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Bigot of the Week Award: September 23, GOP Debate Audiences and Candidates

23 Sep

Bigot of the Week

If you truly want to see the darkest side of humanity, I suggest you watch the GOP Presidential Candidate Debates and observe the audiences. I assure you that you will only be able to stomach a few minutes before plummeting into complete misanthropy. During this week’s debate we heard the GOP audience actually booing gay Soldier Stephen Hill, serving in Iraq, thus earning the audience and candidates the BWA.

Hill asked Rick (the P is silent) Santorum, “Do you plan to circumvent the progress that has been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military.”  Here is where the audience  booed him. Like the previous debate, where the audience cheered for Death, the candidates sat silent–their silence allowing us to, at the very least, interpret social cowardice and at the very worst showing they agreed with their sociopathic audiences.

Santorum’s response would indicate that the candidates are in full alignment with their sociopathic audiences:

Any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And the fact that they are making it a point to include it as a provision within the military – that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege, I think tries to inject social policy into the military and the military’s job is to defend our country.

I did not realize that being treated as a human being was a “special” privilege. Shame on Santorum, shame on Dr. Ron Paul, the rest of the ship of fools for not calling out bad behavior. Your silence BELLOWS true cowardice!  There is a great article on Towleroad if you would like to read more.

Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me and The Republican Death Eaters

18 Sep

Carl Kasell admiring my youth and good looks.

Not a big surprise to any TSM followers, but my husband and I are a bit on the nerdy side.  We are big NPR junkies and have been for more than two decades.  (I still miss Bob Edwards doing Morning Edition.)  Our dedication to NPR grows fever pitched on Saturday mornings, when Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me comes on the air. In fact, we don’t pick up the phone or attend to any demanding tasks until after the program has finished. You can’t imagine how thrilled we were when we attended a live taping of this week’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me show here in Portland, OR. We had a tremendous time and were fortunate enough to attend a small soiree with the cast after the show. Peter Sagal and Roy Blunt Jr. commented on the past week’s Republican Debate when Wolf Blitzer asked Representative Ron Paul what we should do if a 30-year-old man who chose not to purchase health insurance suddenly found himself in need of six months of intensive care.  The response from the Republican crowd sent chills up my spine, which I felt again while watching the taping of one of my favorite radio shows.

Ron Paul replied to Blitzer’s question with a very flippant, “That’s what freedom is all about – taking your own risks.”  Spoken like a true privileged white, heterosexual, man of power. But wait, it gets worse. Blitzer followed up with should, “society should just let him die?”  Here is where I almost threw up in disgust. The Republican crowd erupted and shouted “Yeah,” in response.  Are these people Death Eaters straight out of Harry Potter?  Please someone help me here. Have we really devolved into a culture of such avarice, ignorance, and selfishness, that we cheer for Death?

Peter Sagal compared the Republican mob cheering for Death to Rick Perry having the Grim Reaper as a running mate, as, he noted George W. Bush had done, to which Peter Grosz quickly retorted: “Hey, that’s not fair to the Grim Reaper. He has a family.” Roxanne Roberts then chimed in, “…and the Grim Reaper has a heart.”  All of us in the audience were laughing, as were the people on the panel, but it was clear  by the look on Roy Blunt Jr.’s face, as with the faces of us all that we were laughing to cover up the grotesque knowledge that there is a population of vocal Republicans that think it is acceptable to scream out you would rather see someone die than make sure people have health insurance.

Looking just at where the current 21st century Republican stands on the issues, the following people would be diagnostically insane to vote Republican:

  • Anyone in the LGBT community
  • Anyone dependent upon Medicare/Social Security  (I guess there are no poor senior citizen Republicans)
  • Anyone believing that women should have the right to make their own health care choices regarding their bodies
  • Anyone believing that Government works to protect all citizens, regardless of religion, color, gender identity, sexual orientation,socioeconomic status, or age.

Is it just me, or does that seem to be an exceedingly large population that the current crap, oops, sorry, I mean crop of Presidential Candidates excludes?  You know the GOP is way off track when life-long Republicans like Clint Eastwood leave the party.

Fortunately, despite the darkness provided by the GOP Death Eaters, we had a lovely evening with the cast of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.  Despite having a very long day of travel and doing a show, they were generous enough to spend time and visit with us after the show. What a very genuine and kind group of people.  Each person we got to meet with I would want to have as a friend and or invite to dinner.  And I got to meet and have my picture taken with The Carl Kasell.  Now I just have to get him to leave his voice on my message machine.

