Sunday, July 22, 2007

Feinstein Delights Right-Wing Nuts by Calling for Release of Trigger-Happy Border Patrol Agents

There are now over 2 million people in American prisons, many more in other detention facilities, on parole or probation. There is no doubt that thousands are completely innocent, and certainly a million or more have received unfair treatment in a criminal justice system that punishes the poor and people of color well out of proportion to our population. Texas is about to execute a man that officials admit did not kill anyone. Yet our Democratic Senator, Dianne Feinstein, has chosen to use her powers to call on the release of two border patrol agents who fired upon an unarmed person who was fleeing from them. She truly is a brave and principled woman. Oh wait, I meant despicable and evil.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Gay Hot Movies

Somehow - it was in my office so I assume it has something to do with the FBI or at least the Justice Department - I came across a prepaid or promotional card that entitles me to 30 Free Minutes at The purple card advertises: "ONLINE ADULT MOVIES ... OVER 7,500 TITLES ... NO MEMBERSHIPS ... NO MONTHLY FEES."

Doug, a satisfied customer, is quoted: "[] deliver[s] a quality product that has revolutionized my expenditures. I don't buy DVD's and don't go to rental stores anymore. I just watch the movies I like when and where I want to! (sic)" Revolutionized your expenditures Doug? Can "revolution" and "expenditure" really be used in the same sentence by anyone besides the most intellectually isolated, obsessive-compulsive consumer? Granted may have altered how you spend your money on gay hot movies, but utilizing the word "revolution" coupled with your excitement, as indicated by the exclamation point, seems excessive and out of place. One wonders if you were reaching climax as you wrote your letter or made your statement to the good folks at

But perhaps Doug is not a real person at all, or if he is, perhaps he is employed by I wouldn't doubt it since whoever wrote the copy for this plastic card clearly had an agenda as evidenced by the "Frequently Asked Questions" printed on the back. Though including this information on the card, as opposed to simply on the website or not at all, initially seems like an attempt to be helpful. A closer look raises doubts. Question number 2: "Why is So Popular?" Perhaps they meant the most frequently asked questions at the brainstorming session on "How to Get Gay Men Excited About Our Site," because I can't imagine any other situation in which anyone would even utter such a question (except maybe reading or acting). At any rate the answer they were kind enough to provide was "We are popular because we are The Best Choice!" There's that exclamation point again.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Morrissey on Madonna: "I wouldn't be surprised if she made that African boy into a coat and wore him"

He said this because of his support for animal rights and Madonna's fur wearing habit. I am a life-long fan (I had the lyrics to all his songs tattooed on neighborhood kittens), and I am no defender of Madonna, but my problem with this statement and some of what I hear from the animal rights folks is the equating of human beings with animals. I support animal rights because they are living creatures, many clearly feel pain, and they are completely without guilt. But when the life of an animal comes up against the life of a human (all other things being equal), the human life is far more important. And even the senseless slaughter of animals for coats is cruel but not an important enough issue when human beings are starving in the street and being cut into pieces by cluster bombs. Then there is the consumption of meat - I do it, and I sometimes feel guilty. But mostly because I think it's bad for you. Meat is murder? A great album, but certainly not a true statement.

I'm not sure Morrissey meant to equate the lives of the animals killed for Madonna's coat with her adopted son's life - he probably just meant that someone that would have that much disregard for suffering generally is probably just as heartless when it comes to human life. I'm not sure if that's true, but I do think Madonna is pretty pitiful.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Monday, July 02, 2007

Millions of Palestinians Being Squeezed by Walls and Settlements

When some Americans and Israelis ask why Hamas and other Palestinians are so militant and even violent when Israel has been so generous, they should look at what Abbas and Fatah are left with in the West Bank.

According to the Financial Times: "A network of roads designed to ease the movement of Jewish settlers limits access between Palestinian enclaves. A secondary network being built would allow Palestinian limited movement via tunnels, bridges and trenches."

This is nuts. Two nations cannot coexist like this.