Archive for the ‘Leftovers’ Category
The case for individual rights of all people including gay people, including the right to enter into marriage contracts and be equal before the law, is not a weak case that is intellectually indefensible and needs Leftard fascism to protect it from questions and criticism. And even if it did, free thought and free speech are more important rights than the right to marry. YouTube censored this 16 year old girl’s video.
The gay community does not need some “progressive” (pro-regressive) thought control Stalinists making us look too pansy assed to argue with a 16 year old.
TEEN’S GAY MARRIAGE VIDEO BANNED BY YOUTUBE
Today’s whorish lies include one on gay adoption, occasioned by a Virginia state level bill that would protect the freedom of association of private Virginia adoption agencies that do not want to make gay adoptions. Of course this same freedom of association is what would allow you to start an adoption agency that specialized in gay adoptions, or lesbian adoptions (or African American adoptions, or that deliberately treated all couples equally, or that had any other special mission).
Just as the Stalinists currently are trying to force everyone who doesn’t approve of sterilization (etc.) to pay for insurance plans that provide it, they are trying to make it impossible for a pregnant woman who wants to give her baby up only to a specific type of person or couple (gay or straight, two parent, the same race, etc.) to be unable to do so. Increasing the chance that she might choose abortion. One can imagine for example, a pregnant woman whose gay siblings had suffered abuse at the hands of homophobic parents, who discovers from genetic testing that her baby is likely to be gay, who wants to choose an adoption agency that would only place her baby with a gay couple. The fascists at Addicting Info would deny her access to such a “discriminatory” adoption agency.
This is replicated throughout the economy. Currently it is illegal in DC and many counties and some states for a realtor to tell people whether neighbors, buyers, sellers, etc. are gay or straight. I once had a lesbian (and socialist) friend and client (the type who would parrot Addicting Info, though she is smarter than their scribblers) who was house shopping ask me which blocks or areas were most friendly for a lesbian couple planning a child. I had to tell her it is illegal in DC for me to provide any information about the neighbors, because sexual orientation is a protected class in DC, and fair housing laws violate real estate agent’s free speech to answer such a question. If she had wanted to go to Virginia, where sexual orientation is not a protected class, I could have answered her.
Virginia To Deny Gay Adoption On Religious Grounds
The war against the LGBT community is alive and well in the state of Virginia, and children are being caught in the crossfire. On Friday, the Virginia Senate passed SB 349, which gives private adoption agencies the power to deny the placement of children with same-sex couples on religious grounds.
Known as the ‘conscience clause’ bill, the bill allows adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples the opportunity to adopt children, even if they are well qualified to do so. The Senate passed the bill along partisan lines 22-18 and the House has already passed a version of the bill. Governor McDonnell is expected to sign the bill the second it hits his desk.
The bill is supposedly being passed to defend the religious freedom of faith based adoption agencies, of which there are over 80. Many of the agencies also happen to be state funded, which begs the question: How is it possible for government money to be used to violate the First Amendment? The answer, of course, is that it shouldn’t be.
Democratic state Senator Adam Ebbin says, “This bill authorizes every one of the 80 private adoption agencies licensed in Virginia to refuse to offer their services to any LGBT person based on a written moral policy, which they can make up tomorrow. The bill says they can do that no matter how qualified the prospective mom and dad is to become a parent.”
According to the Washington Blade, “Ebbin and other opponents of the bill said that although it doesn’t say so directly, they believe it is aimed mostly at allowing adoption agencies to turn away LGBT people as adoptive or foster parents. The bill doesn’t change the state’s existing adoption and foster placement law and policies that allow an agency to place a child with a gay parent if the agency wishes to do so. Existing law prohibits placement of children with an unmarried couple, gay or straight, but it does not bar single parent adoptions or foster placements for gays.” But Ebbin thinks it could one day lead to a bill that directly bans same-sex couples from adopting.
The ones hurt the most by this bill are the children whose only wish is to have parents that love and care for them. By passing this bill, Virginia Republicans are essentially allowing adoption agencies to deny children a loving home because a couple doesn’t meet their religious standards. So what if the couple are atheists, interracial or, heaven forbid, Muslim? There are still “good Christians” that would rather see a child languish in the system until they attain their majority than be placed with such “unholy” parents. No one should have the right to make that kind of call based on their own personal morals much less their religion.
Judge not lest ye be judged seems to be a foreign concept to the GOP and the ones that pay the price for their intolerance are the children. But what else is new?
I often chide libertarian friends who fall into the “progressive” double standard of demanding Jews be suicidally better, more liberal, more libertarian, more humanitarian, than anyone around them, that even if Theodore Herzl had been an acolyte of Murray Rothbard, and Israel had become more Jewish purely through free immigration and Jews renting and buying farms and homes, anti-Semites would still be shooting rockets at them, and tyrannies would be funding it if not doing it.
Yet another occasion for the leftover blogsphere to go into full talking points regurgitation about the evil Ayn Rand. Dozens of unknown twits who cannot spell or think recite the latest StinkRegress and Tedium Tatters pensees about how Ayn Rand hypocritically accepted a social security check in her old age (after making double FICA payments for years as a self-employed person) etc etc ad nauseum.
The little airheaded pole smokers divide among themselves in the comments sections on whether they would reject the TrueBlood hunk sexually (and what completely-divorced-from-reality narcissistic fantasy are they living in to think they have an option?) or overlook his belief that The Fountainhead is a great novel if they could get tea bagged by him.
