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- Created: Thursday, 23 September 2010 16:31
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The hecklers were so raucous Obama went off-script several times to address them, insisting he’s increased AIDS funding and is working to overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. He told them to go shout at Republicans, noting that a vote on repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” failed this week in the Senate, with Republicans united in opposition.
“Some of those signs should be going up at the other folks’ events, and folks should be hollering at the other folks’ event. Because the choice in November could not be clearer,” the president said.
Addressing an activist pushing for more funding for global AIDS initiatives, the president said, “We heard your point. And as I said before, we increased AIDS funding. … The people who will take over if we don’t focus on the election, I promise you, will cut AIDS funding.”
The protest took place in the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel as Obama raised $1.4 million at receptions and a dinner for the House and Senate Democratic campaign committees. Obama is in New York to attend the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly.
Obama had just finished saying it’s “nice just to stop by and see some friends” when the shouting began.
Bystanders briefly tried to snatch the signs, and ultimately the heckling subsided. The signs stayed aloft throughout Obama’s remarks, and even as he shook hands afterward with well-wishers a few feet away.
One of the activists, Jennifer Flynn, told reporters she and the others bought tickets to the reception.
Democrats are anticipating potentially heavy losses in midterm elections six weeks away, and Obama tried to rally them.
“The last election was about the changing of the guard,” he said. “This election is about guarding the change.”
Tickets for the event ranged from $100 for a general reception to $15,200 for a dinner and photo with the president.
At the dinner, singer Barbara Streisand and her actor husband, James Brolin, were among those who heard Obama say Democrats have accomplished “a lot to be proud about.” But he also acknowledged widespread voter frustration.
“When I was running for office … maybe we gave people the wrong impression about how change happens,” Obama said.
But after reviewing for his audience the health care overhaul, his new Wall Street rules and other tough policy battles, Obama said, “People, this is what change looks like.”
If it were not for the nursing program at Hanford Adult School, "I don't know what would have become of me."
Joyce Glaspie said she was able to break free from public assistance - a need that plagued her family - after graduating from the licensed vocational nurse, or LVN, program on a grant from the Kings County Job Training Office.
But after being offered for the last 45 years, the LVN program has fallen victim to financial uncertainty and questions concerning its viability, said Hanford Joint Union High School District Superintendent Bill Fishbough.
The funding based on average daily attendance for the adult school was eliminated by the state, Fishbough explained. Student tuition - around $6,000 a head - doesn't meet the costs to the district. A comparable program at San Joaquin Valley College costs about $25,000, Adult School Principal Gary Marr said.
"I'm a little disheartened," said Glaspie, now an instructor at the school.
"It opened up doors for me; it put me in a different class," a feat Glaspie estimates more than half of all the program's students are trying to accomplish.
In the last round of applications, about 300 people vied for one of the 15 seats in the class, Glaspie said, reiterating the need for the program.
The district boardroom was packed with around 25 students, either past, present or potential, Sept. 14 to voice their disdain with the decision to suspend the program.
"There was a lot of emotion," Glaspie said. "There were tears ... they were begging."
Not an agenda item for the regularly scheduled meeting, the nursing supporters made the impromptu visit after learning on Sept. 3 that the program would not be accepting a new class.
"This is going to give us the opportunity to really revamp the program," Marr said regarding the hiatus.
The district's intentions include hiring a permanent director - there have been five in the last three years - reassessing the cost to the students and realigning the program's curriculum, Marr said. The district could not say when the program would be accepting students again.
But raising the cost, he said, could make the program unattainable to the students it's out to serve.
Grants like the one provided to Glaspie through the Job Training Office may not cover the increases that will have to come to run the program efficiently, Marr noted.
Lisa Parra, another former student and school instructor, said she reached out to an Adventist Health official with the problem. Parra was assured that Kings County's largest health care provider would help the program as much as they could.
There are 21 local clinics where graduates can work, Glaspie said, and that doesn't include home-health-care companies and retirement facilities.
The LVN program is open only to certified nursing assistants and is the steppingstone for becoming a registered nurse.
"We want to turn out the best LVNs we possibly can," Fishbough said. "A lot of them will be working in the community."
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BROADWAY SMASH HIT “RENT” MAKES VALLEY DEBUT
Proceeds to Benefit local AIDS Foundation
Fourth Wall Theater Company is proud to announce that they will be producing the musical RENT in Hanford next July. The show, which will be under the direction of Corey Ralston and Cabrilla Ravalin-McGinn, is a first for the Valley.
“No community theater group has performed this show locally and we are very excited to be the first,” Ralston said.
RENT made headlines when it went to Broadway after the sudden death of its creator Jonathon Larson. The show is a remake of Puccini’s “La Boheme”, it follows a group of friends dealing with poverty, drugs and AIDS in New York City in the early 1990’s. In the face of so much adversity each character learns that LOVE is what gets them through the rough times.
Auditions will be held in February and all local actors and vocalists are encouraged to come. In addition to the cast of 20 there will be a need for band members and technical stage support.
