ALERT FOR DADT REPEAL ADVOCATES IN VIRGINIA: Stop what you’re doing, pick up the phone, and call your senators

The senate has scheduled a final vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal for tomorrow. Even though a majority of senators support repeal, we need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster – and when they last voted, we had 57. This could be our last chance for years. Every single call counts. And with the vote just hours away, every single minute counts.

Click here to call Sen. Mark Warner at (202) 224-2023 and Sen. Jim Webb at (202) 224-4024 and tell them: I’m counting on you to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

1.     Call one senator’s office, and tell the staff person who answers where you live so they know you’re a real constituent.

2.     Tell them you want the senator to support the standalone bill repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – and that you’ll remember how they vote when they’re next up for election.

3.     Thank them, hang up, and make your second call to the other senator.

4.     Click here to let us know you made a call – we use this information to guide our lobbying efforts, so please don’t skip it.

Whether your senator is a courageous champion of repeal, or a die-hard opponent – you still need to call. Right-wing activists are desperately trying to stop this bill, and I can guarantee they are lighting up the phone lines right now. If you don’t get through right away, try again.


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VIRGINIA: Judicial Activist Rules Parts Of Health Care Reform Unconstitutional

A Virginia federal district court judge appointed by Dubya has ruled that parts of President Obama’s health care reform plan are unconstitutional. The lawsuit was brought by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

In a 42-page opinion issued in Richmond, Va., Judge Hudson wrote that the law’s central requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance exceeds the regulatory authority granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The insurance mandate is central to the law’s mission of covering more than 30 million uninsured because insurers argue that only by requiring healthy people to have policies can they afford to treat those with expensive chronic conditions. The judge wrote that his survey of case law “yielded no reported decisions from any federal appellate courts extending the Commerce Clause or General Welfare Clause to encompass regulation of a person’s decision not to purchase a product, not withstanding its effect on interstate commerce or role in a global regulatory scheme.”

Two other district court judges have previously upheld the law and some expect the issue to reach the Supreme Court before the end of Obama’s term. Dozens of similar lawsuits are still working their way through the system.

RELATED: As in the case with the judicial overturn of DADT, the Obama administration has the option of appealing this ruling.

Joe. My. God.

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Virginia Veterans Speak Out for Repeal

The following is from HRC Field Organizer Sarah Showalter:

On Wednesday, Virginia veterans called on Senators Webb and Warner to vote in favor of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal at a community forum at the Five Points Community Farm Market in Norfolk. The forum followed the release of the Pentagon’s study, which shows that the majority of our military service members have no problem with gays and lesbians serving openly.

Veteran Gary Crouse shared his story of having to hide his identity during his time in the Navy.  “As a free society, asking someone to hide who they are is ridiculous.”  He said that repeal of the law will make the military stronger, by allowing LGB service members to concentrate on their jobs without worrying about being fired.  Fellow United States Navy veteran, David Crandall, spoke about his experience as a part of the human resources team that added 50 women to his crew. “The military has historically led the country on integration of minorities of race and gender. This is no different. It needs to be done now.” Speakers at the forum stressed that during combat situations they never cared about the sexual orientation of the person next to them.  They only cared that everyone knew how to do the job.  These stories from veterans, along with the positive results of the study, show that the time for repeal is now.

If you are a family member of a veteran or active duty service member from Virginia, please call Senator Webb’s office today at 202-224-4024 and ask him to put aside politics and pass the National Defense Authorization Act with language that repeals “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

To get involved in our DADT efforts in Virginia, please call Sarah Showalter at 804-283-5435 or email me at sarah.showalter@hrc.org. Time is short. We need your help.


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Virginia official: the next TSA agent patting you down could be a horny homo

Blender Verdon Coleman passed this gem of elected official homophobia on to us for your infotainment. Eugene Delgaudio an elected official on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in Virginia and he is thinking really hard about the TSA pat down enhancements and sexual arousal.

A widely distributed e-mail written by Delgaudio for the Public Advocate about TSA, claims the pat downs are part of a “Homosexual Agenda.” And he criticizes TSA’s non-discrimination hiring policy.

“It’s the federal employee’s version of the Gay Bill of Special Rights… That means the next TSA official that gives you an ‘enhanced pat down’ could be a practicing homosexual secretly getting pleasure from your submission,” Delgaudio wrote.

…Part of his official role on the Board of Supervisors includes representing the county in the Dulles Area Transportation Association.

