Day 3 on NOM’s California tour: Vota Tus Valores gets more than they bargained for

September 30, 2010 at 7:00 am 103 comments

Apologies, folks. This post got hung up in the tubes last night. — Eden

(Stop #12, at the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, was covered yesterday here. Meanwhile, watch below where Alfonso says in response to the question “where are all your [supporters]?” when they encountered protesters in Napa, he replied, “all the Latinos are working while you’re out here wasting your time.” Of course, if it were the reverse, I’m sure it’d be a different story. — Adam)

By Arisha Michelle Hatch

Stop #13: Napa

In Napa, 32 counter-protesters greeted the Vota Bus tour with chants of “more jobs, more jobs.”

As this was the first vocal counter-protest of the tour, the Vota Bus staff didn’t know what to do. Alfonso and a few others got off the bus briefly, attempting to shout over the counter-protesters’ chants.

Vota Tus Valores clearly wasn’t prepared for opposition, although I’m not quite sure why.

Alfonso spent five minutes on the ground before hurrying back to the bus and that was all she wrote for the Napa stop. It took us 40 minutes to drive from the Jelly Belly factory. Despite being an attorney, Alfonso shows little ability to keep his cool under pressure in a public setting.  It’s actually quite startling.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Brian Brown actually handled things much better during NOM’s “One Man, One Woman” tour. He wasn’t afraid to talk to us. He wasn’t afraid to articulate his opinion. He understood that “there’s no such thing as bad press”; that as long as the camera was rolling he had an opportunity to get his message across.  Brown wanted to be a celebrity for his cause.  He spoke to everyone. Alfonso, on the other hand, comes across as scared and ashamed.

On to the next stop, I suppose.

Albeit brief, I was happy to get a chance to meet P8TT reader Rebecca G. Thanks for coming out!  Wish we could’ve chatted longer, but alas the road calls.

Stop #14: Concord

In Concord, the Vota Bus veered off-schedule and decided to park in front of an abandoned Hollywood Video, where they grabbed food (authentic Mexican)  and stopped in a Rite Aid.  The bus driver then got a wheel caught on the curb and then spent 7 minutes trying to course-correct, bringing parking lot traffic to a standstill.

Stop #15: Alameda

They skipped the planned Alameda stop – an old military site – altogether, opting instead to hit a local Mexican restaurant in east Oakland where they took tequila shots and shook hands with the owner. Two counter-protesters did follow-up engagement with the three people they spoke to. However, P8TT commenter DaveP/DPeck sent in some photos of who was waiting for them if they did come to the planned stop (thanks Dave!)

DaveP and healthcare union folks in Alameda

DaveP and Sheryl in Alameda

Stop #16: San Jose

Napa may have been the first stop where an organized oppositional counter-protest came out to greet the Vota Bus, but East San Jose was clearly the most vocal. When we arrived there were approximately 34 counter-protesters, mostly Latino.

Anti-NOM protesters in San Jose

Part of me wanted to cry. It was the same feeling I had watching hundreds of equality supporters march up the capitol steps in Madison, Wisconsin to confront Brian Brown and NOM.

There was a certain fearlessness about them, but more than that these were people of color – my people – engaged and more educated on the issues than most Californians.

Here’s video from Anthony:

East San Jose did the progressive community proud today.

Because it was in East San Jose, because the counter-protest was predominantly Latino and because the local NBC affiliate was present to interview Alfonso, the Vota Bus had no choice but to stay and confront it.

And they tried – some were more effective than others. Alfonso is the least skilled – his temper rages and rather than attempting to dial down his tone and present himself as the rational person in the debate, he gets frustrated and tries to talk the loudest.

Alfonso in San Jose

“Your barrio pass has been revoked,” one Latino activist shouted from a megaphone. He later led a chant of “te vendistes, te vendistes” meaning “you sold yourself.” Alfonso’s response was to tell the crowd that they were failing their community and their race before hurrying back onto the bus.

