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September 5, 2008


We all know that the republicans have perfected the art of jaw-dropping hypocrisy. Now, thanks to my partner who sent me this and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, we have a fantastic video record of a few of the top republican politicos talking out of both sides of their crooked mouths.

I especially like the one with Karl Rove, who I consider to be the lowest bottom pond scum on the planet. With, of course, the obvious exception of Dick Cheney. I would include GW but he just isn't smart enough to be anything more than the algae that aimlessly floats on the top.

This is hilarious...

If you want to watch more of these, go to: TheDailyShow.com

BTW - I don't have much time today but I wanted to leave you with something to laugh about over the weekend. I'll be back on Monday with a slightly more serious piece on Sarah Palin that I've been compiling info for over this past week.

September 4, 2008


According to a story posted in the LA Times Blogs section, well known politicos Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan and former John McCain adviser Mike Murphy were caught slamming McCain's VP pick.

Murphy, Noonan and host Chuck Todd all thought they were off-air during a discussion on MSNBC. Unknown to them, the mikes were still on when Todd asked Noonan "Is she really the most qualified woman (Sarah Palin)...?"

Noonan's response was immediate and harsh. She said:

"The most qualified? NO. I think they went for this, excuse me, political bullshit about narratives... Every time the Republicans do that, because that's not where they live and that's not what they're good at, they blow it.”

The posting went on to say that Murphy termed the Palin pick "cynical" and that Noonan said "It's over," meaning the race itself and not in a favorable way for her party.

Here's that tape...

To see the whole LA Times posting, go to: LA Times Blogs

September 3, 2008


According to Pinknews.co.uk the short film By The Way I'm Gay, a quirky 3 minute film by gay teenagers, has won the Best Film category in the first Kino Kids Film Festival in Kent, England.

The festival was created by production company Maeve Films and is run by filmmakers Elaine Wickham and Jan Dunn.

"What’s great about By The Way I’m Gay was not only that it was made by young people themselves but also that it was made with a light-hearted tone," said Ms Dunne.

It's really great and I just had to share this with you. Enjoy.

To read the full story, go to: Pinknews.co.uk

September 2, 2008


If you thought that the Republican Party would somehow magically transform itself under John McCain and show at least a glimmer of hope for our community, you couldn't be more wrong.

McCain's party has gone out of its way to write highly inflammatory and grossly anti-gay positions into its platform. Aside from McCain's odd and frighteningly dangerous pick of the very conservative and abysmally unqualified Sarah Palin for his running mate, he has completely wiped-out any visage of his much earlier hinted-at support of the GLBT community.

According to a story at Advocate.com, the platform supports a constitutional amendment with this language:

"Because our children's future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it."

It also praises the Defense of Marriage Act, passed by a Republican Congress in 1996, affirming the right of states to deny marriage to same-sex couples. It then goes on to urge the state of Massachusetts to reverse its policy that requires religious organizations to provide adoption services to gay and lesbian couples.

Of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy it says:
"To protect our servicemen and women, and ensure that America's Armed Forces remain the best in the world, we affirm the timelessness of those values, the benefits of traditional military culture, and the incompatibility of homosexuality with military service."

In a letter to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Fund in 2007, McCain said that including openly gay military personnel would pose an "intolerable risk to morale, cohesion, and discipline." This in spite of the fact that those arguments have already proven to be totally false by all of the other nations that allow gays and lesbians to serve openly.

To read the full story, go to: Advocate.com

September 1, 2008


Over the weekend, I came across a poll question at Advocate.com. The question was, "Is the defeat of California's Prop. 8 worth it if Arizona's antigay Prop. 102 passes?"

Of course, to me, the question itself was offensive because no matter how it is answered, it requires a person to make a value judgement between the two fights. It was even more disturbing that there were only 2 answers possible - yes or no - instead of offering a third option that both were equally important.

That question along with some of the comments, prompted me to send a letter-to-the-editor of Advocate magazine. I repeat that letter, in its entirety, below because I think it's very important that people understand what the ramifications of passage of Prop 102 could mean.


I am writing this letter in response to your recent poll questioning whether or not Arizona’s fight against Prop 102 is less worthy of money and support than California’s fight against Prop 8. That isn’t how the poll question was worded but it is the underlying, perceived meaning behind it.

Lest everyone forgets, Arizona was the ONLY STATE to vote down an anti-gay marriage amendment. It did that because the strongest argument that won most people over was the fact that Arizona already has a law banning those unions and a constitutional amendment was overkill. There were also many people who simply didn't want to write discrimination into the state's constitution.

Ironically, thanks to California's legalization of same-sex marriage by their Supreme Court, supporters here now have a very strong argument to scare voters into approving Prop 102. A simple law can be overridden by Supreme Courts. And you can bet that they're going to use that argument over and over again.

Obviously, a lot of political pundits have written-off Arizona's efforts to defeat Prop 102 because Arizonan John McCain is running for President. And since he opposes it, its passage is assured. And, of course, we all know that political pundits are never wrong. That logic is why there’s so little financial support for us here. Even though millions have poured into California and Florida, virtually nothing has come here.

Well, I’d like you to consider the following points.

The reality is that John McCain's presidential bid probably won't have as much to do with it as the pundits think. Arizona's political landscape has changed enormously just in the last ten years alone.

We have a democratic Governor who is very highly thought of throughout the state as well as a highly regarded democratic Attorney General, both of whom have been supportive of the GLBT community. Not to mention several local and state elected officials who are openly gay and a GLBT community and GLBT organizations that have grown substantially as well. So I don't think that McCain's influence here is a guarantee of passage at all.

Granted, John McCain is probably still going to win his race here but passage of Prop 102 is not a sure thing. If the resources are available to fight it as vigorously as the 2006 attempt was fought, it is still a very winnable fight. Why? Because that election showed that there were key areas where the defeat of that proposition was strong enough to more than offset the areas that voted for it. So, a concerted, well-funded, area-targeted campaign now could actually prove to be even more successful than the one in 2006.

I do understand how important California is and that the fight there MUST BE WON, but virtually all of the polls consistently show that Prop 8 is already headed for defeat. Of course a strong campaign would still have to be mounted to assure that victory but how does the importance of that fight equate to ignoring the importance of Arizona's fight? Especially since Arizona is, in my opinion, a very winnable fight.

Let's not forget that passage of Prop 102 here would embolden other states that don't have constitutional amendments to run around in a frenzy to get them passed before their Supreme Courts can take action. On the other hand, a defeat here would show those states that the 2006 defeat wasn't an anomaly and that these homophobic measures CAN BE DEFEATED - even in so-called "red" states.

YES, Arizona does matter - a LOT MORE than many of you might think. Arguments have been made that keeping same-sex marriages in place in California could influence future U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Those are, indeed, very valid arguments but what do you think the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions might be if only two states have approved same-sex marriages but all of the others have constitutionally banned them? Especially if that court is still made up of a majority of conservative justices? Yes, Arizona does matter – and we need financial help! Now!

If you would like to help either through a donation or volunteering, please go to: www.votenoprop102.com