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Saturday, March 26, 2005

How Dumb Can Rebecca Otto Get?

Rebecca Otto is announcing her run for State Auditor.

From a reader tip:

It took me about a nanosecond to spot this when I went to Otto's website. It took about that long to wonder when the GOP would jump on it. Dumb dumb dumb. And sloppy.


It didn't take the GOP too long.....

Neva Walker told me that Otto felt just horrible about her vote on the Bachmann amendment - but felt she needed to vote that way to get re-elected. Ofcourse Otto voted that way, and she got dumped.

The anti-gay bigots were going to vote for her opponent anyway.

Tammy Bruce's Assistant Responds but Doesn't Answer the Question

Marty Andrade responded again to my most recent post on Tammy Bruce and the Bachmann amendment.

I was only trying to provide a source to infer if she would or not. I would suppose that because she is a classical liberal, she would not support such amendments.


Marty's post motivated me to follow up on the message I sent Tammy Bruce last week to ask whether the Minnesota Family Council had permission to use her words to support the Bachmann amendment (which not only bans gay marriage but also "legal equivalents")....

I had not gotten a response. So I sent her another email today with the subject line: Did you authorize the Minnesota Family Council to use your words to support an anti-gay constitutional amendment?

I'm following up. I sent you an email a week ago, and you did not respond.

In the Minnesota for Marriage Talking Points for a state constitutional amendment they quote you:

Talk show host Tammy Bruce, herself a lesbian, warns that some homosexuals are what she calls "malignant narcissists," striking out at whatever they think threatens them, or does not measure up to their idea of an acceptable lifestyle. She says, "In the gay community, you are looking at a contingent that wants to literally destroy the nature of tradition in this nation, because they feel in their very narcissistic way, that it's not good for them."

Does this quote mean you support an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution to both stop gays from participating in the institution of marriage AND its "legal equivalent"? Have you been quoted accurately?

Eva Young


This time, her assistant David, responded:

Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2005 16:44:56 -0800 (PST)
From: Tammy Bruce
Subject: Re: Did you authorize the Minnesota Family Council to use your words to support an anti-gay constitutional amendment?
To: Eva Young , mn-logcabin@yahoogroups.com,
gaytwincities@yahoogroups.com, usaqueers@yahoogroups.com
Cc: andrew@andrewsullivan.com, outright@aol.com, culturewatch@indegayforum.org,
gaypatriotwest@aol.com, chromium1212@hotmail.com, pam@pamspaulding.com,
kb@keithboykin.com

Excuse me--this is David, Ms. Bruce's assistant. First of all she gets 400+ messages a day, so you need to relax about whether or not she is able to respond. Also, I tend to not even forward to her messages which sound like they're from the Gay Gestapo. I may or may not forward this to her, and if I do it will be in a
pile of several other hundred messages.

So, one, get over yourself, and two, for your own edification, Ms. Bruce has written about her opinion regarding gay marriage. You will find the link to that column on her website at www.tammybruce.com
David


Since David didn't answer my question, I wrote back to ask again.

Hi David:

That wasn't my question. My question was in the title line: Did Tammy Bruce authorize the Minnesota Family Council to use her words in their talking points to support an anti-gay constitutional amendment - an amendment which goes far beyond banning gay marriage to also banning "legal equivalents"? I was following up for a story on my blog. Please check with her. There's an easy yes or no answer to that question. I am ccing Tom Prichard from the MFC on this correspondance, so if you reply all again, Mr Prichard can be notified efficiently of the answer to this - so he can correct the record.

I'm curious what makes you think I'm from the "gay gestapo"? I'm asking a very simple question. I'm being civil and direct when doing so.

Perhaps my last message got lost in the shuffle.


Developing. . .

John Aravosis calls out House Democrats who voted for Federal Intrusion in Shiavo case

Usually Aravosis just bashes Republicans. He's bashing house democrats here.

Not surprisingly, Emily's List endorsed Stephanie Herseth voted for the Delay bill of goods on Shiavo.

More Schiavo Commentary

Paul from Right Side of the Rainbow has some good discussion here.

I was struck by this statement -- and the attitude it represents -- from our well-traveled House majority leader:

"I don't care what her husband said."

Tom DeLay was referring, of course, to Terri Schiavo's husband, Michael. About Mrs. Schiavo's views on life-prolonging medical intervention, the congressman from Texas doesn't care what her husband has to say. I believe him. The one time you know a politician is telling the truth is when he says he thinks he knows best.

