Gay-obsessed Rick Santorum says Dan Savage ‘has some issues’

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I can’t get enough of the ongoing saga of Rick Santorum and his “google problem.”

We all know it’s about what pops up when “Santorum” is googled – a genius idea crafted by Dan Savage. Santorum even has its own wikipedia entry. I still like the original Santorum website. It’s NSFW — and, guess what? It makes Ricky, who is obsessed with all things gay, very sad. Roll Call interviewed Santorum about it — and he took a swipe at Dan Savage:

Santorum himself sounded slightly defeated when asked about it recently.

“It’s one guy. You know who it is. The Internet allows for this type of vulgarity to circulate. It’s unfortunate that we have someone who obviously has some issues. But he has an opportunity to speak,” Santorum told Roll Call.

Santorum’s Google problem began in 2003, when gay sex-advice columnist Dan Savage sought to mock Santorum’s comments on homosexuality. Then the third-most-powerful Republican in the Senate, Santorum told the Associated Press that April that gay sex could “undermine the fabric of our society.” The interview touched on a Supreme Court case related to sexual privacy, and Santorum compared homosexual acts to allowing for “man on child, man on dog” relationships.

Yeah, Santorum has a google problem. He’s also a hate-filled homophobe who is obsessed with discussing gays and gay sex. It’s bizarre. So, who’s go some issues here?

It is probably fair to say that Dan Savage does have some issues — with blatant homophobes and elected officials who send messages that lead young LGBT youth to commit suicide. That means Santorum.




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Video: Rick Santorum vs. full spectrum of our natural world

Since leaving the Senate, Rick Santorum has made a name for himself on the anti-equality speaking circuit. Here he is with Kevin Smith, head of New Hampshire’s chief anti-gay marriage lobby group, and with Maggie Gallagher, the nation’s most prominent voice on the opposition side:

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So what kind of comments are earning the former U.S. Senator these bookings of political import? Well, ones that paint gays and their families as downright “unnatural,” natch:



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Ya know, it’s one thing to take on marriage policy. But gunning for the very cores of gay existences by painting us as unnatural and our families as invalid? That’s beyond the pale. And it’s an albatross that’s ultimately gonna drag down the carefully code-worded marriage movement that folks like Gallagher (Maggie, not the prop comedian) have been so strategically crafting for the past decade or so.




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Rick Grimes Versus Andrew Lincoln, A Battle Between Real And Imagined Zombie-Related Ruggedness

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In anticipation of AMC's new series, The Walking Dead, I spent a good chunk of my weekend reading the Robert Kirkman-written Image Comics graphic version, which follows police officer Rick Grimes' journey through a Zombie-ridden world.

As I look forward to the show, and more installments of the comic, I'm wondering if any one out there's pondering what I am: Is real life actor Andrew Lincoln as attractive as artist Tony Moore's original rendition of the fictional character? Follow-up question: Am I strange for finding an imaginary comic book character attractive?

And, finally, a recommendation: read The Walking Dead. Sure, there are some zombie cliches, but it's actually a truly compelling book. So, too, is DC's Scalped, which also deserves to be made into a series, although would need the adult-ready ratings available at HBO or Showtime.

UPDATE: I just read issue #36 of Scalped and see it's getting into gay territory. How will [censored] survive on the reservation as a gay man?


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Beyond ‘CNN fires Rick Sanchez after media-controlled-by-Jews rant on satellite radio’

This story is so bizarre. I can’t be sure what was running through Rick Sanchez’s mind, but somehow the intimacy of doing a radio program must have lulled him into a state of mind that allowed that little sensor in your head that stops you from saying something supremely stupid/racist/insane to malfunction. (The Box):

CNN has fired anchor Rick Sanchez, following a radio rant Thursday night where he called Jon Stewart a “bigot,” blamed CNN brass for discrimination against him and insinuated that the media industry is controlled by Jews.

Sanchez had gone on Pete Dominick’s Sirius XM show to promote his new book, “Conventional Idiocy.” While on air, he called Stewart a “bigot,” implied that CNN is controlled by Jews and that the network passed him over for promotion because he’s Latino.

