Once again, Arizona has lost its freaking collective religious right mind. Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard by now that Arizona legislature passed a bill making it legal for businesses, public servants etc, to refuse service to anyone who does not conform to their religious beliefs. Dubbed the “right to discriminate act,” similar bills are currently being considered in 10 other states, with Georgia hot on the heels of Arizona. While many feel as if these bills solely target the LGBT communities in these states, that’s not exactly true. In Georgia and Arizona for instance, a hotel for example, can refuse to give a room to anyone who does not fit the religious criteria of the owner. Muslims, Hindus, virtually anyone can be refused service. Currently in Arizona, the bill is expected to be vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer. However, she is doing it because of the back lash, not because it’s just a god-awful, disgusting Jim Crow like set back to human rights. The bill reeks of inhumanity, and both conservative and liberal alike should be disgusted by any such piece of legislation. This bill, and other bills under consideration, are a slippery slope toward not only a return to Jim Crow, but a return to Nazi Germany as well. It’s horrifying to me to even think about what bills may come afterward, should any state turn such discrimination into law.
Yet, I’m not surprised by the bill. The radical religious right has been hot on the trail of Puritan like conformity for decades. They want to quash down the movement of marriage equality (Ted Cruz, I’m looking at you). They want to kill women’s reproductive rights (Hello Rick Perry!). They want to severely limit immigration. They want to jail almost every American of black and brown color on trumped up charges. They want to eliminate every colorful ingredient of our melting pot, and turn our country into bland creme soup. It’s so bad, that even moderate conservatives are not only distancing themselves from their grand old party, they’re forsaking it all together – in droves. If John McCain is complaining, you know it’s bad.
What’s our recourse? Protest, protest against these moral intruders like they owe you money. Write your state leaders, and make your voice heard. Threaten with your buying power, and threaten with your votes. People will listen. It’s happened before, and it can happen again. In fact, it’s already happening, why else would Governor Brewer consider a veto? It’s not because of her humanity: She doesn’t have any. It’s because she knows that Arizona will lose a ton of tourist dollars. She’s probably going to do the right thing for the wrong reasons, but at least she’s going to do the right thing. We must continue to stand up for what is right: After all, George Takei simply isn’t going to be around forever to fight our battles for us.
These are dangerous times we live in folks, and if we don’t fight back, our freedom will already be more repressed that it already is. I’m just saying.
Welcome to the latest installment of What Does The First Amendment Really Mean? Recently, Phil Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty gave an interview in GQ Magazine. In that interview, he made derogatory remarks involving not only the LGBT community, but African Americans as well. He likened homosexuality to bestiality, and claimed that blacks in Louisiana were much happier during the days of Jim Crow. Naturally, there was an outpouring of outrage, and A&E Network responded by suspending Robertson indefinitely. Of course, the bible thumping Tea Partiers, lead by Sarah Palin (Why is she still relevant?) came to his defense, claiming his First Amendment rights were violated. I say this with all due respect Mrs. Palin, but you and your ilk are full of hypocritical bullshit.
First of all, Robertson’s rights were not violated. Yes he has a right to his opinion, no matter how bigoted or idiotic it is. He can freely state his hillbilly bible thumping bullshit, without any reprisal from our government. However, his employer has every right to fire or suspend him for making such statements. For example, I can freely say that in my opinion, Phil Robertson is a prejudiced hateful moron, who deserves to be hog tied,and have a giant rainbow colored duck call shoved up his ass. I can opine this without worrying about any consequences from the government. However, if my employer was to read this post and disagree, they can fire me without reprisal. There would be nothing I can do about that. I can also freely state in my opinion, that I think Sarah Palin is an uneducated coat tail riding twat, and that I wish she was eaten by the very wolves that she enjoys shooting at from a helicopter. Fired by my employer? Yes. Arrested or censored by the authorities? No. This is how the First Amendment works folks. You don’t hear Martin Bashir bitching about his First Amendment rights do you?
Nobody is questioning his right to make racist and homophobic opinions. Has he been arrested for them? He has his right to his opinion. We also have the right to be offended by such comments and speak out against them. We have the right to reach out to his employer and complain about his conduct. The Tea Party went after Martin Bashir for his inflammatory comments about Sarah Palin, and as a result he was fired by MSNBC. Now that the situation is reversed with one of their own, they’re crying like a bunch of butt hurt little children about his First Amendment rights. You can’t have it both ways.
