Month: August 2009

Today’s Amusing SPAM Message

Actually more a phishing message but it would be helpful if English was their first language.

Attn: Account Ownner,
This message is from Cox Web mail messaging center,we are upgrading our data base and massage center.We now implement a very large IP address block against ripe net address due to massive spamming. If you had access and are located in the Canada and United States, to upgrade your email account to prevent your account from closing you will have to update it below so that we will know that it’s a present account.

Re-confirm the following for verification of usage:

Email Username….
Password…..

Date of Birth……
Country or Territory…..

Note: Account Ownner that refuses to update his or her account within seven days will have his/her account close permanently.

Admin COX.NEt.

I am intrigued that they’re upgrading their massage center. Do they offer happy endings now? For what Cox is charging me a month for a net connection I say that would be a welcome benefit. Just stop by their customer service desk and ask for the massage.

Nice try phishers. ripe.net is the European Internet Numbers Registrar. Here in the U.S and Canada it’s ARIN.

Looking at the headers I see they spoofed the originating mail IP address to an IANA unassigned block. Nice try. And the reply-to address is somewhere in China with a .cn TLD.

A message to the spammers and phishers – context matters, so too does correct spelling and syntax.

The Republicans who voted against Sotomayor

Here is the list:

Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah)
Sen. Charles Grassley (Iowa)
Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.)
Sen. John Cornyn (Texas)
Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.)
Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.)
Sen. Robert Bennett (Utah)
Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.)
Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.)
Sen. Jim Bunning (Ky.)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.)
Sen. Thad Cochran (Miss.)
Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.)
Sen. Mike Crapo (Idaho)
Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.)
Sen. John Ensign (Nev.)
Sen. Mike Enzi (Wyo.)
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Tex.)
Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.)
Sen. Johnny Isakson (Ga.)
Sen. Mike Johanns (Neb.)
Sen. John McCain (Ariz.)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.)
Sen. James Risch (Idaho)
Sen. Pat Roberts (Kan.)
Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.)
Sen. John Thune (S.D.)
Sen. David Vitter (La.)
Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss.)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

So lets look at the state my state breakdown:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, ,Utah and Wyoming. A total of 21 states.

Interestingly the states that were involved with the confederate side of the civil war overlay nicely on this group. Those in both lists are highlighted in bold.

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

Interesting huh? I’m thinking we should build a temporary wall around the confederate states, one that goes up for 4,000 feet, the other a couple thousand feet into the ground. Make sure we put a no-fly zone up. Leave it up until they can leave their racist asses behind and stop electing racist Republicans to office. Once we see improvement (Say around 20 or 30 years) we’ll remove the wall.

As to the western states, they should be ashamed of themselves. But then the expansion westward, tended to go on in the southern half so that explains Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, et al.

Congratulations to new Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor

Welcome to the Supreme Court Bench Justice Sotomayor!

I get a read that you’re a fairly liberal justice. We need that to balance the asinine spouting of Antonin Scalia.

But of course 31 Republican Senators saw fit not to vote for you with the exception of 9 of you who understand that the party is driving itself into the ground. It is now the party of the disgruntled white man. Nice going in further alienating everyone else including the Latino population.

Now if only we could sweep the rest of you out of office and have a SOLID Democratic majority.

And you blue dog Democrats, beware, your ass is on the line too.

APA Says Reparative Therapy is Bunk

It is most commonly used by those whose religious convictions lead them to believe that homosexuality is sinful and wrong. More to the point, the most common conversion therapies are religious in nature.

But here’s part of the religious method:

Male on male holding, hugging, etc. Sounds suspiciously like a little foreplay doesn’t it? I love the term foreplay by the way.

Well, the APA just finished its two year study on the issue.

And of course the ‘evangelical’ psychologist(s) had to come out with idiotic dreck like this:

An evangelical psychologist, Mark Yarhouse of Regent University, praised the APA report for urging a creative approach to gay clients’ religious beliefs but — like Chambers — disagreed with its skepticism about changing sexual orientation.

