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November 17, 2004

The National Field Director and deputy political director for the Republican National Committee Daniel Gurley solicited unprotected sex and multiple sex partners in an online profile at Gay.com, in seeming contradiction with the Partyís call for abstinence and positions on gay issues.

There's nothing wrong with promiscuous gay sex, and it's understandable for gays to want to stay in the closet in this homophobic world of ours. But if you hide your sexuality in order to get a job where you try to repress others' sexuality, well, it's open season.

I just posted this because I loved this part of the article:

His public profile [at Gay.com] states that he is seeking "action/sex," is in an "open relationship" and that his partner and himself "enjoy playing together when we can." His private adult profile is more direct, soliciting unsafe sex and detailing more personal information.

Asked if he remembered soliciting unprotected sex, Gurley said, "I donít remember specifics."

No, I don't suppose he would.

Posted by Jake at 11:13 AM | TrackBack (0)

you mean to tell me there are hypocrites in the Grand Old Party?

Posted by: smash at November 17, 2004 12:10 PM

Why are there so many closet-job poloticians?

Posted by: inonthekilltaker at November 17, 2004 01:31 PM

probably the same reason so many other gay people are in the closet. the general population has a massive fear and a strong distaste for anything that is different than the established norm. many of them react with violence and forced repression, which makes people a little afraid to just be whatever they want to be.

thought that was obvious.

Posted by: nobody cares at November 17, 2004 02:16 PM

You have a point, but what I meant was why almost all those kind of people I hear about are poloticians, I guess it's because they're more reason for news.

Posted by: inonthekilltaker at November 17, 2004 03:30 PM

It's the same reason why J. Edgar Hoover was the only guy in DC in the 40s, 50s, and 60s who actually wore red satin evening gowns with matching heels. It's the same reason why in "Stalag 17" the guy in charge of security was the German spy (and the one who, as the William Holden character pointed out, punched him harder than the other guys). It's the same reason why those loudest about following the same path as Christ are the least likely to actually follow it.

Posted by: Miss Authoritiva at November 18, 2004 08:02 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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