Melanie Nathan reports. I can't bear to embed the disgusting video, but if you have the stomach for it you can follow the link. This is one example of the depraved cruelty Putin has unleashed. Who can watch Olympics after this?
Melanie Nathan reports. I can't bear to embed the disgusting video, but if you have the stomach for it you can follow the link. This is one example of the depraved cruelty Putin has unleashed. Who can watch Olympics after this?
Sally Goldenberg at Capital reports on Rudy's last-minute ploy on behalf of Joe Lhota.
Yawn. My only question today is whether de Blasio's margin of victory will break 40 percent.
Last night, Melanie Nathan of O-blog-dee-o-blog-da tweeted a link to a piece explaining that she, Heather Cronk, and others oppose ENDA for what they see as its over-broad religious exemptions:
Melanie Nathan @MelanieNathan1
Why its important to write things that are sometimes not so popular to write... My Stats show that a few people... http://fb.me/12rJaCJZ2
140 characters were insufficient for my response, so I posted ten tweets:
Richard Rosendall @RickRosendall
@MelanieNathan1 The religious exemptions are over-broad, but I say pass best achievable bill then push for more. 1 victory leads 2 another.
But our stds for equality may differ. I support right of homophobes to bar us from their marches, & our right to bar them.
You and Cronk seem to make your view of the perfect the enemy of the good, leaving us w/ nothing but preserving grievance.
In DC in 2009 we opposed broader religious exemptions in marriage equality bill & won. We had prepared for that fight.
In DC we stressed religious freedom, but blocked over-broad conscious clause that would erase our civil rights protections.
We are not yet able at national level to block over-broad religious clause. Answer is not to oppose bill but keep working.
Taking an all-or-nothing stance leaves us with nothing. I say continue to persuade and organize, include incremental gains.
Do you really believe that passing an imperfect ENDA would be end of LGBT mvmt, that the dissatisfied would all just quit?
It appears when you say we have no benchmark, what you mean is we don't all agree w/ you. Is that respectful? We disagree.
Having said all that, I'm glad you're criticizing over-broad exemptions. Opponents keep demanding more; push-back is needed.
Happy election day. James Hohmann at Politico reports on Ron Paul's visit to Richmond on Monday night to stump for Ken Cuccinelli.
When Ron Paul claims the 2nd Amendment is for "rebellion against tyrannical governments," what he means is that he has a right to shoot you when he loses an argument. Meanwhile, his son Rand is exposed as a serial, incorrigible plagiarist (more examples keep cropping up), and his response is to shoot the messenger.
For these guys, guns are the equivalent of tax cuts for George W. Bush — the answer to everything! Well pardon me, but when a guy goes to Richmond and talks about nullification and resorting to guns if he doesn't get his way, I can't help thinking of that nice man General Sherman. (Though this time around I am inclined to Let Them Leave.)
Think Progress reports a bit of good news.
Chris Geidner reports. So far so good.
Thanks to all the bill's supporters, including the seven GOP "aye" votes: Ayotte, Collins, Hatch, Heller, Kirk, Portman, Toomey.
Right Wing Watch shares this video in which Mssrs. Klingenschmitt and Perkins share dire scenarios like: Normalizing homosexuality would result in the death of the human race! (Because if you tolerate homosexuality, everyone will turn gay! It's just that irresistible!) Gays want marriage so they can recruit children! I suppose some people really believe this nonsense; but most of its purveyors surely know better. Perhaps in time the market for this hysteria will shrink, and some of these unscrupulous people will have to find real work.
This video by Steve Ellington shows the partial solar eclipse that was in progress as the sun rose on the east coast on November 3, 2013. I went to my roof to see it, but clouds obscured the horizon. Hat tip to Craig Howell. We share this in memory of our friend and former GLAA president, eclipse chaser Barrett Brick. He would have been watching from Africa or the mid-Atlantic.
Chris Geidner reports at BuzzFeed:
Rep. Mike Michaud, a Maine Democrat, told residents of the state he is hoping to govern that he is gay on Monday in op-eds running in newspapers across the state.
Running for governor in 2014, Michaud told residents he “wasn’t surprised to learn about the whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls some of the people opposed to [his] candidacy have been using to raise questions about [his] personal life.”
