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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3

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K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck, February 1, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Womens’ Rights

 

Creationism – - Or Not

  • Ham-Chuck – The Missing Link: 55,000-year-old human skull found in Israel sheds light on migration and sex with Neanderthals
  • Cherry-Picking Science Chuck: Many Americans reject evolution, deny climate change yet find GM food unsafe
  • The Consequence Is Upchuck: Consequence of ‘School Choice:’ Creationism spreading in schools, thanks to vouchers

Education

Fifty Shades Of Bark Raving Mad

LGBT Issues

  • Whooopsie: Alabama seeks to stay order overturning gay marriage ban

Fifty Shades Of Hate

Fifty Shades Of Lying Propaganda

If Media Is The Message

 

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • True Spew: Who will cheer Adelson Netanyahu Boehner and war with Iran? Evangelicals who want the Middle East to go up in flames.
  • Rich, Rich Spew: Some 60 members of the Republican National Committee, including its chairman, are heading to Israel at the end of the month on a trip fully paid for by an organization described as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Upchucking Bry-Bry: WILL GETTING RID OF BRYAN FISCHER GET RID OF THE AFA’S PROBLEM?
  • Lane’s Highway Of Hurl: David Lane, the man behind Rick Perry’s and Bobby Jindal’s ‘Response’ prayer rally and the man whose goal is mobilizing pastors and pews to restore America to her Judeo-Christian heritage, is now leading AFA’s all-expenses paid GOP trip to Israel.
  • Highway Hurl II: This is the guy now leading the RNC trip to Israel: David Lane Predicts Car Bombings in LA, DC and Des Moines over Gay Inauguration Prayers
  • Faustian Doo Doo: While Christian Zionist endtimers rally behind Bibi: Netanyahu Hungers For War With Iran
  • Highway Hurl III: “It is His land and I believe He (God) will reclaim it in time,”

LGBT Rights

  • For The Love Of Big Hate Chuck: Mormon Church Wants To Protect LGBT People, But There’s A Catch
  • For The Continuation Of Big Hate Chuck: Despite Its Announcement, The Mormon Church Hasn’t Actually Done Anything For LGBT Equality

Politics Nation

  • The Barf Amendment That Will Never Happen: Jindal: Amend Constitution To Stop Marriage Equality
  • Lend Me Your Barf Bag? Who Fears God More? The Iowa 2016 GOP Race Begins
  • Ban Jindal Poop: Bobby Jindal Endorses Ted Cruz’s Push To Ban Same-Sex Marriage
  • Cruz-ing The Toilet: Iowa Freedom Summit: Ted Cruz Pushes ‘Reigniting the Miracle of America’ Theme
  • Frothy Sputum: “I don’t believe life begins at conception,” Santorum told a crowd during an address at the fourth annual Siouxland Rally For Life. “I know life begins at conception.” Meanwhile, Santorum 2.0 plans to push Republicans to unify as “the party of the worker.”
  • Sshhh. Don’t Let ‘Em Know WhatWe’rPuking: Conservatives At Iowa Freedom Summit Preferred Not To Talk About Gay Marriage
  • Lane’s Highway Hurl III: THE BID TO TURN PASTORS INTO POLITICIANS
  • Quivery Upchuck: Romney urges students to marry young & “have a quiver full of kids”; He even cracks jokes about Joseph Smith’s polygamy”
  • Puking On The Constitution: Ben Carson Says Congress Should Remove Pro-Equality Judges, Which Is Unconstitutional
  • Calling Tina Fey Chuck: Run Sarah Run. Desperate For Cash Sarah Palin Says God Will Tell Her Whether Or Not To Run In 2016
  • Hucking Hard: Huckajesus says he can win because ‘real America’ agrees with his anti-choice, anti-gay views

 

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

Scandal

Science – Or Not

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

 

Antidotes

 

 

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Capitol One Creepy Stalker

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Capital One Creepy

Creepy Stalker

Please welcome our new guest contributor Dee. Dee is a freelance writer and passionate political junkie, living in the Central Plains with her husband and three furry puppies. She is a prolific tweeter as @DAbitty, and occasional blogger at MyLittleBits

Hey Grrrl, It’s “Bob,” your friendly Cap One Rep, I was just in the neighborhood and thought I’d stop by, is this a good time?

Yes, this could happen if you are a Capital One card holder. According to the latest contract update recently sent to customers, they claim the right to “contact you in any manner we choose.”  Calls, emails, texts, faxes, and yes, “personal visit” whenever and wherever they please.

You may think the 4th Amendment protects you against this sort of thing, but not necessarily, as LA Times Business Columnist David Lazurus reports:

Indeed, you'd think the 4th Amendment of the Constitution, which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, would make this sort of thing verboten. Apparently not. "It sounds really invasive, but I don't think it's a violation of your 4th Amendment rights," said Daniel E. Kann, a Santa Clarita lawyer who specializes in illegal-search cases. He explained that the amendment applies primarily to searches and seizures by law enforcement, not civilians. A credit card company, in theory, could reserve the right to visit your home or office without a court order, Kann said. But he emphasized that there are laws against harassment, not to mention stalking, and Cap One could be held accountable under such statutes if, say, it took to inviting itself over for dinner or hanging around your cubicle.

