Nov 04

Scene from a Polling Center

UMB and I headed to the polling place (a church, of course, but don’t get me started on that) to take place in this historic vote.

UMB had never voted before, and he was excited to finally feel like a part of the process.

As we approached the door, a group of four girls, who must have turned 18 yesterday were walking out. Seriously, they looked young enough to keep Avitable’s interest.

Anyway, as they walked out, the youngest looking of the girls said to her friends, “You know what? I made a difference today. I voted NO on Prop 8!”

I didn’t explain the tears in my eyes to the woman at the registration table. I think she understood anyway.


In other news, Happy Birthday to my dear Snackiepoo. How’s a black president for a gift?

Nov 02

Unhealthy

… describes how I feel about this whole election.

I’m worried.

I’m not so worried about the presidential race… If McGrandpa and Jesus Spice manage to get elected, it’s because they fixed the election, and there’s nothing we could have done about it anyway, except maybe to tell Tina Fey to knock it off already.

I’m extremely worried about the two propositions in California that, as far I am concerned, represent the most dangerous thought processes threatening to take over this country.

Proposition 4 would require underage girls to have parental consent for an abortion. I have long said that until I grow a uterus, I don’t have any business telling anyone who has one what they can or can not do with it. Fostering an atmosphere where girls, many of whom come from abusive backgrounds, will have to choose between a back-alley abortion and telling their abusive family about their situation seems to be one of the most cruel things we could ever do.

Proposition 8, as I’m sure you’ve been able to tell from many posts here recently about it, would eliminate the right of gay partners to marry and write the discrimination of homosexuals into the state constitution.

The fight over both these issues, especially Prop 8, has gotten so nasty and vile that I can hardly stand to watch television at all any more.

The nastiest lies have been told about Prop 8, which the supporters claim will do everything from disassemble the institutions of churches and marriage to teaching kindergarten students that homosexuality is good.

Protests have turned violent all over the state. Vandals have defaced signs and houses on both sides of the issue.

I can’t drive around town without seeing bumper stickers and yard signs supporting this hateful, fear-based, religious frenzy-backed legislation. I have to physically restrain myself from flipping these people off, or screaming at them, or in the case of one particular asshole carrying a sign, wearing a pin, and waving at people like he was the fucking Queen of England, running them down with my rainbow flag-bearing Toyota.

I see the Yes on 8 commercials and my blood boils. I see footage of the rallies and the protests on the news and I want to throw things.

And then I see the No on 8 spots that have told the truth about what the law would do…. I see the support of the gay community, gay-friendly politicians, celebrities, and the average everyday person on my street who has a gay friend or family member, and especially the bible-thumpers who still see how wrong discrimination against any group really is and I get misty eyed.

I have no desire to get married, but I’m still so emotionally invested in this battle that it is hard for me to concentrate on anything else.

I’m going under anesthesia on Wednesday morning for an endoscopy, and plan to spend most of the day in a sedated state… whether that will be celebratory or escape remains to be seen.

Sep 25

Here’s a Thought

I don’t know where in the political spectrum my ideas on the economy put me. I don’t care really.

Here’s the deal: Asking taxpayers to bailout failing companies is ridiculous. Businesses should be allowed to fail. I don’t care if we’re talking about energy providers, airlines, or banks.

I have been the head of more than one company that has faltered, didn’t get off the ground, or has never materialized the way that I want, and I sure don’t see anyone standing in line to bail me out.

A business that is built on shoddy practices like “short-selling” and futures is bound to go down in a nasty flaming ball of poo.

Businesses that fail open the door to competition which lowers prices, introduces innovation, and bolster’s customer confidence and spending… which therefore jump starts the economy.

… An economy that isn’t backed by any tangible property or resource like gold or land, but is instead valued merely by the “reputation” and “confidence” in the US by other countries. The current administration (can we not call it that? Administration sort of connotes a leader…) has done nothing but destroy our reputation. Why is it such a surprise that the US dollar is soon going to be worth less than toilet paper?