Hate’s Hideous Hooker: Maggie Gallagher

From Politicus USA: http://www.politicususa.com/en/hate-maggie-gallagher

By Scott Rose
May 17, 2011

The United States is a third-tier country in matters of civil rights.  More civilized societies would not enable, as ours currently does, a malignant monster like Maggie Gallagher, Chairman of the Board of the designated hate group The National Organization for Marriage.  Gallagher’s dishonorable behavior has long been considered unacceptable by LGBT Americans, but it is past time for elected officials definitively to denounce her and her unethical backers.  That the society allows Gallagher to profit from and to perpetuate institutionalized discrimination against a minority is a festering infection on its soul and on its honor in the contemporary world.

In inciting others to discrimination against gay Americans, Gallagher has no scruples.  The fact of inciting to discrimination, obviously, is in itself a signifier of Gallagher’s repugnant character.  Compounding her ethical repulsiveness, however, is Gallagher’s fast-and-loose handling of the financing of her campaigns to perpetuate sexual-orientation apartheid.

The administration of George W. Bush, the shameful president who supported a constitutional amendment reinforcing sexual-orientation apartheid in the United States, paid Maggie Gallagher various large sums of money to serve as one of its anti-gay propaganda mouthpieces.  Using Republican, small-government tax payer money, Gallagher commenced to inflict pain on LGBT Americans by serving as one of the Bush administration’s faces of state-sponsored hate.  Gallagher, fraudulently presenting herself to the public as a “journalist,” got vicious anti-gay articles published, promoting Bush’s sexual-orientation apartheid, yet did not disclose that she was on Bush’s payroll.  Paid advertorials must be clearly labeled as paid advertorials.  Maggie Gallagher, in cahoots with Bush to perpetuate sexual-orientation apartheid in the United States, however, published paid advertorials for hate without disclosing that they were paid advertorials.  To call Gallagher a shill for hate is perhaps expressing the case too mildly.  Gallagher eventually got apprehended, in a scandal that would have stopped most other imposter “journalists” from continuing in the field professionally.  However, she had a flippant, obnoxious reaction when called out on her unethical behavior, and certain editors who support sexual-orientation apartheid have published her since.

Gallagher has perfected an intensely loathsome, passive-aggressive response to her critics.  The sum and substance of her passive-aggressive response is, “They are trying to take away our right to discriminate against them.”  Gallagher is not the first abhorrent ogre in American history to deploy such a transparent and despicable tactic in the service of hate and oppression.  The slave states seceded from the union because, in their view, the north wanted to take away their “right” to own slaves.  To any enlightened, 21st-century human being, it is abundantly apparent that sexual-orientation apartheid in the United States will eventually be cast on history’s stinking garbage heap.  Gallagher, nonetheless, regularly defames LGBT Americans.  She has likened her odious campaign against marriage equality to the fight against communism.  She has asserted that if marriage equality becomes the law of the land, “we” will lose “American civilization.”

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Florida GOP Strays From Jobs Agenda To Limit Abortion Rights

From The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/18/rick-scott-jobs_n_863514.html

By Laura Bassett
May 19, 2011

Despite the governor’s campaign promise to focus on job creation, Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Florida legislature have focused their attention on other matters.

In the legislative session that ended Saturday, lawmakers passed no job creation bills for Scott to sign. But they did pass five bills restricting abortion rights and a state budget that cuts nearly 4,500 public sector jobs.

The five bills, which Scott is expected to sign, force women to undergo ultrasounds prior to having an abortion, prohibit private insurance coverage of abortion care in the new state health-insurance exchange, require young women to prove the medical necessity of their abortions before a judge in order to bypass parental permission, establish state-sanctioned license plates that funnel money to anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers” and starts the process of amending the state constitution to prohibit the government funding of abortion.

Florida Republicans filed a total of 18 anti-abortion bills during the session, the third most in the country, according to the ACLU, and twice the number of anti-choice laws introduced last year in the state, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America.

The focus on abortion rights has caused some lawmakers — including some fellow Republicans — to question how they got so far off-track.

“I came up here to help put food on the table,” said state Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach) during debate on the ultrasound bill. “I came up here to get people jobs. I came up here to protect people from the kinds of safety issues that fire and police take care of. I came up here to protect education.”

“I will vote no on every abortion bill,” she added. “It is the wrong thing for us to be discussing.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and how power corrupts

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/may/17/arnold-schwarzenegger-dominique-strauss-kahn
Men in power inhabit a culture of male entitlement that enables caddishness, but that is no excuse for violent sexual depradation
Amanda Marcotte
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 17 May 2011

Another day, another politician outed as an adulterer. This time, the story will likely not fade from the headlines at the usual rate. This time, the adulterer is Arnold Schwarzenegger, who doubles both as the former governor of California and a major movie star. To make the situation still more lurid, he cheated with a servant, had a child with her, and covered it up – apparently, even from his wife – for a decade.

