If your security guard is out having a smoke while your store is getting robbed, do you only blame the burglar?

So you pay a lot of money for a security guard. He’s the best in the business, and promises to be loads better than the drunk you had before. Somehow, however, your home ends up getting burgled anyway. It seems the guard was busy doing other things when he said he’d be watching your home.

So you’re pretty much screwed, and you’re angry. Who do you blame?

1. Just the burglar; or

2. The burglar and the lazy security guard?

Some in the gay community, and the administration, would like you to believe that the Republicans are the sole ones responsible for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” going down in flames this week. And to some extent they’re right – clearly it was the GOP that led the filibuster of the Defense Bill.

But is that really the whole story? That the Republicans did it?

Isn’t it true that the Senate leadership is supposed to rally its own caucus for important legislation? And just as importantly, doesn’t the President of the United States have his bully pulpit, in addition to other mechanisms for pressuring members of Congress on votes?

This past week, the Republicans led the charge to be sure. But it’s also true that Senator Reid was unable to keep his caucus in line – two defected and joined the GOP filibuster, giving them enough votes to kill the bill.

And then there’s the President. He was simply AWOL. While DADT repeal supporters were frantically trying to scrounge up the votes to block the filibuster, the President didn’t lift a finger to keep Democrats in line, or to try to embarrass Republicans for the “un-American” act of voting against a defense bill (something the GOP routinely accused Democrats of during their years in the majority). Instead of calling members of the Senate about the DOD bill, the President was busy calling the WNBA champions. And instead of punishing Democratic Senators who strayed and sided with the GOP in an effort to kill one of the President’s top campaign promises, VP Biden actually did a fundraiser for one of those Democrats the day after the ignominious vote.

We’ve been robbed. And you’d better believe I’m pissed at the thief. But I’m also pissed at the security guard who I gave a lot of money to in exchange for his promise to be my fierce advocate. When the going got tough, he chickened out. And the funny thing is, now he wants me to hire his buddies for another two years.

I get that the bad guys are still out there. But I’m thinking it’s time to look for a new bodyguard.



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—  John Wright

Another reminder that same-sex couples aren’t equal: Social Security benefits

Steve Vernon at MoneyWatch.com took a look at retirement planning for gay and lesbian couples and provides some financial advice. And, it also provide an example of how same-sex couples aren’t equal:

Unfortunately, Social Security does not recognize gay marriage (see footnote 1), as was verified by a phone representative at Social Security who talked with my research associate. With a gay couple, the Social Security income that your household receives is the sum of each of your Social Security benefits, based on your own earnings record. When one of you dies, that person’s Social Security income stops. This is different from married straight couples, for whom survivors’ benefits are paid to the spouse.

Here’s that footnote 1:

Under Federal law an individual whose claim for benefits is based on a State recognized same-sex marriage or having the same status as spouse for State inheritance purposes cannot meet the statutory gender-based definition of widow or widower of the worker, including one who is divorced. Therefore, for all benefit purposes, the Social Security Administration does not recognize such individual as the widow or widower of the deceased worker.

That’s thanks to Section 3 of DOMA.

Remember, a federal court judge found section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional. The decision has been stayed pending appeal. We’ll know by October 18 if the Obama administration intends to appeal the decision. It’s widely expected that they will. Until DOMA is overturned by the courts or Congress repeals it, we’re not equal.



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—  John Wright

Gays threaten security, says he whose very comment threatens every gay’s security

If they can’t beat us in the courts, then the social conservatives will just paint us LGBT folk as a cancer waiting to eat away at the heart of American security. Hit it, Cliff Kincaid:

“We’ve got evidence from those who have written about this problem going back many, many years that homosexuals are notorious security risks because of their personality and mental problems,” Kincaid points out.



CliffkincaidHe adds that homosexuals have been a target for recruitment as foreign agents in the past.

“The reason the Soviets looked at homosexuals as possible agents was because they had personality problems and they could be exploited,” the conservative activist explains. “And this is what happened in the [Private First Class Bradley Manning] case. There are some indications he was part of a network of secret homosexuals in the armed forces.

Homosexuals a military security risk, says activist [ONN]

And if you should encounter bank fraud? Blame a gay.

Facebook account get hacked? A gay.

Condom break? Surely it’s a ‘mosexual’s fault.

Make the wrong accusation in Clue, thus letting a muderous Miss Scarlett run free? Look to someone LGBT!

It must be easy having a scapegoat. But we wouldn’t know — we’re too busy putting a shield up to the whip to even consider finding our own place towards which we can carelessly and callously project the world’s burdens.



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—  John Wright

The Truth About Gays, Lesbians and Social Security Benefits

A new video offers a sobering look at how gays and lesbians are
invisible to the U.S. government when it comes to social security
benefits.

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—  John Wright