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October 14, 2009

Hillary Clinton and Mayor of Moscow unveil statue of Walt Whitman

AFP: Clinton, Moscow mayor unveil Whitman statue
MOSCOW — Hillary Clinton cut the ribbon to unveil a statue of American poet and gay icon Walt Whitman in Moscow on Wednesday, in a ceremony accompanied by the Russian capital's homophobic mayor, Yury Luzhkov. Luzhkov has called gay people "satanic" and has banned gay pride parades in Moscow on public safety and morality grounds. But he praised Whitman, whose poetry includes sensual references to men, at the opening, saying that his poetry "is permeated with the spirit of American optimism," Interfax news agency reported. Gay rights activist Nikolai Bayev, who has organized gay pride events in Moscow, called Luzhkov's participation in the opening "grotesque" in a statement released earlier this week. The Whitman statue stands in the grounds of Moscow State University, where Clinton later spoke to students. At the opening ceremony, Clinton spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Luzhkov.

As the Old Lady told Bertrand Russel, It's Hitlers All the Way Down

YouTube - Kanye West interrupts Hitler's speech...

October 13, 2009

If God Had Wanted Me To Be Accepting Of Gays, He Would Have Given Me The Warmth And Compassion To Do So

If God Had Wanted Me To Be Accepting Of Gays, He Would Have Given Me The Warmth And Compassion To Do So | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
I don't question God. The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall put none above Him. Which is why I know that if it were part of God's plan for me to stop viciously condemning others based solely on their sexual preference, He would have seen fit—in His infinite wisdom and all—to have given me the tiniest bit of human empathy necessary to do so. It's a simple matter of logic, really. God made me who I am, and who I am is a cold, anti-gay zealot. Thus, I abhor gay people because God made me that way. Why is that so hard to understand? Here, let's start with the basic facts: I hate and fear gay people. The way they feel is different from how I feel, and that causes me a lot of confusion and anger. Everyone knows God is all-powerful. He could easily have given me the capacity to investigate what's behind those feelings rather than tell strangers in the park they're going to hell for holding hands. But God clearly has another path for me. And who am I to question His divine will? . . .

October 12, 2009

Fat baby is now a pre-exisiting condition

Heavy infant in Grand Junction denied health insurance - The Denver Post
GRAND JUNCTION — Alex Lange is a chubby, dimpled, healthy and happy 4-month-old. But in the cold, calculating numbered charts of insurance companies, he is fat. That's why he is being turned down for health insurance. And that's why he is a weighty symbol of a problem in the health care reform debate. Insurance companies can turn down people with pre-existing conditions who aren't covered in a group health care plan. Alex's pre-existing condition — "obesity" — makes him a financial risk. Health insurance reform measures are trying to do away with such denials that come from a process called "underwriting."

Gallagher hates you and thinks you're lazy

Gallagher’s gourd and the fury | Features | Comedy | A.V. Madison Yes, *that* Gallagher. The one with the watermelons and the puppets that have their heads crammed up their own asses. He thinks you've embraced mediocrity and turned away from art. His art. This is easily the angriest interview I've read at the Onion's sterling AVClub. Part of me agrees with Gallagher, but another part of me--a smarter part--remembers that this is fucking Gallagher we're talking about. One of the most mediocre comedians around. How dare he bag on Lenny Bruce? This looks like more impotent Boomer rage to me. What do you think?
Where's the stage? Is the audience the entertainer? Can I yell out? Can I be funny if I'm in the audience? Can I interrupt the comedian? Can I disrespect the rest of the people in the audience? What do I give a fuck about their right to have a show as long as I'm having fun? Spoiled brats. Nobody wants to be responsible for their actions. . . . G: I'm pissed. I am an excellent live performer. I have spent my life paying attention to my art form, developing my art form, worrying about my show and what I'm bringing to people, making sure that I give them a fine trade. They get a two-hour show, sometimes a three-hour show for a decent price, and I'm rewarded with immature, drunken behavior. Why in the hell did I sit at home thinking up really intelligent, insightful comments on the passing American scene just to end up at a drunken brawl where the things I say have to be yelled over the yelling that's already going on? I'm just bored to death and unimpressed with Hollywood and our country, on top of being bitter I'm bored and unimpressed. I'm 63 years old, I've been doing this for 30 years, and I also know about the history of comedy before I was a comedian, and I can see the whole panorama of this art form and America and the audience.
*via Kevin Church's twitter*