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Social cons will sometimes give you the “love the sinner, hate the sin” argument or the “I  don’t hate gay people, I just don’t want to redefine marriage” argument, but, to my mind, the movement’s response to impending hate crimes legislation proves that those aren’t honest arguments.

Pam Meister doesn’t want us determining punishment based on a person’s thoughts:

[I]t bothers me that individuals may soon be prosecuted for not just the crime, but the “behind the scenes” thoughts that may have contributed to that crime.

Now, this bit seems sensible at first glance.  “Let’s stick with what we can prove, and not worry about what’s in a defendant’s mind.”  There’s a little problem, though, when you look at the paragraph directly preceding that one.

I’m all for prosecuting criminals for their acts, especially violent criminals. I’m pro-death penalty, if truth be told. I figure that if you deliberately take someone else’s life, you should pay by forfeiting yours. Not very PC of me, but there you have it.

Thanks for putting that in bold for me, Pam!  There you are, arguing for punishment based on thoughts.  In fact, our criminal legal system punishes based on intent, malice, etc all the freaking time!  Especially in assault and murder cases (the only offense covered by hate crimes legislation), where punishment can vary wildly.  A defendant’s state-of-mind isn’t used to determine guilt or innocence, but it is already often used as contributing or mitigating factor.

Apparently Meister has not taken the 5 minutes to read the actual text of the bill:

(A) IN GENERAL- Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, in any circumstance described in subparagraph (B), willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerouse weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person–
‘(i) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and
‘(ii) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if–
‘(I) death results from the offense; or
‘(II) the offense includes kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill.(A) IN GENERAL- Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, in any circumstance described in subparagraph (B), willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerouse weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person–‘(i) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and

(A) IN GENERAL- Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, in any circumstance described in subparagraph (B), willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerouse weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person–

‘(i) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and

‘(ii) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if-

‘(I) death results from the offense; or

‘(II) the offense includes kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill.

I’d like to hear exactly what it is about this that Meister opposes.  She apparently favors the death penalty, so the second part should be no problem.  The first part raises the maximum sentence for gay-hate-motivated assaults (other hate-motivations have been covered since 1969) to 10 years.  That’s it.  It’s not a mandatory minimum sentence, it’s a maximum sentence, with hate-motivation as a contributing factor.
I’d encourage everyone to read the full text of the legislation.  90% of the bill is about getting federal resources to local law enforcement agencies to assist in fighting hate crimes.  And, while Meister doesn’t mention this part of the right-wing reaction, there is this clause:

Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct protected from legal prohibition by, or any activities protected by, the Constitution.

Meaning no one’s going to arrest your asshole pastor for preaching against homosexuality from the pulpit.

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October 22, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Great Moments in Headline Writing

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My hat is off to you, Leo Grin:

‘Taken’: The World’s Oldest Profession is Father

1)  There is some seriously Freudian shit going on here, 2) They normally do not pay you for being a father.

The piece that follows is standard-issue “wither masculinity” boilerplate.  You know the kind: the writer bemoans the death of the tough manly man in a parodoxically whiny tone.  

Every once in awhile an action film comes along that revives. That proves that — no matter how strong the political correctness of an age, no matter how pale and pathetic its notions of masculinity, no matter how much Ritalin is force-fed to little boys, no matter how many toy guns, xylophone mallets, and Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots get banned from stores and playgrounds — there are certain aspects of the male soul that are inviolate, and certain primal yearnings that are evergreen. Taken (2008) is one of those films, and its release last week on DVD and Blu-ray should be heralded by lovers of all things red-blooded, hairy-chested, and morally sound.

It’s perfectly understandable to be driven to violence to protect your loved ones, but if you actually have, ahem, “primal yearnings” to beat, torture, and murder people so the womenfolk in your family can know what a Big Man you are, you should probably take a good long look at yourself.  It’s enough to justify such things unfortunate necessities, but to consider them your wildest dreams come true?  Your true nature finally unleashed?  That is messed-up, dude.

Every action movie is filled with its share of stupid implausibilities, but there is nothing stupid about a father’s love for his daughter, and nothing implausible about the sex-trafficking nightmare portrayed in Taken. The legalize-prostitution crowd has gotten a lot of mileage out of putting a reasonable, libertarian face on the whole sordid business, reminding us that, after all, it’s “the world’s oldest profession.” Taken answers back with a growl: “No — the world’s oldest profession is father.” And fathers, for those who need reminding, are men. Males. X-Y.

RAWR!  Let’s growl at each other, guys!  Oh Leo Grin, you are so manly.  Please tell me more about your manliness.

At the end of the day, when all of the sensitivity/diversity/anger management/sexual harassment/conflict resolution training falls away, the male of the species is a killer, the keeper of a bloody heroic ideal that winds through our history and through our myths, back through Snorri Sturluson and Luo GuanzhongShakespeare and MaloryVirgil and Homer, and ultimately the Old Testament and beyond. Countless women and children owe their lives and happiness to the men who tread grim paths of death in their defense. Just as many owe their misery to the failure of some men to honor that age-old crimson burden.

And there you have it.  All men are killers.  Men are made to made kill.  If you feel otherwise, you are a failure on a world-historical level.

Remember, it’s the feminists who hate men.  

 

Have You No Sense of Decency?

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One day I’ll get sick of pointing out the most glaring flaws in random Big Hollywood pieces, but it is not this day.

Now Carrie Prejean, beauty queen and determined supporter of marriage between a man and a woman, finds herself smeared on the Internet, castigated in public, on TV, (Chelsea Handler on E! channel has taken aim with a vicious gleam in her vodka-stoked eyes) and her parents have been dragged through the mud as well.

So where are the free-speech warriors? How about Sean Penn and the rest of the Hollywood elitists who think the First Amendment was written solely for their benefit?

 Penn has made millions playing everything from a stoner in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” to gay Supervisor Harvey Milk, who was slain in a horrific attack in San Francisco that also resulted in the death of San Francisco mayor George Moscone.

Penn, who played Harvey Milk in the film “Milk,” for which he won an Oscar, is probably too biased to see that the Founding Fathers weren’t just thinking of him and his high-brow leftists when they stood for freedom of expression for EVERYBODY.

Congratulations, Melanie Morgan, you’ve finally lowered the bar enough to force me to comment on a goddamn Miss California piece.  For fuck’s sake, freedom of speech is not the same thing as freedom from criticism.  The government has done nothing to impede Prejean’s right to say whatever she wants.  Similarly, it has done nothing to impede others’ rights to call bullshit on what she said.  You can bemoan a media orthodoxy, or a culture of political correctness, and we can argue those things, but this is not, in any way, shape, or form, a freedom-of-speech issue.

Leo Penn, the father of famous actor Sean Penn, was hauled before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (the McCarthy hearings) during the 1950s and harassed, spied upon and ultimately blacklisted for his political views (he attended a pro-union meeting called to support other black- listees.)

He refused to accuse others, and lost his livelihood for a period of time, but went on to direct many TV shows including Star TrekThe Law and Mr. Jones, and I Spy.

If you can’t spot the difference between being made fun of by Perez Hilton and being hauled before a Congressional committee, then I can’t really help you.