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July 6, 2018

Kennedy's Departure Will Be Followed by Trump's Impeachment


[EDITORIAL]



 This picture might be an exaggeration but you don't have to be a lawyer to count how many laws Trump is broken (that we know of). Maybe he can give the Russians top secrets because the president has the power to declassified documents but how about selling out to our enemy? That is included on the articles of impeachment set out by the Constitution. The other stuff about the financial dealings from the past and now? Well, I would rather have you enumerate them. I am sure that there are people that think he is great because he is not a democrat. He is white and likes to destroy things people think has been oppressing them, like the dept. of Justice, the white house, FBI, banking system. The thing is he is not a republican either he is a Trump for Trump. There are people, that despise brown people so much and think for some reason this is a white nation or wanted to be one even though is never been one. Trump could put those kids in ovens not cages like he is done and some people will back him on it. But the majority of Americans are not like that have never been like that. The picture is been painted by Trump and shown to everyone. Adam



The midterm elections are still several months away, but if things go to plan, the next Supreme Court justice will be confirmed by the Senate in September, just weeks away from Election Day. So why is the president downright giddy about appointing a Supreme Court Justice so quickly? Because President Trump always makes everything about President Trump. 
Once again, we see the need for his immediate gratification. Just like the travel ban and the policy to separate children from parents at the border, the timing of the Supreme Court appointment, and its consequences are not thought out.
Case in point? The border debacle: After weeks of horrible news coverage and pressure from religious and Republican leaders, Trump was forced to sign an executive order reversing his policy. The administration was never prepared to implement the policy or the executive order.
Seeing the political problem he created — and has yet to properly fix — Trump worked to change the conversation. As a huge consumer of cable news, he was hearing over and over again that the policy of separating children from their parents “will cause him big problems with suburban women.” He wanted something to appeal to his base, so he pivoted to immigration and ICE, then something better, in his opinion, happened. Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement
Kennedy’s decision to step down from the Supreme Court was his own choice. But based on credible reporting by the New York Times and other outlets, the White House was on the charm offensive, encouraging Kennedy that his legacy would be protected, and that it was the right time to retire.
There is no doubt that at the age of 81, and after 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy has every right to retire, and we all owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for his service. But by retiring now, the biggest issue for the midterms will be abortion, specifically how a “Trump Court” will reverse Roe v. Wade.
A few months ago, Trump started talking repeatedly about voter turnout at his campaign-style rallies. The writing on the wall? Democrats are more motivated than Republicans. The president mistakenly thought that by playing to his base, turnout for him would increase. There are two key problems with that. First, Trump isn’t on the ballot this November, and it has been proved that Trump’s support does not transfer well outside of Republican primaries. The other flaw? While it’s true that Republicans will turn out over certain issues, Democrats in response to those same issues will turn out in even highernumbers.
With the issue of Roe v. Wade all but on the ballot this November, it is extremely likely to increase suburban turnout by double digits among women, independents and Democrats who stayed home in 2016. This will lead to the defeat of incumbent Republicans from swing House districts. It’s true that in red states Republicans will turn out over abortion rights, but that’s not where the swing districts are.
The Democrats need to win 23 congressional seats to take back the House. According to the esteemed Cook Political Report, an independent, nonpartisan newsletter, there are 24 “toss-up” seats and 34 “lean” Democratic or Republican seats in play. In a typical midterm election, that would mean the party not in power had a very good chance of winning the majority. By injecting the issue of women’s reproductive rights into an already highly motivated liberal base, this will all but secure a Democratic House and a majority looking to impeach the president.
That doesn’t mean he will be removed. For the Senate this year, Republicans are defending nine seats, compared with the Democrats defending 25 (Sens. Bernie Sanders and Angus King are independents but caucus with the Democrats). Of those 25 Democratic seats, 10 of them are in states that Donald Trump carried in 2016. So it’s a pretty safe bet that the Democrats will not pick up the two-thirds majority to convict the president.
On June 27, 2018, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy resigned and all but ensured that on Jan. 1, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives will initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump — another self-inflicted injury, Mr. President.
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SUSAN DEL PERCIO   [oXY]

May 17, 2018

So Many Nations Trying to Bribe The President Now! Because They Can



 Who catches the eye of the business man making tons of millions on everything Trump? and President?

 

In light of the news that entities controlled by the Chinese government will contribute $500 million to an Indonesian development project that includes several Trump-branded properties, it’s worth taking a step back and marveling at how many powerful foreign groups and individuals appear to be attempting to influence the U.S.’s distinguished president by giving money or favors to his chintzy real-estate company and/or sketchy pals. And while there’s no conclusive evidence (yet) of such incentives having led directly to changes in the administration’s policies, there’s certainly no evidence that sending cash in the president’s general direction will hurt your chances of getting the hookup, so to speak, from the American government. Take a look:

• China, as mentioned, just committed $500 million to build a theme park in an Indonesian luxury mega-development that will also feature Trump Organization-branded hotels and a golf course. Days after the commitment was finalized, Trump announced that he wants to lift sanctions that have been imposed on a Chinese telecom company called ZTE, which did business with Iran.


On another front, White House adviser Jared Kushner’s family business has solicited individual Chinese investments in one of its U.S. developments with a presentation that explicitly noted that Kushner is Trump’s influential son-in-law. In February, the Washington Post reported that U.S. intelligence agencies have collected evidence that the government of China believes that Kushner can be manipulated through his business interests.

• A well-connected investor from Qatar, Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, is accused in a U.S. court filing by an aggrieved former business partner of having attempted to bribe said former partner for an introduction to Steve Bannon—and of having claimed in the process that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had taken Qatari money. The latter claim was made more noteworthy by video footage that shows Al-Rumaihi entering Trump Tower in New York City at the same time as infamous Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on Dec. 12, 2016, a day that Michael Flynn was also in the building. (Al-Rumaihi, in a bombshell interview published Wednesday by the Intercept, acknowledged having met with Trump officials and says Cohen asked him for a personal $1 million “fee” to help facilitate Qatari investments in the U.S.—but said he did not pay the fee and did not meet on Dec. 12 with Flynn. Cohen denies asking for the $1 million.) 

