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Log Cabin Republicans’ Changing Of The Guard; Will They Now Stop Being Counterproductive?


News came today of the infamous Log Cabin Republican leader R. Clarke Cooper has decided to step down with no discernible mention as to why the change is being made. Could it be the result of campaigning for now two republican presidential candidates that failed miserably along with the general decline of the party? Who knows for sure but it was apparent that changes needed to be made within this contentious group.

There are reports that Cooper had already made this decision back in August although there are rumors that his stepping down is a surprise. Cooper also sites the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as the biggest accomplishment of his tenure as leader:

I say that from a personal perspective, from a policy, organizational, institutional perspective, but also externally. I think probably the thing that … really touched me the most in my time at Log Cabin is Bush administration colleagues and Army colleagues being so supportive … and so congratulatory once the repeal succeeded

,It’s one thing to call for change, and it’s another thing to step up. Walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Take a more active role in state and party politics. LCR has an important role as an ancillary group. But more importantly, LGBT Republicans need to take official roles in their state parties. They need to seek roles in the national party, and they need to run for office. That’s where positive change will occur.”

Yes Cooper, saying you want change and being change are two totally different things. And so is working with leaders and politicians that actively work against change yet you still support them. Anyway, though no new leader has been chosen, chairman Gregory T. Angelo of New York will the interim leader and had this to say:

There has never been a more exciting and historic time to be a gay Republican-with the wind at our backs following four referendum victories for the freedom to marry last November and the United States Supreme Court soon to rule on marriage equality, 2013 could mark a turning point in the fight for equal rights for all,

First, I find it hard that they can attempt to take any credit when pretty much every candidate they backed DID NOT SUPPORT EQUAL RIGHTS. Seems kind of pompous and detached from reality. There were many organizations both large and small, that contributed to this election cycle’s victories and even suggesting that they were a direct cause of it is ludicrous.

Again I say that I do believe we can work with some moderate republicans that support and advocate for equal rights. Even though we may differ in opinion on other policies of government, I can work towards that with them. What I cannot and will not support, is when log cabin republicans actively support candidates that actively target and campaign against equal rights. It’s counterproductive. And there is no way in hell that I will support anyone, regardless of political affiliation, that does not hold those values of equality that our nation should be working towards.

Pennsylvania Republican Lawmaker Mike Fleck Comes Out

Another lawmaker has decided to live an honest life by coming out of the closet. Representative and Republican Mike Fleck gave a candid interview revealing his path of leaving the closet but recognizes that his journey has been a fearful one:

“Coming out is hard enough, but doing it in the public eye is definitely something I never anticipated, I’m still the exact same person and I’m still a Republican and, most importantly, I’m still a person of faith trying to live life as a servant of God and the public. The only difference now is that I will also be doing so as honestly as I know how.”

“I wanted to live a ‘normal’ life and raise a family, I also believed that by marrying, I was fulfilling God’s will and I thought my same-sex attraction would simply go away.”

 “[M]y livelihood depended on hiding my true sexual orientation, something I was very good at.”

“Through years of counseling, I’ve met a lot of gay Christians who have tried hard to change their God-given sexual orientation, but at the end of the day, I know of none who’ve been successful, They’ve only succeeded at repressing their identity, only to have it reappear time and time again and always wreaking havoc not only on themselves, but especially on their family.”

“I don’t see anything changing in my life, I don’t see my voting pattern changing,” Fleck said. “I just want to do my very best for the 81st District. I’m just trying to be authentic and I do owe it to my constituency to do that.”

This makes Fleck the first openly gay representative from the state of Pennsylvania but he will not be the only one. Brian Sims ran as an out candidate during the 2012 elections and is set to also represent the Pennsylvania House of Representatives starting in January.

I think it’s great that Fleck felt comfortable enough to come out and commend him for doing so. My question now however is will Fleck show support to the republican party and it’s leaders despite their very anti-gay stance, especially this past election season or stand up to them and fight for equality.  And I don’t mean the timid and apologist mentality of the Log Cabin Republicans but really standing up against the highly accepted bigotry of the republican party.

And as much as I wish it weren’t true, this has changed things contrary to what Fleck believes. And his prior affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America should make him even more cognizant of that. I understand that Fleck supports a republican ideal but currently the republican/GOP/extremist party is anything but right now. Maybe Fleck is set out to change that, maybe not but the question still remains.

Do I feel that there can be a gay republican that advocates for equal rights and vehemently challenges his/her party to stop promoting hate? Well I do believe anything is possible but we haven’t seen this variation of a republican yet in politics. I don’t care what political affliation one has as long as they fully support and advocate for equal rights. I guess only time will tell how authentic Fleck is with policy. .

Morgan Freeman’s New Ad For Marriage Equality

In a new ad that was featured during the elections in which three states voted to have same sex marriage (Maine, Maryland, and Washington), the movement for marriage equality continues by having  Morgan Freeman’s legendary voice  as a spokesman. In the new TV ad, Freeman echoes how the rest of the country needs to embark on the journey to equality:

“Dawn of a New Day for Marriage Equality, Freedom, justice and human dignity have always guided our journey toward a more perfect union. Now, across our country, we are standing together for the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry the person they love. With historic victories for marriage, we’ve delivered a mandate for full equality.”

Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign president had this to say of Freeman’s new ad:

“As we continue the march toward full equality in legislatures and the courts, it is crystal clear that the prospect of an equal future is no longer up for debate; the question now is how soon it will arrive, While we celebrate today, we will keep fighting until full equality has reached every single person in every corner of this vast country.”

I hope that HRC along with the numerous organizations that helped make our recent wins continue to see success on our journey to equality.

Wanda Sykes Wants You To Know She Does Not Like Men’s Balls

In a recent interview funny lady Wanda Sykes expressed how relaxed she is that President Obama won reelection for president, joking that she was nervous of what the alternative outcome could have been:

“I’m very happy he won, Oh my God, I was so nervous. I was on pins and needles. ‘Cause you was hearing, ‘Oh Romney’s son, he owns all the vote machines,’ and all this stuff. I was like, ‘Come on, don’t cheat.’”

If you remember, Sykes did a two part election coverage panel on the LOGO chsnnel promoting LGBT to go out and vote, even joking through the tension filled race:

“If you are lesbian, gay, bi, trans, straight, black, hispanic, white, republican, democrat — yes, Madonna, I’m talking to you — you can’t sit out this race,” Sykes urges on NewNowNext Vote with Wanda Sykes. “Don’t bitch and whine later when a villain in a black mustache is tying you down to an ultrasound table.”

When asked if gay marriage was better for her than straight marriage she said this:

“Oh gay marriage. Gay marriage is way better. Way better,” 

“I mean, that’s what I wanted. Straight marriage; I was just looking at him and looking at the balls all night,” she joked with a sour face. “No thank you. I do not miss balls.”

“Now it’s all beautiful, it’s just all beautiful. Plus I got a white woman, so, you know, my life is good.”

She has to be one of the most underrated comedians of our time. I want her to get a new show so I’m signal boosting, basically.

Evil GOP Rep Allen West STILL Won’t Concede, After All “Communist Are Everywhere”

EVIL Rep. Allen “Communists Are Everywhere” West and his army of GOP zombies are refusing to concede while screaming about “voter fraud” and voter”irregularities” in Florida’s St. Lucie Country.

The state issued complete but unofficial results showing Murphy with a lead of 2,442 votes, or 50.4 percent. That’s beyond the half-percent margin needed to trigger an automatic recount. A handful of overseas and military ballots remain outstanding, but under state law the decision for a recount is based on Saturday’s count. West’s campaign insists there are many unanswered questions in the race, mostly centered in St. Lucie County, the only one of three counties in the district that Murphy won. They are concerned that votes were counted twice and have asked to review sign-in books from the polls to ensure the number of voters matched the ballot count. “We’re simply not going to just walk away from the race until we see that the numbers add up,” West campaign manager Tim Edson said. West’s only path forward appears to be through the courts. Under state law, he still could contest the election if misconduct or fraud might have changed its result.

Allen West is nothing more than garbage fighting not to be thrown out to the melodic sounds of his loud sour grape-like protesting.

Maureen Dowd: Why Voters Rejected Mitt Romney “The Brylcreemed boss out of a ’50s boardroom”.

“Team Romney has every reason to be shellshocked. Its candidate, after all, resoundingly won the election of the country he was wooing.       

Mitt Romney is the president of white male America.       

Maybe the group can retreat to a man cave in a Whiter House, with mahogany paneling, brown leather Chesterfields, a moose head over the fireplace, an elevator for the presidential limo, and one of those men’s club signs on the phone that reads: “Telephone Tips: ‘Just Left,’ 25 cents; ‘On His Way,’ 50 cents; ‘Not here,’ $1; ‘Who?’ $5.”       

In its delusional death spiral, the white male patriarchy was so hard core, so redolent of country clubs and Cadillacs, it made little effort not to alienate women. The election had the largest gender gap in the history of the Gallup poll, with Obama winning the vote of single women by 36 percentage points.       

As W.’s former aide Karen Hughes put it in Politico on Friday, “If another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue.”       

Some Republicans conceded they were “a ‘Mad Men’ party in a ‘Modern Family’ world” (although “Mad Men” seems too louche for a candidate who doesn’t drink or smoke and who apparently dated only one woman). They also acknowledged that Romney’s strategists ran a 20th-century campaign against David Plouffe’s 21st-century one.       

But the truth is, Romney was an unpalatable candidate. And shocking as it may seem, his strategists weren’t blowing smoke when they said they were going to win; they were just clueless.       

Until now, Republicans and Fox News have excelled at conjuring alternate realities. But this time, they made the mistake of believing their fake world actually existed. As Fox’s Megyn Kelly said to Karl Rove on election night, when he argued against calling Ohio for Obama: “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?”       

Romney and Tea Party loonies dismissed half the country as chattel and moochers who did not belong in their “traditional” America. But the more they insulted the president with birther cracks, the more they tried to force chastity belts on women, and the more they made Hispanics, blacks and gays feel like the help, the more these groups burned to prove that, knitted together, they could give the dead-enders of white male domination the boot.” –  Maureen Dowd, writing for the New York Times.

