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Gay Left Opposes Democracy in Massachusetts

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:08 pm - January 6, 2006.
Filed under: Gay Marriage,Liberals

Two months ago, my blog-league noted how Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), called state referenda defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman “unfair, bordering on immoral elections.” Foreman is not the only gay leader opposed to allowing Americans to vote on the definition of marriage. Earlier this week, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), a New England gay adocacy group, filed a lawsuit against Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly “in an effort to block a proposed ballot issue that would amend the state Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage.

Gary Buseck, GLAD’s Legal Director, claims the Massachusetts “constitution says there can be no citizen-initiated constitutional amendment that `relates to the reversal of a judicial decision.’

While one gay activist is attempting to prevent Massachusetts citizens from voting on the definition of marriage — just as citizens have done in fifteen states over the past two years — a prominent gay politician is upset that social conservatives want the people to decide this issue. Bay State Democratic U.S. Congressman Barney Frank called backers of the ballot initiative “disturbers of the civic peace,” claiming, “they’re the ones who want to stir it up. This is a non-issue in Massachusetts.

If it’s such an non-issue, Frank shouldn’t worry too much about it being put on the ballot. If this referendum disturbs what Frank calls, “social peace in Massachusetts,” Bay State voters would likely vote it down.

Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Insitute which gathered the signatures to put the referendum on the state’s ballot, doesn’t think his group is disturbing the social peace. He said signers just wanted “opportunity to vote on the definition of marriage. Odd that Mr. Frank is accusing Mineau’s group of promoting a “divisive” initiative. They want the people to decide an issue whereas Frank supports the Goodridge decision where, by judicial fiat, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court redefined a centuries-old institution.

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The Necessity of Wiretapping Terrorist Suspects

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 6:12 pm - January 6, 2006.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America,War On Terror

Clark Baker, a fellow Bear Flag League Blogger and retired LA cop, who blogs at Ex-Liberal in Hollywood has an excellent post up today on the necessity defense to the charges against the president for eavesdropping on terrorist suspects in the wake of 9/11. While he doubts the president “committed any crime,” he offers a defense of the president if the Administration had indeed violated wiretapping laws in this case. As the folks at Powerline have shown in a number of posts (especially this one), the president was on solid legal ground in signing off on this program. Indeed, a number of news sources, including bloggers, have detailed the extent to which the Administration consulted with attorneys and tweaked the program to make sure they were working within the “boundaries of the law.”

Clark defends the president in the case that he exceeded those boundaries, noting that unlike scandals involving Presidents Clinton and Nixon respectively, President Bush “wasn’t covering up a sexual harassment lawsuit or dispatching IRS investigators to audit his political enemies.” He was acting to protect Americans from future terrorist attacks. Clark has “found no reports where wiretaps have harmed innocent Americans” and notes that “these wiretaps have helped the United States thwart Al Qaeda attacks.” Importantly, he asks:

Can President Bush reasonably believe that its commission was necessary to avoid a harm or evil to Americans greater than that sought to be prevented by law?

That is the real question which the president’s critics should have addressed before they begin comparing him to Nixon. And now that I’ve whet your appetite, I strongly encourage you to read the whole thing.

Dios Mio! Gay Kiss Causes Uproar In ‘Mexican Hollywood’

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:02 pm - January 6, 2006.
Filed under: General

I labeled Cabo San Lucas the “Mexican Hollywood” in a somewhat snarky way. When we went on our Disney Cruise last year down the Mexican coast, it was quite obvious that Cabo was the only Mexican resort that the beautiful people in LALA land cared to put any of their money into. The rest of the Mexican coast was a rat hole. And the Left Coast Libs on our cruise didn’t even tip the poor tile maker outside Mazatlan even though he was giving away his earthenware to the greedy bastards. (I tipped him $20.)

But I digress…..

Gay Kiss In Pool Causes Stir In Mexico – Reuters

A gay kiss in a swimming pool, which two men say got them thrown out of a luxury hotel, has caused a stir in traditionally macho Mexico, where open displays of homosexuality are frowned upon.

Gerardo Eliud and his partner, Samir Habdu, told police in Los Cabos, a plush beach resort city popular with U.S. tourists, that security guards beat them up and threw them into the street with their luggage after spotting them kissing in the hotel pool in December.

But when leftist deputies demanded an investigation into the incident in Congress this week, they were angrily shouted down by legislators from other parties who argued the subject was unfit for discussion in the chamber.

Ah yes, but we all live in the terrible anti-gay fascist country of America because there is no marriage. Oooooooooooo. Remember this and who our community’s real enemies are, would you please. There is an entire worldwide movement wanting to exterminate gays. And it isn’t being led by our President.

