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Excluded From Inclusion (NY Times questions the absence of gay speakers at the GOP Convention)
New York Times ^ | 09/02/2012 | Frank Bruni

Posted on 09/02/2012 5:20:27 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

WHAT the Republicans painstakingly constructed here was meant to look like the biggest of tents. And still they couldn’t spare so much as a sleeping bag’s worth of space for the likes of me.

Women were welcomed. During the prime evening television hours, the convention stage was festooned with them, and when they weren’t at the microphone, they were front and center in men’s remarks. Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney both gushed about their moms in tributes as tactical as they were teary.

Latinos were plentiful and flexed their Spanish — “En América, todo es posible,” said Susana Martinez, the New Mexico governor — despite an “English First” plank in the party’s regressive platform.

And while one preconvention poll suggested that roughly zero percent of African-Americans support Romney, Republicans found several prominent black leaders to testify for him. Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state, delivered what will surely be remembered as the convention’s most stirring and substantive remarks, purged of catcalls and devoid of slickly rendered fibs.

But you certainly didn’t see anyone openly gay on the stage in Tampa. More to the point, you didn’t hear mention of gays and lesbians. Scratch that: Mike Huckabee, who has completed a ratings-minded transformation from genial pol to dyspeptic pundit, made a derisive reference to President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage. We were thus allowed a fleeting moment inside the tent, only to be flogged and sent back out into the cold.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


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1 posted on 09/02/2012 5:20:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

About the Author (From Wikipedia ):

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 with a B.A. in English. He was a Morehead Scholar and on the staff of the student paper, The Daily Tar Heel.[1] Bruni graduated second in his class with an M.S. degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. At Columbia he also won a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship.

From 1990 to 1995 he worked for the Detroit Free Press in an assortment of positions including covering the Persian Gulf War. In 1995, Bruni joined The New York Times as a metropolitan reporter and often wrote for the New York Times magazine and for Sunday Arts. He was promoted to the Rome bureau chief (July 2002–March 2004) and worked as a reporter in the Washington, D.C., bureau (December 1998–May 2002). While in D.C., Bruni was assigned to cover Capitol Hill, Congress, Governor George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, and the White House. His book Ambling into History chronicles this assignment.

Bruni wrote in Men’s Vogue of his search for a workout to combat the calories he consumes as a food writer,[2] and in the April 2008 issue he wrote about his addiction to sleeping pills.[3] Bruni’s book, Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater was released in 2009, and spent a week on the New York Times best seller list.[4] Since then he has written general interest and food-related columns for the Times, in part filling the “food writer at large” role that had been unfilled since the 2006 death of the Times’ reporter R. W. Apple, Jr.[5]

In March 2012, Bruni was awarded the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Newspaper Columnist.

Bruni is openly gay.[7] He has struggled with his eating and bulimia


2 posted on 09/02/2012 5:23:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t read the article. Did the NYT happen to explain how they knew there were no gay speakers at the RNC convention?


3 posted on 09/02/2012 5:23:34 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

The idiot thinks the GOP should go out of its way to offend its own base? Does he think the Democrats should do that too?

Why should the GOP go and look for someone, not because they have something to say, not because they add to the debate, not because they will energize the voting base but just because they are mentally ill with a sexual dysfunction.


4 posted on 09/02/2012 5:25:59 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dan Rutherford is Illinois Sec of State and he was the king pin for the Illinois Romney Team. He is as gay as they come.

Gays accounted for.


5 posted on 09/02/2012 5:26:02 PM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: SeekAndFind
And still they couldn’t spare so much as a sleeping bag’s bathroom stall's worth of space for the likes of me.
6 posted on 09/02/2012 5:26:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Fat Little Frankie has his claws unsheathed because the skirts took over the Republican Convention. Just proves what I always say: gay activists truly hate women.


7 posted on 09/02/2012 5:28:18 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (,)
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To: SeekAndFind
Frank Bruni would be better suited going back to being the chief restaurant critic for the NY Slimes and write about cream puffs in that capacity.
8 posted on 09/02/2012 5:30:45 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ah, NYT, Political Correctness even in what we must believe and who must speak? Really? Says WHO? You are not the boss of us.


9 posted on 09/02/2012 5:31:03 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another homosexual trying to make everything be about him.


10 posted on 09/02/2012 5:33:58 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

I didn’t see any self admitted alchoholics or drug addicts up on stage either. What makes queers think their so damn important that they need to be showcased at a political convention?


11 posted on 09/02/2012 5:36:14 PM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: SeekAndFind
He was a Morehead Scholar

HuhHuh HuhHuh HuhHuh bet he liked that HuhHuh HuhHuh HuhHuh .

12 posted on 09/02/2012 5:41:07 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama does not have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Next question: Why no conservative or pro-life speakers at the democRAT convention?