The full transcript is here . It’s worth reading because no paraphrasing can capture the meltdown. I’m not particularly interested in his attacks on Jon Stewart; Sanchez has been the butt of his jokes, and Sanchez sees that as racist. All Rick’s done is give Stewart more to poke fun at.

Where Sanchez goes off the rails starts with his reference to “elite Northeast establishment liberals” that devolves into denying that Jews are an oppressed minority and are holding minorities back, by extension, on CNN.

There are a couple of things that most of the Sanchez-bashers are ignoring because of Rick’s anti-Semitism: 1) the reality of being a minority anchor on that network, and 2) CNN’s history of keeping bigot Lou Dobbs on the air, never reprimanding him for the numerous ON-AIR lies and inflammatory comments about Latinos and other minorities (remember Lou and Obama Waffles?).

Case in point:

RS- I had a guy who works here at CNN who’s a top brass come to me and

say, ‘You know what, I don’t want you to –

PD- ‘Will you wash this dish for me, Sanchez?’

RS- No no, see that’s the thing; it’s more subtle. White folks usually don’t see it. But we do – those of us who are minorities and women see it sometimes too from men in authority. Here, I’ll give you my example its this ‘You know what, I don’t want you anchoring anymore, I really don’t see you as an anchor, I see you more as a reporter, I see you more as a John Quinones – you know the guy on ABC. That’s what he told me. He told me he saw me as John Quinones. Now, did he not realize that he was telling me, ‘When I see you I think of Hispanic reporters’? Cause in his mind I can’t be an anchor. An anchor is what you give the high-profile white guys, you know.

Rick’s not pulling that out of his ass. Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Carol Jenkins, the former president of the Women’s Media Center, who had a storied 23-year career as a news anchor at New York’s local WNBC-TV. She anchored the 6PM newscast (and won an Emmy). She has said much the same thing (sans Sanchez’s slur, of course) about how female anchors are similarly siloed. One news director told her flat-out that viewers “want to see a man in prime time.” She asked what studies or polls he was basing his view on. He had none to cite. Yes, that’s right. Just a “gut feeling” about what people want to see.

The bottom line is that it’s hard to break that glass ceiling, a point Rick Sanchez could have made without resorting to his Jewish conspiracy theory.

Anyway, I suppose that Rick can continue his book tour and think about his next options…and about that broken sensor.

And about Lou “The Brown Menace Is Upon Us” Dobbs? Why the flip didn’t CNN have the hair-trigger trap door for him? The YouTubes of him going off on-air, on the network are numerous. And the Obama Waffles incident at the Values Voter Summit in 1998, Lou stopped by the vendor table to give a slamming endorsement of the product (“My wife will love this!”)? That didn’t cost Lou his job.

It doesn’t excuse Sanchez’s remarks, but it does call into question the objectivity of using bigotry as a principal reason for dismissal at CNN.

 
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CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez Fired Over “Jews Run The Networks” Radio Comments

CNN fired its popular daytime anchor Rick Sanchez late today after he complained to a national satellite radio audience that Jews run the nation’s media outlets.

It started relatively innocently, with Sanchez expressing irritation at being lumped in with other Hispanic TV journalists by a CNN boss. Racist attitudes aren’t rooted on the political right, he added, but also extend to “elite, Northeast establishment liberals.” “Deep down, when they look at a guy like me, they see a guy automatically who belongs in the second tier, and not the top tier,” Sanchez continued. Then he said: “I think to some extent Jon Stewart and [Comedy Central comic Stephen] Colbert are the same way. I think Jon Stewart’s a bigot.” How’s that? asked the puzzled Dominick. “I think he looks at the world through his mom, who was a school teacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that,” replied Sanchez, speaking of Stewart. “Great, I’m so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine.”

Sanchez: “I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah.”

Rich Sanchez’ career has been no stranger to controversy. While a local anchor in South Florida, he struck and paralyzed a pedestrian while driving out of a Miami Dolphins game. Sanchez then fled the scene, only returning two hours later for a breathalyzer test which still showed him over the legal limit. He later plead no contest to DUI, but was never charged with running over the man. That case was daily news for many months when I lived in Florida.

Here’s the clip that got Sanchez fired.

