Thursday, March 30, 2006

Okay, Kevin



"If they want to pinpoint me as the high-profile public figure making these arguments," (Blier) suggests, "I say, start pointing to Steve (Cable).  He's the president (of CFACR/Vermont Renewal, formerly called Who Would Have Thought, Inc)."
- Kevin Blier in Seven Days
According to records available from the Vermont Secretary of State's database for corporations, on July 23, 1980 Stephen Cable was a registrant (Officer 5) of a corporation described as "Religious" that went by the name New Hope Ministries, Inc. The corporate status terminated on June 23, 1989.

Similarly, New Hope Ministries was registered as an corporation in California as early as 1981.  Today, New Hope Ministries is a so-called "ex-gay" ministry with ties to the discredited groups Exodus International and Love In Action dating back to the 1970's.  The "ex-gay" ministries have been widely rejected by professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association and are considered to be harmful to lesbians, gays and, in particular, youth.

The question is, was Cable's New Hope Ministry an early Vermont "ex-gay" ministry and did its leadership consist of, as is usually the case, "ex-gays?"

Nothing is impossible.  And that could explain an awful lot.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Free Speech Wankery:  It's Fundamental for Fundamentalists


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ree speech is something that groups headed by the likes of Kevin Blier often claim as their absolute right, even up to protecting the right of hate-mongers like themselves who argue for the death of gays and lesbians. One such case is that of Michael Marcavage.

Blier's Center for American Cultural Renewal has posted a defense of Marcavage's radical anti-gay group, Repent America, by the homophobe Robert Knight.  Marcavage is also known for beating the anti-everyone hate-meister, Fred Phelps, to the punch in claiming that Hurricane Katrina was a godly smiting of the unpious.  Not unsurprisingly, a fundamentalist activist like Knight rises to the defense of scumbags like Marcavage, yet has gone out of his way to attack groups like the Girl Scouts of America and to make the argument against stopping kids in school from calling other kids names.  

Here's a taste of the kind thing that Marcavage has said:
"According to the Scriptures, it's the government's job to enforce God's law and to uphold his law, and the Bible talks about how, I don't want to really get into this — it'll make me sound like I'm crazy — but it does talk about how [homosexuals] are to be put to death. The wages of sin is death. But I want to make [it] clear that I'm not advocating the [independent] killing of homosexuals. … I'm saying that the government's duty is to uphold God's law. … I know that's harsh, but we have all broken the law, God's law, and we need to be held accountable."
-   City Paper
Marcavage later claimed his comments were off the record and had been promoted by others "in a false light."  The paper stands by its story.

In 1942 the death penalty was instituted for gay people (primarly men) in Nazi Germany.  Gays in the military were shot.
"That wasn't a punishment, but simply the extinguishing of abnormal life. It had to be got rid of, just as we pull out weeds, throw them on a heap, and burn them."
- Heinrich Himmler
Fundamentalist extremists like Blier, Knight, Dobson and Marcavage claim an absolute free speech right, even up to calling for or defending those who would "extinguish" whole segments of the population.  However, when it comes to others the right of free speech is not so much of an absolute.  In fact, when you wade through all their hate-based rhetoric, you find that they have a biblically prescribed solution for anyone whose speech is not as unhinged as theirs is.

If you'd like to read more about Kevin Blier and his hate group, see Cathy Resmer's recent piece in Seven Days,  Uncivil Liberties.

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

They Just Can't Help Themselves


L
ast Tuesday we received another comment from Kevin Blier that betrays the bigotry that is a part of the hard wiring of the radical religious right brain.
"(O)nly a liberal from Berkeley could possibly buy that argument. Oh wait, it was a liberal from Berkeley who made the argument...go figure!"
No doubt Kevin feels at great ease to display his bias against certain places of origin.  It's a favored prejudice of most hate-mongers.  Of course it's become gauche among bigots to mention some places like, oh, say, Africa, Israel or Puerto Rico, but we get your drift, Kevin.

