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).