For what it’s worth, 11/04/15

Once again, we’re holding off on our long and eagerly awaited diatribe about how stupid it is that a pitcher can get everyone who faces him out and earn a blown save. We’ll just have to save that for another day, because we – unlike Jeurys Familia – will have a tomorrow.

We have bigger poop to scoop today. We had a superfecta of newsworthy political stuff last night:

  • Bridgeport, Conn., elected a convicted felon to be its mayor.
  • Ohio said NO to recreational marijuana.
  • Kentucky said YES to a new governor who is the darling of the Tea Party and the Religious Right, and whose opposition to Obamacare is likely to damage the health of people who need it.
  • Houston slammed the bathroom door on the LGBT crowd.

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Batting leadoff, playing way-outfield, the city of Houston, Texas. And yes, Houston, we have a problem.

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The Houston Chronicle reports (boldface is ours):

Houston voters soundly rejected the city’s embattled equal rights ordinance Tuesday in one of the most heated local political contests in recent memory that drew national scrutiny and sparked months of impassioned back-and-forth about social issues, particularly transgender rights.

The decision leaves Houston the only major city in Texas and one of the few nationwide without some form of a nondiscrimination law. It also marks the third time Houston voters have rejected protections or benefits for gay residents, as they did in 1985 and 2001.

The equal rights ordinance, known by its acronym HERO, would have extended local protections against discrimination to 15 groups, ranging from veterans to pregnant women to gay and transgender residents, with the latter proving the biggest flashpoint for conservative opponents of the law. In recent weeks, the contest played out on a national stage, drawing comments from the White House and top state officials as well as media attention from a slew of top outlets.

Critics pinned their campaign on the controversial claim that the law would allow men dressed as women, including sexual predators, to enter women’s restrooms. Opponents’ most talked-about ad featured a man bursting into a bathroom stall occupied by a young girl as ominous music played in the background….

Really, folks, you have to see this video. The Revolving Door got nothin’ on the door to the bathroom stall:

Bigotry toward some other groups also appears to be OK with the good citizens of Houston:

The ordinance banned discrimination based not just on gender identity and sexual orientation, but also 13 classes already protected under federal law: sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy and genetic information, as well as family, marital or military status.

Those other groups are protected by federal law, so we won’t be seeing any pregnant single women turned away from Houston’s mangers. But federal law doesn’t protect gays and lesbians and transgenders and bisexuals. Because bathrooms.

Even Lance Berkman, a pretty damn good ballplayer who turned out to be a pretty damn bad human being, suited up with the bigots.

Loyce Johnson, 70, pretty much said it best in the Washington Post:

“Anybody with a penis, I don’t want them in the ladies’ restroom,”

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Hed’s up!

Ohio said no to legal marijuana, and CNN sent out a wonderful breaking news alert:

The drive to make marijuana legal ran into a buzzkill as Ohio voters failed to pass a ballot measure to legalize its recreational use.

So why didn’t CNN make that the story lede? I’m guessing someone was stoned.

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Heaven help us

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Matt Bevin, elected to be governor of Kentucky, “is such a genuine and caring person. I will be forever thankful that he came to visit me while I was in jail. At a clerks’ meeting he hugged me and said he was praying for me. I am looking forward to his leadership as our new Governor.”

— Kim Davis, American bigot

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At least you’ll never ask, “Who would have guessed?”

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You rock, Bridgeport! The AP reports:

An ex-convict who spent seven years in federal prison for corruption reclaimed the Bridgeport mayor’s office Tuesday, completing a stunning comeback bid that tapped nostalgia for brighter days in Connecticut’s largest city.

Joe Ganim, who was released from prison only five years ago, declared victory in a race involving seven opponents….

Ganim was sent to prison for steering city contracts in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in expensive wine, custom clothes, cash and home improvements. Since his release, he has worked as a legal assistant at his family’s Bridgeport law firm, but he has been blocked by the courts from regaining his law license.

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The Daily Donald (from Politico)

“Marco is overrated. … For years, I’ve been hearing that his credit cards are a disaster.”

Wait, there’s more …

The 8 ways Trump has attacked Rubio’s sweating

We’re not done yet …

Donald Trump Retweets, Then Deletes, Racist Image Tying Jeb Bush to Nazis

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Meanwhile, Twitter ❤️ you.

We are changing our star icon for favorites to a heart and we’ll be calling them likes. We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers. You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite.

The heart, in contrast, is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones. The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people. And in our tests, we found that people loved it.

Wonder how much they paid the genius who came up with this.

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Jeb! can fix it

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