Here's a recent example from the founder of a group, the American Family Association, as well as its propaganda arm, AgapePress, that Kevin's Center for American Cultural Renewal likes to cite from time to time, [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8], ad nauseum.  Don Wildmon, an ardent homophobe activist, has gotten his panties in a knot over a "Freedom Ride"-like action called "Equality Ride" that began earlier this month under the auspices of Soulfource.
BENSON: Yeah, I mean, this is -- this is what you call -- what? -- chutzpah. This is -- this is --

WILDMON: That's a Jewish word, right? Be careful.
You can hear AFA's Don Wildmon for yourself here.  He also has some interesting and untrue things to say about gay income, à la "rich Jews."

via  Media Matters for America and WayneBesen.com

UPDATE (3/28):  More on Don Wildmon and the AFA's anti-Semitism

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Friday, March 24, 2006

More On The ACLU's Response To The Legal Punks At The Misnamed Liberty Counsel


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ustin Watts has put up the latest on the reponse to the Liberty Counsel's legal threat directed at him here.  It includes a copy of the ACLU's detailed legal response sent to the Florida based bastion of legal bigotry, the Liberty Counsel, as well as other pertinent links.

This quote from the text of another response, sent on behalf of Ex-Gay Watch, is a keeper:
“Just as the ex-gay movement often uses weak science in support of its agenda, so Exodus is using weak law to curtail Mr. Airhart’s freedom of speech. It’s unfortunate that many of Exodus’s targets have no choice but to turn to “Wikipedia” to resist Exodus’s bullying tactics. Yet this is one instance in which “Wikipedia” appears to have a better understanding of First Amendment principles than Exodus’s own counsel.”
Bottom line:  Exodus has dropped its complaint... go figure.


Thanks to Justin, the ACLU and all who worked on opposing the legal thuggery of Exodus and the Liberty Counsel.  If you think that you'd like to help fight the Taliban of right's efforts to silence Americans, consider making a donation to the ACLU.

Artwork via Zortnac

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Another Thorn...



...i
n the side of the culture warriors.  Just click here and experience internet radio.


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Sister Nancy Beth Eczema


...t
ook a break from her busy faith-based beauty ministry to stop by and add a comment to the Mule Whisperer post.  It has a link to even more on the wingnut's obsessive preoccupation with things bestial.  Just read.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

AMERICAblog's...


...p
icked up on the "whiny conservatives" study today.

Here's their take on it.  As well as a few other folks.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Religous Right's Legal Threat On Behalf of So-Called "Ex-Gays" Answered


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he Kevin Blier ally's challenge to free speech that we first reported on here has taken an expected turn today.

The Liberty Counsel's threat to the First Amendment rights of gay Americans is being answered by the ACLU.

via  AMERICAblog

UPDATE (3/23):  From The Angry Fag

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

We're In...




...Google Heaven!

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Have People Like Kevin Always Been Whiners?  Surveys Say Yes.



H
ave you ever wondered why conservatives like Kevin Blier are the way they are?  Others have and they've studied the subject.
"Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints?  Chances are he grew up to be a conservative."
Morphing from from a insecure child into an intolerant adult may just be a natural progression.
"(D)ecades later, (Prof. Jack) Block followed up with more surveys, looking again at personality, and this time at politics, too.  The whiny kids tended to grow up conservative, and turned into rigid young adults who hewed closely to traditional gender roles and were uncomfortable with ambiguity."
And in another study,
"(R)esearchers (in the Jost study) reviewed 44 years worth of studies into the psychology of conservatism, and concluded that people who are dogmatic, fearful, intolerant of ambiguity and uncertainty, and who crave order and structure are more likely to gravitate to conservatism."
Meanwhile,
"(T)he confident kids turned out liberal and were still hanging loose, turning into bright, non-conforming adults with wide interests.  The girls were still outgoing, but the young men tended to turn a little introspective."
An upshot to all this seems to be that, according to a third study, liberals get to sleep better.  But then we probably already knew that.  Hell, even Kevin figures that we "sleep okay at night."

