If only they had listened to my advice, and pushed for my preferred policy package, they would have beaten back the GOP challenge.

The following things are your fault, and you should apologize to the person you reverse inverse victimized. Not that your crocodile tears will do anything to assuage the pain and trauma you caused:

1. Getting shot in the face with a shotgun.

2. Being sexually harrassed by your boss.

3. Having your head stomped for carrying a political sign at a political rally.

Only then can the healing process begin and forgiveness be granted, magnanimously, if at all.

Just because the formerly feverish homo hate that swept the nation a few election cycles past has gone flacid in recent years doesn’t mean the GOP can’t find new and creative ways to weave frothy bigotry into electoral gold.

One of 11 ballot initiatives in the state this November, State Question 755, better known as the “Save Our State” constitutional amendment, would prevent courts from using international or Sharia law. The question made it to the ballot by passing the state Senate 41-2 and the House 82-10. In addition to potentially rallying the conservative base to the polls, the initiative, which bans something that is nearly impossible statutorily, is worth watching because the GOP may employ it in swing states two years down the line.

The Ideas Man is, naturally, out in front of this one:

At the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. in September, Newt Gingrich positioned himself perhaps to the right of Sarah Palin in a potential bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination by saying, “I am opposed to any efforts to impose Sharia in the United States, and we should have a federal law that says under no circumstances in any jurisdiction in the United States will Sharia [law] be used in any court to apply to any judgment made about American law.”

Marc Ambinder’s slavish devotion to the he said/she said paradign is on full display, but even Ambinder seems to at least provide his readers with a clue:

Those opposed to the ballot initiative believe it is a preemptive strike against a non-threat. They call the law xenophobic. They even cite the fact that even the amendment’s sponsors and strongest supporters cannot statutorily cite a case in which Oklahoma courts have applied Sharia law in any ruling. Yet supporters of the amendment, borrowing George W. Bush’s “with us or against us” formulation, speciously claim that those who don’t support the amendment are actually for Sharia law.

I understand that Pam Geller is becoming an increasingly popular media personality – and not just on the right (with 60 Minutes and the NY Times giving her valuable real estate).  This will surely redound to the benefit of all.

First Meg Whitman, now Lou Dobbs.

Why, I’m beginning to entertain a slightly cynical thought, and I need someone to talk me off this ledge: I think it might be the case that the GOP stokes anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican fear/anger for pure political purposes, while its leaders and the business interests they represent want to keep the flow of cheap labor in the pipeline for easy exploitation. 

I know, I know, crazy, right? 

Bonus GOP Hate-Mongering: We can call this the Guillermo Horton ad, used by not one, but two GOP candidates.  Looking on the bright side, at least they’re recycling, albeit in the present instance, that would be hate they’re re-using.  But you gotta start somewhere, and this is the GOP after all.

Whoddathunk a subscription based fire department would turn out badly?

Imagine your home catches fire but the local fire department won’t respond, then watches it burn. That’s exactly what happened to a local family tonight. A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground.

The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late. They wouldn’t do anything to stop his house from burning. Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. But the Cranicks did not pay. The mayor said if homeowners don’t pay, they’re out of luck. [...]

We asked the mayor of South Fulton if the chief could have made an exception. “Anybody that’s not in the city of South Fulton, it’s a service we offer, either they accept it or they don’t,” Mayor David Crocker said.

Kicker: A neighbor who paid for the firfighting service himself saw his house damaged by fire due to the untreated fire at the Cranicks.  It’s almost as if the free market* isn’t always more efficient than government.  Probably would be better just to tax everyone and provide the firefighting protection without checking individual receipts and invoices.

Just sayin.

(In this instance, some hybrid “market-based solution” that are all the rage)

Here is a recently updated top 10 14 list of infamous anti-gay crusaders that turned out to be gay themselves.

Allow me to repeat my suggestion that things would be better for everyone if human beings could just get a little less afraid of the notion that sexuality is not a neat and tidy, well-defined phenomenon.

Free your gonads and the rest will follow.  Or something.

I believe Dave Chappelle has already broached this difficult and challenging subject matter.

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