Laffy Note: Apparently David Garber and I both decided to post about this pathetic excuse for a human being, and for good reason. It happens. Two writers, two different takes on the same topic.
Republican Maine State Rep. Lawrence Lockman says he's sorry for appalling statements he made in the '80s and '90s about women's and gay rights, rape, abortion, AIDS, sodomy, and progressives.
It is now 2014. Do the math, State Rep. Reprehensible (R- Busted), because your "mea culpa" is a tad overdue.
Via the Morning Sentinel:
In a 1995 letter in the Sun Journal in Lewiston, a reader quoted a press statement by Lockman, then part of the Pro Life Education Association, saying, “If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.”
This Moment of WTF brought to you by "rape doesn't result in anyone's death" and "rapist's pursuit of sexual freedom," among other things. By the way, does this genius understand that men get raped, too?
So now he's apologizing, just as some Republicans are currently walking back, tempering, or avoiding their own controversial positions on similar issues with an eye toward future elections.
But that's not why Lockman hung his head, shuffled his feet, and mumbled his regrets about something he put out there years ago. Nope, he issued his apology because Progressive blogger Mike Tipping revived them in a very public way in a recent post. Call it a Tipping Point. Local Democrats demanded the State Rep's resignation.
So basically, he was sorry that his earlier vile remarks were rediscovered and spotlighted.
Lockman attributed his bigoted, ignorant, misogynistic idiocy to being "passionate about his beliefs" and declared that he holds " no animosity toward anyone by virtue of their gender or sexual orientation." Sure. Anything you say, Lawrence. I'm passionate, too, about exposing you, an elected official, who has displayed a jaw-dropping lack of judgment, sensitivity, awareness, and basic knowledge on the taxpayer's dime.
Mike Tipping has much more, including:
“In the overwhelming majority of cases, people are dying because of their addiction to sodomy,” Lockman wrote in a 1987 letter to the editor to the Lewiston Daily Sunarguing against funding for AIDS education. “They are dying because progressive, enlightened, tolerant people in politics and in medicine have assured the public that the practice of sodomy is a legitimate alternative lifestyle, rather than a perverted, depraved crime against humanity.”
When the crazies get going, the going gets crazy. Yesterday there was an article circulating about Jack Burkman, a lobbyist trying to propose a bill that would ban gay players from the NFL.
What's crazy about that? Well everything from the fact that lobbyists can't propose bills, senators and congressmen must introduce them. But putting that behind, the fact that discrimination in the workplace is prohibited by law, this would stand in the way of such a bill. But some bills do pass that are found unconstitutional, then they're struck down.
Think of all that cost. And also think of this: The NFL exists as it does with a congressional granted tax exempt status. The multi-billion dollar industry saves millions because of that designation. You think they want to risk their non-profit status? According to CBS MoneyWatch:
This decision has saved the NFL uncounted millions in tax obligations, which means that ordinary people must pay higher taxes, public spending must decline, or the national debt must increase to make up for the shortfall. Nonprofit status applies to the NFL’s headquarters, which administers the league and its all-important television contracts.
The NFL is already under attack. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) has already introduced a bill to strip tax-exempt status from sports leagues. How many co-signers do you think would jump on that bandwagon if Congress were to even entertain a bill banning homosexuals from participating in the league?
Two days ago Jason Collins, an openly gay man, joined the NBA Brooklyn Nets. He played in his first game. And guess what? The league didn't collapse. When number 42, Jackie Robinson became the first black player in the MLB, the league didn't collapse. And when and if Michael Sam is drafted by the NFL, the league isn't going to sputter or disintegrate.
Life goes on. Bigotry must fall.
So before ending this post, it might be interesting to know a final fact or two about Jim Burkman, the lobbyist. Via HuffPo:
WASHINGTON -- A Republican lobbyist, [Jack Burkman], hawking a bill that would bar gays from playing in the National Football League has a younger brother who is gay [Jim Burkman].
