Anderson Cooper Isn’t Terribly Impressed With Nir Rosen’s Lara Logan Apology

Anderson Cooper knows a little something about getting roughed up in Egypt when you're just trying to do your job, so perhaps he, more than anyone, has a special place in his heart for CBS News' Lara Logan, whose attack went much further into the sexual assault category. Which is why he has no sympathy for Nir Rosen, the NYU journalism fellow who resigned his post after tweeting things like "Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal," and kept him honest or whatever last night. Rightly, Rosen refers to himself as a "jerk" for his remarks. NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR ANDY!!


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Why Isn’t Ellen DeGeneres Turning Straight Like Lou Engle Asked?

At last month's Winter Ramp spirit fest event in Tennessee, Pastor Lou Engle — who has so much spirit in him he can bend the ear of Republicans and call for Uganda's gays to be removed — prayed with his congregation to banish gay marriage, and for the "mighty conversion" of Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen DeGeneres, meanwhile, was at home praying Anderson Cooper won't steal her audience. [via Right Wing Watch]


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Jane Lynch: America Isn’t Ready For Gays To Play Straight. And It Might Never Be

I don’t know when or if [gay actors in leading roles] will ever happen. I think because since most of the world is straight — and maybe we'll get to a place where this will happen — most of the world is straight and we want the audience to project their hopes and dreams for love and romance onto those actors. And if it’s not in some way possible, maybe never probably, in their mind that it could never happen, then they're not going to do it. You know, most people are straight, and I think that’s probably why…. This is a business of projection and desiring people from afar. And watching people go through trials and tribulations, so there has got to be some truth to it, in terms of, "I could see myself with that person." Because the leading man and lady are the person we want them to fall in love with, and most of the audience is straight. So for right now, we can only use straight actors.

—Jane Lynch, who doesn't think audiences are ready for gay characters playing straight lead roles, evidently disagrees with Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick, who doesn't "think the audience is as homophobic as the media" — and Jane Lynch — "would have us believe." [via AE]


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Johnny Weir Isn’t About To Start Celebrating His Gayness (Or Become An Activist)

Because he wasn't hiding in the closet, DIDN'TYOUKNOW. Out promoting his memoir Welcome To My World this morning on Today, Johnny says he does want you to judge his book by his cover. Also, that he's "very surprised" by the reaction to his big reveal, which surprises me, because I'm pretty sure everyone out there knew this already? "I was born a white male. A white gay male. And I don’t celebrate being white or male. So why should I celebrate being gay? … I know people who have been activists for years and have worked so hard and tirelessly … and they have definitely wanted me to be an activist, but I think the best way I can be an activist is to live my life and not make that the main thing that is Johnny Weir. I'm much more than just a gay man." So true. You are Evan Lysacek's mortal enemy!


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McCain: DADT Isn’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

Joe. My. God.

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DADT: Rhetoric Isn’t Repeal By December 31st

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) put out an e-blast today, entitled Mr. President, now it’s up to you:

The United States Senate has failed our military and failed the American people.

Thumbnail link to HRC's December 9, 2010 e-blast: 'Mr. President, now it's up to you'Despite hundreds of thousands of calls and emails demanding an end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – and despite military leaders imploring the Senate to repeal the law this year instead of leaving it to the courts — the Senate today voted to leave prejudice and bigotry on the books.

Since it appears Congress won’t repeal the law this year, the fate of lesbian and gay service members now rests in President Obama’s hands. To make good on his commitment to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010, President Obama needs to immediately issue a stop-loss order halting military discharges. At the same time, the Administration must immediately cease defending DADT in federal court.

Tell President Obama right now: End the discharges under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and stop defending this unconstitutional law in court.

In his State of the Union address last January, President Obama said he would work with Congress to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this year. But despite the House successfully voting to repeal the law, the Senate continued its filibuster.

Now it’s up to President Obama to clean up Congress’s mess. And the first step is for his administration to stop defending the law in court and embroiling “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in seemingly endless legal wrangling.

Also, as Commander in Chief, the President can issue an executive order to retain any soldier deemed necessary in a time of war – even though Congress has failed to remove the law from the books. President Obama must issue that order and end the discharges now.

Send your email to President Obama and remind him that millions of Americans will stand with him when he asserts his leadership on this issue. And taking action today will add crucial pressure for President Obama to act before 2010 ends in just a few weeks.

