Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Another Defeat For Mitt Romney

Massachusetts' highest court ruled against former Log Cabin Republican supporter Governor Mitt Romney Wednesday when it ruled that the Court had no authority to force lawmakers to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, but it still criticized them for not acting.
Romney lead the opponents of same-sex marriage who collected 170,000 signatures to get an amendment on the 2008 ballot that would define marriage in Massachusetts as between a man and a woman, but their effort still needed the support of a quarter of the Legislature.
When lawmakers failed to vote on the question in November, Mormon Mitt and The Angrey Christian Conservatives sued.
They asked the court to clarify whether the state's constitution required lawmakers to vote on a proposal that was sent to the legislature by a voter petition drive. The Supreme Judicial Court determined it could not force a vote.
"Beyond resorting to aspirational language that relies on the presumptive good faith of elected representatives, there is no presently articulated judicial remedy for the Legislature's indifference to, or defiance of, its constitutional duties," the court wrote.
The same court had ruled in 2003 that the state constitution guaranteed gays the right to marry.
In the lawsuit, Mormon Mitt argued that the people's will was being thwarted and that lawmakers were violating the people's right to petition for a constitutional amendment.
The proposal must be approved in two consecutive legislative sessions to be included on the 2008 statewide ballot.
Lawmakers are due to meet on Jan. 2 — the last day of the session and it is unlikely that they will take a vote on that day.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Join Rudy 2008

"America's Mayor" Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a moderate Republican and possible presidential candidate, is working to strengthen his hand in California by scheduling a high-profile appearance and gathering support from California's politically active republicans.
State GOP board members have ben told that Rudy will give keynote address for the state Republican Party convention in February in Sacramento.
Rudy's appearance will catapult what was expected to be a fairly routine GOP gathering into a national event -- and is almost certain to ramp up the increasingly active parade of presidential hopefuls of both parties coming to California to court donors in a state viewed as the wealthiest source of campaign cash.
Rudy already has established a camaraderie with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- a Republican in the same moderate, bipartisan mold who also supports gay rights, abortion rights and stem cell research.
Despite those more liberal positions on social issues, Giuliani is gaining the backing of some California Republicans well known to the state's most conservative grassroots base: financier and former gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon and Republican political consultant and Internet publisher Steve Frank.

While conservatives may have differences with Giuliani on social policies, Frank said, "I have no differences with a guy who, as mayor, cut or eliminated 23 different taxes, and dramatically cut crime in New York. ... Like Ronald Reagan, agree or disagree, he will look you in the eye and say, 'This is where I stand.' There's a trust factor.''
And the trust factor is a major consideration. Isn't it better to vote for someone who you truts even though you disagree with his posiiton rather than someone who reverses his position to gain your support. For instance, if you support domestic partnerships when you commuicate with the Log Cabin Republicans, it is hypocritical to say that you no longer support those rights because you wasnt the support of Christian Conservatives.

You may not agree with Rudy but you can trust him

Thursday, December 21, 2006

MARRIAGE WATCH High Court Consolidates Gay Marriage Cases

State high court to review ban on same-sex marriage
December 21, 2006|Maura Dolan | Times Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court agreed unanimously Wednesday to decide whether same-sex couples should be permitted to wed, prolonging the contentious legal battle for another year.

Meeting in closed session, the state's highest court voted without comment to review an October appeals' court ruling that upheld the prohibition on same-sex marriage. The court is not expected to issue a ruling until the end of next year.

Wednesday's decision does not necessarily mean that the state high court disagrees with the lower court ruling.

Although the Supreme Court could have avoided the contentious debate and let the ruling stand, the court often reviews decisions it supports if the case has statewide importance.

Christian conservatives, satisfied with the appeals' court decision, had urged the court not to take up the case. But a lawyer for one of the groups opposed to same-sex marriage expressed confidence Wednesday that his side would prevail.

"History, common sense and legal precedent are on our side," said Mathew D. Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, which promotes traditional Christian values in the law. "Marriage as the union of one man and one woman transcends political ideology and is grounded in millennia of human history."

Other opponents of same-sex marriage called the court's decision ominous.

Randy Thomasson, a spokesman for the VoteYesMarriage.comcoalition, which hopes to place an initiative against same-sex marriage on the 2008 ballot, said the measure would be "the only way to stop judges and politicians from destroying the beautiful, natural institution of marriage between a man and a woman."

Former Assemblyman Larry Bowler (R-Elk Grove), who is also backing the proposed ballot measure, complained that the state high court was "scheming to destroy marriage and the people's right to vote on marriage."

Bowler said he believed that the three women on the seven-member court were prepared to support same-sex marriage.

Justices Joyce Kennard and Kathryn Mickle Werdegar voted in an earlier case against an immediate nullification of same-sex marriage licenses granted in 2004 by San Francisco. But the justices have not expressed their views about the constitutionality of the state's marriage laws.

Justice Carol Corrigan, the court's newest member, also has never publicly confided her views of same-sex marriage, but Bowler said gay rights groups support her.

Legal analysts suspect the court is divided on same-sex marriage but more likely than not to rule against it. The moderately conservative court has six Republicans and one Democrat and is generally viewed as cautious.

The Supreme Court's decision on the state constitutional question is final.

Gay rights groups said Wednesday's decision gave them hope.

"This is yet another indication that the California Supreme Court appreciates the importance of this issue -- not only for same-sex couples and their children, but for the entire state," said Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights and lead counsel in one of the marriage cases before the court.

Jon W. Davidson, legal director of Lambda Legal and one of the attorneys in the marriage cases, said it was up to the court to permit same-sex marriage in the wake of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's veto of a bill giving gay couples the right to wed.

"So long as California's statutes deny same-sex couples and their children equality," Davidson said, "it's up to the California Supreme Court to decide the issue once and for all."

The debate over same-sex marriage reached the courts two years ago when the city of San Francisco granted nearly 4,000 marriage licenses to gay couples.

The state high court later nullified those licenses, but reserved a final decision on the constitutionality of the marriage laws until the lower courts had reviewed them.

San Francisco City Atty. Dennis J. Herrera, whose office is among those still challenging the gay marriage ban, said the city was "asserting the rights of equality and privacy uniquely enshrined in our state Constitution."

"We are also asking the Supreme Court to do what the Court of Appeal did not -- to base its decision on constitutional principles rather than on its impressions of popular opinion," Herrera said.

Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer has defended the state's marriage laws but nevertheless urged the state high court to take up the issue to provide final resolution.

"This is one of the most important issues confronting California, and the Supreme Court is the only entity that can provide the people the legal clarity needed on the question," Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for Lockyer, said after the court's action.

The state high courts of Washington, New York and New Jersey, which also have reviewed same-sex marriage, have refused to extend marriage rights to gays.

Only the state of Massachusetts now permits gay couples to wed.