But if you suspect, as I do, that discussion of same-sex marriage is made possible only by the general disrepair of heterosexual marriage, then Rep. DeLay's remark is another bit of evidence for our theory. There was a time when it would have been shocking for an American politician to declare his indifference to a husband's pronouncements on the care of his debilitated wife. To take a man's hand in marriage, or so it would have been thought, is a plenary endorsement of his right to make decisions for you in case of your incapacitation, and vice versa. This was one reason among many why marriage was viewed with solemnity.

But if, as I surmise, the argument for same-sex marriage is inseverable from the failure of heterosexuals to take their own marriages seriously, then Rep. DeLay's comment is instructive. Is the manner in which he dismisses Mrs. Schiavo's husband distinguishable from the manner in which he would dismiss ... a gay man's partner? I doubt gay relationships have risen in Rep. DeLay's estimation; rather, the significance of heterosexual ones have fallen. In this he is not alone.


One of my moderate Republican heros, Chris Shays from Connecticut is speaking out. Dennis Sanders from Moderate Republican has the story and analysis. Crooks and Liars has video of Shays discussing the issue with Chris Matthews on Hardball.

Gay Orbit vs Steve Miller's Culture Watch

Steve Miller has been using the so-called "Independent Gay Forum" to discuss the Schiavo case. Here's his latest.

On one hand, you’d think there’d be pleasure in the fact that conservative Republicans are placing some value (i.e., saving a woman’s life at the pleading request of her frantic parents) above “the sanctity of marriage,” while gay activists — and even some gay Republicans — suddenly are in support of the full rights of traditional marriage and patriarchy, reducing a woman to the disposable property of her spouse.


Michael from Gay Orbit is outraged.

This stupid little statement made me very angry, and it should make you angry as well. Stephen is supposed to be a writer for a gay publication that takes a rational view of the issues. But here he is, offering up an ad hominem attack on people who believe that Michael Schiavo should have the right to decide the treatment of his wife - something gays and lesbians have been demanding for decades. That paragraph, the one I quoted above - IT’S A LIE - plain and simple. Who the hell said anything about patriarchy and property. No one, except Miller. That is the most absurd statement I have ever seen him make. Miller is attempting to turn this into a debate about Michael Schiavo’s power over his wife. Yet, what we know Michael has told us is that Terri decided that she would not want to live this way. Let me tell you something. If my husband told me he wouldn’t want to be kept in a bed on a feeding tube for 15 years wasting away, and if his parents tried to keep him alive, there’d be hell to pay. And I would spend every single cent I had to make sure his wishes were implemented. There is nothing his parents could do or say to make me agree to keep him in that bed while his brain and muscle structure slowly turned to jelly.


I find Miller's statement over the top for a different reason. Gays and others who support the right of gays to participate in the institution of marriage aren't interested in undermining the institution of marriage, we want the opportunity to participate in this institution because we have a high respect for marriage. Miller is parroting the talking points from the Leviticus Crowd and leftists who believe that marriage is fundementally a patriarchal institution on this issue. I'm curious what Miller would say if Terri was a man, the man's wife was trying to respect her oral wishes to die in peace without extraordinary measures taken.

I encourage people to write to the Independent Gay Forum's letters editor at mailbag@indegayforum.org.

More Billboards from the Leviticus Crowd

The Minnesota Citizens in Defense of Marriage are at it again. Here's their newest billboard.

State Senator Listening to an Angel and Devil

Dennis Sanders from Moderate Republican comments:

I want to know if this group understands the implications of such a billboard. It basically makes those of us who oppose these hateful amdendments, look like we are evil-agents of the devil himself. Maybe I'm making too much of this, but what is someone sees this ad and decides that they need to beat the crap out of some gay person? It very well could happen.

It's very distrubing to see people who call themselves followers of Christ act so....well, un-Christlike.


Jocelyn Elders has called these characters the Un-Christian Right. I think she has a point.

Lloydletta has posted about the finances of this group here. They've raised $100,600.00 in 2004.

From their website:

MCDM is not a homosexual hate group -- we subscribe to the belief that all individuals are entitled to the respect and acceptance they deserve as members of our society. However, this does not mean that we need to agree with those who would seek to redefine the institution of marriage.


