Saturday, June 04, 2005
and myrtle, an extensive ground cover.
There's a small political fracas here in Massachusetts. One of Governor Romney's chief advisors made a public statement that Romney was not a pro-choice Republican as he had claimed to the electorate, but a fundamentalist Mormon who was anti-abortion and only masquerading as choice-friendly to get votes. There were pained cries of "treason" among the Republican faithful. Next day, the advisor made a public statement saying, as is usual in these cases, that his comments had been taken out of context by the press.
My question: is anyone fooled, or has anyone EVER been fooled, into thinking that Romeny is anything but a fundamentalist Mormon and sleazy political opportunist who will say anything necessary to pander for votes?
More interesting, or perhaps just a good deal funnier, is George Bush's latest gaffe. During a speech he announced that a certain group of people were "disassambling. That means they're not tellin' the truth." Well, George, the word is dissembling--disassembling would mean that they're taking things apart. What I loved about this incident is his assuming the role of vocabulary teacher, when he hasn't the slightest clue.. Above and beyond all the other disasters of this presidency, the man is simply a standing embarrassment to the country.
Members of the Westboro Baptist Chruch of Topeka, Kansas have arrived in Lexington, MA to spread hatred against gays, liberal values and the Catholic Church. Carrying signs reading "God hates Gay Enablers" and "Pope in Hell", they started picketing Catholic Churches this morning and plan to hit the Lexington high school graduation this afternoon. They inform passers-by that "living in Massachusetts is like living in a whore house." Well, it's fun here but nothing like some parts of the country.
After alienating everybody in Lexington, they plan to head on to Lowell and Dracut, the three cities having been chosen for their "acceptance of homosexuality."
Lowell? Dracut? Guys, the gay bars, the pride march, the South End and its subdistrict Bay Village--universally known as Gay Village--and the State Supreme Judicial Court that decreed gay marriage are in BOSTON. I mean, OK so they may have failed utterly to denounce faggotry in Lowell and Dracut and Lexington to the satisfaction of the bigots, but if you want to see acceptance of homosexuality, walk down Tremont Street in the South End for Saturday or Sunday brunch and you'll see acceptance verging on unrestrained public celebration.
Of course the Catholic Church hates gays too, so a barometer of just how hate-filled and totally fanatical these people are is that they can't stand even those who agree with them. This situation is getting worse and worse and it's doing so faster and faster.