Posts Tagged ‘Bigots


Update on PP Arsonist

An arrest has been made.

Jedediah Stout, 30, of Joplin, was charged today in U.S. District Court in Springfield with attempting to damage or destroy the center by fire or explosive materials twice on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release that both times Stout threw bags containing an accelrant onto the roof of the center and then ignited material attached to those bags.

With a name like Jedidiah Stout, you kinda have to be a right-wing nutter.

Also! Unless there’s more than one Jedidiah Stout, here’s his Facebook.


Wait, I Can’t Shoot People OR Give Them Wedgies? What a Rip-Off!

As you already know, there’s an anti-bullying movement sweeping the nation and growing every day. As more people stand up against a pervasive evil, more conservatives slowly realize that “hey…some of these people against bullying are LIBERALS” and scrabble to bullying’s defense. (Until they chicken out, that is.)

You can’t blame them, really. Without bullying, there would be no Republicans. Without bullying, there’s nothing to force people to worship your god or do everything you say just because you have more muscle mass. Show me a successful anti-bullying school program and 12 years later I’ll show you campuses completely void of Young Republican chapters.

Via Amanda Marcotte’s feed, I found Joshua Trevino’s tweet that backs that up.


“Re-litigate” their childhoods? So they did it before?

Anyway, from that guy came these guys.


I like how something being a fact of life = OK and permissible. I wonder what his opinions are on abortion, taxes, evolution, and non-procreative sex? And on the flip side, what are his opinions on his ability to survive without civilization’s many safety nets and perks, and Jesus?

There’s also the pesky fact of life, medicine. Specifically, your medicine, which you might unexpectedly have to taste.Image

And this is the best part right here, where I must admit Defend Wall Street expertly points out the flaws in my argument.Image

Man, adulthood for bullies must suck. Not only can you not give people swirlies anymore, but the movies lied to you and you can’t shoot or judo kick people without going to jail.

I made sure to let him know that. Who’d have thought? It actually does Get Better.


Another Tragedy Not Fueled By Political Rhetoric, Plus a Request

This is one you’re not hearing from the liberal lamestream media.

Shawna Forde, a leader of a spinoff group of Minutemen (which here is defined as “xenophobic gun nuts who run around in the desert playing vigilante border guard”), was in need of dough. Instead of selling angel food cakes like normal people, she and her group came up with the brilliant idea to raid the homes of drug smugglers for cash. So they targeted the home of the Flores family, who were non-drug smuggling American citizens.

Early on the morning of May 30, 2009, Raul Flores heard a knock at the door of his Arivaca, Arizona, home. When he opened it, he found a man and a woman claiming to be law-enforcement officers in search of fugitives. Minutes later, the man shot Flores to death. Then, authorities say, he pumped three bullets into Flores’ wife, Gina Gonzalez, who survived but played dead. “Why did you shoot my mom?” Gonzalez’s 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia Flores, asked the gunman, according to prosecutors. Those were her last words. The man put a gun to her head, fired off two rounds, and killed her.  (The Daily Beast)

Shawna Forde was acting in official capacity as the leader an offshoot of Minutemen, has ties to Aryan Nation groups, and has alluded to waging race wars and war against the U.S. government in the past. In short, she was yet another lone nut who was completely unaffected by right-wing rhetoric. Just like the last 20 that we’ve heard of.

This story, like the MLK bomb planter and most other people murdered senselessly for stupid authoritarian causes, has been totally ignored by the media. My request is this: tell everyone you know about this story. Follow that link and play the 911 call a mother made after her husband and 9-year old daughter were gunned down before her eyes.

People need to hear about this, but no one’s willing to speak up.


A Thor Spot for White Supremacists

Heimdall as a fierce manly white man! FIERCE!

I haven’t read any of the Thor comics, so I wasn’t planning on seeing the upcoming movie. But goshdarnit, someone’s decided to boycott it. Now the wafting fumes of controversy strangely compel me to pay attention to a pop cultural phenomenon I would have otherwise ignored.

O Hollywood! Whose wrath have you provoked with your unwitting meddling?

Turns out its our very own Council of Conservative Christians. They’re mad because their second favorite religion (next to the cult of their wounded pride) is getting peeceeified with the casting of (I assume) a socialist Kenyan secret Muslim as Heimdall.

The Missouri-based Council of Conservative Citizens, labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, writes that Marvel has “[declared] war on Norse mythology” by giving the pantheon “an insulting multi-cultural make-over” in the form of Idris Elba, the English actor known for his roles in The Wire, The Losers and The Office.

Hold up! A SCANDINAVIAN god is being played by an ENGLISH actor? What is Hollywood THINKING?!?

Normally I’m not a fan of racebending, but I’m more willing to let it slide if A. It’s the privileged actors who get the shaft, and B. It annoys white supremacists. Who wants to go see Thor with me?


The WBC Every Day

I was reading this awesome article on Alternet and was reminded of the outrage aimed at Westboro Baptist.

WBC being a bunch of wasted flesh is quite possibly the only issue that Americans can agree on. Everybody and their dittohead dad hates them. What sort of monster protests in front of the grieving to make a point about their particular godmonkey’s will?

