1989 Called With Breaking News That Anderson Cooper Is Gay

So, in a move that will surprise no one at all, CNN's Anderson Cooper informed the world, via a letter to the Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan, that he is gay. Yay!...sort of. I find myself feeling about Cooper's revelation the way I did about Ellen DeGeneres' similar revelation years ago, namely: each of these people waited until they were a) household names and b) millionaires many times over...

The Arc Of The Moral Universe

Most times, it's like the curve of the earth: so gradual, you can't really perceive it directly, first-hand. You know it's there because there's a horizon, but you can't actually see the bend yourself. But every once in a great while, you actually can see the arc of the moral universe bending towards justice. Every once in a great while, if you're paying attention, you can see history pivoting...

McCain vs. McCain on DADT

Today, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs - Admiral Mike Mullen (a Bush appointee), came out unambiguously in Senate hearings in favor of repealing the Clinton-era policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, governing our country's policy on gay men and women serving in the armed forces. Then there was Senator McCain's response. Honestly, you want a definition of political hack, opportunist, windsock - look...

The Smell Of Inevitability

and the weight of history: The military's top uniformed officer declared Tuesday that gays should be allowed to serve openly in uniform, arguing that it is "the right thing to do." Adm. Mike Mullen's statement was the strongest yet from the uniformed military on this volatile issue, although he stressed that he was "speaking for myself and myself only." He told the Senate Armed Services Committee...