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Saturday, May 29, 2010

President Obama declares June LGBT month...

Last year President Obama declared June LGBT month. Just thought i would post it here as the month is upon us.

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

Presidential Proclamation--Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month

As Americans, it is our birthright that all people are created equal and deserve the same rights, privileges, and opportunities.  Since our earliest days of independence, our Nation has striven to fulfill that promise.  An important chapter in our great, unfinished story is the movement for fairness and equality on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.  This month, as we recognize the immeasurable contributions of LGBT Americans, we renew our commitment to the struggle for equal rights for LGBT Americans and to ending prejudice and injustice wherever it exists.
 LGBT Americans have enriched and strengthened the fabric of our national life.  From business leaders and professors to athletes and first responders, LGBT individuals have achieved success and prominence in every discipline.  They are our mothers and fathers, our sons and daughters, and our friends and neighbors.  Across my Administration, openly LGBT employees are serving at every level.  Thanks to those who came before us    the brave men and women who marched, stood up to injustice, and brought change through acts of compassion or defiance    we have made enormous progress and continue to strive for a more perfect union.
 My Administration has advanced our journey by signing into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which strengthens Federal protections against crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation.  We renewed the Ryan White CARE Act, which provides life saving medical services and support to Americans living with HIV/AIDS, and finally eliminated the HIV entry ban.  I also signed a Presidential Memorandum directing hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds to give LGBT patients the compassion and security they deserve in their time of need, including the ability to choose someone other than an immediate family member to visit them and make medical decisions.
 In other areas, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a series of proposals to ensure core housing programs are open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  HUD also announced the first ever national study of discrimination against members of the LGBT community in the rental and sale of housing.  Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services has created a National Resource Center for LGBT Elders.
Much work remains to fulfill our Nation's promise of equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.  That is why we must give committed gay couples the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple, and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.  We must protect the rights of LGBT families by securing their adoption rights, ending employment discrimination against LGBT Americans, and ensuring Federal employees receive equal benefits.  We must create safer schools so all our children may learn in a supportive environment.  I am also committed to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" so patriotic LGBT Americans can serve openly in our military, and I am working with the Congress and our military leadership to accomplish that goal.
 As we honor the LGBT Americans who have given so much to our Nation, let us remember that if one of us is unable to realize full equality, we all fall short of our founding principles.  Our Nation draws its strength from our diversity, with each of us contributing to the greater whole.  By affirming these rights and values, each American benefits from the further advancement of liberty and justice for all.
 NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.  I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.
 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

MALAWI COUPLE RELEASED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(CNN) -- The president of Malawi has pardoned two gay men who were sentenced to 14 years in prison this month for gross indecency and unnatural acts, the country's solicitor general, Anthony Kamanga, said Saturday.
President Bingu wa Mutharika announced his pardon of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga after meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Kamanga said.
Authorities arrested Monjeza and Chimbalanga in December at their home in Blantyre, Malawi after the couple professed their love in a traditional engagement ceremony. Police discovered the couple when local newspapers reported on their engagement ceremony.
The criminal case against them cast a light on prevailing African attitudes toward homosexuality, which is outlawed in more than 30 nations on the continent.
The White House said it is pleased to learn of the pardon, stressing that the people are "not criminals and their struggle is not unique."
"We must all recommit ourselves to ending the persecution and criminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity. We hope that President Mutharika's pardon marks the beginning of a new dialogue which reflects the country's history of tolerance and a new day for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights in Malawi and around the globe," it said.
Welcoming the action, the British government said, "Human rights apply to everyone regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity."
"Britain has a close and strong partnership with Malawi and it is in this spirit that we raised our concerns about these convictions with the Government of Malawi," Britain said in a statement.
Some in the conservative southern African nation of Malawi supported the prosecution, and government officials have said they were simply upholding the law. Human rights groups and advocates for gays and lesbians argued that the arrests violated Malawi's constitution, which outlaws discrimination.
Monjeza and Chimbalanga are in their 20s.
While they were awaiting trial, they were subjected to medical examinations intended to find evidence of sodomy, according to Human Rights Watch. They also underwent psychiatric evaluations. All the exams were done without the men's consent, the group said.
The director of an organization that helped provide legal support to the couple, Gift Trapence of the Center for the Development of People, welcomed the news.
The president's decision provides an example to African governments and the world in general, he said.