From the Minnesota for Marriage website:

Minnesota For Marriage is not a homosexual hate group -- we subscribe to the belief that all individuals are entitled to the respect and acceptance they deserve as members of our society. However, this does not mean that we need to agree with those who would seek to redefine the institution of marriage.


Identical language. Isn't that just ducky?

Developing. . .

Friday, March 25, 2005

Pharyngula Fighting the Good Fight to DeCat the Ark

Modulator's Friday ark features Friday Animal blogs - which is heavily weighted towards Cats. Pharyngula is pushing for more diversity.

Andrew Gettis has a more radical solution

Gettis comments on Jane Strauss's post:

"I still do not believe (Bush's stand of FBO's aside) that government funding should be given to this kind of organization…"

…or any organization for that matter. I agree with Jane, but not for the same reasons. This organization shouldn't be funded, not because it is religious, but simply because it is an organization. Read your Constitutions – the government is NOT authorized to fund any charities or other organizations, religious or secular. It is not authorized to fund education, it is not authorized to fund the arts, and it is not authorized to fund summer programs. It is breaking the law by doing any of these.

Side note: Understanding that would cure this $7 trillion deficit in a heartbeat.
Andrew D. Gettis


I'd challenge Gettis to give some specific constitutional citations to back up his claim.

Gay Patriot Abruptly Quits Blogging

In a post time originally time stamped after 12:00, Gay Patriot signed off from blogging:

This Is My Last Posting
Posted by GayPatriot at 04:49 PM - March 25, 2005

For personal and professional reasons that I am unable to fully discuss, I have to stop blogging as GayPatriot effective immediately. This has been a great experience for me and I have learned a lot. And I have met a lot of good people along the way (if only through email). As of this moment, I am no longer affiliated with this blog and I turn over all control to GayPatriotWest who will keep the fires going. Thank you for letting me come into your homes since last September. It has been an honor.


When I looked at the site and saw this post, this second post had not appeared.

GayPatriot Advocates Non-Violence
Posted by GayPatriot at 04:32 PM - March 25, 2005

In the interest of constructive political discourse and open and free discussion, GayPatriot.org and those responsible for its content always urge its readers to practice non-violence in their daily lives and political activities.

No posting on this site shall be construed as advocating for violence against anyone or any organization.

I love peace.


Evidently Gay Patriot had posted a picture of John Aravosis and Mike Rogers with the comment:

"WANTED! Let's do something about these gay terrorists who have infected our community with their hatred and self-loathing bigotry of gay Americans who wish to live their lives in peace."


This post has been deleted. However Central Front and Lime Sherbet reported on it.

Central Front covers this here, here and here. Lime Sherbet and Michael Demmons also comment.

Comments thread for GayPatriot's last post is available here.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Jane Strauss on Urban Ventures

Originally posted on Minneapolis Issues:

I'd like to correct this statement by Eva Young: [I was quoting David Piehl here]

'My former neighbor, Jane Strauss, sent her children to an Urban Ventures summer program some years ago that was funded in part by the neighborhood. Jane's summary of the program was "it was supposed to be recreational activities for the kids, instead they fed my kids ham and cheese and talked about Jesus!"

Rather inappropriate given the fact that Jane is an observant Jew, and was raising her children as such.'

In point of fact my children were invited to participate in their programs, as well as those of an evangelical organization located in Phillips. I investigated the programs, and declined both to send my children to either (because they WOULD have been preached to about Jesus and fed ham and cheese) and to vote, as a member of CNIA's Board in favor of retroactive government funding of an Urban Ventures summer program. Instead, I sent them to a program run in St. Paul by an Orthodox Jewish group which was more in keeping with our beliefs and practice. I still do not believe (Bush's stand of FBO's aside) that government funding should be given to this kind of organization which will use the funds, de facto if not de jure, to
advocate for practice of a particular religion.

"I wonder if Urban Ventures plans to include the increasing number of Somalian children, most of whom are muslim, in their program?"

Having worked with the Somali community, I also wonder about this. Especially since one reason given for hiring me was that, unlike the previous person who had been in the position I filled, I would neither bring ham into the office nor try to convert the kids.

Jane Strauss,
Now of Longfellow Neighborhood

Andrade on Tammy Bruce

Marty Andrade notes Tammy Bruce's article in the Men's News Daily about the Federal Marriage Amendment. Andrade mentions he's reading Bruce's book: "The Death of Right and Wrong". I read her first book: "The New Thought Police." I've read Bruce's incoherant column before. It doesn't answer the question: Does Tammy Bruce support efforts by the states to write anti-gay discrimination into state constitutions?

