Reasonable Words

“She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.” — W. Somerset Maughan

Why should he be?

Obama on Spot Over a Benefit to Gay Couples

Mr. Obama is in a tough spot. If he supports…denying [same sex partner] benefits to the San Francisco court employees, he risks agitating liberal groups that helped him win election. If he supports the judges and challenges the marriage act, he risks alienating Republicans with whom he is seeking to work on economic, health care and numerous other matters.

Risks alienating them? Roll the fucking dice, Barry. What’ll really happen? Hayseeds everywhere will think you’re a gay Islamic terrorist alien Socialist abortionist? Whip out a stack of Franklins and blow that political capital on coke and whores. Gay whores. Gay whores whose life partners deserve the same benefits ours do.

Is it lost on Obama that, owing to prejudiced laws like DOMA, his own parents wouldn’t have been allowed to marry in a third of our states until he was six years old? I don’t think it can be. I understand he’s pretty bright.

Gary L. Bauer, president of American Values, a conservative advocacy group, said that if Mr. Obama extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers, he would “provoke a furious grass-roots reaction, reinvigorate the conservative coalition and undermine his efforts to portray himself as a moderate on social issues.”

A “furious grass-roots reaction?” You mean like a “[S]econd American revolution” or something? Somebody call the cops (only hide the coke and gay whores first).

Fuck the bigots and fuck their votes. It’s 2009, and this is no less than a moral imperative.

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Bitches. Just bitches.

Conservatives angry over Michelle Obama’s trip to homeless shelter

“Today’s ‘poor’ are the rich Jesus warned you about: fat, slovenly, wasteful of their money and other people’s…”

— Psychotic Hellspawn Kathy Shaidle

I’m not sure any further commentary is called for here.

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Would you look at this shit?

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I ask you, what avian spawn of hell, in a million years, if he were trying?

To birds of the Southern Birmingham-Hoover Metroplex: This act of naked aggression will not go unanswered. Bitches.

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Wheeeeeee….

“To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

Arichiblog: The south’s trying to do it again

…watch as Archibald makes short work of the Southern Jeffco suburbs:

Look away. Look away. Look away. Over the Mountain.

Yep, Hoover Mayor Tony Petelos dropped a spark last week when he mentioned, on impulse, the thought of Hoover seceding from Jefferson County. But the idea took hold like a wildfire.

And that was just the start. There has even been talk of Hoover, Mountain Brook, Homewood and Vestavia Hills pulling together to form their own county — where nine of 10 people would be white and median income would triple that of Birmingham.

The cradle of Civil Rights won’t try to go back to separate water fountains for blacks and whites. It’ll have separate counties instead.

Separate but not-so equal? In 2009? It is a good idea only if the goal is to drive a wedge even further into the dysfunctional soul of this community.

There is a tsunami of discontent across all of Jefferson County. Sadly, we do what we always have done. We retreat, and blame those different from us.

I could try to top that, but it’s Sunday and I’m pretty lazy. Well, that and I’d most likely fail. I mean, Jesus, I blew a quote from Nietzsche just to describe Tony Petelos. But read John’s column anyway.

Filed under: Get Your Hate On, Jeffco = Toxic

“Sunday morning in our quiet little white-bred redneck [pathologically f*cked up] mountain town”

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Actually, it was only an afternoon, but time enough for me to document something I didn’t think existed anywhere anymore, save for a bigot’s booze-soaked memory. But as no fewer than three shopkeepers asked me to move along, and more than one subject eyed me suspiciously, I documented…well, first the positive. The weekend trip was actually to Cherokee, NC, and it was actually very nice. As this photo will show:

cherokee

See, nice, huh? Now, as much as I dislike dwelling on the negative, I know pretty pictures like the above aren’t going to hold your attention for long. To that end (and because people need to be aware of this shit), I snapped a few pictures during the afternoon–I make it the better part of 4 hours total–spent in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Yes, it’s sad that this is all I’d want to share from an otherwise relaxing weekend, but it’s the squeaky wheel.  I don’t make the rules.

