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A Challenge to Those who use the “self-hating” slur

For about as long as I have been out in gay circles as a conservative, I’ve been attacked by gay leftists for being self-hating.  Or for being the equivalent of a Jewish Nazi.  Or a black Klansman.

I find this insult most amusing because it was once directed at me by a guy who had confessed that he never held a date’s hand in public, something I do regularly I’m dating someone, having just a few weeks ago, walked hand-in-hand with a date from a restaurant on Sunset into the Arclight and to our seats.  Heck, when I lived in Virginia, I even took a date to a Republican Christmas party, introducing him to the then-Republican Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth and his lovely wife (current in-laws to one of W’s daughters) as my boyfriend.

Reading the comments to Nick’s recent posts on Constance McMillen and my post on hospital visitation, many caught in the spam filter due to their vulgar content, I chanced upon many versions of the old slur.  None of the folks leveling the accusation showed any indication they understood what American conservatism was (or what the GOP stood for), most of those also showing no understanding of the point Nick was making.  They didn’t address the point in the post to which they attached their comment.  They just attacked the man who wrote the post and the blog where he posted it  — not to mention the members of the minority community within the gay community to which he belonged.

So, my challenge to those leveling the “self-hating” slur, explain yourself.  Tell us exactly why you call us self-loathing individuals and do so with examples, not expletives.

Huck on Gay Adoption

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 11:44 pm - April 18, 2010.
Filed under: Gay Adoption

Okay, quick twofer here (not that you asked for it) on former Arkansas Governor Michael Huckabee’s interview last week.

He talked about more than just Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, of course. In fact, his most consequential comments were in regard to gay adoption. About gays who wanted to adopt children, his comments were, in full (well, as in full as reported online by the newspaper):

I think this is not about trying to create statements for people who want to change the basic fundamental definitions of family…

And always we should act in the best interest of the children, not in the seeming interest of the adults.

Children are not puppies

This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?

Now, I’ve never met Huck, so I’m not going to try to delve too deeply into his motivations. I think he’s likely a very good man who just sees the world (having been a Baptist minister) very differently than I do. That said, I can’t help but read his comments as being suggestive that he believes gay couples who wish to adopt see doing so not as a loving extension of their family, hoping to bring joy and stability to an otherwise orphan, but simply as a novelty or trophy of some sort.

Of course, I imagine if I put it that way to him, he’d have a more gentle way of putting it, but I think that’s generally where he comes down, and I think he’s wrong.

But here’s where the cool twist comes in:
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Huck on DADT

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 11:39 pm - April 18, 2010.
Filed under: DADT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell)

You may or may not have heard about former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s interview kerfuffle last week with a little-known New Jersey college Leftist website and newspaper. Seems he got all sorts of feathers ruffled on a number of subjects. I’ll blog here in a minute on his words (and their fallout) on gay adoption. But his comments, as reported by the magazine’s website on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell are as follows:

“I wouldn’t support a repeal if I were commander-in-chief,” he said. “You don’t see foot soldiers out there demanding it. I’m not sure that’s the most important thing we ought to be doing for the military.”

“[‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’] touches an extraordinarily small group of people,” Huckabee continued. He dismissed calls to amend the policy as “primarily a posturing point for political purposes,” and an attempt to “force something on the military that they themselves haven’t pushed that hard.”

“I think we certainly should be very sensitive to the fact that the purpose of the military is not to see if we can create social experiments,” Huckabee warned.

This caused a minor firestorm, and I wonder, for what?
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Breaking News: Left Devoid of Perspective, Humor, and Irony. (Related: World Ends.)

Okay, so let me get this straight:

The ever-so nuanced and most brilliant leader in a generation, President Obama, comes out after the passage of Obamacare and declares that:

I’m not exaggerating…Leaders of the Republican Party … called the passage of [The Stalinization of Health Care Act of 2010] “Armageddon.”…

So after I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling or some cracks opening up in the earth. Turned out it was a nice day. Birds were chirping. Folks were strolling down the Mall.

