Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Quote of the Day

“Unless Moses comes down with two stone tablets from Brokeback Mountain to tell us something different, we need to keep that understanding of marriage.”
– Mike Huckabee

"That" understanding of marriage? You mean the one that allows you to sell your daughters into slavery? Where women are chattel? That understanding, Mike?
via HRC

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Romney Flip-Flop Watch

"I do not define my candidacy by my religion. A person should not be elected because of his faith, nor should he be rejected because of his faith," - Mitt Romney, at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum today.

"We need to have a person of faith lead the country," - Mitt Romney, February 17, 2007. Video here.

(via Sullivan)

Friday, November 30, 2007

Quote of the Day

"I need to speak to Hillary Clinton, something's got to change. Ordinary people need help" with their insurance.

--CNN quoting Leeland Eisenberg, Hostage-holder at Clinton Headquarters

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Slow Burn of the Progressive (In)Activist

People sometimes complain to me that I need to write more of my own thoughts on a blog, rather than just link to others'. To make my own point (and continue to prove theirs) I offer this articulate and accurate rant from one of my favorite playwrights.

Tarnish on the Icon

The NYT is hosting quite the exchange about the racism of the Reagan Campaign.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Quote of the Day

"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, October 30, 2007

"A noun, a verb, and 9/11"

In tonight's Donkey Debate, the Overqualified/Ice-Cube-in-Hell candidate Joe "Clean & Articulate" Biden nailed Giuliani with all the finesse that Bentsen nailed Quayle back in 1988. (Of course GOPper Giuliani wasn't there, but still...)

Hillary, Obama, Edwards, whomever, take note: zingers work. Much as I hate "sound-byte" politics, it works.

CSI: Spokane (Condom Edition)

Who says its boring in the Great Northwest? --unless of course you use "boring" as a verb instead of an adjective.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Extremely Short One-Act Play of the Day

Q Thank you, sir. A simple question.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes. It may require a simple answer.
Q What’s your definition of the word “torture”?
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

Quote of the Day

"I didn’t realize, as a gay man, that I’d be a criminal once I arrived - because it’s illegal for a man to make love to another man in Singapore. I was rather naughty because I was on an early morning show… At the end of the interview, they asked what was I looking forward to doing while I was in Singapore. And I looked at the man, who was clearly straight, and said, `Can you recommend any decent gay bars?’, which would be illegal in every possible way. I looked at the playback of the program afterwards and I’ve never seen the credits come up so quickly!"

- Ian McKellen, speaking about appearing on Singaporean television.

via Joe.My.God

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Guess Who Said It?

"If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another Democrat president. It's kind of a pipe dream, it's a personal fantasy of mine, but I don't think it's going to happen."

Give up? This person said it.

(Thanks, Rod 2.0 and Media Matters.)

Monday, September 17, 2007

You've Come A Long Way, Andy

After enthusiastic support of the Iraq War in its early days, Andy Sullivan has definitely coughed up the Kool-Aid. Check out this slice from today's Daily Dish:

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?

Succinctly well-put.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

More Words from the Past

Too Smart For One's Own Good

"Our education plan allows us to make further gains in the suburbs. It will also allow us to make gains with Hispanics and African-Americans. ... As people do better, they start voting like Republicans -- unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing."
--Karl Rove, in 2001

Friday, August 03, 2007

Mitt Romney, Kiss my grits!

The former Massachussetts Gov who flips more often than flapjacks is forced into an impromptu debate on health care with a cantankerous waitress.

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 13, 2007

Our War is Here To Stay

Think the U.S. is actually going to withdraw from Iraq? Think again. Billions of your tax dollars would indicate otherwise.

Quote of the Day

"...of course the Church of Scientology comes in very handy. (huge laugh from audience) It's the biggest ex gay movement in America. They catch you when you're young and confused, tell you they'll look after you, even provide you with a wife and child... Then of course you have to do what they call an audit, where you confess everything you've ever done into a tape recorder, so they've got the tapes. So once you're famous and successful you have to go along with all their nonsense about people falling into volcanoes... (pause)... then you play a woman in a movie musical, a part created by a drag queen and written by a gay man..."
--Armistead Maupin
via Towleroad

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Emphasis on FUND

The Human Rights Campaign Fund is making history on August 9, partnering with the LOGO channel to host the first Presidential debate specifically focusing on LGBT issues.

