Michael Musto On GOProud
“So a bunch of sef-loathing gays endorses someone who wants to rewrite the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, and when someone attacks them for it, they insult his looks? And they reduce my career, without even addressing the issue at hand? I was hired as an entertainment columnist in 1984, but expanded that from day one to include gay (and other) political issues, as well as doing feature stories and eventually blogs on those topics. And I’ve fought self-loathing political crap, even angrier at the self-defeating bigots like LaSalvia who are smelling things up from within our own ranks than at the ones outside. Do I look like a Muppet? Yeah, but how is that relevant? Are the “professionals” in politics the ones who mock each other’s looks rather than try to find some rational defense for their own behavior? - Michael Musto, responding to GOProud’s attack on him.
Here’s what started it all. Jimmy LaSalvia: “Have you seen Michael Musto lately? We aren’t going to take serious political advice from a human Muppet. Musto should stick to writing gossip pieces about Lindsay Lohan, and leave politics to the professionals.”
Remembering Christopher Hitchens: The Hitch On The BS Of The Exixtance Of Secular Dictatorships
Teabaggers Slam Cher
Cher homophobic for saying “teabaggers”? lol Oh dear. What’s next? Calling Barbra a Holocaust denier?
Piers Tonight: Kevin Smith Defends Asks Politicians To Stay Out Of His Gay Brother’s Bedroom
And nice blast on Santorum’s position on Porn at the end of the clip, by the way.
USA: LGBT Super PAC Launches In San Francisco
The Advocate reports:
The first LGBT super PAC launched earlier this month, with plans to support the 2012 Obama-Biden ticket through the power of social media, theSan Francisco Chronicle reports.
The Pride PAC intends to lobby President Obama’s more than 36 million social media followers on Facebook and Twitter and raise $1 million, while refraining from attack campaigns against Republican candidates.
“I don’t think in American history there has been a super PAC focused on civil rights,” cofounder Rose Dawydiak-Rapagnani told San Francisco’s Edge news service. “As we get closer to the election we want to show how powerful the LGBT community is. We can demonstrate that corporate America doesn’t lead; that is the status quo right now with the super PACs.”
The group’s mission statement per its website:
“Today, super PACs are used to satisfy corporate and special interests by using donations to lobby Congress and run slanderous political campaign media against opposing presidential candidates. We have decided to combat this blatant misuse of our election system by using social media to spread awareness and advocacy of the Obama-Biden LGBT agenda in the reelection of President Barack Obama on November 8th, 2012. Join the campaign and movement to fight for a brighter tomorrow!”
UK: “Moron Of The Week” Inductee Ann Widdecombe Calls For Gay Marriage Referendum, Hoping It’d Fail
Pink News UK reports:
Ann Widdecombe has called for a referendum on equal marriage rights for gays, believing such a measure would fail.
In her Daily Express column today, Widdecombe says it “suits” politicians to portray the religious as “the major source of opposition to coalition plans for gay marriage” but that opposition is, in fact, widespread.
Widdecombe has previously backed the ability of therapists to offer so-called ‘gay cure’ treatments to clients who want to become straight.
She writes: “I have no doubt that as gay marriage is debated we shall see bishops deployed against gay activists but it is simply not true that only the Church is opposed to redefining marriage.
“An opinion poll, independently carried out for the Coalition for Marriage, suggests 86 per cent of the population believes it perfectly possible to promote gay rights without redefining marriage.”
The January ComRes poll referred to by Widdecombe asked participants whether they agreed with the statement: “Since gay and lesbian couples already have the same rights as married couples available to them under civil partnership, they should not be allowed to redefine marriage for everyone else.”
51% of 1002 respondents agreed with the statement. The question was criticised by commentators for its phrasing.
While many of the most prominent Coalition for Marriage backers are Church figures, it told PinkNews.co.uk today it had no religious affiliation.
The Coalition describes itself as an “umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage”.
When asked which of these organisations was non-religious in nature, PinkNews.co.uk was directed to the list of signatories and the organisations listed next to their names.
Excluding political parties, the only two officially non-religious organisations of the many bodies listed are the Family Education Trust and the Philosophical Society of England.
The President of the Philosophical Society of England told PinkNews.co.uk this afternoon she had signed the Coalition for Marriage in a personal capacity and the organisation was in no way aligned with the Coalition’s aims.
The Family Education Trust confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk this afternoon that it was non-religious in nature and backed the Coalition’s view that only straight marriages should be legal.
In 2010, the Trust’s director said allowing lesbians to become parents through IVF without the need for a male father figure had “nothing to do with the welfare of children and everything to do with the desires of adults to subvert the natural order”.
In her column today, Widdecombe continues: “So if, as Ms Featherstone claims, marriage is owned by the people maybe she should start listening to the people’s voice.
“I know gays who oppose this measure – as does Christopher Biggins – and one can hardly call them homophobic. People who never go inside a church from one year to the next oppose it.
“Some of those who spoke out in favour of civil partnerships oppose it. Writers on Left-wing newspapers oppose it.
“So as this is the most fundamental change to society in centuries, let David Cameron ask the people what they want. If he insists on pushing ahead then I challenge him to hold a referendum.
