2830 posts categorized "Elections"

January 19, 2017

LGBT dance party held outside Pence's DC-area home

January 17, 2017

Trump Aide Claims GOP Never Questioned Obama's Legitimacy

At this point it would be just as informative to interview wax figures.

January 16, 2017

A child's witness to terror

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MLK III has just met at the Trump Tower with Herr Twitler. However that went (and in his exit remarks to the press he bent over backwards to be diplomatic), it cannot dislodge from my mind the photo of him at age two, standing with his father beside a burnt cross on the front lawn of their home in Atlanta. #Remember #Resist

Krugman: Calling Trump illegitimate is positively patriotic.

Paul Krugman gets it exactly right.

"But Mr. Trump — who has never sacrificed anything or taken a risk to help others — seems to have a special animus toward genuine heroes. Maybe he prefers demonstrators who don’t get beaten?

"It would be one thing if the incoming commander in chief showed any hint of humility.... Instead, he’s lashing out at and threatening anyone and everyone who criticizes him, while refusing even to admit that he lost the popular vote. And he’s surrounding himself with people who share his contempt for everything that is best in America."

Defending America against Trump

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This photo, surprisingly enough, is not an advertisement for Haisten's Mattress & Awning Company. It is a news photo of nonviolent protesters being savagely beaten by Alabama state troopers for exercising their constitutional right to peaceable assembly. The young man on his knees in the right foreground holding the back of his head is the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, who at that moment thought he was about to die. We know this because he survived to tell us, including in his autobiography which just sold out at Amazon thanks to a slander against him by the president-elect of the United States.

The young man is now seventy-six and a U.S. congressman whose Atlanta district is not at all the hellhole described by the compulsive liar who is four days away from being sworn in as the most unfit person ever to attain our nation's highest office. John Lewis has done more to serve our country in the past week than the man slandering him has done in his entire life. We must follow the lead of Rep. Lewis and defend our country against Trump and his entire nefarious crew. Either that, or take a crash course in Russian.

January 14, 2017

Ben Carson: LGBTQ Americans will not be given 'extra rights' for public housing

If you can think of an "extra right," I'd love to know what it is.

Jennifer Holliday backs away from performing at Trump inaugural

A letter from one president to another

My fantasy letter from #44 to #45, left on the Resolute desk in the Oval Office:

"Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations. The rubes bought what you were selling. Isn't it a gas that your supporters thought you were only killing "Obamacare" and they were safe with their ACA coverage? I only hope our republic survives your presidency. I have stocked the fridge upstairs with lots of high-cholesterol junk food so you can stuff yourself. I have also installed plastic mattress covers in the presidential bedroom. Just don't get too carried away; the walls have ears.

Best wishes,
Barack"

Atlantans say Trump is wrong about their city and John Lewis

Another thing Trump just made up. He simply assumes cities where African Americans live are hellholes by definition, with no actual facts needed. Truly despicable.

John Lewis stands his ground

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(Spider Martin/Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York)

In this photo from Sunday, March 7, 1965, the young man in the trenchcoat on the right is leading a group of 600 people, marching two by two. He is unarmed, having nothing but his faith and the heart of a lion, plus an apple and a Bible in his knapsack. A few moments later he is nearly beaten to death by the gentlemen on the left. He experienced something similar four years earlier during the Freedom Rides. Contrary to the current president-elect, this is not a picture of someone who is "all talk," but a picture of immense courage.

Imagine facing that armed phalanx and standing your ground while feeling responsible for those behind you. After suffering severe head trauma, he refused to go to the hospital until he had checked on his brutalized comrades. This is young John Lewis, fighting for the right to vote. Anyone who refuses to respect such a hero is beneath contempt. Mr. Trump, you are not legitimate for the reason given by the gentleman from Georgia, and you will not be my president. Thank you, Congressman Lewis.

January 11, 2017

Even after today's Nuremberg rally/News Conf., Russia will still destroy Trump because: He. Cannot. Leave It. Alone.

The inimitable Keith Olbermann has another fine rant against Trump.

