Philadelphia Gay News‘ editorial staff ain’t feeling presidential hopeful Barack Obama.
As CBS News reports, the local gay paper published a blank space on its cover, representing the candidate’s failure to grant them an interview. Rival Hillary Clinton did sit down with them, thus resulting in the headline, “Clinton Talks, Obama Balks.” Ouch.
The paper also features a scathing editorial comment for Obama:
At this point in the Democratic presidential campaign, we’re able to view the candidates by their actions. And we have found that Sen. Barack Obama would rather talk at the LGBT community than with them.
The fact is that Obama has spoken with the gay press only twice, and one of those interviews…was in 2004, before he became a U.S. senator. The other limited interview [with The Advocate] occurred after controversy erupted when his campaign added an anti-gay minister to his tour of the South. It has now been 1,522 days since Obama has been accessible to our community.
And by “our community,” they mean local gay press.
Update: PGN publisher Mark Segal failed to tell his readers he donated $1,000 to Hillary Clinton.
The LGBT Obamoonies will still vote for him in droves.
Equal treatment ISN’T preferential treatment! Think were the only interest group he has? Grow up and get over it!
Funny they don’t mention Ol’ Bill’s support for DADT and the Defense of Marriage Act, I don’t remember Hillary screaming about how these decisions were when they occurred. The only reason Hill even granted an interview is because her campaign is through and she has to get any exposure she can, and the Philly Gay News are fools for not realizing it.
GAY CITY NEWS
Half a Cheer for Obama
By: DOUG IRELAND
While I must confess I’m less than enthusiastic about the candidacy of Barack Obama, I ardently hope that he will defeat Hillary Clinton. I can’t forget Hillary’s position in support of the Defense of Marriage Act and her scabrous abstinence-only preachings while first lady, any more than I can erase from my brainpan Obama’s using gay-hostile preacher Donnie McClurkin to shill for votes in South Carolina, or his refusal to be photographed with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom because he feared that might be interpreted as support for gay marriage.
But since both candidates have nearly identical positions on LGBT issues, those issues are not much of a factor in shaping my view of the contest for the Democratic nomination.
In fact, there are distressing similarities on many fronts between Clinton and Obama. Neither has advanced any new ideas nor proposed any innovative programs. Neither has any worthwhile, pro-people set of propositions that would end the nation’s economic crisis.
Bill Clinton’s paradigmatic triangulation – at the urging of Dick Morris – which destroyed the social welfare programs inherited from Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson was not only supported by Hillary, but according to George Stephanopoulos’ memoir, when Bill wavered Hillary insisted that he go through with it. Obama wrote in one of his books that the Clintons’ evisceration of social welfare was the right thing to do, and criticized FDR’s New Deal.
While Obama did oppose the war in Iraq from its inception, a politically popular thing to do in his Illinois state senate district, which included the University of Chicago’s anti-war campus, and Hillary voted for the war, both have voted numerous times to continue fully funding it – and Obama went to Connecticut to campaign for Joe Lieberman against the primary challenge to his re-nomination by anti-war candidate Ned Lamont.
Both Clinton and Obama support the Constitution-shredding Patriot Act, the endlessly wasteful war on drugs, charter schools (which would destroy public control of public education), the dreadful bureaucratic nightmare that is the No Child Left Behind Act, a Real ID national identity card, and the death penalty.
Both oppose single-payer health care, which is the only real way to achieve universal coverage, and instead favor complicated, Rube Goldberg-like, pro-business schemes that genuflect to the insurance companies and HMOs.
The programmatic affinities of the two candidates reflect just how unsettlingly far to the right the Democratic Party’s center of gravity has moved in these last decades – with a healthy push in that direction from Billary during their eight years in the White House.
Both Clinton and Obama are, essentially, centrists rather than progressives.
Obama is without doubt a very skilled orator. He can make the most bland notions sound radical. Yet I find the diaphanous bromides of his rhetoric unconvincing. In fact, he reminds me of no one so much as Chance the Gardener, the character in Jerzy Kosinski’s 1971 novel “Being There” so brilliantly brought to the screen eight years later by Peter Sellers.
After all, what is more typically Obamaesque than the sort of phrase that, by the end of Kosinski’s tale, has politicians proposing to run Chance for president: “In the garden, growth has its seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.”
If you think that’s an exaggeration, consider this from Chance Obama: “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”
On the other hand, as a political journalist I have closely observed and frequently written about Hillary and her partner-in-crime Bill since they first emerged in the national spotlight at the start of the first Clinton presidential campaign more than 16 years ago. Obama comes not even close to matching the depth of Hillary’s cynicism. She is cold, unprincipled, endlessly mendacious, and corrupt, and at the service of the corporate and financial powers that have bankrolled her campaigns.
