And what makes this even more surreal — entirely apart from the fact that McCain actually believes this stupidity which has been utterly disproven (except, of course, to the equally senile or else outright evil Faux News crew) — is that the truth is being defended by U.S. Ambassador Michael Wilson. Who I intensely dislike on the basis of all sorts of other wingnut beliefs he holds.
Proof that I have gone through the navel of the world, and come out in an alternate universe. Though one thing remains comfortingly steady — rightwingnuts are insane.
In the “Just How Stupid Do You Think People Are” category, I give you this:
Tourism officials in northeastern England are both pleased and baffled by a new $25-million Alberta rebranding campaign that features a photo of children frolicking on one of its North Sea beaches.
While the tagline on the advertisement reads: “Alberta: Freedom to Create. Spirit to Achieve.”, the Alberta government has confirmed the photo was taken near the English village of Bamburgh in Northumberland.
Because clearly, there are no photos of any nice Alberta scenery around. Nope. Nothing like that.
And rather than admitting the wrong move, the provincial spin doctors did their usual thing, of course, as every politician alive feels compelled to do:
“There’s no attempt to make people think that this is Alberta,” Tom Olsen, a spokesman for Premier Ed Stelmach, told the Edmonton Journal.
“There’s no attempt to mislead. That picture just fit the mood and tone of what we were trying to do.”
Translation #1: “…’cause everyone on the planet is rilly rilly stupid, unable to make inferences based on context, and is gullible enough to swallow any crap we feed them, including this explanation.”
Reiteration #1: “Because clearly, there are no photos of any nice Alberta scenery around. Nope. Nothing like that.” (See above)
This lying (or colossally stupid, take your pick) government official only admitted there had been an error when his nose was deeply rubbed into it. No such thing as, you know, really taking responsibility for stupidity. Can’t have that.
And lest the lying spin be too thin on the ground, the Alberta Tourism minister chimes in as well:
Tourism Minister Cindy Ady told reporters that her department wasn’t involved in the rebranding campaign (it was spearheaded by an Edmonton-based public-relations firm).
Translation #2: “We never did anything, and anyway, it was their fault!”
‘Cause of course nobody in the government who was actually in charge of this project would have bothered to notice that photos of England were being used to promote Alberta before signing off on the finished product.
Nope. Nothing like that.
Good little Christian pastor Rick Warren was on Larry King on CNN, on April 6. Here’s a transcript. Please note his remarks a little over halfway down in the transcript:
I am not an anti-gay or anti-gay marriage activist. I never have been, never will be.
During the whole Proposition 8 thing, I never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never — never once even gave an endorsement in the two years Prop 8 was going.
Then go watch this YouTube video of Rick Warren endorsing and supporting Prop Hate, and encouraging people to do the same:
A big thank you to Tonya J for the heads-up on this.
Vermont has done it! And they did it by choice.
Today, that American state became the fourth in the country to recognize equal marriage for its citizens. After its legislative bodies passed a bill legalizing equal marriage, the Governor, Jim Douglas, vowed to veto it, and yesterday he went through with the threat.
But less than 24 hours later, the state Senate voted 23-5 to override his veto, and the House recorded a 100-49 vote to override — the absolute minimum they had to have to do so. And now it’s law.
And there was much rejoicing throughout the land!
Of course, the Republican Douglas couldn’t be gracious about it, and grabbed the opportunity to try to make citizens resent gay people:
“What really disappoints me is that we have spent some time on an issue during which another thousand Vermonters have lost their jobs.”
Riiiiight. A Republican governor all concerned about joblessness. Which was of course why he vetoed the bill so even more time had to be spent on it. Riiiiight.
Vermont is the only state so far who legislated equal marriage into existence. Three other states recognize equal marriage (Massachusetts, Iowa, and Connecticut), but it was the courts who legalized it in those places.
And guess what! The married gays and lesbians from those four states will now have their marriages recognized in Washington, DC! The District of Columbia Council voted unanimously today to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
Of course there’s the little matter that DC, like New York, recognizes these marriages but doesn’t let these people get married there. How stupid is that? But surely it won’t be long now.
As this Carnal Nation article mentions, two other states seem to be pretty close to recognizing equal marriage as well:
New Hampshire’s House passed a marriage bill in March, which now awaits a Senate vote. In New Jersey, Gov. Jon Corzine has pledged to sign a gay marriage bill that has been introduced in its legislature.
Isn’t it a great day for gays and lesbians today? And the great thing is that Americans now have the second-largest country (as far as land mass goes) in the world sitting just up north of them, proving that the sky doesn’t fall and the earth doesn’t swallow you up if you give equal rights to all citizens. Now there are four states (and could soon be six, or even seven if California smartens up) that will demonstrate the same thing.
It’s going to get harder and harder to play the hysteria card and expect anyone to listen.
My first thought was to say, “This isn’t political, but it still bothers me.”
But this is political, dammit!
This ad is for something that mothers can foist on their baby girls so Everyone! Will! Know! they’re not boys. (Because babies are mostly bald, so otherwise, How Would Anyone Know??) (And apparently, it’s Absolutely Crucial That We Know.)
This is, essentially, a WIG. A headband you stick on the poor little baby’s head, with strands of hair hanging from it that make it look like the cute witto girlie has bangs. And by the way — the headband is all prettyflowerygirly. No makin’ a mistake here, by golly! This is a GIRL. (And yegods, that insane tutu that poor baby is wearing! What — someone is going to look at that and think this is a boy??)
So. We want to start early. Tell our little girls that FROM THE WOMB they are not good enough, and must be improved, must have a prescribed concept of “femininity” thrust on them. This is the prelude to their entire busy life of preoccupation with their weight, their hair colour, whether their nose is the “right” shape, whether they’re tall enough (or too tall), whether they’re pretty enough, blah blah blah blah blah.
What’s the problem with someone not knowing she’s a girl, when she’s that little? What’s the problem with telling someone, if they (understandably) get it wrong? Or even not bothering, if it’s not essential to the conversation?
C’mon, idiot parents. She’ll have plenty of time in her life to be objectified and sexualized and forced into a societal gender roll, whether or not it’s good for her. Give her at least a few months, early on, to be herself and HAVE THAT BE GOOD ENOUGH.