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Simon & Garfunkel Reunite!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 1:20 pm - August 31, 2005.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

Oh wait….never mind…. I misinterpreted the headline…..

Garfunkel Caught With Dope – Observations of a Gay Conservative

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

Gay Lefty Uses Bush-Bashing In Manhattan Borough Election

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:39 pm - August 30, 2005.
Filed under: Bush-hatred

This pretty much reinforces everything I’ve been saying about how the “mainstream” gay leaders have joined forces with the “hate America first” crowd of Bush-bashers.

Just what on earth does this ranting prove about Mr. Ellner’s capabilites to be Manhattan Borough President?

Watch the nutty ad here.

UGH! Chad… please do something about this on Election Day, okay?

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

United Airlines Is Soooo Bad…

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:28 pm - August 30, 2005.
Filed under: Travel

… that I actually looked forward to flying on US Airways last night. But I’ll get to that in a second.

First, an observation after flying since Sunday afternoon…

I know that flight attendants have to go through the ‘emergency procedure talk’ before each flight. But for God’s sake….should someone actually *be* flying if they cannot buckle a friggin seatbelt by now? Isn’t that like failing a basic IQ test for a job? Or not being able to follow basic instructions on how to punch a hole in a card to vote (Yes, Palm Beach….that dig was at you!)

Keep this in mind….if you are on a plane involved in an emergency (or worse), you will have to rely on your fellow passengers to make sure all of you get out safely. Do you really want your life put in the hands of someone who is so stupid they are incapable of buckling their seat belt? I think it is time to stop the “seat belt” demonstration. If a flight attendant goes through the plane and someone is struggling to buckle the seat belt…kick them the hell off the plane! (/stepping off soapbox)

Now, I never thought I would ever look forward to flying US Airways, but United has been so bad this summer I couldn’t wait to get onto another airline on my flight back from Wilmington, NC to Dulles last night. Nearly everyone who was stuck with me in another United mess on Sunday at Dulles’ Terminal G (G for God-Awful) all agreed that United sux!

First, the desk and flight attendants at US Airways actually seem as though they like their jobs! Big difference where United employees seem to take out their anger at their passengers. Then as I approached the gate for my last leg in Charlotte-Dulles, I had my breath taken away when I was handed (without asking!!) an upgraded seat in First Class. You mean US Airways actually *wants* me to fly with them again? (Hello! United!!!!) And the two flight attendants were, well, HAPPY!

It was such a pleasureable flight especially since every single United flight I have been on this summer has been dramatically late or cancelled — and I’ve been flying every single week since Memorial Day.

Final note for you East Coast travelers….. If you are flying through Charlotte, make sure to stop for lunch or dinner at the Carolina Pit BBQ restaurant in the big atrium between Concourses A/B and C/D. Yum, yum, yum!

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

Tornado Watch Update

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 8:44 pm - August 30, 2005.
Filed under: General

ABC 7 News is reporting possible tornado touchdown in Delaplane, just to the west of Dulles Airport.

MAP OF LOCATION OF POSSIBLE TORNADO.

-GayPatriot

Photos Of Katrina’s Approach to DC

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:53 pm - August 30, 2005.
Filed under: General

Just clicked some shots off my porch. The winds are picking up and the sky is now quite dark.

UPDATE (8:05PM) : Just got off this last shot before darkness…..

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

Suddenly In The Path of Katrina

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:47 pm - August 30, 2005.
Filed under: General

I had a very long day of work and just didn’t have the strength to make it to the gym tonight. I wanted to… but thought after about 6 weeks straight of constant travel… maybe I should just chill out tonight. Lucky I did.

I flipped on the TV expecting to catch up on the latest about Katrina’s damage in New Orleans. But to my surprise, I’m finding that Loudoun County is right in the path of a part of Katrina’s remnants.

There is a Tornado Watch until midnight for all of the western counties of the District of Columbia.

According to local TV reports, there are two “Doppler-indicated” tornados just south of Interstate 66 in Rappahannock and Culpepper Counties. The storm is now crossing I-66 heading northeast… on a path toward Dulles Airport… and me!

