BERNIE SANDERS NAILS IT IN THIS SPEECH: An excerpt from Americans Are Angry: “They are angry that the middle class is collapsing because of the Wall Street-caused recession; they are angry that unemployment is sky high; that 50 million people lack health insurance; and that working families can't afford college for their kids,” Bernie said in a major speech on Wednesday. “Meanwhile, at a time when the wealthy and the largest corporations are doing phenomenally well, the billionaires and their congressional friends want to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor.
In the United States today, we have the most unequal distribution of wealth and income since the 1920s. Today, the wealthiest 400 individuals own more wealth than the bottom half of America -- 150 million people."
Sadly, these mega-rich have bought our politicians--including Obama. Nothing's going to change unless we root out the corruption.
But I'm horrified by the Republicans' continued attacks on women's reproductive rights and I have some female facebook friends/blog readers who I hope will share this disturbing info with other real ladies whose lives proposed legislation may affect. I don't think you'll believe the crap that Republicans are trying. Check out these words from NY Democrat Jerrold Nadler and see if what's going on doesn't shock you again. He makes a great point: WHY IS THE GOP SO FOCUSED ON ABORTION WHEN WHAT WE NEED IS JOBS? Perhaps because their ignorant evangelical base would rather take women's rights back to the 1950s than see the country prosper again? Why aren't other democrats (including Obama and every female in Congress) screaming about this as pointedly as Nadler?
NADLER: "The war on women has enetered a dangerous new phase. Over the course of the last several weeks, Republicans have blocked efforts to combat domestic violence and workplace discrimination while introducing measures that would significantly curtail reproductive freedoms. This radical social agenda has been pursued at the expense of focusing on what should be our highest priority: creating jobs and strengthening the middle class.
One of the bills that was recently brought to the floor, H.R. 3541, would mandate that doctors inquire into a woman’s reasons for seeking an abortion and to refuse the procedure if they suspect gender as a motivation. Despite the lack of any evidence that gender-based abortion is common, this bill would bar a woman from having an abortion on the basis of such motives. Not only would this grossly interfere with the patient-doctor relationship in an effort to solve a non-existent problem, but it would create a chilling effect on all doctors and hospitals that provide constitutionally-protected reproductive health and abortion services.
A similarly misguided bill, H.R. 3803, would ban all abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks of pregnancy. This anti-choice measure relies on the scientifically controversial notion of ‘fetal pain’ to justify restricting a woman’s reproductive rights against the objections of the local government. As an additional affront, during the Judiciary Committee hearing on this bill, the District of Columbia’s representative in Congress was barred from speaking out in defense of her constituents’ rights and opinions—a violation not only of Congressional courtesy, but of fundamental decency. That is why I joined D.C.’s mayor and representative in Congress to strongly oppose the bill and to demand fair treatment for the people of the District of Columbia.
Unfortunately, these divisive battles over social issues reach beyond reproductive rights. In the Senate, every single Republican voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help to finally close the pay gap between men and women. At a time when millions are struggling just to make ends meet, wage discrimination is not only wrong but is doing real harm to American families.
We must reject this radical social ideology and return to the task of creating jobs and strengthening the middle class."
Please pick up a phone and call your senators before student loan interest DOUBLES!
Student loans are drowning a generation in debt and undermining American prosperity. Rebuild the Dream community member Paul Zehrer put together this great new video that puts a human face on the crisis.
We need to make sure Congress doesn't make it worse by letting Stafford loan interest rates double. Watch now -- then call and tell your senators: Don't double loan rates! To get your Senators' numbers and the script for what to say, fill out the form to the right.
Two women friends had gone for a girls' night out. Both were very faithful and loving wives, however they had been overly-enthusiastic on the Bacardi Breezers. Incredibly drunk and walking home they needed to pee, so they popped into the cemetery.
