Freedom is the distance between Church and State

Why be born again when you can just grow up?

 "Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions." (Blaise Pascal.)

Even prior to the reign of Pope Benedict XVI the Catholic Church was awash in scandal but then Benedict came along to pull the scabs off unhealed wounds and further proceeded to… Read full post »

Has Open Salon Been Abandoned by The Editors?

I have been noticing some problems at OS for some time and wonder if the staff have simply stopped maintaining the site.

First, the home page all front page stories are from October & November 2013. Why is that?  Has anyone noticed this? … Read full post »

When Hawaii's Jo Jordan voted no on Hawaii's bill to legalize same-sex marriage her dubious achievement was to make history as the first LGBT person to vote against marriage equality. As if that was not bad enough her stated reasons should disgrace anyone who holds themselves out as aRead full post »
DECEMBER 22, 2013 12:28AM

Utah Marriage Ruling: Why it Matters

This week Judge Robert Shelby issued a 53-page decision, in Kitchen v. Herbert and struck down Utah’s marriage ban. He ruled that “Utah’s prohibition on same- sex marriage conflicts with the United States Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process under theRead full post »

In the face of Russia’s despicable anti-gay laws LGBT activists have been putting attention on the International Olympic Committee's Principle 6, which prohibits "any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise….Read full post »

On October 31, 2013 LGBT activist Peter Tatchell took to the stage and disrupted the opening of night of Valery Gergiev's new London Symphony Orchestra concert season at the Barbican Center. He did so to publically shame the arguably self-disgraced Valery Gergiev. (See photos here.) Gergiev is the pRead full post »

Today the NYT exemplified why the American people distrust our government and its propagandists who parade in journalists' drag. This follows John Kerry slinging his hyperbole about “irrefutable evidence” that we can't be trusted to see. When her constituents baulk at a strike against SyrRead full post »

Dumber than stupid? Or is the gay-basher thug Putin deliberately mocking the West? We shall see come the Olympics who, on the teams, will pick up the gauntlet to show the world what real heroes are.  

I hope there will be no boycott but only an open and unified confront.Read full post »

JULY 14, 2013 7:06PM

It's Not Over For George Zimmerman

Once again (as in the Casey Anthony case) a Florida jury seems to have sent justice begging. Like many people I could not eat enough to vomit enough.  A friend asked me,

“So let me get this straight: a 'white' guy packing deadly heat takes after a black kidRead full post »

As an Update to my previous post laying out the legal reasons why the UK Marriage Bill Could Never Pass Legal Muster in U.S. I present a story that I expect will get little attention in the U.S.

Peter Tatchell (a world activist I much admire for hisRead full post »


Many of us are excited that the British House of Commons recently passed a marriage equality bill. Wonderful! But there are a few big buts.

We in the U.S. must take any victory as we it; but while we celebrate the 'evolution' of dinosaurs, Americans should understand whyRead full post »

 That word is best defined by Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz in his classic book The Captive Mind but Christopher Hitchens' superb explanation will save you some homework.

When it comes to Marriage Equality it still amazes me that people remain lost in the spin and do not getRead full post »
Answer? The same thing that was missing in his first.

 I'll not provide the footnotes for I presume you are all familiar with recent history but let me refresh a few recollections.

First there was the disgraceful embarrassment of recruiting Donnie McClurkin who was the “... black preachRead full post »

The world of tabloid trash and beauty shop gossip now informs us that 29 year old "John Doe," "started writing a book in 2009 about "some [‘alleged!] sexual activity" with former Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash, whom ‘John Doe’ admits he found on a gay chat line. So reports the DailyRead full post »


If the last election revealed anything to the credulous it's that the times are changing. We hear the death-rattle of ossified orthodoxy and witness the passing of cross-bearing, flag-waving, crusaders who pillaged the planet during the culture wars of three decades. The statistics and demoRead full post »


Keen News Service reports that, while speaking at a forum at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston November 18, Jeffery Toobin, legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker, predicts that the Supreme Court will not grant certiorari in California’s Prop 8 case. Toobin said, "I don't believeRead full post »


In his marvelous tribute to George McGovern, who died on October 21st, Chris Hedges wrote with homage of the hero who never betrayed him,

 The history books will tell you Richard Nixon won the 1972 election, that George McGovern went down to the worst defeat of any presidential candidateRead full post »


And, of course, the word 'climate' was not uttered even in the final debate. For an enlightening take see Chris Hayes on the Silence on Climate Change at the Debates ; but I think the reasons go deeper than Ohio (and, indeed, America) and affirm the worst fears of many.Read full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2012 2:36AM

Romney et. al.: Have You no Decency?


When I saw Romney swipe Biden on the (it all depends on your definition of the word) “we” didn’t know issue I literally thought I’d vomit. It was about as low as a man can go. What a disingenuous scumbag hustler! This man has the intellectual integrity of a gardenRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 2:48AM

San Francisco and the Descent of Activism


As the Ryan White Care Act, the hallmark of an enlightened Congress, degenerates into what sometimes seems one long contractors’ raid on the U.S Treasury (often facilitated by our own 'advocates' and ignored by toothless Gucci-shoed watchdogs) this travesty is the ‘civil rights issRead full post »


Sorry there is no app for class. But only connect.

The following is an example of why San Francisco activists have waged such bitter battles (now long lost) against developers and corporations that have driven mom and pop businesses and working class families from the city andRead full post »


Perhaps it’s not as lame as the ‘Barbies for War!’ Wasilla huntress wannabe Vice in Go-Go Boots Sarah Palin, or as dumb the 'Hatred of God' Is Curse Of Russia, Dan Quayle, but it’s a Stunning, Terrible Choice in any event. In the Daily Beast Michael Tomasky writes,Read full post »


Or should the headline read "Romney's Open Call to Political Black Sheep"?

How many people have noticed what is conspicuously absent from this presidential election cycle or what rubbish is not again recycled to the credulous?

Point your finger in any direction in the American political arenRead full post »


"I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate, exotic fruit. Touch it, and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in [America] at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did iRead full post »


Studying inequality in America ,” Paul Buchheit writes, “reveals some facts that are truly hard to believe. Amidst all the absurdity a few stand out.

 “1. U.S. companies in total pay a smaller percentage of taxes than the lowest-income 20% of Americans.

“2.Read full post »