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ATTENTION INTERNET: THIS IS A QUADRUPLE FACEPALM ALERT. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. REPEAT, THIS IS NOT A DRILL — assuming Mother Jones’ story is accurate, of course:

Last week, the online dating site OkCupid switched up its homepage for Mozilla Firefox users. Upon opening the site, a message appeared encouraging members to curb their use of Firefox because the company’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, allegedly opposes equality for gay couples—specifically, he donated $1000 to the campaign for the anti-gay Proposition 8 in 2008. “We’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together,” the message read. “If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal.” The company’s action went viral, and within a few days, Eich had resigned as CEO of Mozilla only weeks after taking up the post. On Thursday, OkCupid released a statement saying “We are pleased that OkCupid’s boycott has brought tremendous awareness to the critical matter of equal rights for all individuals and partnerships.”

But there’s a hitch: OkCupid’s co-founder and CEO Sam Yagan once donated to an anti-gay candidate. (Yagan is also CEO of Match.com.) Specifically, Yagan donated $500 to Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) in 2004, reports Uncrunched. During his time as congressman from 1997 to 2009, Cannon voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, against a ban on sexual-orientation based job discrimination, and for prohibition of gay adoptions.

William A. Jacobson of the popular Legal Insurrection blog notes that Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller was the first to report on Yagan’s donations (Ross’s article is date-stamped last Thursday), and that Mother Jones failed to credit Ross for his detective work. In any case, as Jacobson adds, “So when does the boycott of OKCupid start?  After all, the people who took down Eich did so based on the, ahem, purest of principled judgments.”

See, that’s problem with breaking out the torches and attempting to imitate the crowd in a 1930s Universal horror film: you can very easily get scarred yourself by the blowback. It will quite interesting to see where both Firefox and OKCupid go from here, having both jumped off the cliff in short succession.

Exit quote:

Although the source of the quote is pretty rich, as that great philosopher Murray Slaughter once said of another journalist who frequently descended into madness, “When a donkey flies, you don’t blame him for not staying up that long.”

Oh, and heh.

Related: The Rise of the Anti-Tech California Left.

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FWIW, I note that the spam postings once being reported are soon then deleted. I'd be willing to bet that the occasional reporting of fellow commenters' postings are meeting this same fate. NTS, I was irritated to see one of my postings disappear the other day. Another FWIW, I don't report any postings but those of the spammers; hopefully others in the forum will adopt this same approach.
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I am going to post this comment until someone does something about it.

The PJ Media site is not working, worse it is working erratically. Comments sections disappear, articles disappear then appear again, comments are posted once and then appear repeated.

I am an unemployed systems person with more than 30 years of actual EXPERIENCE and I can tell either this site is being sabotaged from the inside or in the hands of a very incapable administrator. I am available to work and my systems actually work without a hint of a problem. Some of them have been working since the 90's without ONE crash or inconvenient minor or major.

Try to DO SOMETHING ABOUT it. Of course you can give a speech or do something Liberal about it like saying "this is the price of freedom"

Do your work gentlemen. This does not happen at the Huffington Post.
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I received a phone call the other day asking me to participate in a CDC survey on tobacco use. I agreed. There were a lot of questions about smoking, etc., and then the caller asked what sex was I when I was born, followed by, "And what sex do you feel you are today?"
We are drowing in crazy soup, here!!!
If I "feel" I am a different sex other than that determined by SCIENCE- as in DNA- then tobacco use would be the least of my problems!!!
27 weeks ago
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"drowning"
27 weeks ago
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For those who would like to rid themselves of Firefox, yet still use it's core functions, I present Pale Moon: http://www.palemoon.org/

Enjoy.
27 weeks ago
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I have been using Pale Moon off & on. I tried importing all my bookmarks utilizing their tool (downloaded separately) but it did not work, so I am forced to bookmark sites as I go along.