All proceeds from the show will be given to the LGBTQ Wellness Foundation, a startup non-profit that is giving assistance to those infected and affected by the HIV virus.
“Since this show deals so heavily with HIV/AIDS we thought it was only fitting that we give all of our profit to people that are wanting to reach out a loving hand to survivors of the virus,” Ralston said.
In the coming months before the production gets underway there will be a series of fundraisers held in hopes to raise money to pay for the cost of the production. Local businesses are encouraged to advertise in the playbill and show their support.
RENT will be playing at the Stratton L. Tarvin Presentation Center in Hanford on July 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 , 31. Tickets will be $15 and sold at the door.
In an interview with The Advocate running online next week, David Yost, who from 1993 to 1996 starred as the blue Power Ranger in more than 200 episodes of the children’s television phenomenon,talks about the taunting and teasing he endured on the set of the show, and the years of ups and downs that have finally made him able to say the words, “I’m gay.”
“A week before I left the TV show I made a commitment to myself saying, “If I get called faggot one more time, I’m walking because I can’t handle it any more,” Yost says. Within a week it happened, and it happened from a higher-level person on the show.”
Yost says he spent the next few years doing everything he could to “pray the gay away.”
“There were times when I would call prayer hotlines like Joyce Meyers prayer hotline or Pat Robinson’s 700 Club prayer hotline and instead was condemned over the phone.”
Instead of helping, all the prayer ultimately led to a mental breakdown and a five week stay in the hospital — and because his parents didn’t know he was gay at this point, they assumed it was the pressure of having not worked in a while.
Yost says he’s coming out now because he’s “tired of hearing stories about teenagers still taking their lives and committing suicide because of who they are and not understanding that there are resources for them to get help.”
Check back to Advocate.com next week for our full interview with David Yost.
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Mehlman was RNC chairman from 2005 to 2007 after serving as Bush-Cheney campaign manager in 2004. He also served as White House political director during President Bush's first term.
Mehlman told Ambinder that he had recently come to the conclusion that he is gay and was looking to become an advocate for gay marriage. He went public in part because he expected to be asked about his sexuality when it became known he was participating in a fundraiser next month for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which is supporting a legal challenge to California's Proposition 8 initiative banning gay marriage.
Mehlman said President Bush "is no homophobe" but acknowledged that the Bush administration used antigay initiatives for political gain. In private conversations with senior Republicans, he said, he fought back against attempts to demonize same-sex marriage.
Activist Mike Rogers, as Ambinder notes, has waged a years-long campaign to force Mehlman out of the closet, including confronting him with questions about his sexuality on video. (Mehlman regularly denied that he was gay.) Rogers responded to the news that Mehlman was coming out by awarding him a "Roy Cohn Award" for "managing the most anti-gay presidential campaigns in history."
"Ken Mehlman is horridly homophobic and no matter how orchestrated his coming out is, our community should hold him accountable for his past," Rogers wrote.
Mehlman told Ambinder he understands that some people in the gay community will be upset that he did not come out until he was out of government.
"I can't change the fact that I wasn't in this place personally when I was in politics, and I genuinely regret that. It was very hard, personally," he said. He acknowledged that if he had come to terms with his sexual orientation earlier, "I could have worked against [the Federal Marriage Amendment]" and "reached out to the gay community in the way I reached out to African Americans."
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Los Angeles Times, Posted: 8/24/2010, 1:17 PM
A lesbian minister, who officiated at more than a dozen same-sex weddings during the brief window gay marriage was legal in California, goes to trial Thursday before a Presbyterian court, charged with violating her denomination's constitution. The case of Rev. Jane Adams Spahr has gained national attention because "what is being tested is the definition of marriage" in the Presbyterian faith, said the Rev. Carmen Fowler, president of the Presbyterian Lay Committee, a conservative organization that opposes same-sex marriage. Spahr's trial, which will be held in Napa, begins less than three weeks after a federal court judge ruled that California's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. And it underscores the awkward position in which changing civil law places many clergy members. Although the Presbyterian constitution does not explicitly prohibit same-sex marriage, it defines marriage as "a civil contract between a woman and a man." But same-sex marriage is legal in five states and the District of Columbia and is working its way through the courts in California. "More and more ministers are going to be put in a position where their church members are going to come to them asking for a wedding, and they're going to have to say yes," said the Rev. Beverly Brewster, Spahr's defense attorney. "Not to do so would violate many constitutional provisions about non-discrimination in pastoral care."
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California Legislature Officially Endorses Repeal of Federal Defense of Marriage Act
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - August 23 - Today, the California State Senate approved a joint resolution, AJR 19, calling on the U.S. Congress and President Obama to immediately repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which explicitly forbids the federal government or any federal agency from recognizing state-sanctioned marriages between same-sex couples. Introduced by Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D - Santa Monica) and sponsored by Equality California, the joint resolution was passed by a bipartisan vote of 22-12. "The Defense of Marriage Act prevents the federal government from recognizing the relationships of loving same-sex couples, even when the states where they live recognize their relationships," said Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors. "We're proud of the California legislature for making the state's opposition to DOMA official state policy. Now we must overturn this discriminatory federal law and pave the way for the marriages of same-sex couples to be recognized at the federal level."
