GOProud: The HRC Shouldn’t Care About “Faggot” Because Gays Are Dying In Iraq

“The irony here is stunning. The adults who run HRC are participating in a morally-reprehensible organized political hatchet job on a teenager all in the name of defending the victims of bigotry. Nothing is sacred to these liberal foot soldiers, no one is seen as off limits — not even a 16-year-old girl, and even an issue as serious as anti-gay bullying and teen suicide is treated as nothing more than just another political hammer to be wielded against their perceived enemies.

“The nature of the attacks on Palin reveals much about what motivates her critics. HRC’s press releases are ripe with misogynistic attacks on the Governor. HRC refers to the Governor as a ‘reality TV show star’ — a transparent attempt to diminish Palin’s almost 20 years in politics. In a November 17th release, Joe Solmonese, the man at the helm of HRC, made a thinly veiled accusation that the Facebook exchange somehow showed Palin failed as a mother — ‘Anti-gay language by teenagers often starts at home.’ [snip]

“In the meantime, while the actions of a teenager on Facebook warrant days of over-the-top press releases from HRC, a blind eye is turned by the liberal Gay, Inc. to the growing threat of radicalized anti-gay, anti-women Islam.” – GOProud chairman Chris Barron, in a Daily Caller piece co-authored by board member Tammy Bruce.

Got that? As long as gay people are being murdered by Muslims, we shouldn’t care about hate speech, bullying or any other such trivial nonsense.

RELATED: Last week GOProud announced that calling somebody a “faggot” isn’t homophobic because gay men in WeHo and Chelsea use the word amongst themselves. Shortly before the above-linked Daily Caller piece was posted, the group issued the below tweet.

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Health Insurance Lobby Gave $86M To Fight Health Care Reform

A coalition of insurance companies donated over M to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to fight the passage of health care reform. The Chamber is notoriously run by GOP-insiders.

The spending exceeded the insurer group’s entire budget from a year earlier and accounted for 40 percent of the Chamber’s 4.6 million in 2009 spending. The expenditures reflect the insurers’ attempts to influence the bill after Democrats in Congress and the White House put more focus on regulation of the insurance industry. The .2 million paid for advertisements, polling and grass roots events to drum up opposition to the bill that’s projected to provide coverage to 32 million previously uninsured Americans, according to Tom Collamore, a Chamber of Commerce spokesman. The Chamber used the funds to “advance a market- based health-care system and advocate for fundamental reform that would improve access to quality care while lowering costs,” it said in a statement.

“Grass roots.” Right. The companies in the coalition include UnitedHealth and Cigna.

(Via – Alan Colmes)

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GOP Rep. John Shimkus: Don’t Worry, God Will Take Care Of Global Warming

And this guy wants to be the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. How terrifying is that?

Joe. My. God.

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Teabaggers Call For Health Care Repeal

And they bring on Reagan’s son and Joe the Plumber to do it.

Joe. My. God.

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Video: I don’t care what you say — Mccain’s not Gaga

Your morning working mix courtesy of Sean Chapin:

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Butte hole: Montana GOP needs, doesn’t care to find patch

MT-GOPThe AP is reminding all Americans of a truly startling reality about the Montana state Republican Party: That they still have a call to criminalize homosexuality in the “crime” section of the official party platform:

Montana GOP policy: Make homosexuality illegal [AP via Yahoo]

While the AP does quote some like state Sen. John Brueggeman (R-Polson) who wish to see the mean-spirited, legally-insignificant wording removed, the seemingly more significant sentiment comes from state GOP executive director Bowen Greenwood, who says that the matter has never even come up for discussion. Never even come up. Not once. In over twelve years. Just slipped the mind.

The obvious response: THEN. BRING. IT. UP, EXECUTIVE. DIRECTOR! The state party literally calls for gays’ hands to be bound and thrown into a cop car — nobody’s binding your own lips and hands from putting a word and deed to a remedy!




