Saturday, June 11, 2011

Facebook Using Facial Recognition Software Secretly - Creepy?

Facebook began using facial recognition software a while ago and without our permission it has been tagging every photo of us it finds in the Facebook universe.  Watch this ABC segment on the process.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ann Coulter is Still a Jerk - Making Cheap Gay Jokes on Hanity

And this is the person GOProud, (the allegedly LGBT Republican Group) invited to their soiree. Coulter is a vile, disgusting loudmouth who will say anything if it gets her ink in the press. She has the moral center of a marshmallow and I sincerely believe she cares for no one but herself. Aside from that I guess she is just plain despicable. Can you tell I don't like her?

CNN Confronts George Rekers with Kirk Murphy Suicide

George Rekers, a discredited psychologist who was once the darling of the "ex-Gay" movement, has now been exposed as a major player in the "Sissy Boy" experiments.  His use of young children as lab rats in his experiments have caused not only deadly problems for people like Kurt Murphy but is still being cited by anti-gay groups.

Rekers, as most will remember, was co-founder of the Family Research Counci, one of the most visible groups touting "cures" for homosexuality.  Rekers was spotted last year in the company of a paid male escort, who he met through a "rent-boy" website and who accompanied him to Europe.  According to the escort he frequently gave Rekers sexual massages on the vacation. Not the kind of behavior you expect from an anti-gay proponent.

CNN has been doing a series on the "Sissy Boy" program and confronted Rekers about the suicide.  He was relatively unconcerned.

I believe Rekers and medical professionals like him will go down in history as modern day Dr. Mengeles (the Nazi doctor who performed inhuman experiments on concentration camp prisoners).  His inability to understand his crimes stems from his still repressed sexuality and his shockingly effective cognitive dissonance. This is one of the most important pieces of investigative reporting CNN has done about the ex-gay quackery.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

If You Don't Like History - Make It Up! Blatant Lies to Defend "Creation Science".

The right-wingnuts amaze me at how they feel it's just fine to rewrite history, or in this case, just make it up out of whole cloth. Seriously? David Barton, an alleged historian, claims Thomas Paine and other founding fathers argued the theory of evolution? Let's check our facts here. Thomas Paine wrote in 1776 and Darwin wrote "The Origin of Species" in 1859. So I am guessing that Paine and the other founding fathers were consulting a Ouija board into the future?  No, the Ouija board wasn't invented until 1890!  Wow they sure were prescient!

What did Thomas Paine really say about creation? Here is his critique of the Bible:
“As to the book called the Bible, it is blasphemy to call it the Word of God. It is a book of lies and contradictions, and a history of bad times and bad men. There are but a few good characters in the whole book.” ~ Thomas Paine, Letter to William Duane, April 23, 1806

Remembering the 1979 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights

I found this rare film footage of the march including shots of Alan Ginsberg and other folks key to the movement at the time.  It's in French so you will have to translate, enjoy!

LGBT History - "A Gay Manifesto"

In the nascent Gay Rights movement of the 1960's and 70's, Carl Wittman wrote "A Gay Manifesto".  This sprang from the emerging gay scene on the west coast and is a vital part of our history.  This list of imperatives is the conclusion of the document and it bears reading and remembering.
  1.  Fee ourselves: come out everywhere; initiate self defense and political activity; initiate counter community institutions.
  2. Turn other gay people on; talk all the time; understand, forgive, accept.
  3. Free the homosexual in everyone; we'll get a good bit of shit from threatened latents: be gentle, and keep talking and acting free.
  4. We've been playing an act for a long time, so we're consummate actors.  Now we can begin to be, and it'll be a good show!
Though the language is steeped in the 60's counterculture it still rings true. Whittman was the son of a prominent Communist organizer, so a lot of what he says has that Marxist ring to it, but I think there are some basic truths there worth trying to understand.  Think about it as we head into LGBT Pride Month.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Rick Perry Joins Hate Group for "Day of Prayer"

So if our governor participated in a Ku Klux Klan rally most Texans, (I said "most") would be outraged.  A call for his resignation would ring so loudly the state Capital dome would shatter.  Why?  Well the KKK is a hate group plain and simple.

So where is the outrage that our governor plans to participate in a "day of prayer" with another recognized hate group, the AFA?  The American Family Group has long been a bastion of anti-LGBT rhetoric and is now recognized for what it is, a "hate group" by the SPLC.  This is the same organization who tracks other hate groups like the skinheads and KKK throughout the nation.  The AFA and it's activities fall well within the definition of a hate group and as such our governor should have nothing to do with them.  Instead Rick Perry is touting his participation in a "day of prayer and fasting".

I sincerely believe we need to be vocal in disapproving this outrageous action by our state's governor.  The AFA has a history of defaming LGBT Americans as well as Jews, Muslims and other minorities.  Start writing those letters!

Search of Farmhouse for Mass Grave Triggered by "Psychic"

I guess people in Hardin, Texas have been watching too much television and can't determine the line between fiction and reality.  The recent news story of a mass grave and dismembered bodies being sought was triggered by a tip from a self-proclaimed psychic.

The sheriff  took the tip seriously in part because the caller had details about the interior of the house, so I can't fault gullibility as the only cause but back to the psychic thing.  First of all, no matter what you have heard, there is absolutely no conclusive scientifically verified psychics.  So let me rephrase that:

Psychics = Fiction

Meanwhile, the authorities have traced the phone number of the psychic and are now seeking him or her.  Wouldn't a real psychic have known that?

Monday, June 06, 2011

Fox News Thinks Tina Fey is Sarah Palin

Those guys at Fox News not only don't check their facts (except with the Republican Party) they don't even look at the photos they post one their network.

During an update on GOP candidates they showed a photo of Tina Fey doing a Palin impersonation apparently not knowing it wasn't Sarah Palin.

Fair, balanced, and SLOPPY!

Sarah Palin, Still Pretty, Still Pretty Dumb

I have refrained from posting the clip of Sarah Palin's screwed up version of Paul Revere's ride until now, when I saw a note that she stands by her version of his famous ride which she somehow mangles into him warning the British not the colonists.  In Sarah's bizarro world it was all about Revere warning the British that they "weren't going to take away our guns."


Rick "Frothy Mix" Santorum in the Running

After much coy dilly-dallying, Rick Santorum has thrown his frothy mixture stained hat into the ring for President in 2012.  He adds yet another lackluster name to the GOP candidate field and will probably serve to divide the ultra right wing vote even more.  That's a good thing for Democrats!
"We are ready to announce we'll be in this race and we'll be in it to win," Santorum said on ABC's Good Morning America.
Need a reason to not like Rick Santorum?  Try this list of offensive statements Santorum has made.