“The redefinition of marriage is too big an issue for the state to foist on an unwilling population.”
Richard Dawkins, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali & Ruth Gledhill Debate Secularism In The UK
Howard Stern Defends Ellen & Rosie, Rants Against Homophobes Santorum & Bachmann
Mexico: Conservative Party Picks A Woman, Josefina Vazquez Mota, To Run For President
Los Angeles Times reports:
Members of Mexico’s ruling party on Sunday chose former Congresswoman Josefina Vazquez Mota as their long-shot candidate for president — the first time a woman will vie for the country’s top job on behalf of a major political faction.
Final results gave Vazquez Mota, 51, a substantial lead over her nearest rival, former Finance Minister Ernesto Cordero — the favored candidate of incumbent President Felipe Calderon. She tallied well over half the ballots cast; Cordero reportedly conceded defeat via Twitter.
With Sunday’s primary vote by the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, the slate for July’s presidential race is all but complete. Minor-party aspirants may yet come forward, but the three major parties now have their candidates.
At her campaign headquarters Sunday night, Vazquez Mota’s supporters were celebrating, waving banners in the party’s royal-blue color and chanting “Josefina!”
“Josefina Vazquez Mota will be the first female president of Mexico,” PAN national Chairman Gustavo Madero declared at party headquarters as he announced the official results. The ticket, he said, “is historic.”
But Vazquez Mota and the PAN face an uphill battle. All polls for the general election give a substantial lead to Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which ruled Mexico with a heavy hand for seven decades until losing the presidency in 2000 to the PAN.
The PRI hopes to return to power, capitalizing on widespread discontent over brutal violence gripping the country as part of the Calderon government’s battle with powerful drug-trafficking cartels.
Calderon’s administration has also had to tackle a sluggish economy, entrenched poverty and even a lethal flu pandemic.
In addition to Peña Nieto, until recently the governor of Mexico state, the other main presidential candidate is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, who narrowly lost the presidency in 2006 to Calderon. Calderon is not allowed to run for reelection.
An estimated 1.8 million PAN members were eligible to vote Sunday; Mexican media estimated the turnout at roughly half a million.
Ahead of Sunday’s vote, Vazquez Mota, also a former education minister, consistently led polls measuring internal PAN sentiment. Yet the real battle seemed to boil down to a contest between her popularity and the political deftness of Cordero, who enjoyed the backing of old-school party machinery that could mobilize voters.
As columnist Jorge Zepeda Patterson put it: Vazquez Mota “may have 60% of support among likely voters, compared to 17% for Cordero. But that 17% are Panistas who work for the government. And they use it.”
In the end, though, Vazquez Mota succeeded in delivering a message that was empathetic to ordinary Mexicans. She had to strike a balance between evincing loyalty to her president while also distancing herself from some of his more unpopular policies.
Cordero, by contrast, performed poorly on the campaign trail, was a drab, awkward candidate, and was dogged by comments in his former job as finance minister, including his risible assertion that Mexicans could live well, with a car and private school for the kids, on 6,000 pesos a month (roughly $470).
Also running in the PAN primary was Santiago Creel, a perennial candidate and veteran politician who conceded defeat early in the evening. He finished a distant third.
The internal PAN campaign turned nasty in its final weeks, with Vazquez Mota accusing opponents of tapping her phones, and Cordero campaign workers being shown in the local press apparently buying votes with sacks of groceries.
But in her victory speech Sunday night, Vazquez Mota called for unity. “We are now one team, one party,” she said.
Where does she stands on LGBT Rights? According to Genaro Lozano, contributor to Reforma, she doesn’t go against her Party’s views (which are usually highly anti-gay and Catholic) but has said, if she wins the Presidency, she won’t peruse unconstitutional motions against LGBT Rights across the country. The other two Presidential Candidates from the other two major Parties are Enrique Peña Nieto (PRI ,center-conservative) and Andrés Manuel López Obrador (PRD, left). Peña Nieto, following Josefina’s stand, has compromised to do not meddle in the States’ affairs on LGBT issues. Obrador on the other hand, although he represents the Left Party, he’s quite against the progress on LGBT Rights. During Obrador’s term as Mayor of Mexico City (from 2001 to 2006), little was done on Equality matters, being him the major obstacle for progressive legislature in the Capital during that time. His successor, Marcelo Ebrard, was the one that allowed and supported Marriage Equality to pass the city’s assembly back in March, 2010.
In other words, Mexico doesn’t have a Presidential Candidate that could stand for the LGBT Community.
CNN: John King Explains Opening Gingrich Question
Yeah, that’s reasonable from Gingrich. Kill the messenger, right? Of course John King had to make that question. It was the elephant in the room!
Serial Adulterer Newt Gingrich Bitchlaps John King For Questioning His Adulterous Past
This surely got him the victory at this debate.
“Technically you’re not asking your wife for an open marriage if you’ve already been fucking another woman for six years. You’re presenting her with an ultimatum. That doesn’t make you a proponent of open marriage, Newt, it makes you a CPOS. But Newt’s got a new campaign slogan: ‘Screw as I say, not as I screw.’