Exclusive: CPAC 2010 Photos #CPAC10

It’s been a week since I attended my first CPAC 2010 event, and I’m just now getting to put up the many pictures I took at the conference. I decided to give them each their own page, rather than one long entry that would take forever to load. Enjoy!

Exclusive Photos: Ed Morrissey and Mary Katherine Ham Eating…Arugula!!! #CPAC10

While it’s not on the same level as the end of Soylent Green, I’d say it at least stacks up with Animal Farm. MK pointed out that she can enjoy arugula while still recognizing the political problem it poses. And I can do this.

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Peace with Kevin McCullough

Longtime Daily Dose readers are likely familiar with my flame war with Townhall columnist Kevin McCullough from last year’s CPAC. I’m happy to report that we buried the hatchet at this year’s convention.

To his credit, it was McCullough who approached me at Harry’s Tavern in the Marriott Wardman, where I was eating lunch with about 8 friends. That takes some guts.We both agreed we could have handled that whole thing better.

Coincidentally, Big Hollywood linked to those old posts today just as I was updating them.It’s all part of their intrepid mission to prove I’m a liberal. Stop the presses!

I added updates, but I didn’t delete them because they’re my words, I wrote them, I own them. As I said in my updates, I hereby retract the name-calling. As I’m sure is true of Kevin, I stand by any substantive criticisms I’ve made since then. In short, we now disagree without being disagreeable.

Here’s a photo to commemorate the detente, taken by Caleb Howe’s brother, Ben, who surprisingly does wear shoes.

Kate’s Corner ~~~ A young Transwoman’s take on Coulter, Olbermann and HRC


By Kate Doak.

If anyone thought that sexism wasn’t rife within politics and the media, the events of the last few days should cure them. Between homophobic comments, ACORN rants and penis jokes by some attendees of the recent CPAC summit, not to mention a proverbial tennis match between Keith Olbermann and Ann Coulter over transgender individuals, there’s more than enough ammunition floating around that shows the influence that issues like sex and sexuality have on society today.

Now Ann Coulter and Keith Olbermann have a long history of despising each other’s guts, to the point where a Bullwhip, Chair and Pistol would probably be useful if they ever met face to face and were forced to openly talk about their differences. Like two competing lightening rods, both of these individuals are polarised to their respective ideals in a way that will never change.

As a young Trans-woman, I’ve heard my fair share of transgender-orientated jokes and rants from both conservatives and liberals. For some weird reason, we tend to be regular targets of ridicule for Conservatives, some feminists and parts of the gay community alike. Coincidently as I’m writing this, I’m receiving extremely cold stares from a gay guy who used to reside in my University Dorm and officially complained about my Transition last year. Transphobia can come from anyone, regardless of politics, location or sexuality.

Recently Ann Coulter launched an attack on MSNBC, pretty much calling Keith Olbermann a Mama’s Boy, Richard Wolffe a creepy androgynous “he-she”, and Rachel Maddow a dude. In a strange twist for a Journalism student, words cannot describe the disgust that I’m experiencing typing these comments out. They are examples of Transphobia in their most vile and blatant form. To the best of my knowledge, neither Maddow or Wolffe have commented publicly on Coulter’s remarks. Olbermann on the other hand has decided to trade barbs with Coulter over this, resorting to referencing Ann’s well known nickname, “Mann Coulter”.

Over the years Olbermann has proved to be a very useful ally for the LGBT movement and the Transgender community in general. Coulter on the other hand, has a vindictive streak within her personality, regularly showing that she’s willing to stamp on the weakest in society if it furthers her own social and political agenda. However annoying, offensive and disgusting it may be, hearing Transphobic remarks from Ann isn’t very surprising. Hearing Keith use Transgender people as a punchline against Ann Coulter however, is.

Quoting Olbermann: (video in link)

“All I have to say about Ann Coulter is this. If this guy wants to live his life as a woman I’m going to back his choice up 100 percent. Coultergeist, today’s not worst person in the world.”