Maybe you remember this guy?

Makes you wonder where the American gay “leaders” loyalties lie, doesn’t it? Yeah, it is sooooo terrible being gay in America, isn’t it?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Knocking on 11,000

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 1:09 pm - January 6, 2006.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

Getting soooooo close!

[Related Story – Nasdaq at highest levels since 9/11 – MSNBC.com]

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Instapundit’s Symposium on Military Expulsion of Gay Linguists

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:00 pm - January 6, 2006.
Filed under: Blogging,Gays & religion

Over at Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds seems to be having a symposium on the military’s silly (& expensive) policy of firing openly gay linguists. It would seem that at a time like this, with threats from abroad, we’d want as many officials as possible who speak foreign languages, particularly those, such as Arabic, etc., used by the terrorists. Rather than attempt to summarize the points Glenn and his readers’ make, as Glenn himself might say, just read the whole thing!

If A Movie Airs In Only Blue States… Does It Make A Noise?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 12:57 pm - January 6, 2006.
Filed under: Gay America

I just received an email from GP Reader Dan @ Until Today (no relation to GPW Dan!) regarding the lack of wide distribution for Brokeback Mountain. In fact, his blog posting — Release Brokeback Mountain! — is a pseudo-petition calling on wider release.

While I completely support Dan’s effort and encourage fellow GP readers to add their name to the “Brokeback-less List”, I have to say that here in the Bible Belt (Charlotte, NC) Brokeback is showing this weekend; albeit only in one theatre citywide from what I can tell.

My guess is the movie will be in the arts/gay movie houses where Jeffery and The Crying Game first showed up. So for you Philly folks, it will be the Ritz theaters in Center City.

Although upon further exploration of my old Chester County, PA haunts, I note that this theater is in the heart of one of the Reddest parts of Pennsylvania (or used to be one of the Reddest!).

Regal Downingtown 16
1:10, 4:10, 7:20, 10:30
100 Quarry Road
Downingtown, PA

But I am sure there are places, like Charlotte, where you are really going to have to hunt for the ‘Mountain’. So let’s go help Dan @ Until Today get the movie out to all of America!

[Related Story — The Charlotte Observer’s film critic gives Brokeback Mountain four stars. By the way, PatriotMom saw it yesterday and gives it her four-kleenex rating!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

David Letterman — Just Another Liberal Who Refuses to Understand Conservatives

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:14 am - January 6, 2006.
Filed under: Conservative Discrimination,Liberals,New Media

Like Malcontent, I rarely tune into the O’Reilly Factor. I find Bill O’Reilly pretentious, obnoxious and even boorish. He often brings thoughtful guests on the air, but frequently cuts them off before they have a chance to make their points.

Yet, occasionally, he has done a good show. A while ago, he had a “right-to-die” advocate on to discuss the Terry Schiavo case. He let this guest speak and together they did a good job of outlining the complex issues in this situation, presenting both sides. So, despite my distaste for O’Reilly, I realize that from time to time he can put on a good show. (Maybe he has done more shows like this since I stopped watching his program regularly about five years ago. Malcontent’s post on his latest show on “the gays” suggests not.)

If people ask me what I think of the show, I’ll note I rarely watch it for the reasons I articulated above.

But, there’s a huge difference between my criticism of O’Reilly and that which David Letterman leveled earlier this week. That late-night talk show host acknowledged that while he doesn’t watch O’Reilly’s show, he has a “feeling” that “about 60 percent” of what O’Reilly says “ is crap.” Why couldn’t Letterman just say that he doesn’t watch the show so can’t evaluate its content? Or say that he found O’Reilly irritating the few times he watched the show and so longer watches it?

But, because O’Reilly has the reputation of being a conservative, many in the media feel it incumbent on themselves to loudly dismiss his ideas — as they dismiss other conservatives — even when they are not familiar with them. (In the 1990s, a friend insisted Rush Limbaugh was anti-woman, but acknowledged she had never listened to his radio program nor read a word he wrote.) When someone is labeled conservative, many in the media, just like those on the left, always have this feeling his (or her) ideas are “crap” (or some similar pejorative) even when they’re clueless as to what those ideas are.

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Interstellar Travel — not just Science Fiction?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:09 am - January 6, 2006.
Filed under: General

Although I’m a huge fan of Star Wars, I had long assumed that it would never be possible for man to travel to another solar system. That hyperdrives and warp speed were just things from science fiction. In a few years, they may well be science fact. Our pal Charging Rhino reports on a military hyperdrive program which may allow us to travel “to a star 11 light years away in just 80 days.” This is pretty cool. Check it out!