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A Texas Man Had The Perfect Response When Obama Asked If He Was Gay

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Daniel Webb, a comedian and sometime drag queen based in Austin, Texas, got a hearty laugh out of President Barack Obama with a joke about his sex life.

According to the Austin Chronicle, the exchange occurred after the president asked Webb if he was gay while visiting a restaurant Thursday. When Obama went up to pay at Austin’s famous Franklin Barbecue, the Chronicle reported Webb, who was working the cash register, “threw his hand down and slapped the counter dramatically.”

"Equal rights for gay people!" Webb declared.

"Are you gay?" asked Obama.

"Only when I have sex," Webb quipped.

Webb told the Chronicle the joke got Obama to laugh. He said the president told him to “bump me.” The pair subsequently exchanged a fist bump that was captured on camera.

Obama faced some criticism for cutting the long line at Franklin Barbecue. However, when he arrived at the front, he tried to treat some of the people he bypassed to their meals. According to the White House press pool report Obama “produced a wad of 20s for an order that came to exceed $300” Obama then asked an aide if his credit card was good. When he confirmed his card would work, Obama put the hefty barbecue tab on his “JPMorgan card.”

Webb told the Chronicle he believed the anger over Obama’s line-cutting was misplaced and argued security concerns necessitated the move.

"Logistically, that’s a really lazy complaint. I don’t think you can safely have a world leader hanging around in a line," explained Webb.

However, Webb said there was at least one politician he’d be upset to see in the line at Franklin – Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

"If Rick Perry would’ve walked in, I would have lost my job. I would’ve taken that old queen to town," Webb said.

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I find it interesting that the “liberal media” failed to include the exchange between Webb and the President when they reported that Obama cut in line at the Texas restaurant. I’m proud that our President feels comfortable around regular everyday people. It makes me feel that maybe he’s trying his best to keep in touch with what’s going on in our lives.

And kudos to the quick witted Webb. I’d have been all star struck. :)

BREAKING: Obama administration finally taking action in response to Uganda's anti-gay law

gaywrites:

The Obama administration has settled on an action plan in response to Uganda’s recently-passed Anti-Homosexuality Act, which makes homosexuality punishable by life in prison. 

These are considered the most forceful steps the Obama administration has taken in response to the situation in Uganda since it began considering the issue at all. Serious cuts will be made across the board and will attempt to open a dialogue with Ugandan officials as well as the other countries where anti-LGBT discrimination is legal.

Here’s the plan, according to BuzzFeed:

Money will be shifted away from the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, a group that has publicly come out in support of the anti-gay law and has received millions of dollars in grants from the United States to help fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Some $2.3 million will continue to go to the IRCU to continue treatment for some 50,000 current patients, but an additional $6.4 million intended for the IRCU will go to other organizations.

Second, because the law makes “promoting homosexuality” illegal, a U.S. funded study to help identify populations at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS has been suspended. The study, which was going to be conducted by a Ugandan university and the Center for Disease Control, has been suspended out of fear that both staff and survey respondents could be put in danger.

Third, because any LGBT person or LGBT ally who now enters Uganda is at risk, money intended for tourism programs will be redirected. …

And finally, the Department of Defense had several events scheduled in the country later this spring and those will be moved to other locations. “Certain near-term invitational travel” for Ugandan military and police personnel has also been suspended or canceled.

Lots of information to take in all at once, and it sounds like it will mostly be helpful. Thoughts?

secularhumanist2:

mommapolitico:

team-joebama:

hey. you know those sooper-kewl photos that were being reblogged a couple days ago? That got a ton of notes all “omg historeee” and “reblog reblog! omg!” and nonsense like that? all because some people actually bought the notion that it was only all about old people moving metal barricades from one point to another?

