As per our tradition here at GraceLessLand, we take April 1st off and enjoy everyone else’s lies and tomfoolery.
We might just need to own guns to protect ourselves from crazy bastards like Alex Jones.
It’s hard to believe it has only been a year since we posted this item about the then-current primary elections – and it turned-out to be nothing more than an exercise in democracy and comedy.
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre has called for armed guards in schools to protect children from gun violence like the recent Sandy Hook school massacre in Newton, Connecticut.
“You know, five years ago, after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy,” LaPierre said. “And here we are five years later and I’m still a batshit looney!”
The NRA has called for a wide-ranging “fight fire with fire” campaign, saying we should treat cancer by giving people more cancer, and we can cure congestion of the nation’s roadways by getting more people on the roads. LaPierre also called for more debt to fix the country’s current debt crisis, and suggested we could cure political gridlock by being even more fixated on divisive rhetoric designed only to play to a core constituency – say like gun owners, for example.
This license plate design adopted by North Carolina has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge because there is no alternative plate available for pro-choice drivers. North Carolina responded immediately with another design that not only provides an alternative but still manages to convey the spirit of the original message.
I know, I know: you lost another election. You’re faced with four more years of a black man residing in the White House and you’re feeling hurt and confused – after all, why is it called the “White” House if blacks can live there? You did your best spending billions of dollars on campaigns that you weren’t willing to spend on taxes, to make sure you don’t have to pay more taxes. Not being good with math you still aren’t sure how that works-out. And that contributes to your feelings of insecurity.
But cheer up! You may never win the presidency again, but you do still control the House of Representatives, and that means you get to continue to do what you do best: obstruct legislation, take symbolic votes on bills you know will never make it through the Senate, and stuff things up women’s vaginas when they get pregnant. You can continue to say you speak for all Americans even though you are predominantly old white men with prostate problems. And you can see to it that the Democrats make absolutely no progress with the economy because good economic news is bad news for Republicans.
You’ve still got your fantasy world of white supremacy, male domination, and Protestant Christian values to live in! Don’t let reality intrude now when you’ve managed to delude yourselves that you are still relevant 112 years after the 19th century ended! All you have to do is keep saying “we just have to be more conservative and people will love us!” until it seems the same as the truth.
Come on, you can do it. Jam that stick of moral superiority up your backside and march in lock-step into a future that looks just like a black-and-white musical from the 1930s, where white men rule the world and black men serve them drinks! A world where there are still a few new ways to creatively work rape into a positive context! That’s your world – even if it is just make-believe!
France’s new law making same-sex marriage legal will entail the removal of the words “mother” and “father” from all official documents – which is really no big deal since in France these words are speculative at best.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has called on the Boy Scouts of America to purge any officials involved in covering-up incidents of sexual abuse by adult volunteers. The group made the demand after a story appeared in the Los Angeles Times dealing with a review of over 1,600 “confidential ‘perversion files,’ a blacklist of alleged molesters, that the Scouts have used internally since 1919. Scouts’ lawyers around the country have been fighting in court to keep the files from public view.”
The LA Times story reveals that in numerous cases the Boy Scouts of America not only covered-up the incidents of abuse but “Scouting officials frequently urged admitted offenders to quietly resign — and helped many cover their tracks”. This apparently did not keep some individuals from re-joining the organization to repeat their offenses.
A Catholic friar has apologized for saying some pretty creepy stuff that makes him at least sound as if he sympathizes with pedophiles, if not actually makes one suspect he may be one.
Rev. Benedict Groeschel, in comments in the National Catholic Register, seems to be saying that pedophiles are the victims of the children. Groeschel is a founder of the Trinity Retreat House where he works with priests accused of child sexual abuse. In his original statements Groeschel says “in a lot of cases” it is actually the child who takes advantage of the adult, who may be in an emotionally weakened state.
Is pedophilia sick? Yes. Is it a disease? Probably. Can it be treated? Maybe. Does that mean we should be understanding of it? Not at all.
The National Rifle Association says it’s official Tweet that was posted after the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colorado, was done while “unaware of events in Colorado”.
Which begs the question: are they unaware that among the world’s 23 wealthiest countries 80% of all gun deaths happen in the U.S.? Are they unaware that among those 23 wealthiest nations 87% of all shooting deaths of people under the age of 18 happen in the U.S.? Are they unaware of the fact that approximately 30,000 people die by gunshot in the U.S. each year? Are they unaware of the fact that a dozen guns are sold legally in the U.S. every minute? Are they unaware there are over 300 million guns in public hands in the U.S., most of which are in the hands of a small minority of gun owners?
They must be unaware, or simply uncaring, if anyone at the NRA can happily tweet “Good morning, shooters”.
The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled against a photographer who refused to take a job offered by two lesbians who wanted pictures of their commitment ceremony.
“This is just wrong! It’s against religious freedom!” said the Christian photographer who owns Elane Photography. “I told them I couldn’t do the job because of my beliefs! It says right there in the Bible ‘Thou shalt not photograph lesbians’!”