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“Day of Silence:” Gay Groups Promote Another Silly Stunt

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 9:23 pm - April 17, 2009.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay PC Silliness

The various national (and some local) gay and lesbian groups have promoted a great variety of silly gimmicks to get their message across that it becomes hard to determine which is the silliest.

Well, today the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is sponsoring a Day of Silence where at schools across the country, “students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBTQ students and their supporters.”  That certainly ranks up there.

I just don’t see what these stunts accomplish in a day when gay students are free to organize and speak out in favor of openness and inclusion and against discrimination.

I know that some social conservatives overreact to this Day, with one promoting a video about the project which “exposes how our children are being indoctrinated, held captive and forced to accept an unproven and dangerous ideology while Biblical Truth is undermined” (via Althouse).  Silly the stunt but be, but indoctrination it is not.

I just wonder though at the need of gay groups to promote events where people go out of their way to advertise their difference and to make a statement.  Wouldn’t it just be easier to encourage students to come out and live their lives openly and telling them to be unafraid to report any harassment by their peers?

Such stunts seemed geared to a different time when people were less open about their sexuality than they are today.

(It seems I had something else to add–and may at a later time–but am drawing a blank right now.  Maybe it will come out in response to the comments.)

Log Cabin Convention Report

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:08 pm - April 17, 2009.
Filed under: Log Cabin Republicans,Tim Gill Watch

Does anybody have any news about this shindig?  The Log Cabin Convention is taking place in our nation’s capital this weekend.

I have a sense turnout is way down.  The only news I’ve been able to find on the web is the report that former McCain consultant Steve Schmidt gave a speech there saying he backed gay marriage.

At the San Diego convention last year, a presidential election year (when interest in politics tend to peak), turnout was down from the convention I had attended ten years previously in Dallas.  The organization didn’t seem to be growing, but contracting.

With the report in February that Log Cabin got most of the funds it used for ads slamming fellow Republicans from left-wing fund-raiser Tim Gill, the ostensibly Republican organization lost any credibility among gay conservatives and within Republican circles it had gained during the tenure of immediate past president Patrick Sammon.

Now with the launch of GOProud, Log Cabin is not longer the only group for gay Republicans around.  We have an alternative.

If you have any news from the convention, let me know and I’ll post it here.

Democratic Count Puts Tea Party Turnout at Over One Million

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:48 pm - April 17, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Tea Party

Sometimes you come up with a better title after having already posted a piece and, well, since I liked this one so much I thought I’d devote a separate post to to it.

Blogger’s prerogative, you know.

Since Democrats multiplied the number of petitions their outfit Organizing for America gathered to support the president’s budget by three, let’s use their system to determine the number who attended tea parties.  With a party turnout estimates ranging from 341,472 to 551,000, looks like we’re at somewhere betweeen one and one-and-one-half millions participants in the rallies.

That ain’t no astroturf.

By DNC Math, Over a Million People Attended Tea Parties

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:30 pm - April 17, 2009.
Filed under: Tea Party

With tea party turnout estimates ranging from 341,472 to 551,000 (I even saw one on Bruce’s twitter feed at 750,000), it’s clear this grassroots movement is really catching fire across the nation.  And we did it without either a central command or the resources of groups which organized rallies for more liberal causes and candidates.

Even if we go with that lower number, using the math of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), that’s over million people pledging their opposition to bloated budgets.

You see, Organizing for America, President Obama’s political organization, now run out of the DNC

. . . boasted in a series of press releases that 642,000 “pledges” [supporting the president’s budget] had been collected during a highly publicized national canvassing effort. The pledges were then printed out at Democratic National Committee headquarters and taken over to congressional offices.

But do 642,000 pieces of paper mean that 642,000 actual people signed up to back the president’s budget? Not quite.

Democrats got to 642,000 by tripling the number of people who signed the petitions:

Each American has three representatives in Congress — their two Senators and their Representative. Well, the DNC didn’t want anyone to be missed, so they made three copies of each signature and delivered them to each member. And it was that total (642,000) that was reported as supporting the budget, not the 214,000 unique signatures.

So, using the Democrats’ math, we multiple the number of participants by three to get the number of people pledging their opposition to higher government spending.

The Devil in Contemporary Left-Wing Mythology

According to Zarathushtra, the great prophet of Zoroastrianism, “the world is divided into good and evil“, with Angra Manyu, “the spirit of darkness and lies,” ruling the forces of evil.  While today’s left doesn’t have a Zarathushtra, they do have their Angra Manyu, George W. Bush.

