May 31, 2016

There is a Trump Challenger and He Might Show Up This Week

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This Memorial Day weekend may mark a turning point in what one pundit called the "weirdest" election ever as news that a third party candidacy became real.

Bill Kristol, one of the nation’s leading conservatives and editor of the influential Weekly Standard, tweeted on Saturday: “Just a heads up over this holiday weekend: There will be an independent candidate – an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance." 

This triggered a barrage of tweets from GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump, who dissed Kristol as a "dummy" and an "embarrassed loser."

But if the news is true, it could be bad news for Trump, who himself had threatened a third party bid during the early stages of the GOP primary.

On Monday, NBC News listed potential independent candidates Kristol may have in mind. 

The network identified Mitt Romney, but said sources close to the former Massachusetts governor saw his entrance into the race as "unlikely." 

They also discounted Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a strong critic of Trump, signing on.

But the network identified potential wildcard choices, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and current New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

But the Kristol news indicates Trump appears to have failed in winning over key conservative base support as he prepares for the RNC's July convention in Cleveland, usually a unifying event for the party.

Two leading conservative thought publications – Kristol's Weekly Standard and National Review, remain staunchly opposed to his candidacy, even with Trump close to holding the official Republican imprimatur.

Trump has won over a number of establishment endorsements, but still, many have remained on the sidelines, including current House Speaker Paul Ryan.

On Sunday, the Washington Post headlined, "Even in victory, Donald Trump can't stop airing his grievances." The accompanying article detailed Trump’s attacks last week on a slew of personalities that may be giving pause to GOP party leaders.
Trump's targets included the Hispanic judge overseeing the civil suit he faces over Trump University, Gov. Martinez, and Mitt Romney, among others. Trump said Romney "walks like a penguin."

Romney, like Kristol, has been a leader in efforts to recruit a third-party candidate who could not only stop Trump, but perhaps win a three-way race.

Backers of the third party bid think that both Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have extremely high negatives among voters. 

This, coupled with the fact that Trump may cut into union, blue collar and some ethnic voters that traditionally vote Democratic, may open the door for a conservative third party candidate becoming viable – and even winning in once die-hard Blue States.

Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that Romney's efforts to stop Trump were motivated by "jealousy."

In a Saturday Wall Street Journal story, Romney explained his own reason for taking on Trump.

"I wanted my grandkids to see that I simply couldn't ignore what Mr. Trump was saying and doing, which revealed a character and temperament unfit for the leader of the free world," Romney said.

He added: "Friends warned me, ‘Don't speak out, stay out of the fray,' because criticizing Mr. Trump will only help him by giving him someone else to attack," Romney said.  "They were right. I became his next target, and the incoming attacks have been constant and brutal."

A recent Washinton Post-ABC News poll found that in a three-way race, Romney would draw 22 percent of the vote against both Clinton and Trump. This makes him not only a strong contender, but he could qualify for presidential debates, which require a 15 percent threshold in national polls.

The Journal quoted a Romney confidant as saying his friend is determined: "He feels like the last lion."

Trump adviser Ben Carson suggested an independent bid would hand the White House to Hillary. 

And Trump, in his twitter storm against Kristol, wrote that if he "actually does get a spoiler to run as an Independent, say good bye to the Supreme Court!"

But Kristol and anti-Trump conservatives like Erick Erickson, founder of Red State, believe Trump will lose decisively to Hillary Clinton come November. The loss will not only dash GOP hopes of winning the White House, but end Republican control of the Senate as the party faces more than a half dozen toss-up races across the country. 

"If that happens, the Republicans can kiss more than the Supreme Court good-bye, but perhaps the whole federal judiciary," a Republican congressman who opposes Trump told Newsmax.

NBC, citing sources, said the Trump challenger may come forward as early as this week. 

Hillary’s Path to Nomination Looks Secure but Some Feel Even More frustrated

Hillary Clinton’s path to the nomination looks as secure as ever, but those who aren’t already with her are growing more frustrated 

Hillary Clinton continues her slow march to the Democratic nomination. But even though most supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders admit she will likely be the Democratic nominee and could beat presumptive GOP candidate Donald Trump, half of them are as yet unwilling to support her in the fall.

