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The Book of Matt – and how myth is made (and unmade)

When President Obama signed a federal “hate crimes” law in 2009, many people at the time were calling it The Matthew Shepard Act. There was just one problem: The murder of Matthew Shepard, while horrible and grotesque, wasn’t a hate crime (i.e., crime of bias). It had nothing to do with anti-gay bias until after the fact, when it suited many persons’ interests to make it seem like it did.

Matthew Shepard was a methamphetamine addict – and possibly a small-time meth dealer/courier – who was well-acquainted with his chief killer, Aaron McKinney. “Well-acquainted” meaning that McKinney and Shepard had done meth together more than once, had conducted business as small-time meth dealers/couriers, and yes, had occasionally even had sex with each other.

It’s probable that Shepard didn’t know the other convicted killer: McKinney’s then-recent acquaintance, Russell Henderson. But there’s evidence that Henderson wasn’t homophobic and, on the night of the killing, may have even taken a knock from McKinney as Henderson spoke up for Shepard (against McKinney’s raging, meth-fueled violence). Which, if true, would make Henderson’s *murder* conviction unjust. (He would still deserve a lesser conviction as an accessory.)

Shepard’s killing was most likely a criminal-style ‘debt collection’ by McKinney that went wrong because McKinney was a troubled and cruel person coming off of a multi-day meth binge. So, who fabricated the myth of a hate crime perpetrated on Shepard by two homophobic total strangers, and why? It was a combination of personal and political interests.

  • McKinney’s higher-up meth connections wanted to remain hidden, and they would be able to kill McKinney (even in prison) if he squealed on them. Which meant: McKinney would desperately need to avoid naming them. Which meant: McKinney needed to hide his own meth dealings, and therefore, the true nature of his relationship with Shepard.
  • As a short, little guy (135 lb) headed for prison in the late 1990s, McKinney also needed to hide his own bisexuality. Which, again, meant: hiding the nature of his relationship with Shepard.
  • McKinney, his girlfriend and his lawyers all thought (at the time) that a “gay panic” defense, however unfaithful to reality, would be McKinney’s best shot at acquittal (or reduced charges).
  • Certain friends of Shepard may have also wanted to distract people from their, and Shepard’s, meth use and dealings.
  • Gay activist groups – ranging from GLAAD and HRC to what is now the Matthew Shepard Foundation – obviously gained benefits, both political and financial, from the myth.
  • The media gained a big “story”.
  • Once the public/media frenzy started over the (perceived) Shepard hate crime, Bill Clinton got involved in it – at least partly to try to blunt the impact of his Monica Lewinsky scandal. Shepard was attacked on 10/6/1998 and died on 10/12/1998 – roughly around the time Kenneth Starr released his reports and the House of Representatives opened its impeachment inquiry on Clinton.

All this, and more, is cited or documented in The Book of Matt, by Stephen Jiminez. It was published in 2013 and V the K posted on it. I had the book and recently, after talking with liberal friends who were still unaware of the revelations about Shepard, I finally read it.

Despite the horror of its subject, the book is a powerful work of investigative journalism. No such book can get everything right. But this one is readable, gripping, and honest about Jiminez’ own fears and doubts as he slowly comes to understand the falseness of the Shepard “hate crime” myth. The book weaves together a wealth of recollections and coherent detail from dozens of sources who knew Shepard or his dealings, including two of Shepard’s more important boyfriends. The book evaluates the credibility of its sources and, where that may be lacking, provides multiple sources for key claims. (more…)

And Now, Some Gay People Who Aren’t Terrible

Posted by V the K at 5:14 pm - November 7, 2014.
Filed under: Entrepreneurs,Gay America

Glenn Beck interviews from lesbians who disagree with the gay fascist left. [Edited for brevity and emphasis added to the really important bit that only a complete smeghead would disagree with.]

The lesbian couple are standing up for Christian t-shirt maker Blaine Adamson, who refused to print shirts for a gay pride festival because it compromised his values. Adamson has come under attack for his stance, but this couple supports him. The story is a microcosm for what should be happening in America as we navigate the way the world is changing.

“As a business owner, it struck a chord with me when I read the story, because I know how hard it is to build a business. You put your blood and your sweat and your tears into every bit of it. When I put myself in his place, I immediately felt like if that were to happen to us, I couldn’t create or print anti-gay T-shirts, you know, for a group. I couldn’t do it,” Kathy explained.

