Friday, December 16, 2011

Annals of Asshattery – Continued

Newt Gingrich thinks being gay is as much of a choice as being celibate is for a priest.

Q: Do you believe that people choose to be gay?

GINGRICH: I believe it’s a combination of genetics and environment. I think both are involved. I think people have many ranges of choices. Part of the question is, do you want a society which has a bias in one direction or another?

Q: So people can then choose one way or another?

GINGRICH: I think people have a significant range of choice within a genetic pattern. I don’t believe in genetic determinism and I don’t think there is any great evidence of genetic determinism. There are propensities. Are you more likely to do this or more likely to do that? But that doesn’t mean it’s definitional.

Q: So a person can then choose to be straight?

GINGRICH: Look, people choose to be celibate. People choose many things in life. You know, there is a bias in favor of non-celibacy. It’s part of how the species recreates. And yet there is a substantial amount of people who choose celibacy as a religious vocation or for other reasons.

Passing up the chance to hit a series of soft pitches out of the park — including Newt talking about celibacy and priests — let me just note that if some people have a genetic propensity to be gay, then some people have a genetic propensity to be anal sphincters, and Mr. Gingrich is one. He can’t help it.

(PS: “It’s part of how the species recreates.” Dr. Freud on Line 1.)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Favorite Quotes

Welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win.
— Victor Laszlo, Casablanca

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

All that really matters is that the grass is growing and your dinner is digested. All the rest is just talk.
— E.B. Wickes III

If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people – their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties – someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad; if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”
— John F. Kennedy