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Friday, October 29, 2004

Friday Cat Blogging

It's in the New York Times. . .

I've had requests to get pictures of Lloyd (my late cat) and Kiddleewink on the blog. Maybe some day.

Mad Mel on Stem Cell Research


On Line 1, It's Mad Mel

The passion of Mel.

Hollywooder Mel Gibson is a phone-talker. No, not that kind of phone-talker, but the movie star is dialing up everyone from Gov. Ahnuld Schwarzenegger to radio-talkstress Laura Ingraham to opine about his "ethical problem" with stem cell research. (This is all in reaction to California Proposition 71, a measure Schwarzenegger just backed that would sell $3 billion in state bonds to finance such research.)

Mel Gibson is working the phones to rally opposition to a California stem cell research measure.

"I called Governor Schwarzenegger last night to talk about this very issue," he vented yesterday on ABC's "Good Morning America." Apparently the Golden State's leader had to run and got off the phone, but said he'd ring Gibson back.

"I'm still waiting for your call," Gibson sneered on ABC.

And it seems he killed the time waiting for the Guv's call by making a surprise call to Ingraham's radio show: "Hey, Laura, I wasn't in a petri dish, but I too was once just a bunch of cells, and so were you."

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

President Bush, Republican Party Platform is wrong about Civil Unions

New York Times....

He added: "I view the definition of marriage different from legal arrangements that enable people to have rights. And I strongly believe that marriage ought to be defined as between a union between a man and a woman. Now, having said that, states ought to be able to have the right to pass laws that enable people to be able to have rights like others."

Mr. Gibson then asked, "So the Republican platform on that point, as far as you're concerned, is wrong?"

"Right," Mr. Bush replied.

Mr. Bush announced in February that he supported an amendment to the Constitution that would ban same-sex marriage, and said at the time that the union of a man and a woman was "the most fundamental institution of civilization." He acted under enormous pressure from his conservative supporters, who had lobbied the White House to have the president speak out in an election year on a matter of vital importance to them.

But Mr. Bush also said at the time that states should be permitted to have same-sex civil unions if they chose.

Mr. Bush has sought to walk a careful line between pleasing conservatives who oppose same-sex marriage and not alienating more moderate voters who might see bigotry in his views. Mr. Bush's support for civil unions and his opposition to his party on the issue is in part an effort to reach out to swing voters, whom he needs to win on Nov. 2.

Freepers respond with the usual Leviticus crowd rantings about sodomites.... Robert Knight from the Culture and Family Institute is furious.

Stonewall Democrats

BoiFromTroy (guest blogging for Christian Grantham)

Andrew Sullivan comments here and here.