Maine Governor Paul LePage has distanced himself from two anti-gay activists attempting to defend his earlier Vaseline remark.
LePage, a Republican, has apologized for using a sexually vulgar phrase to describe how state Senator Troy Jackson, a Democrat, has, in his opinion, politicized the budget process.
“Sen. Jackson claims to be for the people, but he's the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline,” LePage told two reporters. “He is bad. He has no brains, and he has a black heart.”
In a press conference billed as a defense of LePage, anti-gay activists Michael Heath and Paul Madore commended LePage's remark.
“It's addressing the issue of sexual orientation, directly related to the comment that the governor made, and nobody is defending the governor. We are defending the governor,” Heath told reporters.
A photo of a marine kissing his boyfriend during a homecoming with the caption “America's Future?” adorned the podium the men stood behind.
After the men equated homosexuality to pedophilia, a reporter asked Heath and Madore if they were concerned about being labeled as bigots.
“The reality is, don't you think we stopped to think about that? Do you think that would trouble us that people would be that shallow, that people would accuse us of being bigots?” Madore said. “The bulk of homosexuals practice pedophilia. There's a higher percentage of homosexuals that practice pedophilia.”
Governor LePage's office released a statement stating that the “group has no affiliation with the Office of the Governor or the Governor, nor do they speak for the Office of the Governor.”
I never thought it would happen this quickly, but one town in my home state is looking to fire the first shot in the war against the drones.
Actually, it's a little more political than the old "Terminator"-style man vs. machines scenario. The town of Deer Creek, Colo., is looking to begin offering "drone hunting licenses" and actually paying rewards to anyone who presents proof that they were able to bring down an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the United States federal government, according to reporting by Denver TV station KMGH.
Phillip Steel, the man who drafted the ordinance, as well as other supporters, say it will provide a new source of revenue for the town, but Steel concedes that it's not exactly like Deer Trail has a drone problem. In fact, he's never seen one over the town.
"This is a very symbolic ordinance," he told KMGH. "Basically, I do not believe in the idea of a surveillance society, and I believe we are heading that way."
That little bump of revenue could be nice, but I have to wonder if it will offset the various federal monies the town could stand to lose if Washington, D.C., gets wind of a place that's put out a bounty on federal property.While Steel seems to be dead serious about taking up arms against his own government, others in the tiny town see his novel move as a tongue-in-cheek way to drum up a little publicity and maybe some tourism and perhaps even a drone-hunting festival of some sort.
I grew up about an hour from Deer Trail and have passed it literally dozens of times on the highway. It's really easy to miss it, actually. But if next time, I find myself dodging stray buckshot while heading down Interstate 70, it's likely to make it a much more memorable place.
That said, if it turns out that Cylons have infiltrated the federal government, I know where I'm headed next to join the resistance. Watch the full report below and let us know in the comments what you think about the notion of drone hunting as a new 21st century sport.