Knuckle-draggers, indeed…

Yesterday I read something that gave Mommie Dammit a really bad case of gas – the double-you-over-cramping-till-your-forehead-slams-the-floor variety…

Misery dammit! Missouri has a “Don’t-Say-Gay” bill advancing through the state House. My thanks to Think Progress for tipping me off to this latest in a long string of legislative turds coming out of Jefferson City.

The bill, HB 2051, states:

170.370. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no instruction, material, or extracurricular activity sponsored by a public school that discusses sexual orientation other than in scientific instruction concerning human reproduction shall be provided in any public school.

*emphasis mine*

Not only would this ban any discussion in our schools of LGBT sexuality and sexual health, it could likely ban GSA’s and could prohibit student’s voluntary participation in the National Day of Silence. This would also effectively bar teachers and administration from speaking out against anti-gay bullying and violence, and tie the hands of school counselors in similar situations.

According to Igor Volsky’s article

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Stanley Cookson (R) and has attracted 19 GOP co-sponsors, “including the two most powerful leaders in the House, Speaker Steve Tilley and Majority Leader Tim Jones (yes, the same Tim Jones who is a plaintiff in Orly Taitz’ birther lawsuits).”

One thing I expect all my poor, abused, neglected children to do (as in I’ll hunt you down if you don’t) is take your sorry ass immediately to the PROMO website, and sign their petition against this bill.

PROMO executive director, A.J. Bockelman, called the introduction of HB 2051

“a desperate tactic by frightened, bigoted, cynical individuals who are terrified at the advancement the LGBT community has made in breaking down the barriers to full and equal treatment under the law.”

I couldn’t agree with Bockelman more, though I’d be a bit less prosaic in my descriptors… somehow the term “moving targets” or “proofs that central Missouri needs an enema” come to my lips faster than frightened, cynical bigots. But whatever epithets your bowels cramp up and deliver when you think about our state legislature, get your ass busy and contact your local representatives and tell them that Mommie Dammit is on the war path and you don’t like it either!

First, go to the USPS website and find your full 9-digit zip code here. Now, go HERE, and find your elected representatives. Click on your state senator’s and state representative’s name and it will take you to their homepage where you can get their contact information. Write, call, email, send smoke signals, drum messages, pigeon droppings… whatever! Just let them know that you oppose this latest attempt to drag Misery dammit! Missouri into the slime of bigotry. We have enough reason for the rest of the nation to laugh at us – we don’t need this added to the list!

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Those damned Brits…

… they’re at it again! The Mother Country and our step-sister in the Great White North continue to embarrass the Land-o’-the-Fee-With-Equality-for-a-$um by showing us up in the Equal Rights department.

First it was trashing the asinine ban against open and honest military service, then England decides to provide LGBT couples with civil unions. But our progressive sister-land decided to go one better and up the ante to marriage… all this while this backward bastard nation of malcontents and misfits was still dragging its knuckles in the dirt of hypocrisy, bigotry, lies and religious paranoia.  Now comes the final embarrassment – not only do they outstrip us in progress toward equal rights for their LGBT citizens, but they do a far better and more creative job of promoting it!

Yesterday, April 25th, marked the release of a new viral video in support of Marriage Equality in England. The work is the brainchild of Mike Buonaiuto, who directed the short film. I’ll let him speak for himself on the making of it, and you can read more from Mike here.

The video makes a well crafted, and beautifully photographed, point – that we serve our nation in its military, often laying down our lives for her continued survival. If we can do that, then we damned well ought to be able to join our lives with the one we love in the legally recognized union of marriage.

And since I know y’all are an impatient bunch, here is the video…

“Homecoming”; starring James Knight, from London’s West End (Mamma Mia,) and rising screen-star Lew Smart.

 

And the Mit-diocy Just Keeps Comin’…

After the speed in which Mitt Romney flipped his opinion on Arizona’s “Papers NOW ya fuckin’ beaner!” law, Mommie’s head was left spinning on my neck like a loose tire at a NASCAR event. (Note to all my Hispanic and Latino children: “beaner” used in reference to hateful derision of said law, ignorant and inbred Arizona politicians, and their governor, Madame Skelator!) I honestly didn’t believe that The Flipinator could become any more repulsive than he already has over the past 6 years…

…I am saddened to admit – though not in the least surprised – that I was wrong.

According to THIS REPORT, by James Raskin (Senior Fellow, People for the American Way), Romney has just named former judge Robert Bork to co-chair his presidential campaign advisory committee on law, the Constitution and the judiciary.

Just in case you aren’t old enough to remember Bork from the time when the monster Reagan nominated him for the Supreme Court, this is the same Judge Bork who (in the  1984 case ” Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union v. American Cyanamid Co.”) endorsed the view that clean-up measures were not necessary or possible and that the sterilization of women of child-bearing age policy was, in any event, a “realistic and clearly lawful” way to prevent harm to the women’s fetuses. He wrote in his opinion that the company’s “fetus protection policy” took place by virtue of sterilization in a hospital, outside of the physical workplace,therefor the terms of the Occupational Safety and Health Act did not apply.

The same Robert Bork who thinks the principles of “one man, one vote” are an anti-democratic fiction, and who thinks that poll taxes and literacy tests are constitutional.

The same Robert Bork who wrote inThe Tempting of America(pg. 116),

“Attempts to overturn Roe will continue as long as the Court adheres to it. And, just so long as the decision remains, the Court will be perceived, correctly, as political and will continue to be the target of demonstrations, marches, television advertisements, mass mailings, and the like. Roe, as the greatest example and symbol of the judicial usurpation of democratic prerogatives in this century, should be overturned. The Court’s integrity requires that.”

The same Robert Bork who, throughout his judicial career, has found in favor of Corporations over People and Government, and Government over the People. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties mean nothing to Bork, neither does true law enforcement – as witness his being the only one in Nixon’s cabinet willing to fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. This is also the same man who supports the death penalty for juvenile offenders, and thinks that LGBT civil rights and marriage equality will lead the United States into pedophilia and polygamy…

… Yeah, THAT Robert Bork.

It’s bad enough that the Reich Wing has pushed the Rethuglicans into accepting Romney as their presumptive nominee – a man who thinks strapping his dog to the roof of his car for a twelve-hour trip to Canada, terrifying the poor beast into shitting all over himself – but now we are threatened with the return of a man who believes that the First Amendment doesn’t apply to literature, science, or film and that the Constitutional Right to Equal Protection under the law does not apply to women.

I’d like to think that the American voting public is smart enough to overwhelmingly reject Mitt Romney in November… but I know better. After all, they were stupid enough to vote for the Shrub twice, and to turn our House of Representatives into the biggest political laughing stock on the face of the planet in 2010. Somehow I get the feeling I should be stocking my larder and buying lots of ammo for Matilda.