Friday, August 31, 2012
CA bill to prohibit reparative therapy on gay minors will go to governor; why is there any question about signature?
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Here's one other aside: In the late 1990s, when I worked sometimes on some "ballot access petition" drives for the Libertarian Party of Minnesota, we told petitioners that their names and addresses would be kept private and never be given out. Perhaps, in hindsight, we didn't have the legal authority to say that. A ballot access petition, however, might not rise to the level of "legislative" activity of a referendum petition.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Republican Party 2012 Platform is here.
The platform now says that the military should not become "a platform for social experimentation."
Also, search for the phrase "Preserving and Protecting Traditional Marriage". There is an interesting sentence about the "lack of family formation" (people not having children, it seems, as well as simply not marrying) leading to "more government control of all citizens in all its aspects". Is that an allusion to filial responsibility laws?
Monday, August 27, 2012
A visit to a Cracker Barrel restaurant (in the early 1990s, it had been one of the most anti-gay employers known)
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Also, below, note the historic Byrd Theater on Cary St, Richmond (Nov., 2010);
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
“Democrats continue to beat up Christians: Homosexual agenda on national display”, link.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Parking there remains easy early Sat. night (10:30 PM); I have encountered difficulty parking on Fridays before.
This was the first weekend without excessive heat, as the outdoor temperature was in the lower 70s. Plenty of Old Navy shorts anyway, however. Panic over "West Nile" hasn't reached DC yet. I can see it coming, though: I used to live in Dallas. Down there, they have to wear long pants in July.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
I won't get into the mudslinging or muckraking, but Huffington has a story on Southern Poverty Law Center v. Family Research Council, here.
Picture: "Chick fil A" booth on Ballston Common, lower level, in Arlington. The booth is small compared to that of other nearby eateries, and I have never noticed it before, until all the controversy. Many larger restaurants, other shops, and Regal Cinemas are on the upper levels, and a Metro stop is nearby.
Update: Aug. 30
An article by Lou Chibbaro, Jr. in the Aug. 24, 2012 Washington Blade reports that the Family Research Council is still a "federal charity" program, link here.
Sean Bugg has an interesting perspective on p. 19 of the Aug. 23 Metro Weekly, "Mainstreaming hate", critical of the positions taken by Dana Milbank, Bugg's column here.
On Aug. 16, Dana Milbank had written in the Washington Post, "Hateful speech on hate groups: The Family Research Council is no KKK", here.
Nevertheless, in the past, the FRC's allusions have been more or less of the ilk of Anita Bryant and "Save out Children" back in 1977, which I remember all too well.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
The appointment should, in psychological terms, help bake in the repeal of DADT should there ever be any future challenge, especially from a GOP president or Congress.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Actor in important gay film "attacked" in Montana; another attack in DC; strangebedffellows in MD marriage referendum; LATER: a "hoax" in MT?
Update: Later today: Montana attack a hoax?
Well, I spend a lot of time chasing these stories down, and now I read on MSNBC (moments ago) that the supposed attack on Joseph Baken from Billings, MT was a hoax, and that he injured himself with a stunt, and has been charged with filing a false police report. Here is the MSNBC story link.
I guess you don't believe every "news" story that shows up in your personalized wall on Facebook.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Check this account on the Gold Coast (which used to be the name of a trendy neighborhood in the Motor City) on Blogger, and note the varied, politicized comments, link.
Monday, August 06, 2012
The Washington Times has a distantly related op-ed Monday (P. B3) by Robert Knight, "Liberals' war on Boy Scouts, Chick-Fil-A", and it appears that he does believe it is appropriate to "coerce" people into "normal" gender roles. and thinks it's morally wrong for women to refuse to become wives and mothers in the unusual sense. In fact, he doesn't think adults have the right to "reject" others for their own reasons. The link is here.