Jeremiah Wright (D) = Bob Jones (R)? Only the Corporatist Media Knows for Sure (Because it Gets to Decide for Itself and Make Up a Fake Narrative to Keep Straight White People Scared)

January 11, 2012

From the LGBT alumni of – snigger – BJU:

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney enthusiastically accepted the endorsement of Dr. Bob Jones III, Chancellor of Bob Jones University, during the last election.

“We’re proud to have Dr. Jones’ support and look forward to working with him to  communicate Governor Romney’s message of conservative change to voters,” Romney  spokesman William Holley said in a statement in October 2007.

The endorsement of Bob Jones was once a much-sought-after prize in South Carolina’s early primary. In 2000, George W. Bush’s speech before the BJU crowd brought controversy to his campaign because of the university’s rule forbidding interracial marriage and dating. One month later, BJU reversed its long-standing policy on CNN’s Larry King Show.  All serious Republican candidates, including Ronald Reagan in 1980 and George H.W. Bush made the pilgrimage to America’s “Fortress of Faith” in the upstate town of Greenville.

Back in those days, the following statement by Dr. Bob Jones III, then president and now-chancellor of BJU, barely raised an eyebrow:

I’m sure this will be greatly misquoted but it would not be a bad idea to bring the swift justice today that was brought in Israel’s day against murder and rape and homosexuality. I guarantee it would solve the problem post-haste if homosexuals were stoned, if murderers were immediately killed as the Bible commands.

Go to any bar in the Dupont Circle area and you’re liable to find a few stoned gays (trans folks too probably.)

But I digress….

If the corporatist media did its job the way that it tried to do a job on candidate Barack Obama in 2008, then – forget the North Carolina nutjob – the entirety of the Mormon religion would be Multiple Choice Mitt’s “Jeremiah Wright problem.”

Our questions for Governor Romney are:

(1) Were you aware in 2008 that Dr. Jones and BJU had advocated the stoning to death of homosexuals?

(2) If yes, why did you accept his endorsement? If you weren’t aware, why not?

(3) This time, will you accept his endorsement? Or will you join our petition drive calling on Dr. Jones to apologize for his rampant, blatant homophobic statements?

Will the corporatist media even go for the low-hanging fruit of Bob Jones?

I’m not holding my breath.


For Those Who Didn’t Think That Mitt Romney’s Obnoxious Elitism Could Get Any Worse…

January 6, 2012

We have history!

A newly-unearthed photograph showing Mitt Romney demonstrating in favour of the Vietnam War draft might leave the presidential candidate feeling somewhat embarrassed.

The veteran Republican, then 19, can be seen picketing an anti-war sit-in at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in 1966.

George Romney headed American Motors before becoming Michigan governor in 1963, a position he held for six years before being appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by Richard Nixon.

Ironically, he later had a change of heart and turned against the Vietnam War.

His pro-war son, meanwhile, never served in south-east Asia because his status as a Mormon missionary exempted him from the draft.

The GOP hopeful spent just one year at Stanford before heading to France for 30 months of missionary work.

He had already met his future wife Ann in 1965 when he was 18 and she was 15. The couple married in 1969 and have five sons and 16 grandchildren.

Millionaire son of a millionaire – who knows he’ll never have to face the draft (much less the VC) because of the special rights afforded to religionists – campaigning to ensure that poor kids can be legally enslaved against their will to fight battles that will benefit corporatists such as his father and future corporatists such as himself.

What does that make him? 

The 0.00000001%? 

Hell, even Dubya had to make some effort at pretending to be in the National Guard to avoid going to Viet Nam.

Yes, I guess this is indeed the ultimate reason to disqualify Mr, ‘Corporations Are People Too’ from contention for the presidency: By comparison to Mitt, George W. Bush is actually a patriot.

It recently emerged that Mr Romney has plans to quadruple the size of his $12 million California home.

How many of the people who weren’t able to dodge the draft with not just money but religion would like to spend $12 million to quadruple the size of their graves?

Inquiring war dead want to know.

I hope that the emergence of this causes Mitt the Flip to shit in his magic underwear.


If State-Level Republicans Really Care About Cutting their Budgets….

October 25, 2011

…then perhaps, instead of anthropology, they should de-fund – or even outlaw – so-called ‘business administration’ degree programs.

Seriously.  After all, what have any of them ever produced?

I rest my case.


Patriot Act = Enabling Act

August 3, 2011

Sorry, but Godwin’s Law doesn’t apply to Nazi comparisons that are accurate.

From Crooks and Liars:

Looks like Bin Laden won. Wherever he is, I’m sure he’s watching and laughing:

Two Senators have been warning for months that the government has a secret legal interpretation of the Patriot Act so broad that it amounts to an entirely different lawone that gives the feds massive domestic surveillance powers, and keeps the rest of us in the dark about the snooping.

