Monday, December 22, 2008
My parents too where against gay marriage till they realized that they had a gay son...that nobody made him this way...that he couldn't change. Then suddenly gay marriage no longer seemed like the end of society...but as an opportunity for their son to not have to spend the rest of his life alone.
As they age, my religious parents have changed their minds about gay marriage. Respectfully Mr Warren...your denomonation of Christianity does not have a philosophical or theological monopoly on what the Bible says. I go to a Church..it is not Unitarian...but it is a Christian church preaching that the only salvation is through Christ and my pastor would have gladly married me.
But you took that right away from him when you supported Prop 8; and you caused my parents sadness and stress when they saw people like you "picking" on their flesh and blood.
Their is a human face to gay marriage Mr. Warren. Please; if you will not reconsider your position at least agree to a debate on the issue against one of your peers who sees things differently.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Polygamy has been around since the beginning of the institution of marriage. Only recently outlawed. Polygamy is a lifestyle. It is not a sexual orientation
Homosexuality is not a lifestyle. I was gay before I ever had sex. I can choose to be polygamous or monogamous. But I cannot change being gay.
ENOUGH. These arguments piss me off. I hate the whole slippery slope argument.
Pedophilia - a mental illness. A child cannot give consent. Also...pedophiles are either gay or straight or bisexual. Again...pedophilia is a subset of the three main sexual orientations.
Beastiality - A dog cannot give consent to marry. You are not born liking different species. It is a lifestyle choice...again caused by mental illness. If you have sex with a dog and it enjoys it...more power to you. But beastiality people will never ask to get married unless their animals become citizens with voting rights who pay taxes.
Enough! I am so sick of these conservative arguments. Gay marriage is about gay people wanting to assimilate into straight culture. We have come a long way from the Stonewall riots when we where radicals riding the wave of the sexual revolution. Todays gay activist does not want to redefine society..it wants to conform.
Let us fucking conform allready.
Friday, December 12, 2008
True, I want to get married; but I do not want to be the "man" and marry a gay male "woman."
It's true queens have been the backbone of the gay community. I appreciate them. I adore them. But I prefer my men masculine. Not just aesthetically but I find that gay men make horrible women. They take all the negatives and none of the positives of femininity. The penis is not that important to me. If i could stomach femininity I'd much rather marry or date my female friends. At least I'd have the tenderness and loyalty and intellect to go along side the mood swings and manipulative behavior.
I know that's pretty sexist to say. And maybe I shouldn't have gone "there." But I have always been attracted to the masculine. Not saying that masculinity is perfect. Masculinity can be stubborn, violent, angry, full of hate. But it is unfortunately what I am attracted to.
And unfortunately not being "fierce." Not being short, not being twiggy, (though i am quite smooth lol) my beard, my strong chest (tooting my own horn) my demeanor...it is not what the mainstream "butch" wants. The mainstream butch wants a mainstream femme. And the queens seem to like me.
Is there anyone out there who doesn't conform to hetero-sexist ideas of what a gay couple should be?
I do not want to support a twink and court her and deal with her mood swings and dramatic behavior. Noooo thank you. I just want an equal. Someone for who life is not a big joke. Or one year long white party. Where's my guy? Is he out there somewhere?
Hope so...been too long.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It's very easy this time of year to get lost in the commercialism of Christmas, or to feel very depressed. I think the best gift that we can all give is let each other know how we have impacted each others lives for the positive. So that we all know that we are all here for a purpose. That life has meaning.
Meaning is subjective. The idea that life is meaningless is just as absurd as the idea that life is meaningful. But since we live, we love, we experience life like our own personal novel. Still being written. It is better to live life as if it has profound meeting than to live life as if it has none. We create our reality. Why choose suffering and the delaying of pleasure when instead you could choose to live life and enjoy it. Enjoy those around you. And make the most out of your life.
I've been reading a lot about chemical reactions in the brain. It depressed me. That my happiness and love could just be weird chemical reactions in the brain. That human beings evolved inteligentlly by accident. I guess I was going through some existential angst. But if my happiness and love are just chemical reactions in my brain then so are feelings of doubt, depression, sadness or hate. I now understand what people mean when they say the cliche: 'life is what you make it.' Indeed.
Whether we are an accident or not nobody can know for sure. Reality is as we perceive it. And I perceive myself to think and feel and love...i perceive myself to have meaning and have a purpose. So therefore it is so.
I am thankful for the chemical reactions in the brain that make me feel compassion, empathy, love, happiness, pleasure. Life is short and I will spend my life pursuing those feelings and growing as a person.