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90% of LGBT students harassed; similar percentage of Americans care more about Friday night’s game

New report:

The 2009 survey of 7,261 middle and high school students found that at school nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school in the past year and nearly two-thirds felt unsafe because of their sexual orientation. Nearly a third of LGBT students skipped at least one day of school in the past month because of safety concerns.

STUDY: 9 OF 10 LGBT STUDENTS FACE HARASSMENT AT SCHOOL [GLSEN via Towle]

New sadly factual supporting evidence:

Same old negligence:

“We feel more and more that activists are being deceptive in using anti-bullying rhetoric to introduce their viewpoints, while the viewpoint of Christian students and parents are increasingly belittled,” Focus on the Family education expert Candi Cushman told the Post. Cushman worried over the public school system’s portrayal of same-sex partnerships as normal and voiced concerns that Christian viewpoints would be interpreted as bigotry.

Focus on the Family: Anti-bullying efforts push LGBT agenda [Edge]




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Dan Savage: Why should we care who’s in charge if Dems never really do what they promise?

Dan makes a rather interesting argument. While on smaller issues, it matters greatly if the Democrats are in charge instead of the Republicans, on the big issues, the GOP rarely rolls anything back, and the Democrats rarely roll anything forward. And he’s right.

Here’s what happens to the gays and our issues when Republicans win the White House or control Congress: not a whole hell of a lot. There’s no progress on our issues under Republicans—all forward momentum ceases—but things don’t get appreciably worse.* We have to endure small outrages and insults, put up with slights, and be vigilant about legislative malice, but we don’t see a big rollback of previously secured rights. The Bush administration got everything it wanted out of Congress but it didn’t get the FMA or a ban on same-sex couples adopting. Eight years of Bush meant no progress at the federal level on our issues—lots of bullshit at the state level in the form of anti-gay marriage amendments (most of them orchestrated by some straight guy named Ken Mehlman)—but no ground lost.

When we open our wallets for Democrats—and vote for them—the hope is that electing a Democratic president and Congress will result in significant progress on our issues. That’s not just our delusional hope; that was an explicit promise made to us by Democrats. Once the Democrats were in power, everyone from Obama on down promised us, we would see real and significant progress on our issues: an end to DADT and DOMA, action on ENDA, a president willing to use the bully pulpit to aggressively defend our rights. But if, as we’ve seen, working to elect a Democratic president and give Democrats control of Congress results in no progress on our issues—no action on DADT, ENDA, or DOMA—then why the fuck should we bother?

If we get no progress under Democrats (just empty promises meant to excite their base), but no regress under Republicans (just empty threats meant to excite their base), why should we waste our time—and our money—worrying about who’s in charge




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Charlie Crist Isn’t Sure Whether He Loves or Hates Health Care Reform

Depending on how, or when you ask Florida Gov. Charlie Crist whether, as a U.S. senator, he would've voted for or against Obama's health care plan, he'll give you a different answer. Though that's to be expected when you continue changing your position on the issues whenever Marco Rubio polls higher.


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Reliably volatile messaging’s on the wall, but NOM doesn’t seem to care. Seems to like it, even.

They’ve been featuring it on their Twitter page for months. But now the National Organization For Marriage has solidified their bond to Louis “gays want pedophilia, polygamy, and prostitution” Marinelli‘s incendiary “Protect Marriage: One Man, One Woman” Facebook page, embedding that very F’book wall into their TwoMillionForMarriage site:

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So why is this a thing of note? Well, because this is a Facebook page where conversations like this one are playing out on a daily basis:

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This is the same F’book wall where a commenter recently suggested that California should be “glassed with nuclear warheads,” and one where gays have been called “victims of mental illness.” Where not only the commenters bend towards the fringe, but where even the moderator posts Paul Cameron-quipping pages that claim gays are “propelling our society toward a premature demise”:

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And it’s all now an official part of Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown’s National Organization For Marriage.




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