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No mention of the price the Iraqis paid

This is one of the early images of one of the tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians who were maimed or killed in the Vietraq War. Our president and our mainstream media can talk about “our nation’s” “huge price,” but no one wants to talk about the price that the Iraqis have paid for their “liberation,” even though they’ve only traded one dictator, Saddam Hussein, for the dictatorship of transnational corporations that exert their influence through Iraq’s new puppet government. 

I got this e-mail from President Barack Obama tonight:

Robert —

Tonight marks the end of the American combat mission in Iraq.

As a candidate for this office, I pledged to end this war responsibly. And, as President, that is what I am doing.

Since I became Commander-in-Chief, we’ve brought home nearly 100,000 U.S. troops. We’ve closed or turned over to Iraq hundreds of our bases.

As Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, our commitment to a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq continues. Under Operation New Dawn, a transitional force of U.S. troops will remain to advise and assist Iraqi forces, protect our civilians on the ground, and pursue targeted counterterrorism efforts.

By the end of next year, consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, these men and women, too, will come home.

Ending this war is not only in Iraq’s interest — it is in our own. Our nation has paid a huge price to put Iraq’s future in the hands of its people. We have sent our men and women in uniform to make enormous sacrifices. We have spent vast resources abroad in the face of several years of recession at home.

We have met our responsibility through the courage and resolve of our women and men in uniform.

In seven years, they confronted a mission as challenging and as complex as any our military has ever been asked to face.

Nearly 1.5 million Americans put their lives on the line. Many returned for multiple tours of duty, far from their loved ones who bore a heroic burden of their own. And most painfully, more than 4,400 Americans have given their lives, fighting for people they never knew, for values that have defined our people for more than two centuries.

What their country asked of them was not small. And what they sacrificed was not easy.

For that, each and every American owes them our heartfelt thanks.

Our promise to them — to each woman or man who has donned our colors — is that our country will serve them as faithfully as they have served us. We have already made the largest increase in funding for veterans in decades. So long as I am President, I will do whatever it takes to fulfill that sacred trust.

Tonight, we mark a milestone in our nation’s history. Even at a time of great uncertainty for so many Americans, this day and our brave troops remind us that our future is in our own hands and that our best days lie ahead.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

So there’s mention of the more than 4,400 U.S. military personnel who died for a big fucking lie (oops — I mean, “gave their lives”), but only an indirect mention of the hundreds of billions of our tax dollars squandered in Iraq, mostly to the war profiteers like Dick Cheney’s Halliburton, which just coinky-dinkily won a no-bid contract to operate in Vietraq.

The Associated Press in its coverage of Obama’s announcement tonight that the U.S. military’s combat role in Vietraq is over mentions the 4,400-plus American lives and the hundreds of billions of squandered tax dollars, but, interestingly, neither the AP nor the president in his e-mail mentions the 100,000 or so Iraqi civilians slaughtered since the unelected Bush regime’s illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust March 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq.

No mention of the heavy Iraqi casualties, those tens of thousands of Iraqis who were permanently “liberated,” but in his e-mail Obama does remark that “Our nation has paid a huge price to put Iraq’s future in the hands of its people. We have sent our men and women in uniform to make enormous sacrifices. We have spent vast resources abroad in the face of several years of recession at home.”

I know that this is the United States of Amnesia, but the Iraqi people never asked to be “liberated.” The unelected Bush regime invaded Iraq against world opinion and against the wishes of the United Nations Security Council, primarily to open up Iraq’s nationalized oil fields to transnational corporations and to create an orgy for contractors feeding from the trough of the U.S. treasury.

That our president and our main news service can’t even be bothered to mention the Iraqi civilian casualties, I think, answers the stupid question Why do they hate us so much?

(Barack Obama a socialist.

Puhfuckinglease.

He’s sooooo Bush Lite.*)

The AP quotes Obama as having said of George W. Bush tonight, “It’s well known that he and I disagreed about the [Vietraq War] from its outset. Yet no one could doubt President Bush’s support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security.”

Really?

No one possibly could doubt those things?