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

The Mule Whisperer


E
arlier this weekend the web research team at Blier Watch donned their nose clips and protective gear and entered the foul, hateful netherworld that is the website of Kevin Blier's Center for American Cultural Renewal.  As always, the team returned with another gem.  This one's from the website's "news" section:
"We have a request from a reader for a quotation:

Neal Horsley writes:  "I have seen a quote but I cannot remember who said it and therefore cannot find it.  The gist of the quote states that when God's people (or any people for that matter) collaborate with an evil government, for them to be squeezed and oppressed by that government is a necessary thing because it is only through the experience of that governmental oppression that people will become willing to resist the government's tyranny."

Can anyone help?  Editor - Judith Sargent" (from CFACR's August 17, 2004 Real Vermont News  NB:  This is a cache link due to the CFACR's tendency to delete these humiliating entries on their website)
Now, for those unfamiliar with the various leaders within the violent, anti-choice movement, Neal Horsley is one of the big Kahunas.  Having Neal Horsley write to you for research help is a very big deal and a bit of website name-dropping that serves to establish your bona fides as a insider of the hardcore anti-choice crowd.  It's something on the order of an Amy Goodman or Noam Chomsky stopping by a prog site to ask a question.  However, that's where the comparison ends.  Horsley is no mere evangelical/political theorist.  Neil Horsley is a terrorist and an exponent of a type of evangelical imperialism.  Neal Horsley's alleged "hit list" that he called the "Nuremberg Files" was the subject of a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood and continues to be mirrored abroad.  We have seen it but will not link to it.  You can learn more about the "Nuremberg Files" here.

More recently, Horsley was interviewed by Alan Colmes on his radio show and it went like this:
NH: "Just because it's printed in the media, people jump to believe it."
AC: "Is it true?"
NH: "Hey, Alan, if you want to accuse me of having sex when I was a fool, I did everything that crossed my mind that looked like I..."
AC: "You had sex with animals?"
NH: "Absolutely. I was a fool.  When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule."
AC: "I'm not so sure that that is so."
NH: "You didn't grow up on a farm in Georgia, did you?"
AC: "Are you suggesting that everybody who grows up on a farm in Georgia has a mule as a girlfriend?"
NH: It has historically been the case.  You people are so far removed from the reality... Welcome to domestic life on the farm...You experiment with anything that moves when you are growing up sexually.  You're naive.  You know better than that... If it's warm and it's damp and it vibrates you might in fact have sex with it."
You can read about the interview here and you can hear the complete interview here.

You just couldn't make this kinda stuff up.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Wanker of the Day


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t had to happen.  A minor Vermont blog asserts via "Justice Department sources... that documents pertaining to "BlierWatch"... have been turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division for possible Telecommunication Act violations by the Federal Communications Commission."

The reporting blog, which has stolen the name of a man dead for 178 years as its own, is irked by anonymous blogging and "long(s) for the days of John Jay and James Madison."  Perhaps being dead for so long has dulled the blogger's memory.  The blogger can refresh his or her memory by reading a more recent report on the period for which she/he longs.  

This nascent blog claims "sources" in the Justice Department that would make Bob Woodward jealous.  Maybe the Vermont blogosphere is about to be shocked and awed by this insiders blog's future breaking news.  Or maybe not.  The long recitation about information that could not be obtained or confirmed wasn't terribly convincing.  The line that read "(t)he Vermont AG's office would not confirm our request for information" is as confused as the blogger is with the webservices Blogger and eBlogger or which investigative branch of the Justice Department investigates various purported crimes.

Meanwhile, Blier Watch will continue to a source for indisputable facts, in particular those made publicly available by the hate site Vermont Renewal/Center for American Cultural Renewal and its Director/Director of Communications, Kevin Blier.  The re-born blogger, as well as Kevin Blier, would do well to remember what Calvin Coolidge (who our sources confirm actually is dead) once said, "I found out early in life that you don't have to explain something you haven't said." (courtesy of a real Vermonter, Walter Epstein)

To read the first Vermont blog that specializes in making sh*t up, go here.  To learn more about the blog's real inspiration, read this.

