Friday, August 27, 2010

Run Away, Everybody! Run! Run!

Gaaagh, IT'S THE GAY.  It's catching! Run away!

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman just came out -- at 43 years of age? -- and announced he's gay.  Yep, the guy who helped George Bush get elected, who helped carry out Karl Rove's usual gay-baiting, "wedge issue," anti-gay marriage, "Family Values" Republican campaigns that would deny equal civil marriage rights to gay folks, and to keep Don't Ask/Don't Tell military personnel in the closet even longer, you know, that guy, suddenly decides to announce his gayness? 

Now?  After the damage is done? And he still is not the least remorseful about his role in fanning the flames of bigotry towards a certain segment of our society, all in the name of getting Family Values Republicans  elected?  You know, all those guys who kept having mistresses and prostitutes popping up out of nowhere, or putting family members on the payroll, or running away to Argentina for asignations, not to mention all that foot-tapping in airport bathrooms.  Ah, so much family value, so little time! And no remorse for his actions.  All from a Party of Accountibility guy?

Oh, wait, I guess the party of Accountability and Responsibility has devolved into the Party of Wedge Issues (remember the good old Southern Strategy?), then into the Party of Fear and 24/7 War, then into the Party of No, now The Grand Old Party of Hypocrites & Fox News.



Spectator said...

The republican party is proud of their Log Cabin Republicans who are gay, and have been proud of them for many years. You seem to mix up the evangelical religious right (which supports the republican party and may be part of it) with the republican party as a whole. In any case, for many republicans and democrats the problem has always been the use of the word "marriage" which has had a religious connotation and viewed as a sacrament for thousands of years under our Judeo-Christian civilization and most major religions. All civilizations have been founded upon religious principles and these principles have led to their laws. And you consider this bigotry?

I feel that equal rights for gay's is a non issue, but when a single judge goes against the will of the people as expressed in a vote, I take issue with the non democratic action. You should too.

It seems to me that there is much bigotry coming from the secular progressives, and they use the accusation of bigotry to divide our country. Anyone who disagrees with them is a bigot!

We have their number. Most free thinking people understand that they are the true extremists. This issue will be partially settled in November. Enough is enough!

Mike Green said...

Jon, republican ideal should be that the government has less of a concern with a persons life.
To repudiate that basic idea because of a popularity vote just makes me think hat the republicans are hypocrites.
If there are three people on an island, two of them are men and one is a woman would the popular vote for rape be legal?
If the republican party wants me on board, they need to go back to less government,
They need to uphold the constitution.
They need to uphold the rights of the individual over the rights of corporations
They need to limit the voice and power of unmitigated greed.
Then, I'll be a republican.

Churadogs said...

Spectator sez:"I feel that equal rights for gay's is a non issue, but when a single judge goes against the will of the people as expressed in a vote, I take issue with the non democratic action. You should too."

Here's what I don't get about so many "right-wing" folks who scream about the Constitution but object strenuously when it's applied, i.e. "popular will" CANNOT trump constitutional rights. To do so would be UNconstitutional. It is part of our constitution (you know the one the right-wingers are always screeeching about?) that the third branch (judicial) will determine whether or not "the will of the majority" is UNconstitutional or not. That's what's happening with CA.'s gay marriage initiative. So why are right-wingers screaming about one judge thwarting the will of the majority? The constitutional system is working as intended, so we shall see how that goes.

Spectator said...

To Mike: I like the libertarian view of less government. The republicans are in many cases hypocrites, but not lying weasels like the progressives. As far as your island analogy, it fails. Women are forced to wear burkas in many Islamic countries and this is by law. Legality is relative. I agree that Republicans need to uphold the constitution, we are getting rid of those who don't. Ever hear of the tea party movement? The key to corporations is that they have legal status as individuals, one would have to change INTERNATIONAL law to change this. The actions of a corporation can only be changed by the stockholders, who are individuals also.