NOM/anti-NOM confrontation in San Jose

Alfonso, trust me, there’s no shouting-down that guy.  You’ve either got to pull him to the side, find out his story and present him with facts that appeal to his personal values or focus on a different person. Remember, you’re the politician; Brian Brown understood this.

I don’t know what Alfonso is thinking, but I do know that he’s slowly driving himself and everyone else in that bus into a ditch of political failure.

In addition to poor planning and even poorer execution, Alfonso has now instituted a media blackout against the Courage Campaign NOM Tour Trackers which officially means that we’re in control of the narrative. Ninety-eight percent of the articles written about this tour will be by us.

My guess is that Alfonso thinks silence will make us go away. It’s an interesting tactic;  Brian Brown tried that tactic on the third day that I was on the Summer of Marriage tour too when he tried to have our videographer arrested in Anapolis, Maryland.  He later realized that he might as well just talk to us, but he’s not as confident as Brian.

There are, in my opinion, several reasons why Alfonso’s calculation is wrong:

1) Although he may think the Courage Campaign and the P8TT community is irrelevant, apparently he isn’t watching the Glenn Beck show on FOX News. Check out Beck’s attack on Courage and some other organizations on Tuesday;

2) He doesn’t understand who we are — we did 40 days and 9,000 miles in 100% humidity; this team can do 10 days down the California coast in our sleep;

3) You’re in our state now. The car is already paid for and we all have to get back to southern California anyway;

4) But more importantly, their silence is the real story anyway — it reinforces everything that appears so negative about this tour; it’s not engaging, has no targeting and there’s no attempt to have a discourse that feels empowering or aimed at changing the hearts and minds of anyone they encounter.

Let me say that I know that many people on the Vota Bus are well-intentioned. They want to have that dialogue – it’s the reason they jumped on the bus to begin with.

Tomorrow, I’d like to introduce you to a few of the more open-minded tour organizers. I’ll introduce you to Alan, an anti-choice musician who is quickly becoming my favorite person on the tour because he’s not afraid of discourse or having his views challenged.

Stop #17: San Mateo

In San Mateo, the Vota Bus was met by 14 equality counter-protesters from organizations like PFLAG and Marriage Equality USA. Tour organizers made marginal attempts to engage about 4 people who were sitting in the local park and two of the volunteer organizers attempted to have a civil discourse with two of the equality supporters.

Protesters greeing the VotaBus in San Mateo

Bob Carter, PFLAG member in San Mateo
Bob Carter, PFLAG member

PFLAG Mom for Marriage Equality in San Mateo

Overall, they still appeared somewhat rattled by the stop in San Jose.

But for now, good night. I wonder what the central valley has in store for us tomorrow?

Entry filed under: NOM Exposed, NOM Tour Tracker-California, Right-wing.

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103 Comments Add your own

  • 1. AndrewPDX  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:04 am

    W00t! Way to go guys!

    So, what’s the attendance so far (not like we’re keeping score or anything)… 100 anti-bus, and 2 pro-bus?

    I still love the ‘Intolerance is Un-American” quote. So true.

    Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
    Andrew

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    • 2. AndrewPDX  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:07 am

      ugh… it helps if I click the ‘subscribe’ boxes…

      Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
      Andrew

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      • 3. Lesbians Love Boies  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:14 am

        subscribing

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    • 4. BK  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

      Good job, CaliFail trackers! Love the flood of articles!

      Reply
    • 5. Kathleen  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:16 am

      Let’s try this again.

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    • 6. JonT  |  September 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      Subscribing, and what a train wreck this bus trip has been.

      PS, please don’t tell me that rather attractive tall guy standing next to Alfonso in the light green shirt is a NOM supporter. I don’t think I could take that. :)

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      • 7. Sheryl, Mormon Mother of a wonderful son who just happens to be gay  |  September 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm

        Sorry to break the news to you but he is part of the bus tour. He’s the one who asked me how many people were at the park in Concord that they didn’t stop at. Seemed like a very nice young man (perhaps he is Alan).

        Wish they had actually stopped at the park in Alameda. Would have been nice to have been part of that scene.