“I think the idea that he is pushing legislation that is just hurtful and ridiculous is just plain stupid,” said Jim Burkman. “He is not a legislator and he can’t really push legislation. I don’t think there are any cosponsors for a bill. It is just an attention grab and a media grab to pander to those folks who pay him to lobby on their behalf.
Well, now it's time for the NFL to speak up -- and they should because they have a lot to lose -- millions -- if their tax exempt status should be removed. And if they don't come out as accepting of gays, you can count on their exempt status going the way of the "leather helmet" or "Statue of Liberty" play.
Well, it looks like there no such thing as a free lunch, or even a paid lunch if you visit this restaurant -- Gary's Chicaros in Enid, Oklahoma. Well, at least for some people. According to owner and manager, Gary James, don't bother looking for service at his joint if you're "freaks, faggots, disabled, or on welfare. That's some pretty blunt talk.
"I really don't want gays around," Gary's Chicaros Club owner Gary James told NBC affiliate KFOR-TV after a reporter asked him about several comments accusing the restaurant of discrimination. "Any man that would compromise his body would compromise anything."
"I've been in business 44 years. I think I can spot a freak or a f****t," James told the news station.
Any guess his political affiliation? The reason I bring it up is Gary isn't just a restaurateur. He was a candidate for city council in 2009. Though he narrowly lost, he's considering a run again -- from the Tea Party.
If you ever pass through Enid, be warned if you are wearing a hat. He doesn't like hats, especially worn indoors. He sure has a lot of rules. And amazingly, you'd think some, if not all, were discriminatory, if not just plain illegal. But hey, Gary's a law-abiding man. He wouldn't skirt the law.
It should be noted that refusing to serve a gay customer appears to be legal in Oklahoma. Although the state protects people from being turned away from businesses for their race, gender or religion, it does not offer that protection for sexual orientation.
So how does this sage ol' dining establishment owner know who to kick out? Does he have gaydar? He doesn't say.
But, apparently, it's not just homosexuality that James dislikes. The restaurant's signature T-shirt features an image of a target with a list of groups -- including Muslims, blacks and Democrats -- written on it, KFOR-TV notes.
And customers have definitely taken notice of the environment.
"I cannot rate this food since I cannot be served," one reviewer wrote on Yelp. "Visit Taco Bell instead. It's a crappy taco, but at least it doesn't come with hate sauce."
Ah, Ole Miss -- University of Mississippi in case you don't follow football or U.S. history. It has a great and storied past. Home of the Runnin' Rebels.
Some highlights from the school's annals which began with it's opening it's doors way back in 1848, are compiled by Wikipedia:
With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, classes were interrupted when the entire student body from the University of Mississippi enlisted in the Confederate army. Their company, Company A, 11th Mississippi Infantry, was nicknamed the University Greys, and suffered a 100% casualty rate during the Civil War. A great number of those casualties occurred during Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.
Those were great, brave soldiers and citizens. On the wrong side of the war, but still to be honored and respected.
Desegregation came to Ole Miss in the early 1960s with the activities of United States Air Force veteran James Meredith from Kosciusko, Mississippi. Meredith won a lawsuit that allowed him admission to The University of Mississippi in September 1962. He attempted to enter campus on September 20, September 25, and again on September 26, only to be blocked by Mississippi Governor Ross R. Barnett,
After the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held both Barnett and Lieutenant Governor Paul B. Johnson, Jr. in contempt Meredith, escorted by a force of U.S. Marshals, entered the campus on September 30, 1962.
Again, that's some great history. On the wrong side of justice and civil rights, but they learned from that and the school it totally integrated and has a fine record of acceptance and tolerance. So much so, it was chosen to host the first presidential debate between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama.
If you love football, you'll know the name Manning -- three quarterbacks destined for the Hall of Fame. There's Payton, Eli and their father Archie. Archie hailed from Ole Miss. He was so great a star for them that...