To take just one example, Hillary’s Senate career has been marked by the successful use of earmarks to specifically benefit 59 corporations to the tune of half a billion taxpayer dollars, and two-thirds of those corporations organized huge donations to her campaigns, as a Los Angeles Times investigation detailed not long ago.
Five of Hillary’s top fundraisers have pled either guilty or no contest to various crimes. For just a taste of Hillary’s sleazy frequentations, Google the names of Denise Rich, Peter Paul, and Norman Hsu, or examine the public record of her boodling presidential campaign chairman, the notorious bagman Terry McAuliffe.
To understand how deeply rooted is the dark side of Hillary Clinton, read what remains the best single Clinton biography: “Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America” by that noble radical historian Roger Morris.
Nothing epitomizes Hillary’s small-minded pettiness and cupidity for me better than this anecdote – when she was first lady of Arkansas and prepared the joint tax return for her and her husband, she would deduct from her taxes one dollar for each pair of used underwear the Clintons donated to the charity Goodwill. Enough said.
But if there is one thing that makes it imperative that Hillary Clinton be defeated, it is the ignoble race-baiting tactics she and her campaign have deployed in this year’s primaries and caucuses in order to try to win votes, from false fear-mongering designed to inflame Latinos in Nevada to Bill Clinton’s repeated playing of the race card in the run-up to South Carolina.
These incendiary appeals to racial prejudices include her now-famous “red phone” TV ad. As African-American Harvard Professor Orlando Patterson wrote in “The Red Phone in Black and White,” an insightful March 11 New York Times op ed piece: “When I saw the Clinton ad’s central image – innocent sleeping children and a mother in the middle of the night at risk of mortal danger – it brought to my mind scenes from the past. I couldn’t help but think of D. W. Griffith’s ‘Birth of a Nation,’ the racist movie epic that helped revive the Ku Klux Klan, with its portrayal of black men lurking in the bushes around white society. The danger implicit in the phone ad – as I see it – is that the person answering the phone might be a black man, someone who could not be trusted to protect us from this threat. The ad could easily have removed its racist sub-message by including images of a black child, mother or father – or by stating that the danger was external terrorism. Instead, the child on whom the camera first focuses is blond. Two other sleeping children, presumably in another bed, are not blond, but they are dimly lighted, leaving them ambiguous. Still it is obvious that they are not black…”
Comes now Geraldine Ferraro, a member of Hillary’s finance committee and one of her campaign surrogates, with her animalistic snarl of resentment that, “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position… He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.” As if her insistence that black men in America are lucky weren’t repugnantly absurd enough, when her playing the skin game was universally condemned Ferraro made it worse by insisting, “Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let’s address reality and the problems we’re facing in this world, you’re accused of being racist, so you have to shut up. Racism works in two different directions. I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?”
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann properly condemned Ferraro’s first statement and her later defense of it as “clearly racist, clearly equal-opportunity-is-a-bad thing” and expressed shock that Hillary neither clearly apologized for Ferraro’s comments nor censured her and removed her from her campaign, but instead had her campaign manager defend Ferraro.
But as Newsweek’s admirable Howard Fineman put it, “This is the way they [the Clinton campaign] wants it, they don’t want to change the tone” because they’re trying to win white working class votes in the upcoming Pennsylvania primary.
Such stomach-turning cynicism recalls the worst days of Richard Nixon’s race-based “Southern Strategy” and the scarcely-coded panderings to prejudice of George Wallace. It must be repudiated, and decisively.
The only way Hillary can now win the nomination of her party is via an anti-democratic manipulation involving the use of unelected super-delegates to thwart the popular will. There are quite a few LGBT super-delegates who have been supporting the Clinton candidacy.
With the morally tone-deaf defense of Ferraro’s racism by the Clinton campaign, those men and women from our LGBT communities have an imperative duty now – to remember that human rights are indivisible, and emphatically reject Clintonian racism by supporting Barack Obama.
Yeah, why should we pathetic faggots expect St. Barack to give us special treatment by deigning to talk about our issues to one of the largest gay papers in the country?
We’ll kiss his ring, and we’ll like it!
Two events that helped me switch from “undecided” to support Hillary Clinton.
1) At the CBS/Logo presidential candidates’ night, Senator Clinton surprised many people (including me) by defending DOMA, explaining that it was a stopgap measure to keep a federal constitutional amendment from passing. She then applauded all progress that has happened in our country since then, including my home state of Massachusetts. She also favors ensuring equal treatment of lesbian and gay couples in federal benefits like taxation and Social Security, as well as repealing DADT – which, strange as it seems today, was a compromise to prevent an all-out ban. Senator Clinton supports repealing DADT too. And for all those people who think a federal constitutional ban on marriage would have been easy to repeal in several years if it had passed: get real, and I applaud Senator Clinton for sticking up for the right decision although I was very angry at the time.