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Mother Jones: Rick Santorum has a Google buttsecks problem

SpreadingSantorum.com is one of those domains with a history on teh Internets that is larger than life.

It has been up since 2003 to honor Mr. Man-On-Dog after he made this now-classic comments about homosexuality (Mother Jones):

[T]he then-senator from Pennsylvania compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia, saying the “definition of marriage” has never included “man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.” The ensuing controversy prompted syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, who’s gay, to start a contest, soliciting reader suggestions for slang terms to “memorialize the scandal.” The winner came up with the “frothy mixture” idea, Savage launched a website, and a meme was born. Even though mainstream news outlets would never link to it, Savage’s site rose in the Google rankings, thanks in part to bloggers who posted Santorum-related news on the site or linked to it from their blogs.

What’s oh-so-beautiful is that the site is now haunting Little Ricky as he considers hopping into the 2012 GOP Presidential Contender Clown Car. His problem? SpreadingSantorum has been around so long and clicked so often that his campaign cannot think of any way to close the Google ranking deficit to get a “Santorum” search result that doesn’t have SpreadingSantorum as the top entry.

To at least make a dent, Santorum could try a concerted push to generate links to his domain on prominent sites and blogs, ginning its Google ranking; Mark Skidmore, an expert in search-engine marketing at the online strategy firm Blue State Digital, says Santorum should also consider buying paid search results for his name. He says the Obama campaign successfully used this strategy to help bury sites that claimed Obama was a Muslim or not an American citizen. But like Fertik, Skidmore thinks Santorum faces an uphill battle, in part because Savage’s site has been up for so long-with more than 13,000 inbound links, compared with only 5,000 for Santorum’s own site, America’s Foundation. “He’s staring at a very big deficit,” Skidmore observes.

That deficit might grow even bigger soon. “I’ve sort of been in denial about the fact that Rick Santorum is going to run for president,” Savage says. “But now I’m going to have to sic my flying monkeys on him”-in other words, mobilize bloggers to start posting and linking to his site again.

Join the fun, Blenders. Spread some more Santorum around with your mouse clicks.
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s gay-baiting: next up – his state has steers, no queers

Gov. Perry was speaking at a barbecue in Temple, Texas, and he asked those in the crowd to make a decision. “Would you rather live in a state like this, or in a state where a man can marry a man?”

– From Michael Jones’s piece at Change.org.

Is this what it’s come down to? The hypocrisy fest is plumb out of control today.

No word on whether he took an empty beer can and crushed it on his forehead afterwards.

The Texas GOP platform made national news earlier this year, when it came to light that the official Republican Party position in the Lone Star state is not only against marriage equality, but in favor of arresting gay people solely because of their sexual orientation. How very …. Uganda of them.

But Gov. Perry’s latest missive isn’t his first foray into gay baiting for votes. Take a look at the script of a robocall that his campaign ran last November, when Gov. Perry was running in a primary election against current Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

“With the president making homosexuality a protected class by signing the hate crimes bill, and Congress poised to vote on socialized health care, do you feel it is critical for more people to earnestly pray for our leaders? If yes, press 1. If no, press 2,” the robocall said. I’m guessing it left off the “Press 3 if you’d like to vomit at this type of politics” option.

UPDATE: Thanks to Blender Stewart Price for the below audio of Perry’s numnut remarks.


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Governor Rick Perry: Texas is ‘a Land of Opportunity’ Unless You’re Gay and Want to Marry

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On the campaign trail, Governor Rick Perry talked up Texas:

That prompted a question, later on, from someone in the audience who wanted to know if the governor of Texas wants to be the next president of the United States. "No," Perry said. "I have no intention to go to Washington, D.C., except maybe to go to a museum, like the Smithsonian."

Social issues might be in the back seat, but they're still in the car: "There is still a land of opportunity, friends — it's called Texas," Perry said. "We're creating more jobs than any other state in the nation. … Would you rather live in a state like this, or in a state where a man can marry a man?"


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Brian Brown Vs. Rick Jacobs

Things got very heated when NOM’s Brian Brown finally met the Courage Campaign’s Rick Jacobs at the final stop on NOM’s Hate Tour in DC. WATCH THIS.

Joe. My. God.

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