Anti-Gay Slur Posted From Chambliss Office Computer

September 22nd, 2010 at 3:28 pm | 12 Comments |

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss confirmed Tuesday that he investigating whether one of his staffers left a threatening slur on an Internet discussion of the right of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.

“We have seen the allegations and are moving quickly to understand the facts. This office has not and will not tolerate any activity of the sort alleged,” Chambliss spokeswoman Bronwyn Lance Chester said. “Once we have ascertained whether these claims are true, we will take the appropriate steps.”

The comment was posted on Joe.My.God., a blog dedicated to gay and lesbian issues.

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  • parsifal

    What a silly non-issue. Some goober leaves an idiotic message “all [gays] must die” and we will see Histrionic Gay Activists publicly flagellating themselves in protest, and probably see a movement petitioning the Vatican to canonize Matthew Shephard.

    Meanwhile, back in the real world, if statistics hold up, tonight another 80 gay dudes with HIV/AIDS will infect 80 gay dudes without HIV/AIDS, all for the sexual jollies of the thing. That’s just in our country. While “all those [gays] will probably not die”, some will, and others will lose about 20 years or so off their lives and go thru some interesting physical deterioration due to the anti-viral treatments, not to mention the severe emotional and financial stress.

    I would send those parties interested in these guys to the rally being held for them, but apparently there ain’t one planned.

  • dugfromthearth

    interesting post parsifal.

    If you truly thought your position had merit you would state it, rather than inventing a strawman of “petitioning the Vatican to canonize Matthew Shephard”. But the fact that you ignored the substance of the story and invented your own strawman to attack, then used moral relativism to attack your strawman, indicates that even you do not really believe you have a valid point. Being a conservative I do not engage in moral relativism and decide that something is not bad if something else tangentially related is worse.

  • parsifal

    It’s more about sarcasm, irony, and brilliantly trenchant insight than stuffing straw men and watching the crows poop on them. Please remember that when Swift wrote “A Modest Proposal”, there really wasn’t an actual move underway in Parliament to saute Irish babies “with some fava beans and a nice chianti. ” He just kinda made it up to illustrate a point.

    Similarly, when an anonymous goober leaves a stupid message, it seems out of place to treat that with more attention than actual, tangible, real live, and nearly totally preventable death and general mayhem that occurs daily. I have a friend who is wasting away and whose life has been hell since 1996. The stigma alone that he incurred was enough to make you cry. I wish he gotten a nasty anonymous telephone call instead of the booty call.

    Another girl, who I hardly know, but have met a few times, was the best friend of a good friend of mine. Her husband messed around where he shouldn’t have been messing and got HIV/AIDS. He knew it, yet he continued to have unprotected sex with her. Very beautiful woman, and nice, and about 30 at the time. Now, she is infected and her life forever changed. Would that he had just said something stupid to her.

  • easton

    I agree this is not much of an issue (it is to some degree when a sitting Senator launches an internal investigation) but I do disagree with Parsifal. This is the nature of freedom and free will. How many people tonight will die in drunk driving related accidents, or even over such stupid things as texting while driving? And dugfromearth pretty much covered the rest.

  • parsifal

    Maybe its just my way of acting up. You are correct that the freedom to engage in dumb behavior has consequences. And that freedom is worth the price we sometimes pay. But taking your analogy a bit further, we don’t leave the admonitions to not “drink and drive” to the the alcoholic community to talk about among themselves lest we be accused of being “whiskey-phobes.”

    We kinda realize its a serious issue and even lock people up who BAC at .008, even though most people who drive drunk never have a wreck and never kill or maim anyone. And those that do, mostly kill themselves, in single car accidents, or so I think read somewhere. Yet about 15,000 deaths a year from alcohol related causes gets our attention. And we apologizeth not for saying something about it.

    http://www.alcoholalert.com/drunk-driving-statistics.html

    Just FWIW, the number of new HIV infections just among MSM men is about twice the amount of alcohol related fatalities, about 30,000.

    http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/FastFacts-MSM-FINAL508COMP.pdf

    You are entitled to your opinion, but I don’t think I’m overdoing it to keep mentioning this, particularly when most people seem to be scairt someone someone might call them homophobic, and shy away from the issue.

