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As If Rep. Todd Akin Weren’t Enough Of A Joke Already

August 23rd, 2012 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

The homepage of the New York Times brings you this headline today, chock full of hilarious innuendo:

The NYT: shutting that whole thing down!

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Lieb-erasian

January 18th, 2011 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye…





Hey Joe,

We hear you’re announcing your 2012 retirement tomorrow in Stamford, CT.

Congratulations! Hope you get a nice new golf bag, and maybe a fancy pen or something, before all that time off.

Now get outta Washington before you cause any more trouble.

xo,
DISGRASIAN

[Washington Post: The Fix - Joe Lieberman to retire in 2012]

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A Letter Of Gratitude From Two Dan Choi Supporters

December 15th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

Army National Guard Lieutenant Dan Choi, gay activist and de facto face of the movement to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” is currently being hospitalized–involuntarily committed to the psychiatric ward of the VA Medical Center in Brockton, MA following a “nervous breakdown” and “anxiety attack.”

Choi released a statement to colleague/blogger Pam Spaulding:

I did not initially want to publicize this but I now realize it is critical for our community to know several things: veterans gay or straight carry human burdens, Activists share similar burdens, no activist should be portrayed as super human, and the failures of government and national lobbying carry consequences far beyond the careers and reputations of corporate leaders, elected officials, High powered lobbyists, or political elites. They ruin lives. My breakdown was a result of a cumulative array of stressors but there is no doubt that the composite betrayals felt on Thursday, by elected leaders and gay organizations as well as many who have exploited my name for their marketing purposes have added to the result. I am certain my experience is not an isolated incident within the gay veteran community.

At the same time, those who have been closest to me know that I truly appreciate their gracious help and mentorship. I am indebted to their hospitality and leadership.

If you could share the info and sentiment I’d be most grateful.

Our support and thoughts are with Dan right now–we get it, we get you; just get well.

Naturally, we think a few thanks are in order.

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Rep. Joseph Barton (R-TX)

June 18th, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

Oh, how that sneaky Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) toys with our emotions! We never know how we’re gonna feel about him (okay, pretty sure we love the guy–but he sure can bum us out) on any given day. He’s always so full of surprises!

Earlier this week, during BP America President Lamar McKay‘s public shaming congressional testimony regarding the Gulf oil spill, Cao said what we’re sure lots of people are thinking, but would never say aloud:

From HuffPo:

“Mr. Stearn asked Mr. McKay to resign. In the Asian culture we do things differently. During the Samurai days, we would just give you a knife and ask you to commit Hari-Kari [sic]. My constituents are still debating on what they want me to ask you to do, but that being said, the cleaning up process has been a disgrace and the claims process has been dismal…”

Of course the comments were extreme and Cao has since stated that they were meant only to convey his level of frustration with BP, but dayum! We couldn’t have scripted his words better if we tried ( okay, we did try, but it wasn’t any better).


Rep. Joseph Barton (R-TX), on the other hand, did the opposite this week. When it was his turn to speak during BP CEO Tony Hayward’s public shaming congressional testimony, he said what nobody else would say aloud, and uh, NOBODY ELSE WAS THINKING:

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How Quiet Is Rielle Hunter?

March 16th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana

I remember hearing about Rielle Hunter’s pregnancy through the drunken, gossipy grapevine of politicos on Super Tuesday of 2008. Pollsters and pundits were huddled down in drab enclaves at Manchester, NH drinking holes to avoid the bitter cold. Dennis Kucinich had just finished some pub beef something-or-other in the booth next to me. Right then, a fiery HuffPo blogger slid into the seat across from mine, and spilled: “John Edwards knocked some woman up. She’s having the baby and they have a cover-up story. No one in the press is saying anything because of Elizabeth’s cancer, but we all know.” He swooped back out.

There had been some tabloid speculation about Hunter before this, but few Americans knew or investigated. After hearing about the lovechild, I naturally watched with fascination as the saga eventually panned out. On February 27, Hunter had the baby. In July, the National Enquirer broke a story about Edwards visiting his new daughter at the Beverly Hilton (see above photo). After many public denials, Edwards finally admitted to paternity of Hunter’s child in August 2008. Since then, almost everyone involved has said their piece, and it only gets more interesting.

Very little, however, was said by Hunter while this was all going down, which is why Newsweek recently penned a story praising the “quiet dignity” of the mistress of a terminally ill woman’s politician husband.

