Saturday, December 27, 2008

Memphis and the Great Gay Migration


Gay blogger, and former Memphian, Chris Crain has an inciteful analysis of the Great Gay Migration and the impact on cities like Memphis. There is growing concern here in Memphis about the migration of wealth and tax revenue out of the city and the mounting financial crises and social problems left behind. Crain points out that cities that have benefited from the migration of upper income people have at least one thing in common--a large and influential gay community. This may explain part of the reason that cities like Nashville are more culturally and economically advanced than Memphis, which continues to suffer from poor race relations and the combination of homophobia and a small politically weak gay community.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Memphis Protest Against Prop. 8



Here in Memphis about 100 protesters gathered at City Hall to protest the passage of the anti-gay marriage Prop. 8 in CA and support equality and LGBT civil rights. (It was windy, wet and COLD!)
Contrats to Amy Livingston with the Women's Action Coalition in Memphis for organizing the local demonstration!

Demonstrations were held nationwide, in about 90 cities, as part of Join the Impact

Gay Rights Rallies Nationwide

LOTS more pics a Towleroad

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Obama Wins!


Barack Obama is the President-Elect of the United States!
"Change Has Come to America"


Now the HARD work begins! The political pressure is already growing to push Obama to the RIGHT, to govern from the "center" and not carry out his progressive agenda. It will take a large social movement to really create CHANGE.

My joy and excitement over Obama's victory is tempered by the passage of Prop. 8 in CA. It is sad that the voters of California have voted 53%-47% (with only 26% votes reporting) and sided with the religious right to rescind marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

Florida and Arizona have also passed anti-gay marriage amendments, and Arkansas has passed a ballot measure to BAN gays and lesbians from adopting!

American voters may be ready for a Black president, but they are not ready to support equal rights for gays and lesbians.

(It is time for DEMOCRATS, especially Liberal/progressive Democrats, to STOP saying they support "civil unions" but NOT marriage equality for gays and lesbians. Progressive Democrats must stop reinforcing the public fear of same-sex marriage!)

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Don't Get Burned Again: Vote Nov. 4!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

David Duke's 2008 "European American" Conference Nov. 8-9


David Duke's "European American" Conference is Coming to the Mid-South

White Power Summit Being Held in Mississippi Nov. 8-9

From the DeSoto Times:
OLIVE BRANCH — A White Power summit billed as the International Euro Conference featuring former Neo-Nazi and Klansman David Duke and other white supremacists will apparently go on as planned at Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch Nov. 8-9.

The conference will go on despite the fact the hotel may have been duped into believing the conference involved environmental concerns.

Jacob Flowers, director of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center in Memphis, said it’s his understanding the conference organizers may have misled the conference center’s management about the conference’s goals and objectives by representing the group as an environmental organization.

“Our concerns are many,” Flowers said. “Especially from a group that espouses such hateful beliefs. We recently had white power terrorists in our area.”

Flowers was referring to three young men from the Mid-South who planned to murder and behead 14 African-Americans at random and then attempt the life of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama. The three men reportedly communicated via Internet sites such as the Stormfront Web site.

Whispering Woods issued a statement that they "were not initially informed that the ultimate user of the facility would be the Euro Group."

Hotel representatives said they do not endorse the purposes of the Euro Group.

Law enforcement agencies will be out en force to monitor the activities of the group.

UPDATE: Whispering Woods Conference Center Manager Quits

UPDATE: Duke Planning New Site for White Power European Conference

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This after the ATF Stopped a Plot to Assassinate Barack Obama by members of the "Supreme White Alliance"

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Friday, September 19, 2008

David Duke's 2008 "European American" Conference Coming to Memphis



The Grand Wizard David Duke's 2008 "European Conference" is Coming to Memphis!
(Nov. 7-9)

Memphis is the home of James Edwards and the anti-Semitic, White Racist "Political Cesspool" Radio Program.

The Mid-South Peace & Justice Center is organizing to oppose the White Supremacists

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Unfit for Publication: Obama Campaign Hits Back!



Unlike John Kerry, the Obama campaign is hitting back at the right-wing attack machine!

Read the Obama Campaigns response to Jerome Corsi’s THE OBAMA NATION
“UNFIT FOR PUBLICATION”

For more see:
Media Matters Report: Unfit for Publication: Obama Nation Filled with Falsehoods

Huffington Post: Obama Campaign Punches Back Hard Against Corsi Smears

UPDATE:
Jerome Corsi, Obama Nation Author to Appear on White Supremacist Radio Show!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Killed by Gunman

Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney Killed in Shooting

Is it another right-wing, liberal hating terrorist acting out the wishes of right-wing talk radio, or just another bitter unemployed white man who blames Democrats for Republican economic policies that are destroying the working class??

Two's a Trend

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Nikki Tinker Runs Racist Ad Against Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN 09)



TPM says this brutal new attack ad by Nikki Tinker against liberal TN Rep. Steve Cohen "might be the nastiest, more race-baiting ad of the entire election cycle"

Nasty Attack Ad Hits Jewish Dem Congressman for Visiting "Our Churches"

This brutal new attack ad from House candidate Nikki Tinker, who is challenging liberal Tennessee Rep. Steven Cohen in tomorrow's Democratic primary, just might be the nastiest, most race-baiting (and Jew-baiting) ad of the entire cycle:

"While he's in our churches, clapping his hands and tapping his feet ... he's the only senator who thought our kids shouldn't be allowed to pray in school," the announcer says, referring to an old vote against school prayer from when Cohen was a state senator. And remember, this is coming from a Democrat.

Nikki Tinker race baits Steve Cohen. @ Yahoo! Video

This follows another ad that tried to link Rep. Steve Cohen to the Ku Klux Klan:



This ad got the following reply from the Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Tinker Ad Lowers Bar in the 9th

See Also on Bilerco: Why is EMILY'S LIST Endorsing Anti-Semitism, Racism and Homophobia?

Re-Elect Rep. Steve Cohen August 7 in the TN 9th District primary!

UPDATE: Niki Tinker just made Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World" on MSNBC's "Countdown" !

UPDATE: Emily's List Condemns Tinker's Ads

UPDATE:
Democratic Presidential Nominee Senator Barack Obama has just issued the following statement regarding the negative campaign ads issued by Nikki Tinker in her 9th District Congressional campaign against Congressman Steve Cohen:
“These incendiary and personal attacks have no place in our politics, and will do nothing to help the good people of Tennessee. It’s time to turn the page on a politics driven by negativity and division so that we can come together to lift up our communities and our country,” said Barack Obama.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

God, Gays and Guns: Obama was Right!




Knoxville Church Shooter Was Angry Over Liberals, Gays & Work

Obama was right! Some people are turning to "gods & guns" because they are "bitter" about the economic distress they suffer as a result of right-wing (Reaganomics) policies, but they blame liberals, blacks, immigrants and gays!

Out & About: Shooter Targeted Church Because of its Support of Gays

Guess where Jim Adkisson, the 58 year old gun man, learned to blame the gays and liberals for his problems?
O'Reilly, Savage Hannity on Accused Church Shooter's Reading List

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Obama Vs. Mccain's Media

The MSM (mainstream media) is doing its best to "balance" Obama's trip and speeches in the Middle East and Europe by trying to cover up John McCain's gaffe's and blunders, and make it appear that McCain is catching up to Obama in the polls.

