The Republican Norm: Delusional Politics December 4, 2013Posted by Benjamin Wendell in Politics.
Tags: alien technology, bionic heart, dick cheney, gay marriage, hijacked constitution, liz cheney, michele bachman, obama
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Ok, so on Tuesday, FOX News took a break from the daily diet of Sarah Palin for a bit of palate cleansing with Michele Bachmann. Bachmann, who seems to be off her meds again, railed on over Obamacare, declaring in regard to the president, “He has rewritten the Constitution for himself as a part of his effort to fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Huh? I keep hearing this refrain from the Right that Obama has hijacked the Constitution, and I just don’t get it. Where were these folks when George Bush was going to war without a declaration from Congress, employing cruel and unusual punishment as an interrogation technique, and holding prisoners indefinitely without access to counsel? Admittedly, Obama has continued some of these same practices, but that’s not the stuff that the Righties are so outraged about. It’s the president’s attempt to provide affordable health care to all Americans that is somehow an act of treason.
Meanwhile, Dick Cheney, who despite his bionic heart reverse-engineered from alien technology, apparently isn’t getting enough blood to his brain. He’s shocked that his lesbian daughter, Mary, publically denounced his straight daughter, Liz, for her stated opposition to gay marriage. Cheney remarked, ”We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn’t happened. It’s always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that’s our preference.” What he fails to acknowledge is that Liz is running for the senate seat from Wyoming, and as such, her opinions on everything from abortion to immigration to gay marriage move well out of the family room and directly into the public forum…and he can hardly expect that Mary, who is married to Heather Poe and has children, is going to hold her tongue when her own sister hypocritically takes a public stance that is contrary to her private stance, which is reportedly one of acceptance. Once you run for public office, nothing is off-limits, including siblings. That may not be fair, but it’s life in the big city.
SCOTUS: Good News And Bad News September 3, 2013Posted by Benjamin Wendell in Politics.
Tags: gay marriage, officiate, retire, ruth bader ginsburg, supreme court
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You’ve got to love it when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiates at the wedding of Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser and John Roberts. That’s the good news. The bad news is that if she continues to refuse to retire during the term of President Barack Obama, there is every possibility that things like gay marriage will have a shelf life somewhere in the neighborhood of canned lima beans or Jif peanut butter. Pride goeth before a fall.
SCOTUS: DOMA And Prop 8 June 27, 2013Posted by Benjamin Wendell in Journalism, Politics.
Tags: anthony kennedy, doma, gay marriage, Mark Steyn, prop 8, supreme court
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Let me say this one more time and hope that it earns me 5000 hits and 300 flaming hate mails, just like last time: Mark Steyn is a pompous prick.
When Justice Anthony Kennedy voted with the conservative block to gut the Voting Rights Act, I didn’t hear Mark Steyn or the verbal flatulence passers on FOX calling him an “incompetent jurist”. But all of a sudden, when he sides with the moderate side of the court in affirming the rights of gays to marry like anyone else, he’s “demeaning the institution”.
Look, there are about a thousand journalists who have expounded on this landmark decision far more eloquently than I ever could, and I don’t have much to add. I’ll just say that the currents of civilization ultimately always carry us forward, in the direction of enlightenment and acceptance and tolerance. Oh sure, there are inevitably roadblocks and reversals, and just as with Roe v. Wade, the fervent evangelical voices of the god brigades will do all in their considerable power to keep the earth flat and Beaver and Wally safely at home with Ward and June, but the tide of progress is rushing against them. Gays deserve the same rights and considerations as anyone, and it’s a proud day in America when the high court agrees with what most of us have known for a very long time. Good for them and good for Justice Kennedy.
Gay Marriage Debate Shifts Into The Surreal April 2, 2013Posted by Benjamin Wendell in Politics.
Tags: agema, chris clemons, chris kluwe, doma, everhart, gay marriage, prop 8, supreme court, willie nelson
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Hunter Thompson famously remarked, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” If Thompson could still be here for the Supreme Court case on DOMA and California’s Prop 8, he’d probably do a couple of lines of coke, munch some peyote buttons, and go out in the back with his .357 Magnum to shoot some shit…because like the man says, the weird turn pro.
There’s just no other explanation for it when some 11 year-old kid is standing outside a North Carolina church spouting senseless propaganda like, “The Bible talks about the homosexuals — they’re worthy of death.” Yeah, well the Bible also talks about people who eat shellfish, and they’re worthy of death too, so maybe you should be protesting outside Red Lobster.
Or take a look at Dave Agema, Michigan Republican National Committeeman, who is using his Facebook page to claim that part of the “homosexual agenda” is to “get the public to affirm their filthy lifestyle”. And when he is challenged on this sort of hateful rhetoric, he, conforming to the GOP handbook, doesn’t back down, but doubles down (Don’t retreat, reload.) His followup Facebook reply is notable for its many factual, grammatical, and spelling errors. Here’s my favorite lines: “I can send you reems [sic] of studies showing the negative health affects [sic] of this lifestyle,” Agema wrote. “Instead you would have us accept it, teach it to our kids, include it in our platform and cause great harm to society.” Listen, fella, you’d do well to stop worrying if they’re going to teach gay marriage as an alternative lifestyle in school and worry more whether they can teach you how to compose a coherent sentence.
Stop for a moment and consider the argument of Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart, who warns that if gay marriage is legalized, there will be a rash of straight individuals entering into sham gay marriages just to receive spousal benefits. She says this with a completely straight face, without ever once stopping to consider the irony of a society in which, thanks to Republican policies, things like health insurance and unemployment benefits and food stamps are at such a premium that anyone would even consider such a bizarre scheme.
