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Old 10-19-2010, 12:53 PM   #466
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here is a nice framing

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Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants - Yahoo! News


I don't know what enlistment papers include, but I imagine there is a space for 'marital status'.
Some states recognize same gender marriage. Is an enlistee suppose to lie under DTDA?
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“…a Gay Pride parade, I was at one in Toronto one time—we stumbled on it, my wife and I. It wasn’t pretty. It was a bunch of very extreme-type people in bikini-type outfits grinding at each other and doing these gyrations…I stumbled on one in Toronto one time, with my wife, and we watched this. And there were men in Speedos grinding and doing things, okay, to each other on this tractor-trailer. And I just said that's not right…at a Gay Pride parade, and I don’t know if you’ve ever been to one, but they wear these little Speedos and they grind against each other. And it’s just a terrible thing.”

—New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, in various remarks.

We left the parade, and stumbled into a bar—that is, with my female wife I’m legally married to and with whom I have potentially procreative missionary intercourse. An NFL game was on TV, and I don’t know if you’ve ever watched one of these contests, but it was a bunch of very steroidal-type athletes in skintight-type uniforms grinding and grabbing and piling on each other and patting everyone’s behind after each play and doing these gyrations and jukes and balletic moves to make catches with both feet inbounds. It wasn’t attractive.

So we fled to a nearby college, my wide-hipped helpmeet and I, and we found ourselves in what’s called a fraternity house during their hazing initiation. I’m not sure if you know what goes on in these places, but it was a group of light-beer-chugging-type students in Abercrombie-&-Fitch-type clothes making each other perform stunts naked and paddling each other while crawling through their legs and reciting obscure historical facts about their organization. And I just said it was wrong.

I felt dirty and left, and I happened to come across a health club with a sauna, along with my XX-chromosomal partner—if you want proof of that, by the way, I always carry around a battery of genetic tests I made her take. I went into the men’s sauna, and she went to the women’s, because she’s a woman. Even describing it is repulsive to me, but since you’ve probably never been to one, it’s a lot of perspiring-and-Eastern-European-type overweight individuals in skimpy-type towels or hirsute nude-type bodies, discussing finance and local sports teams and taking off their skimpy-type wet towels to snap each others’ behinds. It’s just a gross thing.

Before I ran out screaming, one of the men invited me to his weekly poker game. My fairer-sex partner sat in the car while I tripped inside the house and…sorry, I just had a gag reflex while recalling the memory. What I found was a number of balding-type middle-managers in relaxed-fit, dad-type khakis who were seeking an outlet from their unhappy homes and failed midlife expectations by making jokes about the disparate sizes of their own and each others’ genitalia but being afraid or unable to express any real intimacy or vulnerability. Oh, God, hold on, I might vomit.

O.K., I think I’ll be fine. Thankfully, one of the men suggested we go see a new movie playing around the street. I told my womanly companion to come along, and what we saw—and if you’ve never seen this, you’re lucky—was something called The Expendables. It starred ten washed-up-or-C-list-type action stars needing a paycheck and playing experts in a variety of phallic weaponry and sexual-potency-cathected explosive devices who enacted psychological transferences for the audience of feelings of inadequacy, emasculation, and libidinal repression. It was just an abhorrent film, and poorly paced with uninspired cinematography.

I then somehow came across these following scenes, with my feminine spouse nearby or at least in my thoughts: hunting wild animals with another man and sleeping in a tent together in the woods with no one else around; spotting other lifters in the weight room and shouting encouragement about how huge their muscles were; joining the Navy and spending all my time in confined quarters with other sailors for six months at sea; and reading Details magazine.

Each thing was more repulsive and incorrect than the last; I needed a morally pure, family-values-type activity. So I settled down on the couch with my uterus-possessing significant other to watch one of my favorite movies made back when America had its priorities straight.

I just love Top Gun
Carl Paladino’s Points of Pride | VF Daily | Vanity Fair
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Excellent piece. Thank you.

I'm still trying to figure out how exactly you "stumble" upon a Gay Pride Parade.

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The Family Research Council is perhaps the most prominent voice in conservative social politics and the hosts of an annual rite of passage for many Republicans who hope to run for president. And now, FRC is on the same Southern Poverty Law Center list of hate groups as the Ku Klux Klan.

The SPLC gave the Family Research Council the designation due to anti-gay speech from its leaders, which the SPLC says includes calls for gay men and lesbians to be imprisoned. Labeling the Family Research Council a hate group puts one of Washington's most powerful social issues advocates into the company of groups like the Nation of Islam and the now mostly defunct Aryan Nations in the eyes of the SPLC, which tracks 932 active hate groups in the U.S. Groups are labeled hate groups by the SPLC--which made a name for itself by using civil lawsuits to severely weaken the KKK and other white supremacist groups--when they "have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics," according to the group's website.

