Saturday, February 02, 2008

GLBT DIGEST February 2, 2008

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Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/775/story/402907.html

Gay marriage ban makes ballot, Hometown Democracy fails

By BILL KACZOR
Posted on Fri, Feb. 01, 2008

A citizen initiative to ban gay marriage will be on the November ballot, theonly one of more than 50 active petition drives that qualified Friday at thedeadline for signature verification.

Hometown Democracy, which would have required voter approval of local growthplan changes, was the only other proposal that appeared to have a chancebefore the 5 p.m. deadline, but it missed the mark.

Officials, though, ran out of time before they could process all signaturesdue to a deluge of petitions submitted in the past month and the diversionof county election workers to preparing for and carrying out Tuesday'spresidential primary election.

It couldn't immediately be determined if there were enough unprocessedsignatures to have placed Hometown Democracy on the ballot.

Sponsors of the single-gender marriage ban announced in December said theyhad obtained enough verified signatures. State officials then lowered thecount by more than 20,000 signatures due to a glitch in the Division ofElections' electronic reporting system. Some signatures had been countedtwice.

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=16331

SJSU suspends blood drives over federal gay donor ban
President says ban violates nondiscrimination policy

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) | Feb 1, 11:01 AM

San Jose State University has suspended all campus blood drives because of along-standing government policy that bars gay men from donating blood.

San Jose State President Don Kassing says the policy by the U.S. Food andDrug Administration violates the school's nondiscrimination policy.


The American Red Cross and other national organizations that regularly runblood drives have been pushing the FDA to revise the policy. The policy hasbeen in place since AIDS first emerged in the United States.


Officials at local blood banks are not pleased with Kassing's decision. Theysay could lead to a drop in blood donations at numerous Bay Area collegesand put patients' lives at risk.

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=16320

HIV races like Pac-Man through body
Scientists struggling to attack 'reservoirs of dormant HIV'

WASHINGTON (AP) | Jan 31, 3:34 PM

The AIDS virus has hideouts deep in the immune system that today's drugscan't reach. Now scientists finally have discovered how HIV builds one ofthose fortresses - and they're exploring whether a drug already used tofight a parasite in developing countries just might hold a key to break in.

Researchers have long struggled unsuccessfully to attack what they callreservoirs of dormant HIV, and the new work is in very early stages.

But University of Rochester scientists say it may be fairly straightforwardto attack one of these reservoirs, blood cells called macrophages that HIVhijacks and turns into viral hideaways.

The new discovery shows the exact steps that HIV takes to do that - andfound that some existing drugs, including a long-used treatment forleishmaniasis called miltefosine, can block the main step and thus causethese cells to self-destruct.

"It's a very smart virus," said lead researcher Dr. Baek Kim. "They have tohave a very good fence to protect their house for a long time. ... Get ridof the fence, and now their house is gone."

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New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/02/nyregion/02samesex.html?scp=2&sq=GAY&st=nyt

State Court Recognizes Gay Marriages From Elsewhere

By ROBERT D. McFADDEN
February 2, 2008

A New York appellate court ruled Friday that valid out-of-state marriages ofsame-sex couples must be legally recognized in New York, just as the lawrecognizes those of heterosexual couples solemnized elsewhere. Lawyers forboth sides said the ruling applied to all public and private employers inthe state.

Even though gay couples may not legally marry in New York, the appellatecourt in Rochester held that a gay couple's 2004 marriage in Canada must berespected under the state's longstanding "marriage recognition rule," andthat an employer's denial of health benefits had discriminated against thecouple on the basis of their sexual orientation.

"The Legislature may decide to prohibit the recognition of same-sexmarriages solemnized abroad," a five-judge panel of the Appellate Divisionof State Supreme Court ruled unanimously in rejecting a 2006 lower courtdecision. "Until it does so, however, such marriages are entitled torecognition in New York."

For more than a century, the court noted, New York State has recognizedvalid out-of-state marriages. Moreover, it said that the Court of Appeals,the state's highest judicial body, has said the Legislature may enact lawsrecognizing same-sex marriages. "In our view, the Court of Appeals therebyindicated that the recognition of plaintiff's marriage is not against thepublic policy of New York," the court held.

As a practical matter, the marriages of thousands of gay couples enteredinto outside the state have been recognized in recent years by many stateand local agencies and by private employers for purposes of allowing healthand life insurance coverage, child care and other benefits. But others haveresisted doing so voluntarily, pending the outcome of numerous cases in thecourts.

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New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Oregon-Gay-Rights.html?scp=5&sq=GAY&st=nyt

Domestic Partnerships Allowed in Oregon

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 11:53 p.m. ET
February 1, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A state law allowing gay couples to register asdomestic partners belatedly took effect Friday after a federal judge ruledthe state's process of disqualifying petition signatures was consistentenough to be valid.

The state quickly announced that the domestic partnership applications wereavailable online, and jubilant gay-rights activists predicted hundreds ofcouples would line up on Monday morning at county offices to register.

''We're a family. We've been waiting for this for a long time,'' said abeaming Cathy Kravitz of Portland. She said she and her partner of 21 yearswill be among those registering on Monday.

The law passed by the 2007 Legislature was to take effect when the new yearstarted, but U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman suspended it to heartestimony about a petition drive that sought to put the law before voters.

The petitions fell 96 signatures short of the 55,179 needed to refer the lawto the November 2008 ballot. The petitioners claim that county clerksrejected signatures improperly.

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Express Gay News

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Swiss change safe sex message on HIV
Say people with virus can have unprotected sex with partners

GENEVA (AP) | Jan 31, 3:15 PM

Swiss AIDS experts said Thursday that some people with HIV who meet strictconditions and are under treatment can safely have unprotected sex withnon-infected partners.

The proposal astonished AIDS researchers in Europe and North America whohave long argued that safe sex with a condom is the single most effectiveway of preventing the spread of the disease - apart from abstinence.

"Not only is (the Swiss proposal) dangerous, it's misleading and it is not
considering the implications of the biological facts involved with HIVtransmission," said Jay Levy, director of the Laboratory for Tumor and AIDSVirus Research at the University of California in San Francisco.

The Swiss National AIDS Commission said patients who can satisfy strictconditions, including successful antiretroviral treatment to suppress thevirus and who do not have any other sexually transmitted diseases, do notpose a danger to others. The proposal was published this week in theBulletin of Swiss Medicine.

The Swiss scientists took as their starting point a 1999 study by the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed that transmissiondepends strongly on the viral load in the blood.

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The Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/265504.html

Unproven sex allegations used to fire girls coach at McKinley

By Mark Sommer
Updated: 02/01/08 7:34 AM

Buffalo School Superintendent James A. Williams told the Buffalo Board ofEducation in executive session Tuesday that Michelle Stiles was dismissed asthe volunteer coach of the McKinley High School girls basketball teambecause of suspicions that she was having sexual relations with girls on theteam.

Williams also told board members he lacked proof to back up the suspicion,according to several board members who were present but spoke on conditionof anonymity.

Sexual contact with an underage student is a criminal offense.

But more than two months after Stiles' dismissal, police sources say nocomplaints have been lodged against her, nor has any investigation beenopened against her.

In addition, parents and legal guardians of several girls on the basketballteam say the school district has never notified them about suspicions ofanything improper involving Stiles.

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/blog/index.cfm?type=blog&start=1/27/08&end=2/3/08#16301

Sirius Radio hosts gay presidential caucus today

Washington Blade Editor Kevin Naff will be calling in to grill thecandidates on Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius show on OutQ, the nation'sonly 24/7 gay radio channel, from 3 - 5 p.m. Eastern on channel 109.Non-members can listen to the show for free here.

Hilary Rosen, the president of OurChart.com, will be supporting SenatorHillary Clinton, and Stampp Corbin, LGBT liaison for the Obama campaign,will represent Senator Barack Obama.

Both Rosen and Corbin will share their candidates' platforms and views andtake questions from callers. Listeners can also participate in an onlinepoll here and vote in the caucus for a preferred candidate. The results willbe announced at the end of the show.



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The Bilerico Report

http://www.bilerico.com/2008/02/yes_black_glbt_history_exists.php

Yes, Black GLBT History Exists

Filed by: Monica Roberts
February 1, 2008 10:00 AM

The purpose of studying history is not to deride human action, nor to weepover it or to hate it, but to understand it-and then to learn from it as wecontemplate our future.

-- Nelson Mandela

As someone who is the child and godchild of historians, I grew up with ahealthy appreciation and love of my people's history. In my house everymonth was Black History Month, not just 28 days (29 since it's a leap year)in February.

One thing I've been keenly cognizant of is the lack of documentation ofAfrican-American contributions to GLBT history. Over the last few years,that seems to be changing for the better, and there are some tantalizingtidbits to this historical buffet that awaits you.

For example. did you know that the first person to go through the now closedJohns Hopkins gender program in Baltimore was an African-American transwomannamed Avon Wilson?

Thanks to transgender historian Dr. Susan Stryker and Marc Stein's 2000 bookCity of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia 1945-1972,we now have knowledge of the first organizaed GLBT protest. It happened inApril-May 1965 at Philadelphia's Dewey's Lunch Counter, and the participantswere African-American transgender and SGL people.

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Pam's House Blend

http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do;jsessionid=A66BA92C2F9944CF3D1555661467F7D2?diaryId=4364

Kentucky governor: I'll veto bill banning DP benefits

by: pam
Fri Feb 01, 2008 at 11:00:00 AM EST

Poor Kentucky residents. They managed to vote out first-class homophobe andscandal-ridden Republican Ernie Fletcher last year, replacing him withDemocrat Steve Beshear.

(Can I be more lightheaded today? I was half asleep when I put this in thequeue last night, thanks, Dan!) Beshear picked up where Fletcher off ; hepromises to sign veto, if passed, a bill that would bar state fundedagencies or colleges from offering domestic partner benefits. Wingers in thelegislature have lost any modicum of common sense; one lawmaker embarrasseshimself by forgetting he's in an elected body, not bible class. (365gay):

The bill passed the state Senate 30 - 5 on Wednesday with five Democratsvoting against it. Among them was Sen. Ernesto Scorsone of Lexington, theonly openly gay man in the Senate.

"The only thing that drives this measure is a gay-bashing effort," saidScorsone.

Republican Vernie McGaha who supported the legislation called it a moralissue and pointed to the state constitution which bans same-sex marriage.

"I do not recognize domestic partnerships as being a correct thing," saidMcGaha. "My Bible teaches against it."



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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/locallife/feature/4376.cfm

Gay diplomat was at center of world crises
From Kosovo to Sri Lanka, Burleigh was a big player in U.S. Foreign Service

By JUAN CARLOS RODRIGUEZ
Thursday, January 31, 2008

In his 33-year career with the Foreign Service, Ambassador A. Peter Burleighrepresented the United States through some serious high-pressure situations.When U.S. bombers accidentally hit the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in 1999,it was Burleigh who had to face the Chinese ambassador and do theappropriate damage control to prevent the situation from escalating into amajor international crisis.

In his role as acting U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Burleigh wasthe top U.S. diplomat at the United Nations from late 1997 to 1999. When theChinese embassy crisis erupted, Burleigh had to first find out what happenedfrom U.S Air Force officials, who were reluctant to reveal the embarrassingtruth: It was eventually revealed that U.S. airmen had accidentally bombedthe wrong building because they had been using an outdated map.

After getting the facts straight, Burleigh had to then act according to howhis bosses Bill Clinton and then Secretary of State Madeleine Albrightinstructed him.

"I was trying to find out if I could apologize for the government," Burleighsaid. "But I could only say that the U.S. regretted [the bombing]."

It was one of the many international crises that Burleigh faced at theUnited Nations, and in several other diplomatic posts that he held,including serving as ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. He also heldseveral jobs at the U.S. State Department, including coordinator of theOffice of Counter-Terrorism with the rank of ambassador (1991-92) andprincipal deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research(1989-91).

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/news/localnews/4372.cfm

Italian writers, films spice up Art Explosion
Gay festival plans to highlight a different country each year

By PHIL LAPADULA
Jan. 31, 2008

In recent years, the annual Art Explosion festival has been credited withhelping to transform Fort Lauderdale from a strictly fun-in-the-sun place toa more cultural destination. This year, ArtsUnited, Art Explosion'sproducers, decided to give the festival a sophisticated edge by featuringsome gay cultural icons from a country that is synonymous with art andculture - Italy.

Gay Italian authors Valerio Bartolucci and Matteo B. Bianchi andscreenwriter Ivan Controneo will be in town for the gay Italian program ofArt Explosion, titled "Colloquio: Gay Culture in Italy." The three writerswill participate in a panel discussion at ArtServe on Sunday, Feb. 10. Theywill also be special guests at the Gay Italian American group's dinnerMonday, Feb. 11, at Primavera Restaurant in Oakland Park. In addition, ascreening of Controneo's film, "Ginger and Cinnamon," will be shown atStonewall Library on Saturday, Feb. 9, and his film "Paz!" will be screenedat Cinema Paradiso on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The Italian program is part of Art Explosion's new foreign cultural focus.

"Every year, we want to highlight a different country and focus on the gayarts and culture from that country," said Keith Clark, chairman of ArtExplosion. "Next year, we will probably do one of the Latin Americancountries."

Clark expects the Italian program to be a hit, and he has good reason to beoptimistic. While Florida and Italy appear to have little in common - asidefrom the fact that both are peninsulas - the greater Fort Lauderdale areaactually has a very large Italian-American population. The local Gay ItalianAmerican group sells out its dinners every week and has recently started asecond weekly dinner to meet demand.

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ExpressGayNews.com

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/news/localnews/4372.cfm

A gay 'DaVinci Code'?

Bartolucci is currently working on a new book, which he described as a "sortof gay 'DaVinci Code.'" He expects it to be released in April.

Novelist Matteo Bianchi is a well-known writer in Italy and is particularlypopular among the young generation. He has a hit novel titled "Generation ofLove" and currently works for MTV.

Bartolucci described screenwriter Controneo as a "very active person with alot of energy and ideas." He has written movie scripts, documentaries andbooks. His film "Ginger and Cinamon" is about a mother and daughtertraveling through Mikonos, a Greek island that's very popular with gays.

Art Explosion started as a one-day multi-media art event at ArtServe. Lastyear, it expanded to a two-week-long festival in March. Organizers decidedto move the festival to February this year because there were too many gayevents clustered in March, including Winter Party and the Pride festival.

This year, organizers have been focusing on growing the festival andattracting new sponsors. New sponsors this year include Auto Nation, bothlocal Pride organizations, Comcast and the Express and 411 Magazine, Clarksaid. Sponsors back from last year include Tylenol, the Atlantic Resort andSpa, Bank Atlantic Foundation and Broward Cultural Council.

