Paul Cameron Crawls Out from Under His Rock

Paul CameronIt was only a matter of time before some crackpot fundamentalist would try to associate the Lombard saga with same-sex couple adoption. Pseudo researcher Paul Cameron emerges with this little polemic. That peer reviewed research that he refers to is by a pay-per-publish vanity outlet called Psychological Reports out of Missoula, MT. It is owned by a company called Ammon Scientific which is a commercial printer. The real research published in real peer reviewed scientific journals demonstrates that the children of gay and lesbian couples do as well as those raised by heterosexual couples.

I especially like this part:  Cameron, Chairman of the Family Research Institute, a Colorado Springs think-tank … That “think septic tank” has an annual operating budget of about $80.000. Out of that, Cameron is able to draw a salary of $16,000. Virginia and Kirk Cameron draw an additional $30,000 combined. Very impressive.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 29 /Christian Newswire/ — The on-line rape of his 5-year-old adopted son by Duke University's openly-gay, Frank Lombard, is no anomaly. Instead, Lombard's molestation fits the pattern that emerged in the latest review of the scientific literature about gay fathers.

Lombard lives with his gay partner, another Duke University employee. The Arrest Warrant documents that Lombard sodomized one of his two adopted African-American sons and made the boy give him oral sex on-line. He offered other gays the same opportunity. Although the boy was drugged, “it is likely he developed interest in gay sex through these activities,” said Dr. Paul Cameron, an expert in gay fostering/gay adoption and author of the latest review. 

Published in the peer-reviewed Psychological Reports, the review(1) noted that gays' children were more frequently exposed to parental molestation and more apt to adopt homosexual interests and activities. “The Lombard case fits the pattern,” said Dr. Cameron. “While every gay parent does not molest his child, the scientific literature records a much higher incidence of molestation by gay parents or foster parents.”

Dr. Cameron, Chairman of the Family Research Institute, a Colorado Springs think-tank, noted that the review documented that gays' children were also:

1)      more apt to report sexual confusion;

2)      more apt to be socially disturbed;

3)      more apt to abuse substances;

4)      less apt to get married;

5)      more apt to have difficulty in attachment and loving relationships; and

6)      more apt to have emotional difficulties.

“The cant that 'gay parents are no more likely to molest' is not based on evidence but liberal ideology,” said Cameron. “By endorsing gay adoption, President Obama, the state of North Carolina, and Duke University share blame for this tragedy. These policy makers let dogma blind them to evidence that has been in the literature for years. Why would anyone who cared about children endorse adoption by members of a group which had 23% of its members admit to sex with boys(2) or had 19% say they felt 'positive' about sex with them?(3)”

1. Cameron P. Gay Fathers' Effects On Children: A Review Psychological Reports, 2009:104;649-639

2. Bell AP, Weinberg MS Homosexualities: a study of diversity among men and women. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1978.

3. Jay K & Young A.  The Gay report.  NY: Summit, 1979. 

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I am become Couric, the destroyer of worlds

Hides  dismembered bodies of
hitchhikers in her basement

Robert Stacy’s Mom Has Got It Going On McCain (no link, because he hates that) is all,

Hey, man, you don’t talk to the Colonel Sarah Palin. You listen to her. The woman’s  enlarged my mind. She’s a poet-warrior in the classic sense. I mean sometimes she’ll… uh… well, you’ll say "hello" to her, right? And she’ll just walk right by you. She won’t even notice you. And suddenly she’ll grab you, and she’ll throw you in a corner, and she’ll say, "do you know that ‘if’ is the middle word in life? If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you"… I mean I’m no, I can’t… I’m a little man, I’m a little man, she’s… she’s a great woman. I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across floors of silent seas…

Actually RSMHGIGOM really wrote:

Once more on Page 4, read that "no serious vetting had been done" (and whose fault was that?) followed by assertion of Palin’s "slipperiness," followed immediately by the statement that Palin was "unwilling, or simply unable" to prepare for the Couric interview.

This is clearly an effort to blame Palin for whatever went wrong in an interview that never should have been scheduled.

Palin would have been solid gold in any impromptu encounter with reporters on the campaign trail. Putting her into one-on-one interviews with the network anchors — eager to draw blood with "gotcha" questions — was a stupid blunder on the part of the campaign.

To schedule those interviews, and then to arrange sessions to "prepare" her for them, was to imply that she was incapable of handling the interviews without the "expert" assistance of the Team Maverick brain trust which, of course, had committed her to these interviews in the first place.

Am I the only one who sees that the problem with how Palin was "handled" had nothing to do with Palin and everything to do with the handlers? She is being made the scapegoat for the failures of others. 

