Douche of the Day – Trump Supporters

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Aug 142016
 
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This entry is part 23 of 24 in the series Daily Douche-Bag

I’m sure a lot of people are not going to like this, but it needs to be said. No amount of twisted justifications and logical gymnastics can justify supporting Donald Trump for the office of President of the United States. I’d like to say the man is just a joke, but there is nothing laughable about his disposition, nor the way he has managed his life and run his businesses.

First off, conservatives love to claim they support our troops (never mind that the Republicans in Congress have consistently blocked funding bills for veteran services). If you support Donald Trump, you no longer get to claim that you support our troops and veterans, so just STFU about that. Donald Trump should have been immediately disqualified from being taken seriously the minute he made disparaging comment about prisoners of war. This was his comment directed at question about John McCain when Trump claimed he preferred people who weren’t captured. The phrasing took is beyond just not liking Trump, and insulting every U.S. POW.

Agree or disagree with John McCain’s politics, the man served his country, and endured a very special hell of torture and captivity as a POW, along with many other Americans during Vietnam. During the Revolutionary War, an estimated 20,000 Americans were held as prisoners of war and 8,500 died in captivity. In WWI, approximately 4,120 Americans were held as prisoners of war and there were 147 confirmed deaths. During WWII, the Germans, In Europe, held over 94,000 Americans were interned, and in the Pacific, nearly 30,000 Americans were interned by the Japanese. Over 40% of those died in captivity. During the Korean conflict, more than 7,100 Americans were captured and interned, and just over 2,700 are known to have died while interned. During the longest war in American history, the Vietnam War, 766 Americans are known to have been prisoners of war. Of this number, 114 died during captivity. Unlike previous wars, the length of time as a POW was extensive for many, with some being interned for more than seven years. ((National Park Services Website, POWs in American History: A Synopsis, Alan Marsh, Cultural Resources Specialist, 1998.)) Continue reading »

Bill Donohue’s Usual Hyperbole

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Aug 122015
 
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Bill Donohue, for those of you who don’t know, is the head, and as best anyone can tell, only employee or member of an organization called, “The Catholic League.” The Catholic League appears to be, in its entirety, Bill, a blog, and a mailing list. Yet he’s often invited on certain news networks to pontificate about all manner of social issues, of which he seems to have no expertise or background. He is, however, quite the mouthpiece for the positions of the Conference of U.S. Catholic Bishops. So my guess is, USCCB is his benefactor.

So, because he only has something to complain about when he exaggerates, he is claiming that American gay rights activists are seeking to “criminalize the Bible.” His case is based on a situation where a Swiss group has filed a complaint (in Switzerland) against a Catholic Bishop there. But, in Bill’s usual hyperbolic way, he puts his case this way, “His offense? He quoted from the Bible. The accused: Swiss Bishop Vitus Huonder. The accusers: gay activists in Europe and the United States.”

Let’s look at the entire situation. Apparently Bishop Huonder spoke at a Catholic Forum in Germany. Along with his usual denunciation of LGBT people, he quoted Leviticus. Now here’s how Bill describes it, “On July 31, Bishop Huonder spoke at a Catholic forum in Germany, and in his remarks he quoted from Leviticus the passage condemning homosexuality. He also criticized gender theory.” He’s not wrong here, but notice that he doesn’t give the exact verse, nor the text of that verse. Let me help you out with that: Continue reading »

Oct 222010
 

I haven’t been posting much lately. Partly it’s work, but it includes a general mallaise on my part. I monitor blogs that call out the supposed “Christian Leaders” whose vitriol against gay people just grows in leaps and bounds. It this sort of environment that leads gay teens to become so despondent they give up all hope, and we’ve seen the results of that all too many times recently. Yet these so-called Christians only use these situations to ramp up their hate speech, and absolve themselves of all culpability. I am sorry, but they have blood on their hands.