Monday, December 18, 2006

Frank Rich on Mary Cheney & 2008 Homophobe Candidates

Mary Cheney’s Bundle of Joy
IT’S not the least of John McCain’s political talents that he comes across as a paragon of straight talk even when he isn’t talking straight. So it was a surprise to see him reduced to near-stammering on ABC’s “This Week” two Sundays after the election. The subject that brought him low was the elephant in the elephants’ room, or perhaps we should say in their closet: homosexuality.
Senator McCain is no bigot, and his only goal was to change the subject as quickly as possible. He kept repeating two safe talking points for dear life: he opposes same-sex marriage (as does every major presidential aspirant in both parties) and he is opposed to discrimination. But because he had endorsed a broadly written Arizona ballot initiative that could have been used to discriminate against unmarried domestic partners, George Stephanopoulos wouldn’t let him off the hook.
“Are you against civil unions for gay couples?” he asked the senator, who replied, “No, I’m not.” When Mr. Stephanopoulos reiterated the question seconds later — “So you’re for civil unions?” — Mr. McCain answered, “No.” In other words, he was not against civil unions before he was against them. His gaffe was reminiscent of a similar appearance on Mr. Stephanopoulos’s show in 2004 by Bill Frist, a Harvard-trained doctor who refused to criticize a federal abstinence program that catered to the religious right by spreading the canard that sweat and tears could transmit AIDS.
Senator Frist is now a lame duck, and his brand of pandering, typified by his errant upbeat diagnosis of the brain-dead Terri Schiavo’s condition, is following him to political Valhalla. The 2006 midterms left Karl Rove’s supposedly foolproof playbook in tatters. It was hard for the Republicans to deal the gay card one more time after the Mark Foley and Ted Haggard scandals revealed that today’s conservative hierarchy is much like Roy Cohn’s milieu in “Angels in America,” minus the wit and pathos.
This time around, ballot initiatives banning same-sex marriage drew markedly less support than in 2004; the draconian one endorsed by Mr. McCain in Arizona was voted down altogether. Two national politicians who had kowtowed egregiously to their party’s fringe, Rick Santorum and George Allen, were defeated, joining their ideological fellow travelers Tom DeLay and Ralph Reed in the political junkyard. To further confirm the inexorable march of social history, the only Christmas season miracle to lift the beleaguered Bush administration this year has been the announcement that Mary Cheney, the vice president’s gay daughter, is pregnant. Her growing family is the living rejoinder to those in her father’s party who would relegate gay American couples and their children to second-class legal or human status.
Yet not even these political realities have entirely broken the knee-jerk habit of some 2008 Republican presidential hopefuls to woo homophobes. Mitt Romney, the Republican Massachusetts governor, was caught in yet another embarrassing example of his party’s hypocrisy last week. In a newly unearthed letter courting the gay Log Cabin Republicans during his unsuccessful 1994 Senate race, he promised to “do better” than even Ted Kennedy in making “equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern.” Given that Mr. Romney has been making opposition to same-sex marriage his political calling card this year, his ideological bisexuality looks as foolish in its G-rated way as that of Mr. Haggard, the evangelical leader who was caught keeping time with a male prostitute.
There’s no evidence that Mr. Romney’s rightward move on gay civil rights and abortion (about which he acknowledges his flip-flop) has helped him politically. Or that Mr. McCain has benefited from a similar sea change that has taken him from accurately labeling Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson “agents of intolerance” in 2000 to appearing at Mr. Falwell’s Liberty University this year. A Washington Post-ABC News poll last week found that among Republican voters, Rudy Giuliani, an unabashed liberal on gay civil rights and abortion, leads Mr. McCain 34 percent to 26 percent. Mr. Romney brought up the rear, at 5 percent. That does, however, put him nominally ahead of another presidential wannabe, the religious-right favorite Sam Brownback, who has held up a federal judicial nomination in the Senate because the nominee had attended a lesbian neighbor’s commitment ceremony.
For those who are cheered by seeing the Rovian politics of wedge issues start to fade, the good news does not end with the growing evidence that gay-baiting may do candidates who traffic in it more harm than good. It’s not only centrist American voters of both parties who reject divisive demagoguery but also conservative evangelicals themselves. Some of them are at last standing up to the extremists in their own camp.
No one more dramatically so, perhaps, than Rick Warren, the Orange County, Calif., megachurch leader and best-selling author of “The Purpose Driven Life.” He has adopted AIDS in Africa as a signature crusade, and invited Barack Obama to join the usual suspects, including Senator Brownback, to address his World AIDS Day conference on the issue. This prompted predictable outrage from the right because of Mr. Obama’s liberal politics, especially on abortion. One radio host, Kevin McCullough, demonized the Democrat for pursuing “inhumane, sick and sinister evil” as a legislator. An open letter sponsored by 18 “pro-life” groups protested the invitation, also citing Mr. Obama’s “evil.” But Mr. Warren didn’t blink.
Among those defending the invitation was David Kuo, the former deputy director of the Bush White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. In a book, “Tempting Faith,” as well as in interviews and on his blog, the heretical Mr. Kuo has become a tough conservative critic of the corruption of religion by politicians and religious-right leaders who are guilty of “taking Jesus and reducing him to some precinct captain, to some get-out-the-vote guy.” Of those “family” groups who criticized Mr. Obama’s appearance at the AIDS conference, Mr. Kuo wrote, “Are they so blind and possessed with such a narrow definition of life that they can think of life only in utero?” The answer, of course, is yes. The Christian Coalition parted ways with its new president-elect, a Florida megachurch pastor, Joel Hunter, after he announced that he would take on bigger issues like poverty and global warming.
But it is leaders like Mr. Hunter and Mr. Warren who are in ascendance. Even the Rev. Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs at Mr. Haggard’s former perch, the National Association of Evangelicals, has joined a number of his peers in taking up the cause of the environment, putting him at odds with the Bush administration. Such religious leaders may not have given up their opposition to abortion or gay marriage, but they have more pressing priorities. They seem to have figured out, as Mr. Kuo has said, that “politicians use Christian voters for their money and for their votes” and give them little in return except a reputation for bigotry and heartless opposition to the lifesaving potential of stem-cell research.
The axis of family jihadis — Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, the American Family Association — is feeling the heat; its positions get more extreme by the day. A Concerned Women for America mouthpiece called Mary Cheney’s pregnancy “unconscionable,” condemning her for having “injured her child” and “acted in a way that denies everything that the Bush administration has worked for.” (That last statement, thankfully, is true.) This overkill reeks of desperation. So does these zealots’ recent assault on the supposedly feminizing “medical” properties of soy baby formula (which deserves the “blame for today’s rise in homosexuality,” according to the chairman of Megashift Ministries), and penguins.
Yes, penguins. These fine birds have now joined the Teletubbies and SpongeBob SquarePants in the pantheon of cuddly secret agents for “the gay agenda.” Schools are being forced to defend “And Tango Makes Three,” an acclaimed children’s picture book based on the true story of two Central Park Zoo male penguins who adopted a chick from a fertilized egg. The hit penguin movie “Happy Feet” has been outed for an “anti-religious bias” and its “endorsement of gay identity” by Michael Medved, the commentator who sets the tone for the religious right’s strictly enforced code of cultural political correctness.
Such censoriousness is increasingly the stuff of comedy. So are politicians of all stripes who advertise their faith. A liberal like Howard Dean is no more credible talking about the Bible (during the 2004 campaign he said his favorite book in the New Testament was Job) than twice-married candidates like Mr. McCain are persuasive at pledging allegiance to “the sanctity of marriage.”
For all the skeptical theories about the Obama boomlet — or real boom, we don’t know yet — no one doubts that his language about faith is his own, not a crib sheet provided by a conservative evangelical preacher or a liberal political consultant on “values.” That’s why a Democrat from Chicago whose voting record is to the left of Hillary Clinton’s received the same standing ovation from the thousands at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church that he did from his own party’s throngs in New Hampshire. After a quarter-century of watching politicians from both parties exploit religion for partisan and often mean-spirited political gain, voters on all sides of this country’s culture wars are finally in the market for something new.

Friday, December 15, 2006

TRUNKS Names "Man of the Year"

TRUNKS:Out Inside The Cabin Blog proundly announces the name of this year's celebrated winner, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as TRUNKS 2007 Man of The Year for his role in bringing all Californians together.

