Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bachmann's Bye-Bye

To mark Rep. Michele Bachmann's announcement that she won't seek re-election, here are two items from the Minnesota Republican's failed 2012 presidential bid, a David Horsey cartoon and a column I wrote in late 2011. 

You know, part of me is going to miss this Tea Party wingnut.  A large part.  But then again, she won't just disappear.  Presumably she'll enjoy a lucrative career on Fox or with the Heritage Foundation.  Maybe she and Sarah Palin could whip up a "Who's on First?" routine.  Trouble is, neither would know the answer.


I give Jane Schmidt a world of credit.  The Iowa high school student held her own in an exchange with Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.  At Schmidt's age, shaking a candidate's hand was enough to make me forget my name.

I grew up in New Hampshire, where, due to the state's first-in-the-nation primary, presidential candidates are as abundant as black flies.  I assume the Iowa caucuses mean the Hawkeye State is likewise swarming with presidential wannabes.

These Famous and Important People are intimidating when you're young, and I couldn't have managed more than reading a question aloud before losing the use of my vocal cords.

Not so Jane Schmidt, on a recent day in the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Waverly, Iowa.  The Des Moines Register, which carried an account of the back-and-forth with Bachmann, didn't give Schmidt's age or her year in school, but did say she's the president of Waverly High School's Gay-Straight Alliance, so I'll think of her as a senior.

I'll also take a moment to drop my jaw that Waverly High even has a Gay-Straight Alliance.

Standing amidst a supportive crowd of about 65 people, mostly middle-aged and elderly, Michele Bachmann might've thought she was home free.  Then, as a CNN video showed, she and her microphone headed toward the student in the red plaid trooper hat.

Schmidt told Bachmann she was concerned about the lack of government support for the LGBT community.  Bachmann replied that the government's job is to protect civil rights.  "We all have the same civil rights," she concluded.

That would've been the moment where I'd have thought to myself, "There's something wrong with that statement and MY GOD everyone is staring at me."

Not Schmidt.  She responded, "Then, why can't same-sex couples get married?"

The candidate answered, "They can get married, but they abide by the same law as everyone else.  They can marry a man if they're a woman.  Or they can marry a woman if they're a man."

Now that the country has gotten a peek at Michele Bachmann's husband Marcus, a sizable number of people believe that the woman is speaking from experience here.

Schmidt asked why two men can't marry, and Bachmann answered that's the law.  "So heterosexual couples have a privilege," responded Schmidt.

She was still being logical, while I'd have long since been carried away on a stretcher.

Straight couples have the same legal opportunity, said Bachmann.  "There is no right to same-sex marriage."

Except for where she was standing.  It escaped Bachmann's notice that same-sex marriage is legal in Iowa.

"So you won't support the LGBT community?" asked the student.

"No, I said that there are no special rights for people based upon your sex practices," said the congresswoman, who must've been annoyed at God for forcing her to talk about sex with a high school student in front of scads of Iowa senior citizens.

Ella Newell, a junior at the high school, tried to advance the point about privilege before the debate ended with Bachmann repeating that every American can marry, just someone of the opposite sex.

Most of Bachmann's statements received applause, probably as much an attempt to silence the girls as to indicate support.  But Schmidt carried on, doggedly and civilly, despite the disapproval of her neighbors, and despite the presence of reporters and cameras.

I hope someone bought her a pizza afterwards.  Unless she felt like throwing up.

After the exchange between the high school students and the congresswoman, a young man told Schmidt and Newell that they should "emulate" Bachmann.

Yes, if Schmidt conforms and turns into an always-feminine Christian soldier she could land a guy like him.

Now I'm sure she felt like throwing up.

Soul Brothers?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Well, Well, Well

Either this sign really needs a period, or the pastor is going to great lengths to build his flock. 

From Have A Gay Day

This Week's Quote

You teach 'em Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to get her poor dog a bone.  I say Mother Hubbard had gin in that cupboard.

Jackie "Moms" Mabley

Source:  Women's Wicked Wit

Out of the Bottle

Barbara Eden sported her "I Dream of Jeannie" costume last weekend at Life Ball 2013 in Vienna, Austria.  The charity gala raises money for people living with HIV and AIDS.  Eden, who is 78 years old, gave her signature head-nod and wink, which summoned to the stage. . . Bill Clinton.

 From KOOL 105.5

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

This Week's Quote

There are many women and men of the gay persuasion who do not own pets.  These brave souls are, as any of them with a clue can tell you, uniformly viewed as suspect in the homosexual world at large.

Helen Eisenbach

Source:  Lesbianism Made Easy

And Another Episode That Snuck By Me

From George Takei

Was There an Episode I Missed?

From Wipe Out Homophobia

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It's Not Fair, I Know

From I Support Same Sex Marriage in Illinois

Calling Dr. Freud

Last night I dreamt that I was required to take the pope's place at a breakfast.  Not the current pope, Pope Francis, but his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.  Apparently Benedict made a lasting impression on me.

After I dressed to go to this event, Benedict fingered the sleeve of my white tunic and grunted, "Must iron."

Base ingratitude.  That's the last time I stand in for him.

A Recent Moment in Minnesota

From George Takei

Fans of Soccer's Portland Timbers Tackle Homophobia

From Have A Gay Day

A & F, Beloved By Many a Gay Man, Earns a Brand Readjustment

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Blue Hen State Is the 11th for Marriage Equality

This Week's Quote

JACK:  Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth.  Can you forgive me?
GWENDOLEN:  I can.  For I feel that you are sure to change.

Oscar Wilde

Source:  The Importance of Being Earnest

Paul Objects

From LGBT Equality World Wide

Friday, May 3, 2013

Question of the Week

"Behind The Candelabra" is slated for May 26 on HBO.  Are you having trouble picturing Michael Douglas as Liberace?

Proud Ashley

Watch 18-year-old drag queen Ashley Tonga audition for New Zealand's "X Factor."  She sings, she dances, she damn near falls over.  A personality as big as the Pacific.

A Done Deal in Rhode Island

Gov. Lincoln Chafee signs marriage equality into law yesterday, making Rhode Island the tenth state to take the plunge.  Congrats, Little Rhody!

From Rhode Islanders United for Marriage