Qatar’s government has also reportedly met multiple times with representatives of Newsmax, the conservative media outlet run by Trump’s frequent Mar-a-Lago companion Christopher Ruddy, about a potential investment in the company. The reported negotiations have coincided with a shift in the Trump administration’s rhetoric about Qatar: After initially condemning the country for supporting terrorism, a condemnation that coincided with a Qatari decision not to invest in Jared Kushner’s company, the White House has now decided that Qatar is a trustworthy ally whose leader is, in Trump’s words, a “great friend.”

• Michael Flynn was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by companies connected to Turkey and Russia in 2015 and 2016 before reportedly pursuing Turkey- and Russia-friendly policies during his short tenure as national security adviser. It was also recently revealed that, in 2017, a U.S. investment company controlled by a Russian billionaire named Viktor Vekselberg paid Michael Cohen $500,000. Vekselberg is among the Russian individuals targeted by economic sanctions that Trump has reportedly been reluctant to impose despite the advice of his advisers and the wishes of Republicans in Congress. (The investment firm in question, Columbus Nova, denies that Vekselberg ordered the payment to Cohen and says Cohen was employed to provide legitimate business consulting services. There are, however, several reasons to doubt Columbus Nova’s version of the story.)


• A lobbyist named George Nader reportedly arranged lucrative contracts with the government of the United Arab Emirates for a security firm owned by Republican fundraiser/Trump buddy Elliott Broidy. Broidy then reportedly advocated UAE-friendly positions to Trump on several occasions, including a meeting in the Oval Office. (You may recognize Broidy’s name because he resigned from his role with the Republican National Committee when reports emerged that he’d employed Michael Cohen to arrange a $1.6 million NDA payment to a Playboy model. It’s a situation that has not quite been fully explained.) Nader, for his part, is now reportedly cooperating with Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation.

• Saudi Arabia, in addition to sharing the interests pursued by its ally the UAE, is reportedly involved in negotiations to invest in businesses owned by Trump crony and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker. Saudi Arabia was also reportedly involved, as a potential client, in a private-sector plan to build nuclear plants that Michael Flynn helped promote during his time in office. The Trump administration has consistently pursued policies that benefit Saudi Arabia and the UAE, most notably by withdrawing from the nuclear deal that provided economic and geopolitical benefits to the countries’ Middle Eastern rival Iran. 

• The Trump Organization has a number of active projects in India’s notoriously corrupt real-estate market—where several of its suspect local partners, as the New Republic has documented in an expos矇, are “closely intertwined with the ruling party” of prime minister Narendra Modi. Donald Trump Jr. traveled to the country this February to promote Trump-branded apartment properties, a sales trip during which new buyers were offered the chance to have “conversation and dinner” with him. Don Jr., in addition to being the president’s son, has taken a role in the already-active Trump 2020 re-election campaign—and, during his trip to India, was scheduled to give a speech about U.S. foreign policy at a conference at which Modi also appeared. (After backlash, Trump Jr.’s speech was canceled and he instead participated in a softball interview about his life and “business culture.”)

On the potential “quo” end of things, the Trump administration has been consistently hostile toward India’s rival, Pakistan.


• Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, named the developer of a Trump-branded building in Manila as the country’s trade envoy to the U.S.

• Diplomatic and lobbying delegations from some of the countries above and several others have spent significant sums at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Trump Organization has said it is donating all the profits the hotel derives from foreign government patronage to the U.S. Treasury—but hasn’t released any documents or details to support that claim.

One piece of subtext to all of this: European heads of state, who are generally governed by laws prohibiting bribery, have treated Trump like a typical U.S. president, making the case to him via formal diplomacy that doing things like withdrawing from the Paris climate accords and Iranian nuclear deal would damage U.S. interests. He’s generally ignored them in favor of developing buddy-buddy relationships with a number of authoritarians whose countries are friendly toward the Trump Organization and the people in its orbit.

All in all, it’s really starting to seem like Trump’s promise to create a “blind trust” that would completely insulate him from his business interests have not been entirely effective in its implementation. Sad! 

November 11, 2017

More Accusations of Indecent Behavior by Men From Hollywood and a Self Experience










I wanted to concentrate this weekend on the wave of people coming out with past experiences of sexual assault (intimidation or non-consensual sex between two adults or one adult and an underage victim.)
The problem with that is there are so many of those incidents coming out this week I can't just pick one and ignore the others. I could concentrate on the LGBT ones but how can I ignore the straight men doing this which is at the core simply because there are more of them. 

I have never seen any straight episodes but on a couple of occasions, I experienced gay ones.
One older guy going for a younger guy, which was not appropriate.  It was at "Boots and Saddles" NYC, back 30 years ago. This guy just intimidated a younger guy who did not want to leave the place where he was, he did not want to be driven away. He kept changing his space to stay away from this straight looking gay man who thought that either he was going to drive this guy out of the bar or at the very least get him to talk to him and put his arms around him(he already did that and the guy ran off from that space).
 I was about 5 yrs older than the guy in trouble here. I admired that he decided the assaulting guy was not going to drive him out but it was obvious he didn't know anyone there. I got offended by this situation and felt bad for the guy. I interceded and had to do it very strongly which was the reason I waited to see if the guy would leave the bar. The guy and I started a conversation which was easy for me to do and that disarmed the older guy because now the younger guy and I were talking and becoming friends. It's just so happened that he left with me that night and accepted an invitation for more. I thought he had been placed on my path and he was. I felt so good being with him, we had a lot in common except he had this thing about Puerto Ricans that they all cheat. I'm sure that was his experience. I understood it until it turned on me and he would take everything I told him with a big rock of salt, not a grain. The short relationship lasted until the first date of our meeting. He cursed me out just because I moved from the place he told me to wait for him and not move. I moved because he ordered me to stay in a spot and I wanted to see how this young guy was going to take it when he saw I had my own mind and was being too aggressive.
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 I was just testing him because I had to make decisions about him and me, whether this was to be stopped there or be continued. He did not want to be just friends. He warned me of what he was going to do if when he came back he did not find me there.  I was curious...He was behaving with me opposite than at that bar. He had become aggressive. Finally, he got back (never told where he was going. Maybe he was getting an engagement ring??)  He said I was cruising for someone else. Cursed me out as a Puerto Rican etc. etc. I knew he was damaged and I could not help him there. I already had issues with the guy I was semi-dating which we kept breaking up every other month. This guy I thought would be the one that will make me drop some people in my life I no longer wanted to be with but also I did not want to be alone. I was never sorry I met him even after he cursed me out; I knew he had to be hurting about something recent.

