Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Paul Greenberg Editorial Praises First Lesbian in Ar Legislature

(From email by Chris Andersun)

Paul Greenberg, editor of the editorial page for Arkansas Democrat Gazettte, is at work once more in his usual efforts to PROMOTE AND/OR DESTROY particular legislators in Arkansas. Every time a conservative pops up with some good conservative idea like passing laws against illegal immigration, Greenberg brings out his BIG GUNS and keeps up the barrage of fire until he SCARES every conservative into retreating in fear that he/she will be the next object of Greenberg's POISONOUS GALLONS OF INK.

Ironically, Greenberg has accused these conservatives of SCARE TACTICS in almost every negative article he has written about them. If you are not familiar with the type of editorials he writes about conservatives, see the quotes below.

BUT, Greenberg can't heap enough praise on legislators who promote homosexuality, illegal immigration, and school consolidation. On August 26 Paul Greenberg wrote an entire 600 word PUFF PIECE on the "first openly gay legislator in Arkansas," the legislator who was given credit for stopping a bill that would have banned adoption by gay couples in Arkansas.

Of course Greenberg never mentions her homosexual lifestyle; he is much more clever than that. He praises Webb exuberantly for giving back a campaign donation in the GIGANTIC amount of $1,000. Even Greenberg asks the question, "Why should this be news?" Of course, he gives a good answer for that question but none that gives any clue about the real reason he is praising her.

(Interesting note: Paul Greenberg's son, Dan Greenberg, is now a Republican representative and has voted very conservatively. And years ago Greenberg appeared to be a conservative. Perhaps his son will help undo some of the damage his father has done.)

Compare the following sections of Paul Greenberg articles on conservatives and then a section of his article on Kathy Webb.

"When the Gunner DeLay / Jim Holt / Denny Altes types start pushing away the largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority in the state and country by shouting about ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ! at every turn, is that Mike Huckabee’s fault ?

"When the scaremongers in what remains of the state’s GOP talk about cutting off funding for medical care—even pre-natal care—for illegal immigrants, that’s certainly not Mike Huckabee’s fault; he understands the danger of trying to reduce the Republican Party to an exclusive club of the native-born. Besides, every one of those babies is going to be a native-born American citizen right out of the womb, and don’t you know they’re going to remember how their mamas and papas were treated ?

"Talk about an effective way to produce a whole generation of rip-roarin ’ Democrats. Cut off health care for innocent children ? Deny them a fair chance to compete for college scholarships ? No wonder Mike Huckabee famously said he doesn’t drink that kind of “Jesus juice.” Neither do most of us Arkansans when we think about it. Those kinds of ideas just push even more people away from the GOP here in Arkansas." Read entire article at this link: http://www.nwanews.com/adg/Editorial/206077/
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Following is the first section of his editorial on Kathy Webb by Greenberg. Compare that to the one above and ones that follow on a couple of conservatives.

"You had to know something was strange about Kathy Webb, and not just because she happens to represent the People's Republic of Hillcrest in the Legislature. And no, we're not talking about the commission on global warming that she got established, or her wanting landfills to recycle Styrofoam. Never mind her ownership of a popular Asian restaurant and the likelihood that she knows how to eat with chopsticks.

"But now Representative Web has gone and done something even stranger, namely refunded a campaign contribution. Seriously.Turns out, politicians can do that. It's legal and everything.Who knew?

"It seems Ms. Webb turned down $1,000 in contributions from some electric power companies who might have business before her commission on global warming. Sounds reasonable. It sounds so reasonable that…hey, wait a second. Why should this be news? Isn't it just the right thing to do? Don't our elected representatives make it a policy to avoid such conflicts of interest?

"Sadly, no. It says something—and not something good—about American politics when a legislator's rejecting such contributions is news. (EXTRA! EXTRA! Ethics spotted in Little Rock). In a better world this wouldn't be news at all. "
(From editorial titled "Strange sighting, An exception to a dismal rule" in Arkansas Democrat Gazette". No link for this one because I could not find online.

For rest of article, click Wednesday below or if sent here, just scroll down.

15 Comments:

Blogger Women Action Group said...

2nd example of article on conservatives:

As a legislator, Jon Woods (RPhobia ) makes a heckuva gossip. The freshman representative from Springdale was at it again the other day, namely bashing illegal immigrants. That’s been his shtick since going to the Ledge. This time he was talking up a proposal supported by a group called Secure Arkansas. Its purpose: to limit who can receive public benefits in Arkansas.

What benefits ? To name one, in-state tuition for kids who have gone through the public schools in Arkansas and are bright enough to go to college, but aren’t U. S. citizens because their parents brought them here illegally. It’s the kind of mean-spirited and self-defeating idea that appeals to certain voters—the same ones Jon Woods has courted during his short legislative career.