        Sheryl, Mormon Mother

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      • 8. JonT  |  September 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm

        Aww, what a crime :)

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  • 9. Sagesse  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:18 am

    And the plot thickens

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  • 10. Jonathan H  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Seven hours til they say they’ll be here in Fresno, and no location given yet. I’m pretty much going to assume they’re skipping us, but will check back again ’round lunchtime.

    Can I call this tour a “train wreck” yet, or do I need to give them another day or two first?

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    • 11. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:03 am

      Jonathon H —

      They’ve just posted Vallarta Supermarket as their location for Fresno; Google map on votabus.com. So….. any chance you’ll be able to find out if this business has given them permission to use their parking lot????

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      • 12. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:05 am

        Oh good! Vallarta Supermarket appears to be a Central Valley chain, not just a local neighborhood store. This could be really good for us……..

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      • 13. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:22 am

        This is the info for the store location advertised as a tour stop:
        4831 E Butler Ave
        Fresno, CA 93727-5015
        (559) 455-0179

        Corporate office: Phone: (818) 898-0088
        General office: Phone: (818) 485-0596

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      • 14. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:29 am

        Maybe this will turn out to be a stop for Alfonso to pick up some more pork rinds……. And a receipt from this store will certainly LOOK “Hispanic” to the IRS.

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      • 15. Jonathan H  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:50 am

        Can’t I just assume that they haven’t? It’s not just Vallarta, there’s a strip mall there, so they probably don’t need permission as long as they don’t stay long enough to snarl up the lot. This is me making excuses to get out of using the Dreaded Telephone.

        That should be fun to see, that parking lot is constantly crowded. It’s also right next to Fresno Pacific, a Christian College. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have allies in the school, it’s that kind of place.

        You spelled my name with two “O”s. Apologize.

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      • 16. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:52 am

        Ah! JONATHAN, my apologies for sure.

        Mea maxima culpa.

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      • 17. Jonathan H  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:15 am

        Your apology is pleasing. You are forgiven.

        It’s about a twelve and a half mile ride for me round trip, which sounds like a lot since I’ve spent the last two months hiding from the heat. Still, totally worth it. Especially if they get the bus stuck or hit someone’s car or something.

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    • 18. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:18 am

      The way Thomas (Hola, Thomas!) is apparently driving, you may actually get to witness such an event. Take your camera, JonathAn.

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      • 19. Jonathan H  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:28 am

        Was just checking the memory card! I’ll remember to bring spare batteries this time, too.
        No signs or placards, though. It’d be a pain on the bicycle I was so sure they’d skip us I never thought to check for supplies. I still think they’ll no-show either here or for Los Banos.

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      • 20. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

        Oh, a bicycle — no wonder the 12.5 miles is an issue. I’m proud of you, JonathAn. Do wear something that identifies you as pro-equalty so that they don’t video you as one of their supporters…..

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      • 21. Ann S.  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

        I sense an Energy Conservation award . . .

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      • 22. Jonathan H  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:43 am

        It’s either the bicycle or the bus, and the bike is both less miserable and already paid for!

        In July I wouldn’t have blinked if it were 20 miles, but once the highs get consistently over 105 you start finding ways to ride as little as possible.

        What on Earth could I wear to distance myself from them? Usually I just let my long hair and funny hat do the speaking. If all else fails I’ll just draw on a t-shirt with a marker, I suppose

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  • 23. ChrisB  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I posted this earlier on the “Judge Walker retires” thread, but it makes more sense on one of these. Does anyone have any insight about these purported emails?

    There are links on the tusvalores.com site to the first and second “Vota Bus spotting.”

    The first one says,

    The Vota Bus has begun its trek across America, heading towards our first stop in California next Monday.

    Our new friend “Donnie” sent us this email last night:

    “Just admiring your bus as it pulled into the RV Park at Diamond Jacks in Bossier City, La. You will definitely get attention when you roll into town. Bless you for your stand on life, marriage and America.”

    Thanks, “Donnie”. We sure hope so!

