I realize I bang this drum a lot, and if you're tired of it, I suppose my best piece of advice is to find another www that better suits your eardrums.
That being said, BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG.
We live in a world inhabited by all kinds of people. All colors, religions, belief systems, cultures. And while we may not understand or embrace a culture apart from our own, I still believe in the final analysis that it is our differences that make the world a more interesting place, and ultimately make us better human beings.
You may not understand another's faith and that is fine. As long as you don't revile it simply because it is not your own. What you believe is what you have been taught to believe by someone who was taught to believe it by someone who was taught to believe it, and on and on. Your faith, just as your palate, is largely a product of geography. Where you were born and raised have the lion's share to do with what you eat and how you pray.
Your love of babyback ribs and the Christian god don't make you right and more virtuous than someone who eats Palek Paneer and worships Vishnu.
Our respect and acceptance of one another is at the root of our humanity.
At least for decent humans.
Unfortunately, as we see every single day, there are those among us who elevate themselves above their fellow human beings, believing they are more virtuous, more holy, more worthy of rights, support, dignity.
No where is that more evident than in the constant bashing of the LGBT demographic.
We have legislation attempting to deny them basic rights; we have pastors banging their pulpits and instructing their congregants to punch their four year old sons who dare to touch a Barbie doll, and to tart up their young daughters who aspire to sports a little too aggressively; and we have parents raising children to believe that it is ok to bully their LGBT peers.
It is shameful. It is wrong. And it needs confronted head on everytime one of these cowardly, backwards, bigoted assholes opens their piehole.
Today's candidates for I-Need-Punched-In-My-Ugly-Ignorant-Mouth? Bryan Fischer of American Family Association and Peter LaBarbera, the President of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH).
Fischer took to the airways to, ironically, fuck MLK's I Have A Dream speech right up the ass in his attempt to validate his belief that homosexuals don't count.
Grabbing onto the portion where King famously said he hopes his children would, "live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character," Bryan declared, "You begin to see the implications when it comes to homosexuality, because you're dealing there with issues of content of character. You are dealing with issues of behavior and conduct, and it's perfectly appropriate to discriminate against immoral conduct."
Content of character. I see.
Mr. Fischer, every LGBT person I know has more character in the littlest toenail on their left foot than you do in your entire sick body. Character is about how you navigate this world, how you treat the people you meet in it, how you respond to the treatment you receive.
You sir, suffer from a complete famine of character. You are a dustbowl where dignity, grace, tolerance, and love will never grow - having been choked out, parched, ripped from the roots and discarded.
Instead, what you have is a swamp, an inner quagmire where emotionally stunted bacteria grows and flourishes. Where bigotry, stupidity, egoism, and callous disregard are lovingly fertilized by hatred.
Oh, you have a surplus of hatred stored in the grain silos of your heart.
LaBarbera, an equally adept purveyor of verbal sewage trumpets, "There's lots of government and states, whether they're Muslim or like ardently Christian nations like Uganda that don't want, they don't share the caviler attitude of the West toward homosexuality, they certainly don't want to promote it. And all of a sudden Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have turned the United States into a pro-homosexual regime and it's just despicable."
Give me a f*cking break. (How laughable to me that the same Muslims you openly decry as terrorists, every single one, are somehow lauded by you because there are Islamic based governments where homosexuality is a crime, and places in Africa where corrective rape is the go-to cure for a lesbian.)
This country is about ALL people, not just you "real Amuricans" who tote guns, carry a Bible you never read, and only have sex in the missionary position.
You cry and scream about mandated healthcare so we can adequately tend to our citizens, and your ballsac starts to sweat whenever anyone even broaches the subject of gun control because you don't want anyone telling you how to live your life or take away what you consider to be your "God given liberties," yet you see no problem in denying liberties to others, telling me what I can and cannot do with MY body, and dictating what you consider to be morality.
You hypocritical POS.
You cannot legislate a person's sexual orientation. You cannot beat it out of your four year old son. You cannot frill it up and out of your lesbian daughter.
Just as I cannot take a stick and beat the shit and ignorance out of you.
Hurt a homosexual person and they cry, just like you. Tell them a joke, and they laugh, just like you. Cut them open and they bleed red, just like you. They don't ooze some purple homo juice that's going to infect you and change your orientation.
LaBarbera, Fischer, and all your likeminded ilk - you are wastelands of hypocrisy. You are stagnating cesspools of vile mental filth. And you are losing. You will lose.
Because those of us who embrace differences, who do not wake each day with fear of "the other," who see religion more and more as a means to a despicable end, and who have open hearts and minds are overtaking you.
And we have had enough of your haterosexuality.
