Why Gannon/Guckert Matters (Rude Version):

The Rude Pundit

Digby on gays, the GOP and Dems who are spineless. Good read

Hullabaloo: Moral Hazards


Jeff Gannon / James "JD" Guckert

I have to weigh in on the whole Jeff Gannon /James “JD” Guckert issue. There are so many items out there regarding this, I will not even try to link to any specific item, but America Blog has probably more of the story than anybody else.

My points:

There is nothing wrong with him being gay. However, mentioning that fact is relevant to pointing out that he is a hypocrite since he has written many anti-gay things and is actively supporting anti-gay politicians and their policies.

He is not a journalist. He does not have anywhere near the credentials of other White House press corps reporters and was not qualified to be there. He was given special privileges he did not deserve so that he could act as a propaganda device for the Bush administration. This, to me, is the heart of the scandal.

I do not feel there is anything necessarily morally wrong with being a prostitute. I support the decriminalization of prostitution (and I vigorously support sex worker unionization and labor laws to protect them from exploitation, ingredients sorely lacking in the east Asian sex industry). I am a bit uncomfortable with some people (even fellow liberals) implying that his being a prostitute means that he is somehow morally tainted and rightfully disqualified from participating in certain aspects of society. However, Republicans are being hypocritical since they do not support the goals I mentioned, yet they would still use a prostitute as a shill.

If they did know that that "Jeff Gannon" was not a real reporter and was engaging in technically illegal activity (prostitution), then they did something very wrong in giving him press passes. If they didn't know, then the security at the White House is horrible. Either way, the Bush administration FUCKED UP. Incompetent or corrupt, take your pick.


Darwin Day Celebration

I blew it. I missed Darwin Day two days ago. Bad me. Darwin Day Celebration

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Parents Disowning Gay Children

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Parents Disowning Gay Children: "And it seems to happen quite often with intolerent religious right activists - Alan Keyes, Phyllis Schlafly, Randall Terry, and many others. That so many of them are willing to throw their children away on the altar of sexual correctness only goes to show that the phrase 'family values' is a lie. They don't value families; they value having the authority to control others or punish them at their pleasure. There is a highly sadistic undertone to the entire thing. "


Meanwhile, back at Holocaust Denial headquarters.

I usually only refer to things relating to atheist and gay issues, so this is a bit off-topic for me, but I can't help but love the last line in this Salon book review about the British libel trial of Holocaust denier David Irving against historian Deborah Lipstadt: "...I do know that Deborah Lipstadt has managed to scrape a major piece of shit off the boots of history. "
Salon.com Books Shilling for Hitler, By Charles Taylor


D. James Kennedy Sees 'Wall of Evolution' Eventually Tumbling Down

Oh my fucking gawd!
News from Agape Press: "'Communistic evolution, according to the Senate committee that examined it, is responsible for 135 million deaths in peacetime'"

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