I support our troops — which means that if I were commander in chiefm I’d never send them in harm’s way unless it absolutely, absolutely were necessary. Bush sent them in harm’s way based upon a pack of fucking lies about weapons of mass destruction that he knew were non-existent. (The AP actually reports that the Bush regime invaded Iraq “based on what turned out to be flawed intelligence” when, in fact, the members of the Bush regime twisted the intelligence that they were given by the experts to fit their mold, and the only “right” answer by the experts was that Iraq possessed WMD and was a threat to the U.S. and its interests. That the AP revised history to just repeat the Bush regime’s lie about “flawed intelligence” is journalistic malpractice.)

Since Iraq never threatened the United States’ security, how could the unelected Bush regime’s illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq have been for the United States’ security?

If Bush loved his country so fucking much, would he have sent our troops off to die for corporate profits, and would he have put the nation into a record federal budget deficit as the result of his bogus Vietraq War and his tax cuts for the rich?

No, Bush doesn’t love the country. He loves himself and his cronies.

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Glenn’s glass house of Mormon

Funny what happens when you start claiming to be the nation’s mouthpiece of God and criticizing others’ religious beliefs; people start examining yours.

Glenn Beck, who has wrapped himself tightly in the Shroud of Turin as well as in the American flag, is a Mormon — but he won’t tell you that.

I’ve been thinking how odd it is that Beck appeals to the “Christo”fascists, most of whom don’t even count Mormons as Christians. (I recall my late grandmother, a racist Southern Baptist from Texas who stood for everything that I oppose, proclaiming that Mormons aren’t true Christians. [This wingnutty writer on Christian Newswire agrees with my deceased mean grandmother, proclaiming that “Glenn Beck promotes a false gospel” and “Mormonism is not a Christian denomination but a cult of Christianity.”])

And I had thought that pretty much everyone knows that Beck is a Mormon motherfucker, but this factoid came as a shock to my brother over lunch today, and my brother is pretty knowledgeable.

I first found out that Beck is a Mormon by conversion from the Wikipedia entry on him, but this biographical tidbit and more — such as the unsurprising fact that Beck used to be into stage magic before he joined a “morning zoo” radio show — is contained in the Beck biography Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance, by Andrew Zaitchik, which I’m reading now. (Know thy enemy…)

“Does it matter that Glenn Beck is a Mormon?” asks The Week.

Uh, yeah, it does, when Beck tries to appoint himself as the modern-day Moses who is going to lead us out of our national darkness. (“Darkness” as Beck and his ilk use it isn’t a reference to the eight, long, nightmarish years of rule by the unelected Bush regime, but is an apparent reference to non-whites, since the Repugnican Tea Party’s No. 1 problem with Barack Obama is that he’s black.)

Speaking of which, one of the Mormon cult’s many wacky beliefs is that non-whites aren’t white because God punished them; white is God’s ideal, you see.

Beck should publicly state whether or not he agrees with this wonderful teaching of the Mormon cult. (Of course he does, though.)

Beck doesn’t bring up his Mormonism much because not only do many if not most of us on the left despise the right-wing Mormon cult, especially after it theocratically pushed Proposition H8 here in California, in brazen violation of the separation of church and state, but because the non-Mormon “Christo”fascist whackjobs for the most part don’t like the Mormon cult, either.

If the Mormon motherfuckers were minding their own fucking business, my attitude toward them would be live and let live, but the Mormon motherfuckers want to expand their theocratic empire and want to tell all of us how to live, as evidenced by their championing of Prop H8 (for which they had to form front groups, like the National Organization for Marriage [which, true to right-wing form, actually opposes marriage], since way too many Americans hate the Mormon cult), and Mormon motherfucker Mitt Romney, whom the cabal of stupid old white Mormon men in Salt Lake City would love to put into the White House, will become president over my dead body. And yeah, I have a problem with the fact that the nation’s No. 1 wingnut loudmouth (Beck, I mean of course) is a fucking Mormon. I see little difference between a “Christo”fascist and an “Islamofascist.” Both are theofascists.

And especially when Glenn Beck criticizes the religion of President Barack Obama, as he has done, it then becomes open fucking season on Beck’s fucked-up, anti-Christian beliefs.

