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Bill Maher nails it:

People talk a lot about third political party in America. We don’t need a third party, we need a first party. You go to the polls, and your choices are the guy who voted for the first Wall Street bailout or the guy who voted for the next ten. This week we’re hearing that a public option for healthcare is unlikely, because it doesn’t have the support of enough Democrats. Even Ted Kennedy’s plan — Ted Kennedy, yeah — leaves 37 million uninsured. This is because we don’t have a left and a right party in this country anymore; we have a center-right party and a crazy party. And over the last thirty-odd years Democrats have moved to the right and the right has moved into a mental hospital.

So what we have is one perfectly good party for hedge fund managers, credit card companies, banks, defense contractors, big agriculture, and the pharmaceutical lobby. That’s the Democrats. And they sit across the aisle from a small group of religious lunatics, flat-earthers, and Civil War re-enactors, who mostly communicate by AM radio and call themselves the Republicans, and who actually worry that Obama is a socialist.

Socialist? He’s not even a liberal. I know he’s not, because he’s on TV and while I see Democrats on television, I don’t see actual liberals. And if occasionally you do get to hear Ralph Nader or Noam Chomsky or Dennis Kucinich, they’re treated like buffoons. Okay, these are not three of the world’s most charismatic men, but then, nobody’s going to confuse Newt Gingrich for Zac Efron, and I have to look at his fat face on TV more often than that Free Credit Report song.

Shouldn’t there be one party that unambiguously supports cutting the military budget? A party that is straight-up in favor of gun control, gay marriage, higher taxes on the rich, universal healthcare, legalizing pot, and steep direct taxing of polluters? These aren’t radical ideas. A majority of Americans are either already for them, or would be if they were properly argued and defended. And what we need is an actual progressive party to represent the millions of Americans who aren’t being served by the Democrats. Because bottom line: Democrats are the new Republicans.

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8 years.

8 years summed up in a single picture.

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I think I’m done being a patsy for politicians. It’s time for LGBTs to quit voting for people who don’t support full legal equality for LGBTs, or who don’t match their actions to their words.

We need to quit sending them our money, quit putting up signs, quit making phone calls, quit attending fundraisers, quit putting bumper stickers on our vehicles, and above all, quit voting for the sons of bitches.

I’m not talking about Republicans.

It seems that New York Governor David Paterson and his party have conspired to do absolutely nothing about marriage equality. (Source.)

During the recent election, the Indiana Democratic State Committee paid for an anti-gay flier that was distributed by an anti-gay Democratic candidate. (Source.)

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both opposed marriage equality. Barack isn’t even in office yet, and his supporters are already making excuses for what they expect to be his lack of action on equal rights.

Starting now, I don’t support any politician who doesn’t work for full equality.

Barack Obama doesn’t support same-sex marriage? Fuck him.

Barney Frank wants to sacrifice transfolk to advance lesbian and gay rights? Fuck him, too.

The Human Rights Campaign supports a non-inclusive version of ENDA? Fuck them above all.

I don’t know why it took me so long to get it. For years now, I’ve been deriding people who say they’re working to change their homophobic churches from within. I should have seen this years ago.

If we think we’re going to change the system from within, we’re wrong. Any politician, even a gay politician, will screw over his supporters to protect his own position, and voters everywhere — our parents, our siblings, our co-workers, our friends — have shown that they will always vote to deprive us of our rights. We are tolerated but not accepted. Remember that.

If we want equal rights, politics is not the way to get there from here. I’ll still support a politician who really works for equality, but I’m not going to invest any energy in those who don’t, or those who equivocate.

I don’t think the Democrats can win without us. If we withdraw our support, they lose. That also means, by the way, that the Democratic Black and Latin Christians who hate queers lose, too. Up till now, they’ve been getting our support for free, then spitting on us every chance they get. That needs to end now. Right now. Support full legal equality for LGBTs, or we walk. Period.

“But … but … but … Then the Republicans will win!”

So what? Let them win. If the Democrats can’t move to advance equality, let the goddamned Republicans win every election in the United States. Let them drag this country down into their whirlpool of insanity. It’s a country that hates us, a country that is doggedly committed to excluding us from equality, so let them have it. If the Democrats don’t like that, they can always change it by getting serious about equal rights.

If our community could find the strength of conviction to take that position, I think we could have full equality in six years. Without that strength of conviction, we will all surely live and die as second-class citizens.

Whether we win or lose, though, let’s try a little honesty. Let’s try a little accountability, and not just for the Mormons and the Catholics and all the other low-life religious freaks who think it’s God’s will for them to kick us in the teeth. Let’s try some accountability for our so-called friends. For our “friends” above all.

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Joe Lieberman
And, by extension, the 42 anonymous Democratic senators who voted to let Lieberman keep his Homeland Security Committee chairmanship.

Lieberman, of course, is a rat bastard all the time, but he deserves special mention this week for somehow persuading the Democratic Party to kiss his ass even after he pissed all over them, their candidates, and their purported principles.

This is not about reconciliation. This about rewarding a dirty, lying bastard, Shrub’s favorite bitch, who on top of everything else is a terrible committee chairman. When it comes to homeland security, Joe Lieberman has his head so far up his ass that he can see his tonsils.

This was done with the encouragement of President-elect Obama, and in my book it doesn’t bode well. Lieberman is without honor, a man with no sense of loyalty and no regard for the truth, and a man who is frankly not even competent at the job. And the Democrats are not just unapologetic, they are fucking proud of rewarding this jackass.

