Friday, April 11, 2014
Mississippi Moon, Won’t You Keep On Shining On Me?
One of the goals of the Republicans’ Growth and Opportunity Project aka The Rebranding is to win some elections. One branch of the party, which is gradually coming to be known as Establishment Republicans believe that a veneer of sanity is the answer. Those guys, and a handful of gals, mostly represent pre-TEA Party operatives beholden to “old money donors” and corporate sponsors.
Their opposite numbers are younger social and fiscal conservative upstarts with an anarchic streak—Libertarians and practitioners of diverse strains of extremism that appeal to new-money donors and disgruntled establishment tear-aways like the newly activist DeMint Foundation.
As everyone realizes, at this point, party disunity in a two-party system of government can result in unpredictable and sometimes disastrous results.
That was certainly the case in 2012 when Republicans only electoral wins were due to a weird alignment of the stars which cast the anamalous 2010 TEA Party wave coinciding with a US Census year. Republicans made the most of that confluence and stacked their districts masterfully. But we know, and they know, that their House majority is far from a mandate and the rest of the 2012 results were a train wreck for the GOP.
The Republican National Committee accurately assessed that something radical and tough-lovish had to happen quickly if Republicans were to avoid an even longer losing streak. And one of the factors that the RNC zeroed in on was a class of insurgent, often barely qualified, fringe newcomers who loudly and proudly let their freak flags fly and managed to throw away a number of Senate seats that Republicans might have won.
Think Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, Josh Mandel . . . and one of the things that all of those failed Senate candidates have in common is a Club for Growth endorsement.
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Posted by Bette Noir on 04/11/14 at 02:30 PM
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
American Taliban Mobilizing Against Gay-stapo
Apparently the far right wants blood and they are doing all of the right things to get them some.
Screeching and fear-mongering over gays in our midst is nothing new for them but those who pay close attention to their antics are recognizing that we have entered a new phase—the mobilization and deployment of armed-to-the-teeth, anti-gay wingnuts who are coming around to a belief that they have a sacred mandate to eliminate the gay.
Guys like Scott Lively have been gay-bashing for a long time and are relatively harmless because their self-interest trumps their desire to scuff their Guccis in the trenches. Up until recently, Lively would rather go to Latvia or Uganda, where he’s a bigger fish, and persuade some petty satraps there to go out and kill their own gays.
He is evidently smart enough to know that the tiny minority of Americans nutty enough to support his agenda will never get much of anything done - at least, legislatively. And Lively’s gay-bashing cottage industry of books, speaking engagements and his hate ministry Abiding Truth Ministries has barely netted enough to keep him in Crown Victorias.
So he’s decided to run for Governor of Massachusetts on a platform that includes “Your President, Barack Obama, Is a Fag.”
Meanwhile, Lively’s book The Pink Swastika has become something of a cult classic in the gay-hate microcosm. The book explains that homosexuals are the true inventors of Nazism and the evil genius behind many Nazi atrocities.
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Posted by Bette Noir on 04/09/14 at 11:27 AM
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Friday, April 04, 2014
Modern conservatism in the US is predicated on a bizarre, ongoing inversion of reality. Item: an addled B-movie actor explodes the national debt and is lionized as a champion of small government. A cowardly, none-too-bright male cheerleader from a patrician clan is packaged and sold as a brush-clearin,’ neo-Churchillian cowpoke.
The party that bankrupted the country through ruinous, pointless warmongering and Wall Street wilding markets itself as the fiscally responsible foreign policy grownups. The party that allows a gun manufacturer flak organization to intimidate it into allowing terrorists and the floridly crazy to purchase unlimited semiautomatic weapons bills itself as tough on crime. Etc.
So it shouldn’t be surprising that conservatives’ perception of their ongoing defeat in the culture wars is exactly the opposite of reality on every level too. But that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh at the ahistorical ranting. Cue the Powertools, lamenting the resignation of erstwhile Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich:
So the liberals claim another scalp. This is something new in our history, as far as I know. Until now, private citizens could hold whatever political beliefs they wanted, and support political causes as they chose.
Ever heard of the McCarthy hearings? Where a wingnut senator persecuted private citizens and destroyed their livelihoods because of their political beliefs? See, when the party of free markets decides to regulate political beliefs, it does so via the government.
