He Was Bought and Paid for as a College Football Player and He’ll Be Bought and Paid for as a U.S. Senator

December 19, 2011

Honestly, I think any of the Kardashians would be more legitimate as officeholders.  Yes, they can help being psyche-sucking reality TV stars but, in all fairness, they can’t help the fact that they were born to a filthy rich lawyer any more than any of the Kennedys or Bushes could help whose birth canal they happened to have emerged from and whose sperm precipitated said emergences. 

Being born to a filthy-rich lawyer or a bootlegger or a Nazi-sympathizer isn’t a crime.

But what of Craig James’s college football career?

ESPN college football analyst Craig James, who starred as a tailback at Southern Methodist University and with the New England Patriots in the 1980s, announced Monday he was running for the U.S. Senateas a Republican from Texas, a GOP fundraiser said.

James, who appears on the cable network’s weekly game broadcasts, has been flirting with entering politics for more than year. Republican fundraiser and close friend Roy Bailey told The Associated Press on Monday that James informed him he was running for the 2012 Senate seat and was in the process of dropping off his official candidate papers in Austin.

 James also has had a close relationship with Dallas real estate developer Sherwood Blount, one of the key boosters involved in the pay-for-play scandal [that led to the death penalty for SMU in 1987]. Blount, who reportedly insisted SMU had a “payroll to meet” even after the school promised the payments would stop, was James’ agent when he played in the NFL.

In his book “Gameday,” James wrote: “I’m not going to sit here and tell you I never received a nickel during my playing days. But I can say with certainty that no benefits were ever extended to me from anyone associated with the SMU administration.”

Translated: He was bought and paid for by people outside the university structure – which, when last I checked, was a no-no then as well as now.

How many of those “nickels” did Craig James report to the IRS as income?

Anyone who is asked to vote for the fairhaired 50-year-old con boy has a right to know.


Generalissimo Francisco Franco is Still Dead

December 18, 2011

Now…

so is Kim Jong Il.


I’m Sure He Just Needs the Extra $7,699 Per Month to Maintain His Hair

December 16, 2011

And maybe even a really creepy looking painting as well.

Rick the Prick: Grifter Extraordinaire.

Unbeknownst to most Texans, Gov. Rick Perry officially retired in January so he could draw early pension benefits worth $7,699 a month, in addition to his annual governor’s salary of $150,000.

Perry’s January retirement — on paper, at least — was revealed Friday when the Federal Elections Commission released the financial disclosure statement the governor was required to file as a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. The annuity brings Perry’s total state government-related income to $242,388 a year

Oh, but it gets better:

Perry, 61, and his staff brushed off the criticism, with the governor telling ABC News, “I think it’d be rather foolish to not access what you’ve earned.”

Campaign spokesman Ray Sullivan said the governor decided to take his state employee retirement annuity “as part of his standard financial planning.” He began drawing the annuity on Jan. 31, and the package, Sullivan said, is consistent with Texas state law and Employee Retirement System rules. Perry continues to pay into the Employees Retirement System with a 6.5% withholding from his state salary.

The combination of Perry’s U.S. military service, state service and age exceeded the state-required 80 years and qualified him for the annuity, Sullivan explained.

Perry has been on Texas’ public payroll since 1985, including stints as a state representative, agriculture commissioner and lieutenant governor before ascending to the governor’s office in 2001.

His U.S. military service?

Why exactly should something lacking direct connection to state government aid the increasingly-lysergic hairball in his quest to double-fuck Texas taxpayers?

Well…

Can we now presume that Mr. I’m-so-fucking-family-values-cocky-that-I-can-telegraph-hots-for-Tim-Tebow-while-a-book-is-being-released-about-my-closeted-sexuality is going to claim that the only reason he is a professional politician is that Mitt Romney’s job-destroying company wouldn’t hire him out of prejudice against hollow eggs lain by Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets?

Stay tuned.


We All Laugh at HRC’s Apologists…

December 16, 2011

…and rightly so.

Arlington, Va., gay activist Bob Mialovich, an HRC member and contributor who retired recently as a federal government official, called such criticism unfair.

“I can understand peoples’ frustration, but the reality is we don’t have a majority of support in Congress to pass the bills we need to pass,” he said. “If you are not directly involved, you may not be aware of what HRC is doing. What I know is they are doing a lot.”

