As most of you know, I’ve been in Germany, studying hard to improve my Russian language skills, so I haven’t been as diligent about catching up with blogs as I should. But for those of you who aren’t aware, there’s been a bit of Internet/Blog drama going on the past couple of days. Now that I’m caught up and have spoken with the main person involved, I feel confident that I need to write about this.
A few days ago, a blogger and commenter on this blog Erin Pallete wrote a very profound, very honest, very courageous blog entry about who she really is. I will admit I was surprised. Until yesterday, I thought Erin was a fairly hot, very tough, very intelligent woman, based on her comments here and on her writing on her own site. No, I’ve never seen her in person, and have never met her. Our dealings have been Internet-based only, although she and one of my closest frieds, Oleg Volk, are good friends as well. But to me, Erin is still Erin. Nothing has changed, except now I know what she looks like, and she’s not anything I imagined. To me it’s not a big deal.
If you want to read about Erin and her revelation, I would encourage you to do so via the link I provided above.
Now, here’s what I want to say to Erin and to the rest of the blogosphere:
- I support Erin. I support what she did and I support her as a person. I think what she did took a lot of courage. Having made a lot of friends and gained a lot of readers over the years, who have undoubtedly developed their own picture of what Erin is/was, no doubt made the decision to reveal herself a lot more difficult. Good for Erin!
- Erin is still Erin. She’s a terrific writer with an incredibly sharp mind. If your opinion of her writing changes based on the fact that she didn’t fit your perception of her, you’re a moron. Period.
- If you have been a longtime reader or Internet friend, and are all of a sudden feeling “betrayed,” get over it! Erin is not your wife. She’s not your girlfriend. Most of you don’t even know her in person. Ergo, feeling betrayed, because she doesn’t fit the Internet persona you created for her in your own mind, is stupid.
- If you insist on feeling betrayed, fine. It’s a free country. Go sulk in a corner. Stop reading her blog. If you have a blog of your own, vent your sullenness there. But if you insist on using the Interwebs to castigate Erin, to ridicule or insult her and to express your feelings of general ooginess publicly, because ZOMG! ERIN PALLETTE IS NOT WHAT YOU IMAGINED, I promise you I will trash you just as publicly. And I guarantee you I can make up invective better than you can.
- I will continue my blog policy of never banning bloggers or deleting comments, even if they’re rude and offensive to me and/or my friends (unless you’re a spammer, an outright racist or post threats of any kind), so you never need to worry about getting banned.
Now, I need to write a few words about my own views. You all already know my views on gays, gay marriage, etc. I treat everyone alike. I believe in equality. I love my gay friends as much as I love my straight friends, and I refuse to pass judgment on whom they love. Period.
My views on transgender, transvestite, trans (insert description here) are much the same. People are people. I will treat them with respect if they reciprocate. I don’t care if you’re a 6’5″ football player who likes to wear women’s lingerie at night. It doesn’t bother me, and it’s your own business. I don’t care if you’re a former Navy SEAL who has decided to live his life as a woman after retirement from military service. You have earned the gratitude of a nation and my eternal respect. I don’t give a flying rat’s ass with whom you sleep or how you live your life. If you are a woman, then you are a woman. Your talents, abilities, skills and knowledge don’t change because of your gender. If you say you are a woman, I will refer to you as “she.” Period. It’s a matter of respect.
That said… Bradley Manning.
To be honest, I’m just not sure how honest he is about this whole wanting to live his life as “Chelsea” thing. We always knew he was gay. So what? What’s the big deal? But he REALLY started to whip out the “Transgender Card” when he realized he was in danger of serious consequences in court. All of a sudden, “Chelsea” was an excuse to violate his oath, betray his country, and do incalculable damage to our diplomatic relations worldwide, not to mention endanger innocent people. So yeah… I’m going to kick that assmaggot as often and as hard as I can. Not because I think being transgender (if he really is) caused him to do these things, but because he’s now using it as an excuse for the inexcusable.