Even now, nearly three months after that good man has left the White House, the left is still obsessed with him; some acolytes of that faith eager to prove that we (and others who have defended him) are remain the devil’s W’s disciples.  Even after taking the time to provide several examples of the times we here at GayPatriot (despite our defenses) did take issue with then then-President, it will not alter the creed of those adherents to this new faith.

Despite evidence of our criticism (even a whole category devoted to where he went wrong) of that decent, but flawed man, they refuse to alter their conviction that we are “unquestioning defenders of George Bush and his policies.”  The abundant evidence to the contrary is irrelevant.  Thy do not let facts get in the way of their faith.

To do so would mean departure from their doctrine.  Bush is the devil.  And those who defended him were are devout devotees of him and his dangerous dogma.

I posted a piece this morning to address our critics’ contention that we never faulted Bush or the Republican for overspending when the Republicans were in charge.  But, to some, the evidence of our mixed feelings for the past president matters little.  They so want to see us not as we are, but as they’d like us to be, so that they may more easily dismiss our ideas more readily hold firm to their faith.

As they repeat their mantra over and over and over again, they further reveal the tenets of that faith. It’s amazing how Manichean is their world view.  Just like the Zoroastrianism, but without its nuance and appreciation for the potetial blending of the cosmic division in the real world.

Bush Derangement isn’t just a psychiatrist‘s term.  It’s a religious creed.

Jonah Answers the Anti-Tea Party Hysteria

Writing at the Corner with NR’s biggest bloggers, Jonah responds to the five most frequent complaints from liberals about the tea parties (via Glenn).

Among my favorites are these two.

These protests are unpatriotic astroturfing by plutocrats:

So much for “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”!

I find it sort of amazing that when groups like ANSWER, a Mos Eisley cantina of America-hating nut cases, take to the streets it’s a full-flowering of democracy in action. When ACORN pays their ragamuffins to protest, or when Rainbow/PUSH shakes down businesses through racial extortion, it’s the sort of direct democratic action Thomas Paine dreamed of. And when labor unions pay people to protest, it’s populist. But when a bunch of independent Americans, talk-show hosts, and email campaigners organize hundreds of protests around the country, it’s astroturfing.

Republicans are hypocrites for suddenly caring about deficits.

Well, maybe. But then so are liberals for suddenly not caring about deficits. (That part always gets left out.)

Moreover, I don’t get it. Republicans didn’t care enough about the deficit when it went up a “little” under Bush (to pay for a war), therefore they can’t complain when Obama sends it through the stratosphere (to pay for socialized medicine)?

Read the whole thing!

Posts* Where We Criticized GOP on Spending in Bush Era

Given that Bruce and I (as well as John and Nick) have been faulting Republicans, including former President George W. Bush, for not holding the line on federal spending for almost as long as we’ve been blogging, I find it most amusing to read snarky comments from liberal readers who ask why didn’t we protest the then-President’s bloated budgets.  Well, we didn’t take to the streets as we did on Wednesday.  And maybe we should have organized such protests.  But, we did take Republicans to task for losing sight of their conservative fiscal principles.

So, I thought I’d offer a few posts with their dates of publication to show that we’ve been doing just that–even when our party was in power.

2008 Elections: The Republicans’ DUI (November 17, 2008)

DeLay’s 1994 Election as House GOP Whip: Harbinger of GOP’s 2006 Defeat (November 14, 2006)

2006 Elections — Ronald Reagan’s Vindication (November 10, 2006)

GOP’s Failure to Hold True to Conservative Principles Cost Party Its Majorities
(November 8, 2006)

Conservatism Still Ascendant even if Democrats Prevail (October 30, 2006)

2006; An Election, not a Realignment (October 23, 2006)

Wall Street Journal Blasts GOP (October 2, 2006)

Reagan on My Mind (August 3, 2006)

George W. Bush: Moderate (May 15, 2006)

Grading the President on Reagan’s Legacy (March 20, 2006)

*Partial listing.