Ahem. See me pointing to that link above? You should seriously click it.

The people in that article lost a child, too. Godbotherers wanted to make a stupid non-point about their stupid imaginary friend. The father proceeded to rip the classless shits a new one.

Abortion clinic protesters are exactly like Fred Phelps. Nope, it’s not hyperbole. They are ideological vultures that prey on the grieving to make stupid points about how much some people (be it women, gays or soldiers) are nothing compared to the whims of their stupid imaginary friends.


See? See?!

In our last thrilling installment, we uncovered the shocking, arousing truth behind backpedaling racist apologists. Turns out they aren’t arguing in good faith, and don’t actually have a problem with racism! If that’s not shocking enough, then hold on to your hats– in today’s episode, we find a walking demonstration of this principle in action!

Via Pandagon, let us present Exhibit A: Robert Stacy McCain, conservative blogger and evidence of vast McCainian conspiracy.

The backstory: South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is deemed by certain other Republicans as being too OMG MOOSLOOM to be a true Republican, or a true American for that matter. Case in point, Senator Jake Knotts sez:

“We’ve already got a raghead in the White House, we don’t need another raghead in the governor’s mansion.”

Shhh. Don’t tell him that she’s actually of Sikh descent, which is verily not Muslim, and besides she herself is Christian anyway. His doctor has apparently forbidden him from acknowledging other categories of brown people other than “illegal” and “Taliban”, lest he have an aneurysm. How sad, to be held in bondage by the mind made fragile flesh!

Which brings us back to the Other McCain. Take notes, as this is the behavior I alluded to yesterday.

First, comes the disclaimer that yes, Knotts calling Haley a raghead was a bad thing. HOWEVER! And here come the caveats.

Certainly, I’m the last person on the planet to be screaming “raaaaacist” at other people, but it’s shocking enough that a Republican would use such language to describe President Obama.

Caveat 1: People who point out racism are oversensitive wieners.

It’s unfathomably ignorant. Sikhs are not Muslim and they’re not Hindu.

Caveat 2: It’s only wrong if the technical aspects are wrong. If she were of, say, Pakistani descent, go nuts!

Now let’s move on to the meat and potatoes of plain ol’ apologism.

One of the first controversies I ever became involved in as a blogger was when Ann Coulter used “raghead” in her 2006 CPAC speech. At a time when even Ace of Spades (!) signed a petition condemning her, I defended Coulter because (a) I love Coulter, and (b) the person to whom she applied that term was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for whom no slur is sufficiently derogatory.

It’s OK to tar all people of that race if you don’t like a certain individual! That’s not being racist! Oh wait, judging and tarring the entire race based on individuals– that may be tangentially related to racism. It may be the freakin’ definition. I’ll have to get out my  dictionary.

We would like to thank the Other McCain, for showing us how to be racist the right way. McCain’s an Irish name, right? He’s truly a credit to his drunken, potato-eating race.*

*Before anyone says anything, I’m Irish too. Besides, for some people no slur is sufficiently derogatory!

I Apologize In Advance for the TV Tropes Link

C/o the Erstwhile Conservative, we hear that Glenn Beck is double-dog-daring Obama to find a gay, handicapped black woman for the Supreme Court.

Whenever hyperventilating conservatives stack up a hypothetical person’s non-privileged identities, the unspoken implication is that such a person being considered for a job in authority is the height of liberal idiocy. “Appointing a black lesbian to be a judge? How silly, Mr. President! That’s the exact opposite of a straight white guy! And oh, she’s handicapped too? How precious! You’re treating her like she’s a little person!”

Reading Duane’s footnote, I was struck by a similarity to something in my post on political correctness. I recalled some cable stop motion cartoon (which was apparently too unremarkable for me to remember the name of) that also cast a gay black handicapped woman as political correctness made flesh. Are two examples enough to infer a pattern? I smell a new entry on TVTropes- “Handicapped Black Lesbians Are PC Fever Dreams”. Whoever submits that entry gets a free lunch from me.

I wonder if any actual black lesbians with disabilities mind that they are rumored to dwell underneath the beds* of paranoid white men. They’re not white, nor male, nor sexually compliant, nor able bodied…they are what shouldn’t be! They are the Elder Gods of the Republican planet.

I’m pretty sure they do mind.

It also made me realize, hey! I have a really old comic book idea that incidentally starred a black lesbian with a handicap! I have to find my sketchbooks and scan that all in. Maybe actually finish and publish it. Get a little break the universal (yet, somehow “edgy”) stories of Joe Everyman.

*Too many senators and religious figures already called dibs on the  closet.

Some Schadenfreude for Ya


If you’re like most people with a conscience, you were probably rendered speechless by the actions of Constance McMillen’s classmates and school.

If you haven’t heard, a quick recap: Constance, a lesbian student in Fulton, Mississippi, wanted to attend prom in an out fashion like all straight people are entitled to. The school canceled the entire prom rather then have her attend. After legal action, a prom at a country club was arranged. So Constance went to the prom on Friday, and found only seven people (including two mentally disabled students) in attendance.

