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Calling out the extremely toxic effects of repressive hetero-normative culture is NOT homophobia...

. . . nor is it "victim blaming." I say this as a gay man who has been out and proud for 36 years (since age 19). Rather, it is about recognizing how truly toxic a virulently repressive, hetero-normative culture can be in some instances. In the case of the Orlando shooter, you can agree or disagree that his own, internal conflict over his sexual identity was at issue, but to say that any suggestion that it might have been so is "homophobic" or represents "victim blaming" is to profoundly misunderstand what is being said (and what isn't being said). This isn't blaming his outburst on the fact that he might have been gay himself, but rather is blaming the repressive culture in which he grew up that lay at the source of his internal conflict.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that by denying that this could possibly have been a factor, what you are actually doing is getting hetero-normative culture off the hook for its own toxicity!
Posted by markpkessinger | Tue Jun 21, 2016, 09:13 PM (15 replies)

Clinton Suprme Ct. appointee Stephen Breyer today helped the Court's four conservatives. . .

. . . to shred what was left of the 4th Amendment. And nobody is taking any notice. Appalling.
Posted by markpkessinger | Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:14 PM (33 replies)

So Trump's mentor was . . . ROY COHN????!

Wow. From today's New York Times:

What Donald Trump Learned From Joseph McCarthy’s Right-Hand Man

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The year was 1977, and Mr. Cohn’s reputation was well established. He had been Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Red-baiting consigliere. He had helped send the Rosenbergs to the electric chair for spying and elect Richard M. Nixon president.

Then New York’s most feared lawyer, Mr. Cohn had a client list that ran the gamut from the disreputable to the quasi-reputable: Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno, Claus von Bulow, George Steinbrenner.

But there was one client who occupied a special place in Roy Cohn’s famously cold heart: Donald J. Trump.

For Mr. Cohn, who died of AIDS in 1986, weeks after being disbarred for flagrant ethical violations, Mr. Trump was something of a final project. If Fred Trump got his son’s career started, bringing him into the family business of middle-class rentals in Brooklyn and Queens, Mr. Cohn ushered him across the river and into Manhattan, introducing him to the social and political elite while ferociously defending him against a growing list of enemies

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Posted by markpkessinger | Mon Jun 20, 2016, 03:37 PM (4 replies)

Can we just be honest about what was really going on with the Orlando shooter?

Look, as a gay man, I know the classic signs of a repressed closet case when I see them. The shooter's own father said his son had become angry a few weeks back after seeing two men kissing in public, the guy was apparently a regular at the club he shot up, and Gawker has reported he had a profile on a gay dating site. The whole ISIS bit was nothing than a covet for him. This was a disturbed individual who couldn't handle the feelings that were stirring inside himself, and acted out in a violent, murderous rage. It's a scenario all too familiar to those of us in the LGBT community. FFS, already, to turn this into some grand example of 'Jihad' against the U.S. is to glorify it far beyond what it deserves!
Posted by markpkessinger | Mon Jun 13, 2016, 11:51 PM (263 replies)

NYT Editorial: "Hillary Clinton, Drowning in Email"

From the very same editorial board that was so quick to endorse her . . .

Hillary Clinton, Drowning in Email


Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency just got harder with the release of the State Department inspector general’s finding that “significant security risks” were posed by her decision to use a private email server for personal and official business while she was secretary of state. Contrary to Mrs. Clinton’s claims that the department had “allowed” the arrangement, the inspector general also found that she had not sought or received approval to use the server.

So far, no security breaches have been reported; a separate F.B.I. investigation is looking into that. But above and beyond security questions, the inspector general’s report is certain to fuel doubts about Mrs. Clinton’s trustworthiness, lately measured as a significant problem for her in public polls.

Across the years of the Clintons’ ascendancy, the public has seen that Mrs. Clinton can be fiercely protective of her role and prerogatives — at times grudging in admitting error and, during Bill Clinton’s presidency, blaming a “vast right-wing conspiracy” for allegations against her and her husband that began early in his tenure and continued on through the impeachment scandal. (The right wing was definitely on his case, but hardly alone in its doubts about Mr. Clinton’s personal conduct.)

This defensive posture seems at play in the email controversy, as well as her refusal, for that matter, to release the lucrative speeches she made to Wall Street audiences. The reflex she is revealing again now — to hunker down when challenged — is likely to make her seem less personable to many voters, and it will surely inflame critics’ charges of an underlying arrogance.

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Posted by markpkessinger | Fri May 27, 2016, 12:04 AM (42 replies)

CBS: "Party rift grows as Sanders fundraises for DNC chair's opponent"

See the article at http://www.cbsnews.com/news/democratic-party-rift-grows-as-bernie-sanders-fundraises-for-wasserman-schultz-opponent

I had two reactions when I read this. The first was:

And why the hell shouldn't he?

And the second was:

Hey, wasn't it just a couple of weeks ago they were complaining that Bernie wasn't doing enough to help down-ballot candidates? Jeesh! There's just no pleasing some people!
Posted by markpkessinger | Tue May 24, 2016, 04:53 PM (7 replies)

Those who mock any mention of "the establishment" by Sanders supporters sound remarkably like . . .

. . . Nixon supporters circa '68. Congratulations!
Posted by markpkessinger | Mon May 23, 2016, 09:36 PM (13 replies)

It has become painfully obvious that Hillary has no intention of unifying the party

Her strategy is to cobble together votes from her base and from Republicans who can't abide the thought of a Trump presidency. It won't work, but that's her strategy.
Posted by markpkessinger | Wed May 18, 2016, 11:19 PM (99 replies)

Infuriating update on my voter registration drama...

The NYC Board of Elections is an incompetent mess. So, the other day I checked my voter registration status online, only to find I was listed as being "inactive." I called the Board of Elections, and was told that I should go to their office downtown, and would be permitted to vote there by absentee ballot, and that this would make my status active again. So today, I went down there to do just that, and was told that no, I would have to vote by affidavit at the polling place on Tuesday. When I tried to protest that I had been told to come to the office to vote, I was rudely cut-off as the clerk yelled, "Next!" By the time I had ridden the subway back home -- it's a half-hour trip each way -- I was fuming, so I again called the BoE office to find out why I was being given conflicting information. This time, after I presented the entire story, the person on the phone told me I would have to RE-REGISTER. WTF???? At that point, I demanded to speak to a supervisor. She was nice and accommodating, but could provide no satisfactory answer as to why I had been given THREE DIFFERENT stories as to what I needed to do to vote. So she asked me to come back tomorrow -- and to ask for her -- a Ms. Walker. But this entire episode has been infuriating!
Posted by markpkessinger | Fri Apr 15, 2016, 02:55 PM (12 replies)


I checked mine online yesterday, not anticipating a problem, but just to be on the safe side. Lo and behold, I was listed as "inactive." According to the NYC Board of Elections website, inactive status can occur when either (1) a person fails to vote in two consecutive federal elections; or (2) mail is sent to a voter and is returned as undeliverable. Neither of those two should have applied to me (although my mail delivery has been a bit funky on occasion). Anyway, I called the Board of Elections, and was told I will still be able to vote, but I have to go to their office downtown to do so. The good news is I can do so during business hours anytime between now and Tuesday, and they are open on Saturday and Sunday as well.

But New York voters, BE WARNED! Check your registration status so you don't get a nasty surprise on Tuesday!
Posted by markpkessinger | Thu Apr 14, 2016, 05:17 PM (128 replies)
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