Monthly Archives: March 2015
Oh, those religious freedom bills! They’re just there to affirm that the First Amendment protects their religious beliefs, right?
Well, wonder no more what they are there for. Some shit-eating hick has fired the first shot in the Gay Wars:
An Indiana business owner went on a local radio station and said that he had discriminated against gay or lesbian couples even before Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a law on Thursday protecting business owners who decide to discriminate for “religious liberty” reasons. He then defended the practice and suggested he would do it again.
“Well, I feel okay with it because it’s my place of business, I pay the rent, I’ve built it with all my money and my doing. It’s my place; I can do whatever I want with it, “he said. “They can have their lifestyle and do their own thing in their own place or with people that want to be with them.”
Another sovereign citizen…turns out, friendo, that if you try to pull that shit against, say, a racial minority, you’ll be hauled into court. It doesn’t matter if it’s your stupid little place and no, you can’t do whatever you want with it. There are laws you must abide by in civilized society, of which if there were none you wouldn’t have a place to begin with.
Actually, I want to thank this clown. It only brings us closer to outlawing all forms of discrimination. These laws will not survive a constitutional challenge. Bring it, bigots.
Your garden variety conservative is not terribly so when it comes to civil liberties. They like to get into your bedroom, your womb, and your body in general. But sometimes a rebel comes along and actually wants to do right for his constituents. As you may know, “religious freedom” bills are passing across the country in GOP-controlled legislatures. Indiana’s Mike Pence just signed one. These laws function like a sort of “gay code” wherein it is OK as a business owner to refuse services to people(the dreaded homosexual) based on religious convictions.
My home state just snuffed one of these bills. And a Republican did it:
…proponents of Georgia’s bill have tried to argue that it has nothing to do with discrimination. Rep. Mike Jacobs, an LGBT-friendly Republican, decided to test this theory by introducing an amendment that would not allow claims of religious liberty to be used to circumvent state and local nondiscrimination protections. Supporters of the bill, like Rep. Barry Fleming (R), countered that the amendment “will gut the bill.” Nevertheless, the House Judiciary Committee approved the amendment with a 9-8 vote, three Republicans joining the Democrats in supporting it. Fleming moved to table the amended bill, a motion that passed with 16 votes, making it unlikely the bill will proceed before the legislative session ends. With an exception for nondiscrimination protections, the “religious liberty” bill is dead. Before the vote, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Josh McKoon (R), joined the hearing to similarly argue against making an exception for nondiscrimination protections. He claimed that the bill’s religious liberty protections would no longer be “uniform” across the state, adding, “That amendment would completely undercut the purpose of the bill.” Rep. Roger Bruce (D) pressed McKoon: “That tells me that the purpose of the bill is to discriminate.”
That’s how you represent the people. That’s what “conservative” should mean.
It’s always darkest before the dawn.
And things are getting grim. Conservatives have seized power everywhere, and are doing the kinds of things they’d only talk about to get people to vote for them. I never thought they were serious; that is my mistake. From fucking with voting protections to curtailing choice to finding ways to opt out of anti-discrimination legislation if your sky poppa said bad things about gays in your crusty old book, they are busy, busy bees lately.
But I feel good. I feel optimistic about the future. Pretty soon, the Supreme Court will affirm the right of anyone to marry who they love. All of these new statutes are utterly unconstitutional and will be annulled in good time. Now, I’m a straight white male. None of these laws have affected me in any way. I can’t pretend to know what it’s like to have your basic dignity questioned in a legal code. But I’m in the freedom camp, the real freedom and I happily stand with the forces behind true personal liberty and social justice. I tell you this now: this is all happening because they are scared. They know they only have a limited amount of time to orchestrate as much regressive mayhem as they can before they are ejected from office for being too extreme.
Dawn is coming, friends. It will come on hot and strong and strike these bastards right in the eyes with its new glow.
There’s a good reason why liberals run the entertainment industry. It’s because conservatives lack the requisite imagination to put people in seats. Nowhere are they more lacking in chops than in joke-telling. They choke on their sad punchlines every time. I bring you today’s exercise in Not Funny, courtesy of Connecticut’s Representative Mike Bocchino:
In Connecticut, lawmakers are debating a measure to define consent with respect to college sexual assault that would help prevent rapes on campus. GOP state Rep. Mike Bocchino objected…”No question that sexual assault is a horrific thing. No question that date rape things that happen on college campuses are disgusting. Because at the end of the day, there are no witnesses…or at least if there are, it’s a really great party.”
Hahahahaha! Aren’t you doubled over with laughter? Isn’t watching rape hilarious? Whoo-hoo!
Christians think that marriage was created by God. Never mind how twisted marriage actually is in the Bible…
A message to the United States Supreme Court:
As you deliberate on marriage
Remember whose idea it was in the first place.
Marriage was neither manmade nor created by any law or Constitution. It was God’s plan and purpose for civilization from the beginning. He created man and woman as distinctly separate but inherently compatible; each unique yet sexually complementary – providing both the means for and the ideal relationship within which to raise children from that union.
Sorry, guys, but not only does God not mention “marriage” in Genesis, marriage itself predates even Judaism…
Factually, marriage was in existence as a social contract for many centuries before anyone heard of little Israel (the Merneptah stela, c. 1220 BCE). We know of Mesopotamian marriage from the Code of Hammurabi (18th century BCE). It is only thanks to Pharaoh Merneptah (reigned c. 1224-1214), the son of Ramesses II, who raised a stela in celebration of his victories, that we know Israel existed at all some 500 years later.
But by all means, go ahead believing in your false history so you can deprive loving couples of their constitutional rights. You guys better hope they don’t bring back the lions-we may not be keen to save you after what is said and done.
I don’t even know how to approach this bucket of sick and stupid:
“Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson conjured up a lurid fantasy about the rape and murder of an atheist family to illustrate a point about following God’s law.
“I’ll make a bet with you,” Robertson told the religious gathering. “Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him.”
“Then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them, and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him,” Robertson continued, “and then they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now, is it dude?’”
“Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if [there] was something wrong with this?’” Robertson said. “’But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun. We’re sick in the head, have a nice day.’”
“If it happened to them, they probably would say, ‘Something about this just ain’t right,’” Robertson added.
Does that even make sense? Atheists cannot have a sense of right and wrong, is that what he’s trying to say? What a swell Christian.
So I’m listening to enormous bag of invective and wind Rush Limbaugh today. He said that liberals and the “mainstream” media are afraid of Ted Cruz because he can speak extemporaneously. He then chides Obama for never going anywhere without his ‘prompter. As with everything Limbaugh asserts, it is simply not true. I wonder if Cruz and his campaign are nervous about Rush’s carrying water for him.
Y’all have to face the facts. Rush is a boob, and boobs deserve other boobs, hence the full-throated verbal hummer that Rush gave Cruz today. Cruz is less popular than Mike Huckabee at the moment, so he may need all the friends he can get. When Cruz finally does talk himself out of the job, odds are that Limbaugh will follow the next wingnut of the week, not possessing the gift of reflection.
And the first entrant into the clown car is: Ted Cruz(R-Incomptent)!!! I’m absolutely quaking.
With laughter. He’s the Michelle Bachmann of the 2016 race. I’m looking forward to lots of missteps and outright fuckups. Everything this guy touches turns to shit.
Last week was Foreign Language Week. But nationalistic fetishists were having none of it:
A school in upstate New York has apologized for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic after complaints from district residents who lost family members in the Afghanistan war.
The pledge was read in Arabic during Wednesday morning announcements at Pine Bush High School, 65 miles northwest of New York City.
Some students were angered and responded with catcalls. District Superintendent Joan Carbone told the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that she received complaints from residents who lost relatives in Afghanistan and from Jewish parents.
Never mind that they don’t speak Arabic in Afghanistan. And how is the language of Arabic inherently offensive to Jews? I guess they would raise hell if it were read in German too. But no-it’s OK to discriminate against Arabs in this country. Their precious pledge must only be read in English because our union is too weak to accept that The Other exists in this country.
What a sad, sad commentary on the state of race relations in the US. God forbid we get exposed to something other than our lily white Judeo-Christian exceptionalist culture. English uber alles!!