Turns out most of her classmates, with help from their parents, held the “real” prom somewhere else.

Even if you are familiar with the ridiculous lengths Southern schools go to to avoid dancing with undesirables, it’s still not a story to read in the wee hours of the morning. I saw red. No way was I sleeping now. Relief was necessary.

Luckily, I found a slight bit of schadenfreude for your reading pleasure. At comment number 8 in the top article, “begleg10″ stands up for the much maligned school (bolding mine):

I am a senior at IAHS, and I’ve known Constance for the last 6 years. Please hear our side of the story before you decide on our fate.

The party we had in Evergreen (the county neighborhood I live in) is 30 mins away from the school. we rented out the community center, hired vendors, decorated, and our parents ran the security/chaperone staff- but it wasn’t prom. Prom was at the country club where constance and 7 other students were. The reason the senior class boycotted the actual prom was not because we hate gays. We wanted a drama-free gathering to celebrate 3 great years and 1 lousy one together, and we wanted to lay low. We also wanted to do it without the main cause of the lousy. What people are failing to realize is that much of the fault of this whole stink lies with Constance, not her mistreatment by the school district, but her crazy-reckless need for attention. It sounds mean and horrible and like we planned it all specifically to embarrass Constance, but we didn’t. We let her have her prom with her girlfriend and her tuxedo and we went to party it up in the “boondocks” not because we wanted her rights violated, but so we could salvage what has turned into a total fiasco. As a whole we didn’t support her decision to throw the district under the bus, or her insinuations that we’re all just a bunch ‘a hicks driving around in beater pick up trucks spitting tobacco and burning crosses. IAHS is one of the top schools in the state and I’m proud of that, and I’m proud that we took a stand and just said you know what? forget it, we have just as much right as you do to have a party for ourselves. So we did, and now we’re getting flack because poor Connie’s ego got a bit of bruising. She’s playing the lesbian card to prove she ALWAYS gets what she wants. This time, we didn’t just let her.

Take it as you will, because I’m sure it sounds like we faked her out, but understand this- the decision NOT to attend prom had nothing to do with the school or with Constance’s sexual preferences; it had everything to do with proving we weren’t going to let her and the ACLU steamroll us into doing what Constance wanted. We flexed the muscle of the majority and we’ll suffer the consequences.

Thank you for sharing that tale of bravery and integrity. Laying low to avoid drama. You’re a regular Nelson Mandela.

She was so driven to stand up for the strong and uptrodden* that she forgot a few critical rules of thumb. The big one, of course, is “if you try to excuse your glad participation in a cruel, cowardly and much-publicized stunt, don’t use a username that points to your Facebook page. Especially if you plan on a career in journalism. You breathtakingly atrocious idiot.”

Now begleg10, AKA Lindsey Begley, will forever be linked with this event, for the Internet never forgets. Perhaps her journalism dreams can still be salvaged; maybe Fox News will give her a show, if she plays her cards right. Cash in on the wingnut welfare girlfriend!

She’s not the only brilliant bird either. Many other promgoers also have Facebook profiles and other Internet droppings, complete with captions of mocking laughter, brave statements of defiance to the gay hoard of one and her mentally disabled cronies, and photos of hideous prom dresses. They’ve even set up a whole group called Constance, Quit Yer Cryin’, which has apparently already backfired.

Welcome to the 21st century, Itawamba High! Have you been acquainted with the Internet Archive? Believe you me, I would love to pretend that I never made a Gilbert Gottfried fansite on Tripod’s free website service when I was in middle school. But I can’t, because the Internet never forgets. Luckily, Gilbert Gottfried appreciation isn’t likely to result in rejected college applications or being passed over for jobs.

I’d love for mindless status quotians** like Lindsey to put down their arms and live in mutual respect with us undesirables. But if that’s not feasible, I’ll be happy to aid in their fall and ostracism if they set themselves up for it. Maybe you need to stop playing the entitled victim-blaming twit card to get what you want.

* I am 99 percent certain this is not a word.
* This may not be a word, but if it’s good enough for Shakesville it’s good enough for me.

I Don’t Want Any Blue Savages Playing on My Team


Here’s a new rule for life: if someone says “I’m not a racist, but–“, they are racist.

Case example.

Basketball league for white Americans targets Augusta

The All-American Basketball Alliance announced in a news release Sunday evening that it intends to start its inaugural season in June and hopes Augusta will be one of 12 cities with a team.[...]

“Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league,” the statement said.[...]

Don “Moose” Lewis, the commissioner of the AABA, said the reasoning behind the league’s roster restrictions is not racism.

“There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing,” he said. “I don’t hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here’s a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like.”

Seriously? I’m having difficulty construing how this can be construed as anything but racist. It’s almost indistinguishable from parody. If this occurred in a movie and Mr. “Moose” Lewis was the antagonist, the movie would be criticized because the villain was way too cartoonish. The freaking Colonel in Avatar is more nuanced then this guy. Yet here he is, in real life’s splendid 3D.

I wonder if ABBA will sue him over the acronym.

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