Why @dreahouston is a goddess and the rest of us mere mortals | #onpoli #CanQueer #PrideTO #homophobia

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Populist-homophobe Tim Hudak has shown up to the Pride VIP reception at the 519. @dreahouston goes in for the kill:

via Populist-homophobe Tim Hudak has shown up to the Pride VIP reception at the 519. @dreahouston goes in for the kill:.

H/t @goldsbie.

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Another mass shooting in America? Not like there’s anything new here

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I don’t mean to sound jaded about it, but really, what is there to learn here? What new insights can be gained from any of this?

These things happen with such depressing regularity that they’re almost part of the background noise. We can go on about the Second Amendment, and the intent of its framers, and the context within which it was drafted. We can go on about the extent to which lobby groups like the National Rifle Association have captured America’s legislative institutions and defined cultural parameters. We can go on about how weapons have become tied to a warped notion of patriotism. We can go on about the uniquely American mixture of religion, rugged individualism, paranoia, violence, racism, patriarchy, wilful ignorance, and deliberate cultivation of stupidity, wedded to easy access to firearms … 

… but really, what the hell’s the point? What useful question is going to emerge from that? What lessons are going to come from this that haven’t already issued from the last time, or the time before that, or the time before that … 

America is Krazy Glued to its gun culture. There is nothing we can do about it. There is nothing they can do about it either. We can laugh, uneasily, at the “God Guts and Guns” and “From My Cold Dead Hands” memes, and mock morans like Walt Wawra, but change America’s fascination with firearms? Forget it.

Sandbag the border. Contain the stupidity and don’t let it spread. And offer asylum to any sane Americans who want to escape.

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Americans and their gun fetish – setting things right | h/t @TomTomorrow

Disclosure: I was trying to remember where I’d gotten the idea for this.

Then I saw this and remembered.

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So, h/t This Modern World.

Video: Rick Mercer buries one in the back of the net | #LGBT #homophobia

via youtube.com

For Jamie Hubley, and almost 300 more kids who take their own lives because of bullying.

From Mercer: “It’s no good to tell them ‘it gets better.’ We have to make it better NOW.”

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Video: Rick Mercer buries one in the back of the net | #LGBT #homophobia

For Jamie Hubley, and almost 300 more kids who take their own lives because of bullying.

From Mercer: “It’s no good to tell them ‘it gets better.’ We have to make it better NOW.”

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Jamie Hubley: Again, this is where we juxtapose | #homophobia #stupidity

Heather Mallick talks about Jamie Hubley and the nasty impulses most of us manage to overcome:

The Ottawa schoolboy died Saturday of human cruelty, profoundly depressed after years of being bullied for being gay. He killed himself. I’m astonished to read that he was being hounded even in Grade 7 — students tried to stuff batteries down his throat on the school bus after he chose figure skating over ice hockey — but then I remember Grade 7 and what little animals we were.

As if adolescence isn’t enough of a challenge.

You’d think, in light of this, that the value of anti-bullying programs and GSAs would be self-evident, but think again:

A new civic party has been started in Burnaby, British Columbia in direct opposition to some new anti-homophobic bullying initiatives introduced by the Burnaby School Board trustees last June.

Calling themselves Parents’ Voice, the party is in opposition to the board’s existing anti-bullying policy on gender identity and sexual orientation, which they call “homosexual propoganda.” Actually, opposition might be a bit of an understatement. The issue is the party’s entire platform, and if elected, the party is vowing to make revoking the policy their only priority.

The post identifies five of them: Homara Ahmad, Charter Lau, Helen Ward, Gordon  World, and Long Xue.

I wonder: would it be legal to make them look Jamie Hubley’s family in the eye before they ever open their pieholes again?

(And it’s not just in B.C., by the way. It’s going on here in Ontario as well, and we’re paying for it.)

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Jamie Hubley: Again, this is where we juxtapose | #homophobia #stupidity

Heather Mallick talks about Jamie Hubley and the nasty impulses most of us manage to overcome:

The Ottawa schoolboy died Saturday of human cruelty, profoundly depressed after years of being bullied for being gay. He killed himself. I’m astonished to read that he was being hounded even in Grade 7 — students tried to stuff batteries down his throat on the school bus after he chose figure skating over ice hockey — but then I remember Grade 7 and what little animals we were.

As if adolescence isn’t enough of a challenge.

You’d think, in light of this, that the value of anti-bullying programs and GSAs would be self-evident, but think again:

A new civic party has been started in Burnaby, British Columbia in direct opposition to some new anti-homophobic bullying initiatives introduced by the Burnaby School Board trustees last June.

Calling themselves Parents’ Voice, the party is in opposition to the board’s existing anti-bullying policy on gender identity and sexual orientation, which they call “homosexual propoganda.” Actually, opposition might be a bit of an understatement. The issue is the party’s entire platform, and if elected, the party is vowing to make revoking the policy their only priority.

The post identifies five of them: Homara Ahmad, Charter Lau, Helen Ward, Gordon  World, and Long Xue.

I wonder: would it be legal to make them look Jamie Hubley’s family in the eye before they ever open their pieholes again?

(And it’s not just in B.C., by the way. It’s going on here in Ontario as well, and we’re paying for it.)

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