Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The Undeciders: As curious as it may seem, apparently there is a still, yes still about 6% of the electorate that's "undecided" about who they believe should be the next Commander and Chief. Now, I know that I'm a very meticulous, often over studious, looking it from all angles guy, but it didn't take me that long to make a decision. According to CNN's Dr. Gupta, it's all about those synapses firing in those all important cranial lobes called the brain. He's analyzed that some individuals are still "data gathering" and when it comes to making the decision they some how go into a "tipping" mode which doesn't allow them to make a decision. Yet , the good doc stated that this doesn't make them indecisive but rather overly cautious with their choices. Whew! Just to think that every vote counts! O.K. undeciders let's get cracking and get decided for change. Get to the polls and VOTE! Need a little prodding, here's a link for your consideration: https://donate.barackobama.com/keepfighting
GAY Rock in the City: I surfed on over to Gayintherock.com to catch up on the competition, since there public roll out a few months back. The site itself has been well designed and seemed user friendly, even though my registered Password/User name that was taken during that event still doesn't work. I guess with all the new gizmo's they added perhaps a re-register may be in order. Nevertheless, despite a few conversations with site manager Keith, I'm still a bit bemused by exactly what direction or what's going on over there. It's promoted as a "connect, share, participate," thingy that has lots of canned news bits, most likely cut & pasted as content. I suspect that some of that "connect" business has overtones of "people needing people," for at least a the night anyway. I've been amazed at the level of the many of you whom tell me that you are getting busy with "KKF's."For those not in the know, they are known as, "Knock Knock Fucks". Wow, the only person knocking at my door is the FEDX guy with my latest purchase. Then, there's the video section featuring Johnny Mc govern as the Gay Pimp, screeching his song," Soccer Practice" complete with boys in jock straps and such. It's suppose to be "so funny" but I really wasn't that amused. Overall, I'm glad to know that other community citizens are bringing their unique talents to the web for the GLBTQ community and beyond. It's a tough gig because it takes all you got to keep going. Believe me, I do it daily.
Stonewall Wine Funder: I wanted to remind all readers about the Stonewall Democratic Caucus of Arkansas' Fall Wine Tasting taking place October 30, 2008 6pm - 8pm at 2200 South Broadway in Little Rock A $25 donation can be given at the door. The featured guest will be Robbie Thomas-Knight, PhD. Ms. Knight has been a strong equal rights supporter in the state and instrumental in the fight against ACT 1. According to the e-blurb, this event is a funder for ACT 1 and a "portion" of the donation goes toward this effort. However, as with so many of our local fundraising activities. It's not clear as to how much or what percentage of that portion will be so designated. After all usually when these fundraising soirees or events take place their seems to be some fuzzy "transparency" about what was raised and how was it disbursed. O.K. let me stop making fiscal sense and encourage you to attend. Also don't forget to cast your vote against ACT 1.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Research has shown that the impact of heterosexism, homophobia, prejudice and discrimination experienced by the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, as well as those questioning their sexuality, is reflected in a higher than average incidence of drug addiction, alcoholism, mental health issues and even suicide. These disruptions in personal growth make it extremely difficult to sustain healthy relationships and preserve one's self esteem.
As with any addiction, shame has been identified as a major component in the progression of gay or lesbian drug addiction. The population mentioned above, generally carry a great deal of shame. You are born into heterosexual families who expect you to grow up to be heterosexuals. When you realize you are not fitting into the heterosexual norm, you feel ashamed. That is what is referred to as shame due to heterosexism. It is nothing you caused to happen, but you feel ashamed none-the-less. In a gay and lesbian drug rehab, shame is defined as being blamed for something over which you have no control. In an effort to deal with the feelings associated with shame, you might turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, eating, or spending.
Other issues common to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community that a gay and lesbian drug rehab acts to help you work on might be:
Acceptance by family and friends
Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues
Establishment of a social network supportive of recovery
Alleviation of risk taking behaviors
As mentioned earlier, many in the GLBT community have used drugs or alcohol to cope with feelings. As such, many are led into the world of drug addiction and alcoholism. The vast majority of people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol find themselves in need of treatment in a gay or lesbian drug rehab.
If you require assistance in locating a gay or lesbian drug rehab program, call Recovery Connection® now at 1-800-99-DETOX.
