This is a word from Ellen (our go-to in many situations) on the recent death of Tyler Clementi (R.I.P.), a student who committed suicide after a roommate streamed a video of him hooking up with another guy on the web, therefore exposing him as gay.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing even remotely funny about this one (in a sort of departure from our M.O.).
I also recommend to you Garland Grey’s (loosely related) article at Tigerbeatdown. Be respectful, though, ninjas, as I’m sure they don’t want any ignorant ass spam over there. We, however, relish in that sort of fuckery, so bring it on.
BTW… if Delaware elects this woman, I’m sending my best ninjas.
O’Donnell’s version of this critique is more explicitly socialist: If he already knows what pleases him, and he can please himself, then why am I in the picture? The guy is taking care of his own business, and O’Donnell is upset because this makes him less dependent on others.
Is O’Donnell going to outlaw masturbation? Of course not. No government could enforce such a law. But that doesn’t lessen her antipathy to non-procreative sexuality, even when it’s protected by private industry. In 1995, when Coors offered health benefits to partners of its gay employees, O’Donnell said that her organization, Concerned Women for America, opposed the company’s policy because “it legitimizes the homosexual lifestyle.” In Catholic doctrine, masturbation and homosexuality are wrong for the same reason: They don’t serve the kind of conjugal union that can lead to procreation.
The next time you hear O’Donnell decry socialism, remember how little she respects the individual in the most private of matters. Your wallet doesn’t belong to society. Neither does what’s under it. ##Read the full story from Slate##
And… in timely fashion she speaks up about it! </sarcasm>Â Interesting read though, I suggest you check it out.
In response to a question about gay marriage, she said, “There are a lot of people who have trouble coming to terms with that because they see marriage as traditionally between a man and a woman. But I also know that, you know, when couples are committed to each other and love each other, that they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has.”
Mrs. Bush said she and the ex-president “disagree” on legalizing same-sex marriage.
“I understand totally what George thinks and what other people think about marriage being between a man and a woman. And it’s a real, you know, reversal really for [them] to accept gay marriage,” she said.
When King asked if she could accept gay marriage, the first lady said: “I think we could, yeah.” “You think [legalization of same-sex marriage] is coming?” asked King.
With 2009 winding down it’s time for us to start talking about our yearly awards. For the record, we’ve done this every year since the main site was born (one cold June day) and we’ve never once, I don’t think, given a legitimate award. When I read the now widespread article about Will Phillips in the Arkansas Times, I knew this was going to have to be the first, hopefully of many, ninjie awards for the year.
Let’s recap. Will skipped from the 3rd to the 5th grade, because, as you will soon learn, he’s way smarter than your average Joe.
Being only 10 years of age, he has clearly already surpassed the few teachings that primary school can hope to offer him. His deal, you ask? Well he refuses to say the pledge of allegiance.
Now, in 3rd grade I myself read that book, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, which was the first instance I remember of perceiving an inherent farce to the pledge. I think it’s because I had never much focused on the words, and when I did I realized that some of the lofty concepts in the pledge are not fully attained in practical application in our society. Still, I had no good, entirely American reason to boycott the pledge.
Will’s deal is that his parent’s are the ill gay rights activists. Will supports his parents’ effort by attending rallies with them. It’s evident that their cause has rubbed off on him. When Will realized that Americans were seeking to block homosexual rights he decided that he was going to stop saying the pledge. Obviously, in middle America this is going to cause, at teh very least, a small kerfuffle. The whole thing ended with this dude telling his teacher to jump off a bridge. For serious. That’s what I call “American.” Read the article, he’s gangster.
I’m posting this mostly because I heard that the kids in his school have taken to calling him names and harassing him in the hallway. Will, if you need some ninjas to come straighten some stuff out for you, we’ll hand-deliver this ninjie. People call us names too, for supporting gay rights, Cuba, and all that. Keep your head up, kid. You just might be the best kid ever.
