Thursday, July 2, 2015

Leave God Alooooone!

A desperate housewife records an anti-gay marriage rant for the ages.

Ellettsville, IN, resident Becky Wegner Rommel recently took a break from house cleaning to record a cellphone video about marriage equality, and it’s a real doozy to say the least.

“This is a really sad day for me,” Rommel begins. “Everything that God created his church to be — as man as woman — Adam and Eve — Five justices decided that God was wrong!

What then follows are four and a half hilarious tear-filled minutes of regurgitated Fox News propaganda and a nonsense prayer about America’s decidedly secular founding fathers.

“God did not change! His word is truth!” Rommel sobs. “And God says that marriage is between a man and a woman! … I don’t care what you think. I don’t care what you think about my opinion because, you know what? I could really care less!”

I’ll bet she really lost it when they cancelled Touched By An Angel.

(For the reference in the title, go here.)

Update: Aw, Ms. Rommel took down her post, so if you missed it, here’s a re-enactment by Oscar Aydin.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The More You Know…

Some people freak out about anything they suspect of even hinting at supporting gay rights…

Don Stair, an Arkansas homophobe, lambasted NBC for changing its logo to rainbow colors in support of the LGBT community. One problem: NBC didn’t change its logo. It’s been rainbow colored since 1986.

Actually, NBC has been doing it for a lot longer.  This is from 1967.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fair Enough

I think Steve M is on to something: if states such as Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi won’t obey the federal laws or the rulings of the Supreme Court, then the next time they get hit by floods, tornadoes, or a hurricane, they can pay for their own disaster relief.

Yes, of course it would be cruel to deny assistance to the innocent people when a natural disaster strikes; why should they suffer because their governor or attorney general is a homophobic asshole?  (Well, for one thing, the people of the state elected them.  They bear some responsibility for putting them in office in the first place.)

The point is that the states can’t have it both ways: demanding to be left alone and stand for states’ rights (and Jesus!) until the going gets hairy.  It’s like a teenager who stomps out of the house swearing he’ll never have anything at all to do with his cruel parents and then demands they give him his allowance.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Out of Control

Watching the response by conservatives and the Republican candidates to the events last week, especially the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, tells me something about them beyond just their political stance and the base they’re pandering to.  It tells me that they have come to the realization that they are no longer in control, and they can’t deal with it on a rational basis.

The responses by the presidential candidates and leading voices in the conservative movement have been both apoplectic and infantile, ranging from threats of secession to indecipherable spluttering about amending the Constitution and bracing for God’s revenge.  These are not the reactions of rational minds and it calls into question whether or not these people should be trusted with positions of power.  Invoking “states rights” may carry some weight when you’re talking about enforcing medical marijuana laws, but when you are dealing with fundamental human rights such as marriage or equal access to accommodations, there has to be an understanding that there are certain things we don’t get to vote on: those are already hard-wired into the foundation of the country.  When the Constitution says that “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws,” that applies to everyone.

This theory presumes, of course, that they ever really were in charge of the narrative of America: that we were a nation of straight white people who went to church on Sunday where the preacher told us that gay people were abominations and that people of other faiths were not to be trusted because they didn’t have the same values as we did.  It never was really that way and it never has been despite their best efforts to make it so.  Now that significant steps have been taken to demonstrate that all people are entitled to all the rights, that making healthcare available to all people is possible, and that old banners of treasonous states are no longer acceptable in polite society, they feel as if they are the ones being marginalized.

Their biggest fear is that they will now be treated the same way as they used to treat the ones they marginalized.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

He Can Dream

Mike Huckabee says that once he’s elected president he’ll block all federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

If the Congress decides that they want to pass enabling legislation, they could put it on my desk and I would veto it, and they can attempt to override it. That’s the process.

Yes, but since the chances of him becoming president of anything more than his HOA are nil, there’s not a lot to worry about unless you happen to be gay and live on the same cul-de-sac as he does.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Easy Target

I’m all in favor of the folks in South Carolina suddenly getting on board with removing the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol; I’m happy to hear that Walmart will no longer sell stuff with the Confederate flag on it; and it’s nice to hear that the Speaker of the House in the state of Mississippi is calling for the removal of the emblem from the state flag.

Those are good — if not long overdue — actions to take, and I suppose we could praise them were it not for the fact that it took a massacre, not common sense and an awareness of history, to make them happen.

The Confederate flag is an easy target compared to what really needs to be dealt with: the rampant and horrifying ease at which people can get guns and commit mass murder.  But no one seems in any hurry to do anything about that.

