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.

All.

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?
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)

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

Hypocriticism

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

ITMFA


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."—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

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