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The New York Times reports that David Wildstein, Chris Christie's high-school buddy and political appointee, is scheduled to plead guilty to ordering the closing of three lanes on to the George Washington Bridge in September, 2013.  Ostensibly for a "traffic study" (that lasted 3 days), it and caused a major traffic tie-up in the city of Fort Lee.  It has been widely assumed that the lane-closing was payback by Christie for the city's mayor's not endorsing Governor Christie's reelection bid.  This plea comes 16 months into the investigation.

The U.S. attorney for New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman, said he would hold a news conference at 1 p.m., EDT.

Can Christie's anemic presidential bid become even less probable?

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Mon Jan 05, 2015 at 05:46 PM PST

Petition for Leelah Alcorn

by john07801

There have been a number of tributes following the horrific suicide of transgender teen, Leelah Alcorn.

Today on The NewsHour, it was reported that Leelah's parents pulled her out of school to attend a special "christian" conversion school.  In an interview with Leelah's mother, the emotionally-stunted, synonymically-challenged woman stated concurrently that she loved "Josh" unconditionally but would never tolerate "his" sexual identity due to her "faith." My heart aches for Leelah and those who face the same dilemma over gender.  I can't imagine a bigger personal battle.

Now there is a petition seeking a federal law banning such bronze-age, snake-oil fueled religious bullshit.  Please sign, like, share, tweet and yell from the rooftops: this nonsense has to stop!  Nut-case religious types have no right to torture our children.

Here's the article.  Just click on "garnered" in the first paragraph to reach the petition.

Thank you.

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Yelp has played fast and loose since its inception.  They've allowed an ungoverned, unanswering, anonymous group of vigilantes to trash commercial entities and retail businesses without accountability.  Many businesses have suffered with no ability to confront unfair reviews or receive proper remediation from Yelp.  Rumors have been rampant that problems "go away" with the purchase of advertising on the site.

Today's ruling in a Virginia's Appeals Court (2-1) may have changed the game.

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Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 06:44 PM PDT

Stolen, outright

by john07801

I saw this comment in the San Francisco Chronicle this morning and loved it.  I went to work, came home and loved it more.  Some great points are made here and I wish I could take some credit.  The least I can do is share it.  This was stolen from "boozer, [posted at] 8:57 AM on October 1, 2013":

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Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 05:04 AM PDT

I Outed My Gay Son (redux)

by john07801

I wrote this in 2011 when I was celebrating the successes of my adopted Mexican son.  He continues to grow and flourish and succeed much to his father's great pride and enjoyment.  And I thought I’d republish it in the spirit of Fathers’ Day.  

I moved to Mexico a dozen years ago and immediately placed an ad seeking a bilingual roommate.  I knew little about Guadalajara and understood even less about Mexican culture and the Spanish language.  The ad also said “gay” because the country is very religious and I didn’t want my identity to seem like a secret or become a surprise.

Javier, 20, answered the ad and we met and talked.  He was so innocent and so nervous, I liked him immediately and our “interview” lasted most of the afternoon.  The following day, he expressed his interest in becoming friends as well as roommates.  I helped him move from his aunts’ home and we quickly became camaradas.

My first questions of him, of course, were about the ambient gay of Guadalajara.  Which were his favorite bars?  Did he have a lot of gay friends?  Was he dating someone special?  No, actually, I was the only person who knew he was gay.  He’d never been to a gay bar or on a date and had never talked with anyone about his sexuality.  Nada.  

I was stunned.

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Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:42 PM PST

Just Because He's Black

by john07801

I received this e-mail from a trusted friend (former state Supreme Court executive) and unsuccessfully tried to identify the author.  No matter.  It really stands on its own for its sentiment.  I found it powerful and simplistic.  Often things need nothing more.  (NB - I tweaked the punctuation.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Caine Monroy is a 9-year old whose father owns a junk yard/used auto parts store in East Los Angeles.  Last summer, Caine constructed a "cardboard arcade" in his father's store.  He worked diligently each day but had no customers.  One day, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick walked in looking for a part for his aging car.

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Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 05:00 PM PDT

LGBT Kos: I Outed my Gay Son

by john07801

Well, sorta…

I moved to Mexico a dozen years ago and immediately placed an online ad seeking a bilingual roommate.  I knew little about local Mexican culture, equally little about the city of Guadalajara and my Spanish was rudimentary at best.  The ad said “gay” because the country is very religious and I didn’t want my identity to seem like a secret…or become a surprise.  

Javier, 22, answered the ad and we met and talked.  He was so innocent and so nervous, I liked him immediately.  The day after our meeting, he expressed his desire that we be friends as well as roommates.  I helped him move from his aunt’s home and we quickly became fast friends.

My first questions of him were about the gay lifestyle of Guadalajara and his friends.  Which were his favorite bars?  Was he dating?  Did he have a boyfriend?  No, actually, I was the only person who knew he was gay.  He’d never been to a gay bar, never had a date, never talked with anyone about being gay.  Nada.  I was stunned!

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Thu Dec 02, 2010 at 04:54 PM PST

$15 for your favorite school

by john07801

Call the diary police.  I'm about to commit a less-than-3-substantive-paragraphs diary infraction.

But I can't find anywhere else to post this and a deadline looms for a worthy cause...

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Fri Mar 12, 2010 at 11:57 AM PST

Bait and Switch

by john07801

Anyone who thought Republicans were going to go quietly in the face of reconciliation really hasn’t been paying attention to the national political debate.  And that’s none of us, right?  But now there’s a new angle brought forward by "newly-bi-partisan" Senator Lindsay "Huckleberry" Graham working with Senator Charles Shumer.

Senators give Obama a Bipartisan Plan on Immigration

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Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 11:09 PM PDT

Eighty Grand

by john07801

Little did I think this would be a diary but it’s just so ludicrous, so far beyond comprehension, I just have to post it.

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Sun Jun 14, 2009 at 07:22 AM PDT

Dead Man Talking

by john07801

This article caught my eye this morning and reminded me of what was semi-headline news only a decade ago.  Although I don't think former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is a real threat, I know the shallow-in-thought Republican voter is easy to trick and loves the negativism and personal attacks which come so easily to Newt.  Marc Cooper has a quick synopsis in today's Los Angeles Times.  You may have chosen to forget or may be new to the Progressive movement, but a little refresher wouldn't hurt.

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