(Community Matters) “GOProud has taken the conservative and LGBT movements by storm by being brash, loud and uncompromisingly conservative — and just as uncompromisingly gay.” In MetroWeekly
With GOProud’s emergence, former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman’s coming out, the Log Cabin Republicans’ lawsuit aimed at ending ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the leadership of Federalist Society hero Ted Olson in the challenge to Proposition 8 in California, ”gay rights” have often looked like a conservative movement in the past two years. Elected Republicans, however, have almost universally opposed those issues.
Barron [GOProud Chmn] and LaSalvia [GOProud Exec Dir] are loud and proud – despite the fact that they may not be popular in the rest of the gay political world. But sometimes the taunts from the left even get to them. Turning serious, LaSalvia says, ”You can question our tactics, you can question some of the stunts we pull and some of the things we say, but nobody should question our motives – because we’re gay Americans, too.”
I don’t know Barron or LaSalvia but Ken Mehlman has become a friend, and I’m looking forward to collaborations that promote LGBT equality across the proverbial aisles
(Community Matters)“This report is republished with permission of STRATFOR”
By Scott Stewart
For several years now, STRATFOR has been closely watching developments in Mexico that relate to what we consider the three wars being waged there. Those three wars are the war between the various drug cartels, the war between the government and the cartels and the war being waged against citizens and businesses by criminals.
In addition to watching tactical developments of the cartel wars on the ground and studying the dynamics of the conflict among the various warring factions, we have also been paying close attention to the ways that both the Mexican and U.S. governments have reacted to these developments. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects to watch has been the way in which the Mexican government has tried to deflect responsibility for the cartel wars away from itself and onto the United States. According to the Mexican government, the cartel wars are not a result of corruption in Mexico or of economic and societal dynamics that leave many Mexicans marginalized and desperate to find a way to make a living. Instead, the cartel wars are due to the insatiable American appetite for narcotics and the endless stream of guns that flows from the United States into Mexico and that results in Mexican violence.