This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
– U.S. Constitution, Article VI, Paragraphs 2 & 3
But, as always, christianist theocrats want special rights:
A Virginia lawmaker who recently led the fight to block an openly gay man from becoming a judge General District Court judge in Richmond insisted on Thursday that the move had nothing to do with nominee’s sexual orientation, but he was concerned about “bias” in cases between “a homosexual and heterosexual.”
During an interview on CNN with Republican Virginia state delegate Robert Marshall, host Brooke Baldwin compared the struggle for LGBT rights to discrimination against African Americans and asked the lawmaker why he voted to block Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland from becoming a judge in a misdemeanor court.
“We don’t accept everybody who is nominated. Moreover, he would preside — he could preside as a district judge for a marriage of two guys if he wanted to, in violation of the law,” Marshall opined. “Moreover, if you have a bar-room fight between a homosexual and heterosexual, I’m concerned about possible bias.”
“Why would a homosexual – why would a gay person be more likely to be biased in the bar room example than say, you would?” CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill wondered. “I mean, to be quite frank, I would be more concerned you would be biased against the gay or lesbian person in that case.”
“I wouldn’t apply to be a judge,” Marshall explained. “I am an advocate.”
Well, I agree that a word that begins with “a” and ends with “e” is a proper description of Marshall – though I think it is actually a word with one fewer letter than “advocate.”
“When I was in public school … we all said, ‘Keep us from temptation.’ This was because we said the Lord’s Prayer. Nobody, nobody — should go where they’ll be tempted. That includes me, that includes you, that includes you, that includes a prospective judge.”
Tough shit if the prospective judge – you know, someone who is supposed to apply the law – recognizes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas as having decided that you, the CNN-oid and any and all prospective judges in any state can indeed engage in – what a cute euphemism – “temptation,” eh?
Would you like Paul Cameron’s phone number?
We all know what the study said (actually, anyone with a brain knew it loooooooooong before the study) about who ferocious homophobes are really attracted to – and Cameron just admitted it. Why don’t the two of you just shut up and shack up?
And be sure to send pictures to Bob McDonnell.
Why is it that you actually have any of the Facebook millions that you don’t want to pay taxes on? The court system of – drumroll – the United States.
The court system that you used to force The Green Hoodie into paying up over what he stole from you?
You should be willing to pay $67 million to the U.S. on principle – not for something as silly as giving your family political asylum, but for being the situs of the filming of a movie that not only made you out to be something better than the turd you are proving yourself to be (shit, I thought it was bad that The Green Hoodie could create a situation so fucked up that 99%-ers could view the Romney-esque Winkelvosses as aggrieved parties and be justified in doing so) but also had an actor portray you who is far better looking than you are.
Pay up or shut up.
Actually, here’s a better idea: Pay up AND shut up.
Look no further than Joe Ricketts, the patriarch of the clan (klan?) that owns one of the few major league teams with a worse track record of World Series futility than the Houston Astros:
Tom Ricketts is the name most associated with the current ownership of the Cubs. However, it is a family affair – and apparently, the Cubs should consider changing their mascot from a bear to a one-percenter.
In 2010, Ricketts led a campaign against special-interest earmarks and wasteful spending in the federal government. Ricketts founded an organization called Taxpayers Against Earmarks and classified every Member of Congress as either a spending “hero” or “hooligan.” Ricketts has been credited with convincing Members of Congress to adopt a moratorium on earmarks. Taxpayers Against Earmarks changed its name to Ending Spending in 2011.
Ricketts established and funded The Ending Spending Fund, a political action committee, in 2010. The Ending Spending Fund spent over $1 million sponsoring independent advertisements in several Congressional races. The goal of the advertising expenditure was to highlight incumbents’ earmark-related policies. The Ending Spending Fund spent the largest amount of its money on the United States Senate election in Nevada, 2010 in an effort to defeat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid….
Ricketts served on the board of trustees of the American Enterprise Institute from 1999-2007
On a clear day, you can see that plutocracy is on the verge of becoming forever.
In his newest video, conservative videographer James O’Keefe claims that during his organization’s latest inept voter fraud sting in North Carolina, “we found ballots being offered out in the name of the dead.” Unfortunately for O’Keefe, the person whose ballot his operative sought is actually alive, as is indicated by the raw video his organization posted online.
Yet, O’Keefe actually commits voter fraud (or, perhaps, conspiracy to commit voter fraud – but some criminal act nevertheless) by providing false information in the obtaining of a ballot.
If white, christianist, Republican-controlled legislatures were actually concerned about voter fraud, why wouldn’t they simply enact bills of attainder against Jame O’Keefe (and the ghost of Andrew Breitbart, should it ever appear)?
Yes, bills of attainder are facially unconstiutional.
But since when has that curtailed the political bloodlust of a white, christianist, Republican-controlled legislature? It certainly hasn’t with all of the vote-suppression laws that they’ve concocted.
I wonder what will happen if it emerges that Mitt the Crip (or Blood) did more than commit hate crime assaults against gay kids – you know, something like, perhaps, his own personal Chappaquiddick?
Fox News’ senior political analyst on Sunday dismissed a Washington Post story which revealed that presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had assaulted a gay classmate in 1965.
“Look, this was not a prank,” Brit Hume admitted. “This was hazing and it was mean.[“]
No – it was aggravated assault.
It was aggravated assault with extenuating circumstances.
the extenuating circumstances of the perp being a rich, white snot whose daddy was the governor of the state?