"Last year, we didn't quite break even; we lost a little money, which isn'tunusual for a new event," Clark said. "It's difficult for a new event totake hold here."



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ExpressGayNews.com

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/news/localnews/4372.cfm

Andrew Holleran and the 'Gay Mafia'

One of the highlights of this year's festival will be a presentation byfamous gay author Andrew Holleran at Stonewall Library on Feb. 17.

"He's pretty reclusive, so we were lucky to get him," Clark said. "He willbe reading from his new book, which is not even published yet."

Organizers are hoping that the finale event, featuring the comic group theGay Mafia at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, will be more successfulthan last year, when only 215 people showed up in the 600-capacity BrowardCenter theater.

"They're going to do a 'Saturday Night Live' inspired night of sketchcomedy," Clark said.

Last year, a snow storm in the Northeast that caused the cancellation of oneof the finale acts contributed to the attendance problem. Headliner act JoeKovacs and Madame were unable to get here because of canceled flights.

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/news/national/4375.cfm

Lesbian activist's residency disputed in lawsuit
Senior Democratic National Committee staffer opposes same-sex marriage

By JOSHUA LYNSEN
Jan. 31, 2008

TA prominent lesbian activist is seeking to clarify where she lives as sheworks to avoid testifying in a civil lawsuit against the Democratic NationalCommittee.

Claire Lucas, a longtime Democratic Party volunteer and donor, says indocuments filed Jan. 23 that she's a legal resident of Washington, D.C., fortax and voting purposes, but actually lives in California.

"Since October 2005," says the filing, "Ms. Lucas has lived in Californiadealing with her dying father's illness and matters related to his estate."

But lawyers seeking to depose Lucas said she can't "have it both ways," andif she maintains a home in Washington, she must testify in the suit againstthe DNC.

In papers filed the same day, the lawyers said Lucas legally resides inWashington and "cannot now claim that she is not a resident of the Districtof Columbia for purposes of civil discovery."

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/view/editorial/4379.cfm

Meth and pot are a waste of your time - and your life
The legal drug pushers and their TV ads are also to blame for the carnage

By PHIL LAPADULA
Jan. 31, 2008

TWO STORIES FROM last week's Express highlight the destructive drug culturein this country. The first was the story about the ecstasy-methamphetaminecombination that has been linked to traffic accidents and homicides. Thesecond was about the tragic death of actor Heath Ledger. Based on newsreports, it appears that prescription or over-the-counter sleeping pills mayhave played a role or were the direct cause of the young actor's death.

The two stories expose the two-pronged nature of drug abuse in America -illicit street drugs and prescription or over-the-counter drugs. In fact, Ibelieve the drug pushers are both street thugs and legal pharmaceuticalcompanies, who have flooded the airwaves in recent years with drug ads forevery ailment imaginable.

When writing a column about drug abuse, I think it's important not to comeacross like Nancy Reagan wagging her finger and saying, "Just say no." Sobefore I go further, in the interest of full disclosure, let me just saythat I've been there myself. I was a bit of a pothead in my early 20s, andit caused my grades to take a dive in my senior year of college. I neverexperimented with any drugs stronger than pot, though I was also a bit of alush in my younger years, and I think the pot contributed to my heavydrinking.

After realizing that the pot was just making me lazy and unmotivated, I quitit. I haven't smoked pot in 22 years, and I have never missed it. Soon afterquitting marijuana, I also gained control of my drinking. Now, I rarely havemore than one or two drinks when I go out. I now regret that I spent so muchof my cute twink years in a fog. I think it prevented me from developingmeaningful relationships and kept me from advancing in my career.

If you are one of those people who thinks that a drug like marijuana isinnocuous and that all drugs should be legalized, I suggest thinking aboutthe people you have known who have been hooked on drugs. For example, if youever tried to date someone who is into illegal drugs, you probably noticedthat they were not interested in you; they were only interested in theirdrugs - and how to get more of them. Whether they are meth maniacs, potheadsor crackheads, people on drugs tend to be very selfish - and selfish peopleend up alone and isolated.

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/view/friendfoe/4381.cfm

Friend & Foe: Leo Marlow & Westboro Baptist Church

By JUAN CARLOS RODRIGUEZ
Jan. 31, 2008

FRIEND OF THE WEEK

Leo Marlow
Contestant on 'American Idol'

One thing we like about potential "American Idol" finalist Leo Marlow isthat he's no Clay Aiken. Marlow won a ticket to Hollywood when he appearedbefore Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson singing a Donny Hathawaysong. It wasn't his singing that blew the judges away; it was Marlow'suncomplicated openness about himself.

"My mother always said she raised the perfect homecoming queen," Marlowsaid. "Too bad it wasn't one of her daughters."

All these years we've been wondering who would emerge as the groundbreakinglavender idol. Regardless of whether this small-town Iowa boy goes far inthe competition, he's won a place in the hearts of gay pop culture vultures.Simon cooed, "I like you." Paula squealed, and Randy set him on his way."You're going to Hollywood," he said.

Being open and up front and his sexual orientation appears to have paid offfor Marlow.

FOE OF THE WEEK

Westboro Baptist Church
God-exploiting homophobes

While we recognize that Fred Phelps' church does not deserve the attentionit gets for such hideous and low-down tactics as picketing at the funeralsof soldiers, the Phelps clan's plans to protest at straight actor HeathLedger's funeral is a new low. The so-called church made an unseemlyspectacle of itself when members said that Ledger would burn in hell forportraying a gay character in the breakthough film "Brokeback Mountain."Perhaps the more noise they make, the more chances Americans have to seejust how repulsive hate-mongers - especially those who cloak themselves inreligion - really are.



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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/view/bitch/4389.cfm

Bitch Session: 'I don't need drugs. I am drugs.' - Gay artist Salvador Dali

Jan. 31, 2008

Stop waxing your brows! Joan Crawford has been dead for decades.

Having a sugar daddy is like having a job. What do you think I do under himevery night? I earn every cent that I make. Mind you the health and pensionplans suck.

It's not that your gay friends do not accept your being bi as real - it isjust that they are jealous that you are getting it more often then they everwill. Enjoy it.

For gay men who never clean house but play online games or trick online:grow up!

To the massage therapist who goes to trashy leather bars "for the music": Ihope you grow up some day and stop having wet dreams about what I did toyou.

Per your Manhunt tracking feature - yes, I still think about you. I thinkyou're immature, self-absorbed, rude and unquestionably beneath thestandards required to be my friend. There's no need to consider yourselfflattered.

Has the bitch who painted gays as superior parents met any of the U-Haullesbians who repeatedly make their kids adjust to new mommies overnight? Orstraight people who also have gone to hell and back to get children? Good orbad parenting has nothing to do with being gay or straight.

Best advice I ever got: instead of looking for Mr. Right, try being Mr.Right. Unfortunately, a lot of guys don't appreciate the gesture. So maybeit wasn't such great advice but I like it anyway.

I love that someone said that the "whole package" was "looks and body."

The secret to happiness: Stay away from bars. Don't watch Fox News. Andnever, ever, ever live in a Republican neighborhood.

It's true. All the gay and lesbian parents I have seen have been fantasticparents. I am sure there are exceptions, but by God I wish schmucks likeHuckabee and the other Republican homophobes could see how beautifully manykids are being raised by gay parents, in spite of being second-classcitizens in America.

Straight or gay, nobody wanting anything worthwhile is going to hook up withsomeone who hangs out in a bar every night. Being a fixture of the bar sceneis only going to get you another fixture of the bar scene.

My ex boyfriend cheated on every boyfriend he ever had. I was dumb enough tothink I was different and, guess what, he cheated on me. A cheating slutwill always be a cheating slut.

You have to be at the happy hour every day so you can make connections withthe movers and shakers. Yeah, keep telling yourself that.

I had to break up with him because he was too hairy, other than that he wasperfect.

Bitch Boy responds: A razor was too complicated for you?

There is no more racism in Bitch Session than elsewhere - people just aren'tafraid to be ugly, nasty and shallow when they can't get their butt kickedfor it.

Who gives a crap who Obama campaigns with? All I care about is his votingrecord. Check it out you dope!

Why are gay men so afraid of pubic hair? Be a man and stop shaving everypube!

To the bitch who said all pub-lic bathrooms should have glory holes: Wecould get rid of tons of Republicans.

To all you guys with your skinny 19- and 20-year-old twinks: on thesewinter nights, I wouldn't switch my big ole cuddle bear for anything.

The bitch who defines the "whole package" as "looks and body" vividlyillustrates gay shallowness. Oh wow, he has a body to go with that face,what a man of character he must be!

To whoever said "not cute=no friends": You are a real role model and shouldbe proud of yourself. I hope you will eventually find a real friend andlearn what being a decent human being is all about.

Twinks: skinny, athletic is hot, sunken-eyed anorexia is not.

To the total fruit loop queen who said "not cute = no friends": You are oneof the many reasons why people just don't care anymore and becomedestructive with their lives. Karma is a bitch!

Ever notice how much of the Bible the typical atheist knows and how littlethe typical Christian knows? That should tell you something.



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365Gay.com

http://www.365gay.com/

Go to the website, above, for the following articles:
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Florida Anti-Gay Amendment Heads To Ballot
(Tallahassee, Florida) Florida LGBT civil rights groups said Saturday theywill mount an aggressive campaign to defeat a proposed amendment to thestate constitution that would ban same-sex marriage.
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Federal Court OKs Oregon Partner Law
(Portland, Oregon) A state law allowing gay couples to register as domesticpartners belatedly took effect late Friday after a federal judge ruled thestate's process of disqualifying petition signatures was consistent enoughto be valid.
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Rio Carnival In Full Swing
(Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) To the sound of blasting samba, men dressed as nunsswilled beer and danced down the cobblestoned streets of a Rio hillsideFriday night to kick off five days of uninhibited carnival madness.
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NY Appeals Court Rules State Should Recognize Gay Canadian Marriages(Rochester, New York) An appeals court has ruled that a gay couple'smarriage in Canada should be recognized in New York.
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World Captivated By US Election
(New York City) America's extraordinary presidential campaign has captivatedpoliticians and ordinary people around the globe. With so much at stake inthe race for the White House, the world is watching with an intensity thathasn't been seen since the Clinton era began in 1992.
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Few Sparks As Clinton, Obama Debate
(Los Angeles, California) Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clintonsparred, for the most part cordially, over immigration, health care and thewar in Iraq in their first one-on-one debate on Thursday as they facedhigh-stakes Super Tuesday contests that could go a long way towarddetermining the party's presidential nominee.
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Kentucky Bill Would Ban Domestic Partner Benefits
(Frankfort, Kentucky) Kentucky Gov. Gov. Steve Beshear (D) says he will vetoa bill that would bar state funded agencies or colleges from offeringdomestic partner benefits if the measure arrives on his desk.



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National Gay News

http://nationalgaynews.com/

Go to the website, above, for the following articles:
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We're Here, And We're Also Queer
If you drew up a list of gay-friendly states, Alabama, which still treatshomosexual conduct as a crime, and Utah, home of a large, conservativeMormon community, probably wouldn't be near the top. But according to a newUCLA Law School study, the gay population is booming in both places.
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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Turns 15
It was 15 years ago, Tuesday, that President Clinton rolled out the policythat came to be known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which relaxed thelong-standing bar against gay men and women serving in the U.S. military.
While the move was initially hailed as progress for the rights of gays inthe military, today many see it as a liability.
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Jamaica: Shield Gays from Mob Attacks
A homophobic mob attack in Jamaica that left one man severely injured andanother missing and feared dead shows yet again that authorities must takeurgent action against violence and hatred, Human Rights Watch said today.
This incident is the latest in a string of homophobic mob violence over thelast year, including an attack on mourners in a church.
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Valentine's and Equality; Same Love, Same Rights Mobilizes Gay & LesbianMinority
The Same Love, Same Rights® Mobile Marriage Summit is traveling the nationthis election year,rallying the GLBTQ community in promoting equal rights inmarriage and adoption. An initiative of the national company Rainbow WeddingNetwork, Same Love, Same Rights® combines both a Wedding Expo geared tosame-sex couples along with a Forum in which ideas are brainstormed from allwho attend on innovative ways to create mass change in America concerningmarriage equality. Upcoming dates for the Same Love, Same Rights® MobileMarriage Summit include Atlanta (February 24, 2008), Seattle (April 6,2008), Tampa (May 4, 2008) and plans are underway for events in New YorkCity and Chicago.
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Scientists Create Sperm From Female Stem Cells
A research team at the University of Newcastle has created primitive spermcells with female embryonic stem cells.The breakthrough could lead tosame-sex couples producing children with both their genes.
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New Jersey: Judge Orders Property Settlement in Same-Sex Split
A state judge here has ordered a property settlement for two women ending adomestic partnership, saying the couple should be treated the same asmarried spouses who divorce, an attorney involved in the case saidWednesday.
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Panda Travel Targets Gays and Lesbians
Panda Travel, one of Hawaii's largest and oldest travel agencies, is tryingto capture greater market share in the gay and lesbian community by with thelaunch of HawaiiGayTravel.com While there are many gay and lesbian travelWeb sites that focus on Hawaii, most are currently run by private bloggersor smaller travel companies. Panda Travel's increased interest in thismarket demonstrates its growing influence both in Hawaii and elsewhere.
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India: Homosexuality: Struggling for Social Acceptance
Homosexuality has always been one acrid issue throwing venom on the societyin various ways. The Indian society fails to recognise homosexuality as anorm and propagates a hostile attitude towards homosexual people.
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Nashville Pride Celebrates 20th
Anniversary With Change
Nashville Pride plans to celebrate its 20th year by taking the PrideFestival and events to the next level. Nashville Pride President BradBennett plans to make some pretty major changes to this year's festival withnew traditions and some powerhouse entertainment in hopes of bringing outeven larger crowds than in previous years.
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TV's Outlook in Doubt, Mardi Gras Show Plan
The producer of TV2's late night GLBT show The Outlook says the series maynot return, but he's planning a special television event for mid-2008looking at the 30th Anniversary of Sydney Mardi Gras."The feedback we gotabout The Outlook was overwhelmingly positive and encouraging," explains theshow's producer Glenn Sims, now Managing Director of television productioncompany Redflame Media. He says a second series for 2008 is in doubt howeveras Redflame is fully committed to a number of other prime-time televisionproductions this year.
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Gay Group Faces Court Challenge in Turkey
Efforts by Turkish officials to close one of the country's leading LGBTorganisations will resume in court today. A department of the IstanbulGovernor's office responsible for non-governmental organisations allegesthat the group, Lambda Istanbul, violates Turkish laws on morality.
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Cell Phones Get Spicy With Porn
The next frontier for erotica rapidly approaches, as it comes to tiny mobilephone screens.According to Reuters, if the adult entertainment industry hasits way, Americans may soon get a choice of free porn on cell phones, or atleast some photographs of good-looking girls in bikinis.
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Chi Chi LaRue PSA on Barebacking in the Gay Porn Industry
Given the recent reports of a sharp increase in HIV infection in men under30 and an increase in so-called "barebacking" porn, industry legend Chi ChiLaRue has decided to speak out about the importance of wearing a condom, andthe importance of setting an example in the adult film industry.
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Let Gays March
In order to explain why the proposal to ban the gay pride parade inJerusalem is so damaging, we can write about values, freedom of expression,human rights, and the future of democracy. But in order to fully illustrateit, it would be better to go back to our good old high school days.
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Two Novembers Movements, Rights, and the Yogyakarta Principles
In 1992 in Romania, repression was a vivid legacy, privation a livedreality, and intimacy of any kind had to survive in whatever privacy itcould garner. That November in the city of Timisoara, Ciprian C., in thelast year of high school, met Marian M., two years older. They were bothmen; they fell in love.
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Study: More Than 600,000 in U.S. Have HIV
Less than 1 percent of U.S. adults ages 18-49 who are not homeless orincarcerated have contracted HIV, according to a national study releasedTuesday.The Center for Health Statistics' evaluation of HIV patients in thecountry shows that 600,000 people in this group -- which excludes those whoare homeless, prisoners or patients in institutions -- have the virus.
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Students Petition for Gayand Lesbian Acceptance
Administrators with the Susquehanna Township School District are reviewingtheir harassment policy, following concerns from students. More than 300students signed a petition recently, in hopes of getting administrators totake a closer look at how gay and lesbian students are treated byclassmates.
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Gyllenhaal 'Happy' to be Gay Icon
Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed that he is happy to be a gay icon following hisrole in Brokeback Mountain. The 27-year-old played a gay rodeo cowboy in the2005 movie, which also starred late actor Heath Ledger.
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Space, The Final Frontier for Homosexuality
There has been openly gay television actors and characters, there has beenopenly gay (retired) NFL football players, there has even been an openly gayUS Republican Member of Congress, but there has never been an openly gayastronaut, active or retired.