First, the media has followed the lead of John McCain and the Republican Party and make the "surge" the issue instead of the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. The Democrats were duped by the Bush administration into supporting the "surge," and instead of cutting off funds for the Iraq occupation they went along and increased funds and troops in Iraq! Now the McCain campaign, and the media, is trying to make Obama's opposition to the surge THE issue on Iraq rather than the invasion and occupation!

And Obama has failed to respond to these attacks directly. He has failed to call the surge a FAILED policy which diverted attention and resources away from the larger "war on terrorism" and the fundamental problems with the Iraq occupation. He has allowed McCain and the media to convince the public that the surge was a success!

McCain got away with his erroneous claims that the surge was responsible for recent decreases in U.S. deaths and violence in Iraq, which were the result of a cease fire by Iraqi "insurgents" and sunni groups taking on Al Qaeda BEFORE the surge!

While Obama has been giving inspiring, intelligent speeches and meeting with foreign leaders, McCain has been aggressively attacking Obama for not supporting "the surge," and calling his Iraq position the "audacity of hopelessness".
Obama must be more aggressive! He must take on the Bush/McCain LIES about Iraq and "the surge"! Obama cannot play nice, he must FIGHT for the general election!

The media has also been pushing some recent polls (taken BEFORE Obama's trip to Europe and the Middle East) suggesting that McCain is catching up to Obama in a "tight" race. Most of these polls show a 4-6 point lead for Obama (still) while a few swing states which were leaning toward Obama are still swinging. Even these polls show that Obama is still beating John McCain and is WAY ahead in electoral votes still.

Some of the anti-Obama Clintonistas, who have been echoing the right-wing attacks on Obama verbatim, are claiming/hoping that Obama will loose to McCain so Hillary Clinton will run again in 2012. Many of them (PUMA anti-Obama women) are even supporting John McCain (who has a horrible record on women's rights!) They are pathetic!

While it is amazing that Barack Obama (a first term senator) is BEATING a more "experienced" politician like John McCain, it is also amazing because he has been in a political battle not only with McCain and the GOP, but with the Clinton campaign and bitter Clinton supporters who are now supporting McCain. Most of the racist anti-Obama attacks started with the Clinton campaign and her supporters. They continue to fan the anti-Obama racist flames and are behind many of the smears against Obama.

Politics sure makes strange bedfellows!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

McCain Makes Another "Gaffe": He's Unqualified to be President!

Once again John McCain makes a "gaffe" on Iraq and the mainstream media covers up for him!

McCain Makes False Claim on Iraq Timeline

In an interview with CBS News' Katie Couric tonight, John McCain made the false assertion that the Surge brought about the so-called Anbar Awakening. Except, as MSNBC"s Keith Olbermann points out, the Surge was announced after the Awakening. Olbermann also explains that CBS News edited the gaffe out of the final interviewed that aired Tuesday night.

As Ilan Goldenberg points out on Huffington Post, this is not just another gaffe, like referring to a non-existent Iraq/Pakistan border, it is a major misunderstanding of Iraq:

"This is not controversial history. It is history that anyone trying out for Commander in Chief must understand when there are 150,000 American troops stationed in Iraq. It is an absolutely essential element to the story of the past two years. YOU CANNOT GET THIS WRONG. Moreover, what is most disturbing is that according to McCain's inaccurate version of history, military force came first and solved all of our problems. If that is the lesson he takes from the Anbar Awakening, I am afraid it is the lesson he will apply to every other crisis he faces including, for example, Iran.

This is just incredibly disturbing. I have no choice but to conclude that John McCain has simply no idea what is actually happened and happening in Iraq."

JOHN MCCAIN IS NOT QUALIFIED TO BE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF!

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Majority of Californians Back Marriage Rights

Good News from CA! According to a new Field Poll survey, a Majority of Californians Back Marriage Rights for Gay Couples.

The Field Poll survey firm found 51 percent of voters oppose the measure, which proposes an amendment to the state's constitution recognizing marriage as only between a man and woman, while 42 percent were in favor.

Californians will vote on the initiative, which requires a simple majority to become law, while casting ballots in November's presidential and congressional elections.

The survey results follow a decision Wednesday by the state's high court to permit the measure, Proposition 8, to appear on the ballot.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Harold Ford Jr. Heckled at Netroots Nation Conference



Harold Ford Jr. Heckled at Netroots Nation

HFJ, the leader of the DLC (the Republican wing of the Democratic Party) was heckled at the Netroots Nation conference in Austin during a discussion of FISA, Obama and the Democratic Party. The loudest response came when HFJ praised his former colleagues at the right-wing Fox News network, where he served as a pundit.

He also explained to the conference that sometimes "Democrats" have to take positions that a lot of Democrats don't like to win elections in conservative elections. Ford lost a race for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee in which he ran a campaign that embraced many conservative positions, especially against gay marriage.

Apparently, Harold Ford thinks homophobia is politically expedient!

See my Stop Harold Ford Jr. Webpage for more on HFJ's conservative record.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

"Spreading Progressive Ideas on the Web"

Shameless promotion...

The Commercial Appeal has a feature story in this Sundays paper on Mid-South bloggers:
Memphians Use Technology to Express their Opinions-and Break News-on a New Medium

Featured is Left-Wing Cracker
Defending His Position

and My own Queer Notes
Spreading Progressive Ideas on the Web

Of course, they left out a lot of good ones....

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Rep. Steve Cohen On Bilerico: "A Fight I Didn't Pick"



Rep. Steve Cohen (TN 9th Dist.) On Bilerico:
A Fight I Didn't Pick

Steve Cohen is one of the few progressive/liberal LGBT supportive elected representatives in Tennessee. I'm proud he is representing my district in Memphis. He needs our support!

Contribute, volunteer at: Cohen for Congress

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Sen. Edward Kennedy Has Brain Tumor



Shocking news today: Sen. Edward Kennedy Has Malignant Brian Tumor

Like other great liberal/progressive icons, Ted Kennedy has been one of the most demonized political figures in American politics, hated by conservatives, but loved by liberals for his courageous and passionate career defending the poor, women, labor, gays, etc. John McCain calls Kennedy the last "Great Lion" in the Senate.

The Nation: Kennedy-The Senate's Fighting Liberal

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

"Mission Accomplished": Bush Most Unpopular President in Modern History!


According to CNN/Opinion Research Corp Poll, George Bush is the Most Unpopular President in Modern History!

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday indicates that 71 percent of the American public disapprove of how Bush his handling his job as president.

"No president has ever had a higher disapproval rating in any CNN or Gallup poll; in fact, this is the first time that any president's disapproval rating has cracked the 70 percent mark," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

"Bush's approval rating, which stands at 28 percent in our new poll, remains better than the all-time lows set by Harry Truman and Richard Nixon (22 percent and 24 percent, respectively) but even those two presidents never got a disapproval rating in the 70s," Holland added. "The previous all-time record in CNN or Gallup polling was set by Truman, 66 percent disapproval in January 1952."

CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider adds, "He is more unpopular than Richard Nixon was just before he resigned from the presidency in August 1974." President Nixon's disapproval rating in August 1974 stood at 67 percent.
Here's why:

5 Years Since “Mission Accomplished”

Today is the fifth anniversary of President Bush’s speech declaring a US victory in Iraq. On May 1, 2003, Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln under a banner that read “Mission Accomplished.”
President Bush, speaking May 1, 2003: “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.”