Miz Couric…she be deadkillin’ miz Palin…

Revisiting don’t ask don’t tell

In preparing my Obama scandals list, there were two issues that I had not followed that closely but about which I found the research quite interesting. These were DADT and DOMA. I will present my entry for DADT today and for DOMA tomorrow. Enjoy.

Back in April 2008 candidate Obama supported the elimination of the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy,

“I think there’s increasing recognition within the Armed Forces that this is a counterproductive strategy. We’re spending large sums of money to kick highly qualified gays or lesbians out of our military, some of whom possess specialties like Arab-language capabilities that we desperately need. That doesn’t make us more safe.”

Nevertheless, he said at the time that he would not make repeal of the policy a criterion in selection of members to the Joint Chiefs.

Since becoming President, Obama has significantly backtracked on his pledge. On June 8, 2009, the Supreme Court denied cert to James Pietrangelo II, a former Army Captain in the JAG corps, who was contesting DADT. He was forced out of the military in 2004 after coming out. (more…)

Boys… boys… boys. Fighting over a girl.
C’mon: bro-code, dudes.

I thought all the hoo-haw about the Vanity Fair article on Palin was just that, hoo-haw. Just like everyone else, I was  looking for some good dirt, only to see a recitation of the same stuff I’ve known about starting back in October. The only revelation (to me, at least) was the way that Princess Snowbilly announced the birth of  our savior, Lil Trigger:

When Trig was born, Palin wrote an e-mail letter to friends and relatives, describing the belated news of her pregnancy and detailing Trig’s condition; she wrote the e-mail not in her own name but in God’s, and signed it “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.”

So, outside of the story of the birth of Special Need Jesus (hence complaints about "malicious desecration")… bo-ring.

But this is good:

William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard and at times an informal adviser to Sen. John McCain, touched off the latest back-and-forth Tuesday morning with a post on his magazine’s blog criticizing the Todd Purdum-authored Palin story and pointing a finger at Steve Schmidt, McCain’s campaign manager.

Kristol cited a passage in Purdum’s piece in which “some top aides” were said to worry about the Alaska governor’s “mental state” and the prospect that the Alaska governor may be suffering from post-partum depression following the birth of her son Trig. “In fact, one aide who raised this possibility in the course of trashing Palin’s mental state to others in the McCain-Palin campaign was Steve Schmidt,” Kristol wrote.

Asked about the accusation, Schmidt fired back in an email: “I’m sure John McCain would be president today if only Bill Kristol had been in charge of the campaign.”

“After all, his management of [former Vice President] Dan Quayle’s public image as his chief of staff is still something that takes your breath away,” Schmidt continued. “His attack on me is categorically false.”

Also.

This post will be taken as proof that we are a’feerd of PalinNation.

#6
Jun. 30, 2009 – 9:38 PM EST

It appears to me that there are a lot of frightened people, both Democrats and Republicans, of the thought of Sarah Palin entering the presidential race in 2012. It seems that the press and people in both parties are aware of the draw that Sarah Palin has and the attempts to defame and destroy her is making her a stronger candidate.

Sarah Palin has more to offer this country and after the present administration is done she will be in demand the try and put the true face back on America and the true heart back in it’s people.

Yes we are.

Oh please.

Do not throw us in the Palin briar-patch.

That would be awful.

Puh-leeze….

Late Night: Fireworks and Tea Bagging

Ah, the 4th of July! Picnics, barbecues, fireworks and a new tradition, brought to you by the folks at Fox–tea parties! Forget the ice tea, it’s time to have more tea bagging, as promoted by that sexual maverick, South Carolina’s very own Mark Sanford, along with Glenn Beck and what appears to be the whole Fox news brigade.

Think Progress reports that

Fox News contributor and former News Corp. lobbyist Angela McGlowan is scheduled to appear at the Memphis tea party later this week.

So this is pretty much a Fox sanctioned, if not created event. Hey if you can’t report the news, just make it up.

So far there are 1,334 registered tea parties. Oh yeah, and merchandise. Sadly

the Atlanta Tea Party was forced to cancel its Independence Day celebration in Gwinnett, after losing its location…Although the event was on private property, the mall was able to assert authority on the matter due to recipricol [sic] property easement agreements."

Event Co-Chair Debbie Dooley stated, "Our Atlanta Tea Party team tried for the next day and a half to find an alternative location large enough for the event, and with the proper layout for our vendors, children’s activities, and fireworks show, but we could not find anything suitable that would have been available on July 4th."

Aren’t private property rights really important to Republicans? Along with home school and school vouchers… (more…)

When There’s Nothing On The Horizon You’ve Got Nothing Left To Prove

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

No. 469-09

June 30, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Terry J. Lynch, 22, of Shepherd, Mont., died June 29 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

For more information media may contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at (315) 772-8286.

