[about the author]
i actually like speaking in front of large crowds. freakish,
i work crossword puzzles in ink.
i am the american nigella lawson. or maybe the american eddie
izzard. can't decide, really.
i would be a really good mom, but i'm cool with being a really
i am sometimes more perceptive than i would like to be.
i am fiercely loyal. sometimes, stupidly so.
i never play dumb. never.
i am way too hard on myself.
i am a change agent.
i sometimes cross that fine line between assertive and aggressive.
i am not afraid to tell people that i love them.
i am militantly pro-choice.
i am pro-adoption.
i know a little bit about alot of things.
i typically enjoy the company of men more than women.
i am capable of being really mean and nasty, but i fight it.
i am a lifelong cubs fan. do not laugh.
i have been known to hold a grudge.
i have hips.
i am not my sister.
i am lousy at forgiving myself.
i am an indoor kind of gal.
i am a bargain shopper. to the point of obsession.
i am 32 flavors. and then some.
bring it on
although we here at tequila mockingbird have very strong opinions on many things political, we rarely dip our toes into the murky waters here on “paper.” mostly because we remember that one time when we wrote something that might possibly be construed as political and an assload of right-wingers came flocking to the site from all corners of the .gov domain to beat up on my beloved al gore.
so, it is with much trepidation that i click the “post & publish” button. but, i cannot sit idly by. i will not sit idly by. for i am seething over here as a result of the current administration’s selection of this jackass to serve on the presidential advisory commission on HIV and AIDS.
although said jackass has now withdrawn his name from consideration, i cannot help but continue to seethe.
first off, bush administration types, in a time when our country is grappling with issues of acceptance, this is the best you can do? you choose a man who refers to AIDS as the “gay plague” and sees homosexuals as “aberrant” and “curable”? am i the only one who wonders how long it will take this guy to suggest that if you eliminate the aberrant plague carriers, you eliminate the plague?
mr. thacker has given several speeches at his alma mater, that bastion of christian love and acceptance, bob jones university. of course they mean christian love and acceptance for white people. who don’t date brown people. and aren’t catholic. or gay.
summaries of mr. thacker’s comments were posted on the bob jones university web site:
"when he [thacker] and his wife discovered in 1986 that they had contracted HIV, the most horrible thought was that it was a disease connected with the sin of homosexuality….”
"they didn't want anyone to think they were homosexual because they knew what the bible said about homosexuality."
"homosexuality is not inborn biologically, just as incest and bestiality are not inborn. studies have show that thousands of homosexuals have been set free from this sin."
obviously, mr. thacker is perfectly suited to sit on the president’s commission on HIV and AIDS. oh, and while we’re at it, maybe the president should appoint trent lott to the commission on sickle cell anemia.
but, and this may come as a surprise, what really chaps my ass about this isn’t necessarily mr. thacker’s views. or even the stunning insensitivity of the administration to select someone who holds such views. hey, this is america – you’re entitled to be a total asshole, what with free speech and all.
no, what really makes me angry is this:
“in his speeches and writings on his web site and elsewhere, thacker has described homosexuality as a ‘deathstyle’ rather than a lifestyle and asserted that ‘christ can rescue the homosexual.’ after word of his selection spread among gays in recent days, some material disappeared from the web site. earlier versions located by the washington post that referred to the ‘gay plague,’ for instance, were changed as of yesterday to ‘plague.’ [ed. note: emphasis added by very angry woman.]
hey, if you want to be an asshole, go right ahead, but own it, buddy. if that’s what you think, if that’s what you espouse, that AIDS is the “gay plague” then don’t you fucking fold under the first sign of scrutiny. if you’re right – and you must believe you are or you wouldn’t have written or said such things in the first place – then have the fucking backbone to stand up and own it.
maybe this whole backing-down-from-your-beliefs thing is some sort of certificate program at bob jones university: by midday yesterday, the summaries of thacker’s speeches had been removed from the university’s web site.
and, of course, the administration wants no part of their own nominee now:
“white house spokesman ari fleischer said president bush did not endorse thacker's statements and that the pennsylvania consultant would not be a member of the 35-person panel. ‘the president has a totally opposite view,’ fleischer said. ‘that remark is far removed from what the president believes.’"
then why in the hell did you nominate him in the first place? it’s not like his comments were hard to find, or his position unclear.
“white house aides blamed the thacker controversy on HHS. [secretary of HHS tommy] thompson said he was unaware of the selection.
‘i was not familiar with jerry thacker until it was brought to my attention in the press today," thompson told reporters. "i'm sure someone from my office had contacted him. i had never met him. . . . when you have this many appointments to make, you're going to have some that are controversial, and this was controversial, and the gentleman withdrew his name."
spineless, gutless assholes.
and so, i stand here, waist deep in the murky political waters. and i say to those right-wingers who found me once before: bring. it. on.
comment your brains out. deride me as some sort of bleeding heart liberal. hit me with your best shot.
because, unlike these chicken shits, i will not fold.
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