We need President Obama to take immediate action to end this law that has hurt our families, our soldiers, and our national security by costing us thousands of the best and brightest service members who should be defending our nation.

Urge President Obama to act immediately: Stop the military discharges, stop the legal defenses.

I’m not giving up,

Joe Solmonese

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That’s much improved rhetoric from the Joe Solmonese and the HRC over what it was earlier this year, but I, and I’m sure many others, are remembering the HRC’s Joe Solmonese promise to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community members this past March:

“And finally, finally this year we are going to bring down the discriminatory policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” … Once and for all!”

As well as holding the White House to the promise of White House staff member, and future Campaign Chair for President Obama’s reelection campaign, Jim Messina:

Political science major John Blake asked Messina about the failure to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the military policy that prevents gays from being open about their sexuality while serving in the military. The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday against repealing DADT “for largely partisan reasons,” Messina said, but he’s confident DADT will be struck down.

“We’re going to get that done this year,” he said.

I don’t care if Joe Solmonese’s and the HRC’s rhetoric is now up to the point it should have been all along — I’m still going to hold Joe Solmonese, Jim Messina, and President Obama’s whole administration accountable for their promises on repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. They all have until December 31st to deliver on their promises.

To not hold them accountable would be to give a pass to the HRC and to the White House when they can’t — or in the case of the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice, won’t — deliver to their broad constituencies what the HRC and the Obama Administration promised to LGBT community members on repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
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DADT isn’t over: ‘A general just approved the separation of an SLDN client serving overseas in the U.S. Air Force’

The coming week is pivotal for the effort to end DADT. And, as a reminder of how dangerous the DADT policy is for gay and lesbian servicemembers, I just received this via email from SLDN:

CONFIRMED TODAY: As the U.S. Senate is poised to take up repeal legislation, service members still cannot come out. A general just approved the separation of an SLDN client serving overseas in the U.S. Air Force. This service member now faces an administrative separation board. If the discharge moves forward, the fate of the service member’s career will ultimately fall to Secretary Michael B. Donley, Dept. of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson, and Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel Dr. Clifford L. Stanley.” Warning to service members: www.SLDN.org/StillAtRisk

We’re running out of time for the Senate to act on the DADT language, which is included in the Defense Authorization bill.

The Obama administration has really screwed up this process. And, they’re still discharging gay and lesbian servicemembers. This is beyond appalling.




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Powell: Don’t pressure Congress to vote if it ‘isn’t ready’ and the DADT study is in

WTF? Let’s see…Gen. Colin Powell’s turn on this is bizarre. While he, as one of the architects of DADT, is now for repeal, apparently the midterm scare is goosing him to urge the political slow-walk now.

Last time I checked, what he’s calling “pressuring” — a.k.a lobbying, calling and holding direct actions to urge Congress to act on legislation before it — is what citizens are encouraged to do. What is the point of electing people to represent you if you aren’t supposed to let them know how important passing a bill or addressing an issue is?

Or do the sensitivities of military homophobes who are queasy about soap dropping in the shower/homos seeing my pee-pee supercede this? Via Igor Volsky @ The Wonk Room:

POWELL: My position has been, it has been 17 years since we put that policy in place. Lots of things have happened. Attitudes have changed within our society. But i always believe, as I believed in 1993, that we have to take into account the views of our military leaders who are responsible for the well-being of the armed forces.

KING: So you support the McCain’s view?

POWELL: Yes. But, you know, our military leaders have now spoken. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, there is some, some difference of opinion among the chiefs that will have to be resolved. But I wish that we would just let that study be finished, let it be published and let everybody read it and not leak parts of it. And so I share Senator McCain’s view that we ought to let the process unfold and not try to intercept it with court rulings or with people trying to get a vote out of the Congress when the Congress is not ready to vote on it.

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Sorry Florida Family Association, But Kodak Isn’t Leaving DeGrassi Over a Trans Character

The Florida Family Association claims it got Kodak to drop sponsorship of Teen Nick's DeGrassi: The Next Generation after pressuring the film and tech giant to abandon the show because it features a transgender character. Kodak responds: Uh, no, that's not what happened at all, you dumbasses.


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Vince Vaughn ‘clarifies’ that gay slur isn’t about gays, just being gay, or being like gays, or something

Yes, and I’m sure when he uses the n-word he doesn’t mean black people, he means the “other” meaning of the n-word. What an idiotic thing to say.




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