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The Three-Fifths Compromise



When Will The Media Treat The LGBTQ Community As Equal To Everyone Else?

In 1787, as our Constitution was being drafted, the Three-Fifths Compromise was reached, forcing slaves to be counted as three-fifths of a person.

Article 1 of the United States Constitution states,

“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.”

In other words, there were “free persons,” and slaves. To calculate the number of representatives each state would have, our Founding Fathers came up with a formula: one slave equaled three-fifths of a person, or, to put it an other way, when counting people, it took almost 17 slaves to equal ten free people.

That was America two centuries ago. Seems like, when it comes to coverage by the media, the LGBTQ community is still there today.

On September 12, just one month ago, 60,000 to 70,000 people showed up for a Tea Party rally, AKA, Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project. There was great distortion about the number of people in attendance, but FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver writes,

“ABC News, citing the DC fire department, reported that between 60,000 and 70,000 people had attended the tea party rally at the Capitol.”

This past Sunday, 150,000 to 200,000 people showed up for the National Equality March, an event designed to remind our government that LGBTQs are people too.

Evidently, the mainstream media disagrees.

Coverage of the 9/12 event was non-stop, across all mainstream media outlets. Cable and broadcast TV, newspapers, and online media all devoted what felt like 24/7 coverage to a group of people who took six months to organize 60,000 people to make it to D.C. People a lot older and probably, overall, a lot more financially secure than the largely under-thirty crowd that flocked to the National Equality March on Sunday.

Coverage of the National Equality March, despite the fact that there were three times as many people at this Sunday’s March as there were “Teapartiers,” went all but unnoticed by much of the media.

CNN and FOX News (who is accused of co-sponsoring the Tea Party Movement) provided around-the-clock coverage of the 9/12 event. But neither CNN nor FOX sent any reporters to cover the march. A far different strategy than they used for the far-smaller crowd of Teapartiers.

CNN and FOX, along with the rest of the MSM, devoted little time or coverage to the National Equality March, despite the fact that there was a far-greater cross-section of America present, despite the fact that there were three times as many people in attendance, despite the fact that even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid publicly supported the March, and despite the fact that the President spoke at the HRC Annual Dinner the night before.

(In fairness, C-SPAN and CNN covered the President’s speech at the HRC Dinner, and did provide a small amount of coverage of the March. But by comparison to the Teaparty rallies, not even close.)

Jon Stewart weighed in last night. The Raw Story writes,

“You didn’t even send your own camera crew?” Stewart exhorted. “You have a Washington bureau. Tell them to go the window and point the camera down. Gay people aren’t vampires. They show up on camera.”

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It bears noting, as author Alvin McEwen writes of those who attended the March,

They didn’t lie about attendance numbers,

They didn’t post any phony photographs,

These people who came to Washington yesterday was the true cross section of the country. They were mothers, fathers, and children who, while some may say that they had every reason to be rude and ugly (being denied your basic rights tends to bring the monster out in some people), came with reverence and respect.

So, Mainstream Media, my question to you is, how many gay folks does it take to equal one tea party protester?

Three? Five? Ten? At what point does quantity matter? At what point do you care more about civil rights than tax policy? At what point do you recognize the incredible inequity of our laws that are biased against an entire class of citizens? At what point do gays deserve equal treatment, under and by the law, and by the media?

At what point do gays stop being three-fifths of a person?

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Shadowy Right Wing Group One Step Closer to Overturning Arizona City’s New LGBTQ Civil Rights Protections



A group hiding behind a two-page website that lists no actual persons or physical address has submitted enough signatures to get a repeal of Mesa, Arizona’s new LGBTQ civil rights protections law onto the ballot for the November 2022 election.

According to news reports no one seems to know who founded United for Mesa, a Political Action Committee created days after the Mesa City Council passed the non-discrimination ordinance. The website lists an email address, phone number, and P.O. Box.

“Give the People a Voice,” the website urges, meaning they believe citizens should vote on civil rights, something studies show overwhelmingly ends with the majority voting to deprive the minority of equal rights. It also claims the “Mesa City Council just passed an ordinance WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF MESA RESIDENTS,” which is false. In a representative democracy, citizens elect leaders to make these very decisions for them.

