Monday, December 10, 2018

South Carolina Church Becomes The State's First Sanctuary Church

Clayton Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, a teeny little church in Newberry, South Carolina will begin sheltering undocumented immigrants who face deportation orders despite the possible legal consequences from the federal government and the Asshat-In-Chief, making it the state’s first “sanctuary church,” flouting the federal law that makes it illegal to knowingly harbor undocumented immigrants.

Sam Stone, the church’s board chairman, and the congregation feel compelled by their faith to protect people who have been mistreated by an unjust immigration system:
“People have to live. They have to eat. They have to take care of their children, send them to school. We make it impossible for them to do these things. When they try to find a way to do those things, we prosecute them. Our faith just calls for us to treat people better than that.”
The church, with a congregation of just fifteen, will select and house up to two immigrants at a time in its fellowship hall, and help those immigrants hire attorneys to fight their deportation orders.

The good news is that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] agents generally won’t raid churches or other “sensitive” locations, such as hospitals or schools, but the bad news is there is no law in this state to protect immigrants staying at Clayton Memorial, or to protect church members from being charged themselves.

But Stone, and the church, have decided that the risk is worth it because they would like to see wholesale immigration change in this country, starting with giving undocumented immigrants an easier path to citizenship so they don’t feel the need to come illegally.

Wouldn’t that be a better way to stem the tide of illegal immigration, rather than arresting adults and putting kids in cages?

Asking for a country …

GOP Governor Stands Up For Trans People

Remember when Michael Elisabeth Pence was governor of Indiana? Remember how he liked the idea of denying service to The Gays because he’s such a good Christian and his Bible is filled with Hate?

Well, Indiana has another GOP governor in Eric Holcomb, who was also Pence’s Lt. Governor, and he is a conservative just like Mike Pence; except for one thing. As Indiana battles over a Hate Crimes law [again!] Eric Holcomb has announced that he wants to be sure it includes protections for trans people.

Yes, in a state where Republicans have killed similar bills because they have included trans people, this lone Republican is taking a stand. And, naturally, he’s facing opposition.

GOP House Speaker Brian Bosma, an epic anti-LGBTQ politician, opposes including trans people in the bill because … wait for it … he’s one of those family values” Republicans facing numerous allegations of marital infidelity and is the darling of religious leaders in the state. Sound familiar? An adulterer beloved by Christians?

Still, Eric Holcomb remembers the stain on Indiana under Pence, for his hate-filled “religious freedom” law that allowed businesses to refuse to serve LGBTQ customers. He remembers the businesses that moved away, the drop in tourism, the drop in revenue that occurs when you make hate legal, and he wants no part of it.

And while Holcomb wants the Hate Crime law to mirror the executive branch’s nondiscrimination policy—which includes both sexual orientation and gender identity—Bosma is warning business leaders and activists not to push too hard to get transgender people included because it would bring “undue attention” to a state known as one of the most unfriendly to LGBTQ people:
“The result of this and how the discussion takes place affects every Hoosier and if this is a big knockdown, drag out, RFRA-esque discussion, it is not going to help anyone, and everybody is going to go to their corner and stand firm.”
Funny; the idea of simply protecting all the people of Indiana, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or non-religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, whatever it may be, hasn’t occurred to Bosma.

Luckily, it has occurred to the governor, and hopefully the legislature will listen to him; just like earlier this year, when Republicans wanted to strip transgender people from a similar bill, but Holcomb told them to either include gender identity or don’t pass anything at all. Legislators chose not to bring it up for a committee vote rather than protect transgender people.

And so, if Bosma gets his way and trans people are excluded , hopefully the people of Indiana will listen to Holcomb and send the cheating lying so-called Christians packing.

Because Hate should never be made legal.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

I Ain't One To Gossip But ...

Gwyneth Paltrow, professional snake oil salesman, if snake oil was really a jade vagina egg, is making the rounds of interviews touting her own superiority—again—and it’s amazing to read.

