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Dave Rhodes' 2012 Christmas and Hanukkah List

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Dr. Larry and William - To Larry season tickets in the Dugout Club at Dodger Stadium and the time to use them and congratulations to William on your graduation.

Bill of San Diego - How about a whole week together uninterrupted on a peaceful island with waterfalls, a little rain, a great beach with balmy night weather.

Mistress Cyan - A successful 2013 year with Sanctuary Studios LAX, just like DomCon: LA and DomCon: Atlanta.

A lot better than I ever expected...

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Progress makes its call and arrives whether or not we are ready for it. The Leather Journal answered the clue phone recently and got the message. As a result, The Leather Journal and www.TheLeatherJournal.com are making major changes that will make both more relevant and timely.
The web site is being brought up to current technological standards and will even have an app that will be accessible by I-phone, Blackberry and Android cellphones.
The official relaunch of www.TheLeatherJournal.com will be on November 9 during the 25th Anniversary party for The Leather Journal at Philadelphia Leather Pride. The site will be operational at the beginning of October as more sections are added.
The Leather Journal print version will become bimonthly beginning with the November Issue. The schedule will be November, January, March, May, July, September, November and so on.
The Sash Bash, Club News and General News sections will transfer to www.TheLeatherJournal.com as these stories come in almost daily. The major features that we publish will combine from two months instead of one. Both will include interviews, many of which will connect to each other
Segments of the site operational now.
www.TheLeatherJournal.com will include timely national, regional, international Leather/BDSM/Fetish community news as it happens; searchable Business, Club and Calendar directories.
Going to Michigan? Want to visit  bar? You no longer need to scroll through hundreds of listings in other areas to find out what is relevant to where you are visiting.
Sash Bash, Club News, Politics, Major Events, Business, Limited Classifieds and Vital Statistics such as weddings and obituaries, and Leather History section from the beginning to now will appear in the main section.
Men's and Women's Exclusive Subscription sections that each includes  more Classifieds and personals and spicy stories and photos.
Make sure to like The Leather Journal on Facebook so that we can fill you in on breaking news and developments.
Those who have subscribed to the print version of The Leather Journal will continue to receive their subscriptions which are done in 12 Issue segments. It just spreads over a longer period of time.
The concept of developing www.TheLeatherJournal.com into an equal partner with The Leather Journal is not new. Others have suggested it, we've thought of it before, but the logistics had to work. Up until now they did not.
For one, this has basically been a one man band. That had its strength, but also a lot of weaknesses. One can only be in one place at the same time; and time is limited.
By changing to a bimonthly schedule I will have more time to work on the web site. I also have an excellent web design and management team that is professional and also part of the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community. Finding people one can trust is not the easiest thing, and quite frankly, that probably has been the biggest reason something like this has not happened before
The team includes Vonn Tramel and American Leatherboy 2010 Bryan Teague of San Diego. They have helpers along with them, and yes, they are a professional web design, maintenance and SEO team.
It is one thing to have a big toy like this. It is quite another to be able to operate it. That was a huge problem before. Von and Bryan live in San Diego and there is planned time for one-on-one training. They will also be involved in writing and ad sales. They are not volunteers and are being compensated, so this should not be a flash in the pan.
When I was in San Francisco for the Folsom Street Fair I was clicking away with a new camera which has a flash attachment that will make for better photos and with my I-phone. I was posting to The Leather Journal on Facebook and felt relevant again. The sense of obscurity after being relevant is definitely not a pleasant one. I did short three-minute interviews with IMsL Synn and a walk through the Center for Sex and Culture which had the traveling exhibit for the Jill Carter and Viola Johnson Leather Library. These taped short interviews and news clips will appear on www.TheLeatherJournal.com. It was exciting; like years ago and so many were thrilled to hear the news.
Hats off to San Francisco's Leather community for getting the SF Eagle back. There were many to thank, including politicians, people who phoned, E-mailed City officials, attended and who spoke at meetings, and to the new owners who are taking the biggest risk by investing. They are Mike Leon and Lex Montiel. I had the chance to meet them at their parking lot party during the Folsom Street Fair. In order for it to work, the community that wanted the SF Eagle back so bad had better support it during the week and not just on weekends when big events occur. Business blood is green and when it doesn't flow, the business goes.