Monday, October 27, 2008
A Early Votin we Go: It's a done deal. I did my civic duty by going to the polls to early vote. If you haven't then what are you waiting for? Was the line long? Not as long as it was earlier on 10.09.08, but I wasn't detered by this minor invconveinence, esepcially in leiu of the significance of this years excercise. For me personally, this entire political cycle has taken me to a new level of involvement. First I attempted to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention after a ebbing and flowing through that ill fated process. Yet, I learned much, realizing that more grass root "politicking" and getting a head start is paramount. I have not regrets for taking that step. Secondly, I offered myself volunteer work for Team O, although my schedule hasn't always been accomodating. Another first for me was, putting my small financial contributions in play toward candidates or issues I deemed important. I've always known that Benjamin Power is the ultimate power of the electorate and this year it's been ever more evident. And finally, this forum has allowed me a chance to opine my observations and inquires across the board. When the election process began some 11 months ago, some readers asked if I would be covering aspects of it. To date, I believe that I've made every attempt to offer a variety of angles and viewpoints. In all fairness, the ballot is not just a two party mash up, there are other national political parties that exisit with candidates in this hunt. In this wanning days of the campaign 08, I plan to offer info on those individuals as well. Until then, it's onward, upward and God Bless America!
Ballot INFO: I'm encouraging you to please invite your family and friends for an important discussion that should assist you in understanding how to cast your ballot concerning Act 1. This measure has been denounced by Gov. Beebe and a host of other professionals whom believe that this initiative is unnecessary and regressive. If you can, catch this "teachable moment!"
Community Forum on Arkansas Adoption/Foster Care Initiated Act 1
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 6:30pm
800 Scott St., Little Rock, AR
Inside First Presbyterian Church
Learn more about the Arkansas Adoption/Foster Care Act ( Initiated Act 1) which would ban all unmarried, cohabiting adults from being able to legally adopt or become foster parents.
A screening of a documentary film from the ACLU's "Freedom Files" series featuring an Arkansas family will be shown.
The evening's discussion will also feature speakers from the Center for Artistic Revolution's (CAR) "ALL Families Matter" project.
For more information:
501-244-9690 or 501-258-3186
Friday, October 24, 2008
Easy Over: A few post back I mentioned that the tentacles of the NK empire was allegedly engulfing the piano spot, Easy Street. I've still not got the official word, but sources have informed me that the deal will seal around November 1. However, it's still undetermined as to exactly what the format will be. Will it still be a piano bar or another drag haven? No matter what the format, you can bet that it will be fully stocked with your choice of libations and perhaps some type of cover charge for the experience. Also from the mouths of those who hover in those circles came another interesting tidbit. Allegedly those busy tentacle's also are reaching around the corner to a former restaurant site (Timmon's) where it's speculated that a "martini bar" concept is to be concocted. Is there more? Sure it is...stay tuned.
Easy Out: Speaking of Easy Street, apparently it's house maestro Michael Henderson is talking big talk about a yet another business venture purportedly in the vacated Starving Artist space. The "big idea" is a restaurant concept of some sort. Maybe a singing waiter thingy, where Mr. Henderson & theatre friends would come out belting Broadway numbers before the entree! Now really Mr. H.! Are there any other unsuspecting investors left in the city to actually invest their hard earned cash in yet another sketchy ponzi business outing? Yes my friends tongues are starting to wag about the dicey investing many did in Easy Street. So far those involved have been singing sour notes all around town. Items such as premise and piano leases, unsettled air condition units, unpaid cash dividends and possibly more. After all, a close friend of MH's and a contributor to one of those SOS (Save our Shit!) fundraisers told me flatly in his defense that, "he's a good person, perhaps just not a good business person ..." Well alrighty then. This appears to be ringing true since it's reported that allegedly earlier this week some recent NFS (No Funds Sufficient) checks temporarily landed MH in the pokey. But supposedly he was able to skip it possibly due to jail overcrowding. Any body ready to do business?....
