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)