I have plenty of my own problems with Barack Obama, but they have nothing to do with such things as his race or his religious beliefs, which he for the most part keeps to himself, as a president should. But when they attack the president, Beck and his ilk don’t attack only Barack Obama; they attack those of us Americans who voted for him, which is the majority of Americans who voted in November 2008, and they attack our very democracy, which they deem a “tyranny” when their candidate doesn’t win the election.

This isn’t freedom of speech as much as this is treason.

The only founding father that Glenn Beck and his ilk can compare themselves to is Benedict Fucking Arnold.

The cocky dry drunk Glenn Beck seems comfortable that he can get away with anything, even holding a “non-political” KKK rally at the same place where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech” on the anniversary of that speech.

Careful, Benedict Beck, lest those of us whose patriotism runs so deep that we don’t have to announce it with a bullhorn on Faux “News” finally decide that we’ve allowed you to do enough damage to our nation in the names of God and country.

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Glenn Beck seeks to ‘restore’ us to the George W. Bush years

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Dangerously wingnutty demagogues Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin-Quayle, who claim to be doing the work of God and have tried to co-opt the nation’s founding fathers, pontificate in front of an almost all-white throng of “tea party” dipshits today in Washington, D.C., at the site where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” 47 years ago. Because 53 percent of the nation’s voters democratically having chosen the black guy over the conservative old white guy is just tyranny, you see.

Up until now I haven’t written about Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” “event” that just “coinky-dinkily” was scheduled to take place at the same location that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago to the day.

It was interesting, before the “event,” to see dry drunk Beck first claim that the date was chosen entirely by coincidence, then by “divine providence,” then it became his mission to reclaim the civil rights movement (even though the choice of the date and the place was a total coincidence, remember), because, as Stephen Colbert noted last month, indeed it was long past time that the civil rights movement be restored to its conservative white roots.

“Something beyond imagination is happening,” Grand Dragon Glenn Beck proclaimed at his KKK Repugnican Tea Party rally today. “America today begins to turn back to God.” He added: “For too long, this country has wandered in darkness.”

Yes, I remember those dark years. Those were the BushCheneyCorp years, from early 2001 to early 2009.

I remember the blatantly stolen presidential election of late 2000; the events of Sept. 11, 2001, which “President” George W.  Bush had been warned about the previous month in a presidential daily briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” (he was on vacation at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, at the time and couldn’t be bothered); the illegal, immoral, unjust and unprovoked invasion and occupation of the sovereign nation of Iraq (for the war profiteering of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton and the other oily subsidiaries of BushCheneyCorp) against world opinion and against the wishes of the United Nations Security Council in March 2003; the probably stolen presidential election of 2004; and Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast five years ago tomorrow, resulting in the unnecessary confirmed deaths of more than 1,800 Americans (on August 29, 2005, the day that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, “President” Bush was in Arizona with John McCainosaurus celebrating McCainosaurus’ 69th birthday).

Is that the darkness of the past several years that Beck was talking about?

Or, like Grand Dragoness Sarah Palin-Quayle wanted us to do when she was on the stump for the vice presidency, are we just supposed to forget the period of time from late 2000 to early 2009? Yeah, we went right from Bill Clinton directly to Barack Obama, you see. You betcha!

Speaking of the grand dragoness, she said this at today’s KKK rally that shit and pissed on the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.: “We must restore America and restore her honor” and “I’ve been asked to speak as the mother of a soldier, and I am proud of that distinction. Say what you want to say about me, but I raised a combat vet and you can’t take that away from me.”

Um, 53 percent of the American voters chose Barack Obama in November 2008 to restore America’s honor after the Richie Rich frat boys of the unelected Bush regime had trashed it like a hotel room used for a party.

The Repugnican Tea Party has fought tooth and nail to prevent Americans’ choice, President Barack Obama, from having any real success in restoring the nation’s honor, yet here they are pissing and moaning that we must restore the nation’s honor.

Of course, what “restoring” America’s “honor” truly means is getting the nigger out of the White House and replacing him with another conservative white man. (What? Didn’t “Dr.” Laura Schlessinger make it OK for all of us to use the word “nigger”? She uses the title of “Dr.” — she can’t be wrong!)

And then there is the grand dragoness bragging that, according to The Associated Press, her 20-year-old son Track served a year-long deployment in Vietraq.

