Camels…Straws…Backs

Scott Proctor

So it has come down to this. People are finally finding success in writing hate and discrimination into the law. This is not religious freedom, this is religious fervor run amok.

I, for one, am done with this bullshit.

I am done with the people so concerned that their rights to judge others will be threatened by equality. With the people who are afraid they will have to sell something to someone they hate, that someone they hate might be able to rent an apartment near them. That fear the idea that someone they work with might be gay.

I am done with idiots who think that in order to protect them from their God’s wrath they should be able to kill anyone they think does not live up to their religious principles.

I have a gun in the house. Rick has a gun he carries. I am seriously thinking of getting one myself

so that I can protect my freedom to breathe at all times.

George Takei called for a boycott of Indiana which I will follow. Easy enough to do since I do not live there but, whatever. I look forward to seeing the looks on these smug hypocritical sonsabitches’ faces when their God sends them straight to hell.

What would Jesus do???

NOT THIS, YOU STUPID FUCKS!!!!

If this post bothers you, you probably believe in the right to discriminate in the name of God and, if so, I am not going to pray for your soul. I am going to pray you get your just rewards. I hope this does not include people on my friends list but I have my suspicions that it does.

I will rue your absence but I will not be a second class human being for anyone especially those who ‘have a lot of friends that are gay‘ but need to ensure they still have a right to discriminate.

M. Scott Grohocki-Proctor

Commentary on the Mad Hatter’s Latest Tea Party

I’ve been following a fairly unbelievable conversation on Facebook complaining that the volunteers fighting Ebola need to shut up and be grateful that we gave them the chance to fight Ebola? (Honestly, I had a real hard time figuring out what the basis was for this conversation). They were compared to the 101st Airborne and their oath of duty and…I don’t know. Let me say a few more things than you really want to hear about all of that.

There is a major difference between the military and volunteers. Volunteers aren’t “idiots“. They decided to risk there lives for little or no compensation to help others during a health crisis. Disdain and demand for ill treatment of those that are trying to save lives fits well with the current “me first” culture but it is still wrong.

Cowardice and illogical fear of this disease should not replace common courtesy nor the requirement to be grateful (or, at a minimum, humane) to those that are helping people while we bravely sit at our keyboards and opine about how the people that actually are helping should feel or be treated. We imagine farfetched scenarios under which Ebola could affect us and find friends to whine with about how brave we are while we cower on the Barcalounger with a Coors Light firmly in hand, stuffing chicken wings into our maw and explain what the young men on the television are doing wrong. We discuss how much danger we are in while watching the NFL on CBS and in between howling at the TV about the latest injustice the referees are perpetrating on “your” team and making plans to watch Lucy Liu in “Elementary”.

We are strong believers in our expertise in things we have no expertise in. And disbelievers in experts who differ with our opinion only because they know what they are talking about. Welcome to the Tea Party’s America.

Meanwhile, this nurse who they insist should “just shut up” and stop being an “idiot” and a “crybaby” has been wiping up the blood and snot and piss and shit of dying people. Dying.

She has watched children die while we curse the Gods because 0.00000126984% of Americans have been infected with the Ebola virus which must mean that it is coming for us next. Lurking around the corner like some slavering beast refusing to recognize our exceptionalism no matter how many times we point it out.

This is narcissism on an epic scale and embarrassment at this is what causes us to pretend we are in some sort of danger when we know that we aren’t. How do I know we know we aren’t? Because no one is that stupid. Absolutely no one.

A woman (with no symptoms which means she’s not contagious even if she was infected no matter what Drudge, WorldNetDaily, Fox, Breitbart and the Daily Caller are telling you in between their adverts for Topless Machine Gun Thursdays at the local gun range) who treated Ebola victims travels to the state you live in. What does that mean for you? Absolutely nothing. How about if you are introduced to her and shake her hand. What then? Still nothing. What if you berate her soundly and then collect her tears to make ironic salty caramel treats which you later binge eat? Nope. Nada.  You know it, I know it, everyone with a functioning brainstem knows it. No pity points for you. No moral high ground that lets you judge these good samaritans. Nothing.

As with so many hypocritical and horrible acts, many of the perpetrators claim Christianity as their faith. Well, I don’t recall the part about scorning the Good Samaritan for breaking the rules of the day to assist the man by the side of the road. Maybe the Lord just forgot that part of the parable. Maybe we are supposed to heap scorn and disdain on folks that help others. Maybe they are “idiots” and “crybabies“. Maybe they should “just shut up“. Maybe He wanted us to figure that out ourselves.

There is one thing you are right about. Someone in this needs to shut up. And it’s not the nurse.

Questions asked and answered. One man’s opinion on another man’s life.

