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Now, That’s a March!


slide_3137_44420_largeRemember last month when the right wing tea partiers had their little march on Washington? Organized by the leader of the Republican Party, Glenn (Crybaby) Beck, supported by and advertised on Fox News ad nauseum for well over three months, this march was supposed to show the world that the Obama Hater Racist Homophobic Secessionists were out there in droves. Hell, I remember claims were made by national names like Michele Malkin, Beck, and the former leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, that nearly one (No! Two!) million people attended! They even posted pictures on the internet of the crowds gathered in the Square! Unfortunately, those were fake pictures (YOU LIE!) and nowhere near one million attended the march. The correct number was estimated at around 60,000 – 70,000. And they all ended up bitching about the public transit system.

Flash forward to this past weekend. A new group of Americans descended upon Washington. With numbers estimated at 150,000 Gay, lesbian, bi, and transgendered men and women of all colors gathered demanding that their voices be heard. From Washington Monthly:

Tens of thousands of gay-rights activists marched Sunday in Washington to show President Obama and Congress that they are impatient with what they consider piecemeal progress and are ready to fight at the federal level for across-the-board equality, including for the right to marry and the right to serve in the military.

Key votes on same-sex marriage are coming up in the District and Maine, and Obama reiterated his campaign promise Saturday to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that forces gay and lesbian members of the armed forces to keep their sexual orientation a secret.

But organizers of the National Equality March and its participants said they want to shift the political effort toward seeking equality in all states, rather than accepting just local and state-level victories.

Amen! So there were more gays marching on Washington than right wing idiots! slide_3137_44409_largeNow who’s the minority!

Even more important, there were no signs comparing our President to Hitler or Stalin or other such hate. Just a well behaved crowd of American citizens demanding equality.

And I’ll bet they didn’t even bitch about the public transportation!

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Patriotic Unity or Racist Hate? – Another Look


Following my recent post about Glenn Beck’s 9/12 March in Washington comes this revelation: Marching alongside the lily white protesters at the Capital was a fringe group so vile in their message one must be amazed at the positive reception they received from their fellow visitors…

Here’s Rachel Maddow:

lol…I’m shocked, amused, and not at all surprised! One of the commenters to my previous post, someone who identified himself as “Ohandy1” took me to issue for calling the protesters in Washington “idiots”. I stand corrected. No idiot would ever fall for, least of all march along arm-in-arm with,  the Billionaires for Wealthcare.  Only stupid idiots would!

Mr. Ohandy1 also took me to task over the number of people attending the event. Citing the ever-reliable Michele Malkin as his source, he insisted two million (stupid idiots) attended the march this past weekend! He even alluded to an even greater number of three million were marching…quote:

The estimates, not misquoted, place the numbers up to 2mil. (I’ve heard numbers over 3 but not many trying to stand by that) Near as I can tell this could make this the LARGEST event EVER of its kind. Even larger than the inoguration. Even the lower estimates make it a notable event larger than the “million man march” which reached about 800,000 according to the most generous estimates.

Yeah, right.  Here’s a picture of President Obama’s inauguration:

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And…here’s a picture (from Fox News) of the 9/12 Stupid Idiot March from last weekend…

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I’ll let my readers decide which had the most people.

Patriotic Unity or Racist Hate?


Yesterday, a group of approximately 60,000* men and women descended upon Washington, D.C., in a protest organized by FreedomWorks, Fox News, andslide_2672_37530_large cheerleaded by the heir-apparent of the Republican Party, Glenn Beck. The march, presumptively to protest President Obama’s health care proposals and government spending, was the brainchild (yes, I know that’s an oxymoron) of Beck who envisioned his 9/12 Project earlier this year in his quest to spread his hatred and racist propoganda directly at the President:

Beck hosted a special program earlier this year announcing his initiative called the “9/12 Project” — an effort to ostensibly recreate the patriotic unity after the September 11 attacks.

Let’s talk about the above quote. Patriotic unity? Really? I remember the hours, days, and weeks following the attacks on the World Trade Center that killed nearly 3,000 people.

slide_2672_37531_largeI remember a distinctly non-partisan air of approval in the nation’s reaction to President Bush’s handing of this terrorist act in it’s aftermatch.

I remember nearly every single American, White, Black, Hispanic, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Agnostic, Straight, Gay, Young and Old displaying patriotic flags, bumper stickers and words in support of then President Bush’s upcoming War on Terrorism.

That was patriotic unity!

What we saw yesterday in the nation’s Capital, lined along the streets, was far from patriotic unity.

What we saw yesterday was a sea of white faces. What we saw yesterday was the fringe of the conservative right pronouncing, nee repeating the words of racist hate so often spewed out by Glenn Beck and his co-conspirators at Fox News and elsewhere.

What we saw yesterday was hate, racism, and bigotry lining the streets of Washington, D.C.

What we saw yesterday was nowhere near the patriotic unity we saw in thesigncomp1 days and weeks following the 9-11 attacks. Not when that unity doesn’t include the Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, Agnostics, Gays, Young and Old marching alongside the white evangelical Christians.

Until that day happens and not until that day happens can we say the words patriotic unity again.

 

* In an apparent attempt to pad the numbers, several conservative groups and Fox News decided to mis-quote ABC News and put the number of attendees at an astonishing 1.5 million people. Of course it was just another lie in a throng of lies.

Iran Update…Waterboarding: Round Two


I didn’t know whether to pass this on to my friend Kelly over at The VSJ or discuss it myself. But the thought of the sham and the lies that were the Bush Administration forces me to point out a few facts here. I’m sure Kelly will discuss it in more detail on her blog later.

