Saturday, December 16, 2006

Statistic of the Day

A Harris poll finds 61 percent of Americans favored a federal law prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. Additionally, the survey found that 42 percent of adults surveyed believe that such a law currently exists.

I propose this: the queers agree to pause the Marriage Equality Debate until AFTER the 2008 election if the Christianist Right will back off on the same subject; instead homos push for BASIC civil rights protections in federal law? It sure sounds like the winnable battle.

I know there is much resistance to comparing the campaign for gay rights with the civil rights struggles by blacks in the Sixties, but consider this: what if African-American activists had told LBJ that while they wanted the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, they perferred to push for interracial marriage first?

(Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan who himself opposes ENDA but is resigned about it due to large public support, which even a democracy-loving Conservative has to love.)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Soys and Girls

And here I thought it was my overattentive mother (God rest her soul) that made me gay. This hysterical man has another possible culprit...

Friday, December 08, 2006

By Their Words, So Shall Ye Know Them


The level of Rummy's denial stretches beyond even the current civil war...

What They Don't Report Can Hurt US

Eric Alterman alerts us to what the MSM fails to report from the ISG.

Mel, Please, Get Some Therapy


“I’m going to peel off his skin and make him watch me wear it.” This grisly threat is delivered by one of the main bad guys in Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto.” The promised flaying never takes place, but viewers who share this director’s apparently limitless appetite for gore will not be disappointed, since not much else in the way of bodily torment has been left to the imagination. There are plenty of disembowelings, impalings, clubbings and beheadings. Hearts are torn, still beating, from slashed-open chests. A man’s face is chewed off by a jaguar. Another’s neck is pierced by darts tipped with frog venom. Most disturbing, perhaps, is the sight of hundreds of corpses haphazardly layered in an open pit: a provocative and ill-advised excursion into Holocaust imagery on this director’s part.


--from A. O. Scott's review of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto in the New York Times

Statistic of the Day

FDR ---------- 49
Truman ------- 40
Eisenhower ---- 12
Kennedy ------- 4
Johnson ------- 21
Nixon ---------- 2
Ford ---------- 17
Carter ---------- 6
Reagan -------- 48
Bush ---------- 27
Clinton -------- 34
Bush ---------- 62

Guess the reference?

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Feingold Brings the Common Sense

"The fact is the [Baker Commission] was composed apparently entirely of people who did not have the judgment to oppose this Iraq war in the first place, and did not have the judgment to realize it was not a wise move in the fight against terrorism. So that's who is doing this report. Then I looked at the list of who testified before them. There is virtually no one who opposed the war in the first place. Virtually no one who has been really calling for a different strategy that goes for a global approach to the war on terrorism. So this is really a Washington inside job."

For the video, go here.

Too bad he's ruled out running for president (like he has a chance in hell anyway?).

(Hat Tip, Eric Alterman.)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

O Pioneers

A moving tribute to a pre-Stonewall Gay Pioneer can be found at http://nationaljournal.com/rauch.htm. (For some reason the Blogger interface isnt currently letting me insert HTML into posts.)

Friday, December 01, 2006

Thursday, November 23, 2006

What Would Jesus Do?

Somehow I think the Son of God would have time to help out a disgraced pastor. He seemed to be attracted to the rejects and sinners, right? Apparently Reverend Dobson just doesn't have time himself, claiming it could take "four or five years." Well at least we know how long the Christianists think it takes to "cure" someone of homosexuality and meth addiction.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Monday, November 20, 2006

A Kissinger on the Hand May Be Quite Continental...

"If you mean by "military victory" an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian violence under control in a time period that the political processes of the democracies will support, I don't believe that is possible." --that old war criminal actually tells it like it is (to the BBC of course)
More info on the UCLA Tazer Outrage

The student's lawyer reports the student's side of the story.
OUTRAGE of the Week

Seems torture isn't limited to GitMo anymore... "Here's your fucking PATRIOT ACT" indeed.

