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Marriage Equality: Not a wedge issue

Republicans have used "marriage" as an issue to stir up voters for years. Conservative pundits sow terror into an easily swayed electorate by railing against the "homosexual agenda" and how the GLBT community threatens to destroy "traditional marriage." This hurtful rhetoric stirs up voters and causes vicious, bigoted legislation to be written into state constitutions, denying an entire class of people the rights and privileges enjoyed by the rest of society.

Progressives haven't found a cohesive counter-argument to this hateful ideology, and have largely resorted to pushing the issue aside as a "wedge issue," one that is used to "distract voters" from the "real issues" such as health care, social security and education. While the other issues are critical, and must be addressed, the issue of marriage equality is hardly a wedge issue to those of us being wedged by it.

Those of us being wedged are finding ourselves alien…

Saturday thread

It's Saturday. 10 days till the election. Halloween is Tuesday. I've had a hell of a week, but I'm not going to get into that.

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."

--Douglas Adams

Who wants the conch?

A good list of articles on evil Republicans

List compiled by Chris Bowers of DailyKos and myDD.

--AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl

--AZ-01: Rick Renzi

--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth

--CA-04: John Doolittle

--CA-11: Richard Pombo

--CA-50: Brian Bilbray

--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave

--CO-05: Doug Lamborn

--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell

--CT-04: Christopher Shays

--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan

--FL-16: Joe Negron

--FL-22: Clay Shaw

--ID-01: Bill Sali

--IL-06: Peter Roskam

--IL-10: Mark Kirk

--IL-14: Dennis Hastert

--IN-02: Chris Chocola

--IN-08: John Hostettler

--IA-01: Mike Whalen

--KS-02: Jim Ryun

--KY-03: Anne Northup

--KY-04: Geoff Davis

--MD-Sen: Michael Steele

--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht

--MN-06: Michele Bachmann

--MO-Sen: Jim Talent

--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns

--NV-03: Jon Porter

--NH-02: Charlie Bass

--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson

--NM-01: Heather Wilson

--NY-03: Peter King

--NY-20: John Sweeney

--NY-26: Tom Reynolds

--NY-29: Randy Kuhl

--NC-08: Robin Hayes

--NC-11: Charles Taylor

--OH-01: Steve Chabot

--OH-02: Jean Schmidt

--OH-15: Deborah Pryce

--OH-18: Joy Padgett

--PA-04: Melissa Hart

--PA-07: Curt Weldon

--PA-08: Mi…

Advertising Terrorism

Another zinger from Keith Olbermann. He's got more balls than a Chuckee Cheeze ball pit.

Apply directly to the problem

Beginning of the End of America

Keith Olbermann says it better than I could ever hope to say it.

Liberation in trouble

That's Liberation, the French newsmagazine to which I have a link on this blog. Evidently the right-wing rag Le Figaro ran a story claiming that Liberation had gone bankrupt and was ceasing printing operations. Figaro's report was then picked up by US media outlets.

According to the article linked above, Liberation is in some financial dire straits, but the paper has entered a process called "sauvegarde," which sounds to me like bankruptcy protection (translates as "safeguard"), though I can't be sure because I've never heard of it before. In any event, the article goes on to reassure Liberation's readers that it will continue to be printed as usual.

I know there's more to this story, and since Liberation is a publication for which I have a great deal of respect, I will be following the developments as closely as I can.

Life always gets in the way of life

Dear readers of Sinister,

Sinister things are afoot. This blog is being severely compromised by an extreme lack of time to write in it.

At least this week. Between work and play rehearsal, I am literally going to be busy from 8:00AM to 11:30PM. And while being at work has previously not been an obstacle to blogging, I am going to make a serious effort to "grow up," as it were, and not blog or surf while I'm supposed to be working.

Thus, you may not see many new posts from me in the next few days, and the pattern of blog posts should alter dramatically as I shift away from posting during the day while I'm at work and begin sitting down after work while I'm at home to compose blog posts.

End transmission.

Is the Republican Party more like the Catholic Church than we think?

New inquiries opened about Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Arizona. Apparently he went on a camping trip with some former pages, and there are allegations that he acted inappropriately with at least one of them.

Hmm.

RIP CBGB

The place that launched a thousand punk bands is now history, due to a stupid landlord-tenant dispute.

I'm glad I got a chance to go there before it closed. It was a dark, seedy, dirty, nasty place, but it was also perfect.

What hurts me the most about this story is that the owner is now going to open a kitschy copy of the club in Las Vegas. Then again, that's fitting--after all, Vegas is where rock star careers go to die. Maybe it's where the place that launches rock star careers should also go to die.

CNN Video shows contrast between China and North Korea

The link provided will take you to the CNN headline that the North Korean air samples contain no radioactivity, calling into question whether North Korea actually tested a nuclear bomb.