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To Form a More Perfect Union: Marriage Equality News

Information, news, and discussion about the legal recognition of same-sexcouples and their families, including marriages, domestic partnerships,civil unions, adoptions, foster children and similar issues.

http://samesexmarriage.typepad.com/weblog/

Go to the website, above, for the following articles:
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The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Thursday upheld a districtcourt's dismissal of a lawsuit against a Massachusetts town that allows itspublic school system to teach children about same-sex marriage [JURIST newsarchive]. The appeals court held that "Public schools are not obliged toshield individual students from ideas which potentially are religiouslyoffensive," pointing out that the students were not required to agree withthose ideas or participate in discussions about them. Two families ofelementary school students filed the lawsuit [plaintiffs' materials] in 2006to stop the school from reading homosexual-themed books to their childrenwithout first notifying parents, arguing that the school's actions violatedtheir right to free exercise of religion. [.] AP has more.
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In a ruling that could thrust New York into the debate over same-sexmarriages, an appellate court has ruled that the marriage of a gay couple inCanada should be recognized in New York. The Appellate Division, FourthJudicial Department reversed the 2006 ruling of a state Supreme Courtjustice who determined that Monroe Community College did not have to extendhealth care benefits to the same-sex partner of MCC employee PatriciaMartinez.In August 2006 state Supreme Court Justice Harold L. Gallowaydismissed Martinez's lawsuit, saying that the state does not recognizesame-sex marriages. The state Legislature "currently defines marriage aslimited to the union of one man and one woman," Galloway wrote.Appellatejudges disagreed with Galloway Friday, determining that there is no legalimpediment in New York to the recognition of a same-sex marriage."TheLegislature may decide to prohibit the recognition of same-sex marriagessolemnized abroad," the ruling states. "Until it does so, however, suchmarriages are entitled to recognition in New York."
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[Letter writer] Merkovsky is right when he says marriage is about more thanjust "benefits." It is about emotional security and societal respect and theright to live in a world that honors love. I am a straight 18-year-oldHempfield Area High School senior and it makes me sad to think that Mr.Merkovsky thinks that he speaks for the world I will live in. Amber Stahl,Hempfield
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A measure to expand the state's domestic partnership law passed a Housecommittee Wednesday, and could be up for a vote on the House floor withinthe next two weeks.
The bill would grant same-sex couples more than 170 of the benefits andresponsibilities given to married couples, including property andguardianship rights. The House Judiciary Committee passed it on a 7-4 vote.



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Planet Out

http://www.planetout.com/fitness/article.html?sernum=5246&navpath=/channels/fitness/sports/

Super Bowl XLII for the clueless

by Jim Buzinski, Outsports.com

The Super Bowl is again upon us, and like death and taxes there is noescaping it. The teams were off last week and we still heard about Tom Bradyand his model girlfriend in addition to a lineman who used to castrate lambswith his teeth. Mercifully, the game is almost here.

Since some of you reading this barely know who is playing, Outsports offersas a public service our annual Super Bowl for the Clueless.

What: Super Bowl 42 (I am lousy with Roman numerals, so will ignore theNFL's designation of SB XLII). The New England Patriots represent theAmerican Football Conference and the New York Giants the National FootballConference. The game will be played Sunday with a 6:30 p.m. EST kickoff fromGlendale, Ariz. Fox will broadcast the game.

In addition to English, the game will be broadcast in Danish, Flemish,French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish,Thai, Arabic, Basque, Catalan, Cantonese, Croatian, Farsi, Filipino,Galician, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Montenegrin,Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian and Swedish in their respectivecountries. What, no Klingon?

The Patriots (18-0) are seeking to become the first NFL team to finish 19-0and join the 1972 Miami Dolphins, so far the only unbeaten team. The Giants(13-6) have taken the hard road, becoming only the third team in history towin three consecutive road playoff games to reach the Super Bowl.

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The Advocate

http://advocate.com/exclusive_detail_ektid52017.asp

Obama Picks Up LGBT Supporters From Edwards

A critical mass of John Edwards's LGBT steering committee is going publicwith support for Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. Hillary Clinton.

By Kerry Eleveld
February 01, 2008

A critical mass of John Edwards's LGBT steering committee is going publicwith support for Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. Hillary Clinton. Twenty-twomembers of the Edwards campaign's original 59-person gay and lesbiancommittee will now be working for Obama victories next Tuesday andthroughout the rest of the primary season.

The new Obama converts include Eric Stern, who headed up Edwards's LGBTsteering committee, and longtime gay activist David Mixner, who famouslycampaigned for Bill Clinton in 1992, holding some of the first gayfund-raisers for a U.S. presidential candidate.

Mixner, a peace activist during the war in Vietnam, came out early forEdwards after the former North Carolina senator made an unequivocal case forending the Iraq war at the historic Riverside Church in New York City.

Mixner said Obama's clear and consistent opposition to the war is alsodriving his decision on this go-around. "Moving from one candidate toanother is never an easy process," he said, "but the times demand that weall participate fully and completely to bring about change. Originally, mysupport went to Senator Edwards because of the war in Iraq. For the verysame reason, I am supporting Senator Obama. This is not even a close callfor me."

Stern, who served more generally as a political adviser to the Edwardscampaign, said he met with Hillary Clinton's director of LGBT outreach, MarkWalsh, and had several phone conversations with Tobias Wolff, the chair ofObama's national LGBT policy committee.

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Planet Out

http://www.planetout.com/news/article.html?date=2008/02/01/8

Coulter: I'll back Clinton over McCain

Friday, February 1, 2008 / 03:09 PM

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter jabbed Republican frontrunner Sen. JohnMcCain on Thursday when she said she would support Democratic candidate Sen.
Hillary Clinton if he clenched the GOP nomination.

In her announcement, on Fox's "Hannity and Colmes," Coulter said that shewould be even willing to campaign for Sen. Clinton because McCain is notonly bad for Republicans, "he is bad for the country."

"If you are looking at substance rather than if there is an 'R' or a 'D'after his name," she said according to United Press International,"manifestly, if he's our candidate, then Hillary is going to be our girl,because she's more conservative than he is. I think she would be stronger onthe war on terrorism."

Other conservatives, including talk radio's Rush Limbaugh, said thatMcCain's popularity has been drawn from a "fractured" conservative base andan uninspiring field of candidates on the Republican side.

"He is not the choice of conservatives, as opposed to the choice of theRepublican establishment -- and that distinction is key," Limbaugh said,according to CNN. "The Republican establishment, which has long sought torid the party of conservative influence since Reagan, is feeling a victorytoday as well as our friends in the media."

According to exit-poll numbers, among voters who identify as conservative,he has consistently lost. The Arizona senator is ahead in delegates afterhis Florida win. McCain has also taken South Carolina, Michigan and NewHampshire, while Mitt Romney has won Michigan, Nevada and Wyoming. (TheAdvocate)



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The Advocate

http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid52000.asp

Hillary Clinton Gives Gay Interview Ahead of Super Tuesday

02/02/08-02/04/08

Sen. Hillary Clinton is reaching out to LGBT voters one last time -- onLogo -- before Super Tuesday, February 5, when 22 states representing morethan 1,600 delegates will weigh in on the Democratic nomination.

The candidates need a total of 2,025 delegates to become the nominee, andnext Tuesday's vote may or may not bring either Clinton or Sen. Barack Obamato that number. Clinton currently has 249 delegates, and Obama is at 181.The Advocate will have a constellation of bloggers from New York to Atlantato Los Angeles updating our Election 2008 blog throughout the evening nextTuesday as returns come in.

In Logo's interview with Senator Clinton, news anchor Jason Belliniquestions her about "don't ask, don't tell" and how that issue might playout if she runs against John McCain in the general election. The interviewwill stream at Logo's 365gay.com beginning Friday, February 1, at 8 p.m.Eastern, and throughout the weekend on Logo.

The Advocate interviewed both Clinton and Obama last fall:

-Senator Clinton following the HRC/Logo debate last summer

-Senator Obama last October

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The Advocate

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Obama Raises A Record $32 Million in January

02/02/08-02/04/08

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raised a staggering $32million in January from an ever-increasing donor base, aides said Thursday.Republican Mitt Romney dipped into his personal fortune to give hispresidential campaign $35 million in 2007, including $18 million in the lastthree months of the year alone.

Obama's $1 million-a-day rate is the largest haul ever by a presidentialcandidate during a competitive primary. The outpouring of money will permitObama to boost staff and extend advertising to states beyond the sweepingFebruary 5 contests, aides said. In an e-mail to supporters Thursdayevening, Obama's campaign said it had attracted 224,000 new donors inJanuary for a total of more than 700,000 overall.

Romney reported raising $9 million in contributions and spending $33.8million during the last three months of 2007. He did not release anyfund-raising numbers for January, when seven Republican contests were held,but reported $2.4 million cash on hand going into a month in which he spentheavily on advertising.

Campaign aides said he was ready to embark on an aggressive strategy toconfront rival John McCain with television ads in California and otherFebruary 5 states. The decision signaled that Romney might be prepared todip into his wealth again.

Thursday was the deadline for campaigns to file their end-of-year financereports with the Federal Election Commission, numbers that were fairly datedgiven the hyperactive month of January with its slew of early contests andheavy spending.

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The Advocate

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Keyes Holds Romney Responsible for Passing Massachusetts Marriage Law

02/02/08-02/04/08

Republican presidential aspirant Alan Keyes says he holds fellow candidateMitt Romney responsible for passing the Massachusetts same-sex marriage lawin 2004.

In a Thursday posting on his website, Keyes, who openly expresses hisantigay opinions, argues that despite common belief that the Massachusetts'ssupreme judicial court ordered the existing marriage laws to be changedimmediately, "The court merely issued an opinion stating that, in its view,the existing marriage law was unconstitutional because it failed to allowpersons of the same sex to marry. The court then gave the legislature 180days to 'take such action as it may deem appropriate in light of thisopinion' -- implicitly telling lawmakers to come up with a new marriagestatute."

Keyes insists that Romney was under no pressure to act and pass any laws.According to Keyes, "The appropriate course of action for Romney was to donothing."

Keyes continues, "This action by Mitt Romney is among the most sociallydamaging actions by a chief executive in our nation's history." He goes onto speak against Romney's capabilities as potential president by saying,"The failure by Romney to 'say no' to corrupt activist judges in a criticalcontroversy over 'separation of powers,' and his willingness to takeunwarranted steps that exceeded his lawful authority, reveal the kind ofchief executive he would be if elected president." (The Advocate)



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Spain's Catholic Bishops Make Antigay Voting Recommendations

02/02/08-02/04/08

Spain's ruling Socialists on Friday slammed Catholic bishops for urgingpeople to vote against parties who favor same-sex marriage or negotiationswith armed separatists in next month's elections -- two obvious jabs aimedat the government.

''The bishops have decided to enter the election campaign. They have decidedto call for votes for the [right-wing] Popular Party,'' Socialist spokesmanJosé Blanco told Cadena SER radio.

But Blanco said it was logical given that for the past four years the churchhad joined the Popular Party in numerous anti-government demonstrationsagainst negotiations with the armed Basque group ETA, gay marriage, andcurtailing religious education in schools.

Describing the bishops' stance as ''immoral'' and ''hypocritical,'' Blancosaid he was sure that many Catholics, like him, felt ashamed of the church'spolitical interference.

Spain holds general elections March 9, with latest polls indicating theSocialists and the Popular Party are in a dead heat.

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The Advocate

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It Takes Two Men to Tango

January 28, 2008

Steve Valentine has always dreamed of making same-sex ballroom dancing morethan a novelty. Now, with his gay ballroom dancing program debuting in WestHollywood in January, he may. But for Valentine, ballroom is about more thanhaving fun and feeling sexy. He wants to compete -- and win.

By Japhy Grant

"There's something about two men dancing together that's so beautiful andpowerful," gushes Steve Valentine, the creator of a gay ballroom dancingprogram debuting in West Hollywood in January. Inspired by the popularity ofshows like Dancing With the Stars, Valentine has partnered with the city ofWest Hollywood and North American International Ballroom FinalistChristopher Beroiz to give amateurs a chance to swivel their hips in thecha-cha, fox-trot, and tango in a fun and easy environment.

