Monday, December 31, 2007
And then there's this fun list of the 50 Most Loathsome People of 2007.
(Number 9 is my fave.)
Monday, December 24, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
"We need to have a person of faith lead the country," - Mitt Romney, February 17, 2007. Video here.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
"As I get older, I don't get more optimistic about where we're going andwhere we'll end up in another 40 years. We make progress but we don'tmake enough progress. We take itty bitty steps then we take 10 giantsteps back. Considering how many of us there are and how much money wehave, we don't have power. We are, in essence, a very passivepopulation....What rights do we have? You tell me. I can't leave mymoney to my lover? I can't leave my house to my lover? That isappalling.That's what pushes my buttons. Why do we put up with it? Thereare so many of us."
-- Larry Kramer(via Pridelets)
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Hillary, Obama, Edwards, whomever, take note: zingers work. Much as I hate "sound-byte" politics, it works.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
THE PRESIDENT: Yes. It may require a simple answer.
Q What’s your definition of the word “torture”?
THE PRESIDENT: Of what?
Q The word “torture.” What’s your definition?
THE PRESIDENT: That’s defined in U.S. law, and we don’t torture.
Q Can you give me your version of it, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: Whatever the law says.
(via Andrew Sullivan)
Sunday, October 21, 2007
- Ian McKellen, speaking about appearing on Singaporean television.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Give up? This person said it.
(Thanks, Rod 2.0 and Media Matters.)
Monday, September 17, 2007
Let us review the stated objectives of the Iraq war chronologically:
2002: to disarm Saddam Hussein of stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction and create a breathing space for democracy in the Middle East (the WMDs were not there; the breathing space became anarchy).
2003: to allow chaos in order to create a “fly-paper” for every jihadist in the world to come and get slaughtered by the US (“Bring it on!”).
2004: to create a new democratic constitution (achieved on paper, but at the price of creating sectarian voting blocs that actually intensified the ethnic and religious divisions pulling the country apart).
2005: to protect Iraq from a powerful and growing Sunni insurgency and disarm the Shi’ite militias (failed).
2006: to quell surging sectarian violence, target a new and lethal Al-Qaeda in Iraq and restrain the passions unleashed by the bombing of the Samarra mosque (failed).
2007: to prevent genocide and a wider regional war and create enough peace for a settlement in the centre (the surge has reduced violence to levels of summer 2006, and no agreement in Baghdad has been reached).
And so the question becomes: what will the objective of the Iraq war be next year?
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Lest any wingnuts accuse her of being a lefty plant, she also had some choice words for Hillary, saying that as First Lady "she had a plan and she never followed through. Now, she wants to be president."
While that's a little harsh (at least Hillary tried), at for a brief few moments a Real Live Person burst through the scripted photo-ops and talking points to take one of these conservatrons to task.
You go girl!
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Unfortunately, Mike Gravel didn't raise enough money to qualify to be in the debate, even though he was on the podium in other mainstream media debates (CNN, PBS, NBC and the NAACP), and even though his support on LGBT issues is head and shoulders above most all of the other candidates. Is this how we queers show our appreciation?
Gravel is pissed, and so am I. If HRC doesn't reconsider, they'll lose my support.
Am I a Gravel supporter? Honestly, probably not. I'm not sure he has a chance in hell of winning (neither does the other unflinchingly pro-gay Kucinich, but he's invited) and I am a political pragmatist.
But I believe in rewarding those politicians who stick out their necks for us. This is a matter of principle, and Logo/HRC are looking mighty hypocritical.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or give em an earful at 202-628-4160. You can contact Logo via their site.
If Hillary can change her mind on DOMA and Don't Ask/Don't Tell, perhaps HRC can reconsider this stupid decision. Show some courage.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Okay--so he thinks the guilty verdict, on obstruction of justice, should be respected, meaning Libby should be punished--and yes, he still is guilty of a felony and still has a $250,000 fine hanging over him--unless Bush pardons him completely.
So if the prison sentence is "excessive," why didn't Bush let Libby serve what Bush considered a fair prison sentence (a month? a year?) and then commute the sentence--as most commutations of sentences happen--after the convicted party has served some time.
Because the portion of Bush's statement not getting all the press is "In making the sentencing decision, the district court rejected the advice of the probation office, which recommended a lesser sentence and the consideration of factors that could have led to a sentence of home confinement or probation."
