Iraqi gays treated better under Saddam

If it weren’t for Dick and Dubya, those non-existent WMDs might still be in Iraq. And the post-Saddam Iraqi government would never have gotten the chance to make a joke of democracy and human rights:

With hostile families, militias and even police on the hunt for gay people, conditions in Iraq are worse than in Saudi Arabia and Iran, the BBC reports.

Especially worrisome is the government’s involvement in what the Beeb describes as a national “witch hunt.”

It’s “hell on earth,” according to Ali Hilli, founder of Iraqi LGBT. “Instead of protecting sexual minorities, the Iraqi government facilitates their murder by arresting the victims and handing them over to militias who kill them. Iraqi LGBT sources working inside Iraq have found the militias are also getting intelligence about the identities of sexual minorities from the Ministry of the Interior.”

It’s easy to dismiss anti-gay fervor as symptomatic of a conservative Muslim culture, but, as the BBC points out, gays enjoyed some degree of protection under Saddam Hussein and even Hezbollah “shows a degree of tolerance towards homosexuals.”

Free Pussy Riot!

Sure, he’s full of shit, but the gist of recent remark by Vladimir Putin’s puppet would make a great bumper sticker:

Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, has called for the three jailed members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to be freed.

But Pussy Riot’s supporters quickly dismissed the prime minister’s statements, noting his long history of appealing to Russia’s more liberal demographic while failing to follow through on delivering results…

A woman’s place

This is for you heartless liberal fools who think Ohio Gov. John Kasich and other Republican aren’t sensitive to the needs and concerns of women just because they want to take away women’s reproductive rights:

Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio said Wednesday at a Romney campaign rally that his wife was at home doing laundry while he gave political speeches.

“…It’s not easy to be a spouse of an elected official,” Kasich [said]. “You know, they’re at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things while we’re up here on the stage getting applause, right? They don’t often share in it. And it is hard for the spouse to hear the criticism and to put up with the travel schedule and to have to be at home taking care of the kids. And where is the politician? Out on the road…”

I guess if you close your eyes and wish real hard, it’s almost possible to believe marriage today is like it was in those 1950s sitcoms. The last thing the Kasichs of the world want to deal with is the reality of domestic life in a wrecked economy, more than a half-century after Leave It To Beaver. More here.

Quote of the day

Charlie Pierce:

If one more smug Ivy League writer at Slate talks about public-school teachers as though they’re unruly hired help, I may hit someone with a fish.

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