims that the gender gap in the tech sector is due to biological differences between men and women, not discrimination.
Google said that Damore was fired because he violated the company's Code of Conduct.
“To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to employees. “It is contrary to our basic values and our Code of Conduct, which expects each Googler to do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination.”
Damore said that he was fired because he holds minority views.
“There is a dominant ideology at Google, and anyone who dissents against that is either shamed or ostracized. And when it became apparent that I wasn't backing down to the shame, they had to fire me,” he said.
Out tech journalist Kara Swisher, the executive editor of Recode.com, fired back on Twitter: “Were you forced into electroshock therapy? No? Were you thrown out of your family? No? Did you lose custody of kids? No? Beaten?”
“It's like comparing yourself to a political prisoner when you get arrested for jaywalking,” she added in a separate tweet.