UPDATE (3/18):  Cathy Resmer's kerfuffle report.

Green Mountain Daily's take on the to-do.


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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Kevin Blier Has Topped Off The Hydraulics On His Delete Key...


...a
nd is busy purging the Internets of his posts.  Here are two deletions from yesterday in the Google cache for Townhall.meetup, a place to troll for like-minded conservatives, here and here:

From this  -

Kevin Blier
Brandon, VT · Tue Mar 29 16:02:30 EST 2005

"I am Kevin Blier.  I am the Director at Vermont Renewal, a grassroots public policy advocacy group which promotes tradtional values.  I am also the proud father of two boys, and here's the oldest Aidan."

To this  -

Kevin Blier
Rutland, VT · March 13, 2006



That's a pretty quick move for Kevin from Brandon to Rutland, after his defeat last Tuesday for the seat on the Brandon School Board for Otter Valley Union High School.  And if it's on the Internets, you know it must be true, especially since a guy who "promotes traditional values" certainly wouldn't lie, would he?


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The Governor's Press Conference:  Will Kevin Blier Become Vermont's Jeff Gannon?



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here has been much discussion of late about the weekly Governor's Press Conference and who may ask Jim Douglas questions.  Should bloggers be included in the scrum and, if so, what kind of blogger?  We were struck by a comment of Cathy Resmer's at 802online that the focus of all the attention, Adam Quinn, wasn't "a reverse Guckert, but he's close".  Over the weekend we received an email informing us that Kevin Blier had attended past press conferences of Douglas'.  We've checked it out and have confirmed that Blier has been there but he has not posed questions, according to the observer.  People do stop in to these press conferences who are not members of the press but in light of the recent discussion we wondered, how unlikely would it be that Blier wouldn't eventually try to join the Montpelier press gaggle?

Like James D. Guckert aka Jeff Gannon, Blier is a political activist.  Gannon attended a two-day journalism seminar put on by a conservative group and worked for a conservative propaganda organization, Talon News.  Kevin Blier works for a conservative propaganda organization that has an irregular news service called Real Vermont News.  Reportedly, Blier has taped his first television program on Adelphia’s Public Access channel 15 called “The Right Perspective”.  There's at least one previous questioner at the press conferences that barely has Blier's "qualifications".  His publication is similar to Blier's group in content, point of view and regularity.

Unless some criteria is established for who may offer questions, there is a real potential that we could one day face a situation where a enterprising questioner of the governor could, on the same day, conduct a rally on the State House steps, buttonhole legislators on behalf of or in opposition to legislation, lead election campaigns (as in judicial retention votes) against certain judicial candidates, issue demands for the resignation of legislators who are gay, and also drop off his lobbyist registration fee.  That wouldn't be a press conference, that would be a farce.


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Monday, March 13, 2006

Is Blier's Group Targeting The Judiciary In Vermont?


L
ast week a story ran on NPR about former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's concerns about the Republican and conservative critcisms of the courts, and the threat to our democracy that such a subordination of courts in the hierarchy of checks and balances poses.  In other press accounts here and here you can read about Justice O'Connor's observations.  And, as we learned, not a speech so very pleasing to Sister Nancy.

What struck us also was O'Connor's mention of Tom Delay's attacks on the judiciary when he didn't care for a unanimous decision (Schiavo) of the US Supreme Court in this quote by him:
"an arrogant, out-of-control, unaccountable judiciary that thumbed their nose at Congress and the president"
Similary, Kevin Blier has labeled some Vermont justices who also were part of an unanimous decision (Baker) as "unaccountable" and as "the epitome of arrogance."

Blier and his allies have repeatedly sought the removal of jurists that aren't sufficiently conservative in their decisions, and have sought to inflame public opinion where their legal arguments have proven inadequate and insufficient.  The appeal to mob emotion and the attempt to strong-arm the Vermont judiaciary and the legislature says more about the underlying weakness and dangerousness of Blier's group than we ever could.