Yarhouse and a colleague, Professor Stanton Jones of Wheaton College, will be releasing findings at the APA meeting Friday from their six-year study of people who went through Exodus programs. More than half of 61 subjects either converted to heterosexuality or “disidentified” with homosexuality while embracing chastity, their study said.

A six year study of 61 people? Are they serious? This violates all sorts of rules of statistical analysis the prime of which is that you have a large enough sample size to glean relevant characteristics from.

And then they’re vague about it by saying “more than half”. If it had been an ACTUAL study, we would have gotten the actual numbers. And the fact that it doesn’t work on at a little less than half means the ‘therapy’ is unadulterated bovine effluvia.

The APA on the other hand did the following:

The APA had criticized reparative therapy in the past, but a six-member task force added weight to this position by examining 83 studies on sexual orientation change conducted since 1960. Its comprehensive report was endorsed by the APA’s governing council in Toronto, where the association’s annual meeting is being held this weekend.

83 STUDIES since 1960. I wish I could find the actual report. I’ll have to ask a friend of mine who is a psychologist. He can probably point me in the right direction. But I trust a group with over 150,000 members who’ve been active in the field for a combined total of years that probably now runs in the millions.

Interestingly you don’t see a lot of conversion camps here in the northeast. Loads in the south though. It’s the damned Baptists if you ask me. Those are some seriously psychotic folks. Never trust one.

===UPDATE===

Found the report. Let’s see if WordPress allows me to embed a PDF.

Nope – no go. God damn it. Its shit like this that pisses me off about WordPress.

Therapeutic Response

Just click the link above to go to the scribd document.

And WordPress, fix your fucking site.

NOM Marriage and Liberty Mailer

They stopped sending me emails but they still send me postal mail.

Here’s the latest:

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On this page let me first highlight a few facts.

The title is “Marriage & Liberty”. What part of Liberty do the bigots at the National Organization for Marriage not understand?

They cast it as an abuse of their religious liberties, I cast their stance as an abuse of my civil liberties.

Then we have the introductions.

First up we have Dr. Robert George, a law professor at Princeton. You all know the old saw, those who can do, those who can’t teach. I don’t know about you but I know lawyers can be the slimiest of the slime or as good as Glenda the Good Witch. Dr. George strikes me as the former. You’d think an attorney might be cognizant of say a pesky little thing like the 14th Amendment. We’re all equal under the eyes of the law you dipshit!

Then we have the ever smug Maggie Gallagher. I wish a local anomaly in the time-space continuum would just open up and swallow her whole, perhaps stretching a bitch out until she’s a couple of atoms thick before she enters the event horizon. She carries herself as some expert on marriage. If that’s the case then I should begin carrying myself as the pope. Bow down bitch!

Then we have old Pumpkin Face, Brian Brown. Packin’ on the pounds there Brian. You remind me of Mr. Creosote in Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life”. I haven’t had many dealings with old Pumpkin Face but his name is all over the place in NOM so he gets a heaping dose of derision from me.

The lead in article is titled “NOM Wins Victories and Reaches Millions of Americans with Pro-Marriage Messages”

Lets start on the title. Pro-Marriage yet you don’t want gay people to get married. Why is that? Matter of fact they don’t want gay people to have equal rights to anything else. I think it all comes down to what I term the ‘ick’ factor. The whole argument against gay men is that at least one man debases himself by acting like a woman. So basically the whole sentiment behind the anti-equality folks is misogyny. Isn’t that interesting.

We of course are called the cultural Left. That NOM in the cultural Right spot. Their affiliations with churches etc. mean they’re now a part of the whole Religious Right Republican Wing. NOM folks are in good company with all the other assorted bigoted wing nuts of history.

They go on to “Enter the Lion’s Den”.

How very interesting since I’d like to re-start the Roman custom of feeding Christian scum like the NOM folks to the lions again. On this page they crow about the victory in California and how they’re applying lesson learned in other states such as New Hampshire, Maine, etc.

They of course bring up the indoctrination of the children. Let me get this right, letting kids know its ok if you’re or even they’re gay is indoctrination, but religious instruction (Which by its very nature is indoctrination!) is a-ok with the people at NOM.

