On second thought, perhaps the revolution will be televised. And “Liked."  And “Tweeted.” And commemorated with an emblazoned equality sign via millions of Facebook profiles. And co-opted by Smirnoff vodka.  And then blessed by Her Lady of Bling.

Here’s what Beyonce said recently: "If you like it you should be able to put a ring on it #wewillunite4marriageequality! B" 

 OK, I gotta admit that last one was pretty cute. And to be honest, I am not trying to be snarky. It’s just that this sudden fervor to support gay marriage has got me feeling, a little, well, used. You can’t fault pop culture for being pop culture. But what about these Johnny come-lately politicians all jumping into the gay rights water in apparent tandem?

Let’s begin with Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. A few daya ago, she came out in support of gay marriage. It was the most deft bit of territorial pissing I have witnessed. With a few simple words she was able to

A.) Stake her claim to the 2016 presidential nomination -- an obvious shot across the bow to anyone who dare oppose her -- without admiting that she plans on running.

B.) Dust off the cobwebs on her own political crown -- she had difficulty connecting with younger voters in 2008.

C.) Head off what will definitely be an obstacle to her candidacy in 2016, the fact that she did not support gay marriage in 2008 and when asked as recently as 2011 said her position had not changed. 

But perhaps more importantly, she at least tried to moot the actions of her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Clinton is obviously well loved as the stateman of the party and remembered fondly (though apparently quite vaguely) by many Democratic constitutencies. Most folks simply recall that he left the budget in a surplus, having been handed a deficit. But Clinton’s signature political triangulation, dusted off and held to current standards would not pass the sniff test.

The fact is, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act are both Clinton constructs. The fact is, though he did some impressive post-presidential AIDS work, he barely uttered the words AIDS or gay rights during his presidency. The fact is: In 2004 he urged then presidential candidate John Kerry to support the ban against marriage for political expediency. 

"Clinton, Kerry reported at the time, did suggest blunting Bush's appeal to cultural conservatives with a reprise of Clinton's Sister Souljah moment in 1992 when he'd denounced her call for violence against whites — and done it as conspicuously as possible in front of Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition," Bob Shrum wrote in his 2008 book No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner.

"Kerry, Clinton ventured, should consider defying Democratic interest groups by endorsing the Bush proposal for a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage."

Shrum went on to add that this was a “flip-flop too far for Kerry.”

Just 10 years ago, politicians were expressing political cowardice by running as fast as they could away from gay rights, marriage equality, AIDS, or anything even remotely contentious to "cultural conservatives" within and outside the party. It was the legacy the Clintons left us with. Now they are showing the same level of political cowardice by falling over themselves to support gay marriage, all ironically on the heels of yet another Clinton.

I am not naive. I understand the concept of reciprocity. I also understand the gay rights movement needs the good will and support of well-positioned politicians. But, for once, a little less transparency would be nice. 

 

Fox News continues to pimp the Daily Caller's huge pile of B.S. despite actual “evidence” refuting innuendo

After admonishing other news outlets for not jumping on the Daily Caller’s smear of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Fox News refuses to issue an apology or admit its mistake even after the allegations are proving to be obviously false.

Recently, the prostitutes who appeared on video on the Daily Caller website claiming to have had sex with Menendez confessed they were lying. They said they were reading from a script given to them by a lawyer and say they have never even met Menendez. 

Let's Reflect

  • Fox News aggressively pumped this story mentioning it more than 22 times on national television, according to a search of the Nexis database.
  • The Daily Caller’s original story relied entirely on anonymous sources whose faces and voices were obscured by the video.
  • There was no corroborating evidence to support the allegations.
  • Not only did Fox News perpetuate these allegations, they exaggerated them by falsely claiming that some of the prostitutes may have been under aged. (If the original prostitutes were props,  the "under aged"  part looks suspiciously like B.S. made up on the fly) 
  • Most of the major media outlets, other than Fox News, refused to report the story due to lack of evidence.

Fox News routinely uses partisan websites such as The Daily Caller, blogs and other agenda-driven digital sources as means to fire baseless salvos.  Somehow because the reporting did not originate with them, they try to act as if they are not culpable. And because they don't respect other media outlets, the individuals they smear, their audience or reality, they simply refuse to apologize. 

