Worst. Congress. Ever.

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The hilarious and talented Matt Taibbi penned a fantastic cover story for Rolling Stone this month: “The Worst Congress Ever.” If you haven’t read it yet, here it is:

There is very little that sums up the record of the U.S. Congress in the Bush years better than a half-mad boy-addict put in charge of a federal commission on child exploitation. After all, if a hairy-necked, raincoat-clad freak like Rep. Mark Foley can get himself named co-chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, one can only wonder: What the hell else is going on in the corridors of Capitol Hill these days? READ IT ALL

Related: Public’s opinion of GOP hits record low
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Blogger Claims Antigay GOP Senator, Larry Craig, Enjoys Man-Love In DC Bathroom Stalls

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Yes, this is the same Larry Craig (above middle) who has repeatedly voted to deny gays basic human rights: [Hat Tip Jesus General]

* Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
* Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
* Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
* Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
* Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)

And here are the allegations: [via Blogactive]

I have called on Senator Larry Craig to end his years of hypocrisy by leveling with Idahoans about who he really is. I am also calling upon several prominent Idaho social conservative leaders to ask them how they square their anti-gay positions with their support for this leader.
I have done extensive research into this case, including trips to the Pacific Northwest to meet with men who have say they have physical relations with the Senator. I have also met with a man here in Washington, D.C., who says the same — and that these incidents occurred in the bathrooms of Union Station. None of these men know each other, or knew that I was talking to others. They all reported similar personal characteristics about the Senator, which lead me to believe, beyond any doubt, that their stories are valid.

Perhaps this is what Dobson was referring to when he said that more antigay-voting GOP Congressmen will be ‘outed’ this week.
Don’t miss this flashback video from 1992 where Larry Craig denies similar allegations [hat tip BlogActive]

Federal Law Blocks Congressman Studds' Gay Husband From Pension

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Congressman Studds
“Compassionate Conservatism” at its best: [from Lowell Sun via Think Progress]

Gerry Studds, the nation’s first openly gay congressman, pushed the country to another landmark development when he died Saturday: the federal government for the first time will deny death benefits to a congressman’s gay spouse.
The federal government does not recognize the 2004 Massachusetts’ marriage between Studds and Dean Hara, and won’t provide a portion of Studds’ $114,337 annual pension to his surviving spouse.
The federal law, defined by the Defense of Marriage Act, not only trumps the Bay State’s gay marriage law but reveals its limitations.
“A gay spouse will not receive any sort of pension or annuity or anything like that,” said Chad Cowan, a spokesman for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which administers the congressional pension program under federal law.
“It’s not anything that anybody in our office has seen before,” he added.
Wives and husbands of deceased lawmakers have for years found financial comfort in their ability to collect more than half of the generous.

James Dobson: More Gay GOP Congressmen Will Be Outed

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Our brother site, evangelicalright.com has the story.

America's Dumbest Congressmen

Radar ranks the 10 biggest fools on the Hill.
10. Sen Jim Bunning (R-KY)
9. Rep Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
8. Sen Conrad Burns (R-MT)
7. Rep Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)
6. Rep Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio)
5. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
4. Rep. JD Hayworth (R-Ariz.)
3. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)
2. Rep. Donald Young (R-AK)
1. Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.)
Read their qualifications here.

The Wonderful World Of Turkish Remakes

Star Trek

From The Wave: The Turkish Enterprise’s dress code has got to cause problems. The female personnel are forced to wear miniskirts that end four inches above the bottom of their asses, and when they turn around to work on the spray-painted cardboard computers, they have no secrets. I’m sure this leads to situations where the navigator loses his concentration and says, ‚”Miss Uhura, we are crotching a course for the panties sector, coordinates your whole ass hanging out. Repeat: panties, panties, panties. “

E.T.

From The Wave: Elliot climbs out of bed and limps through the mangled ruin of his house to find E.T. in a doorway. There’s an awkward silence as the two stare at each other, which is suddenly and insanely broken when E.T. launches a blast of smoke from its crotch.

