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GOP parade of horribles: Carl Paladino

Today's editorial pretty much expresses my views on the rash of suicides of gay youth, the awful sexual torture of three gay men in New York and how windbag bigots like Republican candidate for New York governor Carl Paladino contribute to an atmosphere anti-gay prejudice. As the piece says, those wallowing in such ignorance provide "the hurtful slurs that eat away at the self-esteem of those who are gay or lesbian" and make "someone feel it's okay to verbally and physically harass, maim or even kill."

But Paladino said something in his "Today Show" interview with Matt Lauer that needs to be highlighted for its pot-calling-the-kettle-black quality. Paladino hammered his Democratic opponent, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, for taking his daughters to the gay pride parade in New York City, a must-attend event for serious candidates for citywide and statewide public office. "I don't think it's proper for them to go there and watch a couple of grown men grind against each other," Paladino said with an air of moral indignation. "I don't think it's proper. I think it's disgusting."

Paladino knows "disgusting." He's a practiced peddler of filth. Back in April I wrote that he had a "penchant for forwarding e-mails that feature naked women, bestiality, the N-word and racist depictions of blacks in general and the president and first lady of the United States in particular." If you want to see for yourself how base and "disgusting" the Buffalo millionaire's sense of humor is click on this link.

Blame Republican primary voters for unleashing Paladino on the Empire State. But given his troubling past and erratic and disturbing present he has a lot of nerve thinking he should be New York's next governor. As Brian Ellner of New Yorkers for Marriage Equality succinctly put it me yesterday, Paladino is "Out of touch, out of his mind, should be out of the race."

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 12, 2010; 8:10 AM ET
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Palidino may be a poor messenger but that doesn't mean his message is misguided.

Posted by: Lazarus40 | October 12, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Carl Paladino's viewpoint is the MAJORITY viewpoint. The majority is not looking to commit violence upon homosexuals, but the majority nonetheless finds it a disgraceful and disgusting lifestyle and we do no want our children exposed to it. Even New Yorkers feel this way.

Also, this is first time Paladino has spoken to the issue during the campaign. It has been all economy all the time. In stark contrast, the liberal media harps on the joys of homosexuality ALL THE TIME.

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | October 12, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Two people grinding away?
You can see that at any major league football game, along with drunken swearing, overt sexual gestures, and general racism.

Posted by: newagent99 | October 12, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I would exercise some parental guidance with respect to gay pride parades myself, but the problem with Paladino is his ignorance. His other remarks reflect the belief that homosexuality is a simple lifestyle choice that is to be disfavored simply because getting married and having kids works better. that's frightening.

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 12, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

penniless_taxpayer, writing elsewhere on this thread, is quite simply a liar and is as ignorant as Paladino is vulgar and obtuse. To claim that homosexuality is a "lifestyle" is an utterly stupid and untrue thing to say. It's the same as telling the Obamas to wash off the color of their skin so they can be nice and white like penniless_taxpayer. I wonder if this bigot would like to offer one example of how "the liberal media harps on the joys of homosexuality ALL THE TIME."

Posted by: washpost16 | October 12, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

penniless_taxpayer, writing elsewhere on this thread, is quite simply a liar and is as ignorant as Paladino is vulgar and obtuse. To claim that homosexuality is a "lifestyle" is an utterly stupid and untrue thing to say. It's the same as telling the Obamas to wash off the color of their skin so they can be nice and white like penniless_taxpayer. I wonder if this bigot would like to offer one example of how "the liberal media harps on the joys of homosexuality ALL THE TIME."

Posted by: washpost16 | October 12, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Are you kidding me? The citizens of NY deserve a guy like this if he's still elected, no matter what "message" you think his "MAJORITY" represents. Really? What a hypocritical scumbag! I wouldn't trust him to represent me.

Posted by: cindivega | October 12, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Lazarus40 @ October 12, 2010 9:52 AM wrote "Palidino may be a poor messenger but that doesn't mean his message is misguided."

And I suppose the message is that bestiality is a family value, as is pornography!

I believe that the choice of the messenger, and whom you choose to defend, says much about you. It also tells me that you really have no message.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | October 12, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Paladino is saying what must Republicans think. He's a hater and a Rush Limbaugh lover guy who spews his dangerous words that only shows how ignorant he really is. This is the typical tea party mentality.

Posted by: Lang20001 | October 12, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

palladino is typical of the new gop, proud and ignorant knuckle draggers.

Posted by: calif-joe | October 12, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Next thing this a----le will want is to stone homosexuals in public.

How are these tea bagger types any different than the Taliban? Seriously. At least the Taliban doesn't pretend to be what they aren't the way the tea baggers do. Gotta give them credit on that!

Posted by: dcp26851 | October 12, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

So Paladino who is an adulterer and had a child with another woman while married wants to lecture gays about perverted lifestyles? Seriously, you would think someone with such a checkered past wouldn't bother to lecture anyone on morality. But the tea party is know for it's hypocrisy and I guess Paladino is banking on voters ignoring his obvious glass house as he throw stones at others.

You don't have to wonder why so many children are bullying others now, they listen to parents like Palandino.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | October 12, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

WaPo parade of horribles: Capehart. Where do they dredge up these Obama-maniacs?

Since when isn't an election the task of picking the lesser of two evils? Once upon a time, NYC was famous for the Easter Parade, the Macy's Parade at Thanksgiving, Times Square on New Years Eve.

Windbag bigots and mud-slingers are a dime a dozen before an election.

