I’m Waiting for Rip Taylor’s Endorsement

No surprise that Hillbot has Babs on her side. But Fabio?

“She’s so smart,” he says. “And with her, you’re getting two with one. You know I love women, because I owe my success to women. To me, it will be the biggest reward. I would love for the first time to have a woman president.”

And with Hillary in charge, he says, the Iraqi insurgents better watch out. “When a woman gets pissed off at you,” he says, “she’s going to get you, you know?”

11/28: ATLmalcontent Says Something Nice About The Anchorman

Barely endured tonight’s GOP debate, so forgive the kind words for my least favorite Republican candidate. I’m certain it won’t happen again.

When asked by some redneck whether it’s appropriate to fly the Stars and Bars, Romney — after intially ducking — somehow managed to sprout a very small pair (well-concealed by his Mormon underwear). The Confederate flag is a divisive symbol, and, like Mitt, I’m glad it’s become largely irrelevant. For once, we agree.   

MittromThat being said — don’t fuck with McCain on torture, pretty boy. (Is waterboarding considered torture if Romney’s hair remains in place?) And watching his feeble attempt to not answer the gays in the military question reminded me of a certain Miss South Carolina. Though to hear slot boy William Bennett’s analysis, The Anchorman was the clear victor. Republicans really want to like this guy — if he was a Methodist, the race would be over. Thank God he’s not a Methodist.

Some other observations …

*Telling, isn’t it, that Mike Huckabee was put on the defensive about his support of a program that provided financial assistance to illegal aliens seeking a college education;

*What is it about politicians from Hope, Ark.? They sure know how to work a room. Huckabee may be a Bible thumper, but he’s clever. And unlike that other Arkansas governor, I think he’s genuine. I just don’t want him to be president;

*McCain again came off as the only adult in the room; that’ll hurt him within the party of Coulter and Hannity. Yet he’s holding steady while Thompson drops and Huckabee rises. Perhaps it’s the angel dust talking, but I wouldn’t be shocked if McCain and Huckabee end up as the last Republicans standing. Rudy and Romney might very well destroy each other;

*Finally — and this has nothing to do with aesthetics — but Anderson Cooper is damn good at his job. I’m not going to compare him to Brinkley or Cronkite, but I’ll take him over Couric or Brian Williams any day.

The Diversity Racket

Have you ever considered how many people are getting rich peddling tolerance?

Think about it — an entire industry has been created to remind people they should play nice with others. The diversity culture has devolved into something a bit more insidious, as this video demonstrates.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have some aggrieving to do.

Islamic Outrage Du Jour

Civilization remains but a faint notion for Muslim extremists. In Sudan, a British teacher faces 40 lashes and up to six months in prison for “insulting religion and inciting hatred.”

Her crime? Naming a class teddy bear Mohammed (though one of her students claims he named the bear — after himself). Devout Muslims believe any physical depiction of their very touchy prophet is blasphemous.

Beating up women — not so much.

ATLmalcontent.LGBT

Defining yourself by race, ethnicity or sexual orientation is, of course, weak. I’ve never felt pride in being gay because it required no effort. It’s like taking pride in having 10 toes. It’s not an accomplishment.

Not that there’s anything wrong with celebrating one’s heritage or culture, but this is getting ridiculous:

The Latino community may soon have its own top-level domain, .LAT, if a proposal by two organizations goes through. eCOM-LAC, an organization that works to ensure regional representation of Latin America, and NIC Mexico, the entity that manages the top-level domain of .MX for Mexico, announced the new extension earlier this month as an effort to “identify, differentiate, and add value to Internet resources related with Latinos.”

Anyone doubt this will become a trend?

We may one day see TLDs like .GLBT or .BIKE for the gay/lesbian/bisexual/trans and cycling communities, for example.

(via Andrew Sullivan)

I’m Waiting for Rip Taylor’s Endorsement

No surprise that Hillbot has Babs on her side. But Fabio?

“She’s so smart,” he says. “And with her, you’re getting two with one. You know I love women, because I owe my success to women. To me, it will be the biggest reward. I would love for the first time to have a woman president.”

And with Hillary in charge, he says, the Iraqi insurgents better watch out. “When a woman gets pissed off at you,” he says, “she’s going to get you, you know?”

The Diversity Racket

Have you ever considered how many people are getting rich peddling tolerance?

Think about it — an entire industry has been created to remind people they should play nice with others. The diversity culture has devolved into something a bit more insidious, as this video demonstrates.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have some aggrieving to do.

Islamic Outrage Du Jour

Civilization remains but a faint notion for Muslim extremists. In Sudan, a British teacher faces 40 lashes and up to six months in prison for “insulting religion and inciting hatred.”

Her crime? Naming a class teddy bear Mohammed (though one of her students claims he named the bear — after himself). Devout Muslims believe any physical depiction of their very touchy prophet is blasphemous.

Beating up women — not so much.

The Most Annoying Holiday Song Ever

Still accepting nominees. Making the cut so far:

*”So This Is Christmas,” John and Yoko

*”Simply Have a Wonderful Christmastime,” Paul McCartney

*”Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Brenda Lee

*”Jingle Bells,” Barbra Streisand

*Anything by Manheim Steamroller

*”Hanukkah Song,” Adam Sandler

*”Kwanzaa Is Here,” Greta Pedersen

*”Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson

*”Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,” *NSYNC

What Would Joseph Smith Do?

The Anchorman doesn’t want to talk about his Mormon faith. Reporters are uneasy asking about it. Christopher Hitchens thinks it’s a valid question:

Here is the most salient reason: Until 1978, the so-called Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was an officially racist organization. Mitt Romney was an adult in 1978. We need to know how he justified this to himself, and we need to hear his self-criticism, if he should chance to have one.

It matters what you believe. Not to equate it with Mormonism, but I sure as hell would never vote for a Scientologist.

It apparently matters to Romney. He said recently he would not appoint a Muslim to his Cabinet.

“I would imagine that Muslims could serve at lower levels of my administration,” he said.

Romney’s rationale?

“…based on the numbers of American Muslims [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified.”

For the record, Muslims comprise about two percent of the U.S. population. Using The Anchorman’s “logic,” Mormons don’t deserve a cabinet position, either, since they account for only three percent of the populace.

Mansoor Ijaz notes the hypocrisy:

Romney, whose Mormon faith has become the subject of heated debate in Republican caucuses, wants America to be blind to his religious beliefs and judge him on merit instead. Yet he seems to accept excluding Muslims because of their religion, claiming they’re too much of a minority for a post in high-level policymaking. More ironic, that Islamic heritage is what qualifies them to best engage America’s Arab and Muslim communities and to help deter Islamist threats.

Moreover, what kind of message does this send to moderate Muslims? Romney’s quick to complain about religious bigotry, yet he’s engaging in the very same behavior. So why is no one calling him out on it?