An Obama-loathing fundie serves up hellfire on a pizza box at NC Pride

Crossposted on Pam's House Blend.

UPDATE: Mandy Carter spoke about the importance of the LGBT vote (I just added that video below the fold). Also, I forgot to mention that we also had one pathetic McCain supporter on the sidelines screaming "McCain, McCain, McCain." She couldn't even manage to round up a few friends to make a decent show of things.

Kate and I went to the NC Pride parade on Saturday, and it was definitely the largest turnout we've seen. There was a lot of Obama support out there (right: this was my favorite T-shirt of the day). We marched in the Obama Pride section this time around. It was a wild assortment of progressive allies, members of the LGBT community, and very strong corporate support (Suntrust, US Air, Bank of America, Best Buy, Glaxo, to name a few).

We had a flock of unhinged fundies this year. Operation Save America and Flip Benham didn't show, but it looks like one of the local black churches sent out some members with handmade signs with tired "wages of sin" kind of phrases on them. They just stood silently. By contrast, the most vocal and unhinged fundies were white, that was kind of odd; I'm not sure what's going on there. I should note that there were more gay-affirming churches of all denominations marching in the parade than ever before.


I wonder what the hateful crowd thought about that.

I was accosted by one young woman who wanted to save me from eternal damnation as I marched, so naturally I had to go over and film her. It was hilarious - her schtick was that Obama wasn't going to save us from the hellfire. I asked her why she wasn't out there protesting divorce. This got her briefly off message, then the cops told me to move along. Here's the video of her and the rest of the fundies:

A slideshow of other photos from Pride and more fundie footage are below the fold.

Former Governor Jim Hunt Rallies for Larry Kissell

Former Governor Jim Hunt campaigned for Larry Kissell in Richmond County at the Rockingham Speedway. According to a friend in attendance, as the crowd of around 300 filled the event area Hunt said he didn't know there was a candidate in North Carolina who could draw a crowd that size.

There's more about the event from the Richmond Daily Journal:

Hunt and Kissell shook hands with supporters and greeted old friends in the Speedway garages before the rally began. Hunt explained why he supports Kissell in his race to the House of Representatives.

33 Days

In 2004, independent filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock, offered a damning critique of the fast food industry (and corporate America, in general) in his documentary, Super Size Me. For 30 days, Spurlock limited his diet to food purchased at McDonald's and, in the process, gained 24.5 lbs., increased his body mass by 13 percent, and experienced mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and liver damage. The documentary won Spurlock an Academy Award and a spin-off on F/X Networks--a reality show that documents a person's 30-day stint in someone else's shoes.

'Obsession' movie blowback: Huge outpouring of reader revulsion

Hundreds of complaints, over fifty cancelled subscriptions to the North Carolina News and Observer, public editor criticizes own newspaper for accepting hatemongering video without first identifying who produced it.

Debate #1: McCain Embraces the Negative, Ugly, Contentious Politics of Bush / Rove

John McCain tells voters that he can bring change. If his performance in the debate last night was any indication of what he considers change, he can't and won't bring the kind of change that most people are looking for.

Most voters I talk to, Republicans and Democrats alike, speak of a new kind of politics. Many Republicans I know aren't looking for policy change as much as they are looking for a change from the fear, hate and anger politics that took over the Republican Party during the Bush/Rove years. If they watched the debate with an honest eye last night, they didn't see a man willing or able to deliver that change.

Bob Dole Lobbying that hurt our Veterans

Bob Dole cuts a sympathetic figure. He makes his lonely treks around North Carolina campaigning for his wife, Elizabeth Dole. He's quite a bit older than Liddy who is 71 and I'm sure all this campaigning is wearing him ragged. He's also a WWII veteran.

With that in mind, you'd think that he would be a voice for other veterans which certainly doesn't explain why in 2004 he chose to lobby for a company that cheated veterans and their families. According to the Senate Lobbying Database, First Command paid Bob Dole's firm $140,000 for Dole to lobby on their behalf. The firm contracted with Dole on September 23, 2004. About two weeks prior to that date the U.S. House of representatives voted to ban the sale of the First Command Mutual Fund to military families.

McCrory's Caption-gate Continues

Caption-gate with the Pac Man continues. In the latest entry of this continuing saga, I've been disrespected yet again. On 22 September, McCrory posted on his blog announcing his newest and again, un-captioned TV ad. Still seeking an answer to his refusal to use closed captioning for the hearing impaired, I left a respectful question in the comment section on his blog.


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