Urban Vultures: Scam Artists

Back in the late 90s Eileen Smith from the Central Neighborhood started a non-profit program for area kids that she named "Young Entrepreneurs", which involved teaching financial responsibility to youth. Eileen was quite successful, and drew a lot of attention. Urban Ventures came to her and volunteered to be her fiscal agent which sounded like a good idea to her at the time. Later that year, when Eileen applied to the Ford Bell foundation for funding, she got a response back that she could only be
funded once per year. Upon investigation, Eileen found out that Urban Ventures had applied for funding in her organization's name, got funded, and diverted the funding. Eileen also discovered that her program and successes were being featured in UV's promotional literature without her permission, and without noting that the extent of UV's involvement was to be her fiscal agent; the literature made it all sound like Art Erickson's idea and Urban Ventures successes.

Smith has since left Minneapolis.

Developing. . .

Still No Retraction Despite Promise from Urban Ventures

Previously on Urban Vultures Exposed, I posted:

My original post on March 16 exposed that Urban Ventures and the Colin Powell Center had endorsed a prayer for the Bachmann Amendment. I did not link the issues. I posted about this on this list because I'd gotten a tip from Andy from Eleventh Avenue South. Here's the image as it was when I downloaded it from the Midwest Chaplains website on March 17.

The page is linked from the Minnesota for Marriage website:

Minnesota for Marriage is listed as an "assumed" name with the Secretary of State. The address is the same as the Minnesota Family Council.

From the site:

A Day of Prayer and Fasting for Marriage

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005 has been declared a day of prayer and fasting for marriage. Churches across the state are being asked to sponsor a one-hour vigil for marriage to support awareness, activation and intercession on behalf of the institution of marriage. The recommended format is as follows:


  • Opening Prayer (2 minutes)
  • Pastor Statement (5 - 10 minutes)
  • "Battle for Marriage in Minnesota" Video (30 minutes)
  • Prayer Intercession (15 - 20 minutes) Closing (3 minutes)
  • Following the vigil, we urge you to circulate the Minnesota Marriage Protection
    Petition for people to sign. Return completed petition to Minnesota For Marriage at 2855 Anthony Lane South, Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55418.


The Prayer Ministries Proclamation on this page links to the Midwest Chaplains Prayer Proclamation - and that's what the Colin Powell Center and Urban Ventures apparently endorsed - and now they are denying this - and have said a "retraction is forthcoming". So far, the Midwest Chaplains site has removed the name of the Colin Powell Center and Urban Ventures from the Prayer Proclamation. This is hardly a retraction. As I said earlier, I challenge UV and the Colin Powell Center to hold a press conference to expose this. If their name has been misused, possibly other non-profits that have endorsed the Prayer Proclaimation for the Bachmann Amendment have also been misrepresented.


Sometime between Monday March 21 when this was posted on Lloydletta and early this morning, the Minnesota for Marriage site deleted information about the March 16 Prayer Ministry. So now the Colin Powell Center and Urban Ventures are no longer listed as "endorsing ministries" on the Midwest Chaplains Prayer Proclamation, and now the links between the Minnesota Family Council's front group Minnesota for Marriage and the Midwest Chaplains Prayer Proclamation have been removed. I checked the Urban Ventures website, the Midwest Chaplains website and the Minnesota for Marriage website and the promised retraction isn't there.

I'd like to give credit to Andy at Eleventh Avenue South for giving me the original tip that exposed how Midwest Chaplains was claiming Urban Ventures/Colin Powell Center endorsement of the Bachmann amendment. Andy has been doing a good job following the Bachmann amendment. I'd recommend Lloydletta readers make Andy's blog a regular read.

Developing. . .

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Tammy Bruce's Words Used to Support the Anti-gay Amendment in Minnesota

From the Minnesota for Marriage Talking Points:

Activists' Real Agenda for Marriage


  • Homosexual activists don't really want marriage. They want to destroy marriage — and the family — as we know it.
  • The battle for marriage is really about homosexuals' need for social acceptance and approval.
  • It's about silencing those who disagree with homosexuality by creating new laws that will mandate social validation of the homosexual lifestyle.
  • Homosexual activist group leaders have publicly stated that they really don't want marriage at all, but the destruction of marriage as it was intended – the union of one man and one woman.


