Huckabee, Santorum Spread Chick-fil-A Hate, Muddy the Waters.

Frothy Rick Santorum opened wide and embraced Mike Huckabee’s “National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” claiming that for the left:

There can be no dissent from what their position is.

Kinda like conservative Christians’ position on marriage equality and ENDA. And LGBTQ overall, because the conservative Christians feel there can be no dissent from (their interpretation of) God’s word. Think Progress sums it up:

The rise of the Christian Right is due for a 40th anniversary to mark the appropriation of Christianity by conservatives like Pat Robertson, Phyllis Schlafly, Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, and Ralph Reed. This coalition of mostly evangelical Christians, Catholics, and Mormons has largely succeeded in reducing the cultural definition of being Christian to those who share their beliefs. The present-day ravings of faux-historian David Barton seek to push even farther and erase the religious diversity at the heart of American patriotism. The “culture war” over LGBT equality presents one of the clearest dividing lines, with anti-gay talking heads like Tony Perkins over-dominating the media on behalf of “Christianity” while LGBT-affirming Christians are severely under-represented. [emphasis mine]

Santorum, who spoke Thursday on CNBC, further confused the issue of the interpretation of religious texts by saying

“This is why the Huguenots came to America,” Santorum said, adding the Dutch Reform Church and Catholics to that list.

“They didn’t want the government telling them what to believe and that they couldn’t say things in public, that they had to keep it to themselves,” he said, or be “barred from doing business.”

America was founded by dissenters, that’s true. Some were Catholics, some were Jews who played vital roles in the Revolution,  some were from various Protestant sects.  Let’s not forget the Freemasons! Various interpretations of  God’s word/s, as evidenced by the differences between the Torah, the Catholic Bible, Masonic texts, the various Protestant translations and heck, even the Book of Mormon indicate that there’s a lot of room between the letters. And at one point or another the foundational Christian groups, the Catholics and Protestants, imprisoned, tortured and killed dissenters, including other Christians along with Jews, which is why they all bailed to America and other places. And Mormons were massacred by people calling themselves Christians.

America also has a free market, and if people don’t like how business donates profits,  they don’t have to spend their money there.  Chick-fil-A corporate donates to WinShape, the Chick-fil-A family charitable foundation, which in turn funds anti-LGBT organizations. Some of these organizations have themselves called for boycotts of businesses who beliefs run contrary to what is claimed by specific groups of  Christians to be traditional Christian/Biblical values.

Focus on the Family, which received funding from WinShape, has urged boycotts on businesses and groups which support LGBT rights, including the Disney companies (since lifted), Kraft, United Way Charities and Big Brother/Big Sister, Proctor & Gamble, and most recently, the 2010 Super Bowl. What LGBTQ and their allies are doing by urging a boycott of Chick-fil-hAte is the exact same thing that Family Research Council, which received funding from WinShape, did this year when they promoted boycotting Girl Scout Cookies.

Goose/gander.

LGBTQ and allies are not calling for a boycott because Dan Cathy is a Christian. Or even a mean jerk.  The boycott is because corporate funds from Chick-fil-A are being funneled to his foundation. A percentage of these tax-free funds goes to support organizations which promote anti-equality measures and also call for boycotts of other groups with whom they disagree. If Cathy wants to fund these groups, he should use his own salary, not money that comes from his corporation which is sheltered in a tax-free foundation. We all spend our earned money how we choose; we choose to whom we donate, where we spend our paychecks.

In other words: This is not about “free speech” or “freedom of religion.” Or about how Dan Cathy chooses to spend his corporate salary. It’s about a corporation funding a tax-free organization that in turn donates to groups that support hostility and oppression.

Oh, and if Richard Nixon had to confront LGBTQ issues, he’d repeal DOMA and EDNA–remember, he’s the guy who passed the EPA, OSHA and affirmative action.  So take that! you GOP-presidential wanna-bees Huckabee, Santorum, and Ms. Palin.

