Saturday, September 28, 2013

The homophobe's cookbook

This:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/26/pasta-firm-barilla-boycott-gay

is the latest addition to the "Clueless asshole making homophobic comments, because he thinks that he can get away with it." collection.

Guido Barilla, you're my candidate for "Piece-of-shit of the day" (or longer).

What is really amazing (although we should be inured to it by now) is the rapidity with which the homophobes start screeching about being discriminated against. It usually happens almost immediately after people start telling them that their bigoted assholes.

I think I'll start collecting the names of food/restaurant concerns that are anti-gay and see about putting together a cookbook for homophobes.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Red, white and burnin' stoopit.


Another comment (this one over at Southern Beale's)  that turned into a post.



These aren't yours but it's early in the hunting season (at least for some critters.
http://www.twincities.com/old/home/ci_23152152/washington-county-officer-shot-turkey-load-says-its
Lucky for Mr. Cusick, he was out scouting turkey hunting sites instead of deer hunting sites--a .30-06 or .308 would have left him considerably worse off, if not dead.
Another gunzjeenyus, here:
http://now.msn.com/william-daniel-lloyd-injured-hunting-squirrel-with-bb-gun
I wonder if he's the same person as this guy;
http://www.whosarrested.com/florida/alachua-county/gainesville/acj/3473045-william-daniel-lloyd
And, finally, we have some GOOD gunzloonz nooz!
http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/regional/article_fb0afd26-78bf-11e2-adc1-001a4bcf887a.html
From the linked article:
"“The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Petersen says, resolutely, then quickly qualifies: “Just buying a gun doesn’t improve things much.”
and:
“The safety is only a mechanical device, and we all know how reliable mechanical devices are,” he says to a roomful of knowing nods. “The best safety on any weapon is the person holding it.”
Well, maybe not.
About two months later, this:
http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/article_c36cde4e-b149-11e2-8f65-001a4bcf887a.html
Some of the comments are truly fucking braindead.

The only thing that tastes better than the first apple crisp of the fall is the delicious tears of cryin' gunzloonz.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Let's fuck the poor people some more.


Yeah, because that will make them become more responsible.

The state lege in NY is trying to pass a law requiring drug testing for people on TANF. I just talked to a county rep's wife about this.


Her husband is for it and so is she. She says that hurting these people will make them straighten up and fly right. So, basically, what she, her husband and others are saying is that punishing all poor people because some percentage of them might be using illicit drugs is okay. Apparently meting out that punishment is preferable to their being angry and feeling impotent about "welfare abuse". It's just that simple. That they are willing to suspend people's 4th amendment rights--if it even occurs to them that they are doing so--is not a problem. That the primary recipients of the punishment will be defenseless AND blameless children is also not, for them, a problem.

Having dealt with a fair number of irresponsible assholes in my life I have seen numerous instances where punishment for wrong doing was simply "rolled downhill" to someone with even less power than the person who was being punished in the first place.

I could be mistaken about what I think are the motivations (anger about their powerlessness to make people behave is the primary one, imo) that drive people to think withholding benefits to dependent children will be sufficient to drive their parents into the job markets/stop their being addicts. I am willing, however, to bet a case of beer that not one person that advocates for this sort of nonsensical "solution" to what is perceived as a pervasive problem (and it is not, actually) would be very uncomfortable if they were told that THEIR drug use (alcohol is, after all, a drug) should bar them from holding public office, taking a government paycheck or being given benefits like medicare and social security. We need, also, to bear in mind, that the drug testing is not to identify drug addicts but simply drug users. Whether a person shoots Mexican Brown, snorts meth or coke, tokes a doobie or hits a crack pipe is immaterial. All/any drug use is grounds for disqualification from the programs under discussion.

I truly understand the frustration of people who have to deal with a permanent underclass but it doesn't mean that I must agree with them. Their prescription for eradicating welfare fraud/drug use amongst welfare recipients is the opposite of a panacea.

The way I see it is this. If it's okay to make people on TANF or unemployment piss in a cup to collect their enormously bloated checks (I think they get, like, $5,000 a month and vouchers for Cristall and a Lamborghini) why not the crazy old fuckers on SS and the people on SSI and the people on ANY sort of gummint assistance, including--and most especially--all of those millionaires and billionaires who were forced to accept low or no interest loans from US as punishment for stealing or losing $T's?  I mean sauce for the goose and all that noise.

Why are people who use drugs while they draw government checks for their work or as subsidies any less likely to be drug addled or have their drugging affect their performance?

UPDATE:

The video at the Gawker link is from a Congresswoman who's more of a man than most of them:

http://gawker.com/lawmaker-tears-apart-anti-food-stamp-republicans-with-g-1351601548

The headlines I've seen say, in a variety of ways, that she "shamed" her congressional colleagues who voted against food stamps. I doubt that happened, those people are impervious to shame. She may have alerted a few non-braindead voters to the fact that their representatives are not, in fact, that.

H/T to Southern Beale's "Good News Friday" column of today.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

YHWH or the highway!

Southern Beale put up a post about this:

http://www.ksdk.com/news/watercooler/article/397049/71/Vince-Gill-confronts-Westboro-Baptist-Church-protesters-in-Missouri

Go there and read her OP and comment if you like.

I'm posting my ditty here and I'll e-mail it to her (I'm terrible at doing this sort of thing and having it look right when it gets on the blog).




I Just Came To See What Hate Looked Like
 

I was sittin’ in a bar, livin my sweet, sweet life of hedonistic sin;
When at the church across the way there arose such a great din.
It was during a funeral service for kid not old enough to vote yet,
A kid not old enough to vote or drink, a kid who’ll never be a vet.

I heard the ruckus, saw the signs, I saw that kid’s parents cry.
It’s bad enough to lose a son, without being told GOD wanted him to die.
I just came to see what hate looked like, it looked a lot like you;
You with your signs ‘bout hatin’ fags, your hoods and robes and crosses, too.

 I just came to see what hate looked like, it looks a lot like you;
And your hatred of the folks who don’t fit in your crew.

 I was a kid when I was taught that JESUS loved the publicans and whores
And how he made the blind to see and healed the leper’s sores.
And now I’m older, the scales have fallen and my once blind eyes now see,
Unless I hate the other tribe, JESUS won’t love me.
 

I just came to see what hate looked like, it looks a lot like you;
You say that you love JESUS but you just hate blacks and jews.
You say your GOD is omnipotent, infinitely strong and wise,
But he likes only whom you like and hates the other guys?

 
I asked the barkeep for my check and tossed cash on the bar,
I went outside and crossed the street, on my way to my car.
A sign waver stepped up to me, told me I was bound for hell;
Because GOD hates teh GAY (and I guess everybody else) 

I could have grabbed his sign and thrown it on the ground.
I could have lost my temper and smacked the guy around.
Instead, I told him what I thought of his church and their bile.
I told him he was hateful, I said it with a smile. 

I just came to see what hate looked like, it looks a lot like you;
You look like fear and hopelessness and you look stupid, too.
You say that your GOD hates everyone who doesn’t share your goals.
If that was true, you and your tribe would just be smoking holes.


Yepper, that's pretty much what KKKristian LOVE is all about, hatin' everybody that's not in your tribe.