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November 24, 2015

The truth about Marion Barry


Former DC Mayor Marion Barry's hagiographers were at it again yesterday on the anniversary of his death, and I am calling them on their bullshit.

When Marion was still with us I always maintained cordial dealings with him, because he was still an elected official. No good would have been served by burning that bridge, though he himself burned many. But that is behind us. We are strong enough, all of us, to confront the truth.

Marion was a smart and politically gifted man. But his utter lack of personal discipline brought discredit to the District and gave comfort to those bent on denying us self-determination. He saddled us with the Financial Control Board. He made racist statements about Asian shop owners. He so abused earmarks to reward his friends that the Council abolished them. He was the most piggish womanizer. He led an anti-gay chant at a rally organized by Bishop Harry Jackson. Just 28 months ago, this was the headline: "Marion Barry Fined And Censured By D.C.'s Ethics Board Over Gifts From Contractors."

He set himself up for a fourth "comeback" term as mayor by running against his most loyal ally on the Council, Mrs. Rolark. After his years as Ward 8 councilmember, it remains the poorest ward; but not a tiny shred of that is ever put on him by his hagiographers. That was his way--treating every bit of every failure as entirely other people's fault. If that is true, what did he keep running for? He used people.

He has been gone a year. Yet some people cling to fantasy nonsense about his greatness, largely based on things he did in the late 1970s and early 1980s and refusing to confront how he went off the rails. The denial is pathological. The pandering by others is pathetic. It is time to stop this nonsense. Marion did some good things. But the Mayor-for-Life glorification requires a highly selective memory. Who is helped by this? Nobody, certainly not his troubled son who was exploited by people who wanted to create a Barry dynasty. It is time to move on for the sake of all of the city, including and especially its most downtrodden.

November 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton addresses national security at Council on Foreign Relations

Solid presentation by the former Secretary of State on the need for America to choose resolve over fear.

November 19, 2015

Battle Hymn of the Blowhards


My Blade column this week responds to the right wing's disgraceful exploitation of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Here's a portion:

As many Americans sang "La Marseillaise" and expressed solidarity with the French after the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, Republicans rushed to seize political advantage.

Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee threatened savage bombing campaigns. Cruz, possibly inspired by Herod the Great, promised he would not worry about slaughtering innocents. These holy warriors will say anything to win cheers from the xenophobic, Christianist GOP base, ignoring the spectacular failure of reflexive, ill-targeted militarism in the past. Meanwhile, President Obama's Pentagon quietly took out ISIS leaders in Syria and Libya.

Instead of showing strength amid tragedy, conservatives turned cowardly and demanded that Syrian refugees be turned away lest a jihadist be lurking among them. Never mind the major role America played in creating chaos in Syria, where civilian deaths dwarf those in Paris. On the night of the attacks, ordinary Parisians took stranded strangers into their homes. They displayed more courage than is being asked of Americans. Despite more than half of America's governors absurdly announcing their own harsh immigration policies, refugees face extensive screening procedures.

Muslims across the world have denounced the attacks. Ignoring this hampers the relationships we need to defeat the extremists. Appropriately, many Western leaders have begun using the Arabic acronym for ISIS, "Daesh," which has a mocking connotation. Declaring yourself a caliphate does not make you one.

We must respond to the attacks intelligently and in cooperation with our allies. We cannot simply bomb our way to safety. We cannot wall ourselves off from a world in which we are deeply engaged commercially and culturally, and in which we extensively project ourselves militarily. We cannot prevail unilaterally or by holding ourselves above the rest of the world. We cannot paper over legitimate grievances resulting from our past actions.

Read the whole thing here.

November 18, 2015

Bobby Jindal drops out of the 2016 race

Our friend Ernest Hopkins summed it up on Facebook:

Thank you Governor Bobby Jindal for dropping out of the Presidential Primaries. As a high profile, person of color, and the son of immigrants, you embarrassed yourself and made a mockery of your understanding of the U.S. Constitution, and demonstrated disregard for the wellbeing of the citizens of Louisiana. You wrecked the state, safety net, healthcare system and promised to bring your brand of governance to the rest of us. No thanks. Take a seat.


November 09, 2015

GOP candidates cozy up to 'death penalty for gays' pastor

From our friend Alvin McEwen.

November 06, 2015

Anti-Vitter campaign ad

This ad for Louisiana gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards, against candidate David Vitter, is quite harsh. It has the virtue of being true.

November 05, 2015

Cruz, Huckabee, Jindal attend far right conference this weekend

Ben Carson Issues Rapping Radio Ad [AUDIO]

LZ Granderson calls this "a black-on-black crime."

LGBT victories in Utah and Indiana but gay-baiting tactics in SC and NY

Our old friend Lisa Keen surveys Tuesday's election results.

November 04, 2015

Houston loses out on three bids to host college football title games

A silver lining.

Scary Scrum of Candidates

My Blade column this week (written before Tuesday's election) is now up. While it may be tempting, please do not take my humble musings as a cue to go crashing out of bedroom windows. I only recommend that for deranged candidates who are eager to defeat Satan.

Signorile: Prop 8 redux as LGBT rights are put on the ballot

Signorile is spot on. Prop 8 redux, indeed. So many of our allies with deep pockets have a fear of flying, to use a 70s phrase. The bathroom panic lie deserved a powerful, hair-singeing response. I can imagine someone suggesting it at a meeting of overpaid "experts" and being shot down.

We know what Tony Perkins is going to say. What is more scandalous at this point is how our community's and its allies' money is squandered by people afraid of pressing the fight. It's like people still sending money to the Red Cross after $500 million in Haitian relief donations translated to a total of six houses being built. These incompetent people, these wet noodle warriors should be run out of town on a rail, not rewarded. Instead, we'll get more hand-wringing appeals from them saying, "We're not done, send your faith offering now and we'll send you this lovely rosewood crucifix." Sorry, I'm confusing them with religious hucksters.