Posted by: alance | October 12, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Notice how anyone who disagrees with the "gay" lifestyle is a hater. There are those who have legitimate moral problems with that lifestyle. That doesn't mean that they hate gays, it means that they don't agree with their lifestyle. In fact, most of the folks who disagree with the lifestyle probably have gay friends and/or relatives that they care deeply about. They just don't agree with it, or want their children gratuitously exposed to it. A super-majority of folks believe that homosexuality is a choice of lifestyle and not genetic and thus their opposition to children being exposed to that lifestyle as a "choice". Once liberals begin accepting that some folks have deeply felt moral difficulties with this issue, perhaps, we can start a dialog. Instead they drop the "hate" bomb and that ends the discussion with no honest dialog. And as long as there is no dialog, "gays" lose the argument.

Posted by: genericrepub | October 12, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

In stark contrast, the liberal media harps on the joys of homosexuality ALL THE TIME.

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | October 12, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

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If ignorance is bliss, you must be happiest guy in New York.

Posted by: maggots | October 12, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

People who live in glass houses...

Posted by: ehsmith1 | October 12, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

As a mother, cousin, and sister to three people in the GLBT community, I found Paladino's remarks, and the comments highly disturbing. These people are fine, hard working, law abiding citizens. They are not the work of Satan, they are not "mistakes" made by God, and they are not the product of poor parenting and dysfunctional families. The comments were pure cyberbullying and I hope that my family didn't read them. Imagine how they feel today. Their lives are neither disgusting or disturbing. My cousin is a highly successful business executive who earns close to $1 million in salary. She attends church every Sunday, and is loved by her family, friends and co-workers. My brother is very successful too, and one of the nicest people you could know. My child is such a likeable person with more friends than one can count. He too is highly educated and successful. All three were raised in two parent homes, attended church, and they were taught "family values". All three came out to a very accepting family.

Disgusting and disgraceful is the hate filled bigotry spewing from the mouths of people who like to come here every day and spew hate. Every day, they have to hate something. I don't know how these people can stand to get out of bed in the morning and face each new day.

Posted by: AnnsThought | October 12, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Notice how anyone who disagrees with the "gay" lifestyle is a hater. There are those who have legitimate moral problems with that lifestyle. That doesn't mean that they hate gays, it means that they don't agree with their lifestyle. In fact, most of the folks who disagree with the lifestyle probably have gay friends and/or relatives that they care deeply about. They just don't agree with it, or want their children gratuitously exposed to it. A super-majority of folks believe that homosexuality is a choice of lifestyle and not genetic and thus their opposition to children being exposed to that lifestyle as a "choice". Once liberals begin accepting that some folks have deeply felt moral difficulties with this issue, perhaps, we can start a dialog. Instead they drop the "hate" bomb and that ends the discussion with no honest dialog. And as long as there is no dialog, "gays" lose the argument.

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Nobody is forcing you to bring your kids to a gay pride parade - some elements of it are probably too adult for younger kids.

By the same token, no one is forcing you to take your kids to Daytona Beach at Spring Break, or Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, or the cheap seats at Meadowlands Stadium stadium after halftime. Perhaps you want to ban these disgusting displays also in the name of protecting children.

Posted by: maggots | October 12, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I learned something today from one of the blogs...Paladino and Tea Partiers of like mind set are very similar to the Taliban..it fits!!

Posted by: fairness3 | October 12, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Paladino had an affair and a child from it. He now has two concurrent families going and he wouldn't exactly be the guy I want to discuss "family values" with.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | October 12, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

genericrepub: if you have serious issues with "that lifestyle" then that's your hang up not gay people. They aren't asking for your permission so there doesn't need to be a discussion about their choices. As for not exposing your children, keep them in the house, home school them and never let them out of your sight. That's about the only way your children won't be "exposed" to gays. Gay people have a right to live their lives like all other Americans. It's you that has the problem, not them.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | October 12, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

What Carl seems to overlook is equally disgusting heterosexual behavior. Before casting the first stone, maybe he should have taken a trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras where he could witness straight couples grinding against each other in public, the public viewing of women's breasts, had for the price of a string of plastic beads. Or maybe Carl should have taken a ride down to Florida during spring break, or Padre Island or Palm Springs during college spring break where he could have observed heterosexual public drunkenness, vomiting, and yes, even sex in public, all by young heterosexual couples. In my day, I witnessed such behavior at all three venues. Need more proof that heterosexuals are no more prim and proper than some gays at Gay Pride parades? Take a look at light night TV where "Girls Gone Wild" is hawked to more than just adults who happen to be awake at that hour (and, by the way, Girls Gone Wild is still reaping huge profits--from heterosexuals, mostly young). Grinding away? Those teenage girls do a lot of that, for cameras and for sale. Disgusting behavior (particularly when encouraged by copious amounts of alcohol) knows no sexual orientation. But I suggest that before Carl and many of the posters on this thread complain about the splinter in someone else's eye, they remove the plank from his and their own.

Posted by: dnealesq | October 12, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Paladino had an affair and a child from it. He now has two concurrent families going and he wouldn't exactly be the guy I want to discuss "family values" with.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | October 12, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Paladino had an affair and a child from it. He now has two concurrent families going and he wouldn't exactly be the guy I want to discuss "family values" with.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | October 12, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

This guy is crude, bigoted, ignorant and crooked. He wouldn't know a moral value if one bit him on the a*s. What would make Republicans think that he'd make a good governor? Maybe because he's just like them.

Posted by: DaveHarris | October 12, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm not aware of any children to whom Palodino forwarded the disgusting e-mails he had received.

A gay pride parade is no place for children. Palodino says he would not take children to a gay pride parade. Cuomo and his young daughters marched in a gay rights parade. Who is more mainstream?

Were Cuomo's daughters marching in support of a parent who is gay or lesbian, were they participating as lesbians themselves, or are even children who attend sexual identity events still considered to be presumtively heterosexual (like everyone in today's military)?

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

penniless_taxpayer wrote: Carl Paladino's viewpoint is the MAJORITY viewpoint. The majority is not looking to commit violence upon homosexuals, but the majority nonetheless finds it a disgraceful and disgusting lifestyle and we do no want our children exposed to it.
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Majority viewpoint? Says who? Gee, do you speak for God too? And while some New Yorkers may in fact agree with you, I doubt they represent the majority of anything. Certainly the voting booth will be the judge of that.