Getting adjusted to other browsers is no easy task; there can be no denying that Firefox is among the best out there.
27 weeks ago
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Apples and oranges.
27 weeks ago
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Those are yummy, but hardly worth a "Like".
27 weeks ago
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kangaroos and pandas
27 weeks ago
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I am going to post this comment until someone does something about it.

The PJ Media site is not working, worse it is working erratically. Comments sections disappear, articles disappear then appear again, comments are posted once and then appear repeated.

I am an unemployed systems person with more than 30 years of actual EXPERIENCE and I can tell either this site is being sabotaged from the inside or in the hands of a very incapable administrator. I am available to work and my systems actually work without a hint of a problem. Some of them have been working since the 90's without ONE crash or inconvenient minor or major.

Try to DO SOMETHING ABOUT it. Of course you can give a speech or do something Liberal about it like saying "this is the price of freedom"

Do your work gentlemen. This does not happen at the Huffington Post.
27 weeks ago
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I suspect it is a Denial of Service attack under way. Interestingly, I was having terrible problems in Firefox and, if this actually posts, none in Chrome.
27 weeks ago
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No it doesn't, but the HuffPo has loaded some script in recent months that makes it very slow to load and takes up lots of CPU.
27 weeks ago
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FWIW, I note that the spam postings once being reported are soon then deleted. I'd be willing to bet that the occasional reporting of fellow commenters' postings are meeting this same fate. NTS, I was irritated to see one of my postings disappear the other day. Another FWIW, I don't report any postings but those of the spammers; hopefully others in the forum will adopt this same approach.
27 weeks ago
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I did a parody of the spam post a while back that was almost immediately removed. Some people do not read very carefully.

27 weeks ago
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I'm not one for conspiracies but it does seem as if this spam is perhaps something more than just spam.
27 weeks ago
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Actually, the left's legions of ism-addicts are probably monitoring the Eich discussions for anything they can label hate speech.
27 weeks ago
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This happens when the database is overwhelmed. It was really bad during VodkaPundit's Drunkblogging before the election. But I think there is also an issue with the site's handling of cookies.
27 weeks ago
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Watching this sorry chapter in American culture play out reveals that the people making the Robespierre comparison are dead-on right.
27 weeks ago
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If you have to go to OK Cupid to find a date you're a loser anyway.
27 weeks ago
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Dude, welcome to the late 20th century. The rest of us are already in the 21st century, but, take your time.
27 weeks ago
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I just assumed it was a homosexual hangout. Not interested.
27 weeks ago
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Nothing will happen. Some people are better than others, and the OKCupid guy is one of them. Brendan Eich wasn't one of the clique, so he paid for it.
27 weeks ago
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I think you're onto something here. I read an article yesterday saying three on Mozilla's board resigned their posts when Eich was promoted to CEO due to being "not the right man for the job."
27 weeks ago
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They probably found out he wasn't a communist.
27 weeks ago
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I still can't get past the fact that a site for men meeting men is called OK Cupid. How ..manly. I've been waiting for someone to start calling it Stupid Cupid. I just did.
27 weeks ago
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Maybe "OK Homo" was already taken?
27 weeks ago
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The power of the LGBTQ community is that they know how to leverage their initials ... http://dandygoat.com/lgbtqia-community-adopting-three-more-letters
28 weeks ago
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Irony and self-satire follow the clownish Left like a shadow on a sunny day.
28 weeks ago
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I thought years ago that they would get caught in their childish behavior, but no... and here we are in a lawless land for libs and oppression for dissenters. It's like some dystopian science fiction movie starring Charleton Heston.
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But it is really much worse in the last couple of years - unprecedented in my opinion. Even other straight and gay feminists and PC do-gooders are jumping ship and fighting back. The Twitter feed of Adele Wilde-Blatvatsky is a good example. She hasn't been posting anything for weeks so it's easy to go back in her timeline and see the racist comments against her from orthodox radical feminists and how they descended on her for mere disagreement. Feminists at the feminist WisCon science fiction convention are speaking out about how crazy WisCon has gotten.
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