So, apparently, all “mama grizzlies” should send their offspring off to kill Muslims (preferably the babies — you gotta nip ’em in the bud, you see) in bogus wars primarily meant to make the war profiteers and the corporatocrats and the plutocrats even richer, you see. It’s what Jesus Christ and the founding fathers wanted.

The AP also notes of today’s “event”: “On the edges of the Mall, vendors sold ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flags, popular with tea party activists. Other activists distributed fliers urging voters ‘dump Obama.’ The pamphlet included a picture of the president with a Hitler-style mustache.”

Today’s white-supremacist debacle in D.C. on the anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech wasn’t about actually “restoring” the nation, and so of course it did no such fucking thing.

And far, far from helping to lead the nation away from darkness like a modern-day Moses, Glenn Beck has been instrumental in plunging it back into darkness.

Clearly, dry-drunk egomaniac Glenn Beck would love nothing more than to be the self-appointed dictator of a “Christo”fascist regime in which he proclaims what God wants and doesn’t want and justifies all manner of evil as being the will of God. This he deems “restoration.” What Glenn Beck and his partner in “Christo”fascism Sarah Palin-Quayle envision is an American Taliban, a brutal, totalitarian regime that uses the names of God and Jesus Christ as justification for its satanic actions.

If we don’t fight the theocratic terrorists abroad, then we’ll have to fight them here at home? Really? We just had a rally of tens of thousands of them in our nation’s capital today!

We already had eight long, nightmarish years of the “vision” of Beck and Palin-Quayle this past decade. We, the majority of the American people, rejected it in November 2008 when we elected Barack Obama by seven percentage points over the stupid old conservative white man of the Repugnican Tea Party.

Get over it, sore losermen.

If Glenn Beck wants to act like another Martin Luther King Jr., he should remind himself that in the end, MLK was shot in the head. Only a huge difference between Beck and King — other than that Beck is a fucking white supremacist, of course — is that MLK’s assassination was a great loss to the nation, and Beck’s would benefit the nation. Indeed, it would help to restore the nation’s honor and help the nation out of its darkness.

I say to my fellow progressives — the ideological sons and daughters of the North of the Civil War — what Grand Dragoness Sarah Palin-Quayle says to her troops:

It is time not to retreat, but to reload.

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Ken Mehlman is NOT one of us

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Repugnican Ken Mehlman, pictured in 2005, now finally publicly acknowledges that he’s gay. All non-heterosexuals of good conscience should shun him for having sold his community out for political gain. Ken Mehlman is a fucking piece of shit who should donate his organs now.

I’ve heard way too many gay men (and some others) defend Ken Mehlman, who was George W. Bush’s campaign manager for Bush’s 2004 “re”-election campaign and then served as head of the Repugnican National Committee before finally publicly acknowledging this week that he’s gay.

We (those of us gay men who were paying attention) all knew for years that Kenny Boy is gay. Way back in November 2004 I wrote about Mehlman’s closeted homosexuality.

The most common “defense” of Mehlman that I’ve been hearing as of late is that coming out can be a process, that it can take time, blah blah blah blah blah.*

Bullshit.

Mehlman was 37 years old when I blogged about him in November 2004. A 37-year-old man knows fully well whether or not he is primarily or exclusively sexually attracted to other men.

So the issue wasn’t that Mehlman wasn’t sure of his sexual orientation. The issue was that he was too much of a fucking coward and a fucking liar to be truthful with others about his sexual orientation.

And fine if we want to let pathetic closet cases pathetically drag their feet for years, knowing fully well that they are homosexual, perhaps even having sex with other men on the side while lying to everyone about their sexual orientation (a phenomenon that I refer to as “having one’s cock and eat it too”).

But not everyone who has his cock and eats it too is the fucking campaign manager for the BushCheneyCorp, which used whipped-up anti-gay sentiment as its centerpiece for the 2004 elections, just as the Repugnican Tea Party today is using the hatred of “illegals” and their “anchor babies” and Muslims as its centerpiece for the 2010 elections. And not every closet case then goes on to be the head of the RNC.

Ken Mehlman should be embraced by the non-heterosexual community to the same degree that a Jew who had helped the Nazis persecute the Jews should be embraced by the Jewish community.

