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  • Of course CAP is Third Way. They have been anti-progressive even in “victory.”

    When DADT was repealed, it was CAP that diluted the non-discrimination language in the DADT-repeal law so that LGB service members still don’t have the same protections as other suspect classes (race, sex, religion, etc).

  • HunterC commented on the blog post First Thing to Do November 1: Skip “Ender’s Game”

    2013-11-01 05:24:58View | Delete

    Here in North Carolina, Orson Scott Card was recently appointed to the UNC-TV (the state’s public television system) board by the anti-education, anti-labor, homophobic leader of the state Senate.

    Card is a favorite of regressive state political leaders running North Carolina over a cliff right now.

    Stopping Card’s pocket from being lined with more money to spend on regressive politics in NC (or anywhere) is greatly appreciated.

  • HunterC commented on the blog post Hawaii Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

    2013-10-31 03:05:48View | Delete

    An article in the local Hawaii Star Advertiser seems to indicate that it will pass the House, but be amended for for-profit exemptions. Then, back to the Senate to vote on the amendments.

    It’s been clear that writing exemptions you can drive a truck through into legislation you hate has been the new strategy for anti-LGBTers for a while (and anti-labor and other regressive American political forces).

    I wish progressives would get better at not compromising away the win.

  • HunterC commented on the blog post Cory Booker Wins Special Senate Election

    2013-10-17 07:56:05View | Delete

    blockquote>Booker is only the fourth African-American ever elected to the United States Senate and he will be the only African-American Senator currently serving.

    Tim Scott of South Carolina is currently serving as a US Senator.

    He was appointed, but still… worth an update.

  • Anarchists are in Congress shutting down the government.

    The protesters in NC didn’t come close to shutting down the NC government — they didn’t even try to do so.

    Police Chief Weaver should start arresting NC Congresscritters.

  • HunterC commented on the blog post Obama To Make Statement In Response To Failed Gun Control Vote

    2013-04-17 13:34:49View | Delete

    Senate Democrats permit yet another 60-vote threshold to stop any progressive policy movement.

    Surprise… surprise… surprise…

  • Is this a serious question?

    We’ve been getting the run around on ENDA from Obama and federal Democrats since 2009.

    Why anyone still tolerates this nonsense is beyond me.

  • I strongly agree with the inside & out strategy the article mentions and to which you add more context.

    I would also add the strategy of a legal angle to any movement. The Log Cabin case on DADT was another big piece of the puzzle.

    Of course, there are a couple of cases next week that are the result of decades of work (mostly of outside the beltway-type folks) that are another huge piece of the puzzle.

    I agree with the article and your additions — just don’t forget to suggest a legal angle for any sustained movement.

  • HunterC commented on the blog post Hillary Clinton Speaks Out For Marriage Equality

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    But to me it doesn’t matter why.

    And thinking like this is exactly why the LGBT movement in the US is years behind other developed and less-than-developed countries.

    Knowing when you’re being used matters a great deal.

    And how will “her vocal support” help us “move the ball forward”?

    She’s not bringing anybody new to the table.

    What will HRC do next? Have Harvey Fierstein come out in support of gay marrriage?

  • HunterC commented on the blog post Hillary Clinton Speaks Out For Marriage Equality

    2013-03-18 10:06:47View | Delete

    Clearly HRC rolling this out on a Monday morning (heralded through the “progressive” blogosphere) is a planned event.

    But it is really strategically advantageous for someone already viewed as a crazy liberal opportunist by mainstream America to fall in AFTER Bill Clinton did weeks ago (again, so carefully “planned”)?

    Well, once again, it’s strategetically advantageous for the Clintons’ political ambitions, just not necessarily gay rights.

    Let’s not be so naive as to forget who is serving whom.

    Headlines of “Hillary Clinton Supports Gay Marriage!” isn’t convincing anyone who isn’t already on our side to be on our side. And certainly not anyone sitting on the Supreme Court.

    Who are these people running the media campaign, and why are they leading with a figure like Hillary?

  • HunterC commented on the blog post Hillary Clinton Speaks Out For Marriage Equality

    2013-03-18 08:22:25View | Delete

    March 18, 2013

    About damn time.

    Wouldn’t want to get behind another GOPer like Portman coming out for marriage equality, would we?

  • In the Windsor case before the court, doesn’t the Federalist Society-darling Chief Judge of the Second Circuit already give us heightened scrutiny as a standard?

    It seems the Obama administration is playing catch-up to a right wing judge.

  • As a fellow North Carolinian, I mostly agree with Pam’s response.

    My feelings also include… why the #^!! can Obama take the personal time to deal with a brief, but not pick up a pen and sign a frickin non-discrimination order?!

    Clearly, he has the power to sign a non-discrimination order. He simply doesn’t want to.

  • Panetta issued some orders.

    Still waiting on Obama to do the same.

    GetEQUAL is taking action. What are the other LGBT orgs doing?

  • HunterC commented on the blog post Obama Considering Using More Executive Orders in Second Term

    2013-02-11 12:52:34View | Delete

    The Obama White House trotted out Shin Inoyue to throw cold water on the ENDA executive order after some protestors brought the issue to the White House fences again last night.

    Why this ENDA EO is being reported as a possibility in the WaPo AND picked up by FDL is beyond me.

    Their spokesperson said it’s not happening.

  • Thanks to everyone who has debunked Obama’s revisionist history.

    Federal District Judge Virginia Phillips in California beat Obama to the punch by finding DADT unconstitutional.

    This gun-to-the-head from the federal courts is the singular reason why the administration and the Pentagon finally backed down.

    Of course, the compromise DADT repeal legislation everyone hails as “permanent” (any Congress could reinstate DADT just as any President can change orders) doesn’t include non-discrimination language like the original versions of DADT repeal. And these Center for American Progress-Obama led compromises allow inequality to fester still as we’ve seen in story after story post DADT repeal.

  • Making this federal contracting connection is key. I’d love to see the federal contracting connection made every time a corporation (Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby, etc.) makes plain they’re discriminatory practice.

    Well, if the President is serious about his commitment to equality, as he mentioned in his inaugural address (“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law“), he may want to take a look at that non-discrimination executive order again. After all, Ashley Furniture is a federal contractor and would have to stop this behavior right quick if he signed it.


  • Four years of inaction speaks louder than few seconds of cheap talk.

    Count this Hunter strongly, proudly and without reservation in the “actions speak louder” contingent.

    Let Obama’s pen speak swiftly, and yet with more force, as his lips did.

  • HunterC commented on the blog post President Obama Folds Gay People Into The American Family

    2013-01-21 12:20:08View | Delete

    I preferred Obama and the federal Democrats pass ENDA when they had historic majorities in 2009-2010.

    I preferred Obama sign a non-discrimination executive order after Democrats were obilerated at the state and federal level in 2010.

    I preferred Obama sign a non-discrimination executive order after his election this past November.

    I prefer executive action to executive words.

  • HunterC commented on the blog post President Obama Folds Gay People Into The American Family

    2013-01-21 11:36:57View | Delete

    his second term only began today

    emphasis mine

    My point exactly. So much talk. So little action.

    The suggestion that waiting four years and hearing some pretty talk is something I should be grateful for is so plainly insulting. Why is this hard to fathom?

    It saddens, angers and worries me that this air of excusing inaction seems so prevalent in the mainstream LGBT movement.

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