So until the South Carolina legislature, Walmart, and the Speaker of the House in Mississippi deal with that with such rapidity and surety, I’ll withhold my applause.

Proving His Point

President Obama:

We’re not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of not being polite to say ‘nigger’ in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t overnight completely erase everything that happened 200 or 300 years prior.

It’s ironic that the right-wingers are worked up about President Obama using that word when they’re the ones who shrug (or retweet) when one of them uses it about the president.

It’s even more ironic that their twitterpation is proving the president’s point.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Defying Logic

Via TPM:

Fearing a huge setback to their cause, opponents of same-sex marriage, including some of the major contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, are darkly warning that they will not “honor” an adverse Supreme Court decision. Some are calling for civil disobedience. Others are moving to strip the Supreme Court of its authority to decide whether gay couples should be allowed to marry, while others have questioned whether the court has that jurisdiction in the first place. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has said that such a decision would be “fundamentally illegitimate.”

So what are they going to do?  Other than stand around and hiss and splutter, there’s not a whole lot that these folks can do to not “honor” marriage equality.  What kind of “civil disobedience” is there for them to commit?  Peruse the society columns of the New York Times and then stand outside a wedding reception holding up a sign?  Or perhaps the numerous GOP closet cases will not marry their secret f-buddy that they’ve been going to see while they tell their wives they’re going to Home Depot?

Bum’s Rush

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) used to be the head of the congressional committee investigating Benghazi!, but when the new Congress came in back in January he got rotated out and replaced by Rep. Trey Gowdy pf South Carolina.  That didn’t stop him from trying to get in on what he considers to be the worst political scandal since Queen Victoria and the ladies of the bedchamber, so he tried to sneak into a closed hearing of the committee to hear what former Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal had to say.

Hilarity ensued.

Issa marched into the closed-door deposition and remained inside for about a minute before he was escorted out by the panel’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

The pair briefly exchanged hushed words in a nearby hallway before Issa stormed off, throwing an empty soda can into a nearby trash bin.

Gowdy returned to the private session after the incident.

“Sorry about that,” he said as he went back in.

“And stay out!”

Trump The Inevitable

That the clowniest clown in the clown car would out-poll other actual candidates was inevitable, according to Charlie Pierce.

He is the inevitable result of 40 years of political conjuring, mainly by Republicans, but abetted by far too many Democrats as well. He is the inevitable product of anyone who ever argued that our political institutions should be run “like a business.” (Like whose businesses? Like Trump’s? Like Carly Fiorina’s Hewlett Packard?) He is the inevitable product of anyone who ever argued why the government can’t balance its books “the way any American family would.” He is the inevitable result of the deregulated economy that was deregulated out of a well-cultivated wonder and awe directed at the various masters of the universe. Sooner or later, all of this misbegotten magical thinking was going to burp up a clown like Donald Trump.

Well, what did you expect from a party that nominated George W. Bush and considers Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum to be serious candidates for the presidency?  It had to come to this.

Per Bob, Jim Morin in the Miami Herald.

Morin 06-17-15

Monday, June 15, 2015

Praying For Discrimination

ThinkProgress has an inside look at the Southern Baptist Convention’s plans to immunize themselves against claims of discrimination for firing women, minorities, or those suspected of LGBT tendencies or sympathies.

Based on a 2012 Supreme Court ruling that ministerial employees are exempt from discrimination laws, the solution is simple: anyone who works for a religious organization is encouraged to exercise ministerial duties and therefore is exempt from civil rights laws… and protections.

According to the manual, “[e]mployees with some duties usually performed by (or associated with) clergy are more likely to be viewed as ‘minister-like’ by the courts. Consequently, courts are more likely to apply the ministerial exception to employment law claims based on alleged discrimination” against these employees. In essence, the manual advises that an employer can take a janitor, require them to lead the staff in prayer every so often, and POOF! the janitor is now a “minister” and the employer is free to fire that janitor because they are black, because they are gay, or because they are a woman.

If the Court rules in favor of marriage equality, then you will see a bumper crop of Southern Baptist preachers doing everything from sweeping the floor to answering the phone, bringing their ministry — and their civil rights — to the fore and to the floor.

No one expects the Religious Reich to go quietly if the Court rules in favor.  History has shown us that they have been the last bastions of bigotry, fighting school desegregation with every loophole and perverted interpretation of the bible that they can winnow out.  Fifty years from now there will still be ways that they will be trying to repress the rights of others, and there will still be those who are coming up with ways to do it.

Kansas Pity Party

Via TPM:

“He got emotional,” an unnamed legislator who attended the private meeting said, according to the Topeka Capitol-Journal reported on Wednesday. “He was eager for us to come together as a party.”

