No, no, no… calm down! Our blog isn’t going anywhere!
I decided to move forward with my online and social media “brand” and ditch the “GayPatriot” moniker today. Dan ditched “GayPatriotWest” a few years ago and I didn’t understand why. I thought our names were cool and provided an instant recognition of who we were. But, as usual, Dan was right so I’m following suit today.
Since December 2011, I’ve been striking out on my own as a political, media, grassroots consultant. Leaving the clutches of Corporate America has been quite liberating and I’ve enjoyed the projects I’ve worked on to date. I also made a conscious effort to push the “GayPatriot” brand for myself online, especially Twitter.
Well, I think the time is right to promote and grow who I am as a person and a professional — not hide behind a cute and fun nickname. I’m engaged in a wide variety of endeavors now with the Match Game show, “The Wrap” podcast, and of course professional projects. Time to grow up!
So from now on – you can find me on Twitter @BruceCarrollSC
PS – NO, I’m not running for office. Just changing things up a bit!
I regret not having had the occasion to blog for quite a few days now. And do hope to chime in again soon.*
I have heard also that while Bruce has not been blogging much recently, he has been tweeting up a storm. And since I am not on twitter, I am not aware of the content of his many tweets, though have heard rumor of several.
Please note that if you wish to opine on his tweets, you should contact him, not me. He is responsible for his own words. For though I do blog at GayPatriot, I am not GayPatriot. That title belongs to Bruce and Bruce alone.
Now that I have spoken, have it in the comments. Let that section be our open thread. And be civil. Even as I urge you to express yourselves, respect those whom you criticize, address their arguments don’t insult their persons.
*ADDENDUM: A number of things, mostly involving my book, but also involving my family has kept me from blogging. As to the family, it’s mostly good things, with a beloved niece and cousins visiting Southern California.
Brit Hume just made my job a lot easier:*
Yesterday, Anderson Cooper all but drooled over the Texas Democrat. And my left-of-center Facebook friends are making her a hero. Should remind them of their support for this woman blocking a bill with majority support in the Texas Senate the next time a Republican blocks a bill with similar support in the U.S. Senate.
*I had planned a post wondering if Democrats’ love for Davis signaled a change of heart on the filibuster.
Perhaps the appeal of Twitter is that often pith makes the point better than a well-crafted, thoughtfully argued essay. Last night, Glenn Reynolds, whose Instapundit blog, proudly produces pithy commentary on the events of the day linked this tweet from Ari Fleischer:
Irony: Bush Admin accepted CIA talking points on WMD. CIA was wrong. O Admin altered CIA TPs on Benghazi. CIA was right.
Highly doubt we’ll see as much scrutiny of the Obama administration’s altering the talking points than we will of the Bush Administration’s acceptance of such points.
Odd how some accused Bush of lying for accepting the CIA talking points, as if the fault lay in his office and not in the erring agency.
Interesting how so few bother to inquire into the Obama administration’s decision to alert the CIA talking points, as if the fault lay in the ether for the erring administration officials.
Last night, I attended a small bloggers’ gathering with conservative/libertarian blogmeister Glenn Reynolds and his lovely wife Helen Smith. It was delightful to see how many people were familiar with this blog and amusing to note how many people confused me with Bruce. Many follow his tweets and appreciate his wit.
Just because he automatically tweets out all this blog’s posts doesn’t mean he writes them all.
Not only do other conservative & libertarian bloggers read this gay conservative blog, but they welcome us as they would any other blogger. And we’ve said this before.
A couple days ago, Bruce forwarded a tweet where a friend of mine from my DC days praised Bruce thinking he and I were the same person. On Monday, at our LA dinner, one reader who joined us thought I was doing all the GayPatriot tweeting. These are not the first times we’ve been confused.
Earlier today, Bruce alerted me to the change in his “handle” on this blog, he’s now “Bruce – @GayPatriot”. He hopes this will remind people of his twitter ID. So, until I join Twitter, if you see a GayPatriot tweet, it’s Bruce. And when you read posts here, they are more likely to be mine, but a few will be Bruce’s (and a handful Nick’s). Make sure to check the byline.
