Thoughts on Life, Love, Politics, Hypocrisy and Coming Out in Mid-Life
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Michigan Results Reveal Some Dangerous Trends For Clinton
Clinton ran poorly among young voters of all races, losing those under the age of 30 by 39-48 percent; splitting voters from 30 to 44 by 46-48 percent; solidly carrying the 45 to 56 age group by 54-34 percent; and winning voters 60 and older by a landslide 67-31 percent.
Indiana Gay Marriage Ban Won't Get Hearing
“I’m not planning on having a hearing,” Pelath said. “The short session (of the legislature) was designed to deal with emergencies. We have a very serious problem with the property tax system, and we don’t have any gay marriages in Indiana.”
Students stage new anti-Catholic protest in Rome
Students marched in the rain with banners reading "Freedom for the University", after decrying what they view as Church meddling in Italian affairs through its public stance on issues like abortion, gay rights and euthanasia. The German Pontiff decision not to attend Thursday's ceremony followed protests by a small but vociferous group of students and faculty members. Some occupied part of the campus to demand he stay away.
Snow? Region could wake up Sunday to as much as 4 inches of white stuff
“I would say the chances are close to 50/50 and they may actually be higher than that,” he said Friday. The Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina beginning this afternoon.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Are Gay Relationships Different?
But Gottman and Levenson also found that when gay men initiate difficult discussions with their partners, the partners are worse than straight or lesbian couples at "repairing"--essentially, making up. Gottman and Levenson suggest that couples therapists should thus focus on helping gay men learn to repair.
Despite Pleas by Virginia Tech Families, Virginia Legislative Panel Rejects Gun Bill
Attorney Job Dissatisfaction
For all of you out there, my advice is read and heed this truth.
Huckabee On Divorce - Ban It
Marriage has historically, as long as there’s been human history, meant a man and a woman in a relationship for life. Once we change that definition, then where does it go from there?
The Bible is clear. Jesus is actually explicit on this - and never mentioned homosexuality. Divorce is clearly forbidden. If we have strayed from such a core Biblical principle, and the Constitution is the place where we are supposed to resolve social policy, then Huckabee must support a constitutional amendment to ban divorce everywhere for everyone. So how about it, GOP? Are you serious about the Bible as the basis for politics or not?
Texas Prosecutor Who Castigated Gays In Landmark Sodomy Case Embroiled In Sex Scandal
Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal (R) is facing a state investigation into the emails which were discovered on his office computer. If he is found in violation of "official misconduct'' he could be removed from office. The office computer also contained evidence he had used it for political purposes. Rosenthal who is married and portrayed himself as a "family values" candidate ended his re-election campaign last week after the sexy emails to his secretary were discovered. His current term runs out at the end of 2008.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
TACT Benefit Production of Pet Sounds
Canada puts U.S. on Torture Watch List
It notes specific "U.S. interrogation techniquies," which include "forced nudity, isolation, and sleep deprivation." The U.S. has repeatedly denied allegations by international groups that it tortures prisoners captured in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. However, U.S. officials have refused to comment on the Canadian list.
But international observers say they are heartened by the specificity of the Canadian list. Alex Neve of Amnesty International says he is surprised that Canada would risk offending allies by naming countries that potentially torture prisoners. "These are countries where, sadly, the record is clear -- torture and ill treatment happens," said Neve.
Baptists Taking Notes From the Vatican??
Dogged for 20 years by dozens of allegations of extramarital sex with parishioners, Gilyard, 45, resigned Jan. 4 after 15 years as pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, a 7,000-member megachurch in Jacksonville, Fla. Police are investigating a Nov. 29 complaint filed by a member of the church claiming Gilyard sent sexually explicit text messages to her middle-school daughter.
A native of Palatka, Fla., Gilyard rose to sudden fame in the Southern Baptist Convention in the late 1980s under the mentorship of former SBC presidents Jerry Vines and Paige Patterson. The attention catapulted him to several pastorates as well as appearances on Jerry Falwell's nationally broadcast TV program.
Noting Gilyard is now charged with abusing teenagers, not just adults, Clohessy said, "This often happens when a pastor’s predatory conduct goes unchecked: the hurtful and abusive conduct escalates."
Huckabee Directly Equates Homosexuality With Bestiality
HUCKABEE: Well, I don’t think that’s a radical view to say we’re going to affirm marriage. I think the radical view is to say that we’re going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal. Again, once we change the definition, the door is open to change it again. I think the radical position is to make a change in what’s been historic.