The second incident was Senator Obama making a very bad joke protesting that he wasn’t on the “down low” at the South Carolina presidential debate last year, when Sen. Biden stated that both he and Sen. Obama had been tested for HIV. Sen. Obama held up his hands and said WHOA WHOA WHOA – “I want to be clear that I was tested with my WIFE Michelle, not with Joe!”
Nice joke, especially in light of his pastor’s comments on how HIV originated, and just as he said in his book that he needed his church for for “street cred” he needlessly emphasized his heterosexuality rather than make a more serious, less homophobic point about HIV in the African-American community.
This is the part of the gay Obama support I don’t understand. During the Stonewall riots, the drag queens did what they could do and made some progress. AIDS activists in the 80’s did their best to move things forward. The Clinton’s took over from George Bush the first, and did what they could do AT THAT TIME. The help to create movement in the movement. It wasn’t all we wanted but it was the best they could do with the Senate and Congress they had.
Obama has done zip, nada, zero, nothing with regards to move forward our community. Therefore we have nothing to complain about.
So, not only does the gay community support Obama, but they find it necessary to demonize Hillary Clinton in every way possible. We have thrown her under the bus and backed up over her about a 1000 times. Cut the woman some fucking slack! My god…..Obama will get the nomination, but let’s not send all the Clinton’s to the gas chamber because Andrew Sullivan and Doug Ireland tell us too.
I think that the so-called “last joke” lacks perspective and nuance. Keith Boykin wrote a book about the Myth of the Down Low and how the media has endlessly portrayed black men as being on the down-low and duplicitous in sleeping with men behind their wives backs. From Law & Order to Oprah’s talk show, we hear about it incessantly. And some people somehow perceive a mild-mannered articulate well-dressed black male as being secretly undercover gay or bi when white men never get accused of that. Two of my straight unmarried black male friends get this all the time and they are like “I AM INTO WOMEN.” Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, Jim McGreevey, the congressman in Florida who offered to give head to the black cop, Stuart Levine, etc. etc. are/were all married but white men aren’t perceived as being on the down low. I don’t think BHO was being vicious, homophobic or pandering but highlighting how the down low phenomenon has been constantly bandied about rather than say, incarcerated black men being released from prison infected and going back into the straight community.
And again, much like the Wizard of Oz, Barack Obama is telling us “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” Obama’s refusal to sit down with one of the biggest members of the gay press reminds me that not only do we have a distance to go, but also that Barack Obama is no more pro-GLBT than Clinton, and likely not as pro-GLBT as her. She implicitly tells us that if it were not for political expediency, she probably would be a bigger supporter of GLBT issues. Meanwhile, we have Obama on the other hand, who says “Homophobia is bad” and then goes campaigning with James Meeks and Donnie McClurkin. Sorry, Senator Obama, you are not for us, and Senator Clinton, well, she’s not for us, but unlike your buddies and campaigners, she does not seek to actively marginalise the GLBT Community.
So are we just going to ignore the Austin rally in which Obama told the Texas crowd that we have to stop blaming gay people for all the problems of the world? Or is this not including his pro-homosexual stance given at Ebenezer Church in Atlanta. And i guess this isn’t including his latest call for church-going people to stop being homophobic in Beaumont, Texas.
wow. what blinders some people have.
Again, my point is not that Obama doesn’t speak correctly, with him, he wants to be all things to all people, and frankly, by his campaigning with Meeks and McClurkin, he’s telling us that his words have absolutely no meaning whatsoever.
Obama is not homophobic. Let’s pull together. He will probably get the nod. We need a democrat in the White House for any progressive or even moderate legislation to take place. If it is Hill,
I will support her as well as Barack. Neither has demonized us the way the Republicans have. He recently stated that he thought it was wrong to use us as a wedge issue and he has stated several times that he supports our civil liberties and dignity. We won’t be able to elect a Kucinich or Nader type any time soon and both candidates are way better on progressive issues than Bush or McCain.
Here we go:
.) Selma Got Me Born – LIAR, your parents felt safe enough to have you in 1961 – Selma had no effect on your birth, as Selma was in 1965.
2.) Father Was A Goat Herder – LIAR, he was a privileged, well educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan Government.
3.) Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter – LIAR, he was part of one of the most corrupt and violent governments Kenya has ever had
4.) My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom – LIAR, your cousin Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya. It is the first widespread violence in decades.
5.) My Grandmother Has Always Been A Christian – LIAR, she does her daily Salat prayers at 5am according to her own interviews. Not to mention, Christianity wouldnâ€™t allow her to have been one of 14 wives to 1 man.
6.) My Name is African Swahili – LIAR, your name is Arabic and â€˜Barakaâ€™ (from which Barack came) means â€˜blessedâ€™ in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.
