Women’s History #3

Ever hear about Mary Edwards Walker?

Of course you have not for teaching about a tireless worker for women’s rights might turn your daughters gay.

It is a Friday so let us learn something.

Back in the days when women had very few rights Walker was an up and coming leader….

Let’s go to the year 1873….

January 1873, hundreds of women convened at the National Hotel in Washington, D.C. It was the fifth convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association and a 44-year-old Susan B. Anthony had taken the floor. She spoke of unity, forming a national women’s newspaper, and the vote. But few people were paying attention to Anthony. Even suffragist leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton was distracted, verging on annoyed. Because there, just to the side of the podium, an imposing woman stood in pants and a slimming man’s coat, waiting. Her name was Mary Edwards Walker. The first female surgeon in the U.S. Army and a prisoner of war during the Civil War, Walker, who flouted the day’s rigid gender norms, was something of a celebrity. As more and more of the crowd noticed her, they began to murmur and whisper, “she’s here!” But still Walker stood, patiently waiting for Anthony to yield the floor. When Anthony finally did so, Walker launched into a scathing critique of the NWSA, and Stanton and Anthony with it. They had abandoned the cause of dress reform, she said, giving up the fight for women to renounce health-damaging corsets. Anthony and Stanton lacked courage, she said. At a later suffrage convention, Anthony and Stanton called the cops on Walker. After narrowly avoiding arrest, Walker shouted at the pair, “you are not working for the cause, but for yourselves!”

Following the January 1873 convention, Stanton forbid any mention of Walker in the event’s official summary. Stanton and other critics derided Walker as a “she-man” and a “ghoul.” Years later, when Stanton and Anthony wrote the History of Woman Suffrage, they erased Walker and her involvement almost entirely. “They deliberately sought to conceal the queerness of the suffrage movement,” writes historian Wendy Rouse of San José State University. Rouse, who has written a new book on the topic, Public Faces, Secret Lives: A Queer History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, uncovered many stories like Walker’s. From queer relationships known as Boston marriages to publishing radical newspapers about free love, the women’s suffrage movement was full of individuals “queering the norm,” as Rouse puts it—individuals history consciously deleted. Atlas Obscura spoke with Rouse about these queer suffragists, the female cavalries they led, and why so many of their stories have gone untold.


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First Gay In The White House

Dem candidate, Mayor Pete, is once again making news…this time it is about a published op-ed from a well known source…..

Despite apologizing for an “inappropriate and offensive” opinion piece on Pete Buttigieg, the New Republic has lost a sponsor. The League of Conservation Voters was to be one of the hosts of a New Republic forum on climate change in September with the publication. No more, CNN reports. The environmental group said Saturday that it will withdraw because the decision to run the article was “inconsistent with our values.” The article on the magazine’s website, by Dale Peck, mocked Buttigieg, a Democratic presidential candidate, for not coming out as gay until four years ago, and went downhill from there—speculating about his past and future sexuality.

By now the whole nation knows that Mayor Pete is a gay man and he is running for president…..if he were to win the election then he would be the first gay in the White House…..

Not the truest of statements……first there was James Buchanan our president before (1857-1861) the Civil War…….I wrote about this 5 years ago……https://lobotero.com/2014/04/04/will-us-ever-have-a-gay-president/

The WaPo also wrote about this historical piece……https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/pete-buttigieg-wouldnt-be-americas-first-gay-president/2019/03/26/0b7b1eb4-41de-11e9-922c-64d6b7840b82_story.html

What got me thinking was some more history I read about this time it was the wife of Grover Cleveland……https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/presidents/grover-cleveland/

The man is not the subject it is his wife Rose who was First Lady and a Lesbian…….

Pete Buttigieg thinks the US has already had its first gay president. Now researchers are pointing out a first lady who carried on a same-sex relationship—Grover Cleveland’s sister, Rose Cleveland. As it was typical for a female relative to fill the role of first lady for a bachelor president, Rose stepped in for 14 months beginning in 1885 until her brother married. Years later, during the winter of 1889-90, she met the love of her life, widow Evangeline Simpson, according to a new book of Rose’s love letters. Preserved after Simpson’s 1930 death, the letters tell of a romantic relationship spanning almost 30 years until Rose’s death in 1918, per the Washington Post. “My Eve! Ah, how I love you! It paralyzes me,” Rose wrote to Simpson, who was 10 years her junior, in April 1890. “I am bold to say this” but “you are mine, and I am yours,” she later added.

