Tuesday, February 22, 2005

These are some sick fucks

Military police are investigating a cruel hoax in which a man wearing an Army dress uniform falsely told the wife of a soldier that her husband had been killed in Iraq.

Investigators are trying to determine why the man delivered the false death notice and whether he was a soldier or a civilian wearing a military uniform.

That's right. Some sicko thinks that it is funny to falsely tell families that their loved one was killed in the war.

This isn't the first time that this cruel hoax has been pulled at Ft. Stewart, GA. When the 19,000 troops of the 3rd Infantry Division were on the first tour several families received phone calls falsely telling them that their family member had been killed in Iraq. Prior to this tour the spouses remaining at home were told by the camp officials to be wary of such calls, and what to expect in case of a real notification. It was this heads-up which allowed the victim in this case to suspect that the uniformed man who came to the door was an imposter.

Yo, folks. It's OK to be against the war. It's never OK to act out against someone because he or she or a member of his family is in the military. For the record, its also not OK to send nasty, hate filled letters and emails to people with whom you disagree politically. That's bullshit. Don't do it! And don't try to justify your actions by pointing out that many right wing nuts do the same thing. That's why they are right wing nuts (duh!)

Too good

I literally snatched this photo from Pam's House Blend and rushed over here to post it. Its apparently an actual sign hanging in a street in Germany. Enjoy.

Cartoon Alert - "Shrek 2" promotes transexuality

The nutcases just never quit. Now they are sounding the alert about the movie Shrek 2 which, they claim, is promoting something they call the "transexual agenda".

Parents Beware: 'Shrek 2' Features Transgenderism And Crossdressing Themes

Summary: The DreamWorks' animated film, "Shrek 2," is billed as harmless entertainment but contains subtle sexual messages.

Parents who are thinking about taking their children to see "Shrek 2," may wish to consider the following: The movie features a male-to-female transgender (in transition) as an evil bartender. The character has five o'clock shadow, wears a dress and has female breasts. It is clear that he is a she-male. His voice is that of talk show host Larry King.

During a dance scene at the end of the movie, this transgendered man expresses sexual desire for Prince Charming, jumps on him, and both tumble to the floor.

In another scene in the movie, Shrek and Donkey need to be rescued from a dungeon where they are chained against the wall. The rescue is conducted by Pinocchio who is asked to lie so his nose will grow long enough for one of the smaller cartoon characters to use it as a bridge to reach Shrek and Donkey. Donkey encourages him to lie about something and suggests he lie about wearing women's underwear. When he denies wearing women's underwear, his nose begins to grow.

An earlier scene in the movie features a wolf dressed in grandma's clothing and reading a book when Prince Charming encounters him. Later, one of the characters refers to the wolf's gender confusion.

TVC's report, "A Gender Identity Disorder Goes Mainstream," explains the transgender agenda and the effort to deconstruct the biological reality of male and female. DreamWorks is helping in this effort by promoting cross dressing and transgenderism in this animated film.

The Right Wing Plan

Go read this DailyKos diary if you want an idea of the tactics to expect from Karl Rove, et al. Here is a highlight:

Our movement will be entirely destructive, and entirely constructive. We will not try to reform the existing institutions. We only intend to weaken them, and eventually destroy them. We will endeavor to knock our opponents off-balance and unsettle them at every opportunity. All of our constructive energies will be dedicated to the creation of our own institutions....

We will maintain a constant barrage of criticism against the Left. We will attack the very legitimacy of the Left. We will not give them a moment's rest. We will endeavor to prove that the Left does not deserve to hold sway over the heart and mind of a single American. We will offer constant reminders that there is an alternative, there is a better way. When people have had enough of the sickness and decay of today's American culture, they will be embraced by and welcomed into the New Traditionalist movement. The rejection of the existing society by the people will thus be accomplished by pushing them and pulling them simultaneously.

We will use guerrilla tactics to undermine the legitimacy of the dominant regime...

We must create a countervailing force that is just as adept as the Left at intimidating people and institutions that are used as tools of left-wing activism but are not ideologically committed, such as Hollywood celebrities, multinational corporations, and university administrators. We must be feared, so that they will think twice before opening their mouths...