What interested me more than the story itself, however, was a video link at the bottom left of the story entitled, "River Town Divides China and North Korea in many ways."

Clicking that link will bring up a video report from CNN about the river that separates China from North Korea, and the contrasts between the Chinese city on one side and the North Korean town on the other. It's not only an interesting glimpse into the stark differences between the two countries, but also a fascinating study in the way two countries whose underlying ideologies are, at least in theory, based very roughly on the writings of the same man, can have such widely divergent models of social and economic development.

China, on the one hand, has largely abandoned most of Marx's teachings, and keeps only the a…

Halloween Project: Piss off Theofascists

1. Go here.

2. Print off several dozen flyers.

3. Take said flyers to GUTS church and distribute to idiots in line for the "Nightmare" brainwashing tour.

Optional: Wear a pirate costume.

Who's in?

This is bad news.

Air America Radio filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Happily, they'll be able to stay on the air while they sort everything out, but the fact that they're in such financial trouble is not a good thing.

Now these numbers I can live with

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New Senate: 50 Dems, 49 Repugs, 1 tie
New House: 226 Dems, 205 Repugs, 4 ties.

Good site for tracking trends and polls.

It's Friday

W00t!

New polls out suggest a coming Democratic landslide in November. Landslide, I tells ya. Still, I'm not going to get my hopes up. Oh, shit, yes I am.

I'm not quite as sick as I have been the past few days, though I'm still not feeling well, and I have to work a full day and do a 3 hour play rehearsal tonight. Bleah.

Anyone have anything they want to discuss? There's a lot of news out there. Come over and sit on my settee and we'll drink tea and chat a while.

CNN uses the "s" word in almost a positive light

That word being "socialist." It's a story about one of my personal political heroes, Bernie Sanders, who is running for Senate and is expected to win.

"I am prepared to stand up to the big-money interests," he said, his voice rising and his signature New York accent growing more pronounced with every syllable. "I am prepared to talk about the growing gap between rich and poor. I'm prepared to talk about the fact that, in many ways, we are becoming an oligarchic society with a few people on top who have tremendous wealth while the middle class is shrinking, people are working very, very hard to keep their heads above water and poverty is increasing."

Mark Warner Not Running for President in 2008

which is not good news. He could have been the anti-Hellary: a credible, moderate, dynamic candidate with cross-party appeal, from Virginia, a red state that could have been put into play--a Clintonesque dark horse that could have united the diverse wings of the Democratic Party, and beaten John McConjob or whatever other neo-fascist the Repugnant Party puts out there.

The idealist in me is still rooting for Russ Feingold, but I know he's a longshot. He's got stuff going for him though--respected for his efforts on campaign finance, from a swing state (Wisconsin), and very able to energize the activist base of the party, but the question is whether he'd be able to generate enough cross-party appeal to take on a media darling like John McConjob.

Ultimately I worry that the Dems will pick someone horrible and useless like John Kerry again, and we'll lose.

Thursday thread

How is everyone out there in blogland today? I myself am sick, and probably going home from work early today.

The weather has finally turned cold-ish, which is nice...maybe the leaves will start changing soon. I love Autumn.

And DayQuil. Stuff works. To a certain extent.

Theofascist Christian Hate Groups Are Horrible, Horrible People

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Horrible quote of the day:

"As a society, we've made diversity and tolerance the guidepost of public life," Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council told ABC News. "Maybe we shouldn't be surprised that we have congressmen chasing after 16-year-old boys."
Diversity and tolerance lead to congressmen chasing after 16-year old boys? No, Tony Perkins, you fascist prick. You unbelievable piece of elephant shit. This has nothing to do with diversity and tolerance. It has to do with one man's problems controlling an inappropriate libido. It also has to do with a Republican establishment that is so uncomfortable talking about sexuality and so determined to hold onto power at all costs and suppress bad publicity that it refused to deal appropriately with Foley's actions. It has absolutely nothing to do with homosexuality. Foley's actions would have been equally inappropriate had he been sexually harassing female pages. Scapegoating &quo…

Mission Accomplished.

655,000 civilians killed in Iraq since the invasion.

A quiz

What historical political leader corresponds to the following facts?

Click on the link and try to find the answer.

Something about a fox and a henhouse comes to mind

A former pesticide executive is nominated to head a regional EPA office.

What I love about this Administration and their cronies is that they're so consistently evil about absolutely everything. And as Bush knows, consistency is the key. Cause he's the decider.

Mission accomplished.

So glad we've got that extra money for victory parades.

Cartoon of the Day

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Printed in today's Tulsa World.

Tuesday thread

It's Tuesday. I think I'm coming down with a cold. And I'm at work.

On a brighter note, the Republicans continue their slide toward oblivion.

And my Night Elf warrior is up to level 33. W00t!

Anyone have anything on their mind? Anyone? Bueller?