Updates here: www.wusatv9.com

Nature’s “9/11″ Has Struck New Orleans

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:50 am - August 30, 2005.
Filed under: General

It is becoming increasingly clear this morning that as the result of a breach of the 17th Street Canal levee, has in fact resulted in the beginning of catastrophic destruction of the city of New Orleans. This “after the storm” cruel twist is a blow to New Orleans residents who thought they may have escaped the pre-Katrina dire warnings.

The effect of the breach was instantly devastating to residents who had survived the fiercest of Katrina’s winds and storm surge intact, only to be taken by surprise by the sudden deluge. And it added a vast swath of central New Orleans to those already flooded in eastern New Orleans, the Lower 9th Ward and St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.

Beginning at midday, Lakeview residents watched in horror as the water began to rise, pushed through the levee breach by still-strong residual winds from Katrina. They struggled to elevate furniture and eventually found themselves forced to the refuge of second floors just when most in the neighborhood thought they had been spared.

“It would have been fine,” refugee Pat O.Brien said. “The eye passed over.” But his relief was short-lived. “It’s like what you see on TV and never thought would happen to us. We lost everything: cars, art, furniture, everything.”

New Orleans is one of my favorite cities. I am so sad about what is happening there today. One of my most memorable vacations (the 1988 Sugar Bowl) was in the Big Easy. And I have a special bond with Louisiana as I was born in Shreveport. My heart aches today.

I join with other GP readers who urge everyone to contribute to the charity of their choice that is involved with the disaster relief efforts along the Gulf Coast.

Katrina Aid Agencies listed here.

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

Good News From Iraq

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:40 am - August 30, 2005.
Filed under: General

Just in case you aren’t a regular reader of Arthur Chrenkoff, here is his latest installment.

Good News from Iraq, part 34 – Chrenkoff

The first international airline flight to land in the southern Iraqi city of Basra in 15 years arrived here yesterday [22 August] receiving a warm welcome from local officials. A Sharjah-based Phoenix Air Boeing 747 arrived from Dubai with 22 passengers on board.

The company will begin two flights a week between Dubai and Basra, Iraq’s second largest city, officials said. “Hopefully flights to Iraq will increase from the region and the world,” said Basra’s governor Mohammed Al Waili at the airport while greeting the arriving passengers. Since the U.N. imposed economic sanctions in 1990 after Iraq invaded Kuwait, no foreign airline has flown to Basra.

……

Fly into Arbil, the regional capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, and you feel that you have arrived in another country.

It is the Kurdish, not the Iraqi, flag that flutters from Arbil International Airport, Kurdistan’s new, glass-fronted “gateway” to the world, which saw its first flights from Dubai, Beirut and Amman arrive last month.

The airport was built on a former military base once used by Saddam Hussein’s regime to bomb the Kurds of Halabja.

Now it brings in investors. Businessmen, scared away from other parts of Iraq, are coming to Kurdistan instead, and helping its economy to take off.

“Before all we saw was war, and planes bombing our cities and villages,” says the airport manager, Kameran Murad, who fought against the regime in the late 1980s.

“Now the aircraft are our link with the outside world. Everything is changing.”

Take the town of Suleimaniya. Its skyline is dotted with cranes. Everywhere you look bulldozers are at work.

“Things are booming. The price of land is ridiculous. It’s just going up and up and up,” says businessman Bettin Saleh, who has two shops in a new mall.

“People have money, people are spending it, they feel it’s safe to spend – and build for the future.”

And that is just a small sample of the entire posting. Funny, I didn’t hear any of this on the CBS Evening News lately…..why?

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

Virginia Gov. Candidate Shoots Self In Foot

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:27 am - August 30, 2005.
Filed under: General,Virginia Politics

Catchy headline, eh?? Patrick Ruffini is on top of the huge mis-step of Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Tim “I’m One of You” Kaine.

Tim Kaine’s $87 Billion Moment (With Poll) – PatrickRuffini.com

A single moment is sometime all it takes to ruin a campaign. Ted Kennedy’s Roger Mudd moment. Mike Dukakis in the tank. John Kerry voting for the $87 billion before he voted against it.

