Wednesday, 5 January 2011

The Importance of Being Homo - PLUS: Sarah Palin the "most annoying person in 2010"

We are all homo sapiens. Some think our predecessor is the homo erectus, but this is being disputed. So what can be so bad about Palin re-tweeting something about "homos." Aren't we all?

"Homo sapiens" means "wise man." It's a nice concept.

Homo Sapiens Leonardo

It's an optimistic concept as well.

Right-wing talk show host and outspoken Palin-fan Tammy Bruce is openly lesbian, and somehow this seems to give her a "licence to be vile in public", although I don't really get the connection.

In any case, on January 4, Tammy Bruce went on a twitter rant against the homophobic navy captain and started like this:

Tammy Bruce Navy Tweets

So she tried to be sarcastic, in her own style, with "straight men" as one of her favorite targets.

Tammy Bruce Homo Tweet

...and the world never was the same again, because Sarah Palin had the audacity the re-tweet this tweet and thus with one stroke liberated all gays everywhere forever.

Tammy Bruce - Thank you Governor

Wow, thank you Governor, thank you so much. The world thanks you, Governor, let the gays and homos or whatever they want to call themselves be free, Governor.

Tammy Bruce was so smitten by this historic re-tweet that she completely "forgot" that Sarah Palin did NOT support the repeal of DADT in the past:

Sarah Palin appeared on FOX News Sunday yesterday and was asked if the military gay ban should be repealed.

Said Palin: "I don’t think so right now. I’m surprised that the President spent time on that in his State of the Union speech when he spent only about 9 percent of his time in the State of the Union on national security issues. And I say that because there are other things to be worried about right now with the military. I think that kind of on the back burner, is sufficient for now. To put so much time, and effort, and politics into it, unnecessary."

Blessed be the short term memory.

So, Tammy Bruce is apparently allowed to call the gay people "homos" in a sarcastic way, as she is one of these "marginalized" people. Logical, isn't it? But God forbid somebody else calls Tammy something she shouldn't be called. Then she might shoot back big time, surprise, surprise.

"Former KFI-AM (640) overnight host Tammy Bruce, who last year came under fire for critical remarks she made on the air about Bill and Camille Cosby, has filed suit against the station and key personnel on charges that include sex discrimination, discrimination due to sexual orientation, wrongful termination, sexual harassment and slander.

Named as defendants in the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, are Cox Radio-owned KFI, Program Director David G. Hall, General Manager Howard Neal and nighttime host Phil Hendrie.


n the 27-page suit, filed March 16, Bruce did not ask for a specific dollar amount but says at several points that the damages she sustained are "greatly in excess of $50,000." Her lawyer, Patricia Bellasalma, said Bruce seeks compensation for "back pay, front pay, pain, suffering and emotional distress."

Bruce, 36, who is openly gay and a former president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women, was suspended by KFI last July 10, following her July 8-9 broadcast that criticized the Cosbys and prompted them to complain to management. Hall and Neal went on the air Aug. 19 and 20 to apologize for Bruce's remarks. Later, the station said that her contract was not being renewed.

In her suit, Bruce charges that she was "disparately treated" in the Cosby case, contending that KFI had neither suspended nor apologized for male hosts who had been the subject of complaints or civil actions. She also charges that, independent of and long before the Cosby controversy, she had complained to Hall about derogatory remarks and harassment of her by various employees regarding her sexual orientation. The behavior did not cease and constituted a hostile work environment, the suit says--extending even to KFI's Web site, where it says derogatory remarks were made about her even after she was no longer on the air."

While gays can apparently call a homo a homo while others should rather refrain from doing so, Tammy Bruce calls other people lots of other stuff as well, and apparently thinks that this is perfectly alright. For example, just as her big idol "Governor Palin", she also seems to enjoy making vile stabs at Michelle Obama:

What can I say? Tammy Bruce is a very vile person. And it's completely irrelevant if she is "homo" or not. Why are all of "Governor Palin's" friend just insufferable people, one by one? Why am I even asking?


Time for some humor, after so much depressing smut!

In the show which was aired on December 31, 2010, Joy Behar's panel took a vote on who was the "most annoying person of 2010."

