Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Another Reason Why I Won't Give $$ To HRC

BACK2STONEWALL.COM: Todd Swindell and longtime gay activist and San Francisco District 8 Supervisor Candidate Michael Petrelis of The Petrelis Files this week revealed Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin’s 2013 [salary]  has climbed to the outrageously astronomical sum of over half-a-million dollars a year ($507,000.00 to be exact) + benefits...the total of just salary alone for just these 8 people including Griffin to $2,347,473.00 of the LGBT community’s hard earned donation money.
According to OpenSecrets.org the Human Rights Campaign only spent $650,000.00 on lobbying political issues in 2013.  Only 1/4 of the amount of its top 8 salaried workers
In 2013 HRC received an estimated $56,000,000.00 in donations.
Contributions to candidates: $616,810
Contributions to Leadership PACs: $52,000
Contributions to parties: $42,000
Contributions to 527 committees: $13,150
Contributions to outside spending groups: $5,000

Top Recipients

RecipientTotalFrom IndivsFrom Orgs
 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte $20,000 $0 $20,000
 Maloney, Sean Patrick $15,686 $8,500 $7,186
 Promoting Our Republican Team PAC $15,000 $0 $15,000
 Dirigo PAC $14,500 $0 $14,500
 Barber, Ron $10,000 $0 $10,000
 Bera, Ami $10,000 $0 $10,000
 Bishop, Timothy H $10,000 $0 $10,000
 Brownley, Julia $10,000 $0 $10,000
 Bustos, Cheri $10,000 $0 $10,000
 Capps, Lois $10,000 $0 $10,000
 DNC Services Corp $10,000 $0 $10,000
 Graham, Gwen $10,000 $0 $10,000
 Kirkpatrick, Ann $10,000 $0 $10,000
 Kuster, Ann Mclane $10,000 $0 $10,000
 Maffei, Dan $10,000 $0 $10,000
 Shea-Porter, Carol $10,000 $0 $10,000
 Sink, Alex $10,000 $0 $10,000
 Young Democrats of America $10,000 $0 $10,000
Top Candidate Recipients, 2013-2014
Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) $15,686
Timothy H. Bishop (D-NY) $10,000
Ron Barber (D-AZ) $10,000
Alex Sink (D-FL) $10,000
Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) $10,000
Affiliate: Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

Top Vendors/Recipients

RankVendor/RecipientTotal Expenditures
1Cloister At Sea Island$93,500
2NK Baur & Assoc$59,000
3Pearson & Assoc$39,159
4National Republican Senatorial Cmte$30,000
4National Republican Congressional Cmte$30,000
6Mississippi Conservatives Pac$25,000
7Larrison Group$19,475
8Ohio House Republican Organizational Cmte$18,233
8Ohio Republican Senate Campaign Cmte$18,233
10Yost for Auditor of State$12,156
10For Ohio, Husted$12,156
10Citizens for Josh Mandel$12,156
10Mike Dewine for Ohio$12,156
10Kasich for Ohio$12,156

NC Gay Activist Arrested For Leafleting

Police Arrest Young Black Politician For Distributing Voting Rights Leaflets

The stars of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement took the stage on Labor Day at Charlotte’s Marshall Park to condemn the state’s record on voter suppression and racial profiling, and urge the community to organize and turn out at the polls this November. Just a few hundred feet away, police cuffed and arrested local LGBT activist and former State Senate candidate Ty Turner as he was putting voting rights information on parked cars.
“They said they would charge me for distributing literature,” Turner told ThinkProgress when he was released a few hours later. “I asked [the policeman] for the ordinance number [being violated], because they can’t put handcuffs on you if they cannot tell you why they’re detaining you. I said, ‘Show me where it’s illegal to do this.’ But he would not do it. The officer got mad and grabbed me. Then he told me that I was resisting arrest!”

FROM ENC's 2014 Primary Voter Guide:

Openly-gay, N.C. Senatorial candidate Ty Turner is the youngest person in his 40th District race and vows to be "an advocate for inclusion," committed to "battling any type of racial, gender or sexually orientation biases," as well as protecting voting rights and advancing teacher pay. Far from a career politician, Turner brings an extraordinary wealth of experiences working for the public good in Mecklenburg County, including serving as a law enforcement officer, a 6th grade teacher, a mental health consultant, and a health center manager for Planned Parenthood. 

Virginia Lawyer Under Fire For AntiGay E Mail

Lawyer tells his entire firm: The ‘gay plague of AIDS’ is a consequence of immorality

A senior lawyer faces “immediate and severe” action from his Virginia law firm after sending out a company-wide email attacking same-sex marriage and calling AIDS the “gay plague.”
“The email infuriated me,” Ken Direktor, a member of Becker & Poliakoff’s management committee, said to the Daily Business Review. “I’ve been here 28 years, and we promote and support a work environment that’s diverse and collegial. An email as divisive as this runs directly contrary to the core values of the firm.”

