29 June 2011

Obama's reluctance to embrace gay marriage, putting him among a minority of Americans in national polls, appears part of a broader effort to avoid alienating voters in battleground states, like Ohio and Nevada, where majorities have traditionally shown less support for the unions than voters overall.

It is the peculiar arrogance of leaders in a two-party political system that they can break promises (e.g. "I'm a fierce advocate for gay and lesbian Americans") and expect that the group they hoodwinked will take no notice, because the only alternative is beyond the pale.

If Obama keeps up with his Strom Thurmond shtick, he runs a real risk of losing New York and Vermont, whose people decidedly support same-sex marriage, to a liberal third-party candidate. That would be 32 electoral votes lost, compared to the 24 in Ohio and Nevada.

25 June 2011

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus

22 June 2011

Jon Huntsman just said all of human history "is impossible." I thought he was supposed to be the smart GOP candidate?

21 June 2011

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes:

The Thirty Years' War is incredibly complicated. Perhaps it is too much to say that there was no "Germany," or no "Italy," I'm too early in to tell. But there are so many effing princes, of so many effing principalities, and then religion will come in and either support or obstruct their rule.

One way to think of the war is as a sectarian conflict that began with some ornery Hussite Protestants in Bohemia and escalated into a bloodbath fueled by the great powers: France, the Habsburg empire, and Sweden. (Although the French kings had always been Catholic, France was encircled by Habsburg territory along most of her frontiers and thus drawn to the anti-Habsburg side.) It resembles, perhaps, the civil war in Iraq post-2003 more than any European war that came after it.

20 June 2011

It was with great interest and a kind of fascinated horror that I read the New York Times profile of Michael Glatze, "My Ex-Gay Friend."

The only way I can make sense of Glatze's transformation is that he has rejected, not just homosexuality, but all sexuality. He seems to be responding to a divine call to celibacy, and probably feels intense guilt over his sexual history (which was probably never very promiscuous, but that hardly matters to him).

He is absolutely wrong to say "God creates us [all] heterosexual"--this is a hackneyed argument from the natural law tradition, which, since the days of Aquinas, has never bothered to study nature--and his hateful repudiation of his past gay activism work is very dispiriting. I am not ready to consign Glatze to the tent of Jerry Falwell, though. When his attempts at being happily heterosexually married fail, as is inevitable, I think he will be able to contribute to the gay community again.

17 June 2011

When did we become Rome, Andrew Sullivan asks.

Quite a while ago, according to Henry Adams:

...in forty years, America had made so vast a stride to empire that the world of 1860 stood already on a distant horizon somewhere on the same plane with the republic of Brutus and Cato, while schoolboys read of Abraham Lincoln as they did of Julius Caesar. Vast swarms of Americans knew the Civil War only by school history, as they knew the story of Cromwell or Cicero, and were as familiar with political assassination as though they had lived under Nero. The climax of empire could be seen approaching, year after year, as though Sulla were a President or McKinley a Consul.

16 June 2011

Note to Google:

I appreciate your backing of the It Gets Better Project very much. Now, could you stop recommending the video "Why Homosexuality Should Be Banned" to me on YouTube?

15 June 2011

This piece from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is the crowning glory of the braindead drivel that has seized hold of many American newspapers.

I divined the true character of Jim Stingl's idiotic exhalations when I read: "Most of us pay our property taxes grudgingly enough and can't imagine sending another nickel to the city after we die."

How brave of you, Mr. Stingl, to tap into the most banal, commonplace complaint of the rich elderly. How dare the government not recognize our sacred right to own a huge house, send 5 kids to a good public school, and pay no taxes!!

But it gets better: the pretext* for this piece has some relatives who aren't happy with his post-mortem financial decisions.

"I thought I was in the will, you know? He told my mother that her and I were in his will, and all of a sudden I called the attorney today and found out, man, he left it to the city. What a shocker. That's all he had, I guess, is friends at work," Stutz said.

He visits Wisconsin from time to time and would stop to see Dombrowski, who was a bit of a hermit.

"He never went out with women. His mother kept him real close to her. They were just the two of them," Stutz said.

Now that we've established Dombrowski was a selfish homo pervert, we can dispense with the notion that his money is going anywhere good:

He chuckled at the notion of city bureaucrats getting all the money. "The boys are going out and ordering big cigars. Hey, I can just see it," he said.

It must be a thrill to defecate, urinate, and vomit all over the altar of civic virtue while pretending to practice journalism.

*I avoid the word "subject" because that would imply Stingl wanted to understand Dombrowski as a human being, not a carnival curiosity.

12 June 2011

Today I have learned that 'A Gay Girl in Damascus' is neither gay, nor a girl, nor has probably ever set foot in Syria. From the comfort of his heterosexual married life in Edinburgh, Tom McMaster invented a writing persona that suggested he was trying to get as many gold medals as possible in the Oppression Olympics.

In a woefully inadequate apology, McMaster moans:
This experience has sadly only confirmed my feelings regarding the often superficial coverage of the Middle East and the pervasiveness of new forms of liberal Orientalism.

After we're all done retching, let's remember that gay Muslims don't need spokespeople to explain "their issues" to the world. Everyone who was following this blog should watch A Jihad For Love.
The Economist, in its obituary of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, writes:

Bombastic and arrogant, he would liken himself to Galileo, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King. He revelled in opprobrium. He exploited the vulnerable. Yet he also helped people who surely wanted to die, and with reason.

How in God's name did he "exploit" anybody? All of his clients were mentally competent adults who, for reasons we may or may not be able to fathom, wanted to die--and they had enough consideration for others to accomplish their suicides in an orderly, private way.

In its zeal to uphold a perceived standard of "respect for life," the Economist may have fallen into the same trap as the Inquisition did, when it condemned Galileo for heresy. By denying the Ptolemaic world-view (in which 'hell below, heaven above' was literally true), Galileo was, or so the Church thought, putting every Christian soul who heard his theories at risk of eternal torment.

03 June 2011

Quotation of the Day (source here)

What's playing out before my eyes is the classic "it's them" divide and conquer strategy, a strategy that has always failed in this nation's ongoing march towards full equality. "Equal rights" aren't some nebulous province of this class or the other; rather, equal rights are your rights, they are my rights and they are the rights of all mankind.

I am but one individual, an individual who once campaigned for elective office as a proxy for those having no voice- as politicians all so often do. My campaign didn't end in 2008 anymore than did our nation's progress end on the battlefront at Yorktown, the steps of Appomattox Courthouse or the streets of Selma. For until the day when no man, no woman and no child is [not] embraced in the bosom of liberty and justice, there will be equal rights for none.

I am no longer willing to passively bear witness to the ghettoization of LGBT people, the poor, the middle class and the weak. No body and no individual has the rightful dominion to diminish the unalienable rights to to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in our United States of America.