1. President Obama is the first sitting president to publicly support same-sex marriage. Another fitting “first” for the guy. You go Mr. President!
Recap: Last Sunday, on Meet The Press, Vice President Biden said “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.” Of course this launched a flurry of commentary, explanations, clarifications, commentary from the white house about “evolving” blah blah yada yada.
On Wednesday, MY President and YOURS (whether you like it or not) said:
“At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.
…in the end the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people and, you know, I, you know, we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated.”
Hot damn! Ain’t that something. From New York Times Columnist Charles Blow:
History will remember this president in this moment. He stood up for personal liberty and publicly affirmed what should have needed no affirmation: that in a just society the rights of some must be the rights of all, that we do not condemn those who love differently, that we are all made greater when we are all treated equally.
And from the opposition…
2. Ahh yes that Romney fella. A story broke this week about teenage Romney being quite the “prankster” – only now we call that kind of behavior “bullying”. Some have argued that it is patently unfair to judge a grown up by the actions they displayed as a youth. Okay, valid point. Let’s judge him by just a few of his actions as an adult:
(a) While at Bain the company moved away from focusing on small firms in need of capital and switched to the “potentially” bigger payoff stakes of leveraged buyouts – which essentially meant they would take control of a business, “restructure” it, i.e., fire people and then seek to make more money by selling the business they acquired at a profit AND collecting fees AND dividends from the company while they own it. Wow talk about taking your lunch AND your lunch money. #corporatebully
Remember, Romney has famously said that he “likes being able to fire people.” #powerhungrybully
(b) While Governor of Massachusetts he repeatedly battled with a gay and lesbian youth group regarding revoking their government commission unless they expanded their outreach. #governmentbully
(c) According to his campaign adviser he is planning to campaign on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. #constitutionalbully
One could interpret those actions as “bullying” and I definitely believe that a discussion of Romney’s bully like behavior as an adult is totally fair game. Btw – Romney is the worst kind of bully, he claims his actions are for the greater good. #jedimindtrickingyoass
3. Former Senator Richard Lugar (Indiana). I’m only bringing him up because (a) I’m from Indiana and he presented me with an academic award when I was in high school. I still have the picture and everything and (b) he just got run over by the tea party and if there wasn’t a silver lining to this cloud, this might be kinda sad.
Granted I should never be sad to see a Republican go out of office but when faced with the prospect of a far worse alternative you start to realize prune juice ain’t so bad after all if you’re choosing between that and castor oil…
See, Lugar is part of a dying breed – the moderate Republican. He believes in that dirty tea party word “bipartisanship” and accordingly he worked with democrats to end nuclear proliferation and he voted for the confirmations of Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Egad! What a TRAITOR!!
The guy who won the primary (state Treasurer Richard Mourdock) makes statements like this: “I have a mind-set that says bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view” and refers to global warming as “junk science.” Isn’t he a peach?
So, the silver lining I mentioned earlier is that the democratic challenger (Congressman Joe Donnelly) has a d*mn good shot of taking this one. If that happens I actually might have to tell them crazy tea folks THANKS!!
Can we get this war going? Please?? Why am I begging for this? By all means read on…
1. In response to President Obama’s support of same-sex marriages, Bristol Palin (I know I know why even bother right? But seriously she went there) made it abundantly and almost tragically clear that (a) she doesn’t understand hypocrisy and (b) she really and truly might be missing a few brain cells. I know this should not be a surprise but this commentary right here is sooooooooooo outta pocket.
In a blog post titled “Hail to the Chiefs – Malia and Sasha Obama” (the title alone is enough to make me want to shake her) she wrote:
”While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads. In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage…”
“Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview. In this situation, it was the other way around. I guess we can be glad that Malia and Sasha aren’t younger, or perhaps today’s press conference might have been about appointing Dora the Explorer as Attorney General because of her success in stopping Swiper the Fox.” She continued, “sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking. In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee.”
SERIOUSLY???!!?? First, I don’t care if the President did mention discussing this topic with his daughters, YOU, YOU ALASKAN HILLBILLY NEED TO KEEP THEIR NAMES OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. Second, are you really too stupid to realize that you should be the absolute LAST person to comment on someone else’s parenting and leadership skills? And your
husband baby daddy is where exactly??? Oh that’s right, about to have a baby with ANOTHER woman. And CLEARLY the influence your own parents had over you with regard to making good choices in life was like NON-EXISTENT. The drivel coming from your mouth should be ignored but damn you pissed me off!