The Wall Street Journal is featuring Gwynnie and she wants you to know she’s a changed woman. Uh huh...
“I’m here one fucking time. I want an incredible life. I used to be in my trailer, smoking a cigarette and waiting for Ethan Hawke to open the door. Now look at me.”
Yes, look at you, with that enormous head. And then she wanders back to that whole “conscious uncoupling” thing which was really just another Hollywood divorce; still as she plays it in her head:
“It was so hard to be getting a divorce and letting go of this dream, and the public stuff was super painful. I wanted to see if we could check our pain and egos at the door and remember what we love about each other and be a family for these kids. What I didn’t understand at the time was, I think there’s a message in that, which is, ‘If you don’t do it this way, you’re hurting your kids.’ I think people take that as: ‘She thinks she is better than me.’”
Um, cuz you do, because then she actually says this:
“Forgive me if this comes out wrong, but I went to do a yoga class in L.A. recently and the 22-year-old girl behind the counter was like, ‘Have you ever done yoga before?’ And literally I turned to my friend, and I was like, ‘You have this job because I’ve done yoga before.’”
You know, she tries and tries to make herself out to be a decent person and then she opens her mouth and you instantly know exactly how much she thinks of herself.
Speaking of annoying has-beens: Lindsay Lohan. She is also giving interviews to tout her new goals in life—which I think include avoiding rehab, car wrecks and not getting arrested—and is coming off as vain and vapid as Paltrow.

The full title of the Paper article is, and this is just precious, Princess Charming: Inside Lindsay Lohan’s Enduring Cult of Celebrity, but really it’s an article meant to promote the latest Lohan antics to keep her name out there …since that acting career is really over.

Lindsay talks about her, ahem, “family friendly” Mykonos beach resort, saying, “It’s not just a party thing; you can have a nice lunch” and her low-budget Vanderpump Rules reality show rip-off, Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club. It is also noted in the interview—because Lindsay’s assistant, perhaps some rando she met at a club and gave a job to—that Lohan arrived on-time for a photo shoot.

Lindsay does a lot of whining about how she “could do 99 things right and one thing wrong, but it’s that one thing that will be focused on” and yet she still won’t discuss her ALLEGED attempt to kidnap a Syrian child from his parents one night in Moscow.

Yes, apparently Lohan was ready to talk about the kidnapping attempt but then she decided she wasn’t in the right “mood”. But the right mood finally hits days later when she emails the interviewer with her thoughts on the time she tried to steal a child:
“I read the situation wrong. I’ve learned from it. And that’s all I have to say.”
So many times I’ve read a situation wrong and tried to kidnap a child. But, as Lohan does, she wants to talk about her work, which is what she calls her non-existent acting career and how it was derailed by all the time she was court-ordered to jail or rehab.
“That was kind of taken away from me for a while, when I was going through a lot. I was spending money on going to treatment centers because the court was making me. It was hard for me to continue working, because when would I even find the time?”
Perhaps if you spent less time fighting in nightclubs, stealing necklaces from a jewelry store, crashing your car on the PCH, or being a drunken drug-addicted mess, you could have gotten some “work.”

But hey, she at least did one step out of twelve.
Madonna’s long-running feud with Lady Gaga is heating up again perhaps because Gaga made a film that wasn’t an Evita-sized disaster, and because Gaga is being courted by the press to talk about her film debut.

The latest spat involves Gaga saying this on a press tour:
“There can be 100 people in a room and 99 of them don’t believe in you, but all it takes is one and it just changes your whole life.”
Some have noticed that the quote sounds similar to something Madonna burped up when she was relevant:
“If there are 100 people in a room and 99 say they liked it, I only remember the one person who didn’t.”
Yeah, Madge? The two statements are different. Gaga’s is about finding that one person who believes in you and wants to give you a chance, and yours is about finding the one person who hates you and wanting to take a hit out on them.

Kanye is a tool. I could stop there, but, well, why?

Kanye and Kimye recently attended a performance of “The Cher Show” on Broadway, and apparently Kanye spent a great deal of time texting and Tweeting on his phone; it got so bad that one of the actors in the play, Jarrod Spector, who plays Sonny Bono, Tweeted at Kanye from backstage:
“Hey @kanyewest so cool that you’re here at @TheCherShow! If you look up from your cell phone you’ll see we’re doing a show up here. It’s opening night. Kind of a big deal for us. Thanks so much.”
Kanye tried to save face by Tweeting out:
“To Cher and the Cher show team, the dynamics of Cher and Sonny’s relationship made Kim and I grab each other’s hand and sing ‘I got you babe.’ Please pardon my lack of etiquette. We have so much appreciation for the energy you guys put into making this master piece.”
Then put your goddamned phone away asshat and enjoy the show, and let others enjoy it too, you narcissistic tool.
Poor Shauna Sexton, the Playboy Playmate who dated Ben Affleck for about twenty minutes last summer. Sexton is claiming that dating  Affleck for 2-months “really scarred” her.  I know; two months of hell for the poor girl, who insists the two have broken up for good …this time.

