The Gays Are Called Pedophiles…Again!

Once again Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters offers a great read and once again, the American Family Association resorts to its vile arguments about gays — that we are all pedophiles. This is an interesting outcry given news like we saw today.

From Holy Bullies:

Family Research Council pulling the ‘gay = promiscuous pedophiles’ card to defend DOMA

Audacity is always rooted in what someone feels he or she can get away with.

In other words, if no one calls you out for lying then you are mostly likely going to do it again.

It’s helpful to keep this in mind while perusing a Family Research Council’s website directed solely at Defending DOMA.

One has to hand it to the organization for not letting a moment – in this case, the Justice Department saying that it will no longer defend DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) in court cases – go by without using it as an opportunity to fund raise.

But in attacking the decision not to defend DOMA – and gay marriage in general – FRC uses the page to push incredibly ridiculous arguments having nothing to do with gay marriage.

And when it does attack gay marriage head in, the organization uses tactics which led to its being called out several times in the past (most recently by the Southern Poverty Law Center) for deliberately passing along awful anti-gay propaganda and distorting legitimate science to quantify this propaganda.

Two sections of the webpage (Ten Arguments From Social Science Against Same-Sex ‘Marriage, and Q&A What’s Wrong With Letting Same-Sex Couples Marry?) are rife with deception.

For today, let’s look at Q&A: What’s Wrong with Letting Same-Sex Couples Marry?

A following passage in this piece is a perfect example of the low road FRC has chosen to travel in order to defend DOMA:

Do homosexuals pose a threat to children?

Homosexual men are far more likely to engage in child sexual abuse than are heterosexuals. The evidence for this lies in the findings that:

· Almost all child sexual abuse is committed by men; and
· Less than three percent of American men identify themselves as homosexual; yet
· Nearly a third of all cases of child sexual abuse are homosexual in nature (that is, they involve men molesting boys). This is a rate of homosexual child abuse about ten times higher than one would expect based on the first two facts.

These figures are essentially undisputed. However, pro-homosexual activists seek to explain them away by claiming that men who molest boys are not usually homosexual in their adult sexual orientation. Yet a study of convicted child molesters, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, found that “86 percent of offenders against males described themselves as homosexual or bisexual” (W. D. Erickson, M.D., et al., in Archives of Sexual Behavior 17:1, 1988).

This does not mean that all, or even most, homosexual men are child molesters–but it does prove that homosexuality is a significant risk factor for this horrible crime.

I thought being a member of the clergy was a significant risk factor for this horrible crime??

Read more here.

Continued Hatred of the Obamas

Yesterday, my friend Arnie commented on a family visit at his blog where he concluded that his relatives just “hate, hate, hate our president.” This is not an uncommon finding, especially with the conservative backlash we’ve seen with Mrs. Obama’s efforts to fight obesity in children. The right-wing media has had a field day comparing her work to improve nutrition with another “Marxist” and “socialist” Obama policy. From today’s Seattle Times:

Former first ladies Barbara and Laura Bush worked to end illiteracy. Nancy Reagan famously took on teenage drug use. Lady Bird Johnson planted flowers. But none of them has been seared for something as seemingly benign as calling for kids to eat more vegetables, as Michelle Obama has.

“Leaders are supposed to be leaders,” Limbaugh said. “If we are supposed to eat roots, berries and tree bark, show us how.”

Just about everyone will agree that the nation’s children are getting fatter and that obesity is a serious health problem. But the first lady’s push for healthier meals and more exercise, which marked its anniversary this month, has provoked a backlash from the right, who complain that the only thing here that’s supersized is Big Brother.

Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh last week suggested Obama is a hypocrite for dining on ribs and remarked on her waistline in the process.

That was just the latest offering in what has been a steady diet of criticisms.

I don’t think I’ve seen so much hatred around a president and the First Lady in my lifetime. Even Nixon and his crimes did not elicit such rhetoric. My personal belief is that racism is at the heart of all this but instead of calling out race, Tea Baggers and other righties use terms like “Marxist,” “Nazism,” and “socialism” instead. As Arnie said:

I still think it would be much easier if people would simply admit that they are bigots and hate black people.  That would cut right through all of the false rhetoric and straight to what they are actually meaning to say.  Boy Boy Needs to Go Home Now.