And a final word…
This has been an interesting experiment in Interwebs. How well do we really know our Internet friends? Can you consider them friends, if you’ve never met, had a drink or shook their hand? How much do you all really know about me? Is my photo real? (It is.) Is Rob’s? The great Claire Wolfe hit the nail on the head with the following:
…Erin’s story is also a great testimony to one of the best (and least mentioned) things about the Internet — the ability to relate to others by their heart and soul, not by their age, color, location, sex, gender, or other non-essentials. Pretty damn good testimony for “gun nuts,” too. Gun nuts. You know — those ignorant, racist, homophobic, redneck intolerant good ole boys.
You all have been reading my blog for a while now. You know who I am. You understand my views. You may or may not agree with them, but you read them. I’m grateful for each and every one of you, even those with whom I ardently disagree. But will I match my public persona? I leave that for each and every one of you to decide. Ultimately, if you ever meet me in person, you will either love me or hate me. That’s your business. Mine is to remind you that I’m me, and I will not ever conform to anyone’s ideal of me.
Deal with it.
I’m sure the usual suspects of the “it’s not his fault, he’s a victim of society’s injustice” variety will be silent in this case.
Police arrested a 35-year-old New Haven man on gun and other charges after an allegedly unprovoked attack on a 71-year-old man.
Jorge DelaPaz was arrested on charges of assault in the third degree of an elderly person, carrying a dangerous weapon, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a pistol and interfering with police.
The elder New Haven man was eating a hamburger in the Goffe Street Park following a Toni Harp mayoral campaign-sponsored event Sunday afternoon when he was approached by DelaPaz, who is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds, according to a police report.
Police say DelaPaz told the elder white male that he shouldn’t be “in his park where young black kids are playing.” When the older man refused an order from DelaPaz to pick up a football, DelaPaz punched the man multiple times in the face, knocking him to the ground, police said.
Nope, this had nothing to do with race. Nothing at all. DelaPaz was simply a victim of the white oligarchy we have going on in this country and was lashing out due to the injustices perpetrated against him by white people everywhere – both past and present.
Or, this could be a case of a racist thug taking advantage of the fact that he was faced with an elderly man, who was ostensibly weaker than he was and deciding to wield his “authoritah” over the septuagenarian, who to his credit, stood up to the varmint and refused to follow this vapid, impotent motherfucker’s “order.”
Oh, where are all those screeching shrews spewing “HATE CRIME!” at the top of their marijuana-addled lungs?
Nidal Hasan bought himself a one way ticket to hell yesterday. One could say that ticket was purchased the moment he decided to unload his firearm bullets first at a bunch of innocent people, but he actually paid for that ticket yesterday when a military jury sentenced that murderous, extremist motherfucker to death.
I won’t rehash everything. You can certainly read about it in the numerous media reports that are out there today.
My only hope is that they don’t allow him to rot in prison, and that they do it immediately… slowly… painfully… until he finds hell on earth, before departing to whatever hell is reserved for murderous fundamentalist Islamic bastards.
Yeah, yeah… I know… wishful thinking. But one can dream, can’t one?
Victim was bad. Victim was selling crack to sweet innocent teenagers, forcing the cherubs to beat him to death.
That is the bizarre claim of slimebag Kenan Adams-Kinard, who appeared in court yesterday and claimed that the 88-year old World War II veteran, whom he helped bludgeon to death was selling him crack, and that the transaction turned violent.
Adams-Kinard and Demetruis Glenn, both 16, are accused of attacking Belton when he resisted a robbery attempt in the parking lot outside his Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge last Wednesday night. Both were charged as adults.
There is little I find more repugnant in this world than these two shitbirds, who victimized an elderly man – a man who served his country honorably, a man who was supposed to have a peaceful sunset to his life, a man who ostensibly could not fight back.
Hell, even the defense attorney for the other shitbag doesn’t believe that pus-filled little hemorrhoid and calls the claim ridiculous!
There are no redeeming qualities in this trash. These two heartless animals (and I hesitate to call them this, because animals don’t just murder for the fuck of it) attacked an elderly man, who was ostensibly weaker than they were, was unable to defend himself from their viciousness, and eventually succumbed. He fought back – gallantly and bravely – which is more courage than these two dickdrips could ever show, when they attacked a defenseless elderly man and bludgeoned him with flashlights.
