Human Rights


By now, you’ve probably heard about Republican California state senator Roy Ashburn, who was arrested for a DUI after allegedly leaving a gay bar. This was of particular interest because Ashburn has been a loud oppositional voice to gay rights in his state, having “voted against expanding anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation, recognizing out-of-state gay marriages and establishing a day honoring gay lawmaker Harvey Milk.” A few years back, he also hosted a rally in favor of “traditional marriage,” which it totally against the California-coined “opposite marriage.”

Today, Ashburn finally spoke about the entire situation on a California radio show: “I’m gay. Those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long.”

I sat here for a while pondering his revelation and have finally come up with an answer. Since Ashburn is gay, it is okay for him to vote against gay rights. Now, I’m a not scientist, but I think it is sort of like how African Americans are allowed to call each other the N-word, even in a derogatory manner, but Michael Richards cannot, because he is not black. So, if Ashburn weren’t gay, he would be a bigot for his stance against gay rights. Since he is gay, it’s okay. It’s just like if an African American senator voted to legalize segregation, that would not be racist. Because he’s black.

Wait… right?

Sources: 1, 2

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This is just too rich to pass up. Nancy Elliott, a Republican state representative from New Hampshire, recently made a fool of herself during one of the sessions to repeal same-sex marriage in her state. While she doesn’t discuss the bill itself in this clip, she does discuss some of her feelings on anal sex, where after she thought about it for a while, she began to wonder whether “wriggling [the penis] around in excrement” is normal behavior. She then goes on to question whether or not she would want that done to her. Of course, it goes without saying that the bedroom antics of consenting individuals should be of no concern to Nancy Elliot or the government. See Lawrence v. Texas.

After being interrupted and asked to keep to discussion on the bill, she continues, saying that she “heard yesterday from a mother that in fifth grade in Nashua, they were given as part of their classroom instruction naked pictures of two men showing a presentation of anal sex. … They are now teaching it in the public school. They are showing our fifth graders how they can actually perform this kind of sex… They are saying this is something that you, as a 5th grader, may want to try.”

I’ll agree, fifth grade is way too early to teach sex education – but hey, I totally support teaching the realities of both heterosexual and same-sex sex in high school sex ed. Yes, as a teenager, I would have been turned off had we talked about two dudes having sex with each other, but fortunately, sex education is not about getting turned on.

EDIT: YouTube keeps taking the videos down for some unknown reason, but I managed to find another video hosted right here!

Despite the bill’s support by the state’s governor, the New York State Senate failed New Yorkers and Americans today by voting down same-sex marriage with a 38-24 margin. There was a bright shining moment in the chamber, that being an eloquent, heartfelt speech by Senator Diane Savino. Honestly, I have about the biggest schoolboy crush ever right now. Senator Savino, I never thought I’d say this, but I think I’m ready to settle down. Call me.

I cannot comprehend somebody listening to this speech and still disagreeing.

Deputy Republican leader, Tom Libous, said of today’s results: “Certainly this is an emotional issue and an important issue for many New Yorkers. I just don’t think the majority care too much about it at this time because they’re out of work, they want to see the state reduce spending, and they are having a hard time making ends meet. And I don’t mean to sound callous, but that’s true.”

So, apparently, unhappy New Yorkers would want to strip as many people as possible of their happiness. Here’s an interesting breakdown from the NY Times: “The defeat revealed stark divides: All 30 of the Republican senators opposed the bill, as did most of the members from upstate New York and Long Island. Support was heaviest among members from New York City and Westchester County and among the Senate’s 10 black members. Seven of the Senate’s 10 women voted for it.”

In other words, it’s more or less old, white, Christian, Republican males that are keeping this political discrimination going in New York, keeping gays and lesbians as second-class citizens, and once again strengthening my argument that Republicans are completely useless and downright hurtful to our country. Let’s bring back the Whig Party – at least they had a few decent ideas. With that said, not all Democrats are free from blame, with four first-term Democrat clowns playing it safe by voting nay along with four others. Hopefully this means that their first time in office is their last, because as Democratic Senator Kevin S. Parker put it after the results today, “This is the worst example of political cowardice I’ve ever seen.”

Cowardice is putting it nicely though. It’s an abomination. Disgusting. Oh, just for a hell of it, here are the names and emails of the eight Democrats that shot this bill down today. Whether you reside in the state of New York or not, please, have your voice heard.

