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1. BooHooHooMan - 26 October 2010

Nothin like Move On havin your back in street action.

Insert obvious point on gratitude that Valle was not seriously injured. And point out that as blowback in street actions go, the Paul thugs whupass was chickenshit.

Sorry. But Jeeeeezus Christ.
Where were the boychicks to come to her aid? I just have no use for these fluffers playin protest in service of the Democratic Party line.
Now Valle is a grown woman. But if I was her, and I WAS her in numerous ” we’re right behind ya” PARTY actions – just like this most definitely was- I began to question the level of commitment of my Donkle confreres.

And while I had my kid in front of SCOTUS during Bush v Gore with people you could trust your life with , I NEVER allowed her in her formative years to go with candyassers just playin’.

So much for the drama du jour.
And so much for strength in numbers.

BooHooHooMan - 26 October 2010

If somebody could figure out the appropriate tenses and whatnot…

Sigh. Anyways,

One week to go till Popcornucopia.
One Poll Humping week left of cable news.

I am glad I got the cable for this tho. The Whitman implosion is a scream. Last week the networks were inflating Sestak. THIS week I see Ted Nugent is headed to West Virgina for the R, and, for HIS fit-for-service credentials the DEM Governor runnin fer Senate there ( Too!™ )…

has promised to shoot a few people and make deer jerky out of them.
Just like they’re real deer and all.
So I’m told. LOL.

marisacat - 26 October 2010

I am enjoying Meggie’s fall down go boom finish.

And again, it is all but unmentionable that one reason she is failing, PETE WILSON. He ran Arnold… he’s running Meggie.. but he didn’t change the script.

hell even Trippi was able to make a good campaign hit commercial out of putting Meg and Arnold side by side. Same damned script.

See that spot down there, that’s Meg, I think the pigeons and sea gulls are shitting on her (think the sea lions are moving in now….)……. Of course she is 190 million lb$ lighter.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 October 2010

she was HORRIBLE on NPR today … stutterstammerblahblahblah when asked about not voting for years. How can she not have an answer for that by now?

Jerry’s lucky she’s such a shitty candidate.

marisacat - 26 October 2010

It has really counted against her… she hit some stride in her anwers on it, but that was weeks ago, she has gotten more stumble-y and stammer-y about it. People REALLY don’t like it that she almost never voted but wants our vote.

She has been caught in really dumb little lies. They made her change her commercials where she tried to make it seem she has been here for ”30 years”. She and her husband were living in MASS into the middle 90s. Kinda dumb.

So now she says, “I fell in love with California as a young girl”……..

There is a new commercial that slams her again too… they took a comment of hers saying “Thirty years ago, the sky was the limit for California” and the Brown camp (or someone!) asks…

”Quess who was governor 30 years ago?”

“Jerry Brown”.

Bow wow.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 October 2010

that is a very effective ad.

marisacat - 26 October 2010

and as for Carly, the word is “back soon”.

If all I needed was a good look at the site of the infection and IV antiobiotics, I would have moved mountains to not do that in hospital.

I do wonder what her run was really about… and wondring waht today was all about…

marisacat - 26 October 2010

Jeff Greenberg on CBS jsut said “back shortly”. hmm.

diane - 26 October 2010

Where were the boychicks to come to her aid?

the nurturing energy has been declared unnecessary and obsolete, other than fleshy, yet quite firm, botoxed, dick vessels (with the appropriate amount of teasery involved); to stomp on it is the prevailing fashion. I.e. if she didn’t give them an immediate hard on, she probably should be stomped to death ….

….

Fuí la ilusión de tu vida
Un día lejano ya
Hoy represento al pasado
….

María Teresa Vera

BooHooHooMan - 27 October 2010

Well, and not even necessarily all that firm, despite the botox, union erected scaffolding, engineered steel casing, aerial cranes, skillfully deployed ground crew and so forth. As time goes on. So I’m told. LOL.

other than fleshy, yet quite firm, botoxed, dick vessels… – diane

LOL. Too funny.

marisacat - 26 October 2010

Apparently she has a history of demonstrating for MoveOn. Internationally too… Rush looked her up on google………

I think MoveOn is useless… and jsut an arm of the party……. but what do I know.

