When volunteers of Equality California arrived at their office Thursday evening, they found a noose tied to their front door. They immediately called the police, but instead of help, were told “sometimes you just have to live with being a victim.”
Fuck no. No, no, no, no. This is absolutely wrong. I imagine the officer would have taken it seriously had it been on the door to the NAACP’s office. This is sick.
“I don’t care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time—and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones—I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.”—
“This is evidence of one-party rule and one-sided thinking at NPR that leads to enforced ideology, speech and writing. It leads to people, especially journalists, being sent to the gulag for raising the wrong questions and displaying independence of thought.”—
Juan Williams, writing on Fox News about his firing and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Comrade Neil Patrick Harris and Comrade Elmo celebrate after sending Juan Williams to the Fox News gulag where he received a contract for $20 million for his commentary.
There she was, thrown to the pavement by a Republican in a checkered shirt. Another Republican thrusts his foot in between her legs and presses down with all his weight to pin her to the curb. Then a Republican leader comes over and viciously stomps on her head with his foot. You hear her glasses crunch under the pressure. Holding her head down with his foot, he applies more force so she can’t move. Her skull and brain are now suffering a concussion.
The young woman’s name is Lauren Valle, but she is really all of us. For come this Tuesday, the right wing — and the wealthy who back them — plan to take their collective boot and bring it down hard on not just the head of Barack Obama but on the heads of everyone they simply don’t like.
Teachers union? The boot!
Muslim-looking people? The boot!
Thinking of retiring soon? The boot!
Living in a house you can no longer afford? The boot!
Doing a bit better with your minimum wage? The boot!
Stem cell research, the bullet train, reversing global warming? Ha! The boot for all of you!
What? You like your kids being covered by your health plan ‘til they’re 26? The boot for them and the boot for you!
In love with someone of your own gender? A double boot up the ass for every single one of you sick SOBs!
Hoping there’s a few jobs left here in the U.S. when you graduate? How ‘bout just a nice boot to your head instead?
And most importantly, the last boot is saved for the black man who probably wasn’t born here, definitely isn’t a Christian and possibly might be the Antichrist sent here to oversee the destruction of our very way of life. A boot to your head, Obama-devil!
Yes, one big boot is poised to stomp out whatever hopey-changey thing we might have had two years ago and secure this country in the hands of the oligarchs and the culture police.
And if they win on Tuesday, they plan to show no mercy. They will not speak of bipartisanship or olive branches or tolerate any filibuster threats. They will come in and do the job with a mandate they’ll perceive the electorate will have given them. They will not fart around for two years like the Democrats did. They will not “search for compromise” or “find middle ground.” They will not meet you halfway on the playing field. They know that touchdowns aren’t scored at the 50-yard line. Unlike our guys, they’re not stupid or spineless.
Make no mistake about it, my friends. A perfect storm has gathered of racists, homophobes, corporatists and born agains and they are on fire. Two years of a black man who secretly holds socialist beliefs being the boss of them is more than they can stomach. They’ve been sick to death since the night of 11/04/08 and they are ready to purge. They won’t need a rope and tree this time to effect the change they seek (why bother when a nice shoe on another’s skull will do just fine, thank you).
They simply need to get their base to the polls (done), convince enough people Obama is responsible for the fact they don’t have a job or a secure home (done), and then hope enough of us Obama-voters are so frustrated, disappointed and downright mad at the Dems (done) that we’ll either stay home Tuesday or, if we vote, we won’t be carpooling with 10 others to the polls.
Done? Or not?
These Republicans mean business. Their boots are all shined and ready. But they’ve got one huge problem:
Too bad the majority party has done precious little to bring about the change for which the majority voted. Yes, change takes time. But try telling that to someone who hasn’t worked in two years. Or who hears the knock of the foreclosure sheriff at the door. The booted-up minority knows how to make hay in a situation like this. All they need is us, the disappointed, dismayed, disgusted us.
What say you? Stay home and punish the weak-kneed, sell-out Democrats? Or spend every free moment you have between now and Tuesday trying to protect what little progress has been made so we can live to fight another day (even if it is with “allies” like a Democratic Party that will more than likely still not get the message of what they need to do — and has, in fact, spent much of the past two years giving progressives the boot)? Perhaps our job, post-election, is to provide a gentle but swift boot in the bee-hind of the party whose mascot is an ass.