What happened to Eich is a free market phenomenon. You can make the argument that the companies and developers who balked at the prospect of working with a CEO who thinks gays are icky should have given Eich a chance. But the companies and developers are independent agents who are free to vote with their feet because freedom.
Over at Heritage.org, they’ve discovered the power of government policy in leading social change:
Policy should prohibit the government from discriminating against any individual or group, whether nonprofit or for-profit, based on their beliefs that marriage is the union of a man and woman or that sexual relations are reserved for marriage. Policy should prohibit the government from discriminating in tax policy, employment, licensing, accreditation, or contracting against such groups and individuals.
Okay, so you guys were for prohibiting the government from discriminating against same sex couples in tax policy, employment, licensing, accreditation or contracting, right? Nope.
Once again, the self-proclaimed anti-nanny state crusaders and champions of free markets are revealed as sniveling hypocrites. Hoocoodanode?
[X-posted at Balloon Juice]
Posted by Betty Cracker on 04/04/14 at 07:31 AM
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Friday, March 14, 2014
Who Would Jesus Shoot?
Is it some esoteric law of nature, or something, that all anti-gay uber-bigots wind up looking like my Uncle Bruce the Bachelor?
Meet Austin Ruse, who is one of those insufferable little lumps who believes he is a Great Thinker, Mover and Shaker because some like-minded insufferable little lumps publish his brain farts on their blog. [Think Breitbart.]
The guy has a BA in journalism from Mizzou, a big mouth and an even bigger ego which he has parlayed into a lifetime free ride as “president” of the non-profit hate group Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), which styles itself a “think tank.”
Under Ruse’s twisted guidance, C-FAM earned its official designation from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for it’s groundbreaking work in international gay-bashing but is sure to eventually earn its stripes in other categories of hatefulness like misogyny, racism, liberal-baiting, dissolution of the Girl Scouts of America and banning contraception.
Ruse is a vocal disseminator of the Matthew Shepard: Drug Lord theory. His rambling Matthew Shepard trutherism masterpiece, for Breitbart.com, entitled A Martyr Is A Terrible Thing To Waste, is queerly laced with a little wistful slobbering over Shepard:
. . . he was achingly handsome, tousled blond hair, slight of frame, and delicately chiseled.
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Posted by Bette Noir on 03/14/14 at 12:15 PM
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Bachmann Wields Her Terrible Swift Sword
Well Michele Bachmann (R-MN) won’t be afflicting the body politic in any official capacity much longer but the woman’s a trouper and, despite being a tad punch-drunk, she’s still in there flailing away.
Holding court at last week’s CPAC, La Bachmann shared, in a radio interview, her still raw anguish over Governor Jan Brewer’s decision to veto Arizona’s “right to discriminate” law.
Rep. Bachmann is especially aggrieved over the bullying that she and The American People are suffering at the hands of teh gayz:
And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don’t.
She added that gay people and “activist judges” are trying to take away her freedom: “If you want take away my religious liberties, you can advocate for that but you do it through the constitutional process and you don’t intimidate and no politician should give away my religious liberties or yours.”
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Posted by Bette Noir on 03/11/14 at 11:50 AM
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Not the Least, and Not the Last
Yesterday marked some new changes in the battle of LGBT equality, with AZ Gov.Jan Brewer vetoing Senate bill 1062, finding that there was no evidence that people of faith were being unduly burdened and that allowing this bill to become law would have unintended consequences, and with a federal judge ruling the Texas gay marriage ban unconstitutional.
It’s not unalloyed good news, because although I am optimistic (just see my last blog entry) I was not found in a cabbage patch nor was I raised on sunshine and good vibes. The response of some social conservatives definitely reminds me that nothing is over—if anything, the desire of a handful of retrograde culture warriors to wrap themselves in the mantle of faith and claim special privilege as a marginalized group seems to have grown. It’s what you might call a smaller, but more motivated group. Look at it this way, if it’s right that the SCOTUS Windsor ruling has literally made all further argument on gay marriage moot, what the hell is Brian Brown gonna do now? Get a real job? Even Fox News might stop inviting Tony Perkins on, and everyone knows Bryan Fischer is worried that if folks are freely getting gay-married…well, he’s on his own thing and I think he’s more scared of turning into a vulva than turning gay, but my point is, that rear-guard money is catch as catch can and they gotta hustle now. So they will hustle.
