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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Republican Scott Gets Celebratory Party Thanks to Special Interests

Filed under: Politics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:08

Incoming Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott is getting a huge bash thrown in his honor! And, despite Florida’s struggling economy, under-funded educational system, and record-high rate of unemployment, special interests are ponying-up $2 million for his inaugural celebration. The US Sugar Industry, CEO Group (who controls Florida’s prison system), Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Holland & Knight are just some of the groups who cut Scott a check for $25,000 to fund his party. Interesting to note, all of these companies have been entrenched in Florida’s political scene for years. Take it as a lesson learned for those who voted for Scott because he wasn’t your “typical Republican.” On the contrary, Scott is just what the Republicans have always been–crooked, incompetent, and criminal. Floridians made the bed with Scott. Unfortunately, we all have to now lie in that bed with them.

 For more coverage of Scott’s $2 Million Bash, check-out this article in the Miami Herald:

Scott’s Inauguration Kitty: $2M and Counting!

Monday, November 1, 2010

“Remember” When You Vote Tomorrow

Filed under: Politics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 18:12

Watch an essential video (below) to “Remember” before heading to the ballot box tomorrow:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Equality Florida Releases Voter Guide

Filed under: Politics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:25

 Still not sure who to vote for on election day? Then use the Equality Florida Voter’s Guide to help cast your vote. One word of caution: Equality Florida has endorsed Democrat Kendrick Meek for US Senate. While Meek is an excellent candidate, strongly consider voting for Charlie Crist as the main objective in the Senate race needs to be to stop Marco Rubio at all cost. Rubio is vehemently anti-gay and is a product of the Tea Party movement. Although Crist stops short of supporting full marriage equality, his chances of besting Rubio are much better than Meek and he has improved dramatically on his stances on gay rights. Click below for Equality Florida’s Voter’s Guide.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Important Endorsements

Filed under: Politics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:43

Some Very Important Endorsements

With the midterm elections right around the corner, it is imperative to take an educated look at the candidates running for office before choosing who to mark on your ballot. Below are my endorsements for the major elections on November 2nd. I encourage you to take some time to educate yourself on where these candidates stand on the issues and see for yourselves why I selected to case my vote in their favor:

Governor: Alex Sink, Democrat

General: Alex Sink (D) faces opposition for the Governor’s Seat from Republican Rick Scott. As CEO of HCA/Columbia, Rick Scott personally steered the company during the early 1990’s, when hundreds of millions of dollars were stolen from Medicare and Medicaid in fraudulent billing for services and fraudulent reporting of medical service provision. In addition, Scott’s current company, Solantic has been investigated several times for fraud and misrepresentation of service provision for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.


Economic: Sink’s economic plan outlines strategies to both immediately create jobs through removal of red tape for small business owner’s and maintain long-term growth by cutting taxes for small business owners. Sink’s plan calls to initiate tax breaks for small businesses that are tied directly to the amount that company pays in federal taxes. Essentially, the more jobs (up to 20) that small business creates, the more tax credit the State of Florida would provide as an incentive.

Healthcare: Endorsed by the Florida Nurses Association

GLBT Issues: Endorsed by Equality Florida

State Senator: Charlie Crist (Independent)

General: While I have spoken unfavorably of Charlie Crist in the past, during this election, it is important to give him support. Crist has a track-record of being an anti-gay politician and his own sexuality has been the subject of much debate (rent the DVD Outrage for more information). However, lately, Crist has begun to change his stance on the issues. Most recently, as Florida’s Governor, he vowed not to challenge the overturn of Florida’s ban on gay adoptions by a federal judge. And if elected to the Senate, Crist has indicated he would vote to repeal the discriminatory don’t ask don’t tell policy. Although he has yet to support marriage equality, he does at least support civil unions and has remarked that G/L couples should be given the same equal rights granted to heterosexual couples. Of most significance, however, is Crist’s main rival, Marco Rubio, a dangerous tea-bagger who is vehemently anti-gay, Rubio’s policy stances are not only dangerously wrong, but are so ultra-conservative, they would reverse any forward progress and place the economic recovery of our country on a dangerous and damaging course. While I am a staunch Democrat, there is no possibility that Kendrick Meek can win this Senate seat. PLEASE SUPPORT CHARLIE CRIST. We MUST stop Marco Rubio at ALL COST.


Federal Congress, 24th District: Suzanne Kosmas (Democrat)

General: Suzanne Kosmas was elected in 2008 and replaced disgrace and corrupt Republican Congressman Tom Feeney. Kosmas faces a tough opponent in Sandy Adams, who happens to be my Republican state representative.Adams has had quite a bit of funding and has led an attack-ad desperately trying to make Kosmas look like Nancy Pelosi. I have contacted Kosmas several times about the need for important legislation passage, including healthcare reform, repeal of don’t ask don’t tell, and issues on animal protections. Each time, Kosmas has contacted me affirming she would vote favorably for each piece of legislation; and she did. Sandy Adams on the other hand—gave me and my group the cold shoulder two years ago in Tallahassee when we went to her office to discuss issues related to nursing and healthcare in Florida.

Economic:  Kosmas has backed strong government accountability in spending and was a small business owner for over 30 years on the east coast of Central Florida. She has supported numerous pieces of legislation designed to reduce taxes on small business owners and fought hard to keep maintain funding for NASA.