And Rand and his randy supporters, basically.

Conway….. nothing to get shoved around over, imo.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 October 2010

but Conway wants to go to the Senate to make sure that Xtians in KY are safe from being tied up and forced to worship aquabuddha!

what higher calling could their be? >snerk<

BooHooHooMan - 27 October 2010

Conway nothing to get shoved around about.

Exactly.
Kinda Like: Let’s all go down to Kentucky to save the white people from EACH OTHER. Who’s in?
‘kay – Here’s the plan: Let’s send the 100 lb white chick in by herself against the Klan.

Fucking Brilliant. :roll:

2. diane - 26 October 2010

I think I’ll vote for Debra Bowen, I love the fact that she hasn’t swooned and bowed down for high tech, and that she refused to furlough her employees.

diane - 26 October 2010

and if Boxer feels that she can DO THE RIGHT THING, perhaps she should make some last minute unnanounced visits to all of the NOVA/Unemployment “workshops” in CALI, asking all of those little peeps HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT THEIR SITUATION, even though, many of them are younger than her, and could run circles around her as far as ‘HIGH TECH’ is concerned.

marisacat - 26 October 2010

Maybe she could goback in time and UN CAVE on abortion inthe Insurance Sell Out Bill.

Maybe she could unfriend Ariel Sharon. Personal friends for 40 years.

Etc.

Too late.

diane - 26 October 2010

indeed, it is, in fact…way too fucking late.

marisacat - 26 October 2010

And consider that Dianne has never even been opposed. Not even in her first run…. same year BB ran for the senate ’92.

diane - 26 October 2010

instead of sticking her tongue up Job, Ellison, Gates, Page, and Brinn’s, RECTUM

marisacat - 26 October 2010

Do you think there is anyone in elected office near by or holding state wide office that is not pushing their tongue in there?

No matter the party.

diane - 26 October 2010

Do you think there is anyone in elected office near by or holding state wide office that is not pushing their tongue in there?

If there are, not too many, one? two?

diane - 27 October 2010

very, very sorry for those spelling errors; most especially, the Brin, versus Brinn, error:

should be: Jobs and Brin, versus Job and Brinn, was in a knee jerk rush, and it spilled out that way.

3. marisacat - 26 October 2010

Flip Benham on CBS, apparently the anti abortionists are papering NC with ”wanted” posters of abortion doctors…

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 October 2010

Religious Undercurrent Ripples In Anti-Gay Bullying

Neutrality Policy

Tammy Aaberg says the school never called her, even after her son was physically assaulted. She was furious at first, but then began to understand why.

“A lot of teachers do care and do want to do something, but they’re afraid to lose their job if they step in and they’re not neutral,” she says.

Aaberg says teachers felt they couldn’t get involved — even when her son was bullied — because of the school district’s “neutrality policy,” which prohibits employees from taking sides on matters regarding sexual orientation. The district says the policy is meant to apply to the curriculum. But teachers say it’s so broadly written that they’re loath to intervene even when they hear anti-gay slurs.

“There is no confusion on this,” says Barb Anderson, who works for the Minnesota Family Council, an evangelical group. “Any teacher can stop bullying in its tracks — and should.”

Anderson says she deplores bullying. But she wants to keep the neutrality policy because she says that controversial topics like sexual orientation should be taught in the home or church — not in school. And she believes that changing the policy to allow such discussions is a ploy to normalize homosexuality for kids.

“It becomes homosexual advocacy when you allow this curriculum to come in under the guise of anti-bullying,” she says.

I fucking hate these people.

“There’s no correlation between inacceptance of homosexuality and depression and suicide,” he says.

Rather, Perkins says, there is another factor that leads kids to kill themselves.

“These young people who identify as gay or lesbian, we know from the social science that they have a higher propensity to depression or suicide because of that internal conflict,” he says.

Homosexuality is “abnormal,” he says, and kids know it, which leads them to despair. That’s why he wants to confront gay activism in public schools. For example, his group supports the Day of Truth, when Christian high-schoolers make their case that homosexuality is a sin.