Irrespective of your views on homosexuality, I find it just fascinating that people like Paladino, and obviously you, who find it such an abhorent lifestyle, don't seem to mind this candidate's own immoral lifestyle. He rails against homosexual marriage yet I'm quite willing to bet that there are quite a few homosexual unions and families in New York who have enjoyed a much more successful run at it than he has. And this is what runs for governor of New York?

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | October 12, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

And not ONE of you checked the link in the article?

If this guy is a typical tea-bagger republican, they need to be lined up against a wall and SHOT.

Posted by: taroya | October 12, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Palodino says he would not take children to a gay pride parade. Cuomo and his young daughters marched in a gay rights parade. Who is more mainstream?

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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If Pallidino had said he wouldn't take his kids to the parade and then shut his yap, there would be no controversy. Instead, he viciously laced into the Gay community - that is not mainstream.

Posted by: maggots | October 12, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Paladino did say some things that I don't agree with, but he's the only candidate who said something that I do agree with -- a gay pride parade is no place for kids.

Which of the Cuomo girls is a lesbian (not that there's anything wrong with that)?

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Dear Penniless - how many others are there in the cave you dwell in? Have they invented the whell yet in your world? Still making handtools out of rocks? Do they speak "caveman" or some other dialetc?

Posted by: ScottChallenger | October 12, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"Notice how anyone who disagrees with the "gay" lifestyle is a hater. There are those who have legitimate moral problems with that lifestyle. That doesn't mean that they hate gays, it means that they don't agree with their lifestyle. In fact, most of the folks who disagree with the lifestyle probably have gay friends and/or relatives that they care deeply about. They just don't agree with it, or want their children gratuitously exposed to it. A super-majority of folks believe that homosexuality is a choice of lifestyle and not genetic and thus their opposition to children being exposed to that lifestyle as a "choice". "

Nonsense.

A 'supermajority' of scientists that study these types of things feel that being gay is not a casual choice.

As for my 'lifestyle', which part of that offends you?

Me paying my taxes on time (which is ironic, because people like you are out there doing all you can to make sure I can't claim the benefits of those taxes that you've reserved for straights through marriage)?

Or me being actively engaged in the welfare of my community?

Or me looking out for my neighbor with palsy.

Or me walking my dog in the park.

Or my partner having signed up to fight for his country.

Or us as Americans being targeted for terror by al Qaeda, just like you are.

You can 'not agree' with me being gay all you'd like.

But what you can't do is treat me as a second-class citizen because of it, and that's exactly what I guarantee you are in favor of.

If I'm not your equal, then stop using my taxes to support your straight marriage 'lifestyle choice.'

Posted by: TheHillman | October 12, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

ScottChallenger, the selfish gene prefers heterosexuality....

How did the caveman know what door to use?

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

In my 20 plus 'disgusting' gay relationship I've managed to not impregnate a single other person, or even to have an affair with another person.

That's more than Paladino can say of his marriage.

Posted by: TheHillman | October 12, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I worked a booth for a Christian group at Atlanta Pride this past weekend, and I saw plenty of kids. In fact, I gave a list of welcoming churches to two different sets of mothers. It was a festive atmosphere, with nothing outrageous in view of the kids. If anything, it's gotten uber-corporate. Pride this year felt a lot like the Dogwood Festival held in the same park in springtime.

Paladino's criticism reminds me of what I heard living in Atlanta during the 90s when Freaknik was in its heyday. Same tut-tutting at those black college students acting so vulgar. And of course license to parade a little bigotry: "what is wrong with THOSE PEOPLE that they let their kids do this?"

To be perfectly pragmatic about this, the best way for Cuomo to keep his daughters from seeing the more flamboyant marchers in the parade was to have them walk in the parade rather than watch from the sidewalk.

I frankly don't want or need Carl Paladino's personal approval of how God made me. That he thinks of such a large number of his fellow New Yorkers as somehow subhuman points to his unsuitability for the office.

Posted by: JamesK1 | October 12, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Good god. Some days it's a major accomplishment not to sink into a bottomless depression given the amount of ignorance and stupidity in this world.

Posted by: rhalter3633 | October 12, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Typical Republican pandering... on TV, pretend you are standing up for the "average joe" by spouting this nonsense, and once you are in office, give our country away to rich individuals and corportate interests... very few of whom have really done any hard work to earn it.

Posted by: fishyken | October 12, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Paladino is a perfect Teabagger candidate, he's violent, stupid, and bigoted. He should run for Governor of Mississippi, not New York, Baggers are not very popular in the good parts of America.

Posted by: ottoparts | October 12, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are anti-gay, anti-immigration, anti-union, anti-healthcare reform, anti-unemployment insurance, anti-bank and wall street reform, anti-corporate regulation, anti-medicare, anti-social security, anti-middle class tax cuts and taxing of the wealthy! Barrack Obama is the first Black American President. If you vote for Republicans come November or don't vote at all, and allow Barrack Obama to be lynched by the Republican party, then you deserve everything that will follow!

Posted by: sunrise2 | October 12, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse


"the best way for Cuomo to keep his daughters from seeing the more flamboyant marchers in the parade was to have them walk in the parade rather than watch from the sidewalk."

Of course, it is the average citizens who follows Cuomo's leadership and brings their children to the gay pride parade who will be in for a shock!

I bet Cuomo is laughing about that. Average voters are such schmucks.

Paladino said some things I disagre with, but like him I believe a gay pride parade is no place for kids.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

For those bashing the gay lifestyle - I have one question to ask you? Do you know what a gay lifestyle is? Is there a "typical" gay lifestyle? How different is it from the lifestyle of say, Hugh Hefner? Others have pointed out the flaunting of breasts and such at Mardi Gras in N.O. and break week antics at Daytona Beach and other venues.