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, 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.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

From the Stating The Obvious Dept.

Bush claims he "respected the jury's verdict" but he has "concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive."

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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Poll Smokers

The Log Cabin Republicans announce a new poll showing majorities of Republicans supporting some gay issues and believing their own party "has spent too much time focusing on moral issues such as abortion and gay marriage and should instead be spending time focusing on economic issues such as taxes and government spending.”

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

Deep Dicking

WaPo is growing some balls and doing quite the expose of our Fourth Branch of Govt.

"Some Examples"

...of CIA 'misconduct.' So that's what you call planned assassinations of leaders of sovereign countries? Eavesdrop on U.S. political groups and open the mail of private citizens? Dosing people with L.S.D. without their consent or knowledge causing at least one suicide?


And these are just "some" examples...

Monday, June 25, 2007

And the children shall lead

At a Bush photo-op for the reauthorization of "No Child Left Behind," one child steps forward express reservations about America's use of torture.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

A Kiss Is Just A Kiss...

...unless of course you pay to put it in your highschool yearbook... and you're young and black and gay... and the grown-ups FREAK OUT and use black markers to cover up the kiss in ever single yearbook before they are distributed to students... (via The Stranger.)

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

Losing Time

A Dutch website purports to show video of President Bush losing his watch while greeting well-wishers in a crowd.

Quote of the Day

"As the friends I once served with head off to 15-month deployments, I regret I’m not there to lessen their burden and to serve my country. I’m trained to fight, I speak Arabic and I’m willing to serve. No recruiter needs to make a persuasive argument to sign me up. I’m ready, and I’m waiting."
- Ousted Arabic translator Stephen Benjamin, who was too gay to fight terrorism

Friday, May 25, 2007

Quote from the Grave

"Jim Kelly NSC came in to report Philippine legis. is giving us trouble on renewing our mil. bases there. And Giuliani (U.S. Attorney) is talking of drawing up an indictment against Marcos. I think he's crazy."

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Well, that's ONE theory... 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

Obits and Pieces

A list of Falwell's (in)famous quotes here.

Christopher Hitchens brilliantly identifies the problem not just with Falwell but will all the others like him here (video) and here (text).

Meanwhile, for the opposite end of the sensible spectrum, go here.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Reminder of the Day

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world – the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
--George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Declaration of the Day

"Just as the right to marry confers important benefits on individuals, the institution of marriage produces incalculable benefits for society, by fostering stable familial relationships. Same-sex couples who wish to marry are not simply looking to obtain additional rights, they are seeking out substantial responsibilities as well: to undertake significant and binding obligations to one another, and to lives of 'shared intimacy and mutual financial and emotional support.' Granting legal recognition to these relationships can only strengthen New York's families, by extending the ability to participate in this crucial social institution to all New Yorkers."
--Eliot Spitzer, Governor of New York
The entire statement is here.

YouTube of the Day

For some reason, I'm having problems getting YT to directly link onto this blog, so you'll have to click here.

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

Quote of the Day

"Love between a man and a woman is beautiful, love between a woman and a woman is beautiful, love between a man and a man is beautiful too. What this world need is a lot more than what we presently have." --Mike Gravel, Democratic candidate for president

More here.

Surprisingly Honest Exchange of the Day

Condolezza Rice: “We are not going to leave Iraq.”

Charlie Rose: “Ever?”

Rice: “We are not going to leave an Iraq that is not capable of defending itself and with a foundation for future reconciliation.”

Monday, May 07, 2007

Quote of the Day

“The whites, too, shall pass—perhaps sooner than other tribes. Continue to contaminate your own bed, and you might suffocate in your own waste.”

—Chief Sealth, after whom "Seattle" got its name.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Random Thoughts of the Day

Conservative idealists believe there was once a better time, and it we only go back to it, all things will be right.

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

File under WTF

Dan Savage at The Stranger has an appropriately passionate rant about the latest revelations in Gonzalezgate...

Answered Prayers

Congress votes to add sexual orientation and gender to the list of hate crimes.

