Gay Marriage Scoreboard

March 31, 2011

From a comment to a piece about HB235 on the Baltimore Sun’s website:

The transgender community has created a mess here that they do not have the skill or capacity to clean up. Rookies!!!! Our legislature is not going to take up your issue cuz you guys seem a mess.

I guess I missed the expertly deft handling of the now-enacted-into-law Maryland gay marriage bill.


Disinformation Station

March 31, 2011

Memo to any Maryland legislator who still is considering believing anything that ‘Equality’ Maryland has to say about, well…, anything:

The ‘memo’ isn’t the text in that image.

Rather, its the fact that that paragraph (or at least the final fifteen words of it) is still on ‘Equality’ Maryland’s website on the last day of March in 2011 – many weeks after (1) Sandy Rawls barfed up the kool-aid and realized that HB235 is not the caliber of bill that she actually wants to see enacted in Maryland, and (2) ‘Equality Maryland became aware that Sandy had barfed up its Kool-Aid 235 isotope.

One last thing…

I’m curious…

Does pointing out this act of disinformation by a gay organization make me homophobic? Or defamer-phobic? Or just HTML-programmer-phobic?

Inquiring non-bugs want to know.


Okay…If Not Wal-Mart, Maybe MTV – His Former Employer as a Reality Show-oid – Will Give Him a Moonlighting Gig

March 31, 2011

The christofascist Republicans…

They do implode, don’t they?

First the Republican Party in Polk County, Wisconsin, pulled the tape of Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) fretting about making ends meet on his $174,000 a year salary from its own website. Now they want it gone from the whole Internet.

For a couple hours, the local county GOP was successful. But we’ve put an excerpt of the video back up.

A day after TPM posted the video we obtained of Duffy talking about his salary at a Polk County town hall meeting earlier this year, the Polk County GOP contacted the video provider we used to host the video, Blip.tv, and demanded the video be taken down.

The tape caused a stir for Duffy, a first-term conservative best known for his past as a reality TV show star on MTV’s The Real World.

Here’s some friendly advice for Wisconsin christofascist Republicans: Get in contact with ‘Equality’ Maryland.  It has lots of experience making things critical of it disappear.


Americhristia

March 31, 2011

From AlterNet:

Dr. James Luther Adams, my ethics professor at Harvard Divinity School, told his students that when we were his age — he was then close to 80 — we would all be fighting the “Christian fascists.”

The warning, given 25 years ago, came at the moment Pat Robertson and other radio and television evangelists began speaking about a new political religion that would direct its efforts toward taking control of all institutions, including mainstream denominations and the government.

The Christian right has lured tens of millions of Americans, who rightly feel abandoned and betrayed by the political system, from the reality-based world to one of magic — to fantastic visions of angels and miracles, to a childlike belief that God has a plan for them and Jesus will guide and protect them. This mythological worldview, one that has no use for science or dispassionate, honest intellectual inquiry, one that promises that the loss of jobs and health insurance does not matter, as long as you are right with Jesus, offers a lying world of consistency that addresses the emotional yearnings of desperate followers at the expense of reality. It creates a world where facts become interchangeable with opinions, where lies become true — the very essence of the totalitarian state.

Its about the budget…

though it is really about busting unions

…which is really about turning the entirety of the American middle class into a roving, hungry Dickensian sweatshop-for-hire…

…which is really about making anyone whose net worth is under eight figures subject to – and willing to accept – christianist totalitarianism.


Fine, Then Quit…

March 30, 2011

…and get a job at Wal-Mart.

At a town hall meeting in Polk County, Wisconsin earlier this year, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) was asked whether he’d vote to cut his $174,000 annual salary.

Here’s what Duffy says about his salary:

I can guarantee you, or most of you, I guarantee that I have more debt than all of you. With 6 kids, I still pay off my student loans. I still pay my mortgage. I drive a used minivan. If you think I’m living high on the hog, I’ve got one paycheck. So I struggle to meet my bills right now. Would it be easier for me if I get more paychecks? Maybe, but at this point I’m not living high on the hog.

To be fair, he eventually did say that he’d accept a pay decrease.

On the other hand, if he’s tying his procreativity to his, ahem…, near poverty, perhaps he should have kept is dick in his pants and not had so many kids?

After all…

Isn’t ‘don’t have kids that you can’t pay for’ what conservatives always preach to poor people (while simultaneously supporting restrictions on the availability of contraceptives)?


Just Think of it This Way: Its Just the Attempt by all of the Closeted Homosexual Republican Men to Pretend to be Heterosexual

March 30, 2011

Bluecollarmamma declares:

I’ll stay out of your churches if you stay the fuck out of my vagina.

Now, context:

[A]re you having pains in your lady bits lately? Well, look down. It’s from all those GOP dildos trying to get all up in your vag

I just found out the # of anti-choice bills being decided on this year…351!! If you’re not mad yet, you should be

Oh, and WHERE ARE THE FUCKING JOBS?!

Haven’t you heard?  Now that the christianist party is in power, we’re not supposed to talk about jobs:


Translation: Gay Marriage Greed Killed Trans Rights (Even a Diseased Version Thereof)

March 29, 2011

From the Baltimore Sun:

After the House of Delegates this weekend voted overwhelmingly to prohibit employer and housing discrimination for the transgendered, the bill crossed over to the Senate Monday where it landed in an unusual committee: Senate rules.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said that his chamber is engaged with the budget now and is unlikely to take up the bill.

“When we are through with the budget we’ll have time to deal with other issues that might have a chance of passage,” he said after the morning session. “At this point in time I’d say the chances of passage of that bill are next to none.”

He said the Senate has raised the issue in previous session, only to see it fail. “There are not the votes to move it in committee,” he predicted.

Miller noted that his chamber “spent a lot of time” on “important social issues” earlier in the session that died in the House of Delegates. The Senate passed a landmark bill legalizing same-sex marriage, only to see their efforts wilt when votes could not be secured for House passage.

So again we see that the greediness of pushing gay marriage ahead of the morally appropriate agenda item of fully rectifying an existing anti-trans, gay-only rights legal regime kills not only any chance of fully disposing of the special right of gays and lesbians to discriminate against trans people (which, however much the Flying Marriage Monkeys of Maryland, New Hampshire, Sockpuppetland and Beyond may howl that its not so, is in reality the legal framework established by gay-only rights laws) but even any chance of passing even a bill like the incrementally transphobic HB235.

Did anyone in any way connected with ‘Equality’ Maryland even consider the possibility that, going into 2011,  the principled position to take would be to legitimately bargain with state legislators by being willing to take gay marriage completely off the table in return for the minimum support necessary to enact a legitimate trans rights bill, thereby putting a stop to the evil that was unleashed on the state in 2001?

Or…

Was pushing gay marriage ahead of everything else priority one – with the diseased HB235 being the second piece of cake for dessert that they might get to snag after all of the gay marriage celebrations but, if not, then no big deal because ‘its only the trannies and what happens to them hasn’t really mattered for a decade so one more decade (or two or three) won’t really matter to the people who matter’?

The goal all along? Whose goal?

In your hearts, you know who.

You all know who.