Candidate for Virginia governor and “sportsman” Tim Kaine roughing it at $400-a-night resorts and challenging his opponents to some competitive hiking and canoeing.

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

Airport Blogging

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:34 pm - August 29, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging

Well, this is cool…. the Wilmington, NC airport terminal is fully wireless.. and it is free! Dulles Airport should learn a thing or two. But I guess Dulles should concentrate on actually getting their planes out on time first.

Anyway, I’m waiting to head back home (via Charlotte) and watching The Weather Channel coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

PS – You and I both know that TWC reporters LOVE this stuff.

-Bruce (GayPatriot) reporting from Wilmington, NC

Idiot’s Guide to Liberal Protesting

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:15 pm - August 29, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging,Bush-hatred,War On Terror

Chad has the official guide. Follow it carefully and you too may have your 15 minutes of anti-American fame.

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

Red China Badge of Courage

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:13 pm - August 29, 2005.
Filed under: General

I’m proud to report (though sad at the same time) that GayPatriot is banned by Communist China — where the government controls what the people see, read, and consume. And some people wanted them to buy an American oil company?!?

The Malcontent (blogging from China) has the low-down in his article, “Censors and Senselessness“.

Hey, at least Michelle Malkin is getting through! :-)

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

Scenes from Crawford: “You Don’t Speak for Me, Cindy”

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 10:02 am - August 28, 2005.
Filed under: General,War On Terror

There are some good photos here of the pro-Bush rallies this weekend in Crawford, TX. The Washington Post reports the influx of Bush supporters resulted in over 8,500 people in Crawford. Here is just a sample.

Also of note, Dina Burnett, whose husband Tom Burnett was one of the Flight 93 heroes on 9/11, flew into Crawford this weekend from Little Rock to support the President.

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

The Racism of the Anti-War Movement

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:54 am - August 28, 2005.
Filed under: General,War On Terror

Damning…..

COMMENTARY: The Racism of the Anti-War Movement – Jim Forsyth, WOAI NewsRadio

Even if you drink every last drop of the anti war Kool Aid, even if you are convinced that President Bush was ordered by the Chairman of Halliburton to start the Iraq war and that he intentionally lied to the American people about the existence of weapons of mass destruction, the simple fact is that today, there is demonstrably more freedom for the people of Iraq and for the people of Afghanistan, some 50 million brown skinned Muslims.

President Bush is actually the greatest liberator of Muslims in history, considering that there weren’t 50 million people in the entire MIddle East when Saladin beat back the Crusader hordes. But to the anti war activists, providing freedom from slavery, democratic and economic opportunity to brown skinned people isn’t worth the sacrifice of white Americans. Good thing they weren’t around when Lincoln was drafting the Emancipation Proclamation.

[Related Story – A War to Be Proud Of – Christopher Hitchens, The Weekly Standard]

(Hat tip for both pieces to Little Green Footballs)

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

Sunday GP Mailbag

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:46 am - August 28, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging,Gay America,War On Terror

I received this email on Saturday and was quite moved. When I was interviewed by the Philadelphia Gay News, the reporter asked me what kind of “mix” of readers/commenters the GayPatriot blog had. I responded that my sense was about 50% supportive/like-minded gays, 30% violently opposed/leftist gays, and 20% straight, conservative and curious about a gay Republican.

I’m not sure if this reader falls precisely into that last category. But one of the main reasons I kept this blog going was to reach out to straight conservatives to make them see that not everyone in the gay community thinks America is bad, is against capitalism, is anti-religion, and is supportive of pro-terrorist/anti-war groups.

I found your blog a few weeks back, and have added it to my list to read on a regular basis. I’ve found your writing to be precise and your opinions quite reasonable and fair, and usually pretty accurate as well. It’s always refreshing to see someone who can see the big picture.

As to myself, I’m a very straight man, with a wife and three kids. I’m also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. I was an aircrewman in the US Navy, and have a little over 4,000 hours of Combat Aircrew time in P-3 Orions, and some hours in helos. But I digress.

