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Liberal Scholar Favors Massachusetts Marriage Referendum

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 12:55 pm - January 8, 2007.
Filed under: Civil Discourse,Gay Marriage

While the New Republic, like many left-of-center opinion outlets, frequently publishes angry anti-Bush pieces, I maintain an online subscription to the magazine because it occasionally offers thoughtful liberal critiques of the president and Administration — and unlike most of those on the Left today, puts forward numerous policy proposals.

In short, there is often substance to its criticisms and ideas in its articles.

And sometimes, it posts pieces with which I totally agree. Today, the magazine published a piece by Brookings Institution guest scholar Benjamin WIttes which echoed a point I made six days ago. Wittes, like me, favors placing an initiative on the Massachusetts ballot which could “overturn the same-sex marriage rights created by that state’s highest court in 2003.” (This article is available to New Republic subscribers only.)

While WIttes supports same-sex marriage, he thinks the referendum would be a good thing:

I may even have joined those who voted to advance the amendment, not out of any desire to see it pass, but out of deference to the right of the people to govern themselves–a right that has taken a beating over marriage in Massachusetts. Indeed, the fight for gay marriage in the Commonwealth has acquired a serious anti-democratic flavor–one that should disturb even those who support marriage equality. If gay marriage has a future, as I very much hope it does, denying opponents any democratic say in the matter cannot be it.

He has noted that while polls in the Bay State “are promising,” he acknowledges that defeat of this referendum is “far from a sure thing.” Still, he notes, “same-sex marriage proponents need to ask themselves how many layers of disregard for popular sovereignty they are willing to tolerate in order to preserve marriage rights.

He concludes:

supporters of gay marriage have no choice in the long run but to persuade their fellow citizens. At some point, in other words, they have to start winning referenda. One of the country’s most liberal states, having had the benefit of several years of marriage equality to raise public comfort with it, is a good place to start. Pulling out the stops to prevent a popular vote in such a state is not a show of strength.

I agree.

As this article is only available to New Republic subscribers, I can’t very well say read the whole thing, but can encourage you to subscribe to the magazine. While its politics may be left-of-center, they are often responsibly so.

Reluctantly Preferring the Donald to Rosie

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 11:56 am - January 8, 2007.
Filed under: Civil Discourse,Movies/Film & TV

I’ve never been much of a fan of either Donald Trump or Rosie O’Donnell. But, in their celebrated spat, I come down clearly on the side of the Donald. While he is arrogant and pompous, a better self-promoter than a businessman, Rosie is mean and self-righteous and quite intolerant of those who do not share her political beliefs.

Whenever I work out at my gym in the mornings, The View is nearly always showing on one of the TVs. Even without sound, Rosie is annoying; it seems she is trying to make the show about her. She kind of reminds me of Lucy in the comic strip Peanuts. Like Lucy, Rosie works “hard at being bossy, crabby and selfish. She is loud and yells a lot. Her smiles and motives are rarely pure. She’s a know-it-all who dispenses advice whether you want it or not.”

Rosie does more than just dispense advice. She readily doles out criticism, ever eager to use her media platform to attack Republicans and others with whom she disagrees. She tries to inject her politics wherever she can. It’s unfortunate that she has become one of the most visible lesbians in America. More often than not, she attempts to get a laugh by attacking others.

Far from being the “queen of nice” (as some on the Left have dubbed her), she comes across instead as the Queen of Mean. While I would wager that Ellen‘s politics aren’t too different from Rosie’s, she doesn’t bring them up whenever she’s in front of an audience. And Ellen’s humor, unlike Rosie’s, is quite frequently self-deprecating. Far from her fellow TV talk show host’s ad hominem attacks.

So, in the spat between Rosie and “the Donald,” I, like most Americans, side with the Donald, not because I like him, but because Rosie has become increasingly unrelentingly in her rudeness, eager to attack Republicans and upstage her co-hosts.

-Dan (GayPatriotWest)

**GP Update**Rosie Blows Up At Barbara Walters In Dressing Room Fight.

“Cameras are now outside of my house where my wife and kids are.” She turned to Walters and said, “You went all around this and never called [Trump] a liar. You never said, ‘Donald is lying.’ You never called him a liar.”

When Walters tried to defend herself, O’Donnell erupted, “Are you looking me in the face and denying you didn’t tell him you didn’t say this? You’re a [bleeping] liar.”

Uh oh.  I think Rosie The Unriveting will be shopping her resume soon!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Gerald Ford: Intergalactic War Criminal?

How long will it be before Human (er….Martian) Rights Watch and Amnesty International (er…Galactical) approach the judges at The Hague to begin proceedings to put Gerald Ford on trial posthumously for Martian genocide? 

NASA Found Life On Mars, And Killed It – CNN.com

Two NASA space probes that visited Mars 30 years ago may have found alien microbes on the Red Planet and inadvertently killed them, a scientist is theorizing.

The Viking space probes of 1976-77 were looking for the wrong kind of life, so they didn’t recognize it, a geology professor at Washington State University said.

Schulze-Makuch acknowledges he can’t prove that Martian microbes exist, but given the Martian environment and how evolution works, “it makes sense.”

To a scientist, I suppose a unicorn makes sense too?

Anyway, this is of course further proof to the Wacko Left that America is an evil nation and out to spread death and destruction across the galaxies…. and the War on Terror is just a cover for it.

Already, the loons are commenting as such…

January 8th, 2007 at 01:37:15

From: bush monkey

Great,now that we wiped out life on mars bush can send halliburton there to steal the oil.

Gerald Ford:  Intergalactic War Criminal!   Impeach him in Heaven!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Happy 72nd Birthday Elvis!

Where ever you are…..

 

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-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Charlotte Library To Be Honored Today At White House

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:20 am - January 8, 2007.
Filed under: Carolina News

I think this is pretty cool…

First lady Laura Bush will present a national award to the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County this morning at the White House, and Surya Swilley, a home-schooled 12-year-old, plans to be there.

The annual award — from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington — honors three libraries and three museums for extraordinary community service through programs and partnerships.

Library director Charles Brown and Patricia O’Herron Norman, chair of the library’s board of trustees, plan to be at the White House to accept the award.

Brown said the honor “just means so much. I think it’s a recognition of excellent work on the part of the staff and it’s a recognition of outstanding library service to this community.”

IMLS highlighted the library’s partnerships with different groups — including law enforcement and retailers — and the library’s efforts to promote literacy. The library also will receive $10,000 with the award.

Surya said Friday that she was chosen to attend the ceremony because the public library is her second home. She spends time at the Belmont branch, near her house, and at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center.

Congratulations to the Library of Charlotte & Mecklenberg County (a frequent stop for PatriotMom when she is in town!) and to Surya for her individual attention to reading!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)