None Dare Call It Conspiracy (in the US Press at least)



A disturbing article about possible C.I.A. involvement in the RFK assassination--in the British Press of course; will the US MSM pick up the story?

Monday, November 13, 2006

Friday, November 10, 2006

Quote of the Day


"Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have." -- James Baldwin

Defining Terms

What exactly is an "evangelical"? Slate.com tries to explain...

Just (about to get) Married

Mexico City gets gay civil unions, South Africa poised to legalize marriage equality for gays and lesbians. Opponents to marriage equality in Massachusetts look close to failure in their attempt to ammend the state constitution--and conservative gay blogger Andrew Sullivan disagrees. I have to admit a grudging respect for the man for sticking to his conservative federalist ideals...

Party Over, Time to Get to Work


Now that elections have been called and the Democrats have slight control in Congress (razor thin in the Senate), it's time to get to work and hold their feet to the fire.

My concern is that the return of many "values voters" (codeword for Right or Center-Right Religious voters) to voting Democratic, as the Dems savor victory, they will shy away from supporting progressive issues, especially the big loser on Tuesday, Marriage Equality (save for that surprise victory in Arizona). Am I alarmist? Many of the winning Democrats in "red" states are anti-choice and anti-"gay marriage."

Our local NPR station yesterday asked listeners what they wanted from the Dems in their new position of (limited) power. Most of the talk was about whether or not to impeach Bush/Cheney. Some callers sounded like they simply wanted payback for Clinton's ridiculous ordeal; others made the point that Bush and Cheney (and others) broke many laws, ones which would qualify as "high crimes and misdemeanors," and such serious criminal activity cannot go unpunished. While I agree in theory, I also believe that in practice, this would 1) take the rest of Bush's administration to play out, 2) probably ultimately not be successful due to the small margin of majority, and 3) most importantly divert time and energy from very serious issues that must be addressed immediately--the mess in Iraq, the deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan, the nukes in North Korea, the simmering situation in Iran, as well as the horrific deficit and explosion of the national debt. The last thing the Democrats need to do is appear as petty and diverted from reality as the Republicans. The first thing the Democrats need to do is appear decisive, fair, focused, resolute, and most importantly competent.

House Speaker-to-be Pelosi is in a very unique and important situation. As the first woman in that position, a lot of light is on her, and she could shine and demonstrate leadership in a new model--one of consensus, accountability, and competence--in much contrast to the last six years of arrogance, incompetence, divisiveness. She could show herself to be the real "uniter and not divider." This could engender a trust and respect from the American voters, paving the way to victory in the 2008 elections.

As for my wish list? Aside from the above hopes for Pelosi (because if she fails, it may by association of gender, hobble Hillary's chances to become Manager-in-Chief), I'd like to see the Congress--as well as national gay and lesbian political organizations--pull back from the contentious marriage equality efforts (pull back, not abandon), and focus instead on simple basic civil rights protections guaranteed by federal law. I am constantly surprised when heterosexual friends--and even some queers--think gay men and lesbian women have the same civil rights protections that ethnic minorities have, rights guaranteed by federal law. Sure, I point out, I happen to live in a state (Washington) where I can't be fired for being gay--a right that wasn't enshrined in law until only this year. Anti-discrimination laws throughout the USA are spotty at best, and it's time to federalize these basic rights. As lesbian farmer in Witchita should have the same basic civil rights and anti-discrimination protection as a gay man in Anchorage or a transgendered person in San Francisco or a gay rancher in the Dakotas--or a blogger in Seattle.

Interestingly, what has often been lost in all the contentiousness over "Gay Marriage" is the fact that when you ask the general public if they support basic job and accomodation protections for gay people, many who don't support marriage equality do support these basic civil rights. It's a matter of fairness, they agree (though they may fail to see the contradiction in supporting one right and not another). It's time to put this nationwide consensus into law, and build a solid foundation of basic enfranchisement in participation and citizenship upon which we can build efforts for other rights and privileges, such as serving in the military or full marriage equality, as other countries from Spain to South Africa, are granting.

