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>Openly terrific

June 23, 2010

>The President hosted a reception in honor of LGBT Pride month yesterday.

I’m wondering if Rick and Bubba will be able to hold their tongues. They’ve been warned by their sponsors and by their syndicator to hold down their rhetoric or face the music.

While most of the local community has heard what the sponsors are saying (both Academy Sports and Bojangles Chicken have said they don’t agree with Rick Burgess’ comments and told the radio hosts as much, and that if they targeted gays or any other group like that again they would pull their sponsorship. The syndicator of the show is unhappy as well, and he doesn’t want to hear any more reports of such talk.

Here is the president speaking at the reception. He called Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis, lesbian and gay members of the House of Representative, “openly terrific.”

I think that’s a great new term for us. Because being gay is terrific.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also spoke at an event celebrating LGBT Pride month.

She was the first first lady to march in a Pride parade.

“Human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights once and for all.”

One of my facebook friends, and straight woman who took part in the civil rights struggles during the 1960’s posted this comment on one of my facebook posts yesterday.

June is Pride Month. President Obama has called upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their lives and everywhere it exists.

    I am so proud of our straight allies and the way they take up for us against the hurtful rhetoric of the right.

    So many people have told me or have posted on facebook that this year’s Pride has given them more inspiration than they have felt in years. Polls are showing that Americans are now more accepting of Equality than they have ever been, and many religious groups or individual churches are realizing that LGBT people are created and loved by God just as they are.

    In spite of the vocal frustration with the Obama administration on the slowness of advancement of LGBT Equality, we really should be thankful of the progress that has been made.

    These things come to mind.

    Passage of the (inclusive) Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act.

    Repeal of the HIV ban on travel.

    Hospital visitation for lesbian and gay partners (in hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid.

    Federal employee benefits.

    Broadening of the definition of “son and daughter” so employers would be required to offer workers in same sex relationships the same right to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for partner’s newborns or to adopt (announced yesterday by the labor department).

    And the president’s call for congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to pass an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and the pending end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell(DADT). The House has passed the repeal, the Senate Armed Services Comittee has approved, and the full Senate will vote someday.

    Country singer Chely Wright was at the President’s reception.

    Here is her video for “I Already Do.”

    >Catching up on the craziness

    April 14, 2010

    >There is so much craziness going on, and all of it seems to be coming from the Party of No, at various levels.

    The picture is not of Republican crazies, more on this group later.

    First, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed a bill that restricts abortion to less than 20 weeks based on the assertion that fetuses feel pain after that.

    Based on that logic, shouldn’t he also be signing a bill that bans circumcision? I’m just askin’.

    *****

    Hillary Clinton’s name is being tossed around as a possible nominee to SCOTUS to replace Justice John Paul Stevens. A Republican friend of mine is promoting a conservative Internet “poll” which so far has 91% of respondents voting “no” to the possibility of a Clinton appointment. I would love to see Secretary Clinton appointed.

    Also a lot of talk is being generated about Obama has to pick a “mainstream” nominee. What in the world does that mean? Republicans want a a progressive president to pick a conservative Supreme Court Justice. Ha! Obama could pick Mother Teresa (were she still alive) and Republicans would fight the nomination. So, President, pick whoever you want, because you are going to get a fight anyway, so you might as well fight for someone that fires up your base.

    *****

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell want the big banks to fail. In fact, he says we can’t get out of this recession until they do.

    Not only is the GOP the Party of No, they are the Party of Fail. Rush Limbaugh wants the president and the country to fail, now their senate leader is wanting the banks to fail.

    Sorry, Mitch, but the President’s plan (that rescued us from economic meltdown) is working. I hate to get all “economics” on you (maybe in a later post), but we need to be hoping for the banks to succeed, just as we need to be hoping for small businesses to succeed.