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

Let me get this straight... part 3

“If I were a citizen of New Hampshire, I would oppose it. … Anything that impinges or impacts the sanctity of the marriage between men and women, I’m opposed to it.” --John McCain

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

Let me get this straight... part 2

Imus gets canned for "nappy-headed 'hos" but Rush stays on the air so he can continue this?

Someone please tell me who sponsors this man...

Let me get this straight...

Rudy can get married THREE TIMES, and live with a gay couple between marriages, but he thinks queers don't deserve the right to civil unions?

Giuliani is seriously challenging Romney for the top Flip Flop spot.

Some of us are not pleased and not, er, mincing words about it.

A whole new meaning to the term "political asylum"

It seems now the difference between comedy and tragedy is no longer simply emphasis, it's what network you're on.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Bill Moyers for President.

He's been in the White House, he can handle the press (he was LBJ's Press Secretary). And he's got a firm grasp of exactly what's at stake.

The first episode of his new PBS television show is required watching for anyone who still gives a shit...

To Be or Not Two Bees

Bill Maher warns us. The New York Times has details.

Please, someone find the Honeycomb Hideout. We're doomed.

UPDATE: Even David Byrne is worried. Same as it ever was...

Friday, April 20, 2007

In the wake of the girl-stalking gunman in Virginia...

"Thirty-three people were killed. Some were queer, and others were straight allies. The GLBT community at Tech grieves in the same way as others — deeply and as part of a greater whole.... Yes, there were gay people that were killed. One was a very close friend of mine. But I don't feel comfortable talking about it because I haven't talked to the families and I want to be respectful to the families, first and foremost. I don't want this to be a gay thing, because it's not a gay thing. It's an everybody thing."

-- Virginia Tech GLBT Student Alliance president Curtis Dahn, confirming gay students among the casualties in the massacre earlier this week.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Rosanne Contrition

"I deeply regret that I have offended gay people. I said things that I donot really mean, before I had thought them through... I was wrong and Iseriously apologize! Call me up today and let me have it! I will apologize and try to make clearwhat I really meant to say... which was that everybody needs to unite right now,and step outside of their own neighborhoods, groups, races and classes to stopBush's war on our country and our people. I love gays and I hate division. I amjust a big idiot with a big mouth sometimes. I will learn to be more careful!Please forgive me, I am so sorry!!!! The leaders of gay groups need to align with the leaders of Acorn, and othergroups of poor and desperate Americans and fight against those who oppress allof us! I have met too many gays who are Republicans, and I cannot understand howthey could choose that! Let's all leave our own bedrooms, kitchens, neighborhoods and groups andmeet each other to form a diverse army that stands for Democracy and EconomicJustice!!!! (Again I apologize for any pain or hurt I have caused those whom I havealways loved and befriended)."
-- Roseanne Barr

Kurt Vonnegut Dead, World a Colder Place

“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’ ”

--from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Monday, April 09, 2007

Futureshock Absorbers

The Brits' Ministry of Defence predicts the future.

With Friends Like This...

"Never once in my 54 years have I ever once heard a gay or lesbian person who’s politically active say one thing about anything that was not about them. They don’t care about minimum wage, they don’t care about any other group other than their own self because you know, some people say being gay and lesbian is a totally narcissistic thing and sometimes I wonder. I’ve never heard any of them say anything except for 'accept me ‘cause I’m gay.' It’s just, it’s screwed. It’s no different than the evangelicals, it’s the same mindset. They want you to accept Jesus and you guys want us to all believe it’s ok to be gay. And a lot of us, a lot of them, I do, I don’t give a damn who anybody has sex with, as long as they’re not underage and an animal. I don’t give a damn, it’s none of my damn business. I’m just sick of all the divisiveness, it’s not getting any of us anywhere." --Rosanne Barr

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

Adam Sandler, Top or Bottom?

Coming (out) soon to a theater near you: playing gay and married for benefits. Why do I fear they're going to try to play it pro-gay and phobic at the same time? Still... looks amusing.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

IDAHO, you da man

JockoHomo alerts us all about this movement. As someone born and raised in the ketchup-red American state of Idaho, it amuses me to no end that May 17 could be officially designated the International Day Against Homophobia... and abbreviated IDAHO. Oh, the irony...

Whom Would Jesus Whip?

The blog of Seattle's indie rag The Stranger points us to the strangest permutation of Xtianity we've seen in a long time (and that's saying something).