Included is a quote from Tammy Bruce - a Fox News Commentator who makes much hay out of being a pro-choice gay "progressive".

Talk show host Tammy Bruce, herself a lesbian, warns that some homosexuals are what she calls "malignant narcissists," striking out at whatever they think threatens them, or does not measure up to their idea of an acceptable lifestyle. She says, "In the gay community, you are looking at a contingent that wants to literally destroy the nature of tradition in this nation, because they feel in their very narcissistic way, that it's not good for them."


I sent Tammy Bruce (heytammybruce@yahoo.com) the following:

Does this quote mean you support an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution to both stop gays from participating in the institution of marriage AND its "legal equivalent"?


Notably she has not responded. What next? Will she be stumping for Sen Michele Bachmann?

Developing. . .

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

San Diego Bishop Reverses Himself - Will Do Funeral for Gay Bar Owner

Here....

SAN DIEGO – The head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego apologized Monday to the family of gay nightclub owner John McCusker, less than a week after decreeing that McCusker couldn't have a Catholic burial because of his "business activities," according to a statement released by McCusker's family.

In a stunning twist to a controversy that has created an uproar in the San Diego gay and Catholic communities, Bishop Robert Brom also promised to preside at a mass in memory of McCusker at The Immaculata Catholic church on the campus of the University of San Diego.


John Aravosis sent out an email alert suggesting his readers call and send email to the San Diego Archdioscese. Press and blog outrage had an effect.

Lloydletta interviewed for Women Bloggers Story in MN Women's Press

I talked with Taylor Eisenman from the Minnesota Women's Press today for a story about women bloggers.

She also interviewed Clancy Ratliff of Culture Cat and Sandi from the MAWP Squad.

Kim Hines wrote her last column for the Women's Press in the last issue. I'll miss reading her columns. I knew Kim when we both went to Macalester College.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Rosendall Puts Steve Miller in his place

Steve Miller has another diatribe putting all Gay Activists in the same box. Richard Rosendall puts him in his place in the comments.

Steve Miller writes:
"One thing is clear: the leading gay legal rights advocates have adopted a strategy of going to the nation's most ultraliberal state judicial districts to seek favorable marriage rulings, and they will not be dissuaded from that path."

Given that pressing court cases plays any part in the advocates' strategy at all, surely it makes more sense to try cases in more favorable jurisdictions. California certainly makes more sense than Arizona.

Miller continues:
"The alternative — seeking legislatively approval for granting gay couples all the rights and benefits of marriage — is now viewed with disdain...."

Where is the evidence for this disdain? In state after state, gay advocacy groups are and have been working hard lobbying and educating legislators in their respective statehouses, naturally with varying degrees of success. Legal groups, meanwhile, are doing what legal groups do. I do see a multi-pronged strategy. I also see some foolish and overzealous activists here and there. But I do not see the disdain you speak of. Kindly cite specific examples -- and kindly stop making false generalizations about all activists. My own activist group, GLAA in DC, does no litigation. We work extensively with our city council, which unanimously supports our latest domestic partnership bill. But for some reason, Steve, you feel a need to respond to the left by insulting activists in general. Wouldn't it serve our cause better to point out that not all activists are self-defeating, victim-mongering leftists and that indeed some are doing good and praiseworthy work?


Miller never seems to acknowledge Rosendall's points. The debate between these two over at IGF is rather amusing.

Dyna Wants to Blow Her Horn.....

I encourage people to listen to the show here (will be available for two weeks). There's been some discussion of the program on the issues list. Fred Markus describes it here.

This was surely a good use for late Sunday evening. I heard familiar voices struggling with difficult themes. The discussion ranged from fair notice that the proposed anti-gay Bachmann amendment to Minnesota's constitution would set our cultural clock back severely to a heartfelt appeal to support District 202's secular safe haven for GLBT youth.

The speakers gave what I interpreted to be an approving nod to Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities as examples of faith-based initiatives that have been supported in part with public funds for many years with no salient concerns about proselytizing as a condition for access to social services. I'd add the Loaves and Fishes program to this list - an interdenominational free hot meals program that kept me going in the bad old days before my personal sun came back out from behind the clouds of chronic chemical addiction. Loaves and Fishes is very much still with us.


Dyna Slyter described a program that she had difficulty hearing on the Minneapolis Issues list.

