Saturday, October 08, 2005
America's queerest "ex-gay" leader Stephen Bennett will soon launch a tour
of Connecticut to protest a recent law allowing for same-sex civil unions. Public meetings called "Straight Talk About Homosexuality" will be held to lie about gay life and demean hard working, tax paying gay citizens. The limp-wristed "ex-gay" ministry leader says, "We are going to pull no punches. We're going to come out with the rock-solid truth about the medical truths and dangers about homosexuality."
Who is this guy kidding? Punches? Take one look at Bennett and you can expect no more than a fanny slap. Before he goes across Connecticut saying he has "changed", he ought to butch it up a tad, to make his gig a little more believable. Take a good look at this guy's picture. If you have seen him at a Connecticutcut gay bar or cruising gay pick-up spots or online, please contact me, so he can be exposed as a hypocrite.
Focus on the Family's James C. Dobson predicted
on his radio program that allowing same-sex marriage in the United States would lead to "group marriage," "marriage between daddies and little girls," or "marriage between a man and his donkey." Maybe he came up with this idea by asking his wife what she thought about this issue. She did, after all, marry a genuine ass.
In a BBC broadcast airing tonight, the Palestinian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister are quoted as saying that they were in a meeting with the president in June 2003, and Bush said to them:
"God told me, 'George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan,' and I did," and then "God told me, 'George go and end the tyranny in the Iraq'" and so forth and so on?"
White House spokesman Scott McClellan denied the allegations
calling them "absurd". Let us hope that McClellan is telling the truth. If Bush is starting wars and killing tens of thousands of people, including nearly 2,000 American troops, based on an egotistical God-trip, he must be impeached. The United States needs a leader who is rational and doesn't make poor decisions based on voices or visions that come from his own tiny brain, yet are ascribed to God.
If Bush went to war in Iraq based on a conversation with God, then what if God tells him tomorrow to nuke North Korea? How many people must die for Bush's delusions of grandeur? Can America afford to have a president who has cast himself in the role of God's latest prophet?
This is an issue that must be further explored, perhaps by a Congressional Committee. The most powerful nation in world history can't be guided by a fanatical zealot who ignores reality and makes deadly decisions based on superstition.
Friday, October 07, 2005
The increasingly absurd
and gay obsessed Vatican says it will allow gay men into the priesthood if they can show they have been celibate for at least three years, a report in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera said on Friday. But the Vatican will ban men "who publicly manifest their homosexuality" or show an "attraction" to homosexual culture "even if it is only intellectually," Corriere added.
Time for priests to rip up their bathhouse memberships and take down their Liza posters. Is it just me, or is the Vatican fast becoming a parody and a circus act?
A woman was booted off a Southwest Airlines flight
in Reno for wearing a T-shirt with the pictures of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and the F-word. Don't they have anything better to do, like look for potential hijackers? This was poor judgment and the airline should apologize for sticking their nose where it doesn't belong. Have you ever seen the ridiculous uniforms worn by most pilots and flight attendants? They are the last people on earth who should be telling people what to wear.
Okay, so a bunch of loser terrorists supposedly want to blow up
the New York subway system so they can meet Allah and sleep with heap of virgins in heaven. The worst thing we can do is allow these evil scumbags to disrupt out lives. I, for one, am going to take the subway into Manhattan tonight to see a show. When Americans limit their freedom of movement the terrorists do win a small victory. Unless there is a specific threat, like a guy with a bomb headed to my subway station, I am choosing not to succumb to irrational fear.
The special prosecutor
in the C.I.A. leak case has summoned Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, to return next week to testify to a federal grand jury in a step that could mean charges will be filed in the case, lawyers in the case said Thursday.2)
The ranking Democrats on three House committees called Thursday for an outside investigator
to determine why a prosecutor in Guam was demoted in 2002 after opening a criminal investigation of Jack Abramoff, the Washington lobbyist tied to Tom DeLay who is now at the center of a federal corruption investigation.