Since those words, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed and injured, while 3,900 US troops have been killed and tens of thousands more wounded. Earlier today, nine Iraqi civilians were killed and another twenty-six injured in a car bombing targeting a US patrol in Baghdad.

US Death Toll Highest in 7 Months

Meanwhile, US casualties have also reached their highest point in seven months. At least six US troops were killed in the past two days, bringing the April toll to forty-eight, the highest one-month toll since September.

See Also: Bush's Class War

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Time's Up for Hillary Clinton: Obama Winning Nomination



Time Is Running Out for Hillary Clinton: Time and Delegate Math Not in Her Favor!

Using the Republican Dirty Tricks PlayBook against Barack Obama seems to be backfiring against Hillary Clinton.
Newsweek Poll: Hillary Drops, Obama Pulling Away
Obama 54%, Clinton 35% !
Only 41% view Clinton as Honest and Trustworthy! (61 Percent for Obama and McCain)

ABC NEWS Poll: Obama Surges on Electability; Hillary Not Trustworthy
By 2 to 1, 62-31 Percernt, See Obama as More Electable in November than Hillary Clinton.
58 Percent say Hillary is NOT trustworthy or honest!
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Another former member of the Clinton cabinet has endorsed Barack Obama: Robert Reich, Sec. of Labor in the Clinton Administration.

Obama was also endorsed today by Sen. Sam Nunn and Sen. David Boren.

DNC Chair Howard Dean calls upon superdelegates to decide NOW!
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Meanwhile Hillary blames Democratic activists for her losing: Hillary Slams Moveon.org/Democratic Activists!

Here's another enthusiastic endorsement from the Philly Daily News:

VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA

THE CHOICE in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary is not only the one between a white woman and a black man. It's a choice between the past and the future.
More specifically, the nation must decide how to face the future racing toward us in the form of slumping home sales, unstable financial markets and increased joblessness - and staring at us from the Green Zone in Iraq and the beds at veterans hospitals.

Should Democrats choose someone who will employ hard-won - even bitter - experiences gained in a past Democratic administration, or reach beyond political truisms toward a new (and untried) model of governing?

Neither choice is obvious. Perhaps that's why the race has gone on for so long.

But the long slog through 44 primaries and caucuses has confirmed for us that Sen. Barack Obama's vision of change - and the way he plans to pursue it - is what we need right now. Badly.

This is a campaign that really began six years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001. Not only was the U.S. attacked and seriously wounded, it did not bounce back the way "the land of the free and home of the brave" should have. In fact, it still suffers from post-traumatic stress.

That day and its aftermath cried out for a revolution of values: a clear-eyed shared vision, a cooperative effort, a unified purpose. It cried out for a recognition that conventional warfare and conventional responses to domestic challenges in an era of globalization were not enough.

That cry was not answered.

Instead, the Bush administration embarked on an unconscionable plan to exploit the fear we all felt that day for political gain. It lied us into a disastrous war in Iraq, a staggering, record deficit at home, a weakening of the constitutional structure on which the country rests, and poisonous lines of division among Americans. It led us to a place where 81 percent of Americans say we're on the wrong track.

Contrary to Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign slogan, we believe Barack Obama is more likely to be "ready on Day One" to lead us in a new direction. Because of his experience.

Sure, Clinton has more "experience" of a sort. For one thing, she has 14 more years on earth. How much of this experience is directly applicable to the job of president is, at best, debatable.

We are frankly troubled by her assumption that her husband's administration and accomplishments were her own. And if her equation holds, that the first spouse is an equal partner in the administration, then the reappearance of Bill Clinton in the White House is a prospect we have a hard time reconciling with the work that needs to be done.

THERE IS a way to match Clinton's and Obama's performances on a relatively equal playing field: their campaigns.

A candidate's campaign may be the best indicator of how she or he will govern. If so, an Obama administration would be well-managed, inclusive and astonishingly broad-based. It would make good use of technology and communicate a message of unity and, yes, hope.

It would not be content with eking out slim victories by playing to the narrow interests of the swing voters of the moment while leaving the rest of the country as deeply divided as ever. Instead, an Obama administration would seek to expand the number of Americans who believe that they have a personal stake in our collective future - and that they have the power to change things.

It would motivate them to hold their representatives accountable for making it happen. That is, after all, the only way to get us out of Iraq, to address global warming, to make us energy-independent. It's the only way to resist the forces arrayed against providing universal health care, rebuilding our infrastructure and returning our schools to world-class status. It's the only way to give our children the means to compete with children in other parts of the world who are healthier, better-educated and have more opportunities than many of our own.

An Obama administration would be freer of the the corrupting influence of big-money donors and corporate interests. Obama has raised $240 million overall, with half coming in contributions of less than $200. People who contribute to political campaigns can feel they "own" a candidate and so Obama would owe allegiance to the wide swath of America that has financed his campaign.

Based on his experience in running a quarter-billion-dollar enterprise with thousands upon thousands of volunteers, we could expect an Obama administration to be well-managed and cost-effective, with the president choosing forward-thinking advisers committed to his program, demanding that they work as a team and pay attention to details.

He would be steady and calm, given neither to irrational exuberance or outbursts of anger. He would make mistakes, that's for sure, but he could be expected to recognize them, adjust, and move forward.

He would adjust his views to reality rather than trying to adjust reality to his views.

Obama's unprecedented appeal to younger voters is significant not only because it expands the electorate, which is vital. It's also a validation of his promise as a president to be free of the baby-boomer/Vietnam/segregation-era hangups.

Younger people are more egalitarian, more accepting of diversity, and more comfortable with rapid change. They also are less confined by old resentments or regrets.

AND AN OBAMA administration would lower the tone of the rhetoric that separates us.

As New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has said, Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who has the skill and eloquence to help us raise our eyes and our aspirations beyond individual, personal concerns, beyond religion or region or race or gender, beyond our well-founded fears to a shared destiny.

Most candidates claim that they will change the way business is done in Washington. Barack Obama has made us believe that, yes, he can. *"

UPDATE: Obama Greeted by 35,000 People in Independence Park, Philadelphia (Largest Crowd of his campaign!)

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

MLK's Last Speech



MLK's last speech, delivered in Memphis forty years ago tonight.

What if King were still alive? He'd be called an anti-American, racist, communist, just like when he was alive.

Ironic how even (most) conservative Republicans praise King now, but when he was alive they despised him. He was feared because he spoke truth to power. He was more than just a "civil rights" leader. He saw that "social justice" would require much more than civil rights legislation. He condemned U.S. imperialism and accused the U.S. of war crimes and terrorism. He opposed the Vietnam War. He was starting to spread his wings to take on poverty and capitalism, before he was taken from us. But his dream is our dream, and he lives through us.

Speaking Truth To Poverty, Martin Luther King III

MLK's Legacy is Alive and Well, Jesse Jackson

Another Angry Black Preacher, E.J. Dionne

When Liberalism's Moment Ended, E. J. Dionne

King's Promised Land is Still Far Off Amy Goodman

What If MLK Had Lived? CNN

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Bush's War: Five Years Later




Today marks the 5th Anniversary of Bush's Illegal Invasion of Iraq and the continuing illegal occupation:
$3 trillion, $12 billion a month, 4,000 U.S. casualties, 100,000 + Iraqi deaths.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The $3 Trillion Dollar War

In their new book The Trillion Dollar War, Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics, and Linda Bilmes estimate the full cost of the Iraq "War" (invasion and occupation) to be $3 trillion (and the cost to the rest of the world to be another $3 trillion). (The Bush administration said the war would only cost $50 billion, the amount being spent every three months!)

