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Michael Lucas: Gay Pornographer Who Faults Islamofascism

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:25 pm - March 20, 2008.
Filed under: Freedom,Gay America,Gay Culture,Gay Politics

A couple months ago while browsing in history section of the Barnes & Noble bookstore near me, I chanced upon a book which must have been misshelved, Corey Taylor’s Naked: The Life and Pornography of Michael Lucas. Intrigued by the sexy man on the cover, I browsed through to learn about a Russian Jewish porn actor and producer who is outspoken on a number of political issues not (directly) relate to the porn trade.

While this unusual combination intrigued me, I didn’t buy the book and indeed may well have forgotten it had I not earlier today read Jamie Kirchik’s New Republic essay on Lucas “Hard Right: Gay porn’s neocon kingpin.” Turns out this guy is an interesting blend of seemingly discordant parts (inciently a description which could be applied to many gay conservatives though the parts might be different).

A “staunch advocate of safe sex,” he makes sure performers uses condoms in his films, he has earned the enmity of many on the them, thankfully not for this safe-sex advocacy, but because he has frequently denounced “Muslim homophobia and anti-Semitism.”

Reading widely, he is well-versed in international affairs. He even blogs about them, though his blog (warning, it contains adult content) is far racier than ours. He even writes a regular column for the New York Blade. In this piece, he offers his thoughts on “Gay Takeaways” from the CNN/YouTube debate last summer.

Devoted to his family, Lucas uses the money he earned in porn to move his parents and grandparents to New York. He even “put his father to work as a set constructor on his films.”

While I can understand how (to quote another outspoken blogger who performed in the buff), porn “flattens the soul,” I don’t see it as necessarily a bad thing. Those who become addicted to it may well be destroying themselves; that’s not because of porn, but because they let it become a substitute for something else. Others find porn offers a temporary release, enabling them to get on with their lives.

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Don’t Get Cocky, John!

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:05 pm - March 20, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Conservative Ideas

Just before Senator McCain’s series of victories on “Tsunami Tuesday” last month, I wrote, he “seems to take the race for granted when he’s ahead.” At the time, I observed that he ran a “lackluster” campaign when the MSM considered him the GOP frontrunner.

Now a string of polls show him to be the frontrunner for the fall elections. This success has caused Roger Simon to wonder if McCain is peaking too soon. (Roger’s February 14 “suspicion” that “Obama my have peaked too soon” appears now to have been quite prescient.)

My concern is not that the GOP presidential nominee has peaked, but that he may take his lead for granted and run a classic frontrunner campaign. This could work to his detriment given that the MSM is determined to defeat him and the Clinton record of campaign ruthlessness should New York’s junior Senator find a way to secure her party’s nod.

While a recent Gallup poll showed the Arizona leading (or tying) both of his Democratic rivals on “Character and Quality Dimensions,” he falls significantly behind Hillary on one issue, having a clear plan for solving the country’s problems and behind both Democrats on understanding the problems Americans face in their daily lives.

Let’s hope that Senator McCain moves to hold — and build on — his lead by addressing those two issues. His plans to hold a series of townhall meetings across the country is a good start. I would also suggest delivering major policy addresses on issues not normally deemed his “bailiwick” like the economy and government reform. Perhaps, to schedule those speeches in states at the time of their presidential primaries.

Geraldine Ferraro Fires Back

Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro said today that she objected to the comparison Sen. Barack Obama drew between her and his former pastor in his speech on race relations Tuesday.In the speech, Obama sought to place the inflammatory remarks of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in a broader context, in part by placing them on a continuum with Ferraro’s recent remark to the Daily Breeze that Obama is “lucky” to be black.“To equate what I said with what this racist bigot has said from the pulpit is unbelievable,” Ferraro said today. “He gave a very good speech on race relations, but he did not address the fact that this man is up there spewing hatred.” (dailybreeze.com)

Ouch. Hell hath no fury…

h/t Hot Air

— John (Average Gay Joe)

UPDATE (From Dan) : I agree with Gerry Z? I am planning a followup to my post There’s Something About Barry, but want to first read my print-out of the speech (as I sometimes miss things when I read long speeches or articles on-line). The former Mrs. Zaccaro’s point that it was a good speech, but did not address Wright’s bigotry is a succinct summary of my own reaction.

