Sunday, June 11
by Sue on Sun 11 Jun 2006 08:41 AM EDT
In today's column, Cat Specter taps into her inner-Harriet Nelson to dish out some spectacularly dated 1950's crap advice for her "girl" readers.
First, a reader asks for advice on being set up for a date with the son of her parents' friends, a date on which she does not want to go. Specter tells her that she has to go for risk of embarrassing her parents or offending their friends with the implication that their son is not datable.
Wow, if I lived my life to avoid embarrassing my parents or offending their friends, I'd pretty much not be openly gay, not be a social worker, not be a liberal, and defintely not writing this blog --- I would not be me. But maybe the reader values her parents' comfort more than her own and will suppress her instincts to go on this date. She might get a car, house in Cranberry Township, two kids and the occasional new outfit out of it.
Then there's the anti-woman kicker:
Now that's CATTY. What the hell kind of advice columnists INSULTS her readers -- all of her women readers?
And then she does it again in the next round of advice. A concerned dad writes in to ask how to push his 37 year old daughter into marriage with her boyfriend of four years. Specter starts off strong by explaining that marriage is his goal, not necessarily hers and he should relax a little and let her follow her own instincts without judging her. Then she points out that marriage to this guy might not even be an option because he probably won't buy the cow if he's getting the milk for free.
What is the "all" that he is getting --- a long-term, committed healthy relationship with a mature woman who shares his values about marriage? Or ongoing access to her vagina with no strings?
CORRESPONDENT'S CALL: Darryl Metcalfe would be proud!
Saturday, June 10
by Sue on Sat 10 Jun 2006 08:33 AM EDT
Tune into John McIntire on KDKA Monday evening 7-10 PM when he interviews lesbian traitorous Mary Cheney.
by Sue on Sat 10 Jun 2006 08:13 AM EDT
Activists and politicians are planning to march through Warsaw today (Saturday) as a show of solidarity for homosexuals throughout Eastern Europe. 365gay.com reports that gays are under increasing pressure from the left and right in Poland where communists and Catholics alike are exerting tremendous societal pressure to suppress homosexual activism.
In April, dozens of people were injured when youth from the League of Polish Families attacked a peaceful parade.
Human rights monitors indicate that this latest in a series of clashes between homosexuals and those who would sanction discrimination is a reflection of a larger clash between the East and West.
Organizers expect a large showing of support from activists and politicians throughout Europe.
by Sue on Sat 10 Jun 2006 07:27 AM EDT
Three letters today. All opposed to the amendment.
It is unbelievable that the only trump card the Republicans have is to try to scare people into believing that gay unions will somehow destroy the institution of marriage. The Republicans have no solutions or new ideas except tax breaks for the wealthy and scaring people who they hope will vote for them in November.
Kathy Brennan, Squirrel Hill
Shame on the Pennsylvania Legislature and President Bush for wasting our time and money on an issue that is none of their business
Amy Kellman, Oakland
What is needed is an amendment banning divorce. Of course, the homicide, abuse, adultery and suicide rates will skyrocket, but you can't have everything. Most important, the "sanctity" of marriage will be preserved.
Gerry Walkowski, Brookline
Nothing in the Tribune-Review or its underlings. Its important to keep this up as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers the Senate bill on Tuesday. We want them to hold hearings on the bill; its proponents will want a straight up or down vote because there's only so much of the democratic process necessary when you are pushing through a hate amendment.
Send your own message to the Post-Gazette.
Friday, June 9
by Sue on Fri 09 Jun 2006 07:00 PM EDT
Apparently, someone has their panties in a knot about a recent Correspondent post "Post Gazette Kisses White House Ass, Fawns Over Local Sibs" where I exercise my remaining freedom of speech and criticize Pittsburgh residents who make a living supporting a murderous, hate-mongering, deceitful Administration. That post has been getting an incredible amount of visitors over the past few days, indicating that someone has passed around the link so all of their friends can click their tongues in outrage, stomp their expensively shoed feet and call me a mean bitch.
They also insult my family by insinuating I didn't get enough hugs AND imply that I don't know from good ice cream. Perhaps I should be grateful the ice cream twins haven't set the FBI on me.