The thing with prejudice is, the people with it like to feel justified. Of course they are fine upstanding better people. They wouldn’t even have the prejudices they do if they weren’t! This “religious freedom” gambit seemed like a nice way to co-opt the language of the persecuted to sound like maybe they were the ones all victimized and wronged by liberal fascism. Which is the very worst kind of fascism because of the PBS programming and organic produce, not to mention the whole meaningful chats about “tone”. But the problem is political correctness, don’t you know.
Conservatism won at least one argument with me. I hate political correctness. I will call these professional victims and family values pimps what they are. And for what it’s worth, if they want to talk about respecting religion, I have some reservations about your garden-variety haters deciding it’s totally okay to rip out pages of Leviticus and use them as a fig leaf to cover up their rage-boners over any class of people…being treated totally the same as anyone else.
But here is something to ponder that I don’t think conservatives are taking into account:
This kissing of theocratic ass is costing them—let’s talk about CPAC.
I love CPAC. I pretend I’m appalled because I’m a proper liberal with all the right credentials but as theater? I was a choir geek in high school—I love theater! And who doesn’t like to watch a hot mess of theater sometimes? But anyway, CPAC has engendered drama because they could never let GOProud in the fold. They were out, and never in. The sucking up around the edges to try and pacify the theocrat powers that be apparently cheesed Chris Barron off enough to quit them, hard enough. Is he not a conservative and a brother?
Nope. Moving on, CPAC isn’t having any with atheists either. Wow. If “none of the above” is a big religious choice of the millennial generation, aren’t they making a big mistake right here? Especially given that 1/3 of millennials left religion specifically over how gay people are treated by their faith?
This wedge issue that used to be good for the GOP circa 2004, is not a great issue about now. But if they think they look spiffy in albatross, who am I to try and stop them? You go, GOP-ers! Wrap yourself in the flag and the Bible and take all of your guns at once and….
I dunno. Write a very serious letter to editor of the Washington Times. If they have one. I guess.
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Posted by Vixen Strangely on 02/27/14 at 11:51 PM
Saturday, February 08, 2014
GOP Rebranding Update: Wolverine Edition
Well, it’s my time of the month to take a reading on how the Grand Old Party is doing with its rebranding efforts. They’ve been at it for a little over a year now so I don’t think it unreasonable to expect some quantifiable progress.
Last month we saw a Lady Republican, of all things, delivering the Republican response to the President’s annual State of the Union address. It was a very nice roundup of all the very nice plans that the GOP has to make America wonderful again, if we all vote for them. The Lady Republican didn’t go into detail [Libruls might steal their ideas] but asked us to take it on faith—vote first, find out later.
One big plus was that the Lady Republican turned out to be a natural at “controlling the message.” She didn’t say anything stupid, obnoxious or hateful the whole time she was on-air. She didn’t actually say anything smart, attractive or inclusive, either, but I still think the GOP gets to count the speech as a great leap forward given recent past performances. Now the Lady Republican can go concentrate on her ethics investigation just like one of the guys.
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Posted by Bette Noir on 02/08/14 at 11:47 AM
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Constitution: 3 States: 0
This week Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and North Carolina became the latest states to run headlong into the brick wall otherwise known as the US Constitution. Increasingly, state legislators who don’t care for the way things are headed, in the country, have taken to writing their own laws, amending their state constitutions and proposing ballot initiatives to protect their political, social policy and ideological comfort zones.
Evidently, judging by the number of such actions, out in the states, quite a few states are uncomfortable with the powers-that-be, inspiring state executives and legislators to frequently bandy about concepts like state’s rights, nullification, secession, impeachment and the most recent addition to the Extreme Playbook, the Second Amendment Solution.
Fortunately, the framers of our constitution foresaw that leading a vibrant, young nation might sometimes devolve into an exercise in herding cats and they prudently built that framework of very stern stuff. Our constitution has survived some very trying times and ultimately, those tests have strengthened it and repeatedly strengthened our resolve to uphold the core principles that make us the global model of Democracy.
As with most foundational documents, though, ours are open to interpretation and argument and, in some cases, amendment but, ultimately such instruments must pass a rigorous testing of their essential constitutionality before becoming part of the fabric of American law. Thus the framers attempted to protect citizens against the self interests, regional imperatives and transient political agendas of their elected representatives.
