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  • Sarah Palin Makes a Brave Re-Tweet Sort of in Support of Gay People Maybe

    Conservative talk show host and lesbian — who is currently busy taunting liberal straw men who are super offended by a gay person using the word  "homo" — tweeted something Haggard's Law-ish in response to a story about gay people and the Navy.

    What's interesting, though, is not her tweet, but (and these are actual fucking words we use these days) who re-tweeted it

    So, apparently, this is actually Palin's first sort of "comment" on Don't Ask, Don't Tell? Can that be? I don't remember making fun of her about it before, so I guess

    Sarah Palin has been conspicuously quiet in the debate over "don't ask don’t tell" and on a repeal of the policy President Obama signed into law before the holidays. By most accounts, she has never actually weighed in at all.

    But Monday night the former Alaska governor re-tweeted a post from conservative talk show host and blogger Tammy Bruce, who is lesbian, appearing to indirectly cast support for gays and an end to the ban on openly gay members of the U.S. military…

    "I think @SarahPalinUSA RT my tweet is her first comment on DADT, treatment of gays & attempts to marginalize us — thank you Governor," Bruce responded on Twitter… A Palin spokesman has not yet responded to ABC News’ request for comment on the Twitter exchange.

    Doesn't it make you proud to live in an age when a strong political leader can stand up and bravely hit the re-tweet link on their smart phone in kind of support of one of the most important issues of the day? Reminds me of when Lyndon Johnson nodded solemnly when somebody near him said something about ending school segregation.

    The saddest thing is that this re-tweet from a conservative leader is, in some sense, a moment of genuine consequence. Like, she probably had to have a meeting with her advisers in which they used a white board to weigh the pros and cons of hitting that re-tweet button. There's probably a fall guy in place in case it turns out her base doesn't like her re-tweeting things about gays that don't involve hellfire.

    Tags: DADT, Haggard's Law, LGBT, Military, Sarah Palin, Tammy Bruce, Twitter
  • Quote Unquote: Meanwhile at Homocon

    Ann Coulter, explaining to the homosexual conservative crowd at this past weekend's Homocon why they should abandon the marriage equality cause, and join forces with the anti-abortionists

    "As soon as they find the gay gene, you know who's getting aborted."

    70 percent of the Republican base?

    Tags: Abortion, Ann Coulter, Haggard's Law, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Quote Unquote, Republicans
  • Ohio Teabaggers Deliver Their List of Very Important Issues to GOP Candidates

    Finally! We can all stop wondering what issues really matter to a bunch of Ohio teabaggers! Man, so much speculation. So much money on the line. But now that The Freedom Institute of Erie County has officially released its litmus test survey of questions that "will be put into [its] voter guide and allow [it] to rate, recommend, and endorse candidates," we can all take a breather.

    Obviously, there was the obligatory anti-choice, anti-Obamacare, anti-Fed, pro-gun rights sentiments. But mixed in with those were a few that — while not particularly surprising — were somewhat jarring to see stated so plainly. Such as…

    * The regulation of Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere should be left to God and not government and I oppose all measures of Cap and Trade as well as the teaching of global warming theory in our schools.

    Yep. Educated people about global warming is an affront to Jehovah's authority as Supreme Carbon Dioxide Regulator. You know, because how's he supposed to do his job with a bunch of whiny liberals complaining about dead polar bears every two minutes. Best that people should just direct their energies elsewhere. Like pro wrestling.

    * Parental consent should be required for sex education that teaches more than direct abstinence.

    Again, education is the problem here. It's a well-known scientific fact that if people don't learn about something, it simply cannot happen. Children who are not taught about where a penis goes, will not figure it out on their own.

    Demonizing science and education is all well and good, but what about some genuine irrational hatred? What about the gays? Don't they deserve a little attention from all the closeted teabaggers [original definition applies here] of Ohio?

    * Marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman, any other type of Union is not marriage.

    * Children should not be placed into foster homes where the parents are homosexual, bisexual, or transgender.

    * I oppose the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy of the military and believe that all same sex partners should be banned from combat duty in the military because of the propensity to transmit blood-borne diseases in the theatre of battle.

    "The theatre of battle?" Really, Freedom Institute? That's the phrasing and spelling you're gonna go with for the anti-gay soldier issue? Hey, don't get me wrong, that's a rhetorical question. I'm not asking. I'm not asking anything.

    Tags: Abstinence, Climate Change, DADT, Education, Haggard's Law, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Ohio, Religion, Republicans, Science & Technology, Tea Party
  • Tworld News: Week of August 23, 2010

    All the fun and hilarity of listening to NPR plus all the fun and hilarity of something actually fun and hilarious…

    Former GOP chairman Ken Mehlman came out of the closet: this is old news to anyone who was smart enough to play the award-winning film MILK backwards through their VCR.

    Glenn Beck's 'restoring honor' rally served as the perfect reminder that amidst confusing diversity and unsettling social complexities, at least we can all agree on one thing: God roolz.

    More Tworld News after the jump…

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    Tags: 8/28 Rally, Arizona, Bristol Palin, Cocaine, Drugs, Energy & Oil, France, Glenn Beck, Gulf Coast, Haggard's Law, Iran, Iraq, John McCain, Ken Mehlman, LGBT, Paris Hilton, Primaries, Republicans, Senate, The Emmys, Tworld News, United Nations
  • George Bush's Campaign Manager Comes Out as Obviously Gay

    Ken Mehlman — half-man/half-mehl campaign manager to George W. Bush in 2004 — has just come out of the closet as a gay man. For what it's worth, that closet door wasn't ever really closed all that well, and anyone who walked by could pretty much see everything that was going on inside there, and it looked like a bunch of gay stuff.

    But now he's officially out, doing all his gay stuff in the public eye…

    "It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," said Mehlman, now an executive vice-president with the New York City-based private equity firm, KKR. "Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I've told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they've been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that's made me a happier and better person. It's something I wish I had done years ago."

    How very wise and brave of him. And yes, it is true that "everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey." Hmmmmm… I wonder how many other people paths are lined with anti-gay Constitutional amendments and homophobe-baiting fear campaigns, their journeys filled with piles of dead African AIDS-victims. I don't know, what do you think? Like, maybe half? (Maybe a little less than half.)

    Mehlman's leadership positions in the GOP came at a time when the party was stepping up its anti-gay activities — such as the distribution in West Virginia in 2006 of literature linking homosexuality to atheism, or the less-than-subtle, coded language in the party's platform ("Attempts to redefine marriage in a single state or city could have serious consequences throughout the country…"). Mehlman said at the time that he could not, as an individual Republican, go against the party consensus.

    Yeah, whatever you do, don't "go against the party consensus." That would be… wrong. But, luckily for him, all of his past trespasses against humanity and civility can be forgiven because "now in private life, he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage." Since he doesn't have any power or influence to help shape policy anymore, he might as well be in favor of marriage equality, And Ta da! Just like that, he's turned into a good gay! It's magical gay magic!

    Privately, in off-the-record conversations with this reporter over the years, Mehlman voiced support for civil unions and told of how, in private discussions with senior Republican officials, he beat back efforts to attack same-sex marriage. He insisted, too, that President Bush "was no homophobe." He often wondered why gay voters never formed common cause with Republican opponents of Islamic jihad, which he called "the greatest anti-gay force in the world right now."

    Yeah, I wonder.

    Tags: George W. Bush, Haggard's Law, Ken Mehlman, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Republicans