Gay-brained

Uh oh. Really bad news for wingnuts. The few who actually believe in science will soon be tossed from the big Republican tent. And those who believe in the infallibility of god will have to trade in their tickets to heaven. Because it looks like the truth is finally out: God makes people gay.

WASHINGTON - Lesbians’ brains react differently to sex hormones than those of heterosexual women. An earlier study of gay men also showed their brain response was different from straight men — an even stronger difference than has now been found in lesbians. Lesbians’ brains reacted somewhat, though not completely, like those of heterosexual men, a team of Swedish researchers said in Tuesday’s edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Kos on the radio

I got an e-mail from someone who is producing The State of Things on WUNC 91.5 FM tomorrow (5/9/06) with Markos Moulitsas and Jerome Armstrong on their Crashing the Gate book tour. She wasn't sure if she wanted to talk to me about some local context for blogging or to have me on the show.

Everyone, including national bloggers like Markos, talks about the importance of local politics, but not a lot of folks are doing anything about it. I suggested to the producer that she contact Lance from Blue NC as well, since that's more relevant than dailyKOS. At this point, she hasn't even called me. So don't look for a lot of local relevance on the radio tomorrow, I guess.

Three U.S. House Races to Watch in the Carolinas

According to Tim Funk of The Charlotte Observer, there are only three races to watch from the Carolinas where the U.S. House of Representatives is concerned. Fortunately, one of them is the Kissell v. Hayes race in the 8th Congressional District in North Carolina.

Find out which races are being watched on the flip side...

A Weekend of Progressive Politics


Hola Blogophiles, I've been away from the 'sphere this weekend, instead meeting up with Progressive leaders first at the Crashing the Gate book signing then at the Democracy for America Grassroots Training. You can read my coverage of Markos Moulitsas (DailyKos) and Jerome Armstrong (MyDD) at BlogAsheville.

Blogging tidbit from DFA training

A friend who attended the Asheville DFA training told me that there's no empiricle evidence that blogging does anything to increase voter turnout. Apparently, many bloggers don't even vote themselves.

So, the DFA is encouraging all political bloggers to commit to voting and to commit to getting five other people to vote. Should we consider that pledge? It's called "Arrive with Five."

I'm already in negative numbers because a friend who spent the weekend with me just "unregistered" himself as a protest!

Another Corrupt Republican Goes Down

After Tony Rudy's plea last month I quit watching to see how this case was progressing. I was a bit surprised to see this news in The Washington Post this morning. Neil Volz, Staffer #2, pled guilty to conspiracy charges in the scandals linked to lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon.

Volz was Bob Ney's (Representative #1) chief of staff. Volz requested and received many gifts from Abramoff. These included tickets to sporting events, dinners and golf outings. Volz concealed the gifts by simply failing to report them.

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