Sexton now claims that Affleck, whom she dated right up until his last stint in rehab,  was moody and that he was always up and down”:
“Sometimes he [wanted] to go out, drink and get girls, and other times [he was] completely sober and going to church.”
Funny, because Shauna said last Summer that she and Ben “never drank together,” and that now that they are officially over—he’s clearly not taking her to prom—she can try “to be as normal as possible right now.”

I guess all her scars are on the inside, so that hasn’t hurt her nude modeling career … or her move to keep her Fifteen Minutes of Fame going.
Oh Khloé … for a while I thought you might the be the smart Kardastrophe, but you’re as dumb, and media seeking, as the entire K-Klan.

Remember when Khloé was pregnant with Tristan Thompson’s child and he cheated on her while she was pregnant and after? Oh, and remember how he cheated on his last pregnant girlfriend with Khloé?

I guess Thompson must have a Magic Dick because Khloé Kardastrophe is ready to get knocked up by him again.

Of course, you must remember how much attention having a cheating Baby Daddy brought to their TV show, so, in the end, what does it matter if you bring another child into the world with a serial cheater, as long as the ratings go up and E! renews you for another year or two?

Friday, December 07, 2018

I Didn't Say It ...

Ryan Murphy, television producer , accepting the Hero Award for the cast of Pose at The Trevor Project‘s annual gala, announced a multi-million-dollar initiative to vote anti-LGBTQ lawmakers out of office:

“Why don’t we consider ever targeting the people who are causing the problem here? The homophobes, the trans naysayers, and the small restricted and dangerous minds who are causing so many young people to needlessly hate themselves and doubt themselves … It was the midterms this year that gave me hope. One after one, anti-LGBTQ candidates who made hate speech and ideology part of their legacy fell away. They were disgraced and eliminated by Democratic candidates who were largely boosted to victory by young and female voters, by the way ... Over 20 anti—LGBTQ right wing politicians and their horrifying views were gone in a day … and they were replaced by allies. I want these hateful and wrong politicians to go, and stop polluting our moral and ethical ether … In 2020, we’re going to create and fund, with corporate sponsorship, a multi-million dollar organization that targets anti-LGBTQ candidates running for office. We’re narrowing our focus to 20 of them. Senate and congressional candidates who think they can get votes by hurting and discriminating against us. And I have to say to them, ‘Well, we can get votes too.' We are going to send a message which says you cannot make discrimination against us a political virtue anymore,” he vowed. “You cannot keep killing our vulnerable young people by promoting and nationalizing your rural, close-minded anti-constitutional viewpoints.”

Murphy named Senators Mike Lee, Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, and Congressman Steve King, among others, as the first targets of the Pose Initiative.
See, voting helps, so keep doing it.
Mike Madrid, GOP political consultant, on the Republican party:

“The party has to die before it can be rebuilt. And by die, I mean, completely decimated. I think [the midterms] was a big step.”

I don’t think the GOP has to die, I think they just need a backbone, or asset of balls, to stand up against the hate-filled factions of the party … like the Racist-In-Chief.
Barack Obama, plainly, and simply, and effectively, asking why anyone would think ____ was a good choice:

“Does anyone really believe that a guy who’s spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion? Your voice?”

That is exactly my thought on _____;all the way from the primaries through the general election.
Nice to know My President and I think alike.
Paul Ryan, on his way out the door as a loser, on California:

"California just defies logic to me ... We were only down 26 seats the night of the election & 3 weeks later, we lost basically every contested CA race. This election system they have—I can’t begin to understand what ‘ballot harvesting’ is."