    And the second one is,

    I have a feeling these are going to become more frequent:

    “Saw your bus in Fort Worth, Texas today! You go get em in California we are pulling for you. The bus is great!!!” – Dottie

    Be on the look-out for the VotaBus! Check the schedule to see where we will be and if you manage to snap a photo – send it in to us! Of course, it goes without saying that you should always be safe when trying to capture a photo of the Vota Bus, especially if it is moving.

    I thought the bus originated in Cali. Where did they start from if they are cruising through Bossier City and Dallas? And how come no one noticed them in Longview, Abilene, Midland, Odessa, El Paso, Las Cruces, Deming, Lordsburg, Tucson, Phoenix, Blythe, Indio, Palm Springs, etc, etc, and commented? Assuming that was their route. I’m pretty sure there are some folks of Hispanic descent in those areas, although they can’t vote for Carly, so they don’t count.

    Could it be that they’re making up these emails as well?

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    • 24. AndrewPDX  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:36 am

      Could it be that they’re making up these emails as well?

      I wouldn’t doubt it for a second. They lie about everything else, why not this?

      Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
      Andrew

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    • 25. Jonathan H  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:40 am

      I don’t see any reason to think so. The tour originated in California, but that doesn’t mean that the bus did. It could easily have been built in Korea, purchased in New York, and painted up for this in South Carolina, for example.

      Mind you, at this point if they told me the Sun was shining at noon, I’d look out a window to check.

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      • 26. Freddy  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:15 am

        Did a little bit of research and found that Allegro Bus is based out of Red Bay AL. that is likely where they go the bus and why they were om LA and TX.

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      • 27. Jonathan H  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:53 am

        Well geez Freddy, if you’re going to do “research” and bring up “facts” then I might as well give up wild speculating altogether!

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      • 28. Carpool Cookie  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:13 am

        I want to know who “Dottie” is. I thought that name had been lost somewhere on the evolutionary chain.

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      • 29. Jack O.  |  September 30, 2010 at 4:18 pm

        And indeed, the bus bears an Alabama license plate.

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    • 30. rf  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:56 am

      i don’t think they’re making them up. i’d guess either these are friends of some people on the bus or they met them during piststops while the bus was heading to cali. if they are faked, would think they could have written up a few more esp with sightings around some big cities. next time alphonso–use your head, pretend everyone who sees it is intrigued by your bus and they had to go online to see what it was all about.

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  • 31. Ann S.  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:42 am

    I think Anonygirl could title this segment Clueless in Califoria. What a bunch of maroons.

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    • 32. Jonathan H  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:44 am

      Heheh, sounds like an excellent subtitle to the whole tour if you ask me!

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  • 33. bb  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Does anyone know where NOM will be in Escondido? I”m planning on going to the Oceanside site, but wasn’t sure if NOM annouced where they’ll be for Escondido.

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  • 36. Sean  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:51 am

    A sweaty guy trying to out-shout twenty people and a man with a megaphone. Priceless.

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    • 37. Lora  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:38 pm

      I absolutely LOVED those videos in East San Jose!!
      He looked like he was scared shitless while people kept coming from other parts of the park.
      He really had nothing to say and couldn’t get out of there fast enough! Hilarious!!
      Mucho thanks to Arisha and all the rest in the “little red car”!

      Keep ’em coming!

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  • 38. Cat  |  September 30, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Another great report of #Failed NOM tour stops. Thanks!

    Fuming Alfonso needs to watch out for his ticker… Let’s give the guy a big group hug, and make him an ex-anti-gay. C’mon Alfonso, your irrational fear of homosexuality is bad for you and us. Chill, love yourself, love us, and the world will be a better place. Some people are gay, most people are not. So what? Embrace diversity and you’ll be so much happier, with a lower blood pressure to boot.

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  • 39. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I feel like Alfonso — I’m at a loss for words! This is the most fun I’ve had since Walker’s decision was posted. To finally see some people without colorless skins boosts my spirits even higher. I love that guy with the megaphone — he clearly thought he might have to compete with the “pro-bus” people. (Who have stayed away in legions.)

