Perhaps you missed this story, making the rounds last week about Joan and Drake Wilson. Joan Wilson who lives in Washington state was so outraged by the discriminatory HERO vote in Houston late last year, she took out a $200 advertisement in Houston’s daily newspaper to celebrate her son’s decision to come out as gay. You can read the full story in Towleroad here.
What was the HERO vote in Houston all about? Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) was a public referendum, anti-discrimination ordinance that Houston voted down. The campaign against HERO became quite nasty and a crusade of sorts for conservatives who made outrageous claims about men taking over women’s bathrooms.
Fed up with all politics as usual? Tired of listening to the loudmouths and bickering? Perhaps you’d like Cauke. Check out this satirical take on the modern political process. Better looking than disgraced US Representative, Aaron Schock and more entertaining than watching a Republican Presidential debate, check out the faux campaign site www.cauke2016.com and follow him on Instagram or Twitter.
For those of you who live in Boston, you may recognize Cauke who lives here and who I posted a photo of on my blog here.
This week the conservative Texas Republican Senator, Ted Cruz, learned a new word, karma. Cruz must be disliked by everyone because nobody in the Republican Party is coming to his defense in what is clearly a non-issue. After listening to Cruz and others question Obama’s citizenship, it is hard not to feel smug about the blow back he is now getting just weeks prior to IA and NH.
Republican Senator John McCain on Senator Cruz eligibility: “I was born in the Canal Zone which is a territory… That’s different from being born on foreign soil… I’m not a constitutional scholar on that, but I think it’s worth looking into. I don’t think it’s illegitimate to look into it.”
Republican Senator Rand Paul on Senator Cruz eligibility: “I think without question he is qualified to make the cut to be prime minister of Canada.”
Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Senator Cruz eligibility: “Republicans are going to have to ask themselves the question: ‘Do we want a candidate who could be tied up in court for two years?’ That’d be a big problem… I’d hate to see something like that get in his way. But a lot of people are talking about it and I know that even some states are looking at it…”
The third Democratic Presidential debate is tonight in Manchester, New Hampshire. Due to its poor timing and the lack of theatrics surrounding the Democratic Party as compared to the Republican Party, the debate is likely to go largely unnoticed so I thought I’d give my candidate a plug.
Donald Trump’s recent comment about banning all Muslims from entering the US has a lot of Republicans distancing themselves, but the fact is the Republican Party of 2015 is far more conservative than it has ever been and while many may revile Mr. Trump, his running mates are in many ways just as extreme. The Hillary Clinton campaign has created a rather interesting online game I’d suggest you try called Who said it: Donald Trump or not Donald Trump?
It may be juvenile and it may be crass but I love this new Tumblr site that is taking images of politicians proudly posing with guns and superimposing images of dildos in their hands. I’ve made my feelings perfectly clear in the past that I’m a staunch advocate for more sensible gun laws and regulations. Until that time comes I’ll use these images to find some vestige of humor in what I think is an otherwise very serious and shameful situation in the United States.
For more images check out the site: gopdildo.tumblr.com
It seems like Americans are more comfortable talking about our nations’ ideals rather than living up to them. The inscription on the Statue of Liberty says:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
I can understand the need for carefully screening refugees from Syria and the Middle East, but to date we’ve welcomed approximately 1,500 refugees; a pitiful few considering we are a nation of immigrants some 300 million strong. The terrors taking place in Syria have resulted in more than 250,000 civilians killed and more than 22 million forced to flee their homes (that includes children). I can’t think of another nation more in need of the United States, but it seems like our country’s “Christian ideals” have been forgotten or are simply lip service.
Explain to me how having 22 million displaced Syrians living in poverty in the Middle East (because nobody will take them) won’t result in providing ISIS and others with a new generation ripe for recruiting.
NYT: G.O.P. governors vow to close doors to Syrian refugees
CNN: More than half of the nation’s governors say Syrian refugees not welcome
FOX News: Where are the Syrian refugees now?
NBC: House Speaker Ryan: “Pause” needed in resettling Syrian refugees