Under DOMA, which passed in 1996, married same-sex couples are refused the same federal rights and responsibilities as their heterosexual counterparts, resulting in inequitable and unfair implementation of federal laws governing a range of issues such as housing, immigration, tax and inheritance. A repeal of DOMA would result in the federal government recognizing legal marriages of same-sex couples, just as it currently recognizes legal marriages of heterosexual couples.
"President Obama has called this law abhorrent in the way it denies more than 1,000 federal rights to same-sex couples," Assemblymember Brownley said. "Congress must act now to overturn DOMA, which is rooted in irrational and unfounded prejudice. Married same-sex couples deserve equal access to these benefits."
Currently, there are eleven nations that recognize marriages between same-sex couples, including Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Sweden. Five states in the U.S. grant same-sex couples the right to marry, including Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as Washington, D.C.
For more information about Equality California-sponsored legislation, please visitwww.eqca.org/legislation.
August 19, 2010|6:17 p.m.
How do you know when you’ve met the “right one?”Our romantic culture promotes the idea that each of us has a Mr. or Ms. Right out there – the one perfect match who will light our fire and laugh at our jokes and generally be our just right soulmate. In old musical comedies, an upbeat musical score and starry- eyed looks might accompany the appearance of Mr. Right from the object of his affection.
For most of us, reality looks rather different. We find someone we like – a lot, in fact – but if we hang around long enough, we discover that he isn’t perfect. He has a bad habit or two; he snores or belches or sings off key. He’s special, sure, but he’s not perfect. We find ourselves feeling ambivalent. There are few dreamy songs celebrating romantic ambivalence.
We face a dilemma: how special is “special enough?”How do we decide whether we are settling for a relationship we don’t really want (on the one hand) or setting such a perfectionist standard that we are likely to be forever alone (on the other)?
While romantic mythology might make us think that we’ll surely know when the right one comes along, life is full of choices we must make with incomplete information. Sure, someone “even better” might come along…. eventually. But holding out for perfection in a mate is a great strategy for living life alone.
Attraction is a combination of similarities and differences between the individuals involved. The precise recipe is probably unique to each of us. If there isn’t sufficient attraction to keep us engaged, the fires will go out eventually, no matter how much we might hope that we had met our match.
If you find yourself in this situation, try to look at whether you are compromising on qualities that seem like essential elements for you. Do you share compatible life goals, for instance? What about values? If one of you lives to party until dawn and the other hasn’t even been to a party since the first Bush administration, the two of you are either looking at significant compromises or a lifetime of arguments and disappointments.
What is most important to you? Are you getting your core needs met? If not, are the two of you able and willing to make changes so that you can get what you want?
If your tendency is to find fault with everyone you date, it is time to look at your expectations. Often we project onto others attributes that we fear we have within our own selves. We’ll never find someone if we play that game.
A degree of ambivalence is to be expected within most relationships. Acknowledge your feelings to yourself, but don’t get sidetracked by them. Getting lost in self-doubts can lead to sabotaging a relationship. It is possible to accept that a degree of ambivalence exists and still move forward with a commitment if you know your own mind and heart.
Should you share your feelings of uncertainty with your boyfriend? Be careful. Telling the truth is important, but so is being considerate of your partner’s feelings. It is one thing to acknowledge that neither of you is perfect, but quite another to muse aloud about the possibility of someone better coming along. If your speaking gives him the feeling you are about to leave the relationship, you may be being unfair to him and to yourself. Talking through your feelings with a friend or a counselor is preferable to hurting someone you care about.
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SAN FRANCISCO – Forget the gay weddings this week – or anytime soon -- in California.
This afternoon, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted Proposition 8 supporters an emergency order staying District Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling last week that would have allowed gay marriages to resume in California on Wednesday.
Here is what the appeals court issued:
“Filed order (EDWARD LEAVY, MICHAEL DALY HAWKINS and SIDNEY R. THOMAS) Appellants’ motion for a stay of the district court’s order of August 4, 2010 pending appeal is GRANTED. The court sua sponte orders that this appeal be expedited pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 2. The provisions of Ninth Circuit Rule 31-2.2(a) (pertaining to grants of time extensions) shall not apply to this appeal. This appeal shall be calendared during the week of December 6, 2010, at The James R. Browning Courthouse in San Francisco, California. The previously established briefing schedule is vacated. The opening brief is now due September 17, 2010. The answering brief is due October 18, 2010. The reply brief is due November 1, 2010. In addition to any issues appellants wish to raise on appeal, appellants are directed to include in their opening brief a discussion of why this appeal should not be dismissed for lack of Article III standing. See Arizonans For Official English v. Arizona, 520 U.S. 43, 66 (1997). IT IS SO ORDERED.”
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