My interest in the gay community has grown over the years because two of my shipmates were gay. They were fine men, with whom I spent many hours, both on missions, and just on liberty. They trusted me with their lives, and I trusted mine to them. Both loved life, and died far too early from HIV/AIDS. That was nearly 20 years ago, when so little was known about the disease and how to combat it. I think of them from time to time, and can still see their youthful faces, so full of life, with such good souls. I miss them, as I do other shipmates who died in service to their country, lost in their youth fulfilling a promise to the nation to be there if it called.

Maybe it’s survivor’s guilt, or maybe just waxing nostalgic for my own youth. Not that I’m old, mind you, just older (I turned 50 this past February). It might be that I was left behind to tell their stories. If so, I’m a poor choice for that. Perhaps though, I might yet give it a shot. We’ll see.

Anyway, enough rambling. I just wanted to say thanks for the work you are doing. It’s important to cut through the politics and the shrill voices of the victim-cults. We are all under attack by a cunning and devious enemy, who on one hand proclaims the moral rightousness of his cause, while his other is smeared with the blood of innocents. Folks who cry the loudest about oppression and the loss of “rights” haven’t a clue as to what life is like under the Taliban, which is where our enemies want to drag us.

You fellows get it. For that, you have my thanks and my respect. If you are ever up in Maine, feel free to drop by. I don’t have much, but what I have is there to share. I can only promise you a good cup of coffee, a good meal, and a warm welcome.

Thanks for the kind thoughts! But more importantly, thanks for your service and sacrifice to your nation. We are proud of you.

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

What Do Rev. Fred Phelps and Cindy Sheehan Have In Common?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:43 pm - August 27, 2005.
Filed under: War On Terror

They are now inextricably linked together as radical nutcases masquerading as anti-war protestors but instead spouting similar deceitful, misleading, anti-American statements that will probably be used in an upcoming al-Qaeda recruiting video.

Funeral protests merciless – The Leaf Chronicle (Clarksville, TN) — (Hat Tip – Instapundit)

Small, pitiful groups of perverse traitors cloaked in a warped, hate-filled and degraded version of Christianity are tirelessly traveling across America, cruelly protesting at the funerals of American soldiers killed in Iraq.
They are scheduled to stop in Middle Tennessee today, in Smyrna and Ashland City, to dishonor the solemn services and add to the horror and grief of those who mourn Staff Sgt. Asbury F. Hawn of Lebanon and Spc. Gary Reese Jr. of Ashland City. The Army National Guardsmen served together in the 278th Regimental Combat Team and died in an enemy attack Aug. 13 in Iraq.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., will be there, not to spread the comforting Gospel of Jesus Christ, but to spew a disgustingly vulgar and crude message of gay hatred while celebrating the death of U.S. soldiers.

This evil little congregation, led by Fred Phelps, gained infamy for showing up at the funerals of homosexuals to taunt family and friends and to promote their own unique brand of hatred. This summer they started picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in battle with placards that say, “We hate gays” and “Thank God for dead soldiers.”

Their Web site, www.godhatesgays.com, promotes the protests in crude press releases that say, “They turned America over to fags; they’re coming home in body bags.”

So let me connect the dots for you…. despite being a community specifically targeted by Islamic terrorists, the Gay Leftists oppose President Bush at every turn, they appear in anti-war protests organized by ANSWER (a communist-funded group), and now the sworn enemy of the gay community — Fred Phelps — sounds exactly like many of the rabid anti-war protestors who wave rainbow flags.

What do YOU make of this?

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

Gay Groups Oppose Roberts Nomination

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:33 am - August 27, 2005.
Filed under: National Politics

I know Dan (GPW) covered this already….. so I only have one comment. GayCowboyBob owes me $100.

Gay Groups Oppose Roberts Nomination – Washington Blade

“For his entire adult life, John Roberts has been a disciple of and promoted a political and legal ideology that is antithetical to an America that embraces all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” said Matt Foreman, executive director of the Task Force.

It hasn’t been confirmed, but I understand Foreman is in negotiations with the Sci-Fi Channel to be the next host of “Scare Tactics.”

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

Top 12 Hottest Country Music Bachelors

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 3:08 pm - August 26, 2005.
Filed under: Country Music

According to a recent online poll from Country Weekly magazine….

