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Prop 8 supporters: You suck, assholes.

1. Did you vote for prop 8 because you want to defend marriage? From WHAT? The Divorce rate is between 40-50% and has been for decades. (http://www.aboutdivorce.org/us_divorce_rates.html) Seems to me that you need to protect marriage from heterosexuals first.

2. Did you vote for Prop 8 because you are a Christian? Then in my strongly opinionated view you have fundamentally misunderstood the purpose and messsage of the New Testament. Christ never mentions homosexuality, not once (although he has plenty to say about divorce, See Luke 16:18 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+16:18 ).
2a. Paul is vocal about homosexuality, but then again Paul is a known prick, the James Dobson of his era, who didn't much care for marriage at all and thought women should shut up and stay in their God-appointed subservient place (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Corinthians%2014:29-40;&version=8;), so who gives a shit about his opinion in this modern age?
2b. The rest of the anti-homosexuality writing in the Bible is in Genesis and Leviticus. So...you're an Ultra-Orthodox Jew, then? Not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you, but for a Christian, it's a bit of a problem, no? (Note that apprently, non-Orthodox folks were ok with a No vote, see this article http://jta.org/news/article/2008/11/03/1000720/op-ed-prop-8-goes-against-gods-love-for-every-person). So, Mr. Christian, worn any poly-cotten blends lately, or eaten sausage? "Almost" doesn't count in Leviticus. Or perhaps you could get moving on that whole accepting Jesus as your personal savior thing? Love your neighbor, do unto others, etc? Ring any bells?

3. Take a look at the economy. Hear that giant sucking sound? The wedding industry generates somewhere between $60 billion and $140 billion of business in the US (http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/777801.html), and that's WITHOUT the fashion conscious gays getting in on the action. California, with our $35b budget shortfall, has already and would have continued to benefit on a local level when gays and lesbians from other parts of the country flew to CA to get married. Way to shoot yourself in the foot, math whiz.

4. Blacks voted for Prop 8 70%-30%. Possibly because they were listening to their so-called Christian preachers, see #2. Given that Loving v. Virginia is only 40 years old (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_v._Virginia), I...I really don't know what to say. Short memory? Somehow mysteriously unclear on the concept of discrimination and equal rights under the law? Desperately clinging to an established pecking order that gives you a group that you can look down upon in the same way that some whites have historically and continue to look down upon you (actual truth vs. perceived truth of said "looking-down-upon-beliefs" notwithstanding)??? Is it too un-PC to voice this one? Tough.

5. Did you vote for Prop 8 because you suck? Thought so.

Regarding the large Mormon influence and $$ contributions to the Yes campaign, if I had unlimited time and money, I'd get a bunch of Charter buses to Hollywood and the Castro, load 'em up, and head for Salt Lake City to give those holy-underpants-wearing motherfuckers what for. Calling ahead to the SLC police chief, of course, to arrange permits for a Constitutionally guaranteed First Amendment right of free expression. Free, and LOUD, and flamboyant, expression.

Also, Can we get some of the churches that HAVE been allowing gay marriage to sue for religious discrimination? A little church on church action in the CA supreme court? Please?

No on 8

Nov. 3rd, 2008 05:18 pm
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Fear's the strongest motivation
for keeping those unlike you hidden far away.
Rear springs readily from ignorance;
intolerance isn't far away.

Those confining little boxes,
self inflicted labels from which they never stray.
In a frenzy of righteous indignation
they try to outlaw shades of gray.

How many colors does a rainbow have?
Can you see boundaries between them?
In the continuum between the dark and light
are vibrant shades of gray.

Fear's behind the legislation
That dictates how we live, who we love and what we say.
Those who worship black and white,
see red, when faced with shades of gray.

Let me think for myself
because my brain is working fine, fine, fine.
Let me make my own choices and mistakes
at least they will be mine.

And if your road is superior to mine,
then I may someday find it and your kids will never stray.
Are you free? Your citadel of absolutes
will succumb to shades of gray.

How many colors does a rainbow have?
Can you see boundaries between them?
In the continuum between the dark and light
are vibrant shades of gray.

-- Babes with Axes, Eugene Oregon, 1996
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Seen various places...

As was demonstrated in an interview with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.


