Archive for August, 2011

Mayor Drives Illegally Seized Vehicle

Here’s yet another asset forfeiture horror story. The mayor of Tampa, Florida is now driving around in a vehicle seized from someone last month who hasn’t even been tried yet, much less convicted. Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s city vehicle, a jet black GMC Yukon Denali with tinted windows, was seized from a man charged last month with sex trafficking, sexual battery and forcing someone to become a prostitute. Tampa police seized the SUV on Sept. 28 during their investigation. In addition to transporting prostitutes and the proceeds of prostitution, the SUV was purchased from proceeds of prostitution, police maintain in court documents. In a letter, Fox denied that, saying a cousin’s husband bought the SUV at a Clearwater car auction. Read more

Bill Donohue’s Latest Bit of Buffoonery

Is there a bigger and more ridiculous blowhard than Bill Donohue of the Catholic League? I’d be hard pressed to name one. He’s all verklempt over an organized boycott of an organization that funds anti-gay groups and he was distributing some major league manure on a radio show with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. Yesterday, Bill Donohue joined Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, on his radio program Washington Watch. “Radical proponents of gay marriage have taken the culture war to the marketplace,” Donohue said in a statement on the CGBG controversy, charging them with declaring “economic war against any organization that embraces the Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage.” He told activists: “If these extremists get their way, they will silence the Christian voice. Which is why the bullies must be defeated.” Read more

NY Clerk Won’t Issue Marriage Licenses

Another clerk in New York thinks they can pick and choose which parts of their job they’d like to do and refuse to do their job for those they disapprove of. Ledyard Town Clerk Rose Marie Belforti submitted a letter to the Ledyard Town Board saying that her religious beliefs prevented her from signing marriage licenses for same-sex couples and the board discussed Belforti’s letter at Monday’s meeting, according to John Binns, a member of the town board. When reached for comment Thursday, Belforti said “that’s not your business” before hanging up the phone. Read more

Robert O’Brien Nominee: Linda Harvey

This one is a real doozy. Wingnut Linda Harvey of Mission America says gay people don’t even exist: Harvey: There’s one big fact that’s not backed up. There is no proof that there’s ever anything like a gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgendered child, or teen or human. One of the other things you’re gonna see as I mentioned is a big campaign GLSEN’s gonna roll out this year calling for ‘respect,’ respect! Not just for people, but for homosexual lifestyle. The PR campaign to hold up gay as a good thing: the lifestyle, not the person, because there are no such humans. Great. If they don’t exist, maybe you should stop trying to oppress them.

Jacobs: Earthquake is a Sign From God

Add another whacko who thinks the recent earthquake was a message from god. Cindy Jacobs, one of the craziest of all the wingnuts, says she prophesied the whole thing in 1999 when the Holy Spirit told her that God would shake the earth. I’d just like to say that Mother Nature is going to make it rain in the future. And every time it rains, it will prove me right. So you’d better all listen to me of you could lose some shingles on your house or end up with all your neighbor’s leaves in your yard. It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature. You have been warned. Read more