1. Keith Urban: The singer-songwriter-guitarist from Down Under will appear in a Gap ad campaign this fall, wearing jeans and performing a cover of Billy Thorpe’s “Most People I Know Think I’m Crazy.”

2. Joe Nichols: The 28-year-old Nichols was also voted one of CMT’s 20 sexiest stars.

3. Keith Anderson: The only newcomer in the group has a smash debut with “Pickin’ Wildflowers.”

4. Dierks Bentley: 29-year-old Bentley is currently on tour with superstar George Strait.

5. Jeff Bates: Rugged bad boy Bates has a checkered past of brushes with the law. “I think I’m probably the least sexy guy on the face of earth,” the magazine quotes him as saying.

6. Ira Dean: Wild and crazy, completely uninhibited Dean plays bass for the hit trio Trick Pony, which got its start playing regularly in clubs like Coyote Joe’s.

7. Billy Currington: His video for “I Got a Feelin’ ” was named one of the sexiest videos of all time by CMT.

8. John Rich: One-half of the duo Big & Rich, his unconventional style, both personal and musical, are shaking things up.

9. Trent Willmon: He told Country Weekly he’s looking for a woman who is “easygoing like I am and low-maintenance.”

10. Keith Burns: The other guy in Trick Pony, on the charts with a remake of “It’s a Heartache.”

11. Blaine Larsen: Clean-cut Larsen is the youngest guy on the list. He’s 18, according to his Web site.

12. Jon Randall: Described by friends as a true Texas gentleman, Randall owns over 30 pairs of cowboy boots.

My picks……

Keith Anderson
Keith Anderson

Billy Currington
Billy Currington

Who cares if they can sing….

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

GayPatriot profiled in Philadelphia Gay News

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 2:58 pm - August 26, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging

I had someone else read this interview of me first. As she was reading, I kept asking her… “Am I going to be fired?” All in all, I think this is a very fair interview and I’m glad the blog got some ink from my “hometown” gay newspaper.

Out ‘Patriot’ Finds Conservative Audience – Philadelphia Gay News

-Bruce (GayPatriot) – gaypatriot2004@aol.com

For full text of story – click on “more”

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A reader weighs in on the chickenhawk slur

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 10:58 pm - August 25, 2005.
Filed under: General

In response to some of the angry commentary to my post on the chickenhawk slur, Reader DebK offered a comment that I thought was so good I republish it on our front page (with her permission):

Please stop this ridiculous argument. I served for 8 years, my husband is currently active duty and if I didn’t have 2 kids under the age of 5 I would sign up today to serve again. This chickenhawk accusation is completely illogical. Let me just say this – I’ll denounce all those who support the war but haven’t signed up to serve when those who keep throwing out the chickenhawk accusation denounce all those who attack the war and the military (and YES they do attack the military …) and who have never served themselves. (What could they possibly know about war when they themselves have never served, right??) Guess that would mean denouncing Michael Moore, most of Hollywood and the entertainment industry, the vast majority of anti-war activists, and perhaps some of the chickenhawk accusers on this blog!

If you accusers were genuinely concerned for the troops overseas, you’d spend some time learning how they think and what they think about this war. What you would find is that, though many in the military may have criticisms about specific aspects of how the actual operations on the ground have been run, the vast majority of them support what we are doing in Iraq, recognize the inherent morality of the mission, and would serve again. My husband is a perfect example. He served for 7 months and moved on to a different command. He has a lot of issues with specific items related to how the war has been run, but he will go back to Iraq in a heartbeat if the opportunity arises again. If people in the military don’t mind that people who haven’t served and aren’t planning on serving still support the war, why do you anti-war folks spend so much time and energy squawking about it! Get over it and start using your brains to really think about the issues at hand. If you don’t like the war, fine – come up with a better way to handle the foreign policy issues of the day. But spare all of us the sad chickenhawk accusations. Please.

In a private e-mail to me (& reproduced with her permission), she added:

The sad thing is that those folks [i.e., those who use the chickenhawk slur] (by the way, I truly believe it is just a vocal minority of the left) simply can’t believe that anyone would be willing to risk their life for their country, or for a cause greater than themselves. Cliché yes, but still the truth.