Book co-editor Lizzie Ehrenhalt notes Rose struggled to label what the two had, as “this was before there was a concept of sexual orientation.” But Ehrenhalt says she’s certain the relationship was sexual in nature; the Post quotes one letter that mentions “long rapturous embraces” that “carry us both in one to the summit of joy!” The couple bought property in Florida and lived together in Italy’s Bagni di Lucca, where they’re buried side by side. But their love was interrupted by Simpson’s 1896 marriage to Bishop Henry Whipple, who died in 1901; read the full article at the Post for more on the chill that followed the wedding. The book’s publication is timed with the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots—which occurred the same year that the Minnesota Historical Society opted to hide Rose’s letters for nearly a decade, per the New York Daily News

Now that brings us to the 2020 election and Mayor Pete…..and the question…is America ready for a gay president?

A decade ago I would have said that we were….but after a decade of vile rhetoric and some violence I am not so sure that we are ready….according the polls and CNN… we are NOT ready.

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that 70% of voters (including 86% of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic) say they are open to electing a gay president.
The same poll also discovered, however, that only 36% of voters (including 40% of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic) think the United States is ready to elect a gay president.
I would like the thoughts of my readers on this…..please feel free to comment.

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Bad Day At Black Rock

By now everyone has heard or read about the dastardly attack in Orlando’s night club…..

Sunday morning’s bloodbath at Pulse Orlando nightclub was far bloodier than police initially indicated, with the city mayor now confirming at least 50 casualties in what is now the worst mass shooting in American history, reports the AP. At least 53 people have been hospitalized. “There’s blood everywhere,” Mayor Buddy Dyer told a news conference. The gunman has been identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Fla., an American citizen born to Afghan parents, reports ABC News, which characterizes Mateen as “on the radar” of authorities, though not on a specific watchlist or subject of an investigation. “It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” Orlando’s police chief tells CNN, adding that Mateen had an assault weapon, handgun, and “some type of (other) device on him.” Florida Gov. Rick Scott is en route to the scene and says in a statement that “We will devote every resource available to assist with the shooting in Orlando.”

To tell you the truth I have more interested is seeing what the comments from those of slower mental processes over this bloody attack.

Let me explain…..first, this was committed by a person of “Arabic” descent and second it was an attack on a gay club….now those two factors will make for some outrageous accusations and comments…..

Already there has been one from an extreme anti-gay person……

Anti-gay Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick tweeted a Bible verse from Galatians 6:7 – “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” early on Sunday morning as news was breaking across the nation that dozens had been killed in an overnight massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Patrick has been an outspoken opponent of LGBT rights, telling Texas judges that they may refuse to marry same-sex couples, applauding the defeat of Houston’s LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance HERO, and defying President Obama’s direction to schools on transgender rights, among other things.

Texas should be proud that they elect such unfeeling SOBs….

Now I await the inevitable digs at Arabs over this attack…..keep in mind this is NOT a refugee he is an American citizen…just like the California attack of several months ago….

The MSM is speculating its ass off over this attack…..and as usual they bring forth the “profilers”….which in my opinion are nothing more than bullshit artists.

I am sure there is more to this attack than we are aware of as of today……I will keep an eye on the situation.

And while I was watching for updates….this came in……

An Indiana man armed with three assault rifles and chemicals used to make explosives was arrested in Southern California on Sunday and told police he wanted to do harm to a gay pride parade—an event that annually draws hundreds of thousands of people, authorities say. The early-morning arrest in Santa Monica of James Wesley Howell, 20, came just a few hours after at least 50 people were shot and killed in a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida, though authorities said they had found no evidence of a connection between the suspects, the AP reports. Residents called police to report suspicious behavior from Howell, who was parked facing the wrong way in a white sedan, police say. When officers arrived they apparently saw an assault rifle sitting in Howell’s passenger seat.