There's a bit of a love story at the heart of these classes. Valentine, adance enthusiast and publicist, had seen same-sex ballroom dancing only ahandful of times (often as a novelty) and yearned for the opportunity to tryit. But there's more to same-sex dancing than finding a partner.

"There's a lot of issues of who leads and who follows, who's the top andwho's the bottom on the dance floor," Valentine explains. One day, whiledoing errands, he passed by a ballroom class saw "this beautiful manteaching a straight couple to dance" and was blown away. After the class wasover, he approached the instructor, Christopher Beroiz, and they struck up afriendship. Valentine pitched his idea of bringing ballroom dancing to LosAngeles gays and Beroiz joined up. The story leads Valentine to confess,"The truth is, this all started when I was stalking a ballroom instructorbecause he was hot."

These aren't your grandparents' ballroom classes. Local celebrity judges(Bruce Vilanch and Maria Conchita Alonso are confirmed) will be brought into judge the competition, and class locations can range from a club on theSunset Strip to the outdoor courtyard of the Pacific Design Center. Classeswill cover beginner, intermediate, and advanced styles, and in asame-sex-only twist, partners will be coached on who should lead and whowill follow. As the classes progress, Beroiz will be identifying one or twocouples who he will take under his wing for more intensive training --because as much as ballroom is about beauty, it's also about competition.The couples that are chosen for one-on-one training will be the classes'inaugural entrants in San Francisco's April Follies, a same-sex ballroomcompetition occurring on April 26. Rival teams are slated to come fromseveral other cities around the country.

Another step in the national push to bring ballroom to gay participants camelast October, when 33 same-sex dance partners, instructors, and organizersformed the nonprofit North American Same-Sex Dancesport Association (theycall it a "working title") to promote the sport. It became the firstnational organization for gay ballroom.

It's surprising that ballroom dancing, with its combination of athleticism,glamour, and eroticism hasn't caught on with gays yet, but Valentine isdetermined to spread his passion for the sport to others. And being apublicist doesn't hurt. He's already been approached by a number oftelevision producers, including those of Dancing With the Stars, to bringgay ballroom dancing to TV in some form. But is America ready for gayballroom? Valentine replies, "When people see same-sex couples dancing, you'd think their hair might bristle, but once they watch it, they always commenton the magic of it -- and it really is magical."



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Gays Without Borders

The following article, which chronicles Peter Tatchell's 40 years ofactivism and his latest campaign, is the cover story in this week's editionof Gay City News, New York City's largest LGBT newspaper:

http://www.gaycitynews.com:80/site/news.cfm?newsid=19251864&BRD=2729&PAG=461&dept_id=568864&rfi=6

TATCHELL'S LATEST CRUSADE: London's OutRage! Leader Blocks PakistaniStrongman's Limo

By: DOUG IRELAND
Gay City News, 1/31/2008

Britain's best-known gay activist, Peter Tatchell, confrontedPakistan's Pervez Musharraf this past weekend when the dictator arrived inLondon on the last leg of his European tour, blocking the general's car withhis body repeatedly to protest "the suppression of democracy and humanrights" by the military strongman.

Tatchell, who this year marks the 40th anniversary of his start as anactivist, undertook the protest against Musharraf even though he is stillsuffering the physical after-effects of the severe beating he received lastyear in Moscow when a crowd of fascist thugs, egged on by the police,violently broke up an attempted Gay Pride demonstration in front of Moscow'sCity Hall that Tatchell had gone to Russia to support (see this reporter'sMay 31-Jun. 5, 2007 article, "The Agony of Moscow Pride," a link to whichappears in the web version of this article).

"I've still got cognition and physical cordination problems, loss of vision,and memory holes" as a result of the Moscow beating, Tatchell, head of themilitant UK queer rights group OutRage!, told Gay City News by telephonefrom London. He added, "First my doctors told me I'd be alright in a month,then they said three months, and now they're telling me these problems maynever go away."

The ambush of Musharraf happened outside London's Hilton Hotel Park Lane onJanuary 25, as the Pakistani president's motorcade drew close to the hotel,where he was scheduled to speak.

"To avert police attention, I stood inconspicuously at a bus stop reading anewspaper, waiting for Musharraf's motorcade to arrive," said Tatchell."When the police motorcycle escorts drew level, I ran out into Park Lane andstraight in front of the president's car. It screeched to a halt. I unfurleda placard protesting against Musharraf's massacre of civilians in occupiedBaluchistan. The placard read: 'Stop Pakistan Massacre of Baluch people.'"

Tatchell got his message across to the Pakistani dictator.

"Musharraf could clearly see the placard, and he did not look pleased," hesaid. "His driver tried to back up and drive around me, but I ran in frontof the limousine again, forcing it to halt once more. I could see Musharrafshouting something at his driver. Perhaps he feared that I was an assassinor a suicide bomber."

Then, said Tatchell, "The limo reversed again and tried to swerve past me. Iblocked it for the third time. Musharraf and his colleagues looked veryagitated. Eventually, police motorcycle escorts ran over and dragged me awayfrom the bonnet of Musharraf's vehicle."

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Gays Without Borders

The following press release from Lambda Istanbul reports on the latesthearing in the court trial to ban the organization:

From: Lambdaistanbul
Date: 2008-feb-02 13:13

Update on the Closing Case of Lambdaistanbul LGBT SolidarityAssociation

The third hearing of the case which was opened last summer to shutdown Lambdaistanbul was held on 31st of January, 2008 in Istanbul. Due tothe fact that the expert report didn't arrive, the hearing was postponed toMarch 6th, 2008. On the second hearing, the judge had assigned an expert,specialized in the Civil Code, to write a report on the case.

Istanbul City Government had applied the prosecutor for a court caseto be opened, claiming that the words "lesbian", "gay", "bisexual","transvestite" nd "transsexual" and the aim of the association were againstgeneral morality and the turkish family values. There is no law in Turkeydefining being LGBT as a crime. Despite two reports from two differentprosecutors, stating that there was no need for a case, emphasizing thefreedom of expression and organization, guaranteed by various turkish anduniversal laws undersigned by Turkey, Istanbul City Government appealed tothe prosecutor's decision and the court decided to open the case. The trialstarted on July 19th, 2007. You can access to more information at:
http://www.lambdais tanbul.org/ php/main.php?menuID=26&altMenuID=56&icerikID=3590

A group of about 40 Lambdaistanbul supporters was present at the courtin order to show solidarity, as well as a few members of the press.

The police searched the Lambda supporters arbitrarily, after they haveentered the building, while waiting outside the courtroom. They said theydid this due to the fact that an international observer had taken picturesduring the second hearing. The lawyers objected to the search with no avail.

Then, during the hearing, the judge claimed that a crowded group haddone a demonstration, opened banners, forcing the windows and the doors andshowed resistance to the police and asked the lawyers to warn the members ofthe association. The lawyers tried to explain to the judge that there hasbeen no such thing, and if there had been, that the prosecutor and thepolice were present and that they would have interfered and kept a record ofthis, yet there was no such document. But the judge insisted on his claimand said that this was considered influencing the jurisdiction and thereforewas a crime.

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Euro-Queer

German Memorial to Honor Gay Victims

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 3:22 p.m. ET
January 31, 2008

BERLIN (AP) -- A new Berlin memorial to the Nazis' gay victims -- includinga video presentation showing same-sex couples kissing -- should be readywithin months, officials said Thursday.

The $890,000 memorial to gay victims will be located in Berlin'sTiergarten Park, across from the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe,Culture Minister Bernd Neumann said.

Construction on another memorial to honor Roma and Sinti, or Gypsy,victims of the Nazis also is to begin this year.

Homosexuality was banned under the Nazis. Tens of thousands ofpeople -- primarily men -- were arrested and many were sent to concentrationcamps.

Some 220,000 to 500,000 Gypsies were killed during the Nazi Holocaust,in addition to some 6,000,000 Jews.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe -- some 2,700 massive slabsof concrete lined up to form a labyrinth of rising and falling pathways --opened in central Berlin in 2005.

Already, cracks in the slabs will need to be repaired at costs of up to$300,000, experts say. The memorial cost more than $41,000,000 million tobuild.



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Gay & Lesbian Leadership
SmartBrier

http://www.smartbrief.com/index.jsp

Go to the website, above, for the following articles:
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AIDS experts in uproar over finding that some unprotected sex is safe
AIDS experts in Europe and North America, who have long been proponents ofthe use of condoms as the most effective way to stop the epidemic, weretaken aback by a new finding of the The Swiss National AIDS Commission thatcertain people with HIV can safely have unprotected sex with an HIV-negativepartner. "Not only is [the Swiss proposal] dangerous, it's misleading and itis not considering the implications of the biological facts involved withHIV transmission," said Jay Levy, director of the Laboratory for Tumor andAIDS Virus Research at the University of California, San Francisco.
MSNBC/Associated Press (1/31)
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Military gay ban marks 15th year
This article looks at the impact of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" militarypolicy, which was proposed by President Bill Clinton 15 years ago, and itschances for being revoked by Congress or the next president. TIME (1/28)
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Marriage ban approved by Indiana Senate, but House unlikely to act on it
The Indianapolis Star (1/30)
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Bill to end DP benefits for Ky. state workers clears Senate, could stall inHouse
The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (1/31)
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Florida city adds "gender identity" to list of groups protected from bias
The Gainesville Sun (Fla.) (1/29)
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When the president says hello to your boyfriend
The Boston Globe (1/29)
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HRC's D.C. store hit by armed robbery
Washington Blade (1/29)
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Learn to run a winning campaign!
The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute is bringing its renowned Candidate &Campaign Training to Charlotte, NC. Join us Feb. 21 to 24 to learn how tobuild a winning campaign. Whether you're running as openly LGBT or workingon a campaign, our training will provide you with the tools you need forsuccess. Click here to learn more and apply by Jan. 28.
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Editorial: Civil unions now, marriage later
This Baltimore Sun editorial proposes the passage of civil unions forsame-sex couples in Maryland as a "bridge" to a time when equal marriagerights can be attained. "If such a [civil unions] law would help offset, ifonly partially, the injustice done same-sex couples, it ought to be approvedthis session," The Sun writes. The Sun (Baltimore) (free registration)(1/27)
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High-profile women blog about White House raceMalinda Lo, managing editor of AfterEllen.com; Kate Kendell, executivedirector of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; gay press veteran LisaNeff; and Joan Garry, former executive director of Gay & Lesbian AllianceAgainst Defamation offer their takes on the presidential contest. Read moreat Visible Vote.



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Gays Without Borders

The following article, which chronicles Peter Tatchell's 40 years ofactivism and his latest campaign, is the cover story in this week's editionof Gay City News, New York City's largest LGBT newspaper:

http://www.gaycitynews.com:80/site/news.cfm?newsid=19251864&BRD=2729&PAG=461&dept_id=568864&rfi=6

TATCHELL'S LATEST CRUSADE: London's OutRage! Leader Blocks PakistaniStrongman's Limo

By: DOUG IRELAND
Gay City News, 1/31/2008

Britain's best-known gay activist, Peter Tatchell, confrontedPakistan's Pervez Musharraf this past weekend when the dictator arrived inLondon on the last leg of his European tour, blocking the general's car withhis body repeatedly to protest "the suppression of democracy and humanrights" by the military strongman.

Tatchell, who this year marks the 40th anniversary of his start as anactivist, undertook the protest against Musharraf even though he is stillsuffering the physical after-effects of the severe beating he received lastyear in Moscow when a crowd of fascist thugs, egged on by the police,violently broke up an attempted Gay Pride demonstration in front of Moscow'sCity Hall that Tatchell had gone to Russia to support (see this reporter'sMay 31-Jun. 5, 2007 article, "The Agony of Moscow Pride," a link to whichappears in the web version of this article).

"I've still got cognition and physical cordination problems, loss of vision,and memory holes" as a result of the Moscow beating, Tatchell, head of themilitant UK queer rights group OutRage!, told Gay City News by telephonefrom London. He added, "First my doctors told me I'd be alright in a month,then they said three months, and now they're telling me these problems maynever go away."

The ambush of Musharraf happened outside London's Hilton Hotel Park Lane onJanuary 25, as the Pakistani president's motorcade drew close to the hotel,where he was scheduled to speak.

"To avert police attention, I stood inconspicuously at a bus stop reading anewspaper, waiting for Musharraf's motorcade to arrive," said Tatchell."When the police motorcycle escorts drew level, I ran out into Park Lane andstraight in front of the president's car. It screeched to a halt. I unfurleda placard protesting against Musharraf's massacre of civilians in occupiedBaluchistan. The placard read: 'Stop Pakistan Massacre of Baluch people.'"

Tatchell got his message across to the Pakistani dictator.

"Musharraf could clearly see the placard, and he did not look pleased," hesaid. "His driver tried to back up and drive around me, but I ran in frontof the limousine again, forcing it to halt once more. I could see Musharrafshouting something at his driver. Perhaps he feared that I was an assassinor a suicide bomber."

Then, said Tatchell, "The limo reversed again and tried to swerve past me. Iblocked it for the third time. Musharraf and his colleagues looked veryagitated. Eventually, police motorcycle escorts ran over and dragged me awayfrom the bonnet of Musharraf's vehicle."

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Gays Without Borders

The following press release from Lambda Istanbul reports on the latesthearing in the court trial to ban the organization:

From: Lambdaistanbul
Date: 2008-feb-02 13:13

Update on the Closing Case of Lambdaistanbul LGBT SolidarityAssociation


The third hearing of the case which was opened last summer to shutdown Lambdaistanbul was held on 31st of January, 2008 in Istanbul. Due tothe fact that the expert report didn't arrive, the hearing was postponed toMarch 6th, 2008. On the second hearing, the judge had assigned an expert,specialized in the Civil Code, to write a report on the case.

Istanbul City Government had applied the prosecutor for a court caseto be opened, claiming that the words "lesbian", "gay", "bisexual","transvestite" and "transsexual" and the aim of the association were againstgeneral morality and the turkish family values. There is no law in Turkeydefining being LGBT as a crime. Despite two reports from two differentprosecutors, stating that there was no need for a case, emphasizing thefreedom of expression and organization, guaranteed by various turkish anduniversal laws undersigned by Turkey, Istanbul City Government appealed tothe prosecutor's decision and the court decided to open the case. The trialstarted on July 19th, 2007. You can access to more information at:

http://www.lambdais tanbul.org/ php/main. php?menuID=26&altMenuID=56&icerikID=3590

A group of about 40 Lambdaistanbul supporters was present at the courtin order to show solidarity, as well as a few members of the press.