The other experience involved someone from Hollywood who at that time spent a lot of time in NY. I didn't even know he was gay until he grabbed my crotch at the "Monster bar' in the West Village. That was 15 yrs ago and his name is Philben. I won't say whether that is his first or last name because he has come out since then. Things came out ok because of that I'm tall and 15 yrs ago I looked like an I worked out (I didn't, except jog).But he grabbed by my crotch and try to push me back to a corner (right behind me) in the bar where they had a private bathroom. When I stood my ground by staying standing and just looking at him trying to figure out what was going on. I would have met him if he introduced himself to me, etc. but that is not what he had in mind on his way to the bathroom. He wanted to take a bathroom buddy with him. So he went alone to the bathroom and by the time he came out there was a guy from his entourage who took him back to the part of the bar where they were all sitting. 

Today's newest headlines are Richard Dreifus, this time the father, Dreifus Sr. doing the penis showtime with a woman friend. He denies it. 

Also, there is one of the people I have the greatest respect for and that is George Takei. 
He is accused of giving alcohol maybe laced with a drug and trying to rape a younger guy. He denies it. 
I do believe both Dreifus and Takei are honorable men now and if they committed these assaults, their memories will come back like it did with Stacey and CK. I think eventually we'll know

This is not going to stop because this has been an everyday occurrence, still happening with men that because they have achieved something, they think it gives them the power to grab a stranger's crotch on the way to the bathroom( I stood still and not reacted forcibly because I knew who he was).
Someone else might have experienced a self-defense push back or punched him in the eye.

For the others, they are or think they are in a position to be protected and assault someone's most guarded personal possession which is their sexuality. Something we are glad to share but taken away it has a hurt that stays with the person because it is something stolen that cannot be put back.



October 11, 2017

Russian Gay Porn Guy M.Lucas Calls Liberals Apologists for Islam-A Liberal Calls Him Trumpie





Introduction: 

Michael Lucas is a Pornographer and works either paid or not paid as an agent for tourism in Israel. Definitely nothing wrong with that. The part I have problems with is his lies about how much Israel is Pro LGBT. In a country that tries to use our community as a tool to show how wonderful they are for the LGBT community.  

The current government of the State of Israel is anti-gay marriage and has been against couples adopting and you can go one by one of the rights an LGBT would have in the US or most countries in the West and you will see Israel has none of those Gay Civil rights.  So what does Israel really have and how do they try to sell it?

1. They sell tourism. How beautiful the beaches are and in commercials you see two guys be next to each other at the beach But No *PDA's unless is Pride. That brings me to the second point.

2. Pride. It is so cute how the gay community (government helps)  converts Tel Aviv into to a rainbow of colors. If you are into rainbows and nothing meaningful inside, then rainbows are a good thing.

3. Security.  They point out how homophobic the Palestinians are. Muslim kills gays but Israel defends LGBT from the Muslims. Palestinians don't have many rainbows.

{*PDA= Public Displays of Affection }

I am not by any means against the state of Israel but I am against a government that is against LGBT. Yes, gays can freely walk the streets in Israel but we do more than walking the streets and going to the beaches. That is how it was here (US)in the 1960's. WE ask to be treated as other citizens. As far as I am concern Michael Lucas should be fighting for the things the LGBT needs but is not getting from the government in Israel and confronting them will not be suitable for a Porn mogul who's main interest Porn and it's money.  As a gay Russian why he hasn't said a word publicly calling out the Russian government and its treatment of gays? Is he helping give gay Chechens repatriation in Israel? No. I have to say that Liberals as many conservatives have been doing just that. Where has he been? Don't answer that....

I would take a vacation in Israel rather than in Iraq, Turkey, Palestine, Egypt and other unfriendly, unsafe places for LGBT BUT I won't go to Jamaica because they kill gays even though they are friendly to the gay tourists. And that is my point. Being a nice tourist place does not make it a Gay-friendly place beyond the tourist's dollars.A place where gays can be treated as straights with the same rights.
This guy Lucas tries selling it as a great Gay Mecca and is not a gay anything when you look at  England, Denmark, France and now Germany of how much respect they give to the LGBT lives by the civil and human rights they have given the LGBT population.

Lucas goes after liberals which I suspect he does not know the meaning of the word. He talks about generalities. If he even understood the LGBT community beyond cocks and assholes he would know we are just like the colors of the rainbow. Not just in skin color but we don't all do things the same way. Where most of us agree is in the way we vote for President. Most of us vote Democrats not because Democrats are great but when you find yourself with someone that sees you as someone disabled, not complete human being because of your sexuality and the opponent believes you should have all the rights any other person have, the choice is clear.
About the tax issue of democrats raising taxes is just as phony as Trump. A republican will raise the taxes as much as a democrat if they see a need for it. The government now is all Republican......can anybody say their taxes have come down? In the Presidents budget only the top 10% gets a tax cut. Who is going to pay for it? If you are not making over 300-500k your taxes never come down. That is the biggest fallacy the GOP sells which only other GOP'ers buy.

He mentions the Alt-Right The Alt right is what gave us Trump, thanks a lot!  The alt right is an extremist group and  they are no better than any extremist groups. They will kill us if they could get away with it. Extremism is a bad vice and it kills. I hated on the Right and the Left. One should be able to vote and see issues A la cart because life is no buffet.

The Alt-right fights to take civil rights back from gay adoptions to take rights from the married couples in inheritance, insurance and large purchases, etc.  Rights of married couples are being taken back but Lucas quotes Trump when he said he will defend the "LGBTQ" community. When Trump said it He even pronounced the Q. Yes he said it and he lied!! If you don't see it you don't read the news. But from the First day in office, he surrounded himself with rabidly anti-gay men from the Vice President PENCE on down. Trump brought in after entering the white house every Homophobe in town. Trump is a liar and a failure as a human being and Leader.
People who voted for him owe the rest of us something. They should be saying sorry for falling for the Russians ads in Facebook or Tweeter or YouTube or Google. They should be saying sorry because I voted for what I thought was the least evil candidate or because of what Trump said.....Trump was proven a lier grabbing pussies before the elections. So Forgive me if I blew my top when I saw this Pornographer bad mouthing me without knowing me and the rest of the LGBT community that hates the crazy man at the White House.