M. Scott Grohocki-Proctor who writes on various issues for the Riverhouse Chronicles put a series of questions to Randy Rhule about his attitude toward homosexuals. Our hope is to start a civil conversation so that both sides can get a better understanding about the other outside of the rancor and partisanship. Randy is an old friend of mine from back in high school. He is a jeweler, a self-identified Conservative and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His thoughtful and respectful comments are important to hear and understand. I want to personally thank him for taking the time to answer Scott’s questions. We will try to have more features like this.
– Eliot
Scott ProctorScott:    You stated that if homosexuals were less in everyone’s face perhaps that would lead to them being less uncomfortable in life. I am interested in where the line is drawn. Do you think it should be acceptable for homosexuals to kiss in public? Do you think it should be acceptable for homosexuals to hold hands in public? Do you think it should be acceptable for homosexuals to use a term of endearment for their partner in public (i.e. Honey, Baby, My Love)? Would it be offensive to you to see a man with flowers in his hand greeting another man at the airport? If a homosexual were seeing off his partner, a soldier going overseas for a year, would it be appropriate if they hugged? Cried? Told each other that they love each other within earshot of others? If a partnered man has a hyphenated name such as I do, and they are asked by a coworker why they have a hyphenated name, should they be honest or lie?
Rhule
Randy:  No problem with any (of that).
Scott: Do you think it should be acceptable for a homosexual to have a photo of their partner on their desk at the office? What about a flag or other expression of their homosexuality?
Randy: Personally, I can’t put a flag of heterosexual on my desk. I would not even if I could. What is the “norm” in a society is often left out in that sense. I don’t mind it in a parade, but on your desk, in the work place where others can see it and be upset or angry, to me, is a bit of the in your/my face kind of things which I think are not necessary for you or for me. If it is there with the blessing of all of the other employees then that would be an exception. Think of it like me displaying on my desk a flag or poster of a verse from the Bible which denounces same sex relations. Maybe a black man with a black power flag. Or a white man with a white power (flag) or swastika flag or confederate flag. Not something anyone needs at work. Keep them at home.
  
Scott: Do you think it is acceptable for a homosexual to beaten/fag bashed just because he/she is a homosexual?
Randy: No.
Scott: Do you think it would be acceptable for a homosexual to be beaten if they mistakenly flirted with/came on to a heterosexual?
Randy: No.
Scott: Do you think homosexuals should be able to live wherever they wish or should they be limited to gay neighborhoods?
Randy: Anywhere.
Scott: Do you think employers should be able to fire a good hardworking employee if it is discovered that they are homosexual?
Randy: No
Scott: If my partner, a paramedic, were severely injured at work, should I be able to visit him in the hospital?
Randy: Yes
Scott: If my partner were dying in the hospital, would it be acceptable for me to hold his hand and tell him how much I love him? What if a Christian nurse came into the room?
Randy: OK by me, I don’t know, obviously about the nurse, but I would think that if she/he is in the nursing field, she/he knows that there will be different situations and scenarios that will present themselves and it goes with the territory.
Scott: If my partner were to pass away, should his family be able to come into our home and take half of our stuff away?
Randy: I think there would need to be a decision beforehand about that. I would think that a will would uncomplicate that sort of thing.
Scott: Is it ok for a heterosexual child to be beaten up because they have homosexual parents?
Randy: Of course not.

Truman Wept

Bill DiamondMissouri: Once the home of “The Buck Stops Here” under Harry Truman and now “Home of the Illiterate Dumbasses” .

Who can forget the spectacle of the rodeo from last year when they used blackface to mock a sitting President of the United States – at a partially public funded event“Oh, but that wasn’t racist!”  

Sure. 

Well, Missouri, if you just can’t wait to be next in line to make a complete ass of yourself, you might as well be next door to Kansas and Oklahoma. Good luck with that. Since you don’t fathom the consequences of your action, hillbillies, let me ‘splain it to you.

You are helping to ensure that Supreme Court rules in favor of gays and lesbians because you are distinctly and narrowly passing laws intending solely to discriminate against homosexuals. This meets the litmus test for “suspect classification“. That’s the legal term for a group of individuals that have been historically subject to discrimination. Any statute (a law, not a STATUE) that makes a distinction between individuals based on suspect classifications under the law will be subject to strict scrutiny by the Supreme Court.

Oh sure, you think sexual orientation isn’t one of them. You’re doing your damnedest to force the Court to recognize it as one.

If you don’t believe me, go review the Carolene Products Footnote.