The latest Economist/YouGov Poll shows Clinton back to a double-digit lead over Sanders among Democratic primary voters. That lead had been in single digits for the last two months – not since March has Clinton led Sanders by more than ten points.
The combative Sanders campaign (on Tuesday they asked for a review of voting in Kentucky, looking possibly to add just a single delegate to their totals) isn’t necessarily getting a free pass from voters. Although many see possible favoritism towards Clinton in the Democratic rules and process, those who were aware of demonstrations by Sanders supporters at the Nevada State Convention two weekends ago (more than three-quarters of all Democratic voters) found them to be inappropriate. Even a quarter of current Sanders supporters agree.
But many Democratic voters think Sanders may have a case. About half of Democratic voters think the Democratic National Committee is biased in favor of Clinton (78% of Sanders supporters believe the party’s process has been biased), even though many of those same voters understand that the rules were set up before any of the candidates announced. 
But there is still confusion and division. A majority of Sanders supporters either have no idea when the rules were created, or think they were set up after Clinton decided to run for President.  About half of all Democratic voters agree with Sanders’ statement about the Nevada event, and just about as many agree with the response by the DNC Chair, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Both quotes were presented to respondents without telling them who said them, but Clinton supporters and Sanders supporters had very different reactions to each statement.
There is growing concern that the continuing Democratic campaign might be bad for the party, although just over half of Democratic voters think the longer campaign is a good thing. In the last two weeks, however, Clinton supporters have begun to worry: the percentage saying that the continuing campaign is good for the party has dropped eight points in the last two weeks, and more now say it’s bad for the party.
68% of Clinton supporters wish Sanders would leave the race, up seven points in the last two weeks. But most Democratic voters (including Clinton supporters) don’t believe there will be violent protests at the Democratic Convention in July. Clinton and Sanders supporters are in agreement on this.
Democratic primary voters who favor Sanders are seeing the writing on the wall. More than half of them now believe Clinton will be the nominee. 68% of Sanders supporters think she can beat Donald Trump in the general election (only half of Clinton supporters believe Sanders could win).

But half of Sanders voters are not yet ready to support Clinton in a Clinton-Trump matchup.  In fact, the percentage of Sanders supporters willing to vote for Clinton has dropped in the last few weeks.  At the end of April, 63% of Sanders supporters said they would vote for Clinton. Importantly, however, these supporters are not going directly to Trump; instead they are moving into the undecided category, going for a third candidate, or opting out of the race altogether. 
This lack of current support from fans of Clinton’s Democratic primary opponent is making the race with Trump appear very tight at this point in time. It is even tighter than the results of a question asking about whether registered voters would choose an unnamed Democrat or an unnamed Republican. And the Clinton-Trump pairing is also tighter than the Trump-Sanders contest – a point Sanders has been making. 
One of the reasons for the differences is apparent in the answers given by those Democratic primary voters supporting Sanders. Just half say they would vote for Clinton in the fall, while two in three say they will vote for the “Democrat.” As might be expected, nine in ten would vote for Sanders against Trump (perhaps surprisingly, 7% of Sanders supporters would vote for Trump even in Sanders were the Democratic nominee).
Clinton’s supporters are more likely to favor the Democrat, whomever it might be, or even if he or she is unnamed. More than nine in ten Clinton voters favor Clinton over Trump and would vote for the unnamed Democrat. Nearly eight in ten also would vote for Sanders if he were the nominee. 
Of course, polls in May about a November contest – taken before either party’s candidate has been officially nominated and while there is still a spirited contest on one side – don’t necessarily reflect the fall outcome. There is a long way to go between now and then, and there may be party healing on both sides.

May 30, 2016

Memorial Day in the US

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Civil War Memorial in Arlington National CemeteryKorean War MemorialThese symbols speak most of the words. We will leave it at that

 Arlington National Cemetery grave markers with soldiers standing at attention.

Hope your Memorial day is a peaceful one. I also hope that you think of how poorly the US Congress treats vets coming back after they are done with emergency services and go into long term rehab and treatment. Also ask yourself who are the Senators and Congressmen and Women to turn down bills to fund vets care. Also think about a politician that is taken the name of vets to help him in his running for President yet He has never really help them. Hypocrisy is the decease the vets encounters into  coming home. 

Trump is a “Small Man” for Taking Money from 9/11 Fund

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 Donald Trump is “a small man" for accepting $150,000 from a federal fund for small businesses hurt by the Sept. 11 attacks and should return the money or donate it to charity, a New York Democratic congressman said.

"In grabbing that money with both fists, you took it out of the pockets of small business owners in New York who were truly hurting," Rep. Jerrold Nadler wrote in an open letter to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Nadler referenced reports earlier this year that the real estate billionaire accepted the money from the World Trade Center Business Recovery Grant program.

The lawmaker's letter, posted on his campaign website and dated Thursday, represented the latest Democratic attempt to focus attention on Trump's wealth. They've also repeatedly demanded that he release his income tax returns, which he has declined to do until IRS audits are finished.
Spokespeople for Trump's campaign did not immediately return emailed requests for a response.