That prompted them to search the whole car. They found two more assault rifles, high capacity magazines and ammunition, and a five-gallon bucket with chemicals that could be used to make an explosive device, police say. Authorities would answer no further questions on Howell or his motives. The FBI has taken over the lead of the investigation from the local police. Heriberto Gomez, a lifelong resident who says he watches over the neighborhood, says he stepped outside at 3am Sunday and saw Howell’s white four-door Acura sedan in the street. Gomez says the man then ran across the street and hid in bushes and overhanging trees. It appeared the man was looking back at him. “I was looking at him for a minute, for a long minute,” Gomez says. “He didn’t want to come my way because he seen me standing right here.”

There are two things that will be certainties……one the media will have a feeding frenzy and two, somewhere this will be all Obama’s fault.

Will US Ever Have A Gay President?

College of Political Knowledge

Subject:  American History

I have caught my readers up on the international situations that need to be watched and now I would like to educate them with some historical events……..Almost every American knows the Constitution, well the parts that interest them, but what do they know about our presidents especially some of the earlier ones?

America has elected its first black president and to some he is a non-American citizen, a Muslim and even gay…….beyond that does anyone think that this country will ever elect a gay person as president?

That may be a trick question.  There is a possibility that we have already done so……and his name was James Buchanan.

Some historians believe that he was gay….he was never married and shared an apartment with another man…….an Alabama senator named William Rufus King……………several historians who believe that James Buchanan, who served from 1857 to 1861, was in fact our first gay president. He is the only president to have remained a bachelor throughout his life. (His niece, Harriet Lane, handled the duties of First Lady during his term in office.) He shared a home with William Rufus King, an Alabama Senator and Vice President under Buchanan’s predecessor, Franklin Pierce. Their relationship was reportedly so close that Andrew Jackson and other contemporaries referred to them as ”Miss Nancy” and “Aunt Fancy”.

King was assigned to Paris in 1844 and after his departure Buchanan wrote a letter to a friend about how he felt without King near by…….

“I am now ‘solitary and alone,’ having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any one of them. I feel that it is not good for man to be alone; and should not be astonished to find myself married to some old maid who can nurse me when I am sick, provide good dinners for me when I am well, and not expect from me any very ardent or romantic affection.”

Was Buchanan gay?  There are report that he was engaged at one point and that he wooed several ladies but none ever corralled him in wedlock…….we may never know for sure…that is until someone learns how to use a time machine…….it will be almost impossible to be certain for Buchanan had all his correspondence destroyed at his death…..losing all that info to the flames of time……..


2011 Anal-Ocity #25

Once again I have found an idiot in elected position that just cannot go without showing their ignorance…….since 9/11 people have comparing everything they are against to terrorism….and this one is just the most recent piece of moronic statements…..

This one is from Oklahoma state rep Sally Kern (R)……….

“And you know, every day our young people, adults too, but especially our young people, are bombarded at school, in movies, in music, on TV, in the mall, in magazines,” she continued. “They’re bombarded with ‘homosexuality is normal and natural.’ It’s something they have to deal with every day. Fortunately we don’t have to deal with a terrorist attack every day, and that’s what I mean.”

So to this woman being gay is somehow like being a terrorists….I could say a lot about this type of thinking……but why?  I will let her moronic ramblings speak for themselves…..

I want to remind all my readers that in December I will nominate 10 anal statements and I would like my readers to vote for the one that they think is the most anal of the past year…….and the winner will be announced the last of December….please join in…

Apparently, Size DOES Matter!

Sunday last day to post something absurd other than our politics, that is……and today I have found a couple good ones….Quin or Quintessential Havoc (blogroll will assist you to get to his site….visit soon) and I over the years have bitched and been amazed at the studies that get funded…..we have even considered trying to get on the list of government grants…..it has got to be a better living that greeter at Walmart………any way…..how about these for absurd?

From Gawker and Maureen O’Conner………

A Finnish economist took one of those ridiculous worldwide penis studies that are always circulating and charted it againstGDPs, to study that critical ratio between penis size and wealth. It’s the classic golddigger’s dilemma—are any of the rich ones worth fucking?—but on a global scale!

