Author: brendan

GOP Gay Panic: Get. A. Grip.

I spent last week watching the completely predictable temper tantrum on the right about marriage equality (which is certainly a better term and more accurate term than “gay marriage”). Mike Huckabee went all Biblical, promising to “call down fire from Heaven”. Roy Moore, the shame of Alabama, had a complete meltdown. Over in Texas, the state’s attorney general is encouraging county clerks to ignore the law. And here in Philadelphia, the Daily News granted weekly columnist Christine Flowers a second column after her mash note to Ann Coulter (SOMEONE’S got a HUGE crush on Annie) to air a thoroughly unhinged screed that (again) illustrates her obsession with gay sex. Skimming the dissents from Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts is like drinking a big glass of warm, sour milk: the anger, especially from that hypocritical criminal goon Scalia, is palpable.

Taken together, it’s an enormous freakout on the right wing. And ya know, I just don’t get it. I really don’t Why the FUCK do you care what two consenting adults do in the bedroom? No one’s inviting you to join in. No one’s forcing you to look at gay porn. No one’s forcing you to marry someone of the same sex. In the case of Christine Flowers, no one’s interested in you PERIOD. What is your FUCKING problem, people? What is your major malfunction, that with all the real problems in the world -including a massacre in South Carolina, Greece’s looming exit from the Eurozone, ISL and other assorted religious dickheads blowing people up all over the middle east, California running dry (with huge implications for the cost of food), and everything else- you wake up everyday flipping out about two dudes or two women getting married.

And for that matter, who gives a rat’s ass about your opinion? Society has moved on, by a long shot. Nobody cares anymore. It’s a non-issue. And by being a bunch of butthurt, bitter babies all you are doing is making yourselves look like assholes. Which, to be honest, is what you are. Marriage equality is not about you. Stop with the desperate bid for attention.

It is a Lovely Day

…so I am having a hard time blogging today. So before I head out to a bluegrass BBQ, and before the promised scattered showers arrive, a few links for your entertainment, education, and edification.

Long read on how Alcoholics Anonymous isn’t really backed by solid science, and there may be more effective ways of treating alcoholism:

Subsequent studies found that an opioid antagonist called naltrexone was safe and effective for humans, and Sinclair began working with clinicians in Finland. He suggested prescribing naltrexone for patients to take an hour before drinking. As their cravings subsided, they could then learn to control their consumption. Numerous clinical trials have confirmed that the method is effective, and in 2001 Sinclair published a paper in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism reporting a 78 percent success rate in helping patients reduce their drinking to about 10 drinks a week. Some stopped drinking entirely.

Whitey Bulger can write as many remorseful letters as he wants: he’s still a piece of shit.

I may have more to say about Christine Flowers recent screed (I won’t link, find it yourself) in the Daily News later this weekend. It’s as awful as you’d expect, but it’s curious to me why a weekly columnist who’d already gotten her column published (a mash note to Ann Coulter) had a second column the very next day decrying the court’s decision. Actually it’s not curious to me at all: the editorial staff at the DN knows that hate means clicks, and clicks mean revenue. It’s not like anyone was going to be surprised by her reaction. But I digress.

Woodrow Wilson: racist douchebag:

Wilson is known and still honored as a Progressive reformer on the domestic front and his foreign policy is still referenced as the embodiment of idealistic foreign policy engagement, putting democracy rather than realpolitik at the center of policy formulation. Yet to say that Wilson was a disappointment on civil rights is a colossal understatement.
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When Wilson came to Washington he quickly instituted a purge of African-American federal workers in Washington and around the country. Where purges weren’t possible, federal workplaces were re-segregated, often with surreal and hideous results. Even more than Wilson, Wilson’s wife Ellen, a Georgia native, was a visceral racist who was shocked to see the limited level of integration then in place in the nation’s capital. She was reportedly especially disgusted to see black men and white women working in the same workplaces and took a personal role in pushing forward resegregation in Washington, DC.

Via my good friends at Woodshop Films, a documentary about Philadelphia’s darkest shadows.

And finally, some bluegrass to leave you on a high note. TTFN!

Pregnant Again

The woman who objects to a child having two daddies has another kid with no daddy. Of note:

I wanted you guys to be the first to know that I am pregnant.
Honestly, I’ve been trying my hardest to keep my chin up on this one.
At the end of the day there’s nothing I can’t do with God by my side, and I know I am fully capable of handling anything that is put in front of me with dignity and grace.
Life moves on no matter what. So no matter how you feel, you get up, get dressed, show up, and never give up.
When life gets tough, there is no other option but to get tougher.
I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you.

I feel bad for the little kiddo. His mom is basically saying he’s unwanted from day one.

Also, birth control is a thing. Loretta sang about that too:

Flags and Heritage

Hi kids, I haven’t been posting a lot recently because, well, life and all that other stuff gets in the way. Other times the things I want to say have already said by others, and said better. But with the…

Trouble on the Line

I, and MANY other people, will be navigating this in a few months: Obama administration officials and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act say they worry that the tax-filing season will generate new anger as uninsured consumers learn that…