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Jul 28 Kevin_BGFH commented on A Conversation With a #BernieOrBuster About Dinner.
@7 - Yes, I remember telling my Dad I supported John Anderson because Carter was incompetent and Reagan wanted to blow up the world. Of course, I was a birt of a drama queen. I was also 12 and didn't have electricity, tv, or newspaper, so the fact that I even knew John Anderson was in the ballot was in hindsight a bit remarkable.

@3 - I think you're right. For the Sanders supporters who aren't ready yet, I think a little time to decompress may be in order. Some deep breathing, fresh air, smell the flowers, and then come back for th debates. Then decide between Clunton and Stein.
Jul 26 Kevin_BGFH commented on Bernie Sanders: "Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States!".
@15 - Why weren't the RNC's servers and emails hacked?

Because the Russians chose not to.

Because the hackers have now been traced not only to Russia, but specifically to an arm of the Russian government. Vladimir Putin has a personal vendetta against Hillary Clinton after she expressed concerns over the integrity of the last elections in Russia. Meanwhile, he and Trump have lavished praise upon one another, Trump owes at least $300 million to Russian oligarchs (which is why noted conservative columnist George Will believes he won't release his taxes), Trump's top campaign adviser Paul Manafort has been a political consultant for pro-Russian Ukranian politicians for more than a decade, and the ONLY battle over the GOP platform that the Trump camp fought -- the ONLY ONE -- was to gut the platform's original anti-Russia stance on Ukraine. The ONLY battle over the platform was to back Vladimir Putin.

That's why the RNC's servers weren't hacked and the DNC's were, and why the DNC files were posted on Wikileaks (which have long been weaponized by the Russian government with the knowledge and consent of Putin-sympathizer Julian Assange, who is being guarded by Russian FSB guards in the Ecuadoran embassy in London) at a time when they were hoped to do maximum harm.
Jul 26 Kevin_BGFH commented on Required Reading: Republican Intellectual (Cough, Cough) Predicts Death of GOP.
@1 and @2 - If the GOP were to utterly collapse and die out, they would be replaced just as the Whigs were replaced in the mid-1800s. Just as Duverger's Law suggests that our plurality, first-past-the-post system prevents third party candidates from achieving success outside of multi-option races (like some city council and school board races where the top five winners get elected), it also will create a vaccuum if the opposition party completely collapses, it will be reformed.

Let's hope if it does the anti-science elements are jettisoned and it becomes more like the GOP of Eisenhower's era, a party that had genuine differences with the Democrats but could hold rationale debates on matters of public policy.

My personal preference would be to replace our first-past-the-post voting with Instant Runoff Voting (IRV, also known as Ranked Choice Voting), which we have for local elections in San Francisco. That actually would allow for the genuine viability of third party candidates because people could put Jill Stein first on their ballots and Hillary Clinton second, should Stein not achieve enough votes. But because elections are handled by the states, it couldn't be imposed by Congress without a Constitutional Amendment.
Jul 22 Kevin_BGFH commented on How Green Is Her Bullshit: An Uncharacteristically Brief Response to the Green Party Spokesperson's Dishonest Response to My Podcast Rant.
By the way, we have ranked choice voting for local single-office elections in San Feancisco (single offices as in Board of Supervisors, which are by district, but not School Board which are top ___ get elected). I supported it, I love it, I wish we had it for all state and federal offices. It would really change the two-party system we have, in my opinion. Third party candidates would have a real shot and at the very least, people could cast a protest vote for their passionate choice and still have their vote roll over to a second choice. But after over ten years of elections with it, I am amazed how many people are still confused, still explain it wrong, still think their vote counts more if they only vote once instead of two or three times (e.g., not ranking second or third choices), still wonder why the person who "lost" ended up winning, and so on. I try to use the term Instant Run-Off Voting, hoping that conveys what's going on better, but it doesn't seem to. Maybe the public education campaign around it could have been better, I guess. The way elections are handled at the state level, though, we probably couldn't implement this for presidential elections without a Constitutional Amendment and neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have a vested interest in that.
Jul 22 Kevin_BGFH commented on How Green Is Her Bullshit: An Uncharacteristically Brief Response to the Green Party Spokesperson's Dishonest Response to My Podcast Rant.
For a scientific explanation of why the United States' system pretty much locks us into a two-party system, you can read up on Duverger's Law here:…

