Saturday, March 25, 2017
Neo-nazi Richard Spencer found himself at the receiving end of the most perfect clapback we’ve seen in a long time.
The last time anything the Montana-based white supremacist did went quite this big, he was punched in the face as he attended President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Live on TV.
Now Jason Kander, president of Let America Vote and former Missouri Secretary of State, hit back at Spencer – with words, and it was incredibly satisfying.
Last week Spencer tweeted a video from musical film Cabaret in which a member of the Hitler Youth sings the well-known Tomorrow Belongs To Me.
Josh Marshall✔ @joshtpmTake your trash philosophy back to the 1930s, chump. You're just a punk. https://twitter.com/richardbspencer/status/843213184689291264 …
.@joshtpm 1930s? No, tomorrow belongs to us. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=29Mg6Gfh9Co …
That’s where Jason Kander comes in.
His great-uncle is legendary composer John Kander, who happens to be part of Kander & Ebb – who wrote Cabaret.
The musical is set in 1931 in Berlin and based on gay novelist Christopher Isherwood’s short novel Goodbye to Berlin.
It tells the story of a young American and his relationship with an English cabaret performer against the backdrop of 1931 Berlin, where the Nazis are rising to power.
And Jason was quick to point out his uncle incorporated just about everything the neo-Nazi hates.
‘Hey buddy, that song you love was written by my uncle,’ he tweeted.
‘He’s been married to my other uncle for 40 years. And he’s a Jew.
‘Sing it proud.’
In the recent past, Spencer has called for ‘peaceful ethnic cleansing’.
According to the Tab, who went through Spencer’s reddit profile, he also said ‘the glorification of homosexuality is not healthy for society’ and called homosexuality ‘a suboptimal deviation from the norm, much like a birth defect’.
We’d call Kander’s burn nasty, but from Spencer’s Twitter feed it is fairly clear he probably doesn’t care much
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Bobby Brooks made history as the the first openly gay student body president at the university and Perry, a former governor of Texas, is taking issue with how it all happened.
Brooks was the second-highest vote-getter but declared the winner when the school administration and and Student Government Association disqualified the original winner.
Robert McIntosh was disqualified for not providing receipts for glow sticks used in a campaign video. He had appealed charges of voter intimidation which were later dismissed on appeal.
‘Brooks’ presidency is being treated as a victory for “diversity,”‘ Perry writes in the Houston Chronicle. ‘It is difficult to escape the perception that this quest for ’diversity’ is the real reason the election outcome was overturned. Does the principle of “diversity” override and supersede all other values of our Aggie Honor Code?’
Perry went on to write that McIntosh was essentially being discriminated against because he is a white male.
‘Every Aggie ought to ask themselves: How would they act and feel if the victim was different? What if McIntosh had been a minority student instead of a white male? What if Brooks had been the candidate disqualified? Would the administration and the student body have allowed the first gay student body president to be voided for using charity glow sticks? Would the student body have allowed a black student body president to be disqualified on anonymous charges of voter intimidation?’
McIntosh wrote in the student newspaper that he is ‘humbled’ by Perry’s support. He is the son of a prominent Republican fundraiser in Dallas who campaigned for Donald Trump.
Amy Smith, spokeswoman for Texas A&M, said in response to Perry’s claims: ‘The disqualification of the leading vote-getter resulted in the certification of Bobby Brooks as the next Student Body President effective April 21, 2017. To suggest that the same decision of disqualification would not have been made if the roles were reversed is to deny the Texas A&M of today where accountability applies to all.’
GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis was more blunt in her reaction to Perry inserting himself into the situation:
‘It takes a lot of nerve for 67 year old Secretary Perry to bully a college junior for fairly winning an election,’ she wrote on Twitter.
‘As a mother who works daily to protect children, I am disgusted that a father like Secretary Perry would stoop this low. Some advice for Secretary Perry: Kids like Bobby Brooks are the future, and should be encouraged, not harassed.’
A Colorado Senate committee on Wednesday killed a bill that would prohibit therapies that attempt to alter the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth.
House Bill 1156, introduced by Democrats Stephen Fenberg in the Senate and Paul Rosenthal in the House, was postponed indefinitely by the Republican-controlled State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee with a 3-2 vote.
Fenberg, who sits on the committee, messaged his disappointment, retweeting a Colorado Senate Democrats tweet: “Disappointed for the third year in a row. Senate GOP decides against banning gay conversion 'therapy.'”