That’s not hyperbole — that’s exactly how I feel about Ken Mehlman.

He’s a fucking traitor. He caused immeasurable harm to the non-heterosexual community and now he says that he’s one of us.

No, he isn’t one of us — and anyone who associates with him is, quite literally, palling around with a terrorist.**

*Mehlman himself is trying to use this defense. “It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life,” he is quoted as having said. “Everybody has [his or her] own path to travel, [his or her] own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I’ve told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they’ve been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that’s made me a happier and better person. It’s something I wish I had done years ago.”

Mehlman conveniently leaves out the part, the little detail, where he supported the party that sold out non-heterosexuals for political gain, and he talks about his own happiness with apparent total disregard for what he did to others — who also wish that he’d come out of the closet years ago.

And really, anyone who uses the mawkish term “journey” to talk about his or her life should be shot immediately.

**My broad definition of “terrorism” is the use of fear for political gain, and Mehlman was instrumental in the Repugnican Tea Party’s use of the fear of and the hatred of non-heterosexuals for political gain.

There is no doubt that Mehlman’s support of the party that historically has persecuted non-heterosexuals has contributed to the national homophobic sociopolitical atmosphere that has caused the deaths of many non-heterosexuals.

There is no doubt in my mind that Mehlman is indirectly responsible for deaths of members of the community that he now claims for himself. I hope that his karma hits him sooner rather than later.

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U.S. Marines are pussies

Reports AFP (a French news service):

Washington — The top U.S. Marine [said yesterday that] most Marines would prefer not to share a room with gay comrades, despite plans by President Barack Obama to lift a ban on gays serving openly in the military.

General James Conway, who has made clear his opposition to ending the ban, said if the law is changed the Marine Corps might look for volunteers willing to share quarters with gays as some “very religious” members objected to rooming with homosexuals.

“I can tell you that an overwhelming majority would like not to be roomed with a person who is openly homosexual,” Conway told a Pentagon press conference.

“Some do not object. And perhaps, you know, perhaps a voluntary basis might be the best way to start without violating anybody’s sense of moral concern or a perception on the part of their mates,” he said.

He added that “in some instances we will have people that say that homosexuality is wrong and they simply do not want to room with a person of that persuasion because it would go against their religious beliefs.” …

Um, so what?

My federal tax dollars — which go to the U.S. military-industrial complex instead of to things that we Americans need, like health care, public education and public infrastructure — are used to support a military that caters to religious-based ignorance, bigotry and hatred?

What if a “Christian” Marine doesn’t want a Jewish or a Muslim or an atheist or another non-Christian roommate? Is he or she accommodated?

What if a white Marine doesn’t want a non-white roommate? Is white supremacism to be supported by my federal tax dollars?

Fact is, if you’re a straight guy, your assigned roommate could be gay or bisexual whether you can tell or not. Get over it. As long as your roommate (of either biological sex and of any sexual orientation) doesn’t sexually harass or sexually assualt you, what do you have to piss and moan about? That your sensibilities are offended? Oh, boo hoo! I thought that the Marines were tough.

I understand that the U.S. armed forces attract redneck dipshits who apparently think that Jesus was all about killing civilians in foreign lands who refuse to convert to “Christianity.” These “patriotic” crusaders for Christ apparently don’t perceive that they’re just cannon fodder for corporate global expansion; they apparently actually believe that they’re truly protecting freedom and liberty and puppies and kittens and butterflies in the names of God and Jesus.

But that’s the problem: God and Jesus.

I have a problem that our military is not secular, but that it is so highly “Christianized.” It’s wrong. It’s anti-American. It’s dangerous.

Dozens of soldiers at an Army base in Virginia apparently were punished recently for having refused to attend a “Christian” band’s concert at the base. That any branch of the U.S. armed forces would allow such religious-based propaganda on a taxpayer-funded military base anyway is questionable, but to punish soldiers for declining to attend? That’s the bullshit cramming of “Christianity” down soldiers’ throats, and I hope that some high-ranking “Christo”fascist heads roll for it.

I just can’t have confidence in my nation’s military knowing that it apparently is riddled with (in no certain order) xenophobes, homophobes, white supremacists, racists, “Christo”fascists, et. al. A chain is only as strong as is its weakest link, and there are a lot of weak links — and missing links — in the U.S. armed forces.

