Tuesday, April 18, 2006

No News Is Good News?


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e're always amused at the cut-and-paste, mish mash that Kevin Blier and his fellow minions at the Center for American Cultural Renewal/Vermont Renewal try to pass off as a compendium of news stories not likely to be covered by the average Vermont news outlet.  They call their irregularly published news column, "Real Vermont News".  Relying as it does on bigoted sources such as WingNutDaily, the heterofascist Tony Perkin's Family Research Council, along with a smattering of out-of-context items lifted from gay sites, there's little surprise at its theoconservative bent.

What we have found interesting is the CFACR "news" site's unwillingness to cover the stunning defeat of Kevin W. Blier, their director, at last month's Town Meeting in Brandon, VT, that we reported on here and here.

In "Real Vermont News", CFACR's stab at Newspeak, unwanted electoral results, like unwanted words or people, are simply disposed of or ignored.


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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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A Vermonter's Letter


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hen we reported on the Kevin Blier rant last month in our post Shorter Kevin Blier, we referred to his demand for the resignation of the head of the Judiciary committee, the out gay legislative representive Bill Lippert of Hinesburg, VT.  In it Kevin, once again, disparagingly mentioned the "conversation" first referred to last summer by another group.

"Conversation" is something that Kevin and the rest of the theocratic throwbacks at Center for American Cultural Renewal/Vermont Renewal want no part of, unless it's amongst themselves and about the complete marginalization of all who do not share their own perverse and exclusionary beliefs.

We'll have more on the links between Kevin's hate group and the Reconstructionists in a future post.  In the meantime, here's one Vermonter's take on Kevin's whine.

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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Monday, April 03, 2006

They're Making A List



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he most recent post in the Features section at the Kevin Blier hate site, Center for American Cultural Renewal, a.k.a. Vermont Renewal, asks that Vermonters sign a petition promoting the religious right's Marriage Discrimination Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The petition is being offered by the Family Research Council, over its president's name, Tony Perkins.

So who is Tony Perkins?

Prior to taking over at the Family Research Council in 2003, Perkins' history is laced with associations with the most extreme elements of the lunatic right.  A concise biographical history on Perkins is contained in a piece about Justice Sunday leaders in The Nation.  In short, Perkins ties to racists and their organizations go back for years.  As recently as in 2001, Perkins addressed a Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens, formerly known as the White Citizens' Council.
"In 1996 Perkins paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,500 for his mailing list.  At the time, Perkins was the campaign manager for a right-wing Republican candidate for the US Senate in Louisiana.  The Federal Election Commission fined the campaign Perkins ran $3,000 for attempting to hide the money paid to Duke."
- Justice Sunday Preachers, The Nation
And now Blier's group would like Vermonters to sign a petition offered by a man who buys lists of like-minded folk from neo-Nazis like David Duke, probably the best known American racist, anti-Semite and homophobe of the 21st Century.

We wonder who Perkins might be swapping mailing lists with today, and would Vermonters ever want to be on such a list?

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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