Here’s what actually went down in that shitfuck of a “demonstration.” I put that in quotes for the first point:

  • Ted Cruz, who actually agitated for the shutdown in the first place, showed up to decry the shutdown. that he himself wanted.
  • Sarah Palin was also there. This was a Palin-friendly event. That alone should tell you a lot, but in case it doesn’t
  • Notice the middle flag in the grouping in the top photo above. That wasn’t the only one there. It wasn’t just one guy. And before anyone cries “it was a liberal plant!” notice that nobody around him gives a shit; would it matter if he were trolling, given that nobody around him tossed him out on his ear? would it matter if he were a fake, since everyone around him was cool with it?
  • Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch and one of the speakers, said: “I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up.” Video at CNN. so by the way that dude with the flag probably wasn’t fake, just saying.
  • From the Wall Street Journal: “ When a group of tourists asked one protester in camouflage jacket and pants if the group was there because of the government shutdown, the man pointed to the White House and said, ‘No, we’re here because of that man there.’”

This was nothing but a theatrical exercise by the same politicians who shuttered the memorials—and furloughed people, and put funding for vet benefits and the SNAP and WIC and Head Start and everything else in danger—not some super-duper awesome amazeballs bit of spontaneous civil disobedience. And even if it had been spontaneous, it’s still shady as fuck considering why those hundreds (yeah, hundreds) of people were actually there.

Thank you so much for this post!
"Shut down the government!" "Who the Hell told you that you could shut down the government?"
Nice, Teabaggers. Your brilliance amazes us.

"because of that man there" says it all

I’ll ask this again…

"Why are they not getting arrested or pepper sprayed like the Occupy Wall Street protesters?
These people destroyed federal property by cutting the locks and chains that held the barricades in place.
These misguided people trespassed on federal property and then vandalized it.
Removing and then relocating those barricades was vandalism.

If you vote for tea party candidates, you have no right to complain when they shut down government. — Which includes federal land.

The GOP’s little rule change they hoped you wouldn’t notice

via BuzzFeed

Republican leaders were nervous about the possibility that the Senate’s clean spending extension bill would pass the chamber on the strength of Democratic votes — or worse, that it would fail, taking it off the table permanently as a solution.

That concern appears to have driven the decision to change the rules to allow only Majority Leader Eric Cantor to force a vote on the Senate plan.”

The house GOP changed the parliamentary rules to prevent anyone but the majority to make a motion to call for a vote.

In other words, this government shutdown was caused by the house majority. The GOP.

soloontherocks:

221cbakerstreet:

insomniac—thoughts:

pleatedjeans:

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Parenting: you’re doing it right. 

oh my god that’s a perfect evil plan

suddenly I am completely comfortable leaving the fate of the country in the hands of someone who is clearly an evil genius

I love his answer. It’s a great answer.
…until you consider the possibility of one of the girls calling his bluff. I was a teenager once. If my parents had made this threat, I might have chosen the most ridiculous or offensive tattoo I could find.
I’m so glad I’m not a parent. 0_0

soloontherocks:

221cbakerstreet:

insomniac—thoughts:

pleatedjeans:

via

Parenting: you’re doing it right. 

oh my god that’s a perfect evil plan

suddenly I am completely comfortable leaving the fate of the country in the hands of someone who is clearly an evil genius

I love his answer. It’s a great answer.

…until you consider the possibility of one of the girls calling his bluff. I was a teenager once. If my parents had made this threat, I might have chosen the most ridiculous or offensive tattoo I could find.

I’m so glad I’m not a parent. 0_0

Bayard Rustin honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

gaywrites:

Bayard Rustin, who was an openly gay advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was announced as a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom last week. Also announced as a recipient was the late Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, who was also openly gay.

Bayard Rustin, the openly gay right-hand man to the legendary Dr. King, has been called the “lost prophet” of the Civil Rights Movement. The late Rustin organized demonstrations, rallied activists, and lobbied politicians to help make life better for people of color. He was a key organizer in the historic March on Washington in 1963, where Dr. King delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Rustin died in 1987.

Rustin will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian honor available — as the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington nears, notes the Human Rights Campaign, which lobbied for Rustin’s inclusion. 

Like Harvey Milk and so many others, Bayard Rustin is one of those people we should be teaching our kids about during civil rights history lessons in schools. Here’s hoping this is the start of some well-deserved recognition across the board.