Guess who won? ;-)

This is a memorable and highly enjoyable clip! Joy Behar's guests are:

- Rob Shuter, AOL`s "Popeater" columnist
- Comedian Judy Gold
- Clinton Kelly, co-host of "What Not to Wear" on TLC and the author of "Oh, No, She Didn`t"

Many other great parts can be found in the transcript on CNN, but this is the only clip I found so far.

Another part of the conversation made the news as well. TLC co-host Clinton Kelly is not a fan of Sarah Palin:

BEHAR: I heard the ratings went down.

SHUTER: They did go down, but they went down from a huge number, so it’s still, like, in the top 10 shows on — is TLC your channel?

KELLY: It is my channel.

SHUTER: It is…

BEHAR: What do you think?

KELLY: What do I think?


KELLY: You know, look, I’ll be honest with you. I wasn’t thrilled when I heard that Sarah Palin had an eight-hour infomercial, you know, on my network because she basically stands for everything I don’t stand for or I’m against. So it’s a little bit rough. It’s a little — what bothers me the most about her is her hypocrisy. And you know, I’m trying to be funny here, but I can’t even think of a joke.

BEHAR: That’s OK. You don’t have to be funny.

KELLY: I hate somebody who’s, like, Oh, look at nature. Look at this beautiful Alaska.


KELLY: Look how beautiful everything is. Let’s go kill something…

BEHAR: Right.

KELLY: … because we need some meat in the refrigerator.

BEHAR: I know. As if anybody in New York City can relate to this.

Here is another interesting part of the conversation during the show:

BEHAR: Mi casa es su casa. What about Sarah Palin? Do you think she is the face of the Tea Party?


LEVY: Yes, obviously.

BEHAR: Is she responsible for its popularity?

LEVY: I don`t think she`s responsible for its popularity.


LEVY: I -- I honestly think we can`t under estimate these people and their rage, their white rage, their anger over the situation we find ourselves in economically and their ability to pin it on a black man in the White House.

And I really don`t think we should under estimate Sarah Palin, who is scary. She is terrifying.

BEHAR: Well, she could become president in 2012.

LEVY: And she -- and she has successfully blurred --

FUGELSANG: But she will.


LEVY: -- that well, I`m not sure about of that.

BEHAR: It`s -- it`s the year of the apocalypse. I read that.

FUGELSANG: Well, if the Mayans were only warning us about the movie "2012" it`s not the actual year.

DANA: Oh, ok all right.


LEVY: But -- but I think the reaction from every smart left-leaning person I know about Sarah Palin is she won`t become president in 2012. And you flash back it -- flash back to the Reagan election.


FUGELSANG: Oh and --

LEVY: Every smart person, every smart left-leaning person when Reagan was elected was like you know what, he`s nothing but an actor. He doesn`t really know anything. And boom, we got eight years of him and we`re still paying for it.

FUGELSANG: It`s very --

DANA: That`s right.

FUGELSANG: -- but Reagan was much more popular within his own party and had a much higher polling numbers beforehand. I think Sarah Palin is sort of like the Flavor Flav of the Republican Party, you know she`s definitely entertaining but kind of embarrassing to the movement.

Is Sarah Palin an embarrassment to the Republicans? I certainly think so.

Republicans currently fall all over themselves to declare that Sarah Palin is "unelectable" - for example George Will, Charles Krauthammer and even "red-state" Erick Erickson, calling her "radioactive." Pretty good, given the fact that the primaries haven't enough begun.

What I will say is that in my opinion it won't be enough for Republicans to say that Sarah Palin is "unelectable." This won't stop Palin's hardcore constituency from voting for her - and unfortunately, some naive Democrats, inspired by idiots like "primariesforpalin", might be tempted to vote for Palin in the primaries as well. Though I hope that all major Democratic players will speak out against such a strategy, it's not impossible that some people want to play political chess games again. I have said it before: Playing games with political extremists would be a very dangerous and irresponsible move.

Republicans will need to become more "specific" at a later stage. Just calling Sarah Palin "unelectable" and a "reality show star" will not be enough to safely stop her. Fortunately, her resume is littered with lots of scandals and inconvenient facts, so there is plenty to choose from.

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