The police searched the Lambda supporters arbitrarily, after they haveentered the building, while waiting outside the courtroom. They said theydid this due to the fact that an international observer had taken picturesduring the second hearing. The lawyers objected to the search with no avail.

Then, during the hearing, the judge claimed that a crowded group haddone a demonstration, opened banners, forcing the windows and the doors andshowed resistance to the police and asked the lawyers to warn the members ofthe association. The lawyers tried to explain to the judge that there hasbeen no such thing, and if there had been, that the prosecutor and thepolice were present and that they would have interfered and kept a record ofthis, yet there was no such document. But the judge insisted on his claimand said that this was considered influencing the jurisdiction and thereforewas a crime.

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Euro-Queer

German Memorial to Honor Gay Victims

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 3:22 p.m. ET
January 31, 2008

BERLIN (AP) -- A new Berlin memorial to the Nazis' gay victims -- includinga video presentation showing same-sex couples kissing -- should be readywithin months, officials said Thursday.

The $890,000 memorial to gay victims will be located in Berlin'sTiergarten Park, across from the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe,Culture Minister Bernd Neumann said.

Construction on another memorial to honor Roma and Sinti, or Gypsy,victims of the Nazis also is to begin this year.

Homosexuality was banned under the Nazis. Tens of thousands ofpeople -- primarily men -- were arrested and many were sent to concentrationcamps.

Some 220,000 to 500,000 Gypsies were killed during the Nazi Holocaust,in addition to some 6,000,000 Jews.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe -- some 2,700 massive slabsof concrete lined up to form a labyrinth of rising and falling pathways --opened in central Berlin in 2005.

Already, cracks in the slabs will need to be repaired at costs of up to$300,000, experts say. The memorial cost more than $41,000,000 million tobuild.



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Euro-Queer

Please find enclose copies of articles written and approved by the SwissFederal Commission (National Committee) on HIV/AIDS which were published on30 January. You'll find the text in German and French and a summary inEnglish (word document).

The main summary of this publication the Commission worked on in the lastyear is:

"An HIV-infected person on anti-retroviral therapy with completelysuppressed viremia ("effective ART") is not sexually infectious, i.e. cannotpropagate HIV through sexual contact."

This statement is valid if

· This person is compliant with ART, whose effect must be evaluatedregularly by the treating physician, and

· The viral load has been suppressed (non-detectable) for at leastsix months, and there are no other sexually transmitted diseases

This is potentially a pivotal moment in the field of HIV prevention: theSwiss doctors are publicly saying what many of us with HIV have believed(and applying it in our private lives) for years.

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Euro-Queer

Jamaica: Homophobic Mob Attacks Go Unpunished

Violence in Homes, Streets, Churches Shows Failure of Police Protection

(New York, February 1, 2008) - A homophobic mob attack in Jamaica that leftone man severely injured and another missing and feared dead shows yet againthat authorities must take urgent action against violence and hatred, HumanRights Watch said today. This incident is the latest in a string ofhomophobic mob violence over the last year, including an attack on mournersin a church.

"Roving mobs attacking innocent people and staining the streets with bloodshould shame the nation's leaders," said Scott Long, director of theLesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch."Gays and lesbians in Jamaica face violence at home, in public, even in ahouse of worship, and official silence encourages the spread of hate."

On the evening of January 29, a group of men approached a house where fourmales lived in the central Jamaican town of Mandeville, and demanded thatthey leave the community because they were gay, according to human rightsdefenders who spoke with the victims. Later that evening, a mob returned andsurrounded the house. The four men inside called the police when they sawthe crowd gathering; the mob started to attack the house, shouting andthrowing bottles. Those in the house called police again and were told thatthe police were on the way. Approximately half an hour later, 15-20 menbroke down the door and began beating and slashing the inhabitants.

Human rights defenders who spoke to the victims also reported that policearrived half an hour after the mob had broken into the house - 90 minutesafter the men first called for help. One of the victims managed to flee withthe mob pursuing. A Jamaican newspaper reported that blood was found at themouth of a nearby pit, suggesting he had fallen inside or may have beenkilled nearby. The police escorted the three other victims away from thescene; two of them were taken to the hospital. One of the men had his leftear severed, his arm broken in two places, and his spine reportedly damaged.

The attack on these men echoes another incident in the same town on EasterSunday, April 8, 2007. Approximately 100 men gathered outside a church where150 people were attending the funeral of a gay man. According to mourners,the crowd broke the windows with bottles and shouted, "We want no battyman[gay] funeral here. Leave or else we're going to kill you. We don't want nobattyman buried here in Mandeville." Several mourners inside the churchcalled the police to request protection. After half an hour, three policeofficers arrived.

But instead of protecting the mourners, police socialized with the mob,laughing along at the situation. A highway patrol car subsequently arrived,and one of the highway patrol officers reportedly told the churchgoers, "It's full time this needs to happen. Enough of you guys." The highway patrolofficers then drove off. The remaining officers at the scene refused tointervene when the mob threatened the mourners with sticks, stones, andbatons as they tried to leave the service. Only when several gay men amongthe mourners took knives from their cars for self-defense did policereportedly take action by firing their guns into the air. Officers stoppedgay men from leaving and searched their vehicles, but did not restrain ordetain members of the mob.

"While Jamaican police have begun to reach out to gay and lesbiancommunities, this change hasn't reached many police stations whereprotection remains a chimera," said Rebecca Schleifer, advocate on HIV/AIDSand human rights at Human Rights Watch. "These horrifying attacks shouldgalvanize officials to protect all Jamaicans against violence, regardless ofwho they are."

Two other mob attacks last year reinforced the fears of gay and lesbianJamaicans. On April 2, 2007, a crowd in Montego Bay attacked three menalleged to be gay who were attending a carnival. The men took to a stage todance during the revelry, but the mob began throwing bottles and stones atthem. Witnesses said the crowd chased the men down the street, slashed oneman with knives and beat him with a manhole cover. According to local pressreports, at least 30 or 40 people beat another man as he sought refuge in abar, tearing his clothes from him and striking him as he bled severely froma head wound.

In this case, police did intervene in an attempt to protect the men, butwere overpowered by the mob. They were able to transport at least one victimto the hospital only after backup forces arrived more than 20 minutes later.

On February 14, 2007, a mob in Kingston attacked four men, including theco-chair of t the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG).The men took refuge in a store in Tropical Plaza on Constant Spring Road inKingston, while a crowd of at least 200 people gathered outside, calling forthe men to be beaten to death because they were gay. The men called localpolice, as well as Human Rights Watch. When officers arrived, instead ofprotecting them, they verbally abused the victims, calling them "nastybattymen," and struck one in the face, head, and stomach. They took the mento Halfway Tree Police Station in Kingston, but refused to take theircomplaints and ordered them never to return to the station.

In 2007, Human Rights Watch wrote to then-Prime Minister PortiaSimpson-Miller and Peter Phillips, minister of national security, callingfor an investigation into all the reported violence, as well as protectionof witnesses from threats or reprisals. Human Rights Watch has received noresponse from the government to any of this correspondence.

To view the November 2004 Human Rights Watch report, "Hated to Death:Homophobia, Violence, and Jamaica's HIV/AIDS Epidemic," please visit:

http://hrw.org/reports/2004/jamaica1104/



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Euro-Queer

Top cop up for 'sexiest gay' title

By CHRIS MARSHALL
Friday, 1st February 2008

A TOP Edinburgh police officer is at the centre of an internet campaign tovote him the world's sexiest gay man.

Chief Inspector David Lyle, from the Lothian and Borders force, todaysaid he was flattered someone had seen fit to nominate him for the SexFactor 2008 contest, hosted by dating site Gaydar.

"It's a light-hearted bit of frivolous fun," the 55-year-old said. "Itmakes me smile - I feel slightly flattered. I woke up one morning, sawsomebody had nominated me and thought 'good heavens'. I feel quitechuffed."

The officer, who campaigns for gay rights in the police, said his onlinepresence had allowed other homosexual officers to speak to him about comingout.

On his online profile on the dating site, which includes half nakedpictures of himself, the inspector describes himself as a "big-chested,big-hearted man who laughs a lot".

He says he is looking for outgoing males aged 18-40 for "friendship,chat/e-mail and other activities".

Today he said: "I don't think it's in anyway inappropriate. I thinkit's interesting that all the attention is always on gay sites. There are alot of heterosexual dating sites but no one ever seems to hear about them.

"I have had a profile on Gaydar for eight years and the force has knownabout it since day one. The main reason for using it is trying to reach outto police officers who are not out. I have been able to make contact with alot of gay officers who have nobody to talk to."

Iain Whyte, convener of Lothian and Borders Police board, said the forcehad been using Gaydar for some time as an attempt to improve relations.

"The force has a presence on that site to reach out to reassure gaypeople that the police are there for them," he said.

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Euro-Queer

'Surrogacy for gay couples'

Health authorities are considering paying up to £15,000 tosurrogate mothers to help homosexual couples have children.

North Essex Primary Care Trust has been asked to pay towarda surrogate mother. The PCT said it would also have to consider whether topay toward surrogates for homosexual couples and single people.

In a report to the PCT, Dr Rebecca Gibbs said: "The majorityof applications for surrogacy to be funded on the NHS stem from heterosexualcouples, but consideration would need to be taken for any homosexual coupleor single person who wished to become a parent through surrogacy."

The North Essex PCT said no firm decision had been taken onthe issue.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 37, a homosexual father of three fromChelmsford, Essex, said although he thinks everyone has the right to have afamily, NHS funds should be used to treat the sick.

Information appearing on telegraph.co.uk is the copyright of TelegraphMedia Group Limited.



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Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List
Kenneth.Sherrill@hunter.cuny.edu
kenslist@groups.queernet.org

SIGNATURE GATHERING HAS BEGUN TO PLACEDISCRIMINATORY MARRIAGE MEASURE ON CALIFORNIA'S
NOVEMBER 2008 BALLOT

Jan. 31, 2008 - After failing multiple times toqualify an anti-marriage equality measure for theballot, conservative organizations are now utilizingpaid signature gatherers in another attempt to putthis discriminatory constitutional amendment on theNovember 2008 ballot according to Equality for All,the statewide campaign to defeat such measures. In2006, California became the first state where aneffort to qualify such a discriminatory amendmentfailed.

Equality for All has confirmed that an out-of-stateorganization is backing this effort to permanentlydeny loving and committed California couples theright to marry. Nationformarriage.org andprotectmarriage.com are financially supporting thiseffort.

"These out-of-state extremists continue to expendtime and resources to write discrimination into ourCalifornia Constitution, in spite of the fact thatCalifornians are tired of these costly and divisivecampaigns," said Lorri L. Jean, chief executiveofficer of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, and memberof the Equality for All campaign's executivecommittee. "California voters have a long history ofsupporting fairness and equal treatment under thelaw. We believe voters will reject this measure, andthe politics of hate and division it represents."

"We are committed to a vigorous oppositioncampaign," said Geoff Kors, executive director ofEquality California, and a member of the Equalityfor All executive committee. "Californians supportequality and we are determined to make sure votersunderstand the very real pain that comes withmarriage discrimination and how these types ofamendments will only bring harm to Californiafamilies."

An amendment of this type would have long-term anddamaging repercussions for Californians.

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Pew Research center

http://pewresearch.org/

Go to the website, above, for the following articles:
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A Look at the Numbers
So far, the 2008 primaries and caucuses have been anything butpredictable -- comebacks, fallbacks, not to mention surprised pollsters. Buta closer look reveals some common themes that have emerged. Read more
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A Portrait of the Latino Vote in Eight "Super Tuesday" States
Hispanic voters could be crucial to the outcome of several of next week'sprimaries and caucuses. Here are fact sheets describing the socioeconomiccharacteristics of eligible Latino voters in each of the eight states withsizeable Hispanic populations. Read more
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GOP Debate's Economic Focus Mirrors Country's Concern
But candidates' perceptions on economic growth and tax cuts diverge fromoverall public priorities. Read more
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The Impact of "Cell-Onlys" on Public Opinion Polls
A new Pew study finds that on key political measures such as presidentialapproval, Iraq policy, presidential primary voter preference and partyaffiliation, respondents reached on cell phones hold attitudes very similarto those reached on landline telephones. Read more
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Do Blacks and Hispanics Get Along?
In general the nation's two largest minorities think well of each other, butthere are some important differences, a Pew survey finds. Read more
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Science in the States
States Take Sides in Stem Cell Debate
A Stateline.org backgrounder covers various aspects of the stem cell debate,including an interactive feature illustrating the main techniques used increating pluripotent cells, a summary of ethical questions raised byscientific advances and a description of the evolution of related statepolicies. Read more
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The Daily Number
54% - Iraq War: Bring Troops Home?
That's the proportion of American adults who favor bringing the troops homefrom Iraq as soon as possible. Check back every weekday for another numberin the news. Read more



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Washington Post

http://www.miamiherald.com/692/story/403128.html

L.A. Times backs Obama, McCain

Posted on Sat, Feb. 02, 2008

The Los Angeles Times endorsed the presidential bids of Barack Obama andJohn McCain on Friday.

The newspaper said either of the candidates remaining in the Democraticfield - Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton - would be a formidable nominee inthe November election. But it "strongly" endorsed Obama after praising himas an inspiring leader "most focused on steering the nation towardconstructive change."

"Just because the ballot features two strong candidates does not mean thatit is difficult to choose between them," the Times said.

The nation's fourth-largest paper was particularly critical of the New Yorksenator for her Senate vote on Iraq, saying she "faced a test and failed,joining the stampede as Congress voted to authorize war." Obama, bycomparison, "saw the danger of the invasion and the consequences ofoccupation, and he said so. He was right."

Clinton's election "would drag into a third decade the post-Reagan politicalduel between two families, the Bushes and the Clintons," the paperconcluded. "Obama is correct: It is time to turn the page."

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Dear MoveOn member,

With hundreds of thousands of ballots cast across the country, for the firsttime in MoveOn's history, we've voted together to endorse a presidentialcandidate in the primary. That candidate is Barack Obama.

Something big is clearly happening. A few weeks ago, MoveOn members wesurveyed were split. But with John Edwards bowing out, progressives arecoming together. Obama won over 70% of the vote yesterday, and he's movingup in polls nationwide.1 As comments poured in from MoveOn members acrossthe country, the sense of hope was inspiring. Here's how Christine Y. in NewJersey put it:

"I've never felt so strongly about any one candidate in my entire life. He'struly an inspiration to all of us-especially the younger generation. I willstand by him 100% for as long as he's willing to stand up and fight for thiscountry!"