Michael Lucas should get his head up once in a while and see the colors and differences of our community both Liberals and yes conservatives that vote for us first rather than an illusion of getting a better tax deal. Even if that was true, which is not!!....Isn't our civil rights worth $10 more every month or 10% of your next  raise?? What is out of whack is an extremist and even violent at times Alt-right tied up with the extremist Evangelicals.


                                                                         

This is the Facebook Message I {{Adam Gonzalez}, it turns out he was a friend on Facebook. Haven't shared a word in years}} sent to Michael Lucas, Porn guy and Trump supporter it seems and anti-Muslim.

I read in Haaretz the following article in which Lucas steps on the liberals which have fought and allow his homosexual ass to make money and even have civil rights in most of the western world.
He says we liberals are anti-Jewish and pro-Muslims (he makes no distinction of gay Muslims, I guess in his mind there are none).

 I wonder what my liberal Jewish friends are?? The ones I know are pro-gay Muslims and for human rights for all. Let me have you be the judge of this human malady of gays gone Trumpie.

My intentions are for people to know the smelly side of this guy when he opens his mouth and tries to understand what liberals are since it seems he does not know nor whom Trump is to the LGBT community or his prostitute the *Breitbart. Just read an article right here on this blog today and you will get specific complaints of what Trump is doing to us to keep his 30+% of Evangelicals happy. Everything they asked of him he is trying to accomplish. He makes sure he keeps them happy because he is got no one else, no even the Republican Congress.
                                                                         
“Michael Lucas, I saw your article on Haaretz and have to tell you I'm impressed with how gay protrumpies are still protruding. You guys I guess see the world as money for us and taking money from us "liberals." I wish that was true but only people with certain brain anomalies can still think that. I am a liberal and I am amazed at homosexuals like you would have done without us "liberals" to fight for the rights that allow you to sell your bud and others'. Would you have a career without us? I'm sure but not money making. I can only dump you in Facebook, I'm sure you will get dumped in the pile of stuff you come from, again by others.”

                                                                           

Haaretz:

Pro-Israel activist and gay porn mogul Michael Lucas spoke to the so-called alt-right website Breitbart about homophobia in the Muslim world, slamming American liberals as "apologists for Islam." 

Russian-born Lucas is a longtime pro-Israel activist and supporter of efforts to beef up gay tourism to Israel. In the past, he has written political opinion pieces detailing Israel’s impressive record on gay rights, organized gay tours of Israel and recently – and very publicly – pressured the New York LGBT Community Center to cancel meetings and events held by anti-Israel groups.
He produced “Men of Israel,” touted as the first pornographic film to be shot on location in the Holy Land with an all-Israeli/Jewish cast, as well as the non-porno, pro-Israel documentary “Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land.”

Lucas told Breitbart's Aaron Klein that liberals "usually tie it to some specific person; specific bad leader" when discussing the treatment of the LGBT community in the Arab world, adding its an inconvenience for them. Steve Bannon's Breitbart has long dabbled in the theme of Muslim hostility toward the LGBT community, having hired Milo Yiannopoulos. U.S. President Donald Trump himself promised to protect the LGBT community in the U.S. from Islamic extremism when accepting the Republican Party nomination for president. 

In February 2016, Haaretz's Allison Kaplan Sommer reported on Lucas calling protesters who disrupted a reception for Jewish participants at a gay activism conference in Chicago “anti-Semites” and “Jew-haters,” accusing the conference organizers of enabling their behavior.

Now that we are talking about Muslim homophobia, it is becoming very inconvenient for liberals because liberals are apologists for Islam. So it is becoming very inconvenient, and that is why they usually tie it to some specific person; specific bad leader. For example, it would be [Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah] Sisi, or it would be in Chechnya the leader [Chechen President Ramzan Akhmadovich] Kadyrov, or it would be one individual that is responsible – or maybe at the most one political party, but not political Islam. So that is exactly what is happening here in this situation. 
This was happening before Sisi. This is happening all over the Muslim world – all of those Muslim countries to one degree or another. For example, in Saudi Arabia, it is a daily routine, while in Egypt there are waves.

Haaretz: https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.816614

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August 1, 2017

NJ Gov.Chris Christie Goes to Ball Pk Gets in The Face of Fan, Again






I remember when President Obama came to NJ about 8 years ago after the are was hit by a hurricaine that decimated the beaches and resident on low laying areas. President Obama invited Christie to AirForce One and they flew examing the damage. Governor Christie was so emotional and grateful for President Obama to have come in to help the area and give His highest priority that made Chrisite cry. He said he had never been on Airforce One and it was sad to see a guy that size with tears down the cheeks like a boy. Christie doesn't cry anymore and people don't shake his hand but by many other methods, mainly with fingers.

                                                                           

Maybe New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should just stay away from ballparks and beaches, not to mention bridges.

The month of July hasn't been very kind to the governor. First, Christie angered New Jerseyans by spending part of the July 4 holiday lounging on a popular state beach that was closed to everyone else due to a partial government shutdown. The internet memes created from a photo of Christie relaxing in his beach chair quickly went viral.

And then there was the foul ball the governor caught at Citi Field earlier this month that elicited loud boos from the crowd. Even one broadcaster couldn't help making a sly commentary: "Nice to see him get from the beach here to the ballpark."

Now, at yet another baseball game at Milwaukee's Miller Stadium over the weekend, Christie, a bowl of nachos in hand, got within inches of a heckling Cubs fan to give him a piece of the gubernatorial mind.

In a video of the incident posted on Twitter, it's difficult to hear, but Christie says "You're a big shot," to the man, identified as Brad Joseph, who is wearing sunglasses and a Cubs jersey. "I appreciate that," Joseph is heard saying sarcastically.

Speaking with WISN 12 News, Joseph says he saw Christie coming up the stairs: "I yelled his name and told him that he sucked ... I called him a hypocrite because I thought it needed to be said."

Joseph said Christie made contact with his knee and asked if he wanted to "do something" or "start something."

"(He) was yelling at me. First, he told me, 'Why don't you have another beer?' which I thought was a decent come back, and I thought that was kind of funny," says Joseph. "Then he started calling me a tough guy."

