Events to benefit Legacy Counseling

Angels battle devils in kickball game; Be An Angel brings Christmas in September

HEAVENLY DEMONS | DFW Sisters Kerianna Kross, left, and MaeLyn Hanzment have a heavenly plan to cheat their way to victory against Dallas Diablos Todd Hopkins, center, David Whitehead and Molly Whitman.

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer

Two fundraising events this week benefit Legacy Counseling Center: The DFW Sisters have challenged the Dallas Diablos rugby team to a Sunday game of kickball. Then on Tuesday, Be An Angel takes place in Deep Ellum.

What do the rough-and-tumble Diablos and the ever-so-spiritual Sisters have in common? The Diablos, who play one of the roughest team sports, compete in the not-gay Texas Rugby Union and participate in the International Gay Rugby Association. Part of their mission is to forge friendships and celebrate differences.

And nothing in Dallas could be more different than The DFW Sisters, a mission of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. But that group is also dedicated to respecting diversity. And both groups include fundraising for community organizations as part of their core mission.

So what else could the Diablos do but accept the challenge when The Sisters invited them to play a game of kickball for charity?

“What a fun and zany way to raise money for Legacy,” said Legacy Executive Director Melissa Grove. “I applaud their ability to create a new and fresh event. I’ve been doing this a long time and this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this.”

James Maggard, also known as Sister MaeLynn Hanzment, acknowledged a possible physical advantage that favored the Diablos.

“The only way we’re going to win is if we cheat,” he said. “So we’re fully intending to do that.”

But there are rules — established kickball rules. And kickball is actually played in Dallas with official referees keeping things honest. If one of those referees is on hand, as Maggard hopes, he may just have his hands full.

That would just add to the fun, Maggard said, fully intending to get around any attempt to keep the game honest.

An attendance fee of $5 is requested to watch the game. Additional donations will buy wild cards. Bigger donations may help one team or the other.

“Wild cards can add points, score outs, replace the ball or turn a Diablo into a Sister,” Maggard said. For a larger donation, a Diablo will switch teams and play for the Sisters in full makeup. Maggard admitted that the makeup would be a rush job.

Dallas Diablo Paul Ryan said the idea for the event came from friends in Seattle where the Seattle Quake rugby team played the Seattle Sisters in a game of kickball and raised several thousand dollars.

He expects to have a good showing from both the men’s and women’s Diablo teams.

And if The Sisters do cheat, Ryan had a perfect solution: “We’ll cheat ourselves,” he said.

The game takes place at Glencoe Park between Ellsworth and Martel avenues near Central Expressway and Mockingbird Lane.

A victory party at the Hidden Door follows the game. Victory? Both teams figure they’ve won if they raise some money for Legacy

Be An Angel

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the 17th annual Be An Angel auction returns to Monica’s Aca y Alla on Main Street in Deep Ellum. The evening features dinner, a live and silent auction and music by Vince Martinez.

Jazzy baritone Martinez was a regular performer at Ciudad on Oak Lawn Avenue and has since performed around the United States.

Clear Channel Radio Public Affairs Director Anna De Haro hosts the event.

Be An Angel began in 1994 just before Christmas with an auction. Although moved to earlier in the year this time, the evening will still have a holiday theme.
Among the auction items this year are a signed guitar from Rascal Flatts, a dinner party for 10 prepared by celebrity chef Joanne Bondy and a cocktail party for 20 from Hudson Ferus Vodka and Bar10.

Grove said the event is a great way to get some Christmas shopping done early while helping out a good cause at the same time.

Kickball at Field No. 1, Glencoe Park, 5300 Martel Ave. Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. $5.

Be An Angel at Monica’s Aca y Alla, 2914 Main St. Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. $40.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 9, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Trouble With The Help For Meg Whitman

California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is having some trouble with the help. Namely, her former housekeeper of nine years who today revealed herself as an undocumented worker amid claims that Whitman was an abusive employer.

Flanked by attorney Gloria Allred, former Whitman employee Nicandra Diaz made the accusations at a tearful Los Angeles press conference Wednesday. Diaz said she asked Whitman for help with her immigration status in 2009 and Whitman refused. “I felt like she was throwing me away like a piece of garbage,” Diaz said. Whitman responded to the charges in a statement Wednesday. “After nine years of faithful service, Nicky came to us in June 2009 and confessed that she was an illegal worker,” the statement reads. “Nicky had falsified the hiring documents and personal information she provided to the employment agency that brought her to us in 2000. Nicky told me that she was admitting her deception now because she was aware that her lie might come out during the campaign. Nicky said she was concerned about hurting my family and me.” Whitman continued: “As required by law, once we learned she was an illegal worker, I immediately terminated Nicky’s employment. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I considered Nicky a friend and a part of our extended family.”

Gloria Allred says her client was “exploited, disrespected, humiliated and emotionally and financially abused.” I don’t think there’s much to see here, actually. Whitman supposedly terminated the woman immediately upon learning about her status, which clears her from charges of hypocrisy about her immigration positions. As for the abuse claims, remember this is prime opportunist Gloria Allred. I wish there could be some actual meat to this story, but I doubt it. It’ll depend on how the housekeeper plays in the Spanish press, I’d guess.

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

Allred, Housekeeper Go After Whitman

GLORIA ALLRED NICKY SANTILLAN X 390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMHigh profile attorney Gloria Allred compared the alleged plight of a
housekeeper hired by California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman as
being like “don’t ask, don’t tell” in a press conference Wednesday
morning. Daily News

—  John Wright

Watch: Equality California Ads Against Meg Whitman, Steve Cooley


Equality California takes on GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and attorney general candidate Steve Cooley in two new ads.

Writes journalist Rex Wockner in a tip to us: "Better late than never, EQCA learns to play the hardball TV-ad game. Nobody ever said this game is pretty, but if you want to stop losing, you need to play the game that actually exists, not the 'freedom-justice-equality-fairness-warm-fuzzies' game you wish existed. This is the first time, that I know of, that the gay side has decided to play hardball in TV ads about same-sex marriage. Interestingly, these ads were produced entirely in-house at EQCA: No consultants, no 'experts,' no fear."


Towleroad News #gay

—  John Wright

And Now The Tech Blogs Are Endorsing Prop 8-Loving Meg Whitman

The same week we learn blogs are getting paid to publish sympathetic coverage of Meg Whitman comes a guest post on the must-read tech blog TechCrunch endorsing the California gubernatorial candidate.


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—  John Wright

Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman Says California Should Defend Prop 8

“I think the governor of California and the attorney general today have to defend the Constitution and have to enable the judicial process to go along … and an appeal to go through. So if I was governor, I would give that ruling standing to be able to appeal to the circuit court.”

~Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman

Image: Meg Whitman, Republican Candidate For Governor Of CaliforniaIf the self-financed Republican candidate for Governor of California (who apparently had never bother to registering as a voter/voting before 2002) had her way, the state in the worse financial shape in the country would spend money defending Prop 8. How many teachers salaries could the state pay for with the money the state would spend defending Prop 8; how much infrastructure could be paid for with the money the state would spend defending Prop 9; how many state workers would have their mandatory three furlough days off a month reduced with the money the state would spend defending Prop 8…Meg Whitman doesn’t care. She believes California should spend its extremely short resources defending Prop 8.

From the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Meg Whitman says state should defend Prop. 8:

GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman – trying to tamp down opposition from conservatives who say she is undermining them – criticized Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown on Friday for not defending California’s same sex-marriage ban, now before a federal appeals court.

Whitman’s first definitive statements on how she would handle the issue as governor came hours before she spoke at the opening of the three-day state GOP convention in San Diego, where she is facing open hostility from conservatives over her positions on illegal immigration and climate change.

From the Sacramento Bee‘s Meg Whitman says she would defend Proposition 8:

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said Friday that she would defend voter-approved Proposition 8, which prohibits same-sex marriage, if she becomes governor next year.

The announcement, made just hours before she addressed the California Republican Party convention here, put the Republican candidate at odds with both Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown, Whitman’s Democratic rival in the governor’s race. Both Schwarzenegger and Brown have refused to defend the law against court challenges.

…When asked by The Bee, however, during a campaign stop Friday whether she’d defend Proposition 8, she said, “The issue right now is, as I understand it, is ‘Will Proposition 8 have the appropriate support to actually make an appeal to the Circuit Court of Appeals?’

“And I think the governor, the attorney general today has to defend the constitution and has to enable the judicial process to go along and has to enable an appeal to go through,” she continued. “So if I was governor, I would give that ruling standing to be able to appeal to the circuit court.”

So to shore up her position with social conservatives, she takes a stance that’s fiscally unsound. Nice.

As a Calfornian who is concerned about how broke the state is, if me must see Prop 8 defended let’s let the state “outsource” defense of Prop 8 to the Alliance Defense Fund — at the Alliance Defense Fund’s expense.

Hey, one can make the reasoned, fiscally conservative argument that letting the private sector handle this appeal would save the state a whole lot lot of cash the state just doesn’t have. One doesn’t even have to be a fan of freedom, equality, and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people to find fault with Meg Whitman’s stance on the appeal of Prop 8 — Just from a fiscal perspective, California just can’t afford the millions of dollars it would take to defend Prop 8.

So again, if Prop 8 is to be defended through the Appeals process, let the conservative Christians and Mormons who financed Prop 8 now fund the initiative’s defense via their leaders’ chosen legal team — the Alliance Defence Fund. It’s the fiscally conservative thing for California to do.
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—  John Wright

Meg Whitman: ‘I would Defend Prop 8’. Courage Campaign: ‘You Can’t’

At a news conference yesterday, California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said that, unlike Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger or Attorney General Brown who have declined defending the measure, she would defend Proposition 8 if elected governor:

Whitman"The issue right now is, as I understand is 'Will Proposition 8 have the appropriate support to actually make an appeal to the circuit court of appeals?' " Whitman said. "And I think the governor, the attorney general today has to defend the constitution and has to enable the judicial process to go along and has to enable an appeal to go through. So if I was governor, I would give that ruling standing to be able to appeal to the circuit court."

The Courage Campaign took Whitman's hypothetical situation and threw it in the trash.

Said Courage Campaign director Rick Jacobs:

"She wouldn't be governor yet. The appeals court will decide before there would be a change of governor and attorney general…You're going to see us making it clear that Meg Whitman is unqualified to be governor on any stand."

Towleroad News #gay

—  John Wright

Whitman: I’d Defend Prop. 8

Whitman x390 (Getty) I Advocate.comThe GOP nominee for California governor, and former eBay CEO, said on Friday afternoon that she would
defend antigay Proposition 8 in court if she were elected. Daily News

—  John Wright