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Morocco to The Gays: You Are Criminals

Perhaps American Liberals will rally to the cause of another Islamic country making life for gays and lesbians more difficult, and perhaps more deadly….. (h/t – Infidels Are Cool)

MADRID, MARCH 24 – Morocco announces the end of tolerance with regard to homosexuality, is the title of the full page article in today’s El Pais, referring to the initiative which the Ministry for the interior in Morocco is using to ‘confront all actions which go against religious and moral values, within the framework of the law”.

An article with the headline in red on the front page of magazine Al Michaal triggered the reaction by the government in Rabat; in it a gay Moroccan couple tell the story of their wedding, reciting a prayer which comes before the reading from the Koran. The formula is very common in Morocco, between heterosexual couples as well, but it does not mean that the union is legal.

In a message quoted by El Pais, the Ministry for the interior registered “voices in the media which are trying to make a case for ignoble behaviour which is a provocation to national public opinion and which are against the moral values and teachings of our society”.  The government will carry act against these people “within the framework of current laws”.

Homosexuality is punishable in Morocco from six months to three years imprisonment, even though courts do not usually pass sentences for this kind of crime.  Nevertheless arrests of gays are commonly made as a ‘deterrent”.

Where is the Human Rights Campaign?  (*crickets chirping*)

Maybe they will only get involved when things in Morocco get REALLY serious.  You know like in Iran — where gays hang by ropes.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

A San Francisco Tea Party!

Okay all you patriots by The Bay, here’s your chance to voice your opposition to Washington, DC about their massive spending and the stealing of your liberty.

There will actually be a New American Tea Party in San Francisco on April 15.  Thanks for the tip goes to GP Reader EZnSF.

San Fran Tea Party Facebook page

Don’t Tread On Me!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Once Again, Barney Refuses to Admit Mistakes

Can this man ever admit his mistakes? When a student asks the unhappy Massachusetts Congressman, “How much responsibility, if any, do you have for the financial crisis?” the Democrat proceeds to blame Republicans, labeling the student, lashing out at the “right wing,” but sidestepping his question.

Sees Barney would rather blame the right wing than explain his own actions. To his credit, Frank did acknowledge the Fannie Mae reforms he helped pass in March 2007, but doesn’t address his efforts to thwart earlier Republican-sponsored reforms of the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) when it might have made a difference.

Kudos to this student for calmly challenging the mean-spirited Democrat. I guess he had expected more fawning from the Harvard crowd.

(H/t Reader Peter Hughes for alerting me to this Townhall post.)

UPDATE: Michelle: “His defensive bullying and sputtering and ranting about ‘right-wing attacks’ speaks for itself.

UP-UPDATE: Calling this a “meltdown,” Glenn thinks Barney sounds “kinda defensive.

To note (yet again)–Barney’s first impulse is to attack the student asking the question rather than consider his inquiry. And note which one does a better job of keeping his cool. So much in this clip, wish I weren’t so pressed for time today.

Will “Tea Party” Counterprotests Attract MSM Attention?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:12 pm - April 7, 2009.
Filed under: Media Bias,Tea Party

Michelle reports that some liberals “are organizing their own anti-Tea Party demonstrations“:

Liberal guru Joe Trippi and government-subsidized Bill Moyers are pushing the new initiative, titled “A New Way Forward.” Hey, wasn’t Obama supposed to be your New Way Forward? Way to go!

The lefties have chosen April 11 to try and usurp media attention from the nationwide Tax Day Tea Party event on April 15. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

I wonder if the MSM will pay more attention to these counterprotests than they have to the Tea Party phenomenon.  The counterprotests do fit their narrative of what a protest should be.

Blaming Conservatives for Murder:
How the Left Scapegoats Conservative Media

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:55 pm - April 7, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Hysteria on the Left,Movies/Film & TV

Welcome Instapundit Readers!

In one of my favorite flawed* movies, the 1991 flick The Fisher King, Jeff Bridges plays Jack Lucas, a radio talk show host whose offhand on-air remark to an unbalanced listener causes that listener to go on a shooting rampage in a swank Manhattan restaurant, killing the wife of Robin Williams‘s Perry, causing the latter’s breakdown.

There, there was a direct link between the talk show host’s words and the actions of a deranged killer.  In the flick, Lucas searches for redemption as he befriends Perry, helps him find love while confronting the demons which have kept him at an emotional distance from his own girlfriend, Anne Napolitano (Mercedes Ruehl in an Oscar-winning role).

It seems that all too many on the left are eager to brand conservative talk show hosts, bloggers and opinion leaders as guilty as was Bridges’s screen character.  They seem to take their cues more from this movie than from the actual words of outspoken conservatives.

