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Hey Coach Jason Kreis! New York Wants A Gay Soccer Player!

Jason_kreisBY DAVID MIXNER

By 2015, New York City will have a new major league soccer team owned by the famous Manchester City. This will be the second in the area with the New Jersey Bulls playing in Harrison, New Jersey. In an announcement this month, the New York City FC presented Jason Kreis (right) as the new coach for the franchise. Now the process of picking the players and ironing out the logistics of where the team will play in NYC.

Kreis has an incredible opportunity to break the glass ceiling here in New York City. The Big Apple has never had an openly gay player in any of its major male sports franchises. While the Los Angeles Galaxy has snapped up out athlete Robbie Rogers and former World Cup German player Thomas Hitzlsperger (below) recently came out of the closet, the time has come for Major League Soccer to embrace the momentum and show the rest of the leagues the way.

T_hitzlspergerOne can't help but wonder what would happen to Hitzlsperger if he was still playing. After the Russians host the Olympics, they will be hosting the World Cup in 2018 and that will be followed by one in Qatar.

In a Guardian/Observer editorial after the German player's coming out, the paper stated:

Now, everyone agrees that a footballer's sexuality should not be a big deal in 2014, but FIFA's response still felt a little casual. Enthusiastically backing Hitzlsperger seemed like an open goal for the organisation, particularly with its recent patchy record on gay rights. The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia, which has introduced laws to ban gay "propaganda"; four years later, the tournament moves to Qatar, where homosexuality is still punished with a prison sentence.

There is genuine speculation that players and spectators will be vetted by a Kuwaiti-engineered "gay test" in 2022. When Sepp Blatter, the Clouseau-esque president of Fifa, was asked in 2010 about the issue, he smiled and suggested that homosexual football fans would just have to "refrain from sexual activity" in Qatar. Pushed further last June, he deflected: "What you are speaking about… this is going into ethics and morals." But venturing into these thorny areas is exactly what Fifa should be doing. After years of punishing racism with ineffectual fines, Blatter recently suggested he would be getting tough: deducting points from clubs, eliminating them from competitions. Why should homophobia be any different?

KreisThe Wall Street Journal reports on the new franchise in New York City:

"As he goes about building his first NYCFC side, Kreis will have the enviable resources of Manchester City at his disposal, including a 36-strong scouting team—14 of whom are, significantly, in South America—and the option to loan players from the Manchester City development system. But he will still need all of his powers of good housekeeping as he negotiates the MLS salary cap and a rule book that forces a competitive parity his new bosses are unfamiliar with."

The time has come for New York City to get ahead of the game! With a 36 member scouting team, surely New York City FC should be able to find one great gay soccer player. Really, it can't be that difficult. Coach Kreis has not only the opportunity to make history in New York City but to build a powerful new fan base for his club.

For heaven's sake, don't make New Yorkers go to the stadium and cheer Los Angeles Galaxy because we have no openly gay soccer player in New York. Can you imagine, Sir, how hard that will be for us?

Do the right thing from day one of this club and find a top notch openly gay player that will lead our team to victory, fill the stands with new fans and make all New Yorkers proud to wear that player's jersey.

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NJ Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Transgender Rights Bill

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today vetoed a bill that would have allowed trans people to change the name on their birth certificate without undergoing gender reassignment surgery, Think Progress reports.

C_christieWrote Christie in his veto statement:

A birth certificate is an important legal document. In many instances, the production of a birth certificate is a prerequisite to obtaining other critical identification documents that factor into decisions concerning employment, financial services, education, and travel. Birth certificates are often required to complete myriad security-related tasks. Accordingly, proposed measures that revise the standards for the issuance of amended birth certificates may result in significant legal uncertainties and create opportunities for fraud, deception, and abuse, and should therefore be closely scrutinized and sparingly approved.

Unlike many other states, New Jersey already has an administrative process in place to streamline applications to amend birth certificates for gender purposes without court order. Under the proposal before me, however, the sponsors seek to alter the amended birth certificate application process without maintaining appropriate safeguards. Consequently, further consideration is necessary to determine whether to make such significant changes to State law concerning the issuance of vital records.

Garden State Equality's Executive Director Troy Stephenson released a statement denouncing the veto, calling it a "vindictive move" by Christie:

"Governor Christies veto of this legislation was a vindictive move to punish the LGBT community after a year of tremendous progress. This was a simple bureaucratic change, which would have offered tremendous support to the transgender community, and have zero effect on anyone else. The governor’s security argument is disingenuous at best, as there is already a process for one to change their gender marker; this legislation would simply end an unnecessary surgical requirement. This malicious use of the veto pen is shameful and beneath the office of governor.”


Feds Now Investigating Chris Christie's Possible Misuse of Sandy Relief Funds: VIDEO

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has some fresh issues to deal with this morning, CNN reports:

ChristieCNN has learned that federal officials are investigating whether Christie improperly used those relief funds to produce tourism ads that starred him and his family.

The news couldn't come at a worse time for the scandal-plagued Republican, who is facing two probes into whether his staff tied up traffic near the country's busiest bridge to punish a Democratic mayor who refused to endorse his successful re-election bid.

If the Sandy inquiry finds any wrongdoing, it could prove even more damaging to Christie's national ambitions. His performance during and after the superstorm has been widely praised and is a fundamental part of his straight-shooting political brand.

In the new probe, federal auditors will examine New Jersey's use of $25 million in Sandy relief funds for a marketing campaign to promote tourism at the Jersey Shore after Sandy decimated the state's coastline in late 2012, New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone told CNN

Meanwhile, on FOX News Sunday, Karl Rove told a panel that he believes the way Christie handled #BridgeGate gives the governor some "street cred" with Tea Party folks.

