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posted at 10:41 pm on April 3, 2014 by Allahpundit

The guy who had the gall to express his First Amendment rights and favor Prop 8 in California by donating $1,000 has just been scalped by some gay activists…

Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.

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GLAAD provided the following statement from President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis on the news via email:

Mozilla’s strong statement in favor of equality today reflects where corporate America is: inclusive, safe, and welcoming to all.

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Since Mr. Eich was appointed chief executive, a number of current Mozilla employees took to Twitter to air their views about the board’s choice, with several voicing concern about the appointment, and some employees even suggesting Mr. Eich should step down.

John Lilly, the former chief executive at Mozilla, linked on Twitter to the blog post about Mr. Eich’s resignation and wrote, “Tough times, but reflects so much of what I love about the organization.”

Rebecca Rolfe, executive director of the San Francisco L.G.B.T. Center, said California is a state that values openness and fairness and companies should practice those same values.

“We see a lot of corporations now providing support for their L.G.B.T. employees and the L.G.B.T. community. It’s important to recognize all types of unions,” she said. “For Mozilla to recognize that is important as well.”

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Some Mozilla employees called for his resignation via Twitter.

Online-dating site OKCupid asked users to stop using Firefox. Credo Mobile, a wireless company that bills itself as “progressive,” gathered more than 50,000 signatures calling for him to resign.

Mr. Kay said the OKCupid move signaled to Mozilla’s board “that this could be more of a problem for Mozilla.”…

Reputation-management advisers say it is unusual for a CEO to be forced out over political views. But Eric Dezenhall, who runs a crisis-management firm in Washington, said he has been asked to help soften the public stands of CEOs with extremely conservative political views. “There is a kind of internal censorship,” he said.

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Despite its opposition to Eich’s political donations, one of OkCupid’s co-founders has given money to political candidates who expressed opposition to gay marriage.

Sam Yagan, who is currently CEO of the Match Group, which controls OkCupid, donated $500 to Barack Obama in 2007 and 2008 back when he still opposed gay marriage.

While president of the tech company Metamachine, Yagan also gave $500 to Republican Utah Rep. Chris Cannon. In 2006 Cannon voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Amendment, which would have defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the Constitution.

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Obviously Mozilla does not believe in equality or freedom of speech. If it did, it would have defended its CEO and noted that many of its employees agree with him, not just the other side. It would have asserted that both sides deserve a hearing.

Firefox surrendered to the OKCupid mob, which loves free speech so much that it has successfully deprived a man of his income because of his beliefs — beliefs which are not fringe, but are shared by roughly half the country or more. Beliefs which he once shared with the left’s own champion, Barack Obama.

I know many readers here and many writers here support gay marriage. Are y’all cool with depriving someone of their ability to work if they disagree? That’s where we are right now. They tried it with Chick-Fil-A and bombed. But they have succeeded in the tech field, which drives much of our culture forward. Into what?

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Moreover, the ability and right to engage in anonymous political speech and activity – and making contributions is a form of political speech – used to be considered common sense. The Federalist Papers were published under pseudonyms and one of the most famous and stirring pieces of writing in American history – Thomas Paine’s Common Sense – was first published anonymously because of the danger to its author for publishing such revolutionary ideas. The same threats those authors and others throughout our history have faced for expressing ideas not in conformity with the ruling passions of the day are today being faced by Americans like Brendan Eich.

The required disclosure of contributors like Brendan Eich to referenda is now being used to harass and intimidate them for their political opinions. Those who bullied Eich into resigning, particularly the employees of Mozilla, should be ashamed of themselves for their behavior. They apparently believe that anyone who disagrees with them on controversial legal and social issues should be driven from the workplace, no matter the economic and personal consequence to that individual and his family.

What’s next? Special reeducation camps for anyone who disagrees with them?

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When Obama “evolved” on the issue just over a year ago, he insisted that the debate about marriage was legitimate. He said there are people of goodwill on both sides…

Unwilling to acknowledge this as a significant question on which reasonable people of goodwill can disagree, some advocates of redefining marriage increasingly characterize those with whom they disagree as “enemies of the human race.” They’ve sent a clear message: If you stand up for marriage, we will demonize and marginalize you.

In a series of instances we have seen the gatekeepers of civil society attack those who hold the view that marriage is between a man and a woman —Chick-fil-A, Barilla Pasta, Craig James (who was fired from ESPN), and “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson.

This kind of grotesque incivility is toxic for any democratic community. We can—we must—do better.

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Just as the Internet has empowered consumers to find cheaper prices, more-extensive reviews, and a wider variety of goods than ever before, it’s also made it easier for them to call out companies for all sorts of dastardly actions, screw-ups, and problems. I like that OKCupid’s intervention wasn’t a call for government action to limit people’s choices or ban something. Indeed, OKCupid didn’t even block Firefox users from its site — rather, it politely asked them to consider getting to the site via a different browser.

