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Gay White House Guests Flip The Bird; White House Responds

One week ago Friday, at the White House's LGBT Pride Month reception, President Obama delivered a stirring speech, a trans man proposed to his girlfriend, and many pictures were snapped. Two of them have now made news.

Reagan-ears2Both pics were taken in front of the Ronald Reagan presidential portrait. In one, photographer Zoe Strauss mugs furiously; in the other, Matty Hart, of Solutions for Progress, Inc. (which helps eligible families obtain public assistance), smiles mischievously. In both, the pictures' subjects flip off their dead president.

From The Philly Post:

Hart posted his photo on Facebook with the caption, “F*** Reagan.” Strauss simply posted hers without commentary. After all, the murderous facial expression and double-barreled bird-flipping seem to speak for themselves. Comments ranged from “you forgot to add with a chainsaw” on Hart’s “F*** Reagan” note, to my personal favorite, “star wars … up yours,” on Strauss’s.

Strauss ... declined to comment for this story (“I’m keeping out of the press!” she texted me), but made crystal clear her position on Reagan by posting on Facebook a long list of things that happened under his watch, including the Supreme Court’sBowers v. Hardwick decision, upholding the constitutionality of Georgia’s anti-sodomy law, the Iran-Contra affair and the invasion of Grenada.

Additionally, Strauss posted Reagan’s memorable statement on LGBT rights from the 1980 campaign trail: “My criticism is that [the gay movement] isn’t just asking for civil rights; it’s asking for recognition and acceptance of an alternative lifestyle which I do not believe society can condone, nor can I.”

The Log Cabin Republicans have since responded:

In a statement Friday, Christian Berle, deputy executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, criticized Hart and Strauss for insulting Reagan, whom Berle said gave aid to the pro-gay GOP group's founders as California governor in the 1970s.

"It is unfortunate that the image conservative America is seeing today of LGBT people is of gay leftists misbehaving at the White House, rather than the millions of patriotic, decent LGBT citizens, many of whom, like Log Cabin Republicans, hold President Ronald Reagan in high esteem," Berle said. "These photographs have hurt our community and make advocating for inclusion and equality more difficult. The participants should be ashamed."

... and so has the White House:

"While the White House does not control the conduct of guests at receptions, we certainly expect that all attendees conduct themselves in a respectful manner. Most all do," Shin Inouye, a White House spokesman, said. "These individuals clearly did not. Behavior like this doesn’t belong anywhere, least of all in the White House." 


Vial of Ronald Reagan's Blood for Sale at UK Auction Stirs Fury

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library is upset over a British auction house's sale of a vial of President Ronald Reagan's blood, allegedly collected after the assassination attempt against him in 1981:

ReaganPFC Auctions listed a high bid of more than $9,900 late Monday, with final offers being accepted online through Thursday. The website says the “dried blood residue from President Reagan (1911-2004) can be seen clearly in the vial with a quarter-inch ring of blood residue at the end of the inserted rubber stopper.”

The president’s blood was supposedly gathered in 1981, following the assassination attempt on his life outside of a Washington, D.C., hotel. He was sent to George Washington University Hospital, where doctors tended to a gunshot wound and punctured lung.

The auction website notes that the paperwork included with the vial incorrectly states Reagan’s birthdate as “2/02/11,” when it was actually Feb. 6, 1911. The vial is dated “3/30/81” — the day of the assassination attempt.

The vial was reportedly obtained from a man who's mom worked at the lab.

Said John Heubusch, executive director of the Library: "If indeed this story is true, it’s a craven act and we will use every legal means to stop its sale or purchase."


NEWS: Anthony Shadid, Jeremy Lin, Stephen Colbert, And 'The Bodyguard Musical'

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Road Gary Kamiya's beautiful tribute to deceased Times reporter Anthony Shadid:

... The fate of small people like Karima and her family, unknown, of no political consequence, is easy to forget as nations rush to war and powerful men plan and redraw maps. “Ordinary people are, as Karima recognized, only pawns on a giant board; if one or one thousand of them are swept off, no one notices.” It is one of the functions of journalism, perhaps the noblest, simply to bear witness to these forgotten ones.

Anthony Shadid bore that witness. He died at the age of 43 on the front lines of his profession, of an asthma attack while reporting inside violence-ravaged Syria. He joins the honored list of reporters who gave their lives to give the world the truth. Every journalist, and every American who cares not just the consequences of American wars, but about humanity, owes him a debt. His loss is incalculable.

Road Iran to French and British companies: "No more oil for you." (Saudi Arabia to same French and British companies: "Cool! Buy from us!")

Road Surprising things we learned from Rick Santorum this weekend: 1) It is good for presidents to govern according to a theology; 2) Barack Obama governs according to a theology; 2) But his theology's no good, because it's "not Christian":

Obama's agenda is "not about you. It's not about your quality of life. It's not about your jobs. It's about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology," Santorum told supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement at a Columbus hotel.

Road Harris poll shows that America now believes Ronald Reagan was the greatest president since WWII. NewsMax thinks this is great news.

Road (Naturally, NewsMax is keeping mum on Harris's latest re: Obama's electoral chances.)

Road JoeMyGod on some ugly possible fallout over the Sheriff Babeu story.

Road The Bodyguard Musical. It exists, and has for a while, but it seems to be on a publicity kick this week.

Road Basketball! When the Jeremy Lin-led Knicks concluded their miraculous winning streak with an ugly loss to the Hornets on Friday, ESPN led with the headline "A Chink In The Armor." Those responsible have been terminated.

Road (Just for the record, the armor's fine: This afternoon, Lin and co. beat the league's defending champs up and down the court.)

Garcia Road John Glenn and Project Mercury vets reunite on the 50th anniversary of Glenn's orbital flight.

Road A libertarian TV network?

Road Omaha wants to ban employment discrimination against LGBT employees. Nebraska's legislature wants to stop them.

Road Gael Garcia Bernal will be Zorro.

Road Colbert will resume taping.


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #976

MARRIAGE NEWS WATCH: Matt Baume with the latest on Obama, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Maine.

MY LUCKY LIFE: Famous fogey Andy Rooney says good-bye from 60 Minutes.

CLASS WARFARE: Obama vs. Reagan on tax loopholes.

BILL CLINTON: Gets behind AIDS Walk Washington.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.


Rachel Maddow Interviews Jimmy Carter About the Current GOP and Its Reagan Worship: VIDEO

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In a one-on-one interview, Rachel Maddow spoke with Jimmy Carter about the current slate of GOP candidates, the religious right, and the rise of Reagan to GOP sainthood.

Says Carter: "Although I don't agree with their assessment of his administration, I certainly don't begrudge their right to choose whomever they choose as an icon for reverence."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Reagan's Failure to Act

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As Ronald Reagan's legacy is discussed around his 100th birthday, it's important to remember his devastating failure to act on AIDS, which surely cost many lives.

A revealing remembrance of that failure, AFTER THE JUMP...

Via Scott Wooledge at DailyKos, who has a more thorough look at those years.

Veteran journalist Hank Plante also recalls those years.

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