Folks, GOP scandals keep falling like rain from the skies. These guys swept into office in 1994 with their Contract For America that promised to clean up corruption and cronyism. They only cleaned it up in the sense that they perfected the art of chicanery and now exist only for the sake of extending their rule. While the GOP likes to focus on morals, they have always been about money. As the scandals mount, we can only hope mainstream Americans realize that they have elected fiends and crooks who should be thrown out of office in 2006.
Conservatives continue to attack President Bush
over his choice of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court. Presidential emissary Ed Gillespie made tensions soar when he offended a group of right wingers on Wednesday by saying that some criticism
of Miers has "a whiff" of sexism and elitism.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., defended Miers and called opposition to her nomination by the extreme right a smear campaign and said Ms. Miers's critics should "just shut up for a few minutes" to let her make her case.Sen. Sam Brownback
, R-Kan., appears to be hinting that he may not vote for Miers, even if Bush gets on his hands and knees and begs. Brownback wants to be president and his outspoken opposition is a shrewd move that will make him an early favorite with conservatives for the Republican nomination.
Although this Neo-Puritan strife ostensibly looks like a disaster for Bush, I believe it may actually help him. Bush is at his most popular and effective when he is viewed as a compassionate conservative. However, he has marched to the right for quite some time and lost the support of many mainstream Americans. By having his nutty right flank attack him
, it positions Bush closer to the mainstream. In other words, these loons are accomplishing the almost impossible task of making Bush appear reasonable and in the center of the political spectrum.
If conservatives don't fall into line, there is a chance, albeit small, that her nomination could go down in flames.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
The New York Daily News
gossip page reports that right wing nutjob and former Attorney General John Ashcroft - who's now a Washington lobbyist - visited New York City to hawk his memoirs to a high-paying publisher, with the help of his lawyer, Bob Barnett, who also reps Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Ashcroft, who doesn't dance because he believes it is sinful, is about the most boring man in America. This is one book that promises to be a snoozer. No, thanks, I'll pass on this tedious tome.
Watchdog group Media Matters reports
that on the September 30 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh attacked U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, who recently ordered the release of dozens more pictures of prisoners being abused at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Limbaugh claimed that Hellerstein "sided with our enemies of Al Qaeda." He continued: "Anything you can to harm and destroy the country, anything you can to be critical of this country, will be permissible on the wacko American left."
Limbaugh also defended the abuses at Abu Ghraib by saying, "maybe the people who executed this [torture] pulled off a brilliant maneuver." Perhaps if these victims had Rush's stash of pain pills, the abuse wouldn't have seemed so bad. A few dozen Percocet will do wonders at numbing even the worst pain. These right wing nuts have such poor values that they will say or do anything, no matter how distateful or damaging to American interests. Is there anything that Rush won't spin for Team GOP?
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The Advocate Magazine
reports that evangelist Franklin Graham said Tuesday that Hurricane Katrina could lead to a spiritual rebirth of "sinful" New Orleans. A fundamentalist Republican New Orleans without parties, costumes or homosexuals sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it? Come to think of it, it sounds a lot like Alabama, which almost no one wants to visit. Leave it to Graham, and New Orleans will soon be filled with strip malls, SUV's, Waffle Houses and mega churches. The only thing it will noticibly lack are tourists.
Harriet Miers is a born-again Christian who belongs to a pro-life church that watches dreadful Focus on the Family videos. She took on the American Bar Association to try to stop a resolution that endorsed Roe v. Wade. Miers is a close friend of George W. Bush. The Supreme Court nominee also once said she thought Draconian sodomy laws should stay on the books in Texas.
One would think that conservatives would be thrilled about her nomination. Well, not exactly. Despite such stellar conservative credentials, she isn't quite nutty enough for the right wing fringe. I don't think they would be happy unless Bush appointed Rev. Pat Robertson to the Supreme Court. A New York Times
article today outlines growing conservative opposition to her nomination that may even threaten her chances at confirmation.
The arrogance of the right wing is astounding They have been handed one of their own - a virtual angel - and all they want to do is clip her wings. Neo-Puritans must be reminded that we are sending someone to the bench, not the pews.