Congratulations to Duff Roberts for another wildly successful Southern California Leather Woman contest. She does this on her own dime charges no admission, which allows her to do it her way. That "way" has been great. I don't know where the revenue comes from, but the production is always top notch. The Leatherwomenm of Southern California have two great events - Desire in June and Southern California Leather Woman the first weekend of October - take note those Leather contest producers of the schedule. True, it's a women's contest and others are for men. The glitch is in that many of us have to chose between one or the other and that puts up on the spot. I remember the snail-mail and land-line days well. Somehow we managed to avoid scheduling on top of one another. The secret was communication. Now that we have all of the electronic capacity to share, one would think we'd be able to figure it out.

Enjoy reading The Leather Journal and www.TheLeatherJournal.com,
Dave Rhodes

Dave Rhodes' Endorsement for President of the United States is Barack Obama

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I have never missed voting. I don't consider it to be an inconvenience, but rather something I greatly like doing.
There has been no president who has been remotely as supportive of the GLBT community than President Barack Obama.
The fact that he and Vice President Joe Biden pushed the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell vigorously in and of itself is enough for the duo to garner our support. President Bill Clinton tried to help us out when he signed Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 1993. His intentions were good, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Clinton promised to end the discrimination against GLBT people within his first 100 days of being in office. The "100 days" promise allowed his political enemies enough to triangulate him and his intentions. The same happened to the first President Bush with his "Read my lips...No - New - Taxes" speech. Those opposed to him were given a single target and they got him.
Obama is not the kind who is easily triangulated. Clinton also signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I don't know how many times I've had to listen to GLBT Republicans point out not only the one, but both of Clinton's shortcomings. They would argue, what, other than window dressing have the Democrats given to the GLBT community. I felt like the Afflack Duck being frustrated by Yogi Berra in that barbershop during a television commercial a few years ago. Democrats have done nothing? All of the GLBT-friendly progress had mostly occurred on local and state levels – and mostly accomplished by Democrats what occasional bipartisan support.
That argument should not even come up with President Obama. He came around on Gay Marriage, nudged a little by Vice President Biden. It has been more than lip service. Obama has for all intents and purposes stopped the enforcement of DOMA. Most of the support Obama has received on GLBT concerns has been from Democrats. Occasionally a Republican has come through, but not often.
I believe that Obama has been supportive of Israel, that he is strong on foreign policy. He did whack Osama bin Laden, having personally given the order to do so. The auto industry bailout did work and Obama Care may need a whole lot of tweaking before it is good, but he got this far with it when past administrations, Democrat and Republican tried, cut neither could advance health care.
Obama has not been an embarrassment when visiting other countries. He knows the difference between the country of Georgia and the State of Georgia, has not vomited on another country's leader - in that other country and does not come off like he's Ted Clampett. He's no schlub. Part of being respected on the world stage is appearing presidential, not having a selfish attitude, respect for the sovereignty of other nations, respecting international protocol and more. President Obama does this.
The bottom line is, I feel a whole lot safer in bed at night with President Barack Obama at the helm and thus am giving him my vote on November 6.

Enjoy reading The Leather Journal,
Dave Rhodes

The Dawning of a New Era

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Progress makes its call and arrives whether or not we are ready for it. The Leather Journal answered the clue phone recently and got the message. As a result, The Leather Journal and www.TheLeatherJournal.com are making major changes that will make both more relevant and timely.
The web site is being brought up to current technological standards and will even have an app that will be accessible by I-phone, Blackberry and Android cellphones.
The official relaunch of www.TheLeatherJournal.com will be on November 9 during the 25th Anniversary party for The Leather Journal at Philadelphia Leather Pride. The site will be operational at the beginning of October as more sections are added.
The Leather Journal print version will become bimonthly beginning with the November Issue. The schedule will be November, January, March, May, July, September, November and so on.
The Sash Bash, Club News and General News sections will transfer to www.TheLeatherJournal.com as these stories come in almost daily. The major features that we publish will combine from two months instead of one. Both will include interviews, many of which will connect to each other.


Segments of the site operational now.
www.TheLeatherJournal.com will include timely national, regional, international Leather/BDSM/Fetish community news as it happens; searchable Business, Club and Calendar directories.
Going to Michigan? Want to visit  bar? You no longer need to scroll through hundreds of listings in other areas to find out what is relevant to where you are visiting.
Sash Bash, Club News, Politics, Major Events, Business, Limited Classifieds and Vital Statistics such as weddings and obituaries, and Leather History section from the beginning to now will appear in the main section.
Men's and Women's Exclusive Subscription sections that each includes  more Classifieds and personals and spicy stories and photos.
Make sure to like The Leather Journal on Facebook so that we can fill you in on breaking news and developments.
Those who have subscribed to the print version of The Leather Journal will continue to receive their subscriptions which are done in 12 Issue segments. It just spreads over a longer period of time.

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