Category Archives: Poltics

Schoolhouse Rock: I’m Just a Lie

OMG Jimmy Kimmel’s remake of School House Rock’s classic, “I’m Just A Bill” is hilarious and so spot on. Did you miss this? Check it out.

13 years ago marriage equality came to Mass.

Gay marriage, same-sex marriage13 years ago today, Massachusetts became the first state in the United States to perform and recognize same-sex marriage. Today, marriage equality is a reality throughout America from the most liberal to the most conservative of states. Think that a small liberal state in New England can’t still change the world for the better – think again.

“Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family…. The decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.”
– Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, Excerpt from the Goodridge vs. Dept. of Public Health majority opinion mandating the state of Massachusetts legalize same sex marriage

Equality March for Unity and Pride is June 11

LGBTQ rights, Washington DCIn one month Sergio and I will be in Washington, D.C. to participate in The Equality March for Unity and Pride.

If you’d like to learn more about the rally and march on Sunday, June 11th in Washington, D.C.  reach out to the Facebook page, here.  However if you cannot make it to D.C. but want to lend your voice, many Pride celebrations around the United States are taking a decidedly political bent this year, giving you a chance to raise your voice and provide a counter point to what many (like yours truly) see as troubling policy and language coming from the White House.

If you will be in Washington, D.C. for the rally and march let me know.

Macron could give Trudeau a run for his money for world leader beefcake status

Emmanuel Macron, handsome french leader, handsome Macron Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may finally have some competition for world leader beefcake status if the French elect Emmanuel Macron to be their next President in a run off election scheduled for this Sunday. Macron is 39 and a  former investment banker who has never before stood for elected office but was able to get nearly 24% of the vote in a 5-way race in late April.

Just to add fodder to my “beefcake” comments, this week, Garcon, a bi-monthly magazine that caters to gay men, had a shirtless Macron on their cover with the provocative headline “Coming out: a necessary fight.”

Macron is the decidedly more LGBTQ friendly candidate in the two person race for President on Sunday so the headline and cover story no doubt alludes to his support for our community. It also may be a bit of a double entendre, considering previous rumors he is gay. However, this seems like wishful thinking on the part of French gay men who may find themselves attracted to more than just Macron’s political views, considering the fact he has been happily married to a woman for a decade.

Merci France

French, France

Salut Emmanuel Macron who secured 23% of the vote in the French national elections today – just barely beating Marine Le Pen. Onward and upward and best of luck to France and M. Macron in the May 7th runoff election.

Two months into office and President Trump has done nothing but create and perpetuate scandals

donald-trumpSay what you will about President Obama, but the man loved his wife, always seemed to keep his cool and his administration rarely had anything remotely related to a scandal. Fast forward to today and approximately two months into a four year term and President Trump’s administration seems to be the antithesis.

Without even broaching scandals that predate his presidency (e.g. multiple bankruptcies, racial profiling and intimidation of tenants of color and Trump University – just to name a few), his office has been marked by so many scandals it sets my head spinning. However the truly unbelievable part of this story is every scandal is self-inflicted. I’ve tried to tally all the bizarre scandals over the past eight weeks. Due to the fact there have been so many, I may have missed a few but this is what I’ve come up with thus far.

kellyanne conway–  Following Trump’s inauguration, President Trump lies about the number of attendees and insists his were among the largest crowds to attend an inauguration despite photos showing that not to be the case.

– His conversations with foreign leaders have proven to be both embarrassing and compromise longstanding geopolitical policies. Such as his conversation with the President of Taiwan, when called into question our One China policy or a few weeks later when Trump verbalized a one state option for Israel or his terrible call to the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, in which by his own words he described as “the worst call so far.”donald-trum-voter-fraud– Based on some bizarre report from Breitbart News that President Trump heard, he insists that there was rampant voter fraud and 3-4 million illegal immigrants voted for Hillary to make him lose the popular vote.

– The botched night raid in Yemen that resulted in the death of civilians and Navy SEAL, Ray Owens, injuries to three other Navy SEALs and the Yemeni government banning the US from any future raids blitzing Al Qaeda bases.

donald-trump-business-ties-in-mid-east– A poorly written and executed Executive Order that restricted people from 7-Muslim majority nations from entering the U.S. was found unconstitutional. Although no terrorist attacks from nationals from those countries has ever happened in the US it is interesting to note they do represent nearly every country in the Middle East where Trump’s business doesn’t operate. The rewritten executive order has since been found unconstitutional by Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland.

– A revolving door of scandals tied to Trump cabinet members regarding possible improper communications with senior Russian officials continues to shine a light on a surprisingly cozy relationship between the US and Trump’s closest confidants. Thus far scandals have resulted in the forced resignation of Gen. Michael Flynn and the recusal of A.G. Sessions after it was found he may have lied to Congress during his hearings about his meeting the Russian ambassador.

– Perhaps the most bizarre of all was Trumps accusation that President Obama and the U.K. government of wiretapping him in outrageous Tweets, which was only made worse when his surrogates (namely Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway) doubled down before then suggesting this was all a misunderstanding or possibly even a joke.

– And as recently as this past weekend Trump’s cold body language with German Chancellor Angela Merkel surprised most when he gave her the cold shoulder and appeared to ignore her while they posed for the media after a private meeting, leaving the media to publish headlines like The Guardian’s “Merkel and Trump can’t hide fundamental differences in first visit”.

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I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted, disgusted and more than a little embarrassed. I’ve never thought to look to the leaders of other nations for stability, direction and leadership, but in the absence of meaningful leadership here in the U.S. I am starting to look to leaders in France, Germany and elsewhere to help fill the vacuum that resulted after President Obama left office.

Last Week Tonight media buy to explain healthcare to Trump

I love the HBO program, Last Week Tonight, with John Oliver. It is an intelligent and witty show that consistently makes me laugh and think. For those of you who may not have HBO, you can see clips of the show on YouTube, here.

This past week’s show focused on Trumpcare or maybe it should be called “I don’t care”, concluding with this advert. The commercial shown above will play Wednesday morning on FOX & Friends, since President Trump watches the program regularly. I doubt Trump has the attention span to watch commercials, but I still applaud everyone on the program for their media buy.