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    • 40. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:12 am

      Well said Kate! DITTO!

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    • 41. Mark M (Seattle)  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:33 am

      White people are ‘colorless skinned’?????

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      • 42. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:40 am

        may not be the word I would choose but I celebrate the meaning, the inclusion….

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      • 43. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:43 am

        Yep. That’s how I think of us. Colorless.

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      • 44. Jonathan H  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:51 am

        I prefer “melanin impaired”.

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      • 45. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:54 am

        JonathAn:

        I agree. I’m switching to “melanin impaired.”

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  • 46. Sydney  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Arisha, just wanted to say how much I appreciate the civility and grace of your postings. Thanks so much for the work you and the rest are doing out there on behalf of us all.

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    • 47. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:48 am

      Amen!!!! Arisha, you are a class act.

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  • 48. Alan E  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:06 am

    On the way to work. Meetings all day. Have fun Trackies!

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  • 49. BK  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:08 am

    NOMfails make my world go round… :) I hope they keep this up. Really entertaining to read & watch.

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    • 50. Lora  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:39 pm

      I know. I can’t wait to get home from work each day to get my fix! :)

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  • 51. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Oh god, it’s only Day 3! And already la escritura está en la pared. Does the team of Trackers following their bus think they’ll keep this up? Or maybe just make a mad dash escape to Palm Springs and call it macaroni? I’m voting that they continue — besides the fact that it is SO DAMNED MUCH FUN to read all these reports, the Boxer supporters are beginning to show now, and that might actually bring this fiasco and resultant horrible press to the attention of the Fiorina campaign.

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    • 52. fiona64  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:34 am

      El Autobus del Fall is going to be in for a rude awakening in Palm Springs, which has a large, active (and primarily well-to-do) gay community.

      Love,
      Fiona

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      • 53. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

        And golf courses for those bus-riders……..

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  • 54. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I wonder when “their” supporters and money stream will figure out that they’re sending in their hard-earned money to fund a tour that ends up being for all of US instead…. Thanks, NOM-donators; this is SO MUCH FUN!

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  • 55. Lesbians Love Boies  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

    One man, One woman website has a poll…Fiorina isn’t listed:

    Who would you most like to see defeated this November?

    • Wisconsin Sen. Russel Feingold
    • California Se. Barbara Boxer
    • Nevada Sen. Harry Reid
    • Washington Sen. Patty Murray

    http://www.oneman-onewoman.org/2010/09/what-impact-will-2010-elections-have-on.html

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    • 56. Lesbians Love Boies  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

      I wonder if NOM will show the results and call it a reliable market research poll.

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      • 57. Jonathan H  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

        It would be astoundingly dishonest to do that, since the poll is basically asking “Which of these people that I dislike do you dislike the most?”

        Astoundingly dishonest, so I give it a 50/50 chance. :P

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    • 58. Phil L  |  September 30, 2010 at 6:11 pm

      I think that it would be awesome if all of these people won their elections in November. It would effectively show how ineffective NOM really is.

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  • 59. Ronnie  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

    More FAIL MUCHO for the NOMroids……LOL….<3..Ronnie

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  • 60. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:33 am

    How dare he — Alfonso putting “La Raza” and Fiorina in the same sentence! And then, my favorite of his belches – (This to the Latinos in great presence): “You’ve failed your community! You’ve failed your community,” as he slinks back to the safety of The Bus.

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  • 61. Chris B  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:37 am

    This is so sad. Are they just pulling over the bus at random places and wandering around looking for Latinos? The NOM tour was so much more professional. Brian and Maggie at least had the intelligence to talk to the Tour Trackers and not run and hide from them.

    What a complete waste of time and money.

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  • 62. Judy  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:44 am

    When confronted with protesters he leads his bus group over to an innocent family out having a picnic 100 feet away and tries to talk with them. That poor family!