Being gay is not a choice - it's a decision made by genes in the womb. A series of biochemical reactions that no one can control makes people homosexual. How much control did you have over the shape of your ears? The amount of hair covering your body? Your height?

Here's something for many of you to "worry" about. There are gay people living among you who don't flaunt their homosexuality in your face. Walking down the street, you'd never guess they were gay. I would surmise that many keep quiet because they don't want to be hassled. It was no different in the days when one of African-American descent could "pass".

I would suggest for the GOP, that they concentrate on the issues that affect every one of their constituents, rather than discuss issues of morals. Government is not a church, and you can't legislate morality.

Posted by: MichelleKinPA | October 12, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Whine all you want. Wait until Nov 2nd!

Posted by: delusional1 | October 12, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

@genericrepub
"A super-majority of folks believe that homosexuality is a choice of lifestyle and not genetic and thus their opposition to children being exposed to that lifestyle as a "choice"."

You may be offended by the gay people's lifestyle, and that's your business, though I can't imagine why since all of the gay friends I have lead very normal and happy lives. But, don't use to the majority argument to justify something as true. Just remember, there was a time that the "super majority" of people thought that the earth was flat and that the sun revolved around the earth...Well let's just say the masses can be very ignorant

Posted by: nikki1362 | October 12, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

The folks who rage at gays are frequently if not always conflicted about their own sexuality. There is no greater sign of a hidden sexual orientation or deep doubts about ones own sexual "normalcy" than the type of anger on display here from the anti-gay crowd.

Posted by: rgray | October 12, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

GenuineRisk @ October 12, 2010 11:14 AM wrote 'Paladino had an affair and a child from it. He now has two concurrent families going and he wouldn't exactly be the guy I want to discuss "family values" with.'

Why, everyone knows that marriage is a matter between a man and a woman, and a woman, and ...

Ask any Republican/Conservative/Tea Partier. Start with Gingrich and Giuliani!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | October 12, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm a strong gay rights supporter - I have gay friends - most of them are also disgusted at the behavior of many of their peers whether participating in gay parades or not. Public lewd behavior of ANY sort is rude.

Carl Paladino's viewpoint is NOT extreme as CNN and Capehart try to paint it - it is the MAJORITY mainstream viewpoint.

Even Muslims - Capeharts newest favorite minority agree.

Posted by: pvilso24 | October 12, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"The folks who rage at gays are frequently if not always conflicted about their own sexuality. There is no greater sign of a hidden sexual orientation or deep doubts about ones own sexual "normalcy" than the type of anger on display here from the anti-gay crowd."

I've never seen anything to back up these beliefs. I think you're just as ignorant as people who hate gays and lesbians.

With about 100% certainty, I can predict that any time I say anything contrary to what some gay or lesbian person thinks, he or she will call me a homosexual.

You say Paladino is gay? I say I still agree with him that a gay pride parade is no place for kids.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

pvilso24 wrote:
"I'm a strong gay rights supporter - I have gay friends...Carl Paladino's viewpoint is NOT extreme as CNN and Capehart try to paint it - it is the MAJORITY mainstream viewpoint."
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As Monty Python famously put it, "you're not fooling anyone you know." A strong gay rights supporter who supports Paladino's viewpoint? I might have been born at night but I wasn't born last night. Try again.

Posted by: rgray | October 12, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Lazarus40 wrote: "Palidino may be a poor messenger but that doesn't mean his message is misguided."

Lazarus40 may not say it outright, but that doesn't mean he's sin't a racist...

Posted by: rogied25 | October 12, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

My favorite of all of the comments here are the ones that include the terms "most people." Really? On what do many of the commenters here base their "most people" assumptions? I have my opinions about many of these issues and no doubt, others will agree. But "most people"? That's a pretty bold statement to make. How would I know that, exactly?

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | October 12, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Lazarus40 wrote: "Palidino may be a poor messenger but that doesn't mean his message is misguided."

Lazarus40 may not say it outright, but that doesn't mean he's sin't a racist...

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I completely disagree with Lazarus40 as you apparently do. But what does race have to do with this discussion? At all?

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | October 12, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Lazarus40 wrote: "Palidino may be a poor messenger but that doesn't mean his message is misguided."

Lazarus40 may not say it outright, but that doesn't mean he's sin't a racist...

Posted by: rogied25 |
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I completely disagree with Lazarus40 as you apparently do. But what does race have to do with this discussion? At all?

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | October 12, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Notice how anyone who disagrees with the "gay" lifestyle is a hater. There are those who have legitimate moral problems with that lifestyle. That doesn't mean that they hate gays, it means that they don't agree with their lifestyle. In fact, most of the folks who disagree with the lifestyle probably have gay friends and/or relatives that they care deeply about. They just don't agree with it, or want their children gratuitously exposed to it. A super-majority of folks believe that homosexuality is a choice of lifestyle and not genetic and thus their opposition to children being exposed to that lifestyle as a "choice". Once liberals begin accepting that some folks have deeply felt moral difficulties with this issue, perhaps, we can start a dialog. Instead they drop the "hate" bomb and that ends the discussion with no honest dialog. And as long as there is no dialog, "gays" lose the argument.

Posted by: genericrepub
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This fool is trying to paint himself, and others like him, as thinking, sensitive people.
As long as idiots like this person cling to the misquided belief that homosexuality is a "choice", there can be no serious discussion. It's like having a serious scientific discussion with a person who thinks the world is flat.

Posted by: cjbass55 | October 12, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

GOP - Party of AHoles, run by AHoles...

Posted by: LABC | October 12, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

this man is sick

Posted by: fairness3 | October 12, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

How pathetic that Republikans cling so fervently to the "family values" theme in their campaigns...but when you scrape the surface you see their true, corrupt selves glowing in the dark like a bucket of radioactive slime-slugs.

