Shadee Ashtari

Colloquially Speaking, a Working Example of Impotence

Speaking of silly protests, there is also this:

Detail of Harvey Milk stamp from USPS.Fundamentalist Christian group American Family Association is urging members not to accept any mail postmarked with the U.S. Postal Service’s newly released Harvey Milk stamp, the first U.S. stamp to feature an openly gay elected official.

(Ashtari)

No … no, it’s … it’s not a joke.

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Louisiana

Pick your passion, indeed.

The Louisiana House voted 66-27 on Tuesday to keep the state’s unconstitutional sodomy ban under Louisiana’s crimes against nature law.

Louisiana's crappy flag.Yes, really. As Shadee Ashtari explains for Huffington Post, the Pelican State legislature decided that it would be better to maintain the unconstitutional law as a statement of the “values of Louisiana residents”.

The backstory on this one is rather quite incredible. Oh, did we say, incredible. Our apologies, we meant to say the backstory is rather quite stupid.

An undercover East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy was staking out Manchac Park about 10 a.m. one day this month when a slow-moving sedan pulling into the parking lot caught his attention. The deputy parked alongside the 65-year-old driver and, after denying being a cop, began a casual conversation that was electronically monitored by a backup team nearby.

As the two men moved their chat to a picnic table, the deputy propositioned his target with “some drinks and some fun” back at his place, later inquiring whether the man had any condoms, according to court records. After following the deputy to a nearby apartment, the man was handcuffed and booked into Parish Prison on a single count of attempted crime against nature.

(Mustain)

Right.

So, sending out deputies to proposition homosexual men in order to arrest them?

Welcome to Louisiana.

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Rep. Steve King: A Confused, Dirty Old Man

In search of verification ....

Rep. Steve King (R-IA4) is confused … or else he’s just a dirty old man.

“When you’re in the private sector … with God-given rights that our founding fathers defined in the Declaration, you should be able to make your own decisions on what you do in that private business,” King told the Des Moines TV station WHO. The Arizona legislation sought to give business owners the right to refuse service to customers on the basis of the owners’ religious freedom.

“Although it’s clear in the civil rights section of the code that you can’t discriminate against people based upon—and I’m not sure I have the list right—race, creed, religion, color of skin,” King said, “there’s nothing mentioned in there on self-professed behavior, and that’s what they’re trying to protect: special rights for self-professed behavior.”

King explained that he doesn’t “know whether it’s a choice or not” but that homosexuality exists on “some type of continuum or curve”—although he doesn’t “know what that curve actually looks like” ….

…. “The one thing that I reference when I say ‘self-professed’ is how do you know who to discriminate against. They have to tell you,” King said. “And are they then setting up a case? Is this about bringing a grievance, or is it actually about a service that they’d like to have?”

Sexual orientation does not warrant constitutional protection because it cannot be “independently verified” and can be “willfully changed,” King contended. The Iowa lawmaker linked his opposition to LGBT anti-discrimination laws with his long-running suspicions of hate crime legislation, which he described as “punishing people for what you think went on in their head at the time they perpetuated a crime.”

(Ashtari)

Where to start? Okay, how about with verification, since that one’s pretty straightforward:

(1) Watch gay pornography.

(2) Can you tell the difference?

(3) Just how should we verify gayness?

I mean, come on. It’s long been a joke that the party of “small government” wants to forcibly insert itself into people’s bedrooms. After all, it’s not the size of the pen, but how it is used to legislate.

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