2768 posts categorized "News"

January 20, 2017

Peaceful inaugural protests are turned violent by anarchists

Anarchists intermixed with peaceful protesters on Inauguration Day, effectively sabotaging those protests and giving #NotMyPresident apparent visual proof to claim his absurd and bigoted claims about "inner cities" (a racist code phrase) being crime-ridden, burning hellholes was true.

January 19, 2017

Trump meets with SCOTUS candidate who likened gay sex to pedophilia

A long national nightmare will soon be upon us.

Mnuchin failed to disclose $100 million in assets

I cannot say it better than Brian Klaas, author of The Despot's Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy, said in a tweet today.

Trump team prepares dramatic cuts

A sample:

At the Department of Justice, the blueprint calls for eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation and for reducing funding for its Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resources divisions.

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

January 17, 2017

President Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning

President Obama today shaved 28 years off the sentence of Chelsea Manning. Below are items by Lawfare Blog and Jacobin Magazine supporting this decision. My comments follow.

Until the past week I had opposed freeing Manning due to the seriousness of her crime, though I defended her right to appropriate healthcare and criticized the apparent denial of care as a form of punishment. I was persuaded by the Lawfare piece, which makes a good point about the difference between pardon and commutation, and about mitigating circumstances. I agree with the distinction between Manning and Edward Snowden. That Manning's jailers have been at best indifferent to her health, and appear to have gone to considerable lengths to harm her health as an extra-judicial punishment, was perhaps the best argument for clemency.

Further, the disgraceful handling of her incarceration makes a strong case for demanding better training and health-related protocols moving forward. It is no more acceptable to treat trans prisoners this way than to condone prison rape. If the latter is truly what we want, then we should advertise our barbarity by explicitly including it in formal sentencing. Otherwise we should damn well stop it.

Parents in India seek ‘corrective rape’ for son after finding out he is gay

No matter how bad things get, never say it couldn't get any worse.

Gay Man Has Skull Fractured by Masked Men in Target Parking Lot in Dallas

January 16, 2017

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

January 13, 2017

Norton slams anti-democratic congressional effort to block D.C. Death with Dignity Act

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January 12, 2017

Norton Blasts Lankford and Wenstrup for Introducing Bills to Block D.C.’s ‘Death with Dignity Act,’ Violating Local Control Principles by Trampling on D.C. Home Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she plans to mount a vigorous defense of the District of Columbia’s medical aid-in-dying bill, the Death with Dignity Act, from congressional attacks after Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Representative Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) today introduced resolutions of disapproval to block the District’s local legislation from taking effect.

“Senator Lankford and Representative Wenstrup claim to carry the mantle for a small, limited federal government, yet they have introduced bills that abuse the federal government’s power over the District in order to interfere with our purely local affairs,” Norton said. “It is particularly disappointing that Senator Lankford has chosen to abuse congressional authority over D.C., as I have worked successfully with him on federal matters affecting the District, including reforms and improvement to the D.C. courts. The District held hearings and heard vigorous and thoughtful debate from both sides of this controversial issue. Ultimately, the local officials who represent the 680,000 American citizens living in the District of Columbia deliberated and passed the Death with Dignity Act. Unaccountable Members of Congress have no business legislating on the local affairs of our jurisdiction. Since they believe medical aid-in dying is bad policy, Senator Lankford and Representative Wenstrup should advocate their positions on the national stage, where Congress has clear jurisdiction, and introduce bills to prohibit physicians nationwide from prescribing lethal doses of medication, instead of singling the District out for different treatment. The House and Senate have more than enough on their plates trying to solve the many issues facing our country. While Congress tackles the country’s issues, we ask that Congress let the District handle its own local issues, a right enjoyed by every other jurisdiction. I am ready to fight these naked attacks on the District’s local democracy until the day D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act becomes law.”

Under the Home Rule Act of 1973, all D.C. legislation must be transmitted to Congress for a review period before they can take effect. 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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C-SPAN broadcast interrupted by state-owned Russian TV

Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.

