Was Obama candid when he said, "I had no contact" with Blago?

Blogs and news sites are giddy with the news that Obama cleared his incoming Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, of any wrongdoing secondary to Emanuel's contacts with Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who said he did no wrong in his contacts with Team Obama or with anyone else for that matter.So everybody is in the clear?On December 9, Pres-elect Obama said this about the Blagojevich matter:"I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening." … [Read more...]

Ted Haggard still struggles with his sexuality

Of course he does.This story is all over but I wanted to get us talking about it as well. Here is the AP video of the story.I hope to find a way to see the documentary without getting HBO. What Mr. Haggard is doing by striving to maintain his marriage vows is an honorable effort. He is giving voice to many who remain same-sex attracted while in heterosexual marriages. There are many marriages like this which fail but others remain intact. … [Read more...]

The Blue Cloud Lives! It's a Portsmouth, Ohio thing

Someone named Berthos just revived a thread from 2006 called "You might be from Porchmuth, if..." Porchmuth (how the natives say it) is really Portsmouth, Ohio, my home town.Reading through the comments, I remembered at the time trying to find a pic of the memorable-yet-tacky Blue Cloud. Couldn't find one at the time. Well, I struck Blue Cloud gold tonight.The Blue Cloud lives!Here is the caption from the blogger, David Reynolds, who posted this gem.The infamous Blue Cloud … [Read more...]

Friday open forum: Auto bailout, Blagojevich, Minnesota Senate race, etc.

UPDATE: Blagojevich schedules a news conference for today at 2pm (CST). Gives me time to get some popcorn.Just saw George Bush announce the 17.4 billion dollar loan program for the auto makers. They have three months to get their sorry act together or he says bankruptcy is coming. Problem is he won't be there...Coleman is only +2 on Franken. Gives me the creeps just typing it.And Blago slows his demise.Blago's news conference. … [Read more...]

Emanuel: Hey can you hold my place while I go to the White House?

It is always nice when you are in line somewhere and you have to leave the line to do something else and the person behind you says, 'go ahead, I'll hold your spot.'Chicago Alderman Pat O'Connor is that kind of guy.From today's Sun-Times:Emanuel was on track to become U.S. House speaker someday before accepting Obama's offer. He has told Democratic ward bosses that he would like to reclaim the seat after a few years as chief of staff.He was believed to be leaning toward O'Connor, … [Read more...]

Gays groups benefit from failed mortgage company donations

Picking an unpopular target, PFOX this morning points out that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae donated thousands of dollars over the last several years to PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), HRC (Human Rights Campaign) and GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).The news release published on Market Watch, alleges that Freddie and Fannie donated to fundraising events for the organizations. The release quotes a spokesperson for Freddie Mac:Shawn Flaherty, a … [Read more...]

Gay leaders angry over inaugural invocation by Rick Warren

Huffington Post and Politico.com have stories about this.Here is HuffPo's Sam Stein's take on it:Ever since Barack Obama was elected president, the media has been pining to write a story about liberal dissatisfaction with his transition efforts. By and large, the meme has been blown out of proportion, as the press overestimated how divisive Obama's cabinet choices were for progressives.The press may now have its conflict moment. And it comes in the form of the spiritual leader chosen … [Read more...]

International Healing Foundation releases infomercial; ready to heal the world

Richard Cohen's International Healing Foundation has released an infomercial describing their services and claims. Roll the tape...In the video, he features his three part program designed to help people go straight, help their kids go straight, and help their clients go straight. He thinks pretty highly of these resources as is apparent in his Fall, 2008 newsletter:WE HAVE THE ANSWERSI am proud to announce that I have completed 21 years in public service and … [Read more...]