Senior lawyer faces ‘severe’ punishment for calling AIDS the ‘gay plague’

Walter Kubitz, a senior lawyer at Becker and Poliakoff, sent the email to the full firm of over 170 lawyers, to express his disgust at the fact that Florida’s same-sex marriage ban was found last month to be unconstitutional.

Subject: New Decision: Same Sex Marriage (Brenner v. Scott)
Date: Mon, Aug 25, 2014 7:18 AM
The issue having been raised, permit me the liberty to reply, lest my usual silence be taken as assent.
Judge Hinkle says that the Florida ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment Due Process and Equal Protection clauses. However, there is not a shred of historical evidence that either of those clauses was ever intended to legitimize homosexuality.
Judge Hinkle and others like-minded have effectively amended the Constitution by judicial fiat. This is a blatant usurpation of power reserved to the States and to the people in violation of the 10th Amendment. The better handling of the issue is as exemplified by Baker v. Nelson, 409 U.S. 810 (1972), in which the U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn a Minnesota ban on same-sex marriage “for want of a substantial federal question.”
Adding insult to injury, Judge Hinkle invokes our founding fathers as though they would have approved of his ruling. Not so. In his 1796 farewell address then-president George Washington spoke of morality as being indispensable to our societal well-being.
Today’s reckless trashing of morality has been damaging on many fronts. For one, there has been a significant increase in sexually transmitted disease over the past few decades, with the gay plague of AIDS being a classic example.
We would do well to heed the Proverbs 11:21 warning of our ultimate Judge: “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished.” In other words, popularity does not trump peril.
Homosexuality, clearly condemned throughout Scripture, is especially perilous in that it tends toward the “reprobate mind” as spoken of in Romans 1:18-32 that makes its participants all the more hardened in their ways. The message to the homosexual, as to all, is “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found . . .” (Isaiah 55:6).
Wally Kubitz

Today's GIF GIFT - Zac Efron

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Video of the Day: A Leap of Faith

How do 1,400 people give this a thumbs down on You Tube? I smell a cat conspiracy.

The Summer of the Box Office Bomb

"Ultimately, it comes down to content, and the content just wasn't as good as it has been in previous years," says entertainment analyst Eric Handler of MKM Partners. 

Domestic revenue from May 2 through Labor Day came in at an estimated $4.05 billion, an eight-year low and, when accounting for inflation, a 17-year low. Moreover, revenue was down 15 percent from last summer's record $4.75 billion, while attendance tumbled more than 5 percent. Not one film has crossed $300 million domestically for the first time since 2001...But with so many entertainment options now vying for eyeballs, the fear is that summer 2014 is the start of a new reality. "You have to answer two critical questions: Do I have to see it now? And do I have to see it on the big screen?" says Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn. "If the answer is 'no' to either, you are in trouble."


World Health Org May Remove Gayness As A Pathology

ADVOCATE: The WHO Might Finally Rule Homosexuality is Not a Mental Disorder

After decades of keeping five mental health disorders classified as related to homosexuality, a panel of experts urges the international community to make swift changes.
A huge milestone is quietly being considered by the World Health Organization (WHO), one that may have implications for millions of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals worldwide. A panel instilled by the WHO has recommended that code F66.0 in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)...be removed from the book. That code deals with five "homosexuality-related homosexuality-related psychological disorders," according to Science magazine's Emily Underwood.
The group recommended that all sexual orientation classifications be eliminated from the ICD both because they "lack scientific basis or clinical utility," but also because, as Cochran told Science, it's a  "human rights issue."
However, the change isn't a done deal. It must go through several "reviews" and then be voted on by ministers of health from over 170 countries who are part of the WHO.

When homosexuality was mental illness

Until 1973 homosexuality was listed as a mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association. Originally listed as a "sociopathic personality disturbance" in the first edition of DSM in 1953, homosexuality was "upgraded" to a mere "sexual deviation" in 1968 with the release of DSM-II.
In 1973, when homosexuality was removed from DSM-II, there was a great deal of controversy about that decision in the psychiatric community. Many psychiatrists and psychologists still believed that homosexuality was a psychopathology which must invariably cause impairment and distress. Others recognized that the impairment and distress often seen by clinicians were a byproduct of stigma and social repression of homosexuals. 

