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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Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on February 15, 2009 at 6:07pm
I live in the middle of a "hot spot". Unfortunately most of the big givers were listed themselves as "housewife", "retired" or the owner of financial investment organization. Not much I can do, really.
Comment by Buffy on February 15, 2009 at 4:46pm
I'm loving the collective screech from the bigots. They don't mind when technology, law and good old-fashioned consumer protest (boycotts, protests, etc) are used by them. But when they're on the receiving end of it suddenly it's eeeeevil.

They can all suck it. It's high time they pay for the crap they inflict on other in the name of God, Jesus and the Bible.
Comment by Moonbeam on February 15, 2009 at 1:20pm
Here you go, Carver, plenty to choose from: Evil Bible: Murder.
Comment by Jim DePaulo on February 14, 2009 at 11:51am
Why am I not surprised that the merchant of mayhem and murder, Eric Prince, shows up in this herd of bigots. But of course, if one is slaughtering Muslims then you are top of the list in Jebus' book. I can't seem to find the passage in the bible that embraces murder as a virtue - but then what does a lowly atheist know.
Assholery is alive and well in the nation.
Comment by cj the cynic on February 14, 2009 at 9:52am
Ah, I've seen this site recently. I think it's wonderful. FSM bless technology. I was quite disturbed to see so many public school teachers in California donate to yes on 8. Makes me feel bad for the kids.

I do remain cautiously optimistic that the CA Supreme Court will throw out prop 8.
Comment by Planetologist on February 14, 2009 at 9:51am
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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