Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Horror shows of the week

1) Did you see that some wingnut shot up the liberals at the Tennesse Valley UU on Sunday morning during church service? I've been meaning to write about this for a few days, but had to calm down a little... As an American and human being, I'm saddened and horrified. As a gay, liberal, UU-ite, I'm a little pissed off. The main stream media is insanely quiet about this news story. If you want to read a little about it, the globe, the times, the knoxville news have some info; but all I can say is can you imagine the coverage if someone went into an evangelical mega-church and did the same thing??? in the name of "liberalism"??? The whole, bible-beating-beltway would be going nutso shaking their fists and plastic fetuses in the air.

As some of you might remember, we joined a UU this year, and when I hear about how the folks down there are responding, I'm a little proud. Also, I have to say, I'm glad that guy survived. Those parishioners took him down alive and- hey, enjoy jail, buddy! Maybe he'll end up in a rubber room, and that's fine by me too. But he went in there intending to keep killing people until he was killed and the gol'dang liberals stood up to protect each other, knocked him over, kicked his gun away, spilled his ammo all over the blood stained floor of their sanctuary, and held him until the poe-poe took him into custody.

2) Meanwhile, in Washington, a new report shows that the justice department under the current administration has been operating as a farm system for conservative lawyers and judges. US assistant attorney generals were fired for not toeing the line and not behaving in a partisan manner (that's old news) but also, hundreds and maybe thousands of applicants were asked questions about their political beliefs and affiliations (and that of their families) and were not interviewed or hired when they were deemed "not conservative enough". These are non-partisan posts, people. This is an egregious breech of protocol and also the um... what's that called again? Oh yeah, the law...

3) Down the road, at the capital, the House Arms Services Sub-committee was holding the first hearings on DADT in 10 years. John Stewart actually has the best commentary on this fiasco:
"If you've forgotten what the argument against gays in the military sounds like, ENJOY."

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