Although Bruce and I often agree on matters political, we have different ways of expressing ourselves. Neither of us should be held responsible for what the other says. :-)
Sure sounds like it with this report that more than one half of Obama’s twitter followers being fake:
President Obama’s Twitter account has 18.8 million followers — but more than half of them really don’t exist, according to reports.
A new Web tool has determined that 70% of Obama’s crowd includes “fake followers,” The New York Times reports in a story about how Twitter followers can be purchased.
To me, sounds like the once-hyped Obamania is biting the dust.
Unlike my coblogger, however, I don’t tweet and don’t really understand how the medium works. To me, this sounds significant. But, then, maybe in the twitter-verse, it’s par for the course?
Over at the Washington Examiner, Charlie Spiering looks at the president’s loss of Twitter followers:
“Since @BarackObama’s busy spamming folks on Twitter, @TomRooney was kind enough to share a copy of BO’s debt plan: http://1.usa.gov/olI0Cc,” Congressman Patrick McHenry wrote linking to a blank document.
Presidential candidate Herman Cain wrote: “@BarackObama calls for bipartisanship. Then tweets out names of GOP lawmakers to attack. #youredoingitwrong #compromise”
Must be that new kind kind of politics, put yourself forward as post-partisan while leveling partisan zingers at your political adversaries.
If Congressman Anthony Weiner weren’t married, the latest story about the recent tweet from his account should be the biggest non-scandal since a federal judge allegedly found pubic hairs on a can of Coke.
As usual, Jennifer Rubin asks all the right questions about this scandal and makes all the relevant observations:
First, if he lied he’s toast. As embarrassing as a raunchy tweet might have been, the recipient isn’t a minor, and the requisite “allow my wife and I privacy” would probably have been sufficient to quell the storm for a liberal Democrat in a safe seat. It’s a truism that voters will put up with a lot, unless you lie to them.
Exactly. She has more, so just read the whole thing.
To be sure, this kerfuffle does raise (yet again) the issue of media bias. As per Althouse, “Imagine if Anthony Weiner were a Republican. (I know, it’s such a hackneyed visualization, but it’s important here.) The liberal/lefty blogs would be shredding him mercilessly.” (Via Instapundit.)
Look, Congressmen are human. They have the same weaknesses, the same strengths, as the rest of us. If Weiner’s twitter wasn’t hacked, Mr Weiner did something a lot of (single) men do when they’re lonely and longing for human connection. Not just that, he pulled the tweet within five minutes of releasing it.
That the Democrat is married does, to be sure, add another wrinkle to the story. But, beyond that, the real issue, if indeed he tweeted the picture in question, is that he lied about it.
UPDATE: He’s not answering questions.
Bruce just forwarded me a message he got from Twitter about gay activists setting up a “Bigot List” of donors to Question 1 in Maine, the successful ballot measure to “veto” a marriage law passed by the Pine Tree State’s elected legislature.
Now, like those who publish this list, I opposed Question 1, but their determination to root through the list shows an interest in berating these individuals. Can you imagine how they would react if radical social conservatives published the list of those who donated to the campaign to defeat Question 1 and dispatched ex-gay leaders to their homes while encouraging church-goers to boycott their businesses?
This type of behavior does little to advance the cause of gay marriage. Indeed, if it helps anyone, it helps opponents of gay marriage, giving them an additional talking point to show the thuggish tactics of gay activists. I hope (but doubt) that other gay leaders and bloggers will join me in denouncing these antics and encourage advocates of gay marriage to make a better case of their cause.
Remember, the issue should be making the case for state recognition of same-sex marriage, not demonizing those who oppose such recognition. These folks need take a page from the Service Members Legal Defense Network, a group whose leaders refuse to indulge in such juvenile tactics.
This is awesome.Â Jimmy Fallon, who debuts as the new host of “Late Night” on NBC, is a big Tweeter user.
Here is a preview of the premiere of the show from Jimmy’s perspective onstage at 30 Rock.Â He just posted this pic a few minutes ago.
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