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Jerry Buell Is A Bad Teacher!

There’s this story in the local press regarding a teacher in Mt. Dora, Florida, Jerry Buell, who was suspended for posting what one could consider hatred towards gays on his personal Facebook page.

‘A Florida high school’s “Teacher of the Year” has been suspended for an anti-gay post he wrote on his Facebook page last month.

Jerry Buell, a history teacher at Mount Dora High School in Mount Dora, Fla. wrote on his Facebook page that he “almost threw up” when he was having dinner and news came on of New York’s decision to allow same-sex marriage showed up July 25.

“If they want to call it a union, go ahead,” Buell wrote, according to ClickOrlando.com. “But don’t insult a man and woman’s marriage by throwing it in the same cesspool as same-sex whatever! God will not be mocked. When did this sin become acceptable???”

Left out of the above, but included in a story on FOX Radio, was this statement from Buell:

“And now they showed two guys kissing after their announcement.”

See…here’s the deal, Mr. Buell. You, Sir, are a teacher. Teachers are role models for students, who often look up to them for advice when troubled. Your job is to guide the student in the quest to make his or her own logical decision regarding a topic, not to give them your personal opinion.

You are there to instruct the student, not pontificate. That includes posting on a Facebook page that you made public by choice. Do you have students as friends on your Facebook page? Do your students view your Facebook page? Of course they do.

Therefore, you have failed in your responsibilities as a teacher.

I’m not going to delve into your supposed First Amendment rights. Your obligation to your students trumps any rights of personal expression you may feel you have in the public atmosphere.

Teacher of the Year? You don’t deserve that honor, Sir.

NOTE: Discussion of this topic can be found on my forum.You’re welcome to join in!

Now, That’s a March!

slide_3137_44420_largeRemember last month when the right wing tea partiers had their little march on Washington? Organized by the leader of the Republican Party, Glenn (Crybaby) Beck, supported by and advertised on Fox News ad nauseum for well over three months, this march was supposed to show the world that the Obama Hater Racist Homophobic Secessionists were out there in droves. Hell, I remember claims were made by national names like Michele Malkin, Beck, and the former leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, that nearly one (No! Two!) million people attended! They even posted pictures on the internet of the crowds gathered in the Square! Unfortunately, those were fake pictures (YOU LIE!) and nowhere near one million attended the march. The correct number was estimated at around 60,000 – 70,000. And they all ended up bitching about the public transit system.

Flash forward to this past weekend. A new group of Americans descended upon Washington. With numbers estimated at 150,000 Gay, lesbian, bi, and transgendered men and women of all colors gathered demanding that their voices be heard. From Washington Monthly:

Tens of thousands of gay-rights activists marched Sunday in Washington to show President Obama and Congress that they are impatient with what they consider piecemeal progress and are ready to fight at the federal level for across-the-board equality, including for the right to marry and the right to serve in the military.

Key votes on same-sex marriage are coming up in the District and Maine, and Obama reiterated his campaign promise Saturday to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that forces gay and lesbian members of the armed forces to keep their sexual orientation a secret.

But organizers of the National Equality March and its participants said they want to shift the political effort toward seeking equality in all states, rather than accepting just local and state-level victories.

Amen! So there were more gays marching on Washington than right wing idiots! slide_3137_44409_largeNow who’s the minority!

Even more important, there were no signs comparing our President to Hitler or Stalin or other such hate. Just a well behaved crowd of American citizens demanding equality.

And I’ll bet they didn’t even bitch about the public transportation!

How Not to Address a Gay Pride Parade

Here’s proof positive that it’s not just the Republicans that clutch the Stupid Trophy.  Sometimes they pass it off to Democrats too, and at the most inopportune of times, at that!

Here’s a quote from Senator Roland Burris, addressing the Chicago Gay Pride Parade on Sunday:

“My concept of marriage is a male and a female for the perpetuation of the species, for children to be born and identify the bloodline and the heritage.”But I’m pretty sure, as things are moving along, that that will probably change.”

Photo courtesy of the New York Post

Courtesy of the New York Post

Yes, this is the same Roland Burris appointed to fill President Obama’s vacant Illinois Senate seat by disgraced fellow Stupid Person Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich as he was being ushered out the door of the State Capital.

Yes, this is the same Roland Burris who begged the US Senate to seat him in that capacity before they found out that he also lied and was bribed by Governor Blago in order to get the appointment.

So, now that we’ve established Burris as a Certifiable Stupid Person, we can discuss the utterly outrageous comments directed to a mob of gays in Chicago.

Dear Senator Burris: Please shut up.  There’s not a single reference to needing a marriage certificate prior to fucking in the rule book. You know what fucking is, right? That’s the act used to procreate. From what I understand that’s when a hetero guy manages (hopefully in the case of Senator Burris) to get his pee-pee hard and sticks it into some kind of hole in the hetero gal (again, hopefully in the case of Senator Burris – the right hole) followed by a few grunts and heavy breathing.