Diane added, “We feel this really isn’t a gay or straight issue. This is a human issue. No one really should be forced to do something against what they believe in. It’s as simple as that, and we feel likewise. If we were approached by an organization such as the Westboro Baptist Church, I highly doubt we would be doing business with them.”“Everybody votes with their dollars, you know?” Kathy said. “And why you would want to go with somebody who doesn’t agree with you, [when] there’s others who do agree with you, that’s who I want to do business with.”

Nice. If only all gay people were so tolerant and open-minded.

Who disapproves of homosexuality?

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has come out as the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

“Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” he wrote in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek.

Congratulations, Tim! And it’s great to see you acknowledge, along the way, how America has changed and become gay-positive over the last several decades:

The world has changed so much since I was a kid. America is moving toward marriage equality, and the public figures who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions and made our culture more tolerant…

Part of social progress is understanding that a person is not defined only by one’s sexuality, race, or gender.

Although it’s not so great, Tim, that you still couldn’t stop yourself from playing the Gay Victim card like a drama queen:

Being gay has given me…a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with…

…there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay…

I challenge GP’s readers to post in the comments, any examples of U.S. / State “laws on the books” that positively or specifically authorize “employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation.”

As for the bit about landlords and tenants: It’s also known as freedom of association, Tim. It’s a good thing because *you* get to have it as well; or at least you *should* get to have it (I am aware that the State of California unfortunately denies everyone that freedom).

All of this got me wondering: How do Americans compare to the rest of the world, in attitudes toward gays/homosexuality? Pew Research has the answer (hat tip, Zero Hedge):

Note how, in the above list of 40 countries for 2013, all of the Islamic or Muslim-majority countries were at 78% disapproval or higher (Egypt at 95%). Compared to 37% or much less, for the U.S. and Western Europe (Spain at 6%). Fascinating.

The Wedding Cake Fascists Are at it Again

Posted by V the K at 8:24 pm - August 12, 2014.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Marriage

Seems a couple of lesbians got their feelers hurt because a maker of wedding dresses declined to make dresses for them. Rather than do what sane and reasonable people would do (i.e. take their business somewhere where their money was welcome), they decided to attack and destroy the dressmaker for refusing to celebrate their lifestyle; because it has now become the social entitlement of all gay people to have their lifestyles and relationships praised and celebrated by everyone, with severe punishments for those who decline to cheer or even fail to clap loudly enough.

And in Florida, a clergyman is under attack by the Human Rights Campaign (it must be fundraising time again) for refusing to preside at the funeral of a gay man, which he says would be at odds with his religious beliefs. But, of course, gay people’s self-esteem and hurt feelings must trump anyone’s spiritual beliefs, right?

In the Conservatarian view, everyone should have the right to shop wherever they want. BUT, shopkeepers (business owners) should have an equal right to choose not to do business with those they don’t want to do business with.  Some customers will be disappointed, but that situation is preferable to tyranny; and there will always be other businesses for them to patronize.

The liberal/left/progressive view is this: “You will do what we tell you to do or we will use the power of the State to ruin your business and destroy you personally.”

I strongly feel the clergyman (if the story is accurate and there’s no guarantee it is) is wrong to refuse to perform the service, and I would think it would go against whatever vows or covenants he may have made. But as an individual, I respect his right to refuse to be in servitude to someone else against his will. Because I love freedom that much.

Hat Tip: Steve on the Bridezilla Lesbians

Tony Dungy Fails to Extravagantly Praise Gay Football Player; Lefties Attack

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy recently did the worst thing you can do in Obama’s America: He made a commonsense statement that accurately reflected reality.

“I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.

Predictably, the left responded with hate, outrage, and f-word-laced commentary.

Tony Dungy didn’t say anything about Michael Sam’s sexuality; just that the media circus surrounding him wad disruptive and that the symbol he represented to the gay activist left would make it impossible to treat him like any other player.

And, by going absolutely nanners because Dungy didn’t say Michael Sam is the greatest athlete ever … the left is pretty much proving Dungy right.

3%

Posted by V the K at 12:16 pm - July 15, 2014.
Filed under: Gay America

According to Right Wing Homophobic Zealots the Centers for Disease Control, teh gheys make up <3% of the American populace.

Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation.

The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual.

And yet, society must be completely restructured, traditional institutions abolished and civil liberties tossed in the rubbish bin in order accommodate this <3%.

No, Gay Lefties, Hobby Lobby Is not Stoning Gay People to Death

Posted by V the K at 9:47 am - July 4, 2014.
Filed under: Gay America

Daily Currant published a story, “Managers at a Hobby Lobby store in Arkansas stoned to death an employee today for being gay.” And apparently, a lot of idiot lefties thought it was a real thing. [Link here, but warning, if you click it, there is an incredibly obnoxious autoplay commercial embedded in the site.]

