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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Cherry Grove RR Back In Operation

It's been a wet and cool Spring, so the town is still deserted. Nevertheless, the Cherry Grove Rail Road is back in operation. The crowds will be here soon.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Obama Betrayal: What Is To Be Done?

It should be clear everyone that team Obama made the calculation early on that they would not spend any political capital whatsoever by keeping even one of their campaign promises to the gay community. Yesterday's announcement by the President granting the gay community a few crumbs was pure damage control after the "incest" DOJ brief, nothing more. Of course, some of the usual gay Democratic Party whores like Solmonese were there to help provide cover to Obama, but we can see through that. So what is to be done?

First, we need to finally wean ourselves from the Democratic Party teat. It's been dry or poisonous for far too long. Our dependence on the Democrats has sucked the life out of what should have been our politically independent civil rights movement. Instead we can support third political parties and candidates who provide firm timetables and commitments.

Second, it's past time to organize our movement along the lines of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, so brilliantly and forcefully led by Dr. King. We need serious political themed marches and non-violent civil disobedience, not pride marches and dance parties.

The gay community appears to be finally waking up from decades of Democratic Party induced slumber. Whether or not we are able to mobilize into an effective movement for social change remains to be seen.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Obama Betrays The Gays - It's Not Just Me

Obama has betrayed the gays. Read all about it here.

"We are on our own folks. The Democratic party has abandoned us." - Blogger John Avavosis

Now even Barney Frank thinks that Obama's incest argument against gay marriage is OK because Obama has to follow existing law or else he would be like Bush ignoring the law. But we know that Obama didn't have to defend DOMA, and he didn't have to use every disgusting, bigoted argument in the book to do it.

We are indeed on our own...but we have been for a long time. The Democratic Party has been taking our money and our votes for a long time while doing nothing for us.

Now maybe we're finally waking up. They are not our friends.


Obama Has Abandoned The Gay Community

...and I thought Clinton was bad for gays (he was.) But the quick betrayal by this new president is incomprehensible. The story is a bit below the radar due to the turmoil in Iran. But make no mistake: Obama has another war on his hands here at home: he is now at war politically with the gay community.

During the campaign, Obama pledged to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell and to repeal the Defense Of Marriage Act. Now six months into his presidency we find out that rather than repeal DOMA, Obama will defend it against challenges, and he has no plans to end DADT.

Were we lied to? Yes.

Perhaps finally gays and lesbians will wake up, stop being used by people like Obama, and demand action, not words when it comes to our rights as the price for our support.


PHOTO: St. Jean in Lyon

Friday, June 12, 2009

Obama Betrays The Gay Community Yet Again

The gay blogs are aflame with news that the Obama Department of Justice is defending the hateful Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) with a brief filed in a California same sex marriage case. In the brief , the Obama DOJ compares gay marriage to incest, among other things.
It's past time for the gay community to rise up in outrage against this man Obama, who made campaign promises to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell and to repeal the parts of DOMA that prevent legally married gays and lesbians from receiving federal benefits. We have been lied to and betrayed by Obama, who courted us and won the presidency with our money and votes.
This is an outrage!
Photo: a shop in Lyon, France with delicious treats on display.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Gay Rights: Obama's First Failure

Obama's first 100 days have come and gone, and now we're past the traditional honeymoon period and into the prime of his first year as president. Yet this self described "fierce advocate" for the rights of lesbians and gays has done nothing concrete to rectify the disgraceful anti-gay discriminatory policies that he promised to end. For example, over 200 gay and lesbian service members have been discharged under DADT since Obama took office. He has the power to stop these discharges by the stroke of a pen, yet they continue. At least Hillary Clinton ended one discriminatory policy at the State Department, yet the Obama administration has turned a deaf ear to the gay community, which is demanding action on DADT, and DOMA.

Some believe that certain mainstream gay rights organizations (HRC) actually made a deal with the Obama people to put gay rights issues on the back burner. What they got out of it was inside access to the White House, while Obama gets a pass on tackling gay issues. That's a disgrace if it's true.

Meanwhile others feel that the equality bus has already left the station leaving Obama on the platform. States like Iowa and New Hampshire have legalized same sex marriage, and even in Nevada legislators overrode the Governor's veto to pass domestic partnerships. Others have called for a national march on Washington. Where is Obama?

In May a group of gay activists, thinkers and donors met in Dallas, TX and formulated the "Dallas Principles" and uncompromising set of demands for equality now for gays and lesbians. This is actually based on Obama's rhetoric. Too bad that now that he is President Obama he doesn't act like he believes what he says:

The Dallas Principles

The following eight guiding principles underlie our call to action.

In order to achieve full civil rights now, we avow:
1.Full civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals must be enacted now. Delay and excuses are no longer acceptable.
2.We will not leave any part of our community behind.
3.Separate is never equal.
4.Religious beliefs are not a basis upon which to affirm or deny civil rights.
5.The establishment and guardianship of full civil rights is a non-partisan issue.
6.Individual involvement and grassroots action are paramount to success and must be encouraged.
7.Success is measured by the civil rights we all achieve, not by words, access or money raised.
8.Those who seek our support are expected to commit to these principles