What does MoveOn's endorsement mean? People-power. Together, we are 3.2million Americans who care about our country and want change. Half of uslive in states with primaries or caucuses this coming "Super Tuesday."

We know how to roll up our sleeves and win elections, and if we all pitch intogether between now and Tuesday, we can help Sen. Obama win the biggestprimary day in American history. Think about it: volunteering during thenext four days could mean four years of a progressive president. Can yousign up right now to volunteer for Obama's campaign? Click here:

http://pol.moveon.org/volunteerforobama/?id=12015-5533006-VExC2P&t=535

There are lots of ways to help. You can call voters from home, godoor-to-door with others in your community, travel to "Super Tuesday"states, donate, put up a yard sign, volunteer in a campaign office, or joina local meetup. Senator Obama is running a grassroots campaign, and there'sa role for everyone.

Many of us feel like change is within reach for the first time in years.Here's some more of what MoveOn members see in Obama:

"This country needs real, progressive transformation. Barack Obama is thecandidate who gives us the best hope of uniting and inspiring the nation tomove in that direction, while also restoring America's dignity and standingas a member of the global community."-James M., Connecticut

"While I'm impressed with Clinton and believe she would make a very goodpresident, I'm actually MOVED by Obama. In the end, I believe if Obama iselected he has the potential to bring the country together behindhim."-Patricia S., Wisconsin

"He was right on the biggest question of the era-opposing the war from thestart."-Jacob S., Washington, D.C.

"I support Barack Obama for the same reasons I support MoveOn.org: the morepeople are inspired to get involved, the better the outcome for our country.Senator Obama has demonstrated a unique capacity to inspire participationand to make public service 'cool' again. He is also sound on all the issuesthat matter to me and my family."-Liz B., New York

"I live in a red state, and I see my conservative neighbors and friendsshowing a positive interest in Barack. They like him. They are ready to beswayed. And I see my Democratic friends and family members getting excitedlike never before...With Barack as our candidate, I am convinced that we canwin in a landslide in 2008 and usher in a new era of progressivepolitics."-Desirina B., Georgia

To be clear, we won't always agree with all of Obama's positions. And MoveOnmembers said overwhelmingly that, regardless of who wins the Democraticnomination, we'll work hard to win the White House in 2008. Whatever happensin the primary, we'll push the Democratic nominee to campaign progressivelyand then we'll push them to fulfill their promises after they win.

The building of a progressive consensus around Senator Obama is tangible.Earlier this week, John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline Kennedy said Obama isthe first presidential candidate to be as inspirational as her father.2Yesterday, progressive magazine The Nation said that electing Obama is "achance we can't pass up."3 And then DailyKos.com, the most widely readprogressive blog, announced Obama won 76% in a reader poll this week.4

It's time to get to work electing a president who is inspiring a nation andis talking about big, progressive change. Click here to volunteer in thesenext crucial days:

http://pol.moveon.org/volunteerforobama/?id=12015-5533006-VExC2P&t=536

This is just the beginning of a long road to victory in November. Thanks forall you do, and will do to change our country for the better in 2008.

-Eli, Wes, Joan, Justin, Adam G., Adam R., Ilyse, Karin, Nita, Noah, Marika,Laura, Peter, Anna, Matt, Daniel, Carrie, Tanya, and the MoveOn.orgPolitical Action Team



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From Ron Mills

http://politalk1.blogspot.com/

Has Chris Matthews ever got anyting right? Why is he still on TV?

During MSNBC's January 30 coverage of the Florida Republican presidentialprimary, Chris Matthews -- host of MSNBC's Hardball -- asserted of formerNew York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: "I began to watch his campaign soon afterhe entered it last year, and the one thing missing was a big idea as to whyhe should be president." He continued: "It was all, it seemed to me ...about the past. It was about 9-11." He later said that "timing ... iseverything" and that "if Rudy had been able to run, perhaps, in 2001 forpresident, he might've had a shot," adding, "We didn't hold an election thatyear." But if Matthews recognized flaws in Giuliani's campaign "soon after"Giuliani entered the race, as recently as January 19, he said otherwise. OnJanuary 19, Matthews said to Giuliani: "You know, Mayor, for months now, Ithink I've been one of the troubadours for you out there in terms of yourprospects. I have always seen the Giuliani advantage in a party thattreasures leadership." And on November 6, 2007, Matthews described Giulianias "the person with the best shot to win the Republican [presidential]nomination."

The blog Think Progress also has noted Matthews' January 30 comments aboutGiuliani's campaign.Matthews has repeatedly touted Giuliani's prospects as a presidentialcandidate since 2006:During that November 6, 2007, edition of Hardball, Matthews also asserted:"I'm not going to sell Rudy. It's not my job to sell anybody." Later,Matthews said: "You know why I've been saying this guy looks good for a longtime -- looks like a potential winner? Because I've been talking to a lot ofpeople in the South -- guys that go to lunches in the South, not necessarilychurch-y people, just secular Republicans -- they hear about lower taxes,law and order, they like him."

On the February 7, 2007, edition of Imus in the Morning (then broadcast byMSNBC), Matthews said of Giuliani: "And I think the country wants a bosslike that. You know, a little bit of fascism there. Just a little bit. Justa pinch of it." When host Don Imus asserted, "Well, the lame observationbeing made by a lot of folks, maybe it's not lame, but -- that he can't getthe nomination because, you know the right-wing nuts, you know --" Matthewsinterjected: "Well, you know what -- that is such conventional wisdom. ...[T]here should be a buzzer that goes off when people say that kind of crap.Look, if you go down to Jackson, Mississippi, you go to Atlanta, Florida,you go anywhere in the South to men's clubs for lunch, who is the number onespeaker they want? Giuliani."

On the July 18, 2006, edition of NBC's The Tonight Show, Matthews predictedthat "the next president of the United States will be Rudy Giuliani."

On the July 12, 2006, edition of Hardball, Matthews said Giuliani is "notonly running" for president in 2008, but is "going to win the whole thing."

On the June 14, 2006, edition of Hardball, Matthews described Giuliani asthe "perfect candidate" to replace President Bush.

Matthews has also repeatedly cited Giuliani's experience on September 11,2001, as one of his greatest perceived strengths in the primary:

On the June 12, 2007, edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe, Matthews -- discussingGiuliani's presidential prospects -- asserted: "Rudy's the ultimate streetpolitician. He was there on the curb when 9-11 struck. He had soot on hisface," later adding, "I think that's what people are looking for: somebodywho's clear and present and right there answering our questions."

On the March 1, 2007, edition of Hardball, Matthews touted Giuliani as a"hero," saying that Southerners "can't spell his name necessarily, but theyknow Rudy was a hero." Matthews also praised Giuliani as "the one tough copwho was standing on the beat when we got hit last time and stood up and tookit" and said "[w]e know that Giuliani would be powerful in the ethnicNortheast."

On the February 7, 2007, edition of Imus in the Morning, while discussingthe field of presidential candidates, Matthews called Giuliani "the kind ofgutsy, street-corner politician we all grew up with" who "stood on thecorner during the fire and told us what was going on."

On the February 5, 2007, edition of MSNBC Live, during a discussion ofGiuliani's plans to file a "statement of candidacy," Matthews declared thatGiuliani "has street cred" on the issue of "protect[ing] this countryagainst the bad guys," citing "the image [Giuliani] conveys." He alsoasserted that "voters like this guy because during 9-11, he was the one guythere on the street corner, answering questions, not hiding like all theother pols did."

From the midnight ET hour of MSNBC's January 30 coverage of the Floridaprimary:

MATTHEWS: I began to watch his campaign soon after he entered it last year,and the one thing missing was a big idea as to why he should be president.It was all, it seemed to me -- no matter how much coloration there wastonight about the economy -- about the past. It was about 9-11. JonStewart's joke in reference to him having "9-11 Tourette's," meaning hecouldn't get through a sentence without burping out the phrase 9-11; [Sen.]Joe Biden's [D-DE] reference to the fact that he constructed each sentencewith a noun, a verb, and the word 9-11, was fairly telling after awhile, andI think it was about the past.

And I think he didn't really come -- you know, I think of great athletesthat run for public office and they think it's an autograph tour. It's aboutthe past. Well, it's not, people like to get autographs from famousathletes, but they want to see what they're gonna do next if they're runningfor office, and so I think that Rudy Giuliani never really offered a bigidea as to why he would be a great president. And I think he made thatmistake.

And I'm not sure, as Tim said earlier, I don't think it was a question ofhis itinerary -- he could've gone to Iowa and been blown out of this thingtwo or three weeks ago rather than tonight -- I just don't think that itlasted. And as I said a number of nights ago, it seems to me that timing --an old phrase of my old boss Tip O'Neill -- is everything. Everyone who wasaround in 1951 remembers [Gen. Douglas] MacArthur's great speech before theCongress, and everybody -- right, left, and center -- said, "My God, if thisguy could've ran against Harry Truman, he would've beaten the man that firedhim." But the election wasn't 'til the next year, and by then, heads hadcooled, Truman was OK. [Former President Dwight] Ike [Eisenhower] was thehero, the great peacemaker. And so, if Rudy had been able to run, perhaps,in 2001 for president, he might've had a shot. We didn't hold an electionthat year.



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From Ron Mills

http://politalk1.blogspot.com/

MATTHEWS ATTACKS!

http://www.youtube.com/v/kQx-WfOyzTY

Hardball host's history of degrading commentary target for criticism

As the media and news consumers alike take a more critical look at MSNBC'smarquee talent and Hardball host Chris Matthews, progressive leaders,prominent bloggers, and other members of the media are all speaking outagainst Matthews' journalistic standing and questionable record.

Progressive Leaders

a.. "Matthews' history proves that when discussing prominent femalefigures, he is prone to overt sexism rather than civil politicaldiscourse." -- excerpt from a January 16 letter to Steve Capus, President ofNBC News from Gloria Steinem, author/activist; Kim Gandy, President of NOW;Lulu Flores, President of The National Women's Political Caucus; CarolJenkins, President of The Women's Media Center; and Eleanor Smeal, Presidentof Feminist Majority

a.. "Let us not forget his on-air treatment of CNBC anchor Erin Burnett.Interrupting her news report, he said, 'Could you get a little closer to thecamera? ... You're beautiful. . You're a knockout.' There it is, right inyour own living room: sexual harassment brought to you by MSNBC." -- EllenR. Malcolm President, EMILY's List, January 14, 2008



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Inside Higher Education

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/02/01/obama

Nobama?

Feb. 1

Presidential candidates regularly visit college campuses to speak, signautographs or participate in televised debates.The colleges themselvestiptoe around regulations forbidding nonprofit entities from publiclyendorsing candidates or hosting fund raising events, and usually that keepsboth students and the feds happy. But in the past few weeks, twoinstitutions have turned away a candidate - both in person and on screen -and they've angered students and activists who say administrators are beingoverly cautious in seeking to avoid any appearance of bias. While theprinciples involved are theoretically the same for all candidates, theseincidents may attract more attention than usual because the person inquestion is, well, kind of a big deal on campus.

Barack Obama won't ever have to worry about finding enough venues to hosthim, but he'd be justified in feeling a little unappreciated right now.Within weeks of each other, Washington University in St. Louis turned downhis campaign's request for a visit, and the School of the Art Institute ofChicago decided not to screen a documentary about the candidate's 2006 tripto Kenya. Both cited concerns about the appearance of partisanship, eventhough legal experts agree that in most cases, such visits and screenings -if organized under certain conditions - are perfectly legal.

"I think it is common for candidates to want to visit colleges, and I thinka lot of that goes on in states like Iowa and New Hampshire, as we've seen,"said Ada Meloy, the general counsel of the American Council on Education,which produced a document last year on legal issues surrounding colleges andpolitical campaigns.

She added that "they do have to be cautious about how it's handled."

The ACE guidelines, which are based on relevant law, Internal RevenueService rulings and legal cases, note that colleges can provide"opportunities to speak at college or university events on an equal basis toall legally qualified candidates for a public office." If an institutioninvites a candidate, it has to extend the welcome to all of them. If onerequests a visit, the institution can agree only if it would also do so forother candidates. But the institution doesn't need to worry if othercandidates haven't asked to appear - the key issue is equal access rights,not equal time. And if a college president endorses a candidate, as a fewhave recently, he or she must do so in a way that makes it clear that it's apersonal opinion, not that of the institution.

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Palm Beach Post

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/content/opinion/epaper/2008/02/01/m18a_cramercol_0201.html

The Britney Spears Democrats

By Elisa Cramer
Palm Beach Post Editorial Writer
Friday, February 01, 2008

The morning after Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primary, longtimeClinton pollster Sergio Bendixen told The New Yorker magazine, "The Hispanicvoter - and I want to say this very carefully - has not shown a lot ofwillingness or affinity to support black candidates."

Was that merely "a historical statement," as Sen. Clinton later claimed? Orwas the Clinton camp playing the race card?

Ryan Lizza, author of that article, wrote: "Interestingly, in the final daysof the New Hampshire campaign, when defeat looked certain for Clinton, itwas Hillary's aides who started talking privately about racial politics.They argued that on Feb. 5, when 22 states vote, Hillary's fire wall wouldbe Hispanic voters in the largest states, such as California and New York."

After the New Hampshire win, Mr. Bendixen said, "The fire wall doesn't applynow, because she is in good shape, but before last night the Hispanic votewas going to be the most important part of her fire wall on Feb. 5."

Going into South Carolina, former President Bill Clinton attempted tomarginalize Sen. Barack Obama as "the black candidate," downplayingexpectations of an Obama victory by likening him to Jesse Jackson in the'80s with a what-else-would-you-expect-from-black-voters-toward-a-black-candidate tone.Were some Clinton staffers also practicing the politics of division, quietlyseeking to inflame racial tensions between blacks and Hispanics going intostates - Florida, and now California, New Mexico and others - with largeHispanic populations?

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-02-02-super-tuesday_N.htm?csp=34

Presidential race could still be muddled after Super Tuesday

By Chuck Raasch, Gannett News Service

LOS ANGELES - California is the gold standard in Super Tuesday?s delegatehunt, involving a complicated political map of primaries and caucuses inmore than 20 states across the country.

Feb. 5 will be the largest single-day delegate grab in presidential campaignhistory.

Predicting an outcome is difficult, if at all possible, because of thecloseness of the races on both the Democratic and Republican fronts and thesudden withdrawals of Democrat John Edwards and Republican Rudy Giuliani.

Still here is an assessment of how the contests are shaping up in keystates:

California: Among Democrats, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York has long beena favorite, but Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois has drawn nearly even, settingup a television advertising war.