Yes, George, so obstruction of justice should only get one probation or home confinement. So long as you are rich and have a boss with power.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I was skeptical about which GOPersons were being polled, and surprised to read "The poll included Republicans from all parts of the country—with the largest percentage (38%) from the South."
Wonders never cease.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
And these are just "some" examples...
Monday, June 25, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
UPDATE: The New York Times picks up the story, describing other photos from the same yearbook, only of heterosexual P.D.A.s, which of course went uncensored.
UPDATED UPDATE: The uptight school district finally apologizes.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
SALON.com suggests why W hasn't been impeached yet:
"The truth is that Bush's high crimes and misdemeanors, far from being too small, are too great. What has saved Bush is the fact that his lies were, literally, a matter of life and death. They were about war. And they were sanctified by 9/11. Bush tapped into a deep American strain of fearful, reflexive bellicosity, which Congress and the media went along with for a long time and which has remained largely unexamined to this day. Congress, the media and most of the American people have yet to turn decisively against Bush because to do so would be to turn against some part of themselves. This doesn't mean we support Bush, simply that at some dim, half-conscious level we're too confused -- not least by our own complicity -- to work up the cold, final anger we'd need to go through impeachment. We haven't done the necessary work to separate ourselves from our abusive spouse. We need therapy -- not to save this disastrous marriage, but to end it."via Towleroad.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
It's sad that it takes a fictional legal drama to effectively articulate the terrifying farce of lawlessness being perpetuated by the current administration, but hey, why question the messenger? Thank you, David E. Kelley.
("Hat tip" to Sullivan)
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Liberal idealists believe a better time lies ahead of us, something we can progress to, and then all things will be right.
While I've always leaned toward liberalism's optimism (and political progressivism), I'm more and more seeing the universe as a precariously whirling balancing act of competing agendas, events, reactions, and compensations.
A friend told me that Newt Gingrich once said something to the effect of anyone in their twenties who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart; anyone in their fifties who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain. I haven't checked for the exact wording, or even if he said such a thing, but--me, I'd like to remind him that both organs are necessary for a fully-functioning human being.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Conservaqueer Andrew Sullivan weighs in and also points us to those congresspeople who crossed lines.
I myself must admit I understand the idealistic position of opposing "hate crimes" in general, as it smacks of ThoughtCrime as well as doubting the practicality of expecting a federal law to keep the kids on playgrounds from tormenting queers and give bat-wielding gay-bashers pause before they head out on a hunt. But I also understand that getting the federal government to finally recognize homos as a "class" of people worthy of protection from murder (much their own civil rights protections) it might not be all bad.
Bush, according to the Xtians (not to be confused with those who actually follow the teachings of Jesus "I never said a WORD about Queers" Christ) will veto the bill. Anybody remember his talk about "compassionate conservatism" way back around the turn of (this) century?
Other Xtians crow that the date of the vote was specifically scheduled as an insult to them because it happened on the National Day of Prayer.
But some followers of Jesus see hypocrisy among their ranks.
Meanwhile, Barbara Walters tackles the thorny issue of "the girl with a dick."
Saturday, April 28, 2007
How the hell does two people of the same gender getting hitched impact the "sanctity" of anyone else's marriage.... especially someone with a track record like this.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Some of us are not pleased and not, er, mincing words about it.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The first episode of his new PBS television show is required watching for anyone who still gives a shit...
Friday, April 20, 2007
-- Virginia Tech GLBT Student Alliance president Curtis Dahn, confirming gay students among the casualties in the massacre earlier this week.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
The entire interview is here.
Who, Ms. Barr, have you been hanging out with? Perhaps you might like to visit with Urvashi Vaid, Larry Kramer, Elizabeth Birch...
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
SEN. EDWARDS: No.
MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe that openly gay men and women should be able to serve in the military.
SEN. EDWARDS: Yes.
MR. RUSSERT: And you would do that as president?
SEN. EDWARDS: Absolutely.
(Meet the Press, Feb 4 2007, via the Slog)
While I usually find militaristic metaphors problematic, nice little consensus-seeks Democrat that I am, I think Kramer makes some very cogent points, as well as some much-needed criticism of Queer apathy.