Tripp Palin Would Make Perfect Chick-fil-A Spokesperson. And There’s a Same-Sex Kiss-In. Oh Heck, Make a Chicken Fritter Sammie at Home

Sarah Palin’s only grandson–the spawn of failing reality television arriviste Bristol Palin and fellow Wasillabilly fame-scrambler Levi Johnston–three-and-a half year old Tripp Palin called his Aunt Willow a word beginning with F  (either a usually pejorative term for gay men, from the English schoolboy slang for a younger boy who does errands for older students; or the Anglo-Saxon verb for copulation. A production exec who claims he was in the room and watching the video feed pre-bleep claims the latter). Tripp also says

I hate you.

A lot.

With his pedigree and language skills, the adorable, yet poorly disciplined tot would be the perfect replacement for the Muppets who have stepped away from their gig as Chick-fil-A spokespmodels in light of the corporate fowl fryer’s ‘tude. CEO Dan Cathy said:

But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles. So that is what we claim to be. [We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us.”

(Jesus was never quoted in the Gospels as calling LGBT sinners, or defining how people should behave in the privacy of their bedrooms. Jesus overturned all the Old Testament rules–except the Ten Commandments, one could argue–allowing those who believe in him to wear blended fabrics, get tattoos and eat bacon. Paul, who came along after Jesus ascended to Heaven and never knew him, as those to whom Gospels are attributed did, is an interpreter and evangelical rather than a firsthand-ish reporter whose stories where compiled after the fact.)

Burt and Ernie’s pals are standing up for everyone, gay and straight, who is appalled by Chick-fil-A, and not just because of the utterly vile, sub-literate spelling of

filet.

While the word may sound like a sexualized pun rhyming with gay

fill-lay

spelling it

fil-A

is neither cute nor clever. Just stupid.

The company’s dumbing of America continues with their economic war on LGBT via the Chick-fil-A charitable arm WinShape (as if dining on Chick-fil-A  gives you a winning shape) donating close to $2million to anti-LGBT groups, beyond the marriage equality battles:

In 2009 alone, WinShape donated $1,733,699 to multiple anti-gay groups:

  • Marriage & Family Legacy Fund: $994,199
  • Fellowship Of Christian Athletes: $480,000
  • National Christian Foundation: $240,000
  • Focus On The Family: $12,500
  • Eagle Forum: $5,000
  • Exodus International: $1,000
  • Family Research Council: $1,000

[Winshape 2009 Publicly Available IRS 990 Form via Foundation Center, accessed 10/28/11]

Mike Huckabee–who has been beating his breast about the abuse  Chick-fil-A has suffered at the hands of the media and the Muppets while ignoring the loathing and lack of equality funded by the food chain–has declared August 1st “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” and via Facebook his media onslaught is encouraging people to eat the cholesterol-dense, high-sodium, sugared, MSG-laden fast food. Because he loves America.

There’s also a push to make August 3 National Same-Sex Kiss-In Day at Chick-fil-A, which has some pros and cons. First of all, same sex couples would have to go inside a Chick-fil-A. And all us straight people can do is either find a willing co-kisser, enter a Chick-fil-A to applaud the kiss-in, or keep boycotting some place where we’d never eat anyway.

And if you’ve been wondering what you might be missing by never sampling a gay-hating, heart and soul destroying fast food sammich, here are two chemical-free versions you can try at home,  very gay friendly. But still fried after being battered with  sugar and salt. Part of me thinks natural ice cream might be healthier.

They Eat Their Own! Republican Congressman Sez “No Health Care for Tumor Patients”

Hodgkin's lymphoma cytology

Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha

Idiot Republican and California representative David Dreier wants to deny healthcare to people diagnosed with massive tumors:

I don’t that think someone who is diagnosed with a massive tumor should the next day be able to have millions and millions and millions of dollars in health care provided.

Wait! I thought, according to Sarah Palin, that it was the Democrats who were all about the death panels, and deciding who would be denied insurance.

While we’re on the subject of massive tumors, let’s take a look at famous Republicans who have had tumors and cancer. And received millions and millions and millions of dollars in health care.

Lee Atwater, former chairman of the National Republican Party who came to power after managing George Bush the Elder’s 1988 campaign, died from a brain tumor at age 37.