You can’t begin to understand how people finally grew disgusted by your party, and your leadership role, and said, ‘F**k this, I’m voting blue.’
Be gone, Lyin’ Ryan, before someone drops a house on you.
Pat Robertson, on The 700 Club, saying George H.W. Bush only launched the first Gulf War after Robertson assured him person that God said it would be a success:

“He was in the Oval Office and just at that time, his representative in Geneva had been meeting with a representative of Saddam Hussein and the talks had broken down. I said, ‘Mr. President, I’ve got a word from the Lord for you.’ He said, ‘What is it?’ I said, ‘There is going to be a war, it is going to be enormously successful, you’re going to be hailed as a great military leader, and your success is going to go through the roof.’”

And, I imagine, you were wearing a tinfoil hat at the time and also in direct communications with Mars?
Take a seat, old man; when God hears you lying like this, She’ll be pissed.
Bruce Springsteen, warning that _____ may be reelected in 2020:

“I think that there are a lot of reasons people became _____ voters. You had severe blows to working people in the 1970s and 1980s as all the steel mills shut down. Then you had an explosion of information technology. These are life-changing, upsetting occurrences. [And] I don’t see anyone out there at the moment …the man who can beat _____, or the woman who can beat _____. You need someone who can speak some of the same language (as _____) and the Democrats don’t have an obvious, effective presidential candidate.”

Sorry, Boss, you’re wrong. People didn’t vote for _____ because of something that happened thirty or forty years ago, they voted for him because he stoked fear, and promoted racism; he made people who thought having a Black president was the End Times vote for a man who had never done anything for them; how many jobs did he create in casinos that went bankrupt, or universities that shut down, or projects that failed. It was fear and hatred of anything that wasn’t white. 
And it was Democrats not banding together to fight him that allowed him to win.
It was complacency on our parts, and fear on his. But we’re not complacent any longer.
Joe Biden, on who should run against _____, of he’s still in office, I mean, in 2020:

“I’ll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president. The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole life. No one should run for the job unless they believe that they would be qualified doing the job. I’ve been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have – even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right but I know a great deal about it.”

Is this Joe declaring his candidacy?

Thursday, December 06, 2018


The other day, while in our home office working on this here blog thingy, Carlos appeared at the door, an envelope in hand:
“Is there something you need to tell me?”
“I don’t think so. Why?”
“This came in the mail for you. It’s a renewal from for membership to the NRA.”
"What the … lemme see that!”
I took it from him and, sure enough, it was a renewal form for the NRA; but there was something else … I said to Carlos:
“Do you know me?”
"Yes, but—”
“You know me? What’s my name?”
"What? I don’t—”
“I’m your husband, Bob, and this is addressed to Richard Thornhill who lives two doors down!”
This week George Conway, husband of _____ lapdog Kellyanne, suggested in a tweet that _____ was guilty of witness tampering in the Mueller investigation. And the Dumb _____, Eric, didn’t like that, and accused Conway of showing “utter disrespect” towards his wife:
“Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect George Conway shows toward his wife, her career, place of work, and everything she has fought SO hard to achieve, might top them all. [Kellyanne] is great person and frankly his actions are horrible.”
Seriously? Eric _____, son of Donald, is going to school someone on how to be a good husband?

His own father cheated on his mother, announced, while still married to Eric’s mom, that his new mistress was the “best sex” he’d ever had, but cheated on that mistress-turned wife with a mistress who became his third wife, and cheated on her with porn stars and beauty pageant contestants. And George Conway disrespected his wife?

Take a seat, Eric, you’re an idiot.

PS Any man who defrauds a children’s cancer fund out of millions of dollars really shouldn’t discuss anyone’s character.

I wasn’t a fan of 41, and openly reviled W, but every chance I get to see W interact with Michelle Obama makes me smile a little more … like at the funeral yesterday when he greeted her and slipped a piece of candy into her hand as she had to him at McCain’s funeral.

I loved that. And I loved the look on Melanie’s face; clearly, she’s never seen a random act of kindness.

And, I, too, got choked up when W choked up at the end of his eulogy. I know the loss of a parent and he reminded me of that yesterday.
In Sorry, Not Sorry News …after the 9/11, for a hot second, Rudy Giuliani was considered the most popular mayor in the country, but things have changed in the intervening years.

It appears that a planned 25th anniversary celebration of Giuliani’s election win was cancelled due to a lack of interest, with party planners struggling to find guests to attend, or anyone to speak favorably of Rudy.

