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“My Fellow Americans”

August 31, 2011 3 comments

What have Muslims ever done for America?

If you followed that link to an old diary of mine, you will know Muslim Americans have contributed massively to the culture of the USA. If you listen to hate radio, you will fear Muslim Americans.

This video was produced as a response to the massacre in Norway. It happened in Europe but the roots of much of that hate that led to a massacre of innocents were fostered in the US.

We can either allow a campaign of hate to continue, which only leads to horrific outcomes or we can say no to the likes of Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.

It is up to all of us to stand up against hate. With thanks to My Fellow American.

Ban Kevin Dujan from Sidetracks

August 29, 2011 1 comment

From the excellent Snarkopolitan article

 

 

Kevin Dujan Erasing Reality Again
When Dujans Attack, Even Deleting Won’t Help You!

                                 
Kevin Dujan complaining about deleted comments is like Casey Anthony complaining about bad parenting. But even after the makers of “only@brunch”, a video apparently meant to be shown at his local gay bar, apologized and edited out an offensive remark he complained to them about, they are still the latest targets of his undying wrath, which has stretched now to five  six posts and well over 8,000 10,000 words.**UPDATE** And now includes harassing an anti-bullying charitystarted by famously pro-LGBT straight footballer, Ben Cohen, for the crime of having an upcoming fundraiser at the bar which showed this video two weeks ago.

Let’s cut to the chase immediately: one of the participants in this video made an ill-advised comment about Trig Palin. To be specific, while discussing Michele Bachmann, one man giggled, “She looks like Trig!”  The other men around the table may or may not have heard the comment, which was neither responded to or elaborated on. They continued to talk about Bachmann before moving on to other subjects, and Trig was never brought up again.


That was the whole “attack” in its entirety. It was a mean thing to say, certainly, and stupid. If you nose around Snarkopolitan long enough, you’ll see that from way back, Snarko has no patience with people attacking politicians’ children. Including the children of political opponents. And, it should be needless to say, no patience with attacks on any children, special-needs or not, at all.

 But because the producer of the video has edited out the offending footage, or inch-age, as the line was literally four words, and deliberately avoids repeating them, understandably enough, in his apology, almost nobody knows the extent of the “Attack On Trig Palin,” to whit: barely existent. Which is utterly to Kevin Dujan’s advantage. The less known about what was actually said, the more inflatable it is.

Kevin Dujan Deleting Reality Since Just Ever!

In fact, Dujan’s lovely plans for a leading a crusade in Trig’s name fizzled somewhat when the producer immediately gratified the wishes of anybody who truly wanted satisfaction on behalf of that little boy. Here is the apology posted on theonly@brunch website:
At the beginning of the discussion concerning the Michele Bachmann Newsweek cover, a co-host made an inappropriate reference to Trig Palin, the son of Sarah and Todd Palin.  The comment was tasteless and unjustifiable.  only@brunch, is not and will not be a platform for the deriding or ostracizing of individuals for the way they were born. Nor for the way people chose to celebrate who they are. It is with sincerity, sympathy, and empathy that I apologize on behalf of only @brunch and DowntownCupid Productions for the offensive comment.”

That would seem pretty complete to anyone not utterly dedicated to outrage farming. One of Dujan’s own followers who did see the video before it was edited (as did I),  unwittingly demonstrates that he smells the manure Dujan’s trying to spread, too:

Neil50p· 4 days ago
When I first read your previous post on this and watched the videoI thought the Trig comment wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Then I realized how reflexively he made it, and am sure that was only because they make comments like that all the time. It obviously wasn’t the first time he had used Trig as a punchline. (Emphasis mine)

As a follower of the World’s Crappiest Cult Leader, Neil naturally tries to integrate his cognitive dissonance, but it’s clear his first reaction was “Whuh? You mean that’s it?” Then he adds a little interpretive dance number of his own, and feels better, all dissonance smoothed into a harmonic fantasia in the key of outrage sharp, minor.

The producer of the video acted quickly after the first angry comment by”Hillbuzz”  on his YouTube channel.Dujan himself screencapped the exchange, showing that only@brunch producer Jared Hall took just one day to post his apology on his site and on YouTube.