We will be results-oriented rather than good intentions-oriented. Making a good-faith effort and being ideologically sound will be less important than advancing the goals of the movement...

Monday, February 21, 2005

Yes, "Jeff Gannon's" sexuality IS important

"Gannon" was actively working to further the right wing agenda to drive queers back into the closets as part of their goal to "bring back" a fictionalized version of life in the US in the '50s.

Let me provide some background for the heterosexuals and young queers who may be reading this but are not sure what the '50s and '60s were like for those of us who weren't born heterosexual.

I was 23 years old, and had recently returned from duty in Vietnam in 1969, the year in which the Stonewall riots occured, a event regarded as one of the beginning events of the modern movement for equal civil rights for gays, lesbians and transgendered citizens. Make no mistake though. Although the riots were the spark of the movement, it took quite a few more years for that spark to grow.

In 23 years I had never met another person that I knew to be gay. In 23 years I had never heard nor read one positive word about homosexuality. When I came out a year or two later I discovered that I was part of a world in which the large majority of
gay men didn't even tell each other thier real names, not even friends who had known each other for years.

It was a time in which, in city after city, the police looked on gay bars as a source of extra cash to take home to their families. Bar owners were blackmailed to make pay-offs to the police, and if the bar owners didn't fork over, the police would "raid" the offending bar, arrest all the patrons on vice charges - just being gay was considered illegal in those days - and then the cops would phone the employers and
families of those arrested and "out" them. Suicide often followed, job and family loss almost always did. Cops didn't care about a few dead fags as long as the payoffs kept coming in.

I can explain very simply what being gay was like in the late '60s. It would be like announcing today that you are a child molester who prefers 8 to 10 year olds. Seriously.

In the '60s gay men were still being dragged off (or sometimes, sadly, even volunteering) to mental hospitals where they were subjected to "aversion therapy" which consisted of having electrodes attached to one's penis while being shown slides of X rated gay action. Any reaction from the wired body part would result in an electrical shock in an attempt at negative conditioning. Didn't turn anyone from queer to straight, but it sure did screw over a lot of lives. Some of these people
were even subjected to full blown electroshock treatment and even lobotomies. That didn't work either, of course. Some today are pushing for the return of those tortures.

Only a few years before I came out, after the unsolved murder of a young boy, all the suspected faggots in the area were rounded up and dumped into the nearest mental hospital by the police who were under intense pressure to solve the crime.

Suicide among gays was rampant during those years. I worked at America's first
gay positive mental health counseling service
. I can't count the number of folks who called the crisis line after attempting to kill themselves. Thankfully we were able to get medical help to most of those who managed to call, but the experience made a deep impression on me.

Then during the intervening years things started to improve. Through court cases, and most importantly through the increasing numbers of us who were willing to be "out", America was forced to face the reality that a substantial number of her sons and daughters were queer and deserved an equal place in society.

But along came Karl Rove and the plan to make gays and lesbians the scapegoats for all that was wrong with America. The failure of the institution of marriage? - gays. The failure of our school system? - gays. The failure of John Kerry to be
elected? - gays. And just today, the failure of Social Security? - gays. Take it from an old homosexual who has been at the struggle for equal civil rights for a long time, things are looking much worse in 2005 than they were in 1971 for queer folk.

And as far as "Jeff Gannon" or whatever his name is, he has spent a lot of time and energy aiding and abetting those who want to make me a second class citizen or worse based on my sexuality. For him to do that during his work hours while providing stud service to men during his off time is not hypocrisy - it can only be described as collaboration with the enemy. (And for those who think that
he might really be a heterosexual because of his stated preference to
be a "top", pah-leeze, Louise. Think of the biology involved. A "true" heterosexual would be much more likely to opt for the bottom position where his enthusiasim, or lack thereof, wouldn't interfere with the actions required by his role.)

As the right wing trains its crosshairs on us, attempting to demonize us simply because we are gay, willing to use our sexuality as weapons against us, they should realize that we will not stand by and be silently herded off to the cattle cars. Our community has been there and done that. Never again.