Who is Valerie Jarrett accusing of trying to sow division amongst the gays?

From her speech at the HRC “No Excuses” dinner tonight:

We cannot allow people to sow division among us – not when the stakes are so high for our country.

Oh, I think the Democratic party in general, and this White House in particular, have done more to sow division in the gay community, and damage our community’s historic relations with the Democratic party, than anyone I can think of.

Show of hands: Who promised to be our fierce advocate and hasn’t done jack on ENDA, DOMA, and pretty much pissed away any chance at repealing DADT?  Come on, don’t be shy.

Clearly Jarrett was talking about her boss.  Or maybe her hosts.




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Right wingers trying to force CA’s Gov. and AG to defend Prop. 8

So, the people who support Prop. 8 have gone to state court in an effort to force California’s Governor and Attorney General to defend the ban on same-sex marriage in federal court:

A conservative legal group is trying to force Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to defend California’s gay marriage ban in court.

The Pacific Justice Institute petitioned the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento on Monday for an emergency order that would require state officials to appeal a ruling that overturned Proposition 8.

Seems to indicate the proponents of Prop. 8 are a bit freaked over their standing in the case.

For a thorough discussion of the standing issue, check out the post from USC Constitutional Law Professor David Cruz titled, Do the Prop 8 Proponents Have Standing to Appeal?




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Who is General Mills trying to fool – Lucky Charms is dessert

With Michelle Obama’s charge to combat childhood obesity, all eyes are on commercially prepared foods that are possible contributors to our roly-poly youth. Manufacturers of high-fat, high-sugar foods are now hot to boost their nutritional profiles to justify their existence in the cupboards of today’s family.

So it was no surprise when I started seeing commercials touting colorful, sugar-laden breakfast cereals traditionally aimed at kids — Trix, Cocoa Puffs, and of course, Lucky Charms — to say they are “Whole Grain Guaranteed,” suggesting they are a significant source of fiber and wholesome goodness.

I turned to Kate and said WTF? I don’t eat cereals regularly; occasionally I will get a craving for Lucky Charms, so I’ll get a small box and get it out of my system. I can only eat a small bowl at a time, since it is so sweet. I don’t know how kids can ingest this and not bounce off of the walls once they are in the classroom. This sh*te is dessert, not part of a balanced breakfast.

Now there’s nothing wrong with having the magically delicious cereal if you realize what you are eating. This is not Kashi, Fiber One, Grape Nuts or Shredded Wheat. If you want fiber, you’ll eat that. If you have the jones for trash food, you reach for the box with the Leprechaun on it.

Now General Mills marketers must be on crack if they think that they can convince moms that Cocoa Puffs is akin to chocolate-flavored Metamucil for kids. Look at that nutritional label for Lucky Charms, lol (it’s a ONE cup serving size, by the way). FOURTEEN grams of sugar? That’s rocket fuel for a child. So what that they spray some vitamins on it, that doesn’t mitigate the nutritional disaster in a box.

That’s why it should be considered a dessert, not a breakfast food. In the context of the impact on your diet of substituting that for say, a hot fudge sundae, then yes, a bowl of Lucky Charms with some skim milk is health food.

Q of the Day:

What foods do you see bogusly marketed as good for you?
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Katy Perry Still Trying to Prove She Kisses Girls By Hitting Up Lesbian Parties

The best (only good?) part about reading how Katy Perry was "partying with lesbians" — she showed up at the all-girl Grouse Party at the Bendigo Hotel in Australia, after also "crashing" a prom — is that they got a quote from somebody named Muffy. You can't make this stuff up. [MTV UK; photo via]


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NY: 17-month-old baby killed by man ‘trying to make him act like a boy instead of a girl’

This kind of BS makes me sick. This is the lowest form of scum. If you haven’t reconciled your own masculinity issues, don’t work them out on a f*cking baby.

This violence occurred on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation (my people, btw; those involved in this incident are not Shinnecock) on Long Island, NY. (WPIX):

The suspect has been identified as Pedro Jones, 20, of South Hampton. He has been charged with first-degree manslaughter after allegedly hitting the boy “several times throughout his body with close fists” and grabbed him by the neck, according to the felony complaint filed by police.

Authorities say Jones also told them, “I was trying to make him act like a boy instead of a little girl. I never struck that kid that hard before.”

“He infiltrated my family through our trust, through the heart of my daughter and then stole the life of her child,” said the baby’s grandfather Daniel Collins. “I hope the justice system turns around and steals his.”

In the WCAX coverage of this murder, look at this:

As Jones was led away from the state police barracks, he told reporters that he loved the little boy.

Apparently for some people it’s never too early to “man up.” Our culture of rigid gender roles, as we see here, goes beyond the toxic to the tragic.
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