Friday, April 18, 2014

Nebraska, 38th in population, is 5th in marijuana arrests

Gee, the sparsely-populated Cornhusker State either reeks of pot heads or of cops looking to make easier busts than they could if they were, say, fifth in the nation in recovering stolen cars or fifth in the nation in catching burglars or fifth in the nation in solving murder cases or fifth in the nation in putting rapists behind bars.
     Massachusetts, with about 4.5 million MORE people than Nebraska, had fewer than 4% of the number of marijuana arrests.

Princeton study:
U.S. is now an oligarchy, not a democracy

Below: study coauthor Martin Gilens discusses influence of the affluent over government policy.

Insights With Martin Gilens from Princeton University on Vimeo.

From Talking Points Memo:
     Asking "[w]ho really rules?" researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America's political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.
     Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters.
From the study:
     The failure of theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy is all the more striking because it goes against the likely effects of the limitations of our data. The preferences of ordinary citizens were measured more directly than our other independent variables, yet they are estimated to have the least effect.
     Nor do organized interest groups substitute for direct citizen influence, by embodying citizens’ will and ensuring that their wishes prevail in the fashion postulated by theories of Majoritarian Pluralism.
     Interest groups do have substantial independent impacts on policy, and a few groups (particularly labor unions) represent average citizens’ views reasonably well. But the interest group system as a whole does not. Over-all, net interest group alignments are not significantly related to the preferences of average citizens.
     Of course our findings speak most directly to the “first face” of power: the ability of actors to shape policy outcomes on contested issues. But they also reflect – to some degree, at least – the “second face” of power: the ability to shape the agenda of issues that policy makers consider.
     ...Our results speak less clearly to the “third face” of power: the ability of elites to shape the public’s preferences. We know that interest groups and policy makers them selves often devote considerable effort to shaping opinion. If they are successful, this might help explain the high correlation we find between elite and mass preferences. But it cannot have greatly inflated our estimate of average citizens’ influence on policy making, which is near zero.

     What do our findings say about democracy in America? They certainly constitute troubling news for advocates of “populistic” democracy, who want governments to respond primarily or exclusively to the policy preferences of their citizens. In the United States, our Gilens and Page Testing Theories of American Politics findings indicate, the majority does not rule -- at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system , even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.
     A possible objection to populistic democracy is that average citizens are inattentive to politics and ignorant about public policy; why should we worry if their poorly informed preferences do not influence policy making? Perhaps economic elites and interest group leaders enjoy greater policy expertise than the average citizen does. Perhaps they know better which policies will benefit everyone, and perhaps they seek the common good, rather than selfish ends,when deciding which policies to support.
     But we tend to doubt it. We believe instead that – collectively – ordinary citizens generally know their own values and interests pretty well, and that their expressed policy preferences are worthy of respect. Moreover, we are not so sure about the informational advantages of elites. Yes, detailed policy knowledge tends to rise with income and status.
     Surely wealthy Americans and corporate executives tend to know a lot about tax and regulatory policies that directly affect them. But how much do they know about the human impact of Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps, or unemployment insurance, none of which is likely to be crucial to their own well-being?
     Most important, we see no reason to think that informational expertise is always accompanied by an inclination to transcend one's own interests or a determination to work for the common good.
     All in all, we believe that the public is likely to be a more certain guardian of its own interests than any feasible alternative.

Incredibly successful Imperial, Nebraska family's "Heaven is Real" scam now a movie

The kid, Colton Burpo, who says he visited "heaven" for three minutes and whose dad just happens to be an Imperial, NE, preacher, is now 12 and already incredibly shifty-eyed (see below video from Fox, along for the ride, as always.)
      "Heaven is for real," the book, has sold more than 10 million copies and now hits cinemas as a film directed by the director of Braveheart. Burpo says that in heaven everyone has wings, but you have the option of walking, not flying, if you wish. Oh — and in heaven, everyone is in their prime — late twenties to early thirties, even if they died at 97, which leads AKSARBENT to wonder about people who spent their twenties and thirties as tubs of lard, then exercised, slimmed down, and looked terrific in their forties or even fifties. Um, what age do they appear, Colton?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Evidently, few L.A. men will blame a guy for trying