Ok, my read of the interview question was that Palin couldn't think of a single SCOTUS case that she would go on record as disagreeing with. But it's indicative of how uninformed (see how nice I was, right there?) Palin is that immediately upon reading this meme, my brain spat out a handful of SCOTUS cases; check this list and I bet you can pick out at LEAST one that she disagrees with, more if you want to be uncharitable in your estimation of her moral modernity:

1. Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896 - a dark spot in SCOTUS history, upholding racial segregation laws and introducing the whole "separate but equal" bullshit
2. Brown v. Board of Education, 1954 - Overturned Plessy and all similar segregation laws
3. Loving v. Virginia, 1967 - Overruled anti-miscegnation laws, making inter-racial marriage legal
4. Lawrence v. Texas, 2003 - Overturned anti-sodomy laws, making consensual private sexual acts between adults legal
5. Bush v. Gore, 2000 - um, DUH. HELLO SARAH PALIN, WHO IS PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW, AND WHY?

and now that I'm all riled up, I'll just add: Fuck you, Katherine Harris.
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I'm shocked no one has floated this yet in the punditocracy, but given the players involved, isn't this the most likely scenario?

Two thirds of the Republican house members woke up this morning, called their brokers, sold the market short in as many ways as their portfolio would allow, then marched out to scuttle the bill, ensuring the markets would plummet. and thus the rich get richer.

Mind you, I like the alternative explanation-- that McCain utterly failed as a leader to muster the right number of votes from his party-- but isn't the above the most obvious explanation? I don't even think it's that cynical.
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So poor Carly Fiorina speaks truth to...well, not power, I think it was CNN, and says, no, Sarah Palin couldn't have run HP (*) so the RNC has now packed her up and sent her into hiding. That was funny. (**) But now, they wheel out the new token female voice of the McCain campaign, not-actually-on-the-ticket category, with bonus "used to be a Hillary fundraiser" credentials, and her name is Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild?

No, you are shitting me. No way. We're in the middle of a gigantic economic meltdown, and John "I've been a populist since at least late last week" McCain rolls out a TITLED ROTHSCHILD?!?!

A Titled Rothschild who, on the second day of her new career, piled on the "economic whiners" theme of the campaign by actually calling people rednecks?

REALLY?

What's that thing you call it when you're so far beyond caricature, self-parody, and farce that you can't even remember how to spell them? I think we've arrived.

* to be fair, she said none of the candidates or running mates could have run HP. Which when you consider how BAD A JOB she did at it, is pretty damning.

** also, mrowr, catfight!
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Your instructions:

1. Go to www.johnmccain.com
2. In the middle block near but not at the top of the page, click "Golf Gear".
1a. No, wait, back up. Before you click it, consider that a candidate for POTUS is hawking golf gear on his campaign web site. To raise money. From golfers.
3. After clicking on "Golf Gear", click "Get the Gear".
4. Scroll down and read the comments.
5. Ponder the wonders of the intarweb. After the Tom DeLay web site comment fiasco, who leaves an open comment page? Maybe you better hurry before they catch on.
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John Aravosis at AmericaBlog lays out this interesting analysis of the Miers withdrawl. He has a bit too much "take THAT!" attitude in his logic, which almost guarantes that the universe will not let it play out that way for real, but it is a deeply satisfying read nonetheless.
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When you are indicted for campaign finance abuses that may have helped you unfairly during an election, starting your defensive media posturing with the line "Because they couldn't beat me at the ballot box..." is in exceedingly poor taste. What, you thought we wouldn't notice? That's the kind of arrogance that led to you getting busted in the first place, idiot.

Memorial

Oct. 12th, 2005 12:42 pm
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Mathew Shepard was killed 7 years ago today.

His murderers both copped pleas, and are serving consecutive life sentences in an undisclosed prison.

Later that year, the Wyoming legislature refused to enact a hate-crimes bill that was introduced in response to the killing. Federal efforts for a similar bill also failed within the year, thanks in no small part to the intervention of Trent Lott, who was all for a hate crimes bill when it was only protecting women and jews and even blacks, but throw in the queers and you get nowhere.

As a final, minor, ignorable-except-for-its-crass-fuck-knobbery point, Fred Phelps, Supreme Wingnut and Founder of the Westboro Baptist church, led a contingent of protesters to wave signs and shout slogans at Matthew's funeral.
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Tom DeLay indicted on conspiracy charges, steps aside as majority leader.