Why this preamble? It's to show that this school's storied past is a reflection on history. And it was made again this past week. But once again, on the wrong side of justice. And it ties in with bigotry and football. Toss in a bit of theater and you have the story. Now here it is, courtesy of Veracity Stew:
The play, [The Laramie Project] written by Moisés Kaufman, is based on the 1998 murder of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shephard, and details the events and individuals surrounding the hate crime that captured the world’s attention for its brutality and unimaginable cruelty.
Shouts of “Fag” and other anti-gay slurs disrupted a production of “The Laramie Project” at the University of Mississippi on Tuesday night. Most of the disruption came from a group of about 20 Ole Miss football players.
Now jeering (respectful kind, anyway) and shouts are commonplace in the outdoor athletics stadiums but have no place in a theater, so perhaps these football guys can be forgiven for getting carried away. But they can't be forgiven for what they shouted. It's HATE pure and simple.
Once again Ole Miss is on the wrong side of the issue. And it remains to be seen what action the school takes. Here's what they've done so far:
The school’s athletic department issued a formal apology for their players’ conduct, and Dean of Students Sparky Reardon offered said simply that he was “extremely sorry to hear” of the incident.
No suspensions from the team? No forfeiting of a game? No loss of scholarships? Football is a multi-million dollar program. Will there be any meaningful action taken by the school?
This is a real test. I hope they pass it. I'm going to be watching. Hate is hate. And what this gang did is inexcusable. It is a wake-up call to how times may change the issue, slavery, race and now LGBT rights.
You show your colors proudly, Runnin' Rebels. Now show what you're really made of.
HBO has just made a film based on the the play which will soon be coming out. Here's the trailer -- and based on this, the Ole Miss Football players felt is appropriate to yell out "FAG!!!"
"Inflatable g*y Best Friend if SEX in the City and Will & Grace taught us anything, it's that g*y best friends are in this season."
The description goes on to say, "We've had the manbag, we've had leg warmers and iPhone fever, now it's time for the new craze. Although not much can be said for his own attire, your Inflatable g*y Best Friend is ready to give you fashion advice, tell you if your bum looks big and b**ch about everyone who doesn't wear Jimmy Choo's."
Gee, that's not stereotypical at all.
Common sense rule of thumb, generally speaking: Know when to stop. Or in this case, know when to never start in the first place.
Apparently British retailer Tesco doesn't have much common sense, or business sense for that matter. They already got in hot water and apologized for selling offensive "Psycho Ward" Halloween "mental patient" costumes which reinforced stigmatization and misconceptions of mental illness. But, hey, they were "really sorry for any offence caused."
Now they're "very sorry" about their latest offering, an inflatable "g*y best friend." They added the asterisk, I didn't. Yes, they censored the Evil G Word as if it were a vulgarity.
It comes a day after the retailer was forced to remove a Halloween costume called "Psycho Ward" from its shelves after it sparked widespread criticism.
On its website Tesco said "The Inflatable g*y Best Friend" was suitable for children aged three to four and was an "amusing gift".
To put it in the Queen's English, we are not amused.
Tesco claims that the doll was "uploaded to the website by a third party seller but was removed from sale immediately because we found it offensive." Offensive? Why, whoever would find that offensive? I mean other than anybody with a functioning brain and sense of decency.
According to the article, the "amusing gift" is still on sale on Amazon.
The Political Carnival T-Shirt
Modeled by @suzannegypsy
Lt. Col Barry Wingard is the lawyer for Gitmo detainee Fayiz Al-Kandari. For their ongoing story + related topics, please click on the link below:
Kuwaiti Citizen Detained at Guantanamo since 2002
The Political Carnival is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.
Photographs on The Political Carnival site (please read):
Photographs from other sources sometimes appear on TPC for humorous or illustrative purposes. As it is not our intention to use these images in any inappropriate manner or to infringe upon any rights held by others, anyone holding legal rights in the use of these images who wishes to have them taken down please contact us immediately requesting such removal, with which we will comply promptly.