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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Weekend Update


T
here have been a few more emails received this weekend since the influx of activity that began ten days ago that we should take a moment to address.  Some suggestions have been made and we have incorporated them on our blog template.  Apparently it was unclear to some that there was a side to this site that focuses on ridiculing the pretensions and pomposities of Kevin Blier and his group of evangelically impacted activists, so there is now a note in the Profile to that effect.

We pointed out in an earlier post that this blog has had no contact with the Brandon, Vermont electorate, despite the lavish praise heaped upon us by Kevin Blier in awarding us sole credit for "orchestrating" his defeat at the polls this past Tuesday.  That condition has now been remedied.  ;-)

One tipster suggested that we make it clearer that we will accept information about Blier's group for inclusion in future posts.  We will investigate as fully as we can any information received, and have changed the Contact information in a small way to reflect that.  If we can confirm a fact, we will post it.  If the tip that we received this weekend is confirmed, the post will appear early this week.  Any email received will not be published or retained as a matter of courtesy, unless permission is given by the sender  (Offer not available to: Kevin Blier, Stephen Cable, Judith Sargent, their immediate families and minions, and, for whom, other restrictions may apply).


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Right Wing Date Bait



E
ven though Kevin Blier is a somewhat happily married hero of the Vermont conservative Christian activist community, it never hurts to stay aware of opportunities out there, especially given the dismal failure rate amoung evangelical christian marriages (34%) against those of, say, agnostics, atheists or Lutherans (21%).  (And let's not even mention the preliminary data on the civil union dissolution rate to Kevin.)

Crooks and Liars notes this pretty little thing should Kevin ever find himself back in the Dating Game.


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Friday, March 10, 2006

The Ex-Gay Myth Makers


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evin Blier and the CFACR have been peddling the fiction about ex-gay organizations for years.  They even link to these charlatans and frauds on their Resources page at cfacr.org.

This from Wayne Besen on these self-loathing liars.


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This Is Just Dishonest


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e knew that Kevin Blier and his gang at Vermont Renewal and the Center for American Cultural Renewal lacked integrity but this really does take the cake. We've pointed out the gross similarities between the beliefs and hateful rhetoric of Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church and the post that Blier's CFACR website labeled Fag Commentary: "Rebuke Them Sharply" in our recent post on subject, "God Hates Fags?"  Last night we received an email that said the title at Blier's CFACR had been changed to Rebuke Them Sharply For Calling "Gays" Bad Names.

We checked it out and it's true.  For the time being you can see it here. There's no notation about the change.  You can see how the title originally appeared in the Features section (near the bottom and also for the time being) in the Google cache here.  We can understand their embarrassment at their own title for the piece but how do they explain deleting the line "Hate the sin but love the sinner? Of course. And to be precise: Hate the faggotry but love the fag" from the author's work and then not using the soap and water on the nine other occasions where the word "fag" is used in the commentary?

You could say it's because Kevin and his group are dishonest, lack integrity and that they're cowards.  If you did, you'd be right.  But if you think that words like "fag" and "homo" aren't a part of the behind the scenes nomenclature of groups like Kevin's, well, that's just naive.

Thanks to Pat in Montpelier for catching this one.

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Shorter Kevin Blier


D
ear Bill,

My God hates fags.  Man's law must comport with my God's will and uphold anyone who also hates fags.  And you, being a fag, have got to go.  Oh, and never mind that I've left out the part about the language in the two bills being different.

Kevin


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Kevin Blier Emails Update


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reader was kind enough to provide a link to the emails Blier sent to Peter Freyne at Seven Days that we referred to in our earlier post.  The emails are reported on in this reproduction of the November 16, 2005 Inside Track column by Freyne (scroll down to "Feedback" section) or read the clipped version below:
Feedback -- We always enjoy hearing from readers, and last week we received a nice little email from Kevin Blier, the director of the Rutland-based Center for American Cultural Renewal -- www.cfacr.org.

The Center's stated goal is "to promote and protect traditional values based on the Judeo-Christian ethic . . . Our goal is to renew the promise of America envisioned by the Pilgrims of the 17th Century and the Founding Fathers of the 18th Century restoring our greatest institutions; traditional marriage, two-parent families, community and religious organizations, and civic responsibility for the purpose of renewing our values to fall in line with our most cherished traditions."

