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Unfounded comments and bill harmful to LGBT equality Denton, TX --- Stonewall Democrats of Denton County denounced the recent actions of Representative Michael Burgess (R) in regards to President Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings.
“Congressman Burgess has again taken the opportunity to distort the truth in a manner unbecoming an elected official,” said SDDC President John McClelland. “After the accusations made against Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings were proven inaccurate several months ago, Dr. Burgess is again wasting time and taxpayer dollars by accusing Mr. Jennings of inappropriate relations and associating him with organizations he has no part of.”
Rep. Burgess sent a letter dated December 9 to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, accusing Mr. Jennings of promoting sexual relationships between school aged children and adults. He was one of 53 House Republicans who sent a similar letter October 15. Rep. Burgess also sent the recent letter and other statements via the taxpayer funded House email system to subscribers of his newsletter. Rep. Burgess has even gone so far as to introduce H.Res.966 on December 11, which has been referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor, to fire Mr. Jennings.
“Kevin Jennings is a former leader of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. GLSEN is an advocate of helping every member of the school system, be they children, teachers, parents; gay, lesbian, or straight to promote a positive sense of self. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning children and those perceived to be gay, even if they are not, are bullied and harassed in our public school system. Some have even been murdered or committed suicide. This is something we are against and are glad GLSEN is taking action to solve the problem,” said McClelland. “We hope Congressman Burgess can use his time more wisely to solve our ongoing health care crisis, promote cleaner sources of energy, and help with unemployment here in Congressional District 26. If he would like to have an informed discussion on promoting equality in schools, the workplace, and law in general, he is welcome to sit down with us at Stonewall Democrats of Denton County. Our door is always open to discuss tolerance and understanding.”
Stonewall Democrats of Denton County is a grassroots organization committed to the election of LGBT friendly candidates and a leader in progressive equality issues. It is part of a network of 10 chapters in Texas and more than 90 nationwide.
Front-paged by WhosPlayin. Eight more years and 34,000 troops the Huffington post reported today on President Obama’s Afghanistan Decision. For the last year, our president has been talking about an exit strategy from Afghanistan.
One of America's top strategic interests must be to get Iran to behave less like a gang of revolutionary fanatics and more like a traditional nation-state. The President of Iran and the Mullahs must be shown that a stable neighborhood in the Middle East is good for Iran.
We don’t want to kill you. You are our parents and grandparents and we love you. But if you throw a cranky fit and keep us from having decent, affordable health care, you can figure out how to work your own goddamn PCs, cable boxes and remote controls from now on.
And it wouldn’t hurt if you would stop being so bigoted and freaked out about having a black president too. We understand that this would have been impossible in your day, but it’s a long way from being a communist, or an Al Qaeda sleeper agent or Hitler. It’s embarrassing and this kind of stuff is why we don’t bring the grandkids around more. They miss you and we would all like it if you were a bigger part of their lives, but we don’t want them to grow up thinking this way.
by Anne Pritchett - Lee's Summit, MO My pictures from the Coffee with Cleaver this am. Cleaver is the congressman for MO's 5th district. He does this coffee once a month and today the teabag lunatics were there. In large numbers.
My camera battery died so I didn't get as many pictures as I hoped.
walked around and talked to the lunatics. My favorite was the old lady who had a sign condemning govt health care. I asked most of them if they were planning to refuse Medicare or if they were old, I said oh then I assume you have refused to sign up for Medicare. Only one guy said yes. One. The old lady didn't answer.
One man told us he paid $6000 a month for health insurance. I said wow what kind of health history do you have that you have to pay that much. He finally admitted he owned his own business and he was paying for 10 employees. So I asked him if he didn't believe that $600 was a bit steep for an insurance policy for one person. And did he not realize the govt plan wouldn't be nearly that expensive. He asked how do you know and I said well that's the point, that's why the system is being reformed. (DUH!)
A girl went off on the Pence Amendment which she claims gives money to Planned Parenthood for abortions. We tried to tell her this was not true but she was in la la lunatic land. She finally said well if you don't have sex unless you want to have a baby then you don't need birth control. A lady said "Well that might work out fine for you but not for me" and we all laughed. The girl walked away pouting.
Lots of racism. We called them on it. One guy was talking to me and an African American woman and he told us about a conversation he had just had with a young African American girl. I asked what difference does it make that she was African American. (Cause that had nothing to do with his story) He got frustrated and the African American woman said "Answer her question. Why did you have to mention her race?" The man threw his hands up in the air and walked away.
A young girl was holding up one of those Obama as the Joker signs. I told her it was racist. She said no it's not and an African American woman turned around and said "Yes that is a VERY racist picture" So the girl held the sign up higher.
Our nation is now engaged in a great debate about the future of health care in America. And over the past few weeks, much of the media attention has been focused on the loudest voices. What we haven’t heard are the voices of the millions upon millions of Americans who quietly struggle every day with a system that often works better for the health-insurance companies than it does for them.
(Ed. Note: The following post is by neighbor and longtime Lewisville resident Kathy Aljoe, who is a volunteer for the American Association of Retired People.)
As the national conversation on health care reform reaches a tipping point, AARP volunteers in Lewisville are asking to have a conversation with Congressman Michael Burgess and his staff about the need for Congress to pass legislation to reform our health care system this year.
The national debate on health care reform has reached the moment of truth. Unemployment continues to rise, and skyrocketing medical costs are squeezing individuals, families, businesses, government and the nation as a whole. The nation’s broken health care system has finally reached the top of the nation’s agenda, and it’s time to tackle the problem.
In a recent TeleTown-hall meeting, Representative Burgess said that he prefers a consumer directed health plan, where employees contribute a small amount from each paycheck to be used when medical expenses arise. Consumers currently have this option; it’s called a medical savings account. The real problem is that many Americans can’t afford to set aside additional money for health care when they are already grappling with sky high premiums and deductibles.