We need to put our armor on and get ready to fight! No, our rights should not be subject to a popular vote. That's part of it. But when a fight is on, we've got to bring everything we've got to it.

Mayor Parker Delivers Hard-Hitting #HERO Concession Speech

Anti-LGBT Fairfax school board member loses re-election bid

Good riddance to the viciously anti-gay Eugene Delgaudio.

November 03, 2015

Mark Levine elected to 45th District in Virginia House of Delegates

Congratulations to Delegate-elect Mark Levine, who will represent the 45th District in Virginia's House of Delegates. My personal endorsement from last April is below.

More on today's #HERO vote in Houston

Close vote expected in Houston today on #HERO

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) faces voters today, and a close vote is expected. If you know anyone in Houston, please urge them to vote Yes on Proposition 1.

Poll: Clinton's Benghazi hearing convinced voters her email setup was "not important"

Obama mocks GOP presidential candidates

President Obama has some fun over Republican whining over those mean CNBC debate moderators.

November 02, 2015

Ben Carson doesn't hate gays hard enough for Tony Perkins

The Family Research Council could hardly get more fringe than it is already, but it does try.

HERO gets endorsements from Obama, Biden and Clinton ahead of Election Day

Tomorrow's the big day. Good luck to our friends in Houston. But our rights should not be subject to a plebiscite.

Taiwan presidential frontrunner officially endorses marriage equality

October 29, 2015

Speaker Paul Ryan's anti-LGBT record

Ben Carson tries to have it both ways

We have been dealing with this kind of brazenly illogical dismissiveness for years. I'm sorry, but if you're not anti-gay, then stop discriminating against us.

October 25, 2015

Re-fighting old wars

On this 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, we hear that Bernie Sanders is picking a fight with Hillary Clinton over old gay rights battles from the 1990s. May I ask, to what purpose? Aren't we in the business of winning converts to our cause? Is it conceivably in our interest to rebuke those who changed their minds in our favor? Stop this nonsense, Senator. You cast a brave vote against DOMA in 1996. Other battles now face us.

October 21, 2015

Hillary's LGBT record

From @HillaryClinton.

Pro-LGBT Trudeau elected Canadian prime minister

Biden will not enter presidential race

The vice president announces his decision. Thanks to him for his many decades of public service.

What Happened in Vegas


My Blade column this week looks at Hillary's post-debate surge, and how it clarifies things. (And I correctly predicted Biden's decision.) Here's a portion:

Reality began to dawn last week in the Democratic presidential race, and was not altogether welcome.

Some Bernie Sanders supporters, rudely awakened from their White House dreams, got mad over Hillary Clinton's surge after the October 13 debate in Las Vegas. So they denied it, attacked the pundits, charged CNN with being in the tank for Hillary, and started a petition for the President to intervene. (It's amazing what you can do these days by executive order.)

Bernie's fanatics cited focus groups and online polls that were as reliable as old-time Chicago ballot boxes. I withdrew from their Facebook frenzy for the same reason I gave up arguing with the crazy lady with a horn who always runs for mayor of Washington: it only encourages her.

Cantankerousness does sometimes pay off, as when Sanders and John McCain cooperated to pass VA reform. But riding public anger only gets you so far. Caught between the right's "Washington doesn't work -- elect us and we'll prove it!" and Clinton's "I'm a progressive who likes to get things done," Sanders declares that he needs a revolution. Is that a slogan or an epitaph?

Read the whole thing here.

October 15, 2015

Huckabee: the ‘Best Way’ to Deal with Poor Thieves Is to Sell Them as Slaves

Real or parody? It's hard to tell any more.

Rand Paul indicates support for anti-LGBT workplace bias

I had no use for this smug know-it-all anyway. This just reinforces my disgust.

October 14, 2015

"The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails"

In the highlight of Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate on CNN, Bernie Sanders won cheers and a standing ovation when he called for an end to the media obsession over Hillary Clinton's emails.

October 09, 2015

Beaker for Speaker


The perfect match of the man to the times.

Rep Issa: I'm considering running for House Speaker

The GOP (Gallery of Psychos) continues its special exhibition.

Wolfowitz at Log Cabin dinner

How bracing it must have been for the assembled worthies at Log Cabin's "Spirit of Lincoln" dinner to hear a Bush administration alum slamming the most pro-gay president in history for his shortcomings on gay issues. I happen to know that the persecution of Anwar Ibrahim began long before the Obama administration. As for the evils of ISIS, does Mr. Wolfowitz take any share of responsibility for aiding its rise? But go ahead, sneering men of privilege, and look for liberal targets of your scorn while your own party does its best to smash the foundations of our republic.

October 06, 2015

Hillary goes on offense

As I said in 2007, Hillary Clinton is a formidable woman and is not to be underestimated. In the past few days she has reminded us of this.

October 04, 2015

Joe Biden addresses HRC National Dinner

HRC talks to HRC

Hillary spoke to HRC earlier on Saturday due to her gig on SNL.

Hillary Clinton on SNL

For me, SNL set the standard for funniness four decades ago with a fake car commercial in which a mohel does a briss to show the smoothness of the ride. Hillary's skit as Val the bartender did not approach that level. But she was appealing, good-natured, and self-deprecatory. Well done. And I liked the way Huma Abedin was worked into it. It doesn't hurt Hillary that I can imagine her as my bartender; few of the Republican candidates pass that test.

September 30, 2015

DeRay Mckesson skewers Jeb over ‘free stuff’ comment

DeRay nails it, as usual.