Huckabee was asked if he
believed people were "born gay or choose to be gay?" Transcript and video.
"I don't know whether people are born that way. People who are gay say
that they're born that way. But one thing I know, that the behavior
one practices is a choice. We may have certain tendencies, but how we
behave and how we carry out our behavior."
Russert also quizzed the candidate on his ridiculous comparison of homosexuality to "sadomasochism, pedophilia and necrophilia", in his words, described as "publicly endorsed and institutionally supported aberrations." Huckabee claims these are not "equivalent," but was only "pointing out these are deviations from what has been the traditional concept of sexual behavior and men and women having children."
Curiously, the governor did not share the biblical passages that convinced him to parole a convicted rapist who went on to rape and kill another woman. That definitely was a "choice" to "behave" in "publicly endorsed and institutionally supported aberrations."
· Pending a February review, a federal judge places a hold on the Oregon domestic partnership law that was set to take effect January 1. "After the Legislature approved the domestic partnership law this year, gay rights opponents launched an effort to collect enough signatures to suspend the law and place it on the November 2008 ballot...But state elections officials said this fall that the effort fell 116 valid signatures short of the 55,179 needed to suspend the law."
· British authorities investigate the Christmas party organized by Manchester United star footballer Rio Ferdinand, described as "an unmitigated disaster, not least for the 26-year-old woman who claims that she was raped. Ferdinand reportedly collected £4,000 from each of his United team-mates to fund an afternoon and evening of wine, women, wagering and song...The man from south-east London is not, by all accounts, the brightest bulb in the chandelier. But even he must now realise that."
· Blackberry will develop an "angular keyboard where the keys are set at a 45-degree angle."
· Beginning January 1st, Democratic hopeful John Edwards "will campaign for 36 hours straight leading up to the Iowa caucuses on January 3rd. Meanwhile, North Carolina's largest LGBT newspaper, Q-Notes, will publish a hearty endorsement for the state's favorite son next week, citing "his concrete, progressive policy positions, including steadfast support for pro-LGBT issues, his commitment to returning power to the people from moneyed special interests, his outstanding polling strength against the Republicans and his positive impact for down-ticket candidates nationwide."
· Wyatt O’Brien Evans at KuttinEdge profiles Atlanta-based J. Brotherlove, described as "one of the pioneers" of the black gay virtual community. "Does he consider himself a leader in the Black gay community? 'I’m not confident calling myself that. Others can decide for themselves,' he answered. 'However, I take my role ... very seriously, and, know that I positively affect others. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished.' "
In an exclusive to CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, an October email from Bhutto was released where the now-deceased politician says she would hold Musharraf "responsible" for her death because his government was deliberately compromising security measures.
"I wld [sic] hold Musharraf responsible. I have been made to feel insecure by his minions, and there is no way what is happening in terms of stopping me from taking private cars or using tinted windows or giving jammers or four police mobiles to cover all sides cld (sic) happen without him."
Bhutto wrote the email to her American spokesman, Mark Siegel about two months ago and asked him to forward it to Wolf Blitzer, only to be reported if she were assassinated. Around the same time in Washington, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman and Democratic presidential candidate Joseph Biden (DE), along with Senate colleagues Patrick Leahy and Joe Lieberman, "drafted a letter to Musharraf to urge greater security precautions for Bhutto in October just a few days after the first attempt on her life after her return to Pakistan."
Earlier today, Musharraf blamed "Islamic militants" for the assassination and promised an investigation to find those responsible ... which is just as comforting as OJ Simpson's vow to "find the real killers" behind the death of Nicole Brown Simpson.
Devastating overnight news from Pakistan where the popular opposition leader and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide attack that also claimed the lives of at least 20 supporters at a campaign rally. According to the Associated Press, "The attacker struck just minutes after Bhutto addressed thousands of supporters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, 8 miles south of Islamabad. She was shot in the neck and chest by the attacker, who then blew himself up, said Rehman Malik, Bhutto's security adviser."
"A close aide to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf" tells the New York Times the president "blamed Islamic militants for the assassination." However, across Pakistan, many people do not share that point of view and "angry supporters took to the streets in the northwestern city of Peshawar as well other areas, chanting slogans against Musharraf" who only recently resigned as the Army's chief of staff and suspended a state of emergency.
The death of the charismatic 54-year-old charismatic former prime minister is a serious blow to Washington's hopes for stability in the nation and "threw the
campaign for the January 8 parliamentary elections into chaos and created
fears of mass protests and violence across the nuclear-armed nation."