Calling the group “below-the-radar, with no official leaders or posted public meetings,” the East Valley Tribune reported last month that “Unofficial leaders like Barbara R. Parker rallied like-minded troops via Facebook and other outlets.”

“Thank you to every petition signer and gatherer who helped save Mesa!” Parker posted Thursday night.

“Thank the Lord! I have never seen so many people working so hard to get signatures,” wrote Paula Smith in a comment to Parker’s post. “It’s been amazing! I’m so thankful everyone’s hard work paid off!”

“Thank you everyone for going the extra distance, so we may all have a voice in such an important decision,” added Charmon Puhlmann, a bus driver for Mesa Public Schools.

Political consultant George Khalaf’s firm, The Arizona Republic reports, “is leading the referendum effort against the ordinance,” but it does not mention what, if any, relationship he has with United for Mesa.

Last year the Arizona Capitol Times reported Khalaf was a political consultant to Republican state Representative Nancy Barto, in an article discussing an anti-transgender bill.

An email to United for Mesa did not receive a response by press time.




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‘It’s Not National God Day’: Pat Robertson’s Reporter Mocked for Attacking Biden’s National Day of Prayer Proclamation



David Brody, a political analyst for Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), is getting criticized for attacking President Joe Biden’s National Day of Prayer Proclamation. Brody, a Trump acolyte, slammed the proclamation because it doesn’t include the word “God.”

President Biden’s proclamation clearly was written to be as inclusive as possible, something he has strived to achieve with nearly everything he does.

“Throughout our history, Americans of many religions and belief systems have turned to prayer for strength, hope, and guidance,” Biden a devout Catholic, says in the document. “Prayer has nourished countless souls and powered moral movements — including essential fights against racial injustice, child labor, and infringement on the rights of disabled Americans. Prayer is also a daily practice for many, whether it is to ask for help or strength, or to give thanks over blessings bestowed.”

He goes on to talk about the First Amendment protecting “the rights of free speech and religious liberty, including the right of all Americans to pray.”

But that wasn’t good enough for Brody, a far right wing Christian, who appeared to believe that the proclamation should honor only Christians.

Former Trump personal attorney Jenna Ellis chimed in, replying to Brody with this slur:

On social media Brody was blasted.


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George Conway Muses if Giuliani Was Dropped ‘On His Head’ and Warns He’s ‘Going to Go Through Some Things’



Conservative attorney George Conway is warning former Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani he may be “going to go through some things.”

“The quoted words,” he explains in a just-published Washington Post op-ed, “come from the former president’s supposedly ‘perfect’ phone call with Ukraine’s president, and described what could happen to the American ambassador there, Marie L. Yovanovitch.”

Those “things” Giuliani may go through include “possibly being charged with a crime.”

Giuliani’s home and office were raided by the feds last week, and Conway says “the investigation marks yet another step in Giuliani’s unimaginable fall from grace. The once-respected former federal prosecutor, New York mayor (‘America’s mayor’!), presidential candidate and possible Cabinet pick, stands reduced to a laughingstock: shirt-tucking star of the ‘Borat’ sequel, headliner for a news conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, and now defendant in a $1.3 billion defamation suit for having claimed that the long-dead Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez founded a voting software company that helped steal the presidency from Trump.”

He also calls Giuliani a peddler of “nutso election-fraud claims,” and says he “had firmly established himself as one of the world’s worst lawyers. He’s the bumbler who blurted out on national TV that his client, Individual-1, had reimbursed a $130,000 payment made to a porn star, a transaction that triggered a sprawling and ongoing New York grand jury investigation into Trump’s overall business affairs.”

“All this boggles the mind of anyone who has followed Giuliani’s lengthy career. It’s as though someone dropped him on his head.”

Conway offers some free advice to Giuliani and Trump:

“If Giuliani has anything to offer prosecutors to save himself, it would have to be Trump, the only bigger fish left. And it was arguably criminal for the then-president to have used his official powers to try to coerce foreign officials into aiding his reelection campaign. In fact, Giuliani’s admission that he wasn’t conducting foreign policy, but merely helping Trump personally, is exactly what would make the scheme prosecutable. The former guy just might want to rethink stiffing Giuliani on those bills.”

Read the entire op-ed here.


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