I, too, have a dream. And YOU, sirs, are nowhere in it.
Roaches. We don't like them. Same goes for ants, termites, and sundry other bugs that manage to invade our homes.
They are not welcome. They do damage. They aggravate asthma. And as anyone who has turned on the kitchen light in the middle of the night knows, they wreak havoc on a person's nervous system.
Sadly, there are human roaches among us. They hide in the shadows, they infest our society.
And oh, the damage they cause.
One such roach, 22-year-old Tessa Vanvlerah - who I wrote about back in March of 2010 - was sentenced today to consecutive life sentences. In January she had pleaded guilty to incest, statutory sodomy and statutory rape - acts she perpetrated with a man she met online AGAINST HER FIVE MONTH OLD DAUGHTER.
Let that sink in.
FIVE. MONTHS. OLD.
The man, Kenneth Kyle, a 47 year old professor from California, would meet at hotels and torture that defenseless baby girl - having sex with her and with each other for a period of 8 months.
It sickens me.
Not just because of what they did to her, but because we all know damned well that someone, somewhere is inflicting the same abuse on another baby as I type, as you read.
I simply cannot comprehend the monstrous thoughts, the selfish need for indulgence that leads a person to contemplate and then strike out against someone as pure, innocent, and trusting as an infant.
And thinking about the physical anguish that poor baby endured is more than I can bear.
Since her piece of shit "mother" was arrested back in 2010, the child has been fostered and now adopted. The woman who is now loving her back to life has reported that the child, now 3, would scream when anyone bathed her or changed her diaper. She still has night terrors and asks at each bedtime to make sure nobody else comes into the home.
Of course, Vanvlerah's attorney's tried to argue that she suffers from dependent-personality disorder - a psychological malfunction that made her willing to take part in Kyle's fun and shames.
Bull and shit.
A 3 year old knows that you have to be "gentle" with a baby. Sacrificing your infant child to your abominable desires is calculated, cruel, and unforgiveable. Standing by while a full grown man rapes your baby? Well, there simply are no words. And as for her ability to deny him? She had no problem saying no to his request for her to eff a dog. Seems her dependent personality disorder is a tad selective.
Vile pieces of sewage like Vanvlerah and Kyle simply need exterminated. They have shown their lack of humanity, their cruelty, their willingness to torture the most innocent among us.
Our oxygen supply does not need shared with shitbags like this. And our tax dollars do not need to keep them alive and cared for in prison.
Someone pick up a gross of Raid cans at Costco. I'll be the first to start spraying.
Coming on the heels of this morning's piece about the moron DJ in Cleveland who advised a listener with a lesbian daughter to have one of his friends "screw your daughter straight" (nothing like sanctioning the rape of an teenage girl) comes this story out of North Carolina.
Recorded this past Sunday, Pastor Sean Harris is heard advising his parishioners to "punch" their children who display gay or lesbian tendencies.
I'm not kidding.
Yes, another fine, upstanding Christian espousing hatred, bigotry, and violence all the while hiding like a pussy behind God's robes.
How I wish God would lift his robes and take a huge shit on people like this.
From his "sermon" as he "authorized" parents, “giving them a special dispensation” to harm their children:
"So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, 'Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,' you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.
Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male. And when your daughter starts acting too butch, you reign her in. And you say, 'Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.'"
Asshole, party of 1, your table is ready.
He speaks of a 4 year old child and advises the father to "give him a good punch."
Fine. So if we follow the DJ's logic we can have the gay assraped into him, and if we follow this ignorant piece of shit's logic we can break his wrists and beat some gay into those little limp f*ckers of his.
It is shameful, heartbreaking because people listen to religious leaders like this. They blindly follow this type of advice because these leaders are supposed to be examples of morality and spirituality. Worse, they follow because they are afraid to not follow, to not be part of the gang, to not get into that front row seat in Heaven. My heart breaks for the children who grow up under a seige of stupidity, of cruelty, of conditional love - which is not love at all. Love does not have strings attached, conditions to meet.
A child is born into this world with blue eyes, brown eyes, green eyes, hell - no eyes. All genetic. A child is born into this world with their sexuality hardwired as well.
These people believe God creates everything. They praise him for everything. They give all glory to Him for everything.
And then they turn around and advocate hatred and violence toward a segment of His creation.
They are the same folks who shout about being good Amuricans then condemn the Taliban. Sorry, you are one and the same. Ignorant, backwards, soulless terrorists all.
I so wish God would erect bleachers in heaven so we could all sit and watch when these horrible people come before Him and find out that what God has hated all along is their conceit, their egos, that they dare to call themselves Christians when their every breath is as far from Christlike as is humanly possible.