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Karma Bites Christie In The Ass!

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BY DAVID MIXNER

Over my personal history I have seen overconfident politicians known for being tough, bullies or just plain mean. Initially those tough guy qualities endeared them to the voters. Ironically, the very machismo that made them popular, without fail, ended up being their downfall.

President Nixon, who instructed Vice President Agnew to blistered anti-war dissenters with name after name ('effete crops of impudent snobs') and created the 'silent majority' to run rampant over the rights of Americans, ended up being a criminal who had to proclaim "I am not a crook.". The President had to resign.

President George W. Bush made his career after 9/11 of being literally the only one who could protect Americans. Out of fear of another horrific event Americans embraced his strong tactics against terrorism, domestic spying and the Iraq War. That is until Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. No one can forget the President putting his arm around his FEMA Director and saying "Brownie, you are doing a heck of a job" . Bush's popularity plummeted after Americans realized that not only could he not protect us from terrorism,  he couldn't even get bottled water into New Orleans.

Now one more politician is finding that karma is a bitch.

Governor Chris Christie has proclaimed for the entire world, "I am not a bully'.

Really, Governor, really?

Joining those in history who have created personas that endear them to the voters, no matter how inappropriate, Christie is feeling the inevitable backlash of his bullying, anger management issues. It was only a matter of time before his 'hot under the collar' approach to governing came back to haunt him.

Allow me to borrow a line from Nixon. "Make no mistake about it," the only issue here is Governor Chris Christie. It is not the horrific toll it took on the lives of Fort Lee citizens nor the lower officials who stepped over the line. They were simply following the style, the leadership, and political parameters established by their own Governor.

The public is not just now discovering Christie is a bully.

We have seen him with ice cream cone in hand chasing a teacher down a boardwalk bellowing at him for daring to question his judgement. New Jersey citizens have witnessed people publicly being banished for daring to challenge the tough Governor. His own staff has filled YouTube space with his bullying and seething anger.

In this year's must read election book Double Down you will see example after example of Christie raging against one person or another. The Governor literally threatened Romney staff that they would 'never work in this town' again.

The Week Reports on 'Double Down' and Christie:

In Double Down, the best-selling behind-the-scenes tome of the 2012 campaign, the authors delve into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's interaction with the top of the Republican ticket. The portrait wasn't very flattering. Double Down's Christie was megalomaniacal, self-possessed, and obsessed with reciprocity: You do well by him, and he'll do well by you. You fundraise without his permission in New Jersey, and he'll cut the donors off. Loyalty trumped all. If Christie perceived you as disloyal, you were out of his inner circle. That's in passive voice because Christie would leave it to his lieutenants to enforce this code of honor.

What does this all mean?

Simply that Governor Christie's bullying, anger issues and personal style makes him unfit to be the President of the United States.

Instead of studying the Constitution of the United States, the Governor needs to be attending anger management classes with other hot-headed people whose tempers and bullying have hurt so many others.


Rachel Maddow Presents New, Brilliant Theory of Why Christie's #Bridgegate Happened: VIDEO

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If you haven't been watching Rachel Maddow's coverage of the Christie 'Bridgegate' scandal, she has been owning it for the last month (before it broke wide open), and last night she presented a new theory — that the Fort Lee traffic jam was not retaliation over the lack of endorsement from the mayor.

Mediaite explains: Weinberg

In 2010, Christie took the unprecedented step of refusing to reappoint a New Jersey Supreme Court justice for another term, which set off the New Jersey Democrats, who got back at Christie by shooting down all the other Supreme Court justice nominees he put forward.

So when a Republican member of the New Jersey Supreme Court came up for reappointment last year, NJ Senate Democrats promised to make it a brutal fight, so Christie decided to stop the reappointment. He was furious at Senate Democrats, and held a press conference getting really angry with them.

That press conference, expressing much anger with Senate Democrats, was held on August 12, 2013, a day before the Bridgegate e-mail was sent. And Fort Lee, the town that got backed up, is part of the legislative district represented by Loretta Weinberg. The leader of the Senate Democrats.

Maddow concluded, “Until someone who knows the actual truth about this speaks, it remains a wide-open question.”

Weinberg joined Maddow for a second segment.

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In Jam Over Bridge Scandal, Chris Christie Fires Aide, Apologizes: VIDEO

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie apologized earlier today at a press conference regarding the scandal over emails that revealed staffers had engaged in political retaliation against the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey by ordering the closure of two lanes of the George Washington Bridge which clogged traffic in that city for four smoggy days in September.

In the presser, which lasted almost two hours, Christie attempted to paint himself as a victim of the controversy, and said he fired his aide Bridget Anne Kelly and his two-time campaign manager Bill Stepien.

Some of Christie's choice quotes from the press conference. You can read the full transcript HERE.

"I was blindsided yesterday morning.. . . I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution, and I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here, regardless of what the facts ultimately uncover. This was handled in a callous and indifferent way, and it is not the way this administration has conducted itself over the last four years and not the way it will conduct itself over the next four."

"I'm sad. I'm sad. That's the predominant emotion I feel right now is sadness, sadness that I was betrayed by a member of my staff, sadness that I had people who I entrusted with important jobs who acted completely inappropriately, sad that that's led the people of New Jersey to have less confidence in the people that I've selected."

"I feel passionately about issues, and I don't hide my emotions from people. I am not a focus-group tested, blow-dried candidate or governor. Now, that has always made some people, as you know, uneasy. Some people like that style, some people don't. ... But I am not a bully."

Watch the first few minutes of the presser, AFTER THE JUMP...

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