Here is some additional reponse from Huckabee on amending the Constitution:
Home Construction Drops 25 Percent - Largest Drop in 27 Years
Many economists believe that the current slump in housing will rival the dive in the late 1970s and early 1980s when housing construction fell for four straight years before beginning to recover after the severe 1981-82 recession. The drop in construction in December was bigger than economists had been expecting and reflected weakness in all parts of the country. Housing construction fell by 30.8 percent in the Midwest and was down 25.8 percent in the Northeast and 19.6 percent in the West. The decline in the South was a smaller 3.3 percent. Economists said the weakness showed that the housing correction was getting worse since the turmoil in financial markets hit in August.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Crocodile Tears - Christianists Whine Over TV Show Depiction of Christians
There is a relentless attempt by the media to stereotype Christians as prone to violence, said Dr. Gary Cass, chairman and CEO of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, as he criticized the producers as insensitive. He added that it is negative portrayals of Christians like that featured in “Law & Order” which are used to "legitimate violence against Christians."
The Christian leader was also stereotyped as being anti-homosexual, which reflects a common perception among young adults, according to a recent study. When asked whether real situations in which Christians exhibit hostility toward homosexuals are possibly reflected in the show, Cass said such instances are "very exceptional." "Every once in a while, some nutjob Christians will do something stupid," acknowledged the CADC head.
Priest Abuse - Absolute Power
USA Continues Drift to Police State
Protests Cancel Pope's Visit to University
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Iowa Republicans Press For Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment
An Interview With Adam Bouska - Part One
2. What prompted you to make the transition from being the model being photographed to the photographer taking the photos? Creative differences. Working on more and more photoshoots I felt the need to express my own creative side. I would constantly clash with ideas in composition, setup, ward drobe, post production, etc. I wanted more control, so I decided to give it a go.
5. How do you come up with the poses and lighting combinations for shoots? There are many ideas I have and when I find the right model and location, the rest just happens. Poses and lighting aren't as planned. I trust that once all the elements are brought together, not planning it will make it appear more natural.
6. What are your favorite types of photo shoots? Edgy, fashion forward. The more complex the better. I like things that are extreme and push the limit. I'm all for controversy, while keeping it classy and tasteful. :)
Huckabee: Amend The Constitution, Bring It In Line With God
Huckabee first observed that some of his opponents don't want to amend the Constitution on both of these topics. "But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God," Huckabee said. "And that's what we need to do, is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards."
So much for the separation of church and state. See: http://tpmelectioncentral.com/2008/01/huck_we_need_to_amend_the_constitution_bring_it_in_line_with_god.php
Dating and Relationships
Banks Actively Seek Gay Employees
Lehman Brothers is not the only bank seeking to recruit from Asia’s gay community. Such is the enthusiasm among investment banks that some have banded together to give their Asian events a higher profile, taking it in turn to organise lectures, dinners and other events around a gay or lesbian theme. In November, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Lehman, Merrill Lynch and UBS co-sponsored a cinema evening in Hong Kong which featured The Bubble, a 2006 film about the gay relationship between a Palestinian and an Israeli soldier.
Campaign Exposes Deep Rifts in GOP Coalition
But conservatives should contemplate the possibility that the fault lies less in the stars -- or the candidates -- than in ourselves. Conservatism, quite simply, is a mess these days. Conservative attitudes are changing. Or, more accurately, the attitudes of people who call themselves conservatives are changing.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Is Hillary Clinton Turning into Karl Rove?
A Reader's Coming Out Success Story
Anyways, I, too, came out late in life after 20 years of marriage to a wonderful woman. Although she was a wonderful wife, a great mother to our two daughters, and a terrific school teacher, it wasn’t enough. I am of the generation that believed homosexuality was something to be submerged. One married, had children, and if there were any thoughts of homosexuality, they were to be hidden behind a locked and bolted closet door. The morning of our wedding I arose early, went out on the deck, and cried to myself. I knew that I was gay (and had been since puberty when I “discovered” sex was wonderful with a male neighbor) and that I was committing myself to a life of deception both to the outside world and to myself. It worked, so to speak, for about fifteen years. . . .
Although the relationship I was in before we divorced didn’t work out in the end, and I spent many months picking up guys on the net, I finally found my true love in every aspect in 2000. He introduced me to Key West and brought me out of my self-imposed closet. All of the things that I had searched for in those trysts, but never found, were rolled up in this one man. He, like me, struggled with his homosexuality in a marriage of many years, had children, and wanted more from life. Now, eight years later, we are in the last stages of planning our civil union ceremony here in New Hampshire! He is the love of my life.
He is a special man and my daughters have accepted him as a second Dad. My family has been wonderful, though his has not. I truly am blessed. David