Having submitted my paper on the goddess Athena and the Trojan War and completed two presentations, each involving (in some way or other) that Greek deity, I will hopefully soon be back to blogging, likely tomorrow (Thursday, March 30, 2006) afternoon. I have to say that I was struck by a number of things in the past week, how the MSM in reporting on the death of former Reagan Administration Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger dwelled on his involvement in the Iran-contra scandal. That good man was not convicted of anything, thus the MSM seem more interested in highlighting the accusations of an overzealous special prosecutor than the accomplishments of a distinguished conservative public servant.
And I realized, given one of Bruce’s recent posts, that I need to weigh in (once again) with my thoughts on gay marriage and the increasingly ludicrous debate. Those on the right wish to score political points with social conservatives by pushing gratuitous amendments while advocates of gay marriage seem more interested in attacking social conservatives than in defending the merits of the instiution — and the reasons for extending its benefits & protections to same-sex couples.
And I have some thoughts on Log Cabin, particularly its “convention” which seems more designed as a love letter to the gay rights groups in our nation’s capital than a gathering to consider means to promote “inclusion” (a word Log Cabin loves to use) of gay people in the GOP. I note once again how the language Log Cabin uses, this time to promote the confab, resembles more that of those gay rights groups than it does that of a Republican organization.
And about the narrow-mindedness of California’s openly gay State Assemblyman (Mark Leno) (via BotW). And to wonder why an openly gay anti-American peace activist decided to become closeted while detained by an anti-American extremist group (also via BotW).
And of course, I want to talk about some of the movies I have been watching (mostly for class) — a great variety of other issues. For now, let me just recommend that Patrick Guerriero watch Braveheart which, despite its flaws, has a valuable message which might help him better understand modern American conservatism. (More on that anon.) Oh, and, another flick I included in my presentation was Patton, a film I can’t recommend highly enough.
And I want to blog once again on gay identity — and why I have been considering changing my blogging moniker.
I just finished reading Robbie’s spot-on review of last night’s American Idol. And it got me all fired up and angry again about this horrible Idol season, as I alluded to earlier. It didn’t help that as I was reading it, I was also talking about the horrible show to a former work colleague back in Washington, DC who is a fellow Idol-maniac.
But this year is just painful. It doesn’t help that I thought this year’s final crop — especially the guys — held the most promise. But as the field of contestant thins, the lack of vocal talent becomes more apparent. It has gotten so bad that I thought Taylor Hicks’ had the best vocals last night. And he drives me crazy because he is either retarded, spastic or both.
As for Ace…. dude, cut the hair. You look like a girl now and that ain’t “smoldering.”
Even my favorites Kelly Pickler and Chris Daughtry were not at the top of their game last night. I still think Chris is the one to beat, but his increasing move to head-banging has begun to grate on me.
My advice for you fellow Idol fans experiencing bleeding from your ears this year….. turn to the USA Network on Tuesdays at 10pm after the amateurs at FOX are done trying to pretend they can sing.
Via Gateway Pundit:
Craig Penshar writes in with this news:
I found some interesting tidbits. I don’t claim to understand the full context, but it appears that these Iraqi officials were admitting to:
* Bribing Russian officials to get specific UN Security Council proposals changed.
* Lying about imported chemicals
* Transporting nuclear material outside of Iraq
This undated media file contains 62 minutes and 36 seconds of audio recorded tape, of President Saddam Hussein’s meeting with high ranking Iraqi officials, discussing Ikius Report in the Security Council regarding the Iraqi Biological File.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL ‘AMIR:
…However, there are grounds for the Biological Program. Sir … one could be suspicious of it [the Biological Program] if we concentrate on it [UNINTELLIGIBLE] and the trafficking effort and dodging everything in regards to it…
…We have succeeded in a few of the UN paragraphs, we have won Russia, ahhh … we have convinced Russia by way of generous accounts [payoffs] in which, you remember how and why it happened…
…They have a bigger problem with the Chemical program than the Biological program, a lot bigger than the Biological program. It is not the weapons, the size of the imported material, the size of [UNINTELLIGIBLE] that we presented to them or the size of the stockpile. They knew that not all of this was true. We have not told them that we used it on Iran, nor have we told them about the size or kind of Chemical weapons that we produced, and we have not told them the truth about the imported material…
…Sir, where was the Nuclear material transported to? A number of them were transported outside of Iraq. A number of them [did not specify whom] knew about the nature of our work in the past [UNINTELLIGIBLE] I mean, they got out. Therefore sir, to solve this issue, we must stand firm. Why should we stand firm? We should stand firm because the time will allow us to confess all that we have … Sir, this estimate could take up to five years while they are trying to solve it….
Screw UN sanctions against Iran… how about UN sanctions against Russia and France for supporting a dictator who was actively engaged in WMD development and hide-and-seek?
PatriotPartner and I are going to be knee-deep in country music by the time Sunday rolls around. Before I fully explain, let me direct your attention to a more interesting reality TV show involving wanna-be singers than the usual “Idol” banter on FOX.
Nashville Star on the USA Network
American Idol was so painful last night (now I know why singers have producers to pick their songs!) that I needed something to cleanse my senses. Thank God for Nashville Star! And the website is fantastic. You can see the performers do their songs via video clips from the previous episodes.
Our favorite? Chris Young. Tall, dark and country! Official Chris Young website here.
But all of the Nashville Star guys are very good, great singers …. and good-looking! Check it out. Tuesday nights at 10pm on USA Network.
Back to our “Country Music Week”…. on Thursday we are making the four-hour drive from Charlotte, NC to Knoxville, TN to see three of our favorite country performers in one concert.
Brad Paisley is headlining with special guests Sara Evans and Billy Currington. (Billy is one of the top search engine keywords that bring folks to GayPatriot, by the way)
Then on Saturday night, back in Charlotte, we are on the floor at the new Bobcats Arena to hear one of our absolute favorites — Martina McBride!
I actually got turned onto Martina’s music thanks to Sean Hannity using her great song “Independence Day” as his bumper/intro music. When I first heard the song, I had to find it! I’ve loved Martina’s music ever since.
So that’s our week. I’m not sure how much blogging I will be doing in Knoxville on Thursday and Friday due to the drive time, but I’ll try!