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LA Times forgets to indicate that Bob Filner is a Democrat

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:36 pm - July 31, 2013.
Filed under: California politics,Democratic Scandals,Media Bias

In its article on the latest lame excuse from the Democratic Mayor of California’s second largest city, the LA Times leaves out the so-called* man’s partisan affiliation:

The attorney for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner said in a letter the city may be liable for damages in a sexual harassment lawsuit because Filner never received mandated training about such behavior.

“The city has a legal obligation to provide sexual harassment training to all management level employees,” wrote attorney Harvey Berger in a letter requesting the city pay Filner’s legal bills in defense of the lawsuit filed by his former communications director.

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Boycotting Sochi Olympics should be on the table

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:16 pm - July 31, 2013.
Filed under: Gays in Other Lands

Drudge has now picked up on a story that some of my Facebook friends had linked yesterday.  And Drudge linked a story on a major new site (ABC) whereas my friends had linked one on a gay site.

Good to see this story getting the national attention it should:

This week, comments by a lawmaker from St. Petersburg set off a firestorm online when he said that fans and athletes would not be immune from prosecution during the games [2014 Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia].

Vitaly Milonov, who sponsored legislation in St. Petersburg last year that became the basis for a national law signed by President Vladimir Putin in June, was quoted telling the Interfax news agency that the law will remain in place during the Olympics and will be applied to foreigners.

Under the law:

Public displays of affection by gays, including holding hands or displaying symbols like a rainbow flag, are now banned. Violators face steep fines and jail time; foreigners face similar penalties plus deportation.

The U.S. administration should ask Russian authorities to guarantee that it will not detain or prosecute gay athletes or spectators from engaging in such activities.  Should they fail to be able to guarantee that, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry should say that the US may have to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics.  We should not send a team to Sochi if the authorities in the host country cannot guarantee the safety of the athletes — or the freedom of American spectators.