According to Nadler's letter, Trump received the money from the grant program for one of his companies, 40 Wall Street LLC, which owns a Manhattan skyscraper.
Citing previous reports, Nadler said that Trump company had $26.8 million in annual revenue. The federal definition of small businesses is those that have earned less than $6 million, Nadler said.
"Whatever the size of your business, we need no further proof that you are a small man," Nadler wrote.

Nadler said that Trump told an interviewer that none of his properties was damaged in the attacks on New York.
"Your exploitation of our bravest and most generous citizens shows us all we need to know about what lies within your heart," wrote Nadler.
Nadler’s district includes the site where the World Trade Center towers stood before they were toppled in the attacks.

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Strict Prominent SeminarianAccused of Having Sex with Students

                                                                         Monsignor Tony Anatrella during a conference in Lille (Nord, France).

(RNS) For years, seminaries and monasteries around France sent students and novices to Monsignor Tony Anatrella, a prominent French priest and therapist who has written disparagingly of gays, if their superiors decided the young men were struggling with homosexuality.

Now Anatrella, who argues that gay men cannot be ordained as priests, is facing mounting allegations that he himself had sex with male clients under his care, a scandal that could have repercussions all the way to the Vatican, where the priest is still regularly consulted on matters of sexuality.

The reports about Anatrella that have emerged in recent weeks also landed just as the Catholic Church in France has been embroiled in a crisis over charges that senior churchmen shielded priests even after they received reports that the clerics had molested children.

Anatrella stoked that furor earlier this year when it was revealed that he told new bishops at a Vatican-sponsored course that they are not obligated to report a suspected abuser to authorities even in countries where the law requires such reporting.

The Vatican quickly said that Anatrella’s remarks did not change church policy on reporting, and Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, head of Pope Francis’ new Commission for the Protection of Minors, issued a statement saying that beyond the requirements of civil law, all members of the church “have a moral and ethical responsibility to report suspected abuse to the civil authorities who are charged with protecting our society.”

Yet the allegations that Anatrella himself has engaged in sexual misconduct – accusations that were first broached a decade ago – pose a much greater threat to the priest.

So far, European media have relayed accusations from as many as four men – only one of whom agreed to be identified by his real name – who say that Anatrella engaged in various sex acts with them during counseling sessions in his Paris office, with the activity allegedly occurring up until a few years ago.

“You’re not gay, you just think that you are,” Anatrella reportedly told Daniel Lamarca, who was a 23-year-old seminarian when he first went to Anatrella in 1987.

According to Dutch Catholic journalist Hendro Munsterman, who first reported Lamarca’s story in Nederlands Dagblad, Anatrella told Lamarca he could rid him of his “pseudo-homosexuality” and sought to do so by performing sex acts on Lamarca.

“I know details about Anatrella’s body that could only be known to someone who has seen him naked,” Lamarca told Nederlands Dagblad.

Lamarca said that in 2001 he reported these episodes to the archbishop of Paris at the time, the late Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger. But Lamarca said nothing was done.

Then, in 2006, he told a liberal lay-run Catholic periodical, Golias, about Anatrella’s behavior; Lamarca’s was one of three accusations to surface that year, but because they involved adults and wound up being their word against Anatrella’s, civil authorities did not pursue the allegations.

The church also apparently took no action. Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois had succeeded Lustiger by that point, and he reportedly sent an email to all his priests expressing his support for Anatrella. Accusations from other ex-patients did not change the cardinal’s opinion and he spoke of a “gay lobby” working against Anatrella.

In recent weeks, another ex-seminarian, who goes by a pseudonym in the articles, told French outlets that he was counseled by Anatrella for 14 years, from 1997 to 2011, and that after the first few years Anatrella began “special sessions” that included episodes of mutual masturbation.

It is unclear how many of these accounts may also be the same ones that surfaced in 2006.

Anatrella has so far not responded to the latest allegations.

On May 13, the Archdiocese of Paris released a statement acknowledging that in 2014, the current archbishop, Vingt-Trois, received a written complaint, via a priest, from a patient of Anatrella’s who also made allegations of sexual exploitation. But the archdiocese said that because the complainant would not reveal his identity, the church could not pursue the matter.

In addition, the Paris archdiocese said that it received reports of other allegations regarding Anatrella late last month, also by way of a priest. “Because he could not act on the basis of anonymous third-party statements, the cardinal asked the priest to encourage the accusers to make personal contact (with the archdiocese) and lodge a formal complaint,” said the church statement.