Even before "beach gate," Christie was experiencing some of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in the country. In fact, they've been falling more-or-less steadily since his 2013 reelection, followed quickly by Bridgegate.

And Christie, who can't run again due to term limits, hasn't shown much empathy either over what NJ.com describes as "the global outrage" over the beach episode. In a radio interview last week, the governor said the flap has hurt his family and that he's avoided looking at the internet memes that have emerged as a result.

He said in Thursday's broadcast of Ask the Governor on NJ 101.5 FM that his family has been "more hurt by this latest episode than they've been hurt by anything else that has happened in the eight years and they don't understand people's unfairness and, quite frankly, their ignorance."

NPR 
                                                                         
Many tears have passed away and Christie now can't run for goveror again because of term limits and Trump afer the election, have both become the men they relly are. Obnotious who care less about the voters because they care for number one first. They both used their position to acquire power. Not to solve problems. When Christie was passed over for the position he had been offered of Attorney General because Jarred Kutchner was opposed, after all Chrisite on the days he was working hard to do his job and politicly grow went after a billionaire, The head of the Family Kutcher. 

Who would have thought that one day that kid Jarred would have the power f Chrisitie to hae the ultimate orgasm. Not just to fly Air Force one but to Work in Washington with Doors open to the White House. Next it would be running for Presidet. Everything was writen on the carton of Breyers rockie road Ice cream. As far as Trump goes he could promised anything, as Trump would say it was a political campaign and you do what you have to but when he finaly gets where people have elected him to, he belives is all because of his own smarts that got him there. He does good if its also good for him and his otels and so many business. Doesn't even need the President's salary which is lunch money.  

To win it is required for many alliances working for themselves but believing this person will deliver on promises that contradict others he is also made, but they beleive he will deliver on theirs and are the ones that bring the votes together. 

As for many voters they vote for the "lesser of two evils" or because the other one went around prostituting, killing boys (many voter said this was a reason, it was put out by the pizza connection which was not unmasked by the FBI as made up stories. These ever competing political groups tell them those voters to beleive and they beleive. Others just stay home and thus voting for the candidate that won by neutralizing the vote of the one that lost. 

A percentage of voters and I have no idea how many are reading this. We get to know the person as a politician, never fall in love with a politician, politcians are not people you can totally trust. Liking a lot should be the most on that scale. Liking and respect should be the most a politicaian gets.

Adam 
adamfoxie.blogspot.com

July 10, 2017

Anti Gay Messaging Really Hurts Kentuckys Economy




 Kim Davis who went to jail for refusing to issue Marriage licences, Presidential runner at the time Huckabee, pastor and a guy who use to dress as a farmer to appear at GOP rallies and take away some the richie smell.





We sometimes disagreed with their approach, but there’s no denying that Republicans went into 2017 determined to put their newly won power into boosting Kentucky’s economy. To that end, legislative leaders and Gov. Matt Bevin spurned attempts to pass a “bathroom bill.”

They wanted to avoid the jobs-killing flak that came North Carolina’s way in response to its bigoted anti-LGBTQ law. To their credit, they succeeded.

Yet, despite their efforts to protect Kentucky’s reputation as welcoming to all, they still managed to enact a law that California has branded as discriminatory against gay and transgender students.

We can’t know how much investment, tourism or business Kentucky stands to lose. We do know that being known as discriminatory is bad for business, which puts the new law at odds with the GOP’s pro-business agenda.

California’s action is arrogant, no doubt. Nonetheless, Kentucky lawmakers should revisit the potentially discriminatory clause singled out by California’s attorney general. The provision serves no purpose, could create unnecessary legal conflicts for Kentucky schools and hurt innocent students.

Because of it, Louisville is already losing conventions, says Mayor Greg Fischer. He and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray sought exemptions from California’s ban on state-funded travel for their cities, but were refused. Home to 1 in 5 Kentuckians, the two cities long ago outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation.

California AG Xavier Becerra based his decision on how Kentucky’s new law, which took effect June 29, might be applied, not on any acts of discrimination.

And, as Californians have said, their new law, which took effect Jan. 1, has problems of its own, such as hypocrisy. Gov. Jerry Brown recently traveled to China to make a speech and promote trade, even though China bans same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples. Pressuring other statehouses, even for a good cause, will inflame already painful divisions.

Making all this even more frustrating, Kentucky lawmakers of both parties voted for the new law knowing that it was unnecessary. Kentucky enacted a religious-freedom law four years ago. How many does one state need?

The 2017 version repeats longstanding laws, practices and constitutional protections regarding the religious and political rights of students with one possible exception — the clause that California’s AG identified as a means for discriminating against gay and transsexual students. It requires school boards and higher-ed governing boards to ensure religious or political student organizations can exclude students who are not “committed” to the groups’ missions. Boards also must ensure groups can define their own doctrines and principles. Students could adopt some noxious principles: racial or male supremacy, homophobia. But loathsome beliefs and speech are protected in our free society by the First Amendment, which also protects the freedom to associate with whom we choose.

Still, the clause could create an impossible choice for educators: How to enforce non-discrimination policies while obeying a law that forces them to support discrimination that, while ostensibly based on beliefs, is effectively based on race, gender, sexual orientation or identity. Unless some non-profit raises money by ginning up a test case, a la Kim Davis, that quandary might never arise. Millennials are known for tolerance and few of any age seek associates who believe they’re abominable.

The bill’s text was provided by the Family Foundation and is similar to laws in some states that California is not boycotting.

Rather than breast-beating and digging in, Bevin and Kentucky lawmakers should just delete the objectionable provision, acknowledging that its ramifications were not fully understood.

If schools are violating students’ rights, educating school officials about those rights would be more effective than a redundant law.

Lawmakers also should rethink their habit of enacting “off the shelf” bills supplied by interest groups.

California lawmakers should reconsider as well. Kentucky is one of eight states — including Texas, Tennessee and North Carolina — now under a travel ban that’s riddled with exceptions and appears to be inconsistently applied. Walling off public employees and university scholars from attending conferences in other states is bound to fuel resentments and is a peculiar way to support diversity and tolerance.



June 26, 2017

Dignity, Bigotry and Pride







Gay pride marches in New York City, San Francisco and in between this weekend will have plenty of participants — and also protests directed at them from other members of the LGBT community, speaking out against what they see as increasingly corporate celebrations that prioritize the experiences of gay white men and ignore issues facing black and brown LGBT people. 

