Google to host fundraiser for gay-hating, climate-denying GOP Sen. Inhofe

It doesn’t really get any worse than Republican Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma.  Yet, Google, whose corporate motto is “Don’t be evil,” is hosting a lunchtime fundraiser for Inhofe today at its Washington, DC lobbying headquarters.

Inhofe’s record in Congress is pure evil.  The man is the Jesse Helms of the midwest.

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Inhofe on Gays

Inhofe, you might recall, is the Senator who proudly declared that he’s been married to his wife for 47 years and, “I’m really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family, we’ve never had a divorce or any kind of a homosexual relationship.”

Inhofe and The Family

Inhofe is also connected to the creepy Republican fundamentalist group, The Family, that has been involved with promoting the most extreme anti-gay hate in places like Uganda.

Inhofe on Climate Change and Hitler

Inhofe also compared the overwhelming volume of science confirming the reality of global warming to Hitler’s “big lie,” and he compared Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” to Mein Kampf.

Inhofe Doing BPs Dirty Work after the Gulf Spill

Following the enormous BP gulf oil spill, Inhofe blocked an effort by Democratic Senator Menendez to raise the corporate liability caps for the spill from $75 million to $10 billion.

Inhofe Promoting Fracking

Via ThinkProgress:

INHOFE: [There’s] never been one case — documented case — of groundwater contamination in the history of the thousands and thousands of hydraulic fracturing. […]

KILMEADE: Senator, has it ever poisoned anybody?

INHOFE: It’s never poisoned anyone.

While fracking has the potential to create vast new American energy supplies, Inhofe’s claim that it is completely without risk is either stunningly ignorant or intentionally dishonest. Just yesterday, a blowout at a Pennsylvania natural gas well engaged in fracking spilled thousands of gallons of toxic chemical-laced water, “contaminating a stream and forcing the evacuation of seven families who live nearby as crews struggled to stop the gusher,” the AP reported. Inhofe referenced the Pennsylvania spill in his interview, but said that it has “nothing to do with fracking” because it was a stream, not groundwater that was contaminated.

Inhofe on Health Care Reform

Inhofe opposes health care reform even though he had no idea what was in the bill:

At a town hall meeting Wednesday Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Chickasha residents he does not need to read the 1,000 page health care reform bill, he will simply vote against it.

“I don’t have to read it, or know what’s in it. I’m going to oppose it anyways,” he said.

Activists from Forecast the Facts will be protesting at Google’s headquarters in DC at 12:45pm Eastern time today.

You’ll be able to watch the protest live via the Youtube embed below.

Look, I like Google.  But you can’t claim you’re a force for good in the world at the same time you’re raising money for one of the most evil members of Congress in American history. Jim Inhofe defines neanderthal.  He is the opposite of everything Google stands for.

Please, Google, don’t be Inhofe.


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  • shabeli

    wish I could drop gmail. Not sure how? Sucks!

  • geoffalnutt

    I have sent a note of protest, but I think it may be fairly useless. I’m fully prepared to drop GOOGLE entirely. Waiting.

  • Barbara S. Van Dyck

    Think I’ll be switching to BING, its a way better search engine anyway and the only reason I didnt change is I have always used Google but now they have given me a reason to quite them

  • tinkrbell

    OMG…I always thought that Google was a progressive company that thought we were equal and now they have jumped onto the political favors game? I guess I can yahoo it from now on. VERY DISAPPOINTED. I thought Google was gay friendly.

  • ArthurH

    Neither I. It is like Google held a gun to its head, pulled the trigger, and it when BING.com.

  • sword

    I live within three miles of a national fiber optic cable. Yet, my local telecom company only provides DSL capable of a max of 250Kb/sec. They are Frontier Comm. and spent their billions acquiring Verizon landlines. A friend of mine watched AT&T lay a high speed fiber optic cable down his street to feed a local cell phone tower. But again he can only get 350Kb/sec via his DSL.

  • wilmbear

    I guess I wont be using any google products any more

  • Sweetie

    “You can always put that award where your heart ought to be.”

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    Pretty close, actually. The
    corporation is just a weapon. Corporate law requires that corporations
    maximize returns. Most stockholders are institutions and/or foreign
    entities who just want return on their money. They don’t give two shits
    about civic responsibility, the environment, worker protection, etc. If
    the directors do anything that degrades short-term returns, they can be
    sued.

  • mirth

    Thanks, Swami. That’s just what I need.

  • MyrddinWilt

    Having engaged a lobbyist or two in my time and worked with them, this does not surprise me.

