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Archive for October, 2007

Another “Family Values” Champion self destructs

Posted by Greg on October 31, 2007

Crossposted by Sean from Hiding in the Backwaters:

Though I don’t ever claim to be a family friendly blog, I’ll let you decide if you want to read the details of the latest Republican sexcapade. I’ll bet Craig is breathing a sigh of relief. The media will almost certainly shift focus from his “boring” adventures in a MN airport bathroom to this loon whose kinks are certainly more . . . . . . entertaining.

Joe My God: It’s a GOP Whoregasbord!

Dan Savage: Richard Curtis: More Shocking Details

This is great:

After telling the police absolutely everything, Curtis decides to stop cooperating. Curtis suddenly claims that Castagna must have drugged him and states that he “was so out of it he really didn’t know what happened.”

I wonder if that was before or after they met in the lobby and negotiated a price for “helping.” (New euphemism. I need to remember to ask for extra helpings in the future.) Anyone buying that? Anyone? Anyone?

And because they are so true, Pam’s words need to be repeated over and over and over:

I’m living a relatively plain jane lesbian existence simply asking for my civil rights while closet cases like Curtis get all sorts of kinks on while railing against openly LGBT citizens. It makes me sick.

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More Republican’t family values

Posted by Greg on October 31, 2007

The mind boggles.

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Medical tourism

Posted by Greg on October 29, 2007

It’s not just “them” any more.

So sad.

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Amazing flexibility

Posted by Greg on October 29, 2007

Granted that Multiple Choice Mitt is known for taking six sides on every issue, but even he is in rare form when he flip flops within a single answer:

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Speaking too soon?

Posted by Greg on October 29, 2007

Barak Obama’s anti gay kerfuffle has disappointed a lot of people in the progressive blogosphere.  Representative would be:

Americablog:

Obama’s campaign now says that McClurkin only wants to cure the unhappy gays. (The rest of us are, I guess, fine to continue trying to kill America’s children.)(…)

So David Duke’s only problem, per the Obama campaign, is that he villifies the happy Jews and the happy blacks?

Keep digging, guys. Obama keeps making clear that he hasn’t learned his lesson, he doesn’t understand what he did wrong, and he will continue to coddle those who attack our community so long as it wins him votes and money. His own staff admitted as much to the Washington Post:

Pam Spaulding:

The last thing a crowd of black folks who have a problem with homosexuality needs is: 1) to be “told” by the Obama campaign that a message about tolerance must be delivered from a white voice of faith, and 2) to have their beliefs confirmed that being gay is “a white man’s perversion.” Coming from a white pastor under these circumstances, can only be seen as paternalistic and patronizing; the shields of defensiveness will go up, the message will be ignored.

The most stinging message that the Obama campaign has sent is that they apparently didn’t see the relevance or necessity of removing the ability of religious blacks to stay in denial, that somehow there is not an intersection of being black and gay. This move renders us invisible yet again, as politically expendable, because it telegraphs that it’s too politically volatile to address the division in the community by having them confront one of their own — black gay and gay-affirming ministers — when it comes to looking at bigotry.

Open Left:

This isn’t simply a mistake, as I first called it. If the Obama campaign is not only keeping McClurkin as the headliner of the concert, but also issuing memos defending his views, producing videos endorsing McClurkin before the event, and then allowing McClurkin to emcee the event, it is pre-meditated, not a mistake. Chalk this up as about the 2,257th time that I gave a high profile Democat the benefit of the doubt, and was then proven wrong. I should have seen it coming.

The funny thing is, Obama’s poll numbers don’t appear to be suffering for the most part.  Oh yeah, he’s screwed himself with the progressive base, but I still wonder whether the obituaries for his candidacy are a tad premature.

Reality is what it is.  Progressives are a lot of the enthusiasm behind the Democrats, but they aren’t a majority in the country, probably not even a majority within the Democrats.  That said, the events have shown that when you look closely Obama just isn’t ready for prime time.  If he wanted a “Sister Souljah” moment of his own, he bungled it irredeemably.

As things stand, I don’t see him overtaking Hillary.  Maybe he’ll be smarter in eight years.

Dan Savage points out:

So… Barack Obama hosted an anti-gay rally yesterday featuring a singing ex-gay bigot. If this had been a Mitt Romney or John McCain event the same people making excuses for Barack Obama would be screaming bloody murder.

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Tancredo out

Posted by Greg on October 29, 2007

Word has it that Tom Tancredo is leaving the House after 2008 regardless of his pointless bid for the presidency.

Even if he loses his long-shot bid for the White House, Rep. Tom Tancredo will be leaving the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of 2008.

Good riddance to one of the most gratuitously divisive assbites in politics. He is the walking embodiment of so much that is wrong with today’s GOP.

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Another casualty in the “war” against drugs

Posted by Greg on October 27, 2007

Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan

Via The Missoulian:

Robin Prosser, a Missoula woman who struggled for a quarter century to live with the pain of an immunosuppressive disorder, tried years ago to kill herself. Last week, she tried again. This time, she succeeded.

After her earlier attempt failed, Prosser wound up in even more trouble after investigating police found marijuana in her home. She used the marijuana to help cope with pain.

John Cole says it best:

I am tired of being patient with you nannies and your stupid self-serving rules and your slippery slopes and your bullshit and your need to be tough on crime and your earnest concerns about society. Mind your own business, get your own house in order, stop fucking interns and little boys and cheating on your wives and on your taxes and being found dead wearing two wetsuits with a dildo shoved up your ass. Just mind your own damned business, and let people do what they must to deal with their own screwed up lives, and let people handle their pain the best way they can.

I am sick of the bullshit. Life is hard for most people out there, and damned near impossible for people in chronic pain. Quit making it worse, you allegedly compassionate sons-of-bitches.