Earlier this year, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Richard Tarrant went to Rutland and spoke to CFACR members in his run-up to declaring his candidacy.  Apparently Richie Rich, a good Catholic boy whose charitable foundation has a policy against contributing to pro-choice organizations, made a good impression.

That's evidenced by the interest Director Blier took to our Tarrant coverage last week, and the fact that the Tarrant Campaign had not responded to our questions.  Wrote Director Blier:

"Tisk, tisk, tisk [sic]. . ."

Q. "What do you call a political columnist with no access to politicians?"

A. "Finished"

"I saw your wimpering [sic] tirade this week about a lack of access to Tarrant.  Funny how he won't speak to you after you've thrown him under the bus several times . . . imagine that, eh?"

"And forget about blaming "out-of-state" consultants for your lack of access.  If I have my way, you'll get access to no one and like it!"

"And loved how you sucked up to Jim Barnett . . . you should get "Lemon Through a Straw" award for the giant, tart-tasting sucking you did on that one!  By the way, how DO your lips feel after last week?"

"Considering the way you've gone after other members of the media in this state, good luck trying to find allies to make it painful for me.  Most of them I've talked to can't stand you, and what's it say that an outspoken conservative like me has more friends in the liberal Vermont media than you do, a member of that very media? Seems you've burned more bridges than you've built."

"That giant ticking sound you hear, Mr. Freyne, is the clock winding down on your dismal career!"

We were so impressed, we emailed Mr. Blier back, requesting his photo to run right here alongside his insightful missive.  Free publicity!

Unfortunately, and perhaps understandably, Kevin the sucking expert did not forward his mug shot.  Can't blame him.  In fact, he did send another charming, culturally renewing message, perhaps designed to prevent this column item from appearing:

"And of course, when you get done attacking me in your column, your editors will have no choice but to let me respond, which will give me access to your readers so they can hear my side of the story minus your editorializing."

"I love how a plan comes together.  I might have access to Seven Days readers for months to come."

Sorry, Mr. Blier, but you've already gotten more space than you deserve.  Your own words, we'd suggest, "attack" you better than we ever could.

Thanks for sharing.
Goodness, Kevin!  Not another failed plan?  And we'd forgotten all that talk about sucking and Freyne's lips.  Your email to us was hardly as personalized and we won't forget it!  Dirty boy!

Thanks to Chris in Bristol.


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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Brandon's "Night of the Long Knives!"


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ate this morning we received a chummy email from Kevin Blier, brimming with what we've come to know well as his brand of Christian congeniality.  He'd even indicated that he intended to "continue to enjoy the insights" of our simple blog.  Sadly, that camaraderie has been short-lived.  His recent stunning loss at the polls has apparently weighed heavy on his mind and so a scape-goat he must find.  Within hours he sent us this new and, should we say, much more paranoid message:

"Blierwatch editor:

I have to say, I appreciate all the help in “spreading the word” around Brandon. You managed to orchestrate quite a last-minute whisper smear campaign that helped the liberals in town organize.

What took you so long to incite such vitriol and hatred? I mean, one of Brandon’s most prominent liberals, Warren Kimble, had my business card for three months. It took the left-wing cabal three months to get its act together? But, I’ve got to hand it to you, for a group so insistent on calling others “hateful”, you do a pretty good job of stirring up the worst in people, as evidenced yesterday at the polls.

Cowards like you probably sleep okay at night, even when your intimidation tactics mirror the very same things you profess to despise. You should read Mein Kampf, as most learned historians are required to as undergraduates. It’s amazing what self-hatred will drive people to. You may learn a lot about yourself before you get the chance to silence your opponents permanently.

You seem to be well on your way to adopting all the tactics to find a “final solution” for conservatives like me, starting with the “Night of Long Knives” that I faced at the Brandon polls yesterday, right into your website to intimidate me into silence. Such hatred must be hard to manage. I hope you can control it!