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  • 63. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Question for the Techy Trackies here:

    I haven’t been able to stream the videos posted, so I called my provider to upgrade to their fastest connection. There’s only one broadband provider anywhere near my ranch, and it uses a wireless radio signal from one of the surrounding mountains. But it’s still inadequate, even though this data flow is supposed to be 2Mbps/512k now. My computer is a few years old. Is it possible that it isn’t up to streaming video well? It’s a dual core 2.13 GHz with 2gb RAM. It has NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE video card. Any ideas?

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    • 64. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:49 am

      PS — It’s running XP Media Center.

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    • 65. Judy  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:24 am

      I think my carrier is giving me 20 Mbps, so I wonder if 2 is enough to carry video. Can you install a satellite dish, with, say DirecTV or DISH Network?

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      • 66. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:25 am

        I did look into a satellite dish before I signed up with the local provider, but as I recall it was even slower. Damn.

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      • 67. Lesbians Love Boies  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:33 am

        Kate have you tried a speed test to see what you are truly getting as far as upload/download speeds?

        http://www.dslreports.com/speedtest?flash=1

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      • 68. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:42 am

        Thanks for the link, LLB. The closest city listed that would work for me is LA (the SF one didn’t work). I received a download spead of 1200k and an upload of 139k. Shouldn’t the 1.2mb be adequate for video streaming????

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    • 69. JonT  |  September 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      Your computer and video card is more than adequate, but 2Mbps might be an issue… You might give the YouTube speed page a run and see what you get:

      http://www.youtube.com/my_speed

      Back when I had a slower connection (crappy phone lines), I’d just start YT playback for a second or so, the hit Pause, then go do something for 10 or so minutes while it buffered up the video…

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  • 70. Ronnie  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:51 am

    A message from our Heterosexual ally, Scott Herman, about The Trevor Project……<3…Ronnie:

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    • 71. Ronnie  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:59 am

      Scott Herman is from The Real World: Brooklyn, Season 21….He is also a Fitness Trainer & Model….He is a very strong advocate for Marriage Equality & all LGBT Rights…<3..Ronnie

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  • 72. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Smooches to those PFLAG folks — I love ’em to pieces.

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  • 73. Jack O.  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Here are some photos from the San Mateo stop. Kudos to the Trackers!

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    • 74. Jack O.  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:03 am

      Woops, I thought the “URL” field in the Comment form would show up. Here’s the photo URL:
      http://tinyurl.com/NOMBusSanMateo

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      • 75. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:13 am

        Great overview, Jack O. — thanks for posting these. Makes me feel more like I was able to be there. Thomas (Hola, Thomas!) looks like the Tour Bouncer, the way he’s guarding the bus door, radio in hand.

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      • 76. Jeff T  |  September 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm

        Wow, powerful stuff. Thanks to P8TT and everyone for standing up to this joke of a bus tour.

        Great pics, Jack O. Cheers from up here in Daly City!

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      • 77. Ann S.  |  September 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm

        Thank you, Jack. O. I hereby award you badges for Promptness, Excellent Use of Technology, and Remaining Civil under Pressure.

        Wear them with Pride!

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    • 78. Lesbians Love Boies  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:12 am

      Great pics Jack!

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  • 79. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Will catch up later.

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  • 80. Ronnie  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:08 am

    New PSA from Fight Back New York, featuring Straight Ally, Rosie Perez (actress) ….<3…Ronnie:

    Actress Rosie Perez has a message for the New York State Senate: Marriage equality matters to straight people too. She also has a special message for Sen. Ruben Diaz. Watch Rosie's new video message below.

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    • 81. Judy  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:33 am

      Yay for Rosie Perez, but did she have to say, “Whatever creams your Twinkie…”?

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      • 82. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:58 am

        uh …. doesn’t she remember the Twinkie Defense after Harvey and Moscone were murdered????

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  • 83. Lesbians Love Boies  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:45 am

    NOMs facebook page finally got wind of Judge Walker’s retirement…

    http://www.facebook.com/oneman.onewoman#!/oneman.onewoman?v=wall

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    • 84. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:48 am

      Our own troll Michael Ejercito posts there:

      Dumbass did not even follow binding precedent (Baker v. Nelson, Adams v. Howerton).

