Keillor: If other famous poets had written the national anthem

January 25, 2006

Other people’s thinking…

Garrison Keillor in The Atlantic rewrites our national anthem


Hilarious letter to the editor of a hometown paper

January 20, 2006

Below is an actual verbatim letter to the editor, published on January 14, 2006 in the Deseret Morning News, the conservative paper in my hometown:

My name is Gay, and I am very tired of hearing my name associated with homosexuality. Those who choose same-sex attraction and behavior should be called what they really are: homosexuals.

Gay Flesher

 …Now come on! A comedy writer couldn't have come up with something funnier than that! I mean Gay Flesher ? I want to dissect it in so many ways (or respond to it) but to do so would just somehow take something from it. It works so well as is.

Response to an article against gay marriage

January 15, 2006

Below is a letter I wrote to Steve Farrell in response to his article “Gay Marriage and Fear” published online in Meridian Magazine. You can read the original article here:

Dear Mr. Farrell,

I read with considerable interest your article “Gay Marriage and Fear,” published on the Meridian Magazine website. It is my wish not to attack it or you, as I suspect some may have done in response, but rather to engage in a dialogue with you about this topic, which we appear to see quite differently. To that end, I would very much appreciate a response.

In your discussion of religion, I’m troubled by what seems to be your assumption that gay people are by definition irreligious. Read the rest of this entry »

The Estate Tax – A pet issue

December 17, 2005

This is admittedly a pet issue for me. It hasn’t even been in the news lately, other than the fact that it’s permanent repeal is always on the Republican agenda. The “Death Tax” they call it, which drives me insane. Despite the adage that the only certainties in life are death and taxes, in this case the latter always precedes the former: Dead people don’t pay taxes. Read the rest of this entry »

Civil Rights and criminal wrongs?

October 7, 2005

I heard on NPR this morning that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, when a member of the Dallas City Council, supported civil rights for gays but was opposed to repeal of Texas’s sodomy law (later overturned by the Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas). This strikes me as the most inconsistent and untenable position I’ve ever heard. Read the rest of this entry »

Katrina puts the estate tax repeal on hold.

October 3, 2005

If the Republicans cherished goal of repealing the estate tax was considered politically untenable after Hurricane Katrina because we can’t afford it, why wasn’t it politically untenable before? It’s not as though Katrina has pushed us into deficit spending and so we can no longer afford this Paris Hilton inheritence tax cut. We were already deep in debt and couldn’t afford it before. No. The reasons are obvious: its politically untenable to reward the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans this week because of what we have seen happen to some of our poorest.

I thought after Katrina that cronyism was disfavored…

October 3, 2005

Unbelievable. Bush has nominated Julie Myers to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security. The Post reports that, now age 36, she was a prosecutor for a couple of years in New York, and for the last four years of the Bush Administration has just been kicking around in “a variety of jobs over the past four years at the White House and at the departments of Commerce, Justice and Treasury, most recently [serving as] a special assistant to President Bush handling personnel issues…”. No mention of any real immigration experience or administrative experience. But wait, here’s the real kicker (again from the Post): “Her uncle is Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the departing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She married Chertoff’s current chief of staff, John F. Wood, on Saturday.”Hmmm…did she get the job through her uncle or through her husband?