In my opinion, the ass hats of the Tea Party, along with their minion Sarah Palin, need to take a civics class or two. Maybe then they would finally shut their fucking mouths about the First Amendment already. Hell, they need to have the entire Constitution taught to them. That is, of course, once they get through a remedial hooked on phonics class.
I’m not holding my breath though.
Good lord, the crazies are stepping up their game in Gilberton, Pennsylvania. Apparently, Gilberton police chief Mark Kessler is enacting his own demented, fascist version of Shay’s Rebellion. Though recently suspended, Kessler has forcefully maintained his position as chief, posting armed guards from his Constitution Security Force, strip searching city council members, and generally promising physical violence on any “libtard” who dares to speak against him and his views. Meanwhile, in his spare time, he’s threatening the life of Secretary of State John Kerry.
This is the kind of radical right wing bullshit that keeps me up at night folks: If a police chief turned militant psycho is allowed to ignore the very Constitution that he thinks he’s so vehemently and violently protecting, what’s next? Will Rick Perry form his own militia and declare Texas as a Republic once again? This country just might be doomed to fall apart after all, but it’s not from the liberals, the socialists, the anarchists, or the atheist: Our country is threatened by people such as Mark Kessler, a man willing to go to any length to insure that his beliefs are the beliefs of the country. It’s people such as Mark Kessler who are the real terrorist. He is living proof of a demented group of people who are willing to go to any length to inflict their dogma on the rest of us. This is NOT patriotism, this is paranoid, terrorist fanaticism.
That, my friends, has me scared shitless.
By the way, there is an online petition calling for Federal intervention to remove Kessler and his militia. If you would like to sign it, please go here.
- Petition Calls For The National Guard To Disarm Militia Holding One Pennsylvania Town Hostage (addictinginfo.org)
- Armed Militia Holding Pennsylvania Town Hostage (addictinginfo.org)
- Gun Nuts Out Of Control – The Story Continues – ‘Petition Calls For The National Guard To Disarm Militia Holding One Pennsylvania Town Hostage’ (thelastofthemillenniums.wordpress.com)
- Update on teagunner nut Mark Kessler (pullingtotheleft.wordpress.com)
- Pennsylvania police chief threatens liberals (pullingtotheleft.wordpress.com)
What a travesty. What an utter and complete miscarriage of justice.
Kudos to Guerrilla Feminism for sharing this.
Truer words never spoken.
I would say I’m speechless, but I’m not. I’m outraged. Meanwhile, a black woman in Florida is serving 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot over the head of her abusive husband when he tried to attack her. Apparently, justice in Florida IS a matter of black and white.
- George Zimmerman found not guilty (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Verdict: George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- A prediction or three about the Zimmerman verdict (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- American Injustice: Zimmerman Killed a Boy in ‘Self Defense’ (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
I was shocked to wake up this morning to read of the death of James Gandolfini at the young age of 51. Gandolfini, who was a wonderful actor, is best known for playing the Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano. When The Sopranos debuted in 1999, Tony Soprano was like no television character I had ever seen before. He brought humor, compassion, and angst. He also brought brutality; loads and loads of brutality. Gandolfini was Tony Soprano, and Tony Soprano was James Gandolfini. He was the perfect mob boss. He was also the father of all the television anti-heroes that we hate to love today.
Tony Soprano begat Dexter Morgan and Walter White. He begat Nucky Thompson and Eric Northman. He begat the entire Borgia family. He begat a new generation of television characters who were both viciously unlikeable and yet likeable at the same time. Tony Soprano was the Travis Bickle of the 21st century,which is a huge reason for my mourning of James Gandolfini. He was the man who made Tony Soprano larger than life, and I thank him for it.
RIP James Gandolfini. You were, and forever will be the baddest ass of them all.
Wow. Just. Wow. I’m still trying to wrap my head around this. First there was the grisly carnage of the bombing on Monday, leading into the speculation of who did it. Then last night there was the chaos of the car chase, the shootings and more explosions, and now the lock down of Boston while the hunt for this mad man takes place. There are so many victims, and so many heroes.
I feel as if I’m watching Homeland, or 24, or one of the many TV shows or movies about terrorists that have cropped up since 9-11. However, this is real, and it’s incredibly scary and unsettling. Most of all, it’s incredibly heart breaking.
My heart goes out to Boston today, as it has all week. Stay strong, and stay safe. The rest of the country is in your corner.
At this point, all I can say is that I’m glad I live in the Middle-of -No-Where, Kentucky. At least all I have to be concerned about are the Meth heads, Jesus freaks, and the occasional cow wandering out into the road in front of my car.