Volunteers Wanted! CAR's ALL Families Matter Project is seeking more volunteers ASAP to help finish the community education around Initiated Act 1. We've had a lot of great folks working on this and we need another good push to finish these next few days.There are spots available on the visibility teams or on the flier teams handing out post cards. Let us hear from you! email@example.com
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Fundraising A-Go-Go: The Arkansas Aids Foundation Thanksgiving Show, 11.9.08, will feature Stephanie Richards, Miss Gay Arkansas America 2008 and AFF board member, Brian Cook as "Cherity." The show is being billed as "Showstoppers," and all entertainers are welcomed to help raise funds for the organizations Annual Client Holiday Banquet. It's happening at BackStreet, 1021 Jessie Rd. Little Rock, AR. (501)562-4466. As a news hound, my interest was piqued by this news byte. I'm always struck that these efforts rely on "shows" as there jump start income source, instead demonstrating foresight, creativity and resourcefulness by canvassing other money touchstones. What exactly do I mean you ask? Thanks for asking. Despite some corporate recoil in giving, there are still many corporate citizens that are willing to make significant donations toward events of this type. Especially, as I've preached to deaf ears before, that with the event packaged professionally and presented in detail is a no brains winner. No credible donor is going to donate too some thrown together concept gussied as an attempt to help it's stakeholders. Furthermore, get this, I surfed over to that fancy new AAF website and found no info on this event. Excuse me? I realize that I'm the only daily updating GLBTQ source, but this appeal should certainly be "front and center" on their own mouth piece don't ya think? O.K. here's my closing two cents. Where's the plan, Stan? If you need food, have you contacted perhaps Tysons, US Foods, Kroger or local GLBTQ restaurateurs? Need a venue? How about asking one of the Mega Churches for use of their Fellowship Hall or a low cost City owned community center? Want it more upscale, perhaps a "Gold circle" of supporters from your own Board of Directors could be handy. In case you didn't know, this is a vital and essential function of Board members. Get those folks busy, now! Certainly men in dresses are formidable fundraisers, but men in suits could take it to the next level. Get out of the box people!
Crowns Revisited: I must further congratulate Miss. S. Richards (a.ka. Todd S.) on his representing the state in the MGA contest in the STL. I've learned that Richards was a Top 20 contender as well as winner of his "solo talent" category. Hat's off to you guy and best wishes on your reign in the royalty seat. As the year come to a close, don't forget that pageant season will be ready to roll again in early 2009. Will it be the usual suspects or a new crop of contenders, stay tuned?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Obama Cash Deluge: I'm just wondering and perhaps so are you," just how much damn money does it take to do this campaign thing?" This week the O campaign treasure trove runeth over again with another 150 million dollar month. Then, after this announcement, I get a e-blast from the O mother ship stating that they were in need of a donation from "me as a valued volunteer" of at least $5 or more. Say what? Has the campaign already burned through that 150 Mil from September. I know that it' expensive to buy TV ads and such, but I haven't' even been able to get a free yard sign, button, or an autographed picture. I guess I haven't racked up enough volunteer value points to get anything but those "3" skimpy Obama stickers torn from a roll. Whew, if we are in an economic downturn, how does the campaign add over 600,000 new donors with extra dollars to toss onto the heap. According to Team O, the average donor is giving at least $80. Boy oh boy, will my $5.00 dollars really matter when I could go to the O Store and get one of those $25.00 T-shirts or other paraphernalia. However, I've learned that the turn around time on getting any merchandise has been sorta lengthy. But according to
David Plouffe, national OFA campaign manager, "we can't slow down...it's not to late to own a piece of the campaign." Oh well, I could just buy a yard sign too. But something that really caught my eye in this cash dash, was the report that the "O" Machine will be charging the media for access to their outdoor election night campaign compound in downtown Chicago. Talk about pay to play with the big boys. If they want to be where the action is really hot, they will have to fork over from $800 to $935 big ones to get a foot in the door. It seems that those planners for this cash shake down, said that it was to cover expenses. I guess the cost of standing around waiting for some one to comment on something is really expensive in Chicago.
In downtown Little Rock, early voting will take place at the Pulaski County Regional Building Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to4 p.m. The last day for early voting at this site will be on Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At other locations around the county, polls will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last day for early voting at these other sites will be Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The other sites include: Little Rock Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 S. Chester St.
Dee Brown Library, 6325 Base Line Road.
Roosevelt Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle.
McMath Library, 2100 John Barrow Road.
North Little Rock William F. Laman Library, 2801 Orange St.
Jacksonville Jacksonville City Hall, #1 Industrial Drive Maumelle Jess Odom Community Center, 1100 Edgewood Dr.
