Rachel Maddow, on the Republican Party needing to make some tough decisions regarding their positions on LGBT issues:
"You apparently cannot support something like non-discrimination for gay people and have any future in Republican Party politics. Nobody who has any real prospects of being a national leader in Republican politics in the next few years has anything other than 100% anti-gay policy position on something like non-discrimination... And that is awkward given that the country, as a whole, is in a really, really different place than that."
Listen up, Marco, Rand, Frothy, or you’ll be sitting on the sidelines again when another Democrat takes the White House.
Michele Bachmann, claims the GOP is dead should immigration legislation pass:
"We will never again have a Republican president — ever — if amnesty goes into effect. We will perpetually have a progressive liberal president, probably a Democrat...You will never again be able to see our country return to its constitutional foundations."
And the problem with that is ...... ?
Lindsey Graham, our own Senator from South Carolina, and So Not Gay, says the GOP is dead should immigration reform not pass:
"If we don’t pass immigration reform, if we don’t get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn’t matter who you run in 2016. We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party, and the only way we can get back in good graces with the Hispanic community, in my view, is pass comprehensive immigration reform. If you don’t do that, it really doesn’t matter who will run, in my view."
Even the GOP cannot agree on what the GOP should do.
This is gonna get good, y’all!
Barack Obama, at his annual LGBT Pride Month reception at the White House:
"In 34 states, you can be fired just because of who you are or who you love. That's wrong. We've got to change it. There's a bipartisan bill moving forward in the Senate that would ban discrimination against all LGBT Americans in the workplace, now and forever. We need to get that passed. I want to sign that bill. We need to get it done now. And I think we can make that happen -- because after the last four and a half years, you can't tell me things can't happen."
If we are all believed to be equal, then we should all be treated equally, especially in the workplace.
Max Baucus, the Democratic Senator from Montana, on ENDA:
"When it comes to the workplace, it is unacceptable for anyone to be fired simply because of their sexual orientation. ENDA will help protect workers from this type of discrimination and I look forward to moving forward on this legislation in the Senate as soon as possible. Members of the LGBT community are our neighbors, brothers, sisters and friends. They are community leaders who bring the kind of diversity to our nation that makes it strong. We all have a role in making sure that Pride Month is not just something we check off on the calendar. 'Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness' for all Americans is what we are called to strive for every day of the year."
Okay, so Montana’s on board, let’s get this done because the right thing to do will always be the right thing to do.
Marissa Powell, Miss Utah, being asked about the income disparity between men and women at the Miss USA pageant:
"I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to .... figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem and I think especially the men are, um, seen as the leaders of this so we need to try to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem."
I think beauty pageant contestants should just stick to saying they want Whirled Peas.
Michael Burgess, Republican Congressman from Texas, on his support of a federal abortion ban because, um, he saw a fetus masturbate:
“There is no question in my mind that a baby at 20-weeks after conception can feel pain. The fact of the matter is, I argue with the chairman because I thought the date was far too late. We should be setting this at 15-weeks, 16-weeks,” said the former OB/GYN during the House Rules Committee debate on the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful,” he continued. “They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?”
Frank Bruni, on the Vatican’s ‘gay lobby’:
"I have many questions for and about the 'gay lobby' in the Vatican, but I’ll start with this: How can you be so spectacularly ineffective? You wouldn’t last a minute on K Street; the Karl Roves of the capital would have you for lunch. Despite your presence in, and presumed influence on, the upper reaches of the Roman Catholic hierarchy, church teaching still holds that homosexuality is disordered, and many church leaders still send the preposterously mixed message that while gay and lesbian people shouldn’t be admonished for, or ashamed about, their same-sex attractions, they should nonetheless elect cold showers over warm embraces. Look but don’t touch. Dream but don’t diddle."
I imagine the Gay Lobby has been in the Vatican since the Vatican was first built, and yet they’ve accomplished nothing regarding the teachings of the Bible and homosexuality.
Maybe those Gay Lobbyists in the Vatican are more interested in their own private times and not so much the rest of the LGBT world.
Jeb Bush, former Florida Governor, on how the GOP should "sound" inclusive but stick to their conservative beliefs:
"I think we could focus on all our disparate parts, all of the points of disagreement that conservatives have and never win again. My general thought is that the focus ought to be on how you get fifty plus one, not how you win amongst forty-five. And that’s kind of where we are where everybody has a view that’s slightly different than one another and certainly social conservatives are a huge part of a winning coalition,. That’s not as hard, I think, as people make it out to be."
Wait, let me get this queer: Jeb wants the GOP to say they’ve changed but not really change. Be inclusive, while remaining divisive?
Yeah, that hasn’t worked so far, has it?
Serena Williams, in what appears to be an old interview, on the Steubenville rape case:
“Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: don’t take drinks from other people. She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.”
Wow. This is one of those cases where an athlete, while admirable for her skills on the court, should learn to zip it.
A drunken girl does not ask to be raped.
A girl dressed provocatively does not ask to be raped.
A girl who is not a virgin—and how in the hell do you suggest that she wasn’t—does not ask to be raped.
A girl who goes to a party is not asking to be raped.
By Serena’s warped logic, girls should wear potato sacks, stay home, remain virgins their entire lives and never touch alcohol, lest they encourage a group of over-indulged athletes to rape them.Stick to tennis, hon.
PS Serena is back-tracking now:
"I am currently reaching out to the girl's family to let her know that i am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written -- what I supposedly said -- is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame."Doesn't sound like an apology, it sounds like she's blaming Rolling Stone for what she supposedly said.
Just say, 'I'm sorry I said something so stupid.' Serena.