    *****

    And John McCain. What can I say? He is just a poor old man that should have quit while he was ahead. Americans used to love and respect him. Many Democrats and independents supported his presidential bid in 2000. You know, when he was making his name known as a maverick.
    Now he has just gone Borneo it seems (that’s an old college phrase for “whacko”).

    *****

    Speaking of old college days and such, I’m sure glad that there are still some hippies entertaining us.

    Enjoy this video by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

    >In Afghanistan….

    September 2, 2009

    >The U. S. military does not allow gays to participate openly because “it would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline.”

    Of course, “straight” people in Afghanistan who are guarding our embassy can do this:

    Granted, these are not military, so they are not America’s best, but still. For more pictures, including pictures of security contractors get their kicks peeing on one another, simulating anal sex, doing “butt shots,” and “eating potato chips out of ass cracks,” go to Gawker.

    “They have a group of sexual predators, deviants running rampant over there. No, they are not jamming guys in the ass per say [sic], but they are showing poor judgenment [sic].” Most of it appears to have been voluntary, but those who didn’t really want to drink vodka shots out of the clenched butt-cheeks of their male co-workers were penalized and reported barricading themselves in their rooms. And sometimes the behavior extended to the locals:

    “An Afghan national employed as a food service worker at the guard corps’ base at Camp Sullivan submitted a signed statement dated August 16, 2009, attesting that a guard force supervisor and four others entered a dining facility on August 1, 2009, wearing only short underwear and brandishing bottles of alcohol. Upon leaving the facility, the guard force supervisor allegedly grabbed the Afghan national by the face and began abusing him with foul language, saying, “You are very good for fXXXing.” The Afghan national reported that he “was too afraid of them I could not tell them any thing.”

    These are the people guarding our embassy. I hope Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has her way, no, let me re-phrase this, fires their asses and has them incarcerated where they can have some real fun.

    What an embarrassment.

    >Convention Day 2

    August 27, 2008

    >The Democrats continue to “wow” the voters of the country from Denver. Now I know that not everyone, me included, watches every speech by every democrat, but whatever speech you see inspires and restores faith that our country can return to one with respect and integrity and promise.

    Lilly Ledbetter, the Alabama Goodyear worker who was paid less because she is a woman, and who took her fight for equality all the way to the Supreme Court, spoke. While I can’t find an embeddable video of her speech last night, here she is explaining her fight. The right wing Supreme Court ruled that she should have filed a complaint within 6 months of her first paycheck that was different from her co-workers. Problem is, there was no way for her to know what her co-workers were being paid. She, and millions of women like her, will never receive the pay she is due.

    For a full transcript of her prepared speech, click here.

    Shouldn’t women who do equal work receive equal pay? McCain thinks not. Obama thinks so.

    Brian Schweitzer is the Governor of Montana. When can we get him as president? This short video is an example of his ability to make a point and entertain at the same time.

    “Petro-dictators will never own America’s wind and sunshine”

    He closed with “That’s it baby, let’s go win this election. God bless America.”

    Then came Mark Warner, the former governor of Virginia running to become senator from that state. News anchors were warning he needed to be careful because he needs moderates and conservative votes to win. That may be true, but checking the polls I see that Warner is up by 24, so I think he has some leeway and he let it loose.

    Watch his speech here.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/26413833#26413833

    Then came Hillary, and the speech the nation has been waiting for. When she entered the arena, I realized that she is as big a celebrity as Barack. But, contrary to what McCain believes, there is nothing wrong with celebrity. America loves celebrity.

    Hillary addressed her “sisterhood of the travelling pantsuits” with a sincere and powerful endorsement of Barack Obama, and I truly don’t understand those who don’t get it. Oh well, they will only have themselves to blame when health care becomes out of reach for even more Americans, Exxon continues to rack up record profits, and we have to start eating grass and pine comes from our backyards. Oh yeah, and when we are fighting wars on so many fronts that it is impossible to win and finish any of them, and their sons and daughters or making their third and fourth deployment. That is the future under John McCain. Oh, and when our science textbooks are written by theocrats that care more about controlling kids than teaching them science. That is McCain.

