Pre-Weekend Update

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Memo to a couple of recent mentions: OH WAIT, THERE'S MORE.

I am experiencing a certain existential bitterness. it seems that Minneapolis' week-long experiment with not having fucking snow all over fucking everything proved to be a failure, and is, as I write this, furiously coming to an end. So I'm just going to give a couple of quick updates on stories from earlier in the week. SPASTIC UPDATE MONKEY FRIDAY!

On Wednesday, I mentioned Kevin Bryant, the South Carolina lawmaker who derailed the naming of the woolly mammoth as the state fossil by attaching his creationist bullshit to it and then wondering why everyone got pissed off.

Well, I'm afraid a lack of information on my part caused me to leave you with an inaccurate impression of just how awful a person the supposedly God-fearing Bryant should be. Without this information, you would underestimate the amount of scum Kevin Bryant sucks by a factor of ten.

Declaring the woolly mammoth the state fossil of South Carolina was the idea of Olivia McConnell, an eight-year-old girl who wants to be an Egyptologist when she grows up. That's who this young-earth creationist fucked over. An eight-year-old girl with an interest in science. It is literally the specific case for the general case of creationists everywhere.

Also on Wednesday, I made a side reference to the fact that Mozilla, the company behind the superfluous Firefox browser and the slightly less superfluous Thunderbird e-mail program, was under fire for hiring a new CEO who gave a $1,000 donation to Proposition 8 four years ago.

And I was a bit uncomfortable with that. I'm still a bit uncomfortable with that now that the CEO, Brendan Eich, has resigned. I mean, yeah, he's probably a dick. And yeah, he's going to land on his feet. I'm not going to shed a tear for him, or go to bat on his behalf.

But, and I say this as someone who is not in any way prone to either giving bigots the benefit of the doubt or forgiving them for their past sins, but this probably shouldn't have worked as well as it did or as fast as it did. How fucking tenuous is Mozilla's situation that OK Cupid being mad at them for a week was simply too much to take?

At some point, given how quickly attitudes towards marriage equality are changing, we're going to have more situations like Eich's - people who have, or had, what appears to be a reflexive opposition to gay marriage, but without the active, ongoing opposition of a Chik-Fil-A or a Rick Santorum. And at some point, we're going to have to start giving those people a pass, the way we gave Obama a pass when he "evolved" on the issue. We're winning on this enough that we can afford to start being gracious in victory.