7.) I Never Practiced Islam – LIAR, you practiced it daily at school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years,until your wife made you change, so you could run for office.
8.) My School In Indonesia Was Christian – LIAR, you were registered as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making faces (check your own book).
9.) I Was Fluent In Indonesian – LIAR, not one teacher says you could speak the language.
10.) Because I Lived In Indonesia, I Have More Foreign Experience – LIAR, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldnâ€™t even speak the language. What did you learn, how to study the Koran and watch cartoons.
11.) I Am Stronger On Foreign Affairs – LIAR, except for Africa (surprise) and the Middle East (bigger surprise), you have never been anywhere else on the planet and thus have NO experience with our closest allies.
12.) I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion – LIAR, you were quite content in high school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya and no mention of struggle to identify – your classmates said you were just fine.
13.)An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office – LIAR, Ebony has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesnâ€™t, and never did, exist.
14.) A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life – LIAR, Life has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesnâ€™t, and never did, exist.
15.) I Wonâ€™t Run On A National Ticket In â€˜08 – LIAR, here you are, despite saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.
16.) Present Votes Are Common In Illinois – LIAR, they are common for YOU, but not many others have 130 NO VOTES.
17.) Oops, I Misvoted – LIAR, only when caught by church groups and democrats, did you beg to change your misvote.
18.) I Was A Professor Of Law – LIAR, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.
19.) I Was A Constitutional Lawyer – LIAR, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.
20.) Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill – LIAR, you didnâ€™t write it,introduce it, change it, or create it.
21.) The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass – LIAR, it took just 14 days from start to finish.
22.) I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill – LIAR, your bill was rejected by your own party for its pandering and lack of all regulation – mainly because of your Nuclear Donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.
23.) I Have Released My State Records – LIAR, as of March, 2008, state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released, exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.
24.) I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess – LIAR, you were part of a large group of people who remedied Altgeld Gardens. You failed to mention anyone else but yourself, in your books.
25.) My Economics Bill Will Help America – LIAR, your 111 economic policies were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and even YOU voted against your own bill.
26.) I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois – LIAR, even your own supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.
27.) I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year – LIAR, they were not YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their creation by a fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher office.
28.) No One Contacted Canada About NAFTA – LIAR, the Candian Government issued the names and a memo of the conversation your campaign had with them.
29.) I Am Tough On Terrorism – LIAR, you missed the Iran Resolution vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali Abunimah supports the destruction of Israel.
30.) I Am Not Acting As President Yet – LIAR, after the NAFTA Memo, a dead terrorist in the FARC, in Colombia, was found with a letter stating how you and he were working together on getting FARC recognized officially.
31.) I Didnâ€™t Run Ads In Florida – LIAR, you allowed national ads to run 8-12 times per day for two weeks – and you still lost.
32.) I Won Michigan – LIAR, no you didnâ€™t.
33.) I won Nevada – LIAR, no you did not.
34.) I Want All Votes To Count – LIAR, you said let the delegates decide.
35.) I Want Americans To Decide – LIAR, you prefer caucuses that limit the vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote, and only operate during small windows of time.
36.) I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate – LIAR, you passed 26, most of which you didnâ€™t write yourself.
37.) My Campaign Was Extorted By A Friend – LIAR, that friend is threatening to sue if you do not stop saying this. Obama has stopped saying this.
38.) I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics – LIAR, you used tactics to eliminate Alice Palmer from running against you.
39.) I Donâ€™t Take PAC Money – LIAR, you take loads of it.
40.) I donâ€™t Have Lobbysists – LIAR, you have over 47 lobbyists, and counting.
41.) My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad – LIAR, your own campaign worker made the ad on his Apple in one afternoon.
42.) My Campaign Never Took Over MySpace – LIAR, Tom, who started MySpace issued a warning about this advertising to MySpace clients.
43.) I Inspire People With My Words – LIAR, you inspire people with other peopleâ€™s words.
44.) I Have Passed Bills In The U.S. Senate – LIAR, you have passed A BILL in the U.S. Senate – for Africa, which shows YOUR priorities.
45.) I Have Always Been Against Iraq – LIAR, you werenâ€™t in office to vote against it AND you have voted to fund it every single time, unlike Kucinich, who seems to be out gutting you Obama. You also seem to be stepping back from your departure date – AGAIN.
46.) I Have Always Supported Universal Health Care – LIAR, your plan leaves us all to pay the 15,000,000 who donâ€™t have to buy it.
47.) I Only Found Out About My Investment Conflicts Via Mail – LIAR, both companies you site as having sent you letters about this conflict have no record of any such letter ever being created or sent.
