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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, demonstrations in front of Supreme Court today

Today I attended the demonstrations outside the Supreme Court building in Washington DC regarding “Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission”, while oral arguments took place inside at 10 AM.  There was still a long 3-Minute line, and I do not think I could have gotten in.  People had camped out since Sunday night.

I tried to shoot clips from both camps about evenly.  The “gay rights” (so to speak) camp was on the right side (ironically, as an anti-pun).  But many of the speakers on both sides were way off base as to the legal issues.  The crowds as a whole were very polarized and intersectional.

At one point I was asked if I would carry a sign for NGLCC but declined, for two reasons.  One is that I try to be objective when I go to demonstrations and film. The other (“lab practical”) is that I can’t handle the cameras and carry a sign very well physically at the same time.

Toward the end, the Masterpiece crowd was chanting “Jack, we have your back”.

There was an acoustical feedback disruption on the gay side that shut down the gay speakers for four or five minutes.

My own take is pretty much like Smerconish on CNN Saturday.  It seems to me that the cakeshop is a public accommodation, and cannot legally refuse to sell to gay customers for that reason under religion alone. But it can refuse to make certain artistic changes, like showing two men on a wedding cake. Bit there might be some problem in the idea that the shop would not service “same sex weddings”,  A wedding is not the same thing as a person.

I met a photojournalist from the New York Times in the crowd.  We started talking about Trump, North Korea, and not only the nuclear weapons threat but the possible intermediate threat to the power grids in the US (including Hawaii, Guam, Japan, and South Korea) along the way.  I said that the mainstream (as opposed to conservative) media is sleeping on this issue of infrastructure stability in the face of foreign hostilities. This sounds like an odd conversation to have at a gay-related case rally.

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Also on Monday, December 4, the Cato Institute held a forum “The First Amendment v. anti-Discrimination Law: A Preview of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on the Eve of the Oral Argument“.  It was moderated by Roger Pilon and featured John Paul Schnapper-Casteras from the NAACP, and Ilya Shapiro, from Cato.  I did not make it to this event, but a full video and description from Cato itself is available now at this link.

(Posted: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 3:30 PM EST)

A Day without a Woman: Protest in Washington DC

When I got to the White House, the protest had moved to Freedom Plaza near the Department of Labor.

There was a lot said about federal building contractors working without benefits and at less than $15 an hour.





5 talk of disability

6 talk of wearing long pants to hide disability in public; at as 73 year old man, I do that.


(Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 8:30 PM EST)


Gusty thunderstorms

Just to get some video work started (as a workup for some personal history videos to back up a movie proposal),  here are three videos, on a better camera (Nikon Coolpix) as a gusty thunderstorm moved through Arlington VA today.



3  Looks like I jerked the camera, or the lens got wet

Also: Video of a shelf cloud in Laurel Mountains in Pennsylvania, Weather channel.

Midwest tornado outbreak February 28, 2017 in Missouri and Illinois;  Tornadic storms popped up out of nothing (Weather channel pictures).

(Posted: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 3 PM EST)


Video of Women’s March on Ballston, Arlington VA

You cannot get to the Women’s March on Washington right now as of 10 AM Saturday AM.

I like that first sign. “O, Go way Butterfly!” (like at Fort Eustis in the Army).  Bring on Tiny Tim.  Tiptoe through the tulips with me.

Ballston Common Metro – can’t get past first escalator.  But the mood is certainly festive!

Route 38 Bus line

(Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM EST)

“Donald Trump!” says “you’re not all welcome in my new hotel on Pennsylvania Ave

How many times can I say “Donald Trump” without breathing?

Here are two short film clips at his Hotel on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington DC, Monday, Sept. 12, late in the day. Actually, he still leases the building from the USPS.




Don’t expect “radical hospitality” from Donald Trump.


(Posted Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 at 11:45 PM)

“Die in” demonstration for “United We Dream” for Undocumented “Queer and Trans people”


I did visit the “United We Dream” and “Operation Break the Cage” demonstration today in Washington DC at 16th and H Sts NW near Lafayette Park and the White House.  The demonstrated was billed as somewhat radical, “for undocumented queer and trans people” subject to deportation

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Clip 3  “We have nothing to lose but our shame”; “It is our duty to love and protect each other”

Clip 4  Stonewall was started by a trans woman

Clip 5   Break the Cage

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The “die in” was a spectacle.


(Published Tuesday June 30, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT)

Some clips from Washington DC demonstrations for Freddie Gray


I do have a couple of short clips from the Freddie Gray sympathetic demonstrations Wednesday April 29, 2015 in Washington DC, starting at Verizon Center and moving to the White House, then all the way up to U Street.

The person above was leaving as I arrived from McPherson Square station.  She asked it I wanted to carry the picket.

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(Published Saturday, May 2, 2015, 12 Noon EDT)

Video clips from Sandtown Section of Baltimore after Freddie Gray


Here are some clips from my visit to Baltimore Wednesday, April 29, 2015 to look at the aftermath of the Freddie Gray riots.

Clip 1 -random conversation of Presstman St

Clip 2 – Billy Graham representative


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Note: I now publish video clips from public events on the Media Blog (here) instead of the DADT Notes blog, unless the event deals very directly with some item in one of my books.  This more consistent with my strategy for deploying my own video soon.

There is earlier footage in Washington DC from November 2014 regarding the Ferguson and Michael Brown protests here.

(Published Friday May 1, 2015, at 12:15 PM)

Supreme Court rally, Marriage Equality, April 27, 2015


I arrived toward the end of the session.  Actually, the ant-gay hecklers tended to drown everyone else out.  I found more sentiment against gay marriage than for, in the crowd at noon.

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Clip 10  some rather twisted logic about freedom from an anti-gay speaker

Clip 11 — note the unusual argument about gays being able to make movies, and the reference to “American Lynching” (Feb. 6, 2014) – note that African Americans were not allowed into movie theaters under segregation.

(Published Thursday, April 30, 2015, 10 AM)