But Warren Throckmorton, an evangelical who teaches psychology at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, says there is a problem with this argument: Many of the kids who commit suicide aren’t gay.

“The common element is not gay identification,” he says. “The common element is anti-gay harassment. And so it isn’t a matter of them being gay and unhappy. It’s a matter of others tormenting them with gay slurs.”

marisacat - 26 October 2010

Poor Obby. So torn. Between tossing a cookie to a few gays… and rubbing u agaisnt all of his religion dripping buds.

5. marisacat - 26 October 2010

OK now it is “being kept in the hosptial overnight” and back on the trail, “later this week”.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 October 2010
marisacat - 26 October 2010

OK………. but he needs to add: And Obama’s side steppes and double talk does not work either. And name some of the black ministers Obby cultivates, who have preached loud and clear (even if they have wiped their websites) against homosexuality.

There was a nasty little event on KGO today, the local head of the NAACP came on to bitch about a one liner delivered in a news break during drive time last week. (I missed it)… a joke about Marion Barry and crack cocaine. Wow so rare. A Marion Barry joke.

He had written a letter to radio management.

An old black woman called in and asked him why he was wasting time on Marion Barry and what about so many other issues. One she named was the Ginni Thomas moves on Anita Hill (well, she raised it, the caller).

The local NAACP leader, John Holland was the name, said…. well he has “mixed feelings about Anita Hill”.

Marion Barry, no mixed feelings. NAACP writes a letter, shows up for an interview, looks like a fool…. Anita? “Mixed feelings”.

If you hav rights, whoever you are, your rights should extend to everyone else. The same.

End of story.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 October 2010

“mixed feelings about Anita Hill”

why, b/c she stood up to a black man?

Asshole.

You’re right, Sprong should have included them, too.

marisacat - 26 October 2010

Worse… I just looked up George (not John) Holland, who is the new head of the Oakland NAACP.

He is an atty.
:lol::roll:

Googling him I found this:

[M]inister Keith reads the recently posted public notice that appeared in Alameda county newspapers to announce the intent to recall District Attorney Tom Orloff. It was the next official step after having already filed twenty initial recall petition signatures with the county.

Not surprisingly, every police chief in Alameda and other law enforcement officials have already announced support for DA Orloff in fighting the recall effort.

Surprisingly, two local NAACP chapters, including the Oakland NAACP, have listed their support for Tom Orloff. Apparently, local NAACP president George Holland even sat with the Mehserle family at the preliminary hearing.

If you do not believe the NAACP should be supporting Orloff, Minister Keith encourages you to contact Oakland NAACP president George Holland at georgehollandattorney [at] yahoo.com.

Recall updates will be posted at:
http://www.recallorloff.org

Might as well laugh.

Via Indy Bay

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 October 2010

those old orgs are beyond redemption … he’s an even bigger asshole.

So a woman isn’t supposed to speak up to a black man, but it’s okay for a uniform to shoot one in back when he’s defenseless?

marisacat - 26 October 2010

Well NAACP accomplished things, it was the era for it, but it’s own start was a compromised one. A construct.

So sick of the collaborators.

I don’t think “Minister Keith”, which is Nation of Islam, is doing anything much for the Oscar Grant events/fmily/outcome either.

It’s all been tightly managed. As I see it.

marisacat - 26 October 2010

oh speaking of NAACP, I read today that Shirley Sherrod cut an ad for them, exhorting the vote.

All friends again.

greased rails and all tht.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 October 2010

puke

I’m so done with hoping for anything remotely like change, or even decency.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 October 2010
8. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 October 2010

Submachine Guns Drawn, Seattle Police Break Down Door of Medical Marijuana Patient, Push Him to the Floor, and Raid His Home—for Two Tiny Pot Plants

Just before 9:00 p.m., officers at SPD’s East Precinct held a briefing about the complaint of marijuana at a four-unit apartment building in the Leschi neighborhood. One week earlier, officers applied for a search warrant from King County Superior Court, sent an officer with a K9 to sniff at the door, confirmed the scent of marijuana, and were in the process last night of planning a raid. “Once the briefing was completed, officers donned their raid equipment clearly marked ‘Police’ on all sides,” according to a draft incident report filed by police.