Back when I was , I had a rule to avoid guys who were so into Ayn Rand that they mentioned it on the first date. Like it was fine if they read some of her books, but if they read them and ascribed to her philosophy so thoroughly that they were to me about it, that was a deal breaker. This was after a hot guy tried to pick me up at a bar and then proceeded to spend the next 40 minutes telling me about Objectivism like he was doing me a favor. From then on, I considered a strong interest in Rand a that the guy was annoying, and that rule served me well a couple of times afterwards.
(Disclosure: I read half of Atlas Shrugged at one point, but found it interminable. This was years ago, and maybe I didn’t “get” it.) So it’s disappointing to me that “True Blood” hottie Joe Manganiello just has to mention in his “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” profile that The Fountainhead is his absolute favorite book. Really? He’s never read a better book than that? I don’t care what kind of abs he has, I’m getting a flashback to my 21 year-old self, stuck in the bar with that dude who looked promising until he tried to convert me to Rand’s “amazing” philosophy. I think I was so bored my mouth was hanging open. Mangy’s other 24 things seem to be about his various accomplishments, and it’s less interesting than boasting. Is he one of those guys who talks endlessly about himself? Maybe that’s unfair given that he’s supposed to do that here. Still, I’m not impressed.
1. I am excellent at knife-throwing.
2. My eyes are so bad, they can’t be corrected by .
3. I made the junior Olympic volleyball team when I was 16.
4. I worked as a roadie for the rock band Goldfinger.
5. I was an altar boy.
6. I once planned on playing basketball and joining the FBI.
7. I love Disneyland.
8. I was asked to skip two grades in elementary school but chose not to.
9. I shaved my head twice and got my front pulled out for stage roles incollege.
10. I sang backup on one of The Used’s albums.
11. I love karaoke.
12. My favorite city is Venice, Italy.
13. My favorite movie is Fight Club.
14. My first concert was Pantera.
15. I won third place in a chess tournament when I was 6.
16. I got a 750 on the mat portion of the SATs.
17. I am a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
18. I trained as a boxer and was a sparring partner for an NHL player.
19. At age 16 I got paid to dress up like Captain Morgan at abrs.
20. My favorite play is A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams.
21. Last summer, I caught a touchdown pass from Joe Montana in a charity game.
22. My favorite book is The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
23. I appeared full frontal nude in an off-Broadway play.
24. I have a in classical theater.
25. When I was young, I prayed that God would turn me into a werewolf.
[From US Weekly, print edition, September 5, 2011]
The rest of the “25 Things” are mildly interesting. Like he seems like he’s had various interesting experiences. They sound braggy though, and I know that’s the nature of these lists but the posturing seems obvious to me. Maybe it’s the Rand connection, which that one guy ruined for me that fateful night. I hope he grew out of it. It strikes me that Manganiello hasn’t read much if that’s his favorite book of all time. Maybe Kaiser is right about him. Hot but dumb. I’m so team Eric now. I would still like to see full frontal pictures of the guy on stage though, if they exist.
Photo above is from from 8/23/11. He’s just not doing it for me anymore! (credit: Fame) He’s also show strategically trying to remove his sunglasses in on 8/3/11. (credit: WENN) And shirtless from GQ
I am at Chesapeake Pride, about 11 miles south of Maryland’s capitol city, Annapolis, in southern Anne Arundel County, in a ruralish suburb called Edgewater at a small state park on the Chesapeake Bay called Mayo Beach. It’s a beautiful sunny day and the water and sky are beautiful and it’s 91 Farenheit. This rural gay Pride summer festival has grown to attract 700 people last year and was expected to grow to 1,000 this week. (www.chesapeakepridefestival.org).
But the State of Maryland denied them a license to sell beer.
I am working a booth and it’s sunny and hot and beautiful and I am looking at gorgeous water.
I really want a beer.
It looks like fewer people are showing up than last time.
The festival organizers, busy Annapolis area businesswomen, admit they were late in applying for the license. But other people have been late to do so as well. There is an “appeals” process where people who are late can ask the County license commission to grant them a license for special events even if they did not apply within the government mandated time period. The bureaucrats voted to turn them down, 2-1. Anecdotally I am told they do not routinely deny this appeal to other groups. Wonder what was different about this group? Board of License Commissioners Melvin Hyatt voted to issue the license, which was issued last year; Commissioners John G. Warner and James Thomas voted to deny it.
It’s funny, the political groups here include two Democrat groups, one Green Party, and two different libertarian tables (a Libertarian Party table and a generic gay lower-case “l” libertarian table where I am pushing, among other things, this blog.) I will say once again the gay community has been held hostage to the regulatory state favored by the gay leftovers of the Democratic Party. (See the post below on how many years it took to create the popular gay restaurant DuplexDiner in gay-friendly DC.)
I joked with one of the women organizing the event that I have a bottle of red wine in my car and I am going to get it and serve it under the table, since I am a libertarian and don’t believe in licenses. She hesitates and tells me that maybe she is going to become one today too.
Isn’t it ironic that anti-Western leftovers attack these “dead white male” thinkers, when, besides the fact that they include many Greeks and Jews (even Sephardic Jews), who themselves are sometimes students or involved in a philosophical conversation with (pre- and post-Islamic) Arab scholars, these Western thinkers also seem to have a large gay minority much greater than their share of the population?
Isn’t it ironic that socially conservative scholars, often associated with Judaism or Catholicism, do appreciate these thinkers (albeit without recognizing their sexuality and the possible transcendence via alienation it may have provided)?
Should the State of California just start teaching high school juniors and seniors, at least in AP classes, Plato and Locke and Kant, as part of their gay-inclusive curriculum? (Instead of showing them videos of the Folsom Street Fair or teaching them how to put condoms on bananas?)