Advice

June 7, 2012

      Dick Smothers: What could President Johnson do to encourage people to stay in the U.S.?
      Tom Smothers: He could quit.

The John on the Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool (and the effect – if any – that Joe Solmonese regenerating into Chad Griffin will have):

I’m at the age where I’m just not sure they can be any better than they are.

Its called math.

Zero is greater than a negative number.

HRC can be better than it is now (and better than it ever has been) by going away.


Meanwhile, Across the Atlantic…

May 2, 2012

From the New Statesman (the magazine, not Alan B’Stard):

The Stonewall riots in New York in 1969 have passed into legend as the catalyst for the modern Anglo-American gay liberation movement; in 2012, we’ve forgotten what the fight was originally about. The image of racially mixed drag queens, dykes and poor street queers fighting back against police brutality is about as far from the contemporary ideal of the well-off assimilationist gay as you can get. The matching Volvos and semi-detached houses of buttoned-up 21st century gay(-friendly) conservatives are representative of a different, diluted era, and rather a saddening one.

Equal rights as an end goal reflect an understandable desire for an easier life. There’s a strong logic in the idea that normalising same-sex desire entails less stigma, trauma, and violence directed towards LGBT people. But a quick search for “gay marriage” on most-read British LGBT news website Pink News returns 3617 results, compared to 1247 for “violence”, or for “poverty”, a measly 178. Make no mistake, this is not because violence or poverty have ceased to be issues for LGBT people. More likely, the coverage reflects the dominance of the interests of white, middle-class, educated, and dare I say it, conservative gays and lesbians in the movement.

[P]rioritising equal marriage as a cause has actively meant the exclusion of other important approaches. Where are the campaigns against the poisonous ideology which supports financial and political reward for those who are married?

The “Conservative case for gay marriage” is spot on. If you want to reinvigorate social conservatism for the austerity generation, it makes sense to support equal marriage. The pity is the gay movement is buying into it. Hijacked by those we used to stand in political opposition to, today’s gay movement has lost its teeth.

…kinda like a meth addict.


In Praise of Jeff Epperly

April 19, 2012

Really.

[Hilary] Rosen, a longtime fixture on the LGBT scene, has come to represent the worst of that peculiar and annoying segment of the pundit-lobbyist class for whom you can’t really understand why they’ve attained the high position they have in that milieu.

After all, Rosen was a catastrophe at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the lobbying group for the nation’s largest record companies. As head of that group from 1987-2003, it was under her watch that the recording industry began its disastrous policy of taking file sharers to court—also known as suing the pants off your future customers.

From there Rosen went on to such illustrious jobs as representing British Petroleum after the Gulf oil spill. In other words, if you’re looking for someone who understands the plight of America’s everywoman, Rosen is a terrible choice because her perspective appears to be a lot closer to the Romneys than she would likely admit. Yet she still manages time-after-time to get gigs as an allegedly progressive pundit, a job she still can’t manage to get right despite its ridiculously low bar for being considered a success.

But hey – even Fred Gladding got one hit, right?


Oh The Irony….

April 15, 2012

Yesterday at Crooks and Liars:

News for this day in 1940 was all about the deteriorating situation in Norway and the reaction on both sides of the Atlantic to what was becoming an ominous tide to the war. It was also around this day the world got a new word to mull around; Quisling

Today at MSNBC:

If you have to ask….


Hey Ann! Try Living With a Chronic Illness But WITHOUT Millions of Dollars in the Bank!

April 12, 2012

The eternal battle for the title of Supreme Clueless One continues. 

Current titleholder: Ann “I know what it’s like to struggle even though I’ve never worked a day in my life, know I’ll never have to work a day in my life, and know that I’ll never get any closer to being hungry than Wanda Sykes will get to being head of the Mormon church” Romney.

“Look, I know what it’s like to struggle,” Ann Romney insisted, possibly referring to her battle with multiple sclerosis. “And if maybe I haven’t struggled as much financially as some people have, I can tell you and promise you that I’ve had struggles in my life.[“]

The title often is held by some member of the Romney family – but, the irony here is that this statement was a pathetic attempt at a snark against someone who also occasionally holds the title: Hilary Rosen

“She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing,” Rosen charged

Okay…

I hereby declare the title to be jointly held by Rosen and Romney.


