September 22, 2008

From C&L (quoting from Today):

Viera: You have said, bottom line, it’s those fat cats. It’s the greed of Wall Street. You promised to crack down on CEOs who walked away with huge severance packages. And yet the person who up until recently was your public face on your economic policy was Carly Fiorina. She’s the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, she was fired in 2005, but she left with a $45 million dollar golden parachute while 20,000 of her employees were laid off. She  is an example of exactly the kind of person you say is at the root of the problem. How can you say that?

McCain: I don’t think so. … Because I think she did a good job as CEO in many respects. I don’t know the details of her compensation package. But she’s one of many advisers that I have.

Viera: But she did get a $45 million dollar golden parachute after being fired while 20,000 of her employees were laid off.

McCain: I have many of the people, but I do not know the details of what happened.

Try using the internet.  I’ve heard rumors that you can access it via your Blackberry.

Maddow Mania!!!!

September 20, 2008

Though Faux News still leads overall (zombies are, after all, hard to kill), Rachel Maddow has gone past Larry King into second place in her time slot – both overall and in the 25-54 demographic.

That was in her second week.

I’m looking forward to the second month…and beyond.

Way to go Rachel!


September 19, 2008

(cross-posted, practically speaking, at Pam’s House Blend)

David Benkof, the former David Bianco, claims:

There is zero evidence I am ex-gay.

Dear Mr. Zero Evidence of Whatever:

This sounds like you’ve been to the Bush-Cheney-McCain school of linguistics. You’re using a term that everyone is familiar with (with them, its ‘freedom’, ‘democracy’, ‘compassion,’ etc.; with you here, its ‘ex-gay’ and, perhaps ‘gayfriendly’) and attaching some personal definition of your own to it to ensure that those to whom you speak do not come away with what you actually mean.

Here’s something that the California Supreme Court had the opportunity to consider while it was deciding the Marriage Cases

As my religious identity as a Jew became more important to me, I began to question many aspects of the way I was choosing to live, including the fact that I wasn’t keeping Shabbat and I was having sex with men. After beginning to keep Shabbat, it became easier to imagine not having sex with men. After all, if God could tell me what to do on a Saturday, couldn’t he also tell me what I should do with my bedroom life? On New Year’s Eve in 2002, I was in Las Vegas, I had sex with a man and I said: “I’m not going to do that again.” With the help of a therapist (who was very gayfriendly but was willing to help me bring my life into accord with my values), I changed my own self-understanding and behavior.

From my perspective, for this Court to rule that “orientation” is like race or gender would suggest that I was born with a category that stuck with me my whole life, and that just didn’t happen. Everyone has a unique sexual and erotic universe includes what hair color one finds attractive, or whether men or women dominate one’s desires. Our contemporary way of boxing sexuality into two or three orientations just isn’t true across cultures. If the California Supreme Court declared homosexuality a suspect class like race or gender, they’d be saying people like me don’t exist, that somehow my life story of change and choice in identity and behavior (if not always in attraction) is less real or true than another person, who shapes their identity around their dominant sexual attractions in a more direct way.

The citation for the above is: Email interview by Maggie Gallagher with David Benkof, Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, Mannassas, VA (June 20, 2007), in Brief of Amici Curae Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (“JONAH”), Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (“PFOX”), And Evergreen International, in Support of Proposition 22 Legal Defense and Education Fund, at 15, In re Marriage Cases (No. S147999).

You can have your own personal definitions of ‘ex-gay’ and ‘not an ex-gay’, but you can’t legitimately assert that there is no evidence from which people of reasonable intelligence can reasonably draw a conclusion that the term ‘ex-gay’ applies to you.

Is your assertion that only those who OD on christianity/pseudo-christianity are ‘ex-gay’, whilst individuals such as yourself whose “unique sexual and erotic universe” is influenced by judaism to the point of giving up same-sex sex are ‘not ex-gay’ but something else?

Or are you saying that Maggie Gallagher made up that conversation from which you were quoted to the California Supreme Court?

The Title Says it All

September 18, 2008

Actually, there is more to it.  But the what the title gets at should be obvious:

Sarah Palin would rather let 100 rapists go free than let one woman use contraception

I highly recommend Alex Blaze’s Bilerico post (cautioning that it leads to circumstantial evidence over at Daily Kos – but, with what we know about the wacko nature of her christianism, it is quite believable.)

