2368 posts categorized "Elections"

August 27, 2015

Rand Paul's patronizing, self-parodying response to #BlackLivesMatter

Jindal tells Obama not to talk about climate during Katrina anniversary visit

A friend writes on Facebook:

I would make sure I said "climate change" and pointed out how Republicans are doing absolute zilch to deal with it as many times as I could to spite the ignorant dumbshit.

Above the Keyboard Warriors’ Din

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In my Blade column this week, artists and activists overcome the background noise:

Hyenas would be better conversationalists, I sometimes think as I scan political arguments on social media. This is not unlike a Republican presidential debate, where a Bad Lip Reading parody is just as enlightening as the original.

When former president Jimmy Carter spoke candidly and with good humor last week about his cancer, millions were inspired by his serenity, humility, and grace. But the next day, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attacked him. When I said on Facebook that I recently read Carter's 2006 book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid and found it fair and reasonable, I was met with scorn by someone who had not read it.

This reckless speed is all too common in public forums. So let us look at a few examples of activists and artists rising above the din of the keyboard warriors to propose useful reforms or tell their stories in ways that help us see differently.

After weeks of squabbles by various people over direct-action tactics in the Black Lives Matter movement, policy solutions were issued by activists DeRay Mckesson, Johnetta Elzie, Brittany Packnett, and Samuel Sinyangwe. The effort, called Campaign Zero, is described as a "comprehensive platform to create systems and structures to end police violence." Their detailed plans (see joincampaignzero.org) are informed proposals by practical public policy advocates, notwithstanding sniping and trivializing like that of a self-described anarchist I encountered on Twitter.

The #CampaignZero planning team writes, "Police in England, Germany, Australia, Japan, and even cities like Newark, NJ, and Richmond, CA, demonstrate that public safety can be ensured without killing civilians. By implementing the right policy changes, we can end police killings and other forms of police violence in the United States."

Read the whole thing here.

#CampaignZero #StraightOuttaCompton #BlackLivesMatter #HugoAwards

President Trump's first day in office

President Trump's first day in office (except he'll have a lot more than an AK-47 to play with).

Inspired by a comment by Los Angeles radio host Ricardo Sánchez.

August 25, 2015

An omen in butter

Melt him and pour him on someone else's popcorn.

August 23, 2015

RNC endorses 'Indiana on steroids' religious freedom bill

Bush advisor Vin Weber will lobby for anti-gay Ugandan government

Ellen Page confronts Ted Cruz: 'You’re discriminating against LGBT people'

Sen. Cruz simply turns the truth on its head and portrays discriminators as victims of persecution. That only makes sense if gay people are not human beings, or not rightful citizens, or if there is no secular public space. What Cruz and others call religious freedom is really religious supremacy for them over the rest of us. We have no choice but to fight back.

August 21, 2015

Cruz's latest mischief in Iowa

Ted Cruz is more dangerous than Santorum or Huckabee. He is smarter, for one thing.

Scott Walker, translated

Jeb and Jindal on dropping babies

In a long-ago Doonesbury cartoon, Joanie Caucus says to her dying friend after he and his doctor trade some gallows humor, "How can you joke about this?" He replies, "How can you not?"

August 20, 2015

Trump: Gay marriage is a dead issue

I'm sure we are all relieved to learn this.

Rauch: It's George Wallace's GOP now

Our friend Jon Rauch summarizes the history of the modern Republican Party in one sentence: "Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller got into an argument and George Wallace won." His elaboration (click on the link) ends with this:

Conservatism is wary of extremism and rage and anti-intellectualism, of demagoguery and incoherent revolutionary rhetoric. Wallace was a right-wing populist, not a conservative. The rise of his brand of pseudo-conservatism in Republican circles should alarm anyone who cares about the genuine article.

Rauch wrote this in 2010, but it could not be more true today.

August 19, 2015

On Hillary's frankness with #BlackLivesMatter activists

A good read on Hillary Rodham Clinton's videotaped backstage encounter with BLM activists. On balance I think it helps her. Many black activists are agreeing with her.

August 16, 2015

Christie 'seriously considering' ending presidential bid this month

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More Monmouth Musings reports.

Tragic news, just when I replenished my supply of Ding Dongs.

August 15, 2015

He doesn't know from meanness

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Kinda sorta.

Opinion | Republicans should be embarrassed

To be fair, one of the greatest lessons in the value of being unembarrassable was taught by the husband of the leading Democratic candidate.

Erick Erickson posts angry emails from Donald Trump supporters

This story was shared on Facebook by Sean Bugg, who comments:

The guy who called a Supreme Court justice a "goat fucking child molester" suddenly discovers decorum and civility. I am sooooooo loving the GOP primary season.

The bad politics of the BLM protesters who interrupted Bernie Sanders

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Our friend Dana Beyer shares this commentary by Charles Mudede from Seattle's The Stranger, and comments:

Critical issues for moving forward. Alliances are crucial, as we are not a revolutionary society. Change must take root, or it will fade like the day's cable news. The teabaggers and Occupy arose in parallel; Occupy changed discourse but the Tea people changed legislatures.

I have been arguing with some people about this on Twitter. Here is one post from this morning.

August 06, 2015

Miss M weighs in

Wardrobe malfunction here.

RNC rejects LGBT-related resolutions

The truth about government spending on women's health

Voting Rights Act at 50

Texas ID law called breach of Voting Rights Act

Good news from Texas.