Two similar bills have previously died in committee in the Senate.
Laura “Pinky” Reinsch, political director at One Colorado, an LGBT rights group, condemned the vote, saying that Republicans on the committee had “chosen politics over banning a harmful, discredited and dangerous practice.”
“Despite the fact [that] nearly all of the leading mental health organizations in the country, and in Colorado, reject the practice of conversion therapy, the Republican members of the committee chose to disregard science and the heartbreaking, emotional stories of those who came to testify in support of the ban,” Reinsch said in a statement.
The move comes less than two weeks after the House approved the bill.
Just an observation for Republican bigots...if Jesus himself can't stop you from being such hateful, evil pricks, how is he ever going to stop gay people from being gay?
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
US Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was questioned about his personal views on same-sex marriage today but refused to share them.
‘If I were to begin speaking about my personal views on this subject – which every American has views on – it would send a misleading signal to the American people.’ Gorsuch said during his confirmation before members of the US Senate.
Gorsuch was asked about his views by US Senator Al Franken and whether they have changed since the 2004 election when bans were passed in 11 states.
Mehlman has since come out publicly as a gay man and supporter of marriage equality.
While Gorsuch frustrated Franken with a version of a non-answer that he had given before, the federal appeals court from the Denver-based 10th Circuit did say same-sex marriage is ‘absolutely settled law.’
But then he added: ‘There is ongoing litigation about its impact and its application right now and I cannot begin to share my personal views.’
In 2013, the high court gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed California’s Proposition 8 to remain overturned.
Then in 2015, the court made a ruling that resulted in same-sex marriage being legal in all 50 US states.
A vacancy has existed on the high court for more than a year since the death of conservative anti-gay justice Antonin Scalia.
LGBT groups are against the confirmation of Gorsuch because he has, among other things, ruled that the religious beliefs of employers can trump the law.
The appointment is being closely watched because of the current make-up of the court which could be deciding future ‘religious freedom’ cases.
Keep in mind, this is the same man who wrote in a 2005 National Review op-ed: “American liberals,” he wrote, “have become addicted to the courtroom, relying on judges and lawyers rather than elected leaders and the ballot box, as the primary means of effecting their social agenda” on liberal issues including “gay marriage.” He also noted that voters routinely rejected same-sex marriage on the ballot, scoffing that liberals can only “win a victory on gay marriage when preaching to the choir before like-minded judges in Massachusetts.”
The government today (22 March) read a draft law which would pardon all men sentenced under paragraph 175, no matter if they are dead or still alive.
Under the draft law, introduced by Minister of Justice Heiko Maas, they would have all their convictions lifted.
The pardon would apply to more than 50,000 men who were sentenced between 1945 and 1994, when the anti-homosexuality law was finally scratched.
Unlike in the UK, there would reportedly be no need to apply for a pardon; it would be applied to everyone.
Victims of the law, which was tightened under the Nazi regime, will also receive financial compensation.
The German government is set to pay each of the men sentenced to prison €3,000, as well as an extra €1,500 for each started year of their sentence.
The Lesbian and Gay Association Germany (LSVD) said the draft law needs to ‘bring the full rehabilitation and dignified compensation’ of men sentenced under the paragraph.
‘During further legislative processes the LSVD will insist that truly every former legal unequal treatment of homo- and heterosexuality will be included,’ their spokesperson Helmut Metzner said in a statement.
‘It would be a new discrimination and irresponsible to leave gaps and unclear situations, to the disadvantage of the victims, which are often at old age.’
Under the Nazi law, men could be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison. They were also often sent to concentration camps.
After World War II paragraph 175 was kept in both East and West Germany. Especially in the West, former Nazis still served as judges, leading to a further persecution of gay men.
It was also extended by introducing paragraph 175a, which dealt with male rape, same-sex activity with a man under 21, taking advantage of a dependent relationship – for example boss and employee or teacher and student – and male prostitution.
These could be punished with up to 10 years in prison.
This is just another red herring being offered up by the German government to distract from the real issues of marriage and adoption inequality.
Distract the homo's into believing that the German government has their best interest at heart while they will continue treating them like second class citizens.
The very notion that these (less than 5k still living from over 50k that were convicted) gay men will be pardoned, is offensive all on it's own.
What did they do that they NEED pardoned for?
Expunge the record, better still, give these men equality, something your government is still denying them!