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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Santorum's Senate Email Link promotes FMA

Check it out here. The first option in the subject choice is the Federal Marriage Amendment.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Clinton Bio DeGayed?

A friend of mine made this observation:

I have just surveyed the Index and all passages listed under "gay" or "gays in the military" and it seems that President Clinton's autobiography, "My Life", has been de-gayed. I am so surprised at this finding, perhaps I am missing something, but I have searched the tome high and low, and find the major gay names of his two terms missing.

My first thought was to check out what President Clinton had to say about David Mixner. No mention of Mixner . He is not listed in the index, nor mentioned in any of the gay passages listed in the index. How could that be? Mixner played a significant role in Clinton's life and Presidency. This is a story in itself, that Mixner would not make the autobiography when thousands of names in this book are tossed around like confetti . Then, I checked for Ambassador James Hormel--a huge story. No mention. Then Roberta Achtenberg, the first openly gay person to receive Senate confirmation, attacked by Jesse Helms. No mention. Bob Hattoy, no mention. Bob was a White House personnel advisor. Richard Socarides, no mention; Socarides was a Special Assistant to the President on Gay/Lesbian issues. Keith Boykin, Special Assistant to the President on Gay and Lesbian Issues, no mention. Boykin set up the first meeting with gay leaders and a sitting President. The meeting was not mentioned. Julian Potter, White House Liaison to Gay and Lesbian Community, no mention. Fred Hochberg, major supporter of Clinton's and Deputy Director, Small Business Administration, no mention. Paul Yandura, respected gay leader who worked in the Clinton White House, no mention. Todd Dickinson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, no mention. Todd, I believe, was the highest ranking openly gay appointee in the Administration. John Berry, former Assistant Sec. of Interior, no mention. Ok, so maybe being gay is such a "non issue" that it does not merit his mentioning any of these people by name...although Mixner, and historic moments like Hormel or Achentenberg, I do not get.

Most troubling, no gay leader is mentioned by name in the section on gays and the military. Plenty on Powell, Nunn, Aspin, etc. but no mention of any gay leaders. How do you degay "gays in the military"?

The only two gay names he mentions are two gay people he met in school days at Oxford.....a Mandy Merck, the first lesbian he ever met; and a guy named Paul Parish, who came out to him at Oxford. That's it.

Well, David Brock is mentioned for writing the American Spectator/Paula Jones piece, but not identified as gay. That doesn't count.

Maybe something is really wrong with the Index. Maybe it is the Index that has been de-gayed! Am I missing something here?

Yes, evidently the entire cast of gay characters in the Clinton years.

I've not had a chance to check out the Clinton book for myself. This email did go out to a number of prominent gay columnists - Deb Price, Chris Bull, Hastings Wyman - and was also copied to Clinton's close friend, David Mixner. It would be interesting to get his take on this.

"Man on Dog Sex" Santorum supports Jack "Whips and Chains" Ryan

From the Hill:

Several leading Republicans lambasted Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) yesterday for calling on GOP candidate Jack Ryan to exit the Illinois Senate race in light of sexual allegations made by his ex-wife.

“Congressman LaHood is out of line,” said Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, adding that “this is an allegation in a messy custody case.” He called the media “outrageous” for making more out of the case than, he said, it warrants. - The Hill

John Aravosis comments:
Good to know that anti-gay far-right and cute-as-a-button Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) is now defending the Republican US Senate candidate from IL, Jack "Off" Ryan. Ryan, as you'll recall, has been accused by his former wife of trying to coerce her to have public sex in various sex clubs around the world, including ones that had people in cages with whips.

Santorum, who is a lead family values advocate in the Senate (and who compared gay relationships to bestiality), has no problem bashing gay families in the US Constitution, but he suddenly loses his family-values fervor when the sex involves coercing women and/or doing it in public with other couples watching.

Perhaps it's time to call Mr. Santorum's office and ask why the Senator is such an advocate of public sex:

(202) 224-6324

Aravosis is also interested in hearing stories about that paragon of Family Values and Hate Amendment Supporter, Norm Coleman.