Evidence of his contnuing belief that Californians are Californians first and not just Republicans or Democrats, the Governor has named the co-chairs of his inaugural. The governor is making a strenuous effort, despite complaints from some Far Right Wing Republicans, to include Democrats in the Inaugural Ball. Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, (Democrat), has been asked to emcee the ceremonies Jan. 5 in Sacramento along with being one of the co-chairs.
"Bipartisanship" is the buzzword in Schwarzenegger's California. In fact, it seems that the entire California political power structure is joining Schwarzenegger at the Ball, with the Hyatt being the headquarters for the who's who of the Golden State's power elite.
The Ball itself is expected to be a the place to be for Californian politicians on January 5, 2007.
The list of inaugural co-chairs, neatly divided between Republicans and Democrats, includes:
Dick Ackerman, Republican Leader of the California State Senate,
Alan Autry, Mayor of the City of Fresno,
Frank Bigelow, Madera County Supervisor and President of the California State Association of Counties,
Barbara Boxer, United States Senator,
Warren Christopher, former United State Secretary of State,
Gray Davis, 37th Governor of California,
George Deukmejian, 35th Governor of California,
David Dreier, United States Congressman,
Heather Fargo, Mayor of the City of Sacramento,
Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator,
Bob Foster, Mayor of the City of Long Beach,
Gavin Newsom, Mayor of the City of San Francisco,
Fabian Núñez, Speaker of the California State Assembly.
Nancy Pelosi, United States House of Representatives Speaker-designate,
Don Perata, President pro Tempore of the California State Senate,
Curt Pringle, Mayor of the City of Anaheim,
Miguel Pulido, Mayor of the City of Santa Ana,
Nancy Reagan, former First Lady of the United States and California,
Chuck Reed, Mayor-elect of the City of San Jose,
Jerry Sanders, Mayor of the City of San Diego,
George Shultz, former United States Secretary of State,
Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles,
Mike Villines, Republican Leader of the California State Assembly,
Pete Wilson, 36th Governor of California

(Also See The Inaugural Sponsor List)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Animal Activism is RIGHT nor LEFT

Andrew Sullivan's blog for today entitled "Dominion" was truly shocking and necessary to educate those of us who are used to the sour old republican excuse that animal cruelty is too liberal a cause to fight against. Right is Wrong. Truth is Right.

Monday, December 11, 2006

BROWNBACK MOUNTAIN:The Other Side of Apartheid

Senator Brownback, (R-Kansas) and dillusional presidential nominee has held up a judicial nomination because nominee once attended a GOD FORBID lesbian neighbor's commitment ceremony.
But Brownback is now willing to let the nominee over the mountain he has placed in the nominee's path if the nominee agrees to excuse herself from any cases related to same sex unions.

"Are you now or have you ever been to a commitment ceremony?" If yes, you can only be a federal judge if you promise to disqualify yourself if the issue in somehow relates to persons in a gay union or marriage or domestic partnership.

Just imagine if there was federal Hate Crimes legislation and a prosecution and the dead victim was in a committed relationship. What result? Disqualification because the judge went to a commitment ceremony of some unknown person who was a neighbor.

This concept of prior judical restraint makes me SICK.
Someone once called him Senator DUMBF$&K. I thought it was offensive. I am starting to have second thoughts.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

American Airlines Does Not Get It RIGHT!

American Airlines is acitvely going after the gay American U.S. Dollar but when it comes to Log Cabin Republicans or the Liberty Education Forum, they do not exist on the American Airlines Gay Events Calendar. I wrote to the about them Convention in Denver from May 3 - 6, 2007, but LCR/LEF are still not included in the calendar.
I do not know if it because AA are not a sponsor and their competitor is an official sponsor of the convention and symposium or because LCR/LEF are too "RIGHT" for them. Regardless, they now publish a yearly gay calendar of events in the United States regardless of whether they are the official airline of the event or not but LCR & LEF are excluded from the calendar.
I guess the "Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend" and the "Los Angeles Leather Weekend" are worth of inclusion community inclusion (even without any type of AA code) but not LCR/LEF.
If you fly to Denver on AA (after all I do give them credit for being the first airline to offer "Domestic Partner" benefits), you can use the general LGBT Community's "Business ExtrAA" Account 527583 when booking on-line and earn 1,000 bonus miles added to ones frequent flyer account (assuming you have one with AA). In fact, you can use 527583 whenever you book on line to get 1,000 bonus miles.
It is just SHAMFUL that AA chooses to exclude LCR/LEF from the calendar for any reason at all.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

New Jersey TV ads

MODERATOR'S UPDATE: New Jersey Legislature Passed A Bill In A Committee That Will Call Gay Relationships "Unions" Instead of "Marriage"

Sunday, December 03, 2006

True or False: Is There Another Plan To Extend Term Limits?

Is there really a plan to place another plan to extend term limits prior to the June, 2008 primiary?
Can the following statement be true?
"An idea is floating around in Sacramento to move the 2008 presidential primary from June to March and include on the March ballot measures to change redistricting and relax term limits. . . .So, theoretically, if voters approve the plan in spring 2008, Nunez could run in the June primary and the subsequent general election for an additional term."

Brothers and Sisters Gets It RIGHT

According to, "Much of the credit for this queer coup belongs to series creator and writer Jon Robin Baitz, who's openly gay himself. Baitz has written nuanced queer characters into plays like "The Paris Letter" and "Ten Unknowns," and he contributed to the video version of "Love! Valour! Compassion!" Baitz knows the gay terrain well, in life and in fiction."

"Sister Kitty may be less of a gay activist than Mom, but she's also far from homophobic. Played by Calista Flockhart, Kitty is a conservative talk show host who supports "family values" but also Log Cabin Republicans -- who won't stop trying to recruit poor Democrat Kevin because of his famous Ann Coulter-ish sister. Kitty surprised Kevin in a recent episode by urging him to donate sperm to his impotent brother; Kevin reminded Kitty she's supposed to be "pro-family," to which she answered, "Last time I checked, brothers were family!" "
(photo:(l-r) Don Norte, Jon Robin Baitz, Gordon Davisdon, & Kevin Norte)

Friday, December 01, 2006

Siesta Time:Do You Find This Racist?

The Los Angeles Times published this photo on December 1, 2006 as their main front page photo with the following caption:"Napping: Congressional lawmakers sleep at Congress Hall, in Mexico City, Mexico, just days before President-elect Felipe Calderon is to be named president.
Is it really newsworth on December 1, 2006, "WORLD AIDS DAY"or is just exploitive, stereopypical, taken out of context, and racist?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Giuliani Most Popular Politician But Bill Tops Hillary

A recent poll ranked the top politicans in the United States and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani topped the list followed by

Sen. Obama in 2nd, Sen. McCain in 3rd, Secretary Rice in 4th, former President Bill Clinton in 5th and believe it or not, Sen. Hillary Clinton ranked 9th.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

President George H.W. Bush To Speak At Music Center

The Honorable George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, will lecture at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion on Monday, March 12, 2007, 8:00 P.M.
George Bush served as U. S. President from 1989 to 1993. During his term, the Cold War ended; the threat of nuclear war was drastically reduced; the Soviet Union was replaced by a democratic Russia; the Berlin Wall fell and Germany was reunified; Eastern Europe and the Baltic States became free; and he put together an unprecedented coalition of 32 nations to liberate Kuwait, paving the way for Israel and her Arab neighbors to renew the quest for peace in the Middle East.
Only the second President to serve a full term without party control in either chamber of Congress, President Bush, nevertheless, signed into law, among other things, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act, and successfully negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which was later signed into law. President Bush has written two books – A World Transformed, co-authored with General Brent Scowcroft and All The Best, a collection of letters.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

BUSH Pardons Two: Outragers "Right Wingers"