Locally, Greens have worked well in at-large elected bodies where it isn't a first-past-the-post system (like some city councils, school boards, etc.), where coalition politics can work better. But nationally, I think within our current system, it would make more sense to operate within one of the existing two parties, like the Progressive Caucus operates within the Democratic Party and the Tea Party operates within the Republican Party rather than trying to create a separate party.
Jul 20 Kevin_BGFH commented on Savage Love.
So.... Did Dan change all the aliases to Peter? Did he sift through letters to specifically choose ones that picked Peter as aliases? Or was that a coincidence?
Jul 19 Kevin_BGFH commented on The Utter Failure of the Log Cabin Republicans.
Getting back to Dan's post....

While I can see some merit to the idea of advocating change from within, I have to agree with Dan that after 40+ years, it's time to admit defeat. Neither the Log Cabin Republicans nor any other LGBT Republican group has succeeded in changing a single, solitary thing within the Republican Party. Not one.

As Dan has said, the least effective group this side of NAMBLA.

Now, I wouldn't be a Republican even if they suddenly were just as good on LGBT issues because I'm also pro-choice, pro-labor, pro-science, very concerned about the environment and climate change, concerned about social security and other social issues, believe that businesses should be regulated to protect workers, the public and the environment, and have a number of other concerns. But if I were one of these Log Cabin types, maybe it would be time to look around and consider whether someone like Gary Johnson was a more suitable candidate for me. [He is not a more suitable candidate for ME. But he might be for some of these Log Cabin types.]
Jul 19 Kevin_BGFH commented on The Utter Failure of the Log Cabin Republicans.
@13 - Such a false claim. To claim that the Democratic Party has only supported gay rights for a few years is just wrong. The Democratic Party has done so for decades.

I know when you say "a few years" that you're referring to the Democratic Party supporting marriage equality. But that's not the only LGBT rights issue. The Democratic Party clearly started on the path of working for LGBT equality forty years ago and has made continual progress in improving its position.

In 1972, the Democratic Party was the first major party to have openly gay speakers address the party on gay topics at the convention. In 1976, Jimmy Carter -- a Democrat-- was the first presidential candidate to publicly oppose discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and in 1977 he was the first President to invite a delegation of lesbian and gay activists to the White House. In 1980, the Democratic Party was the first major political party to put a gay rights plank in the platform. The first openly LGBT people to face Senate confirmation hearings were appointed by Bill Clinton, a Democrat.

Yes, there have been hiccups. Yes, there have been blue dog Democrats that have allied with Republicans to throw roadblocks, and there have been allied Democrats who have accepted compromises or setbacks that turned out to be terrible, sometimes worse than expected.

But the reason we don't direct the same anger to the Democratic Party is because it is obvious that there are many, many people in the Democratic Party who for many decades have been moving the party forward on LGBT rights issues. And when we've had legislative successes, it's been Democrats who've spearheaded them. On the Republican side, there's zero evidence that the party has moved more than an inch or two.

Jul 19 Kevin_BGFH commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: My 13-Year-Old Son Is Watching Gay Porn.
My cousin once thought his just-starting-puberty-son might be gay. He did exactly what Dan's advice here was. Had gay couples over for dinner occasionally. (Also had inter-racial couples and other people of varied backgrounds.) But also, as a teacher he was in a position to do something even better: he volunteered to be the faculty adviser for his high school's gay/straight alliance. He very much sent a signal that being gay was a-okay. As it happens, his son is straight and has had a girlfriend now for many years. That's okay, the lessons instilled are still valuable, and his son and his son's friends, like many of their generation, have grown up so much more accepting and tolerant than previous generations.
Jul 19 Kevin_BGFH commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: My 13-Year-Old Son Is Watching Gay Porn.
I didn't look at porn when I was 13 ... but I would have if I had any access whatsoever. By 15 I had a few pages from the male underwear section of the Macy's catalog ripped out and hidden. That was pretty much it until I got into college. Though we did have HBO when I was around 16, and my Mom didn't censor what I watched, and I did make a point of watching R-rated movies that seemed like they might have male nudity.