New poll: Democrats lead Republicans by 23% in all categories

The biggest margin since 1978. Republican support is not only tanking, it's disintegrating.

Good things are going to happen in November. Very, very, very good things.

Oh.

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Well that can't be good.

But tell me this: what, exactly, does the Stalinist nation of North Korea have in common with Islamic theocrats in Al-Qaeda? Nothing, right? So why would people be afraid of North Korea giving nukes to Al-Qaeda? Maybe I'm naive, but it seems like this is another example of neoconservative foreign policy lumping all of our enemies together under the same umbrella, even if they absolutely hate each other. Like Sadaam and Al-Qaeda, for example. "If you're not with us, you're against us," as Bush said sometime after 9/1l, and then lumped Iran, Iraq and North Korea in an "Axis of Evil," even though two of those nations were at war with one another as recently as the '80s, and the other is a completely different ethnic and ideological entity.

Oy

It's Monday morning. What's going on in the world?

Olbermann's Special Comment

It's really long, so I won't try to excerpt it here. But it's worth reading/watching. Once again Keith takes Bush to the woodshed and smacks him around with a lead pipe. Why there's a lead pipe in a woodshed is beside the point.

Republicans at fault for spinach e-coli?

A story in the Sacramento Bee suggests that a Republican move to kill funding for a food safety center is responsible for the slow response and large amount of damage from the recent e-coli outbreak.

Thanks to this DailyKos diary for alerting me.

An e-mail from John Edwards

Pass this on.

I got an email from John Edwards telling me about his trip to Uganda and asking me to spread the word about the humanitarian crisis happening there. I thought you might like to read his message. Here's what he said:

I just returned from a trip to Uganda and wanted to share my experience with you. Uganda is home to one of the greatest unreported humanitarian crises in the world -- millions of people have been displaced from their homes and subjected to horrific violence. And with the exception of extraordinary groups, like the International Rescue Committee (IRC), whom I traveled with, most of the world is ignoring this tragedy.

Uganda has been plagued by a long civil war and a rebel army/terrorist group called the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Among other things, the LRA abducts children, turns them into soldiers, forces them to commit atrocities, and in some cases, turns them into sex slaves.

We first went to an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp outside Kitgum…

Heads up!

Keith Olbermann is doing another Special Comment tonight. I'm sure it'll be just as eloquent, pointed and fearless as his others. Watch it tonight at 8:00PM Eastern Time (7:00PM Central) on MSNBC.

It's almost the weekend

Is there anybody out there? What's on your mind? Don't be shy. I don't bite. Hard.

For the Alliance!

(oops nm lol warcrack addiction coming out)...

Obama in '08?

Certainly be better than Hellary. God I hate her. Obama's not my favorite candidate, but he's good, and if he can win, that's doubleplusgood.

I just absolutely love it.

The Repugnant Party is going down in flames. Flames. On the side of my face. Breathing..breath..heaving...

Seriously. Let's not let them swipe the Foley story out of the headlines like they did with every other thing they've done wrong. Latest predictions are that Dennis Assdirt will not be Speaker for much longer. True. After November 7th, that job will belong to Nancy Pelosi.

*channels Mr. Burns*

Excellent....

*does a happy dance, giving standard "for idiots only" disclaimer that yes, I'm appalled that teenagers were sexually harassed by a member of Congress, but I am happy that it's turning out to be the mortal blow to the Repugnant Party's hopes to keep control of either chamber of Congress.*

Last night I had a dream...I found myself in a desert...called cyberland....

Ok, not really.

But I did dream that the Democrats ended up with 70 Senate seats and something like 290 House seats.

Wouldn't that be lovely?

only thing to do is jump over the mooon...

Lou Dobbs: Class Warrior?

I'll be the first to admit that I don't read a lot of Lou Dobbs. But it's always been my impression that he's a lot more conservative than this column might indicate. Still, he makes a lot of good points here, and his column deserves to be read.

Cartoon of the day

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Printed in today's Tulsa World.

Yom Kippur is over.

Which is a good thing.

Republicans have yet another scandal on their hands. No surprise there. The only question is: could this Mark Foley thing be a manufactured distraction designed to take our minds off the fact that the Republicans shredded the Constitution last week? The question then becomes: which is worse, torture or child molestation? Gee, the Republicans are really on a roll, aren't they?

The Radical Reich is also on a roll, thinking that the Republicans were afraid that they might be accused of gay-bashing if they disciplined a child predator. Yeah, because just like gay marriage is the same thing as a guy marrying a goat, and will destroy every heterosexual marriage in America as straight men across the country suddenly get fond of farm animals, so pedophilia is the same thing as two grown men who love each other. Rick Santorum's logic is just...flawless, isn't it? I'm so glad the Radical Reich has embraced it.

Trent Lott was on the Daily Show last nigh…