Friday, June 23
by Sue on Fri 23 Jun 2006 08:20 AM EDT
Today our good friend Tony Norman takes the House GOP to task for "knuckle-dragging" on the renewal of the Voting Rights Act.
Not bilingualism! Haven't we had passified minority groups enough by withdrawing the tanks from the front of the public schools?
Who best exemplifies this latest brand of divisive hate? Our guy Ricky Sanctimonious:
Last night, Santorum apologist John Braybender stopped in to spin a bit on KDKA's The Flipside with John McIntire. It made me want to throw up. McIntire seemed to be just politely allowing him to spin his little heart out while trying not to laugh at the inane stupidity flowing from his mouth. The guy actually defended the cheesesteak-bigot by saying that there is a difference between legal and illegal immigrants and we cannot treat them the same. Huh?
And Santorum doesn't believe in polls so it doesn't matter what they say. He does believe in WMD. Ah the power of reckless disregard for reality. Its served him well thus far, so maybe he's onto something ... I'm sure Pat Buchanan can find him a nice job after November.
Santorum's latest bull has caused one of the Political Junkies to endorse Casey in her own unique style. And she despises Casey. That's big. Good job Ricky!
by Sue on Fri 23 Jun 2006 07:59 AM EDT
Reminder that the deadline for submitting nominations is July 1, 2006.
It is that time of the year again when the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) accepts nominations for
In years past, there have been some gay nominees including folks from the
Last year, however, there were no eye catching queers on the list. I ran the list past several local queers who didn't recognize a single name. Maybe we are out of touch? (Not at all suggesting this was intentional -- I suspect there just weren't enough gay nominations flooding the PUMP offices).
Now I know there are some FAB-U-LOUS homosexuals here in
This is an opportunity to put a gay face on what's happening here in
Why should we let the heteros get all the fun? Plus, there's a photo shoot in Pittsburgh Magazine (I wore my LGBT for Kerry button) as well as a swanky party. That's a cool kind of advocacy.
In all seriousness, this is a good opportunity to put a positive face on our community.
Thursday, June 22
by Sue on Thu 22 Jun 2006 01:29 PM EDT
I know I'm beating a lonely drum on this. I have been informed that the Pittsburgh Democratic Senators voted in favor of the marriage protection amendment. I've also been informed that I'm being a bit of whiny bitch for not congratulating them like the mainstream LGBT political groups are doing.
I get that the groups have to play politics. But last time I checked, I'm allowed to have my own opinions. And I opine these are yet another bunch of spineless Democrats who want to have their cake and eat it, too. Its sheer genius really - a vote in favor of the watered down amendment keeps the homos all happy while giving them the ability to say that they voted to uphold traditional marriage.
It is a political solution designed to keep their social moderate voters happy and keep them in office. Keeping the constitution of Pennsylvania free from discrimination is ancillary to the overall plan.
And when I disagree, object, complain, speak out, speak up or speak my mind (NOT A MIND!), I get the brush off b/c I'm not a good little girl who plays nice with the boys.
Honey, if I wanted to play nice with the boys, I wouldn't need to worry about the definition of marriage.
So we narrowly avoid the amendment (hopefully). Now we'll continue to avoid naming the propensity of Pennsylvania Democrats to treat my life, my relationship and my civil rights as political trading cards.
Roll call should be out tomorrow.
by Sue on Thu 22 Jun 2006 12:10 PM EDT
Sarah MacLachlan gave away the $150,000 production video for her new video for the single "World on Fire" and made a video for $15.00. The video shows the many cool things she was able to do with the money to help people living in poverty. And its uplifting, not preachy. Just setting a good example ...
The world's on fire and
The more we take, the less we become
by Sue on Thu 22 Jun 2006 07:11 AM EDT
Last night, Ledcat and I picked up a Political Junkie and headed down to the Funny Bone for some good ole fashioned political humor at a fundraiser for the Allegheny County Young Democrats. Now we should be honest -- we went to see the comedians. The YDAC aren't a very impressive lot from the get go --- check out their "latest issues" webpage for a classic example of what I mean. And it was somewhat obvious after about oh ten minutes that they come across as the stuffy non-progressive quasi-Republican Democrats. You know what I mean--- white affluent people dressed in power clothes who don't laugh at abortion jokes.
But I still gave them a donation b/c maybe just maybe they don't hate homos. Whatever.
Anyway, the talent is why we went and talent is what we got. Our good friend and staunch supporter John McIntire was there and in really good form -- he was very funny last night. I think it was that he went beyond political commentary (at which he excels) and did some self-deprecating stuff that came off really well. And that man can do some wicked ass funny impressions. Granted we are completely biased on the issue but I the laughter of the other 26 people seemed genuine. (Yes 26 people turned out --- how's that for a base?)