13 posted on 09/02/2012 5:41:24 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d bet that we won’t see any Bible-believing Christians speaking at the ‘rat convention either. This is just their sneaky way of trying to undermine the conservative foundation of the party, just as they’ve done with every other institution they’ve infiltrated like termites.


14 posted on 09/02/2012 5:50:21 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: mrsmel

They can always tout the presence of Cardinal Dolan at the convention.


15 posted on 09/02/2012 5:51:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
As far as I can tell NO ONE in Tampa was identified by what they do in bed with another adult. Even Clint Eastwood didn't tell us his preferences... That works for me... I don't need to know who's into '50 Shades of Gray', backseat sex in drive-ins, etc.

Don't gay people have anything else to talk about? Gays are like vegetarians - all they want to talk about is their obsession. It's boring. Really. Soooooo boring. Get a hobby boys... Anything - well, anything except being vegetarian...

16 posted on 09/02/2012 5:53:53 PM PDT by GOPJ ("If you want to know who controls you, find out who you are not allowed to insult."TravisMcGee)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey Frank-go back to rating the best blutwurst in NYC and stay out of politics.


17 posted on 09/02/2012 5:55:16 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: SeekAndFind
But you certainly didn’t see anyone openly gay on the stage in Tampa.

As I recall, you certainly didn't see any open "furries", Juggalos, goths, dwarf tossing or cosplay enthusiasts on the stage in Tampa, either.

So, your point is?

18 posted on 09/02/2012 5:56:13 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow, I am less opposed to gays than most freepers (but certainly NOT interested in any spats with anyone over that issue) and spent a few years in school for fashion design (which will explain previous comment), and subscribe to plenty of fashion rags, and i had no idea that there was a Men’s Vogue. Creepy.


19 posted on 09/02/2012 5:58:28 PM PDT by Rutabega (No one reads these anyway, right?)
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To: SeekAndFind

There might BE “gays” there, but they don’t flame and flaunt it, so nobody either knows or cares.


20 posted on 09/02/2012 6:00:43 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: Rutabega
Men's Vogue (past tense)
21 posted on 09/02/2012 6:02:33 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: SeekAndFind

Sounds like a fraud. I was graduated from the columbia university graduate school of journalism with a ms, and all of the classes were pass fail. I suppose they may habe changed it but when I was there, there was no way to declare somebody as second in his class.


22 posted on 09/02/2012 6:03:46 PM PDT by Piranha (If you seek perfection you will end up with Democrats.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t think anyone would confuse a Catholic priest for a Protestant fundamentalist, though conservative Catholics do have some things in common with us:) But fundamentalists have never supported religion as an arm of “social justice” as a movement.


23 posted on 09/02/2012 6:04:39 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: SeekAndFind
Hey Frank, I don't care what you do in your bedroom. Frankly Frank, I don't want you to bring your bedroom to the convention floor either.

5.56mm

24 posted on 09/02/2012 6:05:36 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: SeekAndFind

June 26, 2011

Frank Bruni’s Week in Review column debuted Sunday and – surprise! – it was all about being gay in America.

http://www.thewrap.com/media/column-post/frank-brunis-first-op-ed-column-lets-hear-it-gays-28579


25 posted on 09/02/2012 6:05:51 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: SeekAndFind
"But you certainly didn’t see anyone openly gay on the stage in Tampa."

You also haven't seen any one-armed Serbo-Croatian lesbian discus throwers at any of the DNC functions.

Where's the outrage, Frank?

26 posted on 09/02/2012 6:06:35 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: GOPJ

Truer words were never spoken, these people are absolutely fixated on their disgusting sexual acts. I suppose every deviant is fixated with the subject of their deviation, but so far, they don’t all base a political movement on it. Though no doubt that’s in the works.


27 posted on 09/02/2012 6:07:11 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: chicagolady

Rutherford is state treasurer. Jesse white is secretary of state.


28 posted on 09/02/2012 6:08:06 PM PDT by Piranha (If you seek perfection you will end up with Democrats.)
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To: SeekAndFind

In March, Bruni devoted a column to a former classmate providing a pat liberal morality lesson that seemed a lot like an invasion of doctor-patient privacy, then attacked Newt Gingrich and insulted Gingrich’s wife. Today Bruni, who is openly gay, goes after Palin’s oldest daughter for hypocrisy and being a bad mother, after Bristol had the audacity to blog her opinion on gay marriage (she’s against it):

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/clay-waters/2012/05/16/nyt-columnist-frank-bruni-picks-21-year-old-bristol-palin-hypocrite-bad


29 posted on 09/02/2012 6:10:10 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: SeekAndFind

NYT writers ought to read Leviticus 18:22.


