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18th-Jan-2007 08:37 am
Bush: Americans Sacrifice ‘Peace Of Mind When They See The Terrible Image’ Of War On TV
Last night on the PBS Newshour, Jim Lehrer asked President Bush why he hasn’t called on Americans — besides those serving in the volunteer military — to sacrifice something to help our country in this time of struggle. Bush claimed Americans are sacrificing: “They sacrifice peace of mind when they see the terrible image of violence on TV every night.” Bush explained that “the psychology of the country…is somewhat down because of this war.”

Like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Bush said that he would “strongly oppose” raising taxes on the wealthy to help offset the increasing costs of war in Iraq because he wants “people to feel like their life’s moving on.” The Wall Street Journal reports, “The growing financial strain of Iraq will be spelled out as never before in a series of defense and war-related spending requests by the White House next month, expected to total more than $700 billion through Sept. 30, 2008.”

Also, the White House shifts course on spy program, ceding to the court - FINALLY. And let's cut the shit - a 50/50 shot is NOT a recipe for success where Chimpy's new Iraq 'plan' is concerned. Leave the 50/50 chance for success to heterosexual Christians and their 'traditional' marriages. Let them die by that same sword, too. And as far as making a giant mess and leaving it for the Dems to clean up - FINE! It's not like historically the Dems don't manage the budget better anyway, and even if this were not the case - how much worse could they be? Is there any reason to think this current administration can get it together in the next two years? Have they ever? Meanwhile, the fundies are again squealing over Der Munkey's Iraq 'plan', it's one step closer to them getting raptured.

Americablog: Lead religious right "scientist" says black Africans were fortunate to become slaves
He also says the civil rights movement is "irrational." The man is on the advisory board of the lead "ex-gay" group, NARTH (the "ex-gays" are the gay-hating religious right activists who claim that you can pray-away-the-gay, or in the case of NARTH, that lots of gays are gay because they were abused as children or some other such nonsense). Well, it seems that they have a racism problem and they're not doing very much about it. The Southern Poverty Law Center - the organization that monitors the movements of hate groups - is now weighing in, and they're not happy. From SPLC:
A prominent member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is under fire for publishing an essay in which he argues that Africans were fortunate to have been sold into slavery, and that the civil rights movement was "irrational."

"There is another way, or other ways, to look at the race issue in America," writes Gerald Schoenewolf, a member of NARTH's Science Advisory Committee. "Africa at the time of slavery was still primarily a jungle.... Life there was savage... and those brought to America, and other countries, were in many ways better off."....

Titled Gay Rights and Political Correctness: A Brief History (PDF) Schoenewolf's angry polemic was published on NARTH's webpage. In addition to his outrageous historical claims about the conditions of life in Africa, he writes that human rights proponents are intellectually stunted.
NARTH's response? They took the document down from their Web site, and then issued a lame non-apology apology:
[O]n Oct. 6, NARTH posted this statement to its website: "NARTH regrets the comments made by Dr. Schoenewolf about slavery which have been misconstrued by some of our readers.
Misconstrued? Oh, and NARTH is keeping Mr. Slavery-Can-Be-Fun on their board of advisers. No misconstruing that message.

To truly appreciate who the "ex-gays" are and who they're connected to:
The movement's leaders and their close allies at Christian Right powerhouses like James Dobson's Focus on the Family have failed to condemn Schoenewolf's inflammatory arguments.
Dobson, he'd be the guy that John McCain is looking to make amends with. I wonder what John McCain thinks of the advantages of slavery? (I'm sure some of his best friends are slaves.)
Oh, and guess who's coming to the big "NOT GAY ANYMORE" dinner?

Lastly, Media Matters has a big writeup on Spocko, Glenn Beck, and ABC that's definitely worth reading.
18th-Jan-2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
Just to verify, these people are hoping to meet with the President so they can say, "We really don't want you to say that you have to treat Women, and Sexual Minorities as people." -- I mean that's really what it boils down to, correct?
18th-Jan-2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
sometimes i just don't know what to say in regards to what you post because what I read shocks me.

18th-Jan-2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
I continue to be puzzled as to why it matters WHY people are gay. If they are consenting adults, why should it matter if they're born that way or if they choose it? I can see for the interest of pure science why it might be interesting to know, but why is it necessary for equal protection under law? (I admit I have my own prejudices, in that I'm not particularly fond of legalizing poly marriage, but it has nothing to do with sexual mores. I think marriage ought to be limited to two adults only - nobody under 18 - a contract for the management and distribution of those two people's assets while they're together and if they split up, and to ensure care of their children if they have/adopt any. I work part-time for a divorce lawyer, so I see every day the sheer volume of problems that arise from just dealing with two people fighting over their stuff and money and kids. I can't imagine the nightmare if there were three or more adults involved.)

Of course, I also want to know why this matters more than war, but there aren't any neocons standing around handy to ask ...
18th-Jan-2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
Wow, Bush is not even fucking trying to bullshit us anymore.
18th-Jan-2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Why do I have the VIOLENT FEMMES song "Lies" going through my head?
19th-Jan-2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
iNteresting post. I think that for such purposes should be found other -peaceful ways.
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