WASHINGTON — He was going to pardon only one, but President Bush figured he really owed the flightly one's long term parner this time. His dog had just scared the stuffing out of the gay bird.
Bush spared "chicken" as he was affectionatly known to former Rep. Mark Foley. The bird has been known for years inside the beltway to be light in his loafers and is appropriately named "Flyer" (Don't Ask, Don't Tell) — during a Rose Garden ceremony on Wednesday. The back door "friend", "Fryer," was also pardoned but was nowhere to be seen on this raw day and "DOMA" was not even discussed.
The president explained that his Scottish terrier, Barney, got involved this year. The presidential dog typically gets his exercise by chasing a soccer ball around the Rose Garden.
He ("Barney") " came out" Wednesday, as did Flyer," Bush then said. "And instead of chasing the soccer ball, he chased the gay birds." Bush announced that the gay birds would be sent off on a vacation for to Disneyland in California because the two can be recognized as "domestic partners" there (and not Disney World in Florida) and would be the honorary grand marshals of a Thanksgiving Day Parade and then relocate to a coop for two in Gavin Newsom's San Francisco after the mayor of that liberal bastion granted the two sanctury. However, after the trip to Disneyland, this year marks a change when there will be full accceptance of the couple and a ceremony is planned to be held at a notoary public on Fairfax in a stationary shop somewhere by CBS Television City in Hollywood. Bill Maher has been invited but not confirmed if he will be in attendance. Arianna Huffington declined her invitation because she is tired of attending what she views as sham marraiges and will only attend such events when couples are given equal rights under the law.
"Barney" never "came out" prior to the event and surprised Bush. Bush was heard off the record to have said; "I thought we fixed that."
The popular ceremony, however, went on as usual and dates to the days of President Harry Truman in 1947 but it was never used as a political statement to pardon of these most fowl gay birds (and slaughting of the straight birds). Perhaps it was Bush's realization about Barney, or Ken really found a heart (assuming that he has one).
Just back from a trip to the Cruise-Holms wedding, Bush and his wife Laura will spend the holiday camping it up at Camp David before another international trip early next week to the Baltics and the Middle East so they can avoid the rantings of Madam Pelosi and not have deal with how Cheney is being evicted from his unofficial office in the House side of the Capitol.
The Bushes left the White House early Wednesday afternoon and arrived at the presidential retreat.
The first family's menu for Thanksgiving includes a menu prepared by their avowed cheif homosexual cooks Karl & Ken, and includes straight free-range roasted turkey flown in from Midland, Texas, ciabatta bread dressing, pumkin zucchini gratin, lashed maple sweet potatoes, basil chive whipped raw red potatoes, and extra non-dairy creamy green pumpkin pie.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Governor Schwarzenegger Sets Inauguration for 01.05.2007

On November 16, 2006 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the formation of an inaugural committee to oversee the swearing-in ceremony and formal activities in conjunction with his first and only formal inauguration.Marty Wilson will serve as chairman of the Governor's 2007 Inaugural Committee. Joining him are Committee Executive Director Reed Galen and Executive Producer Carl Bendix."Governor Schwarzenegger looks forward to serving the people of California for four more years," Galen said. "The Governor will use this important occasion to further the spirit of bipartisan cooperation in Sacramento and continue with his vision of moving California forward."The inaugural ceremony will be held at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento at 11 a.m., Friday, January 5, 2007.The Governor's 2007 Inaugural Committee is a 501(c)(4) organization.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Desperate Housewives

Perhaps this is just wishful thinging, but I would love to see the character of Andrew Van De Kamp (Shawn Pyfrom) on Marc Cherry's Desparate Housewives joins a republican group and ask his mom, Bree, if his club can have a pool party at the house. Bree, happy to hear that she at least has something in common with her son, agrees. Bree even caters the event.
But when the guests show up, she discovers that the pool party is called, "RED TRUNKS:The Log Cabin Republicans Pool Party".

The episode would be a HOOT!



Partial transcript of Bill Maher's Live appearance on Larry King Live:
BM: A lot of the chiefs of staff, the people who really run the underpinnings of the Republican Party, are gay. I don't want to mention names, but I will Friday night...
LK:You will Friday night?
BM: Well, there's a couple of big people who I think everyone in Washington knows who run the Republican...
LK: You will name them?
BM: Well, I wouldn't be the first. I'd get sued if I was the first. Ken Mehlman. Ok, there's one I think people have talked about. I don't think he's denied it when he's been, people have suggested, he doesn't say...
LK: I never heard that. I'm walking around in a fog. I never...Ken Mehlman? I never heard that. But the question is...
BM: Maybe you don't go to the same bathhouse I do, Larry.
When CNN re-aired the interview later that night, they edited out Larry King and Bill Maher's discussion of Mehlman.

MODERATOR'S NOTE: See The Strip Podcast where Bill Maher discusses the issue in further detail.
MODERATOR'S NOTE: See Article on Mehlam where he urges GOP to enlarge Political Tent with interesting blog commentaries

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Is Mario Lopez A REPUBLICAN???

Rumor has it that Mario Lopez wore the "RED" shirt under his Tux jacket on the November 7, 2006 episode of Dancing With The Stars to show his support for his party because it was election night. Some believe he outed himself as a REPUBLICAN that night. I wonder?
Perhaps Not?
I hear that Mario is looking for "friends" on

BARNEY FRANK: Pelosi Made An Error In Judgment.

Soon after Nancy Pelosi became was voted to become the next Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi nominated her good friend Rep. John Murth as House Majority Leader. Rep. Steny Hoyer was also nominated and won over Pelosi's hand-picked successor, 149-86.
Of Pelosi's endorsement of Murtha, Rep. Barney Frank said, "She's a very smart woman who made an error in judgment."
Democrats also selected James Clyburn of South Carolina as majority whip.
Rahm Emanuel of Illinois was named as their caucus chair post, the No. 4 position for Democrats.
Frank will become chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Dress Up Is Moot

I'm kind of annoyed to still find homosexual stereotypes perpetuated in the media, even if it is by a throw away paper. The November 9th edition of the West Hollywood Independent's front page article "As Acceptance Rises, So Do Stats" written by Lorena Fernandez makes it seem like she has been sleeping for the past 20 years. The opening paragraph is outrageous when one considers the strides the gay and lesbian community has made with the great work of non-profits like GLAAD to educate the public and portray homosexuals in a realistic way. It states "When 12 men dress up as women and run around on what is arguably the most transited street of a city, it is safe to say society is more open minded about homosexuality than it was in the last century". All kidding aside, I think we deserve an appology. To think that the author believes a dozen drag queens running down Santa Monica Boulevard represent acceptance of homosexuality across the nation is ridiculous and patronizing. I ask what this has to do at all with the subject of the ban on same-sex marraige being debated across the country? Oh Please!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE: Is Bush's Speech Writer A Friend of. . .

Is Bush's speach writer a fan of Mommie Dearest?


November 8, 2006:AP reports, "Bush seemed stoic about the election, proclaiming: 'This isn't my first rodeo.' "

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A word from the American Chronical to counter-balance The James Hartline report.

A word from the American Chronicle to counterbalance the The James Hartlne Report of November 4, 2006 in whch LCR was referrered to as, "the radical gay activist group, the Log Cabin Republicans."

CONGRATULATIONS:Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger & Log Cabin Republicans

On the night of Tuesday, November 7, 2006, an election was held and The California Republic's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Log Cabin Republicans made history.

The Governor extended an invitation to Jeff Bissiri, Log Cabin's California Director, to join him on the stage when Governor Schwarzenegger gave his victory speech and showed all of California that the governor believes in the large tent of the Republican Party.