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Quote of the Day

"Gays are hated. Prove me wrong. Your top general just called us immoral. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, is in charge of an estimated 65,000 gay and lesbian troops, some fighting for our country in Iraq. A right-wing political commentator, Ann Coulter, gets away with calling a straight presidential candidate a faggot. Even Garrison Keillor, of all people, is making really tacky jokes about gay parents in his column. This, I guess, does not qualify as hate except that it is so distasteful and dumb, often a first step on the way to hate. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama tried to duck the questions that Pace's bigotry raised, confirming what gay people know: that there is not one candidate running for public office anywhere who dares to come right out, unequivocally, and say decent, supportive things about us."
--Larry Kramer, in an "open letter to heterosexuals" in the L.A. Times

Monday, March 19, 2007

Quote of the Day

"She's not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the president. And besides, she has cancer." --LH Carter, Newt's former campaign treasurer, recalls Gingrich saying of his first wife, Jackie.

Andrew Sullivan farther deconstructs the "Family Values" GOP.

Continuing Developments in the Keillor Kerfuffle

Garrison apologizes.

Dan grades said apology "below average" and replies with passion.

But can he throw a football?

The human adventure is just beginning.

Friday, March 16, 2007

The HRC Controversy simmers

... and Seattle's Eli Sanders has a good overview of the situation (and an insightful middle-ground interpretation) here.

McCain's Mini-Macaca Moments?

First, Stumped by Condoms.

Then, "Tar Baby" (he later apologized).

This Twilight Arizonan is on a roll.... Democrats, just keep this guy talkin' and the country is YOURS for the taking.

Non-homo-related Quote of the Day

"We've only had subpoena power for the last six weeks and every tree that we've barked up so far has had a cat in it," said a senior Democrat who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly. "Imagine where we'll be after six months."

More here.

(Thanks, Alterman.)

The Eyes Have It

Attention, sports fans--a study indicates all males look.


Gay, straight, bi-curious, questioning, whatever.

The Keillor Controversy Continues

A well-written contrary view of the Savage kerfuffle.

Damage Control Quote of the Day #3

“As the New York Times reported today, I do not agree with General Pace that homosexuality is immoral. Attempts to divide people like this have consumed too much of our politics over the past six years.” --Barack Obama, NYT

Thursday, March 15, 2007

No Need for Damage Control Here Quotes #2

MR. RUSSERT: You don’t believe—do you believe that homosexuality is a sin?
MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe that openly gay men and women should be able to serve in the military.
MR. RUSSERT: And you would do that as president?
SEN. EDWARDS: Absolutely.

(Meet the Press, Feb 4 2007, via the Slog)

Damage Control Quote of the Day #1

"Well I've heard from a number of my friends and I've certainly clarified with them any misunderstanding that anyone had, because I disagree with General Pace completely. I do not think homosexuality is immoral. But the point I was trying to make is that this policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is not working. I have been against it for many years because I think it does a grave injustice to patriotic Americans who want to serve their country. And so I have called for its repeal and I'd like to follow the lead of our allies like, Great Britain and Israel and let people who wish to serve their country be able to join and do so. And then let the uniform code of military justice determine if conduct is inappropriate or unbecoming. That's fine. That's what we do with everybody. But let's not be eliminating people because of who they are or who they love." --Hillary Clinton

Fatigue or Fatigues?

Larry Kramer has, once again, had enough. Gay Army anyone?

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

Lake Woebegon even weighs in...

And Dan Savage ain't havin' none of it. To quote him, "Oh. My. God."

On the same subject...

Obama gets asked three times, and gives three answers.

If I Ducks Like A Quack...

Hillary is asked a very important question... and climbs back up on the fence.

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

Up and Up: the Demythification of the Down-Low

After years of blogging and books by the likes of Keith Boykin and Rod 2.0, a ray of enlightenment as the real story of the "Down Low" and the spread of HIV starts to get realistic coverage in the mainstream media. Sure, it's still online, but one hopes this will creep into even more mainstream sources, countering the demonization of black men and the incorrrect or unfair statistical linking of closeted gay men and the AIDS epidemic.

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

They know how to party even when it ISN'T Carnavale!

Wonkette alerts us to this great photo from an anti-Bush protest in Brazil...

What 'image' is being 'award'ed?

