Thoughts on Life, Love, Politics, Hypocrisy and Coming Out in Mid-Life
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Abstinence makes the lust grow stronger
Author John Grisham: Bush administration built around 'bad people with evil intent'
Newark Triple Murders -- Another Laramie in 2007?
Some leaders in Newark's LGBT community are calling on mayor Cory Booker, the City Council and police to answer the question: "Why is the recent execution style slaying of three young people in Newark not being investigated as a hate crime?"
We are told that friends of the victims have come forward to ask why the identities of the murdered teenagers, and the lone survivor, have been suppressed, claiming that "at least one or more of the victims were gay". Media reports indicate that two of the victims were sexually molested before being killed. Though authorities suggest robbery was the motive, some in the community say they were targeted because they were gay.
Feds target Blackwater in weapons probe
Cashwell and Grumiaux pleaded guilty in early 2007 to possession of stolen firearms that had been shipped in interstate or foreign commerce, and aided and abetted another in doing so, according to court papers viewed by The Associated Press. In their plea agreements, which call for a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, the men agreed to testify in any future proceedings.
Ministers who have brought scandal to the Southern Baptist Convention
These are just SOME of the men who have brought scandal to the Southern Baptist Convention. Many other Baptist clergy have turned a blind eye or helped to cover up clergy sex abuse, but the list would get way too long if we included those...and yet that conduct is also scandalous. Write to the SBC Executive Committee and urge them to keep a database of ALL ministers convicted, confessed, or credibly accused.
Daniel Earl Allmond* (FL)
Dale "Dickie" Amyx (TX)
Andrew Argent* (TX)
Donald Chrisler Batson* (SC)
John Bonine** (CA)
Mark Lewis Brooks (MO)
Lonnie Broome (FL)
Timothy Neal Byars** (TN)
Jerry Dale Carver** (TX)
Ollin Collins+ (TX)
Shawn Davies* (MO, KY, MI)
Gregory Dempsey* (TN)
Garett Dykes* (AL)
Stephen Lee Edmonds**(deacon)(FL)
Jermey Patrick Gable**(FL)
Andres Garcia* (CA)
Luis Federico Garcia* (AL)
Tommy Gilmore (FL, GA, TX)
Brian "Doug" Goodrich, Jr.* (NC)
Robert Gray (FL)
James Griffin** (LA)
Steven Haney** (TN)
Jeffrey Hannah* (IL)
Roy Mace Honeycutt** (NC)
John Hubner* (ME, SC)
Joshua Ross Hyles* (TX)
Michael Lee Jones* (TX)
Joel Dean Joslin* (TX)
John Lau* (NY, Army)
Stephen Livingston** (TX)
John O. McKay* (TX)
Mark Woodson Mangrum** (TN)
Leslie Mason* (IL)
Doug Myers* (FL, AL, MD)
Larry Nuell Neathery* (TX)
Kevin Ogle* (GA, SC)
Kenneth Payne* (VA)
Larry Reynolds (TX)
Robert N. Riddle (AL, FL)*(fraud on elderly)
Morris David Roberts* (TX)
Frank Sizemore* (TX)
Phillip Glenn Terrell** (GA)
Sam Underwood (TX)
George "Tom" Wade, Jr.* (AK, Int'l Mission Bd)
Kenneth Ward* (TX)
Stephen Lyle Whittaker*** (FL)
Paul Williams (TN)
Charles "Rick" Willits* (TX)
+ Not only a pastor, but board chairman of Southern Baptists' largest seminary
Friday, September 21, 2007
The gay voter's guide to the GOP
It doesn't really matter. Whatever the cause, you are in a quandary. Your only viable choice in the coming presidential election is to vote for a Republican, and that means voting for a party that has spent much of the last decade casting you and your way of life as an assault on the wholesome goodness of the American family. "Homosexuality is incompatible with military service," declared the 2004 GOP platform. "Attempts to redefine marriage in a single state or city could have serious consequences throughout the country."
German bishop apologises over paedophile priest
Federal Appeals Court: Transsexuals Have No Civil Rights
Thursday, September 20, 2007
SNAP Calls for 'Open and Transparent' Study of Sex Abuse by Baptist Clergy
In June SBC messengers referred a motion to the SBC Executive Committee requesting "a feasibility study concerning the development of a database of Southern Baptist clergy and staff who have been credibly accused of, personally confessed to, or legally been convicted of sexual harassment or abuse and that such a database be accessible to Southern Baptist churches."
"Baptist believers have spoken, and it is time for their leaders to listen," Christa Brown, Baptist outreach leader for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said in a sidewalk press conference outside SBC headquarters in Nashville, Tennesse.
