“Marco Rubio es un pañuelo rosa!”

Let Montgomery Burns explain it all to you:

 

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“All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.”

 

  • One of Romney’s top advisers, Bay Buchanan, told Buzzfeed:

“Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution that defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman.”

Like any family, the Romneys have faced hardship: Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, and more recently fought a battle with breast cancer. She credits her husband’s unwavering care and devotion to her for helping her through these ordeals.

And as the New Civil Rights Movement states:

So, while Mitt and Ann recognize how important it is to face health crises together, he would actually allow states to prohibit same-sex couples from having the same hospital visitation rights that he and Ann have. We’re not allowed to exercise “unwavering care and devotion” like the Romneys.

This is *exactly* the point!

Watch all of the video, please.

The latest demand by the Catholic Church, transparently disguised as NOM

From this snip of her speech, you’d think that Ms. Morse was referring to Catholic priests that have committed pedophilia or ephebophilia:

What the Catholic Church teaches is very simple, that they can be saved, but they have to live a life of chastity — and that God does want them to be saved. In fact, their same-sex attraction can be their personal path to holiness. That can be the thing that gets them to Heaven: dealing with that, dealing with it in a good, and decent, and wholesome way.

Jennifer Roback Morse, head of the National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute

You’d be thinking wrong. She was referring to gay people. All gay people.

When that jokingly embarrassing excuse for an astroturf organization called NOM is saying here is “It’s all right to be gay. It’s just not all right to have sex outside of marriage. Oh, and by the way, you can’t get married either. Sucks to you.”

And make no mistake — Morse is a six-figure a year executive in NOM, and she’s speaking for the entire organization.

The complete speech is here:

Political suicide made easy

The Republican Party starts its quadrennial political convention next week. Such conventions have two purposes:

  • nominate the party’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates
  • publish its party’s political platform

We all know about the candidates’ work — it has dominated political news in America for the last year. However, the far more important aspect of the convention is the platform adoption.

And here’s where it gets interesting. The draft of the 2012 GOP platform, to be submitted to the convention next week, contains the following notions:

Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.

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A serious threat to our country’s constitutional order, perhaps even more dangerous than presidential malfeasance, is an activist judiciary, in which some judges usurp the powers reserved to other branches of government. A blatant example has been the court-ordered redefinition of marriage in several States. This is more than a matter of warring legal concepts and ideals. It is an assault on the foundations of our society, challenging the institution which, for thousands of years in virtually every civilization, has been entrusted with the rearing of children and the transmission of cultural values.

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That is why congressional Republicans took the lead in enacting the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of States and the federal government not to recognize same-sex relationships licensed in other jurisdictions. An activist judiciary usurps the powers reserved to other branches of government and endangers the foundation of our country.

What would this mean if these and the other platform propositions were enacted into laws?

  • No civil unions or domestic partnerships for gay citizens
  • No birth control that involves expulsion of a fertilized ovum (almost all pills, IUDs, and “morning after” medications)
  • No IVF, frozen embryos, or other artificial means of conception
  • No stem cell research from embryonic sources
  • Arizona-style immigration laws
  • Reintroduction of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”  into the military
  • No judicial protection for cases of discrimination based upon sexual orientation

I’m not really sure how anyone going to the Republican national convention could look at themselves in the mirror.

And I don’t understand why any Republican could think they could win an election while standing on such a morally bankrupt platform.

I hope he chokes on that answer

Wanna see how Paul Ryan answers a direct question about abortion in the event of rape?

QUESTION: Should abortions to be available to women who are raped?

RYAN: Well, look, I’m proud of my pro-life record. And I stand by my pro-life record in Congress. It’s something I’m proud of. But Mitt Romney is the top of the ticket and Mitt Romney will be president and he will set the policy of the Romney administration.

I hope he’s proud of that answer. I hope he chokes on it.

“…and that’s the name of *that* tune!”

The Spouse put a post on Facebook today about the annoyingly persistent whines you hear from inadequate GOP sheeple about how whites are being discriminated against (involving a racist SuperPAC — you can’t make this stuff up).

My brother rose superbly to the challenge:

My feelings about being a white, straight male in American society. I am in the most privileged group in the most privileged country in the history of the world. White men still control just about everything you see around you, one way or another. Things are not swinging to discrimination against white men in America. Things are swinging towards a more equitable society so that everyone has a piece of the peace and prosperity pie.

Women, people of color, and gays are all inching towards a bit more parity, but we still have a long way to go before they all get their fair share. Electing a black president is a big step for us.

Any time I hear some white, straight male colleague whine about being discriminated against, I just roll my eyes and think that at least your sex and race and orientation were never 3/5 of a person, could vote for more than the last 100 years, and could marry whomever you loved.

Preach, man, preach!

For a good stick poke at this and other GOP talking points, and for your general amusement:

Selling your soul, one book at a time

Most of us have heard about the recent kerfluffle about Chick-Fill-A. I’ve written about them a couple of times before, and I still don’t know why anyone would eat there. (Nasty, dried-out chicken and dry potatoes.)