Years ago, Hugh Hefner confirmed that Stephen Watts' biography of him, Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream "is all essentially true."
     The book revealed that:
Hefner once had a gay sex encounter, which occurred in an unspecified time and an unnamed bar in Chicago... “...He was propositioned [by a man] and, thought, 'What the hell...'"
     Hef was said to have found it “an interesting experience."
     Since Hefner is still alive, so perhaps might be the man who successfully hit on one of the 20th century's most dedicated male heterosexuals and scored.
     AKSARBENT thinks that the International Gay Conspiracy needs to find this man and write down everything he says before it is too late and relay any tips to the dude who made the video below, who might have better luck in his endeavors, unless he really is straight, in which case he may not want to increase his success rate. (Via Towleroad and yes, there is a girl-on-girl version.)

Even more evidence of cronyism, corruption and coercion in Bradstad administration

From Jason Clayworth at the Des Moines Register:
Top staffers of Gov. Terry Branstad pressured the state's employment board to hire a longtime friend of the administration as an administrative law judge in an attempt to stack the deck against public employee complaints, the chairman of the board told The Des Moines Register this week.
     Iowa Public Employment Relations Board Chairman Jim Riordan said Branstad's former chief of staff, Jeff Boeyink, and current staff attorney, Brenna Findley, threatened to cut the office's budget if its three board members failed to comply with their demand.
     To keep the office on stable financial ground, the board hired Robert D. Wilson, a former Polk County district judge, Riordan said.
     Riordan's statements marked the second time in less than a month that the Branstad administration has been accused of interfering with the workings of the state's judiciary system...

Billy Eichner picks the wrong guest to yell at

The segment, featuring Joel McHale competing by himself in the 2014 Mo-Limpics, quickly degenerates into a queer-baiting, insult-swapping screaming match, so what's not to like? Via Towleroad.

New postal service stamps depict drawings of gay bondage porn, at long last

That's the good news (Thank you, Gawker, et al.)
     The bad news is that Finland's post office has issued will issue them — in September — and they're self-adhesive (contrary to a BBC report) so you really don't have any credible excuse to lick them.
     These are suitable for posting letters from Finland to anywhere in the world, but most especially to Saudi Arabia, Beau McCoy, Mississippi, Brunei, Jon Bruning, Oklahoma, Russia, Nigeria, Uganda and Franklin Graham.
     You also can buy Tom of Finland cross-stitching kits and soon you will be able to see Tom, The Movie.
     Unlike Norway, Finland isn't in Fat City due to the North Sea oil bonanza, so it does what it has to do. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

After 5 years of marriage equality, more Iowans say they're proud of their state than disappointed

Radio Iowa reports on an Iowa poll on gay marriage taken by Selzer and Company revealing a sea change in attitude:
 “We found the plurality of Iowans say ‘it doesn’t really matter to me, it’s not my issue.’ And more say they’re proud than say they’re disappointed,” Selzer said.
     The piece included Rob Gilmer and his husband Rene Orduna who left neighboring Nebraska, moving their popular restaurant, Dixie Quicks (tell them AKSARBENT sent you) — and themselves — from Omaha, across the Missouri River to Council Bluffs, Iowa.
     Also interviewed were Kate Varnum — the "Varnum" in "Varnum vs. Brien," the now-famous case brought to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2009 which unanimously decided that gay couples were denied equal protection. Varnum subsequently married her girlfriend, Trish, with whom she is raising an adopted two-and-a-half-year-old son in Cedar Rapids.

Dixie Quicks: Nebraska's loss, Iowa's gain

Omaha's not-so-progressive mayor, Jean Stothert (back when she was on the city council voting against an LGBT anti-bias ordinance), displays the very attitude that caused the owners of Dixie Quicks to leave her city and state:

Onlookers cheer arrest of professional homophobe, Peter LaBarbera, charged with mischief at U. of Regina after being told to leave

Even though Canada's hate speech laws must have been explained to him during his brief border detention and (by virtue of that detention) he must have known that he would be watched closely, LaBarbera still made sure he was arrested, even sporting a tee-shirt silk-screened in advance, portraying himself as a victim.

