Friday, July 4, 2008

The True Story Of Jesse Helms That No One Believes

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane, Bilerico Project & My Left Wing

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What I am getting ready to tell you is a true story about my run-in with then Senator Jesse Helms.

I used to have a film production office in Raleigh, North Carolina - two careers ago. I had the top corner office and the exact opposite corner of the building was Senator Helms' reelection campaign HQ. I never went in, but I did walk by a few times and it was just a few people at their desks typing and making phone calls.

One day I was heading to the restroom and entered a stall. No, there were no hand gestures.

A few seconds later Jesse Helms came in - his voice was very recognizable. Jesse entered the stall next to me and took a massive, juicy, explosive dump.

Now, this should be a common tale but here is where it gets damn odd. While Jesse was evacuation his lower bowls with the robustness of a timpani drum, he was singing "What A Friend I Have In Jesus."

Mouth agape, I couldn't pry my ears away from the horror of it all. The cacophony was something to witness with the cool help of Kentucky bourbon. But unfortunately, I was stone cold sober.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Brit Soldiers Paid To Attend Gay Pride Events - Breeders Outraged!

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane, Bilerico Project & My Left Wing

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From The Telegraph:

Homosexual soldiers are to be paid travelling expenses to attend Gay Pride parades, while troops are not allowed to claim for trips to the Queen's Garden Party.

Gay troops have been told they can submit claims for their car mileage or train tickets to marches in London on Saturday and in Brighton next month.

Heterosexual soldiers have criticised the move saying they are not allowed to claim money for trips to important functions, including the Queen's Garden Party.

It will also be the first time Army and RAF troops will be allowed to march in uniform, Royal Navy soldiers are already allowed.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Fighting Religious Oppression With Smooches!

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane, Bilerico Project & My Left Wing

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Pride in Madrid...

There is a tasteless Inquisition joke in here somewhere...

In a country where Catholic majority views on homosexuality clash with the government's recognition of gay marriage, gay pride organizers use smaller regional venues to build momentum for a national parade in Madrid.


Spain's giant national gay pride parade is set for Saturday, July 5th in Madrid. An estimated 1.5 million people are expected for a gay pride parade winding down the streets of the country's capital city.

Like parades in the U.S., Spaniards plan to celebrate recent gay rights victories. Re-election of the progressive Socialist party in the spring – despite condemnations by the Catholic church and the Pope – ensured gay marriage rights will not be rolled back anytime soon.

Monday, June 30, 2008

The Downside of Gay Pride

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane, Bilerico Project & My Left Wing

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The Human Rights Campaign street team have packed up their clipboards. The sunglasses vendors have packed their unsold wares. All the t-shirts have been given away. The personal lube advocates are sleeping in. Yes, friends, Pride Weekend has come to a close in San Francisco.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

There's nothing like celebrating marriage with hundreds of thousands of your closest friends.

Less than two weeks after same-sex marriage became legal in California, drag queens, kids, politicians, shirtless men, married couples, straight couples and tourists flocked to San Francisco for the city's 38th annual San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration, which culminated Sunday with a huge parade.

Marriage was in the air as scores of people lined Market Street for the annual event, where veils and wedding garb were the fashion choice of many parade participants and spectators. Of course, scantily clad boys and girls - and boys dressed as girls - were also on hand during a celebration that seemed to attract more people, and families, than in years past, although official crowd count numbers were not immediately available.

Many of the speakers and parade participants took the opportunity to campaign against a measure on the November ballot that would overturn the recent court ruling and ban same-sex marriage in the state.

Whoops and cheers began even before the parade, with some members of the giddy crowd scrambling on top of anything they could for a view of the more than 200 floats and other parade contingents. After a cool morning, the sun peeked out by noon, giving way to a warm afternoon.

Later, revelers filled Civic Center, where the party continued with live music and speakers, drinking and eating. The all-ages, multicolored crowd seemed to represent the Bay Area's diversity, with high school students bumping shoulders with young parents, elderly gay, lesbian and straight couples and transgender people. Police said the event was largely peaceful, with just three arrests for public intoxication by 5:30 p.m.

And a good time was had by all.