But for pure Twilight Zone creative imagination, no one is going to top Italian scientist Gian Paolo Vanoli. Vanoli claims that homosexuality is a disease, a form of autism, and that it is caused by…wait for it…vaccines. Ironically, Vanoli supports gay marriage and gay adoption, because he doesn’t believe in discriminating against people who are afflicted with an illness. Great. With friends like these….
At the same time, there have been rumors swirling around the internet that a gay NFL player is about to come out of the closet. There are a lot of NFL players who want to believe that with 33 teams, each with 53 players on the roster, not a single one of them has ever sucked a dick. Like Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons, who thinks such a move would be “selfish” on the part of the player outing himself. Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe issues the only possible response: “Grow the fuck up”.
In the absence of Hunter Thompson, I think it’s appropriate that we turn to another folk philosopher for a much-needed dose of common sense wisdom on this controversy that shouldn’t be controversial:
Willie Nelson, apparently the only sane man in the state, tells “Texas Monthly”: “It’s ridiculous to me that this is something we’re having a conversation about in this day and age. I thought it was something that was settled a long time ago. I’ve known straight and gay people all my life. I can’t tell the difference. People are people where I came from.”
And about his equality poster…he’s right about that other thing too.
Hillary And Opportunism March 19, 2013Posted by Benjamin Wendell in Politics.
Tags: gay marriage, hillary clinton, opportunism, principled stupidity
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I’ll take opportunism on the right side of an issue over principled stupidity on the wrong side of an issue anytime.
The Way It’s Supposed To Be March 18, 2013Posted by Benjamin Wendell in Politics.
Tags: bill gates, gay marriage, rob portman
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Senator Rob Portman belatedly figured out that he was wrong in his opposition to gay marriage. It only took him two years after his son came out as gay. Good.
Bill Gates was asked if the Boy Scouts should rescind their ban on gays. He said yes. When asked why, he replied, “Because it’s 2013.” Better.
It Shouldn’t Require A Kick In The Butt And A Thousand Watt Spotlight Just To See The Truth March 15, 2013Posted by Benjamin Wendell in Politics.
Tags: gay marriage, gay son, republican, rob portman
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Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio has suddenly decided that he’s not opposed to gay marriage after all. All it took was his own college-age son, Will, telling him that he’s gay and he’s always been gay. Will carefully explained to his parents that he didn’t make a “choice”, he simply is what he is. Even Dick Cheney, who is bellicosely uber-conservative (and wrong) on virtually every issue imaginable, has reached the same conclusion as Portman, since his daughter is gay as well. Sadly, not every Republican can be blessed with a homosexual offspring or sibling to demonstrate the obvious truth, that gays are just regular normal people who deserve every right and privilege and protection as everyone else. So change will come slowly…but change is coming.
New Pope, Same Nonsense March 14, 2013Posted by Benjamin Wendell in Politics, religion.
Tags: death squads, gay adoption, gay marriage, junta, kidnapping, pope
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Woo hoo! Let’s hear it for Pope Frank! Let’s see, now. He’s vehemently opposed to gay marriage and gay adoption. He considers condoms an abomination. He was in bed with Argentina’s military junta in the 1970′s. And he’s accused of “turning over two priests to the death squads” in a kidnapping in 1976. On the upside, so far there’s no evidence he was ever a member of the Hitler Youth.
Barney Frank For President December 21, 2012Posted by Benjamin Wendell in drug policy, Politics.
Tags: anton scalia, barney frank, bigot, gay marriage, homophobe, liberal, marijuana, outing, prostitution
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On victimless crimes: “I always have thought prostitution should be legal,” he said. “I know people said, ‘Oh it victimizes women.’ And the women are vulnerable. We’ve seen this recently where the women are prosecuted when the customers, the men customers, have gotten away with it. But I think in the first place it’s a matter of personal choice. I’m for legalizing marijuana. I’m for legalizing gambling. I don’t think the government should be trying to make you a better person. But beyond that, the practical effect, the women, who are predominantly the prostitutes, they’re worse off when it’s illegal, because they’re outside protection of the law. They’re more subject to violence and subject to abuse because they can’t go to the law for protection.”
On outing gay politicians who vote vehemently anti-gay: “Yes, I believe the policy should be that people have a right to privacy but not to hypocrisy.”
On the right of Westboro Baptist Church to protest at military funerals: “The test of free speech to me is whether you support the right of people to say vicious things you strongly disagree with.”
On SCOTUS Justice Anton Scalia: “I was glad that he made clear what’s been obvious, that he’s just a flat out bigot,” Frank said. “I’d previously said he was a homophobe. And Fox and the rightwing said, ‘Oh just because he’s not for same-sex marriage? And I said, ‘No, let me be very clear. That’s not it. This is a man who has said you should go to prison for having sex.’ It was an extraordinarily abusive sentiment and it was dead wrong. And, by the way, for a guy who is supposed to be so smart — quite stupid.This young man said to him, ‘Why do you compare sodomy to murder?’ And he said, ‘Well because I have a right to say if I think something is immoral.’ Well the question wasn’t about his right. The question was, By what morality is expressing your love for someone in a physical way equivalent to killing that person? It makes it clear that the man is an unreconstructed bigot, and given that you have a bigot on the Supreme Court like that, it is useful to know.”
Guys like Barney Frank make me proud to call myself a liberal.