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Friday, June 20, 2008

A conservative argues for same-sex marriage

An op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Terry J. Garlock argues "Conservatives wrong to fight gay marriage". An excerpt:

I've given this a lot of thought, and I think my prior stand against same-sex marriage was based on my personal thoughts about homosexuality rather than individual liberty. Those are two separate issues. My uneasiness may never go away, no matter how many names the enlightened ones call me, but the freedom of same-sex couples does not depend on my endorsement of their lifestyle.

As a conservative, I believe the state should stay out of the business of judging which unrelated adults may and may not make a marriage commitment to each other, that when a same-sex couple chooses to marry, we conservatives should value their liberty far more than any personal or religious disagreement with homosexuality. Conservatives should welcome the contribution of same-sex marriage to the virtues of commitment and family stability we hold so dear.



(ht: Citizen Crain)

Terrorist gay strategy

This cartoon (ht: Citizen Crain ) should be good for a few embassy burnings:


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fundamentalist Islam & Homophobia

I believe that you can judge how civilized a society is by how it treats women, homosexuals and Jews. Oppressive regimes either target these groups or permit them to be harassed through official inaction. Bruce Bawer, a gay American writer now living in Norway and the author of While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within, points out that homosexuals are often the proverbial canaries in the humanitarian coal mine. In January, he examined the rising incidence of homophobia in Europe in an article called First They Came for the Gays : he argues that violent homophobia from fundamentalist Muslims is the first sign of a serious threat to western liberal democracy. Some excerpts:

The reason for the rise in gay bashings in Europe is clear - and it’s the same reason for the rise in rape. As the number of Muslims in Europe grows, and as the proportion of those Muslims who were born and bred in Europe also grows, many Muslim men are more inclined to see Europe as a part of the umma (or Muslim world), to believe that they have the right and duty to enforce sharia law in the cities where they live, and to recognize that any aggression on their part will likely go unpunished. Such men need not be actively religious in order to feel that they have carte blanche to assault openly gay men and non-submissive women, whose freedom to live their lives as they wish is among the most conspicuous symbols of the West’s defiance of holy law.

Multiculturalists can’t face all this. So it is that even when there are brutal gay-bashings, few journalists write about them; of those who do, few mention that the perpetrators are Muslims; and those who do mention it take the line that these perpetrators are lashing out in desperate response to their own oppression.

Never mind that Europe, far from oppressing Muslims, offers personal freedoms and welfare-state benefits far beyond those available in any Muslim country. Never mind that few if any Europeans - certainly not gay people - are doing any Muslim-bashing. Never mind that Hindu and Buddhist immigrants, or immigrants from South America or China, feel no compulsion to react violently against their “oppression.” No, assaults by Muslims always have to be construed as defensive - as expressions not of power but of weakness, not of aggression but of helplessness.

To suggest that the culprits, far from being fragile, sensitive flowers who’ve been pushed over the line by something we did, are in fact bullies driven by an overweening sense of superiority and a deep-seated malice - both of which they’ve been carefully taught at home, at school, and, yes, in the mosque - is verboten.

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It’s very clear what’s going on here - and where it’s all headed. Europe is on its way down the road of Islamization, and it’s reached a point along that road at which gay people’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is being directly challenged, both by knife-wielding bullies on the street and by taxpayer-funded thugs whose organizations already enjoy quasi-governmental authority. Sharia law may still be an alien concept to some Westerners, but it’s staring gay Europeans right in the face - and pointing toward a chilling future for all free people. Pim Fortuyn saw all this coming years ago; most of today’s European leaders still refuse to see it even though it’s right before their eyes.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The death of the pantyhose industry

I'm not sure when or why I first noticed it, but women don't wear pantyhose anymore. None of the women at work do, and my female friends and relatives have all quit wearing them.

