4505 posts categorized "Media"

December 04, 2016

The attacks on our ally Rep. Ellison


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.

Rules of thumb for a dark age


No justice even when it's caught on tape

Oakland's fire chief: "In my career of 30 years, I haven't experienced something of this magnitude"

Cristiano Ronaldo Proves He’s the ‘Blue Steel’ of Real Madrid in Shirtless Team Selfie

There Is No "War On Christmas," Unless You Count The Battle For Christian Supremacy

Happy holidays, everyone. I say it that way because my friends embrace a variety of cultural and religious traditions. I wish to be inclusive. You could say that I think All Holidays Matter. If that offends you, it likely means that you are a Christian supremacist, though you probably hadn't thought of it that way because you just took your Christian privilege for granted. With that attitude, you probably also voted for Trump. Well we live in a diverse society, and religious freedom means not just yours but everybody's. So instead of wailing about a nonexistent war on Christmas, kindly shove a good old pagan Yule Log up your backside. Fa la la la la.


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.

Trump Tower Havana

State Dept. asked to apologize over 'lavender scare' firings

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

Sen.Rubio has the gall to slam Castro's anti-gay record

I was no fan of Fidel Castro, who was a brutal despot who impoverished and enslaved his people. But Marco, you hypocrite, you can just take a seat.

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.

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

Married GOP Politician Who Admitted to Sexting Male Teen: I'm Not Gay

Can you say bisexual?

On Saturday, Boxer Orlando Cruz Will Try to Become the World’s First Gay World Champion

Serial Killer Who Drugged, Raped, and Murdered Four Gay Men He Met on Grindr, Gets Life Sentence

November 19, 2016

Oscar Wilde, a Refugee of His Time

Which LGBT rights are on the chopping block?

Launch party set for new D.C. trans group

Would Trump rescind historic status for Stonewall Inn?

@CrewClubDC showcases staff on 20th anniversary

@TheRealONeals is the Most Profane Show on TV, Anti-Gay Conservative Group Says

WATCH: Mike Pence Went to See Hamilton on Broadway and Got Booed

George Takei: They interned my family. Don’t let them do it to Muslims.

The post-election liberation of willful ignorance

The dark chapter of America’s history a Trump backer just called "precedent" for registering Muslims

"TV producers, stop portraying bisexuals as villains"

This reminds me of watching plays and movies over the years and noting that characters with deformities almost always represented evil. A person with a hunchback was never just a person with a hunchback. This is a cheap device that should be overcome.

November 17, 2016

On Rural America: Understanding Isn’t The Problem


This blog piece could use a copy editor, but it provides superb insight:

On Rural America: Understanding Isn’t The Problem.

Here's an excerpt:

As the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides-”Democrats failed to understand white, working class, fly-over America.” Trump supports are saying this. Progressive pundits are saying this. Talking heads across all forms of the media are saying this. Even some Democratic leaders are saying this. It doesn’t matter how many people say it, it is complete bullshit. It is an intellectual/linguistic sleight of hand meant to throw attention away from the real problem. The real problem isn’t east coast elites don’t understand or care about rural America. The real problem is rural America doesn’t understand the causes of their own situations and fears and they have shown no interest in finding out.

Hat tip: Pam Spaulding

Hate on the Rise After Trump's Election

The thought of having to deal with this cascading hatred and ignorance month after month for four years is almost too much to bear. But we must endure, and we must be clear about what is happening, for which there is no legitimate excuse. And we must support one another. The haters are running rampant, but there are more of us than them. Do not let the normalizing media and the lies of cynical people make you forget that.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Resigns

Introducing The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

The first two entries of Keith Olbmermann's new video log.

The Battle for America Continues

My blistering post-election column is up at the Blade.

Congresswoman Norton pledges to defend Death with Dignity Act from congressional interference

November 13, 2016

Amid loss, a stirring "Hallelujah"

Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton performed Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" in the cold open of Saturday Night Live on November 12.

This was the most beautiful moment on SNL in a long time, possibly since Steve Martin's tribute to Gilda Radner after her death. It was followed by Dave Chappelle as guest host with a sharp monologue whose closing line made me proud to be from the same town. Our national challenge will summon everything we've got, but we will get through this together.

Dave Chappelle's SNL monologue

This is one of the most brilliant stand-up routines I have seen in a long time. After all these years Chappelle had the same relaxed tone, the same flawless timing, the same sly subversiveness, the ability to nail the truth and mine humor out of the most controversial material.

Chappelle's bit on the Pulse nightclub massacre leaves me in awe (please watch before reacting). His passing reminiscence of his school days in Washington "dreaming of nights like this" was quite touching, and his final message to Trump was devastating. He conveys a similar combination of vulnerability and authenticity as Richard Pryor, whose ability to connect using personal material verged on the miraculous.

This is important beyond entertainment because we need sharp voices who can cut through the mountains of cynical crap that have been fed to us by the likes of Kellyanne Conway. Dave nailed this the way Kate McKinnon did with her cold open by singing Leonard Cohen. Both provided spiritual nourishment that we will need for what is coming. (PS: Dave's Roosevelt reference was to Teddy Roosevelt inviting Booker T. Washington to dinner, which provoked a huge backlash.)