Monthly Archives: May 2007

Question of the Day

What’s your favorite activity that costs no money?

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Big news for Irish transsexuals….

A transsexual has won the right to have her Inter and Leaving Certificates [basically, high school diplomas] amended to reflect her new name. The woman who was registered at birth as male and suffers from Gender Identity Disorder changed her name by deed poll. For employment purposes she wanted her state examination certificates to reflect the gender with which she identifies.

The State Examinations Commission originally refused, however after she brought a complaint of discrimination under the Equal Status Act the case was settled.

Niall Crowley CEO of the Equality Authority said the case reflected an important breakthrough.

(Article here.)

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Cross-pond rightwing alliances….

Shakers who regularly read my posts will know that I have a very positive view of the situation for LGBT folks in the Republic of Ireland.

That’s not to say, however, that our tiny island doesn’t harbour its share of bigots and homophobes.

A Democratic Unionist Party member is under pressure to apologise for allegedly saying he is “repulsed” by gays and lesbians.

Ian Paisley Jr made the comments to Hot Press magazine and is quoted as saying: “I am, unsurprisingly, a straight person and I am repulsed by gays and lesbians.”

He also went on to say “those people harm themselves and – without caring about it – harm society”. However, he said, “that doesn’t mean to say that I hate them. I hate what they do.”

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A More Civil Union

New Hampshire joins the growing list of states that recognize civil unions.

Gay couples in New Hampshire can start applying for many of the rights and responsibilities of marriage as early as January under a law Gov. John Lynch signed Thursday establishing civil unions.

“We in New Hampshire have had a long and proud tradition taking the lead in opposing discrimination,” Lynch said. “Today that tradition continues.”

Couples who enter civil unions will have the same rights, responsibilities and obligations as married couples. Same-sex unions from other states also would be recognized if they were legal in the state where they were performed.

Legislators who gathered for the bill signing packed the governor’s chambers and overflowed into an adjoining sitting room. They snapped photos and burst into applause as he signed it.

“I’ve listened and I’ve heard all the arguments,” said Lynch, a Democrat. “I do not believe that this bill threatens marriage. I believe that this is a matter of conscience and fairness.”

Yip yah!

My only problem is that all of the states that have recognized civil unions are in places where they still have winter. C’mon, Florida, join the gang!

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In Things That Threaten to Crush Me with the Weight of Their Sadness

Fort Lewis, Washington:

So many Fort Lewis soldiers are being killed in Iraq the Army base will no longer hold individual memorial services.

Starting next month Fort Lewis says it will hold one memorial a month for all the dead soldiers.

Fuck this war. Fuck this president. Fuck the entire Congress who won’t fucking end it.

And fates save the troops.

[Via Gordon.]

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Flying Disease Man Has a Name

…for better or for worse. It has been reported that the Flying TB Patient is a 31-year-old lawyer from Atlanta named Andrew Speaker. And that his father-in-law is a microbiologist who conducts research on tuberculosis for the CDC. Of course.

This guy flew home through Canada and then drove into the US to avoid being detained by Customs officials. Like, you know your disease is so dangerous that they won’t even let you on a plane, so you just, like, go to Canada.

Multiple-drug-resistant TB is a frightening thing, especially when it finds its way into prisons, poor countries or the body of someone without some seriously kickass health insurance to cover the years of daily drug doses, and even then, the survival rate is not comforting. So, yeah…this guy’s kind of a douche, no?

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“I am the president!”

As go tales told out of school about President Deludednutz, this one is fairly alarming:

The White House sees terrorists as born, not created by history, bearing the mark of Cain, not the mark of circumstance. There is a scarlet “T” written on their foreheads at birth and the only answer is to destroy them. This kind of thinking, of course, relieves the thinker of any responsibility for the presence of the insurgent-terrorist-whatever in our innocent midst.

…But by all reports, President Bush is more convinced than ever of his righteousness.

Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated “I am the president!” He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of “our country’s destiny.”

Wow. Sanity has left the building.

[H/T Walt.]

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Read-Ems

Steve Kirsch: Who should be our next President? (Via Nicole at C&L.)