Blogs and other Online Communities and Political Activism

From Wired:

In a traditional campaign, "you strip out all of the people you can't control -- to keep as many out of the process as possible," said Moulitsas, who became an Internet-strategy consultant to the Dean campaign after Dean's campaign manager became a fan of Moulitsas' blog. "We were trying to expand the realm of participation."

The vast majority of people attracted to the Dean campaign had never been politically engaged, he said. The Web gave them a stake in the election. Once emotionally invested, it became easier to organize and raise funds.

"When I ask people to donate to a cause, they respond, because you're not a stranger to them anymore," Moulitsas said. "They become superactivists going out there registering voters and trying to educate friends and co-workers."

When Moulitsas launched his blog in early 2002, "it was a really difficult time to be a progressive liberal." But a few weeks before the mid-term elections in November, the site received 8,000 visitors a day. Today Daily Kos attracts 150,000 daily visitors, a number that grows 5 to 10 percent each week, according to Moulitsas.

"We were essentially nobodies," he said. "But people were taking us seriously. They reasoned that if they could build a large community without possessing any credentials, then they could possibly move that community to accomplish change."

Bush Campaign and the Net

Wired Magazine has a good summary.

Wired also covers the demise of the Sloganator - a Custom Bush Cheney poster creator that was disabled by the Bush campaign.

Paul Weyrich's Advice to Bush: Change the Subject from Iraq to the Hate Amendment


This included this:

A friend of mine relayed, admittedly second hand, a conversation that a friend of his had had with the President on the Federal Marriage Amendment. The gentleman who had spoken with the President urged him to push the Amendment unwaveringly. President Bush allegedly told this fellow that he was not comfortable pushing the amendment. He suggested if the electorate wanted him to play a leadership role on the FMA, they would be disappointed.

I hope that report is not true. Or if it is true, that Karl Rove and Ken Mehlman, both of whom are extraordinary able practitioners of the political process, will walk him through the issue to make him comfortable.

He also echoed Michele Bachmann's sentiment that Gay Republicans should leave the party:

It unites the president's base, unless you count the handful of homosexual Republican activists who say they will vote the other way. Good riddance as far as many of us are concerned. Besides, a number of these folks will end up voting for Bush anyway because of the tax cuts. The homosexual community is rather affluent and they like having more money to spend.

Frontiers has a good wrapup of this. The article also quotes Patrick Guerriero, LCR Executive Director and David Catania, an openly gay Republican City Councilman in DC - who has now left the Republican party.

Monday, June 21, 2004

The Flock isn't following

Alan Cooperman at the Washington Post explains.

He has preached for months that gay marriage could be the downfall of Western civilization, but the Rev. Gary F. Smith is worried that the message is not getting across to his flock at the Church of the Nazarene in Leesburg.

"There's quite a bit of lethargy in the pews," he said. "By and large, it's a lay-down-and-roll-over-and-play-dead attitude."

Across the country, evangelical Christians are voicing frustration and puzzlement that there has not been more of a political outcry since May 17, when Massachusetts became the first state to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Evangelical leaders had predicted that a chorus of righteous anger would rise up out of churches from coast to coast and overwhelm Congress with letters, e-mails and phone calls in support of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

But that has not happened.

"Standing on Capitol Hill listening, you don't hear anything," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, one of the country's most vigorous Christian advocacy groups.

Perkins and other evangelical leaders contend that the outrage is out there. They say it has not been felt in Washington because defenders of traditional marriage are still in shock, or are focused on winning state constitutional amendments against same-sex marriage, or are distracted by the war in Iraq and other issues.

But a few skeptics on the Christian right, as well as many on the Christian left, are beginning to conclude that there is more fervor for a constitutional amendment in America's pulpits than in its pews. And politicians of both parties say the issue has had less grass-roots sizzle than they had expected.

So why is Karl Rove basing Bush's election campaign on this issue?

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Who is linking to Lloydletta?