Who’s Going to Clean up the Democrats’ Mess?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 10:00 am - April 17, 2009.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hailed the passage of his house’s version of the president’s budget as “‘a critical step’ in the direction of cleaning ‘up the mess we inherited.’”  Now, with the budget he’s passed, we risk creating an even greater mess than the one he “inherited” as this chart shows:

(Created by Washington Post via Heritage Foundation)

Now, I’m just curious.  Harry Reid was Senate Democratic Leader for the last four years of the Bush Administration.  For the four previous years (W’s first term), he was the Democratic Whip.  Did he ever use those positions to propose or otherwise promote budgets which held the line of federal spending.  If you have evidence, send me the links so I can update this post accordingly?

Since Mr. Reid mentioned the “mess” he inherited, after Wednesday’s Tea Parties, I got to wondering who’s going to clean up the Democrats’ mess should they enact the President’s budget?

Will they hope that a more Republican Congress might have to accede to their push for higher taxes, thus neutering the tax issue (to the benefit of the Democrats since rank-and-file Republicans stay home on election day when elected Republicans support higher taxes)?

How are we going to clean up this mess and start paying off the multi-trillion dollar deficits?

What Happens When You Slur “Tea Parties”

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 9:18 am - April 17, 2009.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites,New Media

CNN flops in ratings.

If you’re in the cable news business you fall behind what CNN reporter Susan Roesgen called the “right-wing, conservative Network” (FoxNews).  In fact, you fall so far behind that on the day of the protests, if you combined that “news” network’s Prime time numbers with those of another network which slurred the protests, MSNBC,”  you still wouldn’t equal the “right-wing” network’s numbers.  And heck, we’ll throw in Headline News (to the CNN and MSNBC side) for good measure.

A smart young blogger wonders if Ms. Roesgen is trying to replace Matthew Lesko, given how she confronted “a Chicago Tea Party protester and looks in the camera and says, “Did you know that the state of Illinois gets $15 billion in stimulus?” Guess the infomercial style is not conducive to ratings.

This blogger finds her reporting to be

. . . a symptom of a bigger issue: the extreme polarization of the media and it’s viewers. Encouraged by the rise of the internet and more choices, people are seeking out news they agree with on ideological lines. . . . 

This was happening to a lesser degree with cable news. FOX News filled a void for conservative-leaning networks when it launched in 1996 in a vastly liberal media environment. They have always leaned conservative, and the rest of the major news channels might have been somewhat liberal due to the media atmosphere as a whole, but not because they went out of their way to do so.

He suggests that CNN is tilting left “to win back some of MSNBC’s audience.”  This precocious college student is onto something.   So, just read his post to see why he believes this new tack isn’t working.

Thought Experiment for Jan Schakowsky
(And other Democrats Who Slur “Tea Party” Participants)

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:14 am - April 17, 2009.
Filed under: Liberal Intolerance,Tea Party

Imagine if a Republican Congressman lambasted rallies for a left-of-center cause, calling them “despicable” and “shameful.”  “Reporters” for the various organs of the MSM would report the story, editorialists would deand he apologize if not resign.  Democratic Congressmen and Senators would rush to the wells of their respective houses to decry his remarks.

Well, that’s how Illinois Democrat Jan Schakowsky referred to the 250,000-500,000 Americans from all walks of life who rallied yesterday to protest excessive government spending and the higher tax rates that eventually must follow:

The ‘tea parties’ being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs. . . .  It’s despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt.

Um, Ms. Schakowsky, we don’t believe that plan will create that many jobs.  Are you calling it “despicable” for us to express our opposition to this plan when we disagree with the President’s economic philosophy?

Let’s change the language a bit.  How would you, Ms. Schakowsky, react to a statement like this from 2004:

The anti-Iraq war protests being held today by groups of left-wing activists, and fueled by MSNBC and the DailyKos, are an effort to mislead the public about the Bush Administration’s plan to secure our nation, a plan which has already liberated 28 million people from tyranny.   It’s despicable that left-wing Democrats would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt.

Guess it’s only a political stunt when people with a diversity of political views* protest Democratic policies.  When they protest Republican policies, well then that dissent becomes patriotic.

Ms. Shakowsky, you need to apologize.  If not, those on the right who believe that Democrats in our nation’s capital hold Americans outside urban and coastal areas in great contempt will have further evidence to justify their prejudiced view of your party.

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*There were more than just right-wing Republicns there, there were hardcore libertarians and left-wing independents at the rally in Santa Monica.  But, I guess to Ms. Shakowsky, they can only be right-wing Republicans because only such extremists would protest Democratic policies.