“There is a significant discrepancy between what most Americans – including many members of Congress – think the Patriot Act allows the government to do and how government officials interpret that same law,” wrote the Senators, Ron Wyden and Mark Udall. “We believe that most members of the American public would be very surprised to learn how federal surveillance law is being interpreted in secret. ”

Sadly, I can’t agree with that last sentence.

I might have been able to 30 years ago, but now?  An American public dumbed down by MTV, right-wing talk radio and the fake dichotomies of an artificial two-party system even before Fox ‘News’ was allowed to work its way into the American greymatter?  Most of them actually believe that Dubya won in 2000 and 2004, no?


Big Awful Mistake Scoreboard

May 5, 2011

Seen today exiting the parking lot of a grocery store somewhere in the American Midwest:

Obama‘s a big awful mistake, eh?

Tell ya what Ms. ‘Marriage – One Man One Woman’ Born Again 2010 Iowa Voter, you think Obama’s such a big mistake?  Then get thee to an Abbottabadery.

Oh, wait…

What you’ve declared to be America’s ‘big mistake’ beat you to that, didn’t he?

And, um….

Why was Osama still around for Obama to catch in 2011?

Oh, Ms. ‘Marriage – One Man One Woman’ Born Again 2010 Iowa Voter……..

I’m waiting for an answer.

Either worrying about who can get married and who can’t was (and is) more important than finding a mass murderer who wouldn’t have given a shit on 9/11 if he had had intel informing him that the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were full of nothing but people who share your view on marriage limitation (and, lets get real, the Pentagon probably was) or someone who, at best, had questionable occupancy rights to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue from 2001-09 really wasn’t playing for the team that you’ve convinced yourself that he (not to mention the person Obama beat in 2008) was, or….

maybe you’re just a worthless, braindead homophobic racist.

[ADDENDUM – 5/5/2011, 5:24 PM CDT]

I’d forgotten to include this photo, taken at the same parking lot – roughly a minute before the ‘BAM’ shot.

No optical illusion.  The Americross is planted in the bed of the pickup, which – now here’s the money shot (in light of the ‘god is able’ communique) – was parked in a handicap space.

Now, to be fair, I didn’t see anything expressly anti-Obama on this, um…., vehicle.  But, I am left with a question: If god is able, why is he not willing?


Don’t Let the Revisionists Get Away With it

May 3, 2011

Its already started:

 

Gee…

Its as if Dubya and Obama were two pitchers who combined for a legendary pitching performance: Dubya the starter, and Obama the reliever.

The lives and legacies of George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden have been inextricably intertwined since Sept. 11, 2001.

Two days after bin Laden’s terrorist operation killed more than 3,000 Americans, Bush declared, “We will not rest until we find him.” It was Bush who authorized the CIA to use the harshest interrogation tactics in U.S. history. Then came Tora Bora, Guantanamo Bay, waterboarding, rendition, terrorist strikes in London and Madrid, and more than 6,000 U.S. military casualties in twin wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Now that bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces on a mission first assigned by President Bush, aided by evidence gained from “enhanced interrogation techniques” authorized by the former president, Bush’s frustrating “mission impossible” has, in the dead of night, turned into “mission accomplished.”

And in an instant, Bush’s fruitless search for bin Laden was hailed across the political spectrum as a determined effort that paved the way for his successor’s success.

The Houston Chronk says it, so it must be true, eh?

“He never wavered in that mission” to capture or kill bin Laden, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday at a news conference near Ground Zero.

Really?

How interesting that the Houston Chronk is basically an echo chamber for the latest Dubya-canonization meme from Fox ‘News’:

Fox & Friends had wall-to-wall coverage of the celebrations inspired by news of Osama bin Laden’s death this morning, and had on lots of analysts to discuss the Obama administration’s big victory in the so-called “war on terror”.

To do that, strangely enough, they had on all sorts of commentators, including various politicians, such as Karl Rove, and featured statements from the likes of Dick Cheney. Oddly enough, not a single segment managed to include a Democratic politician or even one person from the Obama administration.

Instead, what we heard all morning was how George W. Bush deserves credit too! They even ran a segment featuring Bush vowing in 2001 he would eventually get Bin Laden, with the longest time frame being a year from then.

As Steve Benen puts it:

There’s a fair amount of this rhetoric bouncing around this morning, and it’s not especially surprising — Republicans aren’t going to credit President Obama, regardless of merit, so it stands to reason they’ll try to bring George W. Bush into the picture.

If this is going to be a new GOP talking point, we might as well set the record straight.

In March 2002, just six months after 9/11, Bush said of bin Laden, “I truly am not that concerned about him…. You know, I just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you.”

In July 2006, we learned that the Bush administration closed its unit that had been hunting bin Laden.

So, while we’re on the subject of 2001 and units….

Barack Obama is not Randy Johnson to Dubya’s Curt Schilling.