In his other role as President of the wingnut Public Advocate of the United States organization, I assume he and The Peter are comparing notes about this topic.  Delgaudio receives bonus points for being the subject of a post by barista Alvin McEwen earlier this year, “‘Men hand-in-hand skipping down to adoption centers to ‘pick out’ a little boy for themselves’.”

BTW, check out the comments accompanying the news article. My fave:

Our “agenda” is to recruit at least 50 folks each…5 more and I can get the 60″ HDTV! :)

BONUS HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA UPDATE: Look at this choice email Delgaudio is sending out.

From: Eugene Delgaudio

Sent: Nov 29, 2010 5:06 PM

To: ————-

Subject: Lame Duck Session Is This Week!

Dear —,

The Radical Homosexuals are cheerleading as their allies in Congress begin the “Lame Duck” session of Congress this week.

As you know, they want to ram through their entire agenda from the Gay Bill of Special Rights to the Homosexual Classrooms Act.

Now is the time to stand up for the family and make your voice heard!

I’ve prepared a petition for you to sign.  But also, if you can, please make an emergency contribution of 0, , or even just to aid Public Advocate in this fight.

If you missed my recent email outlining what is at stake in the “Lame Duck” session, please read it below.

Thank you,

Eugene Delgaudio

His insane email is below the fold.
Fighting the Homosexual Agenda is priority number one (as opposed to say, the economy, roads and bridges, etc.) for this turd.

Dear Pro-family American,

After such an inspiring victory on Election Day, I want to keep the celebration going as much as you do.

But a very real threat looms.

You see, none of the newly-elected congressmen and senators will take office until next year.

That means that until January the same anti-family, pro-homosexual Congress will be at the beck and call of Barack Obama, the most pro-homosexual president in American history.

And they are coming back in early November for a “Lame Duck” session to pass as much garbage as possible before the newly-elected congressmen and senators are sworn in…

Even worse, with Election Night behind them, the fence-sitters you and I have kept in line for so long know that they won’t have to face us again for 2, 4, and some even 6 years.

Because of that, they are now bolder than ever … while you and I are at our weakest having given our all last month.

And of course the Homosexual Lobby, ever eager to pounce upon our weakness, is preparing a massive onslaught devised to ram through every aspect of their radical agenda, from…

*** The Gay Bill of Special Rights will force schools and churches to hire and prevent them from firing open homosexuals.  Men dressed as women will have the “right” to share bathrooms with young girls and those who disagree will face lawsuits, even prosecution; to,

*** The repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act will eliminate the legal protection we’ve established for those states that reject Homosexual “marriages” by codifying traditional marriage into law; to,

*** The Homosexual Classrooms Act will create pro-homosexual indoctrination classes designed to eradicate traditional values in the next generation of American students; to,

*** The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell forcing      our soldiers to share foxholes, bunks and even showers with open homosexuals.  The U.S. military, once representative of the best in America will degrade into a social experiment of homosexual activism; to,

*** The Homosexual Adoption Bill will force private religious adoption agencies to allow homosexual “couples” to adopt young boys and girls into their homosexual “family.”

The Homosexual Lobby knows that it is harder to repeal a bill than to keep it from passing.

So even though they’re facing losses in the new Congress, the Radical Homosexuals know if they can ram through the Homosexual Agenda now, they will have won.

I have to be honest with you, my friend.

Every gain we made on Election Night will mean nothing if they succeed in this “Lame Duck” scheme.

You see, they only have to win once.

You and I, on the other hand, must keep defeating their radical schemes over and over again.

The fact is, this so-called “Lame Duck” session of Congress could be the biggest disaster the family has seen in years.

And I’m afraid to admit it but… if you and I are unable to defeat the Homosexual Lobby’s schemes in the next 4-5 weeks, the fight for the family will be set back decades.

And that is why the celebration must end.

You and I cannot be lured into a false sense of security.

We must be ready for this fight.

Harry Reid’s own spokesman even let it slip that the Homosexual Lobby has plans to bring Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell back up for a vote in the “Lame Duck” Congress.

Can you imagine everything else the pro-homosexual politicians have up their sleeve?

They think you and I have already declared “Mission Accomplished” and that we aren’t prepared.

They think they will roll right over us.

And as much as my faith tells me not to worry, I’m afraid they might be right.

The Homosexual Lobby has hatched scheme after scheme in their endless attempt to ram through their agenda.

It’s taken every last bit of Public Advocate’s resources to fend off their advances.

That’s why I was so thankful for the last minute support I received last month right before the election.

Without that help, Public Advocate would have been helpless in the run up to that historic election.

But I have to confess.  I got so carried away exposing pro-homosexual politicians and defending advocates for the family that I spent more than I should have.

And the coming “Lame Duck” session of Congress may very well be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

But we do have one advantage on our side.

Pro-family Americans held the Homosexual Lobby’s allies in Congress accountable on election night.  They’d be lying to you if they said they didn’t take notice.

You and I need to make it clear that November 2nd, 2010 will happen again and again until they stand up for the Family.

That’s why I need your help again.

I’ve prepared a petition for you to sign stating your opposition to the Homosexual Agenda and letting your congressman and senators know we’re still watching.

But in addition to your signed petition, I’m really hoping you will be able to send as generous a contribution as you can.

In fact I’m counting on it.

Fighting the Homosexual Lobby is not cheap.

And with their aggressive attacks and dirty tactics it can become downright expensive.

So along with your signed petition will you send a generous contribution of , , , 0 or more?

You and I must show those in Congress we mean business.

We need to show them even though they won’t face the voters for 2, 4, or even 6 years, we’re still watching and we will remember.

So please, submit your petition and send your most generous contribution right away.

Thanks in advance for continuing the fight.

Sincerely,

Eugene Delgaudio

President

Public Advocate of the U.S.

P.S. The time for celebration has ended — a very real threat still looms overhead.  You see, none of the newly-elected congressmen and senators will take office until January.

Until then, the same anti-family, pro-homosexual Congress will be at the beck and call of Barack Obama, the most pro-homosexual president in American history.

You and I need to make it clear that November 2nd, 2010 will happen again and again until they stand up for the Family.

I’ve prepared a petition for you to sign but in addition I hope you will send a generous contribution of , , , 0 or more.  Thanks so much!

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Out Late in Virginia for DADT Repeal

The following is from HRC Intern Ryan Wilson:

The Human  Rights Campaign is working overtime, making sure that senators know that the public wants the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law repealed. We were out in Upper Arlington on Friday night, collecting signatures to give to Senators Webb and Warner, letting them know that their constituents want to see repeal. People we spoke with expressed their frustration that the 17 year old policy is still on the books, and that our men and women serving are subject to such an insensible policy. It was an exciting evening, speaking with HRC members, veterans, and those supportive of seeing DADT in the dustbins of history.

If you are a family member of a veteran or active duty service member from Virginia, please call Senator Webb’s office today at 202-224-4024 and ask him to put aside politics and pass the National Defense Authorization Act with language that repeals “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

 To get involved in our DADT efforts in Virginia, please call David Turley at 202-330-3790 or email him at David.Turley@hrc.org Time is short. We need your help.


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HRC Pushing in Virginia for DADT Repeal

With the November elections behind us and Congress back in just two days, HRC and our allies are working around the clock to make sure the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law is repealed once and for all. It has been a long year and a hard fight for DADT repeal advocates and our end goal is in sight. In May, the House passed DADT repeal language in its version of the FY 2011 defense authorization bill, but Republicans in the Senate blocked the bill from coming up for a vote there. Now is our time for repeal. Congress MUST vote this year to repeal DADT, because it may be our last chance at legislative repeal for a long time.

After spending the spring in Florida for DADT, I hit the ground in Virginia this week to continue the work of my fellow HRC organizers and focus our year long efforts to ensure Senator Webb’s support. Webb previously indicated that he would defer to the Pentagon study before taking a position on repeal. With the release of the study just around the corner on December the 1st, and with early leaks indicating that our military is overwhelming in support or indifferent to repeal, it is time for Senator Webb to stand up in support of repeal.

If you are a family member of a veteran or Active Duty service member from Virginia, please call Senator Webb’s office today at 202-224-4024 and ask him to put aside politics and pass the National Defense Authorization Act with language that repeals “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Time is short; we need your help.

To get involved in our DADT efforts in Virginia, please call David Turley at 202-330-3790 or email me at David.Turley@hrc.org. Make sure that you also make it over to HRC’s online Action Center to make your voice heard.


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Fighting for DADT Repeal with West Virginia Veterans

It is 11 a.m. on Veteran’s Day, and I just got off the phone with former U.S. Army Sergeant Pepe Johnson. We’ve spent the four days since I returned to West Virginia strategizing and reaching out to West Virginia veterans who favor repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT).  Seven years ago, despite an excellent record and the award of Soldier of the Year at Fort Sill, Pepe was discharged under the discriminatory DADT law.

We have less than 2 weeks to make sure that Senator-elect Manchin hears about DADT. Ask Senator-elect Manchin to honor Senator Robert Byrd’s legacy by supporting the repeal of DADT. Can you write a letter? Make a call? If you’re in West Virginia, e-mail me right now to find out the best way to make your voice heard.

There’s no time to lose. Pepe and I are making sure the Senator-elect Manchin hears the voices of fair-minded West Virginians.  That’s why we’ve teamed up once again with Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and Fairness West Virginia to write letters, make calls and even videotape the stories of real Mountaineers who have been affected by DADT.

Can you help us send a message to Senator-elect Manchin before the Senate reconvenes next week? If you are a West Virginian with a story about how DADT has affected you or a loved one and you’d like to share it, contact me TODAY at Christine.sloane@hrc.org.

If you’re not in West Virginia, send a message to your senators today by visiting hrc.org/repealDADT.


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Virginia Beach GOP chairman agrees to resign after hitting ‘forward’ and ‘send’ on a racist e-mail

When will they ever learn? I’m not just talking about moronic Republican bigoted politicians like this Virginia Beach Republican chairman (remember NC State Rep. Larry “Fruit Loops” Brown?), but people who think that somehow your randy/racist/homophobic emails to your “friends” may lead to forwards to “friends of friends” and then eventually to the MSM?

But back to this brain-dead pol — David Bartholomew, now the former chairman of Virginia Beach’s Republican Party resigned after sending this out to friends:

MY DOG

I went down this morning to sign up my Dog for welfare.

At first the lady said, “Dogs are not eligible to draw welfare”.

So I explained to her that my Dog is black, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and has no frigging clue who his Daddy is.

So she looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify…

My Dog gets his first check Friday.

Is this is a great country or what?

Yes, the mask comes off easily these days for the GOP politicians. As Monica Roberts said on my Facebook wall…

VA has a GOP governor and a GOP AG, so the bigots feel comfortable enough to KKKome out and play.

But wait, it does get better (as these stories often do). Look at the statement in the Virginia Pilot.

The city’s Republican chairman agreed to resign late Monday night, just hours after a racist joke sent from his e-mail address surfaced.

David Bartholomew is not a racist and agreed to resign because the e-mail had become a distraction to the Nov. 2 election, said Gary Byler, the 2nd Congressional District GOP chairman, after meeting with Bartholomew.

The e-mail was dated March 15 and sent from the address that Bartholomew uses as party chairman. Bartholomew forwarded it without reading the contents when “he was first getting familiar with the Internet,” Byler said.

Oh. My. F*cking. Dog. Is that not the most ridiculous excuse you’ve heard? OK, first, any disclaimer that starts off with “he’s not a racist” should just go into the circular file pronto. But “getting familiar with the Internet” makes the guy look like a moron. Perhaps Bartholomew’s “forward” and “send” buttons in his email client must be inordinately larger than the rest of the commands, and his hands uncontrollably moved to hit them on that one missive.

Come on, go with the simplest explanation, since Republican bigots are a dime a dozen. Bartholomew just wanted to share his tasteless humor with people he thought were his friends. Now who’s going to fess up to sending to the media? I’m sure he wants to know.

The Maddow blog has more, with the hat tips going to Daily Kos diarist @lowkell and Blue Virginia.
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Tragedy waiting to happen? Tennessee, Arizona, Georgia, and Virginia allow loaded guns in bars

Looking at the states in question, perhaps we should not be surprised, but seriously, how is this a good idea ANYWHERE in this gun-loving, hair-trigger temper, liquored-up society? (NYT):

Happy-hour beers were going for at Past Perfect, a cavernous bar just off this city’s strip of honky-tonks and tourist shops when Adam Ringenberg walked in with a loaded 9-millimeter pistol in the front pocket of his gray slacks.

Mr. Ringenberg, a technology consultant, is one of the state’s nearly 300,000 handgun permit holders who have recently seen their rights greatly expanded by a new law – one of the nation’s first – that allows them to carry loaded firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

…The new measures in Tennessee and the three other states come after two landmark Supreme Court rulings that citizens have an individual right – not just in connection with a well-regulated militia – to keep a loaded handgun for home defense.

…State Representative Curry Todd, a Republican who first introduced the guns-in-bars bill here, said that carrying a gun inside a tavern was never the law’s primary intention. Rather, he said, the law lets people defend themselves while walking to and from restaurants.

The purported mitigating factor here is the gun-toter cannot drink alcohol in the establishment. If these laws are challenged in states with big urban city centers and gun restrictions fall by the wayside, you can imagine the chaos that will ensue.
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WEST VIRGINIA: Teabaggers Use Stephen Colbert Against Gov. Joe Manchin

Joe. My. God.

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