From the CBC:
     ...Before their arrival, the university issued a news release saying the pair would be monitored to ensure they did not engage in any activity that would promote hatred.
     At one point, with news cameras rolling, an unidentified university official approached Whatcott, 46, and LaBarbera, 51, and asked them to leave. During that encounter, Whatcott said he had attempted to get permission to set up an information table and, since he was denied, proceeded to set up a table anyway.
     ..."I'm not leaving," Whatcott told the official, "You guys are intolerant and should be ashamed of yourselves for shutting down our message without even considering it."
     A short while later, several Regina police officers arrived and Whatcott and LaBarbera were handcuffed and taken off campus.
     University officials defended their decision to call police.
     "We are a diverse campus, we are a welcoming campus," Tom Chase, one of the vice presidents of the university said. "We celebrate that diversity and our staff felt that the material and some of the things they had with them simply contravened that policy and we asked them to leave."
Bill Whatcott is a well-known Canadian anti-abortion, anti-gay activist who, in his youth, prostituted himself to other males and who once defecated on a document before sending it to Canada's Governor General.

Collabro: What makes you think that after a month [together] you're good enough to win Britain's Got Talent?

It's always good when people underestimate you. Skip to 1:36 if you're pressed for time. From Towleroad.

Six Nebraskans from Astroturf group Americans For Prosperity sign open letter complaining about another Astroturf group, Freedomworks, bankrolling Ben Sasse

How much ultra-right wing hypocrisy can you stand?
     A group including members of the Nebraska chapter of the notorious Koch Bros.-funded front organization, Americans for Prosperity, are mad that another Tea Party Astroturf group, Freedomworks, founded by Dick Armey*, has raised a huge amount of money in D.C. to bankroll Ben Sasse's Senate run. Part of their indignant sputtering:
We are not million dollar Washington DC special interest groups with strong ties to Capitol Hill.
     No, you're extremists working for a different fake grassroots special interest group funded by the politically carpet-bagging billionaire Koch Brothers — of Kansas, not Nebraska.
     Below: Sasse's anti-Washington special intersts ad, bought and paid for by conservative D.C. PACs, lobbyists and special interests. This is 100%, straight-up, unadulterated bullshit evidently aimed at voters whose intelligence Sasse and his backers surely must regard with limitless contempt.

*In 1995 Armey referred to openly homosexual Congressman Barney Frank as "Barney Fag". Armey said it was a slip of the tongue. Frank did not accept Armey's explanation, saying, "I turned to my own expert, my mother, who reports that in 59 years of marriage, no one ever introduced her as Elsie Fag."

Monday, April 14, 2014

Field near Neligh, in pipeline path, sports a #NOKXL hashtag

Not everyone who will never vote for Hillary Clinton is a tea partier; some people resent her State Department's collusion with a foreign oil company threatening the land of midwestern farmers and ranchers via eminent domain condemnation papers even without a pipeline permit in hand.
     The Keystone XL pipeline, according to the Omaha World-Herald, will not have state-of-the-art leak detection systems to safeguard the largest underground fresh water aquifer in North America, which in large part makes Nebraska's $20,000,000,000 ag industry possible.
     Look at the center-pivot irrigation circles in the photo and consider where the water for that comes from.
     So far, that water has stayed pure enough that people and cattle can drink it straight from the well.
      But after TransCanada gets through with it, who knows?

Open-pit tar sands moonscape in Alberta
From Rainforest Action Network:

Tar sands oil is the worst type of oil for the climate, producing three times the greenhouse gas emissions of conventionally produced oil because of the energy required to extract and process tar sands oil. Tar sands consist of heavy crude oil mixed with sand, clay and bitumen. Extraction entails burning natural gas to generate enough heat and steam to melt the oil out of the sand. As many as five barrels of water are needed to produce a single barrel of oil.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Video: NE football coach takes cat with him to spring scrimmage; a Lion King moment in front of crowd

Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini is the subject of a very funny twitter parody, Faux Pelini, which depicts him as a cat fancier, among other things.
     He has tried to ignore the account and its snark (samples here and here) but @fauxPelini now has a stadium's worth of followers, so Coach decided to have some fun with his alter ego during Saturday's spring scrimmage. (Check out attendance in video of the stands, shot in football-mad Lincoln, and remember: this isn't even a real game.)
     The cat, that Pelini held aloft a la The Lion King, isn't his.
     More from SportsCenter, which had its own fun with the event:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

7.9 magnitude earthquake hits Solomon Islands; tsunami warning issued for Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea

The Solomon Islands, independent from Great Britain since 1976, cover a land area the size of Massachussetts. The capital, Honiara, is on the island of Guadalcanal, scene of fierce WWII fighting.
     U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake struck at about 7:15 am, tomorrow, April 13th about 62 miles southeast of Kirakira at a depth of 18.2 miles. (The nation is on the other wide of the International Date Line)

Ad promoting civil unions debuts in Peru

Interesting that no gay couples are depicted. Regardless, hope it persuades. AKSARBENT has no idea what the announcer is saying. Via @blabeando.

Silent LGBTs at their school offended Christian haters, so they wore antigay t-shirts. Religious freedom, baby!

Canada briefly stiff-arms entry of U.S. LGBT hate promoter, Peter LaBarbera

LaBarbera has been busy nailing himself to the cross at the border station but in fact it was a group of Canadians who petitioned the government to keep him out. A professor who has examined LaBarbera's inflammatory rhetoric says that because he deliberately, repeatedly and falsely equates homosexuality with pedophilia, his actions do fit the government's definition of hate propaganda.
     Video via JMG, who has dubbed LaBarbera "Porno Pete" because of his penchant for "exposing" various gay sex fetish gatherings by personally (and unecessarily) attending them, camera at the ready, despite the fact that such affairs are usually enthusiastically documented by exhibitionist participants on Flickr, Picassa, Instagram and Twitter.

Practical homosexuality: a gay boxing club in New York

Photo: Martin Fitzpatrick
Vance Garrett and Francisco Liuzzi have started a boxing club for gay men in New York City, because:
"Every man needs to learn how to throw a jab, hook and uppercut, even if he never uses them."
This is probably a very good idea. As the Boy Scouts say, "Be prepared."

Bloomberg: NSA knew about Heartbleed OpenSSL security breach for two years, quietly exploited it, but said, did nothing to protect U.S. Internet security

(Via JoeMyGod)

From Bloomberg:
     The Heartbleed flaw, introduced in early 2012 in a minor adjustment to the OpenSSL protocol, highlights one of the failings of open source software development.
     While many Internet companies rely on the free code, its integrity depends on a small number of underfunded researchers who devote their energies to the projects.
     In contrast, the NSA has more than 1,000 experts devoted to ferreting out such flaws using sophisticated analysis techniques, many of them classified. The agency found Heartbleed shortly after its introduction, according to one of the people familiar with the matter, and it became a basic part of the agency’s toolkit or stealing account passwords and other common tasks.

From Mashable:
...By not alerting anyone to the bug, the NSA could have left the door open for other intelligence agencies across the world to exploit Heartbleed, provided they found the bug. This revelation also seems to contradict one of the NSA's core missions, which is protecting and defending American cybersecurity.
     "Given the scale of Heartbleed, deciding to exploit this vulnerability rather than fix it, makes a mockery of any claims that the NSA defends the networks of the U.S.A.," an employee on the security team of a major Internet company, who asked not to be named, told Mashable...
     "Utterly, indefensibly shameful," tweeted Kevin Bankston, the New America Foundation Policy Director. "Way to be evil, guys."
     Matthew Prince, the CEO of security firm Cloudflare, tweeted that it's "hard as a tech company today to not feel like we're at war with our own government."