(via cnn)

Happy Birthday Norma Jean...

It's hard to imagine that Marilyn would have been 84 if she were alive today. I got to know Marilyn's long time friend Jeanie Carmen and enjoyed all the great stories and antics she would tell about her and Marilyn, the Rat Pack and Hollywood at that time. I also went into Marilyn's house where she died or truth be told, was murdered. But i will tell that story another time, it was hilarious. She was a class act. Not like the Hollywood trash of today...and I'm not talking about Betty White...

soaking up the sun at the beach...its beautiful

Friday, May 28, 2010

Ron Paul says it perfectly

Ron Paul explains why he changed his mind on DADT. His answer is that simple. The "federal" case that these other republicans i.e. John McCain and christian conservatives i.e. Tony Perkins are making out of this repeal is just nuts. McCain and Perkins need to listen to what Ron Paul said and i mean listen...

"I have received several calls and visits from constituents who, in spite of the heavy investment in their training, have been forced out of the military simply because they were discovered to be homosexual," Paul said Friday. "To me, this seems like an awful waste. Personal behavior that is disruptive should be subject to military discipline regardless of whether the individual is heterosexual or homosexual. But to discharge an otherwise well-trained, professional, and highly skilled member of the military for these reasons is unfortunate and makes no financial sense."

So long Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman has died. He was 42. Reports said he hit his head and then was in a coma. I loved Different Strokes when i was a kid. He was one funny little rascal on that show. Rest in peace Arnold...

Dainel Craig Kissing Men, Hot!

The National Enquirer is reporting that Daniel Craig was making out with a dude in the parking lot of a California gay bar. "It was definitely Daniel, and he was most certainly making out with a guy," said the witness.

He continues, "Daniel kissed his friend on the lips. It was an open-mouth passionate French kiss. In fact, Daniel held the guy's head in his hands and pulled him in for the kiss!" In addition to the source, here's another reason to doubt this story: Craig is engaged to film producer Satsuki Mitchell.

izz: Yum...This is the second time he's been spotted kissing a guy. I just wish it was me! What a lucky queen. I saw Craig at Tower Bar on Sunset one night a while back and i have to say in person he was very attractive. His eyes were so blue.... 

(deets via jezebel)

Happy 3 Day Weekend!

Hope everyone has a great 3 day weekend! Cocktails on the beach sounds like a lovely way to kick off the summer...weee. Just be responsible....

Update on DADT

WASHINGTON – Congress has taken two big steps toward ending the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.

In quick succession Thursday, the
Senate Armed Services Committee and the full House approved measures to repeal the 1993 law that allows gay people to serve in the armed services only if they hide their sexual orientation.

The votes were a victory for
President Barack Obama, who has actively supported ending the policy, and for gay rights groups who have made repealing the ban their top legislative priority this year.

"Lawmakers today stood on the right side of history," said
Joe Solmonese, president of Human Rights Campaign, a major gay rights organization.

With passage,
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, "We honor the values of our nation and we close the door on a fundamental unfairness."

The drive to end the ban still has a long way to go. The 234-194 House vote was an amendment to a defense spending bill that comes up for a final vote Friday. While the spending bill, which approves more than $700 billion in funds for
military operations, enjoys wide support, some lawmakers vowed to vote against it if the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal were included.

"It jeopardizes passage of the entire bill," said
Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi, a conservative Democrat who opposed it.

izz: Gene Taylor and John McCain you need to grow up and get over your own agendas. Gays in the military has not been a problem in any other country that allows it and you know it. Why would it be any different in the US. McCain, your old ass is not serving in the military anymore, times have changed, hang it up already.  Oh, heres and idea, to get a better perspective on it, why don't talk about it with your GAY campaign manager, I am sure he can give you a younger more relevant perspective on the issue.... kiss's

read the rest after the jump, if you can stomach the craziness of these republicans...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

DADT Compromise Repeal Passes Senate!

A Senate committee Thursday passed a measure that would repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service, but only after a military review of the matter and subsequent approval by President Barack Obama, the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


via cnn

Run Christian conservatives, Lesbian recommended for US Attorney

The Senate Judiciary Committee today (Thursday, May 27) recommended the nomination of openly gay Laura Duffy as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California. If confirmed by the full Senate, she would become the second openly lesbian or gay U.S. attorney. Jenny Durkan, the first, was confirmed in September as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington.
Duffy, nominated by President Obama on February 24, has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California since 1997, serving as Deputy Chief, General Crimes Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney – Narcotics Enforcement Section. Prior to that, she spent four years in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and two years in law clerkships, for a private firm and for the Public Defender’s Office of Douglas County, Nebraska.
izz: Let's here for the boy, oh sorry i mean the girl... :) All kidding aside, the more diverse minds and backgrounds we have in government, the better. I just hope this doesn't lead to field hockey becoming our national sport...never was a big fan. :)

read the rest at the link below
(deets via keennews)

American Idol WTF?