48.) I Am As Patriotic As Anyone – LIAR, you wonâ€™t wear a flag pin and you donâ€™t put your hand over your heart during the Anthem.
49.) My Wife Didnâ€™t Mean What She Said About Pride In Country – LIAR, your wifeâ€™s words follow lock-step in the vein of Wright and Farrahkan, in relation to their contempt and hatred of America.
50.) Wal-Mart Is A Company I Wouldnâ€™t Support – LIAR, your wife has received nearly a quater of a million dollars through Treehouse, which is connected to Wal-Mart.
51.) Treehouse Is A Small Company – LIAR, the CEO of Treehouse last year, made more than the CEO of Wal-Mart, according to public records.
52.) University Of Chicago Hospital Pay Is Fair – LIAR, your wifeâ€™s pay raise was nearly 150% her already bloated rate and the hospital is a Non-Profit Hospital, which made $100,000,000 in the last 3 years. They overcharge blacks VS whites for services, and overcharge everyone in general by 538%!
53.)I Barely Know Rezko – Only 5 Billed Hours – LIAR, you have known him for 17 years, and decided to do a real estate deal with him during a time when he was proven to be under investigation. Despite this, you divided your property and had them take off $300K before the mortgage problems started. Then Rezkoâ€™s wife buys the lot beside it that you canâ€™t afford, saving you $625,000.
54.) My Donations Have Been Checked Thoroughly – LIAR, you only gave back Hsu ($72K) and Rezko (first $66K, then when caught lying $86K, then when caught lying again $150K and now caught lying YET AGAIN OBAMA, itâ€™s $250k) their money when publically called on their involvement in your campaigns.
55.) My Church Is Like Any Other Christian Church – LIAR, your church is so extreme, the pastor who married you, Rev. Wright, just got done blaming the US for 9/11 and named Louis Farrahkan their person of the year.
56.) I Disagree With My Church All The Time – LIAR, you still have yet to repudiate Wright, who married you and your wife, and you still donate large sums of money to assist the church in furthering its message – hatred and revenge. You donated in 2006 alone, $22,500 to the church that you so terribly disagree with. That is nearly $500 PER WEEK – that sure is disagreement, Senator Obama.
57.) I Have Clean Connections Despite Rezko – LIAR, you are not only connected to Exelon and Rezko, you are also connected to Hillary PAC supporter Mr. Hsu, AND an Iraqi Billionaire of ill repute, Nadhmi Auchi, who ripped off people in the Food For Oil, Iraqi deal. Seems Mr. Auchi may have helped Obama buy his million dollar property long before Obama had millions of dollars. Wonder what favors Mr. Auchi expects, when Obama leaves Iraq free to be taken over by special interests such as him.
58.) I never heard sermons like Rev. Wrightâ€™s, that have been in videos all day, You Tube – LIAR! 3 days later during your Mea Culpa BS speech you said â€œDid I hear controversial statements while I sat in that church? Yes I did.â€
59.) The Passport Invasion is a conspiracy to find dirt on me! – LIAR. Your own Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor is the CEO of the company that looked into your records. PS – You had them look into yours to hide the fact you looked into Clintonâ€™s and McCainâ€™s more than a year before!
60.) Rev. Meeks has nothing to do with my campaigning – LIAR. Rev. Meeks appeared in ads for your Senate Campaign, donated to you, and helped raise money, then AND NOW. PS – He also seems to despise America.
61.) My wife didnâ€™t mean America is ignorant, she was just using a phrase – LIAR. Again, MicHELLeâ€™s comments perfectly sync with Wrightâ€™s, Meeksâ€™, and Farrakhans, both in language, anger, and direction.
62.) I am very Anti-Terror – LIAR. [03/30/2008] One of your good pals is long time radical and terrorist William Ayers, with whom you have been seen in the last 12 months and who has helped the now jailed khalidi, Professor at Columbia who invited Ahmadinejad to the University, to raise money for Palestinian terrorism attacks against Israel. PS – Your church published a pro Hamas Manifesto – guess you werenâ€™t there on THAT Sunday either? How lucky for you.
63.) I have the best plan to cure the Mortgage Crisis – LIAR. [03/30/2008] You and your campaign buddy Penny SubPrime Bank Collapse Prizker have had your little fingers full of subprime cash – Obama has taken $1,180,103 from the top issuers of subprime loans: Obama received $266,907 from Lehman, $5395 from GMAC, $150,850 from Credit Suisse First Boston, $11,250 from Countrywide, $9052 from Washington Mutual, $161,850 from Citigroup, $4600 from CBASS, $170,050 from Morgan Stanley, $1150 from Centex, and last but certainly NOT LEAST – Obama received $351,900 from Goldman Sachs. I am sure that cash all came from folks who knew the subprime loan they had was a dream, eh?