The Wizard of Oz

From The Wave: The introduction of the Scarecrow marks the point where the movie goes from queer to FABULOUS! Why the Turks chose to make Scarecrow gay will forever remain another Turkish film enigma. But they don’t stop at just making him gay, the scarecrow is so stereotypically homosexual that Dorothy’s eyes almost burst into flames.

Superman

Corny, but still better than the latest American remake of Superman.
More Turkish remakes after the jump

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The Gay Old Party Comes Out

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Mark Dybul being sworn into the State Department with his partner
In case you missed it, Frank Rich’s column in the NY Times yesterday is essential reading. We especially liked the part about “altoid boy.”
From NY Times via TruthOut

Paging Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council: Here’s a gay Republican story you probably did not hear last week. On Tuesday a card-carrying homosexual, Mark Dybul, was sworn into office at the State Department with his partner holding the Bible. Dr. Dybul, the administration’s new global AIDS coordinator, was flanked by Laura Bush and Condi Rice. In her official remarks, the secretary of state referred to the mother of Dr. Dybul’s partner as his ‚”mother-in-law.”
Could wedding bells be far behind? It was all on display, photo included, on www.state.gov. And while you’re cruising the Internet, a little creative Googling will yield a long list of who else is gay, openly and not, in the highest ranks of both the Bush administration and the Republican hierarchy. The openly gay range from Steve Herbits, the prescient right-hand consultant to Donald Rumsfeld who foresees disaster in Iraq in Bob Woodward’s book ‚”State of Denial,” to Israel Hernandez, the former Bush personal aide and current Commerce Department official whom the president nicknamed ‚”Altoid boy.” (Let’s not go there.)
If anything good has come out of the Foley scandal, it is surely this: The revelation that the political party fond of demonizing homosexuals each election year is as well-stocked with trusted and accomplished gay leaders as virtually every other power center in America. ‚”What you’re really seeing is the Republican Party on the Hill,” says Rich Tafel, the former leader of the gay Log Cabin Republicans whom George W. Bush refused to meet with during the 2000 campaign. ‚”Across the board gay people are in leadership positions.” Yet it is this same party’s Congressional leadership that in 2006 did almost nothing about government spending, Iraq, immigration or ethics reform, but did drop everything to focus on a doomed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

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To Do: Haunted House NYC, Paraskavedekatriaphobia, and Art Under the Bridge Festival

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Haunted House NYC
Friday November 13
Paraskavedekatriaphobia
when: 6:30-10PM
where: Like the Spice Art Studio, 224 Roebling St between South 2nd and South 3rd, Brooklyn
price: FREE

From Whatsupny: Free Beer, Wine, Music and much more
Paraskavedekatriaphobia is a show that explores the phobias and fears that plague our existence. Whether it’s small irrational fears, or the mental constructs that com-mandeer our total sense of reality. MORE INFO

Also, it’s Friday the 13th, the perfect day to visit a Haunted House
Saturday November 14
Art Under the Bridge Festival
when: Sat 10.14 & Sun 10.15 (1-6pm)
where: DUMBO
price: FREE

FROM FLAVORPILL: A panoply of artistic endeavors, the Art Under the Bridge Festival transforms all of gritty-hip DUMBO into a venue for local and international artists. There’s art in the parks, on the street, in the East River, on the water taxis, and on every loading dock in between. Stalwart foundations such as Smack Mellon and DUMBO Arts Center have shows of their own, while local galleries like Artcore-NYC and Howard Schickler compete with the artists showing at the open studios for the most eclectic displays of talent. VIDEO_DUMBO runs all weekend and includes programs highlighting artists from Beirut, Mexico City, Seoul, and Montreal. A rare confluence of professional, semi-professional, and amateur talent, the festival puts earnest enthusiasm before all else. MORE INFO