2314 posts categorized "Elections"

May 24, 2015

Rowling cheers Ireland, invokes Dumbledore

Now, will Americans proud of Irish heritage confront their anti-gay bigotry?

Joe Sudbay is right. It is time for the aggressive homophobia of so many American Hibernian organizations to be challenged more and more to end their anti-gay bigotry. Their attitude was just overwhelmingly rebuked back in their motherland.

May 23, 2015

An air for thee, my fairy-circled isle

At such a joyous moment, the proper mode of celebration for a true son of Ireland (and on my mother's side I am a Gildea and a Fitzgerald) is to play a beloved old air and have a good cry. Here, then, is "In Derry Vale," sung by the lustrous Maureen Hegarty.

Oh, Derry Vale, my thoughts are ever turning
to your broad stream and fairy-circled lea.
For your green isles my exiled heart is yearning,
so far away across the sea.

It's Yes by a landslide in Ireland

Thanks and "Go maire tú an lá!" to my Irish cousins. Whaddaya say, Justice Kennedy?

May 22, 2015

Ireland votes in marriage referendum today

May 16, 2015

Update on Ireland marriage equality campaign

With a week to go, here's an update on the Yes Equality Campaign in Ireland from Co-Director Grainne Healy.

May 15, 2015

Stephanopoulos Apologizes to His Viewers on Clinton Donations

The well-established practice of hiring political operatives to pose as journalists gives the bosses at ABC News no plausible deniability about this blatant case of a conflict of interest on the part of Bill Clinton's former chief of staff. So he apologizes. Good. He should lose his job. But Steph is not an aberration. The establishment sneers at criticisms of this sort of thing, because they take it so completely for granted.

The lecturing of social media activist DeRay Mckesson by Wolf Blitzer a couple of weeks ago over the unrest in Baltimore over police violence showed the same establishment blinders. Until they take off the blinders, an occasional sacrificial lamb will make no difference.

The media bosses are not interested in doing real journalism because their fake journalism is more profitable. I'm not sure how to overcome that, except to make the most of alternative media.

Jeb says you don't need Obamacare, just get an Apple Watch

May 12, 2015

Gowdy drags his feet on Hillary Clinton testimony, blames her

Something something #Benghazi.

News that we're sure will make your day

Well heaven be praised. An anxious nation can finally breathe a sigh of relief. God bless you, you wonderful tight-faced lady.

May 11, 2015

Chris Wallace to Ben Carson: Do you really believe the things you say?

Fox anchor Chris Wallace presents a "lightning round" of questions to Republican presidential candidate and former renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Does he really believe all the inflammatory stuff he says? His evasions of Wallace's direct questions suggest the answer is no. Or that he is delusional. It is hard to say.

May 06, 2015

Hillary's favorability up in new poll

Won't this annoy those on the right who have gone to so much trouble to trash the former secretary of state.

Carly's name recognition

I am fascinated by politicians' high opinions of themselves, especially when there is so little evident basis for it, as in the case of the golden-parachuted former CEO of Hewlett Packard.

Hillary calls for 'path to full and equal citizenship' as part of immigration reform

DNC names director of LGBT engagement

April 27, 2015

Gay businessman who hosted Cruz wants us to believe he was naive

Ian Reisner should have just apologized. Instead, he asks us to believe he was ignorant and naive about Ted Cruz's anti-gay positions. That is just not believable.

Jeb Bush: not the moderate one

If you judge a man by the company he keeps, there is reason for concern regarding Jeb Bush.

April 24, 2015

Gay hosts of Ted Cruz, explain yourselves to this young man

On the surface, two different stories. But the excuses some make for tolerating hatemongers make it easier for bullies to assault gay youth while adults who should know better look on and shrug. If we would protect our youth, we must repudiate those who demonize a core part of who they are.

Supporting an ally

From last Sunday in Old Town Alexandria, my speech for Virginia State Delegate candidate Mark Levine. [Note: I spoke for myself, not for GLAA, which is nonpartisan.]

April 22, 2015

Hillary's Left Flank

April 21, 2015

O'Malley's amnesia on marriage

Excellent editorial by Blade editor Kevin Naff.

Carly's anti-gay record, down the memory hole?

Thanks to our friend Joel Lawson for correcting the record on improbable GOP presidential wannabe Carly Fiorina.

April 16, 2015

Clinton urges SCOTUS to rule for marriage equality

This represents a shift for Hillary, who previously said that marriage should be left to the states.

Note to Log Cabin: this means she has moved in the right direction, unlike Mitt Romney, whom you endorsed in 2012.

Rubio opposes marriage equality, but would attend a gay relative's wedding

David Badash at The New Civil Rights Movement reports on the latest squirming from Sen. Marco Rubio.

April 15, 2015

O'Reilly: 'Open season on Christians and white men' in U.S.

Really, Mr. O'Reilly?