America Online had a poll
today on the controversial practice of "outing" hypocritical gay public officials. On one side of the debate is Michael Rogers, an activist who has brought down a string of anti-gay homosexual politicians.
"It's not the gay thing that's the problem - it's the hypocrisy," said Michael Rogers, creator of a Web log that has been at the fore of several recent outing campaigns. "I'm going to be calling out the politicians who vote against us and work against the interests of the very community they come from."
On the other side of the issue is Christopher Barron, political director of the Log Cabin Republicans.
"Outing is not an effective tool," Barron said. "I don't know a single vote on gay-rights issues that was changed because of outing.... Folks should be focusing on the hard work that needs to be done and not get bogged down in personal attacks."
I have to side with Rogers on this issue. Closeted politicians who attack their own community should be exposed as frauds and hypocrites. If you're a closeted gay man with a boyfriend and still exposing right wing family values, your constituents have a right to know who you truly are. And, there is no reason why the GLBT community should allow such self-indulgent pigs to harm our interests.
I can understand why mainstream groups like The Human Rights Campaign don't engage in outing. HRC is a lobby group that works with members of Congress. But no one should get in the way of heroes like Rogers who are unmasking these self-loathing creeps who have sold their souls and would sell us down the river to advance their awful careers.
Brainwashed Scientology cult promoter Tom Cruise and his dizzy fiancee Katie Holmes are expecting a little alien baby, Cruise's publicist announced
Wednesday. "Katie is pregnant," Cruise's publicist and sister, Lee Anne DeVette, said. "They are expecting a baby. They are very excited."
I wonder if they really had sex, or is a test tube involved? In any case, what are the chances the kid will grow up normal with his or her father falling off the deep end? The only couch Cruise should be jumping up and down on is the shrink's.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
The New York Times
and The Washington Post
both have reports on Harriet Miers' deep evangelical faith and paint a portrait of her as pro-life. If Miers is confirmed, it looks as though Roe v. Wade may be in serious trouble. The articles also hints at opposition to gay rights, quoting her as once saying that her "personal conviction is not consistent" with the "homosexual lifestyle".
I am troubled by a nominee who believes that gay people have "lifestyles", rather than lives. This is particularly disturbing coming from a sixty year old woman who has never been married. Her church is adamantly opposed to pre-marital sex, which means that Miers is a virgin, or she selectively picks and chooses which "lifestyles" are sinful. I continue to keep an open mind on this nomination, but the initial indicators are that Bush may be trying to ram through a stealth nominee.
This should be interesting. Actor Chad Allen is working on a new project
, Save Me
, that takes place in an "ex-gay" ministry that's run by Judith Light. I met Allen in Chicago recently, and he is an incredibly nice, humble star. I wish him luck with this project. We should send him into a real ex-gay ministry and watch the so-called former homosexuals try to rip off his clothes and molest him.
The John Roberts Court will hear its first high-profile arguments today, when the justices take up a case involving doctor-assisted suicide. Oregon law allows terminally ill people to take lethal drugs to end their lives. But the Bush administration has tried to override this law by threatening to prosecute doctors involved in such cases. The Supreme Court should make it clear that Oregon can allow doctor-assisted suicide. (The New York Times
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
President Bush once called his mystery Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers "a pit bull in size six shoes." This courtroom Cujo is going to bite someone in the rear, and the roiling debate is whether she takes a chunk out of the right or left cheek. No one really knows, and if the John Roberts confirmation hearings are any indication, a tight leash and a muzzle will keep us from finding out the answer before she is confirmed.
Everyone has an opinion on the pit bull, but someone has to be right, while those who guessed wrong could end up in the judicial doghouse for decades to come.TO READ MORE CLICK HERE
Roy Moore, known as the "Ten Commandments Judge" after illegally placing a 5,300 pound granite monument on the rotunda of the state judicial building, announced that he is running for Alabama governor.
Alabama is a very poor state with a terrible educational system. So, is Moore's platform addressing why Alabama is perennially last in almost every category that matters? No, he is promising to bring more God to Alabama.
