Posts Tagged ‘Michele Bachmann’

I’m Imposing A Political Gag Order on Myself

This is it!  I’m done with it.

Mark October 18th on your calendar because unless something happens over the next few weeks to tick me off, I’m not going to mention the race for the White House again until I breathe a sigh of relief on the evening of Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

I’ve made it clear that President Obama has my vote and I admit that he’s had a rough four years.  It also should come as no surprise that I think Republican presidential wannabe Mitt Romney is having an equally hard time keeping his stories straight to even know what he thinks or believes.

On election night, I’ll be glued to the television just like I did when I was younger watching the returns come in from around the country.  I will waiting to see if America chooses to re-elect President Obama (which I think they will by a small margin) or if Mitt Romney will be the next President of the United States.

However, that is just one race that I’m concerned with this year.  I’ll be watching to see how the great people of Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington vote on making marriage possible for all residents in their respective states.

In Maryland and Washington, the governors of those states initiated this process and things look good for marriage equality.  A SurveyUSA poll in Washington show that 55% support marriage equality and 40% are opposed.

And, in Minnesota, things are looking good for marriage equality for the first time this election season.

On the ballot this November is a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.  The latest poll from Public Policy Polling show that only 46% support this ban and 49% are opposed!

Independent voters are credited with the swing in the polling.  52% now oppose the ban.

Another race that is important to me is also in Minnesota.  I want to see former failed Republican presidential candidate (and whack job) Michele Bachmann voted out of office.

The latest poll from SurveyUSA/KSTP shows Bachmann leading her Democratic opponent, Jim Graves, in the race for the 6th Congressional District by a margin of 50-41%.

What is shocking to me is that Bachmann has an 18% lead among the men polled, while Graves leads in women polled by 1%.

Graves is definitely feeling the momentum in this race and there’s no disputing the fact that Bachmann feels threatened in her re-election campaign.

I was very vocal last spring about Bachmann’s anti-gay rhetoric when she was a contender for the Republican nominee for president and that is why I want her voted out of office in Minnesota this fall.  This woman is mean.

Bachmann’s lesbian stepsister, Helen LaFave  says that she’s “hurt and disappointed that my sister is leading this charge.”  LaFave and her partner, Nia, have been together for almost 25 years.

In the past, she sent Bachmann a letter that the candidate never responded to and said, “You’ve taken aim at me.  You’ve taken aim at my family.”

Family is everything and everyone should do whatever they can for their family.  Bachmann’s children have campaigned for her and I sense that the congresswoman loves her family — as long as your family is not gay.

Anthony

 

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Allies Come Forward in the Fight, While Opponents Preach The Same Tired Story

“Should marriage be redefined in our state, the very foundational nature of marriage for the good and strength of human society would be harmed beyond repair.”  Those are the words of consistently anti-gay Washington Bishop Peter Sartain.  (He was a Chicago-area bishop until 2010 when he moved to Seattle and I’ve posted an interesting link at the bottom of the blog on why this man should not really be casting stones and living in a glass house!)

Washington is one of four states that can make marriage equality a reality for all of its residents in November and this has some pushing the panic button to scare people.

The last time I checked Iowa was still a state and it had not fallen into the Mississippi River.  As a matter of fact, with over three million people, the population has increased 4.6% since the 2000 census.  Since the state legalized same-sex marriages in 2009, people are not leaving Iowa in droves for California and North Carolina, two states that recently voted down marriage equality.

When Americans go to the polls in November, the biggest contest will be to re-elect President Barack Obama or replace him with Mitt Romney.  This race is important to me and so are four other ballot measures that I cannot even vote on because they are in other states.

Voters in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington will decide if marriage equality is important to them and if every loving couple that live in their state should have the same rights.    Six states (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New  Hampshire, and New York) and the District of Columbia already allow same-sex couples to marry.

Those rights were awarded by legislation or court rulings.  When voters in the previously mentioned four states go to the polls and approve marriage equality, history will be made and the tide will turn.

Sarah Warbelow, state legislative director for the Human Rights Campaign, a gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights advocacy group, says, “We’re feeling positive. The reality is, we haven’t won a ballot measure on marriage yet.  I think it’s very reasonable and realistic to expect that we’ll win one or more of these ballot measures; certainly the polling suggests that all four are … a possibility.”

And, while polling numbers before an election can be off and misleading, there is definitely reason for optimism.

In Maine, a mid-September poll showed 53% support marriage equality, while 44% are opposed.

Last February, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire pushed forward and made same-sex marriage legal in that state.  However, enough signatures were gathered to force a vote in November.  The good news is that an early September poll shows that 56% are for upholding that law and making marriage equality a reality there, while 38% want it overturned.

The same thing happened in Maryland.  On March 1, 2012, Governor Martin O’Malley made same-sex marriage legal, but opponents got enough signatures to put it on the November ballot.  In a July poll, 54% of those polled are for marriage equality and 40% are against it.

