Author Archives: Bill

Too crazy not to share

A lady in Lincoln, Nebraska, shares views on gay rights that are, I suspect, very much her own. Watch the people seated behind the speaker, especially the young guy on the left.

New Jersey’s still a step or two ahead of Texas

Of course the legislative victories in favor of same-sex marriage in Washington, New Jersey, and Maryland are extremely encouraging. However, New Jersey governor Chris Christie has already vetoed his state’s legislation, stating his wish for a referendum on same-sex marriage. The voters of the state of Maryland may also have  Read more »

February 19, 2012Permalink Leave a comment

Open letter to Facebook

Dear Facebook, This story from The Atlantic reports that you have required (indeed, forced) the author Salman Rushdie to use the name Ahmed on his profile page rather than the name Salman just because it appears first on his passport. Is this for real? My parents, husband, friends, relatives, business  Read more »

November 14, 2011Permalink 1 Comment

On the average, American adults think 25 percent of Americans are gay

Well, this is amazing. Not to mention crazy: Towleroad cites a Gallup poll showing that “over half of Americans (52%) estimate that at least one in five Americans are gay or lesbian, including 35% who estimate that more than one in four are.” Really. It’s hard to get reliable data, but my  Read more »

If I believe X, must I believe Y?

In a long post on Slacktivist, Fred Clark objects to irrelevant litmus tests on faith: Yet the fact remains that Jim Wallis’ position on both abortion and homosexuality is such that he has remained in good standing as a mostly accepted member of the American evangelical community. His views on poverty,  Read more »

Sad news: The Bronx is closing

The Bronx, for several years our default date restaurant and the place where, in 1995, we first exchanged rings, is closing. Last year, we went there to celebrate the anniversary of the day we met; the experience was comfortingly familiar. It’s possible the place, the service, and the food were a  Read more »

For you Warner Bros. cartoon soundtrack fanciers…

Via Mark Evanier, an entertaining performance of Raymond Scott’s “Powerhouse.”

January 12, 2011Permalink Leave a comment

Muslim youth retreat in Hunt draws suspicion from some Christian conservatives here

Today’s Daily Times features a story (behind their paywall) about a local Christian group’s e-mail campaign against a retreat for Muslim youth to be held later this month at the Mo-Ranch camp/conference center in Hunt, which is an affiliate of the Synod of the Sun of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Read more »

December 16, 2010Permalink Leave a comment

Prop 8 appeal oral arguments heard

A panel of three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments yesterday in the appeal of a lower court’s ruling that California’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, resulting from the voter initiative Proposition 8, unfairly revoked constitutional equal-protection and due-process rights from gay  Read more »

December 7, 2010Permalink Leave a comment

Guests in YLT Hanukkah show include Tweedy, Burma, others

Stereogum has the scoop: Yo La Tengo kicked off their week of Hanukkah shows on December 1. M. Ward, Mission Of Burma, and the Parting Gives have already stopped by the Maxwell’s shows. And on the third night Jeff Tweedy stopped by for an acoustic set of Wilco, Uncle Tupelo,  Read more »

December 6, 2010Permalink Leave a comment