What’s Brewing: Rick Perry isn’t talking about social issues — or his porn investments

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. The Dallas Morning News (subscription only) takes a look at a phenomenon I mentioned Wednesday — presidential candidate Rick Perry mostly avoiding social issues like same-sex marriage thus far on the campaign trail. It’s partly bcause Perry has been campaigning in places like New Hampshire, where 40 percent of Republicans back same-sex marriage. “Appealing to [so-called] religious values, moral values, doesn’t go well here,” one expert told The DMN. “You’re not dealing with a socially conservative electorate.” In other words, New Hampshire GOP voters actually have some sense, and Perry is totally out of his element. Which is why he’s polling at only 18 percent in the Granite State, well behind Mitt Romney at 36 percent.

2. Here’s why I love it when politicians seek higher office, because fun stories like this one tend to resurface. In 1995, Rick Perry purchased between $5,000 and $10,000 worth of stock in Movie Gallery, a huge distributor of pornography that later became the target of a boycott by the American Family Association, which of course funded Perry’s recent day of prayer. You’ll have to read the whole story if you haven’t already, but who knows, maybe Perry just really liked Bisexual Barebacking Vol. 1 (above).

3. The new H&M store opens at NorthPark today, and the company is going all out to promote it: rotating images projected on the sides of tall buildings, street teams in Uptown and downtown to generate hype; coach buses shrink-wrapped with H&M ads transporting students back and forth from UTD; and even the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Wait a second, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders? Since when do the gays like cheerleaders?

—  John Wright

Facebook doesn’t like Jenna Skyy’s fake boobs

This morning when I logged into Dallas Voice’s Facebook page, I got the following message:

Please Read This!
Warning

Content that you shared on Facebook has been removed because it violated Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Shares that contain nudity, pornography, or graphic sexual content, are not permitted on Facebook. This message serves as a warning. Additional violations may result in the termination of your account. Please read the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities carefully and refrain from posting abusive material in the future. Thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

I initially had no clue what they were referring to, and of course they don’t bother to tell you. So I just clicked “Acknowledge,” because they really don’t give you a choice. Then I checked our Inbox, and it appears the warning was the result of a complaint by one of our so-called “friends,” who also sent us a message saying he objected to the above photo of Gaybingo co-host Jenna Skyy, which accompanied our post about the event’s 10th anniversary last weekend. I checked and, sure enough, the post had been removed from our page. Here’s what our friend wrote about the photo in his message to us:

“It violates the TOS. Please remove it and be more understanding in the future about people who read your newspaper have kids who might see it. Please take into accounts that children might see the post and be more socially responsible. Sexually explicit pictures or movies that show nudity does not ever belong on facebook. Please think about the kids who might see it. Porn has a time and place, but not on facebook.”

Porn? Really? First of all, even if Jenna’s breasts were real, I regularly see far more sexually explicit photos on Facebook. But they’re not real, they’re fuckin’ fake. And if you watch the video in the post, you’ll see that she’s actually in the process of removing them. But she covered them with her arm anyway. Covered fake breasts are porn? This loser must have an interesting sex life.

The fact is this same “friend,” whom we won’t identify here, has been a nuisance for some time — leaving ridiculous comments on our page accusing us of being part of some big gay Republican conspiracy. After I found out he had complained about our photo, I finally deleted him. But what really bothers me is the fact that Facebook agreed with him and issued a warning with no questions asked, and without providing any way to contact them.

On that note, I thought I’d let you know that Dallas Voice is now on Google+.

—  John Wright

Anthony, your weiner isn’t that big a deal

The original Weiner photo (above) has been followed by an X-rated one that can be viewed here (NSFW).

After days of hearing about U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, tweeting a picture of his underwear-clad erect penis to a female Seattle college student, I was delighted to finally see what had stirred up all the commotion.

I’m disappointed to report that my reaction to the picture was decidedly anti-climatic as it frankly requires a lot of imagination to visualize anything remotely stimulating about the picture. No offense intended, Anthony, but I’m surprised you would send anything that unimpressive out into the electronic stratosphere. Frankly, I was more interested in looking for a label to determine what brand of underwear you buy.

It would of course been better if Weiner had initially owned up to the picture being one of him rather than suggesting he had somehow been framed, but maybe he was embarrassed to acknowledge that he makes a rather less-than-spectacular impact. I’ve seen more exciting pictures in the International Male clothing catalog.

The truth is that I’ve also seen far sexier images posted on Facebook by some muscular straight men I know. And as far as I what I’ve seen of gay men’s photos on the electronic media, I won’t even go there. I don’t pay quite as close attention to what my straight female and lesbian friends are posting so I won’t comment on that either.

In the end, the ultimate deal is that it’s just not that big of an event. There are a lot of people out there who think it’s just a harmless diversion. I don’t engage in it because at my age I suffer from no illusions about whether anyone wants to see provocative pictures of me.