(For you kids out there who don't remember ACT-UP, here's a chronology.)
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
I want to support her, but its like she's brandishing the same bloody knife that stabbed queers in the back (on Don't Ask/Don't Tell, and DOMA) after all our campaign contribution checks had cleared, trying to wipe the blood off, but not disavowing that it won't be used again.
As it's plenty early in the campaign, I'm waiting to hear more. She'll have other chances to make statements, take stands--or duck, dither and dodge. But stuff like this causes me to lean away.
What we need right now--on the wars, on human rights, on equality, in government in general--is a candidate, and then a President, who isnt afraid to take a firm stand, even an unpopular one. If she appears wishy-washy or flip-floppy, she won't just lose Muddle America. She'll start losing her core supporters.
Monday, March 12, 2007
News editors and cable programmers, please take note. Book Boykin on your shows and start talking about the epidemic realistically without scapegoating on the basis of race, class, and sexual orientation.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Today, the new film 300 opens in theaters. I am very nervous about how the filmmakers whose target audience is likely to be teen/twentysomething white heterosexual men who crave copious amounts of almost balletically choreographed violence, how they will treat one of the most famous battles in history--and how it would treat the homoerotic or same-gender sexual issues of the period.
I certainly am realistic about what focus-group-ruled Hollywood is going to do with history, accuracy, and white privilege. But after reading troubling early word on the movie, I'm concerned the situation may be far worse. But I won't comment farther until I've seen it myself.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
"Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged he was having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group."
And this guy wants to be President?
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
"Democrats actually hate working-class people." -- Slander, p. 27, 2002
"Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do." -- Slander, p. 6, 2002
"Liberals can't just come out and say they want to take more of our money, kill babies, and discriminate on the basis of race." -- How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter, 2004
Bill Clinton "was a very good rapist." -- New York Observer, 1-3-05
Islam is "a car-burning cult." -- 2-8-06
"I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo." -- 12-21-05
"[Democrats like Murtha] long to see U.S. troops shot, humiliated, and driven from the field of battle." -- 11-24-05
(Thanks to HuffPost)
"God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.' "—Hannity & Colmes, June 20, 2001
The "backbone of the Democratic Party" is a "typical fat, implacable welfare recipient"—syndicated column, Oct. 29, 1999
To a disabled Vietnam vet: "People like you caused us to lose that war."—MSNBC, Oct. 11, 1997
"Women like Pamela Harriman and Patricia Duff are basically Anna Nicole Smith from the waist down. Let's just call it for what it is. They're whores."—Salon.com, Nov. 16, 2000
"I think there should be a literacy test and a poll tax for people to vote."—Hannity & Colmes, Aug. 17, 1999
"My libertarian friends are probably getting a little upset now but I think that's because they never appreciate the benefits of local fascism."—MSNBC, Feb. 8, 1997
Gosh, can ya guess who said all these?
(Hat tip to Jack Shafer at Slate)
Meanwhile, Andrew Sullivan offers an interesting and insightful deconstruction Coulter's most recent slur here.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Friday, March 02, 2007
Yes, I know--she's such an easy target, and for her to say such a thing surrounded by the worshipful hordes CPAC is also no surprise. Gay-bashing is a hit in such groups (see her previous Gore-as-fag comment). Queer is the New Jew in this NeoFascist era.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
I do think it might become newsworthy if the Clinton campaign shows a skinless ability to deal with criticism from a fundraiser of an opposing candidate. But this dustup has inspired me to coin an abbreviation I shall now use in order to keep the expletives at a minimum. "WFC" shall from now on be shorthand for "WHO FUCKING CARES!" whenever I want to decry some shallow silliness in Cam-pain '07, or in general.
Please, MSM, grow up and ask the Important Questions, not Obama's abs, smoking habit, middle name or "blackness."
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Passed by the House, 246-182
Your turn, Senators.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
"It's fact. Now, how do you quantify it? That's a different question.
"But to me, if there is a great failure by the so-called mainstream press in this presidency, it's the unwillingness to look at the lies and disinformation and misinformation and add them up and say clearly, "Here's what they said; here's what the known facts were," because when that is done, you then see this isn't a partisan matter. This is a matter of the truth, particularly about this war. This is a presidency that is not willing to tell the truth very often if it is contrary to its interests. It's not about ideology from whence I say this."