Lauren: We Got Your Punk Rock Sex Symbols Right Here (NSFW. This is literally the exact post I was going to write, including song and text! I love you, Lauren.)

Christopher Tassava: Peace, Love, and Understanding

Scout Prime: I think it’s in the wingnut bylaws that every 6 months or so you call the people of New Orleans stupid and corrupt.

Pam: Winger Pundit: Gays in the Military is Like Me in a Platoon with Hooters Waitresses

Richard Blair: Negotiating With “Terrorists”—Again

Please feel free to use as a blogwhoring thread, as always…

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Well, That’s Refreshing

[Spudsy here, just sneaking in a quick post from internship exile during the lunch hour.]

Bill O’Reilly confirms what we’ve been saying all along:

O’REILLY: But do you understand what the New York Times wants, and the far-left want? They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you’re a part, and so am I, and they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have. In that regard, Pat Buchanan is right. So I say you’ve got to cap with a number.

MCCAIN: In America today we’ve got a very strong economy and low unemployment, so we need addition farm workers, including by the way agriculture, but there may come a time where we have an economic downturn, and we don’t need so many.

O’REILLY: But in this bill, you guys have got to cap it. Because estimation is 12 million, there may be 20 [million]. You don’t know, I don’t know. We’ve got to cap it.

MCCAIN: We do, we do. I agree with you.

So, to Bill, the “immigration debate” boils down to “Don’t fuck with my white male privilege.” Nothing is more important than white, “Christian” males getting everything. And McCain couldn’t agree more.

Wow, a Republican presidential candidate is actually admitting that white male privilege exists? Has the world gone topsy-turvy?

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War on Terror + Cold War = Ultimate Neocon fantasy

You know, haven’t we all missed the old days, when we’d get to hear daily about the inevitable threat to our very existence in the form of a nuke storm? Well, those Cold War days are coming back.

Putin: U.S. has triggered new arms race

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Evolution by God

Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) has an op-ed in the New York Times wherein he tries to explain why he raised his hand at the GOP debate when the candidates were asked which of them did not believe in evolution.

The premise behind the question seems to be that if one does not unhesitatingly assert belief in evolution, then one must necessarily believe that God created the world and everything in it in six 24-hour days. But limiting this question to a stark choice between evolution and creationism does a disservice to the complexity of the interaction between science, faith and reason.

The heart of the issue is that we cannot drive a wedge between faith and reason. I believe wholeheartedly that there cannot be any contradiction between the two. The scientific method, based on reason, seeks to discover truths about the nature of the created order and how it operates, whereas faith deals with spiritual truths. The truths of science and faith are complementary: they deal with very different questions, but they do not contradict each other because the spiritual order and the material order were created by the same God.

In other words, evolution is fine as long as you acknowledge the fact that everything, including the theory of evolution, was zapped into existence by a supernatural being. Those are the terms, and anything outside of that is heresy.

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Al Gore on Countdown

Part One

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Attorneygate Update

Rove protégé Tim Griffin, who replaced Attorneygater Bud Cummins as Eastern Arkansas’ US Attorney, has resigned.

Michael Teague, a spokesperson for Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), commented: “His departure from the US Attorney Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas is a positive development and the Senator is looking forward to having credible leadership restored there.” Ouch!

But don’t weep for Griffin, who looks to land on his feet: Presumed GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson’s campaign is already “in talks” with him about taking a top job with the campaign.

Of course they are.

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His Soul is Black with Perfection

From Jeffrey Goldberg’s great piece in The New Yorker, “The Republican Implosion,” comes this passage about the erstwhile exterminator who survives like a cockroach, Tom DeLay:

Earlier this year, he published a memoir called “No Retreat, No Surrender” (his spokeswoman says that he was not stealing from Bruce Springsteen, and that the phrase has been used many times throughout history, including by the Spartans and as the title of a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie), in which he claimed that as a young congressman he would on occasion drink ten to twelve Martinis at a time. In this period, he earned the nickname Hot Tub Tom. Then he found Jesus and, he said, stopped sinning. In the book, he freely confesses to committing adultery. “I had put my needs first,” he told me. “I was on the throne, not God. I had pushed God from His throne.”