So on Tuesday night my ex and I, Cush, had just finished watching Taken with Liam Neeson, when he remembered that Glee was going to perform Lady GaGa on the show that evening. We were both Glee virgins, had never seen it but heard great things about it. I flipped on Fox to check what time it was on and American Idol was on and about 30 mins into the show. I have never been a fan of AI. I did watch the last few episodes of last season with Adam Lambert to see what the hype was, which he lived every minute up to i will say but other then that, never really got into the show.

But WTF is with Ellen? When the camera panned on her i didn't know what the hell i was looking at. She looked like a cross between, bare with me now, kazoo (from the Flintstones) meets twiggy doped up on heroine chic, eyeliner by Green day, ears done by Spock, waif face courtesy of Kate moss and hair compliments of the twinks at where cheap, blinding, platinum, washout' your face dye, is all the rage, if your a bottom....I don't watch her daytime show but someone must not like her back stage at AI because she looks hideous. Portia how could you not tell her...holy...if my bf let me look like that on tv, i'd drop him lickety split....

As far as the rest of the show goes, the only stand out was Christina Aguilera she is always great. Crystal should have won for sure. Watching Lee is like watching paint dry, pun intended. He has a great voice i do like it, but he's boring. He almost looks as though he wants to be anywhere but there or he's day dreaming.

But my favorite part of the night was when Paula came out and said to Ryan SeaQueerCrest that she wanted her lip gloss back. LOLS that was funny as hell. He was none to pleased either...

yeah its time for that show to go off the air....


Florida beware, Jaws maybe lurking...

Shark Attacks Most Likely on Sunday in 6 Feet of Water

Shark attacks are most likely to occur on Sunday in less than 6 feet of water during a new moon, a new study finds. And there's good reason: That's when a lot of surfers are in the water. Not coincidentally, surfers wearing black-and-white suits are most likely to be attacked.
Saturdays come in second place, and Fridays make a pretty good showing too, "reflective of people skipping work and taking three-day weekends," explained George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida.
Sharks don't want to eat humans. Surfers and other bathers are often mistaken for seals or other typical shark meals, experts say.
Researchers analyzed statistics from shark attacks that occurred in Florida's Volusia County, dubbed the "Shark Attack Capital of the World," between 1956 and 2008. They also spent a year observing people between Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach, Burgess said.

izz: Hell to the no. Seeing jaws 10 million times (its in my dvr and i have dvd) was enough to keep me out of water no more then the standard 3 feet high and a visibility of at least a mile in crystal (don't get excited tweekers) clear ocean and i'm talking the tropics, Florida and below- Cali and west. 

(deets via)

Itunes Investigated by Justice department

(CNET) -- Investigators for the Department of Justice began asking questions about Apple's business practices involving digital music at least three weeks ago, multiple music industry sources told CNET.
DOJ investigators have interviewed numerous executives at record companies and digital music stores and according to those with knowledge of the discussions, it is clear that investigators are interested in learning whether Apple has employed anticompetitive tactics.
The sources said that the department's inquiry is just in a fact-finding stage and that there is nothing to indicate investigators have found any wrongdoing or would file a complaint against Apple.
Representatives from Apple and the Justice Department did not respond to interview requests.
This is what we know about the investigation so far.
• DOJ investigators have interviewed executives from the four major music labels and several digital music retailers about how Apple wields its iTunes influence.
• Part of what investigators are interested in is whether Apple used its market dominance to discourage two of the top record companies from participating in a special Amazon music promotion called the "MP3 Daily Deal."
• Apple has a history of throwing its weight around the music sector. Apple's iTunes accounts for 70 percent of all digital song sales and wields huge power. Apple has often used that clout to dictate terms to suppliers -- that is, the major labels.

izz: What they should be investigating is the little practice iTunes does that infuriates me and others. I have music that i have purchased on iTunes over the years. At one point i had to load all my music back into my iTunes. Now remember this was music i had already purchased from iTunes. A good portion of the songs would not play. The message that popped up said something to the effect that this format is not compatible with the new format or something close to that. I contacted iTunes, they told me that yes those songs were in the old format but not to worry just go to the converter and convert them. AT $ 0.30 A SONG! Thats fine if you have like 10 songs, but do you know how many songs i have? I told her this was complete bullshit and really bad customer service on the companies part. 