  • parsifal

    Maybe its just my way of acting up. You are correct that the freedom to engage in dumb behavior has consequences. And that freedom is worth the price we sometimes pay. But taking your analogy a bit further, we don’t leave the admonitions to not “drink and drive” to the the alcoholic community to talk about among themselves, lest we be accused of being “whiskey-phobes.”

    We kinda realize its a serious issue and even lock people up who BAC at .008, even though most people who drive drunk never have a wreck and never kill or maim anyone. And those that do, mostly kill themselves, in single car accidents, or so I think read somewhere. Yet about 15,000 deaths a year from alcohol related causes gets our attention. And we apologizeth not for saying something about it.

    Just FWIW, the number of new HIV infections just among MSM men is about twice the amount of alcohol related fatalities, about 30,000. You are entitled to your opinion, but I don’t think I’m overdoing it to keep mentioning this, particularly when most people seem to be scairt someone someone might call them homophobic, and shy away from the issue.

  • easton

    Hey, I have no problem with educating the gay community as to health risks, but after you educate them, or admonish them, or whatever you do, there will always be those that act contrary to your and my wishes. Now as to people who knowingly engage in unprotected sex while having aids, then prosecute them. I have no problem with doing this. If you have to have aids prisons filled with such people, so be it, but only after they are convicted not before

  • parsifal

    It would be difficult to use the criminal law to prosecute infection by someone who did not know they were infected themselves, which I understand is about 1 in 5, or 20%. Its theoretically possible if one proceeded on “reckless indifference” as a form of intent but there are several problems which would make it constitutionally devastating. I suspect it is why many do not get tested. If they do, they can no longer proceed in good conscience, so they remain willfully ignorant or willfully blind.

    However, even willful blindness can be prosecuted, and often is, usually in drug cases. But its a stretch here. The best answer is for the gay community itself to get serious about the matter and quit giving a free pass to crappy, dangerous, and immature behavior. Just as “only Nixon could go to China”, it looks like “only gays can shut the bathhouses.” And circuit parties. Etc. Gays need their own William F. Buckley to chase the idiot gay advocates off the scene.

    The whole gay thing has been so politicized, that as an outsider, no matter how true my statements may be, I will be written off as a homophobe or bigot. But heck, I ain’t never been scairt of sticks and stones.

  • busboy33

    “Now as to people who knowingly engage in unprotected sex while having aids, then prosecute them.”

    Without doing an exhaustive search, I’m pretty sure that’s a crime most everywhere in America . . . and the orientation of the person is irrevelant.

  • pampl

    Oh look, it’s parsifal peddling dubious statistics. Uncited, of course, as if he doesn’t just make up citations anyway. What a surprise he would defend a death threat against gays.. but don’t you dare call him a homophobe, he spreads lies about gays out of love and concern.

  • parsifal

    To pampl:

    I really didn’t feel the need to cite what I thought was common knowledge.

    “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Friday, June 25, 2010

    Contact: HHS Press Office
    (202) 690-6343
    Statement from Secretary Sebelius on National HIV Testing Day

    The observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on Sunday, June 27, is a critical opportunity for all of us to talk about HIV and encourage HIV testing. To support the NHTD theme “Take the test, take control,” the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Association of People with AIDS, and many other organizations and individuals across the country are offering HIV testing and educational events.

    We are nearly 30 years into the HIV epidemic, and more than one million Americans are living with HIV. Of those, more than 200,000 (or one out of every five people) do not know they are infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all Americans between the ages of 13-64 get tested for HIV as part of their routine medical care. Knowing your HIV status helps you take control of your health, protect your loved ones, and get connected to treatment, if needed.”

    http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/06/20100625a.html

    But who knows? Perhaps Sibelius (not the Finlandia one) is a closeted phobohome.

  • DirtyLibrul

    Hey, I think this qualifies Chambliss to be honored by the Log Cabin Republicans!