– Bill Diamond

Heroes of the Radical Right

And now for a few words from poster boy for the Republican Party, Ted Nugent

I’ve got no inhibitions

So keep your keys out of your ignition
I steal a car like I got the curse
I can’t resist the old lady’s purse

Jailbait you look so good to me
Jailbait won’t you set me free
Jailbait you look fine fine fine
I know I’ve got to have you in a matter of time

Well I don’t care if you’re just thirteen
You look too good to be true
I just know that you’re probably clean
There’s one lil’ thing I got do to you

Jailbait you look so good to me
Jailbait won’t you set me free
Jailbait you look fine fine fine
I know I’ve got to have you in a matter of time

So tell your mama that I’m back in town
She likes us boys when it’s time to get down
She’s got this craving for the underage
I just might be your mama’s brand new rage

Jailbait you look so good to me
Jailbait won’t you set me free
Jailbait you look fine fine fine
I know I got to have you in a matter of time

Honey you you you look so nice
She’s young she’s tender
Won’t you please surrender
She’s so fine she’s mine
All the time, all mine mine
It’s all right baby
It’s quite all right I asked your mama
Wait a minute officer
Don’t put those handcuffs on me
Put them on her and I’ll share her with you

Jailbait, jailbait

Wheels of (In)justice

Scott ProctorThey say justice is slow, I guess injustice is as well.

I went to the Georgia State Capital today, with my loving partner of 16 years in tow, taking a half vacation day, so that I could go and voice my thoughts regarding Georgia House Bill 1023 and Senate Bill 377 otherwise known as “Preservation of Religious Freedom Act.”

I stood in a cramped room with over 100 others waiting for the members of a House Subcommittee that will be deciding whether to fast track this bill. I stood over two hours before getting fed up and leaving without the subcommittee ever showing up. I left before brandishing the little homemade protest sign in my pocket.

The bills in question, which lawmakers have spent their last two weeks in session working on instead of bills to fix what’s actually wrong in the state, wipe out virtually ALL anti-discrimination protections in the state including those few that protect Georgia’s LGBT citizens.

The bills would:
“Allow individuals and private organizations to claim an imposition on their religious freedoms to make decisions otherwise protected by current law.” Employers could discriminate against potential employees based on race, sex, age, pregnancy, nationality and even religion “under the guise of protecting the employer’s religious freedom.”

The bills are written to limit some of our most basic protections — including access to birth control for women, protection from state-sanctioned discrimination against Gays and the right to public accommodations for  everyone. For example, they allow:

  • An employer to fire a woman who remarried after a divorce or who is pregnant and not married.
  • A person who claims their religion demands pacifism and non-violence to refuse to rent an apartment to a tenant who owns a gun.
  • The owner of a sandwich shop to refuse to serve a gay customer.
  • The owner of a car dealership to refuse to sell a car to an married interracial couple.
  • A healthcare worker to refuse a woman a prescribed medication.
  • A counselor be exempted from state required licensing requirements.

“The bill applies not just to individuals but also to for profit and secular corporations and organizations. These businesses entered the stream of commerce for monetary gain and thus should not be allowed to reap the benefits of the marketplace but not have to play by the same rules as everyone else.”

– Georgia Equality

Yes Gays are angry but everyone should be!!!

That the House and Senate are pushing forward the two bills simultaneously instead of following their normal practice of clearing one chamber then going to another shows they are trying to be sneaky. That there has been virtually no press coverage is yet another sign. They don’t know if this is what the people want. It’s what they want. Almost every one of them is Republican.

Yet as outraged as I was by these bills and as much as I wanted to make my voice heard, I was hit by a shocking realization. No one really cares. No one but me and some lawyers and lobbyists that filled that room and a group of mostly college-aged kids rounded up by an activist organization. I think my partner and I may have been the only two people in the room that were not “connected” to the political process!

And when I say no one cares, I mean almost no one obviously but I have 338 Facebook Friends and I can count on my two hands the number of them that cared enough to “like” my posts much less comment. I did get a couple heartfelt comments that I appreciate dearly but I ask myself

“Why don’t they care???”

I have friends who are women, Jewish friends, GOOD Christian friends (as opposed to the bigoted kind). You should care. What can be taken from me can be taken from you and these bills do just that.

I know I post a lot of stuff and can’t (and don’t) expect everyone to “like” or comment on everything. I know many of you have probably blocked my posts because you don’t like hearing about everything that’s going on (you’re just not as political as I am, I get it). I even get that some of you live in other states so you think it’s not your concern. But I say it is. If it happens in Arizona and it happens in Georgia and it almost happened in Kansas and is going on in 4 or 5 other states simultaneously, it can happen where you are. The wheels of justice are slow but they go even slower when no one cares. The wheels of injustice, however, speed up when no one cares.

Please care!!! It is important and does effect you. Not just those Damn Fags!!

M Scott Grohocki Proctor

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Misogynist of the Day

You can count on me to never get in the way of you “preventing” an unintentional pregnancy.” I’m not actually sure what that means, because if it’s “unintentional” you must have been trying to prevent it. And, I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it to remain alive.

– Virginia State Senator Steve Martin