Healthcare: Strong advocate for healthcare reform, including tax break incentives for small business owners who provide health insurance to their employees.

GLBT Issues: Voted for repeal of DADT, supports repeal of DOMA, and supports ENDA.

Other Endorsements: Alan Grayson (D-D8), Leo Cruz (D-D33), Amy Mercado (D-D35) Scott Randolph (D-D36), Todd Christian D-D40) Lee Douglas (D-D41), Darren Soto (D-D49).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Republicans Block Repeal of DADT

Filed under: GLBT Social Issues and Civil Rights,Politics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 17:56

GOP blocks repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' In their usual ignorant, non-educated, and failing nature, the Republicans, led by John McCain (the sour and sore loser of the 2008 Presidential election) blocked repeal of the miltary’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which prohibits openly gay men and women soldiers from serving. No Republicans voted to advance the bill, and two Democrats from Arkansas, Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln, voted no. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, voted no in a procedural move so he could bring the bill back to the floor in the future. The Republicans are well out of touch with the beliefs of the American people on this policy. The vast majority (around 75%-80%) believe the policy should be repealed and that gay and lesbian soldiers should be able to openly serve their country. The Republicans should be ashamed for using a social policy tactic to deny passage of the Bill, which included a 1.4% pay raise for the troops as well as funding for the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. This filibuster is an interesting and sad statement by Republicans, who are desperate to use divisive social issues to drum-up support from their far right-wing supporters. In November, voters should remember that the Democrats were the ones to not only support repeal of DADT, but also to give our men and women in uniform a much needed raise in pay and support our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ken Mehlman, Former Republican Party Chair, Reveals He is Gay

Filed under: GLBT Social Issues and Civil Rights,Politics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:10

Ken_mehlman In an ironic twist of fate, the former leader of the notoriously anti-gay Republican Party, Ken Mehlman, revealed today, he is a gay man. Mehlman was the steward of the GOP under former-President George W. Bush and spearheaded the Republican leadership while Bush pushed to pass a Federal Amendment to the US Constitution which would’ve banned legal recognition for  same-sex couples. Although the Democrats effectively stopped Bush from ever passing the Amendment, Mehlman denied any suggestion he was homosexual. At the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner, Mehlman was quoted as saying, “I’m not gay. But those stories did a number on my dating life for six months.”

By coming out, Mehlman has decided he is going to change his life and is actually working hard to reverse the damage he and his fellow Republicans inflicted on gay and lesbian Americans. He said that he “really wished” he had come to terms with his sexual orientation earlier, “so I could have worked against [the Federal Marriage Amendment]” and “reached out to the gay community.” As Kurby Dick indicated in his fantastic documentary Outrage, about gay politicians who try to hide their sexuality by voting against equality for gay men and lesbians, like most out former anti-gay policymakers, Mehlman has vowed to make his wrongs right.

He will be Co-Chairing a major fundraiser in late September that has already raised over $1 million for the organization battling Prop 8. The fundraiser is co-chaired by prominent Republican donors Paul Singer and Peter Thiel and will be held at Singer’s home. So while Mehlman no doubtfully harmed gay men and lesbians as the leader of the Republican Party, I do give him credit for admitting his sexuality and joining the fight to bring equality to every American.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

DNC Chairman Address GLBT Issues

Filed under: GLBT Social Issues and Civil Rights,Politics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:21

On the heels of a very significant ruling coming from a federal court in California seeking to overturn Proposition 8 outlawing marriage between same-sex couples in the state, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Governor Tim Kaine released an update on GLBT civil rights issues and provided details on how the DNC is working to help end discrimination. Take a look:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Um, Actually, No!

Filed under: Comedic Relief,Politics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 03:10

This is great! A couple of months ago, a group of morons leased a billboard with the words “Miss Me Yet?” ascribed to a picture of the worst President in the history of the United States with his clueless smile in Wyoming, Minn. Well, thankfully, someone answered the question for us all (see above).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Soldiers Ridicule DADT in Funny Video

Filed under: Comedic Relief,GLBT Social Issues and Civil Rights,Politics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 23:25

Created by Codey Wilson and other members of his Army Battalion currently serving in Iraq, “volunteers” created the following hilarious video of Ke$ha’s single “Blah, Blah, Blah” which is a parody of what would happen if the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy were lifted and gays were allowed to serve openly in the military. Apparently, the soldiers find the assumptions that gay men and lesbians being out in the military would create some type of sexually-enhanced atmosphere as laughable as the rest of us! Take a look:

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Faux News Reporter PWNED by White House Press Secretary

Filed under: Politics — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 00:21

  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs PWNED a Faux News Reporter yesterday in his morning press briefing after exposing Faux’s attempts to sensationalize the oil spill disaster as the work of the Obama Administration! Apparently, the former failed FEMA Director under George Bush actually insinuated (unquestioned) during his Faux News interview on Tuesday that in order to curtail support for offshore drilling (which, by the way–Obama just expanded but will hopefully reconsider), Obama concocted the disaster but it “got out of hand.” Obama has been one of the few politicians brave enough to call Faux News out on its completed slanted idiocy. But, this video is a must-see as the Faux News reporter has little to rebut after Gibbs laughs at the accusations and brushes-off Faux News for what it really is. Watch below:

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