But the ice cream bit is just blatantly not true. We regularly have ice cream and have found that hands down the best place in town is
Shakes, floats, sundaes ... they do it all. They will even give your dog a baby cone if you bring her with you.
And, best of all, your hard earned money willl go into the coffers of someone who isn't employed by George Bush. Now that's a sweet deal!
Mean bitch signing off ...
by Sue on Fri 09 Jun 2006 07:41 AM EDT
h/t Page One Q
Click here for video ....
Bennett: Well I think if gay..gay people are already members of families?
Stewart: What? (almost spitting out his drink)
Bennett: They?re sons and they?re daughters..
Stewart: So that?s where the buck stops, that?s the gay ceiling.
Bennett Look, it?s a debate about whether you think marriage is between a man and a women.
Stewart:I disagree, I think it?s a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.
PA Legislators Fast Track Gay Marriage Ban, No Movement on Property Tax Reform, Health Care, Transportation, Workforce Legislation ....
by Sue on Fri 09 Jun 2006 07:32 AM EDT
According to the Post-Gazette, our esteemed legislators have had the bright idea of fast-tracking the marriage protection amendment through the Senate.
Keep that in mind as you toodle off on your summer vacation over rutted state highways; as your grandmother tries to stretch her social security to pay for all her prescriptions; as your son looks for a job or faces moving your grandkids out of state; as your parents struggle to pay their property taxes and keep the home they worked a lifetime to own.
I'll be here still not married to my partner. Don't you feel your interests are well protected?
Here's a message from LGBT political organizer Dana Elmendorf:
by Sue on Fri 09 Jun 2006 07:14 AM EDT
Donald J. Gilbert of Mt. Lebanon (PG):
And this from the Trib ....
Thursday, June 8
by Sue on Thu 08 Jun 2006 09:48 PM EDT
Philadelphia Daily News columnist John Baer thinks that voters are disgusted about the obsessive focus on gay marriage to the detriment of other actual issues (Iraq, fuel prices, immigration, the economy, and healthcare are the top five). And this disgust might lead to a bit of backlash at the polls.
I caught this columnist tonight on McIntire's radio show as I was fleeing the suburbs of Cranberry to return to the sanity of the inner city. It was like a reunion of cojoined twins listening to the Johns grapple for the banter-meister mantle. Call me disloyal, but I think Baer might have taken it during that segment. :-)
Anyway, Baer points out that true conservatives aren't consumed with homopersecution and resent being pigeonholed on cultural issues.
Being defined by one aspect of your identity? I can't imagine what that must be like!
Essentially, the homo-frenzy may turn out the tried and true Santorumites who see no problem with Ricky employing a spokesfag to spin his gay bashing rhetoric- if you can't marry 'em, lure 'em into traitorous high paid jobs and hope they don't notice?
However, Baer postulates that the broader constituent base may in fact resent this grandstanding enough to voice their displeasure at the polls.
Paging a few Democrats --- H. William DeWeese of Waynesburg; Vince Biancucci of Aliquippa; James Casorio of Irwin; Peter Daley of California; Anthony DeLuca of Penn Hills; R. Ted Harhai of Monessen; Nick Kotik of Robinson; Victor Lescovitz of Midway; David Levdansky of Forward; Joseph Markosek of Monroeville; John Pallone of New Kensington; Joseph Petrarca of Vandergrift; Thomas Petrone of Crafton Heights; Sean Ramaley of Conway; Harry Readshaw of Carrick; Larry Roberts of Hopwood; Ken Ruffing of West Mifflin; James Shaner of Lemont Furnace; Thomas Tangretti of Greensburg.
by Sue on Thu 08 Jun 2006 04:16 PM EDT
Perhaps he's run out of things to say or perhaps he just had writer's block. Either way, its mildly annoying that the good Mr. Mervis, entertainment guru of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, had to go there. Where, you ask?
Here's a hint. He's was writing up the Western Pennsylvania Faerie Festival.
That's so lame.
Scott, this whole event is screaming out "HOMO" .... faeries, queens, gossamer wings, men in tights ...in the kind of way that would give a City Paper columnist lots of satirical fodder, but probably wouldn't fly with the good readers of the Post-Gazette.
I feel for you, man.