(my emphasis)

Now there’s a guy who knows the power of words. Or something. We’re to believe the leader of the Free World and what they’d have us believe is the most eloquent speaker of our generation is so dense he can’t tell a rhetorical flourish when he hears one? He can’t discern methaphorical language? Perhaps it’s a certain font on the TelePrompter, and if he’s not reading it, he doesn’t recognize it.

Anyway, comes now the toadies in the left to once again jump on an actual professional speaker, Rush Limbaugh.

In a mockery of the mockery, Rush has this to say:

You know, a couple of days after the health care bill had been signed into law Obama ran around all over the country saying, ‘Hey, you know, I’m looking around. The earth hadn’t opened up. There’s no Armageddon out there. The birds are still chirping.’ I think the earth has opened up. God may have replied. This volcano in Iceland has grounded more airplanes — airspace has more affected — than even after 9/11 because of this plume…Earth has opened up. I don’t know whether it’s a rebirth or Armageddon. Hopefully it’s a rebirth.

How does the Left play this? deadpan serious and completely without irony.

It’s not the president to them who looks like the jackass by completely missing the point and condescendingly belittling those who’d rather not have Kathleen Sebelius determine thier health care needs. It’s Rush Limbaugh for pointing it out.

Coming next? Criticism for Limbaugh saying “Obama ran around all over the country”. Technically, he flew on Air Force One. Sheesh, doesn’t this guy do any fact-checking before he shoots his mouth off?

Score another one for the death of Poetry.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)

UPDATE (from Dan, trying to be funny):  But, doesn’t Obama realize that the bill doesn’t kick in until 2014.  Guess he wanted to give us time to prepare for Armageddon.

Whew! Okay, So Now To Constance Herself:

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 10:34 am - April 18, 2010.
Filed under: A New Independence Movement,Gay Victimization

Okay, so there’s been a pretty hot (and to a great degree oppositional) response to my post from last night about Constance McMillen, the 18 year-old (whom I mischaracterized as a “girl”, not realizing her age, alas) who had been hornswoggled (I’m running out of synonyms) out of her prom. I’m gratified so many people are so animated by this, and also glad to have sparked a debate in which I actually find myself with few defenders. It’s the sort of battle I prefer best!

In retrospect, I think I may have been too snarky in my original post.* I was flush with the glory of having witnessed my beloved Rockies complete their first ever no-hitter, thanks to the great Ubaldo Jimenez, so I was in no mood for sad-sack stories.

Upon further reflection, I think, while I don’t agree I owe her an apology, at least I do owe her a much more measured and reasoned address. At the risk of flattering myself that she cares what I think in the first place, said clarifiaction follows forthwith, below the jump:
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Iranian Cleric Reveals Cause of Earthquakes

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:07 am - April 18, 2010.
Filed under: End of Human Race

Dang.  I’m surprised scientists hadn’t figured this out long before now! (h/t – Lucianne.com)

TEHRAN: A senior Iranian cleric has claimed that dolled-up women incite extramarital sex, causing more earthquakes in Iran, a country that straddles several fault lines, newspapers reported on Saturday.

“Many women who dress inappropriately … cause youths to go astray, taint their chastity and incite extramarital sex in society, which increases earthquakes,” Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi told worshippers at Tehran Friday prayer.

Maybe Algore & Co should simply cover up all the women around the world to stop Global Warming, too!  It has to be related.

Hmmm, I’d like to know what is going on in Iceland that has caused their big volcanic eruption.  Put on some clothes ladies of Iceland!  You are killing air travel in Europe!!!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Looks like they don’t teach grammar to AP Editors*

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:40 am - April 18, 2010.
Filed under: New Media

On Yahoo! (and AOL), caught this headline, President LBJ’s youngest daughter hospitalized. Problem is, President Johnson didn’t have a youngest daughter.  The Texas Democrat only had two children, both girls, so, they’re referencing a non-existent human being.  You don’t use the superlative when there are only two to compare.  Guess no one at the AP had Miss Hickman teach them grammar.

We at GayPatriot wish a speedy recovery to the younger daughter of the 36th president of the United States.

*And maybe not even to their writers.