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Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/02/02/how_edwards_advanced_the_democrats_debate/?rss_id=Boston+Globe+--+Today%27s+paper+A+to+Z

How Edwards advanced the Democrats' debate

By Derrick Z. Jackson, Globe Columnist | February 2, 2008

THE WISPS of the John Edwards campaign were visible at the beginning ofThursday night's debate between Democratic presidential candidates BarackObama and Hillary Clinton. Obama led off by saying that Edwards "did such anoutstanding job elevating the issues of poverty and the plight of workingfamilies all across the country."

Clinton added that John and Elizabeth Edwards reminded the nation "that inthis land of such plenty and blessings, there are still 37 million Americanswho are living below the poverty line and many others barely hanging onabove."

In saying she believed "absolutely passionately in universal healthcare,"Clinton again referenced Edwards. "If you don't start by saying you're goingto achieve universal healthcare, you will be nibbled to death," she said."And I think it's imperative that as we move forward in this debate and intothe campaign, that we recognize what both John Edwards and I did, that youhave to bite this bullet."

Obama said both he and Edwards were linked in a mission on congressionalethics. "I think that a lot of issues that both Senator Clinton and I careabout will not move forward unless we have increased the kinds of ethicsproposal that I passed just last year - some of the toughest sinceWatergate - and that's something that John Edwards and I both talked aboutrepeatedly in this campaign. That's why I don't take federal PAC and federallobbyist money."

From that point, the strands of Edwards's populism dissipated into relativeDemocratic bliss. It was refreshing that Obama and Clinton toned everythingdown in a race where acrimony was burning bridges to the voters. But thecompliments to Edwards are more complicated than the pleasantries.

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Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/5507092.html

To hear the candidates, it's JFK vs. Reagan in '08

By KATHLEEN PARKER
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
Feb. 1, 2008, 11:14PM

Americans finally have narrowed the presidential race to two front-runners:John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

Too bad they're both busy chatting up Guinevere and Galahad, respectively,in the ultimate Camelot, where the climate really is perfect all the year.Eternally.

Back on planet Earth, where we typically elect live specimens, the legaciesof Kennedy and Rea- gan can't get a rest.

The Republican race looks like a Barnum & Bailey elephant walk with everycandidate trying to tie his trunk to Reagan's tail. Democrats continuetrying to recapture that JFK moment when America was better looking, slimmerby far, glamorous and rhetorically rich.

Smart Democratic candidates embrace both Kennedy and Reagan. That would beBarack Obama, who dared suggest the truism that Rea- gan got elected becausehe had the right message for the right time.

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Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSN0147632420080202

Grateful Dead to reunite for Obama concert

Sat Feb 2, 2008 1:26am EST

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Life!) - The Grateful Dead, the San Francisco cultrock band that has played at political events since the 1960s, will reuniteon Monday for the first time in four years to rally support for Democraticpresidential candidate Barack Obama, a spokesman said on Friday.

Band leader Jerry Garcia died in 1995. Surviving members have playedtogether occasionally since then, most recently in 2004. On Monday, originalmembers Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will play at a San Franciscotheater a day before California's primary.

"They have agreed to reunite for this one-time-only event in order to lendsupport to Senator Obama leading into the crucial 'Super-Tuesday' series ofprimaries held on Tuesday, February 5th," the band said in a statement.

The band gained fame with its free-form psychedelic music when thecounterculture movement flourished in San Francisco in the 1960s, and theyattracted many loyal fans who came to be known as "Deadheads."

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Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/national/stories/020208dnpolimmig.390efe3.html

Republican candidates tone down harsh immigration rhetoric
GOP hopefuls try to stand firm without alienating Latino voters

By WAYNE SLATER / The Dallas Morning News
wslater@dallasnews.com
08:42 AM CST on Saturday, February 2, 2008

LOS ANGELES - When the Republican presidential hopefuls made their pitcheson immigration to California voters this week, Harry Pachon thought he heardsomething new.

A certain sensitivity.

Beyond the standard call to secure the border, Mike Huckabee cautioned "notto be cruel." John McCain urged "a humane and compassionate approach."

Mitt Romney, who earlier in the primary season talked about deporting peoplein 90 days, said in Wednesday's GOP debate that students should be allowedtime to finish their school year and families to make arrangements beforereturning to Mexico.

"There's a new language of qualifying the rhetoric, of toning it down," saidMr. Pachon, who heads the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at the University ofSouthern California. "They finally woke up to realize immigration might bethe third rail of politics in the Latino community."

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/tucker/stories/2008/02/01/tucked_0203.html

Clinton's Iraq vote was cynical, Obama's brave

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 02/03/08

In October 1962, a young president confronted one of the greatest crises ofhis century. After U.S. intelligence confirmed that the Soviets wereshipping medium-range nuclear missiles to Cuba - missiles easily capable ofreaching the U.S. mainland, just 90 miles away - President John F. Kennedyconsidered whether to set fire to the Cold War.

The press was itching for a first strike by American forces, as was thepublic. The formidable Dean Acheson, an architect of the U.S. strategy ofCommunist containment, pushed for an invasion of Cuba. Gen. Maxwell Taylor,chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Kennedy: "Hit 'em without anywarning whatsoever," according to Robert Smith Thompson's "The Missiles ofOctober."

But the 45-year-old Kennedy, who had barely won the Oval Office over themore experienced Richard Nixon, resisted. Instead, he pulled off a stunningdiplomatic coup and averted what might have been an all-out nuclear war.Kennedy - chastened, no doubt, by the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion - hadthe backbone to stand up to an array of presumed wise men who wanted amilitary showdown.

Barack Obama, 46, has shown similar gumption. On Oct. 26, 2002, in the midstof a campaign for the U.S. Senate, he gave a speech in Chicago opposing theinvasion of Iraq.

While Obama rightly acknowledged that Saddam Hussein was "a bad guy," healso pointed out, "Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the UnitedStates or to his neighbors. ... I know that even a successful war againstIraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undeterminedcost, with undetermined consequences."

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CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/01/politics/uwire/main3780972.shtml

Poll: Americans OK With Minority Leadership

Feb 1, 2008

(UWIRE.com) This story was written by Drew Harwell, Independent FloridaAlligator

The United States presidency, an office run by white men for more than 200years, may soon be run by anyone but.

With candidate John Edwards withdrawn from the race, the upcoming Democraticnomination is sure to make history.

Either of the top Democratic candidates - Barack Obama, a black senator fromllinois, and Hillary Clinton, a female senator from New York - wouldestablish a new precedent for the White House, which up until now has beensolely run by white men.

Sharon Austin, a UF associate professor in political science, said she wassurprised by Obama's recent increase in support.

"It does show progression," Austin said. "It shows people are able to lookbeyond color."

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Boston Globe

McCain upbeat on Super Tuesday, woos conservatives

By Steve Holland
February 1, 2008

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Presidential candidate John McCain urged skepticalconservatives on Friday to rally behind him and said he might clinch theRepublican nomination in crucial "Super Tuesday" coast-to-coast voting.

"We would like to have everybody on board. We'd like to have a totallyunited party," he said.

Buoyed by a string of high-profile endorsements, including one from the LosAngeles Times, the Arizona senator sounded like a front-runner in talking toreporters, rejecting criticism of his conservative credentials from rivalMitt Romney and declaring Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton tooinexperienced to be president.

Tuesday is the biggest day on the U.S. electoral calendar for choosingRepublican and Democratic candidates for the November presidential election,with contests in 24 different states in all parts of the country.

Asked if the Republican race would effectively be over on Tuesday, McCainsaid he had asked for divine intervention.

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CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/01/ap/politics/main3780242.shtml

Romney's Political Maturity Questioned

OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 1, 2008

(AP) Republican Mike Huckabee on Friday defended his previous remark thatMitt Romney didn't reach "political puberty" until recently, saying he wasreferring to his presidential rival's change of heart on key issues.

Speaking to 600 supporters jammed into a restaurant-bar in Oklahoma City,Huckabee said he has been consistent on issues dear to conservatives such asabortion, gun control and gay rights, while Romney has shifted hispositions.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, was once "very pro-choice" andsupported "strong positions for same-sex-relations," Huckabee said.

"He said on television that he would do more for the gay-lesbian agenda thanTed Kennedy. That's pretty bold. He said on television that he was not partof the Reagan Revolution, said that he was not part of that Reagan-Bushthing. That's on camera."

The former Arkansas governor, who acknowledged making the "politicalpuberty" remark in a cable television interview, said Romney claims to be agun rights supporter, but cannot be a "true Second Amendment" supporterbecause he supports an assault weapons ban.

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New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/02/opinion/02sat1.html?ref=opinion

Editorial: Secrets and Rights

February 2, 2008

President Bush's excesses in the name of fighting terrorism are legion. Toavoid accountability, his administration has repeatedly sought earlydismissal of lawsuits that might finally expose government misconduct,brandishing flimsy claims that going forward would put national securitysecrets at risk.

The courts have been far too willing to go along. In cases involving seriousallegations of kidnapping, torture and unlawful domestic eavesdropping,judges have blocked plaintiffs from pursuing their claims without taking ahard look at the government's basis for invoking the so-called state secretsprivilege: its insistence that revealing certain documents or other evidencewould endanger the nation's security.

As a result, victims of serious abuse have been denied justice, fundamentalrights have been violated and the constitutional system of checks andbalances has been grievously undermined.

Congress - which has allowed itself to be bullied on national securityissues for far too long - may now be ready to push back. The House andSenate are developing legislation that would give victims fair access to thecourts and make it harder for the government to hide illegal or embarrassingconduct behind such unsupported claims.

Last week, Senator Edward Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat, and ArlenSpecter, Republican of Pennsylvania, jointly introduced the State SecretsProtection Act. The measure would require judges to examine the actualdocuments or other evidence for which the state secrets privilege isinvoked, rather than relying on government affidavits asserting that theevidence is too sensitive to be publicly disclosed. Senator Patrick Leahy,chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and an important supporter of thereform, has scheduled a hearing on the bill for Feb. 13. RepresentativeJerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, expects to introduce a similar measurein the House.

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New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/02/opinion/02collins.html?ref=opinion

Op-Ed Columnist: A Voter's Guide

By GAIL COLLINS
February 2, 2008

The Democrats: One minute they're not even speaking. The next thing you knowthey're at Thursday's debate smiling and whispering in each other's ear.(Use of the word "agree": Obama, 7; Clinton, 5.)

He says they're friends forever. Which is actually more than we, the voters,require.

The Republicans: The unbending John McCain takes on the deeply bendable MittRomney. Think G.I. Joe vs. Gumby.

Hard to believe that so many of us actually get to vote in a presidentialprimary Tuesday. If you're in Virginia or Texas, we are hoping that thisthing goes on long enough for you to get your turn, too.

Feel free to ask last-minute questions.

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New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/02/opinion/02herbert.html?ref=opinion

Op-Ed Columnist: Lowering the Volume

By BOB HERBERT
February 2, 2008

There may be some grown-ups left in the Democratic Party after all.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama did themselves and their party a world ofgood on Thursday night by conducting themselves with grace and dignitythroughout their widely hyped debate in the celebrity-filled Kodak Theaterin Los Angeles.

After the food fight in South Carolina and the speculation that these twohistory-making candidates genuinely dislike one another, the run-up to thedebate had a touch of the atmosphere that preceded the Ali-Frazier fight in1971.

To their credit, the candidates lowered the volume.

Mrs. Clinton got a big laugh when she said: "You know, it did take a Clintonto clean after the first Bush, and I think it might take another one toclean up after the second Bush." She intended the line to be funny. But italso addressed a profound truth about politics and government in the UnitedStates.

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New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/02/opinion/02sat2.html?ref=opinion

Editorial: A New Chapter in Ethnic Cleansing

February 2, 2008

It is far too easy to become inured to bad news from Africa, a continent ofgreat promise and peril. Kenya's rampage of ethnically driven killings thatis now five weeks long is especially sickening and attention-grabbingbecause of how much hope the world had for Kenya's democracy and economicrevival - and how fast the country has descended into madness.

More dreams died this week with the murder - some called it politicalassassination - of Melitus Mugabe Were, a 39-year-old oppositionparliamentarian who tried to calm the ethnic tensions fueling Kenya's slideinto chaos. For many, he was a symbol of the moderation and reconciliationthat are Kenya's only hope. On Thursday, a second opposition lawmaker wasshot dead.

The vicious tribal violence - condemned by one American official this weekas "ethnic cleansing" - has spread with stunning speed since late Decemberwhen Kenya's electoral commission hastily handed a second term to PresidentMwai Kibaki, despite independent reports of glaring voting irregularities.The toll is now more than 800 Kenyans dead, 70,000 driven from their homesand thousands more fled to neighboring countries. The economy is paralyzed.

Instead of trying to calm their supporters and negotiate a politicalsolution, Mr. Kibaki and his principal challenger, Raila Odinga, have calledfor peace, and then incited more killing, accusing each other oforchestrating the mayhem. For too long, both men have succumbed to theirbaser ambitions and resisted high-level mediation.

Mr. Kibaki should renounce his re-election - the electoral commission'schairman said he was pressured into an early declaration. Mr. Odinga and hemust quickly agree on some reasonable compromise, a rerun of the vote or apower-sharing agreement. Together they have to urgently addressconstitutional and land reform issues that are at the heart of deep-seatedgrievances among Kenya's ethnic groups, including Mr. Kibaki's long-dominantKikuyu group, and Mr. Odinga's smaller, but politically important Luo tribe.

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New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/02/opinion/02sat1.html?ref=opinion

Editorial: Secrets and Rights

February 2, 2008

President Bush's excesses in the name of fighting terrorism are legion. Toavoid accountability, his administration has repeatedly sought earlydismissal of lawsuits that might finally expose government misconduct,brandishing flimsy claims that going forward would put national securitysecrets at risk.

The courts have been far too willing to go along. In cases involving seriousallegations of kidnapping, torture and unlawful domestic eavesdropping,judges have blocked plaintiffs from pursuing their claims without taking ahard look at the government's basis for invoking the so-called state secretsprivilege: its insistence that revealing certain documents or other evidencewould endanger the nation's security.

As a result, victims of serious abuse have been denied justice, fundamentalrights have been violated and the constitutional system of checks andbalances has been grievously undermined.

Congress - which has allowed itself to be bullied on national securityissues for far too long - may now be ready to push back. The House andSenate are developing legislation that would give victims fair access to thecourts and make it harder for the government to hide illegal or embarrassingconduct behind such unsupported claims.

