17 June, 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today's opining on the public discourse.

Continuing our theme of racist fuckwits from my previous post, I think this should lay to rest any doubts that Republicons are going to play the "White Men Are Scared Shitless of Teh Black Man" card this fall:

At the Republican state convention, a booth hosted by Republicanmarket was selling a pin Saturday that says: If Obama is President will we still call it the White House.

The Dallas Morning News has a charming photo of the button, which is - what else? - black with white lettering.

Wee bit overtly racist, innit? And these stupid assclowns wonder why so many of us don't want them in charge of the country anymore.

And continuing on with our racist, lying fuckwit theme, recall the "prominent Democrats" switching from Clinton to McCain? Yeah. There's a problem: Carpetbagger found out a lot of them aren't Dems:

My estimable friends at TPM, Greg Sargent and Eric Kleefeld, decided to take a closer look at the group. Oddly enough, they discovered that the list is “a bit of a sham.”

Wait, you men Joe Lieberman and John McCain would create a phony organization/fundraising gimmick and then release a spurious list to generate some cheap publicity? I’m shocked. Just shocked.

It’s quite a motley crew of “Democrats,” many of whom have been voting for Republicans for quite a while now. One is an independent who endorsed Mitt Romney. Another is a Bush appointee in the Department of Agriculture. Another is a religious right activist who wrote a book accusing Democrats of becoming “the enemy of my religion.” Another publicly endorsed Bush in 2000 and 2004.

At least I can feel somewhat better about my party now. And it's a beautiful example of what we'd be in for should McLame be elected: four more years of lying, obfuscating, reality-denying, complete fuckwittery - with a hefty dose of racism thrown in. Oh, and anti-gay. And anti-women's rights. And anti-democracy. Anti-American, anyone?

Republicons like to play "Choose Your Own Reality," and there's nowhere they're doing it better than in California right now. Remember that whole gays are now allowed to marry thing? Remember that whole "If gays are allowed to marry, it will destroy marriage!" thing? Yepper - the Republicons were indeed right, because they're the ones destroying marriage:

....the Butte County clerk-recorder issued a June 11 news release saying her office will stop performing wedding ceremonies altogether — for gay and heterosexual couples. The Kern County clerk issued a June 4 release that she would do the same.

Calaveras county has decided to follow Butte’s and Kern’s lead, and will also stop performing marriages altogether.

It never occurred to me that conservatives would actually find a way to make marriages between gay couples affect marriages between straight couples. Kudos to their right-wing, hate-filled creativity!

Keep in mind, some conservatives in California are considering additional steps.

While the Kern Co Clerk has faced suspicion from gay marriage supporters for her timing in deciding to stop all marriage ceremonies, others are backing her actions.

“The California Family code still says that marriage is between a man and a woman. They’ve created legal confusion,” says Ken Mettler of the Bakersfield
Republican Assembly.

Many people are trying to get the Kern County Board of Supervisors to approve an ordinance that would ban the clerk from even issuing marriage licenses. Supervisors will look at that proposal next week. [emphasis added]

You know, I’m starting to get the sense that there are some people out there who have an irrational hatred of gay people.

You don't say? Myself, I think a self-fulfilling prophecy is an invalid one. Un-fucking-believable, the lengths these people will go to in order to prevent adults from marrying. I'm sure all the heteros in those counties are just thrilled to pieces over this development. I see a backlash - and if there's even a few sane people left in those counties, it won't be an anti-gay amendment.

But before you're terribly shocked at the lengths these fucktards will go to in order to keep gays single, consider the moral fibre it takes to turn our nation's veterans into test subjects:

We’ve seen more than a few breathtaking stories in recent years about the kind of treatment veterans receive when they return from Iraq, but this is just astounding.

Mentally distressed veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are being recruited for government tests on pharmaceutical drugs linked to suicide and other violent side effects, an investigation by ABC News and The Washington Times has found. […]

In one of the human experiments, involving the anti-smoking drug Chantix, Veterans Administration doctors waited more than three months before warning veterans about the possible serious side effects, including suicide and neuropsychiatric behavior.

“Lab rat, guinea pig, disposable hero,” said former US Army sniper James Elliott in
describing how he felt he was betrayed by the Veterans Administration.

Elliott served a 15-month tour in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, and was diagnosed with PTSD upon his return. Three years later, he was recruited for the Chantix anti-smoking study, and a few months later, Elliot suffered a breakdown that led to a violent confrontation with police officers.

We need to kick these people out of office and keep kicking until they're a forlorn, impotent voice from the fringe. They do not deserve power. They need to be kept as far away from decent human beings as possible in a democracy. Our right-wing "conservative" movement isn't just morally bankrupt - they're no better than serial killers. They're utter psychopaths who don't care who they hurt.

Keep that in mind if you still have any doubts about who to vote for this fall.


Efrique said...

The fundie shenannigans with marriage might backfire, because some heteros that currently just accept marriage as what everyone does, might start to think about it long enough to realize they don't really /need/ to be married to be together or even to raise a family... and then the evangelist shit will really contact the series of rotating blades arranged around a central hub for the movement of air.

[In Australia there's no financial incentive to be married - any such rights (such as taxation or government benefits) are to couples in a domestic partnership, whether they're actually married or not. Which is what made it a trivial matter for the government to extend those financial benefits to gay couples...]

Efrique said...

To clarify: letting gays marry actually strengthens the (mistaken) notion that marriage is important - which is why the religious attitude strikes me as odd. It's clearly more about discrimination than promotion of marriage.

Making it harder for anyone to get married may be highly counterproductive, because I think that's what will actually weaken the institution...