Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Africa Still Looking To America To Go BACKWARDS!

From ALOT:
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — A judge convicted a gay couple in Malawi Tuesday of unnatural acts and gross indecency after a trial that drew worldwide condemnation of this southern African country's colonial-era laws on homosexuality.
Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa said the sentencing will take place on Thursday. The couple could be imprisoned for up to 14 years.
This should have been in the commerce section of the news. After all, homophobia is an export of the U.S.'s Christian Right. The latest cargo unloaded by Lou Engle in his recent visit to Uganda may be proof that uber-Christians are still taking to heart Rick Warren's motto: "Whatever It Takes."

Advice To The New Miss USA: Get Bodyguards

Not Exactly A Precious Prejean Moment

Right, Left, Middle and Just Plain Awful pundits are still burning the midnight oil as I write this. And I'm no exception. After all, we're still smarting from the bizarre fracas that was Carrie Prejean. This situation, however, is much more serious.

The reaction to Ms. Rima Fakih being crowned Miss USA is more like hysteria - on both sides. Ditto the reaction to Miss Oklahoma's remarks before being chosen as second runner-up. So which side is louder, more vicious, more vulgar?  

While the Left got in a few uncouth remarks, I'm forced to say that the ultra-Christofascist Right takes the prize in the remarks of one  Debbie Schlussel. Forget Fox News' comments about Miss Oklahoma's losing answer,  Schlussel has the real scoop on Rima because she's has ties to Islamic terrorism all over the place! Schlussle intimates that she and she alone has uncovered so much about Fakih that she (Schlussel) should be considered a hero.


From Fox News:

An unhappy crowd booed Miss USA judge Oscar Nunez when he asked Miss Oklahoma Morgan Elizabeth Woolard a question about Arizona’s immigration law on Sunday night’s pageant.

"I'm a huge believer in states' rights. I think that's what's so wonderful about America," Woolard said. "So I think it's perfectly fine for Arizona to create that law."

Think Progress:
– Fox News’s Gretchen Carlson complained that Woolard’s “informed opinion” may have cost her the crown, and said that Fakih may have won because we live in a “PC society.” [5/17/10]

The American Prospect:

The level of anger is just so plainly disproportionate to the matter at hand as to be self-implicating. These people aren't worried about terrorism -- they're offended by the idea of Muslims being integrated into the most mundane and banal aspects of American society. 
-- A. Serwer

Michelle Malkin is savvy enough to mostly cloak her freak-out behind horror over Fakih's politics (although she can't resist a dig at those "identity politics" people), while other conservative bloggers just go ahead and call her a terrorist. Professional Islamophobe Daniel Pipes combs the internet for other instances in which Muslim women have won beauty contests, and concludes there's some kind of "an odd form of affirmative action" going on. Because how could anyone choose a Muslim over a "real American" in a beauty contest?

 But she's a filthy Muslim/terrorist slut! whose crown was financed by a Hammas terrorist!

In The Case Of Rep. Mark Souder, Abstinence REALLY DOES Make The Heart Grow Fonder!!

And gets you the title:

From TPM:

Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) had an affair with a part-time staffer named Tracy Jackson, Fox is reporting. Jackson played the role of interviewer for a Souder Web video show on the issues of the day -- including one on the value of abstinence.

The fact that it was reported by Fox News is ridiculous enough, I guess. When you're so stupid in your hypocrisy that even Fox has to show it... Anyway, stay tuned.