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More Thoughts On The Orlando Massacre

As a whole, we are a society that needs to find reason and place blame. Our history bears this out. In the U.S. alone, there is centuries worth of finger pointing. We have blamed and punished Native Americans and African Americans. During the late 19th century, and early 20th century it was Anarchist and Socialist. During WWI it was the Germans. During WWII it was the Japanese and Germans. During the 50’s through the late 80’s it was the Communist. Since 9/11 it’s been the Muslims. The point is that every time we face a period of crisis, someone must bear the brunt of the blame, just or unjust. We are a wary and suspicious society. Mistrusting and mistreating the square pegs who do not fit into our round holes.

In the case of Omar Mateen, I see no proof that his actions were representative of his religious beliefs. There are no manifestos created by Mateen, there are no social media rants that we know of. He supposedly declared allegiance to ISIS, but the FBI claims there is no proof of that. There is no indication what so ever that he killed in the name of his god. Yes, Islam does condemn homosexuality, but so do many Christian religions. If Catholic John Smith committed this atrocity, he would simply be another homophobic asshole with no regard for life. We would be attacking the man, not the religion or any other group he happened to fit into. Furthermore, if Mateen was a radical Islam terrorist, why target one specific group of Americans?

This man, Grady Mateen was a monster pure and simple. He was violent, as his ex wife will attest t. He mistreated and beat her regularly. He hated those who were LGBTQ. His disdain for two men kissing in public months before would bear witness to that. He was a misogynist and a homophobe.  He was mentally ill. He was a product of a society that routinely denigrates women and hates  those of same sex orientation. If you don’t believe me, go on Twitter, where you’ll find many tweets from so called Christians who are cheering Mateen for his actions. It’s sickeningly ironic that the same people who would rage against people of Islam, are now holding a Muslim up as a hero for slaying so many  gay and transgendered in one fell swoop. These internet bullies are as grotesque as the man who seemingly did their dirty work for them.

In conclusion, blame the man who committed the act, not the religion. Place shame on a person who would be so filled with malevolence, that he drove 5 hours to massacre those who were born different than he. Furthermore, blame a society that marginalizes and castigates the LGBTQ populace. Blame a public mindset that places more value on guns than people. Blame a government that protects assault weapons instead of human beings.

It’s ok to point fingers. In fact, go ahead and point fingers as if you were in a doughnut shop.

Just be mindful to point the finger at the right doughnut when you do.

The Deadliest Shooting In American History.

My Sunday morning started out in a typical manner. I woke up, went to the bathroom, and then got my cup of coffee. As I sat down to peruse the internet as I usually do, my wife, who had already been up for some time, tells me that a friend of hers was attacked last night in Columbus for the simple crime of walking while being gay. Then, as I’m checking my news feed, several articles catch my attention about last night’s horrific shooting in Orlando. 50 dead, and over 50 injured at the night club Pulse, a dance club that caters to the LGBTQ community. I’m sickened as I read: Sickened and outraged.

Our society is quite ill ladies and gentlemen. The outlook is terminal. Sure, public outrage is temporarily appropriate, but it will soon die down until the next mass killings take place. Based on current history, the next mass shooting is right around the corner, and we’ll all be outraged again. Lather, rinse, repeat. In the meantime, until the next event, we will all do nothing. In the mean time, people will be attacked for their sexual orientation. People will be killed for the color of their skin. People will be killed for their religion. One group of people will be killed because they simply do not fit in the same box as another group of people. It’s been going on for thousands of years, and it’s only getting worse. The more things change, the more they stay the same. It’s a tired cliche, but it still holds true.

However, in the good ole U.S of A, things seem to be significantly worse. There has always been an us vs. them mentality. The hate that is fomented between one group or another is of epidemic proportions, and the daily tragic headlines bear this out. Last night’s shootings may be the worst in American history, but it certainly won’t be the last. We are after all, a nation of hate. We are united by bigotry. We eat malevolence, and crap bullets over those who dare to be different or disagree with us.

What we need is a reset button. Tear the whole thing down and start over. We need to stop living for God and Country, and start living for ourselves and each other. Religion, Nationalism, and Capitalism is what fucked our society up, and sooner rather than later, it is what will destroy us all.

I think I need something stronger than coffee this morning, to get this bad taste out of my mouth.

 

 

 

Buh Bye Fred Phelps Sr.

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Fred Phelps Sr. died late Wednesday night at the age of 84. Unfortunately, even though this hateful ass hole is no longer with us, his abomination of a church still lives on. As a tribute to the memory of Drop Dead Fred, I’m going leave this;  right, about, here.

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Rest in peace Fred, may you burn in hell – because, fuck you and your church.

Arizona: It’s Not The Heat. It’s The Stupidity.

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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.

Michael Sam: Out Of The Closet And Into The Combine.

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First team All American, SEC defensive player of the year, team MVP, team leader. Now, Missouri defensive end has another title to his name; openly gay athlete. None of the four professional sports currently has an openly gay player amidst the ranks. Come April, after the NFL draft they will have one – Michael Sam. Projected as a linebacker in the NFL, Sam was viewed as a high draft pick. After he came out to the media on Sunday, his future is in doubt. One NFL executive has already stated that the NFL is not ready for an openly gay player. I think it is. The opinion of most NFL players is that a team mate’s orientation is not an issue, it’s what kind of player and team mate he is that counts. His peers at Missouri certainly didn’t seem to care; he came out to them last year, and was clearly a leader on an outstanding team with a ferocious defense. Michael Sam deserves to be drafted at the level that his talent and play indicate. He’s a tremendous player with football savvy, as well as a tough as nails demeanor. He’s going to be a hell of a player, and one of the 32 teams willing take a chance on him is going to be very grateful that they did. More importantly, he deserves a medal – a freaking medal of valor. He’s not only opening the closet door for himself; he’s kicking it down for other players who share his orientation. He’s a pioneer, he’s a hero. I will be following his career closely, and you can bet that I will become a fan of the team who drafts him.

Much love to you Michael Sam. You’re brave, as well as a true hero and role model. I wish you good luck and great success on this path that you’re your so valiantly embarking on.

Phil Robertson And The First Amendment.

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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.

Ding Dong The DOMA’s Dead

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Gay Couple with child (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some good things have finally been handed down by SCOTUS. Earlier this week, heinously gutted the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965, essentially allowing states the opportunity to reinstall Jim Crow type voting restrictions. Today’s decisions effectively wiped out DOMA, as well as California’s Prop 8.

I’m no legal expert by any means, but my understanding of the decisions is this: A key part of DOMA which did not allow federal benefits and protections to legally married same sex couples was ruled as discriminatory, and therefore unconstitutional. What this means is that any same sex couple married in a state that recognizes same sex marriages, are now entitled to any federal benefits and protections afforded to married straight couples. On a federal level, defense of marriage is officially dead.

In the case of Prop 8, SCOTUS kind of, sort of, not really handed down a decision. They didn’t actually rule on the legality of Prop 8, they merely ruled that the circuit court’s earlier strike down of Prop 8 could not be challenged due to a jurisdictional technicality. They shut the door on Prop 8, but left a window open for other states to introduce Prop 8 type legislation.

In essence, SCOTUS delivered this message today: If you’re legally married, you’re federally protected. However, the Supreme Court as of now, will leave marriage equality to the states, as well as the lower courts and not intervene.

While it may not be a complete victory for marriage equality, it’s still a huge win, and an immense step in the right direction.