Get out now!

 Posted by at 23:06  Lifestyle
May 312004
 

I’ve said it here before and I’ll say it again: I do not understand how anbody can be both gay and Republican. Unless you happen to be really into humiliation and degradation, it just doesn’t make any sense. Why would you want to claim membership in a group that so openly hates and despises you?

Bush campaign mum on any openly gay staffers

When George W. Bush ran for president in 2000, he refused to meet with the Log Cabin Republicans.

But eventually — after he clinched GOP the nomination and was eager to brandish his image as a “compassionate conservative” — he met with the so-called “Austin 12,” a group of gay party activists who supported his candidacy.

In early April of that year, the dozen handpicked supporters, including D.C. Council member David Catania, flew to Austin, Texas, for what turned out to be an emotional meeting with the candidate at campaign headquarters.

Those present said at the time that Bush listened carefully to the Austin 12, declared himself a “better man” for having heard their concerns, and pledged to keep in place gay-friendly executive orders. In turn, his gay supporters helped Bush reap an estimated 25 percent of the gay vote.

Four years later, Bush has formally called for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and alienated not only members of the Austin 12, but also any openly gay Republican previously willing to work on his campaign, according to Catania.

“I would be completely surprised if there were any gay staffers in his campaign, at least in the upper echelon,” Catania said. “I don’t think that we’re welcome.”

I know you’re not welcome, at least not in the Republican party as currently constituted. Why do you insist on staying?

Open your eyes and see the light or smell the coffee or whatever. Just get out. Now. While the getting is still good.

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I don’t like spam

 Posted by at 22:12  Weblogging
May 312004
 

Today I fired another shot in my battle against comment spam.

Commenting has been turned off on all entries older than seven days. You may still read the comments on entries older than seven days, you just can’t add a new one.

I figure if you’re going to comment on something I post here, you’re going to do so within seven days of the time I post it, right? And it has been my experience that spammers like to leave their spam comments on older entries.

I don’t like spam.

Really.

Spammers, of both the weblog and the e-mail varieties, can all go straight to heck in a nightbag. (Wow! That was strong!)

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Negativity

 Posted by at 17:21  Election 2004
May 312004
 

From Bush, Unprecedented Negativity

It was a typical week in the life of the Bush reelection machine.

Last Monday in Little Rock, Vice President Cheney said Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry “has questioned whether the war on terror is really a war at all” and said the senator from Massachusetts “promised to repeal most of the Bush tax cuts within his first 100 days in office.”

On Tuesday, President Bush’s campaign began airing an ad saying Kerry would scrap wiretaps that are needed to hunt terrorists.

The same day, the Bush campaign charged in a memo sent to reporters and through surrogates that Kerry wants to raise the gasoline tax by 50 cents.

On Wednesday and Thursday, as Kerry campaigned in Seattle, he was greeted by another Bush ad alleging that Kerry now opposes education changes that he supported in 2001.

The charges were all tough, serious — and wrong, or at least highly misleading. Kerry did not question the war on terrorism, has proposed repealing tax cuts only for those earning more than $200,000, supports wiretaps, has not endorsed a 50-cent gasoline tax increase in 10 years, and continues to support the education changes, albeit with modifications.

Scholars and political strategists say the ferocious Bush assault on Kerry this spring has been extraordinary, both for the volume of attacks and for the liberties the president and his campaign have taken with the facts. Though stretching the truth is hardly new in a political campaign, they say the volume of negative charges is unprecedented — both in speeches and in advertising.

Three-quarters of the ads aired by Bush’s campaign have been attacks on Kerry. Bush so far has aired 49,050 negative ads in the top 100 markets, or 75 percent of his advertising. Kerry has run 13,336 negative ads — or 27 percent of his total. The figures were compiled by The Washington Post using data from the Campaign Media Analysis Group of the top 100 U.S. markets. Both campaigns said the figures are accurate.

This is not difficult to understand. The Bush campaign has no choice but to air negative ads. They have nothing positive on which to campaign. An imcumbent president will usually campaign on his record. Bush can’t do that because nothing will defeat him more quickly than a public airing of his record as president.

Frankly, I’m surprised the Kerry campaign hasn’t been more negative. There is so much they can use.

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“Hate” speech

 Posted by at 13:21  General
May 302004
 

This is what it has come to in the United States of America…

Dozens of art lovers and First Amendment defenders turned out Saturday outside a San Francisco gallery to bolster the flagging spirits of owner Lori Haigh, who has been under siege for the past two weeks for displaying a controversial painting depicting the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers.