Posted by: Jerryvov | October 12, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Paladino that a gay pride parade is no place for kids.

Of course, marching in the parade, Cuomo's young daughters didn't see the display of shocking antics going on further behind them. Those who follow Andrew's lead and take their children to see the parade next year certainly will though!

I bet Cuomo is laughing his ass off about that. Average people are such schmucks.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I've been to eight gay pride parades over the last ten years, and at no time did I ever "grind" up against anybody.

Mr. Paladino - does this mean I can get married now?

Posted by: popkultur | October 12, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Wtihout a doubt Paladino has serious problems.

But be careful not to isolate him. We need to understand what kinds of personal and ideological factors motivate such hatred.

It's obvious that republican propaganda, as projected through their leaders, Fox "news", talk radio, and so on, plays a huge role in bringing out the worst in vulnerable individuals. This has nothing to do with "overgeneralizing" from one to all republicans. Some ideas when mixed with some people cause all kinds of problems, which is exactly what the republicans and fox are aiming for.

Posted by: dougd1 | October 12, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Any politician that marches in a "gay pride" parade gets top billing in my book of most despicable pariahs.

The gang, torture thing in NYC was a shocking, repulsive episode and no sane person would not be horrified.

But look at the participants. No TEA PARTY type people there. They all looked like Democrat, poster boys.

I'm just saying!

Posted by: battleground51 | October 12, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Palidino may be a poor messenger but that doesn't mean his message is misguided.

Posted by: Lazarus40

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So, just to be clear, you are saying that it is OK to have a "penchant for forwarding e-mails that feature naked women, bestiality, the N-word and racist depictions of blacks in general and the president and first lady of the United States in particular."?

Yea, nothing misguided there.

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | October 12, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Why do many commentators think that one has to be gay to participate in a gay pride parade? I marched in one several years ago and I'm still straight. Saw a few outrageous costumes but other than that it was a blast. Saw far worse behavior at hockey games, which is one thing I won't take my kids to until they're older.

And what exactly is the "gay lifestyle"? Really, after all these years people are still talking about it as a lifestyle? That's just plain ol' ignorance talking. Sad.

Posted by: DMcG | October 12, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

You say Paladino is gay? I say I still agree with him that a gay pride parade is no place for kids.

Posted by: blasmaic
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I say you're a liar. And I think you may have some homosexual feelings you are very busy suppressing. Why else do you care so much about gay people having pride? Why does this bother you so much? I bet you've never asked yourself that, have you?

I've been to plenty of gay parades in my time. I saw nothing you wouldn't also see in a football game or on Dancing with the Stars. If you see something "wrong" there, then you've got some issues to deal with, don't you?

Posted by: bigbrother1 | October 12, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

With the suicides amongst, and heinous violence against the LGBT minority, the situation of politicans and pundits railing against them has to now be looked at seriously. I am sure these bigots and right-wing nut jobs existed in previous eras, trying to oppress other minorities.

It is time to single them out as fearmongers, instigators and morons.

As the GOP apologist Bill O'Reilly once said of any journalist who dared challenge the Iraq invasion, "You'll be spotlighted"...

- Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | October 12, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Go figure - the Republican Party hates gay men and women but loves rapists.

The Republican Party of "small government" believes women who are victims of rape should be forced by their "small government" to protect and nourish the seed of rapists.

Somehow in their distorted thinking, Republicans believe children raised by same-sex couples would suffer deep psychological problems but the offspring of a rapist would grow up proud of his rapist father.

It appears Republicans believe rape is not a criminal act against women and society but rather a right men possess because they are men. That manhood, in and of itself, bestows upon them unquestionable control over women and that the planting of their seed a sacred act over which no woman has any say, ever.

Posted by: apspa1 | October 12, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse


bigbrother1, save your hate for someone who doesn't recognize it for what it is!

Gays and lesbians must absolutely be the most emotionally immature political constiuency in the spectrum, left, right, or center.

How stupid can you be to think that calling someone a closet gay or lesbian is going advance your political agenda?

A gay pride parade is no place for kids.

The simple fact is that the self gene prefers heterosexuality, and always has. How did early humans procreate when they didn't even understand the link between intercourse and child birth? The answer -- naturally.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Soooo, I suppose tomorrow you will be trotting out the hit piece on Cuomo, right? Certainly plenty of ammo there. just check the court record. Right? No, really, right? You don't mean I can count on the usual snarky out of context heavily edited quotes attributed to right leaning candidates I've come to expect from the Washington ComPost?

You guys must be waking up in stark terror and in a cold sweat considering the full court press you've been putting on lately.

Posted by: theduck6 | October 12, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The "GOP Parade of Horribles". In what phone call or e-mail was it suggested to you, Homer, that you use "GOP"? Or did your editors put that up there? The GOP is nothing but a parade of horribles, Homer? Or the GOP is a party of Horrible People? Horrible ideas?When you write GOP Parade of Horribles: Carl Paladino, it suggests your column is presented as an expose of a parade of GOPers. As with the other Post writers, we expect nothing less. However, the belligrent among us might consider an alternative to your 'Hit Parade' - Alan Grayson, Charlie Rangel, Maxine Waters, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, well, you get the picture. Please don't print a DEM Parade of Horribles, Homer. Please, please don't.

Posted by: chatard | October 12, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and by the way, Homer, you had a pretty unguarded moment there when you fessed up to the fact that your influence in your 'Post Partisan" posts comes from gay activists. Want to reveal anything else, Homer?

