Kudos to Larry Craig, the veteran Republican Senator from Idaho for refusing to step down from his post. Now, I’m not a fan of hard line conservatism or pandering politicians (something of a redundancy), but I will not heap garbage on this guy.

We all know he’s gay. It’s so clear that Craig’s predicament, although I would wish it on nobody, reminds me of Scott Thompson’s character from Brain Candy, an obviously homosexual father of two who is in serious denial. At one point his psychiatrist, played by Dave Foley says to him, quite coldly after he’s been busted in a restroom gay sex sting, “You…are gay…You are gay. You’re a homosexual. You’re the opposite of straight, you’re gay. I know it, your family knows it, dogs know it. Everyone seems to know it except you!”

Thompson’s character then has a moment of clarity and catharsis.

I hope that Larry Craig will have a similar moment, perhaps one with a song and dance as well.

If he does, I don’t expect many of his colleagues in the Republican conference of the Senate to join him. Actually, they’ve thrown Craig under the bus.

I think it’s funny how infidelity, so long as it is heterosexual, is acceptable by these people. Let’s not forget that the hero of modern conservatism, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has had three wives (he served one of them with divorce papers while she was recovering from cancer surgery). Rudolph Giuliani, perhaps the Republican Presidential candidate, has also had three wives. Congressman from both parties (Republicans included) have carried on extramarital affairs and so few of them have had to step down.

Personally, I don’t think Craig should have stepped down and I’m happy to see him stay. until his full term is over. If anything, I think he should pull a Jay Billington Bulworth. For those of you who remember Bulworth, the main character, played by Warren Beatty is a disaffected U.S. Senator who hires a hit man to kill him so that his family can collect his insurance. In his final days, he becomes fearless (if not annoying. I’m not a big fan of the film) and does his best to bring some integrity to his time in office. Maybe Craig can do that. I’m sure he’s had some integrity on some issues, but maybe now is the time to be honest and stand up for himself. Larry, we all know you’re gay. It would be moving the Republicans in the right direction, I should think. Gays are here to stay. They don’t have horns and they’re a part of your party. They can be fiscally conservative, somewhat socially conservative (I know a gay man who is opposed to abortion) If for no other reason that it will make some of his colleagues sweat in their hypocrisy.

Where was I when this hit the news? This is the funniest thing; a conversation, via email between recruiter for the United States Army and a private citizen who disclosed to the recruiter that he was gay.

Now, in America there is a stereotype that there are a lot of meat head moronic people in the military. I for one think that is an unfair characterization of all military people, but let’s face it, in the U.S. Military, as in other sectors of public life, there are some people who are complete and utter morons (There, I said it. Keep in mind that you can add to that among other things, sports, entertainment, sanitation and what I do, office work). Marcia Ramode, whose email was listed online (feel free to drop her a line if she hasn’t been dropped herself), doesn’t do the military any favors if you read the exchange she has with Corey Andrew, who posted his resume on

I  won’t get into this too much. It’s old news and I really think that the exchange speaks for itself. This woman is a moron. She’s a complete idiot who has no concept of what our nation was founded to be and yet the fact that she gets a check from the Pentagon gives her an air of moral and intellectual superiority to herself which is surely delusional. I suppose she fits in well in any position wherein she does not need to think and after she is sacked by the Army (if indeed they do that), I suppose she’ll be able to find one. Certainly not West Point material!

I think that this is an interesting thing going on here in Albany. A student at Russell Sage College had her VW Bug vandalized. She’s a lesbian and the defacer spray painted in red, U R gay and fag. Ms. Davies, the car’s owner, decided against having the insurance company fix the car and instead is choosing to drive it around in public so as to raise attention to harassment that many gay and lesbian people say that they face. Interesting. She’s also getting in on the publicity end in a different way altogether, making a documentary of it and choosing to go across country in the gray beetle, with the spray paint still on it. I’m sure she’ll be pulled over quite a few times on her quest, and police will be called when she pulls her VW up in front of a diner in Battle Creek, Michigan, but that’s the point. It’s free speech, right? I applaud her for making some lemonade out of the issue. I do think she’ll face some ridicule, but hey, sounds like she’ll have some fun seeing the country.