Now I know that I’ll catch a lot of flack for this, but Olbermann crossed a line in saying that. Just because Coulter targeted MSNBC with Transphobic remarks, doesn’t give Olbermann the moral right to respond in kind, no matter how justified or satisfying such a return volley might be. At all times a media personality must take into consideration the ideals and values of their audience, while acting responsibly. With this particular story, I don’t think that Keith and his writers did that, as there are plenty of other punchlines that he could have used that wouldn’t have ridiculed one of the smallest and quietest minorities in the world. Both Keith and Ann’s respective tirades do nothing but promote an environment where transgender people are threatened with violence on a daily basis. The horrific murders of people like Angie Zapata, Gwen Araujo and Brandon Teena are testament to that.

The latest round of Olbermann and Coulter’s “Love-fest” also showcases the low priority that organisations such as the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD and The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force have for the Transgender community at this time. Since this story broke, there hasn’t been a single press release or comment from any of these organisations about either Olbermann’s or Coulter’s comments. This is extremely surprising given the fact that Coulter called CNN’s Anderson Cooper gay and Olbermann a girl, at the Conservative Political Action Conference for 2010 over the weekend.  If it wasn’t for columnists such as Tommy Christopher and the people at Queerty, it is highly probable that the punchline of these comments would have gone un-noticed.

Strangely enough, this isn’t the first time that these organisations have ignored issues concerning the Transgender community for political gain. Soon after The Task Force’s Creating Change 2010 summit earlier this month, I asked the Human Rights Campaign’s Diversity Officer Allyson Robinson via Twitter what her organisation’s policies are towards Transgender people in the military and why there weren’t Transgender provisions within the Bill to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’. After having to apply considerable pressure, I was then informed that the Transgender community is covered by a “Medical Policy” and that I should talk to “Knights Out” about it. For those of you who don’t know, that’s Washington-speak for “You are too controversial for us to consider helping with this Bill. Go away and be someone else’s problem”. This chain of thought is typical of what the Transgender community has been experiencing for quite a while, where HRC will only advocate for Transgender rights if it is politically advantageous for them to do so.

Ironically, as Transphobic as Coulter’s and Olbermann’s comments are, they aren’t nearly as offensive as the refusal of some LGBT rights organisations to stand up to them.


Kate Doak is a Postgraduate student at the University of New England, Australia.  Over the past several years, Kate’s changed genders once, academic fields twice and has developed a deep passion for radio broadcasting.  When not posting for Tommy Christopher’s Daily Dose, she can be found at www.tunefm.net or on Twitter.

Irony … “The Big Freeze”


The global warming/climate change naysayers consistently cite warnings of a “big freeze” that supposedly did not come true as their reason for not “believing in” proven science.

It’s ironic that the same warming that has been agreed upon by the global community directly results in extreme weather conditions including the most recent phenomenon of snow falling in nearly all fifty states.

I think they shouldn’t build their cute snowmen with signs proving scientists’ points.

Happy Annniversary, Daily Dose!

It was one year ago today that Daily Dose became the official headquarters of my brain. My first post was a fairly prescient one.

I don’t know how the hell I found the time to crank out 8 posts a day for AOL and still post here every day, but on the other hand, there’s got to be a way for me to post here now more than once a month. So, I shall.

In the meantime, here are the top posts from the Dose for the past year. Enjoy.

Sarah Palin Porno Parody Actress in Emin
Playboy Magazine Officially Hates Women,
Meghan McCain Proud of Her Big, Juicy As
Twitter Badness: DailyKos Frontpager, Ko
Top 10 Conservative Women I Love to Love
Sarah Palin Plagiarism Charge is a Massi
Redstate Gets Down and Dirty: Raises Inc
New York Times: Ann Coulter’s Makeup Tak
Meghan McCain’s Super Creepy Dating Tale
On Playboy and the Firing of Tommy Chris
Today’s Quickies and…Rocket Babies
Alleged Ashley Biden Cocaine Tape Sounds
Sean Penn Acceptance Speech – Transcript
Michael Steele Flips on ‘Barack the Magi
Meghan McCain’s New Twitter Creep NRO Ba
Palin Compromises on Abortion, Stimulus,
Newt Gingrich Nailin’ Sarah Palin’s Poli
NY Post Smears Michelle Obama With Cavia
Exclusive – RNC Says All of Palin’s Clot
Michelle Obama Survives Apparent Lightsa

Climate vs. Weather … the difference matters.