Placing roommates together, I am sure, can be difficult. Would it be a good idea to place a known gay soldier with a known homophobic solider? No, probably not.

But is it in society’s good to coddle the haters?

No. That’s why, to my knowledge, U.S. soldiers don’t get to object to their roommates’ race or religion.

If we want a stronger military, we should expel the haters. Period. They’re mentally unstable anyway.

And all Americans need to embrace diversity. It’s 2010, for fuck’s sake. I know that millions of Americans are still reeling over the fact that we have our first non-white U.S. president, but they need to get a grip and move forward.

A federal appeals court ruled last month that it violates caregiving staff’s civil rights for a caregiving facility to allow racist and/or white supremacist patients to be able to refuse to be cared for by them because of their race.

“I always felt like it was wrong,” said Brenda Chaney, a black certified nurse assistant who brought about the lawsuit, said of the fact that white patients at her workplace in Indiana were allowed to refuse to be cared for her because she is black.

Back in my nursing days in the 1990s in Arizona, I recall at least a few white patients who refused black caregivers — and that they often if not usually were accommodated. I always thought that it was wrong, too, but the alternative, it seemed to me, was to subject a black caregiver to race-based abuse by a patient.

(To be fair, I had some black patients who didn’t seem to be thrilled to have a white caregiver [I especially remember the one who once rather venomously referred to me as “white boy”], but to be fair, blacks always have been worse victims of racism at the hands of whites than vice versa.)

So while I wouldn’t want black (or other non-white) caregivers to be abused by white supremacist patients, is it good public policy to allow the haters to pick and choose with whom they get to associate in communal settings?

Probably not.

As a federal court just ruled that a patient can’t choose the race of his or her caregiver, how would a federal court rule on allowing a homophobic soldier to be able to pick the sexual orientation of his or her roommate or roommates?

Um, yeah.

You know, while it’s true that gay is the new black, black is a pretty good litmus test: If it wouldn’t be OK to do something to a black person (such as not allow him or her to marry the person of his or her choice), it probably wouldn’t be OK to do the same fucking thing to a non-heterosexual person.

It’s not rocket science.

But then, we’re not a nation of rocket scientists, are we?

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The real problem with ‘Dr.’ Laura

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Baby-boomer wingnut “Dr.” Laura Schlessinger maintains that there’s no difference whatsoever between a rich white wingnut like herself using the word “nigger” and a black person using the word “nigger.” She also doesn’t want to be “NAACP’d” (I never knew that that was a verb), calls historically oppressed minority groups “hypersensitive” (it’s easy to say that someone else is “hypersensitive” when you yourself are a member of the historically oppressive and dominant group), and advises the “hypersensitive,” “Don’t marry out of your race.” 

CALLER: How about the “n”-word? So, the “n”-word’s been thrown around [by her white husband’s white friends; the female caller identifies herself as black] —

SCHLESSINGER: Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO, listen to a black comic, and all you hear is “nigger, nigger, nigger.”

CALLER: That isn’t —

SCHLESSINGER: I don’t get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it’s a horrible thing; but when black people say it, it’s affectionate. It’s very confusing. Don’t hang up, I want to talk to you some more. Don’t go away.

I’m Dr. Laura Schlessinger. I’ll be right back.

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CALLER: So it’s OK to say “nigger”? … It’s OK to say that word?

SCHLESSINGER: It depends how it’s said.

CALLER: Is it OK to say that word? Is it ever OK to say that word?

SCHLESSINGER: It’s — it depends how it’s said. Black guys talking to each other seem to think it’s OK.

CALLER: But you’re not black. They’re [my husband’s friends are] not black. My husband is white.

SCHLESSINGER: Oh, I see. So, a word is restricted to race. Got it. Can’t do much about that.

CALLER: I can’t believe someone like you is on the radio spewing out the “nigger” word, and I hope everybody heard it.

SCHLESSINGER: I didn’t spew out the “nigger” word.

CALLER: You said, “nigger, nigger, nigger.”

SCHLESSINGER: Right, I said that’s what you hear.

CALLER: Everybody heard it.

SCHLESSINGER: Yes, they did.