Well said.

Oscars: What you saw and what you didn’t (VIDEO)

All in all, the Oscars have been slammed by critics and ratings were down – the best moment was perhaps Kirk Douglas’ appearance. But, what can you expect when you hire James Franco and Anne Hathaway as hosts? Franco, who looked stoned most of the time, and Hathaway, who seemed in over her head, couldn’t add very much energy to a slow show. Still love ‘em, though.

Both had filmed a spoof of “The One That I Want” for the opening of the show that was cut. Here it is for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure):

And in case you haven’t seen the winner’s list all over the web today, here it is:

Best Picture
“The King’s Speech,” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

Achievement in directing
“The King’s Speech,” Tom Hooper

Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale in “The Fighter”

Actress in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”

Animated Feature Film
“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
“Toy Story 3″ Lee Unkrich

Achievement in Art Direction
“Alice in Wonderland”

Achievement in Cinematography
“Inception,” Wally Pfister

Costume Design
“Alice in Wonderland,” Colleen Atwood

Documentary (Feature)
“Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

Documentary (Short Subject)
“Strangers No More”

Film Editing
“The Social Network”

Foreign Language Film
“In a Better World,” Denmark

“The Wolfman,” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)
“The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Short Film (Animated)
“The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

Short Film (Live Action)
“God of Love,” Luke Matheny

Sound Editing
“Inception,” Richard King

Sound Mixing
“Inception,” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

Visual Effects
“Inception,” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“The Social Network,” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“The King’s Speech,” Screenplay by David Seidler

François Sagat’s Patriotic Ass (NSFW)

From Queerty:

I mean, I guess if you take a marker and scrawl “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” on the ass of porn star and “actor” François Sagat, a Terry Richardson photoshoot (possibly NSFW) becomes activist art, rather than simply muscle worship, yes?

And I’m assuming the giant piece of ammunition Sagat is seated on is just an homage to Robert Mapplethorpe (NSFW)?

I love Richardson more each and every time his models remove their clothes.

Francois Sagat Photoshoot from Terry Richardson on Vimeo.

Burning Man Experience: Acid, Anyone? And a Hot Boy?

Saw this video compilation of Burning Man 2010 today and if you haven’t attended, it really captures the intensity and overwhelming nature of 50,000 people in the Black Rock Desert. This film is by Jordan Romney with great music accompaniment by Delerium and others.

…and there are no shortage of beautiful men running half-naked (or completely naked) around Black Rock City. Anyone want to go this year?

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Tea Party Wants to Save Old-Fashioned Light Bulbs

Forget stopping cap and trade! Even the most insignificant move to save energy elicits groans of “socialism” and moans about climate change being a hoax. The latest: Ron Paul joins the movement against the newer and more energy-efficient CFL bulbs. As we know, CFL bulbs are another way for our government to impose Sharia law. And who wants cheaper power bills, anyways??

Of course, according to the crazy Tea Partiers, it IS ok for the government to interfere with my life to tell me who I can love and marry.

From VentureBeat:

Congressman Ron Paul, in some circles considered the “spiritual father of the Tea Party,” isn’t too happy with the U.S. mandate that light bulbs become 30 percent more efficient by 2012 to 2014, phasing in a set of standards that will arguably ban incandescent light bulbs  in favor of more energy-efficient options like compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), halogen and LED lighting. Paul, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) along with 19 other Republican members of Congress, have proposed legislation to repeal the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, according to USA Today.

The legislation was signed into law in 2007 by President Bush.

It’s surprising to see people get worked up about light bulbs. But the country’s government-mandated shift to more energy-efficient lighting is raising the ire of conservatives.

“I don’t think CFLs are going to wind up saving that much energy and they’re certainly much more harmful to public health,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) in an interview with the WSJ’s Opinion Journal, referring to mercury inside CFLs and the higher price tags. “I don’t think the country wants Congress to tell them what kind of light bulb to use.”

Read more of the zaniness here.