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Retreat and Defeat — The Democrats’ Plan

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:38 pm - December 9, 2005.
Filed under: War On Terror

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Look Kids… Big Ben, Tower of London… No Double Decker!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:33 pm - December 9, 2005.
Filed under: General

What is going on here????

No More Red Double-Decker Buses In London – QueerConservative

Why don’t they just tear down Big Ben! Pave Hyde Park! Turn Buckingham Palace into a Youth Hostel! Dig up Diana and rebury her in something off the rack!


-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Relocation to Charlotte, Part II

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:06 pm - December 9, 2005.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

As many of you know, I rarely stray into the territory of personal thoughts and/or information. But a series of events in the past 24 hours has prompted me to do some public reflecting.

John and I have only been in Charlotte for one week, and are only able to move into the new house this weekend. But we have experienced such a change of culture that it has been quite eyeopening. We have been treated more as real-life human beings — with courtesy, respect and genuine acceptance — in the past week than during the six entire years we lived in the DC metro area.

The people we have encountered in Charlotte are so kind and open that it has been such a pleasant change from living in the “what can you do for me” environment of the nation’s capital. I am so happy to have made the move down here that I wonder what took me so long to escape the self-absorbed mindset of DC.

We have good friends in the DC area… and they have always been great. But it is the change of the attitude in “strangers” that has been so refreshing. I cannot tell you how many people have turned around in a cashier’s line just to say hi or to engage us in a conversation. That was unheard of in Northern Virginia.

We have even been invited to a Christmas party already in Charlotte — something that never happened the whole time we lived in Virginia.

So I wanted to take this space to thank my new hometown for welcoming us with wide open arms. We are so happy to be here and looking forward to many more years of genuine Southern hospitality.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Ford Motors Vs. Gay America?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 10:58 pm - December 9, 2005.
Filed under: Gay Politics

I haven’t really followed the hubabaloo around the Ford vs. gay thing that has a lot of other folks riled up. So I can honestly say I don’t feel as if I have enough information, or care enough to comment. All I do know is that I have a Ford Explorer that has treated me well for the past six years, despite the partisan attack on it last fall.

But I figured many of you would want the opportunity to comment, so this is your chance. I’d be interested in what the range of comments are.

Meantime, NorthDallasThirty (one of my favorite blogs) has a good wrapup of the blog-driven “scandal.”

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Our Soldiers Win In This Contest!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:47 pm - December 9, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging

I received this awesome email from a GayPatriot reader…..

Lets get those votes rolling! I’ll match your contribution to Soldiers’ Angels at a dollar a vote up to your limit of $2000. I’m enclosing my receipt for last year’s donation to Spirit of America and this year’s donation to Soldier’s Angels for Project ValourIT to prove I’m serious. (I also bought $1000 worth of phone cards for the USO last year.)

Good Luck,

So this website and the friends of GayPatriot have the potential of a $4,000 donation to a fantastic charity — Soldiers’ Angels.

I have received so many positive emails from supporters of our troops who are excited about this campaign. $1.00 for every vote up to 2,000 in the 2005 Weblog Awards!! As of this hour, we are already close to 900 votes which would be nearly $1,800 dollars to Soldiers’ Angels!


-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Fantasy Friday

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 9:24 pm - December 9, 2005.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

In the past few days, a number of readers contacted me eager to hear my take on Ang Lee‘s Brokeback Mountain which opens today. Some have forwarded reviews while others wondered how well it would do at the box office. While I have not followed the build-up to this flick’s release as closely (or with as much anticipation) as Malcontent (who has devoted a whole blog category to the film) like many gay film buffs, I’m eager to see it.

Indeed, today marks the release of two movies I am most eager to see, that and Andrew Adamson‘s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. While Brokeback represents a kind of adult fantasy of mind, Narnia is one of my childhood fantasies.

Given the anticipated crowds for both flicks, I have decided to stay home tonight and will watch instead the 40th anniversary DVD of The Sound of Music, one of my favorite all-time movies. I’ll grant it’s sometimes quite an experience to see a movie on opening day. When you’re in the middle of a crowd of eager filmgoers, many who have long anticipated the film’s release, it seems like you’re part of something larger than just that moment. And that environment open makes a good film often seem epic.

But, tonight I’ve decided to bypass that opportunity. It’s been a busy week and I could use the quiet time. With only a few hours sleep, I might not appreciate either of these films as much as I would after a decent night’s sleep.

So, I’ll just comment on the serendipity of their release. In Narnia, we have a fantasy world where children meet mythical and magical figures and yet confront the issues with which all of struggle. And we have the Aslan, the wise father-figure, whose image helps guide the children as his gentle reproach help us all find the right path. Helmed by Adamson (who directed the original and entertaining animated feature Shrek), the very cast suggests the quality of the picture. Liam Neeson voices Aslan while Tilda Swinton gives life to the White Witch. Hopefully this role with bring Swinton’s talents to the attention of a much broader audience than those who enjoyed her brilliant perfromances in a number of independent features.


Gay Rights Hits A Snag in the Empire State

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 3:22 pm - December 9, 2005.
Filed under: Gay Marriage

Chad (Cake Or Death) is reporting on a stunning ruling out of the Appellate Divison of the Manhattan Supreme Court.

Text from the court’s opinion:

We find it even more troubling that the court, upon determining the statute to be unconstitutional, proceeded to rewrite it and purportedly create a new constitutional right.

The power to regulate marriage lies with the Legislature, not the judiciary.

