Exposing bigots: eightmaps.com

An interesting convergence has occurred between information technology and election-donor transparency. California’s election laws disclose to public record all campaign donors giving $100 or more. As part of the public record, anyone can access such data. Anyone can know who gave how much to what campaign… including the recent bigot-eruption in California, Prop 8. Using those public records a group has set up eightmaps.com, which uses Google map technology to pinpoint the addresses of everyone who donated to promote theocratic fascism in California.

Thanks to the clever originators of eightmaps.com, we now have a bright spotlight illuminating lots and lots of cockroaches. A recent NYT article discussed eightmaps, noting how some have used the information displayed there to issue death threats, send harassing emails, or display other sorts of related incivility. That’s too bad, and idiots who threaten others should be punished… but I have no problem with the site itself. The laws in California are clear: donate enough and your name goes public. If the filth who donated to support institutionalized bigotry are truly proud of themselves, this shouldn’t be a problem for them. Keep in mind that eightmaps doesn’t expose everyone who voted for Prop 8, only those who donated enough that they tripped California’s public disclosure laws. Well, you get what you pay for.

How should the data on eightmaps be used, if not for harassment? Boycotts. Leave alone the sad, monstrous individuals who threw away their hard-earned money to support evil. But amongst those lone thugs there are plenty of businesses… and business owners.

Every individual has the free choice to spend their money where they wish, and to not spend it where they wish. That’s not harassment, it’s freedom. For the moment, at least, the rightwingers have left us at least that much liberty, and I suggest we use it. Let’s show the bigots we’re better than them by refraining from threats or other cheap villainy, and simply exercising our freedom to buy products and services from people who aren’t traitors to the Constitution. Boycott businesses who supported Prop 8, and tell your friends where not to patronize. Now is the perfect time, with a weak economy and many businesses on the verge of bankruptcy. Don’t threaten, don’t harass… just starve the monsters.

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~ by Planetologist on February 14, 2009.

5 Responses to “Exposing bigots: eightmaps.com”

  1. Here’s the way that I look at it:

    California did an evil thing. If gay couples want to get married, they’ll have to go to a state that recognizes it, or to Canada. If they want the benefits of that marriage, they’ll have to move to one of those places. Now, I’m going to assume that the people who don’t like gay marriage probably aren’t the most educated – disputable, yes, but I think likely. So California will end up a stinking morass of anti-intellectualism and anti-liberalism, while all the progressive, intelligent gay couples (and others who don’t want to be mired in the sludge that is left behind) move to more tolerant places, to their benefit.

    Yeah. Way to go California. You aren’t shooting yourself in your own, evil foot here at all. We’ll just take the people who you don’t want, and who don’t want you. We’ll be better off for it, as will they.

    • To some extent I agree. In theory that’s supposed to be a big part of why we still have states at all… to let each one experiment with public policy to some extent, to be adaptive to local needs and to promote innovation in dealing with common societal problems. Bad solutions are advertised as such, by showcasing the sad results of letting one’s state be run by corrupt, ignorant buffoons. Bad state policies fail or create horrific misery, and the people in those states are eventually shamed into behaving like civilized adults. Meanwhile, successful states who’ve adopted more constructive public policies get richer and more interesting. At some point the poor states realize what they’re missing and get with the program, as it were.

      At least in theory. I’m just hoping this Prop 8 business ends up as a net positive, by demonstrating so clearly why it’s a bad idea to try and legislate a fundamentalist agenda. Here, in Prop 8, we have an up-front, straightforward example of what the present right wing of our country really wants: to clamp irons around your individuality, and compel by law obedience to their clerics. If they don’t like some detail about your private life, you must change it or suffer the penalty. They don’t think you have the right to be you… because everyone must be them. The details of applying that mindset differ, in different parts of the world, but the crushing result is always the same. Just look at the Islamic world, to get a sense of what happens when fundamentalist dogma officially rules. Yes, over there they’re different, because they have a lot of dogmatic oppression, and we don’t… but that’s the point. I don’t want even a little bit of that malicious ugliness in my country.

      I think this will be a net positive because I think Prop 8 will be overturned. The Supreme Court of California has already decried the horrible notion that a simple majority of voters can declare other voters subhuman, so hopefully that will be the gist of their decision. The CA Attorney General has echoed those views, and has basically said he can’t enforce such a grotesque statute. In the end it will probably go back onto the ballot as a state Constitutional amendment proposition, which I’m hopeful would lose. There’s just no rational justification for Prop 8, and there’s a big rational justification for protecting basic human rights. Yes, I know people aren’t rational… but at this point all I’m hoping for is them having some sense of shame.

  2. This one really fires you up, doesn’t it? Not that I don’t sympathize, but some of your strongest wording comes out on this topic.

    I seem to get most strident when presented with, “If you lost your faith and became an atheist, then you were never really a Christian to begin with.”

    • Yes, I guess this topic does get me particularly angry. I have no dog in this fight, as it were, but it galls me how petty and vindictive are the opponents to same-sex marriage. In my opinion one of the most important defining aspects of a society is how strongly and clearly it supports basic human rights under all – as in, ALL – conditions. Racism is one aspect of conditional human rights: some can have rights, and others can’t, for no better reason than the majority wanting it that way. That’s the way our species has lived for ages, but enough is enough. We’re supposed to know better now, or at least we live in a country that claims with heroic words to know better. Well, put up or shut up, I say. Either we really value freedom and the pursuit of happiness or we don’t.

      Petty, pointless rules deciding who can enjoy their lives in peace and who can’t have no place in a civilized society. The religious right don’t see it that way, and are perfectly happy to live and let live as long as you live the way they want, down to the smallest detail about how you behave in your most private moments. And then they have the gall to cry that their rights are being taken away, when they’re told they can’t treat gays, or blacks, or apostates, or whatever other fetish hate-target they dream up, like carpets to wipe their feet on. Opponents to gay marriage are bigots, pure and simple, and it’s long past time for the rest of us to put up quietly with their stupidity. They need to know that their time is over, and the rest of us are getting on with our lives without their poison.

  3. Here’s an interesting profile in evil, exposed via eightmaps.com:

    Elsa Prince, theocratic wannabee and insufferable biddy who’s apparently persisted on this world for far too long, and who gave $200,000 to support Prop 8. No, I don’t have my decimal in the wrong place… this petty, vindictive monstrosity in human form actually gave away nearly a quarter of a million dollars to ensure that people she didn’t even know would be denied basic human rights. Because that’s what she thinks Jesus wants.

    It gets better: among the spawn who have belched from this demonic hive queen are Betsy Devos (wife of Dick DeVos, who founded Amway) and Erik Prince (who founded Blackwater… yes, THAT Blackwater).

    Look it up: http://www.mediamouse.org/resources/right.php?personId=6

    There is no available information on the circumstances surrounding Ms. Prince’s immigration to Michigan from Cirith Ungol.

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