Naw, son. He just wants people to stop turning their minds to mush.
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[Found on a discussion forum, where it was copied from another forum; this is making the rounds of the Net, so I don’t know where it originated. If anyone knows, I’d be interested, but I’m reproducing it without attribution in the meantime.]
Oh my. Look at what someone has done: created a mashup of Google Maps and the publically-available list of donors to California’s recent Proposition Hate 8 campaign to destroy gay and lesbian marriages and their families.
Every flag posted on one of the three maps for San Francisco, Orange Country, and Salt Lake City — waitaminnit, since when was Salt Lake City in California, dammit?? Ahem. As I was saying, every flag on each map represents one donor to the Prop Hate campaign.
Click on a flag, and the donor’s name comes up. It also lists who they work for, and how much they donated, each time they sent money. The flag is pinned to their address. You could walk up to their door if you wanted.
Is this an invasion of privacy? I’ve been mulling this all morning and have decided: NO. This information is already available to the public. Every bit of it.
And frankly — when someone has supported a campaign to destroy their fellow citizens’ rights, destroy their marriages, destroy their families — these anti-family-values people ought to be proud to stand up and be counted in public. Proud to stand up and look the people whose lives they’ve tried to destroy straight in the eyes.
Go. Click for a while. Know these people.
Or, WELCOME TO FAMOUSLAND, HONEY
Sarah Palin continues her non-stop whine that she gets the exact same media scrutiny as every other well-known public figure on the planet:
Sarah Palin fired a new salvo in her war on the media, unloading in a new interview on her home state paper and “bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie.”
Which followed her whining about the interviews she chose to do with with Katie Kouric, and her choice to participate in Tina Fey’s doing a sendup of her (the way, you know, satirists do sendups of every political figure in the public eye):
She gave Ms. Couric the back of her hand. “Katie,” she said, “you’re not the center of everybody’s universe.” … Ms. Palin was similarly peevish about Tina Fey’s impersonations of her on “Saturday Night Live.” There was “some, perhaps, exploiting, that was done via me, my family, my administration,” she said. Yet she was more than happy to have done some, perhaps, exploiting of her own. She did, after all, do a star turn on what she referred to familiarly as “S.N.L.”
Ms. Palin, it’s called “going through the same public scrutiny, praise, and criticism that every public figure on the planet goes through.” Grow up and live with it, or step out of the public eye.
Of course, I’d have a lot more sympathy if I could recall hearing Ms. Palin yelling at the media for putting the Clintons through this identical thing for, oh, the last sixteen years or so. Did I miss that bit, Sarah?
Didn’t think so. So grow up and live with it. Or, you know, just go away and shut up.
Eleven gay bars in Seattle received letters today addressed to the “Owner/Manager” from someone claiming to be in the possession of ricin, a deadly poison. “Your establishment has been targeted,” the letter begins. “I have in my possession approximately 67 grams of ricin with which I will indiscriminately target at least five of your clients.” …
A letter also arrived in The Stranger‘s offices, addressed to the attention of “Obituaries.” The letter’s author said the paper should “be prepared to announce the deaths of approximately 55 individuals all of whom were patrons of the following establishments on a Saturday in January.” … “I could take this moment to launch into a diatribe about my indignation towards the gay community,” the letter concludes, “however, I think the deaths will speak for themselves.”
‘Cause, you know — the anti-gay people are the godly, wholesome, righteous, morally upright ones who are pillars of the community and examples to us all.