GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney made big news today when he declared in an interview that airplane windows should roll down and that "I don't know why they don't do that." Because this is a man who could one day have access to nuclear launch codes, I desperately want to believe that he was either making a feeble attempt at displaying a sense of humor, or that he was rendered somewhat incoherent by fear at the thought of his wife Ann's legitimately terrifying experience when a plane she was on suffered an electrical fire and had to make an emergency landing.
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Even giving Mr. Romney the benefit of the doubt though, it's hard to see how this is a man one would want in charge of the most powerful military force on Earth. If the memory of his wife's brush with danger throws him off in an interview, how might he react to that much ballyhooed and semi-mythical 3am phone call? And may the Powers That Be (or don't if you prefer) have mercy on us all if the GOP is actually running a candidate who doesn't understand why airplane windows don't open! With that, here's what you need to know today:
- Turns out Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad still isn't so fond of the gays. Judge me by the enemies I have made...
- Although he opposed it at the time, Republican GOP candidate Paul Ryan would not support the reinstatement of Don't Ask Don't Tell if his party wins the election. Let's hope this is one issue that can be laid to rest for good.
- Towleroad reports that polling on the Minnesota constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage shows the issue ridding the ragged edge of too-close-to-call.
- Despite confident predictions to the contrary from opponents of same-sex-marriage, pro-equality NY State GOP senator Stephan Saland has been declared the winner of Sept. 13th's primary election.
- Over at Salon Magazine, Dick Gordon has a sobering interview with Nate Phelps, long-estranged son of hate's standard bearer Fred Phelps. It's an interesting insight into the life and mind of Fred Phelps and his cult-like family, even if Mr. Gordon does get a little too interested in the sordid details of the corporal punishment Nate suffered as a child.
- Michelangelo Signorile had Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on his Sirius OutQ radio show to discuss his now-famous open letter on LGBT equality. Michelangelo has made the interview available on Huffington Post .
- There has been much discussion web about what will happen when the U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes. On The Advocate, E.J. Graff has written a detailed and accessible article on what's at stake and what we might expect moving forward.
- Obama as Reagan figure? Andrew Sullivan writes about his Newsweek cover story calling President Obama "the Democrats' Reagan."
- Finally, check out Mainers United For Marriage's new 30-second ad featuring four firefighters talking about how sexuality does or does not matter in the firefighter brotherhood:
(img src: Obligatory Airplane Window Picture by Flickr user Dahon)