Oh the deliciousness of this schadenfreude pie that has been lasting and lasting the whole week through.


The GOP Blame Game: Hurricane Sandy, The Tea Party and Yes Even Karl Rove

After the GOP’s resounding loss in the 2012 Elections of not only the Romney Presidency, (excuse me but I always gag a bit when I say that) but also  Senate seats and races across the country the infighting and internal party cannibalism has begun and they are blaming everything from Hurricane Sandy to scary Tea Party candidates and even the Big GOP Kahuna Karl Rove himself for their ass whupping.

Mitt Romney has been telling donors on Wednesday that Hurricane Sandy killed his momentum.  Some in the GOP are blaming Chris Christie as well: “A lot of people feel like Christie hurt, that we definitely lost four or five points between the storm and Chris Christie giving Obama a chance to be bigger than life,” a source told the Washington Post.

One Republican operative blamed the Tea Party saying that there is a need for the GOP “to put out responsible candidates.  And we’re not doing that right now, because they got scared off by the Tea Party folks. I mean, just look at our candidates,”

Even Rick Tyler, who worked as an adviser and spokesperson to Rep. Todd Akin during his campaign for the Senate and others are beginning to turn on and blame Karl Rove.

“The Tea Party is not the problem. Conservatives are not the problem. Pro-lifers are not the problem,” Tyler said of Republicans. “Messaging is their problem, and what the party stands for and believes in is their problem.”

“You can’t just run ads and do robocalls, and count that as contacting voters,” Tyler said. He pointed to the result of the presidential contest Tuesday

Because of the magnitude of funding Rove and Crossroads committed to win races that Republicans ultimately lost, Tyler added, the super PAC deserved more blame for Tuesday’s outcomes than did the Republican Party itself.

Rove spends more for Republican candidates than the NRSC and the NRCC. He’s running things,” Tyler said. He added, “Rove is definitely a problem.

A Republican operative adds ”The billionaire donors I hear are livid and there is some holy hell to pay. Karl Rove has a lot of explaining to do … I don’t know how you tell your donors that we spent $390 million and got nothing.”


I love the smell of Bar-B-Q Republican!  Turn up the heat and slather on the sauce!


Spain’s Highest Court Approves Same Sex Marriage!

I’ll keep this one really short because right now, all eyes are on America’s elections so I wanted to share some good news. In relation to the four states voting on marriage equality, court officials in Spain met on Tuesday and dedcided to uphold a decision permitting same sex marriage in their country. In a 8 to 3 vote, an appeal to have marriage equality was dismissed. The measure, introduced by conservative group, Popular Party, despite the high approval for marriage equality in the country.

The Parliament of Spain passed the measure back in 2005 and is the third country to uniformly approve same sex marriage  Congrats Spain! I hope to see some good results here in the US.

Also if you have not voted yet, please do. Have a voice in our future. GO VOTE!

Tony Perkins and Family Research Council Hate Group: God Will Not Destroy America If Obama Loses

Family Reserach Council President Tony Perkins hit the airwaves today spewing such GOP religious extremist bullshit that at one point he claimed tha “God will NOT destroy America if Obama loses the election”

Actually Tony If Obama loses, the alleged deity will not need to destroy America. You, and the Republicans will just finish the job they began under Reagan.

Racist Brietbart GOP Teatards Go Apeshit Over Rapper Jay Z’s Performance At Obama Rally

Yesterday the President Obama held a rally in Columbus, OH with Bruce Springsteen who spent the day campaigning with the President traveling on Air Force One from Madison, Wis., to Columbus, Ohio, and then to Des Moines, Iowa  But in Ohio the duet became a trio when  rapper Jay-Z boomed his way into Columbus’s Nationwide Arena, performing a rendition of his hit “99 Problems” with a political twist for a crowd estimated by fire officials at more than 15,000 people. Jay-Z changed a key R-rated word to make his own political endorsement. “I got 99 problems but Mitt ain’t one,” he sang.

This of course is sending the racist GOP teatards at Brietbart.com into a KKK nuclear meltdown.

Here are a few of the over 600+ “colorful” comments at Bretbart.com here are just a few:

wilmac  – Its all about race to liberals.,,its the only thing they care about. they even put wife and children after liberalism..liberals are very sic people.. if you know any you can attest to that..Ive tried to befriends with some.,its impossible.,they are so stupid and dangerous.,you risk life and limb to be around them..REJECT, DEFEAT is the only answer to our survival.

lessthantolerant –  Lets hope he ends up like many rappers, dead from lead poisioning.

THOMAS WREN –  Gay Z only cares about black racism nation!

skatblueeyes – This gives new meaning to taking the trash out of the White House!

smartsexyconservative – Obama is a frickin’ THUG supported by THUGS. If he wins tomorrow, this country is going straight to hell.

batcat5 –  What did you expect from a low rent, no talent, hood-rat, banger.

tillthen – Just remember JZ, don’t ever lose your way in certain necks of da woods.  The verbage may be very unpleasant.

This is the ugly, hateful racist face of Brietbart.com, the Tea Party and the GOP.

Utterly disgusting.