April 8th, 2009

Rainbow flag

Thanks for playing games with my life

Well hooray for Vermont (and a belated hooray for Iowa, too). Getting the measure passed by the legislature and not having it handled by the courts (designed, I might add, for the very purpose of preventing the will of the majority from trampling all over the rights of the minority, in case you didn't know that already) is a big win.

Reading the story, however, I'm really miffed about this particular quote:

"Rep. Jeff Young, D-St. Albans, who voted no twice because he's philosophically opposed to gay marriage, joined most other Democrats in voting to override Douglas' veto.

'I think if I wanted to continue my career here and have any chance of being effective, I had to vote with my caucus,' he said.

'You have some pet projects, you think you can help your district back home with things that need to happen,' he said. 'I want to get a railroading bill through. I wouldn't even have had a chance to testify, let alone get it through. Now, people will listen to me. It's the way the political game is played.'
Well fuck you very much, asshole. Don't worry about what's right, and forget the fact that your decisions affect millions of people's lives, you just go ahead and "play the game" to save your voter-approved career, because, you know, business as usual is far more important than my life. Yeah, that's "effective," you fucker.

P.S. It disturbs me that there's an anti group called the National Organization for Marriage - NOM. I refuse to let that affect how I look at lolcats. :)

Thank heavens for Jon Stewart

We don't usually watch The Daily Show, but we happened upon the first few minutes tonight, and good god that man is both a comedic and a cultural master.

In response to some talking head complaining that his kid's school calling St. Patrick's Day "Potato Day" is proof of Obama's impending socialism (WTF on so many levels), Stewart replies:

"So government's taking over our schools, our corporations, our healthcare, our personal liberties - scary! And while President Bush was the one who started the bailouts, nationalized an insurance company, added a seventeen trillion dollar prescription drug entitlement program, had a government mandated public school initiative literally titled "No Child Left Behind", wiretapped citizens without warrants, created secret internment camps in international waters beyond the reach of our justice system, and allowed his vice president to live in a nether world between the executive and legislative branch where his house did not exist on Google Earth, only now with the advent of "Potato Day" has tyranny come to our shores."
Fucking brilliant. To wrap up, he put it bluntly:

"I think you might be confusing 'tyranny' with 'losing'... when the guy that you disagree with gets elected he's probably going to do things you disagree with... that's not tyranny - that's democracy. See, now you're in the minority. It's supposed to taste like a shit taco. And by the way, if I remember correctly, when disagreement was expressed about that president's actions when y'all were in power, I believe the response was, 'Why do you hate America?'
You can watch the episode here on Hulu. It's worth it.