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Willard Romney – A Homophobic Bully?

Seems that Willard Romney’s background includes a bit of Gay bashing…

Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents

 Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.

“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them — Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal — spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed the incident asked not to be named. The men have differing political affiliations, although they mostly lean Democratic. Buford volunteered for Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. Seed, a registered independent, has served as a Republican county chairman in Michigan. All of them said that politics in no way colored their recollections. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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Tea Bagger Gay-Baits US Senator Lindsay Graham

The Republican Party’s lurch right to kowtow to the Tea Baggers is having the obvious consequences – the Party is ripping itself to shreds. A lot of people are predicting a Republican resurgence in the mid-terms – but if you look at what the Tea Baggers are doing…

This could well be a major loss like 2008 for the Republicans as Moderates desert in droves. That “Big Tent” keeps on getting smaller and smaller every day. This one smacks of Hitler’s pogroms to eliminate from the Nazi Party anyone who wasn’t Aryan, a true believer, or was “defective”.

This strikes to the heart of Tea Bagger “white is right”, plastic patriotism, jingoistic, homophobic, and racist – hate politics.

Tea Party speaker gay-baits Lindsey Graham

Really, only a gay person (or maybe a Muslim) would be enough of a deviant to disagree with these folks, right?

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has had an uneasy relationship with his party’s purists for years. Even in his own home base of South Carolina, the right wing has long thought of Graham as a squish on an array of crucial issues, including campaign finance, immigration and environmental regulation.

There’s also, however, always been a nastier undercurrent. For years, unsubstantiated but persistent rumors have swirled about the sexuality of the unmarried Graham. What’s unsettling is how some on the right seem eager to connect one complaint about Graham to the other.

At a Tea Party rally in Greenville, S.C., last week, a speaker tried to figure out just what, exactly, is wrong with Graham. “Barney Frank has been more honest and brave than you. At least we know about Barney Frank, nobody’s going to hold it over his head.”

He continued, “Look, I’m a tolerant person. I don’t care about your private life, Lindsey. But as our U.S. senator, I need to figure out why you’re trying to sell out your own countrymen, I need to make sure you being gay isn’t it.

What’s interesting here is the thought obviously running through the speaker’s head: that something about the personal features of a politician like Barney Frank or Lindsey Graham explains their otherwise disagreeable behavior. The argument isn’t that Frank and, supposedly, Graham, are horrible liberal traitors, and gay to boot. It’s that they are, or might be, horrible liberal traitors because they’re gay.

And once you notice this type of argument here, you realize that it’s everywhere. This is the basic case against President Obama as well. It’s not just that his policies are bad. It’s that he is somehow not one of us, doesn’t understand our country and its traditions, and so is in fact working for the other side. The “he’s a foreigner” line of attack also featured at the rally, when former GOP presidential candidate Tom Tancredo asked, “If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don’t we just send him back?”

You’d think that the argument that Obama is a scary outsider Muslim would be about fighting terrorism — the president is too soft on terrorists, because he’s a secret double-agent. But the “foreigner” rap on the president doesn’t even seem to be about international issues. Instead, it’s somehow about healthcare and taxes and domestic policy in general.

This is the language of a political movement that sees itself defending a peculiar, limited version of democratic politics. Academics have a term for this idea: herrenvolk democracy. The basic idea is that there is supposed to be equality, and even unanimity on crucial matters, among qualified citizens. And if someone breaks the consensus, it’s not so much a sign that there needs to be an argument about this or that issue. It just casts doubt on whether that person was a legitimate member of the group in the first place. (Note that Graham himself has criticized the use of “racial epithets” on the right.)

This is all over the comments about Frank and Graham, as well as the standard attack on Obama-as-Kenyan-Muslim. As the Greenville Tea Party guy put it, “I need to figure out why you’re trying to sell out your own countrymen.”

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2010 in Stupid Tea Bagger Tricks

 

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Debating Hate Crimes, Rep. Gohmert (R-TX) Conflates Bestiality, Sex With Corpses, and Voting for a Black Man

Bestiality and voting for a black man…

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Proving once again there are no minimum qualifications to be a Congressman in the United States, unlike most other professions. You don’t even have to be of the “sound mind” needed to write a will or get married in many states…

Or smarter than a 5th grader.

Which gets us to the issue of how in Gohmert’s picayune little mind are Hate Crimes Legislation, bestiality, necrophilia, and voting for a black man (Alan Keyes) related?

I mean Keyes may be crazy as a loon, but (as far as I know) he isn’t crazy enough to desire amorous relationships with Elsie the Cow.

This dude is another Republican Sick Puppy.

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Posted by on October 8, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Excorcism – “Gay Demons”?

Apparently Hell is a lot more advanced on the issue of same sex marriage than religious conservatives. Not terribly surprising since their vision for America has brought so much hell to America.

This video, posted up originally on a Church site, purports to show a “Gay Exorcism”…

“We believe a man should be with a woman and a woman should be with a man,” the Rev. Patricia McKinney of the Manifested Glory Ministries told The Associated Press. “We have nothing against homosexuals. I just don’t agree with their lifestyle.”

Seems to me, in light of the “faithful” conservative South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford going AWOL to tango-betwixt-the-sheets with a woman not his wife all the way down in Argentina, and “faithful” conservative Nevada Seantor Joh Ensign doingg the freak nasty with a woman not-his-wife, who was also married…

The Church’s efforts might be better rewarded excorcisng the “Hanky-Panky” Demons amongst supposedly religious conservative  leadership.

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Posted by on June 25, 2009 in Nawwwwww!

 

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