That's my holiday wish this year for myself and for all of you. Much love.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Lucky for us we live in the age of the "internets." And one non profit group is doing it's part to make sure we never repeat the mistakes of the past.
It's the Bush Legacy Tour. An exhibit on wheels that aims to insure that the real Bush Legacy is not forgotten and hopefully never repeated.
If you would like the bus to stop in your town you can write them at their website.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The gender bending 3 foot Jahova's Witness alien (much like Michael Jackson) is against gay marriage. He had this to say "God came to Earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out," he said. "He was, like, 'Enough'."
Ok...so I take it he will be molesting little boys soon like Michael.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
In true Presidential form, Barrack is focused on moving forward and he killing his opponents with kindness. But that doesn't keep progressives from being pissed off. But are we pissed off enough?
The conservative base of the Republican party is very vocal; even when it alienates the mainstream so-called "independent" segment of the American population. But the Democrats seem to take the support of progressives for granted.
I would love to see progressives fighting and being more vocal over issues that matter to us. We don't need a pro-war, anti-gay, anti-womans-right-to-choose Democrat like Lieberman getting off scott free because he is well liked as a person in the senate. That should be beside the point. The senate is not a club house. They are there to serve the people. Americans voted in favor of progress this election cycle and Joe Lieberman put his money on "more of the same." Well Lieberman lost and he should be taught a lesson. The man disgusts me.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
So Murdoch Space finally shows its true colors. I wrote to "Tom" and he had this to say.
"MySpace supports equality. I personally have always welcomed diversity as part of the very fabric of the MySpace community. Over the last few days, ads related to various political propositions that spoke in direct conflict to that ran on our site. These ads came through a third party ad network and we worked to immediately remove them. Like most websites, we do not always have a direct relationship with advertisers that use the ad network, so it was difficult to get them removed. As we fought to remove one advertiser, another would pop up immediately after. I'd like to apologize to anyone who was offended by these advertisement and you have my commitment that we will continue to work to prevent similar happenings in the future. MySpace is for everyone, and we do not want to offend our users by running ads that make them feel uncomfortable."
Monday, November 17, 2008
So it's no surprise that in the Prop 8 battle; supporters of prop hate have been playing victims of religious intolerance. "All we did was participate in Democracy." "Stop picketing our churches! Help! Religious persecution."
Ridiculous. These tax exempt institutions dipped into the donation jar to take away the rights of millions of people. A violation of the separation of church and state.
Regardless of who funded the Prop 8 campaign; one thing remains clear; we should have never put this up for a vote. That is what the courts are for. To protect the rights of all citizens. Rights of a minority should never be decided by a simple majority.
But the courts where cowards. They figured like a lot of people; that prop 8 wouldn't pass. That way they could keep their jobs and get reelected during the next California election without having to weigh in. Now they will be forced to weigh in and the fanatical right will be even more pissed off once Prop 8 is overturned.
Not that I care much about the fanatical right. It's ignorance that's fueling this fear of gay marriage. If they could just see the families; the parents of gay kids, the gay parents, the couples in their twilight years, they would realize that they are the ones who are destroying family values by taking away civil rights from a minority they know very little about.
Unfortunately the fire has taken the focus off this fight. But we have to stay vigilante. Was very happy to see all the people out at the Rancho Cucamonga city hall protesting along with all the others nationwide. Unfortunately I have not seen much press coverage of the big protests.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
You cannot change being gay. The passage of prop 8 gives young gay people only two choices. Deny who you are and live the rest of your life fighting against your nature, or accept who you are but die alone because you are not worthy of love or growing old with someone or raising a family.
Marriage is a moral choice. It does nots come from a desire to change society or destroy it, but to intergrate into society. I can marry a woman legally. But what good would that do if I am gay? Don't i deserve to grow old with the person I love? Don't i deserve to have an alternative to bars and promiscuity and instead enter into a monogamous relationship, honored by the state that i can share with my friends and family (both gay and non gay) don't my parents deserve to go to their childs wedding and leave this Earth knowing they are being taken care of by someone they love?
Gay marriage hurts nobody. It doesn't not lessen the value of your heterosexual marriage which only stands a 50 50 chance of surviving anyways. But when you voted yes on 8, you voted to dictate the future of millions of people and that is not right.
We are not the whiners because we disagree with a small majority. We are angry because we are having our lives and freedom dictated to us by an ignorant uneducated majority. Rights should never be voted on.
You my friend, are on the wrong side of history. American history is a history of progression. Of the expanding of freedoms not the limiting of it. If the change in percentage between prop 22 in 2000 and prop 8 in 2008 shows anything it shows that you are on the losing side of history.
