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Calling out the extremely toxic effects of repressive hetero-normative culture is NOT homophobia...

. . . nor is it "victim blaming." I say this as a gay man who has been out and proud for 36 years (since age 19). Rather, it is about recognizing how truly toxic a virulently repressive, hetero-normative culture can be in some instances. In the case of the Orlando shooter, you can agree or disagree that his own, internal conflict over his sexual identity was at issue, but to say that any suggestion that it might have been so is "homophobic" or represents "victim blaming" is to profoundly misunderstand what is being said (and what isn't being said). This isn't blaming his outburst on the fact that he might have been gay himself, but rather is blaming the repressive culture in which he grew up that lay at the source of his internal conflict.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that by denying that this could possibly have been a factor, what you are actually doing is getting hetero-normative culture off the hook for its own toxicity!
Posted by markpkessinger | Tue Jun 21, 2016, 08:13 PM (15 replies)

Clinton Suprme Ct. appointee Stephen Breyer today helped the Court's four conservatives. . .

. . . to shred what was left of the 4th Amendment. And nobody is taking any notice. Appalling.
Posted by markpkessinger | Tue Jun 21, 2016, 06:14 PM (33 replies)

So Trump's mentor was . . . ROY COHN????!

Wow. From today's New York Times:

[font size=5]What Donald Trump Learned From Joseph McCarthy’s Right-Hand Man[/font]

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The year was 1977, and Mr. Cohn’s reputation was well established. He had been Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Red-baiting consigliere. He had helped send the Rosenbergs to the electric chair for spying and elect Richard M. Nixon president.

Then New York’s most feared lawyer, Mr. Cohn had a client list that ran the gamut from the disreputable to the quasi-reputable: Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno, Claus von Bulow, George Steinbrenner.

But there was one client who occupied a special place in Roy Cohn’s famously cold heart: Donald J. Trump.

For Mr. Cohn, who died of AIDS in 1986, weeks after being disbarred for flagrant ethical violations, Mr. Trump was something of a final project. If Fred Trump got his son’s career started, bringing him into the family business of middle-class rentals in Brooklyn and Queens, Mr. Cohn ushered him across the river and into Manhattan, introducing him to the social and political elite while ferociously defending him against a growing list of enemies

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Posted by markpkessinger | Mon Jun 20, 2016, 02:37 PM (4 replies)

Can we just be honest about what was really going on with the Orlando shooter?

Look, as a gay man, I know the classic signs of a repressed closet case when I see them. The shooter's own father said his son had become angry a few weeks back after seeing two men kissing in public, the guy was apparently a regular at the club he shot up, and Gawker has reported he had a profile on a gay dating site. The whole ISIS bit was nothing than a covet for him. This was a disturbed individual who couldn't handle the feelings that were stirring inside himself, and acted out in a violent, murderous rage. It's a scenario all too familiar to those of us in the LGBT community. FFS, already, to turn this into some grand example of 'Jihad' against the U.S. is to glorify it far beyond what it deserves!
Posted by markpkessinger | Mon Jun 13, 2016, 10:51 PM (263 replies)
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