Another lawmaker said Brownback described making budget cuts “really difficult to do before.”

Brownback’s office didn’t respond to requests for comments by the Kansas newspaper.

In the Tuesday meeting, according to the Capitol-Journal, Brownback expressed concern that if House and Senate lawmakers didn’t come to a deal he would have to order sweeping 6 percent cuts across the state’s budget.

Brownback, according to legislators at the meeting, also recalled all the public criticism he’s received over the dim state of Kansas’s budget, including being booed at a NCAA game in Omaha between two Kansas universities —Wichita State and The University of Kansas.

Oh, set it to music, you big dumb pink thing.  You caused this mess, you and your flying monkeys brought the state to the precipice and then gleefully pushed it over and now you’re the one that’s crying?  Feh.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Stranger Danger

Right-wing busybodies are still peddling the myth that all gay men are pedophiles; that they shouldn’t be allowed to be Scout leaders or camp counselors because they’ll prey on the boys and recruit them.  It’s part of their scare tactics for marginalizing the LGBT community.

Well, guess what.  It turns out they have a few of them among them.

John Perry, a prolific author who co-wrote two books with former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and co-wrote one with Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, was accused of child molestation in two separate lawsuits, BuzzFeed News has found.

A 2012 police investigation of Perry’s alleged offenses found that “the allegations of sexual battery were sustained” but that the statute of limitations had expired.

Perry co-wrote Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America about Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign. He also did research and writing for Huckabee’s 2007 book Character Is the Issue, a memoir of his early time as governor. Perry also co-wrote So Help Me God, Moore’s autobiographical account of fighting to keep a monument to the Ten Commandments at Alabama’s Supreme Court.

He joins Josh Duggar, formerly of the Family Research Council, in the ranks of the molesters.

It’s very important to draw a bright line between guys like Mr. Perry and Mr. Duggar and the closeted men who rail against gay marriage and yet still have their accounts on and  They’re just flaming hypocrites who grew up in repression and denial.  People who go after kids are criminals.

Funny How That Works

Republican governors railroad through massive tax cuts in their states and hey presto, they find themselves in fiscal and political peril.

In Illinois, fights over the state budget and its $3 billion shortfall have hit such an impasse that Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, issued a dire warning last week that a “major, major restructuring of the government” was around the corner.

In Kansas, centrist Republicans have joined Democrats in attributing the state’s $400 million budget gap to deep tax cuts passed in 2012 and 2013 at the urging of Gov. Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican.

And in Louisiana, lawmakers in the Republican-controlled State Legislature are in a standoff with their party colleague Gov. Bobby Jindal as they struggle with a $1.6 billion shortfall.

At least neither Mr. Rauner or Mr. Brownback plan to launch a bid for the presidency.  But there’s still time yet.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Constitutional Studies 101

Rick Santorum says if he was president, he would not enforce the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality because it violates the First Amendment.

“This is tantamount to government establishing religion,” Santorum said. “When the United States government comes in and says this is what you are going to believe, this is how you’re going to practice your faith, this is a new religion. This violates, in my opinion, the Establishment Clause in the Constitution that says that Congress shall make no law with respect to an establishment of religion. If the government goes around and tells churches what they have to believe in and what their doctrine is, that is something that is a violation of the First Amendment.”

Hey, Rick, Penn State called; they want their law degree back.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015

No Judges For You

Mitch McConnell’s latest tantrum:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he doesn’t expect to confirm any of Obama’s circuit court nominees for the remainder of his time in office, a blow to White House efforts to fill empty federal court seats despite working with a Republican-controlled Senate.

In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, McConnell was asked about judicial confirmations.

“So far, the only judges we’ve confirmed have been federal district judges that have been signed off on by Republican senators,” McConnell said. Asked if he expects that to be the case through 2016, McConnell said, “I think that’s highly likely, yeah.”

If McConnell is serious, that means at least two GOP-backed circuit court nominees are toast.

Remember how the Republicans said that if they were in the majority in the Senate they would show us how they would govern and get things done?  Well, if they were going to show us how they really suck at it, they’re doing a great job.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Quote of the Day

Joseph Farrah in World Net Daily on the prospect of life in America with marriage equality:

I know there are millions of Christians, Jews and others who would pull up stakes and move to another country that honored the institution of marriage as it was designed by God – a union between one man and one woman.

I will happily sign up to drive them to the airport, to the train station, to the sea port, or to the border.  See ya.

Via Joe. My. God. because I don’t link to WND.