The Atlantic had an Op Ed saying Chuck won’t fuck with the gays in the military. The wagons are circling. A sense a vulnerability. Getting Hagel in could be Obama’s dream cuz he pulls in the Ron Paul people. Sadly I think not only are these people a threat, they are also a threat to themselves. Obama wants intervention in Syria. Where does Hagel fit in here? Is he closer to the Shia or the Sunni? It is almost like the far right have their hand out to the Shia and Obama of course we know where he stands with the Sunni. To bring Hagel in would consolidate loyalties, but I’m not even sure Obama wants to be loyal to Iran because he’s loyal to the Sunni. This is a complicated dynamic. I’ve thought so badly of Obama for so long that it never occurred to me that he might not want Hagel very much either. Where did this slip of Hagel being a homophobe come from? The NYTimes? hmmmm…. my theory says Obama is backstabbing his own nominee. I think Obama wants to look like he is sharing power and then take it away. Yes,,, that is exactly what I think.
We sometimes don’t give Obama enough credit. I don’t like him, but he got reelected by playing the game like a master. I really think he is sabotaging his own candidate.
The Muslim takeover of Cote d’Ivoire wasn’t just one of those random events, it was backed by the IMF and the French military. Obama, among others, backed the Ouattara coup against the decision of the Supreme Court of Cote d’Ivorie and the results are entirely unsurprising.
President Alassane Ouattara is behaving exactly like a Muslim leader. The specific story here is about attacks on gays, but it has much wider implications than that.
Such scenes have become routine since the Republican Forces of Côte d’Ivoire assumed control of Abidjan in April 2011 at the end of a five-month conflict to oust ex-President Laurent Gbagbo and install Alassane Ouattara.
Sexual violence In the most extreme case, those dressed as women who were discovered to be men were held overnight at military camps and raped with Kalashnikov rifles, they say. Others charge their heads were shaved with broken beer bottles.
Raissa said she has endured three attacks during which she’s been stripped, beaten and forced to beg for her life as soldiers threatened to shoot her. “With the rage that’s in their eyes, you never know when they’ll stop,” she said.
“It’s hard to talk about the first time or the second time because it’s just happened so many times,” said a transgender sex worker who goes by the street name, Sara. “No one has escaped the army.”
Revealed: Barack Obama’s gay transgender prostitute nanny who ‘cracked him up trying on his mother’s lipstick’ | Mail OnlineMarch 5, 2012
But Evie doesn’t stand a chance to see the lives of transgenders like herself improve because the left is busy attacking the West and catering to the whims of Islamic pride. Meanwhile the Left beats it’s drum in America about Gay Marriage… but they leave their gay housekeeper to squalor. So this is liberalism in a nutshell… little gay brown people… not important. Taking the rights away from Heterosexuals in America… that’s important to the progressives.
(dailymail.co.uk) Barack Obama’s former nanny has been revealed as a gay transgender man who made the future president laugh by trying on his mother’s lipstick.
‘Evie’ cared for the boy she called Barry when his mother Ann Dunham moved to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta in the late 1960s.
Openly gay, she would leave the house dressed in full drag – but was very careful that Barack never saw her.
‘He was so young and I never let him see me wearing women’s clothes,’ Evie said. ‘But he did see me trying on his mother’s lipstick, sometimes. That used to really crack him up.’Cared for: Barack Obama (left) was looked after by transgender man Evie (right) when he lived in IndonesiaFormer life: Barack Obama’s former nanny Evie, who was born a man but believes she is a woman, on the left of this picture
The nanny, who turned to prostitution after the family left and now lives in a slum, met the future commander-in-chief’s mother at a cocktail party in 1969.
Dunham, who had moved to the country two years earlier with her second husband Lolo Soetoro, sampled Evie’s beef steak and fried rice and was so impressed that she offered her a job.
It did not take long before she was also eight-year-old Barack’s carer, playing with him and bringing him to and from school.
Neighbours recalled they often saw Evie, who believes she is really a woman, leave the house in the evening fully made up and dressed in drag.
But when the family left in the early 1970s, things started going downhill. Evie moved in with a boyfriend. That relationship ended three years later, and she became a sex worker.
She said: ‘I tried to get a job as a maid, but no one would hire me. I needed money to buy food, get a place to stay.’Poverty: Evie has suffered taunts and beatings throughout her entire life. She now lives in a tiny hut in a Jakarta slumYoung leader: Barack Obama (circled) as a child at his school in Jakarta, Indonesia
It was a cat-and-mouse game with security guards and – because the country was still under the dictatorship of General Suharto – soldiers.
They often rounded up ‘banshees’ or ‘warias’, as they are known locally, loaded them into trucks, and brought them to a field where they were kicked, hit and otherwise abused.
INDONESIA’S ‘COMPLEX’ ATTITUDE TO TRANSGENDERSIndonesia’s attitude toward transgenders is complex.
Nobody knows how many of them live in the sprawling nation of 240million, but activists estimate seven million.
Because Indonesia is home to more Muslims than any other country in the world, the pervasiveness of men who live as women and vice versa often catches newcomers by surprise.