John McCain will NEVER be forgiven for unleashing this plague against humanity on us. NEVER!
2. Speaking of people with severely damaged frontal lobes meet Jesse Lee Peterson who just may tie with Bristol this week for absolutely positively INSANE A*S COMMENTARY. In short this guy hates his grandmother, his mother and if you have ovaries he hates you as well.
According to him, WOMEN are THE WORST and they are DESTROYING AMERICA!
Quote 1: “One of the primary reasons it is over for America is because women are taking over.”
Quote 2: “One thing I know for sure, without a doubt, women cannot handle power, it’s not in them to handle power in the right way.”
Quote 3: “I think that one of the greatest mistakes that America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote. We should have never turned that over to women. It was a big mistake”
Quote 4: “Wherever women are taking over, evil reigns.“
Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself.
I honestly have to wonder how he dresses himself in the morning. On the bright side, if the opposition keeps up this type of commentary that can only help the democrats in the Fall.
He’s just a hater because he can’t do what she does…
May 21st cover of Time Magazine:
Talk about photos that grab your attention – wheeeew! I didn’t read the article that accompanies the photo however I did see several more photos that are included with the article – breasts and more breasts. Thankfully I have my own to look at so I’m straight.
Moving on – what I did read was a nicely worded response to the Times decision to (a) use that photo and (b) do a half-ass exploration of the subject matter.
I am not Mom enough to think that the debate over how to feed our youngest children — an important and nuanced conversation about nutrition, and workplace policy, and government responsibility, and gender relationships — can be boiled down to a simplistic, unrepresentative, staged photograph.
TIME wanted attention. They have gotten it. And the shame of it is that thearticle accompanying the photo and headline has moments of nuanced exploration of the global social questions raised by the attachment theory of parenting. “The arguments for and against,” author Kate Pickett writes, “mirror questions about family and work that still divide America five decades after the advent of modern feminism, when nearly half the U.S. workforce is made up of women.”
So, let’s talk about that. But let’s not wrap it in the tired trope of my-way-is-better-than-yours and parenting-means-choosing-a-camp and cool-we-can-put-a-breast-on-our-cover-if-we-say-it’s-a-social-schism. (Source)
Again, I didn’t read the original article so I don’t know if it is really half-assed or not but I do agree that the cover photo is doing the most. And just in time for MOTHER’S DAY!!!
News flash - I’m convinced that most animals really don’t like humans. I think a lot of them just kinda tolerate us (except for dogs. You show a dog some love and man oh man you got a companion for life) because they don’t have a choice. And when they get the opportunity to show us how they really feel umm yeah look out.
Headline I saw yesterday: “Angry chimp on a mission to destroy all zoo visitors” – say whaa?? Santino‘s his name and he is damn tired of this zoo bullsh*t:
The male chimp, notorious for pegging gawking visitors with rocks and other projectiles, has upped his game from simply throwing to now carefully stashing his weapons when no one’s watching and preparing for his attacks like a military mastermind. His cunning plot involves heaping hay near the visitor’s section, slipping his “missiles” underneath and waiting until the next group of unsuspecting humans arrives. Then, without warning, he unleashes the blitz.
And y’all thought “Planet of the Apes” was just some really cool fiction. Yeeaaah, okaaay.
“Playing with my money is like playing with my emotions, Rushy”
Speaking of bullies, here is an update on the effect Rush’s decision to refer to Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute” for supporting increased access to birth control had on the bottom line of one of the radio companies that carries his show.
If you recall, a boycott of Rush’s advertisers was launched which resulted in an exodus of advertisers from his show. “The boycott” says Lew Dickey, the CEO of Cumulus, “hit us pretty hard.” Speaking to financial analysts he noted they lost “a couple of million bucks in the first quarter and a couple of million bucks in quarter two.” Ouch.
Huffpo pointed out that Cumulus is a relatively small player with regard to Rush’s show as it only carries the show on 38 stations thus it is possible that a much larger impact was felt by those companies who had a larger stake in Rush’s crumbling empire. Good.
Back to Gay Marriage: “So you wanna quote the Bible huh? Cool, bring it”
Info: “Extracted from the [tv] series West Wing, President Bartlet delivered a KO on an anti gay practitioner highlighting the ridiculous practice of selecting quotes from the Bible to shore up irrational prejudices.”
Oh yeah and here’s one for the road: “Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged”
Now go get your weekend on – eat, drink and be gay!! (whatever that means for you)