HOLY MATRIMONY, BATMAN!
Theyre here, theyre married queers, get used to it. Plus: a Makeover in
the Whitehouse, Why are Deaniacs so damn ignorant? And More.
Bush would rather be called stupid than called, a liar
Have you heard about the Republican think tank that invented a robot so
lifelike it even sweats like a pig? White House Press secretary Robo-Scott
McClellen took it in the mechanical keester last Wednesday when the press
hammered him about the Presidents disavowal of the job-creation numbers in
his annual economic report.
The president originally predicted 2.6 million
new jobs by the end of 2004. Since growth in the American job market has
come to something like a grinding halt, that figure was pie-in-the-sky by
anyones estimation. But heres the crazy thing about it: This is not an
administration given to backing away from an overly optimistic
interpretations of the facts. Mission accomplished, anyone?
When asked repeatedly why the president wouldnt stand by his numbers
Secretary McClellan, the mouth without a conscious, eventually offered this
most revealing response yet, Let me be very clear here, he said. This
President is focused on what we are doing to create as robust an environment
as possible for job creation -- not in crunching numbers.
The last time we checked, the science of economics was largely about
crunching numbers. In fact, even the art of economics which, thanks to the
ENRON debacle, has fallen out of favor, is STILL all about crunching
numbers, if creatively. So what is old weeble-headed Robo-Scott saying here?
Has the president totally abandoned all traditional avenues of economics and
begun to explore the divine possibilities of faith-based economics?
[The President is] looking at the actual numbers that are coming in, the
actual numbers that are being created, Robo-Scott elaborates. Not too
reassuring in light of this administrations less-that-flattering
mathematical track record. Youve got to know that is the same Oops, I did
it again-bunch that keeps forgetting to factor the cost of our WARS abroad
into the national budget.
And they sure dont know diddly about predicting
job growth. Heck, in December of 2003 they predicted an increase of 150,000
to 200, 000 new jobs. Only 1000 jobs were created. Only 1000.
[The President is] looking to make sure we're doing everything we can to
keep our economy moving in the right direction and create more jobs,
Robo-Scott concludes. Hes still given no answer to the big question: What
job growth numbers will the President stand by?
But his message comes through loud and clear. This is a brand new George W. Bush we are dealing with. Going into this new election cycle the now-unpopular President must address his growing credibility problems. He can not, and will not stand by numbers that are not accurate in his admittedly uneducated opinion. He is not a liar. America wont reelect a liar. They might reelect an honest idiot, but not a goddamn liar.
The Queendom of FudgePackistan
Queer Eye of the Tiger,
Security Level: Pink
Or better still,
Middle America tells them damn gays, Go the hell back to where you came
In every dive bar in America you can hear some variation on this theme. You
can hear it tonight. This afternoon. No matter where you live you can
probably find some drunk at a bar watching CNN with the sound turned down.
Hes just reading the ticker, looking at the pretty pictures, drinking and
thinking. I aint against them gays, he says, and he means it. He doesnt
want anything to do with them gays, of course, and he just might have to
jack some gay-ass jaw if he ever caught one of them gay-ass-gays looking all
gay at his pecker and shit. But otherwise, hes down.
Still, you have got to draw the line some damn where, the old rummy
continues. Marriage is an institution that exists between a man and a
woman. Thats how its worked for centuries, and if it aint broke, dont
fix it, he says. Maybe he talks about the Bible. Maybe he doesnt. And if
theyve got to have something that gives them the same rights as married
couples, he declares at last, thats fine by me. But just dont try to
call it marriage.
I aint against them gays, he says, sucking down the dregs of his longneck
bottle. I swear to god I aint got no business in anybodies bedroom but my
own. But you just got to draw the line some damn where. Youve got to draw
the goddamn line.
This is not the voice of winger. Its Joe Democrat. A blue-collar guy, most
likely, but maybe not. He sure doesnt read The New Yorker, or Vanity Fair.
Hes a little more progressive than his neighbor, but that guy paints
himself up like an American flag and goes out screaming obscenities at
foreign cars with an Anybody but Bush bumper sticker. So that doesnt mean
a whole helluva lot.
His, I am sad to report, is the general sentiment of
Middle America as supported by various national polls. Even as gays are
finally making their big break into mainstream culture, the new Jim Crowe
laws are being constructed. If gay marriage is banned by way of an amendment
to the United States Constitution, homosexuals will thereafter be recognized
by our legal system as a class of people who are separate, but equal. And
perhaps not even equal. The public record will show that a significant
majority of the American people, Democrat and Republican alike thought that
this was a pretty good thing, in the be-all. But dont start folding up that
Rainbow flag just yet.
A Gallup poll from 1958 shows that 94 to 96% of all white people were
opposed to interracial marriage. The poll was conducted the same year
Richard Loving, a honky, was arrested for marrying the no-account darkie
Mildred Jeter. The felony charge carried a five-year sentence, and the
Virginia court found that Loving and Jeeters marriage was indeed a crime,
not only against the state, but also against nature.
Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, the verdict read. He placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his
arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The facts that he
separated the races show that he did not intend for the races to mix.
According to the Gallup poll, the American people thought this was probably
a good thing. Is any of this starting to sound familiar?