An Anti-HRC Post That is Not T-Specific

September 18, 2008

And its not from me.  I will, however, direct you to the post from Sput over at Pam’s:

A week or so ago, it was mistakenly reported by some bloggers and gay news outlets that the Human Rights Campaign had donated a sum of some $10,000 to the Log Cabin Republicans, but it winds up that wasn’t quite the case.  The unfortunate reality isn’t much better.

Its worth reading.

The Anti-Gay Marriage Crowd is Bigoted? Who’da Thunk it?

September 17, 2008

I hate giving the life form formerly known as David Bianco any space.  But…

According to Good as You:

Do you remember a few weeks back, when gay-identified gay rights opponent David Benkof said he would no longer support California’s Proposition 8 campaign because of “disturbing information” he had learned about the measure’s supporters? Well according to allegations in a new opinion piece penned by David himself, discriminatory practices were a major part of what led Benkof to Back off. Here’s an excerpt:

Discrimination. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, so I supported the man-woman marriage Proposition 8 in California – until I discovered the Proposition 8 campaign tolerates discrimination against Jews.’s legal counsel, the Alliance Defense Fund, has in effect a “No Jews Need Apply” policy for legal and even secretarial positions. They say they’re not a law firm, they’re a “ministry” and thus have a right to discriminate against Jews and other non-Christians. But even if that’s true, Proposition 8 had hundreds of law firms to choose from. The fact they chose one that refuses to hire a Jew like me is very disturbing. Interestingly, Jesus himself was a Jew, so when a group has a policy that would lead them to refuse to hire their own Messiah, you know something’s seriously wrong.

Yeh – we all know that rightwingnut groups find token members of all minorities.  (Calling Michael Steele!  Calling Ken Blackwell!)  But, what’s really amazing here is that Biancoff is surprised to discover this.

Quinn the Bigotmo

September 17, 2008

From Media Matters:

On the September 15 broadcast of The War Room with Quinn & Rose, co-host Jim Quinn stated: “If you don’t agree with the feminist scolds, then you’re not a real woman — even if you are a very feminine working mom.” He continued: “But even if you’re an actual man, never mind a childless feminist who looks like a Bulgarian weightlifter in drag, you’re a real woman solely because you nod your head like a windup clapping monkey every time you read the latest editorial from Ms. Magazine. Recall how they christened Bill Clinton as the first female president, too?” Quinn then added, “But here’s the fun part. Feminists are hooked on their own Kool-Aid. They actually believe the stuff they say. The shrill, angry women that you see on MSNBC claiming to speak for all women actually believe that they do.”

Perhaps they should see what Martha Quinn could do instead.

Sci-Fi Would Be Okay – If it Wasn’t Real

September 16, 2008

Pic yanked from C&L:

Is it just me?  Or does McBlackBerry‘s queen shit-spinner Nancy Pfotenhauer also look like yet another reject from a 1970s episode of Doctor Who?

(Hint: she’s the one on the right.)

What is it with McBlackBerry and these freakazoids?

Richard Wright, RIP

September 16, 2008

All I can say is…Damn

Richard Wright

From Pink Floyd‘s website:

The family of Richard Wright, founder member of Pink Floyd, announce with great sadness, that Richard died today after a short struggle with cancer.

The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

Richard Wright
Born 28 July 1943 (65)


How’s That Been Workin’?

September 16, 2008

More ridiculousness from the self-loathers’ pin-up blog: Gay Patriot:

While the angry gay left has loudly berated Mary Cheney for not becoming a gay activist like other children of prominent politicians, she has silently done more than the entire budget of the Human Rights Campaign to promote understanding of gay people. When she appeared on the Hugh Hewitt show in 2006, Hugh’s conservative listeners heard an open lesbian answer questions intelligently and conduct herself with grace. Just by being herself, she challenged their prejudices.

While its hard to find fault with any assertion of any particular life form having done more, practically speaking, than the Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool of Transphobia, the question has to be asked: Howzit been workin’ out? 

Any fewer attacks on the legality of same-sex relationships?

Any verifiable decrease in the number of people in her party who believe that non-rich, non-connected lesbians should not be able to raise children?

 Any verifiable decrease in the number of people in her party who believe that the government has the right (and duty) to criminalize any intimacy that might occur between her and her partner?

Uh huh…

I didn’t think so.

P.S. I had nothing to do with the break in the linkage text occurring between the ‘s’ and the ‘he’.  The above-quoted paragraph appears exactly as I copied it from Gay Patriot.  Was Gay Patriot sending a subtle message about Mary Queen of Republican Privilege?

I’m just askin’.


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