Obama Includes Trans-Gendered In Transition Team

hrcOne of the many things that choked me up on Election Night was not only Sen Barack Obama’s win, but the fact that he included “Gay” people in his acceptance speech. I was damp around the eye-lids, I have to admit. True, GLBT folks were handed a terrible setback with California’s Proposition 8 story, but you have to admit: Getting mentioned during a Presidential Election Acceptance speech is a very big deal! The GLBT community has come a very long way in the past 37 years since Stonewall.

Obama seems to be keeping on track by including a non-discrimination policy as his transition team is assembled. Again, a caveat for the GLBT community who will be judged on the merit of their work – and not by their clothes, their sexuality or their sexual identity. For the first time in American history, gay and trans gendered applicants will be hired by their talent and their work ethic. And that, is worth bragging about.

From Page Q:

The Obama-Biden Transition Project does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law,” says the website of the Office of the President-elect, Change.gov.

ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel Christopher E. Anders said the statement sends a clear message from the Obama-Biden team. Anders goes on:

“As the new Administration gears up, it should be focused on hiring the best people for the job,” Anders added. “By including sexual orientation and gender identity in its non-discrimination policy, the Obama-Biden transition team makes clear that it will focus on the relevant qualities that actually predict an applicant’s success on the job – professional experience, character, skills and education.”

GLBT people finally might get the break they’ve longed for in this new Administration. Anders continues:

“President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden, by explicitly rejecting the bigotry and intolerance of the past, are committing that gay, lesbian, and transgender professionals can serve in government without fear of discrimination,” Anders added. “This is a critical next step in securing the basic rights of LGBT community.”

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese weighed in by saying:

“We’re already seeing the initial signs that President-elect Obama is committed to welcoming the experience and talents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people within his administration. After years of President Bush’s special counsel refusing to enforce fair hiring practices in regards to LGBT workers, this statement signals that change is happening and that our community is a rightful part of it.”

Yes, loosing in California’s Proposition 8 was a difficult blow. But knowing, fianlly — that we have a friend in the White House, makes it all worth while. I’m expecting hundreds of new opportunities opening up including a death watch on that ridiculous “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” thing.

So we had a set back. Big deal. All we need to do is find our tiaras, hop back up on those stilettos and finish the fight in California and everywhere. And with Obama in the White House, we’re allowed an extra little shaving of hope once again.

Barack Obama’s Great Hate Parade

Barack Obama RapperBarack Obama’s campaign is now appearing more as a parade of silliness than as a serious candidate for the President of the United States. The author of Obama’s official campaign blog is now reaching for straws while observing Obama’s public speeches. Applying a “GLBT” message where there isn’t much more than a mention of diversity in what Barack Obama actually said.

This story gained helium last week when the Senator jealously tried to fish for more votes from the African-American voter community. Obama set up a three-city tour of gospel singers for him to go out on tour and his star headliner was Donnie McClurkin, the same McClurkin who sang at the 2004 Republican National Convention. The link, from Fox News, is entitled: “Gay Minister Joins Obama in Concert in S.C.” is misleading, because according to McClurkin, he’s no longer gay. (Leave it to Fox to screw up their own philosophies and the prophets that preach them.) Pam Spaulding has a video of McClurkin’s 204 GOP/NRC performance, if you’re really that desperate.

Not only does Donnie McClurkin believe he’s gay anymore, but he also believes that the rest of “the Gays” are murdering children and they’re cursed. The National Black Justice Coalition quotes McClurkin saying referencing “The Gays”:

“The gloves are off and if there’s going to be a war, there’s going to be a war. But it will be a war with a purpose?. I’m not in the mood to play with those who are trying to kill our children.”

So, we have an alleged X-Gay who’s now preaching the GospelPMS Detergent and getting Grammy Awards for singing Gospel Music, and after all of that hatred towards gay and lesbian people…and, McClurkin is allowed to call himself a Christian? Why is Senator Barack Obama saddling up with this kind of hate-monger? One more rhetorical question, I promise: Did Donnie McClurkin really manage to pray all that gay away?

The other singing “sensation” that went out on tour with Obama and McClurkin are a couple of sisters Tina Atkins and Erica Campbell who formed a group called “Mary Mary”. These lovely ladies started singing in church, but now they’re at bars and clubs and singing Jesus’ praises and spreading God’s Love everywhere they go. And when these two get interviewed by Vibe Magazine, the “gay question” is brought up.