An activist, Dan Savage, started a Youtube Channel, It Gets Better, where people can post videos telling young gay people that they are not alone, and that there is light on the other side. Some have been quite moving, and here’s one that brought me to tears.

On October 18, 2010, members of Dallas’ Turtle Creek Chorale joined singers from over 30 area religious institutions and students from Southern Methodist University in a performance titled, A Night For Peace. WIth just three rehearsals to prepare, the 300+ “Partners In Harmony” massed chorus offered a full-length concert, which concluded with Bach’s DONA NOBIS PACEM (Grant Us Peace) from his Mass in B Minor. All stories are real. Featured speakers are current members of the Turtle Creek Chorale.

As a society, we no longer tolerate racist language and behavior from community and religious leaders, but for some reason, we continue to sit passively when the hate speech is directed at Gay people. It is time to start calling out these false religious people. Enough is enough.

Oct 162009
 

bujubanton-kenyatafilmsBuju Banton is a Jamacian Reggae star who riled up the gay community with songs like “Boom Bye Bye” which calls for gay people to be shot in the head with automatic weapons, have acid poured on them, and be burned “like an old tire wheel.” He currently has an American tour being roundly opposed by the gay community, and a number of events have been cancelled. Unfortunately, the owner of a concert venue in downtown St. Petersburg, Janus Landing, feels no responsibility to help build an inclusive community.

A show on October 30th in Tampa was canceled. Unfortunately, it appears Mr. John “Jack” Bodziak, owner of the St. Pete venue, is fine with inviting a person who believes it is not only OK to bash other people, but seeks to incite others to the same behavior. Mr. Bodziak can be reached at jack@gmail.com or (727) 896-2276. I sent Mr. Bodziak the following email:

I have read that a planned concert by Buju Banton at Janus Landing is still scheduled. Is that true?

I generally support all forms of artistic expression, but Banton crosses over a line. Buju Banton has a long history of performing songs advocating violence against gay people, including one song, which advocates shooting gay people in the head with automatic weapons, pouring acid on them, and burning them “like an old tire wheel.”

But the issue goes far beyond just lyrics in some songs. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch confirmed that Buju Banton was among six men involved in a gay bashing in June 2004 in Constant Spring, Jamaica. UK, so Banton has a history of not only inciting others to harm fellow  human beings, he himself has participated.

Despite having met with a group of gay leaders and activists this week, Banton made the following statement, “This is a fight, and as I said in one of my songs ‘there is no end to the war between me and faggot’ and it’s clear.” This is NOT a person who should be invited to our community, and frankly, you should be ashamed for providing a venue for a person like this.

I frequently go to downtown St. Petersburg, eat at a number of restaurants, and watch movies at Baywalk, but no more. I will no longer feel safe after Buju has had the opportunity to incite people to murder and burn gay people, and will be notifying those businesses I frequent to explain why they will no longer enjoy my patronage.

I am truly sorry that you believe some amount of money is worth sponsoring the bringing of a person like this into our community.

I do plan to follow through. Lay and I are regulars at least at one nicer restaurant downtown.

The McCain Hate Talk Express Barrels Through North Carolina

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Oct 212008
 

The current political climate and the divisiveness of modern campaigns is an embarrassment to this country. The politicians have found they can just lie without remorse, because there seems to be no accountability. As someone once said, in a democracy, we get the government we deserve. We let this crap work, so it’s what we get. I for one, hereby today and forthwith take a stand to say NO…NO MORE…to this kind of bull shit.

U.S. Representative Robin Hayes (R, NC) made the following statement at a rally a few days ago, “Folks, there’s a real America. Liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in God.” Then had temerity to blatantly lie and say he never said…the recording of his comments notwithstanding. Democrat or Republican, please join me in demanding a stop to this divisive hate speech. Demand that any politician making such statements relinquish their office.

Here’s my letter to Mr. Hayes. If you’d like to join me, his Washington Office phone number is (202) 225-3715 and the fax number is (202) 225-4036.  Continue reading »