Conservative talk radio host and general bag of wind Glenn Beck is not happy with our local denim maker’srevolutionary new ad campaign. For Beck, the latest Levi’s “Go Forth” TV spot, which features images of denim-clad youth engaging in riots (and also closeups of their butts), is leaning way to far to the left for his taste.
Meanwhile, Levi’s doesn’t seemed too concerned about Beck’s boycott, since progressivism, “youthful optimism” and “hopefulness for a better tomorrow” were exactly the themes they were going for. And besides that, the “riot” images were shot during a government-sanctioned event in Germany.
For what it’s worth, Beck did clarify his stance: he’s not calling for a full-on boycott so much as he’s just having trouble fitting in to his pants. Still, his move to retire his no doubt well-worn red tabs has rallied the Beckians. In the comment section of Beck’s blog post on the subject, they’ve already vowed to switch to Wranglers. A company that hasn’t sewn a pair of jeans in America since 2005.
Today marks the last day that members of our military have to stay in the closet. Above is the official proclamation citing the end of the discriminatory policy. Of course, the right wing nuts are panicking.
In their never ending quest to paint the LGBT community as radical heathens intent on quelling religious liberties and violently attacking Christians, the right wing nuts are now pleading that the upcoming Prop 8 trial in California must not be broadcast due to death and other violent threats from our “radical” community:
Many pastors and other Prop. 8 supporters found themselves targeted by radical homosexuals during the campaign and afterward, prompting many to hire personal security guards in the wake of credible death threats. “Just because the trial’s over doesn’t mean that threat isn’t still there,” said CitizenLink Judicial Issues Analyst Bruce Hausknecht. “Judge Walker himself promised the parties to the lawsuit that only he, Walker, would ever look at the video, and only during his deliberations. That’s obviously being violated just by the request. “Why is this judge even considering this request, given that both the trial judge and the Supreme Court have already spoken?”
Isn’t anonymity why the KKK wore white sheets? Maybe this group should adopt these for their court appearances. And how many so-called radical Christians have been bashed in the head by a gay for being who they are. None.
PoliticusUSA has been tallying Republican legislation all this year “that Republicans are using to destroy America.” The site’s running inventory does not include one job creation bill. In fact, the GOP has passed legislation that eliminates 1.9 million jobs.
Among the party’s targets:
Women’s Reproductive Rights
Nutritional Programs for Women and Children
Obama: Birthers, Impeachment and other anti-Obama legislation
Unions and Collective Bargaining (Middle Class)
Child labor laws
Right to Vote
Federal Government (Tetherism)
I encourage you to read the post for many specific examples of hurtful legislation. And as the ’80s Wendy’s commercial said, “Where’s the beef?” There’s not a single job creation program between the buns.
When you hear the word “Dominionism,” we aren’t talking about Risk.
Both GOP presidential candidates Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are deeply associated with this theocratic strain of Christian fundamentalism known as Dominionism. What is Dominionism? It is the strategy for fundamental Christians to take over all aspects of society: government, entertainment/media, the arts and education. Think it’s a joke that prayer might return to public schools? Think again. The infiltration of life as we know it by whack jobs like Crazy Eyes and Perry is one presidential election away from reality.
The Daily Beast had a great article today with more on this terrifying movement:
Put simply, Dominionism means that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. Originating among some of America’s most radical theocrats, it’s long had an influence on religious-right education and political organizing. But because it seems so outré, getting ordinary people to take it seriously can be difficult. Most writers, myself included, who explore it have been called paranoid. In a contemptuous 2006 First Things review of several books, including Kevin Phillips’ American Theocracy, and my own Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, conservative columnist Ross Douthat wrote, “the fear of theocracy has become a defining panic of the Bush era.”
Now, however, we have the most theocratic Republican field in American history, and suddenly, the concept of Dominionism is reaching mainstream audiences. Writing about Bachmann in The New Yorker this month, Ryan Lizza spent several paragraphs explaining how the premise fit into the Minnesota congresswoman’s intellectual and theological development. And a recent Texas Observer cover storyon Rick Perry examined his relationship with the New Apostolic Reformation, a Dominionist variant of Pentecostalism that coalesced about a decade ago. “[W]hat makes the New Apostolic Reformation movement so potent is its growing fascination with infiltrating politics and government,” wrote Forrest Wilder. Its members “believe Christians—certain Christians—are destined to not just take ‘dominion’ over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the ‘Seven Mountains’ of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world.”
In many ways, Dominionism is more a political phenomenon than a theological one. It cuts across Christian denominations, from stern, austere sects to the signs-and-wonders culture of modern megachurches. Think of it like political Islamism, which shapes the activism of a number of antagonistic fundamentalist movements, from Sunni Wahabis in the Arab world to Shiite fundamentalists in Iran.
