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« on: August 06, 2009, 11:18:40 pm »

Top gay magazine bemoans Obama


Published: August 5, 2009
Updated 2 days ago

Images sometimes speak louder than words.

Especially if they’re on the cover of the leading gay newsmagazine The Advocate.

President Barack Obama has been under fire from his gay supporters from the get go. Critics bemoaned his selection of Rev. Rick Warren for an inauguration prayer, citing the Christian pastor’s opposition to same sex marriage. Their frustration grew after the Pentagon made comments that there wasn’t an effort underway to reevaluate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a Clinton-era law mandating the discharge of gay servicemembers.

That frustration has jumped from the websites of political blogs and infighting-conflict-hungry news outlets to the cover of The Advocate.

In the latest cover story for the magazine, Michael Joseph Gross opens with the proposition that Democratic primary-goers picked Barack Obama over then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) as their nominee because they thought he was different.

“Many gay leaders,” he writes, “the men and women with money and influence, whose success was built on cunning — looked at her and saw themselves: making her way by wile, unafraid to sacrifice integrity when the game demands it.”

“But truth will out, and many placed their bets on Barack Obama, and when he took the lead in the primaries, he won over most of the rest,” Gross adds. “He talked to us — and about us — more, and more explicitly, than any nominee before him. And not just when he had to. Not just at Human Rights Campaign dinners. At black churches, in his stump speech, on the night he was elected: He said the word that every major candidate before him had found every excuse not to say. He named us. He said gay.”

But that affection has waned, Gross argues.

“After his election Obama named someone else,” he adds. “The world’s most influential Protestant minister, Rick Warren, who campaigned against gay marriage, was asked to give the inauguration’s invocation… Momentum for gay equality kept building — in the courts, in legislatures, and in culture. Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine legalized gay marriage — which was, significantly, also endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Dick Cheney too announced his support for marriage equality, as did top Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, who managed John McCain’s presidential campaign. Polls showed clear majorities supporting repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ even among conservatives and churchgoers — constituencies that had long been in favor of the antigay military policy. Still, through all of this, one word was conspicuously absent from the president’s vocabulary.”

“The hero,” he pens, “was a player after all.”

Reader comments on the piece echo the gay community’s disappointment with Obama, though some point to his focus on other areas as important.

“I’m sorry, the idea of continued state-sponsored apartheid of our population just doesn’t fit with the ideals of our country or his Oath of Office,” one commenter wrote. “He could more, much more, and sooner.”

“Obama told the Gay and Lesbian community what we wanted to hear, TO GET OUR VOTE,” another says. “He got our vote and the arrogance is clear. No more Obama support from this household.”

Others attack the premise of the piece.

“President Obama has only been in office for eight short months, dealing with some very serious issues that affect ALL Americans, whether one is gay, lesbian or str8: economy, healthcare, and war,” remarks one poster. “Remember those issues, or is our community immune to what is happening in the rest of the Nation? Leave it to fanatics in our colorful camp to create a strategy of alienating ourselves from the most pro-gay/lesbian President in recent history because we aren’t getting our way fast enough… We are becoming nothing more than just another ineffective, bleeding-heart special interest group.”

“I stand by Barack Obama,” writes another. “He’s not even nine months into his term, yet. I believe he could be a little more fearless on gay issues, but I choose to trust him. He has a huge amount on his plate right now.”

A third camp celebrates infighting among Obama’s liberal critics.

“As a conservative Republican deeply committed to seeing a Republican elected president in 2012, every time I go to this site and read the comments of all the Obama haters, all those in the GLBT community who refuse to support Obama, all those who accuse him of selling out, I become positively ecstatic,” one commenter proclaims. “Once again the Democratic party will form a circle as its own firing squad, and do the work my own party could never accomplish on its own. Keep up the good work!!”
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2009, 02:36:36 pm »

As important as getting to the bottom of Obama's sealed and disappeared records--


Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: ****, Sex, Lies & Murder?
Breaks Top 10 in Amazon Category****/dp/0578013878/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249838587&sr=1-1

Book Review:

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
July 18, 2009
By John Medlin "StayAlive" (USA)
[...]Sinclair's book would discuss his homosexual and **** sharing experiences with then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama in November 1999 and the events that followed after Sinclair's public disclosure of these events on YouTube in January 2008.

I had been following Sinclair's story on the Internet since February 2008. Having been a Press Officer in the US Army and an Internal Auditor, I was familiar with what can happen when the media turns against you and more importantly the patterns of people who tell the truth and those who don't. What impressed me most over the following nine months was Sinclair's story stayed the same, that on multiple occasions efforts were made to silence him on the Internet, and yet he persisted in the face of threats of murder to him and harm to members of his own family.

Yesterday, 14 July 2009, I received copy Number 81 of Sinclair's book, "Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair ****, Sex, Lies & Murder?"

This books reeks of the truth and the words and style of Larry Sinclair. It is not "ghost-written". It is not a literary masterpiece and there are several typographical and grammatical mistakes. Most importantly it tells the true story of a man committed to exposing the truth. Sinclair pulls no punches and does not hide behind any equivocations about his past or his many flaws. He does provide very specific details about the dangerous journey he has taken to get the truth published, to speak truth to power. While parts of the book were previously published on his websites, he adds much more detail about what happened at the Democratic National Committee meeting in May 2008, the storm trooper tactics by the DC Metro Police after his appearance at the National Press Club in June 2008, the false charges initiated by Joe Biden's son, Attorney General Beau Biden in Delaware, the continued failure of the Chicago Police to investigate the murder of Donald Young in December 2007, the openly gay choir master of Obama's Trinity United Church of Christ, and of course the very specific details about President Obama's private parts.

It is shameful that the various mainstream media have refused to follow up on Sinclair's story, to challenge him on the facts, to challenge Joe and Beau Biden and the DC Metro Police on their false charges and imprisonment of Larry Sinclair in June 2008. Just imagine if they and the powerful interests they represent can do this to relatively unknown Larry Sinclair, what can they do to you?

"Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair ****, Sex, Lies & Murder?" is a book worth reading for all those who seek the truth, an example of what a little, flawed man with incredible courage and persistence can achieve in speaking truth to power. Job well done.

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
Thomas Jefferson


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