Further, “Log Cabin congratulates Governor Schwarzenegger for his re-election victory,” said Jeff Bissiri , Log Cabin’s California Director. “The Governor has reached out to all Californians including the gay and lesbian community. The Governor’s inclusive leadership is a model for other Republicans around the nation. His re-election shows that inclusion wins,” said Bissiri. Since taking office in 2003, Governor Schwarzenegger has signed over 20 bills supportive of the gay and lesbian community including expansion of domestic partnership rights, hate crimes protection, housing and employment non-discrimination laws, improving HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment strategies, and ending the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy in the state militia. The Governor has spoken out publicly against the anti-family Federal Marriage Amendment and has been one of the nation's leading voices advocating for a "Big Tent" Republican Party.

“Log Cabin proudly endorsed Governor Schwarzenegger. Many of our members across the state volunteered on his campaign and provided important financial support for him. We look forward to continuing our support for his efforts to bring people together and build an even brighter future for the state of California ,” said Bissiri.
On June 29, 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger was guest of honor at an event to support the work of Log Cabin. He made history as the first Republican governor in California to speak to the gay and lesbian community. In a rousing speech, Schwarzenegger declared that he was "committed to being a Governor for all Californians" and was "proud to stand side by side with Log Cabin in their work to offer basic fairness for gay and lesbian citizens." He went on to say, "A person should only be limited by his dreams and not by his background, and not by his heritage and not by his sexual orientation...We are united in the values of love, tolerance, and understanding? working together we can create a better future for California where everybody matters and every family counts."

Again hats off to Governor Schwarzenegger, Log Cabin Republicans, and especially to Jeff Bissiri for a job well done in upholding the TRUE values of the party of Lincoln.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Live Your Life

These wise words are from Andrew Sullivan's blog.

I was in the audience at the taping of the recent Bill Maher show that ran on HBO (October 27, 2006). Mr. Sullivan showed his frustration and disappointment with the GOP tactics of smear campaigns and sensationalist journalism around the country. I could not agree more. Living life as an openly gay male has been an education. Liberating, and many times uncomfortable, depending on how far I ventured from the cocoon. That which is safe can either be nurturing or disfunctional.

The Bill Maher broadcast also included Ariana Huffington, who spoke about being fearless in the face of fear. This is something we all need to practice in our daily lives. If we don't take action and sit still, avoiding confrontation, we are doomed.

The Republican party image has morphed into a face that is disfigured and paranoid. We need a leadership that is fearless, competent, humane, forward thinking and healthy. The radical right wing conservatives have overstayed their welcome. They need to get on board and learn to work with people like the Log Cabin because I for one intend on staying, regardless of how uncomfortable the journey. Freedom and equality do not come to the passive.

Let's send a message and speak the truth with no remorse when we vote and converse with one another. It is our planet. Our life. Be there. For yourself. For the ones you love. Just be there. We need you to do what's right.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

New Jersey On Board

The nation is looking toward New Jersey this week after a recent court decision to treat domestic partnerships the same as marriage under the law. It goes to show you despite the howling from the bible belt states a bridge across the country is looking more realistic.
There are a lot of people who get red in the face whenever the words "marraige" and "gay" get thrown around as if it were "normal" in the eyes of GOD. The problem is that the legal system, religion and public opinion are not on the same page at the same time. Nor should they try to be. Each are developing at its own pace. The Constitution provides the framework for government by the people- not by religous sect. Government of late need not be concerned about the sanctity of marriage to provide equal protection under the law. The IRS does not nullify the union of a man and a woman if a heterosexual couple commits what is deemed by the bible as a sin, so why should that dialogue even enter the picture with a gay couple? The pious don't realize they don't have a monopoly on basic civil rights. We who sin, (and yes that means you too) should not have our civil rights put in legislative purgatory. We all get to heaven. First-class, business-class or coach we all wind up at the same airport.

Monday, October 23, 2006

A Letter in The Times

How big is the Republicans' tent?
Los Angeles Times, October 22, 2006
Re "Some Seek 'Pink Purge' in the GOP," Oct. 18

The Christian conservative wing of the Republican Party should tread lightly on what some have dubbed a "pink purge" of high-ranking gay Republicans on Capitol Hill and in the Bush administration. As a trustee of the Log Cabin Republicans (a gay Republican group), I stand for the original values of the party, which include personal responsibility, low taxes, limited government, a strong defense and free markets. I also caution anyone even contemplating a "pink purge" that we have a lot of mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, relatives, friends and co-workers who are Republican and are equally appalled by the call for a gay purge. Purge the party of us and there may well be unforeseen consequences. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has shown that the party's tent is large enough for opposing views. It is shameful that the leaders in Washington do not see his vision as the start of a trend. Instead, some of them seem hellbent on destroying the party of Abraham Lincoln.KEVIN NORTEHollywood

Friday, October 20, 2006

Prop. 83 "Jessica's Law": A Taxing Problem

According to the legislative analyst, Prop 83, commonly referred to as "Jessica's Law", under FISCAL EFFECTS, states as follows: "These costs are likely to be in the several tens of millions of dollars annually within a few years. These costs would grow to about $100 million annually after ten years, with costs continuing to increase significantly in subsequent years. ¶Because the measure does not specify whether the state or local governments would be responsible for monitoring sex offenders who have been discharged from state parole supervision, it is unclear whether local governments would bear some of these long term costs."
When a proposition's enforcement is projected to cost $100 million annually and the initiative fails to state who is responsible for paying for it, IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE TO SUPPORT SUCH A PROPOSITION.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Angelides Attacks Arnold As Spread Widens

Interesting to see the Democratic nominee for Governor sinking to the same diversion tactics as the reglious right. When are they going to learn that when your campaign starts to tank dirt may be a temporary attention getter, but ultimately it falls on the one digging the hole.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Pink "Purge" Sought by GOP-LA TIMES HEADLINE


The LA Times front page article by Johanna Neuman reports that the pink presence in the GOP is getting out of hand, according to some Christian GOP leaders. It is riduculous and insulting to think that the Republican party is in any way being undermined by the gay community. The regligous right is wrong and should be challenged by having more gay and lesbians in all levels of government step into the light of reason. Although it seems obvious the gay gene does not predispose an indivial at birth to being a Democrat or "un-Christian". If the bizzare logic is taken on face value we should set up polling places in Catholic churches so a person can have confession and vote clean of sin. Talk about a low turnout.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Patrick Guerriro To Step Down As LCR Leader


MARIA & ARNOLD & LCR: Life Of The Party?

On Thursday, October 12, 2006, Don and myself attended a cocktail reception at the exquisite new home of Nadine Shiff and Fred Rosen to help raise funds for the Schwarzenegger campaign. As we entered we were greeted by a server who served us either a choice of sparkling water or Pinot Griego. Nadine herself welcomed us. Also welcoming us was co-host Cristina Ferrare. Maria and Arnold showed up and after being introduced by Fred, made a short speech about how California is finally working together again. I could not agree more. Don and myself were the only LCR members there but the tent was large enough to give us plenty of room.

It was a charming experience where we got to mingle and talk to Sylvester Stallone and a Sony Executive, Anne Merrin.  Cameras flashed as the four of us talked.  Sly could not join us for dinner and Anne, well she said something about her son and I do not remember seeing her at dinner.

Following the cocktail reception, about thirty of us went next door to the Bel Air Hotel where we were treated to a scrumptious dinner hosted by Jordan and John Davis with the menu prepared by Chef Douglas Dodd that included the best Kobe Beef I have ever had. Maria usually does not pose for political pictures but being Maria, and us being LCR "boys", she gladly posed with us and her husband. She even made them retake the shot because she said Don moved.

Dinner was quite intimate and I was seated four persons away from the governor. To my left was the lovely and charming Mrs. Barbara Davis. We had a wonderful conversation about all her hard work on behalf of children's diabetes and her up-coming Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton. To Don's right were Layna Friedman and Alan Friedman of Alan Diamonds. They were a very charming couple and we would love to take up their offer on going to Telluride for the film festival at the end of summer.
I toasted the honorees of the evening, The First lady of California and the Governor, with a simple toast, "To Arnold and Maria, and to quote Shakespeare, 'To the future, the Undiscovered Country'." I sat down and turned to my right.  Don whispered "I feel it."  I responded, "What?" Don shot off "Tomorrow."   I, with irreverent whit   replied, "It's called tomorrow."

