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.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

China & Dogs: Are More Laws Neded?

Usually, I hate it when laws are introduced that limit trade and involve commerce. But I have a problem with what China is doing along with its allegedly unwitting conspirators, stores in the US such as Nordstroms, etc.
According the The Humane Society, China has been importing FAUX FUR into the US legally but it is illegal to import the fur of domesticated dogs (Think Eddie from FRAISER). China, however, mislabeled the fur as FAUX and imported it. The only crime is that one has to intentionally know that they are importing Dog Fur, instead of FAUX Fur.
So the Humane Society caught on and there's going to be some bill about truth in labeling being introduced in the House and one of its main sponsors is a republican. But isn't China the 800 Pound Elephant (sorry LCR) in the room?
A strong national defense involves, in my opinion, the importation of goods and in my opinion, dog coats are kind of like contraband.
What do we do about it? We have laws on the books that require intent to prove guilt.
The vice-president recently commented on how China's growing strength is beginning to cause problems. I kind of agree. Free Trade does not mean Free Deceptive Trade and we have to protect our citizens from the deceptive practices so I am beginning to think that stronger laws are required because we are being abused by a nation and that abuse might lead to a weakened national defense.

The Christian Right: A Shrinking Influence

So the Christian conservatives power broakers and their allies emerged from a private meeting at a very upsacle Florida resort this month and were extremely dissatisfied with the Republican presidential field. In less than a year the primary season will start and they do not know where to turn.
The Secret Society Of The Council for National Policy, with only a few hundred members including Dr. James C. Dobson of Focus on the Family, the Rev. Jerry Falwell of Liberty University and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Many of these Christian convervatives who attended the event at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Fla., said they were dismayed at the absence of a champion to carry their banner in the next election.
They show little interet in either Senator John McCain of Arizona, and former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York. They are also suspicious of former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts because of his Flip Flop from a liberal to a conservative.
They also have doubts about lesser known candidates — Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Representative Duncan Hunter of California, who attended and spoke. Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, previosly spoke to the secret society at its previous meeting.
As for the three candidates who have spoken to the group, the group expressed concerns about whether any of the candidates could unify their movement or raise enough money to overtake the front-runners.
In an act of desparation, a delegation of prominent conservatives tried to enlist as a candidate Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, a guest speaker at the event. He firmly declined the group’s request.
I can not find out that much about the meeting because it is an actual secret society. All I know is that the council’s bylaws forbid members from publicly disclosing its membership or activities, and what I have picked up on the web were from unverified anonomous sources.
What is apparently true, however, is that they worry that they may find themselves on the sidelines of the 2008 presidential race and with them on the sidelines Giuliani or McCain will most likely be the party's nominee.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

REPUBLICAN Suze Orman FINALLY Outs Herself & Advacates Gay Marriage

TV MONEY guru Republican Suze Orman fianlly talks about her female partner and never having been with a man. I am very happy that Suze finally spoke out about being a lesbian. It has been one of those too long one pseudo-secrets I don't talk about because I do not believe in OUTING.
According to New York Times Sunday Magazine for Sunday, February 25, 2007, when Orman was asked if she is married, Orman countered that she has a "relationship with life." After further pressing, Orman revealed that she is in a seven-year relationship with Kathy Travis, a coproducer on The Suze Orman Show.
Orman additioanlly stated that the two would like to get married because they each "have millions of dollars in our name. It's killing me that upon my death, K.T. is going to lose 50 percent of everything I have to estate taxes. Or vice versa.".
Suze is the author of several best-selling personal finance books and products, is a contributing editor for O, The Oprah Magazine, and writes a regular column for Yahoo! Finance.
What's next for Suze? I do not know but I would welcome her into the Log Cabin Republicans.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Gay Plot To take Over GOP REVEALED!!!

The following is from the California Catholic Daily of February 17, 2007 and is solely used and intended for its newsworthyness:
Increased presence and influence of homosexuals at Republican Party's
Spring Convention highlights plan to gain clout on party's

The increasing number of open homosexual activists was notable at the
California Republican Party 2007 Spring Convention, held Feb. 9 to 11
Sacramento, and their willingness to answer the party's call for
in no-win districts is one way they plan to rise to positions of
within the party.