The protests disrupted other pride events earlier this month. In Washington, D.C., the No Justice No Pride group blocked the parade route. In Columbus, Ohio, four people were arrested after a group set out to protest violence against minority LGBT people and the recent acquittal of a police officer in the shooting death of Philando Castile, a black man, during a traffic stop. 

“Nobody wants to feel dropped in a community that prides itself on diversity,” said Mike Basillas, one of the organizers of the planned New York City protest action by No Justice No Pride.

In Minneapolis, organizers of Sunday’s Twin Cities Pride Parade initially asked the police department to limit participation following the acquittal of police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the death of Castile. But organizers changed their minds after meeting Thursday with Janee Harteau, the city’s openly gay police chief who called the decision divisive and hurtful to LGBT officers.

On Friday, the organizers apologized and said they had neglected to consider other alternatives. They said the officers are welcome to march after all.

In Philadelphia, where racial relations in the LGBT community are beginning to mend after a year of community protests, the introduction of a rainbow flag — the traditional symbol of LGBT unity and diversity — that added black and brown stripes to represent blacks and Latinos has spilled over into a national debate.

The recent flare-up of racial tensions comes as no surprise to Isaiah Wilson, director of external affairs for the National Black Justice Coalition, one of the few national groups focused specially on black LGBT rights.

He said the broader LGBT-rights movement “has been whitewashed” — dominated to a large extent by white gay men.


“Black queer and trans folks have always been there, but our contributions have been devalued,” Wilson said.

He said major LGBT-rights groups need to be frank in discussing the issue of racism, as well as recruiting and supporting nonwhite leaders.

“Until the mainstream LGBT groups address this, we’re not going to move forward and you’ll continue to see this pressure,” Wilson said. “In my opinion, the pressure is good — it has us talking.”

Shannon Minter, a white attorney who is the legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said LGBT people of color were justified in challenging racist aspects of the LGBT-rights movement.

“The real test will be, can the LGBT movement own up to its historic legacy of racism and evolve to be more accountable and inclusive of people of color?” Minter, a transgender man, wondered. “If not, then it will cease to be a major political movement.”

One reason for the tensions, according to some activists, is a racial divide when it comes to the LGBT-rights movement’s agenda. For years, many national groups focused on legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide — a goal achieved in 2015. For many LGBT people of color, there continue to be more pressing issues, such as economic inequality, policing and incarceration.

“In a lot of places, we’re just trying to survive,” said Wilson.

That divide has led to controversy when attempts have been made to address race, as in Philadelphia. The city drew criticism last summer when activists raised concerns that the Gayborhood — the city’s main gay enclave — discriminated against blacks. Gay blacks complained of dress codes banning Timberlands and sweatpants, of not being served in a timely manner at bars and of being stopped and asked for identification at clubs while white customers walked in unbothered.

In January, Philadelphia officials issued a report confirming longstanding racism in the Gayborhood and pledged to penalize businesses that did not make changes. Earlier this month, the city unveiled a new flag meant to be a more inclusive reflection of gay pride, with a black and brown stripe added to the existing rainbow motif. The flag’s introduction stirred heated commentary from supporters as well as those who felt it was interjecting race unnecessarily.

Pride organizers around the country have taken steps to address the criticisms. In San Francisco, Sunday’s pride event will be led by groups including the Bayard Rustin LGBT Club, SF Black Community Matters, African Human Rights, and Bay Area Queer People of Color. In New York City, the march organizers are putting a contingent of groups more focused on protest than celebration at the head of the event.

The LGBT community does need to confront these issues, said Michelle Meow, an Asian-American woman who is board president of San Francisco Pride, and “the pride celebration is a platform for that dialogue to happen.”

New York City spokesman James Fallarino said if there are any disruptions or protests during the event, “We’re going to make sure we do everything in our power to respect the people who are disrupting or protesting and to respect their message.”

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By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press
Associated Press writers David Crary in New York and Errin Haines Whack in Philadelphia contributed to this report.

June 9, 2017

Intelligence Agencies That Don't Answer to Congress or You



 Admiral Michael Rogers




Two top U.S. intelligence officials told a Senate committee on Wednesday they could not comment on conversations with President Donald Trump, in answer to questions on whether he tried to pressure them to curtail the government's Russia probe.

"I'm not going to talk about theoreticals and I'm not going to discuss the specifics of any interaction or conversations ... that I may or may not have had with the president of the United States," Admiral Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, said at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

Similarly, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said it would be inappropriate for him to discuss his own conversations with the president in a public forum.

Editorial

I don't know how you felt about the heads of intelligence officials  refusing to answer non confidential or secret questions to the oversight committee which is in power to help when these guys were confirmed (then they were butter with a hot butter knife on their heads, they also made an oath to answer questions to oversight from congress, particularly the senate). The committee is also in power to investigate the firing of ex FBI Comey as it relates to Russia and the President.

I would like to concentrate not on the ex congressman who was a backer of Trump and was rewarded very kindly for it but about a military officer working for the President of the US, then President Obama.
I'm talking about Admiral Michael Rogers which was working for Obama but had a bad reputation with others in the White House. Maybe those people in the Obama White House felt this Admiral was navigating towards the wrong waters. Actually he wanted to pitch for another team, the incoming Trump team.

When President Obama announced there was clear and convincing evidence the Russians were involved in hacking our process of elections and then we learn the Russians were talking to Trump's team, an investigation commenced under orders from President Obama and Congress.

While this is going on Trump Tower,  The White House top staff was asking for Obama to fire the Admiral, now they know he was meeting with an incoming President elect opposing everything the current president stood for and people that were possibly being investigated for conversations or ties to Russia. More reasons to get canned. As we know from Obama he sometimes seemed like a procrastinator because he always pondered important questions sometimes to death,  action usually delayed or not taken. For what ever reason in his mind Obama kept him. When Trump came in the Admiral got not the top position he was auditioning for but still a head in the Intelligence field. 

