[Last week Mayor Bloomberg signed into law "a ban on the sale of any sugary beverage over 16 ounces in any of the city's restaurants, delis, movie theaters or even street carts." (To read more, click here.)]
Dear Mayor Bloomberg ~
I’m sorry. This is the dumbest, cheapest idea ~ maybe ever. Sure, a giant soda is horribly unhealthy. Absolutely terrible and loaded with calories that contribute to obesity. But this seems like the easiest way to deal with a problem that is much more complicated than just taking away sugary drinks ~ in some places. Instead of making giant sugary drinks unavailable ~ kind of ~ why don’t you look at the connection between poverty and obesity? Why don’t you go through a grocery store and compare the prices of fruits and vegetables [continue reading...]
From the article Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Wider Than Believed: Susan Collins via The Huffington Post ~
Lieberman said 64 allegations or complaints of sexual misconduct were made against Secret Service employees in the last five years.
Three of those, Lieberman said, were complaints of inappropriate relationships with a foreign national and one of “nonconsensual intercourse,” on which he didn’t have enough information to elaborate. Sullivan said that complaint was investigated by outside law enforcement officers, who decided not to prosecute.
Thirty other cases involved alcohol, Lieberman said, almost all relating to driving under the influence.
Sullivan also told the committee an agent was fired in a 2008 Washington prostitution episode, after trying to hire an uncover police officer.
Charles Edwards, the inspector general at the Homeland Security Department conducting his own probe, and Sullivan discussed [continue reading...]
Video via one of my favorite blogs, The Randy Report ~
I have a few questions: How did this woman get on your show? Was she forced on you? Was she there by accident?
Doubtful. People don’t just appear on national television. For example, I have never been just kind of wandering by Columbus Circle and found myself the focal point of a segment on a talk show. I don’t know a lot about tv, but I know enough to know that ain’t how it works. No, you either invited her on or she reached out to you and you said yes. Then you brought her on and feigned disgust as if you had nothing to do with her being there. You invited her into your “home” [continue reading...]
May 22, 2012
Write the Power
Via one of my favorite blogs, The Randy Report ~
Dear Pastor Worley ~
A few questions:
1. Can we have disco in the Gay Pen?
2. How did you arrive at the measurements for the Gay Pen? Have you researched this or did you just throw out a number?
3. Logistically, how do we get all the gays to the Gay Pen?
4. Have you picked a spot for the Gay Pen? (Hopefully someplace with a water view.)
5. Why feed us?
6. Who’s paying to build the fence? Who’s paying to electrify the fence? Are we going to have to raise taxes for your proposed Gay Pen?
7. If it makes you “pukin’ sick” to “imagine kissin’ some man,” why do it? I can tell you with absolute certainty that I will never, ever imagine you kissing anyone.
8. When new gay people are born, then what?
9. Why separate the sexes? That [continue reading...]
“That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to finally speak up for marriage equality is offensive and callous. Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue, but LGBT Americans are right to be angry that this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch. This administration has manipulated LGBT families for political gain as much as anybody, and after his campaign’s ridiculous contortions to deny support for marriage equality this week he does not deserve praise for an announcement that comes a [continue reading...]
“I think, for those for whom the only issue that really matters is the definition of marriage, I won’t get their support, and I accept that that’s a reality. On the other hand, for those for whom it’s not the central issue in their life, if they care about job creation, if they care about national security, if they care about a better future for the country at large, then I think I’ll get their support.” ~Newt Gingrich to gay Iowan Scott Arnold on December 20, 2011
Dear Newt -
For the past week I have been writing and rewriting a letter to you regarding this exchange you had with Mr. Arnold. It has so infuriated me that I find I can barely put a word on paper without splintering off into the myriad ways you are wrong ~ and I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out laughably hypocritical ~ on [continue reading...]
Dear Governor Christie ~
Thank you for the statement you made on 770 WABC Radio denouncing Viki Knox’s homophobic statements on Facebook and, allegedly, in school. Thank you for supporting an “examination of how that teacher conducts herself in the classroom.”
Of her words you said, “I think that kind of example is not a positive one at all to be setting for folks who have such an important and influential position in our society. I’m really concerned about those kinds of statements being made.” I couldn’t agree more. I am concerned as well. You are the governor of our state and you hold an “important and influential position in our society” as well. This is why I’d like to point out that while your words are more subtle than Ms. Knox’s, your opposition to marriage equality sends the same message. It is a message that says we, New Jersey’s LGBT citizens, [continue reading...]
In an interview she gave to the Hollywood Reporter, Rachel Maddow voiced her opinion on marriage equality:
“‘I feel that gay people not being able to get married for generations, forever, meant that we came up with alternative ways of recognizing relationships,’ she explains. ‘And I worry that if everybody has access to the same institutions that we lose the creativity of subcultures having to make it on their own. And I like gay culture.”
Dear Rachel ~
I am a 39 year old gay man. I am a huge fan of yours and while I agree with you on almost every issue, I have to tell you that I found your views on marriage equality short-sighted at best.
This isn’t about the preservation of gay culture. This is about equality, and while I will certainly utilize my right to marry the instant I get it, it is ultimately not about my equality or [continue reading...]
Dear Rabbi Levin -
I’m intrigued by your response to the east coast’s recent earthquake (Click here for full response.) and I have a few questions I’d like you to answer.
1) If God is so angry, why such a weak quake? (Although the cracks in the Washington Monument could be seen as symbolic & interpreted as a commentary on Congress.)
2) If God is so powerful, why such a general display? Can’t He create more of a specific gayquake that affects only domesticated gays and the people who love them, like them or just plain don’t give a rat’s ass about them?
3) Did you feel the earthquake? Hmmmm…interesting.
4) Is it not possible that God sent the earthquake to shut you the fuck up? Until we can agree on His message, as surely as you’ll keep being an asshole, I’ll keep loving my husband.
5) If God hates gays so much, why are [continue reading...]