      Looks as though he has finally found a site where the people cannot see through his posts.

      Reply
      • 85. Kathleen  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:54 am

        I just noticed M.E. lists “Baker v Nelson” as one of his activities on his facebook page. How does one do that as an activity? I hope he at least dresses appropriately for the era:

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      • 86. rf  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:07 am

        I like the quote by someone else in the comments: “Come quickly lord Jesus”. yes, Jesus, please rapture these idiots away.

        Reply
      • 87. Jonathan H  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:20 am

        He does love his precedent. Wish he’d come back and answer my question

        Reply
  • 88. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I just heard the “It Gets Better” project announced on NPR!!!

    Reply
    • 89. Jonathan H  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

      Good news! I love the idea of that project, it’s using YouTube in a great way for something really good.

      Reply
  • 90. Clift  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

    The bus tour schedule is here… http://tusvalores.com/en/bus-tour.html

    Reply
  • 91. Lesbians Love Boies  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Latest Tweets from One Man, One Woman

    # V. Walker says he is retiring from federal bench to go into private sector. What company would hire someone with such poor judgement? #Prop8 16 minutes ago via web

    # No wonder Walker ruled #Prop8 unconstitutional. He was looking at retirement, didn’t have to worry about his future credibility as a judge. 26 minutes ago via web

    # “Judge” Vaughn Walker will resign. Well that’s good b/c his court doesn’t have anymore credibility. #prop8 35 minutes ago via web

    # Judge who overturned Proposition 8 to retire – latimes.com http://lat.ms/b3QlQg 44 minutes ago via TweetMeme

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    • 92. Ronnie  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:27 am

      He should sue for slander, defamation, & libel….. : / …Ronnie

      Reply
    • 93. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:45 am

      Thank you for alert LLB!

      Reply
  • 94. StraightSupporter  |  September 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I don’t know if this would be a good idea, but since NOM is bent on touring and spreading false information, fear, lies, faulty reasoning, etc, how about the equality supporters who can start a tour of their own?

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    • 95. Lesbians Love Boies  |  September 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      I don’t think I would waste the money. NOM is doing a great job helping our side with these tours…let them foot the bills : )

      Reply
      • 96. StraightSupporter  |  September 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

        That is true. And we can continue to use free and cheaper means such as Internet blogs to get others to take notice.

        Reply
      • 97. Kate  |  September 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm

        I agree. We wouldn’t want to spend all that money only to have to deal with NOM following US.

        Reply
  • 98. Dave P.  |  September 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    …. Daaaaaaamn, you GO, East San Jose !

    Love those videos : )

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  • […] We already discussed their first stop for some Jelly Belly goodness. So we’ll pick up from there (Courage Campaign) […]

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  • 100. Sarah  |  September 30, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Arisha, nice touch with the, “I’m glad your throat (voice?) is feeling better Tomas…” as you tried to interview him in that first video. Did I sense a bit of sarcasm? :) This is just fun to watch, and makes me feel much better than seeing or hearing about the crap people can spew against the LGBT community.

    Reply
  • 101. RebeccaRGB  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Coverage of the stop in Napa yesterday by the Napa Valley Register:

    A surprise ‘welcome’ for GOP bus tour

    A bus courting Latino voters for Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina pulled up at Napa’s Fuller Park on Wednesday morning expecting to be greeted by local GOP supporters.

    There wasn’t a single Fiorina supporter in sight.

    Instead, riders with Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles were greeted by a raucous crowd of Democrats chanting support for Fiorina’s Democratic opponent, Sen. Barbara Boxer.

    More: http://bit.ly/cTuEUt

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  • 102. Ray in MA  |  September 30, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Arisha: “I don’t know what Alfonso is thinking”

    Come on, you do.

    $$$$$$$$$$ from NOM (floating into his pocket)

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  • 103. Michael  |  September 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    It sounds like the Holy Spirit is trying to convict Alphonso’s heart. Homophobia is a sin like lying, stealing and murder. Alphonso should listen to the Holy Spirit and then he could get a handle on his guilt-ridden anger.

    Reply

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