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I’ve watched both 60 Minute interviews with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Each time I came away thinking, this guy is the 21st century’s Hitler—only a little more charming. Hate was written all over Hitler’s face—you can see it every time you watch an old newsreel. Ahmadinejad hides his hatred behind... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
It’s been quite a whirlwind for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the last few weeks. The excitement leading up to the U.S. Senate vote on the Matthew Shepherd Act, also known as the hate crimes bill, was palpable. Across the country, LGBT activists worked with groups like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
Larry Craig’s interview this past Tuesday evening with NBC’s Matt Lauer gave the espionage-born term, plausible deniability, a whole new life. It’s usually a term used as a cover when large government agencies—such as the CIA or FBI—engage in covert actions that can be denied higher up the political food... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. George W. Bush was clearing brush in Crawford while New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. And what were a majority of LGBT activists and bloggers doing while the U.S. Senate stealthfully confirmed anti-gay judge Leslie Southwick to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
Local elections are just around the corner. Next Tuesday, many of us will vote for town board members, mayors, supervisors—the folks that make our local municipalities function on a day to day basis. Whenever candidates come to my door I always ask them two questions—are you pro-choice? And are you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
I wouldn’t want to be a Republican right now. Not that I ever would be but the results of Tuesday’s elections does not leave the GOP with a lot to celebrate. Right here in Albany, one of its Red Rock Republican suburbs, Colonie, has broken 80 years of one party... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
I don’t know about you but Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It just evokes great memories. It was one of the only meals my mother cooked really well. She’d start early in the morning and by noon the house was filled with great smells. We didn’t do the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
It seems that George Bush is finally waking up. What he thought was going to be a legacy built on “mission accomplished” is instead a waking nightmare born of a country demolished. He’s bucking for a Nobel Peace Prize by trying to revive a U.S.-led Middle East peace process that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
Tuesday was September 11th. Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. If there were ever a few days that bring Ecclesiastes third chapter to life, these are it. “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance”—it’s the fourth verse... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
The Radical Christian Right says they’re strict biblical constructionists. If it’s in the Bible, it must be true. OK, then, what about the ninth commandment—do not bear false witness. Or, as we say in the 21st Century, no lying! With the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act—or ENDA for short--soon to be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
Next month I’ll be 50. I started paying attention to politics in the latter half of my first decade. I actually did my first literature drop when I was eight for Eugene Nickerson, the only Democrat to ever elected county executive in Nassau County until the beginning of this century.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
So as I sit here listening to quintessential American music—George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, I look back on yesterday’s American birthday and wonder when will we, as a nation, get a grip and just say no! We need to say no to a White House that puts itself above the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
Well folks, I've finally done it. After being "direction changed" by 365gay.com and losing my weekly commentary space there, I've started my own blog. Not only will I post my commentary on LGBT issues each week but we'll be able to create a community of LGBT folks and our allies... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
So every morning I get my New York Times online. I have news alerts set up for a number of categories including "homosexuality" and "gay"--trying to cover all my bases. Well, today's gay selection was a story that I think would have been monumental a decade or so ago--The Advocate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
The confirmation hearings for our country's next surgeon general begin tomorrow. The guy in the oval office who considers himself the president has offered up Dr. James W. Holsinger as his nominee. On the face of it, his credentials look pretty good. . He is a cardiologist who holds the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
Imagine the race for the White House as a reality show. The candidates, from both sides of the aisle, would all live together in a big tent. There would be red and blue cots. Their belongings would be stored in matching foot lockers. The bathroom would be unisex with a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
David Letterman has “Stupid Pet Tricks.” Len Berman, the NBC sports anchor has “Spanning the Globe” which features wild and wacky sports events. And, every year a Greenwich Village resident named Wendy Northcutt brings us the “Darwin Awards”—replete with examples why natural selection isn’t working the way it is supposed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
Well, I'm trying but for the life of me when I cut and paste from a Word doc all the hard returns disappear--even when I go back in and replace them. Anyone have any advice? I'm still learning the ins and outs and my day job gets in the way... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
As I watched LGBT bloggers go nuts about the exclusion of former Alaskan Senator Mike Gravel from the HRC/LOGO Presidential Debate, I wondered when are we going to grow up. It's not so much that folks rallied around Gravel--whose politics I really like but, let's face it, doesn't have a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
Hi folks-- I'm back from vacation--read today's commentary and you'll know where I went. Sorry for the delay in getting this post and the post for 8/2 up--been busy with the day job and things were hectic right before we left. I'm going to try to write something--even if it's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
My family’s dinner was disrupted this past Friday night, January 18th by sirens and flashing lights. There in the midst of our bucolic neighborhood, on a private road to what was once an estate in Menands, was a number of Troy police officers, with a number of Troy police cars—marked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
So the day every political junkie has been waiting for is just around the corner—Super Tuesday is this coming Tuesday, February 5th. For those of us who have doggedly tracked this protracted presidential race, Super Tuesday is the mother lode of primaries. Democrats in 22 states and Republicans in 21... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
Today is Valentine’s Day. My partner Lynn and I can tell each all day long how much we mean to each other, that we love each other, that we’re committed to each other for the long haul. But, the two words we can’t say in any legally binding way are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
Well, it’s that time of year again. The weather outside is just about to be frightful. And, as far as I’m concerned, the shopping is never delightful. But that doesn’t mean I’m the new Grinch or that my family bloodline includes Ebeneezer Scrooge. It’s just that when I do shop,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut
So Christmas is over and we’ve got a few more days before we can party again to ring in 2008. Even though it started with such promise, we’re certainly in a rush to get 2007 over with. In New York, Day One pledged a new beginning. In DC, Democratic majorities... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at ProudlyOut