A cadre of between six and nine officers ran up the stairs; some carried MP5 submachine guns, others held pistols, and at least one held the battering ram. They pounded on the apartment door and said it was the police.

“I was tying my robe,” says resident Will Laudanski, 50, who had just stepped out of the bathroom. “I said, ‘I am opening the door,’ but before I could get my hand to door, they busted it open and then rushed me. I was trying to comply. Then they pushed me down to the ground and just basically got me position in a corner of the kitchen with my face on the floor.”

A veteran Airborne Ranger who served in Desert Shield and was disabled from his service, Laudanski told The Stranger his door now “has cracks running right down the middle. I can’t really bolt it.”

marisacat - 26 October 2010

“I was tying my robe,” says resident Will Laudanski, 50, who had just stepped out of the bathroom. “I said, ‘I am opening the door,’ but before I could get my hand to door, they busted it open and then rushed me. I was trying to comply. Then they pushed me down to the ground and just basically got me position in a corner of the kitchen with my face on the floor.”

It’s brutal harrassment… and it goes on here too. There is NO REASON to raid medical MJ growers, ordinary, law observing, regs observing sellers, buyers… etc.

None. But goes on all the time. When ti should be local adminstration, that simply looks into ones suspected of not being up to code or blowing thru the local regs.

A warning to Seattle, don’t think to put a Prop 19 on the ballot (I have no idea how their system works).

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 October 2010

so much intimidation at so many levels, all aimed at people just trying to get through their lives.

The other scary thing is how many of these sorts of raids end up w/ someone in the hospital or dead.

marisacat - 26 October 2010

I just don’t think people who have done so very little should be brutalised, handcuffed, arrested, held… etc.

All of that is time and money.

Which is all anyone ever bitches abotu now.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 October 2010

they end up getting sued down the road by the person they brutalize, and the cops generally lose.

wu ming - 27 October 2010

WA has the same general initiative process as CA. if 19 passes, i expect they’ll be right behind, along with OR, NV and possibly CO.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 October 2010
marisacat - 26 October 2010

They were probably hiding with Clinton’s “biscuit”.

I lvoe the WH just kept puttng off the official count of “where is my biscuit”….

10. marisacat - 27 October 2010

from SF Gate

A state can’t require people to submit proof of citizenship when they register to vote, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in overturning a key provision of a 2004 Arizona initiative.

Federal law already requires voters to swear that they are U.S. citizens and meet age and residency criteria, and a state can’t impose additional rules, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said in a 2-1 ruling.

The 1993 national law was intended “to reduce state-imposed obstacles to federal registration,” the court said.

The majority included retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a former Arizona legislator and state judge who has been temporarily assigned to various federal appeals courts. ….

Read more: SF Gate

11. BooHooHooMan - 27 October 2010

And In other Jab-Yer-Dick-with-a-Speedball,
ahem, News? ->

U.S. military campaign to topple resilient Taliban hasn't succeeded -WaPo
:shock: {No! Really?!??}

Now with More RETRO!

Russian military could be drawn back into Afghanistan – Guardian

::

From da VaPo:
(as the scratch claw ensues)

“The insurgency seems to be maintaining its resilience,” said a senior Defense Department official involved in assessments of the war. Taliban elements have consistently shown an ability to “reestablish and rejuvenate,” often within days of routed by U.S. forces, the official said, adding that if there is a sign that momentum has shifted, “I don’t see it.”

One of the military objectives in targeting mid-level commanders is to compel the Taliban to pursue peace talks with the Afghan government, a nascent effort that NATO officials have helped to facilitate.

The blunt intelligence assessments are consistent across the main spy agencies responsible for analyzing the conflict, including the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency, and come at a critical juncture.

