Monday Late Nite – Preznitial Candidate Resolutions

AP/Tina Fineberg

I interviewed most of the Republican candidates and they were really quite forthcoming with their New Year’s resolutions.


Rudy Giuliani:

1. Smile more.
2. Supplement speaking income with ad space on teeth.
3. Trademark "9/11".

Mike Huckabee:

1. No more negative attack ads! Only positive attack ads!
2. Dye sideburns gray.
3. Find undisputable proof that Jesus rode a dinosaur.

Fred Thompson:

1. Remember my own name without prompting.
2. Stop referring to Jeri as "my script girl".
3. Make an effort to . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. . . . .

Mitt Romney:

1. Be more glib.
2. Fire Tagg for the "Seamus" story.
3. Have Ann followed – there has to be more to that whole "dressage" story she sold to the Times.

Duncan Hunter:

1. Build a bigger fence on my property.
2. Eradicate all illegal aliens. . . except those working on my house.
3. Get the media to notice me.

Ron Paul:

1. WHO the hell NEEDS resolutions?
2. SCREW you! I’m a real libertarian!
3. I’m crazy? I’M CRAZY?

John McCain:

1. Spend more quality time with Joe Lieberman.
2. Figure out the rest of the lyrics to "Bomb, Bomb Iran".
3. Cast at least one vote in the Senate.

A very happy and healthy New Year to all of the readers at Firedoglake. May we see great and positive changes in the direction of the world in 2008.

The Advocates’ Top 5 Trans YA Fiction

A few days ago, The Advocate put up an article titled Our Picks for Trans Young Adult Fiction on their website claiming “we pulled together some literary inspiration worth passing on to the inquisitive teenager in your life”.  I thought their list deserved some wider circulation, as well as some slight criticism.  

 Literarily, trans people have it tough, especially young transpeople.  There are so many gay and lesbian YA novels now, I can't keep up anymore.  Bisexual protagonists and trans protagonists are far more rare however.  There are a few options, but frankly you don't see the real depth and breadth of the bi and trans experiance being portrayed.  The best we can do, I feel, is promote what is there and hope for better.  


The lily white rep of the Bush admin….LOL

TPM Muckraker has a wonderful laundry list of the members of the Bush misadministration: 

Of course we have to wait a year to see how many of these crooks Dubya will pardon on his way out of office.  Will he finally grant a pardon to “Scooter”?  If he lets Brian Doyle (convicted of  use of a computer to seduce a child and sixteen counts of transmitting harmful material to a minor, serving a five year sentence) go, it would show just how much of an idiot W is.

It's great reading for an end of year review of the people that surround this man.

It's disgusting how dirty this administration is. 


Maine's unhinged Christian Civic League on NH's civil unions

I’m sorry — I know I’m supposed to be resting but look at this ridiculous e-blast from Mike Hein, administrator of the Christian Civic League of Maine, who is up in arms over the enactment of civil unions in New Hampshire, going into effect with the new year.

Public Comment on the New Hampshire Homosexual Civil Unions Law Enactment

For immediate release:

With New Hampshire’s enactment of its homosexual civil unions law, Maine becomes one of only two remaining New England states to not formally allow this deviant behavior.

The Christian Civic League of Maine supports the Biblical precept that all sex outside of traditional marriage, including homosexual behavior, is sin.  The celebration of this sin as seen in the events of January 1st in New Hampshire is wrong.

As it has for over 110 years, the League will continue to oppose homosexual civil unions, and preserve marriage in Maine as between one man and one woman only, so help us God.

Hein and his cohort at the CCLM, Mike Heath, love reading the blog. Hein endorses our work, calling Pam’s House Blend “a leading source of radical homosexual propaganda, anti-Christian bigotry, and radical transgender advocacy.” and that he is “praying that Pam Spaulding will “turn away from her wicked and sinful promotion of homosexual behavior.”


UPDATE: Then a second release from Hein hit my inbox, Clergy Unite Homosexuals in New Hampshire, with this nonsense:

Maine Pastor Neil Farrar of Maine’s Church on the Rock in Topsham publicly asked listeners of Maine’s Christian radio station WBCI for a day of fast and prayer on January 1, 2008 to acknowledge New Hampshire’s homosexual civil unions law going into effect.

From his RockTalk radio and online commentary, Farrar stated: “What [the homosexuals who participate in the civil unions ceremonies] fail to clearly understand is that their choice not be accountable to God, will have an eternal bearing on not only this life, but also on eternity.

“They are certainly not free or released from standing before the Living God…and giving an account for their decadence and lawlessness!

“These men and women will face a quivering terror, as they are sentenced to an eternity in the Lake of Fire.

…New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation U.S.Presidential primary is set for January 8, and recently the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, the Right Reverend Vicky Gene Robinson, announced plans in June to participate as a “bride” to his homosexual partner in a civil union ceremony.


The Law of Unintended Consequences

gumby.jpgOkay, this is so stupid it’s just mind-boggling (h/t Dakine01):

Despite more than 20,000 lawsuits filed against music fans in the years since they started finding free tunes online rather than buying CDs from record companies, the recording industry has utterly failed to halt the decline of the record album or the rise of digital music sharing.