The statement went on to say that “any person who has been a victim of sexual aggression (or their parents in the case of minors)” should personally contact the archdiocese to report it. “They will be received and listened to, counseled on what to do next, and urged to file a complaint with the judicial authorities,” it said.

Any person knowing “facts that justify a complaint or denunciation” should also report them to civil authorities, it added.

While Anatrella has been a familiar figure for decades in France, his controversial views gained wider attention in 2005 when he reportedly helped the Vatican, then headed by Pope Benedict XVI, a theological conservative, craft guidelines aimed at keeping gay men out of the priesthood.

Anatrella at the time also wrote a lengthy article in the Vatican daily, L’Osservatore Romano, stating that homosexuality was “like an incompleteness and a profound immaturity of human sexuality.”

According to a report from Catholic News Service, Anatrella wrote that gays are “narcissists” and said homosexuality is “a problem in the psychic organization” of a person’s sexuality. He said that for theological reasons the Catholic Church can only ordain “men mature in their masculine identity.”

On a practical level as well, he wrote, many of the sex scandals in the church happened because gay men, even if they vowed to remain sexually chaste, were ordained as priests and could not remain chaste.

Anatrella also provided a long list of warning signs that should alert seminary staff to the possibility that a seminarian is gay.

Among the signs he listed were students who had trouble relating to their fathers or who tended to isolate themselves, and those found viewing pornography on the Internet and who often saw themselves as victims.

Anatrella remains a consultant to the pontifical councils for the family and for health care ministry; in February, he was the main organizer of a major conference on priestly celibacy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

French church leaders who have been on the defensive over reports that many of them failed to report priests who abused minors are set to announce new policies to protect children early in June.

By Tom Heneghan is a Paris-based correspondent David Gibson who is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.