Posted by: chatard | October 12, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Carl Paladino spoke correctly and honestly. Homosexuality is not a normal condition and should not be celebrated by those so afflicted but it is they who should be working torwards a normal, natural condition. The great Noel Coward is a outstanding example of how sexually disoriented individuals, male or female, should conduct their lives, while at the same time being highly successful and well-respected. Those 'gay pride' types are disgracing and demeaning the once delightful, happy word "gay" and are insulting to the definition of "pride" Our American sense of culture has really, really gone down hill into a swamp

Posted by: IowaLad | October 12, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I would be more inclined to take my grandkids to a gay pride parade as opposed to a baseballball game when the Boston Red Sox are playing. Ever seen the behavior of their fans? Disgusting is too nice a word. My family and I were in the stands at Orioles Park the night Manny Ramirez hit his 500th homer. It was a pretty exciting event, but after the spectacle of the drunken, obnoxious, profane, and beligerent Boston fans, I swore I'd never attend another game where the Red Sox were playing.

Posted by: dstreet208 | October 12, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Typical homophobic Irish Catholic New Yorker who thinks its OK for his Church to hide pedophile priests while bashing gays from their bully pulpit.

Posted by: areyousaying | October 12, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Democrat parade of the horribles:

Maxine Waters

Charlie Rangel

Alan Grayson

Alvin Greene

Rod Blagojevich

Nancy Deem & Pass Pelosi

David (I don't need proof) Axelrod

Harry Reconciliation Ried

Posted by: bbwk80a1 | October 12, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"Typical homophobic Irish Catholic New Yorker who thinks its OK for his Church to hide pedophile priests while bashing gays from their bully pulpit."

Most pedophile priests were gay men.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The simple fact is that the self gene prefers heterosexuality, and always has.
Posted by: blasmaic
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O-kaaaayyyyy. The self gene. Got it. I see what I'm dealing with here. Got yer science education at Liberty U, didja?

By the way, I'm not actually gay. I thought I might have been bi a while back because there were occasions when I thought "Hey, that guy's pretty hot." You know the feeling, right? But unlike you, I wasn't bothered by those feelings. I have good taste, and they were pretty attractive guys.

But mostly the reason I support gay rights is that gay folks loving whom they love and sexing whom they sex has done exactly zero harm to me, my marriage, my family, my pets, my car or to the value of my house. And that's also why I wonder why gayness bothers folks like you. What do you gain by getting all worked up about it? Do you get offended by people who like flavors of ice cream you don't like?

Think about that, why dontcha. But don't go hurting your brain gene.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | October 12, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Average people are such schmucks.

Posted by: blasmaic

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Average people aren't bigots or homophobes, though.

Posted by: popkultur | October 12, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

bigbrother1, that's just it guy, I don't hate gays...

and don't worry so much about your view of intelligence that I proof my posts that closely either!

Gays and lesbians must absolutely be the most emotionally immature constituency in the entire political spectrum, left, right, and center.

And I say that as someone who has no marriage, no children, no house, no pets, and no decent car.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

And I say that as someone who has no marriage, no children, no house, no pets, and no decent car.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 2:40 PM
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Somehow, this comes as no surprise.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | October 12, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

bigbrother1, that's just it guy, I don't hate gays...

Gays and lesbians must absolutely be the most emotionally immature constituency in the entire political spectrum, left, right, and center.
Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 2:40 PM
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You're not even trying, are you? C'mon blasma, work that logic gene. You can do it!

Posted by: bigbrother1 | October 12, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, so much for the so-called "progressive" north!

We have a Pride parade every year. People on the floats DO NOT GRIND and it is at the same time a kid-friendly event.

Y'all might wanna work on that up norf.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | October 12, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"Somehow, this comes as no surprise."

I know, I know, all I have is a belief and a commitment to equality and fair play.

A gay pride parade is no place for kids.

Now, Cuomo's kids were marching at the front of the parade, so they didn't see all the antics going on further back. But the people who follow Andrew's lead but watch the parade from the sidelines will, and so will their kids!

I know Cuomo is laughing his ass off about that. Average people are such schmucks!

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

more than a few posters here have mentioned they see worse at sporting events. This is either a talking point from a liberal blog or monkey read-monkey post. And when you saw this behavour did you think,'Hey that's pretty cool" or did you think "What a buncha a'holes (pun not intended, hopefully) and think they were "not a good example for your kids"?

some mentioned regular atendance at gay pride parades and not having participated in the offenses noted. I have attended numerous sporting event and not acted like a hooligan or in a crude or vulgar manner either. These things apparently occur in spite of my non-participation. If the acts were egregious enough I would NOT take children (probably myself as well) and I would caution others of the offense.
just sayin'

Posted by: theduck6 | October 12, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

more than a few posters here have mentioned they see worse at sporting events. This is either a talking point from a liberal blog or monkey read-monkey post. And when you saw this behavour did you think,'Hey that's pretty cool" or did you think "What a buncha a'holes (pun not intended, hopefully) and think they were "not a good example for your kids"?

some mentioned regular atendance at gay pride parades and not having participated in the offenses noted. I have attended numerous sporting event and not acted like a hooligan or in a crude or vulgar manner either. These things apparently occur in spite of my non-participation. If the acts were egregious enough I would NOT take children (probably myself as well) and I would caution others of the offense.
just sayin'

Posted by: theduck6 | October 12, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

more than a few posters here have mentioned they see worse at sporting events. This is either a talking point from a liberal blog or monkey read-monkey post. And when you saw this behavour did you think,'Hey that's pretty cool" or did you think "What a buncha a'holes (pun not intended, hopefully) and think they were "not a good example for your kids"?

some mentioned regular atendance at gay pride parades and not having participated in the offenses noted. I have attended numerous sporting event and not acted like a hooligan or in a crude or vulgar manner either. These things apparently occur in spite of my non-participation. If the acts were egregious enough I would NOT take children (probably myself as well) and I would caution others of the offense.
just sayin'

Posted by: theduck6 | October 12, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

penniless_taxpayer,

Where's your proof that a majority find it disgusting? What poll told you that? What part of your backside did you pull that out of? If you pull something from your backside, does that mean you are gay? Oh no! What have you done to yourself?

