Jewish group disinvites Huckabee because of bad optics

The Jewish National Fund of Canada has decided that they do not need to be linked to transphobia and so has canceled its invitation to Mike Huckabee to give the keynote address at Ottawa's Negev Dinner to benefit autism research in Israel.

JNF CEO Josh Cooper said that Huckabee had been invited because "he is a staunch supporter of the state of Israel" but the invitation was withdrawn because "the media spotlight has recently focused on Mr. Huckabee’s comments about issues that bear no relevance to JNF or autism." Cooper said that a replacement speaker would be announced in the coming weeks.

Michael Gennis, Ottawa real estate agent who is active in both Ottawa's Jewish and LGBT communities had helped to raise concerns of the invitation.

Gennis said he first learned of Huckabee being named JNF’s dinner speaker months ago, and although he generally supports JNF, he objects to the way its choice of speaker disenfranchises community members like him who are appalled by Huckabee’s “horribly offensive transgender comments.”

He also thought it was “a typical knee-jerk reaction from a Jewish organization bringing a speaker that supports Israel… without doing a lot of research about what people like [Huckabee] stand for.”

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The Breakfast Club (Starry Starry Nights)

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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for June 17th

  

 

 

   

The Watergate scandal begins to unfold; The Battle of
Bunker Hill during the American Revolution; O.J. Simpson arrested in
the slayings of his ex-wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman; Singer Kate Smith
dies.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

Vincent (Starry Starry Night) Don McLean

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

Buddha

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Gender Prison: PDX Pride Fail

I am embarrassed for my hometown. The Portland Pride Parade was this past weekend. It didn't go well.

This is how the event was promoted:

Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who is openly bisexual was there...the first time a sitting Oregon governor had taken part in the parade. That was accompanied with all attendant pomp and circumstance. Celebrity Grand Marshall Jason Dottley failed to show up...we do not know why...or who he is. Trans activist Mia Macy was to take part as well. Winner of the 2015 Spirit Award, Macy showed up along with her wife...and nobody knew who they were.

There was no car for them to ride in, no identifying signage in the event they even located a car...no identifying devise of any kind. Eventually event sponsor Macy's came up with a car for Mia and her wife to ride in...with people who did not know who they were...at the trail end of the parade.

End of the line? Seems fitting when one thinks about it. That's about where we stand politicly as well.

Video inside.

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ENDA

Expectations are that democrats will attempt to resuscitate the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) this year. ENDA would provide nationwide protections for LGBT in employment, housing, education, credit, and public accommodations. Conservatives have consistently opposed those protections on the basis that they are "special rights" (and hence reserved only for normal, Christian Americans), that LGBT people would frivolously run amok litigiously if we and these protections, and that the protections are not necessary because discrimination is simply not taking pace.

This diary takes down that last point.

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The Breakfast Club (Flag Day)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

 

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Breakfast Tune: Stars And Stripes Forever by Roger Sprung on 1963-64 Folkways LP.
 

 

Stars And Stripes Forever by Roger Sprung on 1963-64 Folkways LP.


 

Today in History
 

 

Today in History June 14

Nazi Germany's troops enter Paris during World War II; TWA Flight 847 hijacked; Stars and Stripes adopted as official U.S. flag; Leftist guerrilla Che Guevara and real estate mogul Donald Trump born. (June 14) 

 

Breakfast News & Blogs Below


 

 

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Burning Down the House

Last week Ontario became the first Canadian province to pass a law banning reparative therapy on LGBT youth. Additionally the law prevents practitioners of this supposed "cure" of homosexuality and transgenderism in young people or adults from billing the Ontario Health Insurance Plan.

The legislation was proposed by New Democrat Cheri DiNovo and won unanimous support from all three parties.

We’re sending an incredibly strong message . . . there’s absolutely no room in an inclusive society for trying to change somebody’s sexual identity or their gender expression or their gender identity.

--DiNovo

She said LGBTQ children are sometimes forced into the therapy by anxious parents and noted transgender people have an attempted suicide rate of 50 per cent.

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Transgender is Beautiful

When I am in most need of reminding myself how much the world has changed for the better, I'm most likely to tune in on "one of the moms." Like for instance Marlo Mack (actually, that's a pseudonym), also known as gendermom.

Marlo created an animation about herself and her child, entitled How to be a Girl

 

 

 

 

How to Be a Girl from gendermom on Vimeo

 

 

 

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