Craig McCartney goes to Philly … and invites Ted Cruz for pound cake

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Craig McCartney: Well, Let Me Say This About That

Dallas’ own Craig McCartney has already built up a following with his YouTube channel, “Well, Let Me Say This About That.” Now He’s getting ready to take his show on the road, heading to Philadelphia where he will be vlogging (that’s video blogging, in case you didn’t know) from the Democratic National Convention.

But before he heads to Philly, Craig had a couple of things to say about the just-finished Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

—  Tammye Nash

Four protesters spoke to Cruz staff in Oak Lawn


Viv Armstrong, left, and Louise Young at protest in front of Sen. Ted Cruz’s office on March 21.

Louise Young and Al Daniels were among a group of four people who spoke to Sen. Ted Cruz’s staff on Monday (March 21) while about 50 people demonstrated in front of his office on the corner of Hall and Welborn streets, diagonally across from the Centrum.

Demonstrations were held in cities across the country in front of offices of Republican senators, including a rally in front of Cruz’s Houston office, to encourage them to hold a vote on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

Marsha Fishman of Organizing for Action and Ralph Dowden of Move On in Denton rounded out the foursome.

Young said they spoke to Cruz’s field director and North Texas regional director Jason Wright and an aid for about 15 minutes. She called Wright polite and attentive, and said he took extensive notes, which he said the senator would read.

Fishman made four points at the meeting:

• President Barack Obama has done his job in nominating a qualified candidate.

• The Senate has a constitutional obligation to give the nominee a fair hearing and to take an up-or-down vote

• Historically, the average time from nomination to vote is 67 days. The longest delay was 125 days.

• Obama has 300 days left in his term, more than enough time to consider the nomination.

Young said she made two additional points that were more personally related to Cruz. She pointed out his campaign revolves around adherence to the Constitution and his evangelical faith. She said he has a constitutional duty to consider the nomination and his faith, based on treating your neighbor as you’d want to be treated, gives him a moral obligation to consider the nomination.

“If Sen. Cruz were president, he’d want his nominee given consideration,” Young said she told Wright. “He’s doing the opposite. And the Constitution is clear about the Senate considering presidential nominees.”

And Senator Cornyn…

Lambda Legal Community Educator Omar Narvaez was in Washington, D.C. and ran into Sen. John Cornyn at the AIPAC reception. Here’s the exchange that ensued.

Me: Hello Senator

Cornyn: It’s nice to see you

Me: I’m a constituent from Dallas and an elected office holder and I am here to tell you to do your job and hold a hearing and vote for Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court.

Cornyn: Awkward stare lots of eye blinking

Me: Do your job Senator. Thank you.

—  David Taffet

Clinton, Sanders respond to 2016 presidential HIV/AIDS questionnaire

Bernie Sanders and Hillary ClintonIn February, a coalition of more than 50 AIDS and HIV service organizations, including AIDS Arms and Houston’s Legacy Community Health, sent a survey to presidential candidates from both parties to assess their stances on HIV/AIDS policies and initiatives. Candidates were question on their positions on HIV stigmatization laws, research funding and needle exchange policies.

Of the five candidates still in the race, only the two Democrats — former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — have responded.

In general both support policies supported by HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention advocates. But when it comes down to the nuts and bolts of policy, Clinton shines.

On the issue of ending HIV criminalization laws, here’s Clinton’s take:

As President, I will work with advocates, HIV and AIDS organizations, and Congress to review and reform outdated and stigmatizing HIV criminalization laws — and I will call on states to do the sameI will continue to aggressively enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act and other civil rights laws to fight HIV-related discrimination. And I will ensure that my Administration releases the latest facts about HIV transmission and risk behaviors to counter unnecessary laws and work to educate prosecutors about the latest science of HIV to reduce unnecessary charges against people with HIV that are not scientifically valid. 

Here’s Sanders’ take:

We should continue and expand the policies that are working. The United States has clearly come a long way in its attitudes towards sexual orientation, gender identity, and health status, but there is still a long way to go. We must ensure that health providers, social services, law enforcement, and all other entities have proper resources and training to handle the varying needs of the community they serve. Schools must be giving students age-appropriate, comprehensive sex education. I echo the Strategy’s recommendation that all Americans should have access to scientifically-accurate information regarding HIV infection. For starters, I would direct FDA to update its blood donation policy. The recent update was a step in the right direction, but a blanket one-year ban is still not supported by science. I have joined other Members in asking FDA to implement a risk-based policy for all donors.

Click here to read Clinton’s complete response. Click here to read Sanders’ complete response.

For what it’s worth, the coalition is still happy to receive responses from remaining GOP candidates Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, businessman Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. In absence of a response, however, the coalition reviewed campaign literature, speeches or other positions of the candidates but found no information directly related to HIV/AIDS issues addressed in the survey.

—  James Russell

Protesters in Oak Lawn tell Cruz to do his job

IMG_7039Demonstrators picketed in more than 30 cities around the country at noon today (Monday, March 21) — including Dallas — to tell Republican senators to “do your job” and hold confirmation hearings on President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Dallas protest was held in front of the office of Sen. Ted Cruz. The homophobic senator, who lives in the Montrose area of Houston, maintains his North Texas office in Oak Lawn.

The day Scalia died, Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate announced they would not vote on any nomination President Barack Obama made to the Supreme Court. On March 16, Obama nominated U.S. Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to replace Scalia. Garland is considered moderate.

In Oak Lawn, about 50 people gathered outside Cruz’s office building carrying signs telling the senator to “do your job” and “fill the seat.” Four people at a time went up to the senator’s office with that message.

Marsha Fishman of Organizing for Action said more than 30 events were going on in states where senators are up for re-election.

“Our job is to keep the public spotlight on them,” Fishman said.

Al Daniels said the goal was to get just enough Republican senators to avoid a filibuster and hold hearings and then a vote. He said they’re working on planning a similar demonstration at Sen. John Cornyn’s office. Cornyn is Texas’ senior U.S. senator.

“I came to stand in the cold because it’s outrageous that our senator is not doing his constitutional job,” activist Louise Young said. “The Constitution — isn’t that Cruz’s mantra?”

Young said the precedent was set in 1987. Vice President Joe Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee at the time. The committee voted no on Bork’s nomination but then passed it along to the full senate for a vote.

Rabbi Nancy Kasten said the message to Cruz is simple: “Do your job and fill the seat.”

—  David Taffet

Too funny to miss: Lip-reading Ted Cruz

Ted CruzThis really needs no explanation. Just watch.

—  Tammye Nash

Ted Cruz pulls ad starring porn star

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This is a Christian conservative Republican porn star

“I’m Ted Cruz and I approved this message,” the presidential candidate says at the end of his ad.

But then Cruz unapproved the message after he found out the actress in the spot is a porn star. A Republican, Christian conservative porn star, to be sure.

But still, a porn star.

To paraphrase another Texas dumbass: Oops.


Here’s the ad:

—  David Taffet

Ted Cruz and his loony friends

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Cartoon by David Horsey/Los Angeles Times

Those of us in the LGBT community — or at least, most of us — already know that Ted Cruz is NOT the man for us when it comes to presidential candidates.

But if you were looking for any more proof — maybe you need ammo to convince a friend or family member from outside the community — just check out this political commentary by David Horsey with the Los Angeles Times that talks about the right-wing fringe dwellers that Cruz pals around with and that  endorsed his candidacy, starting with Mike Bickle, pastor at International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo.

Bickle’s that little ray of sunshine who predicts that in the “End Times” God’s gonna send out someone to hunt down and eliminate all the Jews that won’t convert to Christianity (Adolph Hitler much?), and has declared that Oprah Winfrey is part of a “harlot movement” that is facilitating the rise of the Anti-Christ (which, of course, is President Obama). He hates the gays, too, natch, and makes it clear that we are leading the march into hell.

Then there’s Bob Vander Plaats, head of Iowa’s Family Leader. Bob praises Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws and claims that the “Satanic plot” of same-sex marriage will lead to parents marrying their children. (Seriously Bob?! Maybe somebody should tip off Iowa’s child protective services to go check up on your kids.)

And let’s not forget Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, who said at a recent rally for Cruz that the forces of right-wing righteousness need to “rid the earth” of progressives who believe in “wicked, evil” things like equality for LGBT people.

There’s more. And Horsey lists ’em out for you, winding up with Ted’s own dear ol’ dad, Rafael Cruz. Check it out and commit it to memory. You may need the ammo when you start trying to explain why Ted Cruz is so dangerous.

—  Tammye Nash

TrusTed? Google ‘trus’

Screen shot 2016-02-05 at 10.17.34 AMSo Ted Cruz wants everybody to trust him. He is building his presidential campaign around that idea — the idea he is totally trustworthy, the idea that we can all “Trust Ted.” His oh-so-clever advertising folks even came up with an oh-so-clever campaign slogan: TrusTed, with the first four letters in white, and the last three in red

But maybe his advertising folks and whomever in his campaign staff approved that slogan/logo should do a little research before launching such slogans/logos. Why? Just Google “trus”:

transrectal ultrasound

Abbreviation: TRUS

Imaging of the prostate gland and periprostatic tissues with an ultrasound transducer inserted into the anus and directed toward the anterior rectum. It is used to identify malignant tumors, guide biopsies, and provide assessments of tumor staging.

Synonym: endorectal ultrasound (2)

Ummm, yeah. One more reason not to vote for Ted Cruz. And here’s a campaign video that will help reinforce reasons not to vote for him.

—  Tammye Nash

Even Ted Cruz’s daughter doesn’t like him …..

This video of Ted Cruz and his daughter, who is 7 years old, was taken recently after a political rally in Iowa. I don’t blame the kid!

—  Tammye Nash

Phil Robertson urges Iowans to ‘rid the earth’ of same-sex marriage supporters

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Phil Robertson, speaking Sunday, Jan. 31, at an Iowa rally for Ted Cruz. (Video from CNN International.)

Ted Cruz won the day in Iowa as far as the Republican caucuses go, and he did so with pledges to turn back the clock on things like LGBT rights and to restore this country to the Judeo-Christian traditions he claims it was built on.

His good ol’ duck-hunting buddy Phil Robertson, the gay-hating right-wing patriarch of TV’s Duck Dynasty clan, showed up at a rally in Iowa on Sunday, Jan. 31, to help put Cruz over the top in the Hawkeye State. And he did it in fine homophobic style, telling the crowd that “depravity” led to “redefining marriage,” which is “nonsense! It’s evil. It’s wicked, it’s sinful”

Then Robertson declared, “We have to run this bunch out of Washington, D.C., rid the earth of ’em.”

And that’s where he crossed the line. That’s the point at which Robertson stained in hands in the blood of LGBT people who will be injured or killed by maniacs whipped into a frenzy by the anti-gay exhortations of people like him, like Cruz.

Watch it for yourself:

—  Tammye Nash