One of them had nothing to wipe with so she thought she would take off her panties and use them. Her friend, however, was wearing a rather expensive pair of panties and did not want to ruin them. She was lucky enough to squat down next to a grave that had a wreath with a ribbon on it, so she proceeded to wipe with that.
After the girls did their business, they proceeded to go home.
The next day, the husband of one of the women was concerned that his normallysweet and innocent wife was still in bed hung over, so he phoned the otherhusband and said: "These girl nights have got to stop! I'm starting to suspect the worst. My wife came home with no panties!!"
"That's nothing," said the other husband, "Mine came back with a card stuck to her arse that said...... 'From all of us at the Fire Station. We'll never forget you.' "
Ishie Bermeudez did a great job on my warpaint for the past two seasons of Drag U. Catch me dispensing Lady Lessons as the Dean Of Drag in Season 3--with lots of Latrice, Chad, Sharon and other contestants from Drag Race as the professors. Airs every Monday on LOGO at 9PM.
What do actor Mark Ruffalo, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, and thousands of nurses, clergy, AIDS activists, students, climate activists and ordinary Americans have in common?
We’ve all joined forces this week to kick off the Robin Hood Tax campaign, calling for a tiny tax, half of 1 percent or less, on financial transactions that would raise hundreds of billions of dollars to fund public goods.
The idea is simple: make Wall Street pay a wee bit of its fair share and put that money towards pressing social needs -- from funding climate change solutions to stemming home foreclosures to broadening public access to health care and education
I am performing at San Francisco pride's after-the-march concert on the main stage. For an audience of 1/2 million with the gorgeous Civic Center as a back-drop! If you're in the area, I go on the main stage at 1:15 and then host for one hour. One of the acts I get to introduce is Rochelle Fleming, the amazing vocalist from the sensational disco group First Choice!
I perform in Miami a lot and was happy to be included with my sisters Electra, Elaine Lancaster and Tiffany Ariegus.
MIAMI HERALD: by Steve Rothaus
GAY PRIDE MONTH
Drag queens to hold court Sunday at Stonewall
Summer Pride in Wilton Manors
Not all gays and lesbians like drag, and some criticize it for perpetuating stereotypes. But Lady Bunny points out that drag queens were the ones who fought back during a June 28, 1969, police bar raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, launching the modern gay-rights movement.
“Don’t ever put down the drag queens who started the gay-rights movement, because those were the people who had the balls,” she says. “They may have been in pantyhose but they were there. It was not the people who had the ‘courage’ to put on a rainbow T-shirt once a year and go back to their office jobs the next day.”
As for those who complain about media images of drag queens at gay pride parades, she says: “Get a look together honey and maybe someone would take your picture, too.”
ASLO, I WROTE AN ACOUNT OF MY 1ST EVERP PARTICIPATION IN THE LONG-RUNNING AIDS BENEFIT, BROADWAY BARES THIS PAST SUNDAY:
I tried to stay off my soapbox--but I couldn't! My account of being backstage at Broadway Bares is on Huffingtonpost.com, but it of course I had to contrast this event with NYC's often lame gay pride parade. Here's an excerpt:
"As a cast member, I received the same incredibly moving email that the whole cast got from Broadway Cares' executive director, Tom Viola. I'd love to reprint his letter in its entirety, but it basically reminded us that the reason for this light, sexy, and sparkling event is an ugly disease. We don't talk about AIDS anymore! It's too gloomy to fit in with our buff bodies and cocktail-oriented publications. We know how to prevent it, yet it keeps on spreading. So someone's not getting the message. Sadly, it's often our youth who didn't grow up seeing their friends waste away as my generation did, and who don't perceive AIDS as a death sentence because of new meds.
TOM VIOLA'S POTENT WORDS WERE EDITED FROM THE HUFFPO ARTICLE, BUT I'LL SHARE THEM HERE: READ AND LEARN!