UPDATE (from John): Gerry has good reason to call Wright a “racist bigot” given the award his church gave in 2007 to race-baiter Louis Farrakhan. Wright “applauded [Farrakhan’s] ‘depth of analysis when it comes to the racial ills of this nation.’ [Wright] praised ‘his integrity and honesty.’ [Wright] called [Farrakhan] ‘an unforgettable force, a catalyst for change and a religious leader who is sincere about his faith and his purpose.'”

It gets worse. On the “Pastor’s Page” of the July 22, 2007 church bulletin, Wright reprinted an article by Mousa Abu Marzook of the terrorist group Hamas, under the headline “A Fresh View of the Palestinian Struggle”.

Iraqis Optimistic After Five Years

Well…well….well.

Fifty-five percent of Iraqis now say their own life is going well, up from 39 percent 12 months ago. And 62 percent say security in their local area is good, up 16 percentage points from last year.  These results, from an ABC poll carried out across Iraq and released today, paint a picture of a damaged country that is gradually starting to pull itself together again.

Attitudes toward Americans are ambivalent. On the one hand, Iraqis are deeply uncomfortable with the occupation — 73 percent say they oppose the presence of U.S. troops on Iraqi soil.  [GP Ed. Note – Um, who wouldn’t be opposed to foreign troops in your country?]

When asked whether the U.S. troop surge has contributed to the drop in violence, a little more than half say no. But in a telling reality check, when asked whether U.S. troops should leave Iraq now, only 38 percent agreed — the majority wants U.S. troops to stay until security is guaranteed.

Oh, but wait….    *GP checks statements from Senate Majority Leader*

I am very confused.   Harry Reid tells me “the war is lost.”  I’m sure that’s because he has been to Iraq several times since the surge and has seen this first hand?  So he must be right, and the Iraqi people must be wrong.

*GP reads some news items*

Oops, no that’s not it.  Reid hasn’t been to Iraq at all.   But surely Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi have sat down with General Petraeus when he has offered to brief them? 

*GP reads more news items….*

Nope, Reid and Pelosi both refused to attend briefings given last year by Gen. Petraeus.  Oh, and what was that?…..  Senator Hillary Clinton said late last year that in order to believe Petraeus’ statements that the situation was improving, it would require a “willing suspension of disbelief.”  

I guess we will just have to trust the Iraqi people and the US military on the ground to tell us the truth, since our Congressional leadership isn’t at all serious about winning the Global War on Terror.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Gorbachev Embraces Christianity

WOW. (h/t – The Corner)

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Communist leader of the Soviet Union, has acknowledged his Christian faith for the first time, paying a surprise visit to pray at the tomb of St Francis of Assisi.

Mr Gorbachev’s surprise visit confirmed decades of rumours that, although he was forced to publicly pronounce himself an atheist, he was in fact a Christian, and casts a meeting with Pope John Paul II in 1989 in a new light.

Mr Gorbachev, 77, was baptised into the Russian Orthodox Church and his parents were Christians.

Ronald Reagan, the former United States president, allegedly told his close aides on a number of occasions that he felt his opponent during the Cold War was a “closet believer”.

As someone who grew up admiring Ronald Reagan’s crusade to end the Communist “evil empire,” this is completely stunning news to me.  It appears that one US President truly did look into the soul of his Soviet counterpart and saw something no one else did.

It sure says volumes about the morally bankrupt Communist doctrine that one of its own footsoldiers has turned to the polar opposite answer for his spiritual needs.

Finally, I would note that this story is notably absent from all of the major “mainstream” media news outlets.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)