Saturday, February 23, 2008

McCain seems surprised his backer was indicted

Last August I posted how the Republicans had yet another congressman intending to leave office under suspicion of illegal activities. Yesterday the hammer fell, and Rep. Rick Renzi was indicted. What was interesting to me was McCain's reaction--he seemed surprised at the whole thing. Didn't he know that the co-chair of his campaign in his home state of Arizona was under investigation? He knew Renzi well enough to know how many children he has. Wasn't there anyone on McCain's staff smart enough to tell him that having Renzi as a state leader of his campaign wasn't a good idea? Or maybe there just wasn't anyone on McCain's staff brave enough to risk angering him.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Semi-random thoughts

● They added my friend Helen Boyd's second book, She's Not the Man I Married, to the list of nominees in the Transgender Category for the Lambda Literary Awards. Her first book, My Husband Betty, was a finalist.

● My new ACLU card says I've been a member since 1974. I can't honestly say I'm a card-carrying member--my wallet is stuffed with more than enough cards that might actually be useful to carry. I also can't say that I agree with absolutely every position the ACLU takes. But I'm glad I've been able to support them in the fight to ensure that our Constitution is more than just a bunch of words on paper.

● How long does Myspace consider a friend "new?" Forever? It sure seems that way. BTW, I've got over 300 friends there now.

● I hate being sick.

● There is an interesting difference between the coat-check policies at the New York State Theater and its neighbors at Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall (home of the New York Philharmonic) and the Metropolitan Opera House. The latter two charge $3 per item, while the State Theater only charges $1.50--but unlike the other two, it won't accept fur items. Very egalitarian.

Sad but true

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