“AIDS is no longer a death sentence or a scourge inflicted upon any one community or group of people. But, without doubt, it is still around. The virus, though controllable, is still passed from friend to friend, between loving partners as well as “hook-ups” you may never intend to see again. When it is, life as you know it irrevocably changes. Emotionally and physically. How you see yourself, how you perceive others see you and how they actually engage with you from the moment you learn of sero-conversion is a complicated equation. It is not worth 15 minutes of even the best sex you’ve ever had, let alone something you’ve forgotten about the next day.
Whether you know it or not, or believe it or not – look around rehearsal or the dressing room on Sunday. Someone right next to you or many across the room are living with HIV. Some quietly, perhaps well, others in deep denial or shame. But my point is the AIDS virus continues to be passed. And it doesn’t have to be.
Now mistakes are made. Accidents happen. Foolish decisions of one type or another occur when we’re high, drunk, feeling bad, feeling invincible, too young to think it can happen, too “old” to think it matters any more. There is no blame. And truly there should be no shame. We are all human and imperfect.
I have been HIV+ since 1993. Truly with all I had lived through in the 80’s, even in some fairly dark days, I should have known better, been smarter. But I am here to tell you now; being HIV+ does not diminish my life or define it today. It simply determines how in some circumstances I have to behave. If you share this experience, it can be the same for you.”
Tom and Broadway Bares, I applaud your courage to tell the truth no matter how tragic it is, and your passion to help correct the situation. He went on to share POZ's latest safe-sex guidelines and info about PEP, a new drug that can stop seroconversion if a slip-up happens during sex. Isn't that what gay pride is about: caring for our community? I see so much disdain for each other in the gay community based on who's a bottom, who's fat, who's femme, who's an old "troll," or whose HIV positive (wait, is this my Craig'slist personals ad?) that this caring vibe makes a super-refreshing change. I was so moved by Tom's words that I even cancelled the after-party I'd planned at my apartment, which I'd named Broadway Barebacks. Kidding!"
So sick of hearing the media ask "How can the Occupy movement remain relevant now that the protests have stopped?" Well, the media ignored the huge crowds until hundreds were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge and then other protesters were pepper-sprayed around the nation. The state police were even offered help on riot control by the federal gov't--that would be Obama. So to answer your question, the Occupy movement will remain relevant as long as the 99% realize that they are being shafted by the mega-rich, which have bought our government--both parties. It's relevant as long as big businesses are given tax loopholes so that they don't pay their fair share and allowed to send our jobs overseas. It will remain relevant as long as police, firefighters, schoolteachers and social benefits are cut to maintain expensive, pointless wars which the public for the most part doesn't support. It will remain relevant as long as the government licks banks' butts to make sure that they aren't penalized for collapsing our economy. It will remain relevant as long as we have a voice. Now, how are you livin'? Statistics show that it's not so well. So where's your voice? Protests or no protests, the Occupy movement is more relevant than ever. We have two presidents who want tax cuts for the mega-rich. Do you like that? Then speak up or get screwed.
Sorry, but she blows everyone out of the water with a hula hoop! And the song wasn't even a hit. I also heard that the Queen spoke to all of the performers at her jubilee--but spoke with longest with Grace. Sensational! I can't recall if I posted this or not but watch it daily! This is the size of audience she deserves all of the time!
Legendary drag entertainer, John Epperson, Lypsinka’s Maid conducts a lip-syncing workshop using literary inspired music in this master class celebrating the art of lip-syncing. (Lypsinka's maid means that John will be out of drag for the master class.")
Webster Library 1465 York Avenue (near E. 78th St.), New York NY, 10021
LOVE THESE SIGN! These are in response to a Michigan legislator who used the word vagina in the House and was subsequently barred by the Republican leader from speaking. FREEDOM OF SPEECH? WHAT TERM WOULD YOU PREFER? WE ALL CAME OUT OF ONE? and WHY IS THIS SO FISHY? are questions that come to mind. But this sign says it better. That and the fact that the next day, the lawmaker Lisa Brown joined Eve Ensler and others to perform The Vagina Monologues on the steps of Michigan's capitol. Why do Republicans hate women? And what kind of ignorant, self-hating woman votes Republican? Sadly, half of the nation.