These Intelligence heads sitting in front of the senate select committee, keeping in mind the information you just read,  just picture these guys refusing to answer the question wether anybody had ever asked them to drop. go easy an investigation or have they discussed this meeting with the president. Director Coats was asked if he talked to Admiral Rogers before this session and Coats after taking about 9-10 seconds while he pondered which answer to give, remembering he was under oath said he could not answer at that time. What? They had no intention to helping by giving any information. They were literally taking the fifth with out legally taking it since that would have made them suspects of violation something. They had no legal right not to answer. The Senators were confused, except one who was confused which earring this was and he regressed to a year back to the investigation of a server. people say he is just too old, I say retirement if you are too old unless the senate is a club of manly old white guys. Is it?

These Intelligence guys are civil servants working for the American people?? and answering simple questions in relationship to the situation of Michael Flynn-Russia and Firing of Comey.
 Obviously they are not responding to the American people and not answering to a committee in the senate with security clearance to hear classified testimony even though the questions did not require answers that were classified.

  All the information I have on WaterGate came into mind and I read on my computer information that the intelligence agencies were not involved in Watergate. All the major crimes were committed by the President's lying and cover up including the men around him obstructing justice by protecting and lying for the president. With this particular meeting in the senate I realized this scandal was so much worse than WaterGate in which the President quit so he would not be impeached and probably go to jail. This thing is like an octopus with many legs and ways to hide and blend in with the environment around it.

This scandal has to do with having Russia (GRU group) help *elect a President (wether he asked or not) even though he publicly asked for them (Russians) to break into government and political computers.

 Russia *paying at least two of Trump's top people of which one resigned and the most important one,  General Flynn (National Security Counsel to the President) was fired for other reasons; 

*Obstruction of justice by firing the person (FBI) investigating this whole mess and his 

*Connection and colluding with Russia while at the same time giving them top confidential secrets and try to establish secret connections thru the Russian embassy while also trying to 

*reward them by lifting sanctions and undoing what the previous president did to punish the Russians for hacking the DNC computers and others.

 At this time Trump has announced his decision to bring back the 38 spies Obama kicked out,(WHY?? he wants more spies coming in? Russia is got plenty here already) and also giving them back the property in New Jersey which they used as headquarters to receive and ship out spies and also spy on the nearby Navy bases. We are saving a bundle by not having to have manpower stationed nearby trying to find out what they were finding out about us. 

 He has not implemented this decision because a letter he received from congress, mainly Republicans asking him not to reward Russia without getting anything back in return. But maybe he thinks Russia already put out. What other reason can a fair person conclude?
 If Obama did this I would not be happy either and he never had any friendly-friendly bromance with Putin like this President have. Doesn't that bothers You? Does it make sense? Has it ever happened before? No is never happened, Not even with a close ally!

I would be totally confused asking for answers if Obama changed his mind about the spies he kicked out and cancelling the sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine. Trump wants to do all this because?? Better relations? You have better relations with a bully with nukes from a position of strength (learned this lesson in the Cold War), negotiate and do business. Not by opening Trump Hotels and Towers and selling Trump Beef we do this by common exchanges. "The sanctions can come down but you most withdraw from Ukraine". You must stop the Chechen killing and prosecuting anyone they suspect as gay. Them and their families if they are not turn in.  Chechnya to Russia is like Puerto Rico to the US. Different but still Russians and they are sustained by Russia. Putin Commands!! To this moment Putin denies such thing is happening. Chechen's say there are no gays in Chechnya, Putin does nothing, Trump does nothing. Trump won't even mention it. 

When you go to sleep at night don't let Chief Michael Rogers come to mind because neither he nor 
National Intelligence Director Coats answers to congress it seems and obviously to you nor me. Don't think that you have no secrets because the Intelligence agencies only answer to one man only who says he hates US Intelligence. So I guess they just keep the secrets. 

Don't think there are so many military secrets and the President would know all of them.  
They know what to feed the President while they want to protect him from the American people. The American people cannot be trusted to know too much, not because what you tell them you also telling the enemy because the enemy already knows most of our secrets only a very few ones which usually remain secret forever because they are never used or they were used and caused embarrassing damage.  Even the President is on a need to know basis. To know is power and our constitution has set up Congress to be a checkpoint for all these people making decisions nobody knows about.

Lets hope that the competent people investigating this super fiasco already has set us back as a nation and world power. If that is the worse of it then we'll be ok but there is so much more on the line. 
Lets hope that the senators investigating these issues put country ahead of all else. Politicians are criticized because they are always taking care themselves and their political life but in occasions of national distress wether it was a war or the executive branch which includes the President and these guys who thought they owe no explanations because they work for the 'man.'

WaterGate can teach us so much, particularly what was top secret then but can be found now on many neutral internet sites. We survived decisions to make war coming from the Oval Office, to decisions to obstruct justice because the President could not tell the truth, Sex on the Oval Office, Stupidity and drug use. Now this issue involves the Oval Office and most of the staff in the White House but also a nuclear adversary with grandiose ideas of coming back to a world role they had but will never be the same again, Putin does not know it yet (China does). 

Meanwhile he will shadow our ships, planes, coastline to show how reckless he is (he is a bully and can't help himself) and internationally will oppose what we support (Trump or no Trump, Putin does things for his own interests not anybody else's including Russians).

Adam Gonzalez
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April 28, 2017

Trump’s Twilight Zone


NYT Editorial




Fans of old TV series may remember a classic “Twilight Zone” episode titled “It’s a Good Life.” It featured a small town terrorized by a 6-year-old who for some reason had monstrous superpowers, coupled with complete emotional immaturity. Everyone lived in constant fear, made worse by the need to pretend that everything was fine. After all, any hint of discontent could bring terrible retribution.

And now you know what it must be like working in the Trump administration. Actually, it feels a bit like that just living in Trump’s America.

What set me off on this chain of association? The answer may surprise you; it was the tax “plan” the administration released on Wednesday.

The reason I use scare quotes here is that the single-page document the White House circulated this week bore no resemblance to what people normally mean when they talk about a tax plan. True, a few tax rates were mentioned — but nothing was said about the income thresholds at which these rates apply. 

Meanwhile, the document said something about eliminating tax breaks, but didn’t say which. For example, would the tax exemption for 401(k) retirement accounts be preserved? The answer, according to the White House, was yes, or maybe no, or then again yes, depending on whom you asked and when you asked.

So if you were looking for a document that you could use to estimate, even roughly, how much a given individual would end up paying, sorry.