Eventually you will stop caring about gay people getting married. Whe your kid comes out of the closet, or your neighbor, or when you just stop caring. Just as you conservatives stopped caring about womens suffrage, interacial marriage, slavery etc etc. Conservatives change. Liberals never do. We are always looking at the future and you are dragging your feet in the past.
Conservatives only slow down progress. They can never stop it. In 10 to 20 years gay marriage will be legal everywhere. And you conservatives will have moved on to some other battle. Just as Condy is the secretary of state serving a political party whos conservative ideology once told her she wasn't worthy of her post for her gender and race. So to will there be a day when some of your most prominent conservatives will be only gay people. Just as Ann Coulter got out of the kitchen and began writing books. Bill O'Reilly stopped boozing it up in the Irish pub and became a voice for conservative America. It's only a matter of time before you conservatives stop caring about those immoral gay people and suddenly find them amongst your peers.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
While the rest of America wonders how Prop 8 could have passed in liberal California; and while opponents play the blame game citing African American turnout or Latino turnout one thing remains clear. Away from the coats, California has a red inland. And the inland areas are growing every year.
On NPR tonight I heard a special on Harvey Milks life. During his life Milk called on a coalition of minorities. Only when blacks, feminists, Latinos, Asians, gays etc begin to fight for the rights of not just their own group, but form a coalition against all forms of discrimination can the minority become the majority.
We need to stick together. We need to realize that racism and homophobia and sexism all come from the same ignorant base. And we need to fight that collective ignorance and not just the ignorance that effects us personally.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Normally I would relish in this kind of negative reporting; but the election is over and I no longer fear the idea of being governed by Palin. So therefore my anger towards her has subsided.
So instead I take pause, and do something I thought I'd never do. Defend Palin.
The reason? Fox News is reporting it. And i hate them more than I could hate any Republican individual. This is incredibly transparent. Sarah Palin's nomination energized the conservative base. She has a long future ahead of her. At the same time she is part of the reason why McCain lost independant support.
So the Republicans have to rebrand, ditch Palin..but how can they do that when so many of their loyal followers adore her? Trash her. Tear her limb from limb. Fox helped push the hype over Palin, and now they must undo the hype by turning against her in the cruelest of fashion.
Those Republicans are schemers. Not afraid to throw one of their own under the bus to advance their agenda. I'm hoping it backfires. I hope angry Palin supporters write Fox News and demand more "fair and balanced" coverage of the Governor. And I hope she runs again in 2012; gets the nomination. Loses again. And then runs in 2016. Gets the nomination and loses again. Then wins again in 2020; gets the nomination and so on and so forth. You get the drift.
Bring it on Palin. Shame on you Faux News
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The strange thing is going around the internet...that minority that is the ultra conservative is very loud, and very proud. And still up to their tricks. In the end, there's probably not as many partisan people out there as me or the guys who like to type the word "Libtard" into every liberal blog.
This shows what the "real America" looks like. Funny thing is it's still hard to find very many people who love Obama in my local community. I think when it comes down to it, people like to complain, but they don't really get into politics. And probably didn't even vote. My sister is I think the average American. Neither one way or another but would vote with her pocket book...if she wasn't so lazy. She went to vote, and turned around because the lines where too long. In the end she thought it was cool Obama won because "it's history."
"Real" America is a lot more complex than the media would like to acknowledge. In the end, the maority of whites, hispanics ... every ethnicity preferred Obama. African Americans went for Obama 95%.
We can no longer have elections like we had in the past. No more old white guys playing to as broad an audience as possible. No more John Kerry windsurfing. McCain hanging out at biker rallies. The future of American politics is young people. Minorities. Women. Maybe I"m being too optimistic but neither party can now take the "others" for granted.
Unless of course you're gay! For while it was an extremely wonderful and joyous day, Proposition 8 passed.
Thankfully it's not that simple. We are protected in the California constitution. Equal protection. So the validity of Prop 8 is questionable. Which is good. There will most likely be lawsuits. And so there should be. If it wasn't for "activist" judges schools would have never have intergrated. Can't always leave it to the people. The people are ignorant.
Unfortunately, that new powerful voting block, the minority...the immigrant; is unfortunately not in solidarity with the gays. Hispanics and African Americans supported Prop 8 over whites. Which explains why those in charge of the Prop 8 campaign used a hispanic family while our campaign ad focused on whitey mcwhiterson. All along it's not the Cali whites we had to reach it was the cali "others."