However, in Minnesota, the current home state of conservative whack job Michele Bachmann, the race is much closer with 48% wanting to ban same-sex marriage and 47% for it.  While Bachmann has never been shy with her anti-marriage equality rhetoric during her failed presidential bid, she is facing stiff competition for her congressional seat in Minnesota from Jim Graves.

Graves states, “My stand is, I’ve been for 39 years in a loving and committed relationship.  I’m very fortunate. It’s been the best thing in my life and, by gosh, everybody in America has the same rights under the law and everyone should be able to marry who they want to, when they want to. As far as what churches want to do, or synagogues, again, I believe in separation of church and state. I don’t care what the Catholic Church wants to do. I happen to be born a Catholic. But under the law everybody has the same rights and I believe very strongly in dignity and respect for everybody.”

And, Graves isn’t the only high profile ally we have in Minnesota and in Maryland.

Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a father of two, is for marriage equality.  He has been fighting for it since 2009.

Once Maryland’s governor signed marriage equality into law this year, Ayanbadejo’s support meant even more.  This provoked Maryland state assembly delegate Emmett Burns enough that he wrote a letter to the owner of the Ravens on official state letterhead demanding that he “take the necessary action … to inhibit such expressions from your employee.”

The Ravens’ owner and president responded with “we support Brendon’s right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment” and Brendon vowed not to remain silent.  And, while football is a tough contact sport, Ayanbadejo got support from another NFL  player halfway across the country in a state where the fight for marriage equality was also being waged — in Minnesota.

Minnesota Vikings’ punter Chris Kluwe, a married father of two, wrote the most eloquent letter defending Brendon and marriage equality and blasting Burns.  And, he added a new phrase to lexicon of gay life! 🙂

Kluwe wrote, “I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful c–kmonster. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population.”

If you are Catholic, please don’t take this the wrong way.  However, I really have issues with people like Bishop Sartain.  Here is more of the quote I posted at the beginning of this blog:

“We urge our Catholic people to uphold our consistent Catholic teaching on marriage for the good of the Church, society, husbands and wives and their children. Therefore, we bishops reject the redefinition of marriage as a ‘civil contract between two persons.’ … Redefining marriage as a means of dealing with important issues of equality and respect for all persons will not achieve the goal of defending the rights of all and would overturn centuries of common law. To suddenly change the God-given and time-honored understanding of marriage would be a very harmful thing for our state and for the world. … Should marriage be redefined in our state the very foundational nature of marriage for the good and strength of human society would be harmed beyond repair.”

Bishop Sartain should not be condemning marriage equality and talking about how “human society would be harmed beyond repair” for two men or two women to get married.  According to this blog, he has other skeletons that he should be working to get out of the closet rather than fighting against same-sex marriage.

http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2010/09/j_peter_sartain_new_seattle_ar.php

It’s nice to know we have people like Governor Gregoire, Governor O’Malley, and Governor Andrew Cuomo (New York), Brendon Ayanbadejo, Chris Kluwe, Jim Graves, and people like you (I know I have many friends that support marriage equality)  on our side, the right side of history, and I wish we had fewer people like Bishop Sartain and his followers that speak out against equality while closing their eyes and ears to indiscretions in their own house.

Anthony

They Said What??? Adam Levine, Courtney Love, Hateful Pastors & Hateful Business Owners

NEW YORK REPUBLICAN U.S. REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD HANNA

“I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history.”  “We render ourselves incapable of governing when all we do is take severe sides…”  “If all people do is go down there and join a team, and the team is invested in winning and you have something that looks very similar to the shirts and the skins, there’s not a lot of value there.”

REV. BILL OWENS, PRESIDENT OF THE COALITION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN PASTORS

 “The time has come for a broad-based assault against the powers that be that want to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women. […] For the president to bow to the money as Judas did for Jesus Christ is a disgrace and we are ashamed […] Another very important point I think that needs to be made is if you watch the men who have been caught having sex with little boys, you will note that all of them will say that “I was molested as a child — a man molested me in my home,” wherever. They will say they were molested. And for the president to condone this type of thing knowing the full facts is just irresponsible.”

MAROON 5 SINGER ADAM LEVINE AND “THE VOICE” CO-HOST ADAM LEVINE

(tweeting about singer Carly Rae Jepson “Call Me Maybe”):  “Why does she want him to call her Maybe?  Carly is a lovely name.”

JACK PHILLIPS, OWNER OF MASTERPIECE CAKE SHOP IN LAKEWOOD, COLORADO

“If gays come in and want to order birthday cakes or any cakes for any occasion, graduations, or whatever, I have no prejudice against that whatsoever. It’s just the wedding cake, not the people, not their lifestyle. We would close down that bakery before we closed our beliefs, so that may be what it comes to … we’ll see.”