IA Gov. and spiritual leader Terry Branstad's proclamation invites Iowans to humbly repent according to Christian Bible

His Eminence, Terry Edward Branstad, who stoops to rule
Iowa with loving, if partisan discipline and a heart as pure
as the driven slush
Via GoodAsYou comes the just-issued proclamation (below; click to view or enlarge as a jpeg) which specifically recommends the Christian guidance of II Chronicles 7:14 available to all Iowans be they Atheist, Agnostic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Rastafarian, Pastafarian, etc.
     AKSARBENT wonders what kind of GOP repentence the very spiritual Branstad will himself offer for soaking Iowa taxpayers for $370,599 (and counting) on a defamation, harassment, sexual discrimination and extortion lawsuit filed after he forced a gay worker's compensation commissioner to resign.
     Or for retaliating against a state trooper who stopped the state-issued SUV in which he and his Lieutenant Governor, Kim Reynolds, had been tearing down Iowa Highway 20 at 90 mph last April.
     Or for being pulled over again for ignoring Iowa speeding laws in Franklin County four months later.
     Or for vacationing in sunny Arizona while letting Lt. Gov. Reynolds pretend she had no idea that $280,000 in secret severance payments were made to Democratic Iowa state employees the Branstad administration wanted to get rid of in order to hire GOP cronies.
     Or that such severance payments were accompanied by tightly-worded confidentiality clauses as well as further inducements amounting to thousands of dollars each to at least two employees to sign additional agreements mandating secrecy, all of which caused Carol Frank, a former construction and design engineer who was laid off in September 2011, to liken the Branstad administration to “a group of renegades,” adding, “They just didn’t care about anyone else or about rules or law. They were just hiring their friends.”
     II Chronicles 7:14 says: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
     AKSARENT humbly recommends that Brandstad also open up a can of Luke 4:23 containing the famous exhortation "Physician, heal thyself."

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Guardian: Country music stars still kicking down the closet door

Believe it or not, Lavender Country's 1973, in-your-face, first (and only) album, which includes the astonishing Crying These Cocksucking Tears, was, after its 2000 re-release, ensconced in the Country Music Hall of Fame because of its historic value.
     The aforementioned cut from the album cost a DJ her license when she played it (sample verse: "I'm fighting for when there won't be no straight men.")
     In its piece, The Guardian quoted Chely Wright, who:
...believes the notion of Nashville as a deeply conservative town is simplistic. "People in the industry – studios, labels, radio programmers – are generally open and understanding," she says, "but the fanbase is a different thing." Attending a country concert recently, she looked around and decided it would be unwise to hold hands with her wife Lauren. "I wouldn't call the industry homophobic, but they're afraid of the fear lots of fans have about gay people. So they package us as straight, and we let them." Why? "Because we all want to be part of the big game."
Below: Jerry Jeff Walker (real name: Ronald Clyde Crosby), who is straight, cheerfully slides the apparent subtext of Jaded Lover under the gaydar of a television audience in the early 90s.
I can see you are an angel, whose wings just won't unfold...
Goodbye you jaded lover, you undercover queen for a day...
Well, keep sittin' on it darlin'...

Canada's Get Real makes a fraternity/sorority anti-homophobic video

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Former WY senator Alan Simpson's marriage equality ad to be shown nationally, locally

From Politico:
The six-figure buy, sponsored by the pro-gay marriage group Freedom to Marry, is slated to start airing on Tuesday on national cable channels, as well as locally in Wyoming, Oklahoma and Colorado.

Sen. Danielle Conrad's answer to Beau McCoy's "religious freedom" objection during his filibuster of LB485, bill to extend antibias job protection to LGBTs

From the World-Herald:

...The Nebraska Catholic Conference and Nebraska Family Alliance still oppose the measure. Jim Cunningham of the Nebraska Catholic Conference said the exemptions would not help employers who are not part of religious organizations or schools but who have religious objections to homosexuality.
     Similar laws have been used to punish businesses that assert religious freedom, McCoy said.
     Conrad countered that the First Amendment right of religious freedom applies to individuals, not businesses.
     “Is it his assertion that a Taco Bell or a car dealership has a religion?” she asked.
     Jim Cunningham once argued that psychologists, therapists and other licensed counselors should be able to refuse to treat gay clients because of religious or moral convictions and not have to refer them to another therapist. 