Nine years after their arrest, the Supreme Court ruled in Loving vs.
Virginia, that laws against interracial marriage were unconstitutional. The
world didnt end. Civilization didnt crumble. God didnt visit plagues down
on his chosen white people. And everybody who wasnt certifiably nuts to
begin with got over it. Eventually, anyway.
Now we are looking at 1958 all over again. Only this year, 2004, is an
election year. Gay marriage, which strikes a sour chord with not only the
religious Right, but also the religious Center, is shaping up to be a big
campaign issue in the Presidential election. No doubt the G.O.P. hopes it
will become a wedge issue, shifting the focus off of Bushs problems in
Iraq, and away from the sluggish American economy. They hope it will fire up
the Presidents conservative base, and win over Soccer moms and
swing-voters. Liberals are wringing their hands because they know there are
plenty of Democrats who balk at the combination of the words, gay, and
marriage. The libs fear that this issue could blow up in their face, erode
their base, and give George W. Bush four more years in the White House. Both
groups are wrong.
The only Americans who really care what is going on in their neighbors
bedrooms are going to vote for the party of John Ashcroft no matter what.
And since that giant creep even gives a lot of old-school Republicans the
heebie-jeebies, you can pretty much assume that this aforementioned group,
while sizeable, is not the majority. Most folks know, or at least senses
that that gay marriage will have no real impact on the way they live their
lives. It may impact the way they vote, but they arent sure.
They know that the availability of jobs in America, does impact their lives. They know that not getting a raise for four years, while watching bills soar affects their
lives. They know that underfunded education programs affect their childrens
lives far more than the marriage of Adam and Steve. If anything, the gay
marriage movement is a big burst of love and sunshine in an otherwise gloomy
world where old AWOL soldiers send young men to die for no good reasons at
all. Gay marriage is not a losing issue for the Democrats. And, in the end,
everybody loves a wedding. I said, in the end.
Are the Deaniacs losing their freaking minds?
When he bowed out of the Democratic primary net-roots candidate Howard Dean
encouraged his base to throw their support behind the eventual nominee.
Since then, a number of his loyal followers have written in to various
websites claiming that they couldnt stomach the idea of voting for Kerry.
Because, you know, when you compare Bush to Kerry, theres really not much
of a difference, right?
Faulty (Environmental) Intelligence
The Bush Administration dirties North Dakota skies, George Tenant
unavailable for comment
Wow, the state of North Dakota, which has been battling the EPA since
1999 over the poor air quality around Theodore Roosevelt National has
reduced its pollution levels significantly. Well, they have reduced levels
enough that The E.P.A. under the Bush Administration has given the go-ahead
to build a new coal burning electrical plant just spitting distance from the
park where President Roosevelt, stunned by the majestic, unspoiled landscape
dedicated himself to a life to conservationism. And how exactly has North
Dakota worked this air cleaning miracle? Have they developed new
coal-burning technologies that reduce toxic emissions? No, they have not.
Have they developed filters that catch the toxins before they can
contaminate the environment? No again. In fact, being quite unable to reduce
the level of pollution in any measurable way, North Dakota was given the
go-ahead by the EPA to change the way in which they estimate the level of
air pollution in the park. Genius!
This is a classic example of how the Bush Administration works on all
fronts. If you don t like the intelligence you are presented with change it.
And if you can t change the intelligence, change the way you read it. Create
formulas after-the-fact that validate your results. That s how America got
into Iraq. That s how America got saddled with its biggest national debt in
history. That s how North Dakota got a new coal burning electrical facility.
In related news, President George W. Bush plans to market a new ruler
designed specifically for measuring the penis. It is said that this new
ruler is guaranteed to add inches without the aid of pills, creams, or
exercise. The administration does not promise that the increased inches will
make your package look better in a flight suit. That is, of course, between
you and the flight suit.
Break In 2: Electric Boogaloo
Remember memogate, that little tempest-in-a-teacup wherein Senate
Republicans hacked Democratic computers and gained access to thousands of
files, perhaps illegally? Well its about to bloom into a Watergate-sized
The bi-partisan Senate judiciary committee is in agreement: it appears a
crime or two has been committed and a broader investigation should commence.
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) made his point clear: "Conservatives who
offer justification for this based on politics have missed the boat."
As a conservative, Graham added, referring to the theft of Democratic
documents, it runs against my philosophy of what the law is all about."
Last week, Republican Senators who had received a special briefing from
Senate Sergeant at Arms Bill Pickle held an intense meeting with various
conservative groups. The abbreviated message: Dont attack the Senate
investigation; youll regret your position when the results of the probe are
public. Thats coming from the REPUBLICANS.
Heres what we know: Democratic computers were hacked by GOP staffers. We
know that thousands of documents, some containing information on judicial
nominees was stolen. We know that Republican staffers leaked the contents of
some memos to the conservative press. We may assume from the Senate
Judiciary Committees actions that at least some of the hacked information
was openly shared, and used for political advantage. The obvious question:
Who knew what, and when did they know it?
Depending on how the stolen information was attained, disseminated and used
this could end up being the kind of crime you have to map with a flowchart,
just to keep all the players straight.