That didn’t stop Dujan from encouraging his Hillbuzzing devotees to swarm the YouTube comments, including this abusive little item, from somebody who thinks “decent queens” disparage gays who lisp:

Hillbuzzer Abusive Comment Courtesy Of Harvey Bilk

  
If only this moral indignation had been felt when  Kevin Dujan, back in August of 2010, asked on Hillbuzz, “Should children of a president never be criticized, especially if they are black?”  What on earth about the President’s daughters, who were, I believe, eleven and nine at the time, Dujan wanted to criticize–but was held back by their blackness from doing,  it is beyond the scope of someone who isn’t an Orc to divine.

Dujan later deleted that entire post, perhaps, I’d like to think, as a result of the scrutiny he received here.  But though he can wipe the schmutz off his own site, evidence of his willingness to attack young children of a political opponent exists onother sites (don’t click unless you’re willing to grind your teeth to stumps):

nellyq
This sounds like the troll that popped up on hillbuzz, shedding bitter tears over comments about the daughters. In reply, I asked sweetly where this defender of childhood was when Sarah Palin’s
children were getting trashed on the left leaning blogs. Never got a response.
. .

Because childhood should only be defended when the child belongs to the right parents.

Dujan admits that “Only@Brunch” did respond to, as he puts it, “great national criticism:” 

Jared Hall and Downtown Cupid productions could have easily edited out the attack on Trig Palin before the show aired; in fact, they’ve subsequently edited this part out of the current YouTube video they have posted (live since 8/21/11) as “Only@Brunch” has received great national criticism for encouraging gay men to bully children (just because they don’t agree with their mothers’ politics).

That “great national criticism” being, of course, ludicrously, his own previous post. He then goes on to hitch up his Crusader tabard and complain about gay mockery of adult conservative Christians, which he describes as “bullying.” Leaving aside the questions of freedom of speech and adults’ ability to shift for themselves, how are we then to view his own spectacularly vicious mockery of Michelle Obama, from her physical attributes, in particular her complexion:

Kevin Dujan Can't Put His Finger On What Is Wrong With Michelle Obama's Face!
to the false “Whitey Tape” rumor he, along with Larry Johnson, promulgated?



By his own definition, Kevin Dujan is a bully par excellence, although he’s spent a lot of time trying to scrub his site of evidence. The infamous Michelle Obama“Whitey Tape” post is gone, although on other sites, once again, theevidence lingers on.  


Likewise, despite his scrubbing, he will always be remembered for his bullying of Shelby, the wife of a soldier KIA in the now deleted infamous USO War Widow Post back in November of 2010. Dujan senselessly attacked her (for not getting off her butt and doing more for the USO!) and, given more than the benefit of the doubt by his eye-rubbing, astonished fans, not only did not apologize, but upped the ante (and a middle finger), comparing himself to Jesus into the bargain.

Kevin Dujan Deleting Reality Since Just Ever!

If Jesus were truly like the Harvey Bilk of Boystown, confessionals would be interchangeable with iron maidens, and penitents would be praying burning rosaries.

Thank goodness Jesus has lower standards than Kevin Dujan.

Three charts to confuse right-wingers

August 29, 2011 7 comments

Here are three “reality-based” charts to show to the right-wingers who spout nothing but FOX-Limbaugh lie machine talking points.  These charts show what actually happened.

Spending

Government spending increased dramatically under Bush.  It has not increased much under Obama.  Note that this chart does not reflect any spending cuts resulting from deficit-cutting deals.

Deficits

Notes, this chart includes Clinton’s last budget year for comparison.

The numbers in these two charts come from Budget of the United States Government: Historical Tables Fiscal Year 2012.  They are just the amounts that the government spent and borrowed, period,  Anyone can go look then up.  People who claim that Obama “tripled the deficit” are either misled or are trying to mislead.

The Stimulus and Jobs

Bush-Obama-Jobs-Chart

In this chart, the RED lines on the left side — the ones that keep doing DOWN — show what happened to jobs under the policies of Bush and the Republicans. We were losing lots and lots of jobs every month, and it was getting worse and worse.  The BLUE lines — the ones that just go UP — show what happened to jobs when the stimulus was in effect. We stopped losing jobs and started gaining jobs, and it was getting better and better.  The leveling off on the right side of the chart  shows what happened as the stimulus started to wind down: job creation leveled off at too low a level.