Oh, did I mention that he’s married to a member of the Kennedy clan, Maria Shriver? And that she’s a prominent feminist activist? And that she used her credibility as a liberal feminist Democrat to cover for him when he admitted to decades of sexual harassment during the 2003 campaign, when he was also exposed for participating in the 70s in what, by his description, sounds suspiciously like a gang rape? And that while his wife was out there working on behalf of women, Schwarzenegger was taking the time to rail against the evils of single motherhood? You know, just to make sure that no future would-be defenders of his bad behaviour could claim, “At least he’s not a hypocrite.”

If you presented it as a novel or a film script, you’d get it bounced back with a note that said, “Try to make it believable.”

But despite the craziness of this particular situation, the basic story of the adulterous politician has become commonplace. Is there any situation more confounding in politics than the exposure of adultery in the ranks of ambitious politicians? Once or twice, you expect a man (and they are mostly men) to screw up and get caught, but the endless parade of cheaters and cads defies common sense. Why, your average voting citizen asks, would someone who has given his entire life over to striving for power risk everything for some fleeting sexual experience? Why, especially, do those men who fancy themselves not just political but moral leaders so readily make exceptions for their own peccadilloes?

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Dominque Strauss-Kahn scandal forces France to face sex’s link with power

From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/17/dominique-strauss-kahn-france-reaction

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 17 May 2011

The Strauss-Kahn scandal is France’s Monica Lewinsky moment. The charges are far worse than in Bill Clinton’s case, but France has been thrown into the same soul-searching about sex and power.

It is tearing itself apart about how to deal with the story. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is innocent until proven guilty. But the language of his leftwing allies and defenders – implicitly questioning the alleged victim’s honesty, stability and honey-trap potential – has sparked a debate on the sexism and snobbery of French politics.

The Paris elite has been forced to confront the issue of the sexual behaviour, and at worst the alleged sex crimes, of its whole ruling class.

As the Socialist party met for crisis talks, senior Strauss-Kahn allies came under fire from feminists for their comments so far.

Several Socialists had acknowledged outright that their mentor DSK was a “seducer” but went on to say that in no way had he “the profile of a rapist”, that the case could be a plot to bring him down, that the allegations were “hallucinations”, “not credible” or “full of contradictions”, and he was simply “incapable” of having carried out the attack.

Others targeted the US justice system. Jack Lang, the Socialist former culture minister, said American justice was “politicised”; New York judge Melissa Jackson was determined “to make a Frenchman pay”.

Strauss-Kahn was portrayed as a martyr for being made to appear on TV in handcuffs. Robert Badinter, the former justice minister, called his public appearance escorted by police “shameful” and a “tragedy”.

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Kill The Gays NYC? Gays Should Die Says Christo-Nazi Pastor At NOM Marriage Rally

Fuck Christo-Nazis.

This old dyke believes in self defense, by any means necessary.

I do not believe in being nice to fucking Nazis.  Fuck Godwin too while you are at it.  I call these oxygen wasters Nazis because that is exactly what they are.

From the New Civil Rights Movement: http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/kill-the-gays-nyc-gays-should-die-says-pastor-at-nom-marriage-rally/politics/2011/05/16/20285

by David Badash
on May 16, 2011

At Sunday’s anti-​gay marriage rally in New York City, sponsored by the National Organization For Marriage, one pastor, Rev. Ariel Torres Ortega of Radio Visión Cristiana, told the several thousand people in attendance that gays should die.

Yes, according to this man of God, gay and bisexual men (evidently, not lesbians though,) should die. He did not state if he believed this should be coded into law, whom would be the judge, how proof would be obtained, and if this was a stepped program, i.e., if any homosexual act would automatically deserve the death penalty, or if there would be a “three strikes” provision.

“In fact, just minutes before Diaz took to the microphone to stress his respect for gay people, Rev. Ariel Torres Ortega of Radio Visión Cristiana said that the gay people are ‘worthy of death’,” Volsky writes, then quotes Reverend Torres:

Committing sexual acts between man and man. And receiving the retribution of the things that they have done from straying away. And because they did not take God in count. God gave them over to reprimand their mind to do things that are not right, being against all justice, fornication, perversity, aberrations, malignity…those who practice such things are worthy to death, not only do they do it, but those who also practice it. God bless this earth. That is the word of God.

Complete article at: http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/kill-the-gays-nyc-gays-should-die-says-pastor-at-nom-marriage-rally/politics/2011/05/16/20285

Ryan’s Wrong — We Need ‘Medicare for all’

From Common Dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/18-10

by John Nichols
Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 by The Capital Times (Wisconsin)

House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan proposes to undermine the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, with an eye toward enriching the insurance companies that so generously fund his campaigns.

The American people are not amused. They have sent clear signals that they want to maintain Medicare and Medicaid.

Ryan’s town hall meetings in April featured noisy opposition in communities such as Milton and Kenosha, and tough questioning even in the most conservative communities of Walworth County. Likewise, Republican House members from Pennsylvania, Florida and other states got earfuls at their town meetings.

