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Focus on Obama’s Controversial Associations Keeps Attention Away from Hillary’s Unsavory Allies & Antics

In the runup to last week’s Pennsylvania primary, we heard so much about Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama’s comment about the bitterness of rural voters in he Keystone State that the media paid relatively little attention to Bill Clinton’s approximately simultaneous attempt to justify his wife’s misrepresentations of a trip she took as First Lady to Bosnia.  His arrogance kept us from hearing more about the Clintons’ deceptions.

This past week, with media focus on the latest rantings of Jeremiah Wright, the Illinois Democrat’s former pastor, and some of the Senator’s other radical personal associations Hillary emerges as the sober alternative to her suddenly controversial challenger. Indeed, some leftists believe Wright is being paid to keep talking.

With this preacher in the news, the media has been giving short shrift to Mrs. Clinton’s own scandal. It seems she’s improving in the polls not so much because of her focus on issues (as she claims), but because she is the only Democratic alternative to Obama.

To be sure, a few bloggers took note of her inability to use a convenience store coffee machine. But, that story didn’t garner as much attention as Geroge H.W. Bush’s curiosity about a supermarket scanner. Guess, it’s only a story when a Republican seems out of touch with the modern technology we common folk use every day.

As Ms. Hillary escapes a media onslaught to which she would fall victim were there an (R) after her name, John F. Harris and Jim Vandenhei list some issues Obama would like the former First Lady to address (Via Volokh via Glenn). As they note, her rival’s supporters might argue that not all “Clinton controversies” have been “fully ventilated.”

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Julie Kept me up all Night

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:45 pm - May 2, 2008.
Filed under: Literature & Ideas,Movies/Film & TV

Once, Julie Andrews could have danced all night.

Yesterday, I bought her memoir, Home, and was looking forward to reading it before bed. But, as I was checking the web, I had a brainstorm based on a conversation recently concluded, wrote that out (posting it later today) and then discovered Pajamas had posted my piece on Out‘s one-sided coverage of Washington’s gay wars, so was eager to update the blog and alert my friends.

It was well pat my bed-tie when I hit the hay. I expected to go to sleep as soon I lay down, but then I saw Julie’s book on my nightstand. All at once my heart took flight, eager to learn a thousand things about this beloved actor/singer I’d never known before.

But, I do have an idea what made it so exciting. I could have read, read, read all night.

On Movies & Storytelling

When I first moved to LA, most of my friends were in or, as I, aspired to be in the entertainment industry. Oftentimes when we got together, we would have long discussions about movies, what makes a film great, why chemistry between actors is so crucial, how a good director can tease a great performance out of a mediocre performer or just about why we love this form of story-telling so much.

As I’ve moved away from pursuing a screenwriting career and focused more on studying mythology and writing about politics and cultural matters, I’ve lost touch with some of those friends, a number of whom have left town when they didn’t break into the business as they had hoped. And I haven’t talked about movies as much I would like.

So naturally last night, I was delighted to finally have dinner with a new friend who, unlike most of my friends in LA, is a movie buff. How I loved talking movies with someone who could guess my favorite director with only two clues, he was Greek and controversial. (Now if I could just find a friend who loves movies, is gay, votes Republican and reads mythology.)

Anyway, when we were discussing two of his favorite directors, Françcois Truffaut and Federico Fellini, I called them filmmakers, distinguishing them from the story-tellers I love (Kazan, Billy Wilder, Frank Capra and Stephen Spielberg to name a few). What these latter understood, I said, was that movies showed us all that is good in the world.

I thought that line, about movies and showing us all that is good in the world, simple as it was, trite almost, really got at my love for the medium. At the moment, it sounded so profound. And perhaps it was in the context of the conversation. Sometimes, we find the greatest lines come to us when we’re not looking for them (and oftentimes when we lack a pen or pencil to jot them down).

Anyway, it struck me, especially given the most recent Academy Awards, that Hollywood seems more eager to reward filmmakers than to honor storytellers, those directors can show a human being on a journey, how, in relating to his fellows, he learns an important lesson, a lesson which relates the struggles all of us, not just the celluloid hero, face. In part because of that universal theme, the director succeeds in engaging the audience, those following that journey through the medium of film.

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The President on Oil Prices & the Economy

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:38 pm - May 2, 2008.
Filed under: Economy,Freedom,National Politics

This morning while doing some chores around my apartment, I had FoxNews on as the network broadcast the President’s talk In St. Louis.

From a brief few moments, I was impressed by the clarity of his expression (yet did hear a few of his characteristically awkward turns of phrase). He said gas prices were so high in part because of policies which “prevent us from looking for oil in our own land.” (I believe this to be an accurate quote, but was not taking notes as I watched, recording it only later.) He also talked about the increase in world demand for oil and noted that we had built no new refineries since 1976.*

The president is right. There are a number of factors contributing to high oil prices. And while Congress (and all too many Americans) blame the president, he is not entirely responsible for this increase. But, of course, when things go wrong, we blame the incumbent Administration, even in situations when it bears little responsibility for the state of affairs.

