FBI Admits: Hate Crime Tracking Sucks

Hauff Gay Bashed

Alright, those are my words. They didn’t say “sucks” but trust me and my personal experience working with survivors of hate-based discrimination and violence and how tracking these personal and vicious crimes go:

It Sucks.

My mother always hated it when I said something “sucked.” But when something is done so poorly that one might say it’s really awful … a stronger word can better express the reality of said situation. I think “sucks” is appropriate here.

Hate crime tracking does suck.

[Sorry, Mom … but it does.]

This week I’m going to share some aspects about being gay bashed that I haven’t shared on the site before. Continue reading

Republican Policy: Kill Tens of Thousands of Americans

Jim Morin cartoon published in the Miami Herald makes a major point that irritates me greatly about the anti-universal health care stance of far too many (I'm certain all with their own health care coverage) people.

Jim Morin’s cartoon, as published in the Miami Herald, makes a major point – one that irritates me greatly about the anti-universal health care stance of far too many people in the U.S. I’m fairly certain those with this view all have their own health care coverage and probably haven’t been without it … yet. Note the “yet.”

I’ve got some points to make for all of those out there who are anti-universal health care.

If you are against universal health care,

you are pro-DEATH.

It’s true.

Point Number One:

Russian Olympics: Brown Water, Homophobes, Dog Killing

OK, well ... Here's to seeing the funny side of things for sure!

OK, well … Here’s to seeing the funny side of things for sure!

Hate Homos? Go to Sochi.

Hate Dogs? Go to Sochi.

Hate People Generally? Go to Sochi.

Could the Russian government give us more reasons to boycott the Russian-based Olympics? I’ve never been more certain on not having any interest in watching the Olympics or avoiding companies supporting the Sochi-based events as I am right now. Continue reading

Anne Frank was a Stupid Jew. The Franks, Judas, Faggots. Part I.

The other night I dreamt repeatedly (or ongoing – in various states of consciousness) about Anne Frank and her family. I know why she was on my mind. I have been thinking about her and what it must have been … Continue reading

Here’s the reality about the government shutdown.

Reality Check, America.

 

English: President Barack Obama speaks to a jo...

President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform. Obamacare isn’t perfect, but it’s a start and it’s what we have left from Congress after Congress attacked the plan. To not have universal healthcare is a pity. It’s a shameful reality in the U.S. coming hopefully to a close. Now, as of today’s posting date, we have no government functions in most federal areas – why? Not because of health care. It’s irrelevant to the shut down. Due to ideological stupidity put in front of real persons with real health care needs. Everyone deserves health care. And it makes fiscal sense to provide it rather than deal with ALL of myriad results of NOT having it. How’s THAT for a damned caption? Photo credit: Wikipedia.

 

I’ve found myself pointing all of this out for days and I’m saddened by the low or complete lack of understanding that most people have about what the “government shut down” is spurred by; what it affects; what it actually meant, means, and will mean; and how absolutely unnecessary it all was and is.

 

I’ve got some things to say. I always do. If you knew, dear reader, just how many draft posts I have not put out there on my website you would see JUST HOW MUCH I have to say. But, I tend to write and then read it later and decide not to go there. I’ll be going there with this one.

 

And I’ll also be going there with this one.

 

On September 30th the White House sent this out:

 

If the United States government shuts down tonight and our economy takes a hit, it will be because House Republicans let it happen.

Right now, there’s a bill sitting in the House that funds the government for a few more weeks. It doesn’t demand the repeal or delay of the health care law, or deny women access to birth control, or include any other failed, partisan proposals. It funds the government. That’s it. And if Republican leadership allowed a simple yes or no vote on this bill — like the Senate has — it would get enough support from members of both parties to pass.

Instead, the government that these Republicans were elected to fund will close down and that will hurt our economy. Americans across the country won’t be allowed to show up for work. Paychecks could be delayed, meaning some folks will have to cut back on groceries or maybe even not pay a few bills. Businesses will have fewer customers. Veterans won’t get services they rely on — and it will put benefits for seniors at risk.

Even though they’ve already voted over 40 times to defund or delay the health care law, this group of Republicans in Congress is so obsessed with the idea of sabotaging Obamacare that they’re willing to take the economy hostage to do it.

Take a look at how this shutdown will affect millions of Americans — and then make sure you share it so other folks know, too.

President Obama has said time and time again that he’s willing to work with folks on both sides of the aisle to grow our economy and even improve the health care law. But using the threat of government shutdown or defaulting on the bills our country owes is reckless and irresponsible.

In fact, shutting down the government won’t stop Obamacare. The Health Insurance Marketplace will still open for business starting tomorrow, without delay.

Washington needs to stop manufacturing crises and focus on the issues that matter: creating jobs and building a strong middle class. Taking our economy over the cliff just to score political points isn’t fair to the millions of Americans who show up every day to work and do their jobs. It’s time for Congress to do its job.

Make sure you know exactly who this shutdown is directly affecting and then pass it on.

Thanks,

David

David Simas
Deputy Senior Advisor
The White House
@Simas44

P.S. — You’ll still be able to sign up for affordable health insurance on HealthCare.gov starting tomorrow, shutdown or no shutdown.

 

Chelsea Deserves Our Support.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. After years of suffering under bigoted laws, now the government wishes to be further assholes? No, U.S. Gov. Fix what you’ve done and be the “bigger person” (but recognize you’ve not been bigger by just doing what’s right to do – supporting Chelsea Manning). Thank you. Photo credit: Umpqua.

Hey U.S. Government!

Look what happens when you deny rights and then actually slam someone who has been holding YOU accountable. Now you get to pay for the medical treatment that you are trying to squirm out of. Shame on the U.S. Military for this one.

Get it right. Stand behind Chelsea and be the “bigger man.” ha. Guess you’re hiding behind fear again. Let’s see …

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

Check.

Marriage Equality?

Errrrm. No.

Trans Concerns?

Big Fat Zero = Failed.

Please rework your policies and bring them by my office in the next few days. Thanks.

Russia, Hate, Violence, Shame

'A gay rights supporter is beaten to the ground' in Russia. Credit: Olga Maltseva, Getty Images via Buzzfeed.

‘A gay rights supporter is beaten to the ground’ in Russia. Credit: Olga Maltseva, Getty Images via Buzzfeed.

Yes, I had some things to say about Russia’s leadership. OutJustice is my outlet for that type of commentary.

Russia has a law criminalizing “propaganda” that shows LGBTQIA persons in a positive light. Anyone who participates in “gayness,” or says it’s pretty OK in some way (so to speak) is to be shut down. Violence? Sure, why not. Go ahead.

Two women holding hands = crime.

Waiving a rainbow flag = crime.

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