64) I played greater role in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion – LIAR – [03/31/2008] It was found that Obama â€” the day after sitting for the interview â€” filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obamaâ€™s own handwritten notes added to one answer. Read Obama had greater role on liberal survey
65) I did NOT play the race card: – LIAR – [03/31/2008] Obama was the first to play the race card. According to Phialdelphia Inquirer, Quietly, the storm over the hateful views expressed by Sen. Barack Obamaâ€™s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has blown away the most insidious myth of the Democratic primary campaign. Obama and his surrogates have charged that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has deliberately and cleverly played the race card in order to label Obama the â€œblackâ€ candidate. Read more here
66) I did not take money from oil companies: – LIAR – [03/31/2008]
Queerty, I have been repeatedly sickened by your obvious biased towards Obama. What gives? Your coverage of Senator Clinton is always minimal and when you do mention her its always negative, no matter what it is. I have been a fan of this blog for quite some time, but get over yourselves. The majority of the gays are voting for Clinton, get used to it. We want someone who actually does what they say.
Whoever bothered to write this extensive post of BS did not even have the courage to put their name with it. Many of the items alleged–he did not say. His bio clearly states that his father went to harvard and was finance minister of Kenya. He has been with the same church for about 20 years. The post is pure Bull.
I do not feel the need to rebut every item. Just do your own research and read his bio and books. The majority of alleged comments are fabrications.
Yeah, and Hillary doesn’t want to be all things to all people. It’s called an election. Billin PDX, thanks for calling it for what it is. We can’t get a Nader or Kucinich yet. Wedge issues people: gays, god, guns, grizzlies.
I have said consistently that I will vote for the Democrat in the fall regardless. At this point, I don’t know if it will matter. The Democrats are doing their usual self-destruction. I sure as hell don’t want another damn Republican. In fact, I wish the Republican Party would go the way of the Whig party. There has to be something better than what we had from twelve years of Republican misgovernment. Foreign affairs in ruins, the Constitution being ignored, financial mismanagement on a scale not seen since Emperor Nero of Rome, and a nation that is falling apart internally. It is regrettable Dick Cheney didn’t have another major heart attack prior to 2000, and it is even more regrettable that Barbara Bush didn’t get an abortion when George W. was conceived.
The bottom line in 2008 is we either vote for the Democrat or we get an older version of George Bush but with more of a temper. All this bitching and complaining about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has to stop or McCain wins just for not having to campaign against the Democratic candidate.
RIGHT ON DAGNABIT! Stop the petty bitching and rally for a victory in November!
I third…the press is playing us like a fiddle. When the hell have you ever seen Dems bash each other like this–especially in the wake of the worst presidential administration in history? What the hell is so damn different in this election than any other–the media wants this thing to be a horse race that they can have an impact on it, and they can’t stand the fact that voters are using their voice. First they tried to force Hillary down our throats, then they decided to crown King Barack. Of course, it’s always more fun to kill the king, so they had to bring Hillary back. Screw the media–gays don’t have a real horse in this race–pick your candidate–vote and get this thing over and done with it BEFORE McCrazy gets his base energized. There is a right wing conspiracy to divide us–because that is the only possible way they can win– and if you think it doesn’t spill over to gay press you are naive as hell! Fox news and Karl Rove have paid bloggers that all they do is spread negative blogs about Hillary or Obama so that the supporters of one or the other will get upset–and the Republicans in Texas and Ohio are voting Democratic just so they can screw up our race and keep us divided. Don’t believe the hype…don’t believe the hate…don’t let us get screwed again.
There have been dem websites taken over by repubs who say thiings about each candidate and they even pose as antagonists to get a dem worked up and into the fray. Rise above and support whoever the nominee is because HOW CAN THINGS BE WORSE THAN THEY HAVE BECOME. We need change.
I wonder how much fundraising money for Mrs. Clinton is coming from Colombiaâ€¦let’s check!! Where is a (Mark)Penn when you need one?
Itâ€™s no surprise about Mark Segal and his blasting Obama. They were courting Hillary from day one. PGN is a WHITE GAY newspaper. That doesnâ€™t hardly ever support Black LGBT so being from this area. I am not surprised at all.
By the way, what you wrote is great. But unfortunately if you have not noticed the biases and racism that lies with some in the Gay Community. Well, Welcome to the jungle.
Most of the people on here that supports Clinton and uses Jeremiah Wright, Donnie McClurkin, and James Meeks against Obama are simply subliminal potshots because they are afraid to say I will not vote for a Man of color even when heâ€™s partially Caucasian
But yet they will sleep with them after 12AM and before 6AM so the neighbors won’t see the Black guy leaving the residence. Talk about discrimination. But you know what. I hate to say this. Maybe this is a good thing to teach Gays about “Reaping what you sew”
Because at the height of it all where Dems are in so much power with this upcoming election. This simple War of the Roses is going to kill it all and allow McCain to step right in
And you want to talk about someone treating you bad and indifferent as some of you are to people of color. When McCain wins all I can say to the LGBT community is
“WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME”
Then maybe the next time around you’ll treat all people with the dignity and respect that you would want!