Then, around nine months later, a little child pops out of the hole of the hetero gal. Hopefully to live a happy life with caring, married, parents. Of course, considering the track record of the hetero’s and sky-high divorce rates…that’s probably not going to happen.

That’s when the child can, in some states but not mine, be adopted by a happy gay couple and live a healthy, productive life. And then grow up enlightened to the point where he or she can procreate and perpetuate the species – of intelligent people. Unlike you.

And not stand before a mob of gay people and say the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Remembering Stonewall

Fourty years ago today, police stormed a Mafia-owned bar in Greenwich Village known to have been frequented by gays. The subsequent riots that occurred over the next day following the brutal treatment of American citizens at the Stonewall Inn are credited with the birth of the modern LGBT movement.

This one event solidified in the minds of homosexual men and women that our government and our society treat us as second-class citizens, denying it’s citizens the right to equality and protection from hate.

Today, despite advances in the movement, we are still second-class citizens. We are denied the right to marry, the right to adopt, the right to serve openly and honorably in our military, and the right to share medical, insurance, hospital visitation, and internment rights enjoyed by mainstream Americans of every race, creed, and religion.

Our government, the one based upon the simple principle that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” has failed a segment of it’s population larger than most minorities. Think for a moment…according to the US Census, blacks account for 14% and hispanics make up 15% of the minority culture in this nation.

How many Americans are gay? 2%? 10%. We really don’t know. The stigma of homosexuality in our society still, to this day, forces millions of Americans to live their life in a lie – closeted in fear of their neighbor, their government, their family. Right now, the number could arguably surpass the populace of Asians, American Indians, and other minority groups.

Even as the majority of the American public now approve of gay unions, the repeal of DADT and other rights denied to the LGBT citizen, our government continues to fail to recognize such a right to equality.

Our President, Congress, and senior military are still living twenty years in the past and cast a myopic eye on what the people of this country want for the LGBT community – equality.

But the problems of the community do not specifically lie with the government. We are our own problem.

TIME magazine, in 1966, three years prior to the Stonewall Riots, said this about gays:

Beset by inner conflicts, the homosexual is unsure of his position in society, ambivalent about his attitudes and identity—but he gains a certain amount of security through the fact that society is equally ambivalent about him.

We haven’t changed much, have we? Whether the gay male or female merely consigns themselves to defeat, or is complacent with his or her own personal situation,  the activism that arose from the riots of the Stonewall Inn forty years ago has subsided. Instead the community has allowed itself to be splintered into factions so numerous, fractile, and divisive we’ve lost sight of the goal.

It’s not about the G, L, B, or T…it’s about Equality!

The gay community will never achieve our goal of equality until such time as we organize with a singular purpose – to effect the changes needed within our government through community activism, financial contributions to our supporters, and yes, withdrawal of financial support to those who are fearful of voicing their support, up to and including the President of this country.

In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln issued an Executive Order abolishing slavery, thus freeing and providing a path to equality for the black man of America. In in 1948, President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981, which ended brought up the end to racism in the Armed Forces.

I implore you, my friends, to contact your Congressman, your Senator, your Governor, your President, and ask that the road to equality begin.

Hey! LilMike?

In the comments of a previous post, you stated:

With friends like Barney Frank in power, its’ a wonder more doesn’t get done…


Oh wait, Frank is defending Obama’s defense of DOMA! Hilarious!

OK. I’ve done a bit more reading, Mike. Although my sinuses are pounding away, I think I see the problem. It’s an age old one, at that.

You, once again, are skewing words to make a point.

Let’s see if I can clear this up for you: A left-over attorney from the Bush administration (a Mormon conservative at that!) files a brief defending DOMA. He stupidly includes in that argument a point that is so homophobic, ridiculous and wrong (comparing allowing gay marriage to incestuous marriage and marriage to underage children) it defies further comment. Barney Frank, after being pressured by the print media, is forced to comment on the brief without reading it nor analyzing it; instead depending on what someone (an aide?) told him it said. Much like I just did in response to your comment.

Unfortunately, by focusing on one line, he misses the whole point. So he issues a statement from his office clarifying his statement:


“It was my position in that conversation with the reporter that the administration had no choice but to defend the constitutionality of the law. I think it is unwise for liberals like myself, who were consistently critical of President Bush’s refusal to abide by the law in cases where he disagreed with it to now object when President Obama refuses to follow the Bush example. It is the President’s job to try to change the law, but it is also his obligation to uphold and defend it when it has been enacted by appropriate processes. It would not be wise, in my judgment, for those of us who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, or who sympathize with the fight for our rights, to argue for a precedent that says that executives who disagreed politically with the purpose of the law should have the option of refusing to defend it in a constitutional case.”