While some people leave NYC in the summer, it's my favorite time here. Whether you're into fashion, beauty or freaks, the Big Apple is bursting with flavor. Yesterday, I bumped into Rollerena, the Queen Of Studio 54, and went for a bite to eat. She had on a crisp, almost preppy men's day look--except with silver nails! Truly a delightful creature at age 63. Some words of wisdom from an older girl--who is also a Vietnam vet against war--(paraphrasing) "No one's talking about AIDS anymore. The kids think they can just take a pill if they get it. But they can't even get that pill if they don't have insurance." Sometimes it's very wise to listen to your elders! And I mean her--not me!
Designer Karl Lagerfeld Spoils Cat Choupette With Two Maids, iPad
With that signature white coif and black sunglasses, the world knows designer Karl Lagerfeld as the force and face of the fashion house Chanel. But there's a softer side to him. Behind that sometimes tough exterior, the designer is a hardcore cat lover.
Lagerfeld gushed about his precious feline, a Siamese cat named Choupette, in an interview with WWD, calling the kitten a "famous beauty" and a "kept woman."
FROM INAYA DAY, AN INCREDIBLE VOCALIST IN HER OWN RIGHT: Oh, oh sometimes, I get a bad feeling... Well, I've got something on my mind. I figured I'd write this little bit of information out so people can spread the word. When I tell people that "OH OH SOMETIMES, I GET A GOOD FEELIN', YE-AH", is sung by none other than the legendary ETTA JAMES and their reply is shock and awe, I get a bit bothered. It's a disservice to music when people take full credit for songs and neglect to acknowledge the vocalist. I see it as a pure insult to the world of music, and the earlier creators of it, that THAT song is so huge and people have NO idea that it's snatched from Etta James's SOMETHING'S GOT A HOLD ON ME. See HER video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzibSiJv8hc&feature=youtu.be So, I figure, let's give respect when and where it's due! Big Ups to Etta James for MAKING Avicii's "LEVELS" and Flo Rida's "GOOD FEELIN"!!! May she rest in peace! Inaya
Grace Jones stole the show at the Queen's Jubilee and it's so refreshing to see a true original work it with nothing but a headdress and a hula hoop. Kudos to this event's directors who chose her. She's so much more entertaining--without million dollar special effects--than most of our formulaic pop "divas" of today. Viva eccentricity!
Liberals were wounded last night in what may be a trend spreading from Wisconsin nationwide: ignorance. But here are a few qualifiers to my earlier dire response. In exit polls, Obama still polled above Romney--for what that's worth. And Governor Walker's opponent was apparently not the best campaigner or even that popular and he'd already lost to Scott once. I'd only seen footage of Walker announcing the policies which led to the recall attempt. He almost has a charisma--or at least from the footage of his winning speech. 60% of the voters felt that recalls were to be reserved for personal misconduct, not unpopular policies. I don't know Wisconsin state laws--they may well be right. But it still seems very odd that 37% of union households voted for a governor who stripped away union rights. That must either mean that unions are already decimated, that the opponent was really rotten, and let's throw in a little bit of the defunding of our schools already kicking in to make entire blocks of workers clueless enough to vote against their own economic interests. Say goodbye to unions in Wisconsin--whose block vote democrats used to count on. The powers that be won't be satisfied until we're all working for minimum wage. Or not working at all with our benefits cut. And this was my attempt to be cheery about the situation.
Lots of 80s sounds being mimicked in today's pop music--Gaga, Rihanna, etc. Rihanna has 2 or 3 songs off of Tainted Love alone. Or maybe her whiny voice just unintentionally evokes Marc Almond's intentional dissonance. I wonder why they never sample or mimic anything with warm, funky synths like this? You really can't go wrong with these.
