The Year of Moving Forward

The Year of Moving Forward
At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Central Alabama (Birmingham) Pride...and Scotty boy

Pride begins in Birmingham this week, and key events are listed below. But I have to comment on "Scotty Boy" first.

Scott McClellan's new book, What Happened, is reported to be a tell-all about the Bush White House, and there is plenty to hear and read about it all over the place. But why are so many of us not surprised to hear the things he wrote? We have known all along the administration misled the public (and the congress) in the run up to war. We knew there were no weapons of mass destruction. We knew Scooter Libby and Dick Cheney were involved in the Valerie Plame leak.

President Bush is said to be puzzled by the revelations, but that is no surprise. Bush? Puzzled?

But is the book really a "tell-all"? I haven't heard Scott or any reporters talking about Scott's role in allowing Jeff Gannon press passes so he could launch soft ball questions to the press secretary. Gannon remember (real name James Guckert) was really a gay escort (aka prostitute) who was featured on a military studs website. I hope no one takes offense at this picture, but it was all over the news a few years back.

Now you know that in a White House so boned up about security, that somebody had to realize that Jeff's background included posing nude and making money with his body. Scott McClellan comes to mind, in part because of his reputation for cruising gay bars in Austin before going to D.C.

McClellan said at the time there was no breakdown in security, but most journalists take weeks to get clearance to work in the White House press corps. Somebody had to vouch for him, or maybe even lie about supposedly getting clearance for Gannon. Cruisy McClellan seems the likely choice.

And speaking of things gay, Pride begins in Birmingham this week. See a listing of all the events

at Central Alabama Pride. Highlights include:

Pride Art (works by local artists for viewing and sale) at the Harbert Center (2019 Fourth Ave N.) Friday, May 30, 7 - 9 pm.

Interfaith Prayer Service at Hill University Center (1400 University Blvd) Saturday, May 31, 7 - 8:30 pm.

Town Hall Meeting at Covenant Community Church (5117 1st Ave N) Wednesday June 4, 7 pm.

Parade Five Points South Saturday June 7, 8:30 pm. Arrive early.

Pridefest at Sloss Furnace Sunday June 9, 12:30 - 10:00 pm. Vendors, music, drag, politics, advocacy.

There are plenty of other offerings, like Cosmic Bowling and a cook out at Lakeview Yacht Club and more, so check out the web site.

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