{ Always the “critical juncture”!!
Nothin like the “critical juncture” STATUS QUO. :roll:
-bhhm}

{Whoops! Pardon that killing spree stalemate, so say our life snatching “heroes”, Now back to the finger pointing.
Boardrooms and the next Bubble await!}

Officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The Obama administration’s plan to conduct a strategic review of the war in December has touched off maneuvering between U.S. military leaders seeking support for extending the American troop buildup and skeptics looking for arguments to wind down the nation’s role.

Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has touted the success of recent operations and indicated that the military thinks it will be able to show meaningful progress by the December review. He said last week that progress is occurring “more rapidly than was anticipated” but acknowledged that major obstacles remain.

U.S. intelligence officials present a similar, but inverted, view – noting tactical successes but warning that well into a major escalation of the conflict, there is little indication that the direction of the war has changed.

Shorter Translation:

Taint Werkin. Which is why we need more of it.

Where are the Russians when you need them anyways?

BooHooHooMan - 27 October 2010

SORRY! One more time – Correct Link to the WaPo

I botched the link below too. :lol:

Okay I’m out for the day.

12. BooHooHooMan - 27 October 2010

Correct Link to the WaPo

13. BooHooHooMan - 27 October 2010

The Republican Jewish Coalition on Sestak Tying him to KSM.

LOL. Welp, Everybody wants IN this jackboot fuckin free-for-all.

bu bu bub BUT, Sestak, for his part,
DID have a commercial featuring – wait for it-
his POODLE
AND his Poodle’s poop.
I shit you not.

So there you have folks. What a matchup.
The R with the whack Jews screaming Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on one side…
and Admiral Joe on another..with his… poodle .

Oh Good Lord, just lay down and die, motherfucker.
NOW I’m out for the day. LOL.

marisacat - 27 October 2010

That vid needs a Bichon Frise and a Bedlington.

Really. Just so incomplete. One poodle. ONE.

Sestak should be ashamed.

Remember Josh Trevino? Latino Republican operative… he and Markos used to have sort of fake swordsmen battles? JT lived here in SF and at some point I was reading his own blog, his wife used to make him walk the dog. A Yorkie iirc…. which she decked out in Gucci and Hermes dog outfits. And god knows what else…

Oh that made me laugh SO hard. Here in Ghey City.

14. marisacat - 27 October 2010

:lol:

Love abounds.

Sam Stein reports that five liberal bloggers, some of the sometime Obama critics, got a sitdown with the President today, as he does a round of outreach to the base:

An administration official confirmed that Joe Subday of AMERICABlog; Duncan Black (“Atrios”), who runs the site Eschaton; Barbara Morrill, who writes for the DailyKos; Jon Amato, who edits Crooks and Liars; and Oliver Willis, who runs an eponymous site, spoke with the president on Wednesday

hmm “sitdown”………. or dial-in?

air kiss air kiss.

BooHooHooMan - 27 October 2010

They are sure to move large swaths of the electorate!
Nancy is saved!
Poodles everywhere UNITE!

Now excuse me, as I have to outrun the white coated gentlemen from the County who’ve just arrived in the padded panel-truck.

Saved I Tells Ya! :lol:

marisacat - 27 October 2010

I have to outrun the white coated gentlemen from the County who’ve just arrived in the padded panel-truck.

We just had a strangling at Napa State Hospital. They’ll consider you a model patient. The patient’s previous marquee event ws a throat slashing.

The HOSPITAL sent the local cops to break up a candle light vigil for the murdered nurse… Shades of Pinkertons!

Moving right along in the Golden State………………
;)

diane - 27 October 2010

….
Now excuse me, as I have to outrun the white coated gentlemen from the County who’ve just arrived in the padded panel-truck.

Please lay back and relax ….this will only take a moment, …you’ll feel a slight PRICK (indeed), this will allow you to:

… Jab-Yer-Dick-with-a-Speedball…

With absolutely no remorse …… (Never you mind about that Seconds flick, with Rock Hudson (No PriceWaterHouseCoopers presented awards for that one ya know.)

big pharma.gov loves you …. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BooHooHooMan - 27 October 2010

Rejoice!
He is with us!
Barb has the Holy Gourde!