None the less despite the fundy jamming I caught most of the show- it was good to hear Eva fess up to still being a Republican


Dyna misrepresents me here. I did not "fess up" to being a Republican. I'm proud to be a Republican.

and her hilarious attempts to paint Karen Clark, Neva Walker, and other DFLers as anti-gay.


I never attempted to paint Karen Clark, Neva Walker and Peter McLaughlin as anti-gay. I was asking why they supported funding an anti-gay group. And when groups support the Bachmann amendment, I consider them anti-gay. What was interesting is that Matthea when she posted seemed to defend funding UV even if they had were supporting the Bachmann amendment politically. I - not Matthea - forwarded the information about UV distancing themselves from Midwest Chaplains - and stating that the Midwest Chaplains had listed them on their prayer proclamation in error. I also consider Art Erickson anti-gay for a number of other reasons which I've gone into on this list before.

Former Stonewall DFL board members Trish Campbell and host Matthea Little-Smith served notice that SDFL and the gay community in general best get some diversity quick if they want to have any cred in minority communities.


What gay community? Which gay groups? I've been involved with Log Cabin Republicans for about 8 years - and we don't attract many - it's a tough sell - but we have regularly attracted racial minorities to our meetings. I also go to HRC first Thursday events, and I regularly see minority gays at those events. This show talked about racism in the gay community. It did not talk about anti-gay animus in the black churches. That is also a major issue. It's that attitude the groups like the Minnesota Family Council are active trying to exploit. Bob Battle is the poster boy for this - but there are some others that the MFC likes to trot out. During the discussion last night, Matthea claimed that gays don't tend to get upset when racist groups get public funding, but do get upset by anti-gay groups getting public funding. She gave no examples of this - and I would challenge her to give some specific examples.

And Representative Neva Walker neatly shot down and disposed of Eva's conspiracy theories!


Specific examples Dyna? Neva said that I raised some reasonable concerns about whether UV can be respectful of children with different religious views than them. She also said that it was fair to ask Urban Ventures and the CP Center to hold a joint Press Conference in the Capitol to state for the record that Midwest Chaplains - and Minnesota for Marriage (which appears to be a second name for the Minnesota Family Council) have misrepresented them, when they claimed Colin Powell Center and UV endorsement for the Prayer Proclamation for the Bachmann amendment. Neva didn't dispute the statements I made. She explained why she supported the Colin Powell Center.

Trish Campbell knew nothing about this issue before she came on, so she was commenting from ignorance.

My post a few days back asked:

Now why is it that Rep. Neva Walker has been working so hard to get the Urban Ventures bonding funding?

Peter McLaughlin has been a major pusher of funding for this organization. I'd like to hear if he still thinks this group should get public funding.


Matthea Little Smith then responded:

And your analyses is actually TWO issues. I believe they need to be separated.

****************snip***************

Art as with many other ministers, unfortunately, are vocally against Gay Marriage. This Gay Marriage issue should not get into the way of insuring that our children in South Minneapolis have the same access to activities that are accessible to children in other parts of the City. Thus TWO issues, Gay Marriage and Children's access to services in South Minneapolis.

*******************snip***********************

The issue is Human Rights and Gay Marriage, not Urban Ventures and the Colin Powell Center. Eva, please separate them. Taking the program away from the children is not going to get us our Human Rights. It won't do a thing but hurt our children that are seriously suffering right now.


I did not link these issues. Instead I took Midwest Chaplains at their word, when they said that the Colin Powell Center and Urban Ventures endorsed their prey-in for the Bachmann amendment. I pointed this out during the show yesterday, and both Neva and Matthea acknowledged this point.

My original post on March 16 exposed that Urban Ventures and the Colin Powell Center had endorsed a prayer for the Bachmann Amendment. I did not link the issues. I posted about this on this list because I'd gotten a tip from Andy from Eleventh Avenue South. Here's the image as it was when I downloaded it from the Midwest Chaplains website on March 17.

The page is linked from the Minnesota for Marriage website:

Minnesota for Marriage is listed as an "assumed" name with the Secretary of State. The address is the same as the Minnesota Family Council.

