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Why this need to manufacture anti-gay hate?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:57 pm - July 5, 2012.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok,Random Thoughts

How quick some gay activists (and even the head of the Human Rights Campaign as per an August 15, 2011 letter from its then-president) are to label critics of the “equality” agenda as “hateful.”  Instead of calling opponents of state recognition of same-sex marriage just that, opponents of same-sex marriage, they have to call them H8ers.

It does seem gay activists readily label their ideological adversaries as haters — and gay conservatives as “self-hating.”  They do like to bandy the slur “hate” about.

Now, we see something worse than this art of name-calling.  Another lesbian has been caught staging an anti-gay hate speech:

A lesbian student has been kicked out of college and arrested after it emerged she was behind a string of anti-gay messages slipped under her dorm room door, police said.

After the notes were found in Alexandra Pennell’s room at Central Connecticut State University in March, hundreds came out in support of the student at a campus rally against hate crimes.

But when police hid a camera along the hallway outside her room, they allegedly caught her leaving the notes herself – and she admitted she had written them to get the attention of her roommate.

About six weeks ago, a lesbian couple in Colorado who had “claimed they were victims of a hate crime [were] arrested after police determined they staged the incidents.

Now, the question, are the two phenomena linked, the readiness to label opponents of the gay groups’ agenda “haters” and the staging of this anti-gay hate speech?

NB:  Please note the inclusion of this article in the “Random Thoughts” category; (more…)

So Obama’s campaign thinks Obamacare is unconstitutional?

What else can you conclude from reading this headline:  Obama Campaign Disagrees With Supreme Court’s Health Care Ruling?  Guess they really don’t want to admit what the Chief Justice did in upholding the unpopular law nor what the administration’s own Solicitor General said (at 3:00 below):

It wasn’t just Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. In his oral arguments, that Obama appointee cited Democratic Senator Max Baucus, the bill’s “floor sponsor” who “defended it as an exercise of the taxing power“. (Via Hot Air.)

Without the Chief Justice’s vote finding that the health care mandate constitutional through the charter’s taxing power, there would not have been five votes to uphold the law.

Interesting how the president’s advisors and campaign defenders recognize just how toxic even talk of tax increases can be.  Yet, they still want to increase the size and scope of the federal government while insisting that the better part of the American people won’t have to pay for the goodies they’re bestowing.

(More on this anon (I hope); Steven Hayward does a good job of addressing the issue here.)

Um, Yahoo!, Obama was first to buy ads during the Olympics

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:07 pm - July 5, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Media Bias

Following the top story, seems the editors at Yahoo! are trying to spin the news in favor of Mr. Obama and against Mr. Romney:


The fourth headline caught my eye.  And sure enough, the article makes it appear that the Romney-supporting super PAC is politicizing the Olympics:

And you thought the Olympic Games would be politics-free.

Restore Our Future, a super PAC supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, announced a $7.2 million campaign Thursday that will run ads in 11 states during the Olympic Games in London.

Chris Moody Yahoo! News’s correspondent doesn’t mention the Obama campaign. Perhaps, instead of being so eager to slam the Republican for politicizing the Olympics, he should have done some research. On Friday, June 29 (that’s six days ago), Reid Wilson reported in the National Journal that “there’s no sign of plans for much of a summer break” in the presidential campaign: “The Obama campaign has purchased $5.1 million in ads to be broadcast on NBC networks during the Olympic Games between July 27 and Aug. 12.”

Must have missed that Yahoo! headline on the Obama campaign ad buy last week.  Seems the Obama folks were the first to inject politics into the Olympics.

(In another Yahoo! article, not linked on its home page, Shushannah Walshe of ABC OTUS News did report that “The Obama campaign announced last week a $5.5 million ad buy during the games, according to the New York Times.”)

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Cy finds it “kinda sad when I can’t even get outraged at the double standards anymore. It’s even sadder when there are people who actually don’t see it.”

To HRC on Dan Savage: Two Weeks of Silence, Will You Speak Up?

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), an outfit which bills itself as the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization should called on sex columnist and creator of the “It Gets Better” video project Dan Savage to come out against the kind of anti-LGBT bullying and name-calling sadly typified by his tweet two weeks ago. Willow Palin deleted her Facebook page (on which she had used the same slur Savage did) and Bristol Palin has apologized for that type of behavior, but Dan Savage has neither deleted his tweet nor apologized.

Sarah Palin’s daughter seems to know when an apology is in order, why doesn’t she?” said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz. “As an adult gay man,” added another gay man in the spirit of Sainz’s commentary, “Savage should know not to make such hateful remarks, particularly in this cyber age. Anti-LGBT bullying needs to stop and Dan Savage should be a part of making that happen.”

According to media accounts, a gay conservative group, GOProud, endorsed presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney even while disagreeing with him on some issues. That prompted Savage to respond by saying, “The GOP’s house faggots grab their ankles, right on cue [sic]”.

That language is unacceptable. Over the past year a number of teenagers have taken their own lives after being the victims of anti-gay bullying or harassment by other teenagers. Mr. Savage himself has drawn attention to such suicides with his “It Gets better Videos.”  He thus seems aware that words hurt.  And still he has spoken as he had.

Given his recent tweet, Savage now has a prime opportunity to give the nation’s children — indeed to give all Americans — a lesson in tolerance – to let them know it is wrong to use such hateful language, but has so far remained silent. (more…)

The negative tone of the Obama-supporting SuperPACs

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:07 pm - July 5, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Obama Hopenchange

In his piece this morning in the National Review, Jim Geraghty takes on another media narrative, that of the supposed “Republican advantage in super-PAC spending”. Seems the president’s allies are outspending their adversaries’. And they’re doing it by attack the presumptive Republican nominee, not promoting the Democrat:

What’s more, the advertising and other efforts by Obama’s allies have been relentlessly negative. Every expenditure by every independent group must be filed with the FEC (usually within a matter of days) and must be classified as in support of or in opposition to a particular candidate. The amounts range from millions of dollars for advertising campaigns to $12.50 for “staff time” spent on a press release or e-mail to support or oppose a candidate. Overall, in addition to the $35.3 million and $9 million mentioned above, independent groups have spent $7.7 million on ads and efforts classified as in support of Romney, while they spent only $961,854.62 in support of Obama.

. . . .

In fact, the president’s allies run the single biggest-spending and most negative super PAC of all: Priorities USA Action, founded by Obama’s former deputy White House press secretary, Bill Burton; Sean Sweeney, the former chief of staff to Rahm Emanuel; and Harold Ickes, who was deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. This super PAC has spent $13.5 million in opposition to Romney so far, outspending all the super-PAC efforts opposing the president combined. While Priorities USA Action is often described as a “pro-Obama” super PAC in news coverage, it has yet to spend a single penny that it categorizes as “supporting” President Obama; all of its spending is classified as “opposing” Mitt Romney.

Emphasis added. Read the whole thing. Seems the Democrat has gone from hope and change to attack and distort.

Watcher of Weasels — Independence Edtion

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:43 am - July 5, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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