Weiner, a married man, has confessed now to engaging in inappropriate electronic relationships with six women over three years. This has sparked a debate about whether these type of relationships that involve no physical contact amount to cheating. I’d say that’s between Weiner and his wife, and not really the business of anyone else.

Now a photo is circulating on the Internet that purportedly is one of Weiner’s manhood fully exposed and standing at attention, providing a little more for critics to sink their teeth in, so to speak. Again, I’ve seen more scintillating images in my time, and I don’t know how anyone is going to prove it is him. That is unless of course he goes to confession again. The truth is that literally no one tells the whole truth about their sex lives.

If Weiner was a Bible-thumping conservative preaching against such activities and condemning any type of relations outside of heterosexual marriage, then he would need to be exposed for being a fraud. As it is, I think he’s just doing what millions of other people are doing who are not suffering any repercussions from their activities.

Sometimes people can become obsessed with electronic relationships, including texting, phone sex and viewing porn. I think it only becomes a problem when those activities began to interfere with people enjoying personal relationships with other people. But again, that’s a personal decision that each person must make for themselves.

The bottom line is that I don’t think Weiner should resign. Believe me, Anthony, the image of your you-know-what is going to fade from the scene in a pretty big hurry. It’s just not that memorable.

—  admin

The women of the Texas House are MAD! Senfronia Thompson speaks up on House floor against fliers disrespectful to women

State Rep. Senfronia Thompson

Texas state Rep. Senfronia Thompson — someone I have for whom immense admiration and respect for many reasons, not the least of which is her passionate support of LGBT rights — took a moment of personal privilege today on the House floor to let loose on the Texas Civil Justice League, which distributed fliers targeting Thompson HB 2093 which deals with insurance and contractors. Thompson wasn’t angry that the TCJL opposes her legislation. What made her mad was the photo on the flier: a close up of an breastfeeding infant over which were written the words “Don’t expand the nanny state.”

“Some of you may find them funny, but I find them despicable. I find them distasteful. I find them hateful, and I find them to foster violence and disrespect toward women. And I find it hard to believe the Texas Civil Justice League would go so low that they would put out this kind of hate resentful bitter, despicable, despisable, violent fliers toward women just to get at a piece of legislation. They could have come and talked to me,” Thompson said. “We cannot sit here and tolerate this kind of attitude.”

But it wasn’t just the Texas Civil Justice League that bore the brunt of Thompson’s anger. She also criticized the male members of the House for allowing and even perpetuating an atmosphere of such disrespect toward women to exist in the first place that the flier was even produced in the first place.

“Men, if you don’t stand up for us today, you don’t walk in this chamber tomorrow!” Thompson demanded.

And she wasn’t the only woman who was angry.

Houston Democrat Rep. Carol Alvarado led what she said was a bipartisan group of female legislators to the chamber’s back mic where she spoke up to call the flyer is a “below-the-belt political tactic.” And Rep. Debbie Riddle, a Republican from Tomball spoke up in support of “Mrs. T,” adding that she has been appalled to see pornography on the House floor. Riddle didn’t elaborate on her statement.

Even if I were to transcribe Rep. Thompson’s speech for you here, word for word, I couldn’t do it justice. So instead, I’ll just post the video and let you hear it for yourself.

—  admin

WATCH: Scoutmasters can’t be gay, but lawsuit claims they ARE permitted to show porn to kids

Maybe the Boy Scouts of America should spend less time worrying about gays, and more time worrying about child molesters. Just a thought.

A lawsuit filed in San Antonio claims the Boy Scouts should have done more to protect a teenage victim from the man who was later convicted of molesting him and is now serving 60 years in prison.

“There were violations after violation of basic safety rules with children,” attorney Pat Maloney said. “You don’t allow a scoutmaster to be one-on-one with a child. You don’t allow a scoutmaster to go out-of-state with a child, and you certainly don’t allow a scoutmaster to show pornography to a child, all of which was going on while he was a scoutmaster here.”

—  John Wright

VIRGINIA: Leader Of Anti-Gay Episcopal Sect Fired In Pornography Scandal

Episcopal Rev. Marshall Brown, who helped 14 Virginia parishes leave the main church in protest of the elevation of openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson, has been fired by his Fairfax, Virginia parish for viewing pornography on church computers. It was Brown’s Truro Church that spearheaded the continuing schism in the American Anglican Church over the ordination of gays.

Truro’s rejection of what its congregants saw as a non-biblical liberal tilt in the denomination made international news. Dozens of Episcopal churches have since joined an umbrella group of religious conservatives who oppose the acceptance of same-sex relationships and the idea that non-Christian religions have equal access to God. In 2005, Truro arranged for Brown, now 57, to get treatment for an Internet addiction after he reported having a problem, according to Bishop Martyn Minns, who was Truro’s rector at the time and is now bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, the umbrella group of breakaway churches.

The Anglican Church is currently suing Truro Church over the ownership of its properties, which are valued in the tens of millions of dollars. Nice work, Rev. Busyfingers! So which was it? Manhunt? Sean Cody?

Joe. My. God.

—  admin