Capital One’s creepy ‘customer service’ doesn’t end with merely a visit, no, the company’s contract update also says: “We may modify or suppress caller ID and similar services and identify ourselves on these services in any manner we choose.” They must have found the best stalkers available to help devise this new policy.  Lazarus goes on to explain:

Cap One is saying it can trick you into picking up the phone by using what looks like a local number or masquerading as something it's not, such as Save the Puppies or a similarly friendly-seeming bogus organization. This is known as spoofing, and it's perfectly legal. As I've written before, the federal Truth in Caller ID Act makes it a crime to use a phony number or caller ID message to commit fraud or cause harm to others.

But it's not against the law to engage in what courts have called "non-harmful spoofing," which includes businesses wearing digital disguises to penetrate a consumer's phone defenses. Such corporate spoofing is employed primarily by telemarketers. It's weird, to say the least, for this practice to be so publicly adopted by a major credit card issuer.

Lazurus spoke with a representative from Capital One, here is the explanation he was given:

So what does Cap One have to say? Pam Girardo, a company spokeswoman, told me that Cap One isn't quite as much like Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction" as the company's contract lingo might suggest. "Capital One does not visit our cardholders, nor do we send debt collectors to their homes or work," Girardo said. The exception to that, she said, is when it comes to big-ticket sporting goods. Cap One has partnerships with makers of gear like Jet Skis and Snowmobiles. "As a last resort, we may go to a customer's home after appropriate notification if it becomes necessary to repossess the sports vehicle," Girardo said. So Cap One is saying it's more "Repo Man" than "Fatal Attraction."

I asked Girardo about the spoofing. What's up with that? "Actually, we want our calls to display as Capital One on caller ID, and that's the way they are programmed," she replied. "However, some local phone exchanges may display our number differently. This is beyond our control, and we want our cardholders to be aware of that potential occurrence."

Oh but that’s not exactly how the contract reads, it claims the right to “modify or suppress” caller ID, “in any manner we choose.”

Even giving Cap One the benefit of the doubt, as David Lazurus does, and they aren’t as stalkerish as the language in the contract implies, it no doubt seems to me a bizarre over-stepping of the bounds of corporate power. However, that could be just me.

Click here to read David’s entire LA Times article. Watch David explain in the video at the link.

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Conservative deputy sheriff, after I told him I was a liberal: "Too bad."

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I just had the most frustrating experience with a local deputy sheriff who was here to take a report about a stalker troll I have on Twitter. And the most frustrating part wasn't that he never took a report.

I've had a vile nuisance of a troll for well over a year now, someone who has hundreds of accounts and who I've had suspended at least 50-100 times. He's bigoted, racist, anti-Semitic, misogynistic, very conservative and very sick. He targets liberals, mostly women, and often more than once a day from each new account.

I've had well over 150 exchanges with Twitter about him, and they claim all they can do is suspend his accounts. They say they cannot block him. Here's the email they sent me:

IP addresses are commonly shared by numerous different users in a variety of locations. Blocking a single IP, therefore, may prevent a large number of unrelated users from logging in to Twitter. In addition, IP addresses are easy to change and any blocks can be easily circumvented by logging in from a different location, a third-party service, or one of many free websites or applications.

Because IP blocking is generally ineffective at stopping this kind of behavior, and may falsely prevent legitimate users from accessing our service, Twitter doesn't block individual IPs in situations like this.

If you notice similar behavior in the future, please feel
free to file a ticket and reference this ticket number, and we can
investigate the situation.

Meantime, I've taken screen grabs galore, but each time I do, I'm forced to go to his profile page and see the hard core porn, racist images and messages, homophobic porn, defecation photos, Nazi images, and attempts to impersonate celebrities (all progressives), even using my avatar for his, and including posting a request in his bio for help in finding out my real identity and other personal information.

Last June I had a female deputy come over and take an incident report to start a paper trail on this freak. She told me to call her again if the harassment continued, so I did, but got no response (it turns out they have a new system and she never got the messages). So today I called once again, and a male deputy was sent over.

This deputy was nice enough, but he had no idea what Twitter was, had never used any social media, and was more interested in my career highlights than learning about the miscreant in question. 

When I showed him my 30 or so very, very offensive screen grabs, he thought Rachel Maddow, Roseanne Barr, Lizz Winstead, George Soros, and Chaz Bono-- who Troll Guy uses for his profile photos in different accounts-- were the person I was reporting. He had no idea who they were, and didn't understand the gist of my complaint at all, despite my repeated attempts to simplify things for him.

The conversation kept drifting back to where he could hear me on the radio. When I told him I was either online or on KTLK (L.A.'s one progressive station), he asked if KTLK was NPR. When I explained what KTLK was all about and that I was a liberal talk show guest, his response was, "Too bad." Then he listed the 5 or 6 conservative stations he listens to.

He was completely unfocused, had an IQ of about 50, his eyes kept gazing aimlessly off into Dumb SheriffLand, and he appeared to have no idea why I was concerned. He eventually asked me what "other celebrities do when this happens."

I counted to ten in my exploding head and explained that I'm not really a celebrity, that others do what I do (report, block), and that I decided it was time to take action and needed his help to do that. That got his attention for about 30 seconds.

Finally he suggested the one thing, the one intelligent thing, the one useful bit of advice of his entire visit: Wait until Monday and call the female deputy who took the original report. He promised me he'd give her my message personally.

Welcome to my world.

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VIDEO- Rachel Maddow: Anti-abortion bullies get a taste of their own methods

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Awesome on a stick. It's about time.

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