And before Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton come to the rescue of these two sacks of rancid effluvia…
- No, it’s not society’s fault that they were black/underprivileged/victimized/*insert stupid excuse here*.
- No, being black doesn’t mitigate this vicious crime. See #1.
- No, they’re not young men with much potential to whom no one ever offered a chance. They’re foul thugs, and I don’t give a fuck how old they are.
- Yes, they deserve to be tried as adults for an intentional, savage, depraved crime, and I don’t give a fuck how old they are.
- No, I’m not afraid to call them savages. No, it’s not a racist term. It’s an accurate one.
- No, I don’t give a fuck what color they are, but the silence from Jesse and Al is somewhat instructive.
- No, they didn’t do it owing to some perceived social injustice. They did it because they’re heartless pieces of monkey shit.
- If that sounds racist, I’m tired of giving a shit. Shut the fuck up.
- No, I don’t believe they should be charged with a “hate crime,” because: a) there is no such thing – a hate crime is a thought crime, and for those of you who haven’t read Orwell lately, that’s double plus ungood – and b) because they should be charged with a capital crime – their legs should be broken, and they should be tossed into a pen with vicious swine and filmed while they’re eaten slowly and painfully (although, I’m not sure what foul thing swine did to deserve that shit).
- No, lawyer scum. They did not fall in with the wrong crowd. They are vomitous, shitslurping thunderfucks who need to be put out of society’s misery.
And that is all.
Between Russia’s new anti-piracy laws that are ostensibly made to protect the work of creators, but which can widely be used as a tool for censorship, and Russia’s new regulations criminalizing “gay propaganda,” Moscow can never be accused of respecting the freedom of speech.
The latest assault on the basic freedom of expression is the recent removal of a painting depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin, in a negligee brushing the hair of a similarly-dressed Dmitry Medvedev in a satirical display of queer and somewhat disturbing snugglery.
As they say in Germany… Ich bin grossed the fuck out.
But hell, it’s art. It’s meant to be provocative and in this case, very observant (although I would have painted Medvedev brushing Putin’s hair instead, despite the fact that Putin has very little of it) of real life.
Moscow, however, has very little sense of humor when it comes to critique or satire of its leadership… or its church, which incidentally is very close to its leadership. Russia even has a law banning insults to the “authorities,” that could result in a one-year prison term.
I guess we’re lucky. Aside from very creepy tracking of media communications and idiotic clown firings and death threats from tolerant progressives as a result of mockery of the President, we haven’t seen too much federal meddling into the freedom of expression.
Instead, we have meddling of a different sort. Hell, the feds don’t have to punish those critical of the administration! Why should they? The administration’s private supporters and citizen fellators are doing a superb job all on their own.
Good news for us, I suppose. Any death threat from any zealot for any criticism of any member of the government would be met with a report to the police, and any physical manifestation of that threat would be met with a .45 ACP round ejected from a metal object with very high velocity.
We have ways of taking care of those who threaten our lives and our families.
And luckily we have the right to do so with the most effective tools on the market today.
Unlike… say… Russia.
For the record I don’t see the legislature passing any bill that would in any way prohibit Americans from criticizing and even insulting public officials.
So far, the brownshirted supporters of Teh Won™ only display their impotent rage by hurling insults and empty threats, because really… I’ve seen some of these unwashed hippie types. NO EFFING WAY they would actually have the testicular fortitude to follow through!
I do wonder, however, how supportive the government is of these losers. If they threaten someone critical of the government, it’s their right, and their freedom of speech must be protected. If a right-winger criticizes said government, it’s “extremism” that must be monitored.
It’s an interesting bit of statesmanship.
The government really doesn’t have to pass laws banning freedom of expression and speech. All it has to do is turn a blind eye to violent speech from one side of the aisle, while condemning “extremist speech” from the other.
Maybe I’m just tired, but it sure makes me uncomfortable.