To rid the world of Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Moammar Qaddafi within six months: if Obama were a Republican, he'd be on Mount Rushmore by now.

— Andrew Sullivan

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Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.

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In academia, left-liberalism is so entrenched its advocates' debating skills have gone rusty. When you've been talking to yourself for decades and imposing speech codes on everyone else, your ability to argue coherently - let alone entertainingly - inevitably wanes.

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How can you tell when a political ideology has become the equivalent of a religion?

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Although I never publicly defended promiscuity, I never publicly attacked it.

I attempted to avoid the subject, in part because I felt, and often still feel, unable to live up to the ideals I really hold.

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Homophobia: the fear that another man will treat you like you treat women.

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Homosexuality is like the weather. It just is.

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The most successful marriages, gay or straight, even if they begin in romantic love, often become friendships. It's the ones that become the friendships that last.

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Don't fool yourself that you're blogging when you're really just putting stuff up online.

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When you put a tiny and despised minority up for a popular vote, the minority usually loses.

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The one thing we know about torture is that it was never designed in the first place to get at the actual truth of anything; it was designed in the darkest days of human history to produce false confessions in order to annihilate political and religious dissidents. And that is how it always works: it gets confessions regardless of their accuracy.

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My own early crusade for same-sex marriage, for example, is now mainstream gay politics. It wasn't when I started.

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When I was about eight, I asked my mother if it was true that God knows everything about you. When she answered yes, I said, "Then there's no hope for me, Mum."

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Leftists would like to pretend that any criticism of their views raises the specter of domestic repression. But in a country with a First Amendment, no suppression from government is likely, and in the citadels of the media and the academy, the far left is actually vastly overrepresented.

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The dirty little secret of journalism is that it really isn't a profession, it's a craft. All you need is a telephone and a conscience and you're all set.

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In many ways, my attachment to human freedom was completely compatible with my right to live freely as a homosexual.

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The day of reckoning is not just coming for Saddam Hussein. It's coming for the anti-war movement.

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If you are a gay couple living in Alabama, you know one thing: your family has no standing under the law; and it can and will be violated by strangers.

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We've got fuel prices coming down and good travel numbers coming out, so it's not surprising airline stocks are going up.

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I felt, and often still feel, unable to live up to the ideals I really hold.

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I think of these imperial adventures like welfare programs;

you start them with all good intentions, they never end, they go on forever and get more expensive as they go on.

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The Dixiecrats meet again in New York. Now they're called Republicans.

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I'm not one of these people who thinks everybody's gay.

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Personally, I'd rather have pins stuck in my eyes than endure a conversation with John Kerry, but I'd love to hang with Bush.

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I think a lot of people are afraid the truth is in conflict with God.

And are unable to let go and let the truth of the world.

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I enjoy being around people who disagree with me;

and I enjoy being in non-political contexts and activities.

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The one man more responsible for destroying the Democratic centrist revival, for throwing away the Clinton legacy, and for suicidally pitching his party to the populist left was Al Gore

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For me, friendship has always been the most accessible of relationships - certainly far more so than romantic love. Friendship, I learned, provided a buffer in the interplay of emotions, a distance that made the risk of intimacy bearable, a space that allowed the other person to remain safely another person.

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...the current Human Rights Commission's working group is made up of the Netherlands, Hungary, Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe. No, I'm not making that up.

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A mind is a wonderful thing to change.

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You just have to keep going. I mean I think our job, my job, is to keep articulating that I exist and that there are lots of people like me exist and we just have no home.

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I think you earn your reputation for honesty and integrity literally hour-by-hour, and taste for that matter.

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I watched Nancy Pelosi and Tom Daschle. Good grief. What whining weenies.

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It's only because you can now watch cheerfully biased Fox News that you begin to realize how cheerlessly biased CNN really is - and always was. Or CBS. Or ABC. Or the BBC.

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I think very few people are gay. I'm a two-percenter myself.

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I'm openly gay because I'm a Catholic.

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Obama is looking good because he kept his nerve and retained his restraint.

That's a tough combo: nerve and restraint. It takes a cold-bloodedness to pull this off, and there are times when ice seems to run through the man's veins.

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...when a reporter is quoting Sid Blumenthal on president Bush, you know he's scraping the barrel.

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Anything that raises any internal honesty about gay life is inherently suspect.

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The first person I came out to was God.

And the first conversation I ever had with anybody was in prayer.

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What modernity requires is not that you cease living according to your faith, but that you accept that others may differ and that therefore politics requires a form of discourse that is reasonable and accessible to believer and non-believer alike. This religious restraint in politics is critical to the maintenance of liberal democracy.

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If religion is about truth, why is it so afraid of error?

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The important things are not worth knowing because they are useful.

They are worth knowing because they are true.

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We currently have a government planning to go to Mars, heal broken marriages, and build bridges to nowhere - and also one that cannot wage a war competently, cannot respond to a hurricane adequately, and cannot enforce borders. Is it too much to ask that it get the basic things right before embarking on grandiose schemes?

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Michael Moore: a man who never without an excuse for keeping murdering tyrants in power. But now he's supporting the man who bombed Milosevic into submission? How about an explanation, Mr Moore?

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It's also one thing to see a celebrity or some kind of character on a TV show being gay. It's a totally different thing when you know your husband... not your husband, but your brother or your friend or the dude you hung out in high school was gay. I mean, that is what changes people's minds, what changes people's minds.

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The New York Times had not become The New York Times overnight.

It had to earn its reputation day-by-day.

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I think if someone is writing continuously for 10 years and has not changed their mind about something - there's something wrong with them. They're not really thinking.

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What gay culture is before it is anything else, before it is a culture of desire or a culture of subversion or a culture of pain, is a culture of friendship.

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I actually bought the argument that if we democratized Iraq, we could create a space for venting some of the stuff that's going on in the Middle East in these autocratic regimes that is expressing itself through jihadism, because it has nowhere else to express itself.

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