Kevin W. Blier, Director
Center for American Cultural Renewal & Vermont Renewal
P.O. Box 1566, Rutland, VT 05701
www.cfacr.org
Email: kevin@cfacr.org"
Contrary to Kevin's seeming belief, this blog has had no contact with any voter in Brandon.  We would like to hear more about this so-called "whisper smear campaign."  Details, Kevin?  Vermonters want to know.

Also, just about 24 hours before he had sent us his email, he'd written this at 802online:  

"Infusing the Nazi comparisons is not only passe, but it actually shows that you bring nothing to the table making a plausible, rational argument for your position."
All in all, quite a day for Kevin: lose an election; lash out at the voters; and manage a little flip-floppery to boot!

Today's exchange reminds us of another that we learned about while researching Kevin Blier and his group.  It seems that when Kevin was in the early stages of pimping for a Republican US Senate primary candidate, he'd decided that email flaming a Seven Days reporter, Peter Freyne, would be a clever thing to do.  Kevin indicated that the reporter would be out in the cold and have no access to the candidate in the future.  Given the candidate's by now well-known aversion to press in general, Freyne would seem to be in the same boat as every other reporter in the state, Kevin's spin notwithstanding.  Hopefully, Seven Days will get around to restoring their archive access - those emails were priceless!

In the meantime, Kevin, keep sending us those emails!


What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

"It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp!"


W
e first became aware that Kevin Blier might be broadening his horizons from merely lobbying for a hate-filled group like Vermont Renewal/Center for American Cultural Renewal, to entering the local Vermont political scene when we came across this entry in last fall's Selectboard Minutes from the Town of Brandon in Addison County, Vermont:
"Kevin Blier, resident of 49 Carver Street, advised that he has been asked to circulate a petition for inclusion on the March ballot.  Mr. Blier would like to know what the protocol is for circulating a petition for town meeting day requisition."

"Richard Baker stated that the statues indicate and suggest for resolutions at town meeting, an item can be placed on the ballot by a majority vote of the Select Board or a petition signed by 5% of the registered voters.  If a petition is given to the Select Board for items that are under local control and a legal petition is provided, the Board would consider this for inclusion.  If an issue is outside of local control, the Board does have the discretion of whether to place the item on the warning for town meeting, and if it were placed on the warning it would be for advisory purposes only.  It was noted that past Select Boards have opted not to include advisory resolutions in the warning.  Mr. Blier stated that he did not want to go through the process if it was not going to be considered and questioned whether the Board would be amenable to an advisory petition relative to under-age abortion.  Bill Hatch stated that he would personally discourage that kind of article, as he is uncertain that we could vote on something of this nature.  Mr. Hatch noted that it is at Mr. Blier’s discretion whether to move forward on this item.  Mr. Blier stated that with the statutes being unclear, it would be helpful for citizens to have a written policy on this process.  Steve Carr stated that if 5% of the registered voters signed the petition, he would consider it, but not knowing the nature of the petition, he could not advise whether he would approve or disapprove it at this point.  Keith Arlund stated that for reference, the handbook for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns does suggest there is a case law that supports a Board of Selectmen’s decision to not place advisory non-binding matter on the warning.  Keith Arlund stated that he would provide a copy of this information to Mr. Blier."

It's at times like these that the full extent of the emptiness of Kevin's organization's boasting at their website becomes apparent.  You should hardly call yourself a "DO tank" if you don't even know the fundamentals about Town Meeting and advisory petitions "at the local level."  One might think that Blier's team mate, Judith Sargent, editor of Vermont Renewal's newsletter, might have mentioned to Kevin that the Vermont League of Cities and Towns offers such information in its handbooks since her husband David serves as Chittendon Select Board Chairman, a fact she never seems to tire of "disclosing" in her faux news column (there are limits to what crap we'll link to, so in this instance we won't).

According to the Brandon Town Clerk and a subsequent check of Town records and minutes, no such petition was presented that resulted in an advisory warrant item "relative to under-age abortion" by Kevin Blier.  So much for that.

