Friday, May 1, 2009

AIDS or Swine Flu: No Hand Shakes, No Hugs...

...And No Fags

The swine flu is bringing certain people out of the "compassion closet." An article by Kelly Jasper in her blog on "faith and values" (August, GA), outlines the efforts of the Southern Baptists to help churches and victims of the epidemic. It was so concise, thorough and compassionate that it brought tears to my eyes.

But not because of the valiant churchgoers and volunteers.

I have an unfortunately long memory when it comes to disease and death. When AIDS first reared its ugly head, doctors and researches could not reach conclusions as to how it was transmitted, so wild assumptions of the toilet seat variety made their way into every corner of the country. The more sophisticated areas of the country were quicker to respond than rural areas. San Francisco was the first to tend to AIDS victims (contagious or not), then the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles - about 4 years later. By about 1996 (15 years after the first diagnosis!), many churches and their districts had AIDS programs, agencies and financial relief programs.

Except the Southern Baptist Convention: 0; nothing; jack sh*t. Their focus is now on AIDS in Africa; more distance = less hypocrasy is, that's their tortured logic. I wonder how many Mexican immigrants are being treated at the boarder states. The exceptional amount of humanitarian effort of the Southern Baptist Convention's group of churches should not go unnoticed. However, for some people, they're too late:

Will they help illegal immigrants?
Will they help lesbians and gay men?
Will they help women who have had abortions?

And if they don't help those people, when will they apologize? It took them over 150 years to apologize for slavery!

It won't be long befor some Southern Baptist organization hollers "Swine Flu is a scourge of God." In fact, I'll bet Fred Phelps already has his picket sign pinted up.

Just a thought.

D.U.M.B.S: Bachmann Turncoat Overdrive

There is an ailment called DUMBS: Don't Underestimate Michele Bachmann's Stupidity. It starts with watching her on You Tube, or video links from rss feeds. In some serious cases, it can start with just the mention of her name. You suffer from blurred political vision, hyperventilation due hearing totally disengaged thought, a serious rash while being reminded of the polluted state of Minnesota, and lastly, a lightheadedness, a feeling that your brain has been sucked into whatever medium Bachmann uses as a venue. These symptoms may seem to go on forever, because they linger long after any encounter with Bachmann's inanity. And when they DO subside, you then fall into a deep depression, realizing that there were people in Minnesota who actually voted for her. Sometimes it takes a whole day before DUMBS abates. It's awful. Believe me, no one should have to live with it. Ever.

But give the lady her due: she's courageous. Nothing ever gets in her way to relay the most profound idiocy:

Think Progress
BACHMANN: I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under Democrat President Jimmy Carter. And I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it is an interesting coincidence.
In one statement, Bachmann managed to: show her lack of knowledge in American history (swine flu broke out during the Ford administration), place a link from swine flu to Democrats and still manage to reflect badly on Obama even when she says she isn't blaming him. Yet there is irony in Michele (yes, it's one "L") Bachmann's pronouncements on patriotism: her statements about members of congress could have given Joe McCarthy a reason to pause, but her unbridled disdain for Obama and what he stands for smacks of the turncoat:

“It’s like Thomas Jefferson said, a revolution every now and then is a good thing. We are at the point Sean, of revolution.”
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she fears the Obama administration will create “re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.”
On the gay community and same-sex marriage:
“This is a very serious matter, because it is our children who are the prize for this community, they are specifically targeting our children.”

“It’s part of Satan I think to say that this is “gay.” It’s anything but gay.”

“[from a talk show host] Answer the question, do you hate homos?”
MB: “No, but ask my kids! (laughter)”
how do we fight Michele Bachmann and the dreaded disease DUMBS? The antidote is simple: LAUGH. Don't wring your hands in angst and helplessness. LAUGH - at her. Take every one of her quotes, cobble together a book and make fun of her. You may think that America is already laughing. You may think it uncouth or cruel. Yes, on all three counts. But America isn't laughing enough. Be aggressive in your humor: if you think there might be a chance of meeting her, by all means meet her. But with your "I'm with Stupid" t-shirt. Have someone take a picture, then plaster it all over the Net. Flood YouTube with your own little video vignettes and montages, or photoshop pictures of her to place on Flickr. Find out her itinerary and be in place and hold large picket signs - one side with "We Love You Michelle" (with two "l"s) and on the other side "We hate can't stand this bitch." But be careful that you have the "love" side to her and the "bitch" side to the media. She has such a disingenuous smile, and we dare not waste it.

So who's the good patriot? There are many definitions of "patriot" and one of them is: a good patriot is someone who knows when to speak out and when to shut up.

Bachmann is clueless about the fact that people want her to do the latter. The proof is in the videos below.

Another Battle Line Drawn: Homophobic FRC Supports Virginia Foxx's Remarks

"I'm sorry my wording was poor."
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) in an "apology" to Judy Shepard,
mother of hate crime victim, Matthew Shepard*

Since yesterday, Foxx has been publicly skewered for her comments, largely by homosexuals who want desperately to bury the truth about that crime so that Shepard's story can be used to galvanize support for their push to silence dissent from their agenda. The Left certainly has a right to their "feelings" but they don't have a right to their own "facts".

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council.

It's very stupid to intentionally tarnish the memory of anyone deliberately murdered. But it's criminal to frame an obvious hate crime in a way that trivializes the crime.

from wikipedia:

Retired Police Chief of Laramie, Commander Dave O'Malley — who was also interviewed by ABC and criticized the 20/20 report — pointed out that the drug motive does not necessarily disqualify the anti-gay motive: "My feelings have been that the initial contact was probably motivated by robbery because they needed money. What they got was $20 and a pair of shoes ... then something changed and changed profoundly... But, we will never, ever know because Matt’s dead and I don’t trust what [McKinney and Henderson] said."

FRC has always been noted for its extreme homophobia, but to belittle a hate crime as horrendous as what Matthew Shepard endured is beyond the pale.

Perkins has campaigned against the hate crimes bill with such zeal you would think that he just loves the thought of gays getting bashed (personally I think he does). But he manages to put forth his choirboy face (which seems tighter every time we see him) and plead for "equality" "freedom of speech" and "freedom of religion." But only for evangelical Christians - the rest of us can eat sh*t and die.

In appearance, Perkins looks almost lifelike (except for the umbilical chord connecting him to James Dobson), so one can only wonder what goes on inside that drives him to be such a horrendous a**hole. And the way he's treated the Republican Party lately makes us doubt his sanity. The Party's supposed to be FRC's ally. And the more he supports the likes of Virginia Foxx, the more the Republicans will say "Tony who?"

BTW: Take a wild guess as to which University Tony graduated from: ta da! REGENT University, aka Pat Robertson's College of Bible-Thumping Ambulence Chasers.

*Judy Shepard's response: "She's only sorry her syntax was poor."