This Seductive Cop is Looking to Destroy a Man’s Life

Sitting in cars along the edge of the park, four Long Beach police officers waited for the right time to pounce.
The innocuous signal that spurred them to action came when they saw a middle-aged man close his laptop and head toward a public restroom known in the area as a place where men have sex with each other. One of the undercover officers followed him inside.
Within moments, police were leading the man away in handcuffs. His crime: exposing himself to the officer.
The 2014 arrest in Recreation Park marked another successful sting for the city’s vice squad. But the undercover operation, which was sharply criticized recently by a judge, also exemplifies a controversial, age-old police tactic that many of California’s largest law enforcement agencies have quietly abandoned in recent years amid mounting criticism and changing sexual attitudes.
In Los Angeles, Long Beach and other areas where undercover lewd conduct stings endure, police defend them as an important tool for catching people who are violating the law and for deterring others from trying to have sex in parks and other public areas used by families and children.
Gay-rights activists do not condone public sex but have long condemned the busts as a form of entrapment, saying they unfairly single out gay men, with sometimes devastating consequences. The issue has been debated for decades. But in recent years, critics of the stings have gained traction as public attitudes about homosexuality and gay rights have shifted.
Undercover officers, critics contend, often exchange flirtatious signals and make arrests of men who think their advances are welcome, when no one else is nearby to be offended. They say that the stings can ensnare men who hadn't otherwise been seeking sex and that they rarely, if ever, target straight people.
Under state law, people who are convicted of indecent exposure must register as sex offenders and face possible jail time. Some have lost their jobs or committed suicide.
“Nobody is going to defend lewd conduct, but there is a qualitative difference between sexual predators and people who engage in boorish behavior,” said Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, who is gay and a former special assistant in the Sheriff's Department who worked with its LGBT advisory council. “Criminalizing them isn’t really justice. You just want them to stop.”
Courts also have raised questions about the stings, invalidating a number of prosecutions in various parts of the state. In some cases, judges found no crime had occurred because the undercover officer conveyed sexual interest to the target and no one else was present to be offended by the lewd conduct. Last month, a Los Angeles County judge threw out the charges in one case stemming from Long Beach's 2014 operation, saying police were discriminating against gay men.
Many law enforcement agencies have stopped in response to lawsuits or after political backlash. The Times contacted police officials in San Jose, Anaheim, Glendale, San Francisco, Bakersfield, Beverly Hills and Laguna Beach, among other agencies. Representatives for each said their departments had not used such undercover stings in years.
These officials said they came to view the stings as ineffective or unnecessary after noticing a sharp drop-off in complaints about public sex during an age when men can easily find sexual partners through the Internet and dating apps such as Grindr.
Some cities have found alternative ways to tackle the problem of cruising — the act of searching for anonymous public sex. Departments will now post uniformed officers near cruising hotspots or improve lighting and trim trees and bushes in areas known for public sex.
“Bottom line is, there were much better things that the vice ... bureau should have been engaged in, namely sex trafficking and sexual exploitation,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Merrill Ladenheim, who heads the agency’s human trafficking task force. “We really refocused our efforts on those other crimes where we have a victim.”
LAPD officials say they have made a point of carrying out undercover operations less frequently in recent years. In 2007, the agency revamped its lewd conduct policy to tell officers that stings should be used only “as a last resort.”
But when alternative tactics fail, the department has no choice but to deploy decoy officers, said Capt. Andy Neiman, the LAPD’s chief spokesman. While lewd conduct complaints have dropped dramatically in recent years, Neiman said stings have been used to shut down persistent hotspots for gay cruising and lewd acts 11 times since 2014.
Complaints often come from people concerned about sex acts in public places, namely libraries and residential streets, where children could stumble upon people engaged in a lewd act, Neiman said. 
“You still have to enforce the law when you get complaints,” he said.
The use of undercover cops to target gay men in Southern California stretches back to the early 20th century, when gay sex was illegal, said Lillian Faderman, a historian and author of “Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians.”
The pioneers were W.H. Warren and B.C. Brown, “vice specialists” who loitered in public restrooms and other areas while carrying out so-called “purity campaigns” aimed at gay men in Long Beach and Los Angeles, Faderman wrote, adding that their methods served as a model for stings throughout Southern California.
The pair had no prior police training but were given police badges in both cities. They were paid for each arrest and offered their services to other major cities, she said.
In 1914, The Times reported on an operation in which the two helped arrest 31 men accused of engaging in gay sex at private clubs in Long Beach. Long Beach’s mayor and police chief awarded Warren and Brown a proclamation that said their work “rid the city of a dangerous class which threatened the morals of the youth of the community.”
Soon after the arrests, one of the men, a prominent banker and church officer, committed suicide by ingesting cyanide. The fear that other men would follow suit led the city to temporarily ban the sale of toxic substances, The Times reported.
In more recent decades, police agencies that employed the stings defended them as an effective way of responding to complaints about areas well-known for public hook-ups. Decoy operations are necessary to make arrests, officials said, because the crime of lewd conduct is a misdemeanor that requires officers to witness the conduct to justify an arrest.
“These are public parks, and public parks attract kids and families,” said Bakersfield Sgt. Gary Carruesco, whose department stopped conducting stings after a judge found the practice to be discriminatory in 2005. “Obviously, they can walk into a bathroom and witness things.”
West Hollywood Councilman John Duran, an attorney who has represented men in cruising cases for 30 years, said a typical client was a “deeply closeted gay or bisexual man who had hidden rendezvous in public places.” Many, he said, had low self-esteem and turned to cruising because they thought they were undeserving of intimacy.
But the LGBT movement, said Duran, who is gay, “has produced new generations of out and proud people who believe they can have healthy sexual encounters.” Growing public support of gay rights and the presence of openly gay officers in police departments has put pressure on agencies to stop using stings, he said.
Recent decoy operations have drawn fierce criticism.
Palm Springs police sparked outrage in 2009 when officers arrested 19 men in an undercover sting in a neighborhood known for gay resorts. Audio recordings of the operation caught a detective and the police chief making derogatory comments about the men who were arrested. The chief later resigned, and the department has not employed the tactic again, a police spokesman said.