I ask all of you gays and straights to educate yourself on these candidates. Don’t assume that Obama is a shoe-in or that Bachmann and Perry are unelectable. Remember, George W. got elected twice. These candidates make him look like a 1960s hippie.
I am currently reading the New Yorker article on Bachmann and her beliefs. The mainstream media keeps pounding her with questions about her negative statements about our LGBT community – and she keeps ignoring her past comments. Consume as much information as you can on these candidates. Not only on their position on LGBT issues, but on their agenda for religion and reshaping our country as a theocracy.
After warning that marriage equality in New York will hasten the coming of the Antichrist, Renew America’s Michael Bresciani claims that Satan is behind the LGBT-rights movement and using demons to spread lies that will turn people away from God. “In our world most of those spreading the gay lie are liberals, activists, spineless academicians, Hollywood sellouts, and now we can throw in a president and a large contingent of fully duped politicians,” Bresciani writes, adding, “There is little doubt that the entire gay and lesbian community is guided by a powerful demon spirit who is subordinate to Satan.” He claims that at the center Satan’s lie is that people are born gay…
Bresciani goes on to say:
The work of the devil throughout the centuries has kept pace with the so called enlightenment of man. He has not tried to lay ideas on us collectively until we were well prepped to receive them. I’ll skip all the increments in between and pull you into the present. In the last days before the second coming of Christ the bible says demons are released in great numbers all over the earth. Their work is to prepare people who have already decided that God must have been wrong about a lot of stuff, to get ready to receive the, lawless one, otherwise known as the antichrist.
The lies will be disseminated by the willing propagandists that first believe the gobbledygook themselves. In our world most of those spreading the gay lie are liberals, activists, spineless academicians, Hollywood sellouts, and now we can throw in a president and a large contingent of fully duped politicians.
So I guess the Satan costume I plan to wear during Burning Man this year is appropriate? Whatever…
Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed S.B. 48, making California the first state in the country to pass such legislation. The law, authored by homosexual Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco, requires that textbooks be re-written to include information about LGBT Americans and present them in a positive light.
Commentators warn that the measure, which requires no parental notification and does not allow parents to opt their children out, will affect students as you as six years old. But Earl DeVries, a former candidate for state Senate, explains that other schools will be affected as well because California is one of the states that purchases the most textbooks.
“I feel sorry for those states because we’ve not done a good job defending our families and our children, and we have the wrong kind of people in Sacramento,” he laments. “And this is the consequence of our lack of involvement.”
Brown announced in a written statement that the bill “revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education,” and he urged that “history should be honest.” The governor further assured that the law represents an important step forward for the state of California, but DeVries disagrees.
“Well, it really isn’t,” he contends. “Of course, their ultimate agenda is to normalize homosexuality, [but] the Lord says that’s wrong. And we are going to be suffering the consequences of those decisions now.”
Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, helped lead the opposition to S.B. 48. He reports that it is California’s eighth school sexual indoctrination law that forces immorality on K-12 students. He also points out that the bill prohibits teachers and textbooks from “telling children that homosexuality has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS and other STDs, higher cancer rates, and earlier deaths.”
So he encourages parents to take their kids out of the public education system and explore different options, including church schools and home school.
It’s interesting that wing nuts make everything regarding the LGBT community about anal sex. Thus, it is better to pretend that gay people never existed. However, anal sex is here to stay. Sorry, wing nuts.
Because they consider most of California too liberal, a politician is proposing dividing California into two states: North California and South California. Having lived in CA for 21 years, I can tell you this is not a new conversation. I can tell you, if those states in red on that map above secede, a new battle will develop – that of water rights. Much of the Central Valley and Southern California’s water would come from “North” California.
Accusing Sacramento of pillaging local governments to feed its runaway spending and left-wing policies, a Riverside County politician is proposing a solution: He wants 13 mostly inland, conservative counties to break away to form a separate state of “South California.” Supervisor Jeff Stone, a Republican pharmacist from Temecula, called California an “ungovernable” financial catastrophe from which businesses are fleeing and where taxpayers are being crushed by the burden of caring for welfare recipients and illegal immigrants. On Tuesday, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors will consider Stone’s proposal to host a statewide summit for city and county leaders to sketch out a framework for secession.
Unfortunately, North California would end up with tacky Los Angeles in this proposal. At least we would keep the entertainment industry! And I want the t-shirt below. Hee hee.
Folks in our lovely red states have been treated to showings of The Undefeated,” Sarah Palin’s self-produced documentary about herself. Sexy Sarah has outdone herself – and here’s the trailer to prove it.