Though the noise has faded a bit, members of the right are still attacking Obama appointee Kevin Jennings.
I've been pretty much ignoring the new attacks because they have gotten stupid.
The right-wing site Big Government has continuously attacked Jennings with a series of National Enquirer type articles filled with bad innuendoes and lies.
And the site makes sure to give each attack the clever name of "Fistgate (choose your number here), making reference to the original attack on Jennings, i.e. that he supposedly taught children how to "fist" - a charge that has been continuously refuted.
Now you will remember the huge ado about the suggested reading list that GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network - the group that Jennings founded) had suggested for students.
That's the reading list which contained some books with mature themes; so much so that GLSEN advised that adults peruse the list of books and make choices regarding reading material for students.
Well the website Big Government isn't letting the pseudo controversy over the list go without putting it to good use. The website seems to be intent on taking every book from the reading list, outlining some of the most graphic material, and then presenting what it found as a "new controversy."
Choices from the suggested reading list have been the basis for several recent "Fistgate" "articles."
We are up to "Fistgate 13," the most pathetic of them all.
The book attacked now is Reflections of a Rock Lobster by Aaron Fricke. Aaron Fricke is known for successfully suing his high school in Cumberland, RI for not allowing him to bring his boyfriend to the prom.
But this little bit of history isn't important to Big Government because it's more concerned with "exposing" passages of the book in which Fricke talked about his early sexual experiments (complete with the page number and of course making sure to blame Jennings and GLSEN for "publicizing it.")
Of course this new phony controversy has nothing to do with "fisting," but then again Big Government has nothing to do with accuracy.
Maybe it's just me but isn't Big Government guilty of the same thing it's accusing Jennings of, i.e. publicizing so-called salacious material?
Let me guess. It's only to "expose" how evil the material is.
And Peter LaBarbera goes to Folsom Street Fair every year and takes pictures strictly to "expose the homosexuals."
Big Government's vendetta against Jennings and the depths the website has stooped to in pursuing it is probably one of the main reason why so many in the mainstream media has abandoned covering attacks on Jennings.
It's the very definition of sleaze.
And what self respecting news source wants sleaze on its hands?
Bear in mind, I said "self respecting." Big Government and its supporters need not apply.