Barack Obama Listens to Liberal Bloggers … in PERSON!
by Detroit Mark
Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 01:32:22 PM PDT

Ok, I’ve had my nose to the grind stone so forgive me if Barbara Morril already did a write up on this little nugget just popping up on Huff. If she didn’t, I can’t imagine there being bigger news for the Daily Kos community.

* Detroit Mark’s diary :: ::
*

The President, the guy you’ve been shouting at, high fiving, sending “open letters” to via diaries here at Kos … that guy? … has just sat down and talked face to face with the Liberal Bloggers who have been demanding his attention for two years. Imagine what they might have talked about! Would you have loved to have been a fly on this wall?:

I’ve done some side work for Mr. Amato, and have sent off a personal note to congratulate him on getting the audience … and thank him for passing on the Progressive message to the President. I’ll update with his response if he sends me one.

Meanwhile I’m sure the quotes and images are coming soon and there will be much rejoice. :lol: :lol::lol:

But I just thought you’d like to have the heads up. We’ve been in the President’s ear. That’s good, very good news.

The Good News Bloggers.
“in the Presidents rear”.

Who the fuck writes like this?
“..and there will be much rejoice”
Oh there will be rejoicing all right. Right up until the two year long crucifixion begins next week..

marisacat - 27 October 2010

Not to be too rude, but Ob really is scraping th bottom of the barrel for votes.

And, should Booman weep? He’s been too faithful, I would guess. Not included! No dancecard for Martin.

marisacat - 27 October 2010

what would a messiah be without the cruciform.

I mean, COME ON!

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 October 2010

I hope he used tissues … hard to get that sticky goo out of the keyboard.

15. BooHooHooMan - 27 October 2010

BIG NEWS! The African American vote is FIRED UP at 2008 levels!
by MinistryOfTruth

385 comments

Cue Ed Koren cartoon with one cat saying to another cat: “Well, it’s all Historic now.”

16. diane - 27 October 2010

(For whatever it’s worth, looks like wordpress has done an upgrade, now it’s neccessary to acknowledge that one hasn’t allowed active x controls before accessing the page, …if a person has blocked scripting, etc..

Haven’t a clue what that exactly means, but it depressed me nonetheless, what was wrong with the prior format I wonder? Then again, I’m a fan of: the simpler the process (as long as it provides the desired result), the better).

diane - 27 October 2010

Scratch that, looks like the active X … bit has to do with a video being posted on the thread, it doesn’t come up on other threads.

I should have thought about that before I posted the above. Sorry.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 October 2010
marisacat - 27 October 2010

Oh that was so great to read:

[W]here the hell are they now? I’ll tell you. They’re flailing and failing, able to offer nothing but warmed-over excuses and apologia for Barack Martin Luther Gandhi Aquinas Timberlake Obama The One and the Democrats, telling us that we have to support the Democrats because the Evil Rethuglicans would be worse — yeah, that’s right, we have to support the Democrats because while the GOP sucks, the Democrats suck just a little less, an excuse so lame and tired that it’s gone from amusing to annoying — and that to stay home and not vote in this, The Most Important Election Since The Earth Accreted Enough Material For Gravity To Compress It Into A Sphere, would be to invite disaster.

What, you mean we’re not in a goddamn’ disaster now?

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 October 2010
marisacat - 27 October 2010

Praise Jeeeeezus!!!

BooHooHooMan - 27 October 2010

Now the vanguard of the Yellow Dogs with
Blue Balls in Name Only have their chance!

Plenty of nip and yip left in ‘em!

marisacat - 27 October 2010

Of course they have been lying down, left for dead on the porch. Rested and ready to go!

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 October 2010
brinn - 29 October 2010

*sigh* on the one hand it is amusing, on the other yet another harbinger of ever more swiftly approaching demise….

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 October 2010

Bad Lieutenant, Dan Choi

Lieutenant Daniel Choi is most well known for getting kicked out of the U.S. military. An infantry platoon leader who served two tours in Iraq (and was one of the relatively few who was fluent in Arabic), he was tossed out after he outed himself in March 2009 on national TV—on prime time. A West Point grad, son of a Baptist preacher, and himself a born-again Christian, Choi, 29, became the face of the movement against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

But it isn’t just getting kicked out of the military that irks him. He’s also not happy about being kicked off Grindr—four times.