Sherwood Jack Evans Senior Citizen Center, 2301 Thornhill Dr.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Application Deadline: Saturday, October 25th, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Candidate Info, Please: Do you need to know more about your candidate, if you've haven't already heard. You can get more at www.ARElections.org Don't believe the hype, get educated on where they stand on the issues.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Breaking the Piggy Bank: It's a done deal or is it? The House of Representatives voted to let those Wall Street knuckle heads and other so called Master Whizzes of the Universe at the trough with that Economic Bail Out mash up. But hold the presses, this quagmire which started as a one page read but ballooned to a 300 plus page behmonth, which I doubt any of them even read, ended up a sorta quasi-gift that keeps on giving. Ladies and Gentlemen, the price tag so far is 810 billion smackers which is fueling a federal deficit that's well on it's way to topping the Trillion dollar mark. Not counting the recent additional 37 Billion or so given to AIG whom decided that the 85 Billion sent wasn't quite enough, all the while retreating at a posh spa on the Tax payer doll. The tab for that excursion only $420,000.00 dollars skimmed from the bailout cash out is just jaw dropping. Excuse me, wizards, I've attended business meetings over coffee and doughnuts in a donated room, at the public library, and department store community rooms. For goodness sake, what the hell is this all about. Where's the comprehensive Business Plan for this bailout mess? Isn't that what you're suppose to have on hand when charting your future? Does anyone know exactly what we are paying for, how much is it really and who's minding the store? Is anyone getting fired up?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
In lieu of Hillary Clinton's visit to the state on 10.10.08, the DPA is asking citizens to empower 10 means to help support the candidate. In the video that was posted, you can hear various individuals stating what ten things they will do for the campaign. I thought to myself, interesting concept and what could I do to get on board. So, here's what me and my LTC will take on.
1. We plan to do 10 blog post about the campaign.
2. We will encourage my readers to donate Ten dollars.
3. We will offer to do Ten deliveries of campaign materials.
4. We will outreach to Ten people via e-mail or phone call.
5. We will take our dog on an Ten lap Walk for Obama.
6. We will pray Ten minutes a day for the campaign.
7. We will persuade Ten people to Early vote starting Oct. 20!
8 We will update our selves on Ten Obama position papers.
9. We will talk to Ten uncommitted voters for Obama.
10. We will spend at least Ten minutes a day until Nov. 4th on everything Obama!
Last week, members of the Arkansas Families First coalition spoke out at a DHS hearing in Little Rock. The hearing, at which AFF supporters outnumbered the opposition 10:1, was held to solicit public commentary on whether or not DHS should allow unmarried couples to foster children. Arkansas Families First supporters spoke passionately about the need to make decisions on a case-by-case basis.
Please watch the video now. Then, click to forward it to your friends and family.
If Initiated Act 1 were to pass, it would ban unmarried couples from both fostering and adopting children! It would ban private adoptions by unmarried couples as well as public adoptions. It would ban adoptions by family members who were living with an unmarried partner. So many speakers, including representatives from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas Psychological Association, and Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said the exact same thing: children in Arkansas need more homes, not fewer homes.
Watch it now and then spread the message:
Please forward this email to your friends and family -- everyone in Arkansas needs to know about the threat Act 1 poses to Arkansas children!
Thursday, October 09, 2008
LRCP Set Sails: The Little Rock Capitol Pride committee has set forth on it's mission to raise funds for PRIDE 2009. Last Friday (10.3.08) at UBU, a combination voter registration drive courtesy of CAR and show will be featuring local talent served as their opening salvo to the community for support. Unfortunately, from my observations as well as my past attendance at the support was marginal at best. What happened you're wondering? Well, perhaps the lack of advance advertising and promotion ya think? Even though I got an e-blast, it was of a late nature. No word of mouth or local buzz, except among those die heart entertainers in search of an audience also could have played a part in the low turn out. Once again, as I've said before, these events just don't happen, they must be planned, organized and advertised vigorously for them to work. In the past, I've been criticized about my "frankness" about why this organization and others creep toward their goals usually coming up short of the goal post. So there, I've said it again. Events are not based on presumptions, but rather produced for success.
