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Today I have two contenders for the asshole trophy. First there is John Joe Thomas of Philadelphia, about whom this headline was written. Police: Killer invoked Old Testament in ‘stoning’ death. Not the sort of headline you expect to see in America in 2011. And, unsurprisingly, it hasn’t been covered by any major news network. I would never have found it if I didn’t regularly read Russ’s Filtered News, which does a good job of catching some of the stories that the media doesn’t see fit to cover.
From the Philadelphia Enquirer:
John Joe Thomas, 28, of the first block of Sunshine Road in Upper Darby, allegedly told police he killed Murray Joseph Seidman, 70, because the older man had made sexual advances and that the Old Testament spelled out stoning as the punishment for homosexuality.
An American citizen was stoned to death because of his sexual orientation. In America. In this century.
The second contender was connected to this story by New Civil Rights, and again, it’s fairly shocking that I have seen no comment on it. And it’s especially troubling because the culprit is someone I would hope to have a lot of respect for. But apparently Rev Keith Ratliff Sr, president of the Iowa-Nebraska chapter of the NAACP, has been shooting his mouth off in a profoundly offensive way. The Des Moines Register reports the following asinine statements from the not-so-reverend at an anti gay marriage rally on March 17:
He complained that supporters of gay rights have “hijacked” the civil rights debate and have wrongly contended the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., would have supported gay marriage. But Dr. King, he added, was a “Bible-believing Baptist preacher” who would have supported traditional marriage, he said.
“There is no parallel” between gay rights activism and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Ratliff said. “That is an insult to the civil rights movement.”
Ratliff added , “Deviant behavior is not the same as being denied your right to vote.”
Video of the speech:
Never mind that Bayard Rustin was publicly gay (in the 60s, no less). And never mind that the mission statement of the NAACP is “is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.” (emphasis mine). Now I’m certainly not saying that gay rights are or should be a primary (or even major) concern for the NAACP. In fact its quite appropriate and healthy for them to intentionally limit their objectives to issues of race, and allow independent groups to evolve to fight for other causes. But the idea that a chapter president of the NAACP could publicly refer to homosexuality as “deviant behavior” is mind blowing.
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So folks, who wins the mug today?
What a wonderful day it is for absurd logic! My inner Dadaist is practically screaming for joy.
In Texas anything is possible, and we’ll be damned if anyone’s going to tell us otherwise. That anything being God creating the universe. A proposed bill in the Texas senate would make it illegal to discriminate based on research pertaining to intelligent design.
How do you make money? By giving stuff away, of course! At least that’s what Paramount Pictures is hoping with its release of Tunnel. While I think the gesture is grand, I think it might perhaps be more fiscally responsible to release the movie through Netflix, Hulu, or another paid portal. It seems like this is simply putting a tip jar out at the movie theater and hoping to recoup the losses.
How else can you make money? By lying! Fox News does it every day. At least that’s the only logic I can use to understand this guy who told the truth on his blog and has now been fined $60k in damages.
Turning to health. What’s good for you? Radiation, of course. Thank Anne Coulter for her brilliant research into nuclear medicine. Radiation she said, “actually reduced the risk of cancer.” Of course it does, dead people rarely get cancer!
Looking at this now, I think I must find some things to cheer me up. Let me find something.
Two of my favorite things, Batman and cake. Courtesy of CakeCentral
Well, that’s enough for now. I am off to the opera.
My how old habits die hard. I must draw your attention to this advertisement in today’s Wall Street Journal.
I realize that you are probably unbespectactled, so I’ll attempt a short summary. The first portion of the page is devoted to the dangers of radiation posed to relief workers in Japan. The lower portion is an advertisement exhorting women to “Work, Work, Work on [their] tan.”
I’d rather like to believe an organization like the Wall Street Journal would have a slight amount of sensitivity. But, I’m often proved wrong.
I seem to have wrestled control of the computer box back from the interloper. (Stop)
I would like to direct your attention to the following (Stop)
Ahh, let’s see. Here it is (Stop)
This was suggested in queue on The Netflix. The Kaiser’s influence has reached the Atlantic states, it seems. I’ve also been informed by the little paper clip man that you no longer need stop to return the carriage. What marvels this computer boxes are.
Strange don’t you think? Just two days ago there was a pro union rally in Annapolis.
Facebook, it seems, has no built in ability to tell that people who are friends don’t necessarily have the same taste in politics. Such as when I get a recommendation to like Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck. Tonight’s unfortunate suggestion came in the form of Arizona Governer Jan Brewer. Her page features this picture. What job does Arizona do which the “Feds” won’t? Bankrupt the state? Sell of its capital building? Harass anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant? Whichever you choose, Jan Brewer wants you to know that Arizona’s doing it!