Former CIA chief William Casey died in 1987. Hours before he was scheduled to speak in the Iran-Contra hearing, he was rendered incapable of speech, less than 24 hours after he was named in the trials as assisting in the transfer of arms to Nicaraguan rebels. He had previously undergone treatment for prostate cancer. The official cause of death was

aspiration pneumonia as a result of a central nervous system lymphoma… A central nervous system lymphoma is a rare tumor of the brain and central nervous system, evidently the brain tumor for which Mr. Casey had surgery late last year at Georgetown Hospital in Washington.

Before his appointment to the CIA, Casey had been chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission and an Under Secretary of State. He retired from the CIA that February, just months before his death.

Senator Arlen Specter was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1993. The tumor was removed, but reoccurred in 1996. He also has undergone treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, diagnosed in 2005, which returned in 2008. In 2009 he switched from Republican to Democrat. He retired from the Senate in 2011. Senators can purchase insurance from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. According to FactCheck.org

Like other large employers, the government pays a large share of the cost of coverage. On average, the government pays 72 percent of the premiums for its workers, up to a maximum of 75 percent depending on the policy chosen. For example, the popular Blue Cross and Blue Shield standard fee-for-service family plan carries a total premium of $1,120.47 per month, of which the beneficiary pays $356.59.

As a CIA employee Casey could also have opted for the FEHBP.

Rep. Dreier says that instead of being allowed health care from insurance companies, those with pre-existing conditions should go into the high risk pool. However:

Just 1,588 Californians and about 13,000 people nationwide have signed up for the program [Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan] that provides subsidized insurance for people with ongoing medical conditions…the six-month waiting period, plus premium costs, make the plan prohibitive for many people.

There are alternatives. And they are popular. According to Ezra’s Klein’s analysis of a poll from Reuters/Ipsos:

Eighty percent of Republicans favor “creating an insurance pool where small businesses and uninsured have access to insurance exchanges to take advantage of large group pricing benefits.” That’s backed by 75 percent of independents.

Maybe instead of getting sandy-pantied about the ACA, maybe Dreier et al should look to increasing the budget for the National Institute of Health’s grants into medical research so massive tumors won’t encroach on their quality of life.

images: Wikimedia Commons

Late Night FDL: Game Change

March 10 HBO brings us “Game Change” which could be construed as a comedy, but isn’t, about the 2008 election, focusing specifically on John McCain’s choice for running mate: Sarah Palin.

Naturally SarahPAC had some strong words:

Pay channel HBO has produced another docudrama based on the political arena. This time it is a subscription-only television movie sensationalizing 40 pages of a three-year-old book about the 2008 presidential election…

The docudrama Game Change has not been released, but the content and clips available and scenes as reported by the media make it clear that HBO studio heads decided they would generate more profit by inventing facts and scenes for the purpose of fictionalizing a history written by people with no personal knowledge of the situations they attempt to depict.

Now wait a goldarn minute: Isn’t basing one’s viewpoint on just a snippet something the neo-cons claim the gotcha, drive-by-media does? Shouldn’t Palin, SarahPAC and the right just wait and watch the whole docudrama before passing an opinion? All I can say is

There they ago again

and Palin has created a response called “Fact Change”

Bristol Palin: Is It Because You’re Homosexual You Hate My Mom?

 

Look, I dislike Sarah Palin for a vast number of reasons. But if you are gonna heckle Bristol Palin in bar, be prepared to answer questions as to why you hate Mama Grizzly bear. Bristol was riding a mechanical bull for scene in her upcoming reality show when a hostile shout-out occurred. It wasn’t very nice, by any stretch of the imagination.

Miss Bris went right over to the man to confront him, asking:

Is it because you’re a homosexual and that’s why you hate her?

The angry guy responded:

Pretty much … and why’d you say I’m a homosexual?

Bristol replied:

Because I can tell you are.

He swears a lot, calls Sarah a liar and a whore, and Bristol stays calms the whole time, asking for examples. She is one cool cucumber.