Chad comments:

While I can’t say I’m thrilled that this ruling has been overturned, I’m not shocked. This just illustrates the thin ice that court rulings provide for gay rights. It can be there one minute and gone the next. Anyone who feels that the courts are still our best bet for equality are filling themselves with false hope.

I completely agree. The path to gay marriage is long-term fundamental changes in public opinion and winning votes in legislatures and state referendum. Not by relying on the liberal court system that the pendulum has begun to push away from law making and back toward law interpreting.

How many wake up calls will it take for the Human Rights Campaign, et. al., to get it?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Vote Today

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:49 am - December 9, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging

EphBlog and GOPVixen say….. “Vote For GayPatriot!”


-Bruce (GayPatriot)

“Thank A Soldier Week”

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:49 am - December 9, 2005.
Filed under: General,War On Terror

Just received this communication from

American soldiers are risking their lives all over the globe defending America’s interests and defending the freedoms that many of us take for granted.

Do you take Soldiers for granted?

Backstage at the Country Music Awards, celebrities provided messages of thanks to soldiers around the globe as part of the launch for Thank A Soldier Week which begins December 19th. (CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO)

Leading up to Thank a Soldier Week (December 19-25), is encouraging Americans to stop for a moment and give thanks to the men and woman risking everything for us.

I join and challenge all of us to do 3 things:

Say “Thank You” to at least one member of the Armed Forces as you pass them on the street.

Send an email to a soldier serving overseas, separated from loved ones during the holiday season. Use our simple form – click here.

Make a donation to one of the many charitable organizations providing comfort to the troops and their families at home. May I suggest Soldiers’ Angels, my favorite charity.

Do you really support the troops, no matter your view on Iraq? Prove it!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Movies (and Images) which Arrest Us, Reminding us of What Matters

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:12 am - December 9, 2005.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

Wednesday evening, after a hectic day, I decided to go out and see a movie. Realizing that a movie featuring Joan Plowright, one of my favorite actresses, who (in her recent roles) reminds me of my late grandmother, my beloved Memaw, had a limited run at a nearby “Art House” theater, I decided to see Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont. After working out, writing a few e-mails (and commenting to this blog), I grabbed the Calendar Section of my LA Times and dashed out, heading to a Starbucks to replenish my dwindling supply of coffee and to grab a sandwich.

As I sat down to check the time of the flick, I was quite literally arrested by a picture on the front page of the Calendar section. Tears welled up as I looked at the lion Aslan and Edmund (Skandar Keynes) from the Disney/Walden Media adaptation of one of my favorite books from childhood, C.S. LewisThe Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. That powerful image (seen on right-hand side of this page) reminded me of the relationship between the erring Edmund and the wise Aslan in that story. That Aslan could understand and forgive the boy because he recognized his youth and humanity.

Perhaps that was what got me. Or perhaps it was just that the picture so perfectly captured an image from my childhood imagination, reminding me of how much I enjoyed such stories as a boy.

That was not the only image that night which would move me to tears. While I found much of Mrs. Palfrey to be plodding and stagy, I was truly impressed with Lady Olivier’s (Plowright is the widow of the great Sir Laurence Olivier) performance. When Mrs. Palfrey speaks about her late husband Arthur, we know that this woman had once had a great love. I was delighted that her favorite poet is my favorite poet, William Wordsworth.

In the movie, she befriends Ludovic Meyer (the fetching Rupert Friend), a young writer unable to find a story. She becomes the grandmother he never had while he replaces her own negligent grandson. Much as some of the scenes affected me, the movie, by and large, left me cold until the concluding sequence. And then it got me and wouldn’t let go.


Getting the Relationships Right in The Family Stone

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:23 am - December 9, 2005.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

I just returned from a screening of the soon-to-be-released flick, The Family Stone with Out in Television & Film, a group to promote gay and lesbian people in the television and film industries. There is much that I have to say about the film, largely positive. To be sure, there were a few clunky and clich├ęd scenes and one really irritating scene (because it seemed way too p.c.) involving the gay character, but on the whole, the movie worked, largely because the direction was good and the relationships between the characters were believable. As a man with five brothers and sisters, I believed this family (with one fewer child than my own) was a family.

After bemoaning (just over a month ago) the absence of romantic chemistry in a number of recent films, it’s nice to discover a film where there actually is chemistry between the actors. In the Q & A afterward with Director Thomas Bezucha, a number of people commented on that. I wasn’t the only one who believed the relationships (though I daresay the others didn’t come from as large a family as do I!).

He got all the relationships right, including the gay one. I believed these two men were a loving couple. And instead of shining a light on them and saying, “Look, people, we have a gay couple in my movie, isn’t this cool?” he just treated them as part of the family which is as it should be. I haven’t seen this done so well in a straight romantic comedy since Four Weddings and a Funeral. (Well, then, the gay couple was more part of a group of friends than a family.)

Just before coming to the event, I recalled that Bezucha had directed one of my two or three favorite gay movies, Big Eden, another flick which gets the relationships right. If you haven’t seen this one already, go out and rent or buy the DVD. You’ll be glad you did.

I may have more to say about the The Family Stone later on, particularly that irritating scene as well as interesting comment the director made afterwards, but for now, I’ll just say, go see the movie, a delightful romantic comedy, ideal for “grown children” to watch with their parents and families (especially during holiday get-togethers). I should note as well, that like me, Bezucha is also a fan of Holiday, a wonderful quirky romantic comedy featuring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. I wish they’d release that one on DVD.