The Associated Press
Posted: 05/25/2009 11:54:01 AM PDT
Updated: 05/25/2009 11:54:01 AM PDTSAN FRANCISCOâ€”Gay marriage supporters are holding a prayer service on the eve of the California Supreme Court’s expected ruling on the legality of a voter-approved ban on same-sex nuptials.
The group Marriage Equality USA plans to hold the interfaith event Monday night at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
On Tuesday morning, the state’s high court plans to rule on a series of lawsuits seeking to overturn Proposition 8.
Opponents of the gay marriage ban argue that the issue was improperly put before voters; they say it revised the state constitution’s equal protection clause to such a dramatic degree that it first needed the Legislature’s approval.
But during a March hearing, several justices appeared skeptical at the idea of overturning a law passed by the voters.
Here at PoltricksMNP, we’ve never had a whole hell of a lot of faith in the good common sense of people in general, I mean, not to insult your intelligence.Â If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’ve read our blog before.Â So, having done that, you’ll know that we’re not known for having any amount of blind faith in the legal system or process.Â When I heard about the upcoming prop 8 rulings tomorrow, I figured that this was just the forum to air those views that may be contrary to the mainstream.
A lot of people have asked me recently about my support for gay marriage, but mostly in terms of pure ignorance like: “are you gay, my ninja?” No, I’m not gay, but that’s beside point anyway.Â The point is, how can a real life human being not support basic human rights for another real life human being?Â Aren’t we civilized enough to care about one another, at least in statute?
Here’s my example, ready?Â If you’re a hick (which I am slightly against, but I digress) and you drink moonshine out of a boot and beat up on your wife, well,Â you can probably assume that as a ninja, first and foremost, I don’t approve of your disgusting way of life.Â That doesn’t mean that I don’t think that you have the same right to life as anybody else out there.Â I would never suggest that somebody who leads a life that doesn’t live up to my standards is somehow sub-standard on the human scale – even in the face of what I would consider to be reprehensible behavior.
Therefore, how you gonna try and deny somebody rights on the basis that you don’t like them or their kind?Â I am sick and tired of these needlessly sophisticated arguments about the institution of marriage and the family unit and everything else non-sequitur under the sun.Â These people need to at least grow enough sack to admit that they just don’t like gay people.Â I’m saying… I do happen to know that I never even heard the words “institution of marriage” in a sentence until gay marriage became an issue.Â Nobody has seemed particularly concerned with the family unit until now (at least not enough to turn off the TV once a week between 1966 and today).Â That’s okay with me.Â I mean, I myself have no problem with gay people, but it’s personally within your rights to dislike whoever you want.
What is not within the right of a citizen of a true republic is the power to trample on the rights of another citizen- especially without some logical basis for it.Â Especially when in this case their is no chance of harm to society for letting people be people.Â This same paradigm holds true, if not formally true, in regards to how I feel about torture.Â the information obtained from treating people inhumanely is not worth it.Â Otherwis, what is the point.Â If we can’t be “better” than the “terrorists” then why are we fighting them and claiming to stand against the ideologically?Â Certainly they, too believe in the “by any means necessary” approach, eh?
I’ve come to realize that I view discrimination against gays and blacks as the same thing.Â Of course some people, especially some black people, will be up in arms about that statement.Â No, you numbnuts, it’s not the EXACT same thing (furthermore, nothing is the EXACT same as anything else…. in the universe) but it’s damn close.Â It’s so close that they use the same arguments that they tried to use to justify Jim Crow.Â “Oh, blacks and whites can’t co-exist, and certainly not inter-marry.”Â “What will happen when blacks are raising white children?” “What will happen to the family unit when the races are mixed?”Â “What do we tell the school children about the niggers?”
All of a sudden, these things which were not a concern during 200 years of slavery are now THE most pressing issues justifying Jim Crow?Â The anti-gays (gaysists) even go as far as to offer a revoltingly insulting “separate-but-equal” argument in these so-called civil unions.
“What’s the difference?Â It’s the same water… just different fountains, a black one and a white one.”Â Maybe it’s time we stop living like that.
More to come… feedback appreciated and encouraged.
.::Prop 8 Article via Mercury News