AIDS in the MID-South: I was pleasantly surprised to get a phone call from Cathy Patterson of IPAC concerning posting info about meetings and seminars happening in the Memphis area, that could serve as a support track for individuals in Northeast Arkansas. This type of outreach keeps me at the keyboard and fulfills our mission to inform and empower. Do we need a town hall meeting in Little Rock? Let's hear your comments.
Local organizations, international medical group to host
Memphis town hall meeting on new/emerging HIV treatments
A consortium of local AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) will co-host a town hall meeting next week to discuss new and emerging HIV treatments. The town hall meeting will take place from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Thursday, October 9, 2008, at the Saint Andrew AME Church’s Community Life Center (1472 Mississippi Blvd., Memphis). The evening’s featured speaker will be John M. Norwood, MD, of the University of Tennessee.
HIV-positive patients are encouraged to attend the town hall meeting, which is meant to offer insights into expanded treatment options, including recently approved antiretroviral drugs, as well as some currently in the pharmaceutical development pipeline.
The town hall meeting will be co-hosted by IAPAC and the following local ASOs: Friends for Life, Corp., Planned Parenthood, Greater Memphis Region, Mid-South Coalition on HIV/AIDS, New Directions, Inc., Girls, Inc., Project Hope, Southern AIDS Coalition, South Memphis Alliance, and Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
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The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) is a non-profit medical association representing more than 12,000 members in 103 countries. Its mission is to advance advocacy, educational, and technical assistance activities that improve the quality of care provided to men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS. For more info go to their website: http://www.iapac.org/ or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Hillary Clinton will return to Little Rock this month to campaign for Sen. Barack Obama.
"Senator Clinton is returning to Arkansas, and I could not be more pleased," said Democratic Party of Arkansas Chairman David Pryor. "Arkansas Democrats are always excited to see Hillary. We're going to have a great time as we encourage Arkansans to vote for Senator Obama."
Senator Clinton will be joined by Gov. Mike Beebe, DPA Chairman David Pryor, and many other elected officials and Democratic leaders, for a get out the vote rally in Little Rock on Friday, Oct. 10, around 5 p.m. on the steps of the State Capitol. The Stonewall Democracts are looking for people to stand behind their banner. All you have to do is just show up and get on board. If you want to really show your support, they campaign is asking 10,000 Arkansans to donate $10 on or before 10/10 to help elect Barack Obama President of the United States. According to a party e-blast they state that this is the critical last month of the campaign. Your donation, and those raised by Hillary, will help bring the change we need. If you've got it to spare you can use this link to show your support. No donation using this link are directly connected to COP:24/7. donate $10 or more here.
Noises Off- Top of the Ticket: Alright, they debated, again. Those two dudes at the top of the tickets named Obama & McCain. What did we learn this time? Well let's see. Apparently at this posting Senator McCain is in a "scorched earth mode tactic. Obviously, his many years of experience on the Washington scene has taught him that when the candidate is down. Go for the jugular and spew anything that you think that the public can bear to hear. There's no doubt that McCain is knowledgeable, experienced and passionate about his views. But his performance last evening demonstrated I would prefer to take my chances with the Bouncing O as well as comfortable with Senator Biden "a heartbeat away from the Presidency." As the town hall meeting proceeded, as usual I stayed open minded. I wanted to give each candidate another chance to spell it out for the American people. Even though several times during this battle of the titans, I just wanted the facts, just the facts about how, why, who and when will this nation take a corrective actions on this rocky path. Hey guys, I'm not interested in character assaults, mealy mouth phoo phoo, "Kubuki political Theatre or any of that other shigity that doesn't mean a hill of beans. I realize that as politicians neither of you are going to "keep it real" and tell us that not only should we stop with the earmarks, but reckless spending, wrongheaded policies, useless blue ribbon panels and those sound bites that are suppose to be comforting. What's really needed is just the facts. The fact that we are all in this together, each playing our part whether consciously or not. It's no secret that we are nation of consumers, not savers. Our mantra is we want it now at any price, at any cost not matter what the outcomes or who will eventually have to pay. Many have played by the rules, but overall it seems to me that we don't really want to know the truth, just the what we can stand through a filter and rose colored glasses for affect. However, when it's all said it and done, we do need a whipping boy, someone to blame and then we quietly go back to tending to our everyday lives until the next crisis rears it head. Aw shucks, let's just get on with it. Early voting starts in Arkansas, October 20. We will post links for your consideration.