But this sort of action complicates the simple act of shopping for both traditional conservatives and liberals in ways that are not yet fully clear. Conservatives should like the fact that this was done without calling for government action, even if they aren’t fans of gay marriage. For liberals, they surely like the outcome — a corporation pledges itself to supporting marriage equality — even as they will have to rethink the idea that corporations or businesses don’t have “personhood” or can’t take stances on issues (as liberals like to claim when it comes to campaign-finance questions). In fact, we ascribe intention to businesses all the time, based on their practices and leadership…

But socially conscious web browsing will also be a time-consuming and hugely complicating activity too. One of the great promises of the Internet was that it would allow all of us to sift through vast amounts of information and arrive at the best answer in record time. We all know it hasn’t quite worked out that way. We spend more time than ever hunting for new things and then even more energy comparing this option to that option. And now, we have even more to consider every time we fire up our browser.

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When I heard that Lefty advocates had managed to hound a traditional marriage supporter from his position at Mozilla’s CEO, I did what any sensible opponent of California’s Proposition 8 and supporter of Maryland’s Question 6 would do: I immediately dumped Firefox and found another browser (in my case, Chrome). I support gay marriage. I do not support demonizing the roughly half of the country that disagrees with me.

What I did not realize, however, was just how bad Firefox has gotten over the last few years. I am absolutely shocked by how much faster Chrome loads and operates, and it’s apparently a heck of a lot more stable, too. What makes it more startling is that I had Chrome on my Chromebook; I guess that I assumed that the faster speeds there was just due to Google optimizing the computer for its browser. No, it works better on desktops, too. And you can even import your bookmarks and passwords.

So, seriously: if you use Firefox and you’re ticked with Mozilla, dump Firefox and find another browser that suits you.

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As my colleague Andrew Stiles has asked, What did you people expect? The left has spent much of the last few decades trying to narrow the confines of debate, especially when it comes to issues of race. A Republican literally can’t say a single thing about any domestic issue without being accused of uttering a dog whistle that only the hypersensitive ears of MSNBC pundits can discern. Twitter has turned into a sort of perpetual motion machine that operates solely on outrage. Did they think the digital lynch mobs would focus solely on the right? When one exists solely to demonstrate one’s outrage, one will always find an outlet for that outrage. Political affiliation is no saving grace.

There is, unfortunately, no easy answer here. Outrage generates clicks, boycott calls lead to TV bookings, and the smarmy self-satisfaction that comes from bringing the establishment to heel is its own reward. It’s heartening to see a few responsible folks stand up and say “Hey, kids: Knock it off. You sound like a pack of gibbering morons.” Perhaps it will help engender a bit more charity toward the right.


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“Texas experienced stronger job growth than the rest of the nation in all four wage quartiles from 2000 to 2013, even in the middle two wage quartiles, where growth in the rest of the nation was negative and zero, respectively (Chart 1).6 In Texas, the two upper wage quartiles grew at 28 and 36 percent,
respectively, over the 13-year period, corresponding to average annual rates of 2.1 and 2.7 percent.
The 13-year figures for the rest of the nation were 0 and 13 percent, corresponding to average annual rates of 0 and 1 percent. In sum, the data show Texas has experienced far greater growth of “good” jobs than the rest of the nation has since 2000.
Texas has also created more “good” than “bad” jobs. Jobs in the top half of the wage distribution experienced dis- proportionate growth (Chart 2). The two upper wage quartiles were responsible for 55 percent of net new jobs…”

Full report and info graphs at the link

http://www.dallasfed.org/assets/documents/research/swe/2014/swe1401d.pdf

workingclass artist on April 4, 2014 at 7:54 AM

“A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas noted that Texas experienced more job growth at all pay levels than any other state in the nation from 2000 to 2013. The highest rate of job growth in Texas occurred in the upper half of the pay scale.

“Texas’ conservative fiscal principles continue to be a national example for stimulating job growth at all wage levels and creating opportunity for families,” Gov. Perry said. “Employers know Texas gives them the best chance at success because our limited government approach leaves more money in their pockets, allowing them to risk their capital, create jobs and see a return on their investment.”

According to the report, the two upper wage quartiles were responsible for 55 percent of the net new jobs in Texas. The state also experienced growth in middle income wage jobs over the time period, whereas the rest of the nation saw negative or zero growth.

“Job growth trends in Texas break with the national pattern,” the report said. “Texas has succeeded in producing broad-based job growth in the context of job and wage polarization nationally.”

The most recent jobs data from the Texas Workforce Commission shows Texas added 37,600 jobs in February with 5.7 percent unemployment, a full point below the national rate. Over the last ten years, Texas has added nearly one third of the net new jobs created in the U.S.…”

http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/19547/

workingclass artist on April 4, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Looks like I need to find a Mozilla fork browser from before this stupidity… one that will do its own, independent changes to the software outside of the main fork.

ajacksonian on April 4, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Pale Moon is the by far the best fork for this that I’ve seen. There’s a good user forum for it, too.

non-nonpartisan on April 4, 2014 at 8:03 AM

After the local nursing home posted my picture at the front door, my chance of finding a date dropped to sub-zero. Okay no more silly posts today.