From 1960-1985, nations with smaller penises grew at a faster rate than their well-hung counterparts, the University of Helsinki’s Tatu Westling found. Overall GDP was highest in nations with average penises and lowest in nations with outlier penises. In other words,

The size of male organ is found to have an inverse U-shaped relationship with the level of GDP in 1985.

Or, as Jason Kottke writes, “flaccid-ish.”

With due reservations it is also found to be more important determinant of GDP growth than country’s political regime type. Controlling for male organ slows convergence and mitigates the negative effect of population growth on economic development slightly. Although all evidence is suggestive at this stage, the ‘male organ hypothesis’ put forward here is robust to exhaustive set of controls and rests on surprisingly strong correlations.

A really great study, huh?  But wait there is even better one…. from The Inquisitr website…….

Regardless of what some economic experts may say, we are not out of the clear when it comes to the “great recession” and therefore we shouldn’t be spending money on ridiculous studies, such as the National Institutes of Health survey which attempted to tie the size of gay men’s penises with their preferences to be a “top” or “bottom.”

The study, funded in part with taxpayer money was meant to “tie the size of a gay man’s penis” with their choice in being a “bottom” or a “top” and found that men with bigger penis sizes tend to be the “top” in the relationship, while men with smaller penises often gravitate towards the “bottom” role in the relationship. Researchers also claim that gay men with smaller penises tend to be more psychologically troubled then men with larger penises.

The National Development and Research Institute received money from the NIH to conduct the study which began in 2006. Money from the program has been provided since 1985 and is often used for “behavioral science research on drug abuse, AIDS, and crime,” which the group claimed their study fit into.

According to the President of the Traditional Values Coalition:

 ”We’ve got nameless, faceless bureaucrats who thought this was a good use of taxpayer money,” while adding,  ”[They] seem to think the American taxpayers are a limitless ATM machine.”

What is with the preoccupation with wankers?  I hope all the taxpayers that read this are just as pissed as I am……please if the government must waste money then do so on lunches for kids or more after-school activities….but for God sake…..get off the wanker kick!  Conservs…that means YOU!

Finally, An Answer!

The drama over the issue of homosexuality has been raging for as long as most of my readers can remember…..politicians have used it to get elected……preachers have used it to get their particular way…..parents have used it to scare the crap out of their kids…..so, is it hereditary or a sickness or a learned thing?

We have been exposed to every side of the argument……pros….cons…..good…the bad….the ugly…but few have any scientific proof of what “causes” homosexuality….everyone has an opinion and as we know everyone also has an a/hole…so what is the true answer to all the questions and accusations?

This from FOXnews.com………

The nature versus nurture debate just took an unexpected turn — thanks to pollution.

Increased exposure to the toxic chemical mercury can affect sexual preference in certain species of birds — inducing homosexuality, a new study has revealed.

Peter Frederick, an ecologist from the University of Florida, and Nilmini Jayasena from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka found that male American white ibises that consumed methylmercury…….the most toxic and most easily digested form of mercury, were most likely to bond with other males……

Mercury becomes methylated only when it comes in contact with bacteria in anoxic environments, those that use sulfur instead of oxygen for metabolism. And that process is common in wetlands and shallow aquatic areas….
methylmercury, a known endocrine disruptor, is affecting hormone levels in exposed birds.
That said, mercury pollution is a danger to humans for a variety of other reasons: It’s known to affect developing fetuses and has degenerative effects on many human organs. 

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/02/pollution-causes-homosexuality-birds-studies/#ixzz16zOD444v

Do we finally have a answer long sought?

Okay, there is your answer….pollution is causing homosexuality……will the anti-gay lobby use this info?  Will more money be spent on trying to control the amount of mercury dumped into our environment?

Does anybody even care?

Kids Say The Darnedest Things

No….not the Art Linkletter show from days gone by…in case you are old enough to remember Art and his TV show……this case I am talking about the Palin kids, Bristol and Willow…….