Just to keep this in perspective: In 1979, Benazir's father, former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was
executed after being overthrown in a military coup. (Bhutto is seen in
a picture with her father, above.) In 1988, Bhutto became the first female leader of an Islamic country when she was first elected prime minister at the age of 35. (She was later dismissed amidst widespread corruption charges against her and her husband.) In October 2007, after eight years of exile, there was a massive assassination attempt against Bhutto just hours after returning to Pakistan and at least 120 people were killed. Two of Benazir Bhutto's brothers were also assassinated. There have been at least nine attempts on the life of Pervez Musharaff.
UPDATE: Pakistan's Ambassador to Washington tells CNN he is "90 percent sure" the assassination was conducted by "extremist terrorists."
On the first day of Kwanzaa, a judge in Shelby County, Tennessee, which includes greater Memphis, rules the seven-day African-themed celebration can be celebrated in the chambers of the County Commission. Probate Court clerk Chris Thomas filed the suit, "saying Christians, Jews and people of other faiths are being discriminated against because religious celebrations and symbols are not allowed on County property."
Judge Walter Evans' ruling finds the Kwanzaa celebration, which was organized by Commissioner Henri Brooks, who is black, "is not been shown to be a religious celebration." Thomas, who is white (and Republican), says he was the victim of discrimination but was not able to specify which religion or denomination celebrates Kwanzaa as a religious festival.
Just taking a moment to wish everyone the very best over the holiday season. Thanks so much to all the readers, sponsors, magazines, bloggers, editors ... everyone who has supported Rod 2.0 and helped it become what it is today. 2007 was a truly wonderful year. Thank you.
Expect light posting this week and regular posting around January 3rd. Until then, wishing you a wonderful and Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years.
Legislation is introduced in the Senate to provide domestic partner benefits to federal employees. The bill introduced by Sens. Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) has 19 co-sponsors and would enable a federal employee and same-sex domestic partner "to participate in federal health benefits, the Family and Medical Leave program, long term care, insurance, and retirement benefits. More than half of Fortune 500 companies and almost 10,000 other firms provide benefits to domestic partners, along with "hundreds of state and local governments and scores of colleges and universities.
· Citing the Bush Administration’s "failure" to treat global warming seriously, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) plans to sue the federal government after the EPA denied a waiver for the state’s tough greenhouse gas emissions law. At least eight other states will join.
· Climate Progress deconstructs the stripped-down energy bill signed by the President earlier this week: "The headline is a 35-mpg CAFE standard for cars produced 13 years from now. Big whoop... The reality is no removal of tax breaks for Big Oil; no 15% renewable standards for utilities; no plug-in hybrid incentives. Incentives for wind and solar were stripped ..."
· The Washington Blade endorsesHillary Clinton for president: "Why Hillary? Her chief rival, Obama, has disappointed in the debates, appearing to lack confidence and talking mostly in generalities ...
[I]n the end, Hillary Rodham Clinton stands the best chance of sending the Republicans into eight years of a well-deserved political wilderness. She’s smart, tenacious, hard working and willing to cede the spotlight in the interest of bipartisan cooperation. She has marched in our Pride parades, promised unprecedented access to her administration and backed nearly all of our issues."
· In the same issue of the Blade, Gov. Bill Richardson is the subject of an exclusive, in-depth interviews. (More on Richardson's gay positions HERE and HERE.) Chris Crain describes Richardson's plea as "an eloquent case for support from gay Democrats" but "unfortunately, even heart-breakingly, it all comes too late. Richardson came close but never broke out of the second tier."
Another day, another colorful detail is added to the right-wing, fundamentalist narrative that masquerades as Mike Huckabee's compassionate conservatism. On Sunday, the Republican presidential candidate and ordained Southern Baptist minister will "speak" at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, whose televangelist pastor, Rev. John Hagee, is described as "militantly anti-Catholic."
According to the Catholic News Agency, "It’s not hard to find evidence that Rev. Hagee does not think highly of Catholics or the Catholic Church. In a video discussing the biblical book of Revelation, John Hagee suggests the Pope is the anti-Christ, and that the Catholic Church is "The Beast" (17:30 and following) mentioned in the book."
Huckabee's Sunday 'speech" should be illuminating, no? Perhaps the governor can share the biblical passages that convinced him to parole a convicted rapist who went on to rape and kill another woman ...