Well, What Else Would You Expect From a Corporation Whose Logo is Three Faux-Patriotic HRC Logos Configured in the Rough Shape of a Warped Enron Logo?

March 15, 2012

Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone:

At least Bank of America got its name right. The ultimate Too Big to Fail bank really is America, a hypergluttonous ward of the state whose limitless fraud and criminal conspiracies we’ll all be paying for until the end of time.

So I guess it got its logo right as well:

Illumination:

They’re out of control, yet they’ll never do time or go out of business, because the government remains creepily committed to their survival, like overindulgent parents who refuse to believe their 40-year-old live-at-home son could possibly be responsible for those dead hookers in the backyard.

Okay, so the comparison isn’t perfect.  Enron went out of business – sort of – but as to the other, no one connected with it will ever do time (for the consistent pattern of fraudulently soliciting donations for ‘work’ on ‘goals’ it not only has no desire to accomplish but in fact has a long history of actively working against) and it will never go out of business, because Gay, Inc. remains creepily committed to its survival, like overindulgent parents who refuse to believe their toothless 40-year-old live-at-home son who likes to collect matchsticks and sudafed pills could possibly be responsible for the pungent cat urine-ish stench in the basement or those dead teenaged boys in the boat shed.


Nothingspeak, Like a Cancer, Grows

March 2, 2012

From Metro Weakly:

[HRC head bullshitter-in-chief-to-be Chad] Griffin says that every part of his experience led him to this day, explaining that he went from “growing up as a kid in Arkansas, not knowing that I knew a single gay person … to a career in politics and policy … then, this little thing happened a few years ago called Prop 8.”

Marriage…

Griffin says[] he looked around that night [that Prop 8 passed] and saw so many new faces of all races and ages, including many young ones, “I called a close friend of mine … and I said, ‘The world has changed.'”

He notes, “Momentum is on our side, but that kid that I used to be, there are thousands if not millions of them out there, in Arkansas and [elsewhere]. In many ways, on that night I found my voice.”

Marriage…

Calling it “the grandest privilege that I’ve ever had,” Griffin tells Metro Weekly, “The impact that I can have with HRC is something that I’m looking forward to diving into head first.”

Asked whether his role as the head of a marriage-based organization like the American Foundation for Equal Rights has been will signify too much attention attention being placed on marriage at HRC at the expense of things like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act going forward, Griffin says, “I’m gonna go, every single time, back to that young kid. Every decision.”

Noting that “it’s not any one thing that impacts the life of a gay person,” he says, “I don’t think anyone who knows me would say anything other than that I’m committed to full equality.”

Nothingspeak…

Because we all know what “full equality” has come to mean – and it has nothing to do with the day-to-day lives of working-class Ts and LGBs who may not even be in a relationship and, irrespective of whether they could actually theoretically benefit to some degree from gay marriage depending on their individual circumstances, nevertheless have to care more about employment and housing than whether or not well-heeled politicos from DC – or from Arkansas via D.C.via L.A. – can get married and shelter the tons of money that they’ve ‘earned’ that working-class Ts and LGBs who may not even be in a relationship and, irrespective of whether they could actually theoretically benefit to some degree from gay marriage depending on their individual circumstances, will never be in a position to ‘earn’ without an ability to redress discrimination in court.

Adding that while it’s true that marriage — specifically the fight against Proposition 8 — has been his focus for the past couple of years, he says, “We have to fight the battle on all fronts, whether it’s school bullying, an inclusive ENDA or a whole host of other things, political or otherwise, that impact the lives of a gay person.”

We’ll believe that when we see it – and don’t see you play Lucy with the football.

Having just married an organization that is guilty of crimes against not just trans people but all working-class LGBs and which has not shown one iota of interest in actually paying restitution for those crimes (sorry, but giving an unqualified trans woman a paycheck after passing over hundreds of better-qualified actual trans activists who had actual track records is not an act of restitution; its a further crime – a hate crime enhancement to the fraud of claiming to be an inclusive organization and accepting things of value that were offered because of that claim), Griffin is guilty he proves himself innocent.  After all…

inclusive ENDA

Those are the first five syllables I’ve seen attributed to him that give me any indication that he’s even willing to pretend that trans people and working-class non-trans LGBs have any concern other than gay marriage.

Lucy.

Football.

Solmonese-at-Southern-Comfort scoreboard.

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