Posted by: pathfinder12 | October 12, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

He said gays should be allowed to do what they want but that he doesnt think its best for individuals or soceity and that kids don't need to be exposed to gay issues by schools.

If there is a better description of 'tolerance' towards something you strongly disagree with, I don't know what it would be. With that in mind, what more and what exactly does someone like Jonathan Capehart want?

Paladino's concern about homosexuality is no more a "phobia" than Capeharts about Paladinos.

Liberals are awfully bad living in a pluralistic soceity.

Posted by: dummypants | October 12, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's be clear, Paladino's comments are perfectly in line with Rick Warren's, who Obama had give the invocation at his inaugural. This is nothing more than intolerance and fear mongering on Capeheart's part.

Posted by: dummypants | October 12, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

theduck, if you bring up the false equivalence argument enough times, do you win a cookie from the RNC?

Posted by: LABC | October 12, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

if the acts were egregious enough I would NOT take children (probably myself as well) and I would caution others of the offense.
just sayin'

Posted by: theduck6

You know what, theduck6? I've seen people waving signs of dismembered fetuses at anti-abortion rallies.

Will you, or Mr. Paladino, be speaking publicly of the need to protect our children from such gruesome and offensive images?

Will you speak out of the need to keep children from anti-abortion rallies?

The real reason Paladino doesn't want children at gay pride parades is because he believes the same old ugly slurs against gay people. He thinks that children will be "talked into" becoming gay.

Were you "talked into" becoming straight?

One of the nicest things about pride parades is seeing parents with children being proud of their families.

Mr. Paladino will just have to get over it.

Posted by: popkultur | October 12, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse


This candidate is very sick. His Italian grandmother should take the paddle to his rear end......better yet,he should be sent to Gaddafy, in Libya.

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | October 12, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Alright, blasmaic, I was having fun with you, but now I'm going to get serious.

You know what I notice about you? Instead of answering questions directly ("Why do gays bother you so much") you just to repeat the same sentences over and over ("Average people are such schmucks!" and "A gay pride parade is no place for kids.") Even after people say they take their kids to gay pride parades, you keep repeating that kids shouldn't go to them.

In other words, you're not engaging with reality or with the people around you. You're protecting yourself from thoughts and ideas that you find dangerous. Do yourself a favor and try to find out why. Whether you're gay, straight, bi, transsexual or whatever, you'll be a lot happier when you aren't afraid of the world and its endless variety.

Otherwise you'll just remain a bigoted jerk who loudly proclaims that he's not a bigoted jerk. And dude, that's just embarrassing.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | October 12, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

blasmaic @ October 12, 2010 2:31 PM wrote "Most pedophile priests were gay men."

Pedophilia and homosexuality are drastically different. You really should stop posting out of ignorance or bigotry.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | October 12, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

i agree with paladino. i certainly would never take my children to a gay parade. i do not support the gays' views. i have that right and so does he. i hope we get more people like him in office.

Posted by: myopinioncountstoo | October 12, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I also love this "I don't hate gays, but they are categorically the most emotionally immature people on the planet."

If this is love, who needs haters?

BTW, 13- and 14-year old girls are exposed to far more shocking images just by switching on the TV. They weren't first graders.

Still, that whole discussion is silly. What's really offensive about Paladino's remarks is the position that schools should NOT teach children that it is wrong to discriminate against gay people.

Posted by: JamesK1 | October 12, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Lets face it. Paladino is correct. These people are strange. If everyone was gay, the human race would cease to exist. duh

Posted by: sportsfan2 | October 12, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure this jerk will next condemn football. Why just last night I saw two men grinding against each other, it was on TV, another man gave them the high-5 -- sure it was an interception and touch down but I'm betting it was something gay - come on Carl let's hear it.

That a man who told his wife about his mistress and child when they were preparing to BURY their own child is not just immoral it is just plain evil. To forward the e-mails about women with animals or "regular" porn is not something positive but rather shows the complete lack of decency. That he was elected to represent Republicans of a state with them well aware of his lack of character and experience tells me sadly that Republicans are just as slimy as this guy.

Posted by: Lemon7221 | October 12, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010
"A gay pride parade is no place for kids."

Sure it is. Your house, on the other hand, is no place for kids. Matter of fact, it is no place for caring humans of any type, period.

Posted by: bushidollar | October 12, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

A gay pride parade is no place for children. I agree with Paladino on that point, and Paladino is more in the mainstream on that point than is Cuomo.

Now I thought you were done playing but then you called me a "bigoted jerk" and that's no way to play well with others.

AMviennaVA, I have as much to speak here as any one else. Who in God's name believes that a priest who molests alter boys is not a gay pedophile?

How come we can't speak honestly about gay sexuality? Next you'll be telling me that men who rape other prisoners are not homosexuals. Or that orderlies who rape mental health patients of the same sex are not homosexuals.

I just don't understand why people are not permitted to speak honestly and openly about gays. It's downright unAmerican to be so intolerant.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Too funny.

The same morons who believe this scum bag are the same dolts who claim to be "christian".

A question for these dolts:

If you are "christian", how can you be a member of the Tea Baggers, whose primary goal is the end of taxation? I'm sorry, I'm pretty sure christ says nothing on being gay, and I KNOW christ said "give unto Caesar". I also know the book you supposedly believe about the guy you thing is god also says "give away everything and follow me".

It must really hurt to twist yourselves into such ideological pretzels to justify your "morals" and your money.

You people are nauseating hypocritical scum.

Posted by: vze2r3k5 | October 12, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm loud, I'm proud and I'm a Republican who's voting for my pal Paladino. So up yours, you liberal fruits and nuts.

Posted by: senbilboredux | October 12, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The great majority of Americans are opposed to 'gay' marriage. No matter how many times the left tries to twist the facts. Marriage is and always will be between a man and a woman.