But Bristol, there are lot of straight people who don’t care for your mother.  Next time you might ask that question to someone who isn’t gay, and doesn’t care for your inference. Because sadly there plenty of those in LA, too.

The whole ugly incident–and I don’t just mean Bristol’s sweatshirt–was captured on video.

Thin Skinned? Karl Rove Cut Off FOX News During Palin Remarks

Karl Rove was suddenly cut off an interview with Sarah Palin’s BFF Greta van Susteren Wednesday night when he repeatedly called into question the skin-thinness of the kinda-sorta-maybe-running-but-haven’t-made-up-my-mind-yet former partial term governor of Alaska:

Look, she is all upset about this saying I’m trying to sabotage her in some way. And how dare I speculate on her future. If she doesn’t want to be speculated about as a potential candidate, there’s an easy way to end the speculation. Say, ‘I’m not running. It is a sign of enormous thin skin if we speculate about her, she gets upset. And I suspect, if we didn’t speculate about her she would be upset and try to find a way to get us to speculate about her.

End the speculation by saying, ‘I’m not going to be a candidate.’ Until then, I would recommend she might get a slightly thicker skin. If she has this thin a skin now when people are saying, ‘I think she might be a candidate,’ how is she going to react if she does get into the campaign and gets the scrutiny that every candidate does get?

All of a sudden, FOX cut to ” breaking”news: Steve Jobs was stepping down as Apple CEO, something that had been announced hours earlier. Now who’s thin-skinned?

 

[ht Crooks & Liars]

 

 

Palin’s Hair Salon Gets Reality ‘Do

The hairstyle that launched a thousand comedy sketches is getting its due. Or at least the designers of said up-sweep are. The Beehive Beauty Shop in Wasilla, owned by Palin fan/local glam squad-cheerleader Jessica Steel, is the focus of a two-part reality show, Big Hair Alaska on TLC, the same channel that brought us Sarah Palin’s Alaska. (No word yet who is producing; Palin was the executive producer for three episodes of  her own reality show, with Survivor producer Mark Burnetr responsible for the whole run.)

Ah, the possible drama if Levi Johnston comes in for a trim! And even now on their Facebook page there’s  TLC-level excitement: The shop just got in new feathers (for that ghastly trend of feather weaves) and were too busy to answer the phone so someone couldn’t make an appointment!  What if Willow wants to get a platinum blonde mohawk behind her mom’s back?  The yet-to-be filmed show already has its own FB page.

The press release describes the show as going

inside a busy hair salon in Wasilla, Alaska, where the personalities of the owner and her staff are as big as the hairstyles they create.

The Beehive’s Facebook page has several ecstatic mentions about the production, and really, good for them. With Mad Men returning to cable and upcoming network shows like Pan Am and The Playboy Club, retro-dos are all the rage, and supporting small local businesses is important in this economy.

Let’s just hope they weren’t responsible for this:

Tim Gunn: Bachmann, Palin Same Person; Hillary is Gender Confused

 

Tim Gunn visited the George Lopez Show and decided to mashup politics and fashion. Sad fail. I love Tim Gunn, but seriously not funny. He declared Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin to be the same person (the old, not funny joke got a slow, weak build of applause), then went on to say about Hillary Clinton:

She’s the secretary of state, she’s the former senator from New York, she’s the former first lady. Why must she dress that way? I think she’s confused about her gender. All these big, baggy menswear tailored pantsuits. No, I’m really serious…If the pantsuit didn’t stop an inch above her ankle you could hide the cankle….I have great respect for her intellect and for her tenacity, and for what she does for our country in her governmental role. I just wish she could send a stronger message about American fashion.

When is it okay to make fashion about a person’s gender, Tim?  Props to you for being who you are but totally uncool. And you’re in the Smurfs movie. Nuff said.

Sarah Palin: “The Undefeated” Coming Soon to a TV Near You


The Undefeated which opened in select cities ten theaters across the country, grossed $65,132, or $6,513 per screen on its first weekend  on opening weekend, July 15th. By comparison, that same weekend Horrible Bosses averaged $5,672. But Horrible Bosses was on 3,134 screens.

