The Tea Party rallied in DC today to fight against GOP compromise on the budget. More from Gawker:
National Tea Party groups had planned to make a statement to lawmakers today with a well-publicized rally on Capitol Hill. Hordes of attendees were going to demand that wavering Republican members of Congress not compromise halfway with Democrats on a budget deal. A compromise for $33 billion in cuts instead of the Republicans’ maximalist proposal of $61 billion, Tea Party folks believe, would be a betrayal of promises made during the 2010 election. So the Tea Party held its big important rally this afternoon as planned — but it only drew “perhaps a couple hundred” attendees. C’mon, Tea Party! Get your act together, or go extinct.
Who knows if House Speaker John Boehner gave a shit about this rally, its size and its intensity, at all in the first place. But if anything, seeing the Tea Party’s last big budget rally in Washington draw such a small crowd will likely push him more towards the “reach a compromise and avert a shutdown” path, and further away from the Tea Party’s preferred “never compromise on anything” approach.
Read more here. And Donald Trump’s birther claim has caught the baggers’ interest:
My blogger buddy Shannon Boh is an up-and-coming (and adorable) Australian photographer who’ve I mentioned many times on DanNation. He recently launched a new Facebook page of his work which I highly recommend you check out and “like.” It’s certainly hi-res eye candy and reflects Shannon’s talents at making hot boys even hotter. You can also follow Shannon at his blog.
Here’s the Facebook page: The Australian Male
And a sneak preview of the lusciousness you will find there:
As much as the religious right claims that it is fighting same-sex marriage due to the “tradition of marriage” betrothed to them by God, it seems that these zealots also dislike civil unions – which are usually consummated in a city hall and not in a church. Many people believe that gays and lesbians should just shut up, compromise and accept civil unions in place of “holy matrimony.” It’s funny that many who fight against same-sex marriage also reject civil unions – with no compromise.
With this indifference in bigots’ eyes, it makes the point of why we must fight for marriage quality and not give in to any “compromise.” If we are going to fight, let’s fight for #1 and not #2 – we are not Avis.
And the haters pray against civil unions in Colorado today:
Colorado Catholics and others in a coalition opposed to a civil unions bill will gather on the state capitol’s eastern steps on March 31 for a noontime prayer vigil.
Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley of Denver has invited others to join him at the event.
“The domestic Church (founded on marriage between one man and one woman) is the very basis of society and an image of the Triune God,” he said.
He asked those who cannot make the vigil to “please join in prayer where ever you are for this most important issue.”
Catholic laity, seminarians and a contingent from the Colorado Springs-based evangelical Christian ministry Focus on the Family will be among the attendees.
A rally for supporters of the bill, including homosexual activist groups, will take place at the same time on the western steps.
The proposed legislation would grant “the legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities that are granted under the law to spouses” to both same-sex and heterosexual civil unions for unrelated individuals. These benefits include property inheritance, dependent coverage under life insurance and health insurance policies, and hospital visitation rights.
However, according to the website of the gay activist group Human Rights Campaign, as of July 2009 any two unmarried Colorado adults can “enter into a Designated Beneficiary Agreement providing certain rights and responsibilities, including hospital visitation, medical decisionmaking, and inheritance.”
Because God forbid that we should be able to visit our sick partners and make decisions for end-of-life, etc. We should leave that to Terry Schiavo’s parents I guess.
Recently, Matt Barber spoke to Pete LaBarbera about recent comments that gay teens are committing suicide not because they are be bullied, but because “…they know that they are committing a sin.”
Boo hoo. Now, Barber tells Porno Pete:
You know, scripture says ‘woe to those who call evil good and good evil.’ When homosexual activists and other ‘progressives’ in the pro-sin movement are exposed to biblical truth, their reaction is invariably visceral and loud. There’s ‘nothing new under the sun.’ This ‘kill the messenger’ strategy is age-old and knee-jerk. These folks, as a matter of course, call evil good and good evil. Of course their gripe isn’t with me. I’m nothing. I’m nobody. Their problem is with their Creator, the natural order and the fallen state of mankind. They’re just lost.
