Joe.My.God‘s blog has streaming audio and mp3’s of Matt Sanchez’s twenty-minute-plus weasel session on Michelangelo Signorile’s show on Sirius Radio. The positions that Sanchez twists himself into would be truly amusing if you could perform them physically with the hottie(s) of your choice. As rhetoric, though, they’re just sad, and illustrate the levels of paranoia and denial that are necessary to not only exist as a black, gay member to the Republican Party, but to be able to convince yourself that an organization filled with people like Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin is the one that’s gonna have your back when the shit really starts to come down. Among other things, Matt asserts that despite all that cock, he’s not really gay, not even bi. I can understand the frustration with strict labels, but Matt really goes out of his way to let us know how icky all that faggy stuff is to him. He’s going to be a lonely man. He thinks that even though his past has been splashed all over the interwebs, he doesn’t have to worry about getting kicked out of the military. I wouldn’t bet on it. It’s unlikely that his conservative friends are going to associate with him any more than they have to, much less make him their poster boy. And it’s gonna be a long time before any self-respecting gay folk buddy up to him.
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The following should be enough reason alone to prevent John McCain from ever being president. Or, for that matter, holding any kind of public office ever again.
Reporter: Should U.S. taxpayer money go to places like Africa to fund contraception to prevent AIDS
Mr. McCain: Well I think it’s a combination. The guy I really respect on this is Dr. Coburn. He believesÂ â€” and I was just reading the thing he wrote â€” that you should do what you can to encourage abstinence where there is going to be sexual activity. Where that doesnï¿½t succeed, than he thinks that we should employ contraceptives as well. But I agree with him that the first priority is on abstinence. I look to people like Dr. Coburn. I’m not very wise on it.
(Mr. McCain turns to take a question on Iraq, but a moment later looks back to the reporter who asked him about AIDS.)
Mr. McCain: I haven’t thought about it. Before I give you an answer, let me think about. Let me think about it a little bit because I never got a question about it before. I don’t know if I would use taxpayers’ money for it.
Q: What about grants for sex education in the United States? Should they include instructions about using contraceptives? Or should it be Bush’s policy, which is just abstinence?
Mr. McCain: (Long pause) Ahhh. I think I support the president’s policy.
Q: So no contraception, no counseling on contraception. Just abstinence. Do you think contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV?
Mr. McCain: (Long pause) You’ve stumped me.
Q: I mean, I think you’d probably agree it probably does help stop it?
Mr. McCain: (Laughs) Are we on the Straight Talk express? I’m not informed enough on it. Let me find out. You know, I’m sure I’ve taken a position on it on the past. I have to find out what my position was. Brian, would you find out what my position is on contraception â€” I’m sure I’m opposed to government spending on it, I’m sure I support the president’s policies on it.
Q: But you would agree that condoms do stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Would you say: “No, we’re not going to distribute them,” knowing that?
Mr. McCain: (Twelve-second pause) Get me Coburn’s thing, ask Weaver to get me Coburn’s paper that he just gave me in the last couple of days. I’ve never gotten into these issues before.
AIDS was first identified in 1981. Six years and some 30,000 deaths later, President Ronald Reagan publicly spoke about AIDS for the first time. Because of his loyalty to ancient sexual mores, the Gipper stood by while people died, left and right. They were expendable because they were faggots and junkies and people who wouldn’t keep it in their pants.
AIDS is not as fatal as it was then, but it’s still a threat. And there are other dangers; the old-fashioned STI’s are still out there, like syphillis, gonorrhea, and HPV. The biggest one, though, is ignorance. Twenty years after Reagan finally got the word “AIDS” past his lips, the government is still functioning on policies that pander to people who think that it’s better that their children get lethal diseases than have sex. Worse, to sustain those policies, they have to deny outright scientific truth, such as the ironclad FACT that condoms do reduce transmission of STI’s.
McCain got this far on a reputation as a plain-speaking maverick who wasn’t afraid to speak the truth. He’s shown that he’s unable to speak the truth about people dying in Iraq, and now he’s unable to speak a truth as plain and elementary as this. We can’t afford another president who stands by while people die.
“I do have a cause, though. It is obscenity. I’m for it.” –Tom Lehrer
When I first became politically aware, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, AIDS was making lunch meat out of every gay boy and leatherman within reach, and the term “feminist pornography” was an oxymoron to all but a very, very few people. What has come to be called the “feminist sex wars” was going at full bloody force back then.
Things have changed a lot since then, but not as much as I allow myself to think. Yes, Reagan has been put into his grave, but his legacy remains in the body politic like a festering tumor. Yes, gay men no longer have to bury their friends and lovers 25, 50, 75 times a year, nor are HIV-positive people classed as “innocent” or “guilty” and fed poisons disguised as medications. And yes, you can now declare yourself pro-feminist and pro-pornography without your fellow progressives staring at you like you’d just admitted that you moonlight as a contract killer.