In 2012, Manhattan Beach police were blasted for releasing the mugshots of men swept up in a lewd conduct sting. Police said at the time that local lifeguards had found graffiti of graphic sexual images on restroom walls, and holes drilled through stall partitions.
One man sued the city, alleging that he was falsely arrested and that his photograph and name were released to the media. The department stopped using decoys soon afterward, said Sgt. Paul Ford, supervisor of the agency’s detective bureau.
In Long Beach, gay-rights activists said they were troubled — and surprised — to see stings still being deployed in a city with a vibrant LGBT community and an openly gay mayor.
Long Beach police took more than two dozen men into custody during decoy operations from 2012 to 2014, according to Bruce Nickerson, a civil rights attorney.
One of those men was Rory Moroney, who was arrested in the Recreation Park sting in 2014.
On the day he was arrested, Moroney said he was using his laptop in the park to search for jobs. He knew the reputation of the men’s room, but he hadn’t gone there to cruise, he said. Moroney, 50, said he was washing his hands when he saw a man standing in a stall, thumbs hooked over his belt, smiling and nodding. He believed the undercover officer was flirting.
“They were targeting. That’s not right,” Moroney said. “They baited me. They trapped me.”
On April 29, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina sided with Moroney and tossed out the charges. The judge noted that the Long Beach police vice unit had conducted a series of stings spanning two years that used only male officers to arrest male suspects seeking sex with other men.
Dhanidina found that the stings were “indicative of animus toward homosexuals.” The judge also ruled that “the presence and tactics of the decoy officers actually caused the crimes to occur.”
 Long Beach police said they conduct decoy operations only in response to public complaints. Cmdr. Paul Lebaron, who oversees the city’s detective division, including the vice unit, said the department exhausts other tactics first before using stings as a last resort. Lebaron, who was not running vice operations when Moroney was arrested, said the agency has conducted only one lewd conduct sting since January 2015.
The city prosecutor’s office has not said if it will appeal the judge’s decision. Nickerson said he plans to argue in court that the charges against the 27 other men caught in the stings in 2013 and 2014 should be invalidated.
Mayor Robert Garcia said he hadn’t been aware of the stings and that the city is now reviewing its policies.
“I view Long Beach as a progressive place that believes in justice and dignity for everybody,” Garcia said. “So when I hear that something occurs that could be contrary to that, I’m alarmed.”
Long Beach’s morality was in doubt.
So claimed the Los Angeles Times in numerous sensationalist 1914 stories about the arrests of 31 men allegedly tied to two private clubs in the city where gay men were said to cross dress and have sex with each other.
It was a racy scandal, the Times sneered, with details that were “unprintable” — and yet one that the newspaper could not get enough of.
Long Beach police, following the lead of undercover “vice specialists” W.H. Warren and B.C. Brown, arrested the men on so-called social vagrancy charges, collecting steep fines — $5,275 in all — or throwing in jail those who could not pay.
Nov. 19, 1914: Long Beach Recital of Shameless Men.
Nov. 19, 1914: Long Beach Recital of Shameless Men. (Los Angeles Times archive)
The newspaper's account of the "scandal" that enveloped the city offers a window into the virulently homophobic attitudes that prevailed a century ago, when gay sex was illegal and police pioneered the use of undercover stings to identify and prosecute gay people. The stories also underscore the role that The Times and other newspapers played in perpetuating the era's homophobia.
The Times printed the names of the arrested men and mocked its neighboring city over the discovery of underground gay social organizations — the 606 Club and 96 Club. At one point, the newspaper published a story with the dateline, “The Holy City of Long Beach.” 
But amid the sarcasm and public calls for purity, the sweep had devastating effects. One of the arrested men, a prominent Long Beach banker and church officer, killed himself by swallowing cyanide near the beach. In a note to his sister, he said he was innocent but “crazed by reading the paper this morning” in which his name had been published. Long Beach officials temporarily banned the sale of toxic substances afterward, fearful that others might follow suit.
Only one of the men, florist Herbert N. Lowe, fought the charges. His trial, the Times reported, was the talk of the town, with large crowds fighting for seats in the courtroom.
Nov. 15, 1914: Takes His Life Through Shame
Nov. 15, 1914: Takes His Life Through Shame (Los Angeles Times archive)
“Doubting Thomases of Long Beach who refused to believe the existence of a certain class of vice in that city, heard in court yesterday the bald stories of the officers who put in jail thirty-one men on the charge of vagrancy,” the Times wrote of Lowe’s trial, adding that “It was a dramatic and hideous recital, and startled the populace.”
Officers Brown and Warren — reportedly attractive men who had no prior police training but were given badges in Long Beach and Los Angeles to rid the cities of vice – were the star witnesses, saying they got $10 for each captured “social vagrant.”
At one point, according to Times reports on the testimony, Brown rented a cottage from Lowe and arranged for other officers to watch from a peephole and window as he baited Lowe to flirt with him. One evening, Brown lay down on his bed, expecting Lowe to arrive. As officers spied on the room, Lowe tried to become intimate with Brown but was interrupted by a noise: Someone peeking into the room slipped loudly on gravel outside. Several officers then rushed in to arrest Lowe.
But in the end, the jury acquitted Lowe after his attorney said the undercover officers’ hands were “dripping with the blood” of the man who killed himself. The Times’ headline read: “Jury Acquits in Six-O-Six...Stool-pigeons and Police Given No Credence,” referring to the undercover officers.
Dec. 12, 1914: Jury Acquits in Six-O-Six.
Dec. 12, 1914: Jury Acquits in Six-O-Six. (Los Angeles Times archive)
Even in that era, the newspapers were criticized for publishing the names of arrestees, especially after the suicide, by some members of the public and by local officials embarrassed by the arrests.
But the newspapers defended themselves with self-righteous outrage. In November 1914, The Times published an editorial from The Sacramento Bee — titled “An Unprejudiced Observer: Publicity is Needed and Then More Publicity” — saying that despite criticism, newspapers should not suppress “news concerning this most horrible of all filthy crimes.”
Of the man’s death by cyanide, the editorial stated: “His suicide in itself was a confession.”
In 1915, several months after the sting operation, one of the Long Beach vice officers, Warren, and a married woman with whom he was infatuated were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide, The Times reported.
The newspaper described how Warren, who conducted the “now celebrated ‘social vagrant investigations,’” referred to himself as “the master of women.” He shot the victim when she refused his advances and then turned the gun on himself.  
The article mentions that Warren made a good living from arresting so-called social vagrants, sometimes more than $100 a week. Attributed to Warren’s “activity,” the Times said, was the death of a New York City actor he “exposed with a success that resulted in the man’s desperate leap from a window with a trunk strap around his throat.” 
                                                                   LA Times

