Perry campaign Sunday in Waterloo, Iowa

Self-loathing much?

Allegedly gay Texas Gov. Rick Perry went to San Francisco today to argue that homosexuality, like alcoholism, is just another lifestyle choice.

“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” Perry said during an appearance at the Commonwealth Club of California, according to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”

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It begins

Oh, how I’ve dreaded this day, among the most holy on the hipster calendar.  It’s Christmas morning for Europhiles, who, as I write this, are summoning every ounce of faux passion within their eager-to-please-the-right-people beings in preparation for Day 1 of the World Cup. They’ll act like they’ve been waiting their whole lives for this moment, but in reality most have been waiting about three years, or whenever it was their collective informed them soccer (they get really pissed off when you call it that) is the new handlebar mustache.

This is particularly evident in New York creative circles, where the game’s aesthetics, Europhilic allure and fashionable otherness have made soccer the new baseball — the go-to sport of the thinking class.

Because nothing says intellectual quite like following the herd.

“It’s almost guaranteed that almost any male literary person under the age of 45 is going to be somewhat versed in soccer,” said Sean Wilsey, a writer who helped edit “The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup,” a 2006 compilation of essays by the likes of Dave Eggers and Robert Coover. As a conversation topic, it has become inevitable at book parties, in part because it is both sophisticated and safe. “Isn’t it sort of a relief to talk about the English Premier League instead of the sad state of publishing?” he added. “It’s a great default topic.”

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Hillary Clinton didn’t lose in ’08 because she was a woman

Which is what I heard a talking head say earlier on CNN, a conclusion I fear will become repeated as fact.

Sexism, like racism, is still alive, but waning. But it didn’t keep Hillary from the presidency in 2008.

It was her unsubtle sense of entitlement, along with the clumsy attempts by her and her husband to divide the race with Obama on race, that doomed Hillary.

If that sounds harsh, look at the argument she made Wednesday, in an interview with USA Today, as to why she should be the nominee instead of Barack Obama. She cited an Associated Press article “that found how Senator Obama’s support . . . among working, hardworking Americans, white Americans, is weakening again. I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on.” …

Let’s examine those premises. These are white Democrats we’re talking about, voters who generally share the party’s philosophy. So why would these Democrats refuse to vote for a nominee running on Democratic principles against a self-described conservative Republican? The answer, which Clinton implies but doesn’t quite come out and say, is that Obama is black — and that white people who are not wealthy are irredeemably racist.

Well, she did win Sarah Palin’s support.

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Starfucking du jour

From Grantland’s conversation about “Edge of Tomorrow”:

We needed this movie from Tom Cruise. And Tom Cruise desperately needed to give it to us. …

Not like it’s a new feeling, but there’s always something a little disorienting about Cruise box-office disappointment. Other actors haveinfluence in American culture. Tom Cruise essentially is his influence in American culture. He’s coterminous with it, like Louis Armstrong with jazz or O.J. Simpson with probably murdering people. That was why his downfall was so jarring in the first place, wasn’t it? Because he represented some core truth about the nameless heart of America? We thought that truth was charismatic and winning, and then it turned out to be a thetan-festooned, delusional gnome who just happened to look awesome in Wayfarers. Whoops! Even still, you worry that a Cruise no one cares about will actually shrink, or else turn sort of weak and translucent, a firm-jawed Tinkerbell in a world in which no one believes in fairies. …

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The GOP war on science, Exodus edition

Via Politico:

Under the new plank, the Texas GOP recognizes “the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle.”

The American Psychological Association and other major health organizations have condemned such counseling, which generally try to change a person’s sexual orientation or to lessen their interest in engaging in same-sex sexual activity. The groups say the practice should not be used on minors because of the danger of serious psychological harm.

 

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The Lamest Generation

In case you wondered who the most fragile “T-slur” is, its name is Hex and it lives in Chicago. That sentence may or may not have contained multiple slurs.

“That was one of the most hurtful parts,” Hex said, explaining the perceived insult was that Cox used the slur to refer to the group of people she joked about. “In that context, it was like being applied to all transgender people,” it said. (“It” is Hex’s chosen pronoun.)

In a statement, the IOP said, “A guest used language that provoked a spirited debate. The speaker was discussing how hurtful words can be repurposed and used to empower; at no point did he direct any slurs at anyone.”

Hex asked Savage and Cox to use the term “T-slur” instead of the actual word. According to second-year Sara Rubinstein, an executive director of QUIP (Queers United in Power), and Hex, Savage then named other slurs, asking if they were suitable to use instead. “Obviously [he attempted] to threaten me and make me feel uncomfortable in that space, which was pretty successful,” Hex said.

Sadly, no one told the aspiring speech fascist to grow the fuck up.

And I would advise any employer not to hire any of the people who signed this ridiculous petition.

Melissa Grossbarth GOLDENS BRIDGE, NY

Allowing students to feel dehumanized and unsafe is unacceptable. The IOP – and campus as a whole – needs to stand with students and prioritize their safety on campus

 

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H20 has feelings, too

Just got my Goop newsletter, featuring more fascinating musings by Gwyneth “War is Hell” Paltrow:

I am fascinated by the growing science behind the energy of consciousness and its effects on matter. I have long had Dr. Emoto’s coffee table book on how negativity changes the structure of water, how the molecules behave differently depending on the words or music being expressed around it.

 

 

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‘Resentful white reactionary’ likely headed to U.S. Senate

It should come as no surprise he hails from Mississippi (and was endorsed by Sarah Palin). From The New Republic:

Republicans and movement conservatives take great umbrage at any suggestion that the party’s electoral coalition includes a troublingly influential faction of resentful white reactionaries. They may often lie dormant, but McDaniel’s likely victory is their latest clinical presentation. And if McDaniel prevails in the runoff as expected, the Republican party will continue cry foul anytime a liberal makes this observation, while spending as much money as needed to get him elected.

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The Grand Old Tea Party

The roster of speakers at this weekend’s Republican Leadership Conference makes it clear who’s winning the battle for the heart of the GOP.

Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Robertson family and star of the series “Duck Dynasty,” will address the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference, Thursday May 29th at 6pm. Also speaking on Thursday evening are RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Ron Johnson and Ben Sasse.
Other Speakers at the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference include Governor Rick Perry, Governor Phil Bryant, US Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, & David Vitter; Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Allen West

No Ted Nugent?