Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Another "straight" male Republican caught having sex with a man

I am truly not trying to make this site about sex but... If these guys would just come out of the closet then there would be no story. The fact that they work so hard to appeal to the conservative right, and then are so sexually repressed that they have to pay for sex, or solicit it in public bathrooms, is amusing. When will the Republican Party get it through their heads that sexual orientation is not an "issue" to run on. What is done in the bedroom between consenting adults is no one's business. But, when you invade the bedroom, as a foundation to your political platform, then you get no privacy when you are found to be a complete hypocrite.

Here is the story from "The Columbian"

"State Rep. Richard Curtis, R-La Center, admitted to having sex with a man he met at an adult video store in Spokane last week, according to a police report released Tuesday afternoon.... The police report contains an account of how Curtis allegedly donned women’s clothing, red stockings and a black sequined lingerie top before engaging in a sex act at the store. He continued to wear them throughout the night under his clothing...During a brief phone interview with Columbian Editor Lou Brancaccio Monday afternoon, Curtis said he did not have sex with the man and is not gay.
According to the police report, Curtis allegedly offered to pay $1,000 to have unprotected sex with Castagna."

OK, let me get this straight (pardon the pun), you dressed up as a woman and paid a guy to have sex with you but you are not gay. Sure.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Dumgledore Gay?

There must be more to the story here. The sexuality of a fictional wizard is not very relevant to the readers of children's novels.

Telling us that Dumbledore is gay does, however, lead to some interesting conversations. My seven year old son heard me mention the story about Dumbledore, to my wife, and asked what it meant for Dumbledore to be gay. I could see my wife grin as I explained that Dubledore loved men romantically just like I loved mom romantically. My son then asked me which man did Dumbledore love? I said I did not know. He said he would have guessed Dumbledore loved Harry. Pause, pause, well... I explained that "romantic love is a different kind of love than the love he has for Harry. I romantically love mom while I love you just as much, but differently. Well adjusted adults love children but do not romantically love children." Oh, he said.

When my son left the room I asked my wife how I did. She thought I did quite well.

Here is more on the subject from Salon

How much to avoid a billion in liability? $42,000.

Not a bad deal. These guys at the big telecoms must be laughing at how cheap it is to influence a Senator.

Here is my email to Sen Rockefeller:

It only took 42k in contributions, to your campaign, to absolve the Telcoms of billions in liabilities for spying on Americans. I think you should have held out for more.

Here is the story from WaPo:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 — Executives at the two biggest phone companies contributed more than $42,000 in political donations to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV this year while seeking his support for legal immunity for businesses participating in National Security Agency eavesdropping.
The surge in contributions came from a Who’s Who of executives at the companies,
AT&T and Verizon, starting with the chief executives and including at least 50 executives and lawyers at the two utilities, according to campaign finance reports.
The money came primarily from a fund-raiser that Verizon held for Mr. Rockefeller in March in New York and another that AT&T sponsored for him in May in San Antonio.
Mr. Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, emerged last week as the most important supporter of immunity in devising a compromise plan with Senate Republicans and the Bush administration.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Dance Band!

Well it is getting cold here in Minneapolis. Time to check out the music scene. My suggestion? Go see Dance Band! You won't regret it.

BABY MAKER...the glowing region down below.BABY MAKER

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Are we safer or ary "they" not trying?

From USA Today

WASHINGTON — Security screeners at two of the nation's busiest airports failed to find fake bombs hidden on undercover agents posing as passengers in more than 60% of tests last year, according to a classified report obtained by USA TODAY.
Screeners at Los Angeles International Airport missed about 75% of simulated explosives and bomb parts that Transportation Security Administration testers hid under their clothes or in carry-on bags at checkpoints, the TSA report shows.

I wonder if the 500 billion would have been better spent here than in Iraq? OK, I don't really wonder at all.

Josh Marshall re: Rudy and Romny

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Oh Yeah

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Yup, that is steep.

How are we doing? Well, it is complicated.

Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy

Kaiser Health Disparities Report:

International News Abortion Rates Similar in Countries That Legalize, Prohibit Procedure, Study Says
[Oct 12, 2007]

Abortion rates are similar in countries where the procedure is legal and in countries where it is not, and the number of abortions worldwide is declining due to increased access to contraception, according to a study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization and published Friday in the Lancet, the New York Times reports. The study also found that abortions were "safe in countries where it was legal, but dangerous in countries where it was outlawed and performed clandestinely," according to the Times (Rosenthal, New York Times, 10/12).

Monday, October 15, 2007

James Oddo (R-council member in NYC) punked and loses it.

This reminds me of the spoof. "Are you rude or just from New York."
I think James could use some anger management classes.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

What a screw up

From Kos:
Five hours is all it took for the Administration to Leak our Security information to Fox News.
That's how long it took the Bush administration between the time they learned of a secret "security breach" by a private U.S. company allowing for the monitoring of some al Qaeda internet communications, and the time the administration leaked it to Fox News, thereby alerting al Qaeda to the breach and closing down "a years-long surveillance operation that the company has used to intercept and pass along secret messages, videos and advance warnings of suicide bombings from the terrorist group's communications network."


Monday, October 8, 2007

The Arts in Prison

Since mandatory dancing began in this Philippians prison (CPDRC), rife with gang violence, violence has dropped to zero for the past year. It makes me wonder what "force" is used to gain compliance.

Despite my concern, I cannot help but smile when I watch this. I am reminded how much the arts are important for our well being. It also brings to mind words like community, productivity, and parhaps some joy. Everyone deserves a bit of all of these.

There are 1,500 of these people in the yard. It is quite an accomplishment if you ask me.