Right now, we’ve got 112 hours. Seems like enough.
"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever." - George Orwell, 1984
A disturbingly graphic political ad is airing on local stations in Washington D.C. this week - and stations are telling viewers there’s nothing they can do to prevent it.
The ad, calling for an end to abortion, apparently shows bloody and dismembered fetuses, and has been airing over the past few days in the nation’s capital, including during afternoon and early-evening time slots, when children are likely to be watching.
But according to spokespersons for several of the broadcasters, they are required by law to carry the ads unaltered.
Authorities in Essex County, New Jersey have arrested one man in the brutal September 12 murder of Victoria Carmen White, a professional lingerie model and transgender woman. Twenty-five-year-old Marquise Foster turned himself in on Saturday night. Foster is charged with murder and bail was set at $1 million, reports the Star Ledger.
Police are still looking for the second suspect, 23-year-old Alrashim Chambers of Newark. Authorities say Foster and Chambers met White at an Irvington nightclub on September 12. Only hours later, White was shot multiple times inside a Maplewood apartment.
28-year-old White legally changed her name to Victoria Carmen after undergoing sex reassignment surgery nine years ago. Authorities suspect her killers may have discovered this and killed her in anger. And: When police released a statement about White’s murder in September, they deliberately referred to her birth name and used masculine pronouns.
Meanwhile: Police are investiating a separate March 15 Maplewood homicide as a bias-related attack related to the victim’s sexual orientation. Twenty-seven-year-old Arthur Downey, a Black gay man who lived in Maplewood, met his alleged killer the night he was slain on a telephone chat service. The suspect, 30-year-old John Staten of Orange, was finally arrested last week. “Staten [is] charged with murder, felony murder, burglary and weapons offenses,” reports the Star Ledger. “He is being held at the Essex County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.”
Most ridiculous interpretation of marriage EVER. Sadly, this was the version I was originally taught. Thank Allah this is not the version of Islam I adhere to anymore. As an ex-Deobandi-pupil, I’m going to say the Deobandi school of Islamic thought should be eliminated or at least reformed to save people from absurd situations like this. Deobandi Islam made me hate myself for being a woman. Everything below is complete garbage.
LUCKNOW: Talaq is no joke. An e-savvy Qatar resident learnt this the hard way when he typed talaq thrice while chatting with his wife on Skype. He says he did not mean it but Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband has ruled that his nikah stands terminated.
That’s not all. For his careless ‘chat’, the man can remarry his divorced wife only after halaala, a practice under which the woman has to marry and divorce another man before she can marry her previous husband again.
Deoband’s fatwa section — Dar-ul-Ifta (DuI) — recently received a written request from Qatar, seeking a fatwa on a rather amusing situation. The youth stated that he was recently chatting with his wife on Skype when he typed the word ‘talaq’ three times, though he did not mean it and asked if his nikah was still valid.
Dar-ul-Ifta shot back that the nikah stands terminated. “When you pronounce talaq three times, it means talaq has taken place, and it does not matter whether the woman has reciprocated or not. Your wife has become ‘haraam’ for you whether you are aware of the commandment of Islam or not. You neither have the right to take her back nor solemnise new nikah with her without a valid ‘halaala’. After the completion of ‘iddah’ (iddat) period, the woman can marry where she wishes except you,” the seminary said.
As per senior Islamic scholars, ‘halaala’ requires the woman to complete her iddat period of 40 days beginning immediately after talaq. During this period she is supposed to stay away from celebrations and socialising.
At the end of iddat, she would have to marry another man who should then divorce her. She will be required to go through another round of iddat only then would she be eligible to marry her “first husband”.
Huh. I had heard of this before and I didn’t realize how stringently this law was practiced or the actual process. I learn something new everyday…
I wonder what would happen to the neo-conservatives in America if divorce, even joking about it, was as serious. That said, the Deobandi school of Islamic thought reminds me of the reconstructionist and dominionism movement in Christianity, where women are supposed to submit and America must be a Christian nation governed by a very strict interpretation of biblical principles.