It looks a lot like the stimulus reversed what was going on before the stimulus.

Conclusion: THE STIMULUS WORKED BUT WAS NOT ENOUGH!

More False Things

These are just three of the false things that everyone “knows.”  Some others are (click through): Obama bailed out the banks, businesses will hire if they get tax cuts, health care reform cost $1 trillion, Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme or is “going broke”, government spending “takes money out of the economy.”

Why This Matters

These things really matter.  We all want to fix the terrible problems the country has.  But it is so important to know just what the problems are before you decide how to fix them.  Otherwise the things you do to try to solve those problems might just make them worse. If you get tricked into thinking that Obama has made things worse and that we should go back to what we were doing before Obama — tax cuts for the rich, giving giant corporations and Wall Street everything they want — when those are the things that caused the problems in the first place, then we will be in real trouble.

Adapted from the original Kos diary by DaveJ.

Sen. Ted Kennedy’s last Democratic National Convention speech, three years ago today:

There will no greater friend to President Obama in the Senate than Ted Kennedy and there lies the root of many of the problems.

To my American cousins, including my pet troll on this blog, be safe tonight.

TVs, cars, homes can be replaced. Family cannot.

Categories: Main Blog - General, NASA

I stand with the Chicago gay bar Sidetracks against the likes of Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limballs recently promoted a racist hate site that compared African Americans supporting Democratic Politicians to slaves. The owner of that site is a con man who is widely promoted among Palin bloggers, a supposedly gay man who supports Sarah Palin, his blog entries are often pushed by Rush Limpalls. He is now using this “fame” to attack the gay bar Sidetracks.

Why? Because one member of the club said Michelle Baachman looks like Trig Palin.

I have never been to Sidetracks. I have no idea about how good or bad it is but I do know that I will defend the right of gay people to live their lives in freedom, without attack from the far right.

He has being taking pictures inside the club and publishing them online for his Rethug friends to identify.

This is a blog that pushed the idea that I was at the Head of the DNC running the website Rumproast and OFA from the UK. They also threatened the life of a University lecturer who happened to share my real life name.

That blog is now comparing the owner of Sidetracks to Harvey Milk, saying he is the Harvey Milk of Chicago. This is an obvious and direct threat.

I stand with the owners of Sidetracks and Ben Cohen who are now being protested because of their anti gay bullying event.

Show your support

Chuck@SidetrackChicago.com

Sugar Daddy Gopper refuses to resign.

August 23, 2011 3 comments


Sugar Sugar.

Tea Party terrorist offered $80 to an 18 year old for two hours of good fun.

“Cannot be a long time sugar daddy,” says one e-mail response from what is allegedly Hinkle’s address, “but can for tonight. Would you be interested in keeping me company for a while tonight?” In the e-mails, Hinkle allegedly offers $80 for “a couple hours of your time tonight” plus a tip “for a really good time.”

Gibson also claims that when he arrived at the hotel, Hinkle exposed himself and tried to prevent Gibson from leaving when he recognized Hinkle as a lawmaker. Hinkle then tried to buy his silence, and the silence of Gibson’s sister, who had come to pick him up when the encounter went, er, south. More details here.

Hinkle denied these allegations in a statement. “While I must admit to mistakes of judgment, I am seeking professional help on what turned me down a road of self-destruction,” he said.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/08/india…

Wow, he’s a Republicant. The poor boy would have had a one minute blow out followed by one hour 59 minutes of talking about how tax cuts were the cure for premature ejaculation. Phillip Hinkle probably believes his biggest mistake was getting caught. He may well be aware that a certain Presidential candidate can “convert” gays.

Brighton Pride 2011

Celebrities and political activists in attendance included Alexandra Burke, Joe McElderry, Sonia, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. The stars however were the 100,000 people who filled the streets of this small but vibrant City in the County of Sussex.

Clickable pics below the fold. Read more…

Categories: Fun Stuff, Gay, Gay Rights