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That, friends, was the first Grammy awards show in years that was worth watching. Hoo boy, somebody must have grown a pair, and allowed some artists to take some risks for a damned change. From Steven Tyler singing Smokey Robinson in front of Smokey Robinson, to Taylor Swift bleeding all over the piano, to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ stinging bitch-slap to the major labels, some truly excellent moments occurred. Note to awards show producers near and far: safe sucks, risk rocks. Learn from this telecast.

But the best part wasn’t purely musical: it was the mass marriage of straight, LGBT, and multi-racial couples at the 2/3 mark of the broadcast. A good rap/gospel mashup number set up the ceremony, and the rap itself was a huge thumb in the eye to all the homophobes who are such an affliction on society.

There were some awesome musical moments, too: Nelson, Haggard, Kristofferson, and Shelton laid out a reminder of what country music used to be before it turned into classic rock sung through nasal cavities; Metallica with a classical pianist; and Imagine Dragons with a helluva hip hop artist, totally melting down the stage; those were just a few of the great musical moments of a rarely-watchable awards show. But it’s not what everyone will be talking about this morning.

And that’s a good thing, overall. Music isn’t just ear candy, you know: it’s part of the zeitgeist, and is as much influenced by as it is influential within it. Last night a few thousand music industry professionals, some of them pretty damned influential, all spoke with one voice. And what that voice said was:”up yours” to the regressive, repressive, and hate-ridden “Christian Conservative” community that wants us all to party like it’s 1499.

The courts, the people, and society as a whole are moving towards a rational, sane, and Constitutional policy on marriage equality. The Grammys added their considerable weight to the discussion, and it’s gonna be a fun week as the “Republicans”, Wingnuts, and Fundies go into full freakout mode, blathering, bullying, lying, shrieking, and generally acting like they can still bluster their way to victory.

That worked for a while, when the majority of the country tried to be civilized when dealing with these Repub barbarians. But people are getting tired of that losing approach. Last night, we saw what happens when we stand up for what is right: great art, great television, good politics, and oh yeah, a ton of money got made, all while serving the greater good and defending our Constitutional freedoms.

In your face, Fundies. In your face while dancing. In your face while we turn the volume up. Because you were right, back in the 50’s and 60’s: rock music IS revolutionary, and it WILL destroy your hateful, bigoted, backwards, hypocritical, lying society. In your face, boyo, because that is a very good thing.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

The Democratic candidate won the Virginia Attorney General’s contest last fall by 163 votes, out of 2.2 million ballots cast. That means if a couple hundred Dems had stayed home, or a couple hundred more Repubs hadn’t, the “Republican” candidate would have won. Such a teeny tiny number of people deciding to vote made all the difference.

And because of those few extra Dems, gay marriage will soon be legal in Virginia. (Marriage Equality is a better term, so we will roll with it henceforth.) That is because new AG Mark Herring will fight to get rid of Virginia’s anti-equality law. You read that right: the new AG says the state’s marriage law is unconstitutional.

So tell us again that your vote doesn’t matter, please, do tell. Whether you are a Big Government Repub who wants the the State to monitor your bedroom activities, or a Small Government Dem who thinks that you have a right to privacy, your vote counts. Your individual vote counts. Your choices matter, especially when you choose to vote or not vote.

And because a very small number of freedom-loving people chose to get out and vote last November, Virginia will soon have more freedom for its dwellers than it does today. Marriage Equality is on the way in that state. You need no more proof, Gentle Reader: your vote matters.

So get the f*** out there and vote in the next election, so you can have the government you want. The freedom you save will very likely be your own.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

As we all know by now, Duck Daddy Phil Robertson loves him some Leviticus 18:22 (that is the bit about gays being icky). Of course, the book says a lot about other horrible sins, but he doesn’t often mention them. And for good reason.

This writer has seen a bit of Duck Dynasty, and knows that the Robertsons love to eat squirrel. That is forbidden per Lev. 11:4-8, as are pork, rabbit, and pretty much any animal without divided hooves and a cud-chewing habit. Crawdads are also sinful to eat, along with shellfish, lobster, shrimp and crab, per Lev. 11:10-12.

Don’t get the Cranky started about how they dress on that show: dreadfully decadent mixing of fabrics. Forbidden in 19:19. And that unkempt hair? Oh, my-check out 10:6. Not to mention eating fat-that is stealing from the Lord’s sacrificial portion, as per 3:17.