“I think the big question here is… Who gave them the right to judge anyone that is only god’s right people!!!” one person said.

Added another: “That is still murder i dont care what your reglion is so people can kill other people and just says my reglion told me to do it.”

IIRC, Daily Currant was also where the story about Mitt Romney seeking to outlaw tampons got started. But considering this is exactly what their political masters on the left condition them to believe … that conservative Christians really do want to oppress women and kill all the gays… they can’t be blamed entirely.

But they can be blamed mostly for being idiotic enough to believe this garbage.

Reactions to the Gay Whopper [Viddy]

Posted by V the K at 2:40 pm - July 3, 2014.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Culture

I’m not sure whether it’s gay thing or a San Francisco thing, but either way, I feel like there is no reason to be proud to be associated with any of these people.

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And just by the way, we are *not* “all the same on the inside,” whatever that means.

Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers

Do you think Burger King would ever release a “Second Amendment Whopper,” or a “Choose Life Whopper?” I am guessing… not.

Burger King Selling Gay Whopper

Posted by V the K at 10:56 pm - July 1, 2014.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Culture

Remind me again how gays are shamefully oppressed in our culture and have to hide because there is no support for their lifestyle choices.

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Update: That Gay Burger King Whopper thing reminds Ace of a time when people used to joke about such things.

Gay Pride Parade’s Tasteful JFK Tribute

Posted by V the K at 8:47 am - July 1, 2014.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Culture

Does anyone know where this was taken? I feel like it may have crossed a line.

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Rural 1950′s Father Didn’t Beat His Gay Son to Death

Posted by V the K at 5:43 pm - June 29, 2014.
Filed under: Gay America

I often think that maybe the by-gone eras lefties mock derisively and constantly shriek that Republicans want to return us to… really weren’t the non-stop horror show the left makes them out to be.

In the 1950s in rural Washington, a teenage boy learned an important lesson about self-acceptance. Patrick Haggerty, now 70, didn’t know he was gay at the time, but says his father knew what direction he was headed. …

“Now, I’m gonna tell you something today, and you might not know what to think of it now, but you’re gonna remember when you’re a full-grown man: Don’t sneak. Because if you sneak, like you did today, it means you think you’re doing the wrong thing. And if you run around spending your whole life thinking that you’re doing the wrong thing, then you’ll ruin your immortal soul.”

“And out of all the things a father in 1959 could have told his gay son, my father tells me to be proud of myself and not sneak,” Haggerty says.

CNBC Outs Apple CEO?

Posted by V the K at 10:13 pm - June 27, 2014.
Filed under: Gay America

Oh, my

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This Should Stir the Pot a Bit

Posted by V the K at 3:12 pm - June 10, 2014.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Culture

John Hawkins at Town Hall (yeah, Town Hall, set Ad Blockers to Maximum) has a piece called “5 Truths You’re Not Allowed To Say About Gays In America.” Which seems like a topic with some potential to evoke discourse. So, here are the short versions:

  1. You can’t change your gender.
  2. Some people do choose to be gay.
  3. Conversion therapy is a good thing if people want it.
  4. Gay bullies have become commonplace in America.
  5. Gay scoutmasters would be more likely to molest Boy Scouts.

Let’s see. 1. I guess that depends on the meaning of “change” and “gender.” 2. Well, obviously, remember Anne Heche? 3. I would say “can be” rather than “is.” 4. Well, duh, using power to harass and humiliate those who don’t have power is the very definition of bullying and power is what the gay activist left is all about. 5. At a literal level this is true; he’s not saying it’s inevitable that a gay scoutmaster would molest a Boy Scout, but there is certainly a higher likelihood of it that with a scoutmaster who’s not into dudes at all.

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Ex-CNN Employee Claims He Was Fired for Being Gay

Posted by V the K at 9:05 am - May 23, 2014.
Filed under: Gay America

CNN — home of very silly gay reporter Chris Lemon — claims the network fired him for being gay, and he is suing for $60 Million.

A former CNN employee claims he was fired because he’s gay and wore bright colors and mariachi outfits to work that were deemed “too flamboyant,” according to a $60 million discrimination lawsuit.

William Kane, who started working at CNN in 2002, claims nobody at the news network ever informed him of a dress code or complained about the hot pink designer shirt he wore in his employee ID photo. Nor did he get any guff for the bright red track jacket, neon green soccer jersey or yellow track suit, with matching shoes and hat, that he wore at other times.