    People think that lobbyists tell the politicians what the client wants to tell them. The reverse is much more common. And that is usually what you want from a lobbyist. The government spends a lot of money on things that it is choosing and the easiest way to make money is usually to find out what contracts are on offer and what type of approach is most likely to get them.

    So much of the time the lobbyist comes round to say ‘we need to sell a product like X’ or they will say ‘we need to join this industry group’ and if you don’t dig deep you suddenly find that you are making Dick Cheney’s waterboarding equipment and have signed up with the US chamber of commerce.

    Because the fact is that lobbyists are building their own political careers and they run round Washington flashing the names of their clients to get them access. And they really are building their own careers, not working for their clients.

  • nicho

    “Corporate self-interest always trumps social conscience and responsible behavior”

    It has to. It’s the law. We need to change the law.

  • Swami_Binkinanda
  • Swami_Binkinanda
  • Martin

    I do realize that, and that’s exactly what I meant

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM
  • JayRandal

    I bet some in his family are closeted Gays. Would break his sick heart if he found out about them.

  • mirth

    A couple of weeks ago I switched from Google to DuckDuckGo, mainly for its anonymous searches. Chrome is still my browser (and for my purposes, superior to others), but I haven’t yet discovered how to make DDG my default search engine rather than just a box at the top of Google search results.

  • Jafafa Hots

    Firefox.

  • mononucleosis

    There doesn’t seem to be any viable alternative to the Google toolbar for my browser (Opera).
    It galls me to give support to a company that would champion a Teahadist miscreant like Inhofe
    Gmail is easy enough to get rid of, but not so the toolbar. Or so it seems.
    Any suggestions?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Aye, I saw that, too. I’m not saying they’re actually an evil company hiding its nefarious money-making schemes…but still. Thanks for the link though. I may give them a try.

    I rather like how they’ve embedded a proxy-based redirect on search hits. Plus it’s nice and fast.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Just go to Google.com and type “I’m very disappointed Google is supporting Senator Inhofe” into the search box.

    I’m sure if they don’t notice, the NSA will be kind enough to pass along the message.

    (But seriously, just go to the corporate site and look for the company contact info.)

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I was surprised to learn WiFi WAN was even available around here (technically, ours is based on WiMAX).

    Acceptable broadband was essentially a ‘must have’ when we were house-shopping last autumn because I run a small home-based consulting business. Then, when we visited one property not far from here that we ultimately passed on (nice straw-bale super-insulated place…but too small and way too weird in its layout), the owner told us that while cable and DSL were both out of the question given how far down a private road he lived, but this other service — Cibola Wireless — was available and had decent speeds.

    I was still hoping either for cable or fast DSL when we chose the place we went with, and it was only because CenturyLink kept lying to us about the speeds they could provide that we didn’t have Cibola installed immediately.

    Our situation isn’t ideal, in that we’re almost perfectly level with the tower (about 5mi away) and its directional antennae are pointed down, plus we’re nearly at the edge of two 120-degree AP arcs. On the other hand, our connection is now rated to be able to pull up to 15 Mbps (we’re on a 10 Mbps plan) with latency around 40ms. Not bad, and a hell of an improvement over the crappy DSL.

  • HolyMoly

    I just did a little search and found that they are owned by some Dutch company named Surfboard Holding BV (http://uk.sys-con.com/node/822524). I never heard of them, and don’t know how they make their money, but I’ll have to dig a little more and see what I can find.

  • Mac and Sandy

    Would like to know how to contact google to tell them we are really really really disappointed in their support of Inhofe???

  • emjayay

    But what is their reason for this? What pro-Google legislation is he carrying the water on for them?

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    There is a company putting in wireless WAN here, but it’s primarily intended for schools. I don’t think they’re looking at offering it to regular consumers at all… and the infrastructure for it is almost entirely being paid for by federal grants.

  • emjayay

    Exactly. By definition everything in a free market capitalist system is about maximizing profits. Nothing wrong with that. Invisible hand.
    So for example if it costs ten cents less to run national ads touting how environmental you are than actually reducing your pollution and energy efficiency, that is the only correct choice. If there are no laws against ginding up your steamrolled grandma and feeding her to the hogs you own or putting her into the sausages you make and no way for anyone to find out, then that is the only correct choice.
    Or if it costs ten cents less for lobbying to get lower taxes or allow tax havens etc. than what you get from getting the legislation passed, factoring your chances for getting it passed, then that is the only correct choice.