“I hit rock bottom watching the NAACP Image Awards and catching Isaiah “you’re a faggot” WASHINGTON rise up to accept an award! An Image Award! As everyone stood and cheered for his wonderful guts! What next—a gay-pride trophy for ANN COULTER? That godless, horse-faced neigh-sayer just wet herself again—and even conservatives think she was out of line! (No, let me not make any more comments about that one. It turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word cunt. Besides, I’m sure she was just doing a Sarah Silverman and invoking bigotry in order to comment on it. Weren’t you, cunt?)…” Michael Musto Strange Bedfellows

(via Jockohomo)

Three Hundred

I'm not one to criticize a movie before I've seen it--it seems a weak, unfounded basis for complaint. (I found it infuriating when whole groups of religious folk categorically cried for Scorcese's blood for making The Last Temptation of Christ without ever seeing the film.) If people asked me what I thought of Mel Gibson's Jesus flick, The Passion of The Christ, I would explain what I had heard about the film from critics and pop-culture commentators whose opinions I trusted, but said I couldn't comment on the film itself because I had no desire to pay money to see what I had heard was basically a Xtian Snuff Film. I haven't caught it on cable yet, and still don't feel any need to. All that has been said seems to have been said on the subject.

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


Ben Evans of the AP reports:

"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


Vermont votes for impeachment. Washington state is considering it as well. Let us hope.

What many people do not know is that impeachment proceedings can be started not just by Congress, but on the local and state level. Which is exactly what seems to be happening. Democracy just might not be broken after all.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Wikipedia Post of the Day

(Thanks, Wonkette)

Even More Quotes

"Liberals hate America." -- Slander, p. 6, 2002

"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)

Quotes of the Day

"[Clinton] masturbates in the sinks."—Rivera Live, Aug. 2, 1999

"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."—, 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

The Jaundiced Eye of Newt

"How can you have the mess we have in New Orleans, and not have had deep investigations of the federal government, the state government, the city government, and the failure of citizenship in the Ninth Ward, where 22,000 people were so uneducated and so unprepared, they literally couldn't get out of the way of a hurricane."

Wonk Is Right

Yet another reason for our love of Wonkette: this entry that is as silly as it is cogent in its point.

How To Save a Democracy

The Old Gray Lady has a list of suggestions.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Quote of the Day

"The federal government still knows you exist." --Bush to Katrina victims

Frankly, Ann...

"I was going to talk about John Edwards but these days, you have to go into rehab if you say the word 'faggot,'" - Ann Coulter, cheered to the rafters at the Conservative Political Action Conference today (See video here.)

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

Quote of the Day

"Being a liberal means regarding man as neither brute nor angel."

--Arthur Schlesinger

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Meanwhile, the best way TO watch the Oscars...

Popped-until-burnt Culture maven Dina Martina offers a handy checklist of suggestions on how to watch the Academy Awards.

While We're Watching the Oscars...

Jane Smiley over at HuffPost points us to a danger we dare not ignore.

If "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty," what if people are too busy being entertained to pay attention?

Friday, February 23, 2007

Photo of the Day

Caption Contest: What is Dick saying while making this motion?
(The winner gets a free Andy Establishment T-shirt!)

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Devolution Will Be Televised

It begins--while America wanders in a miasma of war, increasing economic inequality, dwindling global standing, erosion of civil rights, torture, hunger, poverty, etc--the mainstream media focuses instead on Bill & Hillary's sleeping arrangements or a silly catfight about something David Geffen said and who it pissed off (with all the maturity of a note-passing frenzy in junior high school).

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

Quote of the Day

"Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving, or who have served, bravely and honorably in Iraq. Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush, announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq."

Passed by the House, 246-182

Your turn, Senators.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

All The President's Men Redux

"It's very difficult, as a reporter, to get across that when you say, 'This is a presidency of great dishonesty,' that this is not a matter of opinion. This is demonstrable fact. If you go back and look at the president's statements, you look at the statements of the vice president, you look at the statements of Condoleezza Rice, you go through the record, you look at what [counterterrorism expert] Richard Clarke has written, you look at what we know -- it's demonstrable.

"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."
--Carl Bernstein
The rest here.

Cupid's New Arrow?

Just in time for Valentine's Day comes this news item of hope.