Come on, I’ve been known to go out in public wearing a Red Wings jersey and Bermuda shorts, and even I know those are fashion no-no’s. Is it possible they fired him because his outfits were causing epileptics to have seizures?

Not like Mr. Kane is a major drama queen or anything.

“I feel like the Rosa Parks of CNN.”

Nope, not delusional at all.

Obama Administration Ignores Armed Forces Day; Panders to LGBT Instead

Posted by V the K at 11:29 pm - May 17, 2014.
Filed under: Gay America

Saturday was Armed Forces Day. But instead of expressing gratitude to the men and women who serve in uniform, the Obama Administration chose to honor ‘Pander to Gay Victimhood Day,’ a.k.a. ‘International Day Against Homophobia Or Transphobia.’ In addition to the Administration’s usual policy tools of Tweets and #Hashtags, U.S. Embassy in non-Muslim countries were instructed to raise rainbow flags in gratitude to wealthy gays and lesbians who donate so generously to the Democrat Party.

Meanwhile, George W. Bush attended a ceremony recognizing Medal of Honor Recipients.

Gay Horse Owners Denied “Michael Sam moment”

Posted by V the K at 8:25 pm - May 17, 2014.
Filed under: Gay America

Kid Cruz did not win the Preakness; which spared America the sight of the two middle-aged gay dudes who own the horse going all Michael Sam in the winner’s circle.

Brandt, 56, and Boylan, 57, who live in St. Pete Beach, Fla., are partners in Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds, a small stable. They married in Washington, D.C., in 2010 after a long relationship.

“I thought. ‘Well, I don’t know what I’m going to do if we win. I might kiss him, and the cameras will be there, and we’ll have our own Michael Sam moment. I can only hope.’ ”

Oprah Making Documentary on the Most Important Figure of the 21st Century

Posted by V the K at 8:19 am - May 15, 2014.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay PC Silliness

Oh, Good Lord,

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network announced Wednesday it’s creating a docuseries that will follow Michael Sam, the first openly gay man drafted to the National Football League, as he starts his career with the St. Louis Rams.

“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” said Winfrey.

All because of his awesome achievement of being gay.

Do you think he’ll be Time’s Person of the Year? Nobel Peace Prize, maybe? They’ve been given away for less.

GLAAD Are Just Terrible People

Fresh from its “victory” over Duck Dynasty, the Fascist, Christian-Hating Bully-Boys and Bully-Womyn of GLAAD successfully threatened and intimidated old comedian Bob Newhart into canceling a scheduled appearance for a group of Catholic Businessmen. Ace comments:

GLAAD demands that Christians (fundmentalists, Catholics, those who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible) renounce a core part of their selves in order to join polite society. If they refuse, they will be excluded from society, by use of social pressure to harass, insult, humiliate, ostracize, and economically marginalize those Christians who do not fall into line.

Is GLAAD’s position so weak, so intellectually indefensible, that it cannot prevail in reasoned debate, and therefore all opposition must be bullied into silence? This is how America becomes divided and balkanized; because groups like GLAAD make civil disagreement impossible. “I disagree with what you say, but I will fight for our right to say it,” has become, “I disagree with what you say, and I will fight to see that you lose your job for saying it.”

And some will say, “Well, it’s all right, because the Government isn’t doing it, it’s just a private group.” No, it’s just technically legal for a private group to do it, that doesn’t make it right. The end result is a divided nation where civil debate is impossible.

Democrats Think in Stereotypes

Imagine if an Obamacare Advocacy Group (i.e., liberal Democrats) put out an ad promoting Obamacare to blacks that featured black men and women eating fried chicken and watermelon while singing a hymn to Obamacare set to the tune of “Camptown Races.”

Imagine if an Obamacare Advocacy Group put out an ad promoting Obamacare to Hispanics that featured Hispanic men and women driving around in low-riders and picking lettuce while singing a hymn to Obamacare set to the tune of “La Cucaracha.”

Now, with those thoughts in mind, ponder this ad put together by an Obamacare advocacy group to promote Obamacare to Teh Gheys.

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Hipster in a Onesie – The New Face of Obamacare

Posted by V the K at 9:08 am - December 18, 2013.
Filed under: Era of Obamacare,Gay America

Sorry, fellas. He’s taken.

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The Federalist has a hilarious rundown of the mockery this latest Obamacare Propaganda inspired. My personal favorite after the break:

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