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Santorum Staffer Outing Controversy

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 10:11 pm - July 18, 2005.
Filed under: Outing Witchhunt

All I have to comment on this latest “outing” is: What exactly is all this accomplishing? A lot of wasted energy with absolutely no positive outcomes for gay rights.

Gay-rights opponent Santorum stands by outed aide – Knight Ridder

Santorum’s own words say volumes about who is really hurting individual gay Americans….methodically…..one by one:

“Robert Traynham … is widely respected and admired on Capitol Hill, both among the press corps and among the congressional staff, as a communications professional. Not only is Mr. Traynham an exemplary staffer, but he is also a trusted friend confidente to me and my family. Mr. Traynham is a valued member of my staff and I regret that this effort on behalf of people who oppose me has made him a target of bigotry in their eyes.
“It is entirely unacceptable that my staffs’ personal lives are considered fair game by partisans looking for arguments to bolster my opponent’s campaign. Mr. Traynham continues to have my full support and confidence as well as my prayers as he navigates this rude and mean spirited invasion of his personal life.”

I thought it might be interesting to check out what Keith Boykin, prominent African-American gay liberal activist, had to say about this issue. So I drifted over there…..

Black and Gay and Defending the GOP? – KeithBoykin.com

I’ll close with these observations from one of Keith’s readers (GP edited for typos *grin*):

“If gay marriage is the litmus test for hate, then 80 percent of black people are hateful, and most of the planet! That would also include my Grandmother!

I wish Robert Traynham much success, in his life. Ignore the naysayers and maybe one day Robert will be a Senator! He already gets my vote! I could have only imagined the first black congressional staffers, after the civil rights movement! They did a lot for black rights just by showing up on time and showing there faces!

Stop, hating, and bitchin and grow up!”


Amen.

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

LA Times leaves out key facts in article on Bush Administration’s efforts to discredit dishonest critic

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:49 pm - July 18, 2005.
Filed under: New Media

The LA Times begins its front-page above-the-fold article on the alleged “outing” of Valerie Plame with this sentence:

Top aides to President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were intensely focused on discrediting former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV in the days after he wrote an op-ed article for the New York Times suggesting the administration manipulated intelligence to justify going to war in Iraq, federal investigators have been told.

Well, duh. Of course they’d try to discredit Mr. Wilson given that he lied in that op-ed article. Just over a year ago, the Washington Post reported that this one-time Kerry campaign aide “was specifically recommended for the mission by his wife, a CIA employee, contrary to what he has said publicly.” (Emphasis added.) Not only that. A bipartisan Senate Intelligence panel

found that Wilson’s report, rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, as he has said, bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts. And contrary to Wilson’s assertions and even the government’s previous statements, the CIA did not tell the White House it had qualms about the reliability of the Africa intelligence that made its way into 16 fateful words in President Bush’s January 2003 State of the Union address.

(Emphasis added.) Unfortunately, the L.A. TImes leaves a few facts out of its article. Its reporters don’t mention the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report as they suggest that there is a difference of opinion as to who sent Mr. Wilson to Niger:

White House officials contended that he had wrongly indicated that he was sent on his mission by Cheney. In fact, Wilson had said in the article that the trip was inspired by questions raised by Cheney’s office.

Note, how the Times uses the expression “In fact:” to distinguish what White House officials said from what Mr. Wilson said. As if Mr. Wilson is giving the facts and the White House is lying.

In fact, Mr. Wilson did say what the Times says he said. But, as I noted above no less a source than the Washington Post–no ally of the Bush White House–specifically noted that the facts of Wilson’s hiring differed from what he had said publicly.
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Climbing Out from Under…

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:00 pm - July 18, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging

Whew….. I want to apologize. I have been very neglect in my blogging duties the past few days. And I think I have a couple of good reasons.

First, vacation is always better in the present tense, rather than the past tense… I’m still digging out of work left for me during the cruise. And I’m mad at myself because PatriotPartner (John) and I took some darn good photos during the trip and I wanted to post them. I still will…..

Second, John and I were in Charlotte, NC this past weekend in preparation for our move to the “Queen City” sometime early in 2006.

Yep, we are fleeing the DC metropolitan region. Two words: gridlock and taxes. Okay….and I can move from an outrageous housing market (20% increase in home prices) to a more reasonable one.

So we are moving deeper into Red State America and frankly I cannot wait to truly escape the “Beltway.” Of course we will become the “instant” NASCAR fans required of any new Charlotte residents.

I’m hoping to get back on track with the blog this week…..

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

USS Iowa Follow-Up — TAKE ACTION

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:20 pm - July 18, 2005.
Filed under: Liberals

As a follow-up to our first posting on the ‘unwelcome mat’ to the USS Iowa in San Fran… and second one by Patrick (Gryphmon)…. GP Reader Jon says: “I would like to thank you for all of the attention you are giving the USS Iowa issue. There is one person that can change all of this and I believe there is a possibility it could happen. Mayor Gavin Newsom is the man that can make it happen.”

Mayor Gavin Newsom

City Hall, Room 200
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

Telephone: (415) 554-6141
TDD: (415) 252-3107
Fax: (415) 554-6160
Email: gavin.newsom@sfgov.org

Go to it, folks!

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com