Mark Lee weighs in against the pending D.C. bill to guarantee 16 weeks of universal paid leave. Zack Ford of ThinkProgress objects to the Blade having run the piece at all. My reply is below.
This self-satisfied young man needs to be on the lookout for falling pianos, speeding buses, and elevator cars that are not there. Somewhere, one of them has his name on it.
This cheeky commercial will upset the likes of Matt Staver and Tony Perkins. It was directed by Mark Nickelsburg, who is quoted about it here.
Lisa Rein at WaPo looks at the fallout for federal employees who turn up on the customer list:
Now that the Ashley Madison hack has outed as many as 15,000 federal employees and active duty military, government agencies say they’re combing through the e-mail addresses of possible adulterers to see if their extramarital activity on work time amounts to anything punishable.
The question for me is not whether government employees should be logging onto an adultery site on the job. The question is what kind of society we want, and how much further we are going to replace the walls and curtains of privacy with the electronic equivalent of glass and floodlights. It is easy to say "improve security," but there will always be a hacker somewhere with no compunction who can punch through the next layer you build.
It is easy to make light of social standards and boundaries when we are not the ones affected. With Ashley Madison, one boundary buster has its own boundaries busted. So we mock the religious hypocrites who turn up on the list. Then we find out that some people's lives are now in danger, such as gay men from anti-gay countries. And we are starting to hear about suicides. Most of us have done things that it would be mortifying to see splayed across TV screens. If we only respect the privacy of people whose behavior and beliefs and politics meets with our approval, we have already lost.
Thanks to Councilmember Grosso.
GLAA discusses the issue in our latest policy brief.
The recent Washington Post commentary misses a key point. Keeping commercial sex on the black market makes sex workers less safe. Legalization does not solve everything, but it would help with that. Regulation and inspection are also needed. And of course alternatives are crucial, otherwise consent is illusory. Consent implies choices, which are all too often absent for (say) trans women of color who were driven into sex work because of transphobia and discrimination.
The arrests currently being boasted of by MPD generate criminal records, which only make it harder for the sex workers to get better and safer work. Imperfect solutions may still improve things for the marginalized populations that are most at risk. Equating all sex work with human trafficking is false and counterproductive. Disapproval of commercial sex does not make it the same as kidnapping and slavery. If we cannot make these distinctions, we are doing no favors to the ladies on the stroll who are there to avoid starvation and who are kept there by public policy.
As GLAA wrote in our 2015 policy brief item on sex work, "We believe the District should pursue the more compassionate course of decriminalization and regulation."
(Hat tip: Ricci Joy Levy and Bob Summersgill)
Probably getting a new phone. iPhone or Android?— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 21, 2015
The above announcement by our favorite closeted, warmongering Person Who Will Not Be President was prompted by Donald Trump giving out his phone number because Graham called Trump a jackass. Below are my favorite suggestions offered by Sen. Graham's Twitter friends. (Incidentally, he doesn't need a new phone, he can just change the number with a new SIM card, but let's play along.)
P.S. Of course we do not condone Trump's irresponsible behavior in giving out Graham's private phone number. We just believe in making lemons out of lemonade.
Gawker's outing of Condé Nast's CFO is gay-shaming, not journalism http://t.co/TCOpy2HQ45— huffpostgay (@huffpostgay) July 17, 2015
Gawker has been swamped with denunciations for outing a private citizen who sought a liaison with a male porn star, and apparently lending itself to a blackmail effort. The question is, will they pay any greater price for their bottom-feeding? The story below shows they at least felt the heat.
Dow Jones reports.
Trump is a loser. He has no class. All he offers is empty boasts and insults. Anyone who backs him is a dope. That's my take, Trump-style.
Another commercial for Pride Month.
My, how times have changed.
I am not sure that defeating a trade bill does anything to help the LGBT folk who are oppressed in some of the affected countries; but the National LGBTQ Task Force makes the case.
Warning to silly leftists: this video has something nice about a bank.
This should surprise no one. As I wrote in my last column:
Many on the right slammed gay liberals for condemning gay hoteliers Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner after they hosted an event for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. When Reisner's apology was widely panned (he implausibly claimed naïveté about Cruz's anti-gay positions), we were excoriated for our severity, despite Cruz having proposed an anti-gay constitutional amendment the day after the gay event. I am sorry (again), but it is preposterous for tycoons like Weiderpass and Reisner to be painted as victims because they are subject to criticism for their political activity like everyone else.
Pam Geller decries the DC Metro's decision to suspend all issue-oriented ads on Metro trains and buses. She says, "It's sharia law!" Actually, no. Metro isn't obligated to take ads; it just cannot pick and choose among them based on their message. Past cases suggest that if they run any such ads, they have to run her incendiary Islamophobic ones. I think it is better for other groups to place competing ads than for Metro to suspend all such ads.
I wrote about censorship and Metro in the Blade in 2003.