For one-sixth of the cost of the war, the U.S. could put Social Security on a sound footing for more than half a century, without cutting benefits or raising taxes!

The U.S. national debt (which was $5.7 billion when bush became president) will be $2 trillion higher because of the war alone (in addition to the $800 billion increase under Bush before the war)!

The Bush administration LIED about everything to justify the illegal invasion of Iraq, including the cost!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Why do (some) Feminists Hate Barack Obama (Black Men)?



Ferraro: "They're Attacking Me Because I'm white"

There was more fallout today from Geraldine Ferraro's Racist Attack on Barack Obama

Ferraro told the Daily Breeze of Torrance, Calif.: "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) 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."

This from a woman who was chosen to be Walter Mondale's V.P. partner ONLY because she was a woman! And she was so dull she made Mondale look charismatic!

Hillary Clinton tried to distance herself from Ferraro's comment, sort of:

Clinton said, "I do not agree with that," and later added, "It's regrettable that any of our supporters _ on both sides, because we both have this experience _ say things that kind of veer off into the personal." (Ferraro is STILL part of the Clinton campaign.)

Obama called Ferraro's comments "patently absurd."

"I don't think Geraldine Ferraro's comments have any place in our politics or in the Democratic Party. They are divisive. I think anybody who understands the history of this country knows they are patently absurd," he told the Allentown Morning Call. "And I would expect that the same way those comments don't have a place in my campaign they shouldn't have a place in Senator Clinton's either."

Ferraro is pushing back: Ferraro is pushing back and standing by her statement:

"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," she told the Daily Breeze of Torrance, California. "Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"

Why do Ferraro and some Pro-Hillary Feminists HATE Barack Obama? They are so envious that a black man is beating their candidate that they make outrageous sexist and racist attacks on Obama and his supporters!

UPDATE: Politico's Ben Smith dug this past comment by Geraldine Ferraro on Jesse Jackson in 1988:

A Ferraro Flashback:

"If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race," she said.

Really. The cite is an April 15, 1988 Washington Post story (byline: Howard Kurtz), available only on Nexis.

Here's the full context:

Placid of demeanor but pointed in his rhetoric, Jackson struck out repeatedly today against those who suggest his race has been an asset in the campaign. President Reagan suggested Tuesday that people don't ask Jackson tough questions because of his race. And former representative Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that because of his "radical" views, "if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race."

Asked about this at a campaign stop in Buffalo, Jackson at first seemed ready to pounce fiercely on his critics. But then he stopped, took a breath, and said quietly, "Millions of Americans have a point of view different from" Ferraro's.

Discussing the same point in Washington, Jackson said, "We campaigned across the South . . . without a single catcall or boo. It was not until we got North to New York that we began to hear this from Koch, President Reagan and then Mrs. Ferraro . . . . Some people are making hysteria while I'm making history."

Why Does Geraldine Ferraro hate black men??

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Is this the Beginning of the End of the Democratic Party?

With the help of Rush Limbaugh and many conservative voters and very negative campaign ads, Hillary Clinton won Ohio by 10% and Texas by about 3% Tuesday, and can legitimately claim to have a chance, though slim, of catching up to Obama's delegate count. The math does not seem to be there for her to win the nomination, but if everything goes her way from now to the end, and the "superdelegates" side with her, she could possibly be the Democratic nominee, which isn't good for a number of reasons.

Many voters, including myself, are beginning to have "buyer's remorse" for Barack Obama. While Clinton has ran an effective NEGATIVE and DIRTY campaign against Obama, he has not fought back as aggressively as he should have, which makes one wonder if he would really be a strong candidate against John McCain. But Hillary's negative, and unfair, attacks on Obama were effective. Although the negative ads were unfair and inaccurate, they showed that negative campaigns are more effective than "nice" campaigns (ask John Kerry, Mike Dukakis and Walter Mondale).

As much as I despise Hillary Clinton, I am also disappointed in Barack Obama. There is not much difference between the two Democratic candidates on issues like NAFTA, "free trade," military spending, or even health care. Both are peddling inadequate band-aid approaches to health insurance rather than taking on the insurance companies and proposing the only real "universal" health insurance program--a public single payer system. Neither will take on military waste and cut military spending. Neither will defend FULL equal rights for gays and lesbians (i.e., marriage equality), etc...

All this underscores a fundamental problem with the Democratic Party. What does the Democratic Party stand for? Why are Democrats running from its liberal traditions and embracing Republicanism and "smaller government"? Why are Democrats caving in to the most unpopular President in modern history to continue to fund the illegal occupation of Iraq and trying to find a way to give immunity to the telecom companies that participated in illegal acts against American citizens? Why haven't Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid stood up to the Republican MINORITY in the House and Senate? (Pelosi and Reid are two of the most pathetic weak excuses for political "leaders" I have ever seen!)

To say the least I am growing more and more disenchanted with the Democratic Party that not even an Obama nomination will do much to change, but a Hillary Clinton nomination will definitely fuel even more. It is looking like neither Obama or Clinton will defeat John McCain in the general election. If the Democratic Party loses THIS election, given the failures and unpopularity of Bush and the GOP, what purpose does the Democratic Party serve in the U.S. political system? Are liberals and progressives being duped once again into supporting the Democratic Party in hopes the party will "change"??

I will be honest, I am having a political crisis at this moment. I have been trying to work "within" the Democratic Party for 20 years, with little to show for it. Why should people like myself (progressives, democratic socialists, etc.) keep sacrificing our political values and principles by supporting the Democratic Party? And what are our options? The Green Party? The Socialist Party? The Communist Party (yes it still exists and has also been supporting Democrats!) Anarchism? What are our choices?

Like many other left/progressives, I am asking these questions this election year and may not be able to put my faith in the Democratic party nominee again.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

De-Constructing the "Ex-Gay" Myth Memphis Conference




Beyond Ex-Gay is having an "ex-gay" survivors conference in Memphis this week (Feb. 22-24) featuring a number of events and workshops to counter Focus on the Family's anti-gay "Love Won Out" Conference. For more information and resources visit Deconstructing the Ex-Gay Myth: A Weekend of Action and Art It's good to see somebody organizing events to expose the truth about the "ex-gay" movement.

Personally, I don't have any problems with religious fanatics who want to repress their own homo-desire, but when they align themselves with political groups who oppose the civil rights of LGBT people, I have a problem. I believe many people are "bisexual" and should have the right to choose their own sexual preference and identity, and that includes those who want to choose a "straight" life. We should not, however, allow the anti-gay religious right to make the issue of choice the basis of our civil rights. People should have the right to choose their sexuality, just like they have the right to choose their religion. No one should be forced to "change" to suit other people's religious beliefs. And we should respect the rights of those who Choose to Be Gay!

One of the organizers of the conference, and one of the founders of Beyond Ex-gay, Peterson Tuscano has posted some videos about his experiences with Love in Action in Memphis.

Here's a preview of one of the films being shown at the conference, "This Is What Love in Action Looks Like"

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Racist, Homophobic Black Preachers Attack Cohen Again



Once again, racist/anti-gay black preachers are attacking Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09). An anti-Semitic flyer proclaiming Steve Cohen and the Jews Hate Jesus is being circulated in the African America churches, apparently by Rev. George Brooks of Murfreesboro, TN. Cohen's challenger in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary, Nikki Tinker, denies any knowledge or part in the flyer. The Anti-Defamation League condemned the flier for attempting to incite racial tensions between African-Americans and Jews.