May 28, 2016

Sanders Can take Off the Wedding Dress Now - Trump Cancelled

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At the prospect that Sanders will ignore all protocol and a sense of the fairness he talks about, even though the media was Giddy.  Imagine the ratings bonanza which is all what they live for. Those that believe in Trump’s promises are condemn to live through the disappointment of being suckers.

The media were not the only suckers here. The guy that will do anything to be president really showed to those in the DNC if they had doubts and those who thought Sanders would keep promises after he is bitching that the DNC is bad,  just like Trump and the RNC. He said they rigged the game, the game he is won. Everyone is bad when they are loosing instead of looking in the mirror. 

 Sanders doesn’t take it that way and he had shown it. He will do what ever. He is not a Democrat even though he has been insisting he be treated like one by the DNC. He is just being like every single Independent candidate that I can remember since Clinton and the short little billionaire (Perot) Running third place against Bill Clinton. It’s uncanny the similarities between Perot and Trump. Billionaires both  coming from big business and thinking because they are bastards in their field they can come in yell and say some things they don’t know what it means themselves and they have everyone eating out of their hands. For a while and depending on brain power it ;sat until the elections but eventual riga-mortis sets in and you have paralysis. Then there was the respectable Ralph Nader who destroyed the party and gave us Bush and the things Bush gave us.

This office has some magic or curse to it that when a candidate feels he might have a real shot and then see it disappeared it mades them go kind of mad, unbalanced. They forget their families, their friends their commitments (Rubio said it),  promises and reality that you don’t win the white house if you are the spoiler. The spoiler gives it to the other guy. The party who never helped the spoiler and the spoiler said it would be a grave mistake if they were elected but on they go to helping them win by holding the votes or delegates.

It took some advisors quietly talking to the RNC that they been warned by some in the Democratic party that if the nominee held a debate with the loosing candidate and ignore the candidate it would be a slapped in the face to all.  This does not get done and evenTrump nor Sanders can’t change all the rules. In the lo g run this would have hurt Trump and no benefit in return except the cameras he loved and that is why he said yes the first time around. This just doesn’t get done like this!              The democrats know how to bitch slop also and there were going to be opportunities that the GOP would like to do something their way but the door would be close, except for slapping.
Donald Trump says that he won't debate Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders after all. 
'Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher," he said in a statement. 
Trump, who had said that he would participate in a debate only if it raised more than $10 million for a women's health charity, also complained that networks offering to host the event were "not proving to be too generous to charitable causes." 
Trump's statement was released minutes after Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said that the Vermont senator was "prepared to accept" a proposal from one of two networks to host the unorthodox debate between Trump and Sanders, who badly trails Hillary Clinton in the delegate count. 
Weaver suggested in his statement that both network offers included "a major contribution to charity." 
Sanders said Friday he hopes the debate happens. 
"In recent days, Donald Trump has said he wants to debate, he doesn't want to debate, he wants to debate and, now, he doesn't want to debate," Sanders said in a statement. "Given that there are several television networks prepared to carry this debate and donate funds to charity, I hope that he changes his mind once again and comes on board." 
Both candidates had embraced the idea of a debate earlier in the week, suggesting that it should be held in a stadium and making little secret of their hopes for record-smashing ratings for the event. 
For her part, Clinton derided the idea as a "joke" and said her focus would be on debating Trump in the fall. 
Trump is now singing a similar tune, saying "as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders - and it would be an easy payday — I will wait to debate 

Chronicle of Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima then Nuclear Devastated

Imagine Trump walking around with that football(Nuclear Codes)
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Barack Obama visited Hiroshima Friday, making him the first U.S. president to do so. During his brief speech, Obama called for an end to senseless wars and shared his hope for a world without nuclear weapons.
Below is a timeline chronicling the events that make Obama's visit to Hiroshima so significant. Also included are visualizations detailing nuclear weapon statistics by country.