If the president failed at all on this score, it was in not pushing hard enough to increase oil exploration in our own lands (especially in Alaska) and to repeal regulation which made it difficult to search for new domestic sources of oil and natural gas and which prevent the construction of new refineries.

Even as the president acknowledges “that the economy is not as robust as it needs to be,” its is not in as dire streets as the Democrats (and some in the MSM) claim. The latest employment numbers show a smaller loss of jobs than anticipated, suggesting that “economy might be resisting falling into recession.

*In other words, the solution is not increased regulation as the Democrats propose, but deregulation which John McCain largely supports.

Anti-American London Mayor Voted Out

Glenn Reynolds reports that “Red Ken” Livingstone, the leftist Mayor of London, has lost his job, with Londoners voting this lover of all things anti-American out of office.

Oh Happy Day! Oh Happy, happy!

UPDATE: It seems London’s Telegraph pulled this article declaring Tory Mayoral candidate Boris Johnson the winner, but running this piece on the count dragging on.

ADDENDUM TO UPDATE: This google search shows the headline announcing Johnson’s victory.

UP-UPDATE: This London Times blog helps explain why we don’t yet have an official verdict on the election.

UP-UP-UPDATE: SkyNews reports that Boris Johnson has won. Red Ken is out. Breitbart confirms.

Support Embattled Canadian Blogress Divas!

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:41 pm - May 2, 2008.
Filed under: Blogging,Blogress Divas,Free Speech,Freedom

Yesterday, Glenn Reynolds encouraged his readers to support a variety of bloggers (instead of himself), notably Michael Yon and Michael Totten who are doing yeoman’s work covering the War against Islamofascism, going to battlefields many in the MSM won’t dare visit or may not even know about.

He also recommended supporting embattled Canadian bloggers whom serial “human rights” complainant Richard Warman is suing.  His targets include Grande Conservative Blogress Diva nominees Kathy Shaidle of FiveFeetofFury.com and Kate McMcMillan of Small Dead Animals. In order to prevent protected groups, including enemies of the West, from not being offended in the Great White North, Warman is trying to shut down conservative web-sites and silence conservative pundits.

As you can’t support all the bloggers through one legal defense fund, you need to support them separately. Please join me in sending a few bucks to Kathy and Kate, the latter of whom commenter John Santos much (and unfairly) maligned during the Blogress Diva Competition.

Click here to help Kathy and here to help Kate.

Nice Car, Congressman Rangel

Have you heard about US Congressman Charles Rangel’s wheels?  Did you know that YOU are paying the lease?

Congressman Charles Rangel was recently seen getting out of his Cadillac DeVille, which he leases for $774 per month.  Then there was Congressman Jose Serrano, getting out of his Buick LaCrosse, which he leases for $317 per month.  And how about this one: Congressman Gregory Meeks was recently seen waiting for Congressman John Conyers to step out of Meeks’ Lexus LS460, which Meeks leases for $998 per month.
All those leases are picked up by taxpayers through a little-known program available only to members of the House of Representatives.

Rangel: “I could probably find something for … one of those red cars and then I think my constituents would say, ‘With all the money that he gets, this is the respect he shows us?'”

“..this is the respect HE shows US?”   What a spit in the face of his consituents.

Hey, Congress…. don’t worry about it, really.   I mean it is only my money you are wasting.   We know you don’t care.

By sheer coincidence, all of the Members of Congress in the CBS News report seem to come from no particular political party at all.  You’d have to dig past the article itself to find out they are all from the House Majority Party — The Democrats.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Washington’s One-Sided Gay War

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:33 am - May 2, 2008.
Filed under: Gay Media,Liberals

Reading our blog’s coverage of the biased article in Out magazine, Pajamas asked me to expand my thoughts into an essay for them. I did just that. It’s up. Here are the first few paragraphs:

In his recent book Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, Jonah Goldberg observes how frequently liberals, even those in the media, dub conservatives fascists. We gay conservatives face similar name-calling from our liberal peers, even those in the gay media.

Our gay peers, however, don’t limit themselves to calling us fascists. They also call us the equivalent of African-American Klansmen or Jewish Nazis (and think themselves original when they use those tired and inaccurate analogies). The adjective they use most frequently to describe us in “self-hating” and the noun “hypocrite.”

True to form, Charles Kaiser begins his piece, “Washington’s Gay War,” in Out magazine (kind of a gay equivalent of Vanity Fair) referencing “an ancient hypocrisy at the heart of the GOP.” While he may be fascinated by this ancient legend, he doesn’t devote much time to the present-day reality of gay Republicans (except as viewed through the lens of gay Democrats).

Now that I’ve whet your appetite, click here to read the rest.