HonestLib on April 4, 2014 at 7:32 AM

I like silly posts.

crankyoldlady on April 4, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Agreed.

Watch the Unions/Acorn/DNC who will move voters intrastate strategically to vote repetitiously…Because in the short run they win an election and how often are those fraudulent elections overturned after the fact?

workingclass artist on April 4, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Email your congress people.

In a related thing. Boehner has started running commercials in this part of the world. I don’t suppose he’ll lose.

crankyoldlady on April 4, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Good thing he didn’t donate to anti-abortion groups, he would have been shot and hung outside the offices as an example of not being tolerate.

right2bright on April 4, 2014 at 8:28 AM

‘Bastion of intolerance and punishment’: Tammy Bruce shreds Mozilla for caving to ‘gay gestapo’

Meanwich Bruce ✔ @HeyTammyBruce

Hi @mozilla, I’m a gay woman who is appalled that you caved to the Gay Gestapo. So who else will be pressured to leave for not conforming?

And they just get better from there.

Flora Duh on April 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM

All those who think Lois Lerner will be found in contempt raise your hands. Me either

crankyoldlady on April 4, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Goodbye Mozilla.

Hello Opera.

itsspideyman on April 4, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Pale Moon is the by far the best fork for this that I’ve seen. There’s a good user forum for it, too.

non-nonpartisan on April 4, 2014 at 8:03 AM

yup, palemoon is good.
I actually provided mirrors for it for few years to help.

dmacleo on April 4, 2014 at 8:40 AM

After the local nursing home posted my picture at the front door, my chance of finding a date dropped to sub-zero. Okay no more silly posts today.

HonestLib on April 4, 2014 at 7:32 AM

anti stalking laws are what did it to me, what can you do ??

dmacleo on April 4, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Flora Duh on April 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM

love me some Tammy Bruce!

bazil9 on April 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM

like silly posts.

crankyoldlady on April 4, 2014 at 8:04 AM

As I said earlier, the wife is out of town and she took this as an occasion to pick out of my clothes to wear today. Her side of the story is that I wear the same type clothes every day and I don’t wear the frou-frou fashion metro (what kind of sexual do you want to be) stuff she buys me. Well she is right. Also, one of our kids picked out a sweater vest for me years ago, and out of respect….well I did like the darn thing, I started wearing them on a daily basis. Rest of the family will not go out in public when I wear them. All 672 of my sweater vest were gone!! Now, this is getting serious.

Anywho, I ain’t wearing the (I almost need a sex change operation) clothes and went down to the man cave to pick out something less Richard Simmons. Nope, she has hid all my clothes and shoes, except for shorts and camo stuff and will not answer my texts or phone calls.

After lunch I will go buy some decent clothes, but for now I am wearing the following…..

Leather vest thing (thanks jeebs on a tricycle it has buttons and not a zipper) from Brooks Brothers.

Some kind of half boot thing with a buckle and a zipper and 20 foot of laces that wind around the boot about 50 times…and I still have loops about 10”long that flap when I walk from Steve Madden? I thought the dude was still in jail. Dude sells boots that only the Naked Cowboy would wear? Well, I guess I am wearing them also.

Some light blue stupid shirt from Pink? and cuff links with some sort of fake stones. Who the heck buys men’s shirts from a store called Pink? Where have I been the last 100 years? Sheesh.

The pants. When I put them on and the crotch ran out of room….the darn waste band stopped three inches short of my waist.

Who knew I could sport such a fine looking muffin top. Of course the vest had to stop an inch from the waist band. Ain’t shedding my pants so I don’t know where they came from.

I will not try to explain the socks. At least she did not hide my tee shirts and underware. What a morning and you should see the look on my employees faces as I kind of disrobe to see where all the gay apparel I am wearing came from to type so I could type it here.

At least the wife had the good graces to remove all the tags. Remind me again why I married such a young wife.

Finally, I would never type the above, yes it is true, in a serious thread or a thread that was not on its last dying days.

HonestLib on April 4, 2014 at 8:56 AM

John the Libertarian on April 4, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Probably what I will do as well. Just have to consider it a bit more.

Bmore on April 4, 2014 at 9:13 AM

HonestLib on April 4, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Do not … let the libertarians of Hot Air know you have a sweater vest.

hawkdriver on April 4, 2014 at 9:16 AM

:D and I have just spit coffee all over my Firefox!!!!

That was hilarious!!!!!!!!!

wolfplus3 on April 4, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Get a bathtowel and dry him off.

Lanceman on April 4, 2014 at 9:40 AM

If I had wanted to do business with a fascist monolith,
I would be using Internet Explorer!

Now, do I convert to an unfamiliar (and possibly inferior) browser, or cringe every time I open Firefox?

What OS does “Pale Moon” require?

ReggieA on April 4, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Firefuxed

Bmore on April 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

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