CALLER: I hope everybody heard it.

SCHLESSINGER: They did, and I’ll say it again —

CALLER: So what makes it OK for you to say the word?

SCHLESSINGER: — “nigger, nigger, nigger” is what you hear on HB[O] —

CALLER: So what makes it —

SCHLESSINGER: Why don’t you let me finish a sentence?

CALLER: OK.

SCHLESSINGER: Don’t take things out of context. Don’t double N — NAACP me. Tape the —

CALLER: I know what the NAACP —

SCHLESSINGER: Leave them in context.

CALLER: I know what the N-word means and I know it came from a white person. And I know the white person made it bad.

SCHLESSINGER: All right. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Can’t have this argument. You know what? If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry out of your race….

And what I just heard from Jade [the caller] is a lot of what I hear from black-think — and it’s really distressting [sic] and disturbing. And to put it in its context, she said the “n”-word, and I said, on HBO, listening to black comics, you hear “nigger, nigger, nigger.” I didn’t call anybody a nigger. Nice try, Jade. Actually, sucky try….

From “Dr.” Laura Schlessinger’s radio show of August 10

I haven’t chimed in yet on the “Dr.” Laura* brouhaha, so here goes. In a word, it isn’t about “the ‘n’-word.”

What it is about is that “Dr.” Laura Schlessigner is an overly comfortable right-wing white person who is unable to or refuses to even try to have empathy with members of other groups that don’t have the same comfort and ease and the same privileges that she and her lily-white ilk do.

Schlessinger claimed, on her August 10 radio talk show, that if black people can say “nigger,” so can she and other whites.

It’s as though there were no such fucking thing as social context.

She’s another fucking dipshit, another wingnutty dingbat, but she’s a “doctor” and a baby boomer, so she actually makes money dispensing her “wisdom” and “expert advice.”

If black people want to call each other “nigger,” that’s fine with me. It’s their business. It’s their free speech. It was their right to take back an ugly word that had been used against them for decades if not for centuries by racists and white supremacists.

For a rich white right-winger like Schlessinger to use the word “nigger” obviously is different, because her cohort is representative of the group that once used the word “nigger” as a venomous pejorative against blacks and held blacks down for generations (and still holds them down).

Duh.

Similarly, as a gay man, if I use words like “queer” or “faggot,” that’s quite a different social context than if a known homo-hater uses those words.

There are some of my uptight fellow gay men who take themselves and their sexuality way too seriously who believe that no one should use such words as “faggot” or “queer” or “Froot Loop.”

That’s fine. If they don’t want to use such words themselves, more power to them. But those fucking faggots they have no right to dictate my free speech.

So “Dr.” Laura’s biggest sin, in my book, is not her simple use of the word “nigger,” even repeatedly. It’s her assertion that there really is no difference as to whether a rich white wingnut like herself uses the word or whether a black person uses the word.

It seems to me that no person whose empathetic ability and logical skills are so absofuckinglutely non-existent should be using the title “Dr.” and be a commercially successful dispenser of advice.

I wholeheartedly support “Dr.” Laura’s right to free speech, and, as this news analysis makes clear, legally the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects us from governmental interference in our speech, not from such things as boycotts or social pressure that arises as the result of our saying things that are unpopular.

When we fags and dykes non-heterosexuals started to boycott businesses that gave money to the Proposition H8 effort, I remember pro-Prop H8 assbites positing, at least implicitly, that boycotts are illegal. (The wingnuts’ insane “argument” seemed to be that we consumers have to give our money to businesses. “Free” enterprise apparently means that the business owners, but not we consumers, have economic freedom.) 

No, boycotts (and similar pressure campaigns) are not illegal.

They’re just another form of free speech in a society that we claim is free.

“Dr.” Laura has the free-speech right to go on air and have an entire show in which the only word that she says is “nigger.” She can have “nigger”-a-thon if she fucking wants to. But if this causes people to complain to the broadcasting business(es) that put(s) her bile and venom on the air, and to boycott her show’s advertisers, well, it’s the free-speech right of those individuals to do so.

“Dr.” Laura should not be relegated to the dustbin of wingnut history because she repeatedly said the “‘n’-word,” though. She should be put out to pasture because she has demonstrated, amply, that she’s only a husk of a shell of a human being with no feeling or compassion whatsofuckingever.