[“]There was no doubt about it and I don’t have any doubt about the basic truth of the story. The problem with the story dating from high school was that it was the utter failure of the Post to connect it to anything else in Romney’s life or career.”
Yes, if it ever emerges that Mitt the Crip (or Blood) did more than commit hate crime assaults against gay kids – you know, something like, perhaps, his own personal Chappaquiddick – I’m sure that Brit would rationalize that, unlike Kopechne, Mitt’s Mary Jo somehow would have had it coming.
“[The WaPo article detailing and verifying Mitt’s aggravated assault against the gay student] was 5,000 words of nothing,” Wall Street Journal editor Paul Gigot agreed. “It was about his high school years. ‘Oh, he went to an elite prep school. Oh, he was a happy-go-lucky guy. He was a leader of the prankster group.’ So what?”
It sure gets better if you’re an obnoxious, rich, addicted-to-entitlement snot son of a governor.
That governor, had such a story emerged about something that had happened four decades earlier, would have had Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley and Frank Reynolds tearing him a new asshole on all three legitimate network legitimate newscasts (remember what happened when George Romney claimed he’d been brainwashed?) – whereas Mitt the Crip (or Blood) not only is being taken seriously as a presidential candidate but he also has an entire network of fake journalists spinning apologia for him 24/7.
Kudos to The John for being willing to ‘go there’:
Eric Fehrnstrom is called Mitt Romney’s “most trusted” adviser. Well it seems that Mr. Romney’s most trusted adviser is alleged to have “glee”-fully outed a transgender women, ending her career in politics. This from GQ:
Fehrnstrom saved his cheap shots for smaller-time Massachusetts pols. When a political activist and gadfly named Althea Garrison was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the fact that she was transgender was an open secret in Boston political circles. But Fehrnstrom was the first one to put that information into print—“I can remember his glee when he found the birth certificate,” says former Herald reporter Robert Connolly—thus bringing a swift end to Garrison’s future on Beacon Hill.
Two things need to be added.
(1) The term “gadfly” is actually a bit of an understatement for a description of Garrison the politician (plus, though not out, she is – as far as anyone knows – the first and only trans person to serve as a member of an American state legislature.)
(2) Garrison is African-American.
And, as a bonus, Mitt (or, rather, his “brain”) isn’t just homophobic, transphobic, and racist…
there’s also a nice dose of misogyny:
[Fehrnstrom’s] biggest scoop of all came in December 1989, when he received a tip that Evelyn Murphy, Dukakis’s lieutenant governor, who was running to succeed him, was vacationing on Sanibel Island in Florida during budget talks. Together with a photographer, he flew from freezing Boston to sunny Sanibel and staked her out. They eventually ambushed Murphy while she was jogging, leading to an unflattering picture of her in her running shorts on the Herald’s front page—”her middle-aged thighs flouncing across 300,000 newspapers,” as Fehrnstrom would later describe it. The photograph helped end her political career.
Etch that sketch, Mittens.
or, perhaps, even just last week.
AFA spokeshater Bryan Fischer was giddy with excitement today over the resignation of gay Romney spokesman Richard Grenell, Right Wing Watch reports, calling it a “huge win” for the “pro-family” community .
It was just last week that many (if not all) of the same people who are now praising Obama for ‘giving in’ (for lack of a better term)
on same-sex marriage to Gay Marriage, Inc., were ridiculing Mitt the Flip for giving in to the christianist right on the Grenell de facto firing?
James ‘perpetual Sling Blade impersonation’ Carville has issues, but he isn’t, well, actually Sling Blade. It might be worthwhile to listen to what he has to say regarding the ongoing 2012 campaign:
A long time ago a great three-time governor of Louisiana, Earl Long, said about Jimmie Davis, the two-time not very good governor of Louisiana, “You couldn’t wake up Jimmie Davis with an earthquake.”
As I go around the country and see various Democrats and talk to them on the phone, honestly I’m beginning to think that we have become the party of Jimmie Davis.
My message is simple: WTFU. Translated — wake the you-know-what up, there is an earthquake.
Newsflash: Nothing is in the bag. Nothing can be taken for granted. Everybody from the precinct door-knocker, to the Chicago high command, to the White House, to the halls of Congress, to the Senate and House committees, to congressional leadership, here is a simple message: If we don’t get on the offense, reconnect with the American people, talk about how the middle class is in a struggle for its very existence, hold the Republicans accountable and fight like the dickens, we are going to lose.
You can shoot five Bin Ladens, you can save 10,000 banks and 20 car companies, even pass the most sweeping legislation in modern American history; if people don’t think that you are connected to their lives and are fighting for their interests they will vote your tush out of office in a nano-second. For historical reference see Winston Churchill election of 1945 and President George H.W. Bush in 1992.
Let me do some editing on that last paragraph, James:
You can shoot five Bin Ladens, you can save 10,000 banks and 20 car companies, even pass the most sweeping legislation in modern American history, even go farther than any president has on same-sex marriage; if people don’t think that you are connected to their lives and are fighting for their interests they will vote your tush out of office in a nano-second. For historical reference see Winston Churchill election of 1945 and President George H.W. Bush in 1992.
Now I pose a question: Assuming that President Obama’s in-the-wake-of-the-North-Carolina-amendment-passing endorsement of same-sex marriage does tip the scale against him in November and we end up with President Romney and three more christianist Supreme Court justices, who among Gay, Inc. will accept the blame for not being able to wait until after the election to force the issue?