30 posted on 09/02/2012 6:10:35 PM PDT by Keen-Minded
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To: Piranha
"Sounds like a fraud. I was graduated from the columbia university graduate school of journalism with a ms, and all of the classes were pass fail. I suppose they may habe changed it but when I was there, there was no way to declare somebody as second in his class."

Did Columbia J-school discourage caps and correct spelling and grammar during the period of your attendance?

Explains a lot.

31 posted on 09/02/2012 6:12:08 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Bruni is openly gay.[7] He has struggled with his eating and bulimia

I'd be puking my guts out, too, if I ate what he does.

32 posted on 09/02/2012 6:13:52 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: SeekAndFind

Had they had one, they would have been accused of having a token “gay” in a party that has only a handful. They would have been accused of trying to make it appear the party was welcoming to them.

Don’t even bother trying to explain the situation to them. You are automatically wrong, no matter what.

“Do you still beat your wife” is a fair question compared to the crap the dems pull.


33 posted on 09/02/2012 6:15:17 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik; Piranha

3 words: e.e. cummings


34 posted on 09/02/2012 6:21:07 PM PDT by kenavi (Obama doesn't hate private equity. He wants to be it with our money.)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik; Piranha

3 words: e.e. cummings


35 posted on 09/02/2012 6:21:14 PM PDT by kenavi (Obama doesn't hate private equity. He wants to be it with our money.)
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To: blueunicorn6
Another homosexual trying to make everything be about him.

Thank you for using the correct English term instead of the liberal cover word.

36 posted on 09/02/2012 6:22:04 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Bruni is openly gay.[7] He has struggled with his eating and bulimia”

So he’s mentally ill. Most homosexuals are.


37 posted on 09/02/2012 6:24:27 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SeekAndFind
Bruni is openly gay.[7] He has struggled with his eating and bulimia

That apparantly means there are more problems the man has with things going into his mouth.

38 posted on 09/02/2012 6:26:19 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Donate, & walk precincts, not for "Parties", but for individual, principled "Candidates" (& for FR)
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To: SeekAndFind

That is unkind about Cardinal Dolan. I have no idea if what you suggest is true and don’t care, as long as he is keeping his vows of celibacy. I don’t recall him playing any sort of identity politics the way the Democrats do. Of course any blacks, women or homosexuals that are conservative and that don’t play the Democratic victim class grievance card are by definition not real minorities anyway, but honorary members or at least lackeys of the hated white persons ruling class.


39 posted on 09/02/2012 6:28:04 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Hi, AIT,

Gees........

Excluded from inclusion? How about the Khalidi tape the LA Times has on 0bama?

How about Auchi?
http://www.beachwoodreporter.com/politics/obamas_auchi_problem.php


40 posted on 09/02/2012 6:32:34 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: miss marmelstein

i’ve been told that the “male” partner in a gay relationship do hate women. the effeminate men love women (ie they love Barbara Streisand, etc)


41 posted on 09/02/2012 6:37:29 PM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: SeekAndFind

Ok, where are the Pro-Life, Pro-Military, Pro Fiscal responsibility speakers at the Democrat Convention?


42 posted on 09/02/2012 6:39:16 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: SeekAndFind
Stop the presses! Close the bridges! Turn off the lights! Lock all the doors! It's a bad nightmare from a black and white television world!

Those priggish, regressive republican men are heterosexual! And the narrow minded women are all breeders! It's absolutely disgusting!


43 posted on 09/02/2012 6:39:22 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: kenavi
"3 words: e.e. cummings"

That would be 2 letters and a word.

Just sayin'.

44 posted on 09/02/2012 6:39:40 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This poof slams the RNC platform as being “regressive” and then wonders why he and people of his ilk aren’t represented onstage?

Maybe it is because of the nonstop screeching, whining, and complaining.


45 posted on 09/02/2012 6:39:40 PM PDT by sauropod (Only two of God's creatures can employ the term "we": newspaper editors and men with tapeworms-Hayes)
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To: SeekAndFind

Earth to NYT: The majority of people in America are more than fed up with your gay agenda.


46 posted on 09/02/2012 6:39:45 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: SeekAndFind

Let Rosie give the nominating speech for Osama.That'll do *something* for his poll numbers!

47 posted on 09/02/2012 6:58:05 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Voter ID Equals "No Representation Without Respiration")
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey Bruni! The neighbors are having a barbecue and they didn’t invite any homosexuals to speak! Get over yourself.....the sun came up this morning and nobody had to know your opinion about it.


48 posted on 09/02/2012 6:59:15 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

Frank,you're a perverted tub of lard.

49 posted on 09/02/2012 7:05:42 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Voter ID Equals "No Representation Without Respiration")
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To: SeekAndFind

Listen, Frank, you’ve got your party, we’ve got ours.


50 posted on 09/02/2012 7:07:38 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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