SINCE PEOPLE on teevee STOLE MY local THUNDER …. here’s my take:

After a winter ice storm ravaged Southwest Oklahoma this month, it left some – who already may have been skeptical – wondering whether the concept of global warming – or climate change – could even be real.  Scientists who are studying the phenomenon, however, are not in disagreement … they say it’s a reality.

While disputes seem to arise over whether it is a manmade occurrence, the issue of whether it is happening is not hotly contested by climate research scientists.
Since the weather has been cold, some may question how there possibly could be global ‘warming,’ but Cameron University Professor of Physical Sciences Kurtis Koll, Ph.D. says that may be because there is a misunderstanding about what weather is and what climate is.  “Weather is a short term meteorological event, perhaps a day-to-day event, in a local area,” he said.  “As the saying goes, ‘If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, hang around five minutes.”  Koll says weather – itself – is inherently changeable.  “It can change suddenly.  It’s not long term.  Even with microclimates in a given place, that microclimate is still a part of the weather,” he said.

For example, Koll says there’s something called a “heat dome.”  Cities can create their own heat dome through the asphalt after the sun has warmed it and heat has been captured.  “But, still … that’s part of weather.”  Climate, says Koll, is different.  “Any changes are more subtle and long term,” he said.  “Oklahoma, for example, may have its own particular climate regionally – it may be drier in the panhandle and moister in th eastern part of the state.  But, that’s not a global occurrence, necessarily.”

Global warming means just that … a “global” warming.  Scientists measuring this warming, Koll says, are coming to a consensus about just how much.  While there is not a current official global standard for measuring this process, University of Oklahoma NOAA Cooperative Instructor for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) and George Lynn Cross Research Professor Peter Lamb, Ph.D. says they are working on just that.  “There is no real (standard) equation to measure climate,” he said.  But, he says the closest thing to it may be the measuring of pollutant levels in the atmosphere.  He says equipment used to keep track of climate varies in age, so they’re working to adjust to that reality.  “We’re working on a standard math procedure to calculate it (that everyone can agree on),” he said.

Koll addresses the confusion about global warming by comparing it to our recent ice storm.  “When people started to hear that there may be an issue with the water, people panicked,” he said.  “Others, still, thought the city was crying wolf and that it wasn’t a reality.”  Just last week, there was, in fact, an issue with the water plant, but what Mayor John Purcell asked was that the city, and its surrounding areas, pull together for a short time in an effort to conserve water until the issue was resolved.  It certainly was no prank, but still managed to cause a bit of confusion.  “The prospect of no water panicked citizens,” said Koll.  “With education, some will take advantage, and others won’t.”  He says the current effort to reduce the effect of carbon emissions is akin to that.  “Conservation is an effort to do just that … ‘conserve.”

Climate change is more subtle than an abrupt shift in weather, Koll says.  “What is the source of greenhouse gas? Is it industrial? Is it natural? Each side will point fingers at each other, but change is inevitable,” he said.  “Just like human beings, the earth changes, and I personally believe it’s good stewardship to do our best to conserve our resources,” he said, “no matter the cause of climate change.”

“We’re currently in an interglacial period, between ice ages,” Koll said.  “We’re going through a natural warming period as it is.  Climate models may show a one or two degree climate change which may, in turn, cause changes to the weather.  There was an average temperature change between 1995-2005 where temperatures seemed to grow at a faster rate.  And, an increase in ocean temperatures also could contribute to warming temperatures,” said Koll.  “In a desire to use a more general term, the ‘global’ part (of global warming) – by most people – is misunderstood,” said Lamb.

Lamb says the so-called “Climategate” controversy in which a university researcher’s email exchanges with colleagues this year was hacked and printed in many major news outlets was unfortunate and misunderstood.  Pennsylvania State University Department of Meteorology Researcher Michael Mann, Ph.D. was at the center of the email “storm.”  Just this month he was exonerated on all charges but one spelled out by reporter John M. Broder in a New York Times article: “Whether his behavior undermined public faith in the science of climate change.”
The university itself conducted a panel study fo his research and determined he was keeping within the ethical scientific standards.  In the inquiry report, the university reported: “From among these 377 emails, the inquiry committee focused on 47 emails that were deemed relevant.”