Now then. When do we get the announcement of SEC charges against Frist for insider trading, and when in god's name does the Fitzgerald report come out so Rove can get his?

Pardon my vindictive streak and all, but it's about goddamned time.

p.s. Fuck you Mike Brown. Again.

Pitiful

Sep. 28th, 2005 10:25 am
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So, an attempt to rename a Berkeley post office for a 94 year old City Council member was shot down by Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, who questioned whether she represented American values. This sort of immature slapfight is all too common in the modern, partisan age, but what really jumps out of the article is this quote:
King responded: "I think that if Barbara Lee would read the history of Joe McCarthy, she would realize that he was a hero for America."

Perhaps someone should offer the Honorable Mr. King two tickets to Good Night and Good Luck.

No, really, there are people who still hold McCarthy up as a role model? And they are allowed to hold public office? That's fucked.

Full Contact info for Rep. King after the cut, should any of you want to make your feelings known. )

Wow...

Sep. 5th, 2005 10:50 pm
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Like many of you, I suspect, I have been hoovering the news since Katrina struck, but since we still haven't had any need to unpack the TV, I've been getting all of it online. Out of the huge number of pundits and bloggers out there, John and the folks over at AMERICAblog seem to have taken the Fed's screwups personally, and have amassed a truly staggering collection of headlines, transcripts, video links, and so forth that frame the enormity of the debacle. They're also all over any piece that comes out in the mainstream media which breaks from the current (unfathomably lame) party line Rove wants the country to swallow, which is fascinating in its own right. It's a daily good read, if you have a strong stomach.

Speaking of the...well, closer to mainstream media, check out this video of Keith Olberman on MSNBC, or go and read the (mostly accurate) transcript.
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It begins with "It wasn't easy picking George Bush's worst moment last week", lists several worthy candidates, then piles it on with "and he was so slow." Still not strongly worded enough, for my money, but it's a start.
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Lots of interesting blowback going on these days for the Bush administration, but this article may have slipped by you. It points out that the National Response Plan, signed and put into effect in December 2004, *specifically* directs the feds to take proactive steps in response to natural disasters. The talking points about "the state/local governments didn't ask for help/didn't manage the situation/didn't prepare adequately" that we have been hearing? Pure bullshit. The NRP allows for the suspension of any and all such protocols for events of "catastrophic magnitude", which is sure as hell what we have here.

So, Homeland Security has proven conclusively that it hasn't accomplished jack shit since 9/11 except for a nifty color coding scheme, plus adding a deadly level of bureaucratic incompetence to the operations of FEMA. This NRP is suposed to be the ONE plan for domestic incident response, but it looks like NOBODY got the memo.

In other news, Bush is sending more troops and "several cabinet members" to the region tomorrow. Oh, that's just dandy, cabinet members! I better see Rumsfeld and Rice personally handing out food and/or picking corpses out of the convention center, or WHY THE FUCK ARE THEY THERE?
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I wonder what Bush's approval rating in the South is right about now?

Good stuff over at Tom Tomorrow's blog.

I find it fascinating that an LJ post got [livejournal.com profile] interdictor a load of diesel fuel faster than he could take advantage of it.

Uselessly angry about the utter failure in the government's response to the-- let's not forget, expected and predicted-- disaster. That may be me transferring anger about work things to an easy target, but I don't think so.
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This post on the socio-economics of the disaster makes many good points, but the line I keep coming back to is this one:

Everyone knew the levees were in trouble. The city had been begging Uncle Sam for money to fix them, but federal money had slowed to a trickle. At least nine articles in the Times-Picayune from 2004 and 2005 specifically cite the cost of Iraq as a reason for the lack of hurricane- and flood-control dollars. There's cash to be followed, if you're interested. Go here and read.
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So we discover today that the FBI has collected over 3,500 pages of records on the ACLU and Greenpeace. That right there would be your elected officials collecting information about completely lawful and constitutionally protected activities, merely because those activities are carried out by voices of dissent. And using your tax dollars to do it. It's like Stalin and McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover all wrapped up into one, except this time, sadly, the mob doesn't appear to have photos of Robert Mueller in a dress.

So just this timely reminder: Praying to your almighty God(s) of choice to bring his or her heavenly wrath down upon the heads of the entire Bush Administration is FULLY PROTECTED SPEECH.

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