Aubertine (Upstate) – aubertin@senate.state.ny.us
Stachowski (Upstate) – stachows@senate.state.ny.us
Addabbo (Queens) – addabbo@senate.state.ny.us
Onorato (Queens) – onorato@senate.state.ny.us
Diaz (Bronx) – diaz@senate.state.ny.us
Kruger (Kings) – kruger@senate.state.ny.us
Huntley (Queens) – shuntley@senate.state.ny.us
Monserrate (Queens) – monserra@senate.state.ny.us

Because Paul Newman was better than you. And better than you’ll ever be. Swallow that pill of truth, bitches.

“I’m a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter, either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being, by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.”



You eat fifty hardboiled eggs and then maybe I’ll value your opinion.


It was only a couple of weeks ago when I officially declared that Maine sucks, after the voters put their bigotry on display by overturning the law permitting same-sex couples to marry. The folks with New Left Media – comprised of two young politically-active college kids – made the long trip to Maine to document the hours surrounding the voting day and they put together this very well-polished video, which you can watch below. It’s both inspiring and saddening.

“I’ve always tried to analyze things because I want to be lawyer,” 10-year old fifth grader Will Philips recently told the Arkansas Times. “I really don’t feel that there’s currently liberty and justice for all.”

willphillipsAfter much reflection, young Will has decided he will no longer stand during or recite the Pledge of Allegiance until legal equality is given to homosexuals in America. The first day he refused to stand, the teacher asked him to stand up, but he respectfully declined. After a few days of this, the teacher began to get angry and told Will that his mother and grandmother would want him to stand. Will did not appreciate that.

“She got a lot more angry and raised her voice and brought my mom and my grandma up,” Will said. “I was fuming and was too furious to really pay attention to what she was saying. After a few minutes, I said, ‘With all due respect, ma’am, you can go jump off a bridge.'”

Awesome – and stated with such fine manners. Of course, his parents were called in for a meeting with the principal, and Will’s mother said she would talk to him about not telling people to jump off of bridges. The principal agreed though, it was Will’s right not to stand for the pledge, although the principal backed off on making the teacher apologize to the young man.

Will has had the support of many of his young friends for his stand against bigotry, but predictably, he has been confronted and taunted by many of his peers, something he seems to simply shrug off.

“In the lunchroom and in the hallway, they’ve been making comments and doing pranks, and calling me gay,” he said, not seeming too personally affected, just wondering why the other kids are so immature. “It’s always the same people, walking up and calling me a gaywad.”

Are you smarter than a fifth grader? For much of America, they’re probably not smarter than this one. To those people, I say go jump off of a bridge.

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To us others who value our intelligence, let us examine the Pledge of Allegiance. There are many more problems with it besides the blatant lies that America stands for liberty and justice for all.

How about the “one nation under God?” A little known fact: that wasn’t added into the Pledge of Allegiance until 1954 under the Eisenhower administration, essential turning the Pledge from an oath into a public prayer to a single deity, large in part due to the effort of the Catholic fraternity Knights of Columbus, who are named after the disease-spreading, native torturing, exploiter of people, Christopher Columbus. On the day he signed it into a law, Eisenhower said, “From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our Nation and our people to the Almighty.”

Frightening. There has been case after case fighting this in the Supreme Court, but the Pledge still remains as is over fifty years later. That’s enough on this today though, folks. That’s a discussion for another day. Just a little food for thought. Just know that we officially endorse Will Philips as Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Empire.

grayson

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Florida, 8th District) was alloted an hour on the House floor to give a speech on healthcare yesterday. He began by noting the Havard study that 44,789 Americans die each year because they lack health insurance. With a little research, he was able to comprise the numbers of how many people died in each of the Congressional district where House Republicans had voted down healthcare reform.

His speech was awesome, it was powerful, and it was nothing more than reading off statistics that he had compiled. As you can imagine, this pissed off the Republicans, who after 23-minutes demanded he yield so they could object to this factual evidence, in which he simply refused stating, “No. My time is limited, and I intend to use it.” He then continued reading. The Republicans quickly connived to waste more time by threatening a roll-call vote to have him sanctioned, but to no one’s surprise, the House staff concluded that Grayson had violated no rule. After nearly an hour of Republican stalling, Grayson was permitted to continue his speech, in which he then read real-life stories from NamesoftheDead.com.

Read Rep. Grayson’s written response to all of this Republican hooplah right here. Do read it too. It’s fantastic.

You may remember Grayson in the news a little over a month ago, when he gave a House speech where he stated, “The Republican health care plan is this: ‘Don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.'” Naturally, he was criticized mercilessly by Republicans and Fox News who demanded an immediate apology, because he hurt their feelings – but as they say, the truth hurts. The next day, Grayson stood modestly before his Representative peers on the floor with a heartfelt apology: “I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America.”

You are a true American badass, Rep. Grayson, and we here at Sickenginly Liberal endorse you for Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. If only more politicians had the cajones that you do.

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