Archive for the ‘gay’ Category

Stimulus? Senator Unleashes “Gay Insult” During Debate Tongue-Lashing

February 8, 2009

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) accused Senaor Lindsey Graham (R-SC) of being too “theatrical” during the Senate debate of the stimulus bill on Saturday.

“It’s clearly a ‘gay insult,'” a gay friend told me.

Ooops.

As the Huffington Post tells it:

Lindsey Graham is not only theatrical, in a different party he could have been fabulous. Larry Craig, David Vitter, Mark Foley, Charlie Crist, J. Edgar Hoover – historically a gaggle of Republicans have raised eyebrows across Capital Hill. But if Boxer is speaking in some kind of code it is fascinating to imagine what will happen if she ups the ante every day until the Stimulus Bill gets passed. Because, frankly, Lindsey looks nervous.

Read it all and see the video:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-dalton
beninato/boxer-kos-graham-in-battl_b_164530.html

Michelle:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/07/burni
ng-the-midnight-oil-the-sellout-amendment-is-here/

Serious News on The Stimulus:
Still Work Needed on “Stimulus;” House, Senate Miles Apart

Advertisements

Mayoral But Maybe Immoral and Illegal?

January 22, 2009

More than a year after denying it, the newly elected mayor of Portland has admitted having a sexual relationship with a male teenager in 2005.

This derailed his trip to Washington DC for Barack Obama’s inauguration.  He needed to find more lawyers.

The Oregon Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation.

Sam Adams, who is openly gay, acknowledged the relationship in a statement Monday, after the Willamette Week newspaper broke the story on its Web site.

“I want to apologize to the people of  Portland for my dishonesty and for embarrassing them,” the mayor said this week. “This was a serious error that happened about four years ago. My job now is to come clean — I mucked it up — and to press forward.”

CNN has a report:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/0
1/22/portland.mayor/index.html

"This was a serious error that happened about four years ago," Portland Mayor Sam Adams tells reporters.

“This was a serious error that happened about four years ago,” Portland Mayor Sam Adams tells reporters.

Related:
 Obama, Biden: Fight Scandal, Corruption, Bad Government Please….
.
 Obama’s Ethical Government: It’s Your Call

For Obama and other public servants, three tests of integrity

January 20, 2009

Rarely before in American history has there been such a need for the restoration of public trust in our government and businesses.

As Barack Obama takes the oath of office, he does so amid widespread disappointment in the alleged mercenary conduct of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), the insatiable greed of some in the business community that precipitated the economic meltdown, and the unprecedented Ponzi scheme apparently perpetrated by Bernard Madoff.

Bernard Madoff (C) walks out from Federal Court after a bail ... 
Bernard Madoff (C) walks out from Federal Court after a bail hearing in Manhattan January 5, 2009 in New York City. Paris prosecutors on Tuesday opened a fraud investigation into the Madoff scandal, after a French woman filed suit over the loss of her life savings, judicial officials said Tuesday.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Hiroko Masuike)

These scandals have eroded public confidence and have led to further cynicism about our institutions of government and business. In response, calls are mounting to enact various reforms designed to prevent – or at least uncover faster – such ethical breaches. But something much more fundamental is needed: a restoration of covenantal ideals.

By Egil ‘Bud’ Krogh
Christian Science Monitor

Related:
 Obama, Biden: Fight Scandal, Corruption, Bad Government Please….

Those who accept the mantle of public service enter into a de facto covenant – a binding agreement – with those who are led, and the first tenet of that covenant is integrity. Public trust can be restored with a clearer understanding of that covenant. Government and business leaders must understand that their part of the covenant requires them to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and civility. Those who are led are also required to perform at their highest standards of integrity and civility. This reciprocal covenant may well involve a degree of selflessness and mutual sacrifice seldom demanded of our citizens today.

Almost 40 years ago, I was sworn in to Richard Nixon’s White House staff. After taking the oath of office, I was given four commissions appointing me to different positions during my tenure over the next four years. Each commission began with these words: “Reposing special trust in the integrity … of [your name] the president appoints you to [your position]” This preamble should have been an imperative for me to fulfill my part of the covenant between myself as a public servant and my fellow citizens.

However, in response to what I erroneously concluded was a national security crisis involving the leak of the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times, I committed a serious crime. I approved a “covert operation” to get derogatory information on the leaker of those documents and deprived a fellow citizen of his right to be free from an unreasonable, unwarranted search of his office, violated the “special trust” that was reposed in my integrity, and breached my duty under the covenant.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm
/20090120/cm_csm/ykrogh

Obama, Biden: Fight Scandal, Corruption, Bad Government Please….

January 20, 2009

New government or old government we all want and deserve good government.  Honesty.  Integrity.  Wisdom.  But most of all no illegal activity.

One Democrat will miss Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington DC today:  Portland, Oregon Mayor Sam Adams, who lied about an affair with a youngster….

This comes soon after the Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon scandal broke into the media…

Among other things, the city’s first black female mayor is accused of stealing gift cards meant for needy families and treating herself to fur coats and pricey hotel stays on her developer-boyfriend’s tab.

Jurors in Baltimore city, typical jurors, they render verdicts from the gut,” said Warren A. Brown, a city defense attorney for more than 20 years. “To hell with the law, to hell with the facts, they will render a verdict that they think is fair, is right.”

Not so fast with that “to hell with the law” talk, Sport.

Add to this the troubles of the Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and others before him (like Spitzer in New York and the Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick….) and it is obvious that we still have a way to go before we know that our governments are “clean”….

Kwame Kilpatrick
Former Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick

Good lesson for the New Obama Administration: keep it clean and honest….

***************

Associated Press

More than a year after denying it, the newly elected mayor of Portland has admitted having a sexual relationship with a male teenager in 2005.

Sam Adams, who is openly gay, acknowledged the relationship in a statement Monday, after the Willamette Week newspaper broke the story on its Web site.

In Washington, D.C., for the inauguration, Adams will cut his trip short to issue a public apology Tuesday afternoon in Portland, said Wade Nkrumah, his spokesman.

Adams, 45, said he and the teen were together in the summer of 2005, shortly after the teenager turned 18 in June, and when Adams was a city commissioner. The revelations come nearly a year and a half after Adams and the teen said rumors of a sexual relationship between them were false.

“I lied at the time because I was afraid that people would believe untrue rumors being circulated by an undeclared mayoral opponent that I had broken a law involving sexual relations with a minor. But this is not a good excuse,” Adams said in his statement.

Despite the rumors, Adams coasted to victory in his race, making Portland the largest U.S. city to ever elect an openly gay mayor. He was sworn in Jan. 1.

In his statement Monday, Adams apologized to the teen for making him lie about the relationship. He also apologized to colleagues and voters.

The young man, now 21, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Related:
Democratic Scandals Boring, Less Sexual, But Genuine
.
Carville’s 2009 Predictions: Stand By For More Democrat Scandals

By Sara Smith
News 4, NBC, New York

Now Democrats have reclaimed the White House and both parties of Congress, so of course they’re obliged to pull double duty in both sexual and political scandals. Let’s see, they’ve got the sex scandals pretty well covered: who can forget such luminaries as Eliot Spitzer, Patron Saint of Hookers; Tim Mahoney, the proud Florida Democrat with multiple mistresses who replaced the Republican with the “drinking problem”; the lizard-tongued humanoid adulterer John Edwards; and last but not least, America’s greatest mayor and sexiest texter, Kwame Kilpatrick.

John Edwards
Lizard-tongued what?

William Jefferson, official photo.jpg

Above: Democratic Congressman William “the Refrigerator” Jefferson of Louisiana in better days….


Former New York Governor’s “friend”….

In this Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 file photo, Illinois Gov. Rod ...
Not guilty of anything…In this Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 file photo, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some final words for the media after he announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat in Chicago. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revoked embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s access to classified federal security information, officials said Friday.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty, file)

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., smiles as he leaves the House of ... 
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., smiles as he leaves the House of Representatives, Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Gay Bishop to Offer Prayer at Obama Event

January 12, 2009

Jesus didn’t work this hard picking the disciples….

Related:
Obama’s Path to Faith Was Eclectic, Diverse

*****************

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural event for President-elect Barack Obama.

The selection of New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson for Sunday’s event follows weeks of criticism from gay-rights groups over Obama’s decision to have the Rev. Rick Warren give the invocation at his Jan. 20 inauguration.

Associated Press

Then U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama ... 
Then U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (R) stands next to moderator Pastor Rick Warren at the Civil Forum on the Presidency at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California in this August 16, 2008 file photo. President-elect Obama has chosen Warren, who opposes gay marriage, as a speaker at his inauguration, creating a commotion over what inclusiveness will mean for his administration.REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files (UNITED STATES)

Warren backed the ban on same-sex marriage that passed in his home state of California on the November ballot.

Robinson said last month the choice of Warren was like a slap in the face. In an interview with the Concord Monitor, he said he doesn’t believe Obama invited him in response to the Warren criticism but said his inclusion won’t go unnoticed by the gay and lesbian community.

“It’s important for any minority to see themselves represented in some way,” Robinson told the newspaper for a story in Monday’s editions. “Whether it be a racial minority, an ethnic minority, or in our case, a sexual minority. Just seeing someone like you up front matters.”

Clark Stevens, a spokesman for the inaugural committee, said Robinson was invited because he had offered his advice to Obama during the campaign and because of his church work. When asked whether Robinson was included to calm the Warren complaints, he said Robinson is “an important figure in the religious community. We are excited that he will be involved.”

 
Some of these guys had to be gay….

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090112
/ap_on_re_us/gay_bishop_obama

Obama: Let Them Wait

January 4, 2009

How does an aggressively no-drama president-elect respond to the most drama-filled, tragedy-crammed, emotionally fraught conflict on the planet, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Answer: very quietly.

By Andrew Sullivan
Times (UK)

His “one president at a time” mantra — George W Bush is in the job until January 20 — has become almost as automatic as his famous “Yes, we can”. Since election night, Obama has been, to most Americans, a blur of activity. But what has he actually said? He has given many press conferences, but almost all about appointments and none of them news-making. Many of us, weaned on soaring doses of his eloquence from the campaign, have had withdrawal symptoms.

And yet if you let the actions and inactions speak for themselves, as Americans seem to have done so far, the direction is clear enough: massive stimulus at home, caution and gradualism abroad. It’s immensely popular as a formula.

Take two huge news stories that exploded on Obama since November 4 — his appointment of the anti-gay evangelical Rick Warren as inaugural invocation speaker and the hilariously baroque Rod Blagojevich, the governor of Illinois, who put Obama’s old Senate seat up for auction. Either could have dominated the early symbolism of the transition, and set a tone for a restless, exhausted press corps. And yet neither story seemed to gain any real traction that hurt Obama.

Related:
 Gaza, Israel Could Highlight Stark Obama, Bush Differences

Read the rest:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/commen
t/columnists/andrew_sullivan/article5438242.ece

Gays and Secular Law: “Render unto Caesar….”?

December 24, 2008

When religious leaders speak in our secular world today, few people really listen (or care).  But somehow the Pope managed to anger many.  Below is an example of the loopy comments we have seen….God Bless and Merry Christmas to everyone….

“I am afraid that the Pope’s positions differ strongly from those of the governments of the 27 EU Countries who, in the Charter of Fundamental rights of the EU citizen, have clearly stated and stressed that any sort of discrimination based on sexual orientation is a crime.”

“I believe that the Pope is treading on dangerous waters when he comes up with this type of arguments.”

This came to Peace and Freedom from Arnold Cassola at:
http://arnoldcassola.wordpress.com/2008/1
2/24/the-lisbon-treaty-vs-the-pope/

Arnold seems to admit that the Pope can walk on water; which means I’ll listen…..

Unless Arnold has slipped into an oxymoron….which doesn’t make anyone a moron….

Also, the Pope generally deals with sin, not crime.

Recall the phrase “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s….”?

We would just point out that the Pope answers to another power than do the many nations of the European Union so it is no crime or sin or surprise that the entities do not agree…..

Merry Christmas!

Related:
Pope Down on Gays

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europ
e/12/23/pope.speech/index.html

http://www.cnsnews.com/public/c
ontent/article.aspx?RsrcID=41266

http://righttruth.typepad.com/

Gay-rights leaders’ enthusiasm for Obama subsides

December 24, 2008

Gay-rights activists remain hopeful about the Obama presidency but are now more wary after what one called a “double punch to the gut” — the choice of a pastor they consider hostile for a prime inauguration role and dashed hopes for the first openly gay Cabinet member.

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer

Obama AP

Enthusiasm among gays over Barack Obama‘s election has deflated rapidly in the days since his inaugural organizers announced that the invocation would be delivered by the Rev. Rick Warren, a prominent pastor who backed a recent ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in his home state of California.

The Warren announcement coincided with the final round of Obama’s Cabinet selections — confirming that gays on the short list for interior secretary and labor secretary would not get those posts.

“It felt like a double punch to the gut,” said Denis Dison of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which supports openly gay political candidates. “People were afraid at that moment — we didn’t know what it portended for the administration ahead.”

Related:
Who Should Be Angry With Obama?

Pope Down on Gays

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081224/ap_on_re_us/obama_gays


Not San Franciso friendly?

Gaining a Lasting Legacy from Those that Died in 2008

December 24, 2008

Sometimes, there is a lasting good when someone passes.

Heath Ledger entertained and  enlightened me.  Mostly he enlightened.

As we near the end of this year, we often think about the rich and famous who have enlightened or entertained us.  I am thinking about Heath Ledger and Tim Russert: both enlightened me much more than they entertained.

And both have a lasting legacy in my mind….

Cocaine is a “party drug” right? You want it after you’ve been thinking and drinking.

But that is really bad thinking.

Heath Ledger’s legacy is not “Brokeback Mountain” or “The Patriot” or family and children and happy memories.

Sadly, Actor Heath Ledger died from an accidental overdose of six drugs — painkillers and sedatives.  “Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylaminediazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine,” said the medical examiner’s spokeswoman.
.

Heath Ledger

This sent me on a months long journey to discover the impact of mixing so many dangerous drugs.

The results were frightening but probably completely predictable: most medical doctors say the risk of mixing so many dangerous drugs if frightening to the extreme. Even mixing a few can be and often is deadly.

“If you come in on alprazolam (Xanax) I know what to do.  If you come in using Xanax and alcohol and Ambien you have created a very difficult dilemma for me.  How much, when, what have you eaten?  If you come in with various types of drugs in you; you create, sometimes, a gordian knot the physician is ill euipped to deal with.”

That’s a quote from one of many M.D.s we interviewed.  All had experience dealing with people who had ingested several drugs over time.

“There is just no good outcome to mixing drugs.  Your friend Heath Ledger is the epitome of that,” said a doctor to me.

A friend of mine, already addicted to alcohol and cocaine, was recently hospitalized.  While there, a doctor prescribed oxycodone and hydrocodone.  We moved him to another facility after consulting other medical professionals.

And treatment, once one is hooked, will be frightening, prolonged and painful.

“If you can just get me to rehab I’ll be O.K.”

We’ve heard that time and again.  Rehab is not nirvana — the state of being free from  suffering.  Rehab is often just a way-station. 

Getting clean and sober takes time, effort, commitment and sometimes, a lot of money.

But it is worth it. If one achieves lasting recovery.

Britney Spears performing at the National Mall during the “NFL Kickoff Live 2003” Concert.

The alternative is death while you are still young.  You’ll miss the party completely.

Lots of Hollywood types and entertainers have been dealing with drugs.  This should put us all on notice that drugs and alcohol are life threatening.  Just this year we’ve seen Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears, Ryan O’Neil and many others in trouble with drugs.

So we write this as a caution as we all prepare to “celebrate” Christmas and New Years. Don’t mix drugs during the holidays: or at any other time.

Related:
Dangerous drug combos pose risk for elderly

Substance Abuse In America: Treatment Rarely A “Cure”

Lasting Legacy: Tim Russert Made Me Think

Video at CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/12/15/yir.20
08.passages/index.html

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Ryan O'Neal
Ryan O’Neil

********************

There is a huge likelihood that a teenager you know shares these following things with Heath Ledger and Britney Spears: Vicodin, Oxycontin and Xanax and the belief that since doctors prescribed these they are OK to use.

But what few grasp is this: doctors are not saints.  Several told us that they prescribe drugs quickly so they can get to the next patient faster.

Add to this people who mix drugs, take more than is prescribed, mix drugs with alcohol, mix drugs without the primary care physician’s knowdge and “doctor shop.”

You end up with addiction, other illnesses and death.

Sadly, Heath Ledger’s Dad knows this too well.

“While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy,” he said.

Intervention is that course of action that stops an abuser or an addict dead in their tracks — before death knoks on their door.

If you know someone who needs care due to drug (including alcohol) addiction or abuse: take action.  Show your love by causing an intervention.

You’ll regret looking the other way for the rest of your life.

Related:
Drug Abuse, Drug Overdose Killed Heath Ledger

Drug Abuse Usually Starts At Home

Singer Amy Winehouse: Court Ordered Rehab

Nationwide Imminent Danger Alert – Super Bowl Weekend Dangers

Heath Ledger, President Bush, The Addicted and Our Medical Professionals

Addicts Neglected, Over-Medicated Despite Vast System of “Care”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/galleries/nota
ble_deaths_of_2008/notable_deaths_of_2008.html

Pope Down on Gays

December 23, 2008

The Pope has said that “saving” humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is just as important as saving the rainforests.

By Nick Allen
Telegraph (UK)

Pope says humanity needs 'saving' from homosexuality

Above: The Pope’s remarks were denounced as ‘totally irresponsible and unacceptable in any shape or form’ by the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement Photo: GETTY

Pope Benedict XVI sparked a furious reaction from other Christian groups as he also suggested that a blurring of the distinction between male and female could lead to the “self-destruction” of the human race.

The pontiff was delivering his end-of-year address to senior Vatican staff and his words were later released to the media.

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that, while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are.

It opposes gay marriage and, in October, one leading Vatican official described homosexuality as “a deviation, an irregularity, a wound”.

In his address to the Curia, the Vatican’s central administration, the Pope himself described behaviour beyond traditional heterosexual relations as “a destruction of God’s work”.

He said the Roman Catholic Church had a duty to “protect man from the destruction of himself” and urged respect for the “nature of the human being as man and woman.”

The pontiff added: “The tropical forests do deserve our protection. But man, as a creature, does not deserve any less.”

His remarks were immediately denounced as “totally irresponsible and unacceptable in any shape or form” by the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement.

Its chief executive, the Rev Sharon Ferguson, said: “It is more the case that we need to be saved from his comments. It is comments like this that justify homophobic bullying that goes on in schools and it is comments like this that justify gay bashing.

“There are still so many instances of people being killed around the world, including in western society, purely and simply because of their sexual orientation or their gender identity.

“When you have religious leaders like that making that sort of statement then followers feel they are justified in behaving in an aggressive and violent way because they feel that they are doing God’s work in ridding the world of these people.”

The Rev Dr Giles Fraser, Vicar of Putney and president of Inclusive Church, the pro-gay Anglican movement, said: “I thought the Christmas angels said ‘Fear not’.

“Instead, the Pope is spreading fear that gay people somehow threaten the planet. And that’s just absurd.

“As always, this sort of religious homophobia will be an alibi for all those who would do gay people harm. Can’t he think of something better to say at Christmas?”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/3
916804/Pope-says-humanity-needs-saving-from-homos
exuality.html