Said Vibe:

I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but you have a large gay following. How do you feel about homosexuality and having a gay following?

Erica was the first to reply (the highlights are my own):

We are aware. Um… how do I feel about homosexuality? I feel how God feels about it, um… but I still love them. You know what I mean? I don’t agree with the lifestyle, but I love them. They can come to the concert; I’m going to hug them just like I hug everybody else. They have issues and need somebody to encourage them like everybody else – just like the murderer, just like the one full of pride, just like the prostitute, everybody needs God. What your struggle is may not be what my struggle is, but we all need Him. So, that’s what our music is about: giving and God. Not to condone the lifestyle or to say, Oh it’s okay, but not to bash – but just to give them God.

Fruit LoopsErica here equates homosexuality to murderers, prostitutes and people who are “full of pride”. Did you just choke on your Fruit Loops and have a little milk erp out of your nose? Tina picks it up from there by saying:

Everyone has things in their life that they need to correct, everybody has struggles. Even though that’s the way we feel, we don’t bash, and we embrace everybody who enjoys our music. Hopefully our music is impacting them in a way that, if they see there’s some things in their life that’s not quite right and doesn’t align themselves with what the Bible says – hopefully our music impacts them in a way that makes them want to change it.

Miss Thing here – she’s gay bashing but wants you to know she just isn’t into gay bashing. She’s quick to point out others who “align themselves” with the Bible and dumb enough to for skip over that part that says; “Judge not, lest ye be judged.

This is Barack Obama’s way to “reaching” out to the African-American voter? Was it his idea is to hatch the Black version of the Klu Klux Klan? The hate-speech that spews from these people on their hatred towards Gays and Lesbian and it makes Barack Obama look like the Grand Marshall of that Hate Parade.

Senator Obama makes it worse by desperately trying to make it better. HRC’s Chair Joe Solmonese issued a statement to the Senator’s campaign expressing his disappointment in his decisions to work with these hate-mongering slobs. BarackAndy Sidden Obama lunged for a chance to fix the problem and so he grabs Rev Andy Sidden, a white gay minister from Garden of Grace United Church of Christ in Winston-Salem, NC and puts him on the ticket. Mega-fast Joe Solmonese whipped out a new statement clarifying he had nothing to do with recommending Sidden.

Really… A white guy? He decided on a white guy?!

Let me guess Senator: You put a gay white dude on the ticket so you could demonstrate that African-American stereotype that says “gay” is a white-only thing? You couldn’t find a gay African-American that would be more suited to find that “American Love-In” that you were so hoping for? Oh wait, you did find two gay African-American ministers who could have represented the LGBT community very well in spite of this Big Black Hate Machine you created. Both Bishop Yvette Flunder and Bishop Tonyia Rawls of Unity Fellowship of North Carolina were available and passed over in exchange of the white gay guy. Rev. Michael Eric Dyson and Bishop Carlton Pearson were two gay male ministers who were also passed over in exchange of a white guy.

This Great Hate Parade concert ended badly and the blame goes to Donnie McClurkin. John Aravosis culled the final half from the New York Times:

He approached the subject gingerly at first. Then, just when the concert had seemed to reach its pitch and about to end, Mr. McClurkin returned to it with a full-blown plea: “Don’t call me a bigot or anti-gay when I have suffered the same feelings,” he cried.

“God delivered me from homosexuality,” he added. He then told the audience to believe the Bible over the blogs: “God is the only way.” The crowd sang and clapped along in full support….

Mr. McClurkin: Not only are you a bigot and anti-gay, you’re also liar, a hypocrite, hate-monger, a fucking whore for both the Republican Party and the Democrat Party and you’re a charlatan.

By the way, what happened to our lonely white gay minister? Why wasn’t he front and center to make sure the GLBT voice was heard after McClurkin’s tirade of hate? He wasn’t. Because after his short prayer at the beginning of the evening’s concernt, Sidden slipped out the ehem…proverbial “back door” and left the concert. And who could blame him? It’s a Hate Fest on gays and since Senator Barack Obama didn’t even bother to show up for the closing show anyway. Sidden’s already made his money. I would have skipped town too!

Now that three days have passed, Senator Obama is still tooting his “Horn of Diversity”. His official “blog master” on the Obama ’08 website makes note of his speech in Cedar Rapids, IA at Coe College.