Math is hard, and statistics are made for spinning, but I kinda think overall Horrible Bosses did better…

On July 17th, Trevor Drinkwater, CEO of ARC which distributed The Undefeated told The Hollywood Reporter:

We expect word-of-mouth to keep ticket sales strong and we will definitely expand the film to a wider national audience.

This past weekend saw an abrupt drop-off; The Undefeated, while opening on four more screens, only averaged $1,713 per venue. Whoops! Total box office as of Sunday, July 24 was $101,000.

Time for Plan B: Video-on-demand and DVD, a tried and traditional route for any indie film.

ARC Entertainment, the distributor of “The Undefeated”…announced today that beginning on September 1st the film will be available to 75 million homes via Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View access through national and regional cable and satellite operators.

On October 4, ARC will release the DVD in an initial pressing of 250,000 units.

Glenn Bracken Evans, the film’s producer said:

This title is absolutely perfect for Video-on-Demand and Pay-Per-View backed by a traditional and significant marketing campaign. We are incredibly excited about having this film made available to the entire country earlier than expected. A traditional windowed release would not have allowed us to maximize viewership of this highly sought after film.

Look, independent movies have a hard time turning a profit, let alone documentaries, and political documentaries even more so. The Undefeated is a niche product. I wonder how The Undefeated filmmakers feel about the IRS argument made in a US Tax Court trial this March that

filmmaker Lee Storey could not deduct business expenses pertaining to her film Smile ’Til It Hurts: The Up with People Story because the primary purpose of her film (and by inference all documentary films) is to educate and expose, not to make profit, and that therefore documentary filmmaking is a not-for-profit activity

.
[HT Clusterflock.org]

Bristol Palin Tells Dr. Drew: “Don’t Name Me an Abstinence Preacher”

 

Bristol Palin told Dr Drew she doesn’t want to

be named as an abstinence preacher…I’m not out there saying don’t have sex. I hate that kind of stuff. Birth control needs to be used effectively each and every single time if you’re gonna be having sex.

wishes she had stuck to abstinence, but that

I’m not advocating it for everyone else…Kids are gonna do what they’re gonna do.

Bristol compares he work to that of former gang members who can explain to kids why gangs are bad; she has the experience of being a single, teen mom and wants to share that.

Bristol explained to Dr. Drew that when she got pregnant she was on birth control pills (which she  has said were for cramps), but she wasn’t taking the Pill correctly–she admitted she had missed
three or four days.
Dr. Drew went for the big question with Bristol, and I praise him for directly asking what and my friends and I have discussed about Bristol’s “first time” revelations and really trying to probe into Bristol’s psyche about that night: Her description in her book Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far of loosing her virginity to Levi  after drinking wine coolers, waking up alone in a tent with no memory of the act, but knowing that her virginity had been
stolen
didn’t sound exactly like consensual sex. Dr Drew said:
In California, that would be a rape. Is it the same in Alaska?
Bristol admitted she didn’t know the laws in Alaska and that  it didn’t feel like rape, something she has said before. Bristol told Good Morning America:
I’m not accusing Levi of date rape, or rape at all, but I am just looking back with the adult eyes that I have now and just thinking that was a foolish decision. I should have never been underage drinking and I should have never gotten myself into a situation like that.

Dr. Drew didn’t let it go. When Bristol pointed out that she stayed with Levi after that wine cooler-fueled night of amnesia, he gently said:

Now remember what kids do is they try to make it right by justifying what happened.

Bristol justified to Dr. Drew that she kept having sex with Levi because, well, she already had done it, and believed she would marry him.

Dr. Drew observed that, based on her affect and exposition, it seemed like Bristol’s self-expression was stifled, that she

cover[s] a lot of heavy feelings behind a lovely smile…it’s okay to be angry…you’re not allowed to talk about feelings it seems like…

I had planned to watch Dr. Drew tonight–thank you TiVo–so it was a very Los Angeles moment when I walked into Mozza for dinner with friends and saw the man himself, Dr. Drew sitting at a nearby table with his family.  One of the kids was playing with his iPhone during the meal, but he may have just been Googling reactions to his dad’s show.

 

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