  • Swami_Binkinanda

    duckduckgo

  • Sweetie

    But, he is either being disingenuous or foolish, because the “don’t be evil” thing was clearly marketing for the public.

  • LaSargenta

    http://www.duckduckgo.com

    Better than altavista

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Not to mention he’s a lousy nipper.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Excellent post! “The man is the Jesse Helms of the midwest.” BINGO!

  • Nick

    You should NOT release that video to a site that is NOT this one! You would NOT have to edit out your face.

  • nicho

    Is it just me or is this guy creepier than shit. The mouth is trying to smile, but the eyes are not. You just know he’s lying to you.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    In truth, I think WiFi WAN is the next wave, since it only requires towers, which can be put almost anywhere it’s convenient to do so, and fiber to that one location. Fiber-to-house would be better technologically — but laying that much line just isn’t feasible in many rural areas like my own. As you say, it’s not profitable enough for the big companies to want to do it.

    And I say ‘WiFi WAN’ rather than cellular-based (i.e., Verizon 4G/LTE, etc.) because their infrastructure simply won’t support the kind of data consumption most folks want from their broadband. And they’re greedy bastards. I mean, really: A 10GB monthly cap for their $60/mo plan — heck, you can run through that easily in a few nights of Netflix streaming.

    As a matter of fact, there probably wouldn’t be DSL at all — or upgraded DSL in some areas — if not for the Federal subsidies.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Qwest was US West when I was in that area. :)

    Sadly, we’re going to have to rely on companies like Google to expand access, because Time Warner, AT&T and Comcast have all had plenty of time to broaden their high-speed access to more rural communities, and they’ve shown little interest in doing so. There’s just not enough money in it for them to justify investing in the infrastructure.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Microsoft is not much better. They’ve given money to the Republican Governors Association, which is the group going out of their way to take away women’s rights in every state they control the legislature of. Almost all of their lobbyists used to work for politicians too.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Out where I live, it’s satellite TV or nothing. No digital broadcast reception either. As for broadband choices…

    The DSL here is a joke. We were extremely lucky to be able to install WiFi broadband through a small local company — and even that wasn’t without its hassles. For the first week back in April, it worked great. Then the bandwidth dropped to less than 1 Mbps, sometimes half that. It took us nearly two months to get a technician out to solve the problem. (Turned out it was the use of a directed dish receiver when they should’ve gone with a standard wide-angle block receiver.)

    What’s funny is every month or two since we’ve moved in, we get a mailer from CenturyLink (formerly Qwest) saying we can sign up for 20 Mbps DSL service. Which is a complete lie, because we know the local technician, and he’s assured us repeatedly that the equipment that would make it possible doesn’t exist and there are no plans he’s aware of to extend the system the 4+ miles it would take to get to our neighborhood. So our only DSL option is crappy lowest-tier which ‘mysteriously’ disconnects every 2-6 hours, even though the link never goes away. We haven’t yet canceled that service, but probably will before long.

    I seriously wish we had even two crappy high-speed carriers to choose from.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    There’s a Google custom search in the upper right hand corner of every page to search the blog site itself, apparently implemented there without irony. But if you meant that the blog should develop its own search engine for searching the whole web, that takes a bit more server power and a whole lot of programming and database management. A heck of a lot more complex than a blog. :)

  • Inis_Magrath

    Not lawyers, congress members. The laws are made by congress for the benefit of the corporations that lobby them.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Which makes you wonder why anyone would be a proponent of the entirely “free market”, when that market would be happy to steamroller your grandma if it made a few more pennies.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Google Fiber is coming here next year, and they already have Time Warner shitting themselves, doing a huge local mass marketing campaign. Time Warner held a monopoly here before AT&T came in about five years ago, and now the two of them are the only providers of broadband/cable television in the area. Since they’re both terribad providers, with absolutely miserable customer service, Google is anticipating dominating the market pretty quickly. Can’t say I will complain too loudly, as it will bring another option, hopefully a more viable one… assuming the three of them don’t just collude to keep prices high anyway, which wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  • cole3244

    i don’t know if there are any gays in the inhofe family but i know of at least one ignorant bigoted ahole for sure.

    ps – i’m coming bing.

  • Scott M.

    In the “recorded” history of his family there has never been a homosexual relationship…

    Totally true. I’m a male escort in Oklahoma, and I can tell you from personal experience… I have NOT had a relationship with the good senator 5 times now. As proof, it’s NOT recorded.

    On a side note; the man may or may not be a L O U S Y tipper.

  • Whitewitch

    Ahhh google…why do you have to play with the bad boys. I get it, I get it, they are there and you have to kiss rump to get somewhere….if only someday we could change…now I have to boycott Google…the list is getting pretty LONGGGGGGGGG

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Yep. Of course, the difference 20 years ago is nobody would’ve noticed. Blog-based reporting now has the potential to go viral.

  • Scott Sorensen

    I hate Google and Steve Jobs was right, their motto is BULL$HIT!!!

  • Indigo

    Thank you. I’m only just beginning to catch on to how irrelevant to public policy our blogging can be. You’re right, nobody’s going to notice beyond a few blogging policy geeks. Google is a master of spin, it’ll be interesting to see how they spin this one. As a matter of pattern recognition, BP works spin pretty well too. Oh, and those TV ads with the intelligent looking blonde lady explaining the joys and social benefits of fracking for natural gas and how safe it is? She’s another spin-meister. We’ve got us a trend going on here. :-)

  • dula

    Yes, but real people who hide behind corporations are responsible for lobbying to get those anti-human laws passed. It’s a cop out for people to say, “I couldn’t help destroying the planet because the law told me to.”

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I couldn’t agree more.

    Corporate self-interest always trumps social conscience and responsible behavior.

    On the other hand, the PR optics of this Google-sponsored fundraiser for Inhofe are probably something Google hopes nobody outside of a few bloggers notices.

  • Sweetie

    Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.

    Ambrose Bierce

  • Nick

    Altavista just died a few days ago, entering altavista.com into your browser will take you to a Yahoo search. End to an era; it was once the premier search engine on the web.

  • Indigo

    Principle and expedience are usually in conflict. This is typical. “Evil,” of course, is how the orator of the moment defines it. It’s like expecting the pope to announce in favor of birth control, it’s not going to happen. And Google is not our One Salvation. It’s just another company doing business in Corporate America.

  • Nick

    This goes nicely with the pray-away-the-gay app they offer in their Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.suchet.scf.ui&feature=search_result

  • nicho

    Pretty close, actually. The corporation is just a weapon. Corporate law requires that corporations maximize returns. Most stockholders are institutions and/or foreign entities who just want return on their money. They don’t give two shits about civic responsibility, the environment, worker protection, etc. If the directors do anything that degrades short-term returns, they can be sued.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Not bad… One thing I’ve learned to question though on the ‘Net is always to ask, “What is their funding source?”

    Nothing’s truly free, so how are ixquick and startpage funding themselves? I’ve looked through their information pages, and I’m not seeing much that’s very specific, other than ‘sponsored’ hits on searches.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Inhofe is the ranking minority member on the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. One of their responsibilities? Laws and regulations on infrastructure.

    Guess who’d like to expand into ISP and broadband services, and who has already launched fiber trials in select cities? That’s right: Google. Estimated to expand to up to 8 million homes by 2022, but will need help from men like Inhofe to avoid running into those pesky anti-trust regs.

  • HolyMoly

    I recommend ixquick.com…they don’t store personal user data, they encrypt all of your searches, and won’t hand over any information to any government (they’re based in the Netherlands). Click on the link at the bottom of the ixquick page…I pretty much paraphrased their privacy statement.

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ zorbear

    Corporations don’t kill people, lawyers do?
    :-|

  • nicho

    Don’t blame the corporations. Corporations are required by law to maximize returns for their shareholders — to the exclusion of everything else. They must take advantage of every tax loophole available to them. Blame tax laws and corporate law. That’s what needs to be changed.

  • voltronforce

    maybe I should go back to using altavista

  • jsb

    Dear Google,
    Actions speak louder than words,
    think about it.
    A Concerned American Citizen

  • lynchie

    Here is an article on how much Google (11.9%) , Apple (9.8%) and other companies pay in federal taxes.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/apple-corporate-income-tax-rate_n_1429955.html

  • Sweetie

    “Now, when I showed up, I thought this was the stupidest rule ever…”

    The apotheosis of business ideology.

  • martin

    You should add a search engine to Americablog, I’d use. I’m sure a lot of your other readers would as well.

  • Sweetie

    Google’s Eric Schmidt: “Don’t Be Evil” was Stupid

    http://www.dailytech.com/Googles+Eric+Schmidt+Dont+Be+Evil+was+Stupid/article31544.htm

  • disqusux

    Beats me why they want lower taxes; I can’t think of a country they pay taxes in.

  • dcinsider

    Where are the Google employees, and specifically their gay group, to protest this action?

  • Andrew

    The only thing Google cares about is money. They want lower taxes more than anything else.

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