August 05, 2015

David Garber will challenge Vincent Orange in 2016 At-Large D.C. Council race

Garber's treasurer is former GLAA president Bob Summersgill, who told me months ago that for this reason he would be recusing himself from our candidate ratings.

Rapid cultural change on race - but not among Republicans and conservatives

Keen News Service: Initial snapshots of GOP candidates on LGBT issues

Thanks to Lisa Keen for this rundown on the Republican presidential candidates in advance of Thursday's debate on Fox News. More a joint appearance than a debate.

August 03, 2015

Republicans still wedded to 'dangerous lifestyle' canard

How many times are these stubborn fools going to hit the same iceberg?

July 28, 2015

How the New York Times bungled the Hillary Clinton emails story

The people trying so hard to demonize Hillary, calling her a liar, should least to get their own facts right. But all they seem interested in doing is divide and distract. As POTUS says about the Iran deal, what is their positive proposal? Know-nothingism, attacks on immigrants and religious minorities and LGBT folks and reproductive freedom and voting rights are not going to cut it. All they have are hatred and paranoia.

Rick Perry: People Should Be Allowed To Bring Their Guns Into Movie Theaters

Because the response to gun violence is always, always more guns.

July 21, 2015

Helping Lindsey Graham choose a new phone

The above announcement by our favorite closeted, warmongering Person Who Will Not Be President was prompted by Donald Trump giving out his phone number because Graham called Trump a jackass. Below are my favorite suggestions offered by Sen. Graham's Twitter friends. (Incidentally, he doesn't need a new phone, he can just change the number with a new SIM card, but let's play along.)

P.S. Of course we do not condone Trump's irresponsible behavior in giving out Graham's private phone number. We just believe in making lemons out of lemonade.

July 17, 2015

HuffPost relegates Trump to entertainment page

Sounds right to me.

Cruz: declare war first, find out whom you're fighting afterwards

Ted Cruz is by no means the only Republican leaping before looking in reaction to the mass shooting of Marines in Chattanooga. Considering that the suspect is dead, the only reason for all the posturing is politics. The portrayals of President Obama as soft on terrorism are awfully brazen considering his hawkish record on that score. CNN reports on the investigation.

July 15, 2015

Log Cabin cynically attacks Obama over Iran nuclear deal

Gregory Angelo says, “Log Cabin Republicans shares the grave concerns about this deal expressed by our allies in Congress." Really? Your allies? The loudest critics in Congress, who condemned the agreement reflexively without bothering to read it, included Speaker Boehner, the quasi-treasonous Sen. Tom Cotton, and the revolting closet case Sen. Lindsey Graham, whose relentless and reckless warmongering seems driven by a need to prove he is a real man. Fine company you are keeping.

The notion that nothing should be done until and unless everything can be done is just as foolish coming from Log Cabin as it was coming from the leftists in 2009 who demanded a single, comprehensive LGBT equality bill immediately--which showed no understanding for the structure and politics of Congress with its multiple committees and power centers, or the different degrees of ripeness of different efforts; nor did it show respect for the many hard-working activists who labor year-in and year-out laying the groundwork for progress. Just "Give us everything right now!" like a baby screaming in a high chair. To suggest that a complex and difficult multilateral nuclear agreement should be halted unless every other concern is simultaneously resolved is sabotage, not serious advocacy.

President Obama is far and away the most pro-gay president in American history. By contrast, his Republican predecessor in 2004 endorsed the anti-gay Federal Marriage Amendment. On May 9, 2012, after Obama publicly endorsed marriage equality, Log Cabin could not pause from its petty partisan sniping for an hour to celebrate the historic breakthrough of the President of the United States taking such a step. Instead, demonstrating that LGBT equality always comes second for Log Cabin, they belittled the president and boasted of how former Vice President Cheney was ahead of him--despite Cheney and his gay daughter having worked to re-elect President Bush after his call for us to be written out of the Constitution. At least Ken Mehlman has apologized for his role in that, and worked on pro-gay Supreme Court briefs.

Notwithstanding Mehlman's efforts, the GOP remains overwhelmingly homophobic. Instead of throwing stones in its glass house, Log Cabin should be working harder to get its so-called allies in Congress to support pro-LGBT measures here at home, and should be battling the virulent bigotry coming from its party's clown car of presidential candidates. And instead of insulting our intelligence with its pinkwashing stance beside the cynical and extreme Bibi Netanyahu, it should demand that he replace his ambassador to Washington with a serious diplomat.

Finally, I would like to note that the fictional Uncle Tom, while no Nat Turner, sacrificed his own life to help a slave girl escape to freedom. While I sympathize with others who criticize Log Cabin, there is no need to insult Uncle Tom by comparing him to moral cowards.

July 13, 2015

Scott Walker says his presidential run is God's plan

So a voice in Scott Walker's head told him to run for president. This guy was twice elected governor of Wisconsin. First, thank you cheeseheads. Second, could the GOP get any worse? I'm sure the answer will come any day now.

July 11, 2015

The flap on sanctuary cities

A related controversy here.

July 03, 2015

Mexican laborer responds to Trump's racism

A construction worker lets Donald Trump have it. Here is real decency and honesty and character. The keys to the city are safe with him. It is hard to fathom how someone as dreadful as Trump can get so far while slandering others. I already like and trust and admire the guy in this video, as I never would the attention whore Trump.

July 01, 2015

Clinton emails: ‘We should emphasize LGBT human rights’

June 25, 2015

Will Kwame Brown challenge Yvette Alexander?

June 23, 2015

Gays set America on fire!

Right Wing Watch shares this video featuring Mike Huckabee. Put down those matches!