If last night's failed recall of Republican governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker is an indicator of the shape of things to come in the race for president, we're screwed. We were already screwed, but this screwed us, gave us VD and last night it re-screwed us before the sores it gave us the first time had gotten a chance to heal. It's quite telling that Wisconsin democrats didn't want Obama to campaign for Walker's opponent--partially because he represents economic failure and partially because he practically ignored unions as Scott Walker ripped their rights away. This is after a campaign-mode Obama passionately promised to defend unions even if he had to put on his walking shoes and march with them. Complete bullshit. Way to go, Obama! Alienate the many small, liberal, working man donors who paved the way to your initial success. And then possibly lose in the first completely bought, post-Citizen's United presidential race to an unpopular, wooden candidate who has more money than you. Money is all Mitt has--no one in his own party was slightly enthusiastic about him throughout the primaries.
And now that Obama's laid up with big bankers running his show and renewing tax cuts for the rich for years, he wants his base back. But giving money to Obama's campaign again would contain all the joy of paying ransom. And even if we're forced to support you, we know what we're going to get from your first term and it ain't much. Thanks for abandoning your principles immediately after taking office. From the fundamentalist, anti-gay pastor who spoke at your inauguration, we've looked the other way after you've betrayed us time and time again. You reached "across the aisle" to compromise so often that you compromised your own parties' principles.
It's the American way! A huge percentage of Walker's campaign contributions were from out of state and he outspent his opponent 7-1. Congrats to the US for the best government money can buy! My condolences to the Republican simpletons who have actually bought the notion that Romney's business pedigree might help our economy. His success in business was as a consultant who cut jobs! How's a job-cutter gonna help your fool ass? Or does Romney have your vote simply because he isn't black? What a rotten scene!
Walker Survives Wisconsin Recall After GOP, Corporate Backers Rally and Dems Stay on Sidelines
NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Dawson brought a saucy, unabashedly touchy-feely style to TV game shows as host of “Family Feud.”
The British-born entertainer, who died Saturday at age 79 from complications related to esophageal cancer, earlier had made his mark in the unlikely 1960s sitcom hit “Hogan’s Heroes,” which mined laughs from a Nazi POW camp whose prisoners hoodwink their captors and run the place themselves.
But it is as the kissing, wisecracking quizmaster of “Feud” that he will be remembered.
The show, which initially ran from 1976 to 1985, pitted a pair of families against each other as they tried to guess the most popular answers to poll questions such as “What do people give up when they go on a diet?”
If you've been following along this past week, former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards was found not guilty on one charge, and the jury was unable to decide on five other charges of violating campaign finance laws.
On the other hand, guess how many criminal charges have been filed against the top executives of the financial institutions whose fraud nearly crashed the global financial system, drove our economy into a ditch, resulted in billions in taxpayer bailouts, and left millions of Americans searching for jobs and one in three homeowners owing more than their homes are worth?
None. Zero. Zip. Nada. Zilch.
Now, I'm certainly not defending John Edwards. In fact, I have some choice words I could share about that guy. And breaking the law is breaking the law. But that's exactly the point!
Why does Wall Street get away free? These "worst of the 1%" are the people who kicked military families out of homes illegally, deliberately stuck minority homeowners in high-priced subprime mortgages they charmingly call "ghetto loans," and have paid only negligible fines despite allegations of market-rigging, deception, and lying to clients.
Underwater homeowners need help. Struggling young people could face an overnight doubling of the interest rates on their student loans. But Wall Street profits have already rebounded, and there are no repercussions in sight.
If you think something's wrong with this picture, you're part of the right community.
Billed as the "Dueting Duchesses," these songbirds never quite made the big time as a vocal duet due to the increasing reluctance of club owners to book them. The problem was that club patrons routinely hurled food, shoes and occasionally cups of urine at the stage wherever they performed.