Waterboarding is illegal. I don’t care how many briefs filed by members of the Bush Justice Department or how many times Dick Cheney insisted it or how many times the neocons and so-called patriots interviewed on Faux News Network discuss the merits of it and the mass of information supposedly gained from it (after the 120th time, I suppose); the fact remains, pure and simple.

Waterboarding is illegal.

And, now that the upcoming Civil War in Iran continues, we have those same

idiots from the former Bush Administration (God, I love saying that!) comparing the suppression and murder of the Iranian people, the fraudulent election and other acts of tyranny Ahmadinejad has forced upon his people in his years of power to the Democratic Administration now in office.

I noted a long time ago that the Republican Party suffers from a severe case of what I like to call hypocritical transference. When something really bad is going on out there in the land of politics; say maybe spying on fellow citizens, stealing elections, or cheating on one’s wife, they all rush (hah!) to Faux News and point their fingers here and there making accusations.

Now that reports are coming out from Iran via Twitter informing us that Iranian citizens arrested in the recent crackdowns are being waterboarded to gain information, what will the defenders of Bush waterboarding say? Will they say it’s the right thing  to do?

What would be said if  Ahmadinejad or one of his deputies went on Iranian radio and announced:

“I was and remain a strong proponent of our enhanced interrogation program. The interrogations were used on hardened terrorists after other efforts failed. They were legal, essential, justified, successful and the right thing to do.

The intelligence officers who questioned the terrorists can be proud of their work and proud of the results, because they prevented the violent death of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of innocent people.”

Worse yet, what if Ahmadinejad goes on Iranian TV or radio and justifies the waterboarding because “America did it”?

A New Stonewall?


Following my post Remembering Stonewall (click to read) news comes from Ft. Worth, Texas; reporting a police raid on The Rainbow Lounge, a newly-opened gay bar in the city early in the morning of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Citing reasons for the raid, the police passed it off as an “alcohol beverage code inspection”, and managed to arrest several patrons for “public intoxication”  and accusing them of “grabbing a police officer in the groin area” among other ridiculous hate-filled charges.

BULLSHIT!

Video here:

More from Waylon Hudson of The Bilerico Project:

The newly opened Rainbow Lounge was hosting a birthday celebration for Todd Camp, the founder of Q Cinema, and screening documentaries about the Stonewall Riots to commemorate the 40th anniversary of one of the defining moments in LGBT history. Witnesses say the police showed up with a paddy wagon and began to roughly arrest men, focusing mainly on “effeminate men.”

One bar patron, Chad Gibson, is in a local hospital with a fractured skull and brain hemorrhage after being “choked, pulled back, then slammed into a wall” by police during the raid. Police say he was resisting arrest and made “sexual advances to officers”, a claim witnesses dismiss as outright lies. They say Gibson, who weighed “maybe 160 pounds soaking wet”, did not resist and merely stumbled when police grabbed him by the arm.

In total, seven people were arrested for public intoxication and at least a dozen more were restrained.

A Facebook page dedicated to this  incident has been established to cover the brutal acts of the Fort Worth Police firsthand.

Remembering Stonewall


Fourty years ago today, police stormed a Mafia-owned bar in Greenwich Village known to have been frequented by gays. The subsequent riots that occurred over the next day following the brutal treatment of American citizens at the Stonewall Inn are credited with the birth of the modern LGBT movement.

This one event solidified in the minds of homosexual men and women that our government and our society treat us as second-class citizens, denying it’s citizens the right to equality and protection from hate.

Today, despite advances in the movement, we are still second-class citizens. We are denied the right to marry, the right to adopt, the right to serve openly and honorably in our military, and the right to share medical, insurance, hospital visitation, and internment rights enjoyed by mainstream Americans of every race, creed, and religion.

Our government, the one based upon the simple principle that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” has failed a segment of it’s population larger than most minorities. Think for a moment…according to the US Census, blacks account for 14% and hispanics make up 15% of the minority culture in this nation.

How many Americans are gay? 2%? 10%. We really don’t know. The stigma of homosexuality in our society still, to this day, forces millions of Americans to live their life in a lie – closeted in fear of their neighbor, their government, their family. Right now, the number could arguably surpass the populace of Asians, American Indians, and other minority groups.

Even as the majority of the American public now approve of gay unions, the repeal of DADT and other rights denied to the LGBT citizen, our government continues to fail to recognize such a right to equality.

Our President, Congress, and senior military are still living twenty years in the past and cast a myopic eye on what the people of this country want for the LGBT community – equality.

But the problems of the community do not specifically lie with the government. We are our own problem.

TIME magazine, in 1966, three years prior to the Stonewall Riots, said this about gays:

Beset by inner conflicts, the homosexual is unsure of his position in society, ambivalent about his attitudes and identity—but he gains a certain amount of security through the fact that society is equally ambivalent about him.

We haven’t changed much, have we? Whether the gay male or female merely consigns themselves to defeat, or is complacent with his or her own personal situation,  the activism that arose from the riots of the Stonewall Inn forty years ago has subsided. Instead the community has allowed itself to be splintered into factions so numerous, fractile, and divisive we’ve lost sight of the goal.

It’s not about the G, L, B, or T…it’s about Equality!

The gay community will never achieve our goal of equality until such time as we organize with a singular purpose – to effect the changes needed within our government through community activism, financial contributions to our supporters, and yes, withdrawal of financial support to those who are fearful of voicing their support, up to and including the President of this country.

In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln issued an Executive Order abolishing slavery, thus freeing and providing a path to equality for the black man of America. In in 1948, President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981, which ended brought up the end to racism in the Armed Forces.

I implore you, my friends, to contact your Congressman, your Senator, your Governor, your President, and ask that the road to equality begin.