    Wake up people.

    While Hillary’s endorsement of Barack was anticipated and necessary, her case against John McCain was clear and accurate. Here she sums it up in 56 seconds.

    Watch the full speech here.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/26414383#26414383

    Immediate reaction was positive, from every news site except Fox, who obviously lost the feed from the convention floor and did not see the speech. That is the only explanation.

    MSNBC

    Rachel Maddow: She just nailed it

    CNN

    Anderson Cooper: Electrified everyone, and got them out of their seats.

    David Gergan: Her finest moment in politics.

    Then Fox:

    Bill Kristol: Shockingly minimal endorsement.

    Mort Kondracke: Agreed with Kristol.

    Fred Barnes: I think the Obama people will complain.

    Next time guys, watch the speech before you comment on it.

    >Stay in Hillary, and Signs in Bessemer

    May 8, 2008

    >Hillary should stay in the race

    Barack Obama will be the nominee of the Democrats, I have no doubt. But Hillary’s presence in the race, and the discourse between the two candidates brings countless new people into the process in every state when a primary occurs. I can not remember an election in which voters in every state felt as though they were having a say in who the nominee would be.

    These new voters might not have seen the light had it not been for the opportunity to make a choice and express it through voting, many of them for the first time. Since the Democrats will need every vote in November to defeat McBush, the primaries should continue. Then, as Hillary has already indicated, we will all come together and support Obama. Kumbaya.

    Signs in Bessemer

    Sometimes a sign looks like this:

    The sign pictured is at the Red Rock Convenience Store located at Arlington Avenue and 19th Street in Bessemer’s Historic Southside. That is a business that many in the area would like to see closed down, but there are some in the area who want it to remain open because (as some suspect) it gives them a place to gather and sell their drugs (conveniently). This sign has been in its current position for years, and when I walk to town on the city sidewalk, I have to leave the sidewalk and either walk in the street or walk through the parking lot. I don’t think an entity can place a sign across a sidewalk, so I will ask our council person to look in to this.

    Across the street is this sign:


    In front of this building.

    I have written about this historic property before, but that was when I thought the school board would use common sense and sell the property to a nearby developer who was going to restore the building. Then they got greedy, and want to use the property to make money by selling it for more than anyone would pay for it, while it continues to decline at an exponential rate.

    Then there is this sign:

    and I only include it here because I featured another sign here on this post last year.

    Sometimes signs are more subtle, such as a sign that Bessemer might actually be moving forward on issues that have been overlooked for years. Council president Jesse Matthews said “We’re going to take some aggressive moves out in the districts,” in an interview reported in the Western Tribune.

    “He cited problems in the older neighborhoods topping the priority list” according to the paper, including getting rid of old burned out houses and repaving of roads. That’s kind of ironic, as we approach the first anniversary of my columns in The Western Tribune. My first column was titled “Three things that Bessemer needs now” and while not in my original list, the column ended with “…let’s see…Re-paving streets?”

    Where are the streets worse, Bessemer or Birmingham? I drive in both cities every day, and it’s close. On Birmingham’s southside, 2oth street driving south just past the fountain is about the worst road I drive on. Or there is the railroad crossing in Powderly or the streets I take in West Birmingham on the way to UAB. I don’t know, they are all bad, especially when you drive a bouncy little pick up truck.

    But in Bessemer, where potholes and crummy repairs are spread all around the city, at least the council president is talking about paving. And improvements in our communities, something we haven’t heard from council leadership in years. Let’s see if he can follow through.

    Stay in Hillary, and Signs in Bessemer

    May 8, 2008

    Hillary should stay in the race

    Barack Obama will be the nominee of the Democrats, I have no doubt. But Hillary’s presence in the race, and the discourse between the two candidates brings countless new people into the process in every state when a primary occurs. I can not remember an election in which voters in every state felt as though they were having a say in who the nominee would be.

