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Letter to the Editor of the Rutland Herald about Barack Obama and Marriage Equality (gay marriage)

To the Editor,

Today I received a call from the Barack Obama campaign asking for my support. When I asked about Obama’s position on equality for gays and lesbians, I was directed to a statement on his website concerning his position on marriage equality. This statement upset me because it made clear that Barack Obama believes in discrimination. So I called back his campaign and read them Obama’s own words, however I substituted the word “black” for gay and substituted the word “white” for straight/traditional. This change of a few words made it blatantly obvious that Obama’s position on marriage equality is simply wrong. If you support marriage equality, I encourage you to call the Obama campign and read them Obama’s position on marriage equality with black substituted for gay:

“I believe civil unions should include the same legal rights that accompany a marriage license. I support the notion that all people – black or white – deserve the same rights and responsibilities to assist their loved ones in times of emergency, deserve equal health insurance and other employment benefits currently extended to white married couples, and deserve the same property rights as anyone else. 
“However, I do not support black marriage. Marriage has religious and social connotations, and I consider marriage to be between a white and a white.  If I was President, however, I would oppose any effort to stifle a state’s ability to decide this question on its own.  Whether it was a  Constitutional amendment banning black marriage or a bill like the Defense of Marriage Act, I  would oppose such efforts.  I think the President should do all he or she can to advance strong  families.  Whatever the make-up of the family, it is the President’s role to provide policies and  leadership that enable the family to thrive.”

I say, “Yes we can” change Obama’s position on this important issue.

John Fedor-Cunningham
Benson, VT

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Some say Dick Cheney is wrong to have sex with a six-year-old boy 

by John in DC - 8/28/2006 05:48:00 PM 

There are some who say Dick Cheney is right to want to have sex with a six-year-old boy. To them I say, you're wrong. 

Now, sure, I don't know for a fact that Dick Cheney wants to have sex with a six-year-old boy, but I also don't know for a fact that he doesn't, or hasn't. But judging by what Cheney just said today about Democrats, and what Patricia Wilson of Reuters reported as apparent truth, Cheney being a practicing pedophile is just as true as what Cheney or Wilson allege. Here's what Dick had to say:

"Some in our own country claim retreat from Iraq would satisfy the appetite of the terrorists and get them to leave us alone," Cheney told a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nevada. "A precipitous withdrawal from Iraq would be ... a ruinous blow to the future security of the United States."

And America's own Pravda, also known as Reuters, in the shape of "reporter" Patricia Wilson, simply quotes Cheney's words as though anyone in America, other than Mohammad Atta, has ever said anything about needing to "satisfy the appetite of the terrorists." Cheney has entered the land of the delusional, and Reuters the land of FOX News.

But Patricia Wilson of Reuters couldn't just leave it at that. No.

Her next paragraph, as inartful as she could make it, suggests that Democrats actually have said that we should appease terrorists:

Cheney did not use the word "Democrats," choosing instead the anonymous "some," but he rejected the argument many have made that by invading Iraq in March 2003, the United States simply "stirred up a hornets' nest."

Now Wilson and Reuters will claim that this previous paragraph really refers to the NEXT paragraph that follows. Well guess what Sherlock? You never bothered mentioning anything about how no one has ever suggested that we need to appease the appetite of the terrorists, so your reader is going to assume that you meant the Democrats.

Seriously, you people call yourself journalists? And you wonder why your credibility keeps dropping.

Do your damn job.

(Hat tip to MattMcD in the comments for the first paragraph.)


Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and George W. Bush were set to face a firing squad in a small Central American country. Bill Clinton was the first one placed against the wall and just before the order was given he yelled out, "Earthquake!" The firing squad fell into a panic and Bill jumped over the wall and escaped in the confusion.

Al Gore was the second one placed against the wall. The squad was reassembled and Al pondered what he had just witnessed.

Again before the order was given Al yelled out, "Tornado!" Again the squad fell apart and Al slipped over the wall.

The last person, George W. Bush, was placed against the wall. He was thinking, "I see the pattern here, just scream out something about a disaster and hop over the wall." He confidently refused the blindfold as the firing squad was reassembled. As the rifles were raised in his direction he grinned from ear to ear and yelled, "Fire!"