The supporters had hoped to persuade Haigh, 39, to reconsider her decision to close the Capobianco Gallery, which came after she was threatened, spat upon and, most recently, punched in the face for showing Guy Colwell’s painting of torture. Gathered on the sidewalk outside the small studio, her supporters talked of vigils, petitions and even providing volunteer security to help keep the gallery going.

And this is most of the reason…

Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman said Kerry’s “hate-filled attacks” won’t help prevent future terror attacks or help win the guerrilla war that has followed the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

Anything you say or do to disagree with the misguided policies of George W. Bush is labeled “hate speech” by the right wing of the Republican party. Free speech and expression have gone by the wayside. We even have 14 year old kids being arrested at school for drawing anti-Bush cartoons, as happened recently in Walnut Creek, California.

If these things can happen in the San Franciso Bay area of California, one of the most liberal areas of the country, what’s it like in your neck of the woods?

Tomorrow is Memorial Day, the day we pause to honor those soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. Yet every day the Republicans remain in charge of this country, more of those freedoms disappear.

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House on sand

 Posted by at 21:56  General
May 292004
 

I am not a particularly religious person. I profess no organized religion (though I was raised in one). However, believe it or not, I do own a Bible (King James version) and have even been known to read it on occasion. (I hope that doesn’t shock you too much.)

When I read this story, these verses popped into my mind. They are from Matthew, chapter 7, verses 24 through 27:

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Nowadays, if you build your house upon the sand and the floods come and the winds blow and your house falls down (or the sand on your private beach is blown or washed away), fear not… Uncle Sam will pay for it.

Sunday School is adjourned. Thanks for coming.

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Handwriting

 Posted by at 20:48  Politics
May 292004
 

Bush Says He Has Cure for Illegible Prescriptions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) – President Bush, taking on Democrat John Kerry over health issues, pitched a plan on Thursday to expand the use of technology in medicine — including a cure for doctors’ illegible handwriting.

Bush touted a goal of storing most Americans’ medical records in electronic form within 10 years, saying that would reduce paperwork costs and cut down on medical errors.

“Docs are still spending a lot of time writing things on paper. And sometimes it’s difficult to read their handwriting,” Bush told an audience at Vanderbilt University in the election battleground state of Tennessee.

Wonderful. Health care costs in the United States are rising at four times the rate of wages. Forty million Americans do not have health insurance, and more are losing it every day. And George Bush is looking for a cure to doctors’ terrible handwriting.

I guess spending a lot of money to be sure everybody’s records are computerized (and available to whomever wants them) is a lot more important than making sure everybody has health insurance and can even afford to see one of those doctors with terrible handwriting.

The man has totally lost touch with reality. He has no idea what is going on outside his circle of rich friends and supporters. (Let’s give them another big tax cut!)

Bush later spoke at a fundraiser at a private home in Nashville where 500 people were expected to pay $2,000 a head for a reception and $25,000 per couple for dinner.

Heroes

 Posted by at 15:07  Politics
May 282004
 

The Republican party is slowly coming apart at the seams. This is good for America. Really, it is.

Catania Leaves D.C. GOP Over Convention Seat

D.C. Council member David A. Catania said yesterday he has left the local Republican Party organization after its chairman stripped him of his delegate seat at the national convention because he opposes President Bush’s reelection.

Catania, a lifelong member of the GOP and openly gay political activist, raised more than $50,000 for the Bush campaign in the past year but became a vocal critic after Bush called for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Carol Schwartz, the other Republican on the 13-member council, resigned as a delegate to the convention in protest of Catania’s banishment.

Catania, in an interview, said he would have fulfilled his obligation and voted for Bush at the Republican National Convention in New York, “but I have no intention of supporting him in the general election.”

“I have to look in the mirror and say, ‘Are you at home behind your eyes supporting a person who would write discrimination into the Constitution?’ There is simply no way I could rationalize that,” Catania said.

Heroes are born every day.

Now if only others would find their consciences and follow his lead.

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Changed again

 Posted by at 05:34  Weblogging
May 282004
 

I changed my mind again. You do not have to have a TypeKey account in order to comment here. However, because of spammers, your comment will have to be approved by me before it will appear for public view. Sorry about that, but you can thank the idiotic spammers. I’ll approve comments as quickly as possible.

I enjoy comments (though I get few) and decided that a bit of inconvenience on my part (having to delete spam comments) was not worth the risk of you not commenting at all.

You don’t have to agree with me in order to have your comment approved!

If you do have a TypeKey account and use it here, your comment should be posted immediately without awaiting my approval. (I say “should” because nobody has tried it yet and I’m not 100% sure it’s working as I told it to work.) Remember, though, that I still reserve the right to remove any comment that is particularly malicious or just downright nasty.

Comment away!

P.S. Jess at Apropos of Something has the latest news on the pricing of Movable Type licenses. (it’s satire, folks!)

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