Poor man, he tried to turn the deaths of 3,000 Americans into a political dynasty, and all he got was the pleasure of being _____’s little whipping boy.

Sorry, not sorry.
In Karma Is A Bitch I’d Like To Have Cocktails With … gay alt-right asshat Milo Yiannopoulos is more than $2 million in debt.

He apparently owes $1.6m to his own company, $400,000 to the Mercers, $153,215 to his former lawyers, $76,574 to former collaborator Allum Bokhari, and $20,000 to the luxury jewelry brand Cartier.

Take a seat, Karma, the first round is on me!
Last week Starbucks announced that they’re going to be installing a blocker on the WiFi in all of their U.S. stores to prevent people from accessing porn site while sipping a Pumpkin Spiced latte and choking their Pumpkin Spiced Chicken.

In retaliation, the management team at YouPorn has banned all Starbucks products from their offices.

So, apparently no one will be spanking the monkey while drinking a half decaf, half caf, skim, double foam, triple macchiato with caramel sauce.
Yes, I am an Awards Show Queen™. I love all of them, even the People’s Choice, er, E! People’s Choice Awards—okay, I kid about that, I loathe that show. But the Oscars? C’mon; I live for Oscar night.

But this year the Oscars have chosen one of my least favorite performers of all time to host the show: Kevin Hart. Some folks think he’s funny; he’s not. Some folks think he’s talented; he’s not.

What he is, is a man who cheated on his pregnant wife, lied about it, made fun of the cheating rumors, then admitted the rumors were true.

In the era of #MeToo the Oscars have picked an adulterer to host their big show.

Oh, and he makes gay jokes because, you know, gay is funny … to little men who cheat on their wives like Kevin Hart.

Of course, I’ll still watch, but I’ll fast forward through Kevin Hart.
More Sorry, Not Sorry? Okay … last week Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT member Matt Patten wore a QAnon conspiracy-theory patch while greeting Vice President Michael Elisabeth Pence at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

This week Patten was reprimanded and demoted from the SWAT team and BSO’s Office of Homeland Security.

For the uninitiated, QAnon is an internet conspiracy theory that claims _____ is secretly working to arrest a small group of high-level pedophiles in Hollywood and the Democratic Party.

But Pence allowed himself to be photographed with the asshat, until the story went viral and then he deleted the snapshot.

So, here it is …

I know Trump's go-to posture is "arms crossed" over his prominent gut, but at the funeral of a President?

Sad, pathetic, lonely, pitiful, hate-filled, bloated man.
Two hotties this week … one political, and one Scottish; yeah, I know that makes no sense… sue me.

Anyway, Brian Tyler Cohen is an actor and host of Occupy Democrats on Facebook; he’s dreamy, a Democrat, and politically savvy. What’s not to love?

Then there’s Richard Rankin, who plays Roger Wakefield on Outlander. He’s dreamy and Scottish; what’s not to love?

See, there is a connection!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Architecture Wednesday: Broadmoor Residence

This is the remodel of a home built back in 1958 in an area of Seattle known as Broadmoor. It was conceived as sprawling, single-tory ranch on a half-acre lot, but the currents felt as if the house and the landscape were two separate entities that never really converged.

Enter David Coleman Architecture who set about merging interior and exterior space, defining access to the house, and movement through it. Now, from the street, you walk along the original, meandering stone stair to a new courtyard, defined by building and stone landscape walls. A portion of the courtyard was excavated to create space for a long, low window opening into the lower level yoga room, and to allow construction  of a bridge between the front garden and home.

The interiors are organized around a gallery on the street side of the building. The rooms open onto one another and overlook the meadow, located in the back yard. Oversized lift-slide doors and large planes of glass dissolve the line between inside and out and allow free movement, physically and visually.

The plan retains the open plan living most people want in a home today, but also retains a sense of intimacy through the use of  subtle yet effective architectural devices, like changes in ceiling height, changes in wall and flooring material, and free-standing cabinets.

The master suite seems an open, yet completely separate space; you enter the dressing room first, complete with vanities, access to the bath, the walk-in closet and then the sleeping chamber which opens onto the meadow; the bath is conceived as a wet-room, with a free-standing bathtub that opens onto a private courtyard.

It still is a rather sweeping home, but seems far more open, to the outdoors and to itself.

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Photography by Steve Keating