The protests at the meetings were just the tip of the iceberg of objection to the plan championed by Ryan, R-Janesville.

Polls show that roughly 80 percent of voters think it is a bad idea to try to balance the budget by gutting Medicare and Medicaid as Ryan proposes — with a scheme to force seniors to buy coverage from private, for-profit insurance companies that happen to be major contributors to his campaign fund. Overwhelming majorities say that they would prefer that Congress end tax cuts for wealthy Americans and reduce Pentagon spending before making any changes to Medicare and Medicaid.

And rightly so. Despite the battering they have taken from misguided and malicious policymakers, the Medicare and Medicaid programs still provide the rough outlines for a single-payer health care program that keep costs down while expanding access to prevention and treatment for millions of Americans.

Continue reading at:   http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/18-10

Bisexuality does not reinforce the gender binary

From The Scavenger: http://www.thescavenger.net/glb/bisexuality-does-not-reinforce-the-gender-binary-39675.html

Bisexuals have been unfairly accused of reinforcing the notion that there are only two genders and thereby oppressing trans people. But those who make such criticisms of bisexuality are actually the ones doing the marginalizing, writes Julia Serano.

10 October 2010

Increasingly these days, I come across people who are ostensibly bisexual—in that they partner with both women and men—but who refuse to identify with that term.

Now this, in and of itself, is not necessarily a bad thing, as words (and especially identity labels) evolve over time and invariably go in and out of fashion.

What does bother me, however, is the explanation that is often given for this lack of identification: That the word bisexual supposedly “reinforces the gender binary,” or “reinforces the notion that there are only two genders.”

As a bisexual-identified trans woman*, I find this argument extremely problematic for a number of reasons.

While there may be an infinite number of potential genders, there are two general types of sexed bodies: female and male. Granted, there is a lot of variation within, and some overlap between, these categories (e.g., intersex people, trans people who physically transition from one sex to the other).

However, this variation and overlap does not automatically invalidate the existence of female and male bodies, but rather it simply means that these categories are far more complex than most people are willing to acknowledge.

In addition to this, we live in a society where all people are automatically (and often nonconsensually) read as either female or male, and where different assumptions, expectations and restrictions are placed on a person based upon which of these two sexes they are perceived to be.

The reason why I identify as bisexual is two-fold.

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The GOP’s Super-Duper PAC

From Mother Jones: http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/05/republican-super-pac-james-bopp

Inside conservative lawyer James Bopp’s plan to allow candidates to raise unlimited funds.

By Stephanie Mencimer
Mon May. 16, 2011

Republican super lawyer James Bopp, the mastermind behind the Citizens United case that opened the door to unfettered corporate campaign spending, has a new scheme that would tie political candidates more closely than ever before to corporations and other special interests seeking to influence federal elections. He’s trying to unleash what could be called a “super-duper PAC.”

Last week, Bopp registered the Republican Super PAC (or political action committee) with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as an independent expenditure committee. That means the money it raises can’t be coordinated with any of the candidates it supports, but that it can accept and spend unlimited contributions from individuals and corporations. Outside expenditure groups are nothing new to American politics. Bopp, in fact, helped pioneer such groups with the creation of the first “527” organization—nonprofit groups that can spend money on campaigns but that are regulated by the Internal Revenue Service, not the FEC. (Read the Mother Jones profile of Bopp here.) But Bopp’s super PAC envisions doing something that’s never been done before: using candidates themselves to do the fundraising.

“The different thing here with our PAC is that we are going to harness the political fundraising of candidates and parties,” he says. He explains that the committee will allow candidates and parties to fundraise for their campaigns and party organs at the same time they solicit unlimited, anonymous contributions to the super PAC.

Continue reading at: http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/05/republican-super-pac-james-bopp

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Supreme Court upholds warrantless search of apartment based on marijuana smell

From Raw Story:   http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/05/16/supreme-court-upholds-warrantless-search-of-apartment-based-on-marijuana-smell/

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, May 16th, 2011

Police find illegal drugs after busting into wrong apartment complex

The smell of marijuana smoke and sound of evidence being destroyed is enough reason for police to knock down an apartment door and search the place without a warrant, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

In an 8-1 decision [PDF], the nation’s highest court said the warrantless search of an apartment in Lexington, Kentucky was legal because of “exigent circumstances,” which permits law enforcement officers to conduct a warrantless search if there is a strong likelihood of destruction of evidence.

In the case Kentucky v. King, uniformed Lexington police officers pursued a suspected drug dealer to an apartment complex. The officers approached an apartment door where they believed the suspect had entered, knocked loudly and announced their presence.

The officers said they could smell marijuana smoke and heard noises consistent with the destruction of evidence after knocking.

Continue reading at:   http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/05/16/supreme-court-upholds-warrantless-search-of-apartment-based-on-marijuana-smell/

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