Maybe the truth won't set you free. But B.S. seems even less likely.
**The Brokeback Heartland Breakout story is similar in this respect to the hardy perennial "Seniors Are the New Peace Corps Workers" story that my old boss, Charles Peters, used to talk about. According to Peters, a former Peace Corps official, reporters are unable to resist the idea that kindly Americans in their sunset years would give something back to the less fortunate overseas. They're probably still writing this story even today. The only problem, Peters says, is that the story isn't true--seniors, by and large, make terrible Peace Corps volunteers. But do you want to be the schmuck who points that out?
Update: Sullivan responds, distinguishes himself from Frank Rich, and makes a good point about "putting love at the core of gay identity, rather than merely sex." ... He's also right, I think, that the movie's not that good! (That doesn't stop him, of course, from condemning anyone else who doesn't appreciate the "classic tale of star-crossed lovers.") ... Reader E., echoing another Sullivan argument, says I
underestimate the difficulties in integrating the races back in the day. Racial riots in the military were not uncommon in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. I remember being trained as a junior officer back in the 1990s how to deal with and respond to racial riots, should one occur.
I seriously doubt there would be nearly as many anti-homosexual riots in today's military, should it be openly integrated (remember it is de facto integrated in many units already). To that extent, integrating homosexuals would actually be easier than integrating the races in the military.
The owner of the domain name Impeachbush.com, who bought it as an investment back in May, 1999, has decided that this is the time to put it on the market, which must mean something. ... It will be interesting to see, not just what such a URL is worth, but whether it's worth more to an anti-Bush group or to Karl Rove. ... 10:41 P.M.
Bill Bradley on how the Democratic Party in California is geaing up to serve its "anchor tenant," the teachers' union. ... In passing, Bradley summarizes the current, depressing state of California politics: The transportation lobby has plotted a big bond issue "to stop the education lobby from taking money from the gas tax which is supposed to be allocated for roads and highways and other transportation." So the education lobby is plotting with its underlings (the Democrats) to take money away from the transportation lobby's bond issue and divert it to the school bureaucracy. Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez declares education must be the "first priority" for funds "until every child in this state receives a decent education and a fair chance to succeed." Conveniently, there's no danger of that happening any time soon, at least as long as the California Teachers Association is in charge. 12:38 P.M.
Clooney to Academy: "Vote for my overrated film and I won't embarrass you like Michael Moore." At least I think that's what he's saying. ... 2:56 P.M.
Details emerge of an Al Qaeda plot against L.A.'s tallest building, and this time the Los Angeles Times actually deigns to mention it (unlike last September, when reporting geo-specific taped Al Qaeda threats against Los Angeles and Melbourne was beneath the dignity of the paper). ... They're getting this "news" concept down! ... Next maybe they'll even tell me about the fatal shooting (by police, of a carjacker) down the block. I can dream, can't I? ... 2:40 P.M.
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