It seems that all divisions of the Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate are at work to defame the gays yet again. A multi-media effort has recently sought to confuse pedophilia with homosexuality, allow the use of outdated epithets, and other general connotations of gay equalling 'bad'. As a non-Post reader, non-Fox watcher, and certainly non-Fox News watcher, a personal boycott would result in no change.
If the actions of these media organizations had no effect on my life their actions could be allowed to slide. That is not the case. Fox, the Post, and Rupert Murdoch hold some power in this relationship and therefore their actions allow for a proper reaction.
That man in the White House is at it again. At 1:45 today he is apparently having a press conference regarding that scourge that kills millions on a daily basis, that blight that is holding back our economic potential, that nightmare that has our nation's children waking up in tears. Yes, George W. Bush has his eyes set on gay marriage yet again.
Yet again the administration will pander to the basest element of our population, the hate-filled Christian right. (Could he not get it on the schedule for tomorrow, 06/06/06? Or is he worried that the sky is falling tomorrow?) Faced with the realistic projection of loosing seats in and possibly control of Congress, he yet again plays his bigotry card.
So as a public service, the following list is provided for the President as issues that truly do need addressing and areas that he could possibly effect:
This is enough though. We wouldn't want to overwhelm him. (And click on George to make him dance.)
Two men have [been] charged with sodomy in Fiji despite a high court ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The men were arrested in a beach house near the capital Suva. Police said they caught the men during sex but would not say who tipped them off. The pair were released on bail following a brief court appearance. Last August Fiji's High Court overturned the convictions of two gay men, ruling that the South Pacific island's sodomy law was unconstitutional. The court released Thomas McCoskar, a 55-year-old Australian, and Dhirendra Nadan, a 23-year-old native man, telling McCoskar he was free to leave Fiji and return home. Despite the court ruling the government has refused to repeal the sodomy law which dates back to British imperial rule.
This is disturbing on too many levels. Not repealing the archaic law is bad. Putting a question mark next to one of my "Must Go To Before I Die" places is worse. Depriving me of my daily liter of Fiji water as one can't support one's haters? The worst.
Volvic will keep me alive for a time, so let's hope there is not some horrid bigotry happening in Volvicistan next.
Offender has never been a fan of blogs blogging about blogs, but poking fun at a Supreme Court nominee has made such introversion interesting. After making a hastily-written joke about the background of John G. Roberts and being linked by a Wonkette post doing the same, Manhattan Offender was one of the top read blogs in the world. Well, one of the top read blogs ... on a Saturday night ... read mostly by right wing conservative christians. Not really the crowd I ever considered as an audience.
This provided a chance to look at site traffic and a little insight. Based solely on links to the original post, one thing is overwhelmingly apparent: Conservatives blog readers are night owls and have lots of internet time on the weekends. While links from more moderate and liberal sources died down during the weekend and especially on weekend nights, the in-bound links from conservative sites just kept coming through.
Conclusion: They are up late on weekend nights and full of energy which makes sense in light of today's big news.