Last week, Senator Edward Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat, and ArlenSpecter, Republican of Pennsylvania, jointly introduced the State SecretsProtection Act. The measure would require judges to examine the actualdocuments or other evidence for which the state secrets privilege isinvoked, rather than relying on government affidavits asserting that theevidence is too sensitive to be publicly disclosed. Senator Patrick Leahy,chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and an important supporter of thereform, has scheduled a hearing on the bill for Feb. 13. RepresentativeJerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, expects to introduce a similar measurein the House.



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New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/02/opinion/02collins.html?ref=opinion

Op-Ed Columnist: A Voter's Guide

By GAIL COLLINS
February 2, 2008

The Democrats: One minute they're not even speaking. The next thing you knowthey're at Thursday's debate smiling and whispering in each other's ear.(Use of the word "agree": Obama, 7; Clinton, 5.)

He says they're friends forever. Which is actually more than we, the voters,require.

The Republicans: The unbending John McCain takes on the deeply bendable MittRomney. Think G.I. Joe vs. Gumby.

Hard to believe that so many of us actually get to vote in a presidentialprimary Tuesday. If you're in Virginia or Texas, we are hoping that thisthing goes on long enough for you to get your turn, too.

Feel free to ask last-minute questions.

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Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/02/AR2008020200163.html

Silicon Valley embraces Obama as promising start-up

By Anupreeta Das
Reuters
Saturday, February 2, 2008; 1:05 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley, home to Google, tech innovationand some of the world's richest people, is sending money to a young,untested presidential candidate who is sort of like a start-up -- BarackObama.

Polls ahead of Tuesday's California primary show Obama lagging rival HillaryClinton. But residents of the Valley -- where companies such as Yahoo! Inc,Google Inc and Apple Inc have changed American life -- have written checksfor Obama more than any other candidate.

The Illinois Democrat has raised $940,459 from people in thecomputer/Internet industry, according to latest data from the Center forResponsive Politics. Clinton is second, followed by Republican candidatesMitt Romney and Sen. John McCain.

"It is absolutely the case that Obama is seen as different, and thereforeappealing to Silicon Valley," said Bill Ericson, a political independent andgeneral partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, a venture capital firm.

People in Silicon Valley, who love innovation and change, see Obama as abreak from the past, he said. Obama has received funding from high-flyingtech executives like John Thompson, the chief executive of Symantec Corp.

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Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/01/AR2008020103552.html?hpid=topnews

The Accompanists: Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama Warm Up to Their Parts in Orchestrating Victory

By Peter Slevin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 2, 2008; C01

Both are confident and funny, opinionated and very smart. Both are IvyLeague lawyers with working-class roots. Both have formidable identitiesindependent of their formidable partners. Both are history-making spouses ofhistory-making presidential candidates.

It is fascinating enough that Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama are playing onthe same field as their partners duel for the Democratic nomination. Moreintriguing still is her effectiveness, hardly a given for a recent campaignrecruit matched against a two-term president.

Clinton, 61, earned his reputation as one of the most gifted nationalpoliticians in modern times while Obama was still a young lawyer trying tofind herself. Obama, 44, kept her political forays to a minimum whilebuilding a career on community outreach in Chicago, yet more than a fewenchanted voters have said after watching her that she should be the one inpublic office.

They share an ability to please a crowd, although in styles as different asa piano and a saxophone. Her riffs are typically smooth and tart, usuallyunderstated, always controlled; his are showy and wide-ranging, oftenroaming exuberantly through complex material.

On the campaign trail, as one staff member put it, Bill Clinton is Sen.Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief validator. He zips around the country -- thisweek in states from Illinois to Georgia to Missouri to Colorado --reassuring Democrats, above all, that she is ready but he has her back.Michelle Obama's role is more of a portraitist. She jetted to both coaststhis week to deepen the picture of the self-described skinny black guy witha funny name, and to argue that a divided nation needs him now.

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Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/01/AR2008020103262.html?hpid=topnews

Decline in U.S. Jobs Could Prove Costly to GOP Nominee

By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 2, 2008; A08

The economic storm clouds gathering over the 2008 presidential race burstopen yesterday with news that the economy shed 17,000 jobs in January, thefirst job loss in 52 months and the clearest sign yet that the economy maybe in a recession.

For Republicans already facing an economic headwind, the jobs numbers couldprove punishing. Traditionally, the party holding the White House is blamedfor bad economic times -- and credited for booms -- and economists saidyesterday that this year should be no different, even if GOP candidatescontinue to distance themselves from President Bush.

For Democrats, job losses could complete the anti-Republican narrative theircandidates have been building for months.

"This isn't a random event. This is the culmination of a bunch of disturbingtrends we've seen in seven years," said Austan Goolsbee, a University ofChicago economist and chief economic adviser to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)."Stagnant incomes, rising costs in energy and food, and little to nopersonal savings have left families with no margin of error."

Economists forecasting the 2008 race have given a slight edge to theDemocrats. Global Insight, a Massachusetts-based forecaster, was predictingthat the Republican nominee will garner 49 percent of the vote in November,based on recent income growth, unemployment and the power of incumbency.With yesterday's jobs report, that forecast will slip to as low as 47percent, said Nariman Behravesh, the firm's chief economist.

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Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/01/AR2008020102621.html

Why I'm Backing Obama

By Susan Eisenhower
Saturday, February 2, 2008; A15

Forty-seven years ago, my grandfather Dwight D. Eisenhower bid farewell to anation he had served for more than five decades. In his televised address,Ike famously coined the term "military-industrial complex," and he offeredadvice that is still relevant today. "As we peer into society's future," hesaid, we "must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for ourown ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannotmortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the lossalso of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survivefor all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom oftomorrow."

Today we are engaged in a debate about these very issues. Deep in America'sheart, I believe, is the nagging fear that our best years as a nation may beover. We are disliked overseas and feel insecure at home. We watch as ourfederal budget hemorrhages red ink and our civil liberties are eroded.Crises in energy, health care and education threaten our way of life and ourability to compete internationally. There are also the issues of a costly,unpopular war; a long-neglected infrastructure; and an aging andincreasingly needy population.

I am not alone in worrying that my generation will fail to do what mygrandfather's did so well: Leave America a better, stronger place than theone it found.

Given the magnitude of these issues and the cost of addressing them, ournext president must be able to bring about a sense of national unity andchange. As we no longer have the financial resources to address all theseproblems comprehensively and simultaneously, setting priorities will beessential. With hard work, much can be done.

The biggest barrier to rolling up our sleeves and preparing for a betterfuture is our own apathy, fear or immobility. We have been living in azero-sum political environment where all heads have been lowered to avertbeing lopped off by angry, noisy extremists. I am convinced that BarackObama is the one presidential candidate today who can encourage ordinaryAmericans to stand straight again; he is a man who can salve our nationalwounds and both inspire and pursue genuine bipartisan cooperation. Just asimportant, Obama can assure the world and Americans that this great nation'simpulses are still free, open, fair and broad-minded.

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Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/01/AR2008020102622.html

Race Matters. So Does Hope.

By Marjorie Valbrun
Saturday, February 2, 2008; A15

Let's be honest. Race does matter. Everyone knows it. Yes, in a perfectworld it wouldn't matter, but ours is far from perfect, and the currentAmerican political climate is even more so.

Nevertheless, the recent images of college students, most of them white,chanting "Race doesn't matter" at Barack Obama campaign rallies have been heartwarming. The young people have embraced this mantra and buoyed theircandidate's vote tallies in the primaries with earnest and youthfulidealism. By doing so, they've signaled that they are looking beyond raceand choosing a standard-bearer who can redefine and realign the country'spolitical-racial landscape.

Admirable? Yes. Impressive? Absolutely. Moving? How could it not be?Racially transcendent? Not a chance.

These students have come of age at a time when American race relations arenot the nuclear subject they were for their parents' generation. They haveless rigid ideas about race and tend to have a more diverse collection offriends. They live at a time when the concept of biracial or multiracialidentities is familiar. Caroline Kennedy said her three teenage childreninfluenced her decision to endorse Barack Obama.

This is indeed an incredible moment, for young people and the nation. Yetmany Americans of all stripes are struggling between buying into the notionthat race is irrelevant and wanting to reject that notion outright. It's notreally one of those well-on-the-one-hand-but-on-the-other-hand kinds ofdebates. This is America, after all. We have some serious racial baggage. Wehave a hard time reconciling ourselves to the past and sometimes behave asif it has no bearing on the future.

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Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/01/AR2008020102506.html

The Anger Over an Online Essay

By Deborah Howell
Sunday, February 3, 2008; B06

A Jan. 7 essay on Jewish identity, published on washingtonpost.com's popularOn Faith site, caused a furor and led to two public apologies, a lost joband much recrimination.

On Faith's moderators -- Sally Quinn, author and former Post reporter, andNewsweek editor Jon Meacham-- pose a thought-provoking question each week toa panel of religion experts. That week, it was: "PBS is airing a series on'The Jewish Americans.' We know what 'Jewish identity' has meant in thepast. What will it mean in the future? How does a minority religion retainits roots and embrace change?"

Panelist Arun Gandhi, a grandson of pacifist Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi,wrote a response, including: "Jewish identity in the past has been lockedinto the Holocaust experience. . . . It is a very good example of [how] acommunity can overplay a historic experience to the point that it begins torepulse friends. . . . The world did feel sorry for the episode but when anindividual or a nation refuses to forgive and move on the regret turns intoanger. . . . The Jewish identity in the future appears bleak. . . . We have
created a culture of violence (Israel and the Jews are the biggest players)and that Culture of Violence is eventually going to destroy humanity."

Gandhi posted the comments to his On Faith page before an editor saw them.On Faith editor David Waters felt the piece was "controversial andinflammatory, but a lot of what we publish is, given the wide range ofconversation on this site." Waters felt Gandhi was criticizing the Israeligovernment. "He condemns all government violence." Waters said the reactionsurprised him. "It reminded me you have to be especially careful whenediting religion."

Waters paired Gandhi's piece with an opposite view by the Rev. C. WeltonGaddy, who leads the nonpartisan Interfaith Alliance. Waters's boss, HalStraus, interactivity and communities editor, said, "I read the piece asbeing a pacifist's critique of Israeli policy, not an anti-Semite'scriticism of Jews -- and as both a Jew and an editor, I take anti-Semitismseriously. We should have asked Gandhi to clarify."

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Exxon Mobil's Profit in 2007 Tops $40 Billion

By Steven Mufson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 2, 2008; D01

Buoyed by soaring crude oil prices, Exxon Mobil announced yesterday that itset new records for U.S. quarterly and annual corporate profits in 2007, andChevron, the nation's second-largest oil company, also reported big gains inearnings.

Exxon broke the record it previously had set for profits by a U.S.corporation, earning $40.6 billion last year. It earned $11.7 billion in thefourth quarter, or $2.13 a share, up 14 percent from the fourth quarter of2006. Revenue for the quarter rose 30 percent, to $116.64 billion. Exxon'sprofit for the year came to $4.6 million an hour.

Chevron said its profit rose 29 percent, to $4.9 billion, or $2.32 a share.Chevron's quarterly revenue grew 29 percent, to $61.41 billion. Profits ofthe five biggest international oil companies have tripled since 2002.

Kenneth P. Cohen, Exxon Mobil's vice president for public affairs, said theearnings reflected the company's "long-term, disciplined approach" andinvestments made a decade ago when oil prices were low. With mountingexploration costs and increasingly remote oil prospects, Cohen said, thelarge revenues were needed to meet "the massive scale of the energychallenge before us."

But in Washington, the earnings were seen as outsized. Sen. Charles E.Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, issued astatement saying, "Congratulations to ExxonMobil and Chevron -- forreminding Americans why they cringe every time they pull into a gas stationand for reminding Washington why it needs to act swiftly to break ourdependence on foreign oil and roll back unnecessary tax incentives for oilcompanies."

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Exxon Mobil's Profit in 2007 Tops $40 Billion

By Steven Mufson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 2, 2008; D01

Buoyed by soaring crude oil prices, Exxon Mobil announced yesterday that itset new records for U.S. quarterly and annual corporate profits in 2007, andChevron, the nation's second-largest oil company, also reported big gains inearnings.

Exxon broke the record it previously had set for profits by a U.S.corporation, earning $40.6 billion last year. It earned $11.7 billion in thefourth quarter, or $2.13 a share, up 14 percent from the fourth quarter of2006. Revenue for the quarter rose 30 percent, to $116.64 billion. Exxon'sprofit for the year came to $4.6 million an hour.

Chevron said its profit rose 29 percent, to $4.9 billion, or $2.32 a share.Chevron's quarterly revenue grew 29 percent, to $61.41 billion. Profits ofthe five biggest international oil companies have tripled since 2002.

Kenneth P. Cohen, Exxon Mobil's vice president for public affairs, said theearnings reflected the company's "long-term, disciplined approach" andinvestments made a decade ago when oil prices were low. With mountingexploration costs and increasingly remote oil prospects, Cohen said, thelarge revenues were needed to meet "the massive scale of the energychallenge before us."

But in Washington, the earnings were seen as outsized. Sen. Charles E.Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, issued astatement saying, "Congratulations to ExxonMobil and Chevron -- forreminding Americans why they cringe every time they pull into a gas stationand for reminding Washington why it needs to act swiftly to break ourdependence on foreign oil and roll back unnecessary tax incentives for oilcompanies."

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U.S., Poland Closer to Deal on Missile Defense

By Karen DeYoung
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 2, 2008; A16

The United States and Poland broke a logjam yesterday in negotiations overU.S. plans to build a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe, with theBush administration committing "in principle" to help Poland modernize itsarmed forces.

Poland is "satisfied that our arguments have got through," Foreign AffairsMinister Radoslaw Sikorski said. At a news conference yesterday withSecretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sikorski said that "separate" dialogueswould now continue "both on the missile defense base and on themodernization."

Talks on the Pentagon's plan to place 10 missile interceptors in Polandstalled after the new Polish government, which took office in November,proved less receptive to the shield than its predecessor. With the publicincreasingly opposed to Warsaw's participation and neighboring Russiathreatening to counter with missiles aimed at Poland, Prime Minister DonaldTusk had said he was in "no hurry" for an agreement.

The Pentagon reacted coolly last month when Poland suggested Washingtonshould help rebuild its air defense systems to counter Moscow and shouldconsider signing a bilateral security agreement before negotiations onmissile defense continued. Poland is the top European recipient of U.S.military assistance, totaling $750 million since 2001.

Yesterday, however, Rice said that "the United States is very committed tothe modernization of Polish forces." She said that progress had also beenmade on missile defense during her talks with Sikorski, and that discussionswould continue when Tusk visits President Bush in early March and at NATO'ssummit in Bucharest in April.

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