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.