Daily Archives: May 17, 2008

Somebody get AdNags a date. Quick!:

“WASHINGTON – Gay marriage is an issue on which the three major presidential candidates – John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton – are pretty much in agreement. All oppose it, while saying at the same time that same-sex couples should generally be entitled to the legal protections afforded married couples. All think the decision should be left to the states.
And not one has shown any eagerness to make the issue a priority. Senator McCain, for example, did not mention it in a speech he gave Thursday outlining what he wanted to do as president.”

I guess the NRA is still in the process of writing the copy it wants him to read. As for the other two, what Hillary says at this point about virtually anything is of no interest. To quote my favorite line from one of my favorite movies, “You’re dead, son. Go get yourself buried.” As for the Magic Negro, his support “Domestic Partnership” is simply “Separate But Equal.”

So let’s repeal Brown V. Board of Ed and see how he likes it.

“But the decision by the California Supreme Court on Thursday overturning the state’s ban on same-sex marriage seems likely to put the issue back onto the national political stage for the time being. In the process, it should offer a test of whether the issue is resonant in American politics or whether it has fallen to the side of the road, as many Democrats and some Republicans say”

Or more to the point, back in the editorial offices and conference rooms, as the beleagured media senses hoopla it can freely exploit.

““The court has interjected itself into national politics and made same-sex marriage a major issue in the upcoming national election,” said Brian S. Brown, the executive director of the National Organization for Marriage in California ,which opposes same-sex marriage.
Mr. Brown predicted that Senator Obama, who is leading in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, and Mr. McCain, the all-but-certain Republican nominee, would be forced to deal with this issue repeatedly between now and November. Republicans did use the issue in 2004 in an effort to get conservative voters to help President Bush win Ohio.
This year, the decision in California could at the very least have resonance with socially conservative voters in places like Ohio and Pennsylvania. Even if Mr. McCain does not wield it as part of his fall campaign – and his political associates said he almost certainly would not – history suggests that independent conservative advocacy groups would seize on the ruling to try to define Mr. Obama and his party as culturally out-of-step. “

Naturally it’s Brown and his Fundie friends who are out of step. But far be it from AdNags to suggest that.

“Presumably, it is just a matter of time until voters across the country see advertisements including same-sex couples taking their vows on the steps of San Francisco City Hall.”

And then celebrating in the Castro.

“There is considerable debate whether the marriage issue helped Republican candidates in 2004. And it seems questionable if voters are going to find it compelling this year, at a time when the country is facing a prolonged war, an ailing economy and skyrocketing gasoline prices, the issues that Mr. McCain and the two Democratic candidates are confronting on the campaign trail every day.”

No shit, Sherlock.

“At best, it doesn’t move voters, and at worst for Republicans, it moves them against them,,” said Matthew Dowd, who was chief strategist for Mr. Bush’s campaign in 2004. “Not so much on the issue, but it becomes, ‘Why are we having a discussion on this issue when we should talking about things that matter, like the economy, or health care, or the war?’ ”
Joe Solmonese, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization, said: “Regardless of where the American people have moved on marriage, what you have to look at is where it places in their priorities. I don’t see it being the same kind of issue that it was in 2004.”

Oh can it you less-than-useless overpaid whore! You don’t know jack shit about the people you claim to represent.

“If there is to be a national debate over the merits of same-sex marriage, the presidential candidates may not be the best proxies to carry out these arguments.
Mr. McCain supports marriage “between a man and a woman” and opposes any legal recognition of a same-sex relationship. But he is against an amendment to the Constitution, backed by many conservatives, that would ban same-sex marriage. More pressingly, he is at a point in his campaign now where he is seeking to appeal to moderates and Democrats uncomfortable with Mr. Obama; Mr. Dowd argued that emphasizing social issues would repel those groups”

Damned if you do. Darned if you don’t.

“Mr. Obama and Senator Clinton are more explicit in their support of civil unions, but both campaigns were quick to restate their views that the candidates believe the act of marriage should be between a man and a woman, a formulation that seems to have succeeded in taking the sting out of the issue.”

And making them completely indistinguishable from the Republicans they claim to oppose.

Yet there are differences of nuance in how the Democratic and Republican candidates talk about the issue that could have resonance with socially conservative voters. For example, Mr. Obama’s campaign explicitly said that he “has always believed that same-sex couples should enjoy equal rights under the law, and he will continue to fight for civil unions.”

Tell it to Mildred Loving’s grandchildren, asshole!!!!

“In California, Mr. Brown is leading an effort to force a voter initiative that would overturn the court decision. If Mr. McCain decides to back such an initiative, it could provide a point of contrast that conservatives could use to hurt Mr. Obama. And an initiative could bring out more conservative voters at a time when Mr. McCain’s advisers see a small hope of putting California in play.
But if Mr. McCain were to actively support such an initiative, it would put him in the uncomfortable position of working against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican whose success at appealing to moderates is part of the model of Mr. McCain’s national campaign. Mr. Schwarzenegger said he would uphold the court ruling and oppose any such initiative.”

Thus putting him completely at odds with McCain, AdNags. Can’t you read your own fucking copy?
Fascinating that a Republican Governor is now ahead of the game in contrast not only to the Republican POTUS candidate but the Democrats as well.

And quite becoming for a former rent boy.