Aging Should Not Be The Cause for Gays to Go back to The Closet

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Nancy Valverde pulls out her jingling set of keys and unlocks one, two, three padlocks attached to thick silver chains on the door to her apartment. “They didn’t like lesbians” in her old East L.A. neighborhood, she says. Today, the 83-year-old finally feels at home at Triangle Square, a low-income housing development built especially for LGBT seniors. But having spent her whole life fighting to be herself — complete with stints in jail for wearing pants — she just can’t give up those locks.

If Valverde isn’t quite used to the idea of a safe space, one can forgive her — not least because the phenomenon of residences for gay seniors is proving a juggernaut. By some counts, there are more than 500 homes throughout the country, from liberal New Mexico to the more conservative woods of South Carolina, and demand is expected to surge: By 2030, there will be six million LGBT Americans over the age of 65, double the number now, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. 

Though the residences fall along the economic spectrum, from pricey, upscale setups to government-funded facilities like Valverde’s, there’s little doubt they’re a boon for LGBT seniors. To move into “mixed” elderly homes, some fear, would shove them back into a culture that regarded homosexuality as sinful, illegal or bizarre. “We want to provide a place where our LGBT seniors can talk candidly about their lives and don’t have to be forced back into the closet,” says Tripp Mills, deputy director of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s senior services. 

But the fledgling industry has some hurdles to overcome. Supply and demand are often mismatched, with some spaces difficult to fill up and others with thousand-person waiting lists. Marketing can be dicey too, since Fair Housing laws prevent the advertising of spaces as LGBT-only. Public housing in urban areas is already scarce, and many object to “set-asides” for certain groups.

Yet the need is there. Elderly people tend to rely on their families, “from driving them to the doctor to shoveling snow from the driveway,” points out Serena Worthington, a director with Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). But gay and lesbian seniors may lack such support. They’re four times less likely to have children than their heterosexual counterparts and twice as likely to live alone, according to the NGLTF. For many in their generation, coming out meant severing family ties. Other seniors may want nothing to do with government-funded homes — after all, they grew up in an era when laws criminalized their love lives.

But interviews with about a dozen residents suggest that those who do come to LGBT facilities find a kind of family they never had — one based on shared experiences and common understanding. Traditional elder-care homes are often fraught with homophobic encounters, they said, and economic discrimination in the form of skewed pricing and availability, according to studies. “We can have any conversation we want here and you just can’t do that in mixed groups,” says 76-year-old Jim Croyley, a former teacher who lives at Stonewall Gardens, an elegantly appointed private LGBT living community in Palm Springs.
We’re sitting at the communal lunch table, eating barbecue chicken and drinking tea, and the conversation is easy, full of laughter and teasing. For Matt Wilkinson, who is HIV-positive, the levity is particularly poignant. At his previous facility, he was advised not to disclose his status to other residents, and when one man found out, he refused to eat in the same dining hall as Wilkinson. “Older generations of straight people are not as well-versed in the mechanics of the disease as the gay community is,” Wilkinson says. At Stonewall, all of that is in the open — health, romantic histories, aversions to football.

But as sunny a paradise as Stonewall seems, with happy-hour outings to Toucan’s next door and palm trees dotting the courtyard, is not cheap — one-bedrooms start at $4,200. And the facility is struggling. Only 11 of the 21 units are occupied. Other posh private facilities are in similar straits. Fountaingrove Lodge, in Santa Rosa, California, is pivoting away from LGBT customers to earn more revenue. Senior facilities can be expensive: Many of these developments take years and upward of $20 million to launch. While Stonewall’s housing developer is committed to the long haul, other properties might not be so lucky.

Low-income housing faces the opposite problem: There aren’t nearly enough rooms to go around for all the LGBT seniors who want them. That’s especially true in urban areas. Once safe havens for gay mavericks, cities now face skyrocketing rents and scarce public housing. Take 55 Laguna, an LGBT-friendly residence in San Francisco. It received over 5,000 inquiries for 110 units. Triangle Square, back in Hollywood, has an ongoing 3,000-plus person wait list. Ed De Hay, a 79-year-old who was priced out of his apartment after his partner passed away, waited for five years until a spot opened up. “This is my family now,” De Hay says, referring to Valverde and the other residents at Triangle Square.

De Hay and Valverde are bonded together by more than their sexual orientation. The loss of their life partners left them alone until they found one another, they tell me — a friendship built on shared experiences in love and loss. Today, Valverde says she feels comfortable at her apartment knowing she is home. She might still carry a giant ring of keys, but now she has others to watch her back.

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