Gay Activist Peter Tatchell Getting Punched by Russian Nationalist in Moscow
It looks like the spirit of Jerry Falwell lives on in Russia, as gays are attacked by right-wing fascists and orthodox Christians in Moscow, and arrested by the police for exercising their "freedom" to speak and assemble. British human rights activist Peter Tatchell was among the protesters attacked. One crucifix-bearing Christian threatened to beat up any gay person he saw! The Christian attackers called the gays "satanic"! Maybe they have been listening to too much Pat Robertson in Russia. Looks like Russia has embraced Western Christianity.
Well, as expected our "Democratic Leaders" in Congress caved in to Bush (who has a 28% approval!) and took out all timetables in the Iraq Funding bill. Great job Pelosi!! The Democrats who support this bill may think they are doing the politically expedient thing, but they will face some angry Democratic voters--I hope! Jimmy Carter caved in, now the Democrats in Congress are caving in. It's PATHETIC! This is why the Democratic Party fails over and over again--the "leadership" of the party is barely distinguishable from the Republican Party on many issues, like mlitary spending.
Well, I thought finally Jimmy Carter found the backbone to call George Bush the worst President in U.S. History, but after winning praise from progressives everywhere, Carter backed away from his own statements today and says they were either "careless or misinterpreted." No, Jimmy you did say it! Now he says he only meant to say he was worse than Nixon, even though that's not what he said. So like so many "liberals", Carter cannot stand by his own statements and beliefs. Why do so-called "liberal" Democrats have to be so weak when it comes to standing up for their own beliefs? Why do they allow the right-wing media machine and the Republican operatives to intimidate them over and over again? Why can't they just stand up and speak the truth "Bush is the Worst President in History!" and not apologize for it? Get a political spine Jimmy!
The world has one less right-wing homophobic bigot. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority is dead. While it is not polite to speak ill of the dead, in this case I will make an exception. While I sympathize with his family for their personal lost, we cannot ignore the evil of Jerry Falwell’s political legacy. Indeed, Falwell came to symbolize all that is wrong with conservatism in the United States. Let’s not forget that Falwell condemned the civil rights movement as well as Dr. Martin Luther King. Like Reagan, who Falwell helped elect for political power, he supported Apartheid in South Africa. In the name of “Christianity” he supported very un-Christian economic and social policies that hurt the poor and rewarded the rich. Like Osama bin Laden and Islamic terrorists, he called 9/11 God’s judgment upon secularism, feminism and homosexuality. He vilified gays and lesbians for political gain. He attacked the Constitutional principle of the separation of church and state and advocated a theocractic government, which the founders of this secular democracy adamantly opposed. It would be tempting to find some comfort in the death of such a person who has brought so much harm to our democracy and to gays and lesbians, but the truth is that bigotry and homophobia did not die with him. He has left behind an army of holy warriors who will no doubt continue his assault on equality, freedom and social justice. I find no cause for rejoicing or celebration in what our future may hold.
Happy Mothers Day to my Mom, Carla! While we remember our Mothers and all the sacrifices they made for us, let's also remember those mothers who have lost their sons and daughters in Bush's illegal occupation of Iraq, they have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Italians Rally Against Rights for Gay Couples" The Rally Saturday, organized by Catholic and other religious groups opposed to rights for unmarried couples, inlcuding gays, drew an estimated 250,000. Amazing that a quarter of a million people can be mobilized to oppose civil rights for a group of people who do not share their religious beliefs. The Catholic Church is opposing gay rights throughout the world, and is the world's largest anti-gay organization.
George Bush's approval rating has sunk to 28% according to a new Newsweek Poll, and it seems to be dragging down the whole GOP. The poll also shows every Democratic candidate beating the Republicans in 2008. However, Hillary Clinton seems to be the one hope the Republicans have of winning. She does worse than any other Democratic candidate, barely edging out a Republican opponent. So why is she the leading Democratic candidate among Democrats?
"The NEWSWEEK Poll finds each of the leading Democratic contenders beating the Republican frontrunners in head-to-head matchups....
"Though the New York senator and former first lady aims to project an aura of inevitability that she will win the Democratic nomination, Obama beats the leading Republicans by larger margins than any other Democrat: besting Giuliani 50 to 43 percent, among registered voters; beating McCain 52 to 39 percent, and defeating Romney 58 percent to 29 percent.
"Like Obama, Edwards defeats the Republicans by larger margins than Clinton does: the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee outdistances Giuliani by six points, McCain by 10 and Romney by 37, the largest lead in any of the head-to-head matchups. Meanwhile, Sen. Clinton wins 49 percent to 46 percent against Giuliani, well within the poll’s margin of error; 50 to 44 against McCain; and 57 to 35 against Romney.
"Where Clinton remains the undisputed champ is among Democrats. When matched against her main rivals for the Democratic nomination, Clinton is the choice of 51 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters over Obama’s 39 percent; and she defeats Edwards 57 percent to 38 percent. Obama has not substantially narrowed Clinton’s lead since the early March NEWSWEEK poll, where he trailed Clinton by 14 points. Edwards has narrowed Clinton’s lead over him though. Back in March Edwards trailed Clinton by 31 points; now her lead is down to 19 points."
Wake up Dems! We have a good chance of winning in 2008, but NOT with Hillary Clinton! Her negatives are too high among most voters, especially independents and "swing voters" and she would probably loose in the general election because of all her baggage (i.e., "hillary health care", Bill and Monica, etc.) Many Democrats I know even say THEY will not vote for her! Our best chance is a new face, like Obama or Edwards.
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
It's the Fourth Anniversary of George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech, and he continues to lie. Today he vetoed the funding bill Congress sent to him because it included a "nonbinding" resolution with a timetable to withdraw U.S. troops in a year. Using Orwellian logic, Bush and the GOP are accusing the Democrats of witholding funds to the military and U.S. troops, even though it is BUSH who is blocking the funding bill, NOT the Democrats.
Following the Karl Rove/GOP playbook, Rudy Giuliani warned that if the Democrats win in 2008, they will retreat from the "war on terrorism" and put the U.S. on the defensive rather than an offensive position on the "war on terror." How can Bush and the GOP keep getting away with this BIG LIE. Do we have to remind them and the American people that it was BUSH and the GOP who allowed the terrorist attack on 9/11 to take place? Richard Clarke and several other former members of the Bush adminstration have testified that BUSH did not even discuss terrorism before 9/11! Cheney's terrorism task force NEVER MET! Bush ignored repeated warnings from the intelligence community about a terrorist attack. BUSH, was the President almost a year before 9/11 and HE failed to protect and defend the U.S., and he has used 9/11 and the perpetual "war on terror" to gain "political capital." Bush and the GOP have weakened the U.S. military, and have aided the growth of terrorism world wide. Terrorism has INCREASED in Iraq since the illegal U.S. invasion and occupation. Bush is a LIAR. He has used the military and U.S. troops and they have paid the price for his incompetence.