Alan Grayson’s Unimpeachable Analysis of Republican Healthcare ‘Policy’

September 30, 2009

Also Smelling Treason

September 30, 2009


Well, when last I checked, advocating for an overthrow of the duly-elected government of the U.S. was a no-no.

This NooseMax turd is making its way around the punchbowl of life today:

Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.

Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.

Unthinkable? Then think up an alternative, non-violent solution to the Obama problem.

‘Military’ and ‘bloodless’ together when speaking of a coup.


Incidentally, what I actually found more interesting (and far less surprising; after all, christianism and treason are conjoined twins) was the ad roll on that NooseMax post:



Guns, penis pills, Coulter, and an assumption that there’s a lot of diabetics among NooseMax readers….

like, perhaps….

Guns, penis pills and christianist jihad-ette…

Enough to make you forget about number four?

As Jon Lovitz once said, in character as Michael Dukakis, ‘I’m losing to this guy?’

We are losing to these people. 

Increasingly, I’m surprised that there hasn’t been a coup already.

I Love the Smell of Reality in the Morning

September 28, 2009

… or evening as the case may be.

From Queer Channel Media, word that someone in the Obama Administration knows which end of the law-making sausage is which.

The highest-ranking openly gay appointee in the Obama administration is encouraging LGBT Americans to make passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act their No. 1 priority and said its success would place within reach other civil rights goals.

John Berry, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, called for greater focus on ENDA on Saturday following his keynote address at Out for Work’s national convention at the Westin City Center Hotel in D.C.

Berry advocated for the importance of ENDA — and identified repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act as other priorities — in response to an audience member’s question about possible legislative issues on the horizon and criticism that President Obama isn’t moving quickly enough on LGBT issues.

“The most important thing we can do right now is we got to … secure the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — and it’s got to include full transgender protections,” Berry said. “I believe that if we all concentrate our efforts where it needs to be concentrated, which is on the House of Representatives and the United States Senate, we can get the job done.”

Other pro-LGBT legislation can be more easily achieved, Berry said, if Congress were to pass ENDA.

That sound you hear is the brains of all of the Marriage Derangement Syndrome crowd simultaneously exploding.

If Only

September 25, 2009

From Last Left Turn Before Hooterville:

Illegal criminals, take notice – Conservative Americans are taking back their jobs!

Yes, from the ashes of the failed Minute-Man Movement, the Gimme Back My Job, Dammit Coalition (GBMJ,DC) has risen, and it has spread like wildfire among conservatives sick and tired of illegals taking the jobs from deserving American citizens. No longer content to wait for the government to do it for them, these patriots have taken matters into their own hands. Now they’re doing more than just protesting or watching from the sidelines – they’re taking back their Constitutional, God-given right to a job. Suddenly, you see them everywhere – on the sidewalk with a leaf-blower strapped to their back, in the parking lot of your favorite restaurant with the keys to your car or inside, balancing a heavy-laden bus tray full of dirty dishes as they adroitly refill your iced tea glass on their way back to the kitchen. You may find them bent over in a lettuce field under a blistering sun with a rake in their hand, or endangering their limbs with casually-maintained but lethally sharp meat-cutting machinery for fourteen hours or more a day while earning somewhere around three dollars an hour, with no benefits, medical insurance, workman’s compensation, or even bathroom breaks.

Most of them say they’ve never been happier.

“For the first time in my life, I feel needed,” says Coalition member Chuck B. Liggett, 70, a former accountant who now works in a chicken-packing plant in Amarillo, Texas. “When the floor boss screams at me for slowing down, I feel a surge of pride because what I do actually matters. Now, I do an honest day’s work for my pay, and by the time I collapse on my filthy mattress on the floor of my stinking room at the end of my fifteen-hour shift, I know I really earned that forty dollars!”

If only the teabagging christianists of the Racist Right weren’t immune to both logic and irony….

A Good Question

September 24, 2009

As posed by C&L:

Why [Peggy] Noonan is taken seriously is beyond me anyway. She was already caught off camera talking to Chuck Todd and Mike Murphy and just bashing Sarah Palin and the Republican Party, but she would never say that on TV, live that is. She exposed herself as a hypocrite and a liar. Why is she considered a trusted source of conservative opinion?

