Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Does Dick Cheney Have a Heart? 
The Bush campaign seems to be groping to the left, trying to get out ahead of John Kerry on liberal issues. Perhaps the most cynical gambit to date is Dick Cheney's use of his own lesbian daughter's right to marry -- a right President Bush would deny -- to send signals to the left that the Bush Administration is not uniformly constituted of the knuckle-dragging, low-forehead oafs they appear to (almost) all the world to be.

"Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue our family is very familiar with," Cheney told an audience that included his daughter. "With the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone ... People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.

"The question that comes up with the issue of marriage is what kind of official sanction or approval is going to be granted by government? Historically, that's been a relationship that has been handled by the states. The states have made that fundamental decision of what constitutes a marriage," he said.

It's not that he doesn't love his daughter, you see. It's just that he loves states' rights more.

Freddie Goes Home At Last

Freddie MercuryThe sale of Western rock albums isn't allowed in Iran, let alone rock albums sung by gays. But whatever you think of the music, admit it: There never was any suppressing Mr. Fahrenheit. A compilation of Queen's greatest hits (minus a few love songs) is selling like hot pistachios in Iran. Bismallah Bless Freddie.

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