It seems that the publisher Harper-Collins has been working to clinch a deal with C-F-A to give away Berenstain Bears books in their children’s meals. The keenly ironic detail here is that the creator of the Bears isn’t very happy about this, but has no control over what his publisher does with the books.

Let Harper-Collins know what you think about them doing business with someone who spits in the face of some of your friends.

Here’s what the Berenstains think about the affair:

The right to shout “fire” in a crowded theatre

Seems that the queen bee of Islamophobia won her court case against New York MTA:

New Yorkers are going to start seeing this disgusting piece of hatred hung in subway stations and bus stops.

The First Amendment covers the right to speak out as one pleases. It does not cover incitement to fear and violence.

As Joe comments,

“Apparently Geller believes a lasting peace can be won by calling 700,000 New Yorkers ‘savages’.”

State Hall of Shame: Florida

Why do the voters in Florida continue to tolerate Governor Rick Scott?

Scott co-founded Columbia Hospital Systems in 1987. He resigned from Columbia’s CEO position in 1997 amid proven Medicaid fraud to the tune of an $880 million repayment to the U. S. government; this was in addition to over $2 billion in successful civil law suits filed by individuals. Columbia’s board paid Scott $350 million in stock and $9.8 million to just go away.

In 2001 Scott co-founded Solantic, a chain of medical clinics. Solantic has been repeated sued by those who claimed that the company would not hire elderly or overweight employees; those suits were settled out of court for undisclosed sums. (Solantic is mentioned again in a moment.)

Once Scott was elected Florida’s governor in 2010, he has:

  • maneuvered implementation of a state amendment that would prevent political parties from jiggering voting districts to favor one party or another at elections.
  • refused to put his considerable assets into blind trusts, as is usually done by office holders so as to prevent conflicts of interest. (His Solantic holdings were gifted to Mrs. Scott, so the couple could both keep an eye on them.)
  • signed a bill requiring welfare recipients to pay for their own drug tests in order to receive state aid. Scott also requires all state employees to take quarterly drug tests. (Solantic stands to gain a good deal of income, since it was the first business given permission by the state to administer such tests.)
  • refused over $2.3 billion in federal money to develop high-speed rail in Florida (thus turning down development and jobs).
  • refused to obey the state-level provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These provisions would expand medical care available to the poor and elderly in Florida.
  • not only tried to bury an April 2012 CDC report about an outbreak of tuberculosis in Florida (thus endangering the public), but then proceeded after the report’s release to close the state’s only hospital dedicated to TB treatment.

How many shady deals and outright crimes must Rick Scott commit before Florida voters finally get wise?

Will he have to eat a puppy during a press conference?

Homophobia is a mental disorder.

(Two can play at this game, wackaloons, only we’re armed with facts.)

From the website:

“Homophobia outbreaks are usually triggered by the repressed homosexual longings of an individual near the middle of the continuum of sexual orientation (the Kinsey Scale).  These primary cases often lead to the secondary infection of those around them as the victims use compensating behaviors to mask their own insecurities (such as quoting obscure scriptural verses they interpret to prohibit homosexual acts and generally demonizing gays and lesbians).”

As a sidenote, have you noticed that wingnuts and their waterheaded followers never seem to bitch about the “lesbian lifestyle”? We wouldn’t want to interfere with that straight-guy fantasies about two big-titted lipstick types going after each other, I guess.

Fooled me once…

You remember that post of mine about Josh Weed from last week? The post about the gay Mormon who is married to a woman and has a family?

He fooled me. And a lot of other people as well. The Spouse hit this one on the head right off the bat, and Joe has now outed his two-faced-ness.

Meet the real Josh Weed:

Please note several items here:

  • the Seattle Pacific University degree (where school code specifically forbids “pre-marital, extramarital, or homosexual sexual activity”). SPU is a religious university whose degrees are, well, not well-esteemed within academe
  • Josh’s self-professed therapeutic preference: “those with sexual identity issues and unwanted sexual attractions and/or behaviors”
  • the other therapists who work at LifeStar Washington, including LifeStar Washington director Shawn Gillies, who “especially enjoys speaking to and educating parents on how to teach their children healthy sexuality”

It seems odd that Josh would choose to go to a college where his very preferences were outlawed by school code. It seems odd that Josh would choose to “help” others deny their sexual feelings, just as he has denied his. It seems odd that Josh would associate with other therapists who “especially enjoy” telling gays and lesbians that what they feel is wrong (as if society didn’t do enough of that).

Josh Weed is just another George Reker. Weed is just another badly-adjusted closet case who practices an unrecognized form of treatment– “ex-gay therapy” — a therapy thoroughly repudiated by professional psychology and psychiatry groups; moreover, he doesn’t have the testicular fortitude to tell his patients that their sexuality is a problem, while freely admitting that it’s okay for him to be gay.

It is particularly horrifying that Weed’s clinic concentrates its efforts on children, and cloaks himself as someone who “just wants to help”. Imagine paying someone to tell your child/teenager that the way she/he feels is wrong and sinful and a one-way trip to Hell.

So the next time you see Mr. Weed and his lovely family basking in the sun of het privilege, look him straight in the eye and ask him what it’s like to be a good and thorough hypocrite, and a professional fraud.