The time is now, and the support is there. Time for the Democrats to step up and take their stated commitment to equality for all Americans and put it into the law of the land.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Where Rummy Went Wrong


Slate.com autopsies the six years of Rums-f*ckups. Worst. SoD. Ever.

Some Firsts

“First woman to serve as speaker of the house: Nancy Pelosi, First Muslim elected to U.S. Congress: Keith Ellison, First democratic socialist elected to U.S. Congress: Bernie Sanders, First Jewish governor of New York: Eliot Spitzer, First African-American governor of Massachusetts: Deval Patrick, And, according to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, 67 openly gay candidates were elected to state and local offices.” (Hat tip, Worth Repeating)
CanYou Feel It?

First Sign of Blood in the Water


So Rummy's out. Finally, relief from this dangerously unhinged man's disasterous stewardship of the Pentagon. Now, it's wait-and-see on whether the new leadership can actually Change the Course. But one by-product of the resignation is that during the announcement today at the new conference, Bush did everything but come right out and say he LIED last week to reporters about expecting Rumsfeld to stay on for two years after mid-term election.

If the White House Press Corps had any balls they'd have been all over Bush about WHAT ELSE he answered "just to get to the next question" and torn him apart like the street kids did to Sebastian at the end of SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER...

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

W.W.N.D.?

After the apparent Democratic victories (those Diebold machines ain't done yet), I keep getting the same question from apolitical friends, "Now what?" or "What Will Nancy Do?" I offer her recent interesting essay from Huffington Post.

My feelings? Personally, I'm relieved that one of the checks and balances our Founding Fathers designed seems to have been activated. But I'm waiting to see how effective it "checks" or "balances" the frightening inertia of six years of this out-of-control administration. Think of it as an emergency brake.

Hold on, America, and hope we can change course.
Hungry Hungry Hypocrites

Careful what you say to the camera, closet cases, it CAN come back to haunt you.

Question...

If Arizona Passes English As Official Language... does that mean it has to change its name to an official English word?

Bye Bye...

I could say we'll miss ya, Mister Santorum, but I'd be lying. But you're name already lives in infamy, thanks to Mister Savage.

More Gore


"Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for president. One hopes it is the same half." --Gore Vidal
Full Election

(Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan.)

Have you voted yet?

Heads up, people. Vote like lives depend on it. They do.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Gore Vidal: 'The Most Important Election in My Lifetime'

Eight minutes and forty-six seconds of wisdom. Things really are this dire, my friends.
Freedom

Friday, November 03, 2006

Surrrrvey SAYS...

Ever-wonderful Wonkette brings to our attention a recent survey of the citizens of the four closest US allies--Britain, Israel, Canada and Mexico--about threats to world peace. For her take, look here.

Crystal Cathedral

Good God, imagine a Jesus Freak on Meth! (Anybody wanna bet he blames his queer cavorting on tina? That devil made him do it?)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Feeling is Mutual, Buddy...

Here's a newsflash: a former Bush 43 speechwriter "hates" liberals.

A different kind of Church Outing


Yet another anti-gay bigot accused of a secret life. What would Jesus do?

Catholic Conservative Queer Quote Of the Day

"I repeat: Iraq is now a foreign policy Katrina. If you liked the way they handled Katrina, you'll like the way they have handled Iraq. I repeat again: This is no longer an election. It's an intervention." --Andrew Sullivan

Rush to Judgement

I resisted saying anything about the Rush Limbaugh flattulence concerning Michael J. Fox's political activism until I found someone who articulated the event and deconstructed the larger scandal. Now I have: here. Another fascinating evaluation/warning can be found here as well.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Billion with a B


Things are going so swell in Iraq, the USAF needs $50 billion in "emergency funds" to get the bodies (wounded and dead) out of the country. Let's see Cheney or Rumsfeld spin this is indications of our imminent victory.

I repeat, This Woman Has Killah Nails! Don't F*ck With Her!