NFL Turns Its Back On Michael Sam

Michael Sam Passed Over By Every NFL Team

Michael Sam had hoped to become the NFL's first out player but was cut from the Rams on Saturday and not picked up by any other team by the deadline.
Sam's preseason has obviously not been devoid of homophobia. In one of the clearest incidents, happening in the week before Sam was cut, ESPN reported on whether fellow Rams players were showering with their openly gay teammate. The network apologized afterward and some on the team publicly voiced disappointment with the coverage, which included anonymous worries by Rams players about showering together. 
From a joint editorial by Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler, the co-founders of Outsports:
Michael Sam has been cut by the St. Louis Rams, and it wasn't because of homophobia. However, if the other 31 NFL teams pass up on Sam in the next 24 hours, homophobia will play a role.
 Sam has not been a distraction (You want distractions? Just tune into the Johnny Manziel Network, aka ESPN). Sam has fit in well with his teammates who enjoy his high energy and sense of humor. They especially loved him mocking Manziel's money gesture after his first sack Saturday. After a brief media flurry at the start of camp, Sam has been treated as just another player. That's a testament to Sam and to the Rams for managing the situation perfectly. If any team passes on him out of fear of "distractions," that's simply code for "we're uncomfortable with an openly gay player on our team."

For each of those clubs where Sam would be a good fit – probably about six to 10 NFL teams – to pass up on him a second time, it would be impossible to argue homophobia didn’t play a major, if not the deciding, role.

49ers Player Arrested On Domestic Violence Charges Post NFL’s New ‘Ray Rice Rule’

Another NFL player is facing domestic abuse charges– just days after the league enacted tough new punishments concerning those cases. It all stems from the firestorm surrounding the case of Ravens running back Ray Rice. Mike Schuh reports the league was heavily criticized for its handling of the Rice case. So much that it enacted strict new laws on domestic abuse arrest. Now days later, it may be time to use it.
Rice received just a two-game suspension for assaulting his then fiancée, now wife Janay Palmer, inside an Atlantic City casino.
At the time, Goodell defended his decision.
 Now the league says players will receive a six-game suspension for their first offense. And repeat offenders could face a lifetime ban.

The Rate of Domestic Violence Arrests Among NFL Players

Crowdfunding Helping In AIDS Research

dot429.com:The Immunity Project is a team of six people working on a vaccine for AIDS.

The team has already pinpointed the part of the immune system, a specific epitope, that is so successful in shutting down HIV. They then developed a process for introducing these epitopes into other people. They have already conducted animal studies with positive results, have completed their first round of human blood experiments in vitro, and are now readying for a pre-investigational new drug meeting with the FDA.
All of this means that a vaccine revolutionizing the fight against AIDS is looking very feasible.
Not only does the Immunity Project have a chance to change the fight against AIDS, it may also change the landscape of medicine itself. The Immunity Project made another bid for funding that's more typical of Silicon Valley than medical research: it applied for and received seed money from Y Combinator.
  Immunity Project will offer our HIV vaccine to the world for free.

Organized Labor & The LGBT Community


FROM THEIR EMAIL: Labor Day is a time of reflection, remembrance, and celebration of those workers who have given their blood, sweat, and tears to make our country the most prosperous and productive nation in the world.
Woven throughout the history of America's working men and women is the history of LGBT labor. The common struggle of the LGBT community and the Labor Movement goes back to at least the 1930s, when the National Union of Marine Cooks and Stewards (NUMCS) elected a vice president, Stephen Blair, who was openly gay. The union was derided as, "red, black, and queer" for their strong liberal views and embrace of minority rights.
In 1948, Harry Hay, a longshoreman from the Bay Area in California, founded the Mattachine Society, one of the first gay rights organizations. Hay used the knowledge and skills he learned as a union organizer to put the Mattachine Society on the map and drive its success. Incidentally, Hay also founded the Radical Faeries movement, which still exists today.
By the mid-1970s, when the late, great Harvey Milk and the Teamsters banded together for the Coors beer boycotts and Harvey's successful bid for San Francisco Supervisor, Labor and the LGBT community had 40 years of history together. Harvey and the Teamsters took our shared struggle to the next level creating a political movement that showed how we can multiply our power if we just band together.
In more recent times, organized labor has called for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and, to date, over 60 labor unions have endorsed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And just to drive that point home, remember that in the 29 states where no LGBT anti-discrimination laws exist, the only legally enforceable protections for LGBT workers is a union contract.
 Workers in unions make, on average, 30% more than non-union workers and are 59% more likely to have employer-provided health care. The gender pay gap for women is significantly lower for union women and LGBT workers also enjoy better pay and benefits in union workplaces in addition to the added discrimination protections inherent in every union contract.