For the Family Research Council, which hosts the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington--an event which this year drew presidential hopefuls like Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee--the designation comes thanks to the group's standing at the forefront of opposition to gay marriage and open gay and lesbian service in the military. The main offender in the eyes of the SPLC is Peter Sprigg, the FRC's senior researcher and vocal opponent of the gay rights movement. In May, Sprigg told me that an end to Don't Ask, Don't Tell would lead to more American servicemen receiving unwelcome same-sex fellatio in their sleep, part of a long line of reasoning from Sprigg suggesting that gay men are more likely to be sex offenders than anyone else. The SPLC pointed to several other Sprigg comments when deciding to list the FRC as a hate group. For instance, this: "[I]n March 2008, Sprigg, responding to a question about uniting gay partners during the immigration process, said: 'I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them.' He later apologized, but then went on, last February, to tell MSNBC host Chris Matthews, 'I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions on homosexual behavior.' 'So we should outlaw gay behavior?' Matthews asked. 'Yes,' Sprigg replied."

...SPLC Research Director Heidi Beirich told me the FRC is part of a growing list of what the SPLC calls anti-gay groups masking themselves under the guise of conservatism or Christianity. "What this really is is a wholesale defamation attack on gays and lesbians," Beirich said. "Some of the stuff is just as crude if you compare it to, say, the Klan's racism. But a lot of it's a little more sophisticated and they try to make it more scientific even though what they're pushing are falsehoods."


Negotiating the more extreme end of the conservative political spectrum has often been a balancing act for Republican politicians with national ambitions. The more unsavory rhetoric found at tea party rallies, for example, is a problem that most have chalked up to a few extremists, allowing Republicans to embrace the movement without necessarily endorsing the whole "Obama is a Kenyan usurper" thing. The SPLC designation of the Family Research Council as an anti-gay hate group potentially poses more of a challenge for Republicans. Though many conservatives view the SPLC as a progressive group and therefore no more worthy of respect than, say, ACORN, the SPLC hate group label will almost undoubtedly make it into press reports about future events like the Values Voter Summit. That means Republican presidential hopefuls who may want to reach out to gay and lesbian Republican groups like the Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud--which can be good sources of fundraising as well as "I'm not anti-gay" cred on the campaign trail--may have to explain why they publicly praised and rushed to address a group that SPLC is calling one of the worst perpetrators of ugly myths about gays.

In summarizing their findings, SPLC explain their criteria for inclusion on the list:
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Even as some well-known anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family moderate their views, a hard core of smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities. These groups’ influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the “facts” they disseminate about homosexuality are often amplified by certain politicians, other groups and even news organizations...Generally, the SPLC’s listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods—claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities—and repeated, groundless name-calling. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups.
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i guess we shouldn't be surprised at the widespread persecution of basic Christian beliefs.

once again, we see who the *real* bigots are -- those who object to people who freely speak their conscience and profess their deepest moral convictions and try their best to live their faith.

for that's all the FRC has ever done.
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Excellent piece. Thank you.

I'm still trying to figure out how exactly you "stumble" upon a Gay Pride Parade.

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We stumbled into Sydney's Gay Pride Parade when we traveled there for Popmart. It was a happy accident for us though---Welcome To Sydney, here's an uber-Gay parade.
Great fun to watch.
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Store Censors Elton John’s Us Weekly Cover With ‘Family Shield’ | Mediaite

Last night a lady went to a grocery store in Mountain Home, Arkansas, where she was privy to one of the more offensive things we’ve heard about in a long time. The people over at Harps Supermarket decided to put a “family shield” (you know, “to protect young Harps shoppers”) over the cover of Us Weekly. But Harps is not trying to protect kids from Snooki or Kim or any other standard tabloid trash. No, they’re trying to “protect” children from a photo of Elton John, his partner David Furnish and their adorable baby Zachary.



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BTW-
I love what's above the "Family Shield"

Golden Globes Hookups ???
16 PAGES OF HOT PHOTOS! ??? (of white, straight women?)

Perhaps in the future, Harps might decline to stock US Weekly if its shoppers are SO sensitive.
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is there a family shield over Guns & Ammo?
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In all seriousness, they really should use that thing to project the kids from snooki
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In all seriousness, they really should use that thing to project the kids from snooki
No shit.

Wow. That's horrendously stupid. And pathetic.

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Odds are that baby boy is straight
most all straight males do not want gay men looking at their private parts
if you don't believe me, just take your own survey

who is looking out for that baby's rights??
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Odds are that baby boy is straight
most all straight males do not want gay men looking at their private parts
if you don't believe me, just take your own survey

who is looking out for that baby's rights??

No, being homo is a choice and you know these two with their homo agenda will do everything to turn this child gay.

Another innocent soul lost
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