"I will tell you what I will do. I will defend the right of every citizen ofthis state - including judges, coaches, teachers, city, county and state officials - to acknowledge God as the sovereign source of law, liberty and government."
This is a terribly important campaign issue because (most people don't know this) there is crisis of faith in Alabama. These days, a pious person can't even find a church between Selma and Birmingham. Thank God for Roy Moore, or Alabama would become a Godless pit of immoral heathens.
It's great that Moore is going to help teachers pray. While he's at it, can he get them a pay raise, so the state won't continue to be a national embarrassment and an educational backwater?
Red state folks don't like to be called stupid. But exactly how gullible does one have to be to support a candidate promising more God, while the state is falling apart?
With Moore's announcement, we finally know why the stage horse has tried so hard to grab headlines. This was never about his desire to please God, but his very human need to be governor. Moore's ranting is about personal power, not a Higher Power.
Howard Kurtz of The Washington Post
wrote an article in today's paper headlined "Revolt On The Right?", which expresses dissatisfaction with Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court. For example, he points to The Weekly Standard's
William Kristol who bitterly wrote of the pick:
"I'm disappointed because I expected President Bush to nominate someone with a visible and distinguished constitutionalist track record--someone like Maura Corrigan, Alice Batchelder, Edith Jones, Priscilla Owen, or Janice Rogers Brown--to say nothing of Michael Luttig, Michael McConnell, or Samuel Alito. Harriet Miers has an impressive record as a corporate attorney and Bush administration official. She has no constitutionalist credentials that I know of.
"I'm depressed. Roberts for O'Connor was an unambiguous improvement. Roberts for Rehnquist was an appropriate replacement. But moving Roberts over to the Rehnquist seat meant everything rode on this nomination--and that the president had to be ready to fight on constitutional grounds for a strong nominee. Apparently, he wasn't. It is very hard to avoid the conclusion that President Bush flinched from a fight on constitutional philosophy. Miers is undoubtedly a decent and competent person. But her selection will unavoidably be judged as reflecting a combination of cronyism and capitulation on the part of the president.
"I'm demoralized. What does this say about the next three years of the Bush administration--leaving aside for a moment the future of the Court? Surely this is a pick from weakness."
Kritol's depression is good news. Usually, when he is happy liberals are sad. However, I caution people on either side to get too excited or depressed about this nominee, just yet. There is simply too much we don't know. I'm still troubled by her relationship with Bush, which clearly points to the President knowing precisely where she stands on key social issues, such as abortion and gay rights. Our only real hope is that this famously incurious president never bothered to talk to Miers about anything of substance.
An Associated Press
story says that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers went on record favoring equal civil rights for gays when she ran for Dallas city council, and she said the city had a responsibility to pay for AIDS education and patient services.
However, she also was in favor of keeping a Texas sodomy law on the books that could have put gay people in prison for consensual sex in the privacy of their own bedrooms. She held this barbaric view in 1989 and it is possible that she has evolved, as did the Supreme Court when they overturned sodomy laws in 2003.
There are a lot of mix signals with Miers' limited record. Stay tuned....
The Houston Chronicle reports
that a new Travis County grand jury hurriedly reindicted U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay on a charge of conspiring to violate state election laws and added two charges related to money laundering Monday after DeLay's lawyers challenged the validity of an indictment returned last week.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Gay rights groups are urging caution while examining the record
of Harriet Miers, President Bush's nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Apparently, little is known about her record, but details will be streaming out, in the days and weeks to come.
The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has a message
for James Bond: Wear a condom.
"The motion picture industry should be encouraged to depict safer sex practices and to depict the real consequences of unprotected sex," wrote Dr Hasantha Gunasekera, the author of the research paper on Hollywood and sex.
I think the advice is great. But, can we really expect a character that jumps out of airplanes, has death-defying car chases and fights men nicknamed "Jaws" to worry about his long-term health?
Those heterosexuals sure can be promiscuous...
I just spoke with Exodus International's
Executive Director Alan Chambers who adamantly denied that Harriet Miers was a present or former Board member. This information has also been confirmed by Bay Windows
and the Human Rights Campaign
Bush just loves his cronies.