Jeepers. I don’t believe I can concisely convey the depth of my belief that evoking a Jean-Claude Van Damme film in one’s defense is indicative of a huge, gaping, black void where one’s morals should be.

Ditto on claiming that finding Jesus means one stops sinning.

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Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Top Cat

For Mr. Shakes, who loves Top Cat because he’s “a tootally cool cat, dood!”

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Daily Round-Up

Melissa: Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Brynn: Sometimes It’s So Discouraging

Melissa: Plame Was Covert at Time of Leak

Melissa: Kip Dynamite to Replace Wolfowitz at World Bank

Melissa: ZOMG: Project For The New American Bachelor

Kathy: Hey, Guess What? Torture Doesn’t Work!

Melissa: Freddy Got Fingered

Tart: In Which Barak Obama Goes Up In My Estimation

Kathy: American Deaths in Iraq Hits Two-Year High

Mustang Bobby: Second Thoughts

Wolfie: The Consequences of Actions

Melissa: Wednesday Blogwhoring

Waveflux: Not Caring about Hillary

Melissa: I Have Only One Question for Vice President Cheney

Waveflux: Morons Who Put Other People in Danger

Mustang Bobby: Great Moments in Military History

Waveflux: MySpace/News Corp Buys Photobucket

Kathy: The Right: Never Right and Never Wrong

Melissa: Teen Rape: Hilarious!

Melissa: Bush Takes a Firm Stand Against Protecting Americans

Kathy: Uhhh, What Happened To Protecting the American People?

Melissa: Question of the Day

Kathy: Mighty Joe Lieberman

Kathy: Pres. Bush Wants Iraq to be the New South Korea

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Pres. Bush Wants Iraq To Be the New South Korea

Pres. Bush is having visions again, and in his visions he sees the United States staying in Iraq for the next 50 years, just like we did in South Korea:

President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday.

The United States has had thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years.

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Mighty Joe Lieberman

Joe Lieberman reporting from Iraq:

CNN reports that Lieberman is on an unannounced “surprise” visit to Baghdad. Paula Hancocks followed Lieberman around. She talked to Lieberman and reported, “He said he was happy with the progress. He was devastated by the fact that May was turning in to the deadliest month since November 2004. But he said he did believe that this surge eventually would pay off and it would start to break the insurgency.”

Richard at All Spin Zone marvels at how different the view looks from Planet Lieberman than from anywhere else.

Of course, rose-colored glasses always work better in Emerald City, aka the Green Zone — which is where Lieberman spent most of his time in Iraq. Wonkette reports on what he missed:

Meanwhile, “everyday life” continued, if by “life” you mean “mass murder.”

On Memorial Day, 10 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq — eight of those died when an American helicopter was shot down north of Baghdad. And yesterday, “gunmen dressed in police uniforms staged a well-coordinated kidnapping at Iraq’s Finance Ministry and abducted five Britons. Two vehicle bombings in Baghdad killed at least 44 people and injured 74. And the bodies of 32 men — all shot and tortured, some handcuffed and blindfolded — were found in two locations north and south of the capital on Tuesday.”

Lieberman laughed and said, “The surge is working!” May is already the deadliest month for American troops in Iraq since 2004.

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Question of the Day

Who needs to make a comeback?

It can be an actor, a writer, a singer, a comedian, an athlete…any profession. Now, we’re not talking about a comeback from the dead here; just someone (alive) who’s had a good career in the past which has faded for whatever reason, and you wish it weren’t so.

I’m going to go with Robert Downey, Jr. But only because I know that Morrissey and Marr will never just get over it and get on with it already.

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Uhhh, What Happened To Protecting the American People?

As Liss mentioned below, the Bush administration is taking legal action to prevent a small meatpacking company in Kansas from testing its entire herd for mad cow disease. WTF, you say? Oh, don’t worry. They have a good reason: They want to protect the giant meatpackers from consumer pressure to test their cows [my emphasis]:

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