Bigot of the Week Award: August 5, The Unholy Trinity

5 Aug

3 Little Bigots

It was very difficult to read the news straight from the NOM website, but TSM has to expose this type of bigotry. The dubious honor of BWA is shared this week by the Unholy Trinity: Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney.  All three signed NOM’s marriage pledge.  Does someone have a bucket? I need to spit up. What a travesty when you have the three leading Republican/Teahadist Presidential candidates signing a pledge to discriminate and preclude people’s civil rights.  Initially, Romney was not going to sign the pledge, as reported here on TSM.  Imagine that, he changed his mind again!

The three bigots have pledged to:

  • Support and send to the states a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman,
  • Defend DOMA in court,
  • Appoint judges and an attorney general who will respect the original meaning of the Constitution,
  • Appoint a presidential commission to investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters,
  • Support legislation that would return to the people of D.C. their right to vote for marriage.
Reading the pledge has nearly rendered me speechless with rage!  “Harassment of traditional marriage supporters,”  how do these people make up such lies? The “original meaning of the Constitution?”  I thought the Constitution was a living document. Those of us within the LGBT community should not be the only ones scared here!  It may be us they are targeting now, but I can guarantee you they will be after another population once they stick those pink triangles on us and send us to the camps. How ironic that these three feel comfortable threatening our relationships while pretending that love and commitment threaten theirs.

Gov. Rick Perry: Why You Need to Be Scared

17 Jun

You Need to Be Scared

As we watch the Republicans gear up for the 2012 election, it has been interesting to see who the contenders are and how low the Republican party will sink, a la Michele (If I only had a brain) Bachmann.  How beholden to the Tea Party will the party be?  It is also curious to see who is not officially declared their candidacy, but is rumored to run for POTUS.

My husband and I were talking about Gov. Perry of Texas and we speculated what his strategy would be.  I suspect he is waiting for the party to implode and for the carnage to appear, as more debates happen, before he runs for office.  Here is where I am terrified.  Gov. Perry is holding a “Day of Prayer” on August 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.  While the “Day of Prayer” is quite bothersome to me, separation of church and state, it does not terrify me as much as knowing that Bryan Fisher is helping fund this event and is a partner.  You remember good old Fisher.  He is the one that said:

…gays are Nazis who should be prevented from holding office in the United States. President Obama is a fascist dictator. The constitution does not apply to Muslims — they should be deported from the country. Native Americans deserve to be killed and thrown off their land because they didn’t convert to Christianity quickly enough.

Oh you sweet talking charmer!  With those honeyed words, how can any oppressed/marginalized peoples not be impressed?  Seriously, this  is one of Perry’s funders and closest friends. We need to be terrified.  Click here to see the full article.

Bachmann’s “Final Solution”

1 May

Frau Bachmann's "Final Solution"

A few days ago, Michele (Proud I’ve never read a book) Bachmann gave a speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA).  In that speech, Bachmann said:

The right to keep and bear arms has to be protected because the Second Amendment is the final guarantor of all our constitutional rights.

I would like to know what Frau Bachmann means by “final guarantor”? Does she have any idea of the implications of that language? Is she encouraging Tea Baggers to start shooting those of us that disagree with the racist, illiterate, and violent Tea Party movement?  Is anyone else thinking about Gabrielle Giffords right now and the lessons we could be learning from that tragedy? Bachmann went on to say:

I trust that you’re locked and loaded, and I’m really sorry that I can’t be with you in Pittsburgh to soak up all the energy from you.

Really? This is the type of language coming from a Presidential candidate.  One can only imagine the nightmare for the world should Bachmann hold the position of President; she makes Qaddafi look sane and even jovial. Minnesota, what on earth were you thinking?  When do we finally evolve from the primitive philosophy of “might is right”?  Click here to read the full article.

GOP’s Herman Cain: I’m Proud to be a Bigot!

28 Mar

Proud to be a Bigot

I admit that I don’t quite understand how any minority could identify as a Republican. I find it even more disturbing when a minority not only identifies as a Republican but then promotes bigotry. Herman Cain seems to be running on a platform based on how proud he is to be a bigot! I guess I just expect better from those of us that have experienced, or have a history of being  discriminated against. The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO said, when asked if he would ever appoint a Muslim to his cabinet:

No, I would not. And here’s why. There is this creeping attempt, there is this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government. This is what happened in Europe. And little by little, to try and be politically correct, they made this little change, they made this little change. And now they’ve got a social problem that they don’t know what to do with hardly.

Not only is Cain out of touch with reality, but he is using the same old tired technique of Fear Mongering to garner support. Really? Is this the type of person you want interacting with the rest of the world? Cain is the epitome of the cliche of the cloistered and ignorant American. Surly  the GOP can do better than Herman Cain. Unfortunately, Newt, Trump, et al. don’t look any better. Click here to see the video and read the full article.

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