GQ nabbed her first official words on the matter, a transcribed Q&A that weighs in at nearly 10,000 words (that’s what happens when you hold it in for so long!). Within the interview, she candidly addresses the flaws in others’ accounts, professes her love for Edwards, and talks timeline. In an effort to save you time reading, I’ve boiled her tale down to the important stuff:

1. Hunter calls Edwards “Johnny,” which is apparently the name on his birth certificate.

2. Hunter firmly believes that Mr. Pantsonfire never lies to her.

3. Elizabeth Edwards is scary as shit. She’ll chop your motherfucking dick off.

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Feeling High About Evan Low

December 3rd, 2009 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana

You probably agree: Evan Low was one of the true highlights of Angry Asian Man’s 30 under 30 list this year.

He is, after all, only 26. He’s also adorably handsome, with the kind of ready smile that somehow seems to denote a firm handshake and kind demeanor. And in 2006, months before the little bugger had even been elected to City Council in the city of Campbell, SF Mayor Newsom had officially declared June 5 “Evan Low Day” for San Fransiscans. The guy has his own day. Seriously.

Mayor Low

Mayor Low

As a city council member, Low quickly racked up distinctions as the first openly gay, Chinese American and youngest person in the Campbell City Council. He was also noted as the State of California’s youngest, openly gay official.

So get this: on Tuesday, Low was promoted from vice-mayor to a one-year term as Mayor of Campbell, which now makes him the youngest gay, and one of the youngest Asian American mayors in the whole freakin’ country. Hot diggity, this country needs more Gayors!

We can barely contain our excitement about a young, hot, gaysian rocking such a prestigious city office–but we will because we’re also reallyreallyreallyreally jealous that he has achieved so frickin’ much with nary a wrinkle around his happy eyes.

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Rep. Joseph Cao Is One Of Us And We Don’t Mean “Asian”

September 18th, 2009 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) was one of only 7 Republicans in the House who broke across party lines Tuesday and voted to rebuke South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson for shouting “You lie!” during Obama’s health care speech to Congress last week. The 240-179 vote in favor of rebuking (love that word, so hardass) Wilson came after Wilson refused to deliver a formal apology from the House floor.

Rep. Joseph Cao with his daughters Betsy and Sophia before the swearing in of the 111th Congress

The Daily Beast posted a terrific piece about Cao following the vote, calling him both “the most endangered Republican in the House,” because he comes from a largely Democratic district in New Orleans, and “among the most White House-friendly Republican politicians in the country.” It suggested that Cao may be the only member of the GOP who’ll support Obama’s health care plan and also quoted the Louisiana lawmaker as saying:

(Republicans) have to be approachable to the average American family. We have to be approachable to the average American. Unfortunately, I don’t believe our message has been that. It’s been somewhat anti-immigrant, it’s been oftentimes too pro-business and anti-family.

In other words, Cao votes with Democrats, supports Obama, and wants to put immigrants (like himself) and families before big business? Dude. If it looks like a Democrat, swims like a Democrat and quacks like a Democrat, then it probably is a Democrat.

Come over to our side already, Rep. Cao!

(P.S. Your wife, Kate, is too hot to be a Republican, anyway.)

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! John Edwards

August 8th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


While we’re never surprised to hear that a married politician has stepped out on his wife with one or a million “other women”–often the type with unreasonably puffy bangs and the kind of teeth that beg for fluoride (or something)–it never fails to disappoint us to find out that another one of our potential leading men is, simply, a dog.

It makes us particularly squeamish to hear about these stories, such as the now-galactic John Edwards scandal, in which the fellow’s wife is also terminally ill, the situation is blown out far and wide, and the family–already dealing with so much dark, sad, shit–is also then condemned to a very public hell of shame.


While we heard loud murmurs of the Senator’s alleged love child and affair with actress/filmmaker Rielle Hunter (pictured above) along the DC gossip chain during the madness of Super Tuesday, we tried deftly to ignore it. We didn’t want to hear it. Edwards wasn’t a bad guy, we thought, he’s a good guy. The story probably wasn’t true, or if it was, then he was a bad husband (not our problem) going through a bad situation (not our business), and this is personal crap (not politics), and that was that.

But the story actually is true, and the family shame is both huge and real, and Edwards is going to tell Bob Woodruff on Nightline all about it in an interview broadcast tonight.

Among other topics discussed in the interview, according to The Corner, Edwards will confidently deny the paternity of Hunter’s 6-month old baby.

He will also clarify a most important note about the relationship: how he only began the affair when he knew his wife was in cancer remission, not dying of cancer:

“ABC reports Edwards said his wife and other family members learned about the affair in 2006. ‘Edwards made a point of telling [ABC] that his wife’s cancer was in remission when he began the affair with Hunter,’ ABC News says. ‘Elizabeth Edwards has since been diagnosed with an incurable form of the disease.’

Oh, PHEW! That changes everything. Edwards must be a good guy, after all.

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