Then, he got specific, writing, “They want people to question whether I am gay.”
And, he responded, “Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer: ‘Yes I am. But why should it matter?’ That may seem like a big announcement to some people. For me, it’s just a part of who I am, as much as being a third-generation mill worker or a lifelong Mainer. One thing I do know is that it has nothing to do with my ability to lead the state of Maine.”
As RWW has been documenting, anti-gay groups have been getting wildly over the top in their denunciations of the federal Employment Non Discrimination Act, which would add to federal anti-discrimination law protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. With a procedural vote in the Senate scheduled as early as Monday evening, anti-LGBT groups are getting increasingly shrill.
On Friday night, the Family Research Council blasted out a breathtakingly dishonest alert charging that under ENDA “employers would be forced to reward workers based on their sexual preferences.” FRC’s Tony Perkins called ENDA a “republic-altering piece of legislation that has the power to fundamentally destroy Americans' First Amendment rights.” ...
Also on Friday, the National Organization for Marriage blasted ENDA, calling it “a Trojan horse built to attack the foundational institution of marriage between a man and a woman.”
These Chicken Littles just don't quit.
Former rugby star Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff dance the Paso Doble on Strictly Come Dancing.
Right Wing Watch shares this bit of amateur science from Christian nationalist David Barton, who attributes global climate change to a divine punishment for abortion. When you don't bother voting, remember that some guy around the corner who follows Barton is voting. The problem is not so much the ignorance itself as the aggressiveness with which it is promoted as the basis of public policy. Let's not be smug; the crazies are unrelenting.
Metro Weekly reports:
Nearly two months after several states began blocking requests for benefits by members of the National Guard with a same-sex spouse, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered Pentagon officials Thursday to take immediate action to resolve the situation.
In a speech at the Anti-Defamation League's centennial dinner in New York, Hagel said he ordered the chief of the National Guard Bureau today to meet with commanders in the states that continue to deny the processing of benefits at state installations for same-sex military families and see that federal policy is followed.
"Today, I directed the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Frank Grass, to take immediate action to remedy this situation," Hagel said, according to prepared remarks provided by a senior Defense Department official. "At my direction, he will meet with the Adjutants General from the states where these ID cards are being denied. The Adjutants General will be expected to comply with both lawful direction and DoD policy, in line with the practices of 45 other states and jurisdictions."
Metro Weekly reports. With Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) coming on board in support, and today's swearing-in of pro-gay Sen. Cory Booker, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is one vote shy of the 60 votes it needs for a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate.
ENDA has no chance of passing in the GOP-controlled House, however.
Right Wing Watch provides proof of the anti-gay statements by Virginia Republican Lt. Governor candidate E.W. Jackson:
Now that Virginia Republican lieutenant governor nominee E.W. Jackson is simply denying that he ever said anything that could be considered to be anti-gay, we’ve decided to post a few more clips of Jackson saying things that are totally not at all hostile to gay people.
In a Virginia Family Foundation speech last year, Jackson mocked President Obama for supporting marriage equality and for admiring same-sex couples, adding that he wants to "deliver" gay people
This guy is a lot scarier than Frankenstein's monster.
The moment of revivification from the classic 1931 movie Frankenstein, directed by James Whale.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was sworn in today by Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Senate Chamber. Welcome back to Sen. Booker, who is a D.C. native.
Patrick Jason reports on a new BBC documentary:
Stephen Fry Out There follows the popular comedian as he travels around the world to learn what it means to be gay. He visits the countries of Uganda, America, Russia, Brazil and India and along the way encounters some of the most notorious homophobes on the planet.
From Right Wing Watch, the latest wisdom from Virginia Republican Lt. Governor candidate E.W. Jackson. Message to Mr. Jackson: when our warriors enjoy the rights they are defending, our nation is stronger, not weaker.
That quote is from Red Sox catcher David Ross, referring to #34, Big Papi, Boston's designated hitter David Ortiz. Above is Papi's grand slam from ALCS Game 2 against Detroit on October 13. (BTW, Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter, who went over the wall after the ball, is fine.) During the current World Series, Ortiz tied a World Series record by reaching base in nine consecutive at-bats. So far he is batting a phenomenal .733 in the series, and he is a contender for Most Valuable Player. During game 4, he rallied his teammates with an impromptu speech in the dugout.