This doesn't make me hate immigrants or suddenly become racist. But I'm dissapointed that a minority could opress another minority. Remember, at one time African Americans where thought to have smaller skulls, smaller brains and be sexually lacivious. There was no evidence of this but people believed it, just like the people who believe homosexuality is a choice and a sin. These are opinions based on fear.
In reading blogs; its amazing how Religious fanatics are making this an issue about "religious freedom" making themselves the victim. The truth is marriage is many things. It can be secular; in front of a judge if you are an Athiest; it can be Buddhist, Jewish, Unitarian...no relition or people have a monopoly on marriage. So how is letting churches who support gay people perform marriage ceremonies not taking their rights away?
it's because those Churches which disagree, are tax exempt. And they make a killing on faith. They don't pay taxes and don't want to be forced to perform gay marriages. They want their cake and they want to eat it too. Government support but with the right to discriminate.
Whatever. This is not over. Was very happy to see protests in West Hollywood today. we have to stop being passive about this. We need more activism less pasivism.
I am exhausted. So what do the Housewives of Atlanta have to do with any of this. I saw the election at my friend David and Jons house. They are quite the odd couple. David was getting tired of election results and at 8pm pacific...just as Obama was declared winner decided to change the channel to The Real Housewives of Atlanta thinking that their would be no results until 11pm pacific. He was watching CNN, which broadcasts out of New York; so he didn't realize that 11pm actually meant 8pm.
So when I look back at this historic occasion, and think back to where I was when Obama was announced as the first African American president ever; I can say, I was watching the first 5 minutes of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."
And the funny thing is we would have continued to watch it but the DVR was set to record "Paris, My New BFF" but recorded the vapid housewives instead. So if Paris had been on TV...I would have gotten the news 30 minutes (or more) later than everyone else in the world.
Thanks David lol
Monday, November 3, 2008
What we find is that the world overwhelmingly see Barrack Obama as the most qualified candidate to lead the free world.
Of course right-wingers will look to see that countries like Iran and Syria prefer Obama, but the votes are cast not by the government but by people living in that country. And since Bush always told us that the war in Iraq was not about the "people" of Iraq but about Saddam and his regime, it seems that those in "countries that don't like us very much" who have access to the internet see Obama as being the most stabilizing for their country.
This also includes Israel. Which also prefers Obama, as well as all our main allies including those in the Anglosphere Australia, Canada and the UK and Ireland and New Zealand.
Albania however wants McCain for some reason...hmm??
To see the results yourself go to: http://iftheworldcouldvote.com
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I love being partisan. As a gay male I feel I have no choice but to be partisan. I vote Democrat because Republican's scare me.
The Daily Show had an interesting segment showing Obama rallies and McCain rallies and the common thread they both share. Fear.
Of course the Daily Show....trying to be "balanced" showed that the Obama supporters where scared for more rational reasons. While the GOP where scared over completely ficticious things. Like Obama being a secret muslim terrorist socialist Arab.
I do have to say, that for the first time in my life; the old "turd-sandwhich" vs douchebag analogy (well not so old...4 years old) does not apply in this case.
Obama was a long shot. I attended bake sales for Obama. Donated to the campaign. (10 bucks but hey I'm out of school and still unemployed) and have never seen so much excitement over a candidate in my whole life.
Sure Obama may have backtracked on some of his more progressive roots in order to please the mainstream. But so too would Ron Paul if he had been lucky enough to get the Republican nomination. But nobody has sold his soul to the devil more than John McCain. A fiscal conservative/social liberal who's become a social conservative and can't decide whether or not hes still a fiscal conservative and de-regulator or someone willing to take on all the bad debt with tax payer money.
John McCain pisses me off. All conservatives do. But when John McCain plays victim and underdog...with his false sense of modesty; you know he believes the presidency is his birthright.
In the spirit of devisive, partisan politics (which is very fun when you're a gay man living in California; fearing Prop 8, fearing for the future of the Supreme Court) I have posted a picture of McCain after the second presidential debate. In which he made fun of Obama as he exited the stage. What a grumpy old ass.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
And say what you will about Larry Flynt, but he has just released a Sarah Palin porno. And although I think it's pretty tasteless; I have a copy of the script for one of the scenes from the upcoming "Drill Here, Drill Now."
Very clever and well written (for a porno). There is some bad language. And I cannot be held responsible for any of the disturbing images that may enter your head while reading this excerpt. But here goes:
PALIN: Who is it?
GRUFF MALE VOICE: It's JOE, the tanning-bed repairman.
(PALIN unlocks the door and opens it)
PALIN: Hiya! You were supposed to be here two hours ago, doncha know?