Honestly, we had a night to remember. Arnold and Maria treated us royally  but there was one person who tried to let everyone know that we were "new" in a snarly fashion. He came from a family that owned a company. He let everyone know it and in particular, us. I shot back that we were Log Cabin and represented a vision. But I have to thank him.  As a transition from the comfortableness he placed us in, I used that opportunity  to make that toast that I stole from Star Trek

The evening ended with us walking back to Nadine and Fred's home because they permitted us to park our Prius at their place instead of driving after the cocktail party to the Bel Air next door (only in LA-LOL)
It was our first fundraiser where it was not gay themed (or where we were not the only ones) and we proudly wore our LCR pins. We were made to feel included in every way. With the Governor a shoe-in for the next four years, the tent is large enough and it is up to myself, Don and; the members of LCR to ensure that it stays that large.

Presence at or in the party is more important than ever than absence.


Monday, October 16, 2006

Schwarzenegger One Step Ahead of the SUPREMES

The Los Angeles Times has reported, "In a setback for the Boy Scouts, the Supreme Court turned away today a free speech challenge to a city policy in Berkeley that denied a subsidy to a Scouting group because it excludes gays and atheists.The court's action lets stand rulings in California and elsewhere that have said cities, schools and colleges may deny special benefits to groups that refuse to comply with broad non-discrimination rules involving religion and sex orientation. "
Well I guess California Governor Schwarzenegger by signing SB 1441 (Kuehl-D) into law was one step ahead of the SUPREMES. SB 1441 requires all businesses and organizations receiving funding from the state to condone homosexuality or lose state funding. There is no exception for faith-based organizations or business owners with sincerely held religious convictions.
The governor's position is entirely consistent with the SUPREMES's most recent decision.
Way to go ARNOLD!

Sunday, October 15, 2006



New Law on Filing Deadlines Results in Ambiguities
Focus Column
By Kevin Norte

AB3078, approved by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on July 15, 2004, amends, in part, Section 1005 of the Code of Civil Procedure effective for motions made on or after Jan. 1. Attorneys need to be aware of this change in the law - and some resulting ambiguities.

Existing law provides for the deadlines, by reference to calendar days, for service of specified moving, supporting and opposing papers regarding motions and other hearings, as well as the deadline for the completion of discovery proceedings before trial and the deadline for demands involving the exchange of information concerning expert witnesses before trial.

The newly enacted statute revises those deadlines by referring to court days while leaving intact the references to calendar days for mailings, rather than just referring to calendar days or court days. AB3078 also makes other related changes.

The new rules to remember are that, unless an order shortening time is obtained, motions, demurrers and preliminary injunctions (where no temporary restraining order is issued) made on or after Jan. 1 must be filed at least 16 court days before the hearing. Oppositions must be filed nine court days before the hearing, and replies must be filed five court days before the hearing.

These amendments provide no benefit to parties who make motions before the effective date because amendments of this type are prospective and can only affect a notice of a hearing to be held after the effective date. See Civil Code Section 3 cf. Strauch v. Superior Court, 107 Cal.App.3d 45 (1980); De Miglio v. Superior Court, 115 Cal.App.3d 973 (1981).

The only motion that can be filed nine court days before the hearing is a motion to strike a demurrer. Code of Civil Procedure Section 435(b)(3).

AB3078 incorporates further changes to the Civil Discovery Act, set forth in AB3081 (effective July 1, 2005), which also was signed by the governor. AB3081, however, does not affect the operative date of the revisions to Code of Civil Procedure Section 1005(b).

Under Code of Civil Procedure Section 1005.5, a motion is deemed to have been made, and to be pending before the court for all purposes, on due service and the filing of the notice of motion. Cromwell v. Cummings, 65 Cal.App.4th Supp. 10 (1998).

Under Code of Civil Procedure Section 12, the notice period is computed by excluding the day that service was made (the date of mailing, for example) and includes the last day, unless it is a holiday - in which case it is also excluded. Lamanna v. Vognar, 17 Cal.App.4th Supp. 4 (1993) (three-day-weekend rule).

According to Government Code Section 6806, "[a] day is the period of time between any midnight and the midnight following." In computing days, "fractions are not counted but are deemed entire days." People v. Harvey, 193 Cal.App.3d 767 (1987).

For oppositions, Section 1005(b) requires service and filing "at least nine court days" before the hearing; therefore, the problem with the prior statute's 10th day's falling on a weekend is resolved. Before the change, the papers must be filed on the last day the court is open for business before the 10th day (See Steele v. Bartlett, 18 Cal.2d 573 (1941) (permitting "an extension would be to nullify legislative intent that an act must be performed more than a designated number of days before the event specified.") The same holds true for replies.

What has not changed is the requirement that proofs of service of the moving papers shall be filed no later than five calendar days before the hearing. State Rule of Court 317(c).

There are some delivery exceptions to the state's new 16-court-day plus either 2-5-10-20 additional calendar days for fax, express, mail in-state, mail out-of-state and mail out-of-country minimum-notice requirements. While not inclusive, the main requirements are at least 75 days' notice for summary judgment/adjudications (Code of Civil Procedure Section 437(a)) and 45 days' notice for discretionary dismissal motions based on delay in prosecution (Code of Civil Procedure Section 373 (a).

There remains the issue of notice regarding protective orders related to discovery motions. Whether sought affirmatively or in response to a discovery motion, these types of motions are subject to the Code of Civil Procedure Section 1005 notice provisions because protective orders may be issued only "pursuant to a motion." Code of Civil Procedure Sections 2017(c) and 2019(c).

Local rules related to motions and demurrers are pre-empted by state Rule of Court 981.1(a), and any local rule concerning these fields is null and void. Of course, the exception to this rule is the "local local rule" that the time and place of the filing, and the service of a motion in limine, shall be at the discretion of the trial judge. State Rule of Court 312(d)

It is questionable whether the five-calendar-day reply rule on motions to certify or decertify a class or amend or modify an order certifying a class under state Rule of Court 1854(c) remains valid, because that term is shorter than the legislated five-court-day rule for replies. See Laborers' International Union v. El Dorado Landscape Co., 208 Cal.App.3d 993 (1989).

Under a similar analysis, state Rule of Court 313(i) conflicts with the Code of Civil Procedure. While the Rule of Court states that, "to the extent practicable, all supporting memorandum, declarations, and affidavits must be attached to the motion," Code of Civil Procedure Section 1005(b) states that "all moving and supporting papers much be filed at least 16 court days before the hearing."

A temporary restraining order can remain in effect for up to 15 calendar days, unless the court permits a 22-calendar-day period for good cause shown. Code of Civil Procedure Sections 513.010(a) and 527(d)(1).

Under the revised Section 1005, a defendant is entitled to 16 court days' notice on a motion for a preliminary injunction, and, therefore, if good cause is not shown, the temporary restraining order would dissolve before the motion for a preliminary injunction's being heard. Further, even if good cause is shown, the plaintiff may face detrimental timing issues if he or she is not careful.

There are also some exceptions to the notice rules in the event of a natural disaster (earthquake, fire or flood, for example) and civil unrest (including riots and terrorist attacks). If a branch court in a particular county is closed during such an event, it is not a considered holiday. If, however, all the courthouses where the document can be filed (that is, in an entire county) are closed, then the day would count as a court holiday in that county. Bennett v. Suncloud, 56 Cal.App.4th 91 (1997).

Thirteen 13 holidays cannot be included in the counting of court days when filing motions with the court.

It does make a difference whether one first counts 16 court days or first the five calendar days, or whether one counts backward from the hearing date or forward from the date of the proof of service, because the sequence determines how many noncourt days are included or excluded in a particular count.

No published state case has been found discussing priority of applying a count of mixed calendar and court days. Hence, a resolution of the question here is one of statutory interpretation.

Legislative interpretation begins by examination of the language of the statute, giving the words their ordinary meaning and considering them in the context of the statutory framework. Barnes v. Department of Corrections, 74 Cal.App.4th 126 (1999).

Also, Section 1013(a) provides no precedent for counting under Section 1005, because Section 1013 uses different language from Section 1005 amendments, using "increased" and "before the hearing."

Section 1013(a) states, "[A]ny period of notice ... shall be extended five calendar days, upon service by mail." So Section 1013 presents no problem as to what kind of days to extend and where to count them (since they match old Section 1005's use of calendar days, without mixing day types).

One logical interpretation of the amended Section 1005 is to follow the sequence in which it reads - that is, 16 court days, increasing by five calendar days "before the hearing" for mailing, such that the calendar days fall on the later dates.

On the other hand, the rule leaves enough ambiguity that, arguably, the five calendar days could be counted as the earlier days. To demonstrate the differences, below are some applied hypothetical scenarios.

On a computer calculator, CalDays (at, calculating notice starting with calendar days for a notice date of Nov. 30, 2005, the earliest allowed hearing date was Dec. 28, 2005. However, calculating notice starting with court days, the earliest hearing date was Dec. 27, 2005.

As another example, counting manually for an Nov. 30, 2005, hearing date, counting backward and starting with calendar days gives a service date of Nov. 1, 2005. In contrast, for an Nov. 30, 2005, hearing date, counting backward and starting with court days gives a service date of Oct. 29, 2005.

Of course, if there is opposition on the merits, then issues of proper notice are waived. Defects in motion service are waived where an opposition was filed addressing the merits. Carlton v. Quint, 77 Cal.App.4th 690 (2000), modified 2000 C.D.O.S. 928.

At this juncture, whether court days are counted before counting calendar days is open to interpretation and susceptible to vigorous debate among some in the legal community. The use of CalDays should be encouraged, but it is just one tool in the process of deciding whether a motion was timely made or not.

Kevin Norte, a court research attorney, is a member of the State Bar's Committee on the Administration of Justice.


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Monday, July 03, 2006

Governor Raises $100,000 for Log Cabin

Governor Raises $100,000 for Log Cabin
by Karen Ocamb 
Other governors have been comfortable with gay people: California Democrat Gray Davis, Massachusetts Republican William Weld, and Arkansas Democrat Bill Clinton after he launched his presidential campaign, for instance. But no governor, especially one seeking re-election in the presence of media cameras, has ever opened a keynote address to an LGBT group the way California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger did June 29 before the Log Cabin Republicans.
"I love the Log Cabin Republicans, I love this organization, I love all of you," Schwarzenegger told an enthusiastic crowd of about 350 at the Renaissance Hotel, including first lady Maria Shriver, a famous pro-gay Kennedy Democrat who rarely attends Republican events. Shriver later worked the room with her openly gay chief of staff, Daniel Zingale.
Event co-chair Jim Arnone presented Schwarzenegger with the President Ronald Reagan Award. In 1978, a handful of gays asked former Gov. Reagan to oppose the Briggs Initiative, a ballot measure that prohibited gays from holding teaching jobs and demanded the firing of straight teachers who endorsed gay rights. Log Cabin was formed to fight the measure. In an op-ed credited with defeating the initiative, Reagan wrote that Prop. 6 had "the potential of infringing on basic rights of privacy and perhaps even constitutional rights." read more

Friday, June 30, 2006

Our Accidental Private Meeting With Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (We Hope To Meet Maria Next Time)

Epilogue: We met Governor Schwarzenegger at a post dinner private meeting with only the three of us in attendance.  The was some "accident" at the beginning of the evening (not ours) that resulted in a missed communication and we did not have an opportunity to meet the governor with everyone else.  With serendipity, we had a private meeting after the event that only lasted a few minutes, but as a 28 year lgbt couple, we expressed our understanding about Prop 22 and how he can't override an initiative.I opened my big mouth and told Schwarzenegger that we would do anything to get marries.  "Anything," Arnold growled in one syllables that conveyed so much context. "Anything" is said as I gulped. And before you knew it we were shaking hands and making eye contact.  And the eye contact was the kind that Father Eduardo, my Catholic Priest from my childhood spoke about.  It was the kind that peers into a soul.  But this time is was chilling and it felt pure Hollywood.  I could imagine Bob Fosse announce "showtime" as we shook hands on a deal that was reminiscent of "All That Jazz", "Damn Yankees" or even "Faust" but at the same time kind of madcap.  There was chill in the air and it seemed like we were in a movie.  This would have been the place where Don and I signed a contract in blood.  Governor Schwarzenegger was appreciative of our support and let us knew he he felt on the issue (personally). Last night felt like something special.  In fact, we both believe it was.
News Release
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2006
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Makes Strong Case for
Equality at Log Cabin Republicans Dinner in Los Angeles
(Los Angeles, CA) – An overflow crowd of over 375 people joined special guests Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver at an event to support the work of Log Cabin Republicans.  In a rousing speech, Schwarzenegger declared that he was "committed to being a Governor for all Californians" and was "proud to stand side by side with Log Cabin in their work to offer basic fairness for gay and lesbian citizens."  He went on to say, "A person should only be limited by his dreams and not by his background, and not by his heritage and not by his sexual orientation...We are united in the values of love, tolerance, and understanding?working together we can create a better future for California where everybody matters and every family counts."
Log Cabin endorsed and campaigned for Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2003 recall election and continues to support his efforts to bring people together to build an even brighter future for the great state of California.  "When he took the oath of office, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would be governor of all the people-and he reinforced that inclusive message in his first-ever address to a gay and lesbian organization," added Guerriero.
"Governor Schwarzenegger has been reaching out to all Californians from all walks of life in every corner of the state.  He has a record of supporting inclusive civil rights legislation and broadening the Republican big tent to include all Californians," continued Guerriero.
The event also recognized Marc Cherry, the Creator and Executive Producer of "Desperate Housewives."  San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis presented Log Cabin's American Visibility Award to Cherry.
Log Cabin presented Schwarzenegger with its Ronald Reagan Award. This award recognizes those individuals who maintain a big tent philosophy by working for the inclusion of all Americans in the Republican Party. The award is named after former California Governor and President Ronald Reagan for his leadership in helping defeat the 1978 Briggs Initiative.  This proposal would have barred openly gay and lesbian people from teaching in California public schools.  Reagan's courageous opposition to this anti-gay initiative inspired the founding of Log Cabin Republicans in California 30 years ago. The evening also looked back at the 30 year history of Log Cabin.
Previous Log Cabin awards have been given to Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R-CT), Gov. William Weld (R-MA), Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R-NJ), California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson, Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. John Danforth (R-MO), Mayor Richard Riordan (R-L.A.), U.S. Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA), U.S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA), and U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), among many others.
Since taking office in 2003, Governor Schwarzenegger has signed over a dozen gay and lesbian supportive bills including expansion of domestic partnership rights, hate crimes protection, housing and employment non-discrimination laws, improving HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment strategies, and ending the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy in the state militia.  The Governor has spoken out against the anti-family Federal Marriage Amendment and has been one of the nation's leading voices advocating for a "Big Tent" Republican Party. 
Following passage of marriage equality legislation in 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger stated that he was awaiting a ruling by the California Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of any prohibition on the freedom to marry for all Californians regardless of sexual orientation. In his veto message, he also stated that, "I believe that lesbian and gay couples are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against based on their relationships."  
"This event also offered Log Cabin a chance to put a face on the thousands of life long, law abiding, tax paying gay and lesbian families who support full equality.  The gathering also celebrated the bright and inclusive future of the Republican Party as embodied by the leadership of Governor Schwarzenegger," concluded Patrick Guerriero.
Log Cabin Republicans is the nation's largest organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans. Log Cabin has state and local chapters nationwide, full-time offices in Washington, DC and Sacramento, CA, and a federal political action committee.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Governor Schwarzenegger to headline Log Cabin benefit dinner

Governor Schwarzenegger to headline Log Cabin benefit dinner

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will headline a dinner to benefit Log Cabin Republicans on Thursday, June 29th in Hollywood, California. You won't want to miss this historic event. RSVP today to be a part of this special evening. Tickets and tables of eight are selling quickly. Register now!