    These new voters might not have seen the light had it not been for the opportunity to make a choice and express it through voting, many of them for the first time. Since the Democrats will need every vote in November to defeat McBush, the primaries should continue. Then, as Hillary has already indicated, we will all come together and support Obama. Kumbaya.

    Signs in Bessemer

    Sometimes a sign looks like this:

    The sign pictured is at the Red Rock Convenience Store located at Arlington Avenue and 19th Street in Bessemer’s Historic Southside. That is a business that many in the area would like to see closed down, but there are some in the area who want it to remain open because (as some suspect) it gives them a place to gather and sell their drugs (conveniently). This sign has been in its current position for years, and when I walk to town on the city sidewalk, I have to leave the sidewalk and either walk in the street or walk through the parking lot. I don’t think an entity can place a sign across a sidewalk, so I will ask our council person to look in to this.

    Across the street is this sign:


    In front of this building.

    I have written about this historic property before, but that was when I thought the school board would use common sense and sell the property to a nearby developer who was going to restore the building. Then they got greedy, and want to use the property to make money by selling it for more than anyone would pay for it, while it continues to decline at an exponential rate.

    Then there is this sign:

    and I only include it here because I featured another sign here on this post last year.

    Sometimes signs are more subtle, such as a sign that Bessemer might actually be moving forward on issues that have been overlooked for years. Council president Jesse Matthews said “We’re going to take some aggressive moves out in the districts,” in an interview reported in the Western Tribune.

    “He cited problems in the older neighborhoods topping the priority list” according to the paper, including getting rid of old burned out houses and repaving of roads. That’s kind of ironic, as we approach the first anniversary of my columns in The Western Tribune. My first column was titled “Three things that Bessemer needs now” and while not in my original list, the column ended with “…let’s see…Re-paving streets?”

    Where are the streets worse, Bessemer or Birmingham? I drive in both cities every day, and it’s close. On Birmingham’s southside, 2oth street driving south just past the fountain is about the worst road I drive on. Or there is the railroad crossing in Powderly or the streets I take in West Birmingham on the way to UAB. I don’t know, they are all bad, especially when you drive a bouncy little pick up truck.

    But in Bessemer, where potholes and crummy repairs are spread all around the city, at least the council president is talking about paving. And improvements in our communities, something we haven’t heard from council leadership in years. Let’s see if he can follow through.

    >Primary Comments

    February 6, 2008

    >I don’t know if Mormons recognize Lent, but I have an idea for Mitt Romney…give up politics. The Dominionist candidate kicked your tail all across the South, allowing the Warmonger candidate to solidify his lead.

    Again what a night for the Democratic Party, as we show once again that we have two strong candidates for president and voters go to the polls in record numbers to indicate their choices. All of my comments are based on current information and returns, which is not complete.

    My preference of course is Clinton, and while she did not win in Alabama, look at the difference between Alabama and Georgia. Obama won by 34% in Georgia, but only by 14% in Alabama. Are we that different than Georgia?

    While all the votes are not yet counted, and all the delegates not yet awarded, at this point Clinton is still ahead. Votes don’t select candidates, delegates do.

    And the popular vote across the country favors Clinton by quite a bit. I added all the totals for all the states that have voted so far, and Clinton leads 9,723,766 to Obama’s 8,354,065. That is 53.8% to 46.2%. Of course popular vote does not elect presidents either, but it is better to be ahead than behind.

    The greatest wins for Hillary in my opinion were the victory in Massachusetts and California. In Mass, where both Senator Kennedy and Senator Kerry endorsed Obama, Clinton won easily, by about 15%. And in California, where the Oprah – Kennedy – Shriver fest pulled in thousands of potential voters last week, Clinton won by about 10%, after “polls” showed Obama with a chance to win.