Still, hardly a month goes by without a news release from the industry’s lobby, the Recording Industry Association of America, touting a new wave of letters to college students and others demanding a settlement payment and threatening a legal battle.

Now, in an unusual case in which an Arizona recipient of an RIAA letter has fought back in court rather than write a check to avoid hefty legal fees, the industry is taking its argument against music sharing one step further: In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.

The industry’s lawyer in the case, Ira Schwartz, argues in a brief filed earlier this month that the MP3 files Howell made on his computer from legally bought CDs are "unauthorized copies" of copyrighted recordings.

"I couldn’t believe it when I read that," says Ray Beckerman, a New York lawyer who represents six clients who have been sued by the RIAA. "The basic principle in the law is that you have to distribute actual physical copies to be guilty of violating copyright. But recently, the industry has been going around saying that even a personal copy on your computer is a violation."


Per Huckabee, Gay People Are Choosing Aberrant Sin (And That Means…?)

Gov. Mike Huckabee was on Meet The Press this past Sunday.Gov. Mike Huckabee  He appears to be using some obfuscating language to explain his beliefs about LGB people, and not explain how his beliefs would translated into policy within a Huckabee administration.

Tim Russert asked Huckabee about a statement in Huckabee’s 1998 book, where Huckabee wrote:

It is now difficult to keep track of the vast array of publicly endorsed and institutionally supported aberrations–from homosexuality and pedophilia to sadomasochism and necrophilia.

Russert wanted to know what he meant — Huckabee claimed that he really wasn’t equating “homosexuality” with “pedophilia” and “sadomasochism,” he was just pointing out that these all were sin.

When Huckabee later commented on marital infidelity, he stated:

The perfection of God is seen in a marriage in which one man, one woman live together as a couple committed to each other as life partners. Now, even married couples don’t do that perfectly, so sin is not some act of equating people with being murderers or rapists…

So, I’m not sure what Huckabee is stating. Is he arguing James 2:10,11

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

…Or is Huckabee arguing that some “sins” are worse than others? (He seems to be arguing that in his answers to Russert questions about whether he equates homosexuality to pedophilia and sadomasochism.)

Frankly, I can’t figure out what Huckabee is stating. It seems to me that he’s trying to confuse non-Evangelicals as to what a Huckabee administration’s policies would be towards LGBT people.

Take a read the Meet The Press transcript of Huckabee’s comments on “homosexuality” below the fold, and you can decide for yourself what voters were supposed to take away from his comments on the show. (more…)

You Say You Want A Resolution…

A little Beatles to ring in the New Year. Good way to start things out.

Make any resolutions this year? I’m going to get healthier — better food choices, more regular exercise, some semblance of stress management, etc.  Taking better care of me, so that I can take even better care of everyone around me.  That’s my whole resolution for the upcoming year.

Which means I’ll be looking for some great up-beat music to walk to, and some acoustic goodies for my mellow days.  Did you find any new songs or albums that rock your world this year?  Rediscover some old favorites that you can share?  I’ve been meaning to re-organize my iPod anyway, so fire away with the favorite songs — I’m all ears.

How about resoutions or goals for 2008?  What’s up with you for the new year? Do tell…

Happy new year to everyone — may this one bring you many laughs, much joy, overflowing happiness, and more love than you can imagine. And peace and much less chaos for us all. Happy, happy new year!

Economic Kinks

It’s been a rough year for a lot of folks — between rising costs of energy and groceries, mortgage woes, and more cost-cutting downsized working cuts…a whole lot of folks are feeling even more squeezed by the end of the year than they were at the start. Here’s a round-up of some of the latest news on the economic front:

From Calculated Risk, the credit crunch is still having an impact on housing numbers:

The impact of the credit crunch is obvious as sales in September, October and November declined sharply from earlier in the year….

Existing housing inventory numbers are down slightly, but this corresponds with an annual trend of post-summer reduction in houses remaining onthe market due to seasonal/weather concerns. Calculated Risk promises more evaluation on this later in the day, and I look forward to reading it.

— Subprime mortgage lobbyists inside the Beltway? Must have escaped from a zoo. From Naked Capitolism:

The article describes the lobbying efforts of subprime lender Ameriquest and three industry associations of which it was a member. While it nails details of the efforts at the federal and particularly state level to neuter legislation that would have imposed higher standards on subprime operators, it doesn’t give any sense as to how large these contributions were relative to other financial services industry pet causes….

It’s more accurate to say it made the state rules irrelevant. Federally chartered banks could offer subprime products to mortgage brokers and directly to customers. The fact that some state chartered banks would be constrained would have minimal impact on the availability of the product. And it would therefore be futile to keep the new laws in place, since their effect would simply be to restrict the activities, and likely profits, of state-chartered entities….

Nothing like a lobbyist-fueled wholesale national rules change and to hell with that whole "states’ rights" campaign, eh, folks? More and better Democrats…soon. (more…)