…because those of us who are really aware have been seeing the same crap for a loooooooooooooooooooooong time now:

I think that the Human Rights Campaign has done as much if not more on transgender issues than most other national [ gay and lesbian ] organizations. If you really look at the actual work.

How about really looking at this:

With a staff of 150 full-time employees, the group’s revenue of close to $40 million makes HRC the largest national LGBT advocacy group.

1/4th of the letters…

1/150th of the paid workforce.

Should we thank Pee Wee for that being an increase over what the percentage was at the time of Queen Elizabeth III’s Outlines interview in 1999?

Your breath, do not hold (at least without washing your hands first.)

Cue the outraged, overly-privileged, detached-from-reality beneficiaries of HRC’s decades of fraud, misrepresentation and open hostility toward trans people and issues (sometimes referred to as ‘incremental progress’)….


A Serious Question: Are There ANY Male Republican Officeholders Who Aren’t Gay?

December 16, 2011

Well, other than David Vitter and Newt Gingrich that is.

Receipts from embattled Southaven Mayor Greg Davis reveal that he had the city pay for wide-ranging expenses including thousands of dollars worth of liquor, expensive dinners at a local restaurant and a visit to an adult store catering to gay men while on a recruitment trip to Canada.

As details emerged Thursday from the receipts, provided by state auditors to Southaven aldermen and subsequently obtained by The Commercial Appeal, Davis conceded publicly for the first time in an interview with The CA that he is gay and has struggled to keep the issue from affecting his public life as mayor of Mississippi’s third-largest city.

Oh yes I am SHOCKED!!! Shocked, I say!!!!!

You mean that neither Vicksburg nor Gulfport nor Biloxi is Mississippi’s third-largest city?!?!?!?!?

I am shocked at that!

But the existence of yet another Family Values Fag?

As for the receipts, Davis, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 on a conservative, family-values platform, said he couldn’t discuss specifics on the advice of his attorney.

Yawn.  (Having said that, though, I’m presuming that former openly gay Democratic Texas State Rep. Glen Maxey’s new book about Rick Perry will be an interesting read.)


Baby, If You’ve Ever Wondered, Wondered Whatever Became of Me, I’m Livin’ in the Pool in Cincinnati, Listening to WKKK

December 14, 2011

Other than apologies to everyone – living and dead – who had any connection whatsoever to the legendary TV series WKRP in Cincinnati, I’m really not sure what else I can say about this?

A landlord found to have discriminated against a black girl by posting a “White Only” sign at a swimming pool wants a state civil rights commission to reconsider its decision.

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission found on Sept. 29 that Jamie Hein, who’s white, violated the Ohio Civil Rights Act by posting the sign at a pool at the duplex where the teenage girl was visiting her parents. The parents filed a discrimination charge with the commission and moved out of the duplex in the racially diverse city to “avoid subjecting their family to further humiliating treatment,” the commission said in a release announcing its finding.

An investigation revealed that Hein in May posted on the gated entrance to the pool an iron sign that stated “Public Swimming Pool, White Only,” the commission statement said.

Several witnesses confirmed that the sign was posted, and the landlord indicated that she posted it because the girl used in her hair chemicals that would make the pool “cloudy,” according to the commission.

Cloudier than a summer’s worth of white people’s (and black people’s and Hispanic people’s and Asian peoples’, yadda yadda yadda…) urine?

As god as my witness, I thought racists could fly!!!!


We ALL Laugh at Mitt Romney’s Nonsense…

December 14, 2011

and rightly so.

In a 1994 letter to the Log Cabin Club of Massachusetts that was obtained way back when by the Boston Globe that has been mostly forgotten, then-Senate candidate Romney said:

As a result of our discussions and other interactions with gay and lesbian voters across the state, I am more convinced than ever before that as we seek to establish full equality for America’s gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent.

Yet only some of us laugh at this nonsense:

Outlines: The concept of trans issues … are they in partnership just like with Black issues might be, or are they integral to the agency? ENDA is just one example of how that manifests itself.

[Elizabeth] Birch: I think that the Human Rights Campaign has done as much if not more on transgender issues than most other national [ gay and lesbian ] organizations. If you really look at the actual work.

Yes, one was prospective and the other retrospective, but keep something else in mind: The Birch interview was published in September1999, less than five years after the Romney letter (which was dated Oct. 6, 1994.) 

I’m just remindin’….


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