John Shields

DNC Fundraiser? LGBTQ to boot? Really? I Didn't Hear a Thing...

Filed By John Shields | June 26, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Democratic National Committee, DNC, HRC, LGBT

OMG. There is sooo much news to talk about~! Where do I start?

Farrah Fawcett died yesterday ~ as did lots of people, legislative "things," and stuff just plain disappeared, without a trace.

Dammit~! She was the first 'poster' that hung above my bed when I was a kid. I wish I would have kept it, as it was cool. I loved her hair, her attitude, and her smile. And when she pulled that gun in Charlie's Angels, I was all over myself. And, yeah, I did want to date her when I was 13.

Sears Underwear Catalog.jpg

And then I found G.I. Joe - posters and all. And the Sears catalog, specifically the men and boys underwear section. That's what gave me my toaster...

But I digress. We were talking about the main gay and lesbian event for Thursday, right? The Democratic National Committee fundraiser, sponsored by the LGBTQ community, now weren't we?

Call me lazy, but I wake up around 9 a.m. Eastern Time. I try to catch up with all my emails, tweets, peeps, Facebook pals, the NY Times, WaPo and several blogs. All the while slurping down a cup of coffee.

Welcome to 9 a.m., my style. Not a good time to piss me off.

Just when I got settled into a nice, yet fast-paced, groove Thursday morning, news hit from the Twitterazzi that the Senate was taking up the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill - with the Democratically-controlled Senate intent on passing the legislation before that nasty, semi-blacklisted gay and lesbian Democratic National Party fundraiser in D.C. Thursday night.

Yes, the Dems riding to our rescue. And right before the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, no less~! I'm sensing a good day...

And so, I scrambled to catch the live web-cast of the Senate meeting - only to hear them ramble on, and on, and on. They do that rather well - it may be time for them to try to learn a new trick or two.

Speaking of tricks, we still had the South Carolina (ex?) Governor, Mark Sanford, also dominating the airwaves. I just love a good old-fashioned hoedown by the Grand Old Party, especially those from the south.

Meanwhile, my husband - recuperating from surgery - was intent on getting furniture moved before he left for upstate New York to finalize his mother's (and my mother-in-law's) move to D.C. A good thing, but I had to put him off just a bit while more news was breaking.

Busy morning? Yep. But it gets better, and we're not even up to the DNC *fun*draiser yet~! More news from nowhere.

Back to reality, namely the slow-as-a-snail Senate hearing on the hate crimes bill that should have been signed into law by now. That legislation - by the way - passed the House more than 2 months ago, but not before a Republican congresswoman from North Carolina took a sawed-off shotgun and figuratively aimed it at every member of our community. Don't even get me started, not a good time of the morning to piss me off.

And so, after adjusting the Bilerico-DC calendar for some very poignant and timely news by Cathy Renna regarding the United States government finally apologizing to Dr. Frank Kameny, I thought I could take a break for a few minutes to see my husband off as he headed off on his trip that I was supposed to be on also.

Not going to happen...

Before I could see him off, we had furniture to give to one of our favorite charities. And we had to move it first. Not one of my favorite times of day to move heavy furniture, but - hey - we had a schedule to keep.

And so we did, and then ~ poof ~ off in a flash was my husband, sans me, for his own adventure. Geez, I wish I would have been in our Jetta Diesel with him (50 miles per gallon, people~!), as the news just kept getting stranger by the minute.

Then, three recently-graduated college kids and I moved some more furniture. While I stopped traffic on Connecticut Avenue in Washington D.C., helping them back the van into our loading dock. That was fun, and yes, I did give them some Powerade and refreshments afterwards.

I can't imagine what it's like to graduate college today - not knowing if you have any possible chance at a job, have $100,000 in student loans, and do not know what to do. It simply boggles my mind, as I am sure it does theirs - as well as their families - and stops me in my tracks.

BACK TO REALITY, oops there goes gravity...

We're talking DNC gay and lesbian fundraiser here people~! Stay with me! Or not.

And so, we - being the non-MSM - are covering other things. Like how to donate to several LGBTQ causes, instead of the $1,000 a plate+ dinner at that semi-blacklisted DNC non-raiser down Connecticut Avenue.

In the midst of all this chaos, organized as it was, along comes Michael Jackson and a cardiac arrest. A "cardiac" arrest? Of all things...

Don't get me wrong, I love MJ. He practically invented MTV. But then he up and went dead. And the news cycle went wild.

The news of his passing sucked the air out of the entire frikkin' room~! I'm not going to hyperlink it, as it's all over the 24/7 cable news channels. I'm usually an Olbermann and Maddow fan, but watching the train wreck on ALL of the cable channels made me want to projectile vomit.

A "live camera shot'' from a helicopter above the scene at the hospital at UCLA, awaiting a "statement" from the Jackson family? For two hours?

As several of my friends said, he was a great singer, dancer and artist - but he was also an "alleged" child molester.

I, for one, love the Jacksons - from Michael and the Jackson 5 to Janet and her Pleasure Principles. And they know how to play the media. It still amazes me, however, that the media didn't know they were being "played."

Oh, and that LGBTQDNC fundraiser? It raked in about $900K, protesters and flashbulbs were about, some very prominent faces were not, a few "promises" were made by the vice-president ~ and absolutely no news coverage was to be had.


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Hey - I think I love you.

Thanks for this post...i never would have expected to be linked to Nick Cave at Bilerico (or any gay blog for that matter).

The perfect summary of yesterday.

John Shields John Shields | June 26, 2009 5:05 PM

Thanks Patrick. Most of my friends go "Oh, turn that off~!"

I love the song, it resonates. And the background visuals just pump it.