Posted by: stinkingtuna | October 12, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Gay bashing is a despicable, and often violent act. In a civilized society, people are treated with dignity and respect. If you have no moral compass, then you could seek guidance from your neighbors, your community, indeed, the civil rights act of 1964. Many world religions preach some form of "Do Unto to Others, as you would have them do unto you."

Posted by: rmorris391 | October 12, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I thought Christine O'Donnell was the epitome of Tea Party dysfunction, but wait - a new contender has entered the ring...

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | October 12, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The great majority of Americans are opposed to 'gay' marriage.

Posted by: stinkingtuna
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Yes, just as they used to be opposed to civil rights, universal suffrage, interracial marriage and integrated schools. So, what's your point?

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | October 12, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Paladino should withdraw from the race. He has no business running a convenience store, much less a state.

Posted by: aragon86 | October 12, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

HillMan wrote: "In my 20 plus 'disgusting' gay relationship I've managed to not impregnate a single other person, or even to have an affair with another person."

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Then you are a rare exception. Congratulations, good luck, and much happiness.

Unfortunately, the lifestyle of most gays leads to a general societal conundrum. On the one hand most people don't care about the lifestyle of gays as long as they keep it out of their face and that it doesn't become a medical and political problem. On the other hand they refuse to accept the lifestyle as the equivalent of that of straight, procreating, child rearing families. It has become a social, medical, and political problem and despite the breathless denials posted here, the media is in a shameless campaign mode to demand that gays be allowed to marry and that gay and lesbian federal judges force it down the unwilling throats of the vast majority of people. (31 states have voted to prohibit it and another 18 or 19 would do the same if they were given the opportunity.)

As documented by many studies and as quoted below from various websites, the HillMan is not typical of the gay community.

(Read this quickly as the gay rights activist Capehart masquerading as a journalist will have it deleted ASAP.)

"In their study of the sexual profiles of 2,583 older homosexuals published in the Journal of Sex Research, Paul Van de Ven et al. found that "the modal range for number of sexual partners ever [of homosexuals] was 101-500." In addition, 10.2 percent to 15.7 percent had between 501 and 1,000 partners. A further 10.2 percent to 15.7 percent reported having had more than one thousand lifetime sexual partners."

"....In the U.S., a 2007 national survey had the following results: the median number of lifetime female sexual partners reported by men was seven; the median number of male partners reported by women was four..... Twenty-nine percent of men and nine percent of women reported to have had more than 15 sexual partners in their lifetimes."

Posted by: Lazarus40 | October 12, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

"force it down the unwilling throats..."

Posted by: Lazarus40

I think thou doth protest too much. :P

Posted by: popkultur | October 12, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

A gay pride parade is no place for kids.

Cuomo's kids were marching at the front of the parade, so they didn't see all the antics going on further back. But the people who follow Andrew's lead and bring their kids to the gay pride parade will be on the sidelines. They'll see all the excessive, offensive conduct put on display in gay pride parades. And so will their kids.

I know Cuomo must be laughing his ass off about that. Average people are such schmucks!

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

paladino is like several of the tea bag candidates - angle, toomey, odonnel, paul, miller, demint --- unlike most of them he is just not smart enough to know when to shut his mouth about he really thinks

Posted by: John1263 | October 12, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

A gay pride parade is no place for kids.

Cuomo's kids were marching at the front of the parade, so they didn't see all the antics going on further back. But the people who follow Andrew's lead and bring their kids to the gay pride parade will be on the sidelines. They'll see all the excessive, offensive conduct put on display in gay pride parades. And so will their kids.

I know Cuomo must be laughing his ass off about that. Average people are such schmucks!

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute. So if Paladino keeps saying it like it is, Capehart will finally flame out and off himself? Damn. It's too late to establish residency in New York.

Posted by: pcannady | October 12, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

By nominating Carl Palladino, New York voters are merely sticking a finger in the eye of the stuffy, snobby, New York, liberal establishment. It's a sign of disgust with New York's tyranny of blind liberalism that Palladino is there. The payoff will be that New York will be stuck with another Cuomo a knee-jerk liberal if there ever was one.

Maybe Cuomo and his children will be invited to the "gay pride" parade in San Fransisco by Nancy Pelosi. Then they can go gay-bar hopping. Bring the kids along. Good, family fun for all, liberal style.

It's now wonder Democrats are slipping away.

Posted by: battleground51 | October 13, 2010 6:15 AM | Report abuse

I keep hearing about the "gay lifestyle"
What's up with that?
Fundamentalist Christianity is a lifestyle.
Far Right Republicanism is a lifestyle.
Being gay is not a lifestyle, it is a biological fact.

...and as for "the gay agenda?"
The agenda is simple: To be left alone to life their lives in peace like everyone else.

Posted by: slartibartfast42 | October 13, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

As a resident of Mississippi, considered by many to be the epicenter of bigotry, oppression and religious intolerance in this country, I must say that I am proud to live in a state where such a candidate as Palladino would likely never make it to the ballot, much less have any real chance of being elected. I find this man a disgrace to humankind, period!

Posted by: atbarefield | October 13, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey, look! Carl Paladino apologized!

"I sincerely apologize for any comment that may have offended the Gay and Lesbian Community or their family members. Any reference to branding an entire community based on a small representation of them is wrong. My entire life, I have never equivocated at all on defending gay rights."

Posted by: popkultur | October 13, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I have a religious moral objection to Homosexuality. There I've said it. I'm not homophobic (I don't fear homosexuals will somehow "get" me.
I also have a religious objection to treating others unkindly. Maybe I have good reason.
If it were not for a gay Sgt from New York I probably wouldn't be here. He saved my fathers life in WWII.
Thanks Sgt Trido where ever you are.

Posted by: 4mccormyke | October 13, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

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