What’s worse is that it’s not just Fox News. During Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearings, it was originally reported, (this time from Breitbart.com), then repeated on Fox News and ultimately mimicked by elected Republican officials that Hagel received money from a group called Friends of Hamas. Later we found at that Friends of Hamas doesn’t even exist. During the Friends of Hamas "scandal", once again Fox News refused to apologize. Instead they simply silenced the truth. A few days after they invited the culprit (the editor) on the air --  , further legitimizing the illegitimate. This time Tucker Carlson, founder of the Daily Caller, gets the disinformation soapbox.

If I were to use the same reporting standards of Carlson and Fox News, I would say this: It’s obvious this was a conservative conspiracy to destroy the New Jersey senator. Carlson himself is believed to be directly involved, having ties to a slue of Dominican prostitutes. Insiders insist this is primarily due to an erectile dysfunction that makes having sexual relations with anyone he may actually have to see again incredibly painful. Fox News intentionally circulated the story, knowing it was false, continuing the news outlet’s covert strategy of throwing shit on anyone with a D attached to their name. According to anonymous sources a memo was released by Rupert Murdoch a few days after the November election, it read in short: 

“Romney is a douche bag. It’s up to us to take them down. All of them. If you can’t find any good salacious dirt, then just make some shit up.”

 

 

While CNN ran 24-hour coverage of the “Bags of Poop” boat stuck in the ocean, MSNBC obsessed over Marco Rubio’s unquenchable thirst and Fox News continued its  “Obama is a tyrannical Kenyan socialist meme,” there were a few other AmeriKan stories that caught my attention.

First there was the drunk old idiot from Idaho who sat down next to a white woman and her black baby. The woman says the guy was drunk and belligerent during the whole flight, but things went from bad to “bat-shit crazy” when the plane began its descent.  

The baby gets fussy and dude tells the woman to shut that “Nigger baby up.” Later, he slaps the baby upside his head... Now his lawyer tells us not to rush to judgment. Dude’s lucky he didn’t try that crap with me. I would have rushed to kick his sorry butt back to Idaho.

Then, there was this story out of Minneapolis of all places. Apparently more than 200 high school students mixed it up in a food fight turned lunchroom riot that pitted Somalian kids against their white schoolmates. 

"This school is not safe for Somali students," Adnan Farah, a junior, told the Star-Tribune. "Throughout this year, there have been a lot of fights."

A school district spokesman would not comment but said racism complaints are taken seriously. Obviously, they haven’t been taken it that seriously.  

That brings me to the now deceased LAPD Officer Christopher Dormer. We all saw “Black Rambo” pre-empt the State of the Union Address. But not everyone’s followed the aftermath. It seems Dormer -- fired by the LAPD for allegedly filing a false report against a fellow officer and then went postal on the LAPD, killing several officers, as well as his union rep’s daughter and her fiancee -- is still causing problems even after his obvious assassination by the LAPD. 

I don’t defend his actions. But I am convinced the LAPD intentionally set that fire. And I am puzzled by the outrage that folks read truth in his manifesto. Prior to his murderous rampage, Dormer thoroughly articulated several problems within the LAPD, outlining issues of racism and corruption. Clearly the LAPD is no more capable of cleansing itself of corruption and racism than the Catholic church is of ridding itself of pedophiles. But instead of addressing any possible precursors, the media clings to this manufactured affront to the family members of those he killed. This was not an OJ moment. It was the LAPD’s inability to deal with its own shit -- whether that be its inability assess the mental capacity of its own force, racism, police corruption, or the justifiable lack of trust between the department and the black community in Los Angeles. 

Then there was Wayne Lapierre’s racist “Stand and Fight” diatribe pinned in the Daily Caller.

Here are the man’s words: “During the second Obama term, however, additional threats are growing. Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States. Phoenix is already one of the kidnapping capitals of the world, and though the states on the U.S./Mexico border may be the first places in the nation to suffer from cartel violence, by no means are they the last.” 

Will it be unthinkable, out of the blue, and completely “by surprise” when some NRA-card-carrying, gun-collecting nut goes on a killing spree, targeting black kids, Latino immigrants, politicians, or civil servants? Will it be this classic and repetitive “What the F$53K?” AmeriKan moment? When do we realize from manipulating and occupying weaker and poverty-stricken countries, to pretending racism doesn’t exist except for in the imaginations of black people, to the untold collateral damage of drone attacks, to this incessant “Taking our country back” rhetoric that actions (including actionable words) have consequences. That people -- even reasonable ones and especially unreasonable ones -- have breaking points. After all nothing is more fragile than the human mind.