Monday, April 30, 2012
Gay rights activist Dan Savage forcefully called out what he says is Christian hypocrisy during his speech at a large, annual conference of high school journalists.
From the piece: A number of students, including one who appeared to be crying, walked out of the keynote speech after Savage noted, "We can learn to ignore the bull---t in the Bible about gay people."
Watch the 3:21-second video here. Were his comments appropriate for a high school audience?
The newspaper was covering a public event and recounted a story told before a large, public crowd. That happens all the time. If a reporter can't recount a public event, what can she? Maybe the reporter could have asked a few follow-up questions at the end of the presentation, but when that young lady chose a public forum to tell her story, she became a public figure. It's not even a close call.
This is maybe the best, most comprehensive and complete take on the Osama bin Laden raid I've read to date: How it went down. It is written by a man who has worked in Democratic and Republican administrations and goes into depth about every aspect of it, including why planning over months then making a decision was so smart, why the changes in the intel community were critical, among so many other things.
But on the politics: Imagine if Osama bin Laden had been killed a year and a half before President Bush's attempt to get re-elected. Do you think the conversation would be the same?
The first cliche, according to the author of the piece: "Diversity is strength"
Editor's note: Stephen King did not mince words in that piece at the link, which includes many of the four-lettered sort. If you don't want to read it because of that, his primary point seems to be that it is silly to believe the answer to our problems is to tell the rich people who want to see changes in the tax code to just write an extra check to the IRS.
From the piece: