Friday, March 16, 2012

Dharun Ravi Guilty Of Bias

Dharun Ravi was all smiles when he sat at the defense table just before noon today when the jurors entered the courtroom after reaching a verdict in Ravi's trial of spying on Rutgers roommate Tyler Clementi with a webcam and posting the video of a sexual encounter for others to see.

Subsequently Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge in New York City on September 22, 2010.

Ravi's smile and somewhat smugness changed to a look of disbelief as the jury forewoman delivered guilty verdicts on 15 felony counts charged against Ravi. Others in the media have said Ravi showed no emotion but this writer had a different impression of Ravi's change in demeanor as the guilty verdicts were read off one by one. Clementi's parents who were also in the courtroom showed emotions of relief for their dead son Tyler as the verdicts were given, to the point where Clementi's father who was writing down and keeping track of the verdicts took off his glasses and wiped tears from his eye.

The guilty verdicts included bias intimidation, witness tampering, invasion of privacy, hindering apprehension and tampering with physical evidence. The key verdict(s) for members of the LGBT community are the guilty verdicts regarding bias or a perceived "hate crime".

Ravi could spend 10 years in a federal prison although talking heads said on various TV programs after the verdict he would likely spend three years in prison because he had a "clean record" prior to the charges brought against him. Because Ravi was born in India he could, although unlikely be deported back to his native country. Ravi declined a prosecution offer to plead guilty which would have afforded Ravi no jail time.

Some LGBT pundits have written in previous days this trial does little to advance LGBT causes, others will herald the verdicts for the cause against anti-gay bullying and "gay hate crimes'.

There are no winners in this case. Only losers. The biggest of which is Tyler Clementi and his family after his personal life was invaded by another person.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

GLAAD's CAP Epic #FAILure

Less than 24 hours after GLAAD announced its CAP blacklist of who shouldn't be allowed to opine in print, radio or on TV it has already become a failure.

This morning in the latter part of the 7 AM hour of Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien, she had on to talk politics Tony Perkins one of GLAAD's Most Wanted anti-gay folks.

Oops ... guess CNN and Soledad didn't get the memo.

GLAAD's narcissistic POV that the Media will pay attention to them and use GLAAD's background blacklist as a guide as to who should not be given a talking head platform because the Media at large is deaf, dumb and stupid because they don't know who they are allowing to opine is like telling a cow not to poop when nature calls.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

GLAAD's CAP Media Blacklist

In yet another effort to show its continued relevancy and to get donations to keep this dead horse kicking GLAAD has come out with a new angle to persuade the media both large and small as to who should and should not be allowed air time or ink as talking heads in print, radio or television.

By now you may have heard about this and it's called the "Commentor Accountability Project" which provides the media with background on listed individuals as to their anti-gay rhetoric and stance all to hopefully persuade the media to not give these folks a platform to make an appearance even if not discussing de gay because their mere appearance is an affront to de gay.

Already some of the LGBT Elite bloggers are having their say and giving praise to this endeavor by GLAAD.

Jeremy Hooper of the blog Good As You writes in part, Today, we strive to heighten awareness of this work and expand the sphere so that we can bring even greater awareness of what these folks have said about us on their way to the cable newsroom, statehouse, or anywhere else they present themselves as mere "values voices."

Blogger Alvin McEwen contributes, When it comes to discussing gay issues, the media sometimes handles anti-gay pundits with kid gloves. It's not because of any bias, really. I think that a lot of it has to do with these pundits having the ability to disguise their anti-gay animus.

Given what Hooper and McEwen write it's obvious the media is too deaf, dumb and stupid as to exactly who the guests are which appear on programs or are asked as pundits for their opine on subjects to be put into print and needs GLAAD's help.

Hooper also wrote in the copy/paste piece at Joe Sudbay's Americablog Gay, GLAAD will not be telling anyone who to book, so there shouldn't be any "censorship" claims (even though there likely will be). The basic message is, "Okay fine, go ahead and book this person -- but when you do, here's what you need to know."

Censorship, oh perish the very thought. Just like when GLAAD howled at CNN to suspend Roland Martin or being furious with MSNBC for having on Tony Perkins several times as I wrote about here regarding trying to censor the media because anti-gay folks appear or are featured on-air or in print.

It should be noted in the link at the top of this posting GLAAD thanks Hooper and others for helping to put the blacklist together and also GLAAD or as I have referred to as the Pink Police proves what I wrote in this posting that we are now in the 1984 age of Big Brother. Here's what GLAAD is eliciting, We encourage individuals to alert the organization when these virulently anti-LGBT activists appear on local or national news.

So far GLAAD has, if my old school math is correct, 36 folks listed on their anti-gay web page of "don't you dare use these folks as talking heads" blacklist which has photos of said offenders.

Quite frankly I'm surprised GLAAD hasn't put cross-hairs over their faces. It reminds me of the FBI's Most Wanted list or even beyond that the ones who would be rubbed out or convicted by Bush after 9/11 and going into the war with Iraq to get Saddam Hussein and his "doers of evil".

And so it is boys and girls so as the Himmler's Nazi Gestapo had their blacklist of over 2300 names and backgrounds so too does GLAAD have its blacklist albeit with fewer names.

Comparing GLAAD to Nazis to harsh you may say. Well the Nazis in their misguided view thought they were doing the right thing also for their cause. Call a spade a spade folks GLAAD's list "may not" be censorship but it certainly can fall under intimidation of a sort when in the future GLAAD contacts a media organization and says "we have anti-gay background on these people why are you giving them a platform to speak ?"

Just as GLAAD is asking you to make them aware of media appearances or interviews, so too did the Gestapo have their rats to provide information.

Yep the Big Brother of 1984 Pink Police are now in full swing just waiting to pounce ... but we won't call this censorship or intimidation only a way to better inform the media.

Woody Allen in the video pretty much sums up my feelings about this as one who has worked in the news media and for those in the news media at large who are much too polite to say such things to GLAAD.

Roland Martin Back At CNN

The LGBT bloggers and websites will be picking up on this today I'm sure and gnashing their teeth at the same time as news reports are coming out that CNN with little fanfare ended Roland Martin's suspension over his tweets during the Super Bowl.

As of this writing CNN had not issued a press release but mentioned the month long suspension has been ceased during a conference call with various media.

I'm not going to go over what led to all of this, if you don't know by now then you don't need to. Just go to any number of blogs and websites of the pink variety today and tomorrow and I'm sure you'll find a blow by blow description and in some cases utter horror that CNN has brought Martin back.

I'm just going to say welcome back Roland.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pam Spaulding Comeuppance

There be a slugfest going on as some are taking down to the mat Pam Spaulding of the less than grandiose and use to be important Pam's House Blend.

Monday David Kaufman wrote a post in the Gay Voices section of Huffington Post calling out many of the LGBT Elite bloggers who hold President Obama as A-Number 1 responsible for not making same-sex marriage available by defeating and doing away with DOMA, the Defense Of Marriage Act. While Kaufman's writing focuses on Joe Sudbay of AmericaBlog and his finding fault with Obama and the lack of change and dumping of DOMA Spaulding is mentioned.

Spaulding sent out a tweet calling Kaufman "this fool" for mentioning her in his writing about Sudbay. Then when she posted a link to Kaufman's post on Google+ and wrote about Kaufman, "has a curious hard-on hate for me" she got into a free for all with Derrick Mathis of RENWL when he wrote in part, It's about the messaging that continues from Gay Inc mouthpieces like yourself. You're quick to take credit when some piece of agenda you've been advocating goes your way. But when someone calls you on the carpet for your misguided blah blah then suddenly you have no influence.

He continued after a salvo from Spaulding, You know exactly what you're up to because you know what your reader base wants to see. And that's you giving the black president a hard time because the majority of them (your readership) resent Obama solely because he refuses (and justifiably so) to act on their time table.

And the fact of the matter is this is no time for your games in terms of the presidential elections. There's just too much riding on his re-election to have gay bloggers like yourself playing the games you play. Either you support the man or you don't.

This is what you and your posse have been up to this whole time. It aided in getting us a Republican congress. Yes, Pam, you had a hand in that. Little influence or no influence as you love to bray when someone tells you to can it, you had a role in making sure resentful white gay folks supported Repubs for Congress.

And I love this part although I'm sure some will be offended in his description of some in the LGBT community, And you're going to have a role in impacting feeble minded gays who're going to vote in this coming election. Kaufman in his latest essay clocks you and your friends with the following-----the thing you've been up to for the past three years.

The point I believe Mathis is writing about in part was when Spaulding et al started a still going campaign to "close the gAyTM" and not contribute to the DNC. This goes back as far as 2009 when Tobin Harshaw wrote an opinion piece at the New York Times and called out Spaulding for the gAyTM movement in which she wrote in her rebuttal in the previous link, "time to lay down the crack pipe".

What got Spaulding's ire up was the final part of his opinion piece, Pam, you may not like to hear it, but that last line could just as easily have come from Glenn Beck. Just goes to show: it may be entertaining to watch your enemies rip themselves apart, but you might just want to keep an eye on the guy to your left.

Now here's my unimportant take on all this, but first I do apologize for all the copy/past which goes against this writer's grain but was done for those who do not have access to Pam Spaulding on Google+.

First I find it most interesting that someone who (in addition to her co-horts at PHB and other Elites) makes such a big deal about the issue of bullying yet has no trouble hurling insults at not only Republicans, Conservative and Religious folks, but also have no problem with hurling insults to others including LGBTs when someone is in disagreement with her or said partners in crime.

The crime you ask, the constant finding fault with President Obama and as a party the Democrats who don't move and act according to Spaulding and the others timetable. While she finds fault with GOProud and the like, Spaulding certainly over the past three years hasn't helped keep the Republicans out of various offices and may have induced if not by vote then money being kept away from the DNC. A finer member of the Republican party they could not ask for or find.

Hopefully as Pam's House Blend and other Elite blogs become less and less relevant as they have over the past year as readership has dropped off, de gay can make up their own mind as to who and what to support both in vote and money. But then as Spaulding and others would probably say out of one side of their mouth she/they are not that important in swaying readers while out of the other side of their mouth say how important what they preach and write on their blogs and websites is for the greater cause.

You can't have it both ways. Either you are or not.

Certainly this blog doesn't make any claim either way. Just one more voice out in the LGBT blogosphere opining and I'm certainly not a spokesperson for LGBTs which is how Samantha Manning describes Spaulding in the audio video from 2009 below from Spaulding's Youtube page.

I don't know about you kids but Spaulding doesn't speak for me.


George Takei's Happy Dance

Okay I think it's time for a little frivolity for a change as I'm sure I'll find more serious things to post about this week.

Before going to work I had a quick look at FB and saw that George Takei had posted a video about his "happy dance" and figured I'd have a look when I got in late Monday evening but someone at work showed me the video on one of those phone thingys which I refuse to own, a computer and HDTV are enough technology for this 58 year old kid.

When I saw the video I decided it must be shared for those who don't follow Mr. Takei on FB. But before we get to that I must say (sorry to make you feel so old George) I grew up watching Mr. Sulu and company on the original Star Trek way back when in a galaxy far, far away.

Imagine my surprise, and pleasant one at that, all these years later to find George is one of us with nary an inkling back then although when Mr. Sulu went shirtless in a swashbuckling episode called "The Naked Time" my young pubervesent GayDar (BiDar hadn't been invented back in the 60's) did raise my eyebrow much like Mr. Spock's.

A couple of weeks ago I started to "follow" George on FB and some of the things, mostly photos, have been enough to split anyone's gut in laughter and frankly is more worthwhile now to keep my otherwise boring FB account active even inasmuch as I hate FB for its constant and more than annoying changes.

So have a look at the video if you haven't seen it and enjoy.

The photo by the way (BTW for you short writers) was on FB when I came in Monday night and proves beyond a doubt I am bisexual as I see both two people and a set of boobs.

Live long and prosper George and forever be the great poof you are.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bully The Movie Rating Fiasco

My blogging friend NG wrote and complained few in the LGBT blogsphere and Gay Inc are doing much to raise a skunk's stink over the MPAA's rating of the movie Bully an important documentary about the effects, sometimes deadly, of bullying on young children and teenagers.

The MPAA has given the film an R rating because of the use of the F-word in one sequence of the film.

As NG noted, why aren't "We" ripping HRC, GLAAD, GLSEN, and PFLAG a new asshole.

GLSEN hasn't posted one damn thing about the movie; Nor has PFLAG. GLAAD posted an update on Katy's change.org petition but has not taken any action themselves.

As for the HRC, While they have an online petition, that's about the extent of their involvement.

The Katy who NG mentions is Katy Butler a teenager from Michigan who started the petiton to lower the MPAA rating to PG-13 so teenagers will be able to see the film without having to be "escorted" by an adult. Like that really happens in most movie theaters anyway as the aforementioned are more interested in tickets sales than enforcing MPAA ratings.

Bully will open in theaters March 30. To voice your opposition to the rating of R, I prefer the more direct route rather than, albeit with best intentions, silly Internet petitions.

You can contact the Motion Picture Association of America by calling:

Washington, DC - (202) 293-1966
Los Angeles - (818) 995-6600
New York City - (914) 333-8892
Chicago - (708) 660-0481

As one commenter wrote at the YouTube page for the trailer of Bully:

FUCK KONY 2012 !!! This is the real movement.