Its more than a fair question. 

Even Pat Buchanan’s twenty-first century bona fides eclipse hers; when he flips his racism switch, I swear I can actually see the foam oozing from his mouth.  And that foam is the frosting on the Archie-Bunker-as-politico truth-cancer cake that most Republicans wish that true middle America would never actually hear from someone publicly identified as a Republican,

But Noonan?

She put words in Bonzo’s mouth a quarter-century ago – and, yes, she was a female pathbreaker as such (putting aside, of course, the fact that that person she was pen-shilling for helped set back the cause of real rights for real – as in non-politically connected – women far more than a quarter-century) – but what are her actual qualifications to do anything other than situate herself on camera to look both stiff and sloshy at the same time?

Please Chaz, Not a YATA

September 24, 2009

From Bay Windows:

Chaz Bono, child of Cher and Sonny Bono, recently went public regarding his transition from female to male, and plans to release a tell-all memoir describing the details of his transition.

Chaz (formerly Chastity) Bono’s memoir, ’Coming Clean,’ is expected to hit bookshelves in spring of 2011.

Yet another tranny autobio.

If it includes any ‘coming clean’ about what the Scampaign’s real attitude was toward trans people & issues was while Chaz was there, I might consider looking at it.


Too True Not to Spread

September 23, 2009

Yes, you’ve probably already seen this by now…

But be honest…

That’s a clip will NEVER grow old!

You go, Romanian babe!

Follow-up on the ENDA Hearing Blog

September 23, 2009

As I noted earlier, I was able to get the blog mechanism to work and I got my comment posted on the ENDA hearing blog.

By the time the comment period closed, there were 12 posts – 10 positive, 1 response from the blog operator and………

Funny, when I go to work, I go to work as a human being – my sexual orientation does not enter in by way of my speech, dress, attitude, conversation or any other way. My boss pays me to WORK – not make judgments about anyone or anything – I am there to service my customer and do the best job I was hired for and, guess what, if I don’t excel at my position, he has every right to fire me!!! Give me a break!!!

The listed author of that comment is “Anne Lafferty.”

I don’t know if this is Andrea Lafferty (emphasis on the ‘laff’) of the (so-called) Traditional (so-called) Family (so-called) Values Coalition (seemingly of two – her and her equally christianist psychopath daddy), but TVC does engage in its traditional histrionics against the 2009 ENDA.

And if it is her….

It would seem to me that when she goes to work, she’s the “Executive Director”:











She gets to judge herself.

Which makes me ask: Andrea, why don’t you ajudge yourself guilty of violating traditional biblical mandates about the place of women?

But, lets get beyond that.

when I go to work, I go to work as a human being – my sexual orientation does not enter in by way of my speech, dress, attitude, conversation or any other way


What happens if someone else causes your sexual orientation to “enter” the work place – you know, via gossip (be it accurate or not)?

I know, I know…

I’m being incredibly unfair.

I’m subjecting you to reality.

Well – welcome to it.  The rest of us here pay taxes. 

Do you?

That question applies even if you’re not Anne.

Same for my observations about the TVC page on ENDA.

Note these statistics:

  • The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce notes that LGBT individuals were likely to spend $800 more on business and leisure travel during the summer of 2009 than their heterosexual counterparts.

None of which, of course, addresses that they can be discriminated against whilst attempting to spend it.

  • The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce claims there are 1.2 million LGBT business owners in the U.S.

And how many of those are “business owners” only because they had to start their own businesses because they were excluded from employment by existing businesses?

  • An estimated 85% of Fortune 500 companies already have sexual orientation policies in place. (Human Rights Campaign web site)

So you’d advocate making these enforceable in court?

  • Market researchers state that the LGBT consumers have “deep pockets” and their buying power “is growing.”
    • In 2006, lesbian and gay travelers took a projected total of 53.2 million leisure trips, spending an estimated $40 billion.   Another GLBT travel study says that the GLBT population is 5% and its estimated travel market is $65 billion annually. 

And if that $65 billion is only spent by .01% of that 5%?

