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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Gay Composers of 'LEFT MY HEART" truly loved San Francisco

See the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the song here: 
Historical facts from a friend: 
This international romantic favorite was written [originally as “When I Return to San Francisco”] by gay couple and WWII veterans George Cory and Douglass Cross who missed The City after moving to New York.

Cross had been raised across the bay in Oakland, and once sang in the San Francisco Opera Chorus. Cory grew up in San Francisco and Mill Valley, and studied music at UC Berkeley. They moved back to California in 1966, building a home in Lake County with their composer royalties, and were present in 1969, a few months after Stonewall, when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors made their creation The City’s official song.

Cross told the supervisors and spectators: "This is a very proud moment for George Cory and me. If our song is success, it is because it reflects in some small measure, perhaps, the history, the legend, the magic of this beautiful city that has fascinated the imagination of the world." 

It is also played after every home victory at the SF Giants' AT&T ballpark at China Basin—exactly 573 times, so far. " 

Cross died of a heart attack in 1975, and Cory, apparently still mourning his partner of over two-decades, committed suicide a few years later after having finally returned to San Francisco where he bought a house on Pleasant Street on Nob Hill. 

The three-storey building still stands near the Fairmont Hotel where Bennett first sang the couple’s love song, and repeated it last night in a $5000-a-person benefit for broken hearts of another kind being studied by UCSF's Division of Cardiology, and 
near where “little cable cars still climb 'halfway to the stars.” (and come down again.)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

TED OLSON, AFER Opening Remarks February 7, 2012

Chad Griffin, AFER President, spoke first.. and note he was able to include our soldiers as a class benefitting from new laws on equality.

Ted Olson, introduces himself.

'Thanks all who worked so hard on this case. David Boies unable to make it out, is in New York celebrating too with his firm, as is ours. Thanks to the board of AFER including the Michele and Rob Reiners, and Lance Black, and others not here..and to all the plaintiffs in the case. It is not easy to be in landmark civil rights case that goes on and on, they stand for the humanity of what we are doing.

This is a huge day, the United States Court of Appeals which represents the nine western states and certain territories has decided that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.  It violates the fundamental human rights of citizens in this country.
We had already won an important decision by the US district court for the northern district of California a year and a half ago. This affirms that decision. It strikes down
Proposition 8 as violating the fundamental charter of the United States Constitution.

This case is about equality and freedom, dignity and fairness and decency

It is about whether we are going to eliminate government sponsored discrimination written into the Constitution of the biggest state in United States.

It is about whether we are going to eliminate 2nd class citizenship

It is about whether we are going to treat millions of our citizens as less equal, less respected, different, less entitled, isolated. We are bringing a stop to that discrimination. 

Discrimination on this level hurts all of us. As Chad said it is our neighbors, our brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, our coworkers, our doctors, our contractors, our ministers, our soldiers, it is about us, about every one of us. 

And as opposing witness said during our case in this trial 'We will be more American when we eliminate this discrimination based upon sexual orientation.'

Today we are more American because of this decision. This is very important. When citizens of California on November 4, 2008,  voted to take away the right to marry from many, many of our citizens it violated the Constitution. That cannot stand. 

Thank god for the judiciary in this country to respect the Constitution. To stand up to whatever pressures are put upon the judiciary to stand up for the law. That's what the Ninth Circuit did today.'

Monday, February 6, 2012

First Class.... TAM Airlines

Here is a repeat of an urban legend story..

This happened on TAM airlines.
A 50-something year old white woman arrived at her seat and saw that the passenger next to her was a black man. Visibly furious, she called the air hostess.

"What's the problem, ma?" the hostess asked her
"Can't you see?" the lady said - "I was given a seat next to a black man. I can't seat here next to him. You have to change my seat"

- "Please, calm down, ma" - said the hostess
"Unfortunately, all the seats are occupied, but I'm still going to check if we have any."

The hostess left and returned some minutes later.

"Madam, as I told you, there isn't any empty seat in this class- economy class.
But I spoke to the captain and he confirmed that there isn't any empty seats in the economy class. We only have seats in the first class."

And before the woman said anything, the hostess continued

"Look, it is unusual for our company to allow a passenger from the economy class change to the first class.
However, given the circumstances, the commandant thinks that it would be a scandal to make a passenger travel sat next to an unpleasant person."

And turning to the black man, the hostess said:

"Which means, Sir, if you would be so nice to pack your handbag, we have reserved you a seat in the first class..."

And all the passengers nearby, who were shocked to see the scene started applauding, some standing on their feet."


Friday, February 3, 2012

DAM has BROKEN: Its too late for KOMEN to Reverse PP decision

"Susan G. Komen For The Cure has just reversed its decision to drop Planned Parenthood funding, after a week of national outrage that took the Texas-based cancer non-profit by surprise."   KOMEN Reverses and Apologizes

But it is far too late for that. See this KOS piece w links on charity rating monitor re KOMEN falling to a one star... even before this decision! Komen supporters jumping ship on*  As is noted, 

"people have been uncomfortable with SGK's marketing, SUPPRESSION OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (my cap), and pushing small groups around over copyright and trademark. This Planned Parenthood thing has just finally pushed them over the edge." 

As a physician, I am very concerned. They made a medically unethical decision without hesitating.  Just how many others have they made over the years? If they allowed one big funder to tell them to do this, what pressure have they bowed too previously from Big for-profit Health? You know the Right Wing/Big Health mantra is 'die quick, die cheap'...and that most especially goes for women. 

I am about to propose to those who ask, that any woman getting treated for breast cancer discuss with her doctor if he uses any KOMEN funded research, asks why...and then asks to be treated by another standard! 

Actually, I guess I have just done that, for any woman or family member who reads this. I am serious, this was a very medically unethical decision that they didn't even notice it as such.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What Wild Animal are You? ... see Betty White answer!

Oh this is fun. Watch it questions are tricky, you have to think!

When we asked Betty White, “If you could be any animal, which would it be?” she didn’t hesitate.“A moose!” said Betty. Check out this video clip of Betty daydreaming about life as her favorite animal.
Not sure which critter is your spirit animal? Take our creature quiz, then forward this message to others so they can join the my wilderness herd.My wilderness—sponsored by The Wilderness Society and Frontier Airlines—is a national outreach campaign dedicated to getting Americans out into wild places so they are inspired to protect them.  Thanks for being a part of it!

Yes, I did it. Nope, won't tell mine yet. You all do it then we'll share.