UNL's social media campaign taken in-house after complaints about $40,000 spent on Lincoln marketing firm

AKSARBENT thinks the money NU gave Archrival to increase its social media profile (and Chancellor Perlman's cult of personality) was well spent, considering the newer, lamer videos. If the stack of papers in front of Buffett puzzles you, the explanation is here.

Homophobic TX wingnut, Louis Gohmert, accuses AG Eric Holder of casting aspersions on his asparagus

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Huckabee to Iowa Christer confab: 'I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic'

Because addressing the so-called "Faith & Freedom Coalition" to trash LGBTs after likening homosexuality to polygamy and incest is NOT homophobic. Because complaining about the amount of money spent on AIDS research and calling for a quarantine of the people most affected by it isn't homophobic. Because calling same sex marriage a threat to "stable society" isn't homophobic. Because comparing legalizing same sex marriage to legalizing drug abuse isn't homophobic. Here are five more of Mike Huckabee's shameless (but not homophobic!) lies about LGBTs.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

'My gay neighbors can take out my trash and mind my mail when I'm gone, but they don't deserve equality in employment rights'

Here's an excerpt from Objective Conservative's condescending guest rationale (by one "Ted Quick") for denying gay Nebraskans the same protected status in employment (via failed LB485) that other minorities enjoy:

     This bill must be defeated...
     I have nothing against the gay and lesbian community.   My next door neighbors are two of the finest guys you'd ever run into.  They are kind, generous and we watch each other's' homes when we travel.  They have the codes to my house.  They take my garbage can out when I'm gone and take the mail into my house when the box becomes full.  I couldn't ask for better friends or neighbors.  I also have some great lesbian friends who live a few houses away from me.  But now each of them is being forced, by virtue of them being different, into another ridiculous movement.   They are being separated from the rest of us. 
     Many of us are sick and tired of having the LGBT "movement" jammed down our throats...

     AKSARBENT thinks maybe Mr. Quick's gay neighbors deserve better "friends."
     One wonders if they know their lovely neighbor contributes to a blog which describes them in words favored by gutter bigots:

We know our liberal detractors are saying that we are saying the sky is falling.   Well, we think it is or certainly will when it comes to creating special classes for gays, lesbians, transgenders, cross-dressers, aka., queers and perverts..." 

Outstanding Public Service Commissioner, retiring Anne Boyle, recommends a successor

Anne Boyle, Crystal Rhoades

For 17 years, Anne Boyle worked tirelessly on the Public Service Commission. Her indefatigable, incorruptible and aggressive representation of ratepayers was a credit not just to her district but the entire state.
     Now she has endorsed a successor, so for your own good, pay attention, ratepayers, to the letter from Anne and her husband, Mike:
     As you know, our world has changed dramatically since passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. It is important that the next commissioner is dedicated and a proven leader. Crystal has demonstrated that in her work and as a candidate for the Public Service Commission.
     As a candidate, Crystal has spent a great deal of time visiting with Nebraska carriers and has become well informed regarding not only telecommunications but also the other departments we oversee.
     There are two other candidates in the primary election; however, without any reservations, we sincerely believe Crystal Rhoades is the best candidate to represent you. We would not ask for your support for any other reason. We hope you will support her with your vote.
     Thank you for your thoughtful consideration. It has been a privilege to serve you.

Billy Eichner: For a dollar, would you have sex with Paul Rudd?

(Via Towleroad)

Billy Eichner: (at the 2:11 mark) "Sir, for a dollar, do you wanna have sex with Paul Rudd? He's right here."
Australian man: Five dollars.
Billy Eichner: No.
Australian man: Two?
Billy Eichner: No
Australian man: I can't do it for one.
Billy Eichner: Excuse me. [to Australian] Get outta here. [to Paul Rudd] You don't need that gay crap. If you're going to have sex with a gay person, go Jim Parsons or go home.

AKSARBENT note: Paul Rudd, though adorable, is not gay. AKSARBENT knows this to be a fact because we once read a post in a forum by a gay plumber who worked on Rudd's bathroom back when Rudd was single and said plumber said Rudds bathroom was absolutely not the bathroom of a gay man.