Or: The GOP – they really don’t seem to like much of anybody!
Last week, I wrote a post asking the GOP to just shut up about black people, a post which got a surprising amount of attention across the web.
In the aftermath of that, I found myself wondering: “Huh. Who is the GOP going to demonize and belittle next in this election cycle?”
And I knew: Asian-Americans. A post began to form itself in my head, one I intended to write sometime this week.
I mean, they’ve demonized and belittled gay people already:
Posted in Bachmann Turner Overdrive, Emily L. Hauser, Eye of Newt, LGBTQ Shenanigans, Magic Underpants, Now That's Some Racist Bullsh*t, War on Women, What the Crap!?
Tagged abortion, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, ASIAN-AMERICANS, GOP, homophobia, LATINOS, LGBTQ, misogyny, Pete Hoekstra, racism, rape, women
I couldn’t go to #OccupyMobile. I wanted to, very much, but I was in the hospital. While everyone was taking over parks, setting up tents and camping out in protest of income inequality, I was nearly wasted away in constant pain in a sanitized bed in a room where everything smelled sterile, drowned in antiseptic. Were I able to attend, anyway, it wouldn’t have been for very long – I am in a wheelchair and camping out in a park, getting out of my chair, sleeping on the ground in a cold and dirty tent, even if I could have gone I couldn’t have stayed – I couldn’t have been a part of this. The privilege of being able to forgo thinking about your health, where you might find a place to sleep or even some flat ground to wheel across is a privilege to which I’ve never had access. From the outset I was stuck “participating” in the movement – since I do believe in a lot of its underlying goals – by going online and reading or writing about it.
For a movement that rests on visibility at parks or other open areas, this isn’t much of a way to participate and to feel welcomed.
It’s bigger than ableism, though.
How many black Occupiers have there been? Not too many. We have a so-called justice system in this country that was formulated at the same time our forebears were beginning to dabble in slavery. This system has for centuries worked to arrest and detain blacks and keep them in prison throughout much of their lives. Three strikes laws and the “War on Drugs” have made it necessary for black people to consider every thing they do very carefully so that they don’t upset the ugly institutions the country was built upon and end up in jail one too many times, or under the batons of some angry white cops; even in so-called liberal cities police violence has always been rampant and extensive. Racial violence and fears run deep. Continue reading
Posted in Occupy Wall Street
Tagged #OWS, 99 percenters, 99%, ableism, activism, disability, homophobia, income inequality, movement buidling, Occupy Wall Street, racism, sexism
In Other Breaking News, Water is STILL Wet
How can Rick Santorum be afraid of this?
I normally pay scant attention to Rick Santorum for a variety of reasons. One, he has about as much chance as I do to be the next president, so I don’t see why I should waste too much energy on him. Two, he’s an asshole. Three, Google his name. ’nuff said. But, there’s a video of him that I’m having a hard time ignoring. Crooks & Liars has a post about it that includes the video. In the interview, he is asked what’s at his core, upon which hill will he die. After spouting some generic crap about basic freedoms and government control of people’s lives – by the way, I always want to rusty pitchfork these asshats who spout off about governmental control or how much government sucks as they are running for government, but that’s a different post for a different day – he’s goes on to say:
The battle we’re engaged in right now is same-sex marriage. Ultimately, that is the very foundation of our country, the family, what the family structure is going to look like.” [Santorum nods thoughtfully]. ”I’ll die on that hill.”
Hoooooo boy. So many things wrong with that statement. Where do I start? First of all, one thing is clear about Rick – he’s a true believer. Many politicians spout this shit because they know the base will eat it up. Red meat, indeed. Santorum, on the other hand, really does think gay marriage is the bane of all our ills. Any question he is asked, it’s his first answer. And, if the question has nothing to do with ‘traditional family values’, he finds a way to make it about traditional family values. When I was watching the last debate, I was struck by how cavalier he was about the economy, jobs, etc. He only really got animated when he was talking about traditional family values and how he would be the defender of said values.
(Click for more pearl-clutching by Santorum)
This fucking guy is going to cure you of your gay? Not bloody likely. He’s going to make your gay gayer.
Got some gay you’d like to rid yourself of? Dr. Marcus Bachmann is standing at attention, ready to serve you. You see, he thinks gay people are barbarians, and they need to be spanked disciplined:
We have to understand: barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature. We have a responsibility as parents and as authority figures not to encourage such thoughts and feelings from moving into the action steps…
And let’s face it: what is our culture, what is our public education system doing today? They are giving full, wide-open doors to children, not only giving encouragement to think it but to encourage action steps. That’s why when we understand what truly is the percentage of homosexuals in this country, it is small. But by these open doors, I can see and we are experiencing, that it is starting to increase.
You must be tough with gay barbarians –
Homos and Hos Should Stay Home!
Senator Jim DeMint, the asshat who, last week, threatened to shut down the government just because he could has new crazy thoughts that he decided to shoot out of his mouthhole instead of keeping said mouthhole shut:
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) says that even though “no one” came to his defense in 2004 after he said that gay people and unwed mothers should be banned from teaching, “everyone” quietly told him that he shouldn’t back down from his position.
He also implied that not banning gay people and women who have sex before marriage from teaching would be an attack on Christians, and defended his position on banning gay teachers because he holds the same position on women who have sex outside of marriage.
The Spartanberg Herald-Journal described the comments this way: “DeMint said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn’t be in the classroom.” DeMint did not apparently state his position on whether sexually active unmarried male teachers should be similarly removed from classrooms.
His spokesman told TPMMuckraker that whether gay people should be banned from the classroom isn’t an issue on DeMint’s agenda in the Senate.
“Senator DeMint believes that hiring decisions at local schools are a local school board issue, not a federal issue,” Wesley M. Denton said. “He was making a point about how the media attacks people for holding a moral opinion.”
If by “holding a moral opinion” you mean “being a dipshit,” then yes.
What is this, the 18th century? Now unmarried sexually active women are immoral?
Well, I knew I was immoral, but I wasn’t quite sure why. I thought it might have been that dude I killed and stashed in my trunk. Thankfully, now I know that it’s all the out-of-wedlock seximification.
Where’s my chastity belt?
[via Talking Points Memo]
Posted in Culture Critic, LGBTQ Shenanigans, Please Die in a Fire, Political Shenanigans
Tagged 2010 midterm elections, asshats, Asshats on the Right, die in a fire, fuckery, GOP, homophobia, Jim DeMint, LGBTQ, no seriously that just happened, politics, sexism, South Carolina
It reads like a headline from The Onion
October 30 was “Gay Eradication Day” in some backwards ass area of East Kingston, Jamaica. I recall reading various articles about the rampant homophobia in Jamaica, but this is just so so wrong, I’m struggling to even find words to describe this travesty.
I’m baffled that this sort of shit is going on in the world.
Two weeks ago, the residents of McGregor Gully gave gay residents two weeks to leave-as in get the hell out of town. Friday was the expiration of their “get out” period: