Thursday, June 30, 2011

You don't negotiate with terrorists.

Congressional Republicans have refused to raise the debt limit unless the Obama Administration agrees to large and immediate spending cuts. They have their finger on the nuclear button and are threatening to detonate unless they get their way. It seems crazy that they would actually do it, but congressional Republicans have done a pretty good job of convincing the Administration (if not yet the financial markets) that they just might do it.

Obama has responded by entering into negotiations with the congressional Republicans. These negotiations have not gone well, largely because Republicans are united upon an all-spending-cuts, no-tax-increases approach to deficit reduction.
More info here and here.

I'm not going to say much on this, because I feel like I've said it before.
However, I will say this:

First, GOP & co, you don't get to preach "fiscal and personal responsibility" and then let the U.S. default. Either stand behind what you're constantly harping on, or STFU. This is not a "do as I say, not as I do" situation. Allowing the U.S. to default because you don't get what you want is neither responsible NOR "small government" (which we all know you've not actually done for ages, but still). Further, having a temper tantrum and holding the U.S. government hostage because you don't get your way is not responsible, it is not "moral," and it sure as hell isn't what you douchecanoes get paid to do. Also, you'd be fucking yourselves just as much, so as adverse as you are to this concept, let's stop and think a moment, shall we?

Second, I CANNOT believe I am actually saying this, but Mr. President, you don't negotiate with terrorists. This is now an actual hostage/blackmail situation. There's is nothing subtle about it. They've hijacked control of the debt limit, and they've given demands. STOP. FUCKING. PANDERING. TO. THE. RIGHT. They will NEVER be happy with what you do. It will NEVER be enough. Every time you give an inch, they will demand a foot. So stop giving into this bullshit and trying to compromise with them. It's pretty clear they don't give a fuck about compromising, and all you're going to do by continuing to negotiate with them is further alienate the people that do support you.
I am ALL about an intelligent discourse and working together in politics. But that turd's been flushed. We are so beyond that point now, it isn't even funny. It is unfortunate, yes, but at this point, the best option is to limit the impact of this little inquisition before everyone hates you.

God damn it Democrats, grow a fucking backbone.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"'Tis but a flesh wound..."

In a remarkable display of stubborn refusal to accept overwhelming defeat and a simultaneous display of the ability to truly maximize the potential of bureaucracy, the "Yes on 8" side is appealing Judge James Ware's recent ruling.

For those of you at home who are just joining us, this is the side-trial brought by the sore losers of the main Prop 8 trial.

The short version is, last year Judge Walker ruled that there is no compelling state interest in denying same-sex couples marriage rights, and struck down Prop 8. He did, however, stay his ruling (that means it won't go into effect yet) because it was pretty much a given that this would be appealed. Currently, we're waiting on a decision as to whether that appeal will even be heard, based on the question of whether the Yes on 8 side has standing to represent Prop 8, given the fact that both the California state governor and the CA Attorney General declined to back this steaming pile in court. If this court decides the Yes on 8 side DOES have standing, they will hear the appeal (a few more years in court). If not, Judge Walker's ruling stands.

Now while we all wait on that, the Yes on 8 side has decided that since Judge Walker happens to be in a long-term, committed, same-sex relationship, he should have recused himself from the case.
This is the most asinine, absurd thing they've done thus far.
Okay, so shouldn't a straight judge have done the same by that logic?
Are we going to start demanding every judge whose gender, sex, socio-economic background, religion, race, or ethnicity MIGHT affect their ruling (or would if, y'know, they weren't judges whose sole purpose is to try to be neutral about these things)?
No. Because we'd get even less done than we already do, and that's not how our justice system works.

This is essentially the Yes on 8 side grasping at straws, bellowing "HEY YOUR GAY" (yes, wrong your/you're on purpose, that was the point) to try to distract us all from the fact that they not only don't have a leg to stand on, but that outright EMBARRASSED themselves in court last time. (Read the transcripts. Seriously.)

Judge Ware's ruling, the one that has just been appealed, is basically "GTFO are you kidding me?!" ... meaning Judge Walker's ruling stands and isn't going to be thrown out because he happens to have a same-sex partner. But the homo-bigots cling desperately to their delusions and are seriously going to go for an appeal...

I think this clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail serves as a beautiful metaphor, with the Yes on 8 side being the Black Knight and King Arthur being the non-homobigots:

[TW: (implied) violence]


These douchecanoes are wasting all of our time and tax dollars. Meanwhile, about those jobs..

Friday, June 17, 2011

Old McDonald is a Gangsta

"You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing. You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, f--- it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing. I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this."
-New York State Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga), on New York's pending same-sex marriage legislation and his vote for marriage equality

Governor Cuomo put forth a bill Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage in the state of New York, which of course, prompted a Crusty Old Bigoted White Guy Poopypants Whinefest backlash under the guise of religion. (link is to another blogger's piece on the piece I'm referring to, because I don't feel like giving the asshat the direct traffic and the piece I linked to does contain a link to the original.) 
This bill gives same-sex couples the same legal rights as hetero couples, but it also provides some exemptions from anti-discrimination laws for "religious groups and affiliated organizations" to keep on being bigots (specifically, as far as I can gather, they do not have to perform, participate in, host, or otherwise endorse same-sex marriage, including clergy members). Which, by the way, is fine with this queer, at least for the time being. Our argument for separation of church and state has to work BOTH ways. I think bigotry within religion is something that needs to be addressed within said religion. Sure, I'm the first to speak up when Christians start saying the Bible says gay is wrong (educate yourselves!), but I also think my status as a perceived outsider limits my impact.

But I digress.

I had to share the above quote because I honestly welled up while reading it. Good for him for not being so swept up in the political bullshit to actually do his job. He's 64 years old (so I don't want to hear age as an excuse for bigotry ANYMORE, people), he's Republican, and he's a Total Fucking Badass.
So here's to you, Senator McDonald. You, sir, are an inspiration, a badass, and quite possibly my favorite person in politics at the moment. You deserve a slow clap and a homemade lasagna.*

*This is a Big Fucking Deal in my culture... pretty much means you're in for life.