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May 23, 2006

The Movement of Misfit Toys

Marycheney_letterman They are meeting. Quietly, without fanfare, roughly three dozen GLBT organizations have gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss the policies and strategies involved in advancing GLBT rights. Though they're not telling, the head of the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce, Matt Foreman, has recently released press materials that should give us all an inkling of their direction.

Let's see here…Iraq is a disaster and the treasury is hemorrhaging red ink to pay for it. Gas prices are soaring. New Orleans remains a shell. Osama taunts us on videotape. Iran's going nuclear. Seven in 10 think the country's heading in the wrong direction. What do you do when you're in power and there's an election just around the corner? You trot out some old diversionary workhorse scapegoats once again.

Like the HRC, The Taskforce does not actually want to discuss gay marriage. Given a national debate and platform, their tactic is not to argue on behalf of gay families but to throw dozens of distractionary cantrips at their audience like a cheap street illusionist. Recently, Andrew Sullivan asked of the HRC, "Why do they exist? And why should any gay person care?" Foreman, the Cardinal Ratzinger of this Queer Conclave, trots out the future of the established GLBT movement:

At between 4-6 percent of the population, we are simply too small to win equality by ourselves. That means we must build alliances and relationships of trust with other communities and causes. Building these kinds of alliances requires more than words, it requires reciprocal work.

Bluntly put, the LGBT movement has a long history of asking other causes to fight for us and then not being there when those causes have been under attack.

Read the entire press release. Abortion. Anti-war activism. Now, illegal immigration. The GLBT Establishment has a long and consistent history of supporting liberal and left-wing causes unrelated to the struggle of gay families. As three dozen bodies purporting to support the movement meet, we are dishonestly told by the NGLTF that gay activists don't support enough liberal causes. The answer to the GLBT dilemma is more causes, more coalitions, more money and manpower spent on a laundry list of unrelated movements and groups who may or may not support our cause.

(More ranting and video after the jump.)

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February 10, 2006

The Perpetual Candidate

MccainMalbug_13Sen. John McCain (R-The Media) dropped by the Letterman show last night.  He looked only slightly rumpled from having had to fend off the manicured claws of Heidi Klum, who was relegated to the second-guest slot.

The first topic was yesterday's evacuation of a Senate office building after a sensor falsely detected nerve gas:

"I'm happy to tell you that with a good part of the staff incarcerated in the Russell (Senate Building) parking garage, the efficiency of the Senate has gone up dramatically," McCain said.

The audience had a good laugh, but based on the John McCain I saw during my time working in the Senate, it was no joke and quite typical of him.  The John McCain I saw was a consummate foul-tempered bully who never hesitated to rudely and publicly dress down staff, and even his colleagues, for the tiniest perceived slight.

It is little wonder that few of his fellow senators can even feign affection for him.  It is also why he is usually a caucus of one, and his constituency is the nearest camera or microphone.

[Watch video – 8:33, WMV format, high bandwidth]

[Watch video – 8:33, WMV format, low bandwidth]

December 02, 2005

Color Dave Obsequious

Oprah cherishes Dave

Oprah "Cherishes" Dave


After a 16-year absence, the grand dame of daytime television returned last night to David Letterman's show.

After making a Valerie Cherish-esque entrance (I will always associate that pose with her, even in cancellation) to a standing ovation, Oprah stuck around through four segments, at the end of which Letterman escorted her out of his theater and to the home of the new musical "Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color Purple."  (If the Broadway run is a success, I hear she will be "presenting" the rest of the colors of the spectrum.)

Despite a rumored feud – denied by both – the mutual up-sucking couldn't have been more deafening.

Favorite personal revelation: Oprah and I have the same favorite children's book, "Love You Forever."  I think it is safe to safe to say that merely contemplating the title of that book is enough to send both my mother and me into a blubbering fit.

[Watch video – 9:11, WMV format, high bandwidth]

[Watch video – 9:11, WMV format, low bandwidth]

See also: Jossip and Rod 2.0.

September 07, 2005

Gay Cops, Gay Cops, Whatcha Gonna Do ...


Thirdmanout1 Given that someone I know very well once had a – shall I say – "close encounter" with Chad Allen, the star of HereTV's "Third Man Out," I laughed extra hard at David Letterman's Top Ten List from last night: Top Ten Rejected Titles For The Gay Detective Show.

Dave and Paul were clearly completely unfamiliar with both Here TV and "Third Man Out."  Coincidentally, I just started watching HereTV a couple of nights ago (part of On Demand channel 1000 on Time Warner Cable in Manhattan), but I am a tightwad, so I'm focusing first on the free content, which unfortunately does not include "Third Man Out."

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[Or follow this link to a text version of the Top Ten list]

By the way, here is a link to Dave's other gay-themed Top Ten Lists.