Happy Thanksgiving to all…

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I’d like to take this time to wish all my readers a happy and prosperous Thanksgiving. I know we have a lot to be thankful for this year, our health, our families and friends, and honestly, employment, but for many these are difficult times. To them I wish the very best in the hope that better times are ahead.

While it is a joyful day, I’d be remiss not to acknowledge the horrible events and terrible loss of life in Mumbai, India over the last several hours. Our thoughts go out to them.

And finally, it was exactly 30 years ago today that Harvey Milk and George Moscone were assassinated by City Supervisor Dan White here in San Francisco. The anniversary of Harvey’s death is especially poignant due to the release of the film Milk yesterday. Please check it out over the long break. You won’t regret it.

Below is a NO on Prop 8 ad I somehow missed during the campaign. The audio is from one of Harvey Milk’s speeches. It’s pretty darn moving, and appropriate on this day of thanks, and much needed hope.

California Commission to investigate Mormon involvement in Prop 8

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California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced today that they would investigate allegations that the LDS Church did not fully disclose non-monetary contributions to the Prop 8 Campaign.

Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate called for the investigation last week, writing a letter to the FPPC detailing many of the allegations, including:

  • Church organized phone banks from Utah and Idaho
  • Sending direct mail to voters
  • Transported people to California over several weekends
  • Used the LDS Press Office to send out multiple News Releases to promote their activities to nonmembers
  • Walked precincts
  • Ran a speakers bureau
  • Distributed thousands of lawn signs and other campaign material
  • Organized a “surge to election day”
  • Church leaders travel to California
  • Set up of very elaborate web sites
  • Produced at least 9 commercials and 4 other video broadcasts all in support of Prop 8
  • Conducted at least 2 satellite simulcasts over 5 Western states

These allegations are on top of the $22 million raised by Mormons in support of Prop 8, and according to Karger are in violation of the Political Reform Act.

While the LDS Church has not yet commented on the announcement, they have previously stated that they “fully complied with the reporting requirements of the California Political Reform Act” and that “any investigation would confirm the church’s full compliance with applicable law.”

Roman Porter, executive director of FPPC said today that an investigation doesn’t necessarily mean there was any wrongdoing, and asked everyone to “reserve judgement.”

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Jasmyne Cannick… Fox News favorite black lesbian?

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Jasmyne Cannick was on Fox News… again. How many times has she been on since Prop 8 passed? Has she appeared on any of the other networks? Doesn’t she realize she is being used? Fox News has never cared about civil rights or the black community, because it’s viewers don’t. Fox News is hardly a big tent network, and they are using her to drive a larger and more destructive wedge between gays and blacks. You know Fox News fans are eating it up. Here’s the clip.

And here is the LA Times Op Ed mentioned in the clip.

No-on-8’s white bias

The Factor, The View and Ellen’s ray of hope…

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The debate over Prop 8 and same-sex marriage continues. I’ve got three video clips and you should watch them in order. The first one may be a struggle to get through… but trust me it’ll be worth it in the end….

First Kirk “Growing Pains” Cameron on The Factor with Bill O’Reilly.

Boy, that was a little more than painful. Are you angry now? Now the ladies from The View…

As usual Whoopi is the voice of reason. Are you as frustrated as she is? And finally a much needed ray of hope…

That little girl is the future, and I hope we don’t have to wait until she’s 18 to experience it.