And her other words outside of “nigger” — “Don’t double N — NAACP me”; her charge that blacks are “hypersensitive” (despite the long history of white-on-black discrimination and violence, not to mention the historical white enslavement of blacks); and “Don’t marry out of your race” — demonstrate amply, I think, what “Dr.” Laura Schlessinger is all about.

*I use quotation marks around the title “Dr.” because Schlessinger does not have a degree in psychology or psychiatry or the like. Her 1974 doctorate was in physiology, for fuck’s sake.

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I hate Muslims, but I don’t know any

Wrapping themselves in the American flag and in the Shroud of Turin, day by day the members of the radical right, most of them members of the Repugnican Tea Party, drag us closer and closer to “Christo”fascism.

Americans — thanks mostly to the tireless propaganda of “Christo”fascists and members of the Israel-first lobby (a.k.a. Zionists) — don’t like Muslims.

Forty-six percent of Americans believe that Muslims are more likely to encourage violence against non-believers than members of other religions are.

Forty-six percent of Americans believe that American Muslims aren’t patriotic or they’re not sure whether or not they’re patriotic.

Fuck freedom of religion — more than 60 percent of Americans believe that American Muslims should not be allowed to establish a Muslim center near the former site of the World Trade Center.

And more than 60 percent of Americans say that they don’t even know any Muslims. But that sure the fuck doesn’t stop them from having a negative opinion of Muslims.

It has been a long-standing American principle that there should be no religious test to hold public office, yet the White House apparently felt enough political pressure to announce today that President Barack Obama is a Christian who prays every day.

It’s a sad, sad day when the president of the United States of America has to assure the lynch mob for Jesus that he’s one of them.

But hey, how do we know that Obama is a Christian?

Maybe we should put him in a big vat of water. Only if he sinks will we know that he’s a Christian and not, say, a Muslim witch!

It’s true that the balls-less Obama administration is always caving in to the radical right, but it’s also a sign of how far the United States of America has fallen that Obama’s handlers should have felt the political pressure to announce that he indeed is a Christian. Who prays every day.

As I just wrote, it doesn’t matter whether he’s a Christian or not.

Speaking of public pronouncements of one’s Christianity, Jesus Christ Himself said (Matthew 6:56:6):

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward already.

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

To me, there is no other way to interpret this instruction other than that Jesus Christ Himself asserted that spirituality is a private, individual thing — not something to be paraded publicly so that others will think that one is such an upright, pious person.

But Jesus’ actual teachings never stop those who claim to be His followers.

You know, I would love a Christian. I just don’t know any Christians, if we define a Christian as one who actually follows Jesus’ teachings.

Here we have the members of the Repugnican Tea Party and other assorted wingnuts claiming to be Christian when they in fact are anti-Christian, and they are beating up on Muslims for political gain (even though most of them don’t even know a single Muslim). Yeah, that’s exactly what Jesus stood for.

Even Disneyland is in on the Muslim-bashing, not allowing a Muslim employee to wear her hijab (head scarf) while in view of customers.

DisneyCorp told the woman she could wear only a hijab designed by Disney, but has yet to produce this special hijab. (Presumably, it’s not just a hijab with mouse ears attached to it…) 

Horrors should good little lily-white American “Christian” spawn learn tolerance of appreciation for other cultures! We can’t have that!

(I, for one, won’t set foot in the “magic kingdom” until and unless it embraces diversity. Fuck DisneyCorp.)

As it sank into fascism, Germany persecuted Jews.

As the United States of America sinks into fascism, it persecutes Muslims. And “anchor babies.” And non-heterosexuals. And…

God bless America.

It sure fucking needs it.

P.S. Interestingly, respondents to the nationwide poll taken this week by TIME magazine that I referenced above also were asked, “What if the following religious groups proposed building a community center and place of worship two blocks from your home — would you favor or oppose it?”

Seventy-eight percent said they’d be OK with a Catholic establishment, 73 percent said they’d be OK with a Jewish establishment, 65 percent said they’d be OK with a Mormon establishment, and only 55 percent said they’d be OK with a Muslim establishment.

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