They hold the occasional pageant, work as singers or at salons and include well-known celebrity talk show host Dorce Gamalama.
But societal disdain still runs deep – when transgenders act in TV comedies, they are invariably the brunt of the joke.
They have taken a much lower profile in recent years, following a series of attacks by Muslim hard-liners.
And the country’s highest Islamic body has decreed that they are required to live as they were born because each gender has obligations to fulfil, such as reproduction.
‘They must learn to accept their nature,’ says Ichwan Syam, a prominent Muslim cleric at the influential Indonesian Ulema Council.
‘If they are not willing to cure themselves medically and religiously’ they have ‘to accept their fate to be ridiculed and harassed’.
Many transgenders turn to prostitution because jobs are hard to find and because they want to live according to what they believe is their true gender.
In doing so, they put themselves at risk of contracting AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
The raid that changed everything came in 1985.
Evie and her friends scattered into dark alleys to escape the swinging batons. One particularly beautiful girl, Susi, jumped into a canal strewn with garbage.
When things quieted, those who ran went back to look for her. ‘We searched all night,’ said Evie, who is still haunted by the memory of her friend’s face. ‘Finally … we found her. It was horrible. Her body swollen, face bashed in.’
Evie decided, then and there, to live the rest of her life as a man. She ditched her tight, flowery dresses, brocade vest and bras.
Now 66, she said: ‘I knew in my heart I was a woman, but I didn’t want to die like that. So I decided to just accept it. I’ve been living like this, a man, ever since.’
Several longtime residents of Obama’s old Menteng neighbourhood confirmed Turdi had worked there as Barack’s nanny for two years, also caring for his baby sister Maya.
Evie, who like many Indonesians goes by a single name, now lives in a closet-sized hovel in a tightly packed slum in an eastern corner of Jakarta, collecting and scrubbing dirty laundry to pay for food.
She wears baggy blue jeans and a white T-shirt advertising a tranquil beach resort far away in a place she has never been. She speaks softly, politely, and a deep worry line is etched between her eyes.
As a child, Evie was often beaten by a father who could not stand having such a ‘sissy’ for a son. She said: ‘He wanted me to act like a boy, even though I didn’t feel it in my soul.’
Teased and bullied, she dropped out of school after the third grade and decided to learn how to cook.
She made her way into the kitchens of several high-ranking officials by the time she was a teenager.
And then she met Obama’s mother. Evie now seeks solace in religion, going regularly to the mosque and praying five times a day. She said she is just waiting to die.
She added that she did not know the boy she helped raise won the 2008 U.S. presidential election until she saw a picture of the family in local newspapers and on TV. She blurted out that she knew him.As a child: Barack Obama seen riding a tricycle in his youth (left) and with his mother Ann Dunham, who moved him to Jakarta after her divorce (right)
Her friends at first laughed and thought she was crazy, but those who live in the family’s old neighbourhood confirmed it is true.
‘Many neighbours would remember Turdi. She was popular here at that time,’ said Rudy Yara, who still lives across the street from Obama’s former house.
‘She was a nice person and was always patient and caring in keeping young Barry.’
Evie hopes her former charge will use his power to fight for people like her. Obama named Amanda Simpson, the first openly transgender appointee, as a senior technical adviser in the Commerce Department in 2010.
For Evie, who’s now just trying to earn enough to survive each day on Jakarta’s streets, the election victory itself was enough to give her a reason – for the first time in a long time – to feel proud.
‘Now when people call me scum,’ she says, ‘I can just say: ‘But I was the nanny for the President of the United States!’
Of course it isn’t so simple… but really… isn’t Evie more important then pretending that Gay people live in a situation where they have the burden of pregnancy in a relationship?
My fraternal twin and I (both men) are in our late 30s. We were always extremely close and shared a bedroom growing up. When we were 12 we gradually started experimenting sexually with each other. After a couple of years, we realized we had fallen in love. Of course we felt guilty and ashamed, and we didn’t dare tell anyone what we were doing. We hoped it was “just a phase” that we’d grow out of, but we wound up sleeping together until we left for college. We knew this could ruin our lives, so we made a pact to end it. We attended schools far apart and limited our contact to family holidays. But we never fell out of love with each other, so after graduation we moved in together and have been living very discreetly as a monogamous couple ever since. I’m not writing to you to pass moral judgment on our relationship—we’re at peace and very happy. Our dilemma is how to deal with our increasingly nosy family and friends. They know we’re gay, and we live in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, so we’re getting pressure to settle down. I feel we should continue being discreet for the rest of our lives and blow off their questions. It’s nobody’s business, and I fear they would find our relationship shocking and disgusting. My brother, though, is exhausted with this charade. He thinks that if we get the family together with a therapist to talk through the issues, they’ll eventually accept it. I think he’s out of his mind, but I also want to make him happy. Is this one of those times when honesty is not the best policy? If so, how do we get everyone to stop worrying we will die alone? I’m also concerned about the legal implications of this—would the therapist be required to report us to the authorities? Could we go to prison?