January 09, 2017

Streep quietly, eloquently eviscerates Trump's bullying, xenophobia

Brava, Meryl. Without rancor and without mentioning the president-elect's name, the most celebrated actor of either sex in Hollywood used her moment to raise her voice against bullying and xenophobia.

Trump responded by calling Streep overrated. Here is my response to him.

Donnie Connie, howling husk,
Belched his bile from dawn 'til dusk.
A movie goddess threw him shade,
So Donnie Connie bawled and brayed.


Copyright © 2017 by Richard J. Rosendall. All rights reserved.

Jan. 19 - Love Trumps Hate Rainbow Bash

January 06, 2017

Kirchick: How Trump Got His Party to Love Russia

December 21, 2016

Hypocrisy alert: Ted Cruz Whines That Obstructionist Dems Will Filibuster

Trump Statement on Winning Electoral College Vote Is Filled With Lies

State Department defends Trump response to Tony Perkins letter

'Dear America, why did you let us down?'

December 19, 2016

Activists Targeted in Brutal Homophobic Assault by Men Yelling ‘Trump, Trump, Trump’

Despite Large Protest North Carolina GOP House Passes Bill Greatly Restricting New Democratic Governor's Power

An outrageous betrayal of American democratic norms. In other words, standard Republican behavior in 2016.

Tony Perkins to Trump: Remove 'activists' from State Department

Mr. Perkins is the leader of a hate group. I have testified in the DC Council chamber multiple times on LGBT-related legislation in his presence. Being in the presence of evil (and he is evil, not merely disagreeable) does not intimidate me, it steels my resolve. Everyone who disagrees with us is not evil. But some are. Let us be clear about that.

Comet Ping Pong gunman pleads not guilty

I went to Comet myself last Friday for lunch to investigate. The pizza was delicious.

December 16, 2016

Life after Trump: A gay survivor's guide

Tillerson's Russian fans

Putin Directly Tied to Election Hack as Clinton ‘Vendetta’ and Trump Knew

Protestors Arrested as NC #GOP Lawmakers Attempt 'Coup' Over Incoming #DEM Governor

Inauguration singer bullied by Trump supporters over trans sister

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December 14, 2016

Hard Candy Christmas

December 04, 2016

The attacks on our ally Rep. Ellison

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Here are my remarks introducing Rep. Keith Ellison as keynote speaker at the ACLU/NCA Bill of Rights Dinner in April 2013. The attacks on him now that he is running for DNC chair are beneath the dignity of responsible advocates.

Adichie: in dangerous times, holding firm the boundaries of what is right and just

Where the author looks at how calls for an end to identity politics are a mask for white identity politics.

Trump in an emergency: pulling a Homer

Unlike B.H. Obama and H.R. Clinton, Donald Trump has not done his homework. I am waiting for him to pull a Homer. I prefer not to give him that chance. But I am just one small voice.

In assessing Trump, don’t forget Bush era

Excellent commentary by Charles Francis of Mattachine Society. Mattachine's "unerasure" activism is sadly more needed than ever.

Anti-gay Gambian president loses re-election bid

Good news of an early end to a promised billion-year reign.

December 01, 2016

Trump's flaws will follow him into Situation Room

My latest column is now online at the Washington Blade.

November 26, 2016

Contrasting statement on Castro death by Presidents 44 and 45

Above, a tasteful and diplomatic statement by President Obama. Below, a tweet by his successor.

Black child was taunted, beaten on school playground

This is heartbreaking. The boy is my latest hero.

Christiane Amanpour: 2016 Burton Benjamin Memorial Award Acceptance Speech

Superb, eloquent speech by Christiane Amanpour appealing for the freedom and safety of journalists at home in America. Yes, she is talking about the authoritarian behavior of the President-Elect.

Many in Florida refused to believe that a benefit they count on would actually be taken away

The wages of folly.

How Van Jones became a star of the 2016 campaign

Video of Trump Supporter Calling Out 'Hillary B*tches' on Delta Flight Goes Viral