JOE: I'm sorry. My snowmobile broke down outside of Matunska. I had to walk the rest of the way.
PALIN: Well, you're in luck. I just baked a batch of chocolate-chip cookies. Why don't you come inside and I'll fix you a plate of 'em?
(JOE obliges. He takes a seat on the couch. PALIN enters the kitchen and returns shortly after with the cookies. She gives them to JOE, but not before looking him up and down.)
PALIN: My oh my. That's quite a toolbelt you have on. It looks heavy.
JOE: I have a big hammer.
PALIN: Oh, I betcha do. I love a big hammer. But I love screwdrivers, too! And wrenches. The fact is I love and respect all of America's diverse tools, big and small. They're what helps make us so great as a nation. Here, let me take that off for ya.
(PALIN takes a seat on the coach beside JOE and starts to undo his belt. He stops her.)
JOE: Let's go take a look at the tanning bed first.
PALIN: Oooh, okay.
(PALIN leads JOE to the tanning salon in the basement. JOE carefully inspects the machine.)
JOE: Looks like there are just a bunch of screws loose.
PALIN: (seductively) You're in luck. I fully support off-shore and on-shore drilling.
(PALIN pounces on JOE and throws him onto the top of the tanning bed. She quickly rips off his jeans.)
PALIN: God almighty! You are hung like a moose. Now I have to eat ya!
JOE: I'm bigger than a moose. Do you have any contraceptives?
PALIN: It's okay. I already took a morning-after pill.
JOE: Um, are you sure it works that way?
PALIN: Are you asking me if I know what a morning-after pill is? Because I totally do! I'll get back to ya with specifics.
(The two proceed to make furious love in a multitude of positions. PALIN amply demonstrates that she has enough experience.)
PALIN: Fuck me harder! HARDER! Pound me until my head is so empty that I can't even remember the name of the one Supreme Court case I actually know! I want it to burn. Burn like a banned book. Oh God, Oh God, OH MY GOD! MAKE ME SEE RUSSIA FROM HERE!
(After 10 minutes, the two finish.)
PALIN: Wow-eee. I haven't had a ride that good since Todd took me for a spin on the back of his Yamaha at the Tesoro Iron Dog.
JOE: That was amazing. What now?
PALIN: I feel so alive! Let's grab my gay friend and go shoot wolves from the safety of a helicopter.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Right now Obama is ahead with 268 electoral votes (according to polling data)
John McCain has 137. NOt only that but there are only 18 states leaning towards McCain. And then there are 97 electoral votes in places where its too close to call. Even if McCain got all 18 electoral votes in states leaning towards him AND all 97 electoral votes in the undecided states; he would still only have 252 electoral votes.
The only way McCain can win is to pick up 17 electoral votes from those states currently leaning towards Obama. Those are the real battleground states. Virgina, Colorado, New Mexico and Minnesota.
The news couldn't be better. I'm actually excited and full of hope. This could actually happening. Change is a -comin'
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
"Election laws dictate that as a media outlet we must carry the advertising of any candidate, proposition or measure that is on the ballot - if they choose to be on our station.
No matter how much we disagree (and we do) with their position, we must run their commercials.
Unfortunately, the No on 8 campaign has decided not advertise on KTLK thus giving the Yes on 8 campaign total unopposed access to our audience."
That is very unfortunate. I suppose the No On 8 campaign doesn't want to spend money preaching to the choir but progressives have the power to stop 8 since we are the bulk of the electorate here in California. If progressives don't take time to pay attention or see it as big of a problem, they could become passive. And the religious hicks in Californias red inland could see this passed.
Right now support of Proposition 8 is swelling on the polls. According to Andy Humm and Ann Northrope of GAY USA. Support for the proposition was lagging in polls just weeks ago but a new crop of ads featuring a defiant Gavin Newsome seems to have pissed off a fair bit of people.
This is disasterous news. Please get the word out NO ON 8
Friday, October 10, 2008
One thing really struck me though about this article though. Both candidates where asked if they think their campaigns changed the perceptions of race. Cindy responded:
"I think it’s a phenomenal age of politics because there are many firsts in this race. But I don’t think it has changed – nor should it change – the way people look at race. I think Americans are good-hearted, open-minded people and race doesn’t enter into this – at all.”
"Nor should it change"? I guess when the only tactic you have left is to demonize your opponent and scare people from voting for him; that you don't want the racists in this country to change their perception of race.
Freudian slip? It's quite obvious Mrs McCain is saying..."stay racist America. My husband needs your votes."