CAROLE MOORE, WHITEBRIAR BED & BREAKFAST IN EDGEWATER PARK, NEW JERSEY

(on Facebook):  “where is the role model that your son needs to know how to act like a man? or will he only see the “one sided selfishness” of a “single parent”…and end up an out cast in society by being “gay” himself because he didn’t have a father as a role model. I’ll pray for you….remember what the bible says: “Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas”…..guess that’s why God invented aids….THIS LOCAL BUSINESS WILL BE ONE MAN ONE WOMAN ONE GOD MAKES MARRIAGE….AND PROUD TO DO SO….YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY TO OWN YOUR OWN BUSINESS”

SINGER CHRIS BROWN

(tweeting about reports of his homophobic comment last week toward R&B singer Frank Ocean):  “My Opinion on the whole Frank Ocean subject is ……… Love who u wanna love.  It’s ur decision. People stop searching for BS…Everyone is so quick to point  the wrong fingers at each other! Ask urself… Am I Doing everything I can to  help the world ????…The world is so bent on social acceptance that we’ve  forgotten what makes us special… Our individuality.”

FAILED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MICHELE BACHMANN

“We are standing with the Cathys. Standing with the family. Thank you, Chick-fil-A. I’m happy to stand with you.”

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR ROBERT JEFFRESS IN DALLAS, TEXAS

(in the past, he’s also said that Mormonism is a cult and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not a Christian): “Amazingly, some gay activists don’t even try to hide the link between homosexuality and pedophilia. There are some who are right now are actively involved in trying to legalize sex between adults and children by lowering the age of consent or removing it altogether.  In all fairness, it would be wrong to suggest that all homosexuals to pedophiles, it would be wrong to even suggest that a majority of homosexuals are pedophiles, but the truth nevertheless is there. There are a disproportionate amount of assaults against children by homosexuals than by heterosexuals, you can’t deny that, and the reason is very clear: homosexuality is perverse, it represents a degradation of a person’s mind and if a person will sink that low and there are no restraints from God’s law, then there is no telling to whatever sins he will commit as well.”

REGAL CINEMAS

(after a man was arrested at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Miami Beach, Florida, after acting strange and allegedly yelling, “this is it”):  “There was a disturbance in a theatre at approximately midnight in South Beach. Regal takes the matter very seriously, accordingly we are working closely with local police. All information at this time should come from the authorities, as we would not want to interfere with their investigation. Regal, our employees and security personnel remain alert and engaged. Our number one priority continues to be the safety and security of guests and employees.”

HOLE SINGER COURTNEY LOVE

(tweeting singer Lana Del Rey about Del Ray performing Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”): “You do know the song is about my Vagina right? ‘Throw down your umbilical noose so i can climb right back,’ umm.  On top of which some of the lyrics about my vagina I contributed. So umm next time you sing it, think about my vagina will you? lol xc.  “You are gorgeous and very talented, it was all in good humor love, it is true however bwahaa xc”

Anthony

A Waste of Glitter or Effective Activism?

Got glitter, will travel.  The latest act of protest here in the United States is glitter bombing.  What is that you may ask?

Glitter bombing is when activists throw glitter on people at public events.  It’s been mostly directed at Republican candidates that oppose marriage equality.

While prosecution is unlikely without proof of intent to injure, Mark R. Vernazza, a legal associate at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, says it’s “technically assault and battery”.

Womanizer Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista were glitter bombed at a Minneapolis book signing and Republican presidential candidate losers Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann got the same treatment — Pawlenty at a book signing in San Francisco and it happened to Bachmann in Minneapolis.  No way!

There’s so much disgust with hater Rick Santorum that he’s been glitter bombed twice in just the past few days.  It happened at his South Carolina headquarters this past weekend, and, again, Monday in Lady Lake, Florida.

Others that have been glitter bombed were Marcus Bachmann, husband of Michele, at his medical practice, the anti-marriage equality group “Minnesota for Marriage” at the Minnesota State Fair, political consultant Karl Rove, and Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulson.

There’s definitely a lot of protest against those Minnesota politicians because they definitely come across as very homophobic.

It isn’t always directed at Republican candidates.  Anti-abortion activist and Democratic party presidential candidate Randall Terry was glitter bombed by fellow candidate Vermin Supreme at a forum this past December.

And, social commentator and sex advice columnist Dan Savage was glitter bombed in Eugene, Oregon, Irvine, California, and in Vancouver, British Columbia because of his transphobic (negative attitudes and feelings toward transgendered men and women) comments.

What do I think of it?  Well, it’s radical and definitely gets attention.  However, if you’re going to waste good glitter, at least hit your target!!

Now, if I thought talking to these haters would be effective, then I would go that route.  But, we know you make a passionate plea to Santorum and Bachmann, the reply you get is something like, “you have equal rights in America if its a marriage between a man and a woman”.  But, I asked you a question about the economy!

With that being said, you can get a package of 8 glitter flip-top shakers at Walgreen’s for only $3.99.

Anthony