Since starting a Web site, Stop Baptist Predators, Brown said she has talked to "well over a hundred" survivors of clergy sex abuse, most who didn't know where else to turn. With her volunteer-produced and unfunded Web site getting such a response, she wondered how many more victims would come forward if the SBC put its influence and funding behind a similar project. Clohessy said it was "very sad" to hear "people that have tried to turn their personal pain into child protection so mischaracterized."
Pennsylvania Caregivers of 7 Held in Home Charged
The seven victims had unsupervised access to prescription medications and rat poison, and one of the older children was forced to empty the basement's portable toilet daily by hauling a bucket upstairs, according to the affidavit.
Episcopal Bishops in Key Meeting on Gays
Starting on Thursday in New Orleans, Episcopal bishops will take up the most direct demand yet that they reverse course: Anglican leaders want an unequivocal pledge that Episcopalians won't consecrate another gay bishop or approve official prayers for same-gender couples. If the church fails to do so by Sept. 30, their full membership in the Anglican Communion could be lost.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
War President - NOT
"Previous war-presidents have gathered opponents into their cabinets, reached out to estranged former allies, engaged in aggressive diplomacy to maximize effectiveness and rallied the whole country for the fight. What does this one do? Gets a bunch of right-wing "journalists" into the White House to spread some partisan talking points. What a fucking disgrace this man and his journalistic lackeys are. Excuse my language. But I can't take this any longer. We're at war; and he's still playing Rove's game."
I may not garee with Andrew on evry topic, but on this one he is right on the mark.
Maryland's Gay Marriage Ruling: Can You Spell Confused?
But three justices said the majority is willfully ignoring both social and legal change, including a long string of moves by Maryland's legislature to assure that gays receive the same guarantees of fundamental rights as other citizens.
Two justices, Chief Justice Robert Bell and Irma Raker, said that while there is no right to gay marriage, gays must be granted the same rights of marriage as any other citizen. The dissenters said they would have adopted the conclusion of New Jersey's top court, which ruled that "to comply with this constitutional mandate [of equal rights for all], the Legislature must either amend the marriage statutes to include same-sex couples or create a parallel statutory structure, which will provide for, on equal terms, the rights and benefits enjoyed and burdens and obligations borne by married couples."
Grateful Mother and Accepting Dear Abby
Bush To Take Lead on Blackwater
Mormon Beefcake Calendar - Men on a Mission
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
NJ Site Loses Tax Exemption After Refusing Civil Unions
Another Flawed Study That Will Be Used to Justify the "Choice Myth"
Jones and Yarhouse wanted to limit their study's participants to those who were in their first year of ex-gay ministry. But when they found that they were having trouble getting enough people to participate (they only found 57 subject who met this criteria), they expanded their study to include 41 subjects who had been involved in ex-gay ministries for between one to three years. The participants who had been in ex-gay ministries for less than a year are referred to as "Phase 1" subpopulation, and the 41 who were added to increase the sample size were labeled the "Phase 2" subpopulation.
Good Sex, a Source of Good Health
New York Times to end paid Internet service
The trademark orange "T's" marking premium articles will begin disappearing Tuesday night, said the Web site's Vice President and General Manager Vivian Schiller. The move is an acknowledgment by The Times that making Web site visitors pay for content would not bring in as much money as making it available for free and supporting it with advertising.
"The more page views you have, the more you can sell," he said. "In the immediate moment it's a perfectly good idea."
August Foreclosures Zoom
October is expected to be a peak month for hybrid adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) to reset, with the interest rates on some $50 billion worth of loans poised to go up dramatically. In the past few months, the foreclosure story has become a tale of two regions. Some of the hardest hit states have traditionally been in the Midwest, where plant closings and job losses have hit the economy there hard.
The other region is the Sun Belt, which is showing even more significant foreclosure growth as out-sized price increases in the first half of the decade led to virtually unchecked real estate speculation. Nevada led all the other states in the rate of August foreclosure filings: one for every 165 households for a total of 6,197. Other hard-hit, sun-belt states were California (one in 224), Florida (one in 243), Georgia (one in 271), Arizona (one in 289), Colorado (one in 312) and Texas (one in 532).
Monday, September 17, 2007
Iraqi government vows to expel Blackwater over shootings
In any event, any ouster of the company from Iraq likely would require the support of the State Department, which depends on Blackwater for security. The State Department did not comment on Blackwater’s status. Diplomatic security used to be provided by military personnel, but that is one of many tasks that have been farmed out to the private sector in recent years. By one count, some 180,000 civilian contractors are now working in Iraq – more than the number of U.S. combat troops.
Corporate Equality Index 2008
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