Bristol Palin posted a brief apology on Facebook late Tuesday after 16-year-old sis Willow used anti-gay slurs (captured in screen shots by TMZ) to attack a classmate who criticized the family’s TLC reality show. “Haha your [sic] so gay,” wrote Willow. “Sorry that you guys are all jealous of my families [sic] success and you guys aren’t goin to go anywhere with your lives.” Bristol also weighed into the debate, but later had a change of heart: “Willow and I shouldn’t have reacted to negative comments about our family. We apologize.

“Haha your so gay. I have no idea who you are, But what I’ve seen pictures of, your disgusting … My sister has a kid and is still hot.” She followed that up with another comment that read, “Tre stfu. Your such a f—–.”

First, with all the news about kids being bullied and committing suicide you would think that Mommy would have had a talk with the children that she uses as campaign props….maybe not…..second, do they each spelling and proper usage of the English language in Alaska….maybe Willow is home schooled so she does not have to mingle with her inferiors…..

2010 Anal-Ocity #22

There seems to be NO end to the bullsh*t people will say to change the thought process….we call those anal-ocities or anal statements, those statements that come from the butt, not from the brain…….

The House has voted to basically repel Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell all the controversy has proven to be nothing, a fart in the wind, if you will and when all else fails….trot out those damn Nazis!

This statement comes from the head of the American Family Association, Bryan Fischer………(sorry it is a bit wordy but it all had to be shown)…and then echoed by John McCain……apparently good commonsense no longer applies to McCain……

So Hitler himself was an active homosexual. And some people wonder, didn’t the Germans, didn’t the Nazis, persecute homosexuals? And it is true they did; they persecuted effeminate homosexuals. But Hitler recruited around him homosexuals to make up his Stormtroopers, they were his enforcers, they were his thugs. And Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders, but that homosexual solders basically had no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict on whomever Hitler sent them after. So he surrounded himself, virtually all of the Stormtroopers, the Brownshirts, were male homosexuals.

What can one say?  To begin with…there is NO proof that Hitler was gay….second, the stormtroopers and the brownshirts were not the same thing….next……Hitler had the brownshirts arrested and killed and then Rohm, their leader was also killed and he was most likely gay…….this is just more lies from the hysterical Right….and the saddest part is that John McCain has signed on to this lunacy…he is desperate to find voters to help him win re-election…even to the point of siding with liars and morons.

While the statement was made by someone else, John McCain will get the nod….because he should be smarter than that….and he is trying to seal some support for his election.

What Utter Bullsh*t!

Daily Agitator

Normally, I do not post on the gay thing because I believe that it is a personal choice that is made by consenting people and in that it is NONE of my business and definitely NONE of the government’s business….but from time to time there are stories that need to be exposed for the ludicrous crap that it is……

This one comes from the state that I live in…Mississippi…a cultural wasteland to begin with….but all kidding aside….a state that is still living,  for the most part,  in the 1950’s……

The AP is reporting:

A lesbian student who wanted to take her girlfriend to her senior prom is asking a federal judge to force her Mississippi school district to reinstate the dance it canceled.

The district’s decision Wednesday came after the ACLU demanded that officials change a policy banning same-sex prom dates because it said it violated students’ rights. The ACLU said the district violated McMillen’s free expression rights by not letting her wear a tux.

Same-sex prom dates and cross-dressing are new issues for many high schools around the country, said Daryl Presgraves, a spokesman for GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, a Washington-based advocacy group.

Southside Baptist Church Pastor Bobby Crenshaw said he’s seen the South portrayed as “backwards” on Web sites discussing the issue, “but a lot more people here have biblically based values.”

Itawamba County is a rural area of about 23,000 people in north Mississippi near the Alabama state line. It’s near Pontotoc County, Miss., where more than a decade ago school officials were sued in federal court over their practice of student-led intercom prayer and Bible classes.

Interesting?  Being gay in Mississippi is a damnable sin, at least in the minds, the little minds, of the people in control.  the reality is that the kids could care less about another’s sexual orientation….it is the old farts that control the schools and local government that are dictating their values to the kids……homosexuality is NOT as big a deal to 15 year olds as it is for 50 year olds that are still living in the past…..

Maybe a suggestion for those in control….”try minding you own business and let others lived their own lives without your interference”…..just a suggestion….I am sure it will fall on deaf ears….especially in the state of Mississippi…