Obama surprised Biden with Presidential Medal of Freedom

What a lovely thing for the president to do, and well deserved.

Bowser and Mendelson slam undemocratic congressional effort to block Death with Dignity Act

Thanks to Mayor Bowser and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson for their strong statements against the undemocratic resolution introduced in Congress to block the District's Death with Dignity Act. The District does not need people we did not elect imposing their views on our local public policy over those of our elected reps. The struggle continues.

January 11, 2017

Rep. Chaffetz plans to block D.C. Death with Dignity Act

Our usual congressional bully threatens another GLAA-supported measure. Time to fight!

Rep. John Lewis testifies against Sen. Jeff Sessions

A national hero and longtime pro-LGBT ally who risked his life fighting for voting rights a half century ago steps up to oppose the nomination of a man with a record of opposing voting rights, LGBT rights, and women's rights. Thank you, Congressman.

Sen. Cory Booker Testifies Against Sen. Jeff Sessions

Superb testimony by Sen. Cory Booker. Tom Cotton is unhappy that Cory Booker is testifying against a fellow senator. It's a violation of custom, he says. Well so is drafting a letter from 47 senators to leaders of Iran to undermine POTUS. Such a move might even be called treasonous. So take a seat, Tom. Go Cory!

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.

Women's March on Washington opens contentious dialogues about race

D.C. city officials launch LGBT youth house

Congrats to SMYAL on this breakthrough.

Golden Globes: 'Moonlight' wins best drama

Moonlight, my pick for best film of the year, won Best Drama at the Golden Globes. La La Land, which won best film in the musical/comedy category and swept every category in which it was nominated. I did not like it, in part because the leads could not sing. But to each their own.

Jan. 19 - Love Trumps Hate Rainbow Bash

Air Force upgrades 91-year-old gay veteran’s discharge

White House backs Kerry apology for 1950s era gay firings

January 06, 2017

Texas Lt. Gov. Unveils Wide-Reaching Anti-Transgender Legislation

Mesha Caldwell, first reported trans murder victim of 2017

Bigotry kills. The grim evidence continues.

The cynical ploy of blaming Black Lives Matter

Police quickly arrested four suspects in a Chicago hate crime, but racists are gleefully blaming it on Black Lives Matter, which does not advocate hate or violence. Of course it would never occur to these malignant white clowns to take responsibility for the crimes of some random white person, even if their rhetoric helped incite it. This is the poison of racial privilege. But calling them deplorable is the truly unforgivable thing? They can Rot. In. Hell.

January 03, 2017

Deval Patrick testifies to Jeff Sessions' record of opposing voting rights

January 01, 2017

Court blocks healthcare nondiscrimination rules: what now?

December 31, 2016

Publishing giant defends #MiloYiannopoulos book deal

I projectile vomit in their general direction.

Russian Hackers Penetrated US Power Grid in Vermont

Judge blocks rule barring anti-trans discrimination in health care

December 27, 2016

President Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Abe visit Pearl Harbor

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reciprocates President Obama's visit to Hiroshima by visiting the Pearl Harbor memorial site in Honolulu.

December 26, 2016

Capehart: We need a conversation about the responsibilities of the news consumer

Yes.

Sentence overturned in HIV transmission case

GLAA has long opposed the criminalization of what should be understood and treated as a health issue. A good rule of thumb when facing the making of public policy based on controversial cases is: who will be helped by our doing this?

Trump Pick to Head Health & Human Services Traded Health Stocks While Sponsoring Bills That Could Have Affected Them

Of course he did.

Taiwan takes another step towards legalizing same-sex marriage

R.I.P. George Michael, 1963 - 2016

Yesterday and this morning I have seen a wide range of people praising and mourning popular singer George Michael, who died on Christmas at age 53. Our friend John Becker posted this 2011 tweet from him:

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It is hard to overstate how heroic an act this was on his part as a popular entertainer. God bless his memory, gone too soon.

December 23, 2016

Trump’s latest comments stoke talk of a new nuclear arms race

This knucklehead will get us all killed.