And if you read any of the comments posted by McCain supporters on sites like Youtube and the Huffington Post....it's quite obvious that those who vote for McCain are doing so out of hatred and fear of Obama.
The McCain campaign is playing to that and it scares me to my core, that he could be enciting his supporters to violence against Obama and his supporters.
The secret service is already investigating someone at a McCain rally who yelled "kill him." (in reference to Obama) McCain, his wife and Palin are hate mongers. Worse than Bush who was a fear monger. They are not only fear mongers but also playing on peoples racism. They're playing with fire. And turning off a lot of independant voters in the process
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Obama is already at risk as an African American. If he wins; and Palin's racist fear mongering rhetoric resonates with the disinfranchised, uneducated rural whites...Palin and McCain will have blood on their hands.
It's one thing to attack someone on the issues. But to attack them and incite violence against them through blatant lies and half truths?
I have lost all respect for the McCain Palin ticket. And I no longer feel sorry for Palin. She is a dickhead of the highest order.
On a happier note:
Obama wiped the floor with McCain at today's debates.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
W is a Christian. But a compassionate one.
W thinks the United States should follow Gods law rather than its own.
W thinks the Republicans are carrying out the mission of God.
W is actually socially liberal but doesn't understand what social liberalism is. And thinks liberal is a bad word.
W knows that Barrack Obama is a Christian. That her pastors wife adores him. That he was involved in community organisations through his CHURCH.
Meanwhile McCain has never been a very religious person.
McCain leaves his disfigured wife for a rich heiress.
And yet....today at a barbecue she says...Obama is scary. My heart broke.
Worst of all...her mother in law; apparently a member of Mensa...thinks that people are only voting for Obama because he's black. Wow. As if being black has ever given anyone an advantage.
And her father in law; apparently thinks that nothing will change if either Obama or McCain become president.
I beg to differ. The suprem court. The Supreme Court. The Supreme Court.
I love my conservative suburban friends. On a brighter note; her husband said he's voting for Ron Paul. I hope he was serious. He is a fiscal conservative. Not a social one. If all the fiscal conservatives would just turn their back on the Republican party and it's far right fundamentalist base; I think it would be a wonderful thing. And might succeed in calming down the Republican party and making it more centrist.
As for me. I am a lefty. I'm a lefty liberal. Not because I love a big huge government. But because I value true freedom. Not the freedom of the markets. But the freedom not to starve on the street. The freedom not to be spied on. The freedom to marry who I choose. The freedom to be protected when I'm sick and in danger, but not without having to give up any of my civil liberties.
I don't understand the Republican idea of freedom and small government. Look at what deregulation has done to our financial markets. That's the free market right there. And when they are in trouble; who do they come to? The public sector to bail them out.
I hope this economic crisis and the last 8 years of bush makes "socialism" less of a bad word and "capitalism" more of a bad word.
I'd love to live in a mixed market country like the Netherlands and most of Europe. Socialism mixed with capitalism. Regulation of those institutions that hold a lot of power over the average person while freedom of the average citizen to protest, vote, debate and be entitled to their opinions.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Probably had nothing to do with the no on 8 sticker but that's the first thing that went through my mind.
I could have died. It was amazing. How fast it went. But when I got home i was sort of in shock and just went about my business. Maybe it hasn't hit me yet. Wow...I didn't even plan that to be a horribly cheesey pun.
Of course my insurance deductable is too high for me to file a claim. So black taped my mirror, and I'll just continue to drive my junky Saturn at peace with the fact that nobody will ever want to steal that piece of shit. Though it has been stolen twice.
Which reminds me, if you like the blog. Please click on an ad to help feed me and give me some extra cash. Trying to make capitalism work for me.
Sarah Palin came to California...to Carson of all places and was talking about Obama having ties with terrorists. Because he met William Ayers a few times.
Meanwhile no mention is made of the fact that Todd Palin; is actively involved in a political movement for Alaska to succeed from the union.
I am just so sick of McCain. And his smear tactics. He can't talk the issues so all he does is smear smear smear. He can't get Obama on the issues and get ahead in the polls so he'll pull any dirty trick out of his old decrepit hat to try and smear the guy.
And I am so tired of the McCain cult who like to go around saying Hussein this and Hussein that. What does a middle name have to do with anything.
Did you know:
That Sarah Palins middle name is Hitler?
That John McCain was a POW so he probably engaged in homosexual prison sex while detained?
That Todd Palin impregnated poor Bristol, made her give birth to a down syndrome baby and then Sarah decided to tell everyone it was her own baby?
