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GPW’s Case of Writer’s Block

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 10:07 pm - December 4, 2006.
Filed under: Blogging,Literature & Ideas

Just before I set off for Thanksgiving, I wrote “thought paper” for one of my classes. It was supposed to be a short piece, just 700 words. But, for some reason, even that intimidated me. I did get the paper done — and actually liked what I had to say (though I’m not sure it’s what the professor wanted), but it was a struggle to complete.

For the past few day, for some reason, I’ve had this terrible bout of Writer’s Block, often finding it difficult to write. And I’ve been wondering if it’s related to the books I have been reading. I just finished Thomas Mann‘s Doctor Faustus : The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend and while I enjoyed the book (for the most part) found it seemed to almost “paralyze” my creative aspect.

When I read some books, they truly inspire me and I find myself scribbling notes for future essays or for my screenplays or novels or even find myself writing a blog post. So, perhaps, it’s just the books I’ve been reading — or maybe it’s that I need time to let ideas ferment in my unconscious. And that in a few weeks, few days, or maybe even a few hours, I’ll find the ideas pouring forth.

What Islamists Do To Those Who Teach Women

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 8:19 am - December 4, 2006.
Filed under: Liberals,War On Terror,World War III

BlackFive has only the latest in a string of reports over the years that would have any self-respecting American Liberal hooting in horror.  But since their enemy is our own government, and not the worldwide Islamist movement, you won’t see this on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric tonight. (h/t – GP Reader Calarato)

The gunmen came at night to drag Mohammed Halim away from his home, in front of his crying children and his wife begging for mercy.

The 46-year-old schoolteacher tried to reassure his family that he would return safely. But his life was over, he was part-disembowelled and then torn apart with his arms and legs tied to motorbikes, the remains put on display as a warning to others against defying Taliban orders to stop educating girls.

Mr Halim was one of four teachers killed in rapid succession by the Islamists at Ghazni, a strategic point on the routes from Kabul to the south and east which has become the scene of fierce clashes between the Taliban and US and Afghan forces…

*SIGH*  I long for the day when Liberals believe in freedom and liberty again… for people other than their friends driving BMWs and protecting their private beachfront property in Malibu.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Look… Listen… Love… Respect

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 8:06 am - December 4, 2006.
Filed under: Gay America,HIV/AIDS,Post 9-11 America
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Actress Rosie Perez is part of a new HIV/AIDS awarness campaign.  The series of television public service announcements premiered last week on the LOGO Channel.

This is not your mother’s public service announcement. 

Tackling the rise in HIV, crystal meth use, and unsafe sex among gay men with candid yet loving honesty, a groundbreaking public service announcement campaign starring Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez, and Amanda Peet will debut in advance of World AIDS Day commemorations on December 1st.

A collaboration between HIV Forum NYC and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, both based in New York City, the national ad campaign breaks new ground by enlisting female spokespersons to highlight the essential role that love, respect, and self-esteem play in helping gay men lead safe, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

“Despite knowing that condoms prevent HIV transmission, many gay men continue to engage in risky and self-destructive behavior,” said Dan Carlson, co-ounder of HIV Forum NYC.  “As we mark World AIDS Day and the 25th anniversary of the discovery of HIV, we wanted to reframe the conversation among gay men about condom use and redefine what that simple act means.”

FYI… I emailed Patrick from the public relations firm that is promoting this campaignt that I was happy to help.  But I couldn’t in good conscience — as a gay Republican blogger — post anything at GayPatriot involving Susan Sarandon!  Ughhhhhh!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)