Confusion during “Climategate” seemed to arise when climate researchers were discussing mathematical data.  “They were not falsifying data; they were trying to construct an understandable graph for those who were not experts in the field,” the panel wrote.  “The so-called ‘trick’ was nothing more than a statistical method to bring two or more different kinds of data sets together in a legitimate fashion by a technique that has been reviewed by a broad array of peers in the field,” they concluded.  The report goes on to give examples in quantum mechanics where the term “trick” is used.  “Science often involves different groups who have very different points of view, arguing for the intellectual dominance of their viewpoint.”  While one side sees the emails as sinister, “The other side sees these as nothing more than private discussions of scientists engaged in a hotly debated topic of enormous social impact,” the report said.

But, what about the so-called “Big Freeze” that others are discussing?  Well, in a Dec. 2009 interview with Charles Q. Choi of LiveScience, isotope biogeochemist William Patterson at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, said: “This kind of scenario would not discount evidence pointing toward global warming – after all, it leans on the Greenland ice sheet melting.  We could say that global warming could lead to dramatic cooling … This should serve as further warning rather than a pass,” he told LiveScience.

“As excess amounts of snow and ice melt, it spreads a lens of cold, fresh water on top of warm salt water.  The fresh water doesn’t sink, and since warming could produce excess melting, as a part of the great conveyor belt (part of ocean circulation) it could cause cooling in the North Atlantic … it’s ironic,” said Lamb.

So, what about greenhouse gases? Koll says greenhouse gases can be both natural and manmade, but we shouldn’t discount either.  “Around the time ‘Earth Day’ was created, there was a great focus on water.  It’s easy to see water pollution,” said Koll.  “But, it’s something that happens over many years, not all at once.”  Because of studies of water pollution, and advancements in science, the world now has a global standard for measuring water contaminants and bacteria in water.

But, why is it cold outside if there’s global warming?  “Because, that’s ‘weather.’ Because it’s winter … it’s supposed to be cold,” said Koll.  “But, just as you maintain your home, or your car, we – as human beings – have been challenged in literature, and history, and politics to be good stewards, or to save money, or to improve ourselves.  As things change … we have to adapt.”

Much ado about Soul Food?

Who’s gonna tell all these people they’re doing African American Heritage Month all wrong? Because I don’t think they know.

Okay, after a while I just got tired of copying and pasting all the organizations – INCLUDING NAACP sponsored events catering with Soul Food for Black History month.  Search google yourselves if you’re so mad at MSNBC.

Blizzard Theatre 2010 presents: Charlie Chaplin Goes to Hoth

This film did well everywhere except Naboo, where Jerry Lewis is revered as a genius.

What if you didn’t ‘count’?

Inspired by Tommy’s post about census takers and the homeless, I have decided to add my bit after interviewing one of the only two homeless shelters in my area.  Following a harsh winter ice storm that flattened my region for days, and left at least 1/4 of the population with no power (in rural areas even more) these issues stick out like a sore thumb.

There’s something called a “Point in Time” survey that “counts all the people who are homeless on a given day or during a given week; or period prevalence count of the number of people who are homeless over a given period of time.”

Homeless shelters in severe weather – particularly winter weather – may be able to count heads in their own facilities … but they are not equipt to count the heads of those who pass through when they don’t have room to house them.  In my area, for example, even the Point in Time survey had to be rescheduled as many residents went with no power for more than four days (late addition: many remain without power).

Homelessness and states of emergency stop for no one and my area had a brief water shortage that had citizens running for the nearest store to make sure they were stocked up on water … all the while many folks who weren’t homeless were stocking up on fluids only to run home to a cold, dark house.

Twitter was a blessing in Southwest Oklahoma as many had no access to media, and not every newspaper in Oklahoma actively covers this area.  Through texts, tweets, and a phone call or two, residents were able to use their Smartphones to communicate … and convey messages to others.  They know what it’s like to live without means of communication as much as anyone now, and in our culture it’s a hard lesson to be learned.

But, what if you aren’t counted?  What if – through no deliberate fault of your own – you don’t count anymore?  The one homeless shelter in my community – ONE – that provides private rooms (probably about 10 total) for families  has been full for two weeks.   What if you didn’t count?

If the homeless aren’t counted, we can’t help them with either federal, state, or community funding.  And,  for most people … we truly do want to help.

“Take it from a half angel”