“A survey taken by the Pew Research Center last October found that 55 percent of respondents said same-sex marriage would be not at all important or not too important to their decision of whom to support for president; 43 percent said it would be somewhat important or very important.
And that was at a time when gasoline prices seemed low and the economy seemed stable. So the California Supreme Court may have created a laboratory to test once and for all just how powerful this issue really is.”

So get your lab smock on, AdNags. White is slimming you know.

Meanwhile in Pravda, Kathleen Parker of the White Citizen’s Council
flings the expected poo:

“Well, at least they didn’t kiss.
I was bracing myself for the lip lock Wednesday when John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama .
Don’t look at me. David “Mudcat” Saunders, Edwards’s former rural adviser, came up with the idea, saying Obama should kiss Edwards on the lips “to kill this 41-point loss,” referring to Hillary Clinton’s landslide victory in the West Virginia primary.
Instead, the two men exchanged a manly air-hug to commemorate the moment when Edwards threw Clinton under the upholstered sofa on his grandmama’s front porch.
As Edwards gave what amounted to a stump speech highlighting his favorite subject — John Edwards — Americans were reminded of why the North Carolina son-of-a-millworker won’t be their presidential nominee.”

Cause no one wants to kiss him? Oh I keep forgetting. He’s “The Breck Girl.” He’s a “Girly Man.” He’s a Virtual Homo, unlike That Manlinest of Men, Dubbya, who doesn’t kiss at all, right?

Meanwhile. . .

“Former GOP hopeful and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is back in the news this week, making a splash when he took a hit at Senator Barack Obama during the annual National Rifle Association meeting.
Huckabee made an off-color joke during his speech in Louisville, Kentucky, when a loud bang was heard off-stage.
“That was Barack Obama,” Huckabee quipped, “He Just tripped off a chair. He was getting ready to speak. Somebody aimed a gun at him and he…he dove for the floor.”

And the Republican Taburnacle Choir replies “Oh it was just a joke.”

Still…

Later Friday, Huckabee issued an apology: “During my speech at the NRA, a loud noise backstage that sounded like a chair falling distracted the crowd and interrupted my speech. I made an offhand remark that was in no way intended to offend or disparage Sen. Obama. I apologize that my comments were offensive. That was never my intention.”

Sure Mike. Anything you say. It was a joke. See how we’re all laughing?

And speaking of same. . .

“The major part of Freud’s work on laughter was published in 1905 under the title, Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious. Here he first distinguishes between the technique and the tendency of jokes, and devotes the first section to an analysis of technique, mainly the details of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary which form the surface matter of jokes. In this long analysis, Freud finds the techniques of jokes similar to those used in dreams: condensation, displacement, substitution, and like disguises. This similarity between wit-work and dream-work establishes the connection to the unconscious which he explores in the second section of the book. This part involves an analysis of the matter or tendencies which lie at the core of jokes and which the techniques have partially and necessarily disguised. He begins with wit, that form of producing laughter which functions most like dreams, and shows that it originates in aggressive or obscene tendenciesThe aggressive or obscene idea is activated in the unconscious but disguised by the wit-work (or technique) so that the psychic energy initially aroused can be safely relieved. If the joke is successful, the source of laughter in the teller and the listener is the same: “the economy of psychic expenditure” (p. 180), or in other words, the efficient use of energy previously needed for repressing the dangerous idea by removing the apparent danger and releasing the energy in laughter. In addition to the pleasure aroused from release, there is also play pleasure: the infantile and pure joy in nonsense, playing with words, and combating order. To summarize to this point, then, jokes can be analysed as to technique and tendency, though it is likely that the technique in most cases is mainly the disguise and the tendency the cause of the laughter. We laugh because we are permitted to express the energy from hostility or aggression openly; the release plus the infantile joy of word play account for the pleasure in laughter.”

In fact, there was a movie.

I’m sure those pandas were gay.

And to conclude, the wise words of a man who has given this all a lot of thought.

“Marry me a little
Love me just enough
Cry but not too often
Play but not too rough
Keep a tender distance
So we’ll both be free
That’s the way it ought to be
I’m ready
I’m ready

Marry me a little
Do it with a will
Make a few demands
I’m able to fulfill
Want me more than others
Not exclusively
That’s the way it oughta be
I’m ready
I’m ready now

You can be my best friend
I can be your right arm
We’ll go through a fight or two
No harm, no harm
We’ll look not too deep
We’ll go not too far
We won’t have to give up a thing
We’ll stay who we are
Right? ok then
I’m ready
I’m ready now

Someone marry me a little
Love me just enough
Warm and sweet and easy
Just the simple stuff
Keep a tender distance
So we’ll both be free
That’s the way it oughta be
I’m ready
I’m ready

Marry me a little
Body, heart, and soul
Passionate as Hell
But always in control
Want me first and formost
Keep me company
That’s the way it oughta be
I’m ready
I’m ready now

Oh how gently we’ll talk
Oh how softly we’ll tred
All the stends, the ugly things
We’ll keep unsaid
We’ll build a cocoon
Of love and respect
You promise whatever you like
I’ll never collect
Right? ok then
I’m ready
I’m ready now
Someone
I’m ready
I’m ready
I’m ready now”

Sorry AdNags. You’re not Stephen’s type.