And of course, there is the big one: lying. Forbidden by a commandant, and quite a few places in Leviticus, to boot. And the whole show is a lie, Clan Robertson is not the family they pretend to be: click the link and watch to see. They were a normal load of rich yuppies before the show, and grew the beards and such for it. So the show is bearing false witness, deceiving a purchaser, and a host of other truly gnarly sins.

The truth, Gentle Reader, is that we are all horrible sinners according to the standards set in Leviticus, and Hoo Boy, that includes your Cranky Correspondent. That is why we no longer live by those standards. And if someone wants to pick and choose which bit o’ Levit he wants to foist upon the rest of us, then he is leaving himself open for the rest of us to do unto him.

For now, the score of the Sin Bowl is: Homosexual males, 1 ; Phil Robertson, 12+.
Not hard to see which is the bigger sinner.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Here’s the article, in which Notable Nitwits Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin, and Ted Cruz all claim that The Duck Dude’s right to free speech has been abridged. Not that they are the only ones saying stupid crap today, but they are in the article, so we’ll pick on them. What they are (wrongly) saying is that A&E has violated Phil Robertson’s First Amendment rights to free speech, by suspending him from his job after he violated company policies. All together now, Merry Cranksters: “Bull-f***ing-S***!”. (Pronounce the asterisks in any manner you choose.)

The First Amendment (as touched on in the linked piece) covers government aided or directed suppression of free expression. It does NOT prohibit a private enterprise from limiting or circumscribing employee speech and actions. In fact, the law allows employers to set such limits in many cases. So, the Nitwit Fox Brigade is either stupid, cluless or both.

The Government has said f***-all about Duck Boy’s anti-gay, anti-black, anti-all-kinds-of-people rants. The Government does not give a single turd from a constipated field mouse’s ass about what Phil said. The Government has done nothing at all.

No, it is a private business that has opened a can of HR Whoop-Ass on the fake old fart. It is the free market in action – A&E sees a potential threat to profitability in Robertson’s idiot statements, and is seeking to retain those profits by mitigating risk. A standard, legal, ethical, and smart business move.

It is not the eeeeevil Obaminator and his Zombie UN Free Speechbots who have told a moronic hunk of trash with cash to shut his face. It is that most beloved of all Right-Wing Institutions who have told him to STFU: an employer.

Yell at A&E if you want – that’s protected speech, just like what the Duckbot spewed in GQ. The government could give a s*** what you say. Just like they don’t care what Phil Robertson said. But piss off your boss, and THAT might cause you some grief. Also like Phil’s case.

Mr/ Blunt and Cranky

Or, for that matter, anyone else you happen to sling such pejorative names at. No, the Constitution says “All men are created equal”. It does not carve out exceptions for religion, skin color, or gender, and it sure as Hell doesn’t exclude LGBT Americans. All means all.

So it is sad that a law saying that little bit of obviousness even has to be created in the first place, and it is even more depressing that it is likely to get shot down again by our elected “Republicans.” All means all.

Sad though the necessity may be, the law needs passed. Just like the laws banning discrimination based on skin tone, X and Y chromosomes, religion and physical limitations. And anyone who opposes such equality can suck on the Constitution. Equality for all, that is what it says.

AND ALL MEANS ALL.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

A very brave man has died. John Arthur, who with his husband forced the Teapublican government of Ohio to recognize their same-sex marriage, has passed away. He will be listed as Mr. Obergefell’s husband on the death certificate, and the two will be buried side by side.

You know, just like every other married couple. Because he was a warrior. Because he had to be a warrior.

RIP John Arthur. If there is any justice in this universe, your memory will be honored for many years to come.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Yesterday, the Russian-backed Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people. Russia (meaning Vladimir Putin) is blocking UN action to investigate this war crime. Vlad the Destroyer is OK with crimes against humanity.

Recently, Russia passed some truly regressive anti-LGBT laws, and announced that foreign visitors (such as Olympic athletes) would be jailed, harassed, and so on. Vlad the Destroyer is OK with persecuting gay people for being gay.

A while back, members of a Russian punk band got sent to a labor camp for making fun of Putin and the Church. Vlad the Destroyer is OK with working people to death, if they offend him.