The Log Cabin Republicans are the primary backers of homosexual
within the Republican Party, both nationally and in California. In
California, the group has a statewide umbrella organization and
chapters in
eight major cities of the state.

At the recent state Republican convention, Log Cabin Republicans
sponsored a
Saturday evening "Luau" hospitality party in the Hyatt Regency Ventura
decorated with a Hawaiian motif. The "Luau" party was well attended
being promoted by Log Cabin Club members in Hawaiian shirts circulating
throughout the convention center and hotel to personally offer
conventioneers plastic Hawaiian "Lei" necklaces and color flyers with
slogan "Liberty for All!" The word "Liberty" was crossed off and
"Luaus" was
printed over it.

Because of California's extremely gerrymandered electoral districts,
minority Republican Party finds it difficult to recruit candidates in
48 of
the 80 Assembly districts, 25 of the 40 State Senate districts, and 33
the 53 Congressional districts, where it is practically impossible for
Republican candidate to win.

The gerrymandering is so effective that, during the 2004 elections, not
seat changed hands from one party to the other in California's 153
legislative and congressional electoral districts. In November 2006,
one of the 153 seats changed from one party to the other -- and that
when pro-life, conservative U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo, a Republican, lost
seat in the 11th Congressional District (Stockton).

The Republican Party tries to recruit a candidate to run in every
but as an article in the Feb. 17, 2004 issue of the San Francisco
pointed out, it is homosexuals who have disproportionately answered the
party's call in the "no-win" districts.

Why? Because, even though they may not win the general election,
who win these often uncontested primaries are guaranteed one or more
votes, and influence on the California Republican Party Central
which picks leaders and makes rules and policy for the state party.

An example of this phenomenon was on display at the recent convention.
Charel Winston and her "spouse," Alma M. Tricke-Winston, were
dressed as cowgirls at the convention. Charel Winston won an
June 6, 2006 Republican primary for San Jose's 16th Congressional
held since 1994 by liberal Democrat Zoe Lofgren. Winston had run
unsuccessfully for city council in El Dorado Hills in 2005.

Winston favors homosexual marriage, legalized abortion and the use of
embryos for stem cell research. Her campaign motor home was parked in
of the convention hotel, and on Saturday evening, Winston posed for
wearing a large cowboy hat and red boots outside the Log Cabin Club
party, while her "spouse," Alma, wore spurs on her cowboy boots.

"Gay rights ultimately will be won through the Republican Party because
only way we're going to win is when middle America gets it, and middle
America is Republican,"
Jeffrey Bissiri, state chairman of the Log Cabin Club and coordinator
of the
candidate recruitment drive, told the Chronicle.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

CUBA:Lift The Travel Ban

Tell Congress to support HR 654
2007 offers us the best opportunity to change U.S. policy toward Cuba.

If it fails, we are blowing our best chance of starting to NORMALIZE our relationship with CUBA. Letting Americans travel there would help change the misconceptions many Cubans have towards Americans. I traveled there on a State Department Humanitarian Visa in 2004. Do you know what they know of America? On Sunday nights the communists look the other way when "The Sopranos" is on HBO in the Eurpoean hotels and turn a blind eye while many Cubans gather in the hotels to watch "The Sopranos". They think it is representational of American life and are afraid of us. But when they met my partner and myself, they liked us. They are nice people. WE have to go there to destroy the misconceptions. Lifting the travel ban is a start.

An AP/IPSOS survey indicated tht 62% of Americans want diplomatic relations restored with the island nations and 40% said they would consider Cuba a vacation destination if permitted to go there.

I cheer Congressmen Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Charles Rangel. They have coauthored legislation to restore completely the rights of Americans to travel to Cuba.

Their fight to give back to Americans their constitutional rights to travel is my fight. It should be yours too.

I encourage all of Congree to support the Flake-Rangel Cuba travel bill, H.R. 654.

President Bush will probably veto the bill according to the February 18, 2007 edition of the Los Angeles Times but it can be overridden.

It is in the national interest of the United States, and totally consistent with America’s values, to end our isolation from Cuba, and to restore our freedom to travel back and forth to the island, freely and without government interference.

Call or fax the District and/or Washington office of your Representative and ask if she or he will consider signing on with Representatives Rangel and Flake as a cosponsor of HR 654. Click here and enter "HR 654" to see a complete copy of the bill. You can also click here to see how your member of Congress has voted in the past.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

RINO: Jon Fleischman

RINO: Jon Fleischman
Republican in Name Only
Open Bigotry Towards Gays and Lesbians is Not a Republican Value.
Whatever Happened To The Party of Lincoln?
Blogger Jon Fleicshman of told a caucus of Log Cabin delegates that he would never support gay rights or even the recognition of the group as a Chartered Party organization at the February, 2007 California Repubican Party Convention in Sacramento.
So I guess it is time for a little education because many do not realize that Log Cabin Republicans are NOT a chartered party Organization of the California Republican Party.
Log Cabin Republicans are excluded from official recognition as a part of the party in California. Party rules state at ARTICLE III, Section 3.01 (A), that "The Committee will consider for issuance of a charter, and recognition of membership and appointment rights under these bylaws, any organization whose primary purpose is supporting and promoting the Republican principles and platforms, and will not consider organizations based on special agendas, such as: Republicans motivated by profit, Republicans for certain life-style preferences or orientations, Republicans for any personal agenda."
Now, a careful reading indicates that the rule is not totally inclusive and broadly interpreted it should exclude special agendas of, say, for example, clubs based on race, gender, and even veterans. Of course, the rule is only used to block Log Cabin's full participation at the 2 yearly conventions the California Republican party holds.
The rule is out-dated and not really talked about but when Fleischman' stated that he would NEVER support Log Cabin Republicans being a Chartered Club within the California Republican Party made me think back to the days that Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood had a sign saying "NO FAGGOTS ALLOWED" and how one day the sign did come down.
HATE is not a Republican Value and in my opinion Jon Fleischman is a Republican In Name Only.
I found Fleischman's statement to be inspiring to make me more determined than ever to eliminate the bigotry that I see in the party.
Thanks Jon for the inspiration.
Unfortunately Fleischman, was easily elected Southern California vice chairman of the Republican Party, defeating his challenger by two to one.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Separation of ENFORCEMENT and LEGISLATIVE functions

And the Shape of Things to Come…The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Agency isn’t satisfied with the $1 million in fines it is collecting for infractions in its jurisdiction. It wants to set up its own court system and set its own fine levels for infractions committed by MTA riders. So the MTA would become not only the enforcement agency, but would determine guilt of the accused and collect all the fines it receives from its own convictions – all with the avowed objective of raising more money. Where’s the ACLU when you need them?
-Tom McClintock from the California Republic's blog.

I'm a bit concerned and want to comment about the MTA playing the enforcement and legislative roles for fines and violations as noted by Mr. McClintock. Our elected officials should review the California Vehicle Code.

Section 40215(c)(4)(A) states that for parking violations the agency of issuance shall be a separate entity to conduct an impartial review or administrative hearing.

The code section noted clearly states "The issuing agency's governing body or chief executive officer shall appoint or contract with qualified hearing examiners or administrative hearing providers that employ qualified examiners to conduct administrative hearings. Examiners shall demonstrate those qualifications, training and objectivity necessary to conduct a fair and impartial review. An examiner shall not be employed, managed, or controlled by a person whose primary duties are parking enforcement, parking citation processing, collection or issuance. The examiner shall be separate and independent from the citation collection or processing function. An examiner's continued employment, performance evaluation, compensation, and benefits shall not, directly or indirectly be linked to the amount of fines collected by the hearing examiner".

Isn't it logical to apply the same process used for parking violations to keep the MTA's violations issuance and review processes separate, at least for an individual to feel the violation was reviewed in an objective and impartial manner?
- by
Don Norte, 02-06-2007.