Last August Cohen was attacked by the Black Baptist Ministerial Association for supporting the Hate Crimes bill because it would include sexual orientation and cover gays and lesbians. One minister, Robert Poindexter of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church proclaimed, "He's not black and he can't represent me."

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Another School Shooting: Why?



The Northern Illinois University Shooting should put gun control back into the U.S. political discussion, but both parties ignore the problem of guns and pander to the gun nuts, the NRA, and the gun lobby.

Steve Kazmierczak, the shooter who killed at least 6 people at North Illinois University, used the same website as the Virginia Tech shooter, Seung-Hui who purchased a gun to kill 32 people at that school.

Gun violence and mass kills are almost daily news:

Virginia Tech, the Omaha mall shooting, Colorado church shooting, the Missouri City Hall shooting, as well as the three other school shootings — in the last week — in Louisiana, Tennessee, and California

Also, this week: In an apparent hate crime, a Gay Teen Shot in the Head, Declared Brain Dead
Why is it so easy for people, even people with mental problems, to buy handguns and assault weapons in the U.S.? Why won't our political leaders, especially the so-called "progressive" ones, stand up to the NRA and gun lobby?

Let's STOP THE NRA!

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Obama Has Clear Lead Over McCain (Clinton Ties)

Two polls this month show that Barack Obama has a Clear Lead over John McCain

According to a CNN Poll, Obama leads McCain by 8 points (52% to 44%). Hillary Clinton only leads by 3 points (50% to 47%) but that's within the margin or error, so they are statistically tied.

In the TIME Poll, Obama leads McCain by 7 points (48% to 41%), while Hillary Clinton and McCain are tied with 46% each.

Clinton has the highest negatives, 44% say they don't like her compared to 36% who don't like McCain and 31% who don't like Obama.

The big difference is among men. Men give McCain an 18 point lead over Clinton (57% to 39%). Against Obama, however, McCain's lead among men shrinks to 3 points (49% 5o 46%). Clinton does not draw well among men, Obama does.

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Right-Wing Groups Ready for Hillary




The right-wing attack machine is gearing up to take on Hillary Clinton.
David Bossie, who was one of the relentless investigators of Clinton in the 1990s, and his right-wing PAC Citizens United are selling Hillary: The Movie which has been screened by conservative groups around the country and is being distributed on DVD. Citizens United is also working on TV attack ads. If Hillary is the Democratic nominee, it's not going to be pretty.
This will make the anti-Kerry "Swift Boat" Ads look tame.

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Monday, February 04, 2008

More Obama Endorsements

Rep. Steve Cohen Endorses Barack Obama
I went into the Obama HQ here in Memphis to try to get some Obama buttons (they are out!) and walked in on Steve Cohen's press conference announcing his endorsement of Barack Obama.

Joan Baez Endorses Obama The first time the folk singer/legend has endorsed a political candidate!

Obama Offers Presidential Leadership Among the Ruins, Gary Hart

How Obama Could Create a Long-Term Democratic Majority, Paul Roget Loeb

Can the Democrats Blow it Again?

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Monday, January 21, 2008

MLK: The Great Liberal



Conservative Republicans love to identify themselves with Ronald Reagan. Why don't more Democrats quote Martin Luther King to defend LIBERALISM??

While most conservatives even give lip service to MLK (though some still hate him and opposed a holiday in his name!), it is important to remember that King led and participated in a progressive movement much broader than civil rights for one race of people. He spoke out against the Vietnam War, he marched with striking workers, he supported the labor movement, he called for CUTTING military spending and drastic increases in social spending, i.e., he exemplified the greatness of LIBERALISM!

If he were alive today, conservatives would label him a weak, anti-American, liberal, commie and probably try to link him to Islamic terrorism!

Dr. Martin Luther King: Why I am Opposed to the Vietnam War

Reclaiming King: Beyong "I Have A Dream"

Brave New Films has a great new Fight the War On Greed video which continues MLK's Liberal Dream

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Ron Paul Exposed: Racist, Homophobic Bigot??



The Ron Paul cult has quite a following, including many well-meaning anti-war young folks and anti-government "libertarians" who think he is a modern George Washington who will free us all from the tyranny of Big Brother. The truth is that Ron Paul has a history of racism and association with white supremacists.

In an article published in The New Republic, Angry White Man, James Kirchick dug up Ron Paul's "Freedom Report" going back before 1999. According to him, "What they reveal are decades worth of obsession with conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews, and gays, In short, they suggest that Ron Paul is not the plain-speaking antiwar activist his supporters believe they are backing--but rather a member in good standing of some of the oldest and ugliest traditions in American politics>'' The newsletters contain racist attacks against Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders, defense of the Confederate, and anti-government paranoia and sympathy for right-wing militias.

Orac's Science blog has another expose: Ron Paul-Quackery Enabler which documents more of Ron Paul's looney ideas (anti-evolution, opposes FDA regulating drugs, etc..)

And check out:
Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Ron Paul Is Scarier, but those who Cheer Him are Scarier!
"Paul's views are a corn ball blend of libertarianism, know-nothing Americanism, and ultra conservative laissez faire limited government. This marks him as a type A American political quirk...what really makes him scary--There are apparently millions that don't see a darn thing wrong with any of this and pillory anyone who does. They are even scarier than him."
(Reading the comments of Paul's followers is scary! )

Many (most?) of Ron Paul's followers seem to have no understanding of his extremist "libertarian" beliefs about abolishing Social Security and just about every government program since the New Deal.

(Not sure Ron Paul is really a "libertarian" given his opposition to abortion and gay rights, etc.)

And for a detailed critique of Libertarianism and Objectivism, see Mike Huben's Critiques of Libertarianism

UPDATE: CNN Has now picked up this story: Ron Paul '90s Newsletters Rant Against Blacks and Gays

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Friday, January 04, 2008

The opening round goes to Obama and the Huckster

Crossposted from LWC...

My, my, my. Obama's people had predicted over 200,ooo Iowans would caucus on the Democratic side, when I couldn't remember there ever being more than 125,000. I thought either they were blowing smoke up our collective arses, or they had a great organization in the Hawkeye State.


Pick the latter, folks. There were over 218,000 who caucused Democratically on Thursday night, and the junior Senator from neighboring Illinois pulled 37.58% of them, topping John Edwards and Hillary Clinton, in that order. Mighty well done, sir, mighty well done.

I was at Drinking Liberally at Dish on the hippest corner in town, Cooper and Young, where our pal Vibinc rocked the house with his live-blogging of the current state of affairs in each party.

As for the Goopers, Mike Huckabee, after only being in the state three months and having been out-spent by Mitt Romney, who I believe had been in Iowa over a year, thoroughly tromped on the former Massachusetts Governor, 34% to 25%. Fred Thompson, rumored to be dropping out, limped in just ahead of the man he is rumored to be endorsing after said departure, John McCain.