Obama also reiterated his support for civil unions for same-sex couples, giving props to the younger generation for being more open to change, and saying that as one of the younger candidates in the race, he wants to be a part of that process. “Part of my job as president I think is to deliver a message that everybody is part of the American family,” he said. “Not just some people. And obviously as somebody who is African-American – my mother is from Kansas, my father was from Kenya, I grew up in Indonesia, I have a sister who looks Spanish, I’ve got a brother in law who is Chinese-Canadian – I’m very sensitive to making sure that everybody feels a part of America. And that’s one of the things I think I can bring to this presidency. The day I’m inaugurated the country will look at itself differently and I think be more tolerant.”

Thanks for those kind words, Senator. We realizehypocrisy that if Hillary Clinton put together a Hate Parade with a musical tour throughout South Carolina with acts that proudly proclaim: “BLACKS ARE A CURSE!” and “BLACK MEN KILL CHILDREN!”, you and the African-American community would think differently about “hate in America”. And if John Edwards would put together a duet of sexy blond whores who equate black people with murderers and prostitution, you’ll be ready-fast with a white gay guy as your personal human shield.

Senator Obama hasn’t been without opportunity to clear this up and distance himself from the Great Hate Parade he created. He has since appeared on Ellen Degeneres’ show. Ellen, who’s an openly gay woman and who’s mother Betty is an active member of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), a spokesperson for the HRC Coming Out Project and writes a column for Planet Out e-magazine, could have created a wonderful healing moment for both the GLBT and the African-American community. Ellen, Mom Betty and Barack Obama could have become a lightning rod of attention for both the black and the GLBT communities. Obama’s best chance for a “uniting voice” within the chaos and return to looking like a true candidate for President of the United States. But he didn’t. Instead, he decided to shoot the breeze FruitFlyabout the ironic connection in ancestry between his family and Vice President Dick Cheney’s. Then he danced around the floor with Ellen and the two grooved to a few catchy dance-steps and it was done.

BOO! <HISSS> BOO!

 

Found floating in a puddle on a rural dirt road

Props for Stephanie Miller

Stephanie MillerStephanie Miller, and her very unfortunate mono-eyebrow problem received props from the Pundits section in The Hill. Miller, my future lesbian-partner, has been on MSNBC every morning all week filling in for the missing Imus. I didn’t see any of it, although I wanted to just to see what the two guys on her show look like. Little has been seen in Cyberville except for this:

Stephanie is a comedienne, radio host and progressive impressario, and it’s great to see her doing cable television.

She’s funny, pointed, provocative, progressive and her time on MSNBC is a mini-breakthrough and I suspect we’ll be seeing more of her.

Congratulations Steph! You and your mono-eyebrow got yourself on a prime-time hour and you flubbed it with President Bush .. ehem “Teddy” bears and arm-pit sweat.

When will Steph dump Chris Lavoie and hire a real “Gay”?

HRC’s Joe Solmonese Interviews Sr VP PETA

On The Agenda, aired on XM Radio 5/8/2007, Joe Solmonese interviewed Dan Matthews, Sr VP of PETA. During the interview, Mr. Matthews made a few claims that simply aren’t true.

Matthews points out that humans are the only species that drinks milk as adults, and humans are the only species that drinks milk from another species. Pretty bold comment, considering Mr. Matthews may have never visited a good old fashioned family dairy farm. If he had, he would have noticed the number of cats that line up and meow relentlessly hoping a cow’s teat would be aimed at them during the milking process.

The other day, I was clumsy and spilt some Grade A 1% on the floor. Our dog Otis was front and center and cleaned up the spill quite promptly.

Perhaps Mr. Matthews would be better served if he pointed out that humans keep cows, goats, sheep and other such mammals in a lactose-state. That if you stop milking a cow, she’ll slow down production until she goes conceives a calf. But if you continue to milk the beast – it’ll continue to give milk. Maybe that’s considered cruel too.

Mr. Matthews also pointed out all people should become vegans like him..because if we’re not vegans – we’re being extra-super cruel to our fine furry friends. Well said, except if you’re an Eskimo. Beating a baby seal over the head might be cruel according to Mr. Matthrews – but it’s survival and nutrition ananlysis for our Eskimo friends up north.