Yet another incident at a Babs concert. Careful, you touchy conservative Streis-fans. She might start thowing back. What are these people expecting from this famous liberal? Get over it, or scalp your tickets to DailyKos readers. I'll buy a ticket to the Vegas show...

Bond, Julian Bond


Thanks, Julian. Progressive communities of all colors and orientations have to stick together, and we appreciate your efforts (especially your principled stand of not attending the funeral of Coretta Scott King because it was held in a very homophobic church presided over by a very homophobic man).

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Justice Be Ye a Woman

Once again, Slate.com's Dahlia Lithwick wields articulate logic to pre-empt the spin on the New Jersey Marriage Equality ruling. (Clinton/Obama, please make her A.G.)

Stay The Course


"I don't think we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that's what a state chooses to do so. I view the definition of marriage different from legal arrangements that enable people to have rights. And I strongly believe that marriage ought to be defined as between a union between a man and a woman. Now, having said that, states ought to be able to have the right to pass laws that enable people to be able to have rights like others."

--George W. Bush, 2004, New York Times

How long before he wiggles out of that? The Flip-Flop Watch begins...
(Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan)

Monday, October 23, 2006

Why I Am an Agnostic


Huffington Post offers an excellent essay by Richard Dawkins, a breath of rational fresh air in a globe warming with Religious Extremism of too many kinds. Yes, I was raised in the Fundamentalist Xtian Church, and it taught me a lot about faith, belief, forgiveness and love. It also taught me about sin, shame, and other damaging concepts, the scars of which I continue to tend to even now. I am constantly fascinated by the human tendency to cling to a belief in Something Omnipotent, though I understand the comfort in such a concept. Observing people like gay conservative Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan tie and untie himself in knots over the tensions is poignant. But I certainly don't claim my way as the only or best way. (If only those who do believe could have such an understanding of boundaries). Living as an agnostic, in a state of constant uncertainty, ain't easy.

As my good friend Robert Patrick often says, "In America, you can be anything...except an atheist." Imagine anyone running for office to aggree with Dawkins rational concepts?

For those who don't know, the photo above is a photobooth self-portrait from 1991.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Got Milk?

It's looking more and more like Randy Shilts' wonderful book The Mayor of Castro Street is finally going to get the Hollywood treatment, by none other than Mr. Xmen himself. PlanetOut.com has a poll asking who should play Harvey Milk. John Tuturro is unfortunately too old, but my money is on Adrian Brody--not only does he have the acting chops, but already has the gangly body and facial structure. Please, Mr. Singer: cast this great actor and make a great uncompromising film, one that shows the human being that Harvey was, flaws and all, and not just a flat hagiography of a gay hero.

God's Skylight?

I'd love to hear the evolution-contesting, science-hating, global-warming-challenged Fundamental-cases explanation for the Holy Purpose of this.

In the Dark


Telling Powerpoint slide of the Day, courtesy of ThinkProgress.org and brought to our attention by Andrew Sullivan. Ask yourself, if the lights were only on at your home 2.4 hours a day, how would you feel about the "Liberators"?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

WE'RE NUMBER TWO! WHOOP WHOOP!


Blogger/Catholic/Conservative Queer Andrew Sullivan reports:

"How many gays? We don't know is the only real answer. But the number of people prepared to tell interviewers they are gay has gone up a great deal in the past few years. And the number of self-identifying same-sex couples has leapt in the last decade as well - across the entire country. Marc Fisher has the stats and a link to the PDF report from UCLA's law school. The five gayest cities in America? San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Portland and then Washington, D.C. "

Movie Pick of the Week

Buy this DVD. Now.

Naturally

An interesting exhibition at the Museum of Natural History in at the University of Oslo in Norway demonstrates how "queer" nature can be. It even addresses the question, "Why don't homosexual animals become extinct?" I'd say it was required attendance for all those Religious Righteous types who claim homos are "unnatural," but they are the crowd who thinks the planet is 6,000 years old and won't accept overwhelming evidence of evolution.