I was so disgusted that I almost named Harry Reid rat bastard of the week, but I figured, give the Mormons a break for a minute. Lieberman is the bastard that Reid is a bastard for supporting.

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Don’t ask the Pope; don’t ask the Mormon Prophet; don’t ask any religious leader at all. Ask Princess Sparkle Pony.

I love PSP. I especially love PSP when she’s pissed off. Tuesday, Princess called out the Human Rights Campaign:

… practically the only time I ever hear about the HRC accomplishing anything, it’s always a cocktail party, an expensive fundraiser, or an awards ceremony where the honors are generally given to, um, HRC members or important celebrities like Lance Bass. “What does the HRC actually do?” I wondered. My friend offered, “I think they mostly send out press releases.”

Read the full post here.

As it happens, Autumn Sandeen also called the HRC out Tuesday over at Pam’s.

And Monday, Andrew Sullivan said the HRC was useless.

I think it’s time to re-think gay activism. I think the college kids got more done this past weekend than HRC is ever going to accomplish. Let’s take it to the streets; let’s take it to the people.

I predict that it won’t be long before most of us are pretty pissed off at the Democrats for accomplishing much less than promised. I may be wrong — I certainly hope I am wrong — but I think it’s time to ask ourselves whether throwing millions of dollars at the Democratic Party has really been a very effective way of getting anything accomplished. Results talk; bullshit walks. If we allow the Democrats to take us for granted, they will. Apparently, that goes for the HRC, too.

I will say one thing for the HRC’s ability to unite our community, though: they’ve got me agreeing with Andrew Sullivan.

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Well, my lesbian gaydar must be broken. It never even occurred to me that Wanda might be gay. What a nice surprise!

Just Jared reports:

“[After Barack Obama was elected,] I thought, man we are moving in the right direction. And then at about 11 o’clock I was crushed. We took a huge leap forward and then got dragged 12 feet back. I felt like I was being attacked, personally attacked, our community was attacked. I got married Oct. 25, I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation, I felt like I was living my life, I wasn’t in the closet, but I was just living my life. Everybody who knows me personally, they know I’m gay. And that’s the way people should be able to live our lives, really. We shouldn’t have to be standing out here demanding something we automatically should have as citizens of this country. … They pissed off the wrong group of people. They have galvanized a community. We are so together now and we all want the same thing and we shouldn’t have to settle for less. Instead of having gay marriage in California, no, we’re gonna have gay marriage across the country. When my wife and I leave California, I want to have my marriage also recognized in Nevada, in Arizona, all the way to New York. … I’m proud to be a woman, I’m proud to be a black woman and I’m proud to be gay.

Here’s a longer video of Wanda’s speech:

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By the time we left, about 150 people had showed up at the State House for the Prop 8 protest yesterday. We heard that even more came by later, and that a total of about 200 people protested, though not all at the same time. That was pretty good, considering the protest was thrown together in less than two days, and there were no speakers, no music, or anything.

Basically, we stood along Gervais Street in front of the State House with our signs, and tried to get passing drivers to honk in support of equality.

Considering all the talk in some circles about African-Americans supporting Prop 8, it was interesting to note how many of the people honking in support were African-American. I heard two white people comment on it:

(1) “Did you notice that most of the people honking are black?” and

(2) “I’m a little surprised at the demographic of the people people honking.”

That second remark made me laugh.

We had a lot of white people honking, too, of course, though I did notice three white men giving us the finger as they drove by. A lot of people averted their eyes and pretended not to see us at all.

Overall, we thought it went well. I was impressed at how many of our fellow protesters were young. The majority were probably college-age folks, and a number of them were straight. I couldn’t avoid the rather discouraging thought that the world will be a better place when my generation is dead.

Not too many people our age were out, and especially not too many male couples. I was disappointed about that, but then, the event was put together on short notice and there were probably a lot of people who didn’t hear about it in time. We only found out about it yesterday morning; we had been planning to go to the protest in Charlotte.

There were a few people our age, and even a few older than us. Harriet Hancock, the grande dame of gay rights in the Midlands, was of course in attendance. (For those who don’t know her, Harriet is a straight woman who has been a prominent supporter of gay rights for decades.)

Everybody’s “mother,” Bertha, came out for the protest, too, and managed to hold onto a protest sign with both hands even while clutching a Big Gulp in the right hand. “I’m sixty years old,” she said. “It’s time I took a stand for something.”

It was windy, and I was too busy trying to keep my sign under control to worry about taking pictures. Most of the time, I felt like I was trying to go parasailing. I did take one picture just before we left, of a lovely family of four:

Family at protest

One of the thing that really galls me about our opponents is their pretense that they’re trying to protect children, when in fact they go far out of their way to harm children. It’s not just the two moms in this picture who are being denied equal protection under the law, but the two children, as well. The Religious Right doesn’t give a damn about these children. I don’t think they really give a damn about children at all; the only thing they care about extending their own power and influence.

One of the good things about a protest thrown together on short notice was that no counter-protesters showed up. No Anabaptists — no churches of any kind — came out to shout hateful slogans or pass out tracts. It was the first time in my life I had ever been to a gay event where there were no Christian haters in attendance, and it was nice. Maybe we should have more events on short notice.

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