They like to say they’re winning with facts. I say they’re losing with falsehoods. Here are just a few.

– No Civilization can survive without marriage:

Yes in fact civilization can survive without it. Marriage hasn’t been with man forever. The family on the other hand, that’s been around forever.

– Legalizing gay marriage has a devastating psychological effect that devalues marriage itself and results in fewer marriages of any kind, putting the health of children and America’s future at risk

Here they go with the straw man arguments. Holding up gay marriage as the reason marriage is declining worldwide. Maybe it’s because kids saw their parents rotten marriage and so decide not to marry. I know several couples that had serious problems whose own kids never married or took their sweet time before they did marry. I look at my aunt as a perfect example. My cousin was 21 years old when she finally married my cousins father.

The only real psychological effect is the propagation of hatred and intolerance spread by NOM.

Here comes my favorite though.

-Legalized gay marriage results in forced indoctrination of children and restrictions on religious liberty.

Ok, I already debunked the indoctrination thing. But restrictions on religious liberty? Give me a break. Every marriage equality decision, bill, etc. that I’ve seen carves out specific exclusions for the religious community. NOM is just trying to incite hatred with this one.

They then go on about the critical phase approaching.

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On this page we have the whole intolerance blowup regarding Carrie Prejean and Perez Hilton. He was nice about it calling her a bitch. She’s a clueless cunt so far as I’m concerned.

NOM carried on that they have a whole media blitz coming up and I can’t wait to see their next idiotic ad on the web.

They keep making the same points over and over that all boil down to two arguments.

The first is the claim that we on the marriage equality side are being intolerant. Demanding our civil rights is not intolerance. As I said earlier, there are provisions made for the churches so that those who oppose us (And that list is getting smaller all the time now that the Episcopal Church has allowed gay and lesbians equal participation) won’t have to accept gay people or bless their marriages.

The other is the new standard that they have to protect the children. Children are both smarter and more resilient than the NOM people could ever know. This is just one part I remember from my developmental and general psychology courses. And talking to friends who are psychologists, neuropsychologists, etc. I’m constantly reminded of that fact. The people at NOM probably never took more than a semester of psychology which explains their hollow cries.

Nothing like beating dead horse with false arguments against equality.

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This page just has the usual bovine effluent how NOM is fighting against equality in ME, NH and IA. Curiously they left out MA and CT. I guess those are just foregone conclusions.

The one that got me though is the little blurb in the upper right corner. A smiling pink family with the title “Kids need a mom and a dad.”

That one kills me, again talk to any developmental or general psychologist or social worker and they’ll tell you that the sex and number don’t really matter. What matters is consistency of love and setting boundaries. The NOM argument is just code speak for “We got this in the bible.”

On to the last page.

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Here we have a personal letter from Pumpkin Face Brown. He goes on and on how marriage equality would remove their religious liberty. It’s such a crock of shit.

And he also goes on to mention the woman who got her cross trampled, or the father lead out in handcuffs, etc. All blown out of proportion for the word twisters at NOM.

Marriage equality is a juggernaut. I won’t rest until we’re all equal. Every last one of us, whether we’re gay, straight, black, white or anything else we use to divide people. Either stand with us or be rolled over by us but in the end we’ll have marriage equality throughout the United States.

They also included a little beg form. I’m going to tape my postage paid envelope to a box of bricks and send it back to them.

NOMBegSlip

They’re a 501(c)4 organization which means they have to produce Form 990. But they haven’t. What’s up with that?

On the back of the return envelope they do however say the following:

NOM Financials Disclaimer
NOM Financials Disclaimer

I checked with the NJ office. They said the following was only available for NOM for 2007. They have not updated their filings in over a year.

The data is interesting though. They don’t list the 501(c)4 revenues.

Total 2007 Revenue and expense
Rev: $204,000 Exp: $25,000

Fundraising $4000
Management Expense $25,000

Checking the North Carolina State Soliciation Licensing Branch only yields one more salient piece of information. They use KMA Direct Communications. Click the link, note who they really serve.

Pennsylvania says that NOM has is no longer registered there.