It’s clear the White House is proposing huge tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, with the breaks especially big for people who can bypass regular personal taxes by channeling their income into tax-privileged businesses — people, for example, named Donald Trump. So Trump plans to blow up the deficit bigly, largely to his own personal benefit; but that’s about all we know.

So why would the White House release such an embarrassing document? Why would the Treasury Department go along with this clown show?

Unfortunately, we know the answer. Every report from inside the White House conveys the impression that Trump is like a temperamental child, bored by details and easily frustrated when things don’t go his way; being an effective staffer seems to involve finding ways to make him feel good and take his mind off news that he feels makes him look bad.

If he says he wants something, no matter how ridiculous, you say, “Yes, Mr. President!”; at most, you try to minimize the damage.

Right now, by all accounts, the child-man in chief is in a snit over the prospect of news stories that review his first 100 days and conclude that he hasn’t achieved much if anything (because he hasn’t). So last week he announced the imminent release of something he could call a tax plan.

According to The Times, this left Treasury staff — who were nowhere near having a plan ready to go — “speechless.” But nobody dared tell him it couldn’t be done. Instead, they released … something, with nobody sure what it means.

And the absence of a real tax plan isn’t the only thing the inner circle apparently doesn’t dare tell him.

Obviously, nobody has yet dared to tell Trump that he did something both ludicrous and vile by accusing President Barack Obama of wiretapping his campaign; instead, administration officials spent weeks trying to come up with something, anything, that would lend substance to the charge.

Or consider health care. The attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare failed ignominiously, for very good reasons: After all that huffing and puffing, Republicans couldn’t come up with a better idea. On the contrary, all their proposals would lead to mass loss of coverage and soaring costs for the most vulnerable.

Clearly, Trump and company should just let it go and move on to something else. But that would require a certain level of maturity — which is a quality nowhere to be found in this White House. So they just keep at it, with proposals everyone I know calls zombie Trumpcare 2.0, 3.0, and so on.

And I don’t even want to think about foreign policy. On the domestic front, soothing the president’s fragile ego with forceful-sounding but incoherent proclamations can do only so much damage; on the international front it’s a good way to stumble into a diplomatic crisis, or even a war.
 
In any case, I’d like to make a plea to my colleagues in the news media: Don’t pretend that this is normal. Let’s not act as if that thing released on Wednesday, whatever it was, was something like, say, the 2001 Bush tax cut; I strongly disapproved of that cut, but at least it was comprehensible. Let’s not pretend that we’re having a real discussion of, say, the growth effects of changes in business tax rates.

No, what we’re looking at here isn’t policy; it’s pieces of paper whose goal is to soothe the big man’s temper tantrums. Unfortunately, we may all pay the price of his therapy.


Read my blog, The Conscience of a Liberal, and follow me on Twitter, @PaulKrugman.


April 24, 2017

As Side Effects of Gay Marriage You Have Health and Well Being






A few hours after I came out to my mother in person, she called me crying on the phone. She was not upset at the news, nor overly shocked, but she was worried. What kind of life was I going to have, she wondered aloud.

For my mum, who was raised in a coal-mining town in West Virginia, and who raised her kids in a blue-collar suburb of southeastern Sydney, being gay seemed like a kind of sentence: a lifetime of being treated differently, and – because it was what she had seen in so many gay men of her own generation – a lifetime of loneliness. 

A consensus, cross-party senate report has clarified issues surrounding same-sex marriage, including religious exemptions.
She's a mother; she didn't want that for her son.

That phone call sprung to mind this week as I was read reports about a US study of the health and financial benefits of marriage for those in the LGBT community. 
 
In 2014, University of Washington researchers surveyed 1800 LGBT people, 50 and older, in US locations where same-sex marriage is legal; roughly a quarter were married, a quarter were in long-term relationships, and the rest were single. The results released this month show that the married LGBT people were in better physical and mental health, had more financial resources and greater levels of social support than both their single counterparts and those couples who hadn't made it official.

It turns out that – as it is for heterosexuals – marriage is good for the health and wellbeing of lesbians and gay men. 

This is not surprising. Aside from tax exemptions and other governmental goodies to which marriage opens the door, the LGBT demographics that have taken the greatest advantage of same-sex marriage in the US are already those best positioned to prosper in the first place. That is, they're mostly healthy, wealthy and white.

But back to mum. For my mother, and many people like her that I know, these findings, and the very existence of a study like this, challenge long-held perceptions about what it is to live a "gay life" and to grow old as an LGBT person: the lonely life of a "spinster" or the much-gossiped about life of a "bachelor" (best pronounced with eyebrows knowingly raised, whispered to a friend as the "bachelor" in question passes you in the Woolies aisle). Being married well into middle age – let alone prosperously so – did not seem an option.

For many in mum's generation, raising their sons and daughters in the suburbs, the common narrative around older gay life – even if it veered wildly from the reality for a lot of the people living it – centred on difference and, frankly, suffering. Ours was a group ravaged by the AIDS crisis, under threat of violence, and one who often worked hard to keep our identities hidden. The long-held joys of gay life – finding identity in a community, the celebration of fabulous difference and creativity – were not always at the forefront of our public image.

As the LGBT community takes its place in the mainstream, the idea of a "gay life", from early adulthood to death, is changing. Many older gay men I know tell me they would never have imagined that the day would come when they could marry the man that they love; now they're the subject of the kind of bland "is marriage beneficial" studies that fuel morning-TV segments. The normalisation is racing towards completion.

As the study itself notes, for some, this is no great thing. Difference, so often cast as a negative, has long been a point of pride in the LGBT community; marriage is a construct of the very institutions, religious and governmental, that have been key forces of oppression. I admit that when I walked down the aisle myself two years ago, this thought weighed on me: should I be so happy to be doing something so normal?

The key thing is: I had a choice – I was able to ask that question.

As the LGBT community gains more rights, grows more visible, and as attitudes towards us shift, the possibilities for our futures expand. We can live as open bachelors, or in long-term couples, or get married, or do anything in between. Just like everyone else does. And as we live those various iterations, the stereotypical idea of a "gay life" will change, because there will be too many types – lived openly – to bring into a single focus.

I think my mother's response, and her concern, was fairly typical. But I think if I were coming out to her today, or in a decade, I wouldn't have gotten that follow-up call. She would be curious about the life I would lead – the possibilities are growing – but not concerned.

Joel Meares is a Fairfax Media columnist.

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