Oh, and while I am at it, let's go ahead and praise governor Krispy Kreme for doing the right thing for once. I know I am always hard on him, but this is one of those times when I am going to give him credit. The governor took a lot of heat from the general public and wingnuts for having the flags in Jersey flown at half staff after Houston's death, and he stood his ground.
"Why can't we focus on the true Heroes that fight for our country? This is getting ridiculous with the whole flag lowering thing for celebs!" Ray Leichner wrote.
"I get the concept of she was a famous NJ Native but really, I think the idea of flying the flag half-staff for her is going a bit over-board," wrote Karen Preston. "I think it is a shame that the Governor would give this honor to Whitney Houston when there are true heroes that are Native New Jerseyans who have died for our country that do not get the same respect."
Riiiight. Man I love these people in A-merry-ca. I wonder where all this outrage is coming from? Hmmmm. -"Don't say it field, don't you dare say it."- The governor has done this over 42 times before. He did it for Jersey soldiers, entertainers, and a BASKETBALL COACH for crying out loud! Nothing like a little "color arousal" to bring out the outrage in folks.
Finally, the problem with being a preachy [right] wingnut ideologue, is that you can't always practice what you preach. Take, for instance, the case of Paul Babeu. Mr. Babeu belongs to that camp in A-merry-can politics who loathes both immigrants and Gays. And yet.....
"FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A sheriff seeking the GOP nomination for an Arizona Congressional seat was forced Saturday to confirm he is gay amid allegations of misconduct made by a man with whom he previously had a relationship.Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu on Saturday denied claims he tried to threaten the man, a Mexican immigrant and a former campaign volunteer, with
deportation if their past relationship was made public. The man's allegations were first published Friday in The New Times, a Phoenix alternative weekly magazine.
Babeu, a first-term sheriff who has risen to national prominence with his strong opposition to illegal immigration and smuggling, said the accusations were an attempt to hurt his political career.
He vowed to continue his campaign in Arizona's rural western 4th Congressional District seat, but said he had called presidential candidate Mitt Romney's staff to say he would step down from his post as state campaign co-chair.
"This whole rumor, this whole of idea of who I am in my private life has been shopped around," Babeu told reporters during an hour-long press conference Saturday in front of his sheriff's office. "This was a way, the hook, of how this could be brought out, and to malign and attack a sheriff who does stand for conservative principals, who does enforce the law."
The lawyer for the man, Melissa Weiss-Riner, did not returns calls or emails from The Associated Press on Saturday, but told The New Times that Babeu's attorney and campaign consultant falsely told her client that his visa had expired. Babeu told reporters he believed the man, identified only by his first name Jose, was living in the country legally.
The New Times posted a photo provided by the man of the two embracing. It also posted a cell phone self-portrait of a smiling Babeu in his underwear and another of what appears to be the shirtless sheriff in a bathroom, posted on a gay dating website. The man provided the magazine with photos of himself and Babeu and text messages between the two.
The congressional district where Babeu is seeking election runs from western Arizona through Prescott and south to take in parts of Pinal County south of Phoenix. Its voters are heavily Republican and generally very conservative." [Source]
Fortunately for Flipper, Mr. Babeu will step down from his campaign. I am quite sure that the last thing Flipper needed was the added distraction of a Gay campaign manager who is dating an -alleged- illegal immigrant. Lord knows he has his hands full with Ricky.