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"Sideshow Bob" Embarrasses Himself, Virginia on Faux

by: lowkell

Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 14:59:32 PM EST



Great job by Claire Gastanaga of Equality Virginia in demolishing Del. "Sideshow Bob" Marshall on his loony legislation to prevent gays from serving openly in the Virginia National Guard. It's just sad that we have a clown like Marshall out there, embarrassing himself and - far worse - embarrassing Virginia on this matter, and on so many other matters. Of course, we also have our Attorney General doing the same thing on a much larger scale, so I guess it's all relative, but still...ugh.
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Too bad "Douchey" didn't give her a chance (0.00 / 0)
to respond to Bob's response.  To say that the National Guard has different standards doesn't mean they have different classes. Their standards tend to be more liberal in terms of who may apply, not more restrictive, and the differences have to do with things like fitness, background, and age.


I might add that if we accepted Bob's assertion (0.00 / 0)
that states may decide on their own standards for service separate from the federal standard, then would what stop them from banning or limiting minorities or women from enlistment?

Moron.


I don't think he's actually a "moron" (0.00 / 0)
I think he probably has an above-average IQ, the issue is his warped value system, his bigotry, his general lunacy, etc.

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You're right. I just insulted morons (0.00 / 0)
What Kenny the Kook is doing is out of sheer nuttiness combined with overweaning ambition, a toxic combination.  

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Exactly the point (0.00 / 0)
Look, these people support states' rights for a reason.  And that reason is the same now as it has always been, to allow states the right to oppress hated minorities.

They don't want anyone but "real" Virginians running Virginia, so of course they want to limit civil rights to only the people they assume will vote and act "right".

These people also tend to think in terms of violence and the threat of violence, so of course they would be keenly interested in that particualr civil right of service in the armed forces.  They think it important to ensure that only "real" Virginians make up the militia that would be responsible for maintaining public order in the aftermath of whatever apocalyptic event they intend to produce or expect to happen in any case.


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"Sideshow Bob" Embarrasses Himself,Virginia on Faux (0.00 / 0)
 Delegate Bob Marshall has demonstrated why he is elected every two years by an overwhelming majority.

Because he's a lunatic? (0.00 / 0)
Well, alrighty then.

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6,000 years? (0.00 / 0)
I'm disappointed that Gastanaga failed to pin Marshall down on what is clearly the more important issue that he raises in his opening statement, the age of the earth.

Bob clearly follows Bishop Ussher in his belief that the age of the earth can be determined by a careful toting up of all those "begats" in Genesis.  You reach some time about 4,000 BCE if you use that method, though the good bishop made some assumptions that allowed for quite a bit more exact a date, pinning it down to the day.

Ms Gastanaga should have asked him to name an exact date.  That would have gotten at the meat of what Bob had to say.  Gay rights seems positively trivial in comparison.  We fail to grant Del. Marshall his proper place in our public discourse if we let his more trivial concerns drown out his more weighty arguments about the fundamentals.


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