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Posted by Bette Noir on 01/18/14 at 12:21 PM
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The Rebranding 2014: Brave New GOP
If anyone asks [and, so far, no one has] I’d have to give the RNC’s rebranding effort aka the Growth and Opportunity Project a solid F+. The plus is for the one thing that was prescribed in that roadmap that Republicans actually seem to be doing something about—creating a 21st century GOTV operation to beef up their heretofore pathetic ground game.
For that particular line item, I’d give them a C because they are still talking about it, have made a few hires and announced that the Republican National Committee is getting out of the political ad business to focus its considerable talents on IT. Judging from their condescending derision of all things healthcare.gov, this should be entertaining.
The Republican National Committee says it is changing its entire approach to campaigns, electing to focus on building the party’s grass roots on a constant basis rather than stockpiling money for TV ads in the months before an election.
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Posted by Bette Noir on 01/15/14 at 01:59 PM
Saturday, January 04, 2014
YOLO, Mr. Meacham. YOLO
Oh, dear! sometimes I just want to throw my hands in the air and quote The Beatles:
All the lonely people
where do they all belong?
From a mother’s perspective, the one pictured above belongs in therapy.
Young Trestin Meacham has tried many, many ways, in his relatively short life, to get attention. The internet is dotted with the potholes of his abandoned bloggery; in 2012 he ran for the Utah State Senate on the Constitution Party ticket and $100.00 in campaign donations; and, when that failed, he created the Constitutional Heroarchy of Kherutistan, online, complete with flag, history, it’s own currency—Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, to be exact.
But only this week, did Trestin Meacham achieve his dream of “going viral” by declaring a hunger strike until Utah gays stop getting married.
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Posted by Bette Noir on 01/04/14 at 01:01 PM
Saturday, December 28, 2013
2014 OH NOES! Parade
Sad news coming to us, today, from the Homo-phobo-sphere, where an outbreak of spontaneously-combusting hair and exploding heads is taking quite a toll. 2013 has been something of an annus horribilis for anti-gay activists who have had their dreams of perpetual hetero-supremacy dashed by Obama’s legions of radical-leftist-activist judges [some of whom were appointed by Dubya and must have “turned”] proclaiming that “equal means equal.”
Up to now, the homophobe reaction has been oddly muted and limited to isolated breath-holding, foot-stomping and refusals to bake cakes or arrange flowers for gay weddings. But now, the march of deviants has gone “a bridge too far” in their attempt to subvert that iconic celebration of American heterodoxy—The Rose Bowl Parade.
The theme of this year’s Rose Bowl Parade is Dreams Come True and, in keeping with that theme, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has built a wedding cake shaped float atop which a gay couple will solemnize their wedding vows during the parade.
And, suddenly, A BOYCOTT!! is in order and San Diego community organizer, Karen Grube, tells us why:
Now gay activists want to destroy the Rose Parade by performing a Gay Wedding on one of the floats. I guess that’s what they mean by ‘Dreams Come True’ or is it nightmares?
Gay marriage is illegal in over 30 states, why would they promote something that is blatantly illegal? That’s just stupid.
Except, well . . . it’s not illegal in your state—the Rose Bowl Parade state—Karen.
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Posted by Bette Noir on 12/28/13 at 11:28 AM
Thursday, December 19, 2013
The Free Market Giveth, And the Free Market Taketh Away
Thank God it’s Thursday and American Culture has finally spit up a hairball that will effectively distract us all from real problems like expiring unemployment benefits, minimum wage and Republicans newest threat to blow up the global economy if they can’t have their Canadian pipeline.
Evidently the crusty old patriarch of the Duck Dynasty had a few colorful thoughts to share with a GQ interviewer recently (WTFGQ?) on the illogic of being gay and the “good times there are not forgotten” cheerfulness of Louisiana’s black tenant farmers in pre-civil-rights days:
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person,” Robertson is quoted in GQ. “Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
I’m thinking Duck Daddy went to the wrong nightclubs and somehow missed “strange fruit” season on the Bayou.
Anyway, what he had to say about gays was pretty inflammatory, too, with the usual references to sin, hellfire and bestiality.
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Posted by Bette Noir on 12/19/13 at 04:35 PM
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Gay Thuggery Ruining Everything For Florida TEA Party
Meet Danita Kilcullen, founder of the TEA Party Fort Lauderdale—America’s Longest Running Tea Party, or so they claim. Danita calls herself “a natural-born TEA Partier” which appears to be an accurate statement from my perspective. But, lest my own jaundiced perception of the TEA Party poison the well, so to speak, I offer up several definitions of the TEA Party from the Urban Dictionary which I find to be a fairly apt barometer of contemporary thought on contemporary issues.