It is hard to imagine anyone supporting or praising such a despicable piece of dung as Putin. Indeed, one would think that anyone who does praise and support Putin is someone who shared his destructive, regressive, authoritarian tendencies and traits. One would be right.

So, then: Syria, Wikileaks, Greenwald, Snowden and Assange have been revealed as supporters of war crimes, hate crimes, and violations of human rights across the board. Think about this, the next time you think about supporting them. When they praise Putin as a human rights icon, they support his human rights activities.

Up yours, Putin. And the same goes for anyone and everyone who supports him.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Don’t believe it? Here is the proof. Those same “Republicans” who want the government off our backs want that same government to dictate what we do when one of us is on our backs. So, they are jailing people for being gay, and never mind what the Supreme Court says. From the link:

“Same-sex couples in North Carolina and Texas have been arrested for “homosexuality conduct” in recent years. And as the Louisiana debacle illustrates, overzealous law enforcement officers feel enabled by the law to arrest, prosecute, and generally humiliate gay people simply for being gay.”

These are the same people who claim to want smaller government. It is clear that what “Republicans” really want is less government for themselves and those who bribe them, and lots of government for the rest of us. Even if you are not gay, this should give you pause.

The constitutional rights of gays are being violated (as seen here). The constitutional rights of women are being violated (reproductive matters). The constitutional rights of all Americans are being violated (via the NSA monitoring programs). We are all at risk, people, regardless of skin color, chromosomes, or any other characteristic you might care to consider.

Defend your rights by defending those of LGBT Americans. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.”

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Ohio, a Purple State that was stupid enough to elect a 100% Red government, has been dealing with the consequences of that idiotic decision. And so it goes today, when Ohio’s AG has decided it is his Christian duty to harass, abuse, and discriminate against a legally-married couple, one of whom is about to die, because they are gay. And only because they are gay.

As noted here, a Federal judge ordered Ohio not to do this. And AG DeWine is telling them to pound sand. Of all the inhuman, unconstitutional, jackass things to do. An Attorney General should know better.

Because of this hateful course of action, a man may not be allowed a decent burial in his family plot. General DeWine has done some great work on human trafficking, sexual assault, pill mills, and other criminal matters, and had been praised (including on this blog) for so doing. But this action is beyond the pale.

The AG will waste taxpayer money, harm an Ohio family, go against the wishes of the local government and defy a federal judge, and will lose in the end. WTF?

Really, WTF, Ohio?

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Update: DeWine is not appealing the TRO, so some people think that means he is not out to shaft these poor guys. However, if Mr. Arthur lives past early August, he WILL fight a preliminary and permanent injunction to allow Arthur, who is in hospice care, to be listed as married on his death certificate and Obergefell to be listed as his surviving spouse.

So, he’s still a hateful, discriminatory dick for doing this.

Contrary to much crap being spewed about these days, we do not live on a nation where the majority can do whatever-the-hell we want whenever the mood strikes us. Yes, we hear people bellow “the American people have the power to decide about (fill in the blank here – gays, guns, gynecology, or another Flavor of The Month) and the Gummint and the Courts had better not get in our way”, but they are pretty often full of fertilizer.

Our nation’s laws are based upon a Constitution (as are those of the states), and any law that is enacted must, repeat must be in compliance with said Constitution. Period. End of friggin’ story.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky mentions this because he has noticed lots of confusion around the notion of who can make law, and what sorts of laws can be made. From Southern states trying to reintroduce Jim Crow, to Justice Roberts quaking with fear about public opinion on “gay marriage”, to various religious and political demagogues whipping the ignorant into frenzy after frenzy, these zeebs would have you believe that we can overturn or rewrite established precedent just with a loud shriek of our collective larynxes.

Nope, it doesn’t work that way. And thank God for such small mercies. People can’t just take a vote and then go put chains on black folk, or take away women’s rights to vote, or make it legal to barbecue illegal immigrants, or any of the other crazy-assed ideas one hears in the chaotic and nonsensical noise bomb that we call our national discourse. We cannot. do. that. s***.

So nut up, you “Justices” and Jurists; grow some, you “Distinguished Gentlemen and Gentlewomen” who are supposed to be running the country based on our votes and laws. And most importantly, we citizens have to pay attention, show some spine, and not let ourselves be jerked around by con artists and snake-oil salesmen peddling lies disguised as laws.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky