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Been checking in ever couple of weeks to see if you'd reappear. Saw you at Roasters in Atlanta back in the summer, but you "got gone" before I could speak to you. Take Care!
Terrific editorial by Robert Reich on Huffington --- worth the read:
That Obama and the Democrats have allowed the healthcare lobby to seize control of the healthcare reform debate speaks volumes of the proverbial "elephant-in-the-room" in our democracy: specifically, there can't be any substantive reform of ANYTHING without election reform. So long as big phrama and big insurance continues to lard Republicans with cash (estimated at a current sluice of $1 million a day) - and Republicans [and frankly a few Democrats] continue to put their own election above the peoples' interest they swore to serve, status quo reigns supreme. But it gets worse: With the utter collapse of "news" as the vaunted fourth estate - we have no watchdog to call bullshit on such things as the "Tea Parties" or "The Birthers" or rabid "Anti Healthcare Reformers" - all of which have Dick Army's and his so-called "Freedomworks" E-Street lobbying firm's fingerprints all over them. Fueled by clients like Bristol Myers Squib and the American Council of Life Insurers which represents ALL of the major medical carriers, Freeomworks is a literal juggernaut for ginning up astroturf uprisings. For that we have everyone from Lou Dobbs (CNN) to Glenn Beck (Fox) carrying water for the fake national outrage. I think it's time that Obama slammed his fist through the plate glass window, kicked-ass, and took some names - and he has the bully pulpit to do it. At this juncture, I think it's the only course of action. Make no mistake about it, to the Republicans, this has little to do with healthcare; it has everything to do with bringing Obama down. If healthcare reform fails - which it is about to do - Obama will be emasculated politically.
Barack Obama has done nothing since his inauguration to indicate he will compromise one scintilla of political capital on us. While everyone was gushing over his 14 words buried in a speech to the NAACP: But make no mistake: the pain of discrimination is still felt in America [laundry list of victims] .... [last on the list] ... "by our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights" ... ... And his paltry attempt to shoehorn some domestic partner benefits around the language of DOMA - instead of advocating the repeal of DOMA as ugly, divisive, and a relic of Newt Gingrich era wedge-issue target-practice against gays. Blah Blah Blah One more time, we've been punked.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2009 on How to repeal DADT at Citizen Crain
Now lest we say NOTHING is impossible --- I would have to say the prospect of a Palin presidency beggars my imagination. More to the point - only about 30% of the population now self-identifies as Republican. Basically the only people left in the party are the bat-crap crazy fringe, composed of the birthers and the religious nut cases. Based on that demographic, I can see how Palin could get the nomination. And if that happens, that's it for the GOP. It will go the way of the Whigs.
The Repubs should give Bill Clinton a medal of honor for doing it in the White House under cover of the Secret Service.Any criticism of Slick Willie is just sour grapes.
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2009 on Sanford's 'crime against morality' at Citizen Crain
You know - Republicans across-the-board have been nattering about what they need to do to resurrect their credibility. My answer - start with walking the "family values" of which they so glibly talk. On that score, they are a fucking freak show - from Sen. Larry Craig's forray into glory hole bathroom sex to this kness-slapping adulterous side-show courtesy of Gov. Mark Sanford. But - there's not a CHANCE he'll be indicted and convicted of adultery. Meanwhile the SC legislature today 06/24/09 ratified the Gay Marriage Amendment which passed last November. For that Gov. blueballs weighed in foursquare against gay marriage AND gay civil unions. Tsk Tsk But fucking an Argentinan prostitute and skipping out on his four sons on Father's Day are apparently just dandy. Waaa Ha Ha !!!! LINK >
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2009 on Sanford's 'crime against morality' at Citizen Crain
We've clearly been duped again: 1. Obama is, at best, lukewarm to expansion of gay civil rights; and, at worst, a stereotypical black homophobe. 2. Rank and file Democrats are not about spend one-cent of political capital on us. (Hello Nancy Pelosi - you bitch; and Harry Reid - your Mormon piece of shit.) 3. Republicans aren't done with the political target practice on us. There's still lots of mileage in their core constituency. So get back to the back of the bus, homos, and be glad you're even on the bus.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2009 on Obama's major speech on LGBT rights at Citizen Crain
WHAT ABOUT THIS VERSION ? I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Seven score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. And it took another hundred years for another great American – of the Democratic party I might add – to set his pen to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ending forever the legal apartheid between the races. Yet forty-five years later, the lives of gay and lesbian Americans are still sadly crippled by the manacles of inequality and the chains of legal discrimination. These citizens live on a lonely island of official exclusion in the midst of a vast ocean of equality. Forty-five years later, our gay brothers and sisters still languish in the corners of American society and find themselves exiles in their own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, gay men as well as straight men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her homosexual citizens are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given gay people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of inequality to the sunlit path of social justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of social injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of legitimate discontent of gay and lesbian Americans will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Two thousand and nine is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the gays needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until gays and lesbians are granted their citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with gay pride. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the gay and lesbian community must not lead us to a distrust of all straight people, for many of our straight brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of gay rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as homosexual Americans are the victim of the unspeakable horrors of hate crimes and legally sanctioned prejudice. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot be guaranteed the right to rent an apartment, hold a job, serve in the military of this great country, or marry the person we love. We cannot be satisfied as long as American’s gay population only has mobility from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by a household in which their parents are prohibited from marriage by public law. We cannot be satisfied as long as a gay person believes he or she has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty gay pride parade. I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Many of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of discrimination and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the gay barrios of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, our gay sons and daughters will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of homophobia, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my two little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the person they love but by the content of their character. I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day, down in the South, with its vicious homophobes, with its governors lips’ dripping with the words of "marriage amendments” -- one day right there, little gay boys and lesbian girls will be able to join hands with little straight boys and straight girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together." This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the American people with. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, From every mountainside, let freedom ring! And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. And so let freedom ring from the rugged beaches of Fire Island. Let freedom ring from the mighty coral reefs of Key West. Let freedom ring from board-and-breakfasts of Province Town. Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies at Aspen Gay Ski Week. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes San Francisco. But not only that: Let freedom ring from Midtown of Atlanta. Let freedom ring from South Beach of Miami. Let freedom ring from every hill of West L.A. From every mountainside, let freedom ring. And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, gay men and straight men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old gay song penned when so many of us were being buried, struck down by a plague that a not-so-great president at the height of the devastation – of the Republican party I might ad – refused to ever mention by name: “Never ever will there ever be a moment like this.” © Hawyer 2009
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2009 on Obama's major speech on LGBT rights at Citizen Crain
And yes I voted for Obama.
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2009 on Defending DOMA at Citizen Crain
Not to put too fine a point on it - but is strikes me that W. Scott Simpson (Senior Trial Counsel for the USDOJ)- the attorney that wrote the response - could not have done this with a straight face unless he was an anti-gay ideologue - sort of a Kenneth Star with a queer complex. Jeez - what a bummer.
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2009 on Defending DOMA at Citizen Crain
Having just slogged through all 54-pages of the DOJ's response to Smelt/Hammer v US --- I am frankly nonplussed at the shopworn homophobic arguments and shameless pettifogging trotted out to defend DOMA - WHICH OBAMA CAMPAIGNED ON OVERTURNING. 1. That an administration can make policy contrary to existing Federal law is incontrovertible - and accordingly advise the DOJ to argue so. So there goes that defense. 2. To suggest that the Obama DOJ filed there defense as a ruse in order to punctuate the absurdity of DOMA is likewise nonsense. WTF. 3. And even if the Obama DOJ didn't want to run down the middle of the field without a helmet this time --- it could have simply dismissed the suite as without merit, as the litigants had not applied for any federal benefit or sought to have their marriage recognized outside of California - and consequently failed to prove they were damaged. (a narrow scalpel approach) End of story. 4. I can think of no positive policy position advanced on advanced by this stunning position - other than one of anti-gay. My conclusion is that Obama is a shameless liar and a homophobe to boot - two attributes that I warned of on this very blog. While I'm not surprised, I take no comfort in saying "I told you so."
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2009 on Defending DOMA at Citizen Crain
WTF with the replica watch post - any mods here ??? Would it be ignorant and inflammatory of me to note the Senor Diaz exhibits all of the trappings of stereotypical Latino homophobia - or a least his craven regard for his own political ass in the face of his homophobic Latino constituency? This is one reason I'm not ecstatic about Sotomayor with her "out and proud Latina" stance. I don't trust her on gay issues. Sorry.
There's been a lot of opining from the pundit classes that the old school cracker bigots like (the late !!)Jerry Falwell and (the near late - O yeah !!) Pat Robertson are dieing out at the pace of WWII vets - and being rapidly replaced by the likes of the Rick Warren, purportedly more "tolerant of us homos". Well I say, that's cold comfort. So the vitriol is replaced with more subtle condescension. The duck still quacks. Chris - Pat Robertson seems frankly quaint and sententious - getting ever more outrageous as his time passes. Hopefully his time is close to up. Also Chris - while you're at it, do a post on Rev Art Cribbs - who is quite the flip-side: Pre Prop 8 statement of solildarity Recent appearance of CNN (slighty into the clip)
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2009 on They said it… at Citizen Crain
You ask a rhetorical question, you get a rhetorical answer.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2009 on The more things change... at Citizen Crain
I have two words for Dick Cheney: Fuck you. For 8 years you sat with the levers of presidential power in your hands and towed the Republican line of demonizing and marginalizing gays. Your political allegiance to your party over your family makes me want to vomit, canonizing your ice-water-in-your-veins reputation. I also have two words for Barack Obama: Fuck you. Get a load of this interview with NBC's Brian Williams yesterday. Barack sounds like he's discussing a root canal. Frankly, I'll take Dick Cheney at this point.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2009 on The 'big M' is 'empathy' at Citizen Crain
Come-on Chris --- really now with that Ann B. Davis hairdo, could her dykeism escape any sentient viewer. PS - I'm a huge devotee of Rachel. Aside from being the smartest person on earth, she's handles her sexuality just right. Any fan of hers over the long haul totally gets her self deprecating down-to-earth demeanor and appreciates her no-nonsense affinity to the "community" whenever it's called for. As far as Mr. AC360 is concerned (aside from the fact that he's really not that smart), he really irritates me with his faux androgynous and supercilious demeanor. Rumor has it that CNN forbids him from discussing his queerness on-air, but I think that's just AC apologists covering for him. AC's central problem is that he's got his mother's Gloria Vanderbilt jeans zipped too tight on his ass.
Toggle Commented May 31, 2009 on MSNBC's Anderson Cooper in drag? at Citizen Crain
You know - I thought we were supposed to be getting out of Iraq. In that I can't even keep up with the insults and assaults on gays in this country, under cover of political sanction, I damn can't take on the entire Muslim world with its cryptofascist view of society. At least if Obama would stick to his campaign promise of exiting that godawful hell hole, we could wash our collective hands of George Bush's adventurism and let Iraqis get on with Iraq - like a self-cleaning oven. Instead we get another stint of Bob Gates and business as usual. Now that's change you can count on.
Typical bible belt scenario, Chris. Don't you miss it way down yonder in Brasil? You know, no matter how you slice and dice it, the animus behind the opposition to gay civil liberties (in the US at least - I can't speak for other countries) lies squarely with Christian religious bigotry, framed invariably in THEIR self-selected context of their "freedom" to export their religion from the pulpit to the public sector. Those of us who came of age in the 60s - understand full well the brutality of practicing "Christians" when it comes to lining up of the wrong side of history. Accordingly, the Civil Rights act of 1964 annealed in our collective consciousness the concept that: in your home, church, or private club you are perfectly free to harbor and advocate any crackpot view of racism or white supremacy. But when you step off the curb into the public sector, including privately-owned commercial enterprise, the new social contract forbids you to discriminate based on race - and you do so under penalty of federal law. But here we are grovelling state-by-bloody-state trying to eek our our civil rights at the ballot box - Prop Eight the latest and most ignominious back-hand - lavishly larded with hard money from the Mormons and Catholics. I'm for cracking open the Civil Rights Act and penciling in sexual orientation or expression - and being done with it. And I'm ready to hit DC with the pitchforks en masse.
I have one overarching fear of Sotomayor - her Catholicism! I am frankly terrified of the rationality of anyone who claims allegiance to one of the most repressive and brutally antidemocratic institutions in the world. REF> QUOTE > "If approved as a Supreme Court justice, she will be the sixth Catholic on the nine-member court. That is a remarkable accomplishment for American Catholics, who make up 23 percent of the nation's population, and will now potentially hold 67 percent of the high court's seats. Two of the justices are Jewish; the resignation of Justice David Souter, who is an Episcopalian, will leave, amazingly given the history of this nation, just one Protestant on the Supreme Court, 89-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens."
Toggle Commented May 27, 2009 on The gay verdict on Sotomayor at Citizen Crain