Ed, at Gin and Tacos, reflects on the Republican Trumpocalyse. It’s a biting summary.

Here’s how he concludes it; follow the link to see why:

The best part about this as an outsider who actively wishes ill upon the entire conservative movement is the knowledge that its reaction to this crisis will be to insist that it needs to get even more conservative and vicious. I can’t wait.

He’s quite correct, you know.


Leonard Pitts, Jr., in considering the nuances of privacy in locker rooms and other facilities, gets to the point (emphasis added):

Which is, of course, nothing more than a new iteration of the old canard about lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people as sexual predators. You will notice that nobody is contemplating new laws to protect children from Dennis Hastert.

That’s because protecting children is not the point. The exploitation and manipulation of fear is.


The Charlotte Observer’s Taylor Batten looks at a champion of North Carolina’s “It’s Okay To Hate the Gay” law and realizes he’s seen it all before. A nugget:

Those politicians who thundered against civil rights in the 1950s and ’60s did so because many white Southerners applauded them, and those who knew better too often stayed silent. The public’s fear-fueled support, and good people’s acquiescence, allowed blacks to be deprived of equal rights for far too long.

Now (state senator Buck–ed.) Newton, who is running to be North Carolina’s attorney general, bellows about “how hard we must fight to keep our state straight.” He invokes the threat that those who oppose state-sanctioned discrimination against gays will “expose our wives and our sisters and our children to the sexual predators in the bathrooms.” He says that “the folks that wave the rainbow flags” need to get used to “the way things have always been in this state.” Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.

Read the rest.


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The Charlotte Observer talks to a transgender man about life under the reign of the Tarheel Potty Patrol.


Somewhere, I still have my draft card.

I can still remember my cannon fodder lottery number, which I sweated out a long night in a small crowded dorm room to hear drawn.


No, no, no. That other book.


Alexandra Petri plays Trump with her “woman card.”

Ah yes, the woman’s card.

I have been carrying one of these for years, proudly.

It is great. It entitles you to a sizable discount on your earnings everywhere you go (average 21 percent, but can be anywhere from 9 percent to 37 percent, depending on what study you’re reading and what edition of the Woman Card you have.) If you shop with the Woman Card at the grocery, you will get to pay 11 percent more for all the same products as men, but now they are pink.

Read the rest. Collect the full deck.

But wait! The card pays strange dividends.

27 April 2016 · Comments Off on The Pervy Party · Categories: Culture Warriors

Via Raw Story.

26 April 2016 · Comments Off on States’ Rights . . . · Categories: Culture Warriors, Political Theatre

. . . are a sometime thing.

Without taking a stand on the specific legal issue at at stake, I can still point out that some states clearly think that they are more equal than others.

25 April 2016 · Comments Off on Branding · Categories: Culture Warriors, Politics of Hate


If the Republican Party is a “brand,” their product is hate.

24 April 2016 · Comments Off on Potty Patrol · Categories: Culture Warriors

North Carolina Governor sitting in front of restrooms telling Caitlyn Jenner,

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23 April 2016 · Comments Off on Cutting-Edge Legislation · Categories: Culture Warriors

Wisconsin brings back the switchblade.

Wingnuts and their weapons fetish continually amaze.

23 April 2016 · Comments Off on The Politics of Peep Shows · Categories: Culture Warriors

Facing South examines businesses’ reaction to Mississippi’s “It’s Okay To Hate the Gay” Law and finds that they brought onto themselves.

Businesses and trade groups have been vocal in opposing HB 1523. They include Toyota, AT&T, General Electric, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, and the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, which said the law is “in direct opposition to many of our member industry’s policies and beliefs regarding diversity and inclusivity.”

But many of the companies objecting to the law had a hand in helping elect its sponsors and the governor who signed it.

In all, 24 companies publicly opposing HB 1523 either directly supported Bryant and state House sponsors via campaign donations, indirectly helped them by making donations to outside political spending groups that funneled money back into state elections, or both. In all, the anti-HB 1523 companies donated almost $14.6 million to help elect pro-HB 1523 politicians.

As you recall, Facing South found the same thing in North Carolina.

These businesses voted their pocketbooks with their pocketbooks and ended up sanctioning peep shows for pervy pols.

22 April 2016 · Comments Off on I Read It on the Internet . . . · Categories: Culture Warriors, Political Theatre

. . . so it must be true.

22 April 2016 · Comments Off on The Pervy Party · Categories: Culture Warriors

Image of North Carolina officials examining the genitalia of generic

In related news, there is no truth to the rumor that North Carolina and Mississippi are considering mandates that all private residences henceforth have separate male and female restrooms.

Meanwhile, Bob Cesca leads us to wonder whether Republicans are looking in the bathroom mirror and seeing their own reflection.

Image via Juanita Jean.

21 April 2016 · Comments Off on American Taliban, Reprise · Categories: Culture Warriors


The government of the United Kingdom warns LGBT persons to take care when visiting the United States. Here’s the story from The Independent:

The new Foreign Office advice states: “The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. Laws vary from state to state. When you are physically present in a state, even temporarily, you are subject to that state’s laws. You must carry a passport showing that you have leave to enter or remain with you at all times.

“LGBT travellers may be affected by legislations passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi.”

“Before travelling please read our general travel advice for the LGBT community.

You can read the full warning at the UK government website.

This is the sort of stuff that, when I was a young ‘un back in the olden days, the United States Department of State would say about visiting, say, eastern Europe or Rhodesia.


21 April 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Culture Warriors, Geek Stuff, The Sporting Life

In for a Schilling, in for a pound.

19 April 2016 · Comments Off on The Pervy Party · Categories: Culture Warriors, Republican Hypocrisy