Late Night: Fireworks and Tea Bagging

Ah, the 4th of July! Picnics, barbecues, fireworks and a new tradition, brought to you by the folks at Fox–tea parties! Forget the ice tea, it’s time to have more tea bagging, as promoted by that sexual maverick, South Carolina’s very own Mark Sanford, along with Glenn Beck and what appears to be the whole Fox news brigade.

Think Progress reports that

Fox News contributor and former News Corp. lobbyist Angela McGlowan is scheduled to appear at the Memphis tea party later this week.

So this is pretty much a Fox sanctioned, if not created event. Hey if you can’t report the news, just make it up.

So far there are 1,334 registered tea parties. Oh yeah, and merchandise. Sadly

the Atlanta Tea Party was forced to cancel its Independence Day celebration in Gwinnett, after losing its location…Although the event was on private property, the mall was able to assert authority on the matter due to recipricol [sic] property easement agreements."

Event Co-Chair Debbie Dooley stated, "Our Atlanta Tea Party team tried for the next day and a half to find an alternative location large enough for the event, and with the proper layout for our vendors, children’s activities, and fireworks show, but we could not find anything suitable that would have been available on July 4th."

Aren’t private property rights really important to Republicans? Along with home school and school vouchers…5098_95184504299_706584299_2024472_1409290_n.jpg

[h/t Think Progress ]

Progressive Politics and the LGBT Movement, US-Russia Relations, and A Tribute to Michael Jackson

What can the progressive movement learn from the LGBT community? On the 40th anniversary of Stonewall there has been a good deal of reflection and soul searching on the role of the struggle for gay rights within the larger civil rights movement. Yesterday when Barack Obama met with gay couples in the White House he said, “It’s not for me to tell you to be patient any more than it was for others to counsel patience to African-Americans who were petitioning for equal rights a half-century ago. We’ve been in office six months now. I suspect that by the time this administration is over, I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration.” That could be applied to a number of issues, not only those affecting the LGBT community. 

Richard Burns, Chief Operating Officer of the Arcus Foundation, Naomi Clark of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Richard Kim, Associate Editor at The Nation, and independent journalist Nancy Goldstein on the role of LGBT politics within the progressive movement.

Then, Stephen Cohen, author of Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold Warir?t=lauraflanders-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0231148968 on Obama’s upcoming trip to Russia and what to expect from the new administration. Will US/Russia relations change in any fundamental way? And who’s advising Obama when it comes to the former Soviet Union? Some of the very same architects of shock therapy who have little credibility inside Russia today.

Thanks to Firedoglake, RH Reality CheckBeyond Hatred, and Eileen Clancy of I-Witness Video for video in tonight’s show. 

Pride And Petulance

Today is Victory In Iraq Day. For Iraqis. Well, actually, it is the day American troops (yes we are the only ones left; even our "special friends", the Brits, left long ago) officially marked their exit from urban areas to be concentrated in centralized bases in the countryside. From the New York Times:

With parades, fireworks and a national holiday, the Iraqi government celebrated the final withdrawal of American troops from the country’s cities on Tuesday, trying to exploit a political milestone to trumpet what the prime minister called sovereignty from foreign occupation.

Indeed, in spite of the still tenuous security situation in many areas, it is and should be a day of celebration of the return of another piece of sovereignty for the Iraqis. They will never truly stand until they stand on their own; it will be painful, fitful and slow, but it is a necessary process.

And how are neocons and some elements of the military (by no means all) taking the events of the day? Not well of course. The Dick, Cheney, is concern trolling that the U.S. troop withdrawal might “waste all the tremendous sacrifice that has gotten us to this point.”

The neocons and PNACs who ginned up this war, and lied us into it, are worried about the frailty of the situation because of the American sacrifice. There were no WMDs, no links to al-Qaida, no threat form Sadaam to the US or anybody in the region at the time, and the one real power in the region, Iran, has been strengthened. And Dick Cheney marks the occasion by whining about our sacrifice. The Iraqis must be thrilled to here those words.

As CNN’s Michael Ware reports in the attached video clip, no one, whether American, Iraqi or otherwise, should demean or devalue the efforts and lives lost by the American military, they did the job they were told to do, but the bigger picture on the Iraqi adventure is very ugly, and contrary to Dick Cheney, it is the sacrifice of the Iraqis that ought to be considered, because the American loss is insignificant to the hell we hath wrought upon Iraq. The US military and coalition forces have lost about 4,500 casualties (and nearly 1,400 contractor deaths which no one ever mentions).

The carnage on the Iraqi populous has been far more devastating however:

Thus, the best guess (more…)