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The Daily Agenda for Sunday, January 27

Jim Burroway

January 27th, 2013

Events This Weekend: Creating Change Conference, Atlanta, GA; Midsumma, Melbourne, VIC; BeefDip, Puerto Vallarta, JAL; Winter Rendezvous Ski Week, Stowe, VT; Out In the Desert LGBT Film Festival, Tucson, AZ.

Rep. Dick Armey Calls Barney Frank “Barney Fag”: 1995. It’s not easy being the biggest ‘mo in the House. In an interview with a group of radio broadcasters, House majority leader Rep. Dick Armey (R-TX), he discussed the acrimonious atmosphere in the House of Representatives, which was then under the leadership of Newt Gingrich. “Newt’s a very patient fellow and able to handle a harangue going on around him better than I,” Armey said. “I like peace and quiet, and I don’t have to listen to Barney Fag — Barney Frank — haranguing in my ear because I made a few bucks off a book I worked on.”

Armey apologized to Frank when word of his remarks got out, first in person and then again on the House floor. But not without a harangue: “I take this exception especially in light of the fact that I went to the press that had the tape and explained to them in the best humor I could that I had simply mispronounced a name and did not need any psychoanalysis about my subliminal or about my Freudian predilections.” He also castigated House Democrats for focusing on what he called a “mispronunciation.” Frank wasn’t inclined to accept the apology. “I don’t think it was on the tip of his tongue, but I do believe it was in the back of his mind,” said Frank. “There are a lot of ways to mispronounce my name. That is the least common.”

Alan Cumming: 1965. Well let’s see. He was the M.C. in the 1993 London staging of Cabaret, the evil Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye, and he had roles in Eyes Wide Shut, the Spy Kids franchise, X2, and Gray Matters, among others. He earned two Emmy nominations for his guest role as Eli Gold in The Good Wife, and he won produced the Independent Spirit Award-winning Sweet Land. Where the Scottish actor once described himself as a “frolicky pansexual sex symbol for the new millennium,” he now simply says he’s bisexual. On January 7, 2012, he married his husband Grant Shaffer in New York, on the fifth anniversary of their 2007 civil partnership in London.

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And feel free to consider this your open thread for the day. What’s happening in your world?



January 28th, 2013 | LINK

Although I’m told that you of boxturtlebulletin are the “natural aristocrats of the human race” as you delineated in your “Manifesto”.

Your arrogance on these posts betrays one who is drunk with power.

But as you are symbolically skipping around in celebration, tossing up handfuls of glitter, you’re actually lighting a fire under people: desensitized people that might normally have benign indifference to the gay “rights” process. You are a member of the crew of a damned ship of fools. For the gay “rights” process is but a tidy label for demonic takover. What did your after the ball book say, “…even if they can’t turn off the shower, they may at least get used to being wet”. Well, we aint getting used to it, and that once-benign shower is become as harsh as acid rain, as evidenced by venomous communications such as yours.

Timothy Kincaid
January 28th, 2013 | LINK


I’ve misplaced my copy of our manifesto. Can you please provide a link?

Jim Burroay
January 28th, 2013 | LINK

Oh, Ron. Sweet talk like that will get you no where. Nice try though.

January 28th, 2013 | LINK

Poor, pathetic Ron. You are increasingly marginalized, isolated, outnumbered, incoherent, embittered, and miserable. And you will find no sympathy here. Bubye

Rob Tisinai
January 28th, 2013 | LINK

This is the best thing I’ve seen since someone called me one of the “homomafioso of Queer, Incorporated who oversee the image of Faggotry love.”

I haven’t gotten a comment like this in ages. I’m jealous, Jim. And inspired to try harder.

Rob Tisinai
January 28th, 2013 | LINK

Oh my gosh he’s talking about this. Jim, I had no idea you were the infamous “Michael Swift.”

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