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08/25/2009

Hey Outback, Maine plate number 4296MK: Stop all that unsavory cop honoring!

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 2-289

The above image is of a "Thin Blue Line" decal, this one specifically applying to the state of Georgia. According to PoliceTees.com, which sells a version of the sticker for various different states, these decals represent "the courage found deep inside when faced with insurmountable odds. It is displayed in honor of those injured or killed in the line of duty." Nothing controversial about that, right?

Well leave it to Maine's head anti-gay, Mike Heath, to let his insatiable desire to unearth LGBT unsavoriness get in the way of doing a simple Google search. In a new post, Heath (or at least one of his staff writers) says the following about the two "dog whistles" he observed on a local car:

(*emphasis ours)
The issue of perception versus reality is an important one. Few people in Maine know the astounding power and influence of the homosexual rights movement, and fewer still know its symbols.

Who would know the meaning of the symbols shown below, for example? The bumperstickers on this car in Augusta are a silent 'dog-whistle' which tells other homosexuals that the owner supports the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest homosexual rights organization (the yellow and blue equal sign) and
has had some contact with a sadomasochist organization in Georgia (a map of the state of Georgia drawn with the colors used by the sadomasochist movement, black and blue.)

Car  Georgia Sadomasochism

Excitement Builds for Upcoming Visit by Peter LaBarbera [MFPC]
(H/t: Pam's House Blend)

A sadomasochist organization?! Oh, Mike. You know what can happen when you assume, right? You can all too often make an ASS out of U in ME!

But keep up the car stalking, budro. With every click of your camera, we gain another vote.

**UPDATE: Heath has now removed the image and writeup. But we know it was there.

**UPDATE2: OMG! They are actually blaming us for their mistake!!

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Your thoughts

Well, to be honest, I used to think those "thin blue line" stickers were all leather pride stickers, or perhaps some sort of variation on them.

They _do_ look pretty similar at first glance (ignoring the heart on the leather flag):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leather_Pride_flag
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thin_Blue_Line_(emblem)

Posted by: tjc | Aug 25, 2009 6:03:04 PM

Wow, they've gone from just lying about existing gay groups to making up new ones. Next week, Mike exposes a secret cult of satanist lesbian transsexuals secretly communicating through insidious flags with their symbol, the maple leaf, on them....

PS: Have you ever met a gay rights leader who had any idea what the official colors of the sadomasochist movement were? For all their attempts to paint us as kinky perverts they're disturbingly knowledgeable on subjects they claim to despise.

Posted by: penguinsaur | Aug 25, 2009 6:11:29 PM

Just one vote? Methinks many when this hits the blogosphere in full force.

Posted by: Dale | Aug 25, 2009 6:13:34 PM

It does look like Leather Pride Flag minus the red heart.

Posted by: Alonzo | Aug 25, 2009 6:27:12 PM

what are the legalities of showing someone's license plate in a photo? I mean, this is identifying information, isn't it? would the owner of this car have the right or ability to make a legal complaint?

Posted by: keltic | Aug 25, 2009 6:37:56 PM

Alonzo, TJC: It's fine for you, me, or anyone to think it looks like Leather Pride. But when you decide to move forward with a public attack, you need to do your research and find out for sure. Heath did not.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Aug 25, 2009 6:43:40 PM

Here's hoping the owner of the car sues the sh*t out of him for... something. Or, every cop in the state finds out and tickets Heath's ass for everything in the book, every time he turns around.

Posted by: ColdCountry | Aug 25, 2009 6:55:38 PM

I have a problem with this line:

"The bumperstickers on this car in Augusta are a silent 'dog-whistle' which tells other homosexuals that the owner supports the Human Rights Campaign"

How can he assume that the car's owner is even Homosexual I know plenty of Heterosexuals who have HRC's bumper stickers on their cars - granted I live in San Francisco - but still!

Also I hope the owner of the car sues the sh*t out of him as well.

Posted by: Alonzo | Aug 25, 2009 7:10:21 PM

Right, Alonzo. And even the idea that we would need "dog whistles.". As if we're all living in fear of being found out.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Aug 25, 2009 7:31:34 PM

Considering the fact that most of their constituents don't bother to fact check they can freely pull nonsense out of their backsides and rest assured that it will be eaten up as the Gospel Truth.

Posted by: Buffy | Aug 25, 2009 8:31:42 PM

"How can he assume that the car's owner is even Homosexual I know plenty of Heterosexuals who have HRC's bumper stickers on their cars - granted I live in San Francisco - but still!"

Its classic propaganda, you always want it to be a clear US vs THEM, black and white thing. Same reason they refuse to acknowledge their are Christians who don't hate gays or even, gasp, gay Christians. If they belong in the same group its an actual disagreement and not just an assault upon them by those weird outsiders.

Posted by: penguinsaur | Aug 25, 2009 8:43:14 PM

We've said this over and over and over again, BUT DAMN these people are more obsessed with gay sex than I am, and that's a lot.

Posted by: Jake | Aug 25, 2009 11:57:12 PM

Yeah, you really have to watch out for those cop-honoring, equal-rights promoting people. I mean, there goes the neighborhood.

penguinsaur's comment reminds me of an old New Yorker cartoon: http://tinyurl.com/mla589

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Posted by: Thedailyreviewer | Aug 26, 2009 5:20:58 AM

Well, now I'm really upset. I don't have this often talked about "gaydar" which made me wonder whether or not I'm gay. Now I find out that I'm supposed to have ears that allows me to hear silent "dog whistles" of homosexuality. I think these disabilities should be considered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Maybe straight people should be forced to identify themselves to help me avoid the embarrassment of knowimg who the gays are. What kind of scientific research is being conducted to cure me? I want to know! Forget Marriage. Forget AIDS. Let's start a real national dialogue about helping those of us who don't have gaydar and super-sonic hearing.

Posted by: Larry | Aug 26, 2009 7:37:15 AM

For a supposed bible thumper this man is pretty kinky! Even police officers killed in the line of duty are subject to this mans sadomasochistic desires. How long until he is seen at a dungeon in boston?

Posted by: krissy | Aug 26, 2009 9:54:39 AM

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