Bunker BlastingBunker Blaster

More and more gossip is floating around that GW Bush is caving, mentally. The technical term is “Bunker Blasting“, that point when a person is under so much pressure certain personality traits usually suppressed under normal circumstances escape out. Bipolar behaviors show up at inconvenient times, sudden unprovoked rage and temper tantrums, or perhaps something like this;

Sometimes insider gossip seems to confirm what all us outsiders think we’re seeing, so, for what it’s worth…we’re hearing that some big money players up from Texas recently paid a visit to their friend in the White House. The story goes that they got out exactly one question, and the rest of the meeting consisted of The President in an extended whine, a rant, actually, about no one understands him, the critics are all messed up, if only people would see what he’s doing things would be OK…etc., etc.

This is called a “bunker mentality” and it’s not attractive when a friend does it. When the friend is the President of the United States, it can be downright dangerous. Apparently the Texas friends were suitably appalled, hence the story now in circulation.

Think Progress was “keen and savvy” in their posting the same story with an interesting parallelism with Nixon’s Buster Blasting behavior:

“Bush has apparently taken to whining about how unappreciated he his. As I recall, Nixon started talking the same way, right before he was driven from office. This isn’t encouraging. In fact, if Bush starts wondering what he can do to prove everyone wrong about his greatness, this kind of thinking could get scary.”

You can also see it showing up in the tabloid news as well.

Fred Phelps hates Dick (Cheney)

You can only take so much of the “God Hates Fags” Asshole from Kansas. You watch the YouTube video and Phelps goes on a tear about what kind of demon-seed Dick’s dick has spawned through his lesbian daughter. I laughed for about three minutes before I began to wonder about Kansas law and what defines a person who’s completely insane.

ESPN sports laughs a Republicans

It’s a rare time for ESPN to get involved with the political scene, but you can’t help it when a Republican presidential hopeful flies up to Chedderville and makes a Dan Quayle sized gaff:

The GOP presidential hopeful drew boos and groans Friday at the Wisconsin Republican Party convention when he used a football analogy to talk about the need to focus on families.

“This is fundamental blocking and tackling,” he said. “This is your line in football. If you don’t have a line, how many passes can Peyton Manning complete? Greatest quarterback, maybe, in NFL history.

Corrupt Bastards Club

The Alaskan Daily News has picked up and coined the new cliche for the Republican Party as a whole, specifically now with the Alaskan GOP. Let’s remember that the entire Ohio Republican Party is either already in jail, or are facing jail time – and with Randy Duke Cunningham, Tom DeLay and the rest who are facing jail time…calling the Republican Party the “Corrupt Bastards Club” in the generic sense of the word suits them well.

Included in the search were the offices of four legislators associated with the Corrupt Bastards Club: Stevens, Rep. Pete Kott, R-Eagle River; Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage; and Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla.

Also searched were the offices of Sen. Donald Olson, D-Nome, and Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau.

A copy of one of the search warrants, obtained by The Associated Press, links the investigation to the new production tax law signed last month by Murkowski and the natural gas pipeline draft contract Murkowski and the state’s three largest oil companies negotiated.

Do you remember the US Senator Ted Stevens who demanded that a bridge costing $300 million that connect to an uninhabited island? It was the same US Senator who said the Internet was a bunch of “tubes and wires“… Well, even his son, Ben Stevens, a State Senator in Alaska has been included in the same investigation…

Campaign contributions from VECO executives to 11 lawmakers, includingOld Fruitflies Chenault, were detailed in a guest opinion article that ran in the state’s three largest newspapers in March. A 12th lawmaker, Senate President Ben Stevens, the son of U.S. Sen Ted Stevens, was also noted in the article as receiving generous consulting fees from VECO. Stevens has collected more than $240,000 from VECO since 2000.

(a humble piece of rotting fruit in offer to the dailykos.com in thanks)

US v EuroA Sunday Skewl Teacher named Chino Stripes

Chino came to live up here in Minnesota and had a tough time with our winters, and so he moved back to St Louis. Now he sits and checks out chicks asses and slams members of the “Corrupt Bastards Club” (A.D.D. readers, please re-read and repeat three times!)

If you like to look at chick’s butts and discuss politics – click up there. Otherwise, email me for some nice photographs of some great looking “man ass”!!

Me

I’ve been off-line for a month now. Exhausted and still very pissed off at the Minnesota DFL, the DLC, DNC and especially the GOP. Perhaps US politicians have truly forgotten the voice of the American people. One thing is for certain: We best figure it out fast.