And Virginia gives the following:
Primary Name: National Organization for Marriage
Other Names: NOM
Federal Employer ID Number (EIN)
Address: 20 Nassau Street
Princeton NJ, 08542
Current Registration Expires:
Registration Extended Until: N/A
Registration Filing Status: Organization provided Law and Rules – not currently filed to solicit
IRS Filing Status: Unknown

So they cannot solicit in Virginia at least not without running afoul of state law.

So I wonder, no current financial info for the 12 months of 2008, and the 8 months of 2009 thus far. What the hell are they trying to hide? And when will the IRS or some other agency pull a raid on their NJ offices and get the financials and publish them?

Pretentiousness: Come to Providence to get your Freak On, and Move to East Greenwich to Live

So we spent some time with our friends Nick and Beth. They live on the Warwick/East Greenwich line so they’re treated to the East Greenwich Magazine (August 2009 is the most current issue).

The magazine is mostly real estate ads with prices starting around half a million and moving into astronomically expensive. If you want your little piece of suburbia, you’re going to pay for it in more ways than one.

Anyhow they had a story about some suburbanites named Nikki, Barbara, Bella, and Midge. They went on Safari in Tanzania. You know, in Africa.

Now you’re think they did it the old fashioned way, sleeping in tents with mosquito nets, the sounds of the jungle sounding as though they’re in the tent with you. But no, they slept in a custom 4×4 that included “gourmet meals, a bathroom, but no electricity!”

The pretentiousness of this kills me. And it was one of the kids ideas to do this for her bat mitzvah. You just know the kid must have figured, lets take Grandma on a Safari. Lets make her rough it. Maybe she’ll kick and we’ll get the money to hit Europe

But Grandma was a sly old fox, decided to outfox her young granddaughters and probably bought the 4×4. Ha ha kiddies, no inheritance for you this year.

Looking through East Greenwich magazine you see all sorts of indication of the insanities of suburbia. From editor Kate’s little knick knacks and photos that ‘inspire’ her to the Safari troop. Highly pretentious shit!

That lead me to contrast EG Mag to Providence Magazine. That’s filled with night spot ads, pseudo hookup ads, strip club ads, and maybe a nice article about the city or two. In other words, get your freak on in Providence, and then get the McMansion in East Greenwich.

My favorite is when we all go to the supermarkets or stores in the area. They look at Keyron as thought they never saw a black person. Come to think of it, they probably never did. East Greenwich, to my eyes anyhow, is lilly fucking white. You might have a few Latino’s but they’re the light skinned variety, none of those brown people.

It is truly like stepping into another world. And I cannot wait to get back home to the city whenever I encounter such shuddering things like suburbia. Providence might not be huge, but it is a city and I love it here.

In other news the legislature in Rhode Island mysteriously tabled the prostitution loophole bill. I think it might have gone down like this:

They submitted a bill to close that awful loophole that allowed prostitution to take place indoors in RI. But then when they did the research they found out that the law was put in place in the mid 1970’s to get the prostitutes off the street. Let me tell you, I grew up in the 1970’s and 1980’s and the prostitution was legendary. Having a law against it made no difference at all, people were still peddling their ass in the streets. The thinking in 1974 was to move it inside.

Not a bad move if you ask me. Look, you want to be a convention city. Prostitutes are just part and parcel of the whole convention scene.

But in other news it was noted that a court ruled that a 16 year old could in fact work in a strip club but had to be home by 11:30PM. The City of Providence promptly moved to ban anyone under 18 from stripping but I can guess that won’t last long. One of two things will happen, competition will open in other communities that border Providence or the strip club owners will file suit against the city. One way or another, you’re going to start seeing young tail in the strip clubs.

I was toying around with some scenarios this might bring up. Here we go!

[Scene] Inside a fairly seedy strip club. Darling Nikki is doing her pole dance when in rolls her lecherous grandpa in his tricked out wheelchair.

“Grandpa! Oh my go, Grandpa! How are you? Here, let me give you a lap dance”

Either that or they bussed grandpa in from the local nursing home. Either way, I can see some really funny shit going down.