  • In short, gays & lesbians are spending between $40-$65 billion year on travel. (, 2007 & ASTAnetwork, Summer 2007)

None of which addresses that they can be fired with impunity when they get back home from that vacation if, while they were gone, a christianist psychopath such as yourself buys the business that they work for and decides that they don’t want any queers working there.

  • Gay Wired Media claims that gay adults are 6-7% of the population with total buying power of $723 billion.

So minorities that are only 6-7% don’t deserve protection?

  • 14% of gay and lesbian adults are planning overseas travel compared to only 7% of heterosexual adults (, 2007)

And how many of the other 93% of heteros would be able to take a vacation if they didn’t give their money to people like you? 

  • Annual household income for gays and lesbians for 2007-2008 is $80,000. (

So – Christians with household incomes of $80K+ don’t deserve protection based on religion?

Gay Incomes Don’t Justify ENDA

Sorry – but your melange of alleged statistics don’t even justify your presence on the web, much less the taking seriously of your opposition to ENDA.

ENDA Hearing Tomorrow!

September 22, 2009

[UPDATE: My comment made it to posted status on the committee’s comment page]

From the U.S. House Education & Labor Committee:

On Wednesday, the House Education and Labor Committee will hold the first full committee hearing in the House of Representatives on legislation to prohibit employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 3017), introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), would prohibit employment discrimination, preferential treatment, and retaliation on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by employers with 15 or more employees. Currently, it is legal to discriminate in the workplace based on sexual orientation in 29 states and in 38 states based on gender identity.

That page has a mechanism to offer comments until 10 EDT tomorrow. However, it didn’t seem to work properly.


If anyone from the Committee tracks to ENDABlog, here is what I tried to post:

I encourage all representatives to support a gender identity-inclusive ENDA.

For those who will not support any version of ENDA, based on the erroneous notion that sexual orientation and gender identity are choices, I have a question: Do you also oppose statutory anti-discrimination provisions which prohibit discrimination based on traits which unquestionably are based on personal choices – such as religion?

I particularly await the response of Jingoism Joe Wilson to that question.

BTW – what is the over-under on the number of times that reality-based members of the audience will yell ‘you lie’ at him if he starts spouting Tony Perkins talking points?

Forget Baucus – Lets Get Backus!

September 17, 2009

[Cross-posted at Pam’s House Blend]

Maybe its a perpetual lack of sleep; maybe its having watched waaaaaaay too much TV when I was a kid…

But, for some reason, whenever I see or hear an item about Sen. Max Baucus (R-The Pocket of Big Insurance), my synapses are slow to fire (or perhaps they fire too fast) and the senator’s name first registers, not as Baucus but as Backus.

And now – after the senator from the Cliffs of Insurance Insanity revealed his owners’ solution for the healthcare crisis – it finally makes sense.

Jim Backus

It was a sign!

I really was seeing Backus – Jim Backus – and it really does make sense.

Why?, I’m sure you’re asking.

Simply put: He’s perfect for the job.

Now, I wouldn’t have said that a few months ago – but now, the assertion is unassailable.


What makes him perfect for the job of dealing with healthcare reform in September 2009?

Is it his experience as Mr. Howell on Gilligan’s Island?  No (although I think, were Mr. Howell a real person, he’d loooooooove Sen. Baucus.)

Is it his experience providing the voice of Mr. Magoo? No (although, let’s be honest: most members of Congress are able to ‘see’ the reality of the lives of real Americans as well as Mr. Magoo was able to see in general.)

Is it even his very quick appearance at the end of Myra Breckinridge? No (though, given that this is an LGBT blog, I felt I needed to toss that in.)

Then what is it?

Well – its the obvious.  He’s been dead for twenty years – meaning that he is physically incapable of doing what the ostensibly-living Max Baucus did yesterday.

Yes, Jim Backus may be dead – which means he can’t possibly produce a healthcare bill which, if enacted into law, would make things worse than they already are.

Lewis Black once made a rather strong case for why we should elect a dead president.  I think that what Max Baucus unleashed yesterday is, in and of itself, the case for electing dead senators: They can’t possibly make things worse.