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A Day Without Politics

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:25 pm - April 23, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Random Thoughts

Maybe it was spending the evening yesterday with conservatives and talking politics into the wee hours of the morning, but well, today I found that when I was checking the blogs I normally do, my eyes glazed over as I read about politics.

It just didn’t capture my attention. And that’s probably a good thing.

Hope to get back to regular blogging tonight or tomorrow, but let this post remind you that there are more things in the world than politics, more topics for conversation, more subjects for consideration.

GOProud Comments on Hate-Crime Legislation

Just released today from GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia….

(Washington, D.C.) — “In the next few days, the Democratic controlled House of Representatives will do exactly what the Republican controlled House in the 108th Congress did — pass hate crimes legislation.  In their cynical never-ending quest to lower expectations, the gay left will undoubtedly hail the passage of hate crimes legislation as ‘historic.’  While the passage of hate crimes may be laudable, its passage, and indeed even its enactment into law, is not historic.

“The truth is that Democrats have spent no political capital on moving on important election year promises such as the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the partial repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.  Instead of making excuses for the lack of action by Democrats in Washington, the leaders of the gay left should be demanding that Democrats commit to living up to the promises they made.”

That will be the day.  Oh, if you haven’t joined GOProud, please sign up and donate today.  Our group is the only one engaged in the issues that matter to gay conservatives in America.

I have committed $2,000 to the new organization.  Please help us spread the word!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Cocktails with Ann Coulter

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:31 am - April 23, 2009.
Filed under: LA Stories

I just returned from a most wonderful evening. Along with two other blog readers and a banquet hall filled with Hollywood conservatives and libertarians, I celebrated the seventieth birthday of David Horowitz. What a night it was to celebrate this good man and to be able to talk openly about politics–and movies right in the heart of blue America.

Oh, and, I did get to talk about the blog. And, well, gosh darn it, hate to disappoint our liberal readers again, but I had the same sort of experience I have pretty much every time I come out as a gay man to conservatives, so what? You know the opposite experience I get when I come out to a good number of gay liberals as a conservatives.

After the dinner, over drinks with Ann Coulter, a few people did make a joke or two at my expense, but then, well, we were all making jokes at everyone else’s expense. This was the first time I had seen Ann since she attended the Federalist Society’s 1994 Annual Symposium at the University of Virginia, an event which I directed. And while I’ve criticized her from time to time on the blog, in person, she is as funny, gregarious and friendly as she was the last time I saw her.

She definitely has as a presence and is witty even without prepared notes or a teleprompter to guide her. And while she doesn’t mince words (which made the conversation all the more enjoyable), she does listen. And listen very well. In fact, that was the quality I found most remarkable about her. While she was clearly the “star” among the group who retreated with her to the bar after the event, she didn’t hog the limelight, let other people speak and addressed their points in her responses.

She was most interested in people’s stories about Hollywood and the bias they encountered in the industry and seem particularly interested in the work and experiences of a screenwriting friend of mine (who sometimes comments to this blog).