Arab Words for ‘Gay’ Need to Better than ‘Pervert’ or ‘Deviant’

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I don’t speak Arabic — though I recently ordered the beginner module from Rosetta Stone which still sits in its wrapper on my desk shelf. (I am in the Arab world a lot however and learning more each trip.) Perhaps after the conventions. But a friend, Foued Mokrani, speaks Arabic just fine — and reported on his Facebook page the following after watching a film during a flight to Paris: I watched the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and…

Joe Biden vs Paul Ryan: Smart vs Dumb Visions for America

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Reuters Mitt Romney has just made the same mistake John McCain made in picking a vice presidential candidate that folks will talk more about than they will talk about the top of the ticket. Romney has flip-flopped on so many issues, and seems so inchoate in his core views, that the clarity of running mate Paul Ryan will now define him. Conversely, what has always been clear about the Obama-Biden ticket is that Obama defines in people’s minds what the…

State Department Says Pentagon Doing Just a Really, Really Great Job

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AP On Wednesday, Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs and long-time Hillary Clinton foreign policy advisor Andrew Shapiro will give a talk at the Center for Strategic and International Studies titled:  “Ushering in a New Era in State-Defense Cooperation.”  The meeting will stream live here, and CSIS President and former Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre will preside. On one level, an official of one national security bureaucracy publicly hugging another national security bureaucracy, particularly when it has a…

Romney’s Horse Ballet Losses, Caviar and Spam

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Margaret Carlson gets the quote of the week for her Bloomberg commentary on Mitt Romney’s wealth blind spots and not getting that dressage may not be the kind of business tax deduction he wants a lot of economically-strapped political independents to read about.  Hmm…I do get why he is holding back on those other tax forms now. As Bloomberg Businessweek reported, Mitt Romney declared in his 2010 taxes a $77,000 business loss (of which only $50 thus far was deducted…

Gore Vidal: A Salute to Self-Absorbed yet Selfless Genius

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Gore Vidal has departed the stage given news today that he has died of complications from pneumonia at age 86. I shook Vidal’s hand once — and when he took mine, his smirk pretty much sheared off several layers of identity protection I had cloaked around myself. I imagined him instantly reading all of the things about me that I didn’t want to share at the time. He seemed to convey in that look that he knew I was gay….