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Derfner Whups Westboro

A few weeks ago, Joel Derfner, a NYC blogger, author, and composer exchanged a few emails with me about the Westboro Baptist Church’s appropriation of USA For Africa’s famine relief anthem, We Are The World, which the members of Fred Phelps’ clan of crazies had performed on YouTube as “God Hates The World.” Joel was incensed, naturally, and was curious ...

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Diaper Dads And Drag Queens

NRP has an interesting piece about the “Crate and Barrellization of gay culture” due the “radical shift” of gay life from an “outcast culture” to one in which lesbian couples go to PTA meetings. The piece mentions “diaper dads” being more visible at pride parades than drag queens. Well, not quite, perhaps. But we are in the midst of a ...

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AIDS Cure For Some?

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases head Anthony Fauci has released the results of a study which suggests that new HIV drugs from Merck and Roche may “cure” HIV in patients who have very low levels of the virus, provided those patients have already been treated “early and faithfully” with over 7 years of combination drug therapy. Patients are ...

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Morning View – Smallpox Hospital

The southernmost building on Roosevelt Island is the ghostly shell of New York City’s former Smallpox Hospital, which is lit nightly by the floodlights you can see in the grass, for maximum eerie effect. Just across the East River from the United Nations, it was the first hospital in the nation to treat and quarantine smallpox victims. Smallpox Hospital was ...

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Coulter: On Falwell And Gays

Get out your barf bags. From today’s column in Front Page: Falwell was a perfected Christian. He exuded Christian love for all men, hating sin while loving sinners. This is as opposed to liberals, who just love sinners. [snip] Let me be the first to say: I ALWAYS agreed with the Rev. Falwell. Actually, there was one small item I ...

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Shelter Kitty: Week Three

OK, you got me. Another cat post. But this one does have a purpose. Sometime last Saturday it started to seem like Shelley was in heat, showing all the usual signs: yowling, rolling around, being overly affectionate. Impossible for a neutered shelter animal, you say? I checked her records and called the APSCA who confirmed that Shelley was indeed spayed ...

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Hitchens On Falwell

Noted atheist and author Christopher Hitchens eviscerated Jerry Falwell’s legacy on CNN last night, calling Falwell an “ugly little charlatan” and a “little toad.” It’s a great clip and Hitchens totally nails my own opinions, but I’m disappointed with Anderson Cooper’s rather dismissive comment at the end of the interview.

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International Day Against Homophobia

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia. In observance of the occasion, the Human Rights Watch has listed five world leaders to its Hall Of Shame because of their anti-gay actions in the last year: 1. Pope Benedict XVI: for undermining families. The leader of the Holy See has gone well beyond expressing the Church’s theological views on homosexuality. 2. ...

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Open Thread Thursday

Maybe you’re just like my motherShe never sat outside– Prince, When Doves Cry, according to my friend Ken’s mother. They’re called mondegreens, those hilariously misheard song lyrics. My own mother thought that Ohio Player’s Rollercoaster was called Join The Coast Guard. (Sing it out loud, it kind of works.) My ex used to sing a line from Bowie’s Rebel, Rebel ...

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