Friday, January 25, 2013

Shut Up Fool Awards-Creating Change ATL Edition

The 25th edition of The National Conference on LGBT Equality kicked off on the 23rd.  It will have over 3500 people from around the country and the world descending on the ATL for this skills buildings event chock full of seminars, workshops and other events this weekend.

I'm bummed I'm not there for Creating Change 2013 and it's been a long time since I attended one (1999 in Oakland), but if the rumors are true, Moni will be at Creating Change 2014 in full effect

Today is also Friday people, and y'all know what that means.   It's time for me to pass out this week's Shut Up Fool Awards.   Since January 30, 2009 every week without fail at 12 noon CT I chronicle tot fool, fools or group of fools exhibiting jaw dropping ignorance, conscientious stupidity, unrepentant hypocrisy and WTF moments that just scream out for me to shine the TransGriot spotlight on it.

So let's get busy.

Honorable mention number one goes to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R)  who claims that no Americans are forced to go without health care.    Yeah, right.   How do you explain the 48.6 million Americans who don't have heath care on a regular basis right now and their only health care plan is 'Don't Get Sick?' 

Honorable mention number two goes to Sen Rand Paul (Teabagger-KY), who made himself look like a complete azz (as usual) on national television in his clash with outgoing Secretary of  State Hillary Clinton in Thursday's Benghazi hearings.    He claimed that if he had been president he would have fired Sec. Clinton.

Dude, first, what makes you think that reality based Americans would EVER elect you as president?  Second point is what makes you think that Sec. Clinton would want to serve under you in that capacity?

Honorable mention number three is a group award for all the GOP legislators in the House and Senate who made themselves look like buffoons trying to score political points attacking Secretary Clinton over the Benghazi attack that killed 4 people.   Never mind the fact it was their party who cut funding to the State Department that goes to embassy and diplomatic outpost security in the first place. 

This week's winner is Rep James Lankford (R-OK).  He gave us a double sized portion of ignorance when he said at an OKC town hall meeting in response to an irate constituent rumored to be gaybaiting Oklahoma state Rep Silly Sally Kern that he wanted to use the 'power of humiliation'  to undermine a substance abuse program that help LGBT individuals.

CONSTITUENT: I want to know if you’re aware of the Substances and Mental Health Services Administration that has a book called the Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Individuals.


CONSTITUENT: They are going around the nation, they just did this here in Oklahoma, December 7th, and having conferences that are educational. [...] About 2 percent of the conference is dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. 98 percent is doing indoctrination or pushing the homosexual agenda. This is what our president is doing. He has a federal agency doing it. Our state, the Oklahoma Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department, put this conference on and is indoctrinating our citizens who are totally against this. Is there any way you can look into this?

LANKFORD: Oh yes, sure. You know I can absolutely get a chance to take a look at it. We’ll start the process, try to see what we can do to identify it. Some of those things you have the power of humiliation where you can raise it and put in sunlight. They love functioning in the dark. You put some sunlight on it, that does help. But, we’ll see. I’m glad to take that on.

During that same January 22 town hall meeting, he blamed gun violence on 'welfare moms'

And this is from the Number 5 man in the House Republican leadership. Is it November 2014 yet?

Rep. James Lankford, Shut up Fool!

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