I agree that republicans need to limit the voice and power of unmitigated greed, but legally. Figure it out.

You will never be a republican, but perhaps you could become a good tea party person. Perhaps those in the tea party will be even more effective. We will see in November.

To Ann: One shopped-for judge should determine constitutional questions? This will cause taxpayers a fortune as it goes up the ladder. I agree with you otherwise, I am hardly a populist.
What the big problem is that the constitution is almost never considered in most cases. It is the previous body of rulings that are consulted. You cannot tell me that judges are not chosen for political purposes.

Churadogs said...

Spectator sez:" Ever hear of the tea party movement?"

Ever hear of the Koch Brothers? Dick Armey? Oh, Spectator, You really, REALLY must read Janet Mayer's New Yorker article on the nice folks who are bankrolling this latest Astroturf party. Hafta laugh. Nice, well-meaning good working folks being used and manipulated (and bought and paid for) by brothers whose only interest is keeping the status quo and making the world better and safer for THEM to make MORE money,(gas & oil) even though their efforts are antithetical to the welfare of the good working folks they're using as unwitting shills for their corporate interests. Ditto Murdoch & his mouthpieces over at Fox News (not to mention Fox's second largest stockholder, Saudi prince Walid bin Talal (remember those al Qaida connections with the Saudi royal family, hmmmmm?) while Fox & Friends are busy ginning up fear and loathing over the fake crisis du jour, the ground zero "terrorist mosque?"

As ever, follow the money.

Spectator also sez:"One shopped-for judge should determine constitutional questions? This will cause taxpayers a fortune as it goes up the ladder."

So you're saying the constitution should be considered but only if the price of doing so is such and such? Past that amount, ah, not so much?

And when you talk about "shopped-for" jurists, does that not describe the Supreme Court itself?

Sewertoons said...

Some might find this to be interesting reading:

M said...

So Ann, with you're comment about the mosque I assume you believe they have every right to build it there. It is legal and everything. However is it the right thing to do? Now let's look at Annie the dog. Everyone's saying to the new owner "do the right thing." Even though the adoption was legal. Frankly, I would rather somebody adopt my dog than allow Islam to get even more of a foothold in this country. Can't you see the history of it?
Sincerely, M
P.S. I never watch Glen Beck or Fox news. I have my own beliefs.

Alon Perlman said...

Having grown up in the Middle East I ask- But why "the Cordoba center"?

There is a definite History lesson there.

Sewertoons said...

M, are you suggesting that we ban mosques in the U.S.A.? Or remove the ones that are already here?

Do you also think that we ought to ban Catholics then - look what happened during the Inquisition!

Alon Perlman said...

I've known a smattering of muslims in and out of America. All were happy to be in countries that allowed them to practice their religion. Many islamic states are very repressive regimes. The Arab versus non-Arab nations add a dynamic tension. I remember the head of the scotland yard's first words after the London bombings were similar to "Islam is a religion of peace".
Odd but not unexpected. Words matter; Islamists are at war with the united states- Muslims arn't
So for M -
This link Came in on an email
Of course "they" have every right to build there. They can even name the courtyard "Mayrters Garden". I don't agree with everyting in the link, but like it or not the world is changing and the only thing that isn't changing is the force with which people hang to the beliefs that make them feel good about themselves.

M said...

I see your reading comprehension hasn't improved any Sewertoons. Where did I suggest we ban all Mosques? How many do they have in New York already? I think the response from Nancy Pelosi and Michael Bloomberg tells all about the proposed Mosque. Money and power. Our own President now bows to other heads of states, tells us we must be more accomadating to Muslims, takes the side of Mexico in regards to illegal immigration, calls are policemans acts stupid. You see where I might begin to think our country is being taken away from us?
Sincerely, M

Sewertoons said...

How is banning one mosque OK? What happens next? Wouldn't adding a mosque in Atlanta or Kankakee "allow Islam to get even more of a foothold in this country?"