The Dominican American slugger gained a bit of broadcasting notoriety last April 20 at Fenway Park when, speaking for the team before the first home game after the Boston Marathon bombing, he said, "This is our fucking city. Nobody is going to dictate our freedom." Shortly thereafter, FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski gave him a pass by tweeting from his official FCC account, "David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston - Julius."
The great-spirited player and team leader does have a temper, as shown below in a clip from July, when he responded to a strikeout call during a game against the Orioles in Camden Yards by smashing the dugout phone with his baseball bat. But he is also gentle with babies.
AFA's Bryan Fischer declares, "I will not have sex with men." His caller challenges his statement that homosexuality is a choice. He's not listening, of course. He just repeats his call for gay people to remain chaste and abstinent. Sorry, Bryan. You don't get to have your preferred manner of lovemaking be clean and virtuous while ours is dirty and sinful. Look around you. We live in a country of diverse cultures, faiths, and sexual orientations. It is not about you.
Matt Baume of AFER with today's marriage news roundup.
Gay City News reports the sad news of the death of noted gay journalist Doug Ireland after a series of health problems in recent years. We add our voices to the sorrow being expressed across the LGBT community today.
I spent five hours today in Israel Baptist Church in northeast Washington helping to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the pastorship there of Rev. Morris L. Shearin, Sr. This ally and friend is a member of the national board of NAACP, which voted 62-2 in May of 2012 to support civil marriage equality.
Rev. Shearin is a humble and decent man, but he was not as comfortable on LGBT matters twenty years ago as president of the DC chapter of NAACP when he rejected a donation from the DC Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gay Men. But a few years later he empowered the chapter's political director, Mark Thompson, to create a task force to push for what became the DC Office of Police Complaints, and that involved reaching out to the ACLU, National Black Police Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance. At the time, it was easier for me and GLAA to respond to Mark's bridge-building effort, since our friends at DC Coalition had so recently felt burned.
Over the years, trust and respect grew between Rev. Shearin and me. We had our friendship with Mark in common, as we followed Mark's career at Sirius/XM Radio. We would encounter each other in the church, in Mark's studio, or around town. It wasn't that Rev. Shearin and I got together and argued over gay marriage. But he did not stand in the way of the new generation of ministers and civil rights leaders, in whom he took pride. I believe that over time our simple perseverance together in good faith, along with countless similar journeys by others across the country, helped lay the groundwork on which national NAACP President Ben Jealous walked to victory in that boardroom last year.
Rev. Thompson, a former associate minister at Israel Baptist who now lives in Harlem, came down to Washington for the worship service Sunday morning. His tribute to Rev. Shearin included a recording from Mark's Sirius/XM radio broadcast of the moment at the 2008 Democratic National Convention when Barack Obama was nominated by acclamation while Rev. Shearin was with Mark in the convention hall and they gave emotional voice to the historic moment.
After the 3 1/2 hour service today, featuring much music and impassioned sermonizing, Mark and I talked about the film 12 Years a Slave (which we both saw in recent days) and what a magnificent achievement it is, and I marveled that Mark's 11-year-old son Menra had sat through its unflinching portrayal of the brutality of slavery with him. Mark recalled that he himself was Menra's age when he watched Roots. Then he had to catch a train back to NYC, while I joined a few hundred people for a repast in the fellowship hall.
The people of that church have always welcomed me. Who would have thought twenty years ago, after Rev. Shearin rejected that donation by the DC Coalition, that I would spend a good portion of this day there helping honor him? What a journey we have traveled. And after such a journey together, how could I not have been there today in my Sunday best? As I left the church at almost 4 pm to walk back to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro in the bright autumn afternoon, I thought how blessed I am to live in this town that so seldom stops to give itself credit. So congrats on 25 years to my friend Pastor Morris Shearin and the good people of Israel Baptist.
