Midnight was the opening for The Dark Knight Rises. It's being called many things. A magnum opus, monolithic, massive, amazing, and it's even garnering Oscar buzz. Families gathered their children and friends met up to see the amazing film. I intend on doing the same and maybe you do too. However, in Aurora, Colorado, some lunatic with a gun wanted to ruin the event.
As of Wednesday, President Obama became the first ever sitting president of the United States to endorse same-sex marriage. It has been considered a risky political move by some and an intelligent move by others. As a supporter of the LGBTQ community in their fight for equality, I am pleased that President Obama took this step. I think it is the logical view to have and more than that, it was the right thing to do. This president has a long track record of accomplishments for the gays in America with the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell arguably being the center of the altarpiece. We saw the right wing media have the traditional reaction that we have come to expect from them. Some of them were hilarious in their absurdity and some of them were beyond ignorant. However, I'd like to focus on a few things that I feel need to be said about all of this.
I remember where I was on September 11, 2001. I was in the sixth grade and I had just finished lunch. I remember seeing my teacher crying. Now, since I was in the sixth grade, I figured that my teacher had a headache or something. I remember my teacher telling me to get my bags and report to the front hall because I was going home for the day. I got my bags and went outside to see my dad with my sister who also got signed out early. I remember my dad telling me three words that I never heard anybody tell me before. "We're under attack." He told me about the planes that went into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It was the first time in my life that I was aware of foreign terrorism. I was aware of the Columbine shooting. This however was different. I remember wanting to get back at those who attacked us. Not like I could do a damned thing about it. Eventually, I lost that feeling. That was ten years ago.
During the terrorist attacks by the radical right-wing christian terrorist Ander Behring Breivik, many people became heroes. I'll focus on two specific women. These two women saved 40 lives on that dark day and just saving one makes them heroes. These women should be praised from hemisphere to hemisphere as an example of what human beings can do when they care enough to step up and do something important. They could've been killed. They had no idea whether or not the gunshots came from one gunman or more than one. That didn't stop them from seizing their chance to do something extraordinary. These brave and amazing heroes are Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen. They are a same-sex couple. Now maybe i'm making something out of nothing, but i'm not surprised that the American media did not cover this story earlier.
What the hell is it about Planned Parenthood that drives people crazy? It's not enough to want to defund Planned Parenthood. It's not enough to lie about what they do at Planned Parenthood. It's not enough to slander their name and what they do not only for women, but for men as well. It seems like people have this uncontrollable urge to attack Planned Parenthood in any way, shape, or form. Alright. We all know what it is. People in this country are stupid enough to buy into the pro-life argument that babies are killed there. To take the words of a great man named George Carlin, it's bullshit and it's bad for you.
Georgia state representative Bobby Franklin was found dead yesterday in his home in Cobb County yesterday. He leaves behind his wife and three children. There were no signs of foul play but the authorities do not yet know the cause of his death.
If all of the conservatives in this country were required to take a brainwashing class (I mean class for "conservative talking points") in order to be considered for media and political roles, this would be one of the lessons. No matter how gruesome or horrible or tragic a situation may be, never let it go to waste. You should use it to your advantage. The Norwegian tragedy is a perfect example of that. It only happened last Friday and conservatives have been in full "blame the muslims" mode. Well, "the muslims" had nothing to do with this. That's not going to stop the right-wingers in this country from using this tragedy to push their agenda of getting rid of everybody who isn't conservative and doesn't look like them. You know, liberals, the working class, women, and and virtually any minority who hasn't kissed their asses yet.
It don't think there is any doubt that the conservatives do not care about women. However, they also do not care about preventing abortions. The can't care about that because they also do not care about reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies. If they did, they would agree that healthcare providers should cover the cost of birth control. Well guess what? They don't want that at all. Conservatives want more abortions and more children in the adoption system. They want to punish women for having sex. They want more women who are unable to provide for their children to have them. The conservative outrage over a little thing like free birth control is hilarious. They claim that women need to have "responsible sex" and that there needs to be consequences for "irresponsible sex." For those of you who are oblivious to this, i'll explain what they mean when they say these things. It's not about saving any lives. It's not just about controlling the reproductive rights of women. It's about making sure that saps continue to give generous donations so they can fight against the "radical left" and their "pro-abortion" philosophy.
I have no idea who thought it was smart to let Laura Ingraham be the guest host on The O'Reilly Factor last night, but I think Fox News might want to rethink that. I've seen huge gaffes before, but this gaffe was just awful. There is nothing wrong with having an opinion. There is nothing wrong with expressing it. There is something wrong with expressing it directly after a tragedy and leading people to believe that your opinion is a fact.
I think we all knew this was going to happen. Michele Bachmann would decide to run for president and give us all enough fodder to write articles, journals, magazines, and books about for months. Hell, maybe even years. However, her newest problem is one that is just too hilarious and too ironic to pass up on. We all remember Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama's "controversial" pastor who had a lengthy sermon reduced to just a few clips that demonized him and the president as "radical" or "un-American." Well, Michele Bachmann has a "controversial" pastor of her own. She just left the church this week, but I think it's fair to go into the details of this issue.
Tim Pawlenty, the man who pardoned a sex offender, went on NBC's "Meet The Press" and other than taking a few jabs at Michele Bachmann, he delivered the traditional "T-Paw" performance. He was incredibly dull to say the least. David Gregory did however bring up one of those "Gotcha-media questions" that conservatives love to complain about. The question was whether or not gay people are born that way or if they choose to be gay. Now we all know that a "GMQ" is any question that a conservative feels uncomfortable answering because they don't have an answer or don't know the answer, but "T-Paw" mowed on through it.
This might just be one of the dumbest things i've seen all year and i've seen a lot of dumb things. A right-wing advocacy group in Iowa has created a pledge for the GOP presidential hopefuls to sign. Instead of it being about doing the will of the people, it's about many wonderful things. Things like keeping gay people from marrying, stopping Sharia Law, and "protecting" women and children from pornography. Michele Bachmann is the first of them to sign the pledge. For those of you who have yet to read the pledge, I will list all 14 vows and add a bit of commentary for you. I apologize for the length.