Editor's Column by Terry Hamilton, Chairman, Log Cabin California

The Governor of California is coming to our Log Cabin home. His visit honors our support of Liberty for All and full inclusion in the Republican Party. This Governor has supported us by signing into law inclusive legislation that makes California a leader in civil rights for gays and lesbians. He will be our special guest on Thursday, June 29, 2006 in Hollywood . Register now!

Like good hosts, we are making extensive preparations to make the Governor’s visit a huge success. An organizing committee is meeting on a weekly basis to plan the invitations, make dinner selections, contact honorary hosts and sell tickets. Many members have offered to sponsor tables of eight so that they may spend the evening with their family and friends. Others have agreed to make $10,000 and $5,000 donations to support the event.

This is a fund raiser for the work that Log Cabin is doing. It will advance our mission. Our California office will be funded. The Governor has not asked for any of the proceeds. All of the profit will support Log Cabin.

You need to be at this historic event.

It will be a full evening starting with two cocktail receptions: one for the general audience and a VIP Reception with the Governor for those who make donations of $2000 or more. Log Cabin members are flying in from all over the country. Our Log Cabin staff will be present to make sure that all of the details are perfect.

This will also be the final major event that our national President, Patrick Guerriero, will be attending on the West Coast. He has been working very hard with our California Director, Jeff Bissiri, to make this event happen. We want to thank him for all of work he has been doing for Log Cabin over the past four years. I personally want to thank him for his support.

Register now!

Thanks to members of the organizing committee: Jeff Bissiri, Jim Arnone, Tod Burnett, Brian Perry, David Rappel.

Log Cabin California Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsements are listed below. Please don't forget to vote or send in your absentee ballots.

Terry Hamilton

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Log Cabin Republicans Dinner with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

 Log Cabin Republicans Dinner with
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Thursday, June 29, 2006
6:30 pm VIP & General Receptions7:30 pm Dinner
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel1755 Highland AvenueHollywood, California
-Respond by Friday, May 19, 2006 at the Sponsor level or higher and you'll be listed on the printed invitation-
$250 Guest - One Ticket - Reception & Dinner
$1,000 Sponsor - Two Tickets, Listing in the Program, Priority Seating

$2,000 Table Host - Eight Tickets, Listing in the Program, Premiere Seating, Two Tickets to the VIP Reception

$5,000 Founder's Circle - Photo Opportunity with the Governor, all benefits listed above
$10,000 Event Co-Chair - Weekend Hotel Package, all benefits listed above
Proceeds from this event will be maximized by a generous matching gift from former Congressman Michael Huffington, who has pledged up to $100,000 if Log Cabin raises up to $200,000. 

Thursday, May 11, 2006

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Monday, May 01, 2006

2 Years Ago:Plan to House Homeless Vets Pending Decision

Plan to House Homeless Vets Pending Decision
By Constance Tillotson
Special to The Lookout
May 1 -- Supporters, as well as opponents, of a plan to house 500 homeless vets on the Veterans Administration grounds in Westwood are stepping up lobbying efforts in Washington, where a final decision is pending.
Spearheaded by Santa Monica Council member Bobby Shriver, the proposal would designate three vacant buildings to house some of the 17,000 veterans who sleep on the streets of Los Angeles County.
Shriver has been on the frontlines, lobbying top local and state decision makers and reaching out for public support to influence the decision, which will be made by Secretary of Veterans Affairs, R. James Nicholson and the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services Commission (CARES).
“Lobbying this is the number one game in town,” said Shriver. “It is up to the local people to write more letters to office of Jim Nicholson demonstrating their support. This includes all the top local, state and civic leaders.”
Several top local leaders have spoken up in favor of the project. Los Angeles Council member Bill Rosendahl, West Hollywood Council member Jeffrey Prang, Culver City Council member Carol Gross and Santa Monica Council member Richard Bloom have all actively sought community support.
“The City of West Hollywood sent a letter of support,” said Prang. “When land is allocated for a purpose that should mean something.
“It is unbelievable that as a country we allow hundreds of thousands of people to live on the streets, people who are ill, elderly and even children,” Prang said. “There is a level of compassion but there is a fundamental failure of the government to respond.”
But financial forces and opposition from nearby residents could jeopardize the plan.
Developers are eyeing the 387-acre campus as a financial windfall if they can tear down the existing buildings and develop million dollar condominiums on the prime Westside real estate. A drug distributor also has set its sites on the property.
In addition, residents who live near the facility have been fighting back with a lobbying effort of their own. Members of the Brentwood Homeowner’s Association (BHA) have been gathering signatures on a petition they will send to Secretary Nicholson.
Homeowners have also mounted a letter-writing campaign. One letter sent states that Shriver’s plan does not allow for continual services or transitional housing.
BHA board member Ray Klein said the proposal appears to be a “housing first” program, meaning the housing will be reserved for the chronically homeless. Opponents fear addicts will be allowed admittance into the center without the proper treatment required for detoxification.
Shriver has met with Brentwood residents to clear up any misconceptions about his proposal and said he has tried to reassure them this will not bring homeless people onto their front yards. “But I do not think they were convinced,” Shriver said.
Others view the Brentwood response as typical for any community facing the prospect of a homeless facility in their area.
“You could write a book on the automatic, standard response from neighborhood opposition,” said Prang. “Arguments are identical. They have compassion about the problem, but do not want it in their own neighborhoods. They want it sent somewhere else.”
A recent decision passed down by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals may help Shriver’s cause. The court has deemed that if there are not enough beds available at service agencies, the Los Angeles Police Department does not have the legal right to arrest a person for sleeping on the streets.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) asked cities vying for the $1.2 billion in federal aid to provide statistics when applying for grants. As a result, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) conducted a census of the homeless last year that found there are approximately 88,000 homeless in Los Angeles County.
Local officials contend they need more funding if LAHSA’s plan to eliminate homelessness in the next ten years will have a chance to succeed. They note that Los Angeles is receiving half the federal funds that New York receives for the same number of homeless people.
But Shriver notes that the plan to house homeless vets would not require tax dollars. “There will be no taxpayer dollars used on this,” he said. “This is a land mass issue.”
If the proposal is approved, the local VA will meet with non-profit organizations who will write their own proposals on how they would deliver the needed services, Shriver said.
The VA in West Los Angeles was deeded in 1888 for the sole purpose of housing the Pacific Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.
The ages of the 91 structures on the grounds range from 2 to 107 years, with a seven-story, 900,000-square-foot hospital built in 1976 being the largest of the structures. Eleven of the buildings are currently vacant.
Currently, New Directions -- the long-term drug and alcohol treatment center for veterans -- houses 100 formerly homeless vets on the VA grounds in Westwood.
The organization, which has been on the VA campus since 1992, provides counsel to help individuals overcome anti-social and criminal behaviors, develop employable skills and acquire positive self-values.