I have not converted all my songs because its too expensive. That is just a real shitty business practice. With all the money Tunes makes, come on, the converter should be free... 

(deets cnet)

Repeal of DADT will cause mayhem and rape!

Washington (CNN) - As lawmakers consider acompromise plan to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," a prominent conservative group is arguing that overturning the policy against gays in the military will increase "homosexual misconduct" - even "sexual bullying, male rape, and forcible sodomy" – in the armed services.
On Wednesday, the Family Research Council held a conference call with reporters featuring retired military leaders and officials from the conservative group.
Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg argued that publicly available information from the Pentagon on sexual assaults in the military, along with other information, proves that the military currently has a problem with "homosexual misconduct."
"Homosexuals in the military are three times more likely to commit sexual assaults than heterosexuals are, relative to their numbers," Sprigg said. "We believe this problem would only increase if the current law against homosexuality in the military, which was enacted in 1993, were to be repealed."
Sprigg referenced a report he authored which argued that if the law is overturned, more gays will join the military, thereby causing more assaults. The report also said gays will violate military regulations without fear of being discharged, and that victims will be afraid of reporting assaults by gays.
Retired Col. Richard Black, who previously served in the Pentagon, went even further, using graphic language to suggest what might happen if the "don't ask, don't tell" policy were repealed.
"It's a question of whether we will force soldiers to bond with homosexuals in the showers and the barracks, knowing that doing so will result in sexual bullying, male rape, and forcible sodomy," Black said. "There's a reason that we don't make men and women shower together. And for the same reason, we must not force men to shower with homosexuals – it simply does not work."
A prominent gay and lesbian advocacy group vehemently disagrees.
The Human Rights Campaign is actively campaigning for the repeal of the military policy. The group's website calls it a "failed law" and cites support for its repeal from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen.
"Americans recognize that on the battlefield, it does not matter whether a soldier is lesbian, gay or straight; what matters is that a soldier gets the job done," HRC's website states. "This discriminatory law hurts military readiness and national security while putting American soldiers fighting overseas at risk."
HRC also attacks the notion that harassment by gays will increase if the military policy is repealed.
"This legislation will not lead to increased harassment or claims of discrimination. Repealing DADT will only ensure that lesbian and gay service members are treated equally. The bill permits the U.S. military to prescribe and enforce conduct regulations as long as they are designed and applied without regard to sexual orientation," the HRC website states.
A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows that 78-percent of Americans say that openly gay people should be allowed to serve in the military, while just 20 percent say they should not be allowed to openly serve.

izz: God these dirty old bastards are sick. The desperate levels they will go too, is insane. Either they are all suffering from advanced syphilis which is rotting their pea brains or they are closet cases secretly getting off on all this masculine male, showering, close quarters, nude, rape, sodomy talk ( i think the later)...Either way they are fucked up, nut cases.
(deets via cnn)

Mass. AG to judge - Strike down DOMA

BOSTON — The Massachusetts attorney general asked a judge Wednesday to strike down a federal gay marriage ban, arguing it interferes with the right of states to define marriage and have those marriages acknowledged by the federal government.
The challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act by Attorney General Martha Coakley's office was heard in federal court in Boston.
Assistant Attorney General Maura Healey argued states have historically had the right to define marriage.
She said the 1996 law could result in the denial of Medicaid and other benefits to married couples in Massachusetts, where same-sex unions have been legal since 2004.
A lawyer from the U.S. Justice Department, Christopher Hall, argued the federal government has the right to set eligibility requirements for federal benefits — including requiring that those benefits only go to couples in marriages between a man and a woman.
Hall also pointed to instances where the federal government has regulated the definition of marriage in certain immigration cases.
It is the second time this month that a challenge to the federal law, also known as DOMA, has been heard in a federal court.
Earlier this month, gay rights groups launched their own challenge before the same judge, arguing the law unconstitutionally denies gay couples federal benefits available to other married couples.
An estimated 15,000 same-sex couples have been married in Massachusetts.
Healey argued the federal law not only intrudes on an area of core state sovereignty, but "forces Massachusetts to discriminate against its own citizens."
"Never before has the federal government told a married couple that they are married under state law but not under federal law," Healey said, adding that states "have always had exclusive control over defining and regulating marriage."
izz: Law suits like this should be filed in every state causing a ripple affect across the nation to get this bullshit changed, this bullshit that Clinton fucked us over with.