    Precinct results are not available yet, and as a result delegate results are not available either.

    Alicia Keys likes Hillary. Watch this video of her song Superwoman:

    Great song Alicia. And great video.

    U. S. News and World reports that the Republican National Committee is levying fines for refering to Hillary or Obama by their first names. Makes them appear too friendly and likable. $10. Well, they are more likable than the candidates of the Republican Party.

    Primary Comments

    February 6, 2008

    I don’t know if Mormons recognize Lent, but I have an idea for Mitt Romney…give up politics. The Dominionist candidate kicked your tail all across the South, allowing the Warmonger candidate to solidify his lead.

    Again what a night for the Democratic Party, as we show once again that we have two strong candidates for president and voters go to the polls in record numbers to indicate their choices. All of my comments are based on current information and returns, which is not complete.

    My preference of course is Clinton, and while she did not win in Alabama, look at the difference between Alabama and Georgia. Obama won by 34% in Georgia, but only by 14% in Alabama. Are we that different than Georgia?

    While all the votes are not yet counted, and all the delegates not yet awarded, at this point Clinton is still ahead. Votes don’t select candidates, delegates do.

    And the popular vote across the country favors Clinton by quite a bit. I added all the totals for all the states that have voted so far, and Clinton leads 9,723,766 to Obama’s 8,354,065. That is 53.8% to 46.2%. Of course popular vote does not elect presidents either, but it is better to be ahead than behind.

    The greatest wins for Hillary in my opinion were the victory in Massachusetts and California. In Mass, where both Senator Kennedy and Senator Kerry endorsed Obama, Clinton won easily, by about 15%. And in California, where the Oprah – Kennedy – Shriver fest pulled in thousands of potential voters last week, Clinton won by about 10%, after “polls” showed Obama with a chance to win.

    Precinct results are not available yet, and as a result delegate results are not available either.

    Alicia Keys likes Hillary. Watch this video of her song Superwoman:

    Great song Alicia. And great video.

    U. S. News and World reports that the Republican National Committee is levying fines for refering to Hillary or Obama by their first names. Makes them appear too friendly and likable. $10. Well, they are more likable than the candidates of the Republican Party.

    My Question for Hillary

    February 3, 2008

    Monday night Hillary Clinton is participating in a town hall meeting that will be broadcast live on the Hallmark Channel and on her web site.

    “We’re planning our Voices Across America town hall meeting. We’ll hear from people in Alabama and all across America. This event — one of the biggest town hall meetings America has ever seen — will be broadcast live Monday night on Hallmark Channel starting at 9 p.m. EST. Or you can watch it live on hillaryclinton.com. “

    I submitted the following question:

    Artur Davis, the Alabama campaign manager for your opponent, at a recent forum in Birmingham said that the GLBT community should not look to Washington (or Montgomery, our state capital) for change, in spite of the fact that it took Washington leadership to bring change in civil rights. Could the GLBT community look to the Clinton administration for change?

    You can ask a question here

    I will be surprised if my question is asked of the candidate.

    >My Question for Hillary

    February 3, 2008

    >Monday night Hillary Clinton is participating in a town hall meeting that will be broadcast live on the Hallmark Channel and on her web site.

    “We’re planning our Voices Across America town hall meeting. We’ll hear from people in Alabama and all across America. This event — one of the biggest town hall meetings America has ever seen — will be broadcast live Monday night on Hallmark Channel starting at 9 p.m. EST. Or you can watch it live on hillaryclinton.com. “

    I submitted the following question:

    Artur Davis, the Alabama campaign manager for your opponent, at a recent forum in Birmingham said that the GLBT community should not look to Washington (or Montgomery, our state capital) for change, in spite of the fact that it took Washington leadership to bring change in civil rights. Could the GLBT community look to the Clinton administration for change?

    You can ask a question here

    I will be surprised if my question is asked of the candidate.