This time he went even further than usual. In declaiming against the criminal element he sees at the root of problems with immigration, Mr. Woods said killings ordered by gang members in Springdale and Rogers had been carried out outside of Arkansas. The gasps of horror from his audience must have been just what he was hoping to produce. The man loves to give voters a good scare, and here he was exposing Gang Central right here in Northwest Arkansas. Read full story at this link: http://www.nwanews.com/adg/Editorial/230284/

Documentation:

Arkansas Rep. Kathy Webb stops anti-gay adoption bill
Tue, May 1st 2007, 08:59
Rep. Kathy Webb, a Victory-endorsed candidate in 2006, has been instrumental in stopping a bill that would have banned adoption by gay couples in Arkansas. Webb, the state's first openly gay elected official, lobbied her colleagues on the State House Judicicary Committee to kill the measure, and many groups involved in the fight say her mere presence on the committee and in the House went a long way to stopping the vicously anti-gay measure. http://www.glli.org/news/view/url:arkansas_rep_kathy_webb_stops_anti_gay_adoption_bill
Another link with similar information about Kathy Webb stopping gay adoption bill on gay blog. http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/2007_03_01_archive.html

Kathy Webb is an American restaurateur and politician from Arkansas. A Democrat, she is a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives representing the state's 37th district based in downtown Little Rock….A lesbian, she is the first ever openly gay elected official in the history of the state of Arkansas.[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathy_Webb

6:23 PM, August 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good going Kathy! It is time for some diversity at the state capitol. And good for Greenberg, praise where praise is due

6:32 PM, August 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous at 6:32 who praised both Greenberg and Kathy - Good to know you liberals are reading!!!

6:51 PM, August 13, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Yes, more diversity! How about a cannibal or two? And the American Nazi party has no representation whatsoever. The polygamist interests are also unrepresented, as are those who like to have sex cadavers and animals. I am sure you decry this lack of diversity.

And of course, I take it the poster was opposed to keeping Dwayne Dobbins out of the legislature. Leave him in! After all, adding someone who wants sex with minors is just more "diversity", right?

5:47 AM, August 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

celebrate perversity!

our days are numbered

5:51 AM, August 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...every one of those babies is going to be a native-born American citizen right out of the womb, and don’t you know they’re going to remember how their mamas and papas were treated ?

Treated as less-than-equal slaves for those who exploit illegal alien labor. Greenberg and his corporate cronies (eg Tyson) love to brag about how great they are because they welcome the illegal aliens to our country- where they can pluck chickens for nothing, or mow lawns for "the man" in the hot sun for a similar wage. Their children see this and despise us. But Greenberg doesn't care. As long as he does his part to please the big companies that buy ads in his dying newspaper.

Real hero, that Greenberg.

7:00 PM, August 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Democrat who occasionally reads this blog, but it looks like from Mark Moore's comment above that he doesn't want me on here, only people who think like him. Is that correct?

12:28 PM, August 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are right on the money. Anything other that extreme Christian Conservatism is not realyl welcomed here.

4:06 PM, August 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Per Mark's comments, If you don't believe that cannibalism, Nazism, necrophilia, and sexual molestation is to be condemned as utterly evil, then no, I speak for all of us in saying that your comments aren't welcome here. Be off.

5:55 PM, August 19, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Wait a minute, I ought to have a little say in this I think.

I DON'T want only people who think like me here- it would be less interesting and instructive if that were the case. Just amening each other can only take one so far. My wish would be that those who think differently enter, and each of us think a little more alike when we go (but mostly you thinking differently to be frank).

It is a better site for having real disagreements. Sometimes the discourse that follows from such a disagreement gets really profound and one or both sides move a bit and get better.

There is one caveat, our discourse here is about truth and reason, not how me or anyone else "feels". Read, post, disagree. BUT, you had better be able to defend what you claim with logic, fact, and reason- not emotion or feeling. I am not some kind of Vulcan who is against those things, but it is like an old black Pentecostal preacher once told me "emotion make a great caboose but a bad engine."

Just coming on here and repeatedly calling me a "bigot", "hater" or whatever adds absolutely nothing to the intellectual content of the threads. Its just graffiti in text form. Explain WHY what I think is immoral or hurtful is really moral and helpful. THINK and get good at putting those thoughts in writing.

Now it may be that you are frustrated because you are unable to answer my points in this manner. That should tell you something. There may be contradictory ideas floating around in your head. When someone points out the contradiction you can either call them a bunch of silly names, stomp off in a rage, or find a way to resolve the conflict. Your choice.

3:35 PM, August 21, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I don't spare feelings when I am convinced those feelings are dragging people down to perdition, but that is based on a love for truth and is definitely not personal against those I disagree with. It is not even personal with Greenberg or Brummett, as hard as I am on them. I want them to behave more responsibly, but I do not wish them any personal misfortune.

3:39 PM, August 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark is absolutely correct. When we voice our opinion concerning illegal aliens (they are not immigrants) we end up getting bashed by the likes of you (I'm a Democrat) and accused of racial profiling or bigotry. Facts are facts; illegal aliens take away jobs, suppress wages, etc., not to mention the cost of an education for our children who have teachers that cannot spend the time with them they need because hey, they are forced to spend more time with those who do not grasp the english language. Statistics will eventually show that the reason tests scores are so low now is a direct result of this type of problem.

5:12 PM, August 31, 2008  
Blogger norgi.com said...

Mark and his anony buddy are helping the case that they are bigots:

1-Playing games with the definitions immigrant/alien.

2-"...an old black Pentecostal preacher once told me 'emotion make a great caboose but a bad engine.'"--is that Ebonics? are you serious?

Worst is that you're kicking the wrong end of the power structure (sheep seem to kick each other a lot).

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