First, he appoints Brownie to FEMA, even though he had no experience in storm or disaster management. Now, he nominates Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court, his personal attorney in Texas and general counsel for his gubernatorial transition team in 1994. In 1995, he appointed Miers to the Texas Lottery Commission. Somehow, I feel that this nomination isn't a winning number
The fiercely loyal Miers came with her patron to Washington in 2001 as staff secretary, the person who screens all the memorandums that cross the president's desk. She was promoted to deputy chief of staff before Bush assigned her counsel after his reelection.
Too bad I never mowed Bush's lawn, I might one day be nominated to run the Environmental Protection Agency. Just like Brownie, Miers has no experience in the job for which she was nominated. She has never been a judge. There is a rumor that she once sat on the bench, unfortunately it was at a picnic table in DC's Rock Creek Park. I hope she knows that the gavel has more uses than cracking open walnuts.
This is not to say that Miers has no experience. In 1992, for example, she took on the American Bar Association when they adopted a pro-choice position, according to The Washington Post
Miers was active in a 1992 battle in the American Bar Association, arguing vehemently but unsuccessfully against a resolution supportive of abortion rights. News reports at the time did not quote her on the merits of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion, but rather on what she considered the inappropriateness of the ABA taking a position.
So, she didn't take an official position
on Roe v Wade. But out of the countless ABA resolutions, she chose the abortion issue to turn into her personal Alamo. Please, the woman clearly has antipathy towards legal abortions. I hope I'm wrong, but it doesn't look good. Just a word of advice for American women. Make sure you sterilize your coat hangers to avoid infection.
It is also disturbing that Miers' office takes the lead in vetting and recommending candidates for the federal judiciary. Is she partially responsible for the parade of extremists in which the Bush administration has tried to stack the courts? Senate Democrats blocked 10 of the president's 34 appeals court nominees during his first term, saying they were too extreme in their conservatism, according to The Post
There is great angst this morning in the GLBT Community because Miers has served on the board of Exodus Ministries. This is also the name of the nation's largest "ex-gay" group. However, we do not yet know if this is the group she supports, or another group by the same name, such as Exodus Ministries in Texas, a group working with ex-offenders. I, along with others in the community, are investigating this.
Finally, when Bush was governor of Texas, he once referred to her as "a pit bull in size 6 shoes". Based on what we initially know about Miers, I'm already afraid she is going to bite mainstream America in the ass.
I was walking in Brooklyn today and stopped in a small knick-knack shop owned by Muslims. At the front desk were pamphlets from a group called the Center For The Propagation Of Islam In America
. The group was sponsored by seventeen mosques or Islamic Centers in the New York area. The headline of this intolerant tract screamed: "Islam: The True Religion of God (The Only Religion Prescribed By GOD For Humanity). The uplifting text read:
"All of the other Holy Books, the Torah, the Gospel have been corrupted in the form of additions or subtractions or alterations in their original text....If humanity fails to accept the final message of God (Islam), after it has been clearly explained to them, on the day of Resurrection they will enter into the hell fire. After the coming of prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) no other religion except Islam will be accepted from anyone. Islam is the religion of mercy and peace, if accepted by all nations the entire world would achieve peace."
It is true that if we all believed the exact same thing we would get along and achieve peace. The problem is, we will never all believe the same thing. This hateful, unspiritual tract is a prescription for strife, violence and intolerance.
It is amazing how much our nutty radical Isalmists sound just like our nutty Christian fundamentalists with their, "My way or the highway, God." The bottom line is that fundamentalism in all of its guises leads to fanaticism, sectarian conflict, prejudice and bigotry. America would be much stronger if our religions promoted tolerance, diversity and respect for other people with differing points of view.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
A Florida elementary school teacher has resigned
amid allegations he attempted to force two male sixth grade students to hold hands in front of classmates and announce to the room they were gay. The darndest things seem to go on in my home state of Florida. You just have blame this latest episode on too much sun exposure.