Still, I'd love to hear how they explain the 1,500 species who have shown instances of homosexuality. Is Satan really that busy?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Idahomosexuality?

It makes my potato-sized heart swell with pride that the Senator from my old homestate may be the next hypocritical closet-gay homophobe to be exposed. Though I'm willing to wait until we see the evidence (IM transcripts/Continental Baths Member Card/stained blue dress) before passing judgement, I am excited to see the reddest state outside of the South to be the next attention spot for this absurdity (while Americans continue to explode in the Middle East).

What I Believe


One of the most eloquent, caring, frightening and accurate criticisms of the current cultural crisis in America can be found here. Thank you, Mister Mosley, for telling it like it is.

Sue the Bastards, Dean

A new wrinkle in the gay marriage veil.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

More Foley's Folly Fallout

Pink is the new Red. How soon before the Purges begin?

"I Just Got It For the Articles"

Okay, let me get this straight: the military bans "openly" homosexual men and women, and then okays merchandise like this 2007 calendar.... (Hat tip, Andrew)

Stoop Alert

Just when I thought the GOP's Homo Sex Panic over Foley's Folly couldn't get any weirder, they spout this balderdash.

I suppose next they'll find a way to link Katrina damage and the federal deficit to a raging cabal of closet queers...

Wonkette weighs in with her usual witty wisdom.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Quote of the Day


"This is an election unlike any other I have ever participated in. For six years this country has been totally dominated - not by the Republican Party, this is not fair to the Republican Party - by a narrow sliver of the Republican Party, its more right-wing and its most ideological element. When the chips are down, this country has been jammed to the right, jammed into an ideological corner, alienated from its allies, and we're in a lot of trouble ... The Democratic Party has become the liberal and conservative party in America. If you want to be fiscally conservative, you've got to be for us. If you want to conserve natural resources, you've got to be for us," he said. "If you want a change of course in Iraq ... you've got to be for us." --Bill Clinton (Deep bow to Andrew)

Lead us out of this wilderness, O Center-Left Moses...

Most Misleading Headline of the Day


Can be found here. Paging all Log Cabin Republicans: Calm down!

Careful, Conservatives, she has incredible NAILS!

Seems gay goddess Babs can dish it back just as easily as the best of them. While her expletive led most news reports, I found her dry "Are there Gay people here?" comment most amusing--especially as it was reported by FOX News.

Photo Op of the Day

I thought I felt a disturbance in The Farce--there was a momentary pause in the GOP Homophobe Hate Machine while Condi swore in the new global AIDS coordinator--with his parter holding the Bible. I don't see any evidence of burns or smoke, but I wonder if they installed a lightning rod to ground the building. Happy Friday the Thirteenth.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

No Wonder the Numbers Never Add Up...

"This morning my administration released the budget numbers for fiscal 2006. These budget numbers are not just estimates; these are the actual results for the fiscal year that ended February the 30th," - George W. Bush.

Birds and the Bees

Seems Mother Nature has her queer side--and someone has documented it quite well.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Reality Check

And once you've finished chuckling about the latest funny pic in Foley's Folly, back to reality on what should be the top story.

"Oh? Prove it!"

Andrew Sullivan is asking for fun caption suggestions for this old Reuters photo here. My entry is the headline above.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Takes One to Know One?

"It's vile. It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction."

--Rep. Mark Foley, on Bill Clinton's history of sexual harassment in September 1998 (thanks to Andrew)

What a Bunch of Dicks (or Facsimiles)!

The Supreme Court gets squeamish and once again refuses to hear challenges to laws prohibiting the sale of "sex toys." Details here (NYT, so registration necessary). (Deep bow to Rod)

Photo Ops That Come Back to Haunt

Check out the details here.

