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October 11, 2016

Australia national marriage vote blocked

Good. Your right to marry should not be subject to approval by your neighbors.

Escape from politics: Orca and Kayaker

WSJ writes:

New Zealand photographer Sam Kynman-Cole captured drone footage of a playful orca whale interacting with a kayaker in Army Bay, New Zealand.

Olbermann: Here’s What’s Worthy of Anger

Another fine rant from Keith Olbermann.

Colbert responds to second Democratic debate

John Oliver on Guantánamo, Trump

John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, among other things, points out that the would-be strongman who is the Republican nominee for president wants to fill Guantánamo with prisoners and doesn't care about questions of constitutionality.

October 09, 2016

David Grosso earns perfect +10 rating from GLAA

Trump's (debate night) women

Ben Carson: Same-Sex Marriage Will Bring "Mass Killings"

In case you hadn't seen enough craziness today.

Van Jones: Trump is a superpredator

Obama On Trump: His Unbelievable Rhetoric Just Shows His Insecurities

"Show me on the ballot...."


Homophobic hate crimes in the UK are spiking after Brexit vote

Consider hosting an LGBT asylum seeker

Hypocrisy: Anti-LGBT activists stick with Trump despite video

We are not surprised. founder pleads guilty to promoting prostitution, faces prison

You knew who Trump was when you endorsed him, Republican leaders

This is the key point regarding all the Republicans defecting from supporting Trump. The recording from 2005 only confirms the contempt for women that he has repeatedly displayed.

Ten Times Mike Pence Worked to Defeat the LGBT Community

Trump's defiant apology

A defiant apology (he pivots to attack Bill and Hillary Clinton) is no apology at all. He will not be able to restrain his impulse to go on the attack at tonight's debate. His diehards will eat it up; but I cannot imagine how he wins the additional voters he needs with this tactic.

World’s oldest man celebrates his Bar Mitzvah 100 years late

Something nice that has nothing to do with American politics.

October 05, 2016

Right Wing Host warns of Clinton 're-education camps'

Just one example of the avalanche of lunacy from the far right.

Libertarian VP Candidate Bill Weld Is Giving Up to Focus on Stopping Trump

No question on LGBT issues at VP debate

Lisa Keen of Keen News Service reported here and here on Tuesday night's VP candidate debate.

Health Committee sends Death with Dignity Act to full D.C. Council

(Photo by Rick Rosendall)

The D.C. Council Committee on Health and Human Services held a markup of Bill 21-38, the Death with Dignity Act, on Wednesday, October 5 at 2 pm. I was there with fellow supporters of the bill.

Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), the committee chair, spoke against the bill. She insisted that the matter should be decided by voter initiative. No. We elect representatives to deal with difficult matters. But to give her due credit, she did bring the bill up for a vote, keeping her word. That was honorable.

Committee members David Grosso (I-At-Large) and LaRuby May (D-Ward 8) spoke in support, as did the bill's author, Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3). Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1) joined Alexander in speaking against. The bill was then passed by the committee without amendments. It is expected to get its first reading by the full Council at an additional legislative meeting later in October.

After the vote, one woman who opposed the bill, gave a dressing down to May, saying that she had no right to vote for the bill, she had overstepped her authority, and that such a controversial measure should be put before the voters. May, the duly elected legislator representing Ward 8 (though she was defeated in the June 14 primary by Trayon White), stood her ground. She had said that poor residents of her ward could not afford to move to Oregon to take advantage of that state's Death with Dignity statute, which was passed twenty years ago and was the model for the District bill.

The same demand for a plebiscite was made in 2009 and 2010 by opponents of civil marriage equality. They lost before the Board of Elections and Ethics, in the Court of Appeals, and were denied cert by the Supreme Court. If B21-38 passes, opponents can try to do a referendum. Such a course is unlikely to succeed. The opponents inadvertently helped the bill by making eye-stretching arguments. Stating that council members had no right to vote for the bill, preposterous as it was, nicely demonstrated the failure by opponents to grasp the separation of church and state.

Thanks to Councilmembers Cheh, Grosso, and May for voting for the bill, and to committee chair Alexander for bringing it up for a vote.

Six Trump statements that Pence tried to tweak, massage or erase

My main impression from the VP debate is of Mike Pence's lying and constant mugging for the camera. As Sen. Kaine calmly rattled off a long string of outrageous statements by Trump, the split screen showed Gov. Pence shaking his head in denial. Pence can spin his head around like Linda Blair in The Exorcist, but that won't erase what Donald Trump said. We have it on tape and in his tweets.

Kaine is pro-gay and pro-choice, as he strongly demonstrated during the debate. His faith prompted him to teach carpentry and welding as a missionary in Honduras. Pence is anti-gay and anti-choice. His faith prompts him to bully people.

Kaine's distinction between his personal faith and his duties as a government official is one of the best articulations of church-state separation that I have heard.

Pence repeatedly dodged opportunities to defend Trump's statements. As Kaine said of Pence, "He's asking everyone to vote for someone he cannot defend."

Regarding Trump's non-payment of taxes, Pence whistled past the graveyard, saying Trump "used the tax code just the way it's supposed to be used — he used it brilliantly." That won't fly.

Pence referred to the Democrats' "insult-driven campaign." Really? He is the running mate of Mister Insult. Only a half-wit would be persuaded by Pence's debate performance. I take that back. A half-wit might well be persuaded by Pence's performance to vote for Clinton and Kaine.

Trump’s Lounge Act Grows Stale

From my column this week:

Seasons and audiences change. The trash talk that got Trump attention in the noisy lounge of the primaries does not work in the main room of the general election.

September 29, 2016

Gov. Brown signs most inclusive restroom access law in U.S.

Gov. Brown signs bill mandating PrEP ed for HIV-negative test recipients

Protests in Philadelphia after video shows gay bar owner using racial epithet

Judge dismisses part of gay D.C. cop’s bias lawsuit

Gingrich seeks unity with gay Republicans against "Islamic supremacism"

Report: Trump violated U.S. trade embargo against Cuba

Olbermann on Trump’s Russian Connection

New Yorker cover: Miss Congeniality

Definitely one of the mean girls.

September 27, 2016

Recreating the debate using Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head

Scandals: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Once again, John Oliver is brilliant and hilarious.

September 23, 2016

@DCLogCabin rejects Trump endorsement

Obama celebrates opening of National Museum of African American History and Culture

President Obama speaks at a reception for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture at the White House.

New H&M ad features gay kiss and transgender actress

Clinton ad highlights Trump’s insults against women

Trump's habitual misogynistic ugliness.

Olbermann on Kathy ‘No Racism Before Obama’ Miller: ‘She IS the Trump Campaign’

For instant refutation of Mr. Miller, google "lynching" and click on Images. Warning: you will see horrifying photos of America's past.