I cannot fault this logic. As much as I dislike and “abhor” (Obama’s words), it is a law. The President, through the DOJ, can defend such a law in the courts when challenged, even when he disagrees with it. So…Frank’s off the hook.

Not Obama. Why? As a President who disagrees with DOMA and calls it “abhorrent”, he should have instructed the DOJ to do the right thing – Ignore this challenge to the law (and others) and let them work their way through the courts. Eventually, one or more ideal cases will result in a positive ruling and the road to FULL EQUALITY for the GLBT community will become even smoother.

A Reply to Yasmin

We have a terrific little (well, not so little) discussion going on over at The Bilerico Project centered on a post by Yasmin Nair, entitled He’s Not Your Daddy, or: Obama and the Personal Politics of Gay Marriage.

I thought it would be nice to move my thoughts on the discussion, along with my latest response to Yasmin over here for regular readers (and new readers) of my blog to discuss.

Here it is:

Yasmin, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time the past few days covering the situation in Iran, so this has unfortunately taken a back seat to that. But I’m going to take the time to reply to you now.

I’m including the link to the following blog post of mine for you to read: https://theworldofhowey.wordpress.com/2009/06/08/whats-up-with-blacks-and-hispanics/ I find your opinion, and that is what it is – merely an opinion, is off-track and quite honestly, childish, selfish, and myopic. Your opinion of DOMA parallels that of the distiinguished woman who disagreed with my points in that blog.

Although my way with words may not be as eloquent as yours, I’d like to explain: You say Obama isn’t our Daddy. No, he isn’t. He is, however, the Leader of Our Country, and the man we look to to formulate and make policy based upon his campaign promises. Two of those promises, nee platforms of the Democratic Party, were the repeal of DADT and DOMA. Obama may or may not have been elected solely based on these two points, however, they were instrumental in his election.

It is, you see, the political system. Right now what we’re dealing with is Obama consistently, through his actions and inactions, failing to act upon his campaign promises. Why? Because he’s caving in to centrist Democrats – the same Democrats who, by virtue of nominating him and electing him into office, supported the campaign he ran on.

It is, you see, the political system. Not your version of “conventional electoral politics”, whatever that may be. Whether you personally agree with the “conventional electoral process” or not or is a moot point. You are making the same mistake as Carmen D in replying to my blog with your statements here.

It’s not about the G, L, B, or T. It’s about EQUALITY. (lol…that’s catchy :)).

And until we ALL work together to ensure this EQUALITY, on all fronts, then we’ll continue to exist on the fringe of the society we have every right to fully participate in.

That is the point you fail to understand.

A Clarification of a Previous Post (Updated 13 June)

In an earlier post on this blog, https://theworldofhowey.wordpress.com/2009/06/09/racism-is-alive-and-well-in-orlando-florida/, I stated: “I’ve had the pleasure of being kicked off an Orlando forum with four or five decidedly racist and homophobic members (hoo boy! Try being the only queer among that group!) wherein I’ve been threated with physical harm, embraced with death by AIDS, been libelously accused of having AIDS, and so on….” That seems to have caused quite the stir on said forum. Although I stated “four or five decidedly racist and homophobic members”, it appears some of my friends there think I meant all of them, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. It’s apparent that the word “homophobic” is prevalent in today’s language and often overused…by both sides. Yet the uproar over such a word becomes amusing when one’s words speak for themselves: Posted less than an hour after the outrage over my accusation that four or five people on the forum were homophobic by one of the most virulent homophobes on the forum, Bill (referring to gay marriage): Why change what we have always known marriage to be to accommodate abnormalities? Before you say I’m bashing, let me explain. They don’t breed, so sooner or later the “genetic” cause for this would disappear. The only reasonable explanation for it is some form of abnormality. Here’s another, earlier comment from Ivan: That is not the flu, it’s just your AIDS talking. Here’s another one from Josh which was deleted from the forum by the Admin a few days later after it was pointed out that the forum had been previously shut down for similar libelous statements towards an Orlando police officer in the news: I hope you die you AIDS infected fag Here’s the thing: I’ve used the word “homophobe” sparingly in that forum, yet…like a little kid being accused of stealing a cookie…the offending party cries out out “Not me!” a few times too many when singled out. Hey, guys…your words speak for themselves. ‘Nuff said.

UPDATE: 13 June

Seems like the racism and homophobia continues on that forum. If it continues I might just want to post the link to the forum for you guys to have a little fun 🙂 This was just posted by some neanderthal named Q (hah!) (The following is a response to my partner, who for now, is still allowed on the forum)

This forum is becoming faggot central. Methinks I’d better head back to the Florida Sportsman Forum for a spell…..where the men are men, and we kill stuff to eventually eat it…..

Yup…No homophobes on this forum! 🙂