1. white trash identity politics, circa 2009-2010. This movement features the isolated and ignorant boldly and proudly acting as vassals for a small group of cynical thieves, like the Koch brothers.
2. another bunch of useful idiots who believe that a government is “small” when it wastes squillions of dollars on wars but lets poor citizens croak instead of helping them with medicare.
3. a wing of the Republican party dedicated to getting Obama out of office, while conveniently living in denial about the abuses of the Bush years and the Wall Street origins of the Great Recession (2007-present).
4. a group of obese, undereducated hicks who worship the 2nd Amendment, think Obama is a Muslim solely because of his name and skin color, call anyone to the left of Hitler a communist and a socialist, and would rather see Americans starve and die in the streets by the millions than see a Democrat in the White House.
Well, there’s lots more but you get the idea and, getting back to “natural-born” TEA-tastic, Danita Kilcullen, there’s plenty of evidence that she embraces all of the above.
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Posted by Bette Noir on 12/01/13 at 12:28 PM
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
A Tale of Two Gubernatorial Contests
In a night of few surprises, Terry McAuliffe (D) came out on top in his race against VA AG Ken Cuccinelli (R), and NJ Governor Chris Christie (R) easily defended against Democratic challenger Barbara Buono. A lot of ink, virtual and digital, can be spilled over these two contests, but I am going to cover the broad outlines as I see them—
We have one somewhat Democratic win in a state that isn’t necessarily that liberal, and a Republican winning re-election in a reliably blue state that just voted to send Cory Booker (D) to Washington. This is only two contests, and neither of them give us enough information to say there’s a “trend”. Some of the voting/exit polling breakdown fascinates me in VA.
If anything, I think Cuccinelli beat himself because he really is as insulated a conservative as can be found—case in point: the sodomy thing. Seriously? You actually can’t get more socially conservative and panty-sniffing than wanting to patrol bedroom behaviors. Astonishingly, in my book, he still did better than 50% in exit polling with white males. (My personal polling experience with white males has always been very pro-sodomy.) I note that the Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis, did pretty well with the young people—probably Republican-identified voters who are more fiscally conservative, but not interested in Old Testament morality. The Cuccinelli campaign blew it, figuratively speaking. The best nod to Libertarian thought his campaign mustered was having Sen. Rand (You Can Say That Again!) Paul talk to the students at Liberty University, although one has to note that “libertarians” is not the plural of “Liberty University student” and that Paul spoke about eugenics and abortion, managing to miss the libertarian note in favor of reinforcing the idea of Cooch as a reductive reproductive regulator.
I don’t really have much to say about the New Jersey contest, for a handful of reasons, but most probably because I’m not even especially sure there was one? I will note that although Gov. Christie won handily, the same voters also went for increasing the minimum wage—not one of his policies. In this case, I think personality has a lot to do with it, and Barbara Buono, whatever her merits as a politician, failed to land any telling blows to her opponent, possibly out of concern that she might go “too negative”. Christie’s recent blow-up at a teacher was too recent to make any dent in his popularity, although it should have reminded of some of his more prickly moments earlier in his term. Surely, more 2016 talk for Christie will come of this win.
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Posted by Vixen Strangely on 11/05/13 at 10:49 PM
Friday, September 20, 2013
The Real “L” Word: Hillary Clinton Episode
Forging ever onward on his earthly mission, Bryan Fischer, Dude-of-all-Trades for the American Family Association, has outed Hillary Clinton lest she try to get her hands on the the helm of our rickety ship of state sometime in the near future.
Fischer, who has his very own sheltered workshop on talk radio, made his blockbuster announcement thusly:
“. . . the bottom line is that if Hillary Clinton becomes president in 2016 she will not only be our first female president she could be our first lesbian president.”
The authoritative source for Fischer’s scoop is none other than Gennifer Flowers, award-winning expert on the sex lives of the Clintons, who told a Daily Mail interviewer, [the UK’s National Enquirer wannabe], that the Secretary of Explaining Things told her, his own self, that Hill is bisexual.
[Obviously, Fischer believes that “lesbian” = “bisexual.” It’s all just one big disgusting orgy.]
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Posted by Bette Noir on 09/20/13 at 09:18 AM