Now Michelle Obama has delivered the coup de grace - appearing with Barbara Walters on The View today (as reported by Ann Althouse) , she revealed that she never wears pantyhose:
Barbara raises the hot topic of pantyhose. They say not wearing pantyhose makes you look young, so she (Barbara) went without pantyhose to some event and someone yelled "No pantyhose!" Funny, especially since Barbara Walters is nearly 80. But the point here is: Michelle Obama is not wearing pantyhose. Michelle says: "I stopped wearing pantyhose a long time ago because it was painful."

When JFK appeared at his inauguration without wearing a hat, the men's haberdashery business collapsed overnight. Michelle Obama has now made it official: wearing pantyhose is un-hip. If you've got money invested in the pantyhose industry, sell immediately.

I'm kind of curious about the end of this tradition. I'd appreciate input from any female readers: When did this happen? Is there any occasion where pantyhose are still worn? Is it a generational thing?

UPDATE: It's official: stylish women don't wear pantyhose anymore. Kristi Gustafson at the Albany NY Times-Union issues the verdict:
Above all else, do not wear pantyhose. I repeat, Do.Not.Wear.Pantyhose. Sometimes we have to be uncomfortable so as not to scare the fashion gods. This is one of those times.

Nude nylons (as my grandmother would call them) are never appropriate (although tights are quite trendy, but not applicable with a cocktail dress). Even first lady-elect Michelle Obama passes on the hose. Translucent stockings are acceptable only for older women who need support hose for medical reasons. Since I imagine you are not suffering from water retention or swelling, you should bypass the leg condoms. (Notice how celebs have become our fashion inspiration, and they never wear hose.)

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Algonquin Round Table it ain't

Check out this comment about John McCain from Chris Kelly of the Huffington Post for an example of what sometimes passes for civil discourse on the left:

John McCain was in the navy and then he was in the U.S. Senate. He has never cashed a check a bureaucrat didn't write. I'm not trying to be glib, and I realize he was doing a solemn and dangerous job, killing people from the sky.

But it was still government work.

Wait, except for those years as a POW. A sick but undeniable fact about John McCain: The only period in his life when he wasn't living off the American taxpayer, he was living off the Vietnamese taxpayer.

John McCain's father was in the navy and his father was in the navy. The last McCain who didn't live in government housing owned a plantation in Mississippi when the state still had slaves.

Which is why John McCain always sounds so emotional when he gets to this line in his stump speech: "I am absolutely committed to reducing the size of government."

What he's promising is eventually he'll die.


Barack Obama believes "America has a sacred trust with our veterans". I guess Chris Kelly didn't get the memo.

(HT: Average Gay Joe)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Words of wisdom from the Leader of the Opposition

I know that Stephane Dion's fluency in English is a bit dodgy at times, but is he serious when he states his latest reason for not forcing an election this summer?

Dion again asserted yesterday that he didn't want to provoke a July election and said, as he did last week, that he didn't think July was the right month to seize his chance because it's "the only month of the year with sun and heat."


Huh?

Monday, June 09, 2008

Red State Update: gay marriage

Jackie and Dunlap, Republican rednecks, on the California Supreme Court's gay marriage decision:

"Polls show that a majority of Americans are against gay marriage."
"Well, the majority of Americans shouldn't go out & marry gay people."

"Maybe some little gay boy knowin' he can grow up and marry a gay will keep him from havin' a sham weddin' to a fat girl first. The last thing we need in this world is more miserable fat women."

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Burma: "Let them eat frogs"

Burma's military junta is again rejecting foreign aid for the victims of Cyclone Nargis, saying that its stricken citizens can survive on a diet of frogs:
Burma's ruling junta lashed out at foreign aid donors yesterday, saying cyclone victims did not need their "chocolate bars" and could survive on frogs and fish. "Myanmar people can easily get fish for dishes by just fishing in the fields and ditches," said the government mouthpiece, The New Light of Myanmar. "In the early monsoon, large edible frogs are abundant." No aid agencies are known to have provided chocolate bars to victims of Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma four weeks ago, leaving 133,000 people dead or missing. The World Food Program gives rice, beans and special high-energy biscuits designed to provide nutrition to people without regular food. About one million people in the worst-hit Irrawaddy Delta are still without emergency aid.