Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sharpest Tool In the Crayon Box

The following is an email exchange between my friend Travis and my NON-friend, bigot of the week, Republi-can't Senator of Tennessee, Mrs. Stacey Campfield--wait, what? Its a dude? Oh, my bad... I just assumed because his name was Stacey. Well, there I go. Putting my foot in my mouth. Saying something ignorant because I made a stupid, baseless observation centered around outdated, irrelevant and inaccurate information... Oh well. Moving on--

Travis: Just writing to let you know that your recent "views" on homosexuality and statements that HIV/AIDS is virtually impossible to contract via hetersexual sex is stupid and DANGEROUS. We want our youth to be cautious and use protection, not think that they are exempt from contracting a disease that is very real and prominent in all ways of life. You sir, are a moron.
Also, as a side note, your "favorite quotation" about privacy, etc. is bull, everything you post on Facebook BELONGS to Facebook. Perhaps you should have read the terms and conditions before you signed up, moron...

Stacy CampfieldSorry to let you down but here are some cold hard facts... 
Here are a few links with a compilation of facts found elsewhere mostly from the CDC

On the short lifespan of homosexuals,

Odds of getting AIDS through vaginal sex

I admit I am not a historian on AIDS (If you listen to the actual uncut interview I was asked to tell what I had heard was the history of AIDS) The research on sex with a monkey being the first transmitter of AIDS has not been proven nor firmly dis proven. It is one of about 5 theories I was able to find on the source of AIDS. No credible source said any one was clearly definitive one way or the other.
It was first published I think in a book which documents the history of the AIDS epidemic is entitled "And the Band Played On." The author of And the Band Played On was appalled by the unsanitary and degrading behavior of homosexuals. He died of AIDS a year after his book was published. The homosexual pilot comment was first printed in the American Journal of medicine article about "Patient 0". His name was Gaeton Dugas. While possibly not the first person with AIDS he is still widely considered the person who widely transmitted the modern outbreak of the disease.

Here is a link on that...

As for the reason for the interview (My bill on parental responsibility of teaching sexuality to very young children) Here are some points of view for you to consider.

-It is a parents responsibility to decide when a child is ready to grasp such a complex issue as sexuality and what they want to tell the child about that complex subject. Not a teachers. 

- All children develop mentally at different rates. I do not feel a teacher with an agenda (Be it pro
or con) is the appropriate person to decide "Now is the time" for an entire class of children just because they may think one way or another on an issue and want to espouse it. 

-A teacher is not a trained child psychologist or psychiatrist and could do as much harm as good to a sexually confused child. 

-I doubt many on the other side would want a teacher who said "Homosexuality is evil, dirty and wrong" just because they felt that it was what is appropriate, that it is what they thought the children needed to and were ready to hear. This bill ensures neutrality from teachers.

-Physically threatening behavior is what is and needs to remain covered for all groups. Not the sexuality of the victim. We already have anti bullying legislation passed in Tennessee (In fact I co sponsored it 2 or 3 years ago when it passed) so all children are protected from bullying in our schools. 

-We do not need an un equal justice system that creates special separate classes of protected people that gets special protection under the law. 

-Nor do we need to silence the first amendment rights of religious free speech of those in our schools whose family may hold different beliefs (as long as those beliefs are not physically threatening).

-While there is a scientific and educational need to mention the basics of heterosexuality when teaching the basics of reproduction (XY chromosomes, etc.) there is no scientific need to mention homosexuality as homosexuals do not naturally reproduce. 

-We are falling behind the rest of the world in math, science, and English amongst other things. Tennessee ranks about 46th in most areas. Social engineering is just one less issue teachers should have to worry about teaching as part of their curricula.

Yours in service,

Sen. Stacey Campfield

After some thorough investigation (something Mr. Stacey could take a few hints on), I found my way to his blog, from which this email was BASICALLY cut and pasted. Should I take the time to point out that as Travis lives in Tennessee, he is one of Mr. Stacey's constituents and, therefore, probably deserves a bit more of a response than the same tired diatribe he posts on his blog? I think I just did.

OK, Stacey. I can see where you are coming from, and by see I mean sitting in a corner in a puddle of my own filth, beating myself across the face with a frozen tuna. But, before I rip you a new asshole, let me first address your "cold hard facts" and the websites from which you have gathered them...

The Road To Emmaus - a Theology-based site dedicated to promoting a life centered around the core beliefs of Christianity. OK, as you are a Christian, I can see why you would send others there to be brainwashed by baseless, theological arguments that, honestly, have no relevancy in today's social climate. Not everyone is a Christian, never have been, never will be, and attempting to govern with a foundation in what has become little more than an antiquated pyramid scheme will do nothing but divide and destroy. Basing as scientific argument on the most unscientific of evidence will only further entrench you in the bowels of backward-thinking assholism.

Straight Dope - a link to an article from over 20 years ago hardly deserves recognition. Firstly, at at the time, the author even ADMITS to the disappointing inaccuracy and out-dated nature of his own statements.

"The following numbers are old, and they're all pretty much guesswork anyway, so take them with a grain of salt"

This the author's first statement. Secondly, the author, who is STILL anonymous, is neither a recognized physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, mortician, or doctor of ANY kind, and using articles such as his to validate your point is much the same as getting a mechanic's opinion about performing open heart surgery... cause cars and people are basically the same, right?

And The Band Played On and Gaeton Dugas - the book was written by Randy Shilts, a gay journalist who  pointed out that while unprotected sex contributed greatly to the spread of HIV (and was positive himself at the time of the writing, but did not, as you pose, die a year after the book was published and lived until 1994), the apathy and indifference displayed by the US government and medical community during the initial outbreak was, mostly likely, a primary cause of the continued crisis. If, before you spoke, you had bothered to read even the first two paragraphs on Wikipedia (which, I must point out, is a user-created "encyclopedia" and often has completely inaccurate information), you might have noticed this point, as well as the first confirmed case of HIV (at the time, more have been discovered dating all the way back to the early 20th century) was from a Danish doctor settled in Africa.

Gaeton Dugas became an easy way for society, the government, the straight, gay and medical communities to put a face with the virus. Did he fly to Africa, fuck a monkey and then spread it to the rest of the world? Not even. Were you to have read even further into his article, you would have seen that 15 years PRIOR to his "infection" a young man had already died of AIDS in the United States, meaning the virus was, unfortunately, already so present that even a 16 year old could have contracted it.

Further to your statement about monkey fucking, its interesting to me that you would choose that of the "five" other theories you came across as the one to present as evidence, when, in FACT, it has the lowest possibility of happening from ANY of the proposed theories on the origins of HIV/AIDS. One has to wonder what your preoccupation with monkey sex is... care to share, Stacey?

 For the rest of my breakdown, please... visit PART 2.

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