Crack Pot says Gay's were the Nazi enforcers

I just read this article at TPM by Zachary Roth about Hitler recruiting gays to be his enforcers because they had no limits to the brutality and savagery they would inflict. Of course this story is coming from Bryan Fischer, the issues director (i swear no pun was intended) of the American family Association. Known as the AFA, they are of course, a conservative christian group, promoting "family values" and everything else that falls under that phrase. They are (hold your breathe) one of the leading anti-gay groups in the country. I am not going to list all of their anti gay crusades and rhetoric because there is too much to condense, but you can read all of them here. But to give you a brief summary they are working to purify America from the dangers and evils of the gay agenda. 

Fischer and the others like him are the furthest thing from Christians. They are anything but. And here is the only point that needs to be said to back that up; Jesus, their savor, did not discriminate, condemn or judge anyone. No one. He saved and loved everyone equally. Any christian with half a brain knows that. But as we know Fischer and the christian conservatives are really only concerned with their agenda, thinly guised in the form of religion.

This theory is almost comical, however the atrocities of the holocaust barely makes one able too stomach it. Hitler having Gay's as his "enforcers" is a blatant lie. Especially when the historical facts are that the gays were considered the lowest form of life in the concentration camps, labeled with a pink triangle. Yet here we are again, with the conservative Christian right trying to "enforce" their limitless hate on everyone. Fischer, I will leave you with this thought. The only thing that history shows about the gays is that we stand up for ours and other peoples rights, we believe in equality for EVERYONE, and in our house's everyone is welcome. 

If we were the brutal savages you are still coyly trying to claim we still are, wink wink, trust me none of you conservative Christians would exist... 


(deets via tpm)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Go Fedex

Memphis-based FedEx to offer insurance to same-sex domestic partners in 2012

In a move hailed by advocates of diversity and gay rights, FedEx will offer health insurance benefits for same-sex domestic partners starting Jan. 1, 2012.The shipping giant, which already offers the benefits in California and to FedEx Office employees, said the change comes at the request of employees."Employees have been asking for the benefit," said spokeswoman Sandra Munoz.
 It won't go into effect sooner because FedEx needs time to rebuild benefits that were cut as part of a belt-tightening to help weather the recession, Munoz added.
Munoz said details will be worked out before employees get the option of choosing the benefit during health insurance enrollment in the fall of 2011.The benefit won't apply to heterosexual domestic partners, she said.
FedEx is the largest private employer in Memphis, with more than 30,000 workers.
Lack of same-sex-domestic-partner coverage had been a sticking point for skeptics of FedEx's commitment to diversity.
 Diversity Inc. removed FedEx from its Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2007 after learning same-sex partner benefits weren't offered to all employees.
Rival package company UPS has been offering coverage for same-sex partners since 2004, spokesman Norman Black said.
 Jonathan Cole, chairman-elect of the Tennessee Equality Project, said the community and FedEx employees, gay and straight, stand to benefit from the company's progressive move.
"This doesn't just impact gay and lesbian employees," he said. "I think even people who are straight look at companies for how welcoming of diversity they are."Gay people are kind of the canaries in the coal mine. If a company welcomes gays and lesbians, it sends a message, 'This is a company that recognizes all diversity.'"
izz: Progress kids, progress...
(deets via ca)