Gene Collier of the Post-Gazette was there. First time we've seen him and we found him funny as well in a more droll, observational way. Maybe its because we aren't such Young Democrats and caught most of his cultural references? Who knows. I'd go see him again.
And, the true delight of the evening .... comedian Gab Bonesso. All we've been hearing from McIntire of late has been "Gab this, Gab that, Gab is funny" blah blah blah. So our expectations were super-high and she did not disappoint. She is this wicked smart, razor sharp woman who had us in tears about marijuana and babysitting. Yes, she is the one who told the abortion jokes which went over very well with the Correspondents but not so much the Young Republicans, er Democrats. They did go over with the older hippie retreads in the crowd come to think of it. Go to her website and catch her upcoming performances.
Overall big fun. Plus, we got to sit with City Councilman Bill Peduto. I'm just enough of a geek to think that is really cool and be nervous about what to say to him. After all he is THE progressive man. And I don't want to look like some fawning sycophant. Which I totally did, but I'm sure he's used to it.
And I discovered that some of the people there are reading my blog. Which made my night. And mitigated the fact that it cost me $14.00 damn dollars for two pepsis. No more Funnybone for us. We'll stick with the Square Cafe.
by Sue on Thu 22 Jun 2006 06:48 AM EDT
The Senate stripped the language prohibiting civil unions and passed the legislation 38-12. Now the amended amendment heads back to the House for approval.
The wingnuts are up in arms about the changes, believing that permitting civil unions is marriage by another name which discredits the entire attempt to preserve the sanctity of marriage from homosexual assault (PG).
So some folks voted against it b/c it was too weak, while others voted against it b/c it was discrimination.
This is a good thing, don't get me wrong. I know the odds are very much against the two chambers passing the same bill by next Friday. Which is a win for our side
But the issue still remains that some Democrats voted FOR the amendment in the first place. Which demonstrates that there are too many spineless legislators who would sell us out -- sell our families out --- sell our civil rights out --- to pander to the right wing nutjobs.
Still looking for roll call to identify said spineless cowards ... will post as soon as I find it.
Wednesday, June 21
by Sue on Wed 21 Jun 2006 04:24 PM EDT
Kudos to those rockin' young women who in partnership with the Women and Girls Foundation launched the Girlcott against Abercrombie & Fitch. In acknowledgement of their excellent work, they were named among the 100 Real Hot Women.
So what's all the fuss about? Read on
Congratulations girls! You make Pittsburgh proud.
by Sue on Wed 21 Jun 2006 01:49 PM EDT
This is popping up all over the gay blogosphere. Its a reflection on the state of gay activism. Very interesting.
I like the recommendations (paraphrasing):
* Speak up and speak out
* Donate to advocacy groups (the other side coughs up the cash)
* Stay connected - via email lists, websites, etc. Stay informed.
* Support LGBTQ owned and friendly businesses
Ledcat and I talk about this all the time. Our community is horribly apathetic, especially here in Pittsburgh where we struggle against the parochial "I can't cross the river" genes from birth. She focuses on how to mobilize these homos into action to demand the respect of the powers that be. I'm a bit more on the side right now that we should be getting some respect from the party (and local LGBTQ leaders) if we want to galvanize the queers. But it is pretty much the same side of the coin.
Nothing makes me so crazy as a homo who claims s/he is not political.
by Sue on Wed 21 Jun 2006 07:32 AM EDT
You remember James Loney. He was a Christian aid worker who was held hostage in Iraq by insurgents and freed by Coalition forces. He is from Canada. And he's gay. A fact his family and partner kept quiet for fear for his safety while imprisoned.
So he's freed by the troops and returned to Canada where his partner can end what could only be hellacious agony born in solitude without the "comfort" other spouses can seek from public support.
And he finds that his summer camp program has been de-funded by the Canadian Knights of Columbus b/c the curriculum might promote homosexuality to kids according to Loney.
The good Knights deny this was their agenda.
But of course. The timing, and the fact that the Knights support anti-gay marriage amendments EVERYWHERE has nothing to do with it. Its just business.
Just Catholic bigotry as usual.
However, some in the LGBTQ community aren't that thrilled with Loney. Particularly as he was engaged in "missionary" work in the first place. From the UK-Ireland edition of gay.com comes this perspective:
by Sue on Wed 21 Jun 2006 07:15 AM EDT
Big shout out to Sister Patricia McCann of Oakland who outed her Roman Catholic self as a believer that:
Amen, Sister Patricia. You tell those who are glued to their pulpits in righteous indignation that they should get out in the world and actualy work with families before them jump to their hateful little conclusions.
Another PG luminary, columnist Reg Henry weigh in with his thoughts on how fortunate Pennsylvanias are that legislators are tackling real issues like gay marriage.
Now that's deserves another cup of coffee ...