Hitch was the catalyst that freed my mind. This video is from the 2011 Texas Free Thought Convention and is one of Hitch’s last public orations.
As Dawkins notes, the debate style that made Christopher such a grand orator has become known as the “Hitchslap”:
Hitchslap: The process of utterly obliterating an opponent’s entire (usually religious or political) argument, usually in one or more succinct or terse statements, orally or in writing.
The Houston Press just came out with their much more PC version of this blog post title, “Turkey of the Year.” Unfortunately, I didn’t think that Turkey of the Year properly conveyed the disgusting behavior of this Houston Independent School District Board member, Manuel Rodriguez Jr. So, instead of calling him a turkey, I’m going to refer to what he really is: an absolute douche.
So, here’s what the Houston Press has to say about this guy:
And then there was HISD’s Manuel Rodriguez Jr. Never one of the most inspiring members of the school board, Rodriguez apparently sensed his re-election bid was in trouble.
Highlighted in that list about Fonseca: “Program manager of minority male initiative at HCC. His records show he spent years advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender rights…not kids.”
Thinking that might be too subtle for his constituents, Rodriguez added that Fonseca was endorsed by the Houston GLBT Caucus.
Still afraid the message had not gotten through, the list ended with these two bullet points:
• 54 years old man with no children
• Male partner
We can only surmise there wasn’t room to include
• LIKES STEPHEN SONDHEIM MUSICALS
• PROBABLY WATCHES PROJECT RUNWAY
• HAS SEX WITH DUDES
• IS GAY, GAY, GAY, GAY, GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After (very barely) winning re-election, Rodriguez apologized. And he apparently had read Larry Taylor’s Apologizing for Dummies in the interim.
He said, “I am aware that some people have said they were offended by one of my ads, and I apologize to all of those people.”
Oh, Manuel: Some? You couldn’t even bring yourself up to a Larry Taylor “many”?
Thus far, Manuel Rodriguez has gotten away scott-free. Yup. He won his re-election by 25 votes and basically doesn’t give a crap that his disgusting behavior has inspired protests…
and public outcry…
And still he still doesn’t give a crap. Well, the time has come to stand up to this bully and I’m not the only one who thinks that:
Screencap of hisdbully.org
Thus far, 2,579 agree: The bully needs to go!
Please join with these folks and sign the petition demanding that Manuel Rodriguez Jr. be REMOVED from the HISD School Board!
A radio interview with arch right-wing anti-trans Republican financial backer Steven Hotze’s brother, Dr. Heir Stephan Hotze:
Steven Hotze is a hatemonger.
For nearly twenty five years he has stoked the flames of bigotry in this community like no other local politico. In the mid-1980′s he masterminded the repeal of the City of Houston non-discrimination ordinance which had been enacted by Mayor Kathy Whitmire and the Houston City Council. The following year, he fielded a group of right wing zealots to run for City Council on the “Straight Slate.” Their platform consisted of unadulterated gay-baiting epitomized by the reply of their mayoral candidate to a question of what could be done about the AIDS epidemic: “Shoot the queers.” Hotze would not repudiate that response, nor the mayoral candidate who uttered it. Fortunately, they all lost.
Hotze continues vehemently to espouse his brand of extreme intolerance. For example, he regularly insists that the death penalty is fitting for homosexual conduct. And in 2008, he insisted, without one iota of evidence, that gays and lesbians were devoted to “recruiting sexually confused adolescents into their lifestyle.”
Hotze’s bigotry and extremism are not confined to homophobia. His anti-women beliefs are evidenced by his strident insistence that “a wife may work outside the home only with her husband’s consent.” And in 2008, he was reportedly behind the financing of a blatantly racist piece of campaign literature which depicted Barack Obama, Harold Dutton, Congressmember Sheila Jackson-Lee, and the Anglo Democratic candidate state legislature in House District 144, and an ominous line of black crows on a dead tree, with the caption “birds of a feather flock together.
Chair, Harris County Democratic Party
November 17, 2009
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