Right Wing Watch shares this video featuring Mike Huckabee. Put down those matches!
I have heard Mrs. Clinton speak this well once before, when she went to Geneva as our Secretary of State to announce an LGBT global initiative. Here she is in San Francisco talking to the 2015 U.S. Conference of Mayors.
It is bracing and heartbreaking to see this beautiful, great-spirited man and hear him speak on how essential it is for black people to participate in the political system. Now martyred, he speaks more loudly than before.
The Old Town Alexandria Patch reports:
Mark Levine has won the Democratic primary Tuesday night for the 45th District seat in the House of Delegates.
Levine came in with 2,674 votes; his closest competitor was Craig Fifer, with 2,340. These are unofficial results and do not include any absentee votes.
The district stretches across Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County and the vote total includes 100 percent of the votes from precincts in each jurisdiction.
Congrats to Mark. Here is the statement I gave (in my personal capacity) in support of his campaign:
In politics there are show horses and work horses. Mark Levine is a work horse, and a smart one. I met him years ago through our mutual connections to progressive radio. Both of us had worked on marriage equality, I in D.C. and he as co-founder of Marriage Equality California. When it came time for D.C.’s final push for marriage equality in 2009, Mark served as pro bono counsel to the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. In that capacity he worked with the D.C. Council’s Judiciary Chair, General Counsel, and committee staff to create a solid bill. He then defended it with incisive testimony before the Board of Elections and in court briefs.
Mark pointed out to the Board of Elections that Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution guarantees a republican form of government and says nothing about a plebiscite. One of the great strengths of the American system is that we elect representatives who work for us, who delve more deeply into issues and deliberate in crafting our laws.
Mark has never needed a paycheck to fight for equal rights. That is in his blood. But with his political seasoning and history of effective coalition work, a seat in the House of Delegates will give him the clout to get the best deal for the citizens of the 45th District.
You can elect someone else as your delegate; but you will not get a smarter, harder working, or more effective legislator than Mark Levine.
Video of my remarks at Mark's campaign kickoff here.
My latest Blade column looks at auspicious signs of #LGBT progress, including today's youth who are unfazed by apocalyptic prophecies by Republican politicians.
A closet case who constantly tries to prove his manhood by calling for more wars. Thanks, but I'll pass.
This should surprise no one. As I wrote in my last column:
Many on the right slammed gay liberals for condemning gay hoteliers Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner after they hosted an event for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. When Reisner's apology was widely panned (he implausibly claimed naïveté about Cruz's anti-gay positions), we were excoriated for our severity, despite Cruz having proposed an anti-gay constitutional amendment the day after the gay event. I am sorry (again), but it is preposterous for tycoons like Weiderpass and Reisner to be painted as victims because they are subject to criticism for their political activity like everyone else.
Hopefully now everyone really gets how out of touch the homophobes who run NYC's St Patrick's Day Parade are with Ireland— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) May 23, 2015
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.
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.
With a week to go, here's an update on the Yes Equality Campaign in Ireland from Co-Director Grainne Healy.
Stephanopoulos Apologizes to His Viewers on Clinton Donations http://t.co/EiU6K6NOL2— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) May 15, 2015
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.
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.
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's remarks on immigration tonight were quite amazing - where a Democrat should be in 2016. More of this, please— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) May 5, 2015
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.
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.
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.]
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.
David Badash at The New Civil Rights Movement reports on the latest squirming from Sen. Marco Rubio.