Rather, the year is 1986 and Barack Obama is the New York Mets to Dubya’s Bill Buckner – not to imply that Obama was lucky but, rather, that the Bush family is on one team and the rest of us are on another.

But reality has never gotten in the way of a conservative Texas ‘news’ outlet fluffing the Bush family.

If history is any guide, the successful U.S. military operation is likely to boost the sagging popularity of President Barack Obama. But for Bush, the terrorist leader’s death also could alter public perceptions of his presidency.

Well…

Hopefully it will remove all doubt that Dubya didn’t give a damn about finding bin Laden and, instead, was only concerned about ejaculating on Iraq.

“It’s certainly a validation of the policies that President Bush put in place following the attacks of 9/11,” said Midland businessman Donald Evans, a close Bush friend and former commerce secretary. “President Obama has looked back at how President Bush led the war on terrorism and I think he drew many lessons from that.”

Bush left office in January 2009 as the least popular president in three decades. But lawmakers from both parties said Monday that his aggressive efforts to combat al-Qaida will burnish his legacy. A small group of Texans gathered outside Bush’s Dallas home Monday, leaving behind American flags and patriotic, red, white and blue balloons.

“President Bush has been proven correct,” said Rep. Al Green, D-Houston. “He indicated that he would bring bin Laden to justice or we would bring justice to bin Laden. While President Bush isn’t president, I do believe President Obama finished what President Bush started.”

Some elected officials said the interrogation tactics approved by Bush may have played a key role in locating bin Laden.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, an Austin Republican, told the Houston Chronicle that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed provided U.S. interrogators the name of a courier trusted by bin Laden, enabling U.S. officials to eventually track the courier to the compound where bin Laden was found and killed on Sunday by a helicopter-borne team of Navy SEALs.

McCaul, a former federal prosecutor who handled counterterrorism duties in Texas for the Justice Department, said Mohammed had surrendered the crucial information some time after being subjected to the “aggressive interrogation techniques for which the Bush administration was criticized.”

The practices used on detainees at Guantanamo have fueled deep divisions over the value and ethics of harsh interrogation techniques, but supporters now point to the intelligence gathering as one way in which critical information was collected over a period of years.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said intelligence obtained at Guantanamo prison that led to bin Laden’s death was “a direct result of President Bush’s orders.”

“President Bush set into motion the mission to bring down bin Laden,” she said, “and President Obama carried it through to completion.”

How’d that campaign for Texas governer go, eh Kay?

Still, said Mark P. Jones, chairman of the political science department at Rice University, the killing of bin Laden is “bittersweet for President Bush.”

“On one level, he’s happy to see him receive the justice that he deserved,” Jones said. “On another level, he has to be disappointed it didn’t happen on his watch. It reminds people that he failed in the capture or death of bin Laden.”

You know…

Maybe I’m being too harsh with Bill Buckner.  After all, he was a good player who made a bad play – just at the worst possible time.

Perhaps Dubya is actually Manny Ramirez.

The fate of bin Laden was one of several unsettled matters that academics say will influence Bush’s ultimate place in history. These include the nation’s economic situation, the fragile stability of Iraq, the future of war-torn Afghanistan and the fate of democracy movements in undemocratic nations in the Middle East and North Africa.

“Certainly, President Bush handed off two unresolved wars and an economic collapse to his successor,” said Southern Methodist University political science professor Cal Jillson. “Anything that takes the edge off those problems – bin Laden’s death, economic recovery, and easing out of Iraq and Afghanistan – will help President Bush’s legacy, at least at the margins.”

So, to stick with the baseball comparisons, I guess that would make the ‘journalists’ who can’t be bothered to mention:

Would they collectively be Eddie Gaedel?


Wart and Remembrance

April 21, 2011

Remember the run-up to the 2000 presidential election?

When gay conservatives were falling all over themselves to support George W. Bush, justifying that support with the delusion that there was no proof whatsoever that he was actually anti-gay?

Well, what if – all other things being equal – he actually had turned out to be the stealth pro-gay candidate that those gay conservatives were asserting/implying that he was?

What if he had supported – and achieved – DOMA repeal? DADT repeal? An inclusive ENDA?

While that would all have been nice, it wouldn’t alter one nagging piece of reality: George W. Bush actually lost the 2000 presidential election. The process that put him into the White House in 2001 was illegitimate and everyone – including Justices Scalia, Thomas, Rehnquist, O’Connor and Kennedy – knows it.  Ditto for 2004.

In turn, even if 2001-2009 resulted in occurrences which could allow a sane person to honestly claim that President George W. Bush was a friend to the LGBT community, the same sane person could not honestly say that George W. Bush legitimately earned the right to be in the position where he was able to demonstrate that friendship via DOMA repeal, DADT repeal, inclusive ENDA passage, et. al.

Remember this.

You’ll be asked about it later.