From the site:

A Day of Prayer and Fasting for Marriage

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005 has been declared a day of prayer and fasting for marriage. Churches across the state are being asked to sponsor a one-hour vigil for marriage to support awareness, activation and intercession on behalf of the institution of marriage. The recommended format is as follows:
Opening Prayer (2 minutes)
Pastor Statement (5 - 10 minutes)
"Battle for Marriage in Minnesota" Video (30 minutes)
Prayer Intercession (15 - 20 minutes) Closing (3 minutes)
Following the vigil, we urge you to circulate the Minnesota Marriage Protection Petition for people to sign. Return completed petition to Minnesota For Marriage at 2855 Anthony Lane South, Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55418.


The Prayer Ministries Proclamation on this page links to the Midwest Chaplains Prayer Proclamation - and that's what the Colin Powell Center and Urban Ventures apparently endorsed - and now they are denying this - and have said a "retraction is forthcoming". So far, the Midwest Chaplains site has removed the name of the Colin Powell Center and Urban Ventures from the Prayer Proclamation. This is hardly a retraction. As I said earlier, I challenge UV and the Colin Powell Center to hold a press conference to expose this. If their name has been misused, possibly other non-profits that have endorsed the Prayer Proclaimation for the Bachmann Amendment have also been misrepresented.

The next day, Duane Coleman, the lobbyist for Urban Ventures - and the Development Director for the Colin Powell Center sent an email to the conference committee on the Bonding Bill saying that as a 501c3, neither the CP Center nor Urban Ventures takes positions on political issues. Shortly after that, Art Erickson sent a copy of that email to me.

Interestingly enough Midwest Chaplains is listed as a 501c3 non-profit. It seems the main function is to pray at the capitol publically for various political causes - so is 501c3 appropriate legal classification for them?

Developing. . .

Urban Ventures and the Bachmann Amendment: The Saga Continues

When doing the radio show at KFAI, I saw the copy of the email sent to Neva Walker.

Duane Coleman, Urban Ventures lobbyist and Colin Powell Center Development director sent this email originally to the members of the conference committee on bonding at 12:36 PM on Thursday March 17.

To: rep.laura.brod@house.mn,sen.steve.dille, rep.dan.dornan@house.mn, rep.alice.hausman@house.mn, sen.keith.langseth@senate.mn,rep.denny.mcnamara@house.mn, sen.jim.metzen@senate.mn, rep.mary.murphy@house.mn, sen.sandy.pappas@senate.mn, sen.david.senjem@senate.mn
cc: rep.ron.abrams@house.mn, sen.linda.berglin@senate.mn, art@urbanventures.org

This was forwarded to: Neva Walker, Karen Clark and Margaret Kelliher at 12:51 PM on March 17.

These are the headers for when Art the email to me:

X-Apparently-To: lloydletta@yahoo.com via 206.190.38.207; Thu, 17 Mar 2005 11:19:59 -0800
Authentication-Results: mta164.mail.re2.yahoo.com
from=urbanventures.org; domainkeys=neutral (no sig)
X-Originating-IP: [216.250.188.190]
From: "Art Erickson"
To: ,
Subject: Regarding: Non-Political Position of Urban Ventures and Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 13:19:57 -0600
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook, Build 10.0.2627

The Minnesota for Marriage Events links to the page here.

Secretary of State info on Minnesota for Marriage:

Filing Number: 1214763-2
Entity Type: Assumed Name
Original Date of Filing: 2/2/2005
Entity Status: Active
Entity Date to Expire: 02/02/2015
Name: Minnesota For Marriage
Address: 2855 Anthony Ln S #150 Mpls, MN, 55418

This is the same address for the Minnesota Family Council.

Minnesota Family Council / Minnesota Family Institute
2855 Anthony Lane South, Minneapolis MN, 55418-3265
Phone 612.789.8811, FAX 612.789.8858, www.mfc.org

Now the question is - was the woman who Dan Hall from Midwest Chaplains claimed made the calls to get endorsers for this prayer event from the Minnesota Family Council? He would not give me the name or phone number of the woman.

Midwest Chaplains is registered as a Non-Profit Corporation:

Filing Number: 662995-2 Entity Type: Non-Profit Corporation
Original Date of Filing: 10/21/2003 Entity Status: Active
Duration: Perpetual Good Standing:
(date of last annual filing) 2005
Name: Midwest Chaplains
Address:
(not registered office address)

Developing. . .

Sunday, March 20, 2005

I will be on KFAI at 9:00 to 10:30 tonight

I'll be talking about the Colin Powell Youth Center boondoggle. Neva Walker will also be on to talk about her role in getting this boondoggle into the bonding bill.