None of these things are true. But I don't care. They're rumors on the internet and since Barrack is too much of a gentleman to hit back with dirty tricks I think all of his supporters should circulate as many misinformed and reactionary emails as possible.
These bastards are not going to steal another election by scaring people into voting for the old decrepit fart and the Fargo cast reject.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
It's funny that John McCain's support of the bailout means that some things will have to be sacrificed. He's not a big fan of government spending.
Yet the war has so far cost us 3 trillion dollars. And that has contributed heavily to this financial crisis because all of that money has been borrowed.
Sarah Palin did ok which means she did better than most people expected. So when you're expectations are super low you always come out on top. But Joe Biden...wow. He did an awesome job.
When Joe Biden panders to middle America...it sounds sincere. To the point where it doesn't seem like pandering at all. It really sounds like he means what he says from the bottom of his heart.
When Sarah Palin Panders it sounds like she regurgitating talking points.
I guess this could be my bias against her. But I would say that although I sincerely believe Barrack Obama cares about the working poor and the middle class but when he and John McCain talk about "main street" it really makes me cringe. Not all normal middle class Americans live in a small town homogenous main street.
But when Biden does it he really sounds sincere. I found him to be really charming. Good pick Barrack. It was the safe choice but had you not picked Biden and picked Hillary; McCain wold have picked the whitest McWhiteyson to show a contrast between the party of liberals and minorities (though women are not minorities) and the party that LOOKS most presidential.
Sarah Palin will be the nail in John McCains coughin.
I personally believe that the popular vote should have no bearing on whether me or people like me have rights. Why should some old lady in Fresno have a right to say whether or not gay people should have the right to get married when she has probably never even met one?
Back in 1967 California legalised interracial marriage. And conservatives called it Judicial Tyranny. But that's what the courts are there for. To protect our rights and make sure everyone is treated fairly.
I personally do not believe that we should leave this up to "Democracy" because if you look historically at the popular vote: it was used to keep slavery around, it was used to keep segregation around, and now it is being used to try and give gay people a seperate but equal version of marriage. Well seperate but equal is anything but equal.
if this amendment goes to ballot please; in November, vote against it and tell all your friends and family members to also. John and Bob getting married is not going to affect your life, it's not going to affect your pocketbook...it has no affect whatsoever to heterosexuals. So please...
"In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up."
We are not a dictatorship. Gay people are not scapegoats. We are not the reason the country is sucking right now. Don't brush this off because you think it doesn't apply for you. If you give the state the right to take away the rights of few...eventually they will take away the rights of many.
The curve of your neck,
as it cuts into your ears
and then connects to your chin
is an absolute marvel to behold
the line between light and dark skin
connecting at your bicep,
your smile, your eyes,
your jagged smile
equally awkward and unique,
they come together to create you're soft gentle face
clinging so tightly to your bones
you witthold thousands of years of observation
with your lips sealed tightly
you dare not speak of the time the discus struck your head
humbling you before apollo and reborn into the tall slender frame you possess today
in the form of what is best in both men
Apollos strength and the energetic youth of Hyacinthus
And I Zephyrus
watching from the west
can only long to hold you, so far and so distant
that the gods would make me reborn in the image of hyacinthus
so i could be slight, and tiny, crushed underneath the arms of this new Apollo
And Chronus laughs over me
so i sigh and sit passively
longing to trace that curve up into your ears and across your chin and up to your cheeks
to have one kiss, and then wither away
Gone but not forgotten
From the UK: Life on Mars, and the Eleventh Hour.
From Australia: Kath and Kim.
Why?? When I lived in London we'd watch Neighbors and Secret Life of Us (Australian) and all the American shows like Friends, CSI, etc etc in their original versions.
BBC America seems to be doing incredibly well. HBO just signed up to air the incredibly hilarious "Summer Heights High." Why do the networks believe that Americans are too stupid or not sophisticated enough to enjoy these series in their original form?
Ricky Gervais is in a new blockbuster movie. So there have to be Americans out there who know who he is and like him enough to go and see the movie. Otherwise the studios would have never cast him in the lead.
There's my rant. I'm not going to support these remakes. I think our original shows are better than remakes anyways. The Simpsons, 30 Rock, The Sarah Silverman Program. We don't need to steal from other countries.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
But if her past performance on CBS is any indicator; this could be a gaffe-filled fest which will give Tina Fey plenty of fodder.
Of course Biden is known for gaffes. And everyone is worried that he might go overboard in wiping the floor with Palin. I'm not sure why. Reagan Bush wonm and when Bush (sr) faced off against Ferraro in their Vice Presidential debate Bush was mercilessly condescending; yet they still won the election.