Oh, by the way, our Blog-Ruler Kos noted the following tonight:

There were approximately 356,000 Iowans turning out from BOTH parties. Here's how the top four candidates fared when grouped together:

Obama 24.5%
Edwards 20.5%
Clinton 19.8%
Huckabee 11.4%

So much for Iowa being a Republican state!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Obama/Huckabee Win Iowa


Obama and Huckabee are the winners of the Iowa Caucuses
On the Democratic side, Obama was first with 38%, Edwards came in second with 30% and Hillary Clinton was third with about 29%.
On the Republican side, Huckabee was first (34%), followed by Romney (25%) and Thompson (13%)

Dodd, Biden and Gravel have dropped out of the Democratic race.

The good news is that Hillary Clinton was last. I hope Edwards can keep going and force Hillary out. I can live with Obama and/or Edwards, but the Democrats cannot nominate Hillary Clinton! If they do, they risk losing in 2008.
I prefer Edwards because, next to my first choice Dennis Kucinich, he is the most progressive
See Norman Solomon's Edwards Reconsidered
Also:
Edwards First Candidate to Call for Withdrawing ALL Troops from Iraq
Only One Democrat (Edwards) Will End Iraq Occupation

Kucinich alienated many progressive supporters by telling his supporters in the caucuses to make Obama their second choice. Why? There is no reason for progressives to pick Obama over Edwards! Edwards is more progressive on a number of issues. His populist campaign presents the Democratic Party with a real alternative to DLC centrists like Obama & Clinton. Obama is a great speaker, but he is too moderate and he is another "corporatist" like Hillary Clinton.

Those who think Obama is a "progressive" should read this article by Paul Street in Z Magazine:
The Obama Illusion

Both Edwards and Obama gave great speeches, but Edwards did not concede is is going on to New Hampshire. I hope Democrats wake up and support his campaign to fight corporate greed and the growing inequality in American society.

Even though he is a Christo-fascist nutcase, Huckabee should not be underestimated. He talks like a "populist" and is a smooth politician. He won over 40 percent of the black vote in Arkansas. He is downplaying his past comments about gays and winning American "back for Christ" He can appeal to black voters and many low income Christians as well as independents. He would be a greater threat to the Democrats than the other GOP candidates, except possibly John McCain, who I think will make a come back and win the GOP nomination.

Edwards could win a general election against Huckabee by 25%--Compared to Clinton (10%) and Obama (15%)
See Edwards Vs. Huckabee: The Contest Democrats Would Love to See

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America: Huck Yeah!

Who wants to bet the Huckster doesn't take NH?

Nevertheless, I may have to rethink my predictions. Not so much because of the numbers in Iowa, but because of how stupidly Romney is campaigning.

The Homos Are Coming!

From Pam's Houseblend: AFA Action Alert on "Homo Invasion" of Arkansas Town!

Anti-gay homophobic bigot Don Wildmon's "American Family Association" (Tupelo MS) is promoting a new DVD, "They're Coming To Your Town" which "shows how a small group of homosexual activists took over the city council in
Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and began imposing their homosexual agenda on that community..."They're Coming To Your Town" shows how, using deceitfulness and lies, homosexuals maneuvered themselves into positions of power and then used those positions to promote their agenda. According to Don Wildmon, the DVD, "is an eye-opener to those who are not familiar with how homosexuals use the system to attain their goals."

Hmm..haven't the Christian Right been using "deceitfulness and lies" to maneuver themselves into positions of power to promote their agenda? Haven't the Christian fundamentalists been trying to take over towns like Eureka Springs? If it wouldn't support the AFA, I would order this DVD to see how we can take over Memphis!

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

When NOT to Vote Black in Memphis



Great article over on the Black Agenda Report on When Not to Vote Black (In Memphis) contrasting the white (Jewish) progressive Rep. Steve Cohen with his conservative black predecessor, Harold Ford Jr. and his chosen heir, Nikki Tinker.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

"Bush Dog Democrat" John Tanner Helps GOP



Tanner Sparring with Fellow Democrats Over Iraq

"Bush Dog Democrat" John Tanner is an embarrassment to the Democratic Party. He and other DINOS (Democrats in Name Only) are the reason this illegal occcupation is not over yet and our troops are stuck in the middle of a civil war. Anti-War activists should target DINOS like Tanner for protests, etc. We need to get him out of office and replace him with a REAL (progressive) Democrat!

Tanner and fellow ">Bush Dog Democrats are working on a "compromise" to help the Republicans get their way on Iraq, and keep our troops in the middle of that country's growing civil war.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Ministers Apologize/Welcome Rep. Steve Cohen



Good News. Maybe something good will come out of this...

Bethlehem M.B. soothes Cohen's wounds after roughing up at ministers meeting

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

R.I.P. Progressive Talk 680



What happened to Progressive Talk 680 AM? The Air America affiliate has been on autopilot for a while now, with lots of repetitive filler about "Fun Food Facts" and Memphis history lessons, but no local news, commentaries, etc. except for repetitive and often imbecile "Blue Hotline" comments. Obviously the program director has been unable, for some reason, to get advertisers. Given the fact that Shelby County is a majority Democratic county, and that progressive media like Memphis Flyer don't seem to have a problem getting advertisers, it is hard to see why this station could not get enough advertising. Instead, the station has been airing Cardinal baseball games and other sports programs, and may even become an all sports station.

I have been thinking of many ways to improve the station: have local commentaries from our many local activists and bloggers, have local progressive news, replace the Fun Food Facts fillers with informative short programs like Jim Hightowers Commen Sense Commetaries, better promotion and advertising, and maybe even try another local talk show with a real progressive personality with some connection to the Memphis progressive/liberal communities.

It will be a big loss if we loose Air America and Progressive Talk 680.
It's a shame since we will lose the only Air America radio station in the mdsouth and no longer have Thom Hartmann, The Young Turks, Randi Rhodes, Rachel Maddow and other great progressive talk radio shows to share our airwaves with Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly and company.

UPDATE: Progressive Talk 680 is DEAD, it is now Fox Sports Radio! You can stream Air America online or download the PodCasts for some of the shows on iTunes.
There is also Democracy Now! and Go Left TV
It looks like the progressive/left will have to find ways around the corporate media to make our voices heard, Democracy Now is a good start.

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Homophobic Preachers Attack Rep. Steve Cohen


His Behindness, Homophobic bigot "Apostle" Alton R. Williams (World Overcomers)

Rep. Steve Cohen Meets with Black Ministers Over Hate Crime Bill and was viciously attacked by a group of anti-gay, RACIST, bigots. The Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association, a group of 100 black ministers, have been using Cohen's support for the Hate Crime Bill which includes sexual orientation to argue that he cannot represent blacks. "He's not black and he can't represent me," said Rev. Robert Poindexter of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. "Apostle" Alton R. Williams (World Overcomers) said, "The real motivation...is about getting laws passed that will federally protect gays and lesbians." That is the real issue is not "freedom of speech" or "freedom of religion," it is that these racist bigots do not want a white person representing them and they do not want gays and lesbians to have the same civl rights they have. LaSimba Gray, past of New Sardis Baptist Church, said they were offended by suggestions that the black and gay communities are somehow connected. Well, we are connected, we are human beings and we have suffered as a group from prejudice, bigotry and discrimination. In MLK's words, injustice against any of us is an injustice against all of us. I guess these "ministers" did not understand the MLK's message.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Anti-Gay Bigots Boycott the Commercial Appeal



His Great Behindness "Apostle" Alton Williams (see below) and the Memphis City Churches is waging a boycott of the Commercial Appeal because Wendi Thomas has not agreed with their anti-gay, theocratic stupidity.

The Memphis Flyer reports:

Baptist Ministers Propose Boycott of Commercial Appeal

Blogger Thaddeus Mathews is reporting that an alliance of Baptist ministers, led by A.R. Williams of the World Overcomers church (the man who brought us the Statue of Liberty holding a cross) has begun a movement called "Operation Wake-Up Call."
The purpose of the movement is to boycott The Commercial Appeal because it "opposes Christianity."

The group has published a five-page document which it apparently plans to distribute to churches thoughout Memphis. The flier cites in particular CA columnist Wendi Thomas for her "Godless" writing. It seems Wendi has had the temerity to criticize certain preachers and has even quoted Buddha -- which obviously makes her a spawn of Satan. Or something.

In the document posted on Mathews' site, the ministers say they plan to boycott all Scripps-Howard newspapers and their advertisers.

To which we can only say, Jesus H. Christ, Praise Allah, Oy Vey, and Tickle Me, Elmo, these people are a national embarrassment and we're going to renew our subscription to the CA today.

08/30/2007
The Memphis Flyer

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Congress Approval Lowest Ever

The Democratic congress has failed the American people. Gallup: Approval Rating for Congress Matches Lowest Ever Recorded Only 18% of the American people approve of the job of this Congress, matching the lowest ever in 1992. It is even lower than George Bush's 32% approval rating. We can thank the Bush Dog Democrats who capituated on the Iraq War and unconstitutional wiretapping. Tennesseans are responsible for FOUR Bush Democrats: Cooper (TN-05), Lincoln Davis (TN-04), Gordon (TN-06), Tanner (TN-08).

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Kos Smacks Down Harold Ford Jr.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Pathetic Harold Ford jr. Attacks Democratic Base!





The PATHETIC Harold Ford Jr., the new leadere of the "Democratic Leadership Council" (sic), appears on FOX NEWS to bash the Daily Kos Yearly Kos convention, and writes a pathetic column attacking the BASE of the Democratic Party, Our Chance to Capture the Center. The DLC, and yes BILL CLINTON, has almost destroyed the Democratic Party! Here is the record HFJ and the DLC are so proud of: NAFTA (destroying U.S. jobs), "welfare reform" (cutting AFDC for poor women and children), telecommunications act (media consolidation), "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA), enshrining discrimination against LGBT Americans into federal law, "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (throwing thousands of military people out of the military for being gay), cave in on Health Care (leaving 50 million people without insurance still..), etc. etc. On issue after issue Clinton and the DLC have abandoned the PRINCIPLES of the Democratic Party, their legacy has been to join the Republican Party and the radical right to DESTROY the legacy of FDR and LBJ! And all of HFJ's pandering to the homophobic bigots in TN couldn't get him elected! Wake up Jr.! The BASE of the Democratic Party was at the Daily Kos convention, NOT the DLC convention! The Democratic Presidential candidates didn't even come to your little meeting in NAshville! And your pathetic DLC Democrats have caved in to BUSH over and over, funding the illegal war that the MAJORITY of Americans oppose, and making Bush's illegal wire-tapping of Americans legal! We can only hope the DLC continues to wither and die so we can save the Democratic Party and our democracy!

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Cohen Co-Sponsors Bill to Impeach Cheney!



The Commercial Appeal reports that Rep. Steve Cohen is Co-sponsoring a Bill to Impeach Cheney! "Before returning to Memphis on Sunday after a marathon weekend House session, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., signed on as a co-sponsor of bills to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney and to censure both Cheney and President Bush." ANother reason to support Tennessee's ONLY progressive U.S. Congressman! We have our own Bernie Sanders here in TN! Folks this is very important, and we MUST do everything to support Steve Cohen and show that we want Bush and Cheney to be IMPEACHED! We must (a) contact Steve Cohen and tell him we support the impeachment of Bush/Cheney (b) organize! We need to get on the street (Poplar/Highland) every Sat./Sunday with signs to Impeach Bush/Cheney! (c) We need to get a petition going in Memphis and present it to Cohen to show the support here in Shelby County to Impeach! Go to Impeach Bush and AfterDowning Street and World Can't Wait and get your t-shirts, signs and bumper stickers, and lets hit the streets in Memphis! There will be a march in Washington on Sat. Sept. 15 to Impeach Bush & Cheney, let's organize a street protest on that day at Poplar & Highland 11 AM to 2 pm! Get your signs and T-Shirts now!

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Lesbian Attacked in Jackson




A Dyer Co. Lesbian Was Attacked in Jackson Club
Miranda Greer told Jackson police that a man approached her when he saw her dancing with a male friend. The man thought she was a gay man because she looks masculine, and started calling her names and telling her to leave. When she told him she was a lesbian, he responded by punching her in the face, and then used a beer bottle to jab her in the eye four times before smashing the bottle over her head. I wonder if he thought he was also doing God’s will?

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Congress Kisses Bush's Ass Again

The Democratic-led Congress has once again kissed Bush's ass. The same "Democratic" Congress that continues to cave in on funding the illegal occupation of Iraq, has now also caved in on illegal wiretapping of U.S. citizens. Congress has just approved Bush's Request to Expand Wireless Wiretapping. The vote was 227-183, with 180 Democrats voting against it, but enough Democrats voted for it to pass. The bill will expand FISA to allow wiretapping of calls with foreigners. Congress has also passed a Record $460 billlion "Defense" Bill which includes such wasteful spending as $8 billion for "missle defense." This Congress is pathetic! The Green Party or Socialist Party is looking better everyday, but I know, the Democrats are our only hope to hold off total fascist control of our country, gods help us!

From Queer Notes

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Pharisees

Around the time Margo and I started dating, her mother found out she had cancer. She had surgery and radiation treatment over the next several years. She still has to go to the doctor to deal with some of the lingering side effects of the radiation and whatnot, but she’s been cancer free for seven or eight years now. She was lucky. They had health insurance. She was a stay at home mom, and her husband worked in a G.E. factory for 35 years. It’s a running semi-joke in the house that she’s not allowed to get sick again because there’s a lifetime maximum on how much the insurance will pay out. It’s not entirely a joke, however, the factory started shipping out more and more jobs to China. He figured his job would be gone any day, so he took the early retirement offer and the cut in pension that led to so he could be sure and keep his health insurance. They were lucky.

He started work at the factory soon after high school and kept that job his whole life. Those sorts of jobs aren’t really around much anymore. That’s why his sister works at Walmart. That’s why her children work at Wal-mart and Rent-to-Own. These sorts of jobs pay half as much, they don’t include benefits, and they won’t let you work full time. They’re also just about the only jobs left in Selmer. What if he had been born a bit later, and ended up working at Wal-mart out of high school instead of G.E.? Without insurance would she have gone in to the doctor early enough to catch the cancer before it was too late? What would have happened to them when the costs for the surgeries and radiation and checkups mounted? What would have happened to them when she fell down and broke her leg in three places last night because the radiation weakened her bones?

They were lucky. They have health insurance. I know others who aren’t. I know people who let their Diabetes go mostly untreated because they can’t afford care. I know people who’ve gone bankrupt because they got cancer. There is something wrong with someone working a 40 hour week for years and years and losing it all because of a disease they can’t control. There’s something wrong with a country whose biggest “moral issue” is who people have sex with in their own homes when people are sick and uncared for, when people are homeless and unsheltered, when people are hungry and not fed. I wonder which issues Jesus spent his time talking about? Certain pastors who are up in arms about a bill to increase funding for “hate crimes” should stop and think about their congregations. They should stop to think about their city. Are more people suffering in this city because of lack of healthcare or because someone wants to prevent hate crimes? Are more people suffering because of poverty or because we happen to have a white guy in Congress? Far be it for me to tell pastors a damn thing about religion, but it seems to me someone might have their priorities a little mixed up. The God I pray to is a God of love and caring for those less fortunate, not a God of politics and condemnation and self-righteousness. But what does this sinner know?

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Black Pastors Attack Rep.Steve Cohen/Endorse Herman Morris



A group of predominantly African-American pastors calling themselves Memphis City Churches is waging a campaign against gay and lesbian civil rights, especially marriage equality, but now are focused on stopping the Hate Crimes bill (H.R. 1592), and are attacking Rep. Steve Cohen for supporting it. Their web site is filled with fallacious attacks on gays and attempts to use homophobia and anti-gay prejudice to scare people into opposing the hate crimes bill by erroneously claiming that the bill would prohibit preachers from preaching against homosexuality and make anti-gay religious views a crime. H.R. 1592 says NOTHING about prohibiting anti-gay speech and was amended to specifically states that the bill will have no effect on free-speech rights. So who is behind this anti-gay campaign? Their web page is linked to anti-gay religious right groups, including the Family Research Council and the American Family Assocication. I suspect these groups are orchestrating a nation-wide campaign to mislead African-American religious groups and pastors to oppose hate crimes legislation and any other legislation that recognizes the civil rights of gays and lesbians.

Rep. Steve Cohen spoke out in support of H.R. 1592 in the House of Representatives.

This group of black minister, including Dr. Bill Adkins of Greater Imani Church and Rev. LaSimba Gray of New Sardis Baptist Church, who tried to get A.C. Wharton to run against Herenton in the Memphis mayoral election have now endorsed Herman Morris for Mayor. Hmm. I wonder if they knew that Herman Morris spoke at the Mid-South Pride Rally in June in support of gay and lesbian rights? And I wonder if Herman Morris knows this group is anti-gay? I know these "black leaders" don't represent all of the black community, but will the progressive African-American leaders (Herman Morris?) stand up to them and denounce their bigotry??

UPDATE: As I suspected, the Memphis City Churches, the group behind the attacks on Rep. Steve Cohen and the Hate Crimes Bill, are getting their talking points from the anti-gay Family Research Council which attacks Steve Cohen on their webpage.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Conservative Warns of Police State: Calls for Impeachment

Following up on my last post, here is a RAW STORY summary of Thom Hartmann's interview with conservative Paul Craig Roberts, who is warning that the Bush/Cheney regieme is counting on another "terrorist" attack to follow through on their implementation of a police state. You can read Roberts Column on Counterpunch.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Impeach!

Even some conservatives who still have some principles to stand on are calling for the impeachment of Bush/Cheney! Bruce Fein, the conservative constitutional lawyer who authored articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton and servied in the Reagan Deptl of Justice, has appeared on Bill Moyer's Journal program on PBS and on Air America's Thom Hartmann program to argue Bush and Cheney should be impeached, and that the case for impeaching Bush is more serious than the article of impeachment he authored against Bill Clinton. Another conservative, Paul Craig Roberts was on Thom Hartmann program today (july 19) saying that unless congress Impeaches Bush & Cheney immediately, we may be in a dictatorial police state. They join Bob Barr and a growing number of CONSERVATIVES, who agree with 45 percent of the American people that Congress should begin impeachment hearings against George Bush, and 54 percent who support impeachment hearings on Dick Cheney. When will the Democrats in Congress stand up to defend the Constitution of the United States? It is time for US, the American people, to take action NOW to save our country from the Bush/Çheney regime! Go to Impeach Bush.org and After Downing Street and get involved with the movement to IMPEACH BUSH/CHENEY! Order some bumper stickers, signs and T-Shirts! Let's get some demonstrations going in Memphis! ImpeachBush.org has a petition we need to circulate and deliver to Rep. Steve Cohen to encourage him to help get the impeachment hearings going in Congress.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Bush/GOP Pander to Christo-Fascists

The U.S. House passed the "Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act" Today, and the White House wasted no time dismissing the law and threatening a Presidential Veto, Bush's 3rd Veto in his two terms. The Republicans are pandering to the anti-gay Christo-fascists (Pat Robertson, James Dobson, Focus on the Family, etc.) who do not want ANY government recognition of the civil rights of gays and lesbians which would legitimate our citizenship in the United States. Amazingly, many religious fundamentalists, including a group of African-American pastors, are actively opposing including gays and lesbians in the hate crime law arguing that the law would impose upon their freedom to preach against homosexuality! James Dobson's Focus on the Family and other anti-gay extremist groups have been spreading a BIG LIE that the hate crimes law would outlaw their religious beliefs and freedom to speak against homosexuality. (The law explicitly defends freedom of speech, and only applies to cases in which CRIMES are committed against individuals based on the gender identity or sexual orientation!)

(BTW, the Memphis CBS station, WREG CH. 3, ran a story last night in which they repeated much of the anti-gay religious opposition to the bill without giving any FACTS about the bill. Most of the story was an interview with a black preacher who opposed equating homosexuality with civil rights, and said the law would prohibit him from preaching against homosexuality. That was a LIE. WREG gave NO factual information about what the bill actually said, and gave only a few short minutes to local gay activist Herb Zeman who was not able to counter all the misinformation in the story.) I think we need to contact their station to point out how biased the story was and how they failed to inform the public of the FACTS about the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act!)

If you could not stomach watching the first Republican debate tonight on MSNBC, here's an excerpt in which Tommy Thompson says it is OK for employers to FIRE someone just for being gay!
Republican Debate: Thompson Says Employers Should Allowed to Fire Gays
And as expected, the leading GOP candidates pandered to the religious extremist base of the Republican Party by opposing abortion and gay rights, and each supported the illegal Bush invasion and occupation of Iraq. While they supported the impeachment of Bill Clinton, none were asked about whether they would support the impeachment of Bush and Cheney for their crimes. To learn more about the REAL Republican candidates, check out the DNC Report on the Republican Candidates

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Impeach Bush/Cheney Demonstrations April 28


I was there with my Impeach Bush sign. Response in Memphis was overwhelming, lots of honks in support of impeaching Bush and Cheney. Many people wanted to sign a petition or get more info and bumper stickers. Why is the Democratic Party ignoring the growing movement to Impeach Bush/Cheney? Why aren't more Democrats in Congress supporting Dennis Kucinicjavascript:void(0)h's proposal to Impeach Cheney? The Democratic "leadership" in Congress is turning its back on its base once again. While the GOP responded to their base an impeached Bill Clinton for far lesser crimes, the Democrats are more worried about offending "swing voters" and independents. Have they not looked at the polls showing growing support for impeachment of Bush and Cheney? Do they not care if Bush/Cheney are held to account for their crimes? If the Democratic Party does not take its base seriously, they may loose more of us to the Green Party, which does take the impeachment of Bush/Cheney seriously.
If you want to get involved, take action and put some pressure on our Democratic representatives to move on impeaching bush/cheney get invovled in one or more of the groups organizing aroune impeachment:
Impeach Bush.org
Impeach07
After Downing Street
World Can't Wait
The Green Party

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