John McCain gets his turn in the Republican super-hero persona Republi-Con. The Press is very impressed.
After it was announced that yet another killer cop was going to walk without so much as a trial, Roxane Gay put out a suggestion for an editorial cartoon. I’m not sure I can fairly describe this as “collaboration,” but whatever it is, I was excited to be part of it.
It’s a weird/shitty thing about drawing editorial cartoons that you sometimes do your best work in response to the worst things happening in the world, but that’s the nature of the art form. It’s not often you get a chance to impress someone you really admire, and as awful as this verdict (and this day) are, it felt really good to hear she liked it.
There’s a second version with a word balloon, and at first I didn’t know which I liked better. The more I look at it, the more I prefer this version.
This is a work in progress. It has not yet been ratified (at least not officially), and as such suggested amendments are welcome.
A business proprietor shall have the right to refuse service to any patron for any reason
(a) except when the reason is that the patron is carrying a loaded firearm;
(1) unless the patron is African-American.
A business shall be free to operate independent of government regulation
(a) except record labels, movie studios, publishers, broadcasters, and anyone else who might print or publish dirty words or ladynipples.
A for-profit business is a religious institution, and entitled to religious freedom
(a) except Muslim businesses, which shouldn’t be built where they might offend Christians
(b) abortion clinics, contraceptive providers, and porn shops: see Article 4(a)
A business, as a person, has a right to free and unrestricted speech
(a) provided said speech takes the form of:
(2) Campaign contributions or advertising
In a time of national crisis, a corporation has the right to control what the public knows without interference from the press or regulatory bodies
When it is good for profits, a business may seize property from unincorporated persons
Nothing in this enumerated list should be interpreted to limit the rights of businesses in the quest for ever-expanding profits.
Photo credit: James Manners. Used under Creative Commons license.
As a rule these days I try to avoid investing time and energy in online debates, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. Yesterday I got sucked into a debate at the Matt Walsh Blog about Arizona’s rightly-vetoed Senate Bill 1062, the “Turn Away the Gay” bill. I was more than a little startled by the outpouring of right-wing support for SB 1062 that followed Governor Brewer’s veto, and the arguments mounted at MWB grabbed me because they were especially heinous.
For starters, of course, there’s the standard refrain of the straight, white cisgendered libertarian male: “The solution is simple, just don’t do anything.” In this case, Walsh argues that the proper solution to anti-gay discrimination is for the government to do nothing, and the free market will eradicate discrimination. I’m not even going to spend a lot of time refuting this position because (a) it’s so incredibly stupid; and (b) if you’re here reading, you probably already agree that it’s incredibly stupid, so I won’t waste your time. Let’s just agree that if LBJ were alive, we could all share a hearty laugh about what a fantasy world some libertarians live in.
The reason I write about it here is to point out how ludicrous it is to call SB 1062, or the many similar bills in other states, “Religious Freedom Laws.” The so-called ‘right’ of Christian business proprietors to turn away LGBT people is presented as a protection of their religious observation. A government mandate to treat LGBT customers identically with other customers is, according to the bill’s defenders, a tyrannical denial of religious liberty. This is absurd on several levels. Continue Reading