Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It begins - Rush Limbaugh makes an ugly joke about Barney Frank's sexual orientation

I knew someone would link Barney Frank's very appropriate smackdown of healthcare town hall nonsense to his gay sexual orientation.

I just didn't think it would be Rush Limbaugh and I also didn't know how vile the comment would be.

Of course no one has said anything about it on the conservative sites. Maybe a "ha,ha, Limbaugh is so funny" on places like Free Republic, but as far as I know, Fox News hasn't said a word nor has One News Now.

And I don't think that they will.

Now if someone was to make a statement about Limbaugh's history of pill-popping, I'm sure that would wake up Glenn Beck and company.

But basically, Limbaugh is sending a message that when gay man makes a public statement, it all comes down to his sexual orientation, huh?

On one level we should all be ashamed that Limbaugh is a perfect example of political discussion in America.

I suppose if a female legislator gave the same response as Barney Frank, Limbaugh would attribute it to her "woman's problems."

If an African-American male legislator gave the same response, Limbaugh would attribute it to "black men wanting to always bed white women."

If the legislator was a black female, then he would attribute it to her thinking that the "white woman wanted to date her black husband." I'm sure he would have also said something about razors.

How about if the legislator was Native American? I'm sure Limbaugh could make a crass comment about "casinos and firewater."

Bottom line, it ain't funny, folks. Nor is it something to be looked at lightly when a slur like this happens.

Of course we can't expect anything intelligent coming from Limbaugh. But that doesn't mean the lgbt community should shrug our shoulders and go our own way when we are slurred.

Some of us accuse President Obama of being a wuss. Are we acting the same way?

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Barney Frank rules, Black president = conservative march on Washington, and other Wednesday midday news briefs

Forgive me for posting this a second time, but BARNEY FRANK RULES!!!!!!!

Why didn’t harassing Anoka-Hennepin teachers get fired? - That's a real good question!

Justice civil rights hire to handle gay liaison - A step in the right direction.

Let the Money Laundering Begin - You mean anti-gay marriage folks are being shady? Tell me something I don't know.

FreedomWorks not free: $10K to participate in D.C. tea party march - I have officially seen everything. First the United States elects an African-American as president and now conservatives are wanting to have a "March on Washington."

Not necessarily an lgbt issue (yet), but as a black man, I simply MUST point out the irony of the situation.

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Family Research Council spreading lies about healthcare reform

When it's all said and done, part of the reason why President Obama and the Democrats is losing the message war over healthcare reform is because the conservative machine is at them full tilt.

Even the religious right have gotten in on the message. I received the following email this morning from the Family Research Council. It reads in part:

As debate over "health care reform" heads toward a showdown, the White House and its liberal allies are in full attack mode-confusing voters with moderate words; attempting to silence dissent; demonizing Christians and conservatives; and twisting the arms of moderate and undecided lawmakers who share your traditional values.

. . . President Obama and his liberal congressional allies remain fiercely committed to their radical vision of a nationalized health care system that

Uses your taxes to pay for abortions

Gives bureaucrats the power to ration medicine and treatment

Pressures the elderly and seriously ill to forego life-extending care

Forces pro-life doctors, nurses, and other professionals to participate in abortions

Raises taxes and wastes trillions of dollars on programs that will make health care worse

Liberal advocates can't defend their "reform" plans without revealing those destructive intentions. Instead, our success in exposing the facts and building opposition to them has become a lightning rod for the anti-life movement and the mainstream press to repeat their lies.

Some may view this cynically as an FRC push for money. Apparently the organization feels that its more lucrative to beat up on the President than lgbts for the time being.

But there is more to it than meets the eye. Obama is now facing the machine that have plagued lgbts for as long as I can remember - organizations that will lie for the body of Christ.

I think that there is a coordinated attack on Obama that goes way beyond disagreement with policy. All elements of the right, including the religious right, are involved. My guess is that this will play out in other battles.

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