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Innocent man freed from prison

Posted by Greg on October 26, 2007

How whacked is it that I have to write a line line that?  And even at that, it’s “innocent man freed,” not “justice served” because this kid has been screwed out of two years of his life.

Via AP:

Georgia’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of a young man who has been imprisoned for more than two years for having consensual oral sex with another teenager.

The court ruled 4-3 that Genarlow Wilson’s 10-year sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.

Wilson, 21, was convicted of aggravated child molestation following a 2003 New Year’s Eve party at a Douglas County hotel room where he was videotaped having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl. He was 17 at the time.

Note, there was a quirk, in the law that has since been corrected.  Oral sex was a felony while penetrative sex was a misdemeanor.

In other words, a kid was sent to jail for getting a blow job from another kid.  Asinine.  And Georgia wonders why it isn’t taken seriously in the real world.  Sheesh.

From C&L:

Wilson’s sentence was voided in June, yet he remained in prison for more than four additional months and has lost over two years of his life. Can you imagine if this sort of nonsense took place all over the country? Millions of teens would be imprisoned for simply possessing hormones and experimenting with sex. The kind of ignorance that breeds this sort of inhumanity ruins lives, and in some cases, kills.

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Reality within big tent parties

Posted by Greg on October 25, 2007

It has been interesting to watch the progressives attack the Bush Dog Democrats.  Now, Politico reports that some of the fruits are coming home to roost.

A large group of “Blue Dog” Democrats has refused to give money to the party’s campaign committee so far this cycle, underscoring simmering tension inside the Caucus and concerns about the caustic language of at least one anti-war Democrat.

According to a review of Federal Election Commission records, 15 Blue Dogs have given no money to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as of Sept. 30, despite heavy pressure from party leaders.

This isn’t altogether surprising.  Political parties, particularly big tent parties in a two party system, are invariably big tents in which different factions rule at different times.

Progressives took a beating in the eighties and ninties.  They are more influential these days and of course they are going to try and use that to their own advantage.  A lot of the sweat equity in the new democratic majority came from the progressives and they’re right and reasonable to expect some return on their investment.  Moreover, given the president’s low approval ratings and the institutional rape being committed on American principles and institutions by the administration it’s perfectly reasonable to believe the democrats haven’t been confrontational enough thus far.

Progressives are on the rise in the Democratic party and they are going to try to move the center in their direction, just as the religious wrong and club for growth did to the Republicans in the past.  It’s hardly surprising and far from wrong, it’s how the democratic process works and both strategy and tactics sometimes get a little blurry.
No matter how one votes on every other issue, there is one key vote that matters – that of majority leader/speaker of the house – and progressives are for the most part intelligent enough to recognize they are better off with a democrat voting for a democratic managed legislature than a republican voting otherwise.   But when a seat is relatively safe in terms of swinging to the other party attempts to move the representative toward one’s preferred agenda makes a lot of sense.

It’s going to be fun to watch over the next years because the soul of the Democratic party is every bit as up in the air as the GOP’s.

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No retroactive immunity

Posted by Greg on October 25, 2007

Retroactive immunity, and for assaults on basic civil liberties, is contrary to every founding principle upon which the republic rests.  This can not stand, nor should it.

Please sign a petition for Harry Reid located here.

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Lessons in pastry

Posted by Greg on October 24, 2007

Gotta love this story of a cake gone awry.

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Was it something we said?

Posted by Greg on October 24, 2007

Tee hee from The Examiner:

Sen. Larry Craig is still traveling back to his home state of Idaho these days — his published schedule has him heading back this Thursday. But one thing about his travel plans is different since his widely publicized arrest: Sources tell us he’s now connecting through the Denver airport. He’s apparently had enough embarrassment in Minneapolis to last a lifetime.

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Leaving no Bush unshaken

Posted by Greg on October 24, 2007

More from satirist Andy Borowitz:

Just days after “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling revealed that the popular professor character Albus Dumbledore was gay, President George W. Bush told the nation that he would seek a ban on fictitious gay weddings.

In a nationally televised address last night, Mr. Bush said that he devote the rest of his term in office to obtaining a constitutional amendment banning marriage between fictitious gay characters.

“In order to protect the sanctity of marriage in the real world, we must first protect the sanctity of marriage in fiction,” Mr. Bush said. “This is the most pressing goal of my Administration – even more important than bombing Iran.”

While the president’s address was for the most part consistent with his earlier statements on gay marriage, it was uncharacteristic in that it demonstrated an awareness of books.

And in attacking the Mr. Dumbledore’s right to wed, Mr. Bush may have raised the ire of one of the most militant constituencies in the U.S.: Harry Potter fans.

Jude Ralston, 34, one of over 5,000 Potter devotees who dressed as Dumbledore to protest the president’s speech outside the White House last night, said that Mr. Bush could be playing with fire: “Harry Potter fans take these things very seriously, and we don’t have anything else going on in our lives.”

As for Dumbledore’s gayness, Mr. Ralston said that he had overlooked obvious clues the first time he read the books: “I, like, totally missed that scene in the airport bathroom.”

Elsewhere, a national survey of slutty nurses shows that they are undecided about what to go as for Halloween.

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I’m back

Posted by Greg on October 24, 2007

I love California, and I really love San Francisco.

Then I look at the cost of living and remember why I live in Minnesota.

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Another one bites the dust

Posted by Greg on October 17, 2007

Roll Call reports Hastert is planning to announce his retirement.

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) is expected to announce Thursday that he is resigning his seat in Congress effective later this year, eventually setting up a special election to succeed him, knowledgeable GOP sources said late Wednesday.

He’s not even waiting out the remainder of the term.  Interesting.

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