Grindr is an iPhone app that uses GPS positioning to show your location, and it also shows the whereabouts of other gay men nearby who are eager to have sex.

Unlike other Grindr users, who tend to adopt screen names like “Top-Jamaicanbkl” or “SmoothBoyish,” Choi uses “Lt. Dan Choi,” and his profile features an actual photograph of him in uniform.

But Grindr repeatedly cancelled his account. “They kept saying, ‘You are impersonating the Lt. Dan Choi.’ I had to go onto Facebook and find the owner of Grindr and say, ‘Can you please tell your people to stop deleting my account?’ ” It stopped, but he still gets messages from other users asking if he’s really that Lt. Dan Choi, baffled to be cyber-cruising the spokesman for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

There’s no doubt that when Choi came out last March on MSNBC as a gay soldier, he helped take the movement to a whole new level.

“When he appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show, he was very buttoned-down, very conservative, very professional—and clear as a bell,” says Rick Jacobs, leader of a group fighting California’s anti-gay Proposition 8, The Courage Campaign.

But Choi isn’t buttoned-down anymore. There are many across the political spectrum who wish the lieutenant would be quiet once in a while. He angered the right by appearing as the grand marshal at last year’s San Francisco and New York Gay Pride parades, where, as he puts it, he was gleefully “breaking ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ all up and down the street!” (In uniform.)

He has angered the left by not being lockstep antiwar enough at times, and by warmly welcoming Ken Mehlman, Bush’s campaign manager, to the gayborhood when he came out.

In a movement awash with political correctness, Choi decidedly isn’t. He is now speaking out without being asked, sometimes even angering people in his own camp. Rare among gay-rights activists in the national spotlight, Choi mixes an irrepressible sense of humor into his growing militancy.

Choi “has a public role and a private life,” one friend tells the Voice. “In his private life, he sometimes exhibits behaviors that, I fear, if caught on YouTube by somebody who was a conservative spy, would reflect very poorly on him and, by extension, on the movement. On the other hand, I’m just kind of jealous. There’s a lot of me wishing I could be out there and be as open as he is.”

Choi is unapologetic. He says he resents it when anyone, especially those in the gay-rights movement, discourages him from exploring—well, sexually—his newly revealed homosexuality.

“I think our movement hits on so many nerves,” he says, “not just for reasons of anti-discrimination and all the platitudes of the civil rights movement. I believe that it’s also because it has elements of sexual liberation. And it shows people that through what we’re trying to do, they can be fully respectful of themselves, without accepting the shame society wants to throw upon them.”

“Sexual liberation”—that probably won’t play well on Capitol Hill. And therein lies the conflict between Choi and the establishment. His bold public actions—from chaining himself to the White House fence (twice) to going on a hunger strike for seven days—as well as his almost complete lack of inhibition about making his private behavior public, unnerve the old guard of both the military and the gay-rights movement.

Everyone, he says, is “happy to send out e-mails when a good court case comes out, but no one is willing to take a risk for fear of taking blame. If people want to blame me for being the reason ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ isn’t repealed, I say fine. Bring it on, motherfuckers.”

marisacat - 27 October 2010

wow… people must be flipping their lids.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 October 2010

interesting man … completely unwilling to fit into any presumed demo or pattern or group.

marisacat - 27 October 2010

when he was here for the pride parade he just radiated strength. Hopped on and off the car they had him riding in, talked to whomever, reporters, people by the side of the route..

It wwas interesting to watch.

He’s unusual.

21. marisacat - 27 October 2010

Oh too funny. Bill C is going into RI for Caprio.

Or so says People Mag.

22. catnip - 27 October 2010

Are we there yet?

23. marisacat - 27 October 2010

I don’t know if anyone can stand it… but here is the Official WH transcript of the Blahhhgers Go Visit Pretzel in the Big House on the Lawn.

Or whatever that was.

24. marisacat - 28 October 2010

New………

LINK

……………… :roll:


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