The Political Playground

July 21st, 2010

On July 14th the NAACP passed a resolution condemning the racist elements with in the Tea Party movement. Needless to say that didn?t go over well with the Tea Party or the conservative movement in general.

Now, I’ll be honest, I haven?t read the text of the resolution, but I find it hard to believe that the NAACP was actually condemning the entire Tea Party Movement, and was instead just targeting the racist fringe elements, elements that tend to exist within all most any political movement. Elements that most Tea Party leaders themselves have been trying to remove.

So, on the 19th, Andrew Brietbart dug up some video clips from an NAACP awards dinner in March where Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development gave a speech, edited them to remove any context, and posted them on his site Big Government in an attempt to prove a point. Using editied video to undermine your political opponents has exploded thanks to the advent of the YouTube era.


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Meanwhile, the Iowa State Judicial committee voted 13-8 yesterday to move the bill banning Marriage Equality out of committee and to the full State House. It is expected that this bill adding discrimination to our state constitution, will pass the House. Its chances in the State Senate are not nearly as certain. If it passes both the House and the Senate this year, it will have to do so again in Jan 2013. After which it will go to be voted on by the people in November 2013. If it fails to pass then the soonest it could be put on the ballot is 2016.

National Coming Out Day

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Today is National Coming Out Day.

Issac Katz wrote an essay that was published at stltoday, publicly coming out as gay. Issac is the son of proud homophobe Jonathan Katz, author of the 1999 essay ?In Defense of Homophobia?, and who was briefly a member of Obama?s science team working on the BP oil spill in the gulf. He was removed from the team after his homophobic views brought to attention.

It is harder to stay away from homosexuals, I would imagine, when your son is one. When I told my dad I was gay, his immediate response was, "No, you’re not." (My mom, by the way, was and is more supportive.) When my insistence finally overrode his denials, he echoed his online essay that I should deny who I am rather than to engage in an act so abhorrent as to love another man.

The whole essay by Issac is definitely worth the time to read.

Actor Chad Allen?s coming out story is a great read.

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