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April 12, 2015

Hillary enters presidential race

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday launched her 2016 presidential race with this video.

April 08, 2015

Springfield voters repeal LGBT rights protections

Tell me again why my rights should be subject to my neighbors' veto? The U.S. Constitution guarantees a republican form of government. It says nothing about plebiscites.

March 24, 2015

Trump brings 'birther' charge against Cruz

Ilya Shapiro at Cato Institute explains why Cruz is eligible to run. It has to do with the Nationality Act of 1940.

March 23, 2015

Media flap over Aaron Schock

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Blade editor Kevin Naff has an excellent takedown of the absurd attack on gay media by WaPo's Steven Petrow over the fall of Rep. Aaron Schock. Naff writes:

The LGBT media outlets speculating about Schock are doing so because we’ve seen this movie before and we know how it ends. Ask David Dreier, Mark Foley or Larry Craig, to name a few. Schock invites this speculation with the obnoxious, preening persona that he’s cultivated via Instagram, Twitter and Men’s Fitness photo shoots. He has spent more time developing a social media following than on crafting legislation in Congress.

Naff has much more, all of it spot-on. If Aaron Schock is a victim, I am a power forward for the Blue Devils. For some reason, the Post has become a throwback to an earlier time when "gay" meant "icky" and the Establishment wagons were circled as in 1942 with Sen. David Walsh. 73 years later, some things haven't changed.

Jon Stewart on Schock, Netanyahu, and Hart

In case you missed it.

Imagine Ted Cruz winning

States propose wave of anti-LGBT bills

Many of us have been saying that increasingly, the fight for LGBT equality will be in the states. Well here it is.

Random comment on Ted Cruz campaign launch at Liberty University

Norton Gearing Up for Defense in the House of D.C.’s Anti-Bias Bills

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March 23, 2015

Norton Gearing Up for Defense in the House of D.C.’s Anti-Bias Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following what appear to be new threats against two anti-discrimination bills recently passed by the District of Columbia Council, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today said that she will oppose any effort to overturn the bills in the U.S. House of Representatives as strongly as she indicated last week she would oppose the disapproval resolutions introduced in the Senate. In an interview with Roll Call, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has jurisdiction over D.C., said about the D.C. bills, “we want to take some action in the House too” and that “we’re still working on that.” The two bills are the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act, which prohibits employers in D.C. from discriminating against employees based on their personal reproductive health decisions, and the Human Rights Amendment Act, which protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students from discrimination by educational institutions in the District.

“I still hope that Chairman Chaffetz will respect D.C. home rule as he said he would when he took the chairmanship of the Committee,” Norton said. “I was not surprised that Senator Ted Cruz would leap at the opportunity to introduce two disapproval resolutions last week, perhaps in anticipation of announcing his bid for presidency at Liberty University, where reproductive choice and sexual orientation are hot-button issues. I recognize that the District’s protection of employees who do not want to answer to their employers on their reproductive choices as well as its protection of LGBT students who are singled out for discrimination at their own universities may not be the policies of other jurisdictions. We who live in the nation’s capital are American citizens and demand the same respect that is given to citizens in other jurisdictions whose local governments pass similar legislation. I appreciate the more than 50 organizations that have stepped up to oppose these disapproval resolutions. The broad coalition fully recognizes that D.C. residents not only deserve their support, but also that attempts to curtail rights here can easily spread to other parts of the country.”

Under the Home Rule Act of 1973, all D.C. bills must be transmitted to Congress for a review period before they can take effect. The anti-discrimination bills were transmitted for a 30-legislative-day review period on March 6, 2015. A bill takes effect at the expiration of the review period unless a resolution of disapproval is enacted into law during that period. Norton has prevented a disapproval resolution from being enacted into law since 1991.

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March 19, 2015

Fact-checking Obama's critics on the economy

Those who cannot bring themselves to give President Obama credit for anything ever have to work overtime making up excuses for setting aside all the positive news.

CA: gay death penalty ballot measure will likely proceed to signature gathering stage

Because Jesus, or something.

Santorum seriously answers batty questioner on 'Communist dictator' Obama

You cannot be too crazy to be taken seriously by a politician like Rick Santorum.

March 18, 2015

Maddow on Schock: It's not the years, it's the mileage

Victory lap

Netanyahu's new policy of apartheid--how will Americans respond?

The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long enjoyed bipartisan consensus in America until now. Netanyahu appears headed to another term as PM after reversing his previous stated support for a Palestinian state and stoking racist panic to turn out the far-right base. The American far right is already in bed with him and will surely back his reckless position. Will liberals and responsible conservatives stand up to this madness, or be intimidated by charges that they are anti-Israel? Netanyahu is harming Israel's long-term interests by embracing a policy of apartheid west of the Jordan River. If we do not say that loudly and clearly, we might as well dig her grave, and the world's with it. ‪#‎SupportJStreet‬