We were surprised when Kevin didn't resort to one of his usual attacks on the Select Board, as he so often does whenever the system doesn't comply with his demands.  In fact, it was so out of character that we sensed there must be more to come.  Sure enough, we soon discovered that shortly after his most recent failure, Kevin offered himself up to the community to be a member of the School Board at Otter Vally Union High School:
"The Otter Valley Union High School Board will see a race for a three-year seat, between incumbent Robert Clark and challenger Kevin Blier."
Well, the votes have come in for the School Board seat.  Kevin Blier loses again, and by a margin (37%) as dismal as President Bush's own recent approval rating in a CBS poll (34%).  He couldn't even garner the percentage of the vote that had opposed the school budget (43%).  Maybe the voters had gotten a whiff of his group's thoughts on Intelligent Design and figured that there might be better ways for a school system to piss away a million dollars.  Perhaps Brandon voters hadn't forgotten the lessons of an earlier homophobe and anti-Semite who used a School Board position as a steppingstone.  Whatever the reason, they didn't come close to taking what he has to offer.  So failing yet again, and despite the CFACR boasts about his and their leadership ability at the local level, Kevin might do well to remember Prov: 28:25  -
"He that boasteth, and puffeth himself, stirreth up quarrels."
Not unlike a pimp.  Or a lobbyist.  Or whatever.


What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."


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Friday, March 03, 2006

Straight?    Unhappy?    Cease & Desist!



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resource of the Center for American Cultural Renewal has been Jerry Falwell's Liberty Counsel.  Having failed repeatedly in the marketplace of ideas, the religious culture warriors are more frequently turning to litigation as a favored tactic to silence the opposition, as in the case of the parody above of the ludicrously ineffective fundie billboard campaign in support of so-called reparative therapy.

The post late last summer of this parody of the Exodus International billboard has resulted in the Liberty Counsel's chief legal thug, Michael Staver, sending a Cease and Desist letter to the website Justinsomnia.  Staver's organization has backed Kevin Blier and his group in a variety of actions, such as interfering in a lesbian couple's Family Court proceeding and in seeking to overturn longstanding Vermont legislative tradition.

The issue of religious litigiousness with regards to gay free speech needs more discussion.  Bloggers are responding to the call here, here, here and here, just to name a few.  Can you help?

There's not too much irony in the idea of fundie lawyers protecting the trademark of an "ex-gay" recruiting billboard, eh?  As Jason so smartassedly summed it all up:




UPDATE (3/4):  For those who may be unaware, Exodus International is run by this guy, Alan Chambers.



Photo via WayneBesen.com


'Nuff said.  Ex-GayWatch and Wayne Besen have more on this snake.

UPDATE (3/6):  Uh oh.  Looks like trouble!  The forces of faith are starting to rally at Edicts of Nancy and Jesus' General.

Mike Tidmus adds a thought:




What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."



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Thursday, March 02, 2006

God Hates Fags?



K
evin Blier's impish webstaff has posted this "timely" piece titled by them as Fag Commentary: "Rebuke Them Sharply".  Naturally with the usual lame disclaimer they make when they try to duck the charge that they share the same opinion, that "the views of the writer may not be those of CFACR or of our readers."  Sure.  And one of the leaders of CFACR "may not be" a wingnut Millerite still trying to get over his Great Disappointment, a loopy bit of fundie dogma that was nailed so precisely by the Simpson's crew in the Thank God It's Doomsday episode.

Sadly for them, Kevin's group of malcontents are in for future disappointments as they pursue their agenda, which is scripted for them by the supreme hate-mongering wingnut himself via his legal army at the misnamed Liberty Counsel.

Blier's hate group needs no encouragement or excuse to call people fags.  The post on the subject even offers the argument that their god hates fags.  Sound familiar?  It should.  Stephen Cable and Judith Sargent, back when they called their group Who Would Have Thought?, Inc, sided with the Fred Phelps crowd in more than a few ways.

You just have to wonder what and who else this group hates when they sound and act so much like Fred Phelps' mob.




What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."



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