Archive for June 5th, 2006

Gay Marriage Is A Threat To Bullshit

Just wanted to quickly expand on a comment I made chez Echidne regarding this “Defense Of Marriage Amendment” bullshit, which is basically that it is, in fact, as Echidne says, total bullshit.

The fundamentalist crazies don’t give two shits about the sanctity of marriage. They knew they couldn’t come out (heh) and say, “Gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry because they’re icky and gay and subhuman and we hate them,” so they had to come up with something that would sound vaguely plausible and positive. So instead of “attacking gays”, they’re “defending marriage.” Sure. Just like slaveowners were “defending freedom” by not allowing black people to cheapen it with their participation.

I guarantee you that not a single one of the Falwells, Dobsons, Robertsons, or their lackeys in Congress and the White House believes that gay marriage is in any way a threat to The Sacred Institution Of Marriage, and anyone who believes they do is a sucker.

I say again, Bullshit.

7 comments June 5th, 2006 at 11:37pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Favorites,Politics,Religion,Republicans,Teh Gay,Wankers

Nedheads

Nice Lieberman’s-In-Trouble post (okay, maybe that’s redundant) at ConnecticutBLOG, and I thought this paragraph in particular was particularly compelling:

“There is a very sizable contingent of liberal Democrats in this state who want a change,” said Gary Rose, a political analyst at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. “Anything could happen in this primary. Turnout will be low.”

Ever since 2004, I’ve been a big believer in the power of turnout. I’m convinced that one of the big reasons the Democrats keep losing is that the Republican base is motivated and fired up while the Democratic base is disgusted, demoralized and discouraged by a party establishment that spurns them in pursuit of fickle “swing voters” who probably don’t turn out much anyway.

But I digress. In a primary, it’s pretty much all base, and I just cannot imagine anyone getting fired up to vote for a dud like Lieberman, least of all an actual Democrat. So I have high hopes that if Lamont can get to within, say, 5%, turnout will do the rest. And for the first time in his miserable life, Joe Lieberman will suddenly believe in election fraud…

3 comments June 5th, 2006 at 07:24pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Wankers

Gay-Bashing Strategy… OF DOMA!!!

Encouraging news from The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin, Athenae, and others: The Bush push for the cynically-named “Defense Of Marriage Amendment” (“Clear Skies Initiative,” anyone?) is not going over well, not even with the base.

We’ll start with Froomkin:

President Bush this afternoon speaks out in favor of a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

But nobody’s buying it.

Not the Senate, where there’s not even a remote chance that the amendment will muster the required two-thirds majority this week.

Not the critics, who see Bush’s posturing on the issue as nothing more than a bald-faced sop to his increasingly restive social-conservative base — and a desperate attempt to change the subject from the grimmer, more important issues that are appropriately disquieting the public.

And not even that social-conservative base, whose members doubt the intensity of Bush’s commitment to the issue. The president has actively ignored this issue until this week, most notably by refusing to twist arms on the Hill.

Speaking of The Base, what kind of reaction has Athenae found at Wingnut Central?

I think consenting adults should be free to enter into whatever marital contract they please, as long as no physical harm or other crime is committed. Securing the nation’s borders is, however, probably the main task of any government. It’d be nice if this government got around to performing this task.

(snip)

The Constitution is supposed to be about government behavior, not personal behavior. The attempt to change/outlaw one form of personal behavior was thumpingly reversed in a little more than a decade. Why do you want to change the focus of the Constitution?

(snip)

I often wonder how I ended up with three kids. I guess it was before all this gay marriage talk. Actually the real reason I am against the amendment is more to do with government interference than gay marriage, but either way it does not bother me or my wife and somehow my three kids are surviving as well. I really feel horrible about some people who worry about it and stay up at night consummed with angst. I also laugh about the stories that doom is coming with the people marrying their dogs and cats and snakes and horses and even dolphins (someone posted a picture of the ceremony on our conservative site). I found it a hoot. Believe me, I am conservative as the next guy, but when you go to great lengths as that then I just have to laugh.

(snip)

I think it’s an attempt to distract us from their spending and the amnesty. They know we’re mad as hell about both. You have to wonder how stupid they think we are. Then you think about your fellow-voters and wonder if they might be right about the voters.

Of course, there’s still a lot of time left until the election, and I always take any claims of conservative dissent with a grain of salt, but if this kind of skepticism holds up, it’s a huge, huge deal. This is exactly what I’ve said we need in order to finally reclaim this country and Constitution from the GOP stranglehold. If in November, Republicans (and everyone else) says “Yeah, right.” instead of “OMG! Gay terrorist marriage is going to kill my unborn baby!!!”, the spell would truly be broken, and the Republicans would have to win on their actual merits. Buh-bye.

June 5th, 2006 at 07:20pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Damn Bernankes

You’re doin’ a heckuva job, Benny!

Wall Street gulped and stocks plunged Monday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke decried recent increases in inflation and pledged action if necessary to make sure surging energy prices don’t make things worse.

If the Federal Reserve follows through, that probably will mean higher interest rates, just when investors thought the Fed was about finished with its two-year rate-raising campaign.

For millions of Americans, rising borrowing costs would make it more expensive to buy a home or a car or to make other big-ticket purchases. It also would make payments more expensive on all the debt people have racked up _ from credit cards to loans for education, vacations and other things.

On Wall Street, Bernanke’s fresh inflation warning sent the Dow Jones industrials sliding 199.15 points to close at 11,048.72. It had dropped even more, 214 points, two weeks ago on May 17.

Yet another Bush appointee spreading joy and successiness wherever he goes.

June 5th, 2006 at 07:06pm Posted by Eli

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