30 November 2010

Why am I pessimistic about the chances for repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell this year? Because at least 40 Senators are terrified* of people like Les Kinsolving, who thinks "self-announced homosexuals" in the armed forces would mean the end of civilization.

*Every Republican in the Senate is beholden to right-wing organizations like Concerned Women for America and Family Research Council for campaign contributions. Pundits love to talk about how 'moderate' some Republicans are, like Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and John Ensign (who was affiliated with the C Street "Family", which tacitly supported Uganda's death to homosexuals bill, but who really cares about that?). When the base starts hearing that one might support the destruction of "Judeo-Christian values" (probably the most frequently used code word for homophobia), one's vaunted moderation is prone to vanish in a second.

27 November 2010

Islam is a violent homophobic religion, right?

25 November 2010

It is one of my strongest pet peeves to see someone throw great amounts of time and money into an institution that is rotten to the core, thinking that they can somehow save it when thousands of others have failed.

This is exactly what the openly gay Fred Karger is doing with his bid for the Republican (yes) presidential nomination in 2012. He has the dubious distinction of being the first candidate to release a TV ad in Iowa, the all-important primary state. (Let us remember that two years ago, Iowa Republicans chose Mike Huckabee, who has spoken favorably of executing gay people).

I don't doubt that Mr. Karger is an eloquent spokesman for equal rights, and a credit to the gay community. Yet he is pissing away money (100 grand already) that could be going to --- homeless gay teenagers!!!

There is no need for him to stay within the two-party system if he really wants to arouse national publicity. Ralph Nader ran his 2000 campaign without having much personal wealth, and garnered over 2.5 million votes. For the love of all that is holy, Fred, do not persist in this folly. The Republican Party cannot be restored to its pristine Eisenhower-era state.

19 November 2010

America is clearly not ready for democracy. We need to build up a strong middle class and a good education system first.

16 November 2010

Andrew Sullivan writes in response to Glenn Greenwald:

I have no desire to prevent the ACLU or CCR from doing what they are doing. That is their right. But I sympathize with one board member of CCR who has reservations about this. The reason? Awlaki is not imprisoned; he has not been seized extra-judicially and tortured. What makes this different from defending the rights of terror suspects who are already under our physical control and in our custody (which I have not stinted in doing) is that Awlaki isn't. He is currently a core member of the faction of al Qaeda that is actively trying to murder us. You will find no such account of Awlaki's record of despicable Jihadist terror in Glenn's post. As for "imminent" and "immediate" threat, maybe Glenn could have a word with the cartoonist for Seattle Weekly who, even now, is living in hiding and has had to change her name because of Awlaki's fatwa of death against her. I'm sure she regards the threat as imminent.

And, at some point, standing up for her - and for Glenn's and my right to speak freely - seems to me more important than defending Awlaki's free speech, rather than noticing his enmeshment in a lethal al Qaeda faction that has already tried to murder countless innocents in the name of holy war.

It seems that Andrew believes al-Qaeda, which has failed to kill any Americans in America for nine years, two months, and counting, is still an "imminent and immediate threat." Of course Awlaki has acted despicably, and I would never minimize the emotional impact of a fatwa upon any author. Yet due process is due process, Andrew, even when the bad guy is a crazy Muslim. We might as well be living in North Korea if we throw constitutional rights out the window when it comes to people who have gotten themselves "enmeshed in a lethal faction."

12 November 2010

I forgot the title of this movie, but I knew enough to google "facebook stalker movie," and voila.

I saw a preview. It puts me in mind of what John Stuart Mill said (in the context of some bad poetry by Robert Browning): "the author seems possessed of a more intense and morbid self-consciousness than I ever knew in any sane human being."

11 November 2010

Bristol Palin keeps advancing on Dancing with the Stars despite her inability to dance.

Who cares what the judges say? Judges are evil activist elitists, and the people always know better.

09 November 2010

This letter from Bishop Desmond Tutu makes me very proud to be part of the Anglican Communion.

We have had our fair share of anti-gay voices in the Anglican Church--even the author of Uganda's 'death for homosexuals' bill, David Bahati, is Anglican--yet the example of Tutu, who lived most of his life under apartheid, articulating that God's message of liberation extends to all human beings regardless of whom they love, is immensely heartening.

President Obama, did you read this letter? Do you agree that "those of us who have freedom must speak out for those whose freedom is under attack?" Simply by dropping the Justice Department's appeal of Judge Phillips' DADT ruling, you can make a difference.