With 1,000 Dead in Gaza, Rightbloggers Claim Obama's Peace Process Threatens Israel

[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Another week of horrible violence in Israel and Gaza has passed, and the world waits for a solution. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are working on it -- which rightbloggers consider an outrage. For one thing, diplomacy just isn't butch enough for them; isn't the solution in every case just to obliterate one's enemy and then enjoy the resulting millennia of peace?

For another, while diplomacy by Presidents with names like "Bush" and "Reagan" may be excused as minor infractions, diplomacy by Presidents named "Obama" is always part of a wider effort to destroy America, and that's what rightbloggers affect to believe the current Administration's turn at the well-worn Israel-Palestine peace table is all about.

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Rightbloggers Take Back the Culture with Anti-Feminist Tumblr, Religious Film Reviews, Etc.

[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Let's be honest -- we really don't want to talk about last week's big, horrible news stories. The Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 story is too disturbing and, aside from the usual it's-all-Obama's-fault knee-jerks, not much differentiates right from left on the subject. Similarly, reactions to the Israel-Palestine fight have little to do with anything in American politics except the strength of the Israel lobby and the absence of a Palestinian one.

So we will instead go with an evergreen -- or, as we like to think of it, a topic that never gets enough updates: Culture War, which is what rightbloggers have instead of culture.

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De Blasio Appoints Richard Emery to Chair Police Oversight Board

NYC's new Civilian Complaint Review Board chair has a long history of civil-rights advocacy. | photo: Vincent Desjardins via Flickr
After a long vacancy, New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board will have a new leader at its helm. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a city hall news conference this afternoon that longtime civil-rights attorney Richard Emery will assume the chair of the agency. The CCRB is an independent body that reviews citizen complaints against NYPD officers and sends recommendations for disciplinary action to the police commissioner.

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De Blasio Stops By The Colbert Report, Is a Little Boring

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on The Colbert Report

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went seeking the "Colbert Bump" last night in what turned out to be a relatively brief, bland interview.

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Borderline Personalities: Rightbloggers Vs. Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

A whole lot of kids from Central America have been dashing over the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, and rightbloggers blame them on Obama. (They also want them sent back to the hellholes they fled, but mainly they want to blame Obama, because that's pretty much what their lives are about anymore.)

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Mississippi God-dumb! Rightbloggers Rage as Blacks Help Cochran Beat the Tea Party

tomt200.jpgLast week's Mississippi GOP Senatorial primary was a doozy: the incumbent, challenged by a Tea Party nut for not being right-wing enough, invited black Democrats to protect themselves from said nut by crossing party lines and voting against him the Republican incumbent, which they did, securing the incumbent's victory.

As we have learned from previous Tea Party candidacies, rightbloggers believe all Republican office-holders must be replaced by frothing maniacs, and nothing infuriates them more than when one of their champions falls to the Establishment. But in this case they were even more enraged than usual -- partly because of the involvement of Democrats and black people.

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Just How LGBT-Friendly Is Bill de Blasio?

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The Mayor marching in the "inclusive" St. Patrick's Day parade in Queens.
Going into 2013, then-New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the odds-on favorite to become the first woman and out gay mayor of New York. But in an election in which "change" became a mantra, support from LGBT leaders couldn't overcome her close identification with outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Actress Cynthia Nixon's enthusiastic early support for then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio began a groundswell of LGBT celebrity endorsements, from Broadway's Cherry Jones and Alan Cumming to Lady Bunny. De Blasio ended up swamping Quinn in the primary, garnering 47 percent of the LGBT vote to her 34 percent.

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Triumph of the Sexy Nerd: Gay Millennials Reject the Chelsea Boy

Joe Rocco
In the video for Jonny McGovern's song "Sexy Nerd," guys strip down from cardigan sweaters, bow ties and pocket protectors to tighty-whities and black-rimmed glasses as McGovern sings, "Take your clothes off, but leave your glasses on . . . I need a man to sit on my laptop and open my download."

The song, released in 2012, hit on a major change in the gay community. "The focus on becoming bigger and masculinity is all gone," says Chris Ryan, a promoter of bar nights for gay twentysomethings. "Younger guys are really focused on looking smarter, being different from the older generation."

Hollywood had already caught onto the trend when it cast Toby Maguire as Spider-Man. "Hollywood used to have Spider-Man play Peter Parker, now Peter Parker is playing Spider-Man," says Matthew Levine, founder of Skin Tight USA, a group for fans of spandex and cosplay. "A lot of muscle queens were nerds who wanted to hide it by becoming gym bunnies. A lot of those muscle queens have let their geek nerd flag fly. Hot sexy geeks have come out of the woodwork."

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Fifi or Fido? New York's Gay Men Defy Worn-Out Canine Stereotypes

Photo by Amanda Lopez
Tony Serrano adopted toy Manchester terrier twins after taking an American Kennel Club survey that matched his personality and lifestyle to the breed.

"They're smaller dogs and considered dainty, but they're not," Serrano says. "Their stature and size might imply 'feminine,' but their slender build and character are distinctly masculine, exactly the personality I have. They're masculine toys."

And they even have the names to match: Serrano named them after Alexander the Great and Hephaestion.

When searching for their canine companions, many gay men seek a breed that will both reflect them and project a certain image. "Choosing a breed is a statement about who you are," says Andrew dePrisco, author of Woof! A Gay Man's Guide to Dogs. "I never think it's random. You meet a person and then his dog."

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Chirlane McCray Wonders Why Her 1979 "I Am A Lesbian" Essay Didn't Get More Attention

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In 1979, Chirlane McCray, only a few years out of college, came out of the closet. In "I Am a Lesbian," an essay written for Essence magazine, she made the personal political by speaking against the invisibility of black lesbians.

Thirty-three years later, she would catapult to far greater visibility as the wife of newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Except for two blips in her husband's campaign, however, this aspect of McCray's life has resisted closer scrutiny. In a recent New York magazine profile, for example, author Lisa Miller describes McCray's 1979 declaration as "a fierce insistence on being heard, damn the consequences."

McCray herself tells the Voice via e-mail that she wonders "why the [Essence] piece wasn't given more attention back then, when there were so few — if any — gay women of color speaking out."

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