Rod 2.0 shares this:
Football diva, sporno hotness, animal rights activist pin up star and homoerotic superhero slash fiction fantasy hotness Chad Johnson adds yet another hyphen to his ever-expanding skill set: Movie star.
The former Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver was spotted last week shirtless on the set of Overtown, a low-budget independent drama currently in production and that is being filmed in Miami. The film is directed by Cess Silvera and is scheduled for a 2014 release.
That's it. I will not marry any woman who does this to herself. Oh, wait.
Addicting Info shares this video of Pat Robertson being a heartless, ignorant jackass. (Not the heaviest of lifting, but we appreciate their efforts nonetheless.)Dear Pat, I respectfully, and with the abiding love of our lord and savior etc. etc., submit two options for your consideration:
(Hat tip: Steven Publicover)
Happy Intersex Awareness Day. Our friend Dana Beyer shares these remarks by Anne Tamar Mattis, and Dana offers these comments:
Today is the International Intersex Awareness Day. You haven't heard much about intersex, even though persons with intersex variations comprise far more of our population than people who identify as trans. That will change, and Anne's organization is working to make that change a reality.
Thank you, Agent Cruz. Your mission to sabotage the GOP from the inside is working better than we expected. But enough with that look. You're creeping even me out, and I'm the one who prepared Agent Crazy Eyes.
White House officials have promised to bring in 'the best and brightest,' which is encouraging unless you are old enough to remember that 'the best and the brightest' was what they called the guys who gave us the war in Vietnam.
Yes, I am old enough to remember that.
(Photo of Gail Collins by Earl Wilson/The New York Times)
The Raw Story reports:
In the video embedded below, Joseph Farah — founder of the “Birther” conspiracy website WorldNetDaily — interviewed African-American conservative Star Parker, who warned that President Barack Obama’s government is going to turn America into an openly gay nation of emotionless, disconnected zombies like "in Europe," who exalt "vileness."
Parker, author of the books Pimps, whores and welfare brats and Uncle Sam's Plantation, is the founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), a Christian ministry. She told Farah that dark times are coming under Obama administration.
Excuse me, but if President Obama is turning all the anti-Euro homophobes into pro-gay Europhiles, how is this lady still decrying it? Does she have immunity, like the last guy standing in town after the Attack of the Pod People? If you're claiming to be silenced, then prove it by shutting up already.
On October 21, Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander, Chairperson of the Committee on Health, held a public oversight roundtable on the state of the District of Columbia Medical Marijuana program. Former GLAA president Bob Summersgill submitted the following comments for the record:
October 21, 2013
Mr. Ronald King
Senior Policy Advisor
Committee on Health
Council of the District of Columbia
Chairperson Yvette M. Alexander
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
Thank you for the opportunity to testify for the record. I recommend that you eliminate the list of qualifying medical conditions in both the Code and the regulations. Leave the determination of whether or not a patient will benefit from medical marijuana to their physician.
The list of qualifying medical condition defined in Regulations 22-C9900 and in the D.C. Code § 7-1671.01.17 has failed to keep up with evolving medical treatments and research.
(17) "Qualifying medical condition" means:
(A) Human immunodeficiency virus;
(B) Acquired immune deficiency syndrome;
(D) Conditions characterized by severe and persistent muscle spasms, such as multiple sclerosis;
(E) Cancer; or
(F) Any other condition, as determined by rulemaking, that is:
(i) Chronic or long-lasting;
(ii) Debilitating or interferes with the basic functions of life; and
(iii) A serious medical condition for which the use of medical marijuana is beneficial:
(I) That cannot be effectively treated by any ordinary medical or surgical measure; or
(II) For which there is scientific evidence that the use of medical marijuana is likely to be significantly less addictive than the ordinary medical treatment for that condition.
Human immunodeficiency virus, or in current jargon, HIV disease does not seem to benefit from marijuana. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), or late stage HIV disease is generally not helped by marijuana. Wasting disease, or cachexia, which is associated with late stage HIV disease, is aided by marijuana.
Glaucoma is not helped by marijuana. High pressure in the eyeball is significantly decreased by marijuana, but it spikes, and wears off with the drug. What is needed is a long-term and steady reduction in eye pressure.