M, you need to look a little more deeply at the examples you cite instead of repeating the Fox news headlines about them.

M said...

You see, you missed the part about where I don't watch Fox news.
Sincerely, M

Sewertoons said...

Fox-speak pops up from hearing others use the language - maybe you should watch some so you can see what it is that you are saying. I did see that you said that, but your words are identical. I'd follow the Fox viewing with a good dose of the Economist and the New York Times to balance yourself out.

M said...

Thank you, but I don't need you to be telling me what I should be following. I know what I am saying. I've tried listening to the liberal news side and quite frankly I have moved past G.W. They haven't.
Sincerely, M

Watershed Mark said...

To keep things in perspective and for a laugh-

Nice work Aaron.

Mike said...

Keep up that great attitude M... sure wouldn't want to find out that you could be wrong... or be thought to be uncompromising...


Watershed Mark said...

Early life and career
Pelosi is Italian-American and was born Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro in Baltimore, Maryland, the youngest of six children of Anunciata M. ("Nancy") and Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., who was a Democratic party U.S. Congressman from Maryland and a Mayor of Baltimore.[3] Pelosi's brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III, also a Democrat, was mayor of Baltimore from 1967 to 1971, when he declined to run for a second term.
Pelosi was involved with politics from an early age. She graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame, a Catholic all-girls high school in Baltimore, and from Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University) in Washington, D.C., in 1962 with a B.A. in political science. Pelosi interned for Senator Daniel Brewster (D-Maryland) alongside future House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.[4] She met Paul Frank Pelosi (b. April 15, 1940, in San Francisco, California)[5] while she was attending Trinity College.[6] They married in a Catholic church on September 7, 1963. After the couple married, they moved to New York, and then to San Francisco in 1969, where Mr. Pelosi's brother, Ronald Pelosi was a member of the City and County of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors.[7]
After moving to San Francisco, Pelosi worked her way up in Democratic politics. She became a friend of one of the leaders of the California Democratic Party, 5th District Congressman Phillip Burton.

The Wire is an American television drama series set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland. Created, produced, and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002 and ended on March 9, 2008. Sixty episodes comprise its five seasons.

Each season of The Wire focuses on a different facet of the city of Baltimore. They are, in order: the illegal drug trade, the port system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media. The large cast consists mainly of character actors who are little known for their other roles. Simon has said that despite its presentation as a crime drama, the show is "really about the American city, and about how we live together. It's about how institutions have an effect on individuals, and how whether you're a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, you are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution you've committed to."[1]

We don’t want America to become like Baltimore or Washington D.C.…do we?

Churadogs said...

M said,"So Ann, with you're comment about the mosque I assume you believe they have every right to build it there. It is legal and everything. However is it the right thing to do? Now let's look at Annie the dog. Everyone's saying to the new owner "do the right thing." Even though the adoption was legal. Frankly, I would rather somebody adopt my dog than allow Islam to get even more of a foothold in this country."

Got news for you. "Islam" has had a "foothold" in this country for a long time. What you're looking at with this Mosque thing is political politics. It's a wedge issue that the Republicans can use against the Democrats in the upcoming elections. And a wedge issue that the Koch Bros & Murdoch can gin up both for ratings($$) and to raise the level of fear which can be translated into votes to benefit the Koch Bros & Murdoch. Really, now, in what way is a community center, swimming pool and prayer room in a damaged Burlington Coat Factory building more disrespectful of the 9/11 site when a porno shop and liquor stores aren't? (Both are found nearby as well.) Plus, there's also another mosque a few blocks away from this one since there's a bunch of Muslims living in the area. No, M, this is ginned-up political manipulation and it dishonors our founding principles which, you notice, so many Americans so easily toss overboard at the slightest nudge.

Watershed Mark said...

Watershed Mark said...

The post above neglects the Soros and the rest of the Progressive party’s part of the equation, which is why it is a liberal rant which isn’t “fair or balanced”…