God? I'm sorry, but to paraphrase Roy Scheider, You're gonna need a bigger Hell.
Radio shock jocks - they are nothing new. In fact, they have their huge audiences precisely because they spout their "shock." They sing to a choir of equally shallow, sophomoric - actually sophomoronic - listeners who relish their every word, guffawing and knee slapping on their drive to work.
And that's ok. As long as the humor stays in the realm of the bathroom, go for it. I'm all for a good, cheap laugh. Our drive to the school each morning is usually with the gang on Sirius Hits 1 - although sometimes I have to change the channel. Not because of the humor, but because of the stupidity. Yes, I am being age-ist, but seriously guys, crack a book, read some news sometime. Your ignorance about world events is shameful.
But I digress...
The danger and responsibility of having access to the ears of millions is that they are listening. You have influence. And depending on what you allow to come out of your mouth, you are reinforcing some heinous ideas some of those listeners already have swirling in their small, bigoted, ignorant heads. (Rush Limbaugh being the textbook example.)
This past week a radio jock in Cleveland dangerously allowed his mouth to run and the words that so easily came out are as heinous as they are unforgiveable.
In reading an email from a listener about finding his daughter kissing another girl, DJ Dominic Deiter suggested the man "get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight."
Yeah. Let that one sink in.
Nothing like a little rape to make a girl want men, huh?
Of course, the fallout was immediate and the nonapology predictable - "apologizing" to those he may have offended. After all, regardless of how stupid, dangerous, and ignorant Dominic may be, he doesn't want to lose his job. God forbid he lose his power to incite.
News flash to Dominic and all those equally wetbrained individuals: Being a lesbian is not a virus. It is not a disease. It is not something you can medicate, rehabilitate, or treat by shoving some manhood up it.
A person is born that way. It is normal. It is as natural as eye color, hair color.
But let's use Dominic's logic, shall we? If one can screw the lesbian out of a woman, I suppose we could advocate having Dom held down and assraped to screw the gay into him, right? Surely if it works one way, it must work the other? See if when he finally pulls his pants back up he now likes show tunes and has an affinity for decorating. See how funny that is?
Rape is not fodder for comedy. It is the ultimate violation of a human being. Rape is not consensual, it is not overenthusiastic lovemaking. It is violence.
Perhaps Dominic should book a trip to South Africa and see just how his counsel of "corrective rape" is used daily against lesbian women. See firsthand the violence, the ignorance, the shameful treatment of human beings at the hands of cowardly, stupid, fearful men.
My advice to the man who "caught" his daughter kissing another girl? Pull your head out of your ass and love your daughter. She was no different in the moment after the kiss than in the moment before. SHE. IS. YOUR. DAUGHTER.
Her kissing a girl is not your problem. Your problem stares back at you every time you look in the mirror.
As for Dominic and all the DJs like him? As opposed to what we learned in grade school, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." - words ARE powerful. Because violent words and rhetoric lead to people picking up sticks and stones and inflicting pain upon others.
Be a disc jockey, not a dickhead jockey like Dominic.
We are all familiar with those Viagra and Cialis ads which supply the requisite warning about erections lasting longer than 4 hours.
If the wind refuses to leave your sails, you must head to the emergency room to have a physician lower your boom, as it were.
Of course, we all think it is funny. A woody is persistent enough on its own without the added assistance of medication requiring an embarrassing run to the ER.
But the truth is, it can be painful and dangerous. And that ER doctor is not exactly going to dance around your pole in order to alleviate the problem. Treatment of priapism involves needles, drainage, and sometimes surgery.
Not exactly how you'd like your morning glory pruned now, huh?
But men don't care. In fact, the demand for these drugs is so great, that the competition between pharmaceutical companies is, well, stiff. Long gone are the days when it was used by older gentlemen who had trouble engaging their warp drive. College students, yes, young gents who chub up when a gust of wind hits their Levis, are now in regular possession of the pills.
Perhaps though, they should save their tuition and beer money and invest in a motorcycle.
Just ask Henry Wolf. Henry passed the four hour mark roughly 20 months ago.
Yeah. 20 months. That's more wood than Home Depot lumber yard.
He has "pitched a tent" at a lawyer's and is suing BMW North America and the manufacturer of the seat on his motorcycle for giving him the "gift" that has kept on giving.
He claims that after a four hour ride on his 1993 BMW bike and its "ridge-like" seat, he became a human unicorn.
Of course, like any good lawsuit, in addition to lost wages, medical expenses, and "general damage," he is suing for emotional distress. Apparently, having permanently throbbing gristle means he "now is unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him substantial emotional and mental anguish."
I know, I know - I shouldn't laugh .... but .... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
No word on if the attorney took his case pro boner.