… Right, as you know I’ve never been one to mince words or sugarcoat things. That’s how God hardwired me. I also shared my opinion that many of those caught-up in the homosexual lifestyle intuitively know that such conduct is sin – that it’s both immoral and unnatural behavior. Objective truth is objective truth. God has written His laws on the hearts of every man, woman and child. We’re all spiritual beings created in the image of our sovereign Lord. We are also all sinners. Scripture says that not one of us is righteous. When we sin, we create separation between ourselves and God.
God’s word also says that when we sin sexually, it’s particularly egregious because our bodies are the temple of Christ. This separation from God – a natural result of sexual sin – can lead to depression and even despair. It’s a no brainer. I pointed out that such despair and inner conflict can logically be one factor that might contribute to teen suicide. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to witness, but it’s a very painful reality.
While I don’t agree with death threats against anyone, it’s always interesting that “it’s not me, it’s God” is used. It is also humorous to see Barber use the term “hardwired.” (Insert Beavis and Butthead giggles).
Time for a cocktail!
The Glee star that remained in the background until recently, Harry Shum, Jr., is now gracing us with his dancer’s body more and more. While he is 28, his eternally young looks and best dance moves on the show have made him stand out on the show. Now, for your hump day viewing pleasure, here are some shots of Shum from Yellow and a video of him dancing shirtless. Yummy!
More from the 2011 New McCarthy Era. From Right Wing Watch:
Bryan Fischer’s anti-Muslim bigotry has become such a standard part of his rhetoric that it is getting to the point where it is difficult to determine whether his latest outburst warrant mention any more … even when he is calling for a ban on immigration by Muslims and for local communities to ban the construction of mosques since he has made both of these demands before.
But so long as Fischer is going to continue to voice his bigotry and assert that First Amendment protections do not apply to Muslims, we are going to keep making note of it:
Immigration is obviously a matter for Congress, since authority to control immigration is vested by the Constitution in Congress. But we must never forget that immigration to the United States is a privilege, not a right, and that we should follow the wisdom of the Founders who urged that we only admit to our shores those who will strengthen our nation and assimilate themselves into it, adopting our flag, our history, our heroes, and our values. This is something that devout Muslims simply cannot do. The privilege of immigration should be reserved for those willing to integrate into our culture, become unhyphenated Americans, and adopt American values.
So immigration is a congressional issue. But as I explained above, states have considerable latitude in religious liberty matters, and states are thus free to ban the building of any more mosques within their borders. If states won’t do it, then local planning and zoning commissions can and must do it. And if we understand the Constitution as given to us by the Founders, there is no constitutional impediment in their doing so.
There is clearly no reason for Fischer to be concerned that he will ever be held accountable for his rhetoric in any way, as he has been spewing his bigotry on behalf of the AFA for years now and still Republican leaders continue to flock to appear on his radio program.
In the spirit of Born This Way, a new site is out there for all of you high school fag hags (and you didn’t even know it at the time) who want to share those fond memories of prom dress fashion tips and excuses of why your boyfriend didn’t want to go parking. My High School Boyfriend Was Gay is a great place to upload that high school lover putting on your eye liner or shopping with you in the mall.
This site is devoted to our most embarrassing, hilarious, tragic, heinous and stylish memories. Do you have a picture of you and your ex-boyfriend who was obviously gay? Or might as well have been gay? Does he just look real gay in this one hilarious photo? C’mon, remember that gross picture of you and your junior prom date when you decided to wear your hair down?
My own submission is below (circa May 1984):
Before we hit the 1984 Waterville High School prom, my date Sarah and I dined with friends at the parent’s house of one of my friends. About 18 Whiskey Sours later, I loaded Sarah into my 1982 Pontiac Firebird (the dress went over her head when she sat in it) and somehow drove to the prom. Ah, memories. Unfortunately, Sarah passed away a number of years ago in a horrific motorcycle crash. Love you, Sarah!
Head to My High School Boyfriend Was Gay and submit your own photo!