DISCLAIMER: If you’re viewing this at work, be aware that the images below the fold contain messages and symbols of hate–so don’t get fired or offend that new employee who’s cool and who’s a person of color and to whom you’ve finally proven that you’re really not racist. Honest. You’ve got a “Yes We Can” bumper sticker thumb-tacked to your cubicle wall.  And you could have sworn they noticed the Miles Davis CD you left out on your desk the other day–even though you’ve been listening exclusively to your iPod at work for close to two years now. I mean, what more proof does he/she need already? Besides, isn’t it really about me, the uncomfortable white person, and to what extent everyone accepts me? Anyway, if they walk up and see this scrolling over your monitor, the weeks you’ve spent trying to impress them will have been time wasted. That, and your company’s Compliance and Diversity Officer may need to speak with you. Can’t say you weren’t warned.

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In which the Pope gets totally pwned, man

benedictBBC: ‘Holocaust Bishop’ told to recant

First, let’s dispense with the obvious: The holocaust was an event of such unspeakable suffering that the scope of language itself struggles to comprehend it.  It did indeed happen, and people who deny that it happened, like this Williamson, scare the shit out of me.  Nevertheless, I’ll admit that at first the words “forced to recant” did not go down very easily. If  Richard Williamson is indeed a) clinically sane and b) in factual denial about the holocaust–as repugnant and unlikely as I find that combination to be–and is yet c) ‘forced’ to recant his views, just where does the liberty of one’s own thoughts end? Then I got my head out of the clouds and realized that that liberty ends at door to the vestry. It’s not as though this is the 15th century and Williamson is being forced to ‘recant’ his ideas upon pain of death. At worst he’s looking at re-excommunication from a church in which he willingly accepted a leadership role, yet whose doctrines he has rejected. So BFD; my conscience is salved.

Secondly, and more intriguingly: If this article is indeed accurate–and I have no reason to think it isn’t–the Pope has reversed an ex cathedra decision. And as any good catechee will tell you, that’s not possible. Yet here it is (with my emphasis):

The Vatican also said that the Pope had not been aware of the bishop’s views when he lifted excommunications on him and three other bishops last month.

Earlier, a senior cardinal acknowledged the Vatican had mishandled the issue.

Holy shit. I’m sure some cardinal somewhere will argue that God didn’t get the memo either and He let Benedict go off the reservation without all the facts. You know, for kicks. Or maybe someone will (correctly) point out that under this doctrine a pope can in fact be personally wrong about decisions not pertaining to the Church. But I think it’s safe to assume that the imposition and lifting of excommunications is, at best, a spirit-led decision. No. No, he’s fucked. He single-handedly disproved a principal doctrine held by millions of believers worldwide.  And the best part? A girl made him do it.

cf. HJS’s Friday Random Ten+5 of 01/30/09, where the controversy is handled with more humor than I can muster. It’s also written by a  Catholic, but it looks like he’s working a good program of recovery.

Filed under: Get Your Hate On, God & Co., International

Ah, nativism. That old chestnut.

NYT Editorial: The Nativists Are Restless

In case you’re wondering, nativism looks like this:

Diversity can be good in moderation — if what is being brought in is desirable. Most Americans don’t mind a little ethnic food, some Asian math whizzes, or a few Mariachi dancers — as long as these trends do not overwhelm the dominant culture.

“The dominant culture.” Oh, I chuckle. Looks like it hasn’t occurred to Scared White Guys that “the dominant culture” is already changing, for all their hysteria; it’s just not happening in the U.S.

Pay attention: This era of globalization, I would argue, unlike Globalization 1.0 and 2.0, is not going to be built exclusively around a group of White Western individuals.

See, this is no longer about bad Thai food, or those racist English-only initiatives. But, please, Mr Epstein, smirk at multiculturalism if you will, and dictate from your crumbling cocoon which influences are “desirable. ” But by all means, learn to answer phones for $5,000 a year.  And pick up a book on Hindi. Or eat curry-scented dust.

Filed under: Get Your Hate On, International, That's F*cked Up

“And let me be clear: ‘Captain’ outranks ‘Homophobe Laureate!'”

via Sweet Homo Alabama

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