Letters from the Lunar Outpost

If anger proceeds from a great cause, it turns to fury; if from a small cause, it is peevishness; and so is always either terrible or ridiculous.
- Jeremy Taylor, English Bishop and Theologian (1613-1667)

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Yelena Isinbayeva London Olympic Games

MOSCOW (AP) — Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality Thursday after criticizing fellow competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia.

The Russian, who won her third world title Tuesday in front of a boisterous home crowd, came out in favor of the law which has drawn sharp criticism and led Western activists to call for a boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics in the Russian resort of Sochi.

“If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people,” Isinbayeva, a two-time Olympic champion, said in English. “We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys.”

“Everything must be fine. It comes from history. We never had any problems, these problems in Russia, and we don’t want to have any in the future.”

source: Fox NY

 

Hello Yelena,

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Mike Cornelison and I am one of your biggest fans. I heard your recent comments about a place of normal, standard people where boys live with women and women with boys and I have to say I was intrigued and I wondered if you could possibly help me find that place myself.

Here is my deep dark confession along with a plea for your help – I am a 44-year-old American male and I am gay. Can you please cure me? I’m willing to do whatever’s necessary and I think you have everything it would take to turn this gay man straight.

Remove the makeup and your face reminds me of a Russian peasant woman whose only defining feminine characteristic is the babushka scarf covering her head. Along with your handsome face, you also have the upper body of a well-toned man, so to my queer eyes, we’re already halfway home from the top moving downwards.

I’ve also always admired the masterful way you hold a pole so firmly in both your hands. With me, you will definitely have your hands full.

At a time when relations between our two great nations are at their lowest point since the Cold War, just think what a wonderful statement the two of us could make in sacrificing our bodies for peace and unity between Mother Russia and the U.S. of A. Think of what a great service you would be doing for the world as a whole in removing such a virile man as me from the ranks of the not-normal and un-standard men.

If you can teach me to do whatever it is that heterosexuals do (no matter how many spray cans it might take) I would be forever grateful.

Yelena Isinbayeva London Olympic Games

 

Yours truly,

Mike

 

 

P.S. Hey Yelena, I do think you are incredibly hot and were my wife to allow it, I would love to pole vault you to ecstasy, but if we never get the chance share that, please allow me to share just four simple words: Live and let live.

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I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.

I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.

My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.

I’ve played for six pro teams and have appeared in two NBA Finals. Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? If you’re in the league, and I haven’t been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates’ teammates. Or one of your teammates’ teammates’ teammates.

source: Sports Illustrated

Jason Collins, Sports Illustrated CoverIf they had been the ones who made the choice, the gay community could not have picked a better man to be the first openly gay athlete in American big league sports. Seriously, how eloquent is this guy? Please do click the link and keep reading. It’s a great read. For all Jason Collins gifts as an athlete, the man is equally gifted with words.

Depending on where you mark the beginnings, Major League Baseball has been around for about 140 years, the NFL is seven years shy of 100, and the NBA will turn 67 in June. Through those three leagues and hundreds of years combined, no active player has come out until now. That is how hard the unwritten code of the locker room was cast. They may as well just have had a sign over the door of the locker room of every sports team in America that read, “NO GAYS ALLOWED.”

Jason Collins just showed a lot of courage to come out the way he did today. We’re not talking courage on the level of Jackie Robinson, Collins won’t face a level of hate anything near what Robinson faced in being the first black man to play in the major leagues, but as far as heroes and heroines go, in one day, I would say the man is already of a larger magnitude than say, Ellen DeGeneres, who came out in a comedian / entertainment community which already had it’s fair share of openly gay performers. This is not to take away anything from Ellen (whose act is surprisingly about as clean as Bob Sagat spinning jokes on America’s Funniest Home Videos) but beloved as Ellen may be by the gay community and supporters of gay rights, what Jason Collins did today was a giant leap forward compared to Ellen’s step out of the closet.

Myself personally? I’m so straight, I once french kissed a guy on a bet and felt even more straight after that kiss because I felt nothing whatsoever in it. I only have eyes for women and nothing but women. I also have a lot of Christian friends who I respect who truly believe that homosexuality is a sin. I will continue respecting them as long as they also live up to Jesus’ teaching to “hate the sin, love the sinner”.

That is their belief, they think homosexuality is a choice and a sinful one at that, and I will respect my Christian friends who believe this even though I have seen with my own eyes plenty examples of people who I believe were born gay. Sure, some people might make the choice as a conscious decision, a choice that they would rather live the alternative lifestyle, but who among us hasn’t also known a two- or three- or four-year-old kid that you already knew was gay many years before they might figure it out themselves?

There are conservatives and there are libertarians. I am much more the latter than the former, but for my conservative friends who believe in “traditional marriage”, I ask you to try to imagine being born different as I give some major props to Jason Collins, because today, he became the first major leaguer to have the courage to come out and say, this is me, and I am who I am.

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Check out Internet tough guy calling me fat. From what? A photo on an avatar? I can promise you that the people I meet in my day to days, I probably get a lot more smiles that you do, angry man. But aside from your name calling what were we talking about? Oh yeah, your belief that “socially conservative” means authoritarian government saying what is and what is not permissible by the state. Fuck the state. Have some age laws, no inter-species marriages and just let’s let the gays do what they do because that’s what they do do since the beginning of time.

You want to get all Biblical about it? First, the biblical text is more ambiguous about homosexuality than it is clear about the prohibition of eating of shell fish and second, and second, if you can join the Westboro Baptist Church if you want, but ins’t it easier to let God sort them out?

Listen, I know a lot more functional potheads in society than I know alcoholics. Sure, potheads have that smell wherever they go, not as bad as a smoker, but not as nice as a pine forest either, but they keep it together and I think for the jobs they’re capable, it makes them entertaining. I would say for anyone transporting any cargo or people or people who work emergency forces, fireman , cops, EMTs, no pot for you, screen that right out just the same as you would breathalyze any one of those employees coming to the job seeming a bit tipsy.

I no secret why so many of those those 20-year old college kids are so “high” on 76-year old firecracker like Ron Paul it’s because they believe the government should get the fuck out of our way, 9 times our of 10, especially when it comes to smoking our weed, baby. William F. Buckley, Jr. said it better than I ever could.

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