You know nobody would coddle Hillary if she was up there and I don't see why the media insists that Palin must be treated with kid gloves or the rednecks will revolt and cry 'bias bias!'
I'd love to see both Obama and Biden take some below the belt punches. When you're up against dirty sneaky Republicans you can't be gentlemanly. Americans seem to respond well to aggression. How else can you explain Bush Jr winning twice.
As Bill Maher said yesterday on the 'Daily Show' Obama needs a catchphrase like "There you go again old man" or "Honkey please."
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Read it and weep folks.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Dated April 30 2007, here is the original blog entry stating that GDP and standard of living have very little to do with each other:
America is NOT The Greatest Country In The World (Repost)
And no this isn't some crazy lib America bashing, this is just me presenting some scientific data; in the hopes that a lot of Americans will read this, pass on the information and realized that a lot of the things we grow up believing aren't necessarily true.
It's very hard to argue with conservatives (or even a lot of liberals) about life here and how much it could improve; because Americans are brought up from a very early age to believe that America is the greatest country in the world. Even when criticizing it, we have to add the disclaimer: "this is the greatest country in the world BUT."
Most people who believe this; either have only traveled to third world countries and love to compare the USA to those countries OR in many cases; have never even left the United States but believe wholeheartedly in America's superiority.
So here is SCIENTIFIC data. Firstly, I present to you the richest countries in the world, and second, those countries which rate the HIGHEST on the UN's Human Development Index; which ranks countries by standard of living.
I am doing this to demonstrate that yes, we are the richest, but that doesn't mean that people in the USA live better lives than people in other countries that are not as rich. It's all about that nations priorities and how wealth is distributed
So here it is top 10 richest countries in terms of Gross Domestic Product (in USA Millions)
— European Union 12,626,921
1 United States 12,409,465
2 China 8,572,666
3 Japan 3,943,754
4 India 3,815,553
5 Germany 2,417,537
6 United Kingdom 1,926,809
7 France 1,829,559
8 Italy 1,667,753
9 Brazil 1,627,262
10 Russia 1,559,934
Now let's take a look at the top 10 countries in terms of Quality of life (along with their rank in wealth)
1. Norway (44th richest country)
2. Iceland (126th richest)
3. Australia (16th richest)
4. Ireland (50th richest)
5. Sweden (32nd richest)
6. Canada (12th richest)
7. Japan (3rd richest)
8. United States (Richest)
9. Switzerland (36th Richest)
10. Netherlands(22nd richest)
So making more money than other countries doesn't necessarily translate into a better quality of life for it's citizens.
What does the UN judge as "quality of life" ? All nations are scored based on the following criteria:
Adjusted real income(what's left after taxes)
So despite the fact that all the nations on the top 10 pay higher taxes than the United States does; their incomes are actually much higher (when compared to the cost of living)
And anybody who will try and argue with me that any of the countries above don't have the "nice" things we do; you have obviously never traveled overseas. I lived in London for six months (not even listed in the top 10) People there have Ipods, Playstations, nice clothes, go out to bars....the world outside of the USA is not technologically backwards 10 years (or fashion backwards as many American's ironically like to joke about)
We need to wake up to the reality. Yes 8th is a pretty good score considering how many countries exist in the world; but with all this wealth, why aren't we number one? Why are we being force fed this idea of a "No. 1 USA" when the reality is we are not number one. Yes we're close...but we could definitely do a lot better.
End of Post
Ok, wow. I was really ticked off a year ago. So here is an update.
The 2007 census is out and here are the top 10 countries on the UN's HDI list.
1. Iceland (up one from 2006)
2. Norway (up one from 2006)
3. Australia (up one from 2006
4. Canada (up two from 2006)
5. Ireland (up one from 2006)
6. Sweden (up one from 2006)
7. Switzerland (up two from 2006)
8. Japan (up one from 2006)
9. Netherlands (up one from 2006)
10. France (up six from 2006)
We are no longer in the top 10. Sad.
Number 11 is Finland, which is at the same spot it was in the previous year.
And number 12 is the United States. Up FOUR from 2006. Which means that during the 2006 census, we where ranked at number 16. Who knows how things got better between 2006 to 2007.
My point remains; we need to stop assuming our wealth makes us the greatest place on Earth to live and realize that their is indeed room for improvement. We could learn a lot from the countries in the top 5. A strong social net does not have to equate decreased real income. Businesses are walking all over us and laying us off left and right telling us we are too expensive to keep.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
A bit cliche but yeah.
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That's just Gay - Gay stuff. Reflections on gay life.
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