DADT Decision Thursday

Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered a tepid endorsement of a deal to repeal the "Don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays in the military on Tuesday, a day after the White House announced its support.
"Secretary Gates continues to believe that, ideally, the DOD review should be completed before there is any legislation to repeal the ‘Don't ask, don't tell' law," Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said in a statement. "With Congress having indicated that is not possible, the secretary can accept the language in the proposed amendment."
Endorsement of the deal by the White House and Pentagon moved it to within one vote of approval in the Senate Armed Services Committee, where a vote was expected Thursday on an amendment by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), to the annual defense authorization bill. Under the amendment, the repeal would not take effect until the president, defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff complete the review and are assured that repeal will not undermine the military's readiness, recruitment or retention.
The two main holdouts are Democratic Sens. Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
Democrats Evan Bayh of Indiana and Bill Nelson of Florida moved from undecided to the yes-on-repeal column after the White House signed on to the compromise. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who appeared to lean toward repeal all along, finally announced she'd back it.
But Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Jim Webb of Virginia decided to abide by the Pentagon’s earlier timetable.
“The White House and Secretary Gates both said they would prefer to have the study done before they put the legislation in place, and I support that,” Webb told reporters.
"It would be premature to act on a repeal of the “Don't ask, don't tell” law at this time," Brown said in a statement. "I am keeping an open mind, but I do not support moving ahead until I am able to finish my review, the Pentagon completes its study, and we can be assured that a new policy can be implemented without jeopardizing the mission of our military."
izz: We expected this from that asshole Brown. 

NOM- Turn it over!

Judge Rules In Maine Gay Marriage Case

A federal magistrate judge is recommending that information about donors to a group that helped to finance a successful referendum campaign to repeal Maine's gay marriage law last fall be turned over to a state election regulatory board.
U.S. Magistrate Judge John Rich III said in a document dated Sunday that the National Organization for Marriage, which contributed $1.9 million to the campaign to repeal Maine's gay marriage law, should turn over fundraising documents dating back to Jan. 1, 2009 to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

The ethics commission voted last October to examine the group's contributions after it was accused of not reporting the names of many donors.

(deets via ap)

Mark Buse is Despicable

It's hard to determine who the bigger scumbag is, Mark Buse or John McCain. Lets take McCain first, he has been honest from the beginning about his anti gay stance, I will give him that. Nothing was a surprise and I do believe part of that cost him the election (among a bunch of other reasons, the village idiot serving at the time and dumb ass he choose as his running mate just to name a two) because the climate for that type of discrimination is just not the majority anymore. You see it in the polls, you see it in the laws changing everyday, you see it in the visibility of gay's and lesbians everywhere from tv, to politics, to religious figures to your own neighbors. Yes discrimination is still alive in this country unfortunately, but it does not have the strangle hold it did twenty years ago. McCain is holding on hard to a loosing battle mixed with, lats face it, the final stages of his political career and that can be a hard thing for an arrogant conservative republican to take...

But I don't know what is more telling the fact that a notoriously anti-gay rights politician hires an out gay man to run his campaign or that a gay man is running the campaign of a man who does not believe he is equal to him in anyway shape or form. It's quite baffling on both accounts. I am not going to list McCain's voting record on LGBT rights, you can find them on the web anywhere, but he has voted against every major gay legislation. Yet McCain hires a man who he does not believe should have the same equal rights as he does and entrusts him with his entire campaign (with a tough race ahead). So he is not good enough to have the right to marry his lover, have job security, protect our country freely or be protected under the law should someone attack him for the plain fact of who he is, but he can run McCain's campaign? With all the straight republican conservative "family values" ra ra campaign managers out there, this is a strange pick at best and quite contradicting considering John McCain's homophobic stance. Or maybe that is the point.

Mark Buse. Hum. There is that old saying "Until you have walked in someone shoes" well i don't need to or want to in his case. There is no possible excuse that can be given for a gay man heading up the campaign for a politician who has so proudly voted against equality and protections for his own people. How does he even look at himself in the mirror? What is a pity, is his obvious self loathing and the lack of regard Buse has for his fellow brothers and sisters, to support such a hateful person. Buse has shown what a despicable character he truly is...


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cartoon Network starts anti-bullying campaign

NEW YORK – Next fall, when millions of kids tune into Cartoon Network to watch Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo and other favorites, they'll encounter something new — an ambitious campaign to enlist them as foot soldiers in the fight against bullying.
Unlike many bullying programs, this one is geared toward middle school, where experts say bullying is most common. It also targets not bullies nor the bullied, but kids who witness bullying, giving them appropriate techniques to intervene.
"There are specific strategies young people can learn to make a difference in their schools and communities," said Alice Cahn, Cartoon Network's vice president of social responsibility. "We decided to focus on those who watch bullying happen — the bystander community — who know they should do something, but are not sure what."
The anti-bullying campaign includes content in the cartoons themselves, in public service ads, in an online curriculum and on CNN, which will include complementary programming for parents.

izz: All tv stations with youth programing should be showing these campaigns, it's a no brainer.

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