Bob McCroskie rides again

Once again, Bob McCroskie’s boner (hat tip QoT) has popped up to tell us why same-sex marriage is all kinds of wrong.

If it weren’t for the fact that sexual intercourse between a man and a woman leads to children and brings with it a further obligation to care for those children, the notion of marriage would probably never have existed.

Silly gays! A diddle and a diddle don’t make a babby! Therefore the love, romance, intimacy and experience of two gay men cannot be shared with their friends and family and their bonds cannot be recognised by the state. That diddle needs to find a fanny to make babby — a fanny attached to a woman, he’d hasten to add — and it certainly can’t adopt, because apparently penguins don’t exist.

Penguins: Gay

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I’m going to need more carpet cleaner…

… because I hear that Paul Henry is due back on the tellybox.

Henry this morning confirmed he is getting his own show on TV3, expected to launch in the new season around February.

“It’s really exciting,” he said. “We have a time slot, but we don’t have a format yet.”

>__>

I find it ironic, that he’s picked up for a radio slot and now a TV programme by the very company that was most vociferous in their condemnation of him during his time on the competing network. I guess Media Works aren’t concerned about bigotry and arseholery being spouted on their networks so long as they’re the ones getting the ratings.

He wasn’t concerned about what Kiwis would think about his return to TV, saying: “People love me and people love to hate me.

No, Paul. I don’t “love to hate” you. I don’t “love to hate” anyone. Hate is not something I do for fun. I just plain despise you immensely.

Dirty Tricks

Somebody is running a dirty tricks campaign against John Banks, and he’s accusing Labour, who deny any knowledge. By “dirty tricks” he means people are quoting him verbatim and citing their sources.

In the interests of “dirty tricks”, I shall quote John Banks at length (verbatim from the Hansard).

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What are we fighting for?

With the current push for marriage equality in Aotearoa, have we lost track of what we should really be fighting for? And is marriage really something we need to push for?

A friend of mine, Stephen Jackson, posted the following on tumblr, and has given me permission to reproduce it here. It pretty much sums up the problems with the current push for same-sex marriage in NZ:
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Both as bad as each other

I love it when politicians bicker and argue and call each other names in the house. It fills me with such an endearing sense of pride in our political system.

My last complaint about a politician was directed squarely at Tau Henare for once again being a poo. But now ACT are accusing Labour’s out gay MPs of being complicit in their own party’s homophobia.

Labour’s Trevor Mallard says he shouldn’t have called Attorney-General Chris Finlayson “Tinkerbell” but denies there is problem with homophobia in the party.

ACT’s Wellington central candidate Stephen Whittington yesterday accused openly gay Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Charles Chauvel of covering up prejudice among their caucus.

Hutt South MP Mr Mallard likened Mr Finlayson to the Peter Pan fairy during a parliamentary debate in October 2009. Waimakariri MP Clayton Cosgrove twice called Mr Finlayson Tinkerbell in the House in July 2009.

I do believe ACT are blowing this somewhat out of proportion (and can’t really talk so long as Banks is in their party), but if Labour MPs are going to call out people like Tau Henare for calling Charles Chauvel “Miss Daisy”, then they also have to own the shit within their own party, and both the names “Tinkerbell” and “Miss Daisy” are on the same level.

Labour MPs responded to the news by pointing out that Mallard was one of the stronger proponents of Homosexual Law Reform. This doesn’t change the fact that he called an openly gay MP a name belonging to a female fairy. They may support our rights to exist, but they’re still making homophobic slurs, which makes me question the validity of their support of our rights — especially since Cosgrove voted against Civil Unions.

It would be nice if we had politicians who would focus on the arguments at hand instead of reducing the discourse to a series of ad hominems and personal attacks. Unfortunately, in this political climate, we have to take the allies we can get — I’d rather take an arsehole who will vote for us over an arsehole who won’t, but the lesser of two evils is still evil, and just because you voted for our rights, doesn’t make you not a douche.

Conservatives should favour same-sex marriage

From the UK’s PM David Cameron, comes a gem of wisdom showing that, in spite of what they say, same-sex marriage is in line with conservative ideals.

“I stood before a Conservative conference once and I said it shouldn’t matter whether commitment was between a man and a woman, a man and another man or a woman and a woman.

“You applauded me for that. Five years on, we’re consulting on legalising gay marriage.

“And to anyone who has reservations, I say this: Yes, it’s about equality, but it’s also about something else: commitment. Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other.

“So I don’t support gay marriage in spite of being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a Conservative.”

Emphasis mine.

Can Tau Henare please wait…

… till I’m not too busy to blog about his arseholery?

I’m feverishly catching up with all the work I didn’t do over my holiday, so I won’t write much here, other than to lend further evidence that Tau Henare is a homophobe who probably has little intention to follow through with his promise. (I’m happy to be proved wrong, Tau.)

I’m not going to comment, I’m just going to draw your attention to this:

The vociferous National MP shouted “[Charles Chauvel is] not even driving his own car; he’s got somebody else to drive it for him. Talk about driving Miss Daisy,” he finished, as members of his party cackled and clapped in support. [Emphasis added]

Which, needless to say, Chauvel took exception to.

It would be nice to be able to dismiss offhand remarks from a politician (they happen all the time in the House), but Henare is just so consistently bad. A quick look at stuff.co.nz search results for him gives phases like “overstepped the line”, “bullyboy tactics”, “dispute”, “taunts”, etc.

Now, in a democracy we have to expect both good politicians and bad politicians, and I suppose, at a stretch, you could argue that under MMP, even the arseholes need someone to represent them in parliament. But I do think that the sooner Tau Henare leaves parliament, the better.