You may want to refer to the Institute of Medicine’s report Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base (1999) http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=6376. For full disclosure, I work for the same organization as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), The National Academies, but in an unrelated unit and I was not involved in developing the report in any way.
Although the report is considered the best compilation on medical marijuana available, it is dated, now 14 years old. Medical research has advanced considerably since the IOM report, and it will continue to advance.
Policymakers are not able to keep up with the changes in medical developments and research, nor should policymakers be expected to be experts on medical treatments. However, medical doctors are expected to be those experts. Doctors remain current on the efficacy and safety of medical marijuana and their judgment should not be constrained by laws and regulations that are quickly out of date.
I strongly recommend that you eliminate the qualifying medical conditions in both the law and the regulations. Let doctors determine whether or not their patient will benefit from medical marijuana.
Commissioner Bob Summersgill
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3F07
3701 Connecticut Avenue, NW #139
Washington, DC 20008
Metro Weekly reports:
First screened locally earlier this year during the DC Black Pride Film Festival, the documentary God Loves Uganda from Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams (pictured, right) opens in D.C. ... Oct. 25, at West End Cinema. The film is about the role of the American evangelical movement, particularly conservative Christian missionaries, in the African country's anti-LGBT mores, including the proposed “Kill The Gays” bill. A reviewer for the Huffington Post called it “the most terrifying film of the year.”
Isn't it comforting to know that malignant frauds like Frothy Mix here can make a good living off of people gullible enough to buy this crap?
Right Wing Watch shares the latest looniness from the Beckoning:
Glenn Beck delivers another rambling monologue in which he says that, eight years ago, Americans were slaves and didn't even know if, but now God finally has a group of people (The Tea Party) to whom He can entrust the country.
Right Wing Watch shares this video from "Coach" Dave Daubenmire that illustrates the topsy-turvy perspective of the anti-gay right: Not letting them bully us constitutes bullying them. Their religious freedom entitles, indeed obligates, them to trample everyone else's religious freedom by imposing their religious views on everyone else using the power of the state.
Here are photos taken by Band of Thebes blogger Stephen Bottum at the October 23 mock trial of the late U.S. Senators Joe McCarthy (R-WI), Styles Bridges (R-NH), and Herman Welker (R-ID) for driving Senator Lester Hunt (D-WY) to suicide in 1954. Shown above are former senator Alan Simpson (R-WY), who offered preliminary remarks; Trevor Potter, who played the prosecutor; former GLAA president Mindy Daniels, who played the defense attorney; and I (Rick Rosendall), who played Lt. Roy Blick of the Metropolitan Police Department vice squad, which had arrested Sen. Hunt's son, Lester Jr., for soliciting a plainclothes male officer in Lafayette Square in June 1953.
The jury convicted McCarthy, Bridges, and Welker of violating 18 U.S.C. 372, which makes it a crime for “two or more persons in any State, Territory, Possession, or District conspire to prevent, by force, intimidation, or threat, any person from accepting or holding any office, trust, or place of confidence under the United States, or from discharging any duties thereof, or to induce by like means any officer of the United States to leave the place, where his duties as an officer are required to be performed, or to injure him in his person or property on account of his lawful discharge of the duties of his office, or while engaged in the lawful discharge thereof, or to injure his property so as to molest, interrupt, hinder, or impede him in the discharge of his official duties."
Ryan J. Reilly at HuffPo reports:
A Republican precinct official in North Carolina resigned from his position Thursday, after The Daily Show aired a segment on the state's voter ID law in which he criticized "lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything."
Don Yelton stepped down from his position in the Buncombe County Republican Party, Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell told WRAL.
"When I was a young man you didn't call a black a black," Yelton said during the interview. "You called him a negro."
In a press release, the Buncombe GOP -- which has the slogan "Moving forward without forgetting our past" on its website -- called Yelton's comments "offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party."
There's a priceless moment when Mandvi is interviewing Rep. John Lewis, and shows him a photo of civil rights leaders from the 1960s and says the men in the picture would be ashamed of his saying racist-this and racist-that, and Lewis says, "I'm in that picture" and points to his 20-something self. If you don't think you can be appalled and laugh simultaneously, watch this.