Now, they’re trying to “blame recent high profile shootings on those who believe in the 2nd Amendment” as if opponents of gun control actually encourage lunatics concerned about losing their weapons to shoot at cops.  Left-wing bloggers are accusing their conservative counterparts, in the words of one such blogger, of “stoking the fires of an atmosphere of hate that leads to police officers getting killed.

Note how he uses that term, “atmosphere of hate.”  Its obscures the fact that he can’t find the direct statement of a Jack Lucas which spurred the killer to go on a rampage.

Such ambiguous language is nothing new for conservative-hating leftists in their eagerness to smear the right.

Just over ten years ago, Frank Rich rushed to blame social conservatives for the murder of Matthew Shepard.  Now, I agree that the one of the men Rich singled out, Gary Bauer, is a little loopy, but advocate of violence he is not.  Yet, that didn’t deter that angry columnist from blaming him for the killing:

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Vermont Shows How to go about Recognizing Gay Marriage*

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 12:52 pm - April 7, 2009.
Filed under: Gay Marriage

While some silly gay marriage advocates see a popular groundswell for gay marriage in court decisions, the vote today of Vermont’s legislature to override Governor Douglas’s veto of legislation providing for state recognition of same-sex unions is the first indication we have that popular opinion could be turning in favor of gay marriage.

Instead of turning to courts, we should be going through legislatures. I believe that is the better way to build a consensus for same-sex marriage as this process may well have shown.

Unlike California whose gargantuan legislative districts (each state Senate district has more residents than the entire population of the Green Montain State) prevent our state legislators from regular interaction with all but a handful of their constituents, Vermont has one of the largest state Houses in the country, with nearly twice the representatives of California’s corresponding house.  And the population of Vermont is approximately 2% of California’s.

Whereas our Golden State legislators respond more readily to interest groups than constituents, those in the Green Mountain State have such small constituencies that their own constituents have ready access to them.  And since their legislative responsibilities are not full-time jobs, they have to return to live and work in their jurisdictions.

In short, they’re going to hear from their constituents about their vote on gay marriage.

By the end of the month, the Vermont legislature will adjourn for the year and its legislators will return home (well, some legislators return from Montpelier each night while others goes back on the weekend) and face their constituents.  My sense is that they wouldn’t have voted for this bill if they feared a popular backlash back home.

So, the tide may be turning, in the Green Mountain State at least.

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BREAKING: Vermont Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage!

Posted by Average Gay Joe at 11:43 am - April 7, 2009.
Filed under: Gay Marriage,National Politics

A two-thirds vote to override the veto from Vermont Governor Jim Douglas was needed. The vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House. Vermont now becomes the first state to decide this matter by action from the legislature, bringing to 4 the total number of U.S. states allowing same-sex marriage recognize same-sex marriages!

Expect social conservatives to bemoan this apparent sign of the Apocalypse in 5…4…3…

— John (Average Gay Joe)

Will Obama’s Fiscal Overreach Keep Republican United?

Only if Republicans hold firm in standing for the principles of fiscal responsiblity which helped us win elections in 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1994, principles with which Barack Obama made a rhetorical end run around the GOP in 2008, racking up the highest popular vote percentage of any non-incumbent Democat in 75 years.

Let me remind you once again that in the third debate, then-candidate Obama said “what I’ve done throughout this campaign is to propose a net spending cut.“  Instead, he’s given us the exact opposite.

No wonder when Democrats talk to the media, they remind us of the congressional Republicans sorry spending record over the past decade.  They seek to compromise the credibility of Republicans so as to reduce the impact of their criticism of their own spending spree.  But, just because Republicans overspent in the first few years of this century doesn’t excuse Democrats from their current profligacy.

Especially given the presidential campaign of the nation’s leading Democrat.

The contrast between Obama’s campaign rhetoric and his budget, now approved in slightly amendedd form by the Democratic Congress, has made it a lot easier for Republicans.  Jennifer Rubin think it’s “given Republicans plenty of running room” and quotes Bill Kristol’s explanation:

And the Republican Party is united in a principled way. I don’t think people can look at it — independent voters can’t look at the Republicans now and say they’re just being opportunistic or, you know, knee-jerk anti-Obama.

They object in principle to this massive expansion of government’s role in the economy, taking over the health care system, et cetera. And I think it allows — I think he’s allowed the Republican Party to recover more quickly than one would have expected and conservatives, actually, to recover more quickly than one might have expected after the 2008 elections.

In the Senate vote on the President’s budget, even the recent Republican renegades (Collins, Snowe, Specter) returned to the fold, keeping the caucus united.

By overreaching on spending, the President has made it easier for Republicans to regroup and recover. The longer Republicans remain united against the president’s spendthrift policies, the more ready our party will show that they’ve learned the lesson of the last two elections, the more quickly our party will restore its good name.

Obama who, in his campaign, recognized that Republicans were vulnerable on the spending issue hasn’t learn the lesson from his own electoral success.  Which might make it quite difficult for him to repeat it.