Rice, Rice, Pants on Fire

Courtesy of the Center for American Progress:

Yesterday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted that she did not attend a meeting on July 10, 2001 with then-CIA director George Tenet and his deputy Cofer Black in which she was warned of an impending attack on U.S. interests. Rice said, "I don't know that this meeting took place, but what I really don't know, what I'm quite certain of, is that it was not a meeting in which I was told there was an impending attack and I refused to respond." Actually, there was a meeting and Rice was warned. The New York Times reports, "A review of White House records has determined that George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, did brief Condoleezza Rice and other top officials on July 10, 2001, about the looming threat from Al Qaeda." Tenet and Black requested the emergency meeting with Rice because they "were so alarmed about an impending Al Qaeda attack." The revelation deals a severe blow to Rice's credibility at a time when she is trying to convince the public that "what we did in the eight months (before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks) was at least as aggressive as what the Clinton administration did in the preceding years."

More here.

Handy G.O.P. Cheat Sheet (Sexy!)


Sure, there's probably a simliar list of Democratic scandals to be complied, but I found this list amusing to read over. (Hat Tip to the great Progressive blogger Eric Alterman)

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Democratic Spinal Tap

Evidence of bone there after all (hat tip, Mister Sullivan):

"On every issue, there are big differences but the biggest difference is the disregard for our constitutional democracy, the disdain for checks and balances, the denial of accountability that marks this president and vice president, and that's really our entire system being put at risk. Maybe we can dig ourselves out of the hole on fiscal responsibility, energy and health care before it's too late, but we cannot afford to have our Constitution shredded and our country's commitment to freedom basically thrown out after centuries of setting the standard by which others are judged.

There are a lot of people, not just Democrats, who know we have to change direction in our country. I have so many Republicans coming to my events [who] say things like 'I didn't sign up for all this,' and the 'this' would be a long list depending upon their particular concerns. They're coming, because frankly, they're patriots, and they don't want this administration to continue leading us down into a blind hole like they are, undermining our future, failing to invest to make us safer and stronger and richer and smarter, more competitive, fairer for the future,"

- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Iraq's a Shitstorm--literally!

Blogger Eric Alterman alerts us to this little story, symbolic of just how war is going. At only $2 billion a week...

Tortured Logic

Judicial watchtower Dahlia Lithwick alerts us once again to just how bad the "compromise" legislation on detainee interrogation really is. If this passes, shame on us all.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Quote of the Day

"I certainly hope that Hillary is the candidate. Because nothing will energize my (constituency) like Hillary Clinton. If Lucifer ran, he wouldn't," - Christianist Jerry Falwell (Hat tip to Andrew)

Quote of the Day

"I certainly hope that Hillary is the candidate. Because nothing will energize my (constituency) like Hillary Clinton. If Lucifer ran, he wouldn't," - Christianist Jerry Falwell (Hat tip to Andrew)

Friday, September 22, 2006

Quote of the Day

"How many state constitutional amendments need to pass before we get angry? How many of our so-called friends in elected office need to betray us by supporting marriage segregation, while accepting awards at LGBT dinners, as if civil rights stop at the altar? We still do not have one civil right on a federal level, and the radical right is raising tens of millions and political capital by making us the ultimate scapegoats. Where is our outrage? Where is our passion?" -- Robin Tyler

Air Kisses

Blogger Andrew Sullivan alerted me to this weird little homophobiana. I rarely fly American Airlines, and I'm not sure a boycott is warranted, but...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Stealth Presidency

Andy-fave blogger Eric Alterman alerts us to an interesting Boston Globe article looking at who's really in charge. It's something we must consider when wishes of impeachment float about in the liberal blogosphere. It would require a full White-House-cleaning. And yeah, Rummy, you too.

Good News?

One can hope the recent ratings slump by FOX News is a trend, not a blip.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Tiger Lily

One of our favorite goddesses speaks out down under. And that's the truth, ppppppppppppppp.

Scuse me while I kiss the sky


The wonderful Wonkette tips us off to an, er, easing of Transporation Safety Administration guidelines on what one can and cannot check and what you can and cannot carry-on. Scroll down to PERSONAL LUBRICANT category...

So why is only 4 ounces safe, and more than four not safe? Discuss.