Wednesday, January 26, 2005

A Homosexual Under Every Rock

Back in the Dark Ages when I was in high school in West Texas, the John Birch Society was unearthing Communists just ... EVERYWHERE, to good effect, because Hollywood complied at the time with the witch-hunt and started a list of writers and actors who could be done without, and school systems managed to find teachers who were just a little bit soft, and lots of books got disappeared. I had to go out of my way, for example, to get hold of Voltaire's "Candide," since it mocked the notion that this is the best of all possible worlds and taught disrespect for authority. The Red Menace would go to great lengths to make us doubt, to shatter our faith in Republican smugness. The Commies were so sly. They had somehow induced Voltaire in the 18th Century to help corrupt our minds. 'Course he was French, so what do you expect?

Now it's the Queer Menace. And the "homosexual agenda," perhaps even more adept than the dreaded Commies of yesteryear, appears to be targeting the soft underbelly of American cartoons. First, there was Tinky Wink, or Winky Tink (or whatever the hell his name is), the nasty little buggering Telly-Tubby with the purple purse. Then came SpongeBob SquarePants (and thank Gawd for James Dobson, for having the courage to raise a hue & cry). And now ... a bunny named Buster, or rather the sugar-mapleing farm animals that Buster visits in Vermont, which includes, according to the new Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, at least two lesbian couples intent on teaching the little Bunny Buster damned toleration of same-sex shenanigans. But what do you expect? These are PBS cartoons!

Margaret Spellings took over the Education department from Ron Paige, whose most famous act was payola of a quarter million dollars to corrupt a columnist. Just this a.m., El Presidente in a rare press conference said Armstrong Williams was wrong to take the money and Ron Paige was wrong to give it. And he said he had ordered a stop to it. (Don't look now, Mr. President, but this morning's news contains yet another example.)

He apparently thinks it's fine, however, for his education department leader to decry cartoon bunnies who make nice with little lesbo critters, one of whom was NOT voiced by Mary Cheney.

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