WAKE UP! BillinPDX is right we need to pull together.
Hillary nor Obama cannot do SHIT for any of you! The ones that can make, and or break anything for the LGBT community are your U.S Senators, and your U.S Representatives. Try writing them sometimes!
But I guess you don’t realize that neither. And can someone tell me
WHAT THE FUCK IS GAY RIGHTS?????
AND BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN was a perfect example of living on the DOWNLOW!
The “Obama Lies” post is a JOKE. Obviously a conservative wing-nut paranoid about a visionary leader of the opposing party wining the whole enchilada. Would so much of the Democratic Party leadership be supporting him if even a fraction of this stuff was true? Don’t believe it.
For example, how could he be a Muslim “for 31 years” until he ran for office? He has been in the same church for 20 years, so that would make him at LEAST 51, but he’s only in his 40s. The rest of the insinuations are ridiculous. Go to Snopes to learn about some of the more obvious urban myths, read his books, read what others are saying about him.
And read this:
It is peculiar that some queers are that self centered and lacking in any judgement as to believe that they are the only marginalized group that needs to be talked to. How literally infantile (“Mama loves you, yes indeed”) . I think that defines explicitly her apeal to gay voters. And then, for god’s sake she slips one to you with states rights and you nible it down like some sick bunnies. Grow up.
Obama is the only person who has had the balls to defend us publically in the court of the people who are our worst adversaries.
Yep, as reported by Queerty earlier, Sen. Clinton will be hiding her support for gay couples on Ellen’s talk show today because, although the show was taped, when broadcast, thanks to her power as Mistress of Evil viewers will think she’s talking only about fighting for the rights of “happy couples.”
Ya know, kinda like when Obama simply drops the gay word in a speech and some people “hear” instead “homophobia is bigotry plain and simple” or “fight homophobia with every breath you have” or “all antigay laws in every state must be overturned” or “Michelle and I have decided to live apart until gays are also allowed to marry” or…..
Thanks for pointing out Obama’s lies. If he gets into office at least we won’t be able to act like victims when he sells us out, and he will sell us out, mark my words.
To Leland and all the rest of the Obama bashers. If was it was really about the initiatives for the LGBT community it would be up for debate because BOTH OF THEM have their NAYS AND YAYS. But youâ€™re hating on him has a lot to do with him being Black (Bi-Racial) VERY SAD and not man enough to admit it.
Because Hillary is giving GREAT lip service. Just like her lying about Bosnia, And her lying about the woman who died pregnant in Ohio who had no health insurance when in fact SHE DID have health insurance. And she is telling blue collar workers in PA that she is for them. But yet her now former HEAD PITBULL Mark Penn was trying to push the Trade agreement with Colombia???? WOW she is really for the hard working men and women? WORK HILLARY! This Man has done countless FUCK UPâ€™S to her campaign but yet she kept him on and actually he is still on. That goes to show how deceitful and vicious Hillary is!
Some of you folks really don’t get it! You have subliminal bias/prejudice feelings. But want the LGBT community to get everything…..WHY??????
Once again. If you want to see anything comes into play or law for the LGBT community. You need to seek answers and or support from CONGRESS. Hillary, nor Obama can’t grant anything without their support, and or approval. REMEMBER THAT!
THAT IS WHO YOUR ANGER NEEDS TO BE DIRECTED AT.
BUT IF YOUâ€™RE PREJUDICE THEN IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE.
Donâ€™t worry kids KARMA is a BITCH.
And John McCain has already said the gov’t should not do anything about the mortgage crises. The homeowners should bail themselves out. Also he plans to be in IRAQ if takes 100 yrs. Which means we will have?
HIGHER GAS PRICES
A US DOLLAR WEAKER THEN THAN THE MEXICAN PESOS
A MAJOR HOMELESS COUNT
SEVERE UMEMPLOYMENT AT CATASTROPHIC LEVELS
If you really think he will look at any LGBTQ issues????????? GOOD LUCK!
While him and his croniesâ€™ laughs at all of us
WE WILL SUFFER BECAUSE OF OUR OWN SELF PRIDE AND IGNORANCE!
PEOPLE WAKE UP!
After reading some of the posts here, I’m scared that the Democrats are now screwed in the fall because the infighting may keep Democrats from uniting in the fall. What a party, we always seem to grab defeat from the jaws of victory.
Thanks for the coverage on Obama and the homophobic people he is surrounding himself with. Few are reporting on this.
Obama supporters have pointed out that information regarding his position on LGBT rights can be obtained from the http://www.barackobama.com under People->LGBT.
Clinton supporters have now pointed out that information regarding her position on LGBT rights can be obtained through this URL: http://www.hillaryclinton.com/feature/lgbt but I can not figure out how that information can be obtained from the Clinton home page. For example, a casual visitor to http://www.hillaryclinton.com might want to review her positions on various issues. How would that person find the LGBT page?
If there is an easy way to get there that I just missed, would someone please reply to this comment with the menu choices to get to Clintonâ€™s LGBT information.
If there is no way to navigate to that page from the home page, that would be disturbing. This would mean to me that Clinton doesn’t want her straight supporters to see that she supports gay people.
Sure, she went on “Ellen” and proclaimed her support for gay rights. Let’s see her go on “Fox News” (where she has appeared recently) and proclaim her support for gay rights.
The link to LGBT information on http://www.hillaryclinton.com is found under the heading “Issues” subheading “strengthening our democracy” – That says quite a lot all by itself.
I believe Senator Clinton is the one candidate who truly stands with us. Every politician with any hope of winning knows the reality of what you can say, especially during an election. I’m gratified she goes on nationally syndicated talk shows and discusses it.
The Republicans went after the Clinton’s for over 8 years – it started on Bill Clinton’s election night and never stopped. And yet they found nothing of substance. They should have sent Ken Starr to Iraq to search for WMDs. It would have saved billions (not to mention the considerable loss of human life) with the same result. Nothing to report. Then again, in Iraq they weren’t really interested in looking before they lept.
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A “Crush” of Same Sex Marriages Anticipated for Napa and Sonoma’s Wine Country
May 23, 2008
In response to California’s Supreme Court ruling which declared that the state’s current statutes restricting same gender marriages were unconstitutional, wedding venues and event professionals throughout Napa and Sonoma’s popular “wine country” are gearing up for what may be their biggest year ever. While research shows the LGBT community representing only 4 to 10 percent of the overall population, the pent-up demand for marriages in the gay and lesbian community is huge. Not only will there be a demand for marriages among younger couples, but many couples who have been in committed relationships for years will now be able to enjoy an open celebration and the legal and financial advantages of marriage. To date, only California and Massachusetts recognize same sex marriages, another reason for anticipating an influx of gay couples to the region.
For over 20 years, the Napa Valley and Sonoma County have been popular areas for both local and “destination” weddings. Beautiful scenery as well as world-class wineries and resorts, combined with the region’s proximity to San Francisco make it a welcoming location for the LGBT community. “These regions are the perfect place for celebrating a gay marriage. Napa and Sonoma County offer sophisticated wedding services, beautiful venues and scenery, great honeymoon options and northern California has traditionally been one of the most “gay-friendly” regions in the world. Couples wanting to get married and honeymoon in this region will find they are treated with dignity and can comfortably display their affection openly,” says Christina Andrews of NapaWeddingSource.com and SonomaWeddingSource.com.
A pioneer of the “wine country” wedding scene, Reverend Blane Ellsworth of The Wedding Ministries and Enchanting Elopements (www.weddingministries.com and http://www.enchantingelopements.com) has performed thousands of marriages, as well as commitment ceremonies, in Napa and Sonoma County. Reverend Ellsworth says “How truly fair and right it is that love can now be openly and legally celebrated by all people. The State of California has bestowed an empowering gift to same sex couplesâ€¦ acceptance for who they are and the people that they can become.”
“What a change this is from 20 years ago when ministers, such as myself, were terrified to perform a same sex union knowing what threatening repercussions it could have on our professional status,” continues Reverend Ellsworth. “As a minister it was heartbreaking to me that a heterosexual couple that had only been together for a short period of time could get married in the fervor of a new relationship while a devoted homosexual couple that had been together for years was chastised for openly declaring their feelings for one another.” “I’m exceedingly proud to be part of a community of wedding professionals that is embracing gay marriage.” “This is a pride I have been unable to experience with the church,” says Ellsworth.
The California Supreme Court’s new ruling allows same gender couples the same rights afforded heterosexual couples that wish to get married in the state. Same sex couples from anywhere in the United States can now come to California to be legally married.
In a May 15, 2008 press release, John Tuteur, Napa’s County Clerk said “Pursuant to the court’s ruling I am waiting to receive direction from the California Office of Vital Records on implementing this decision.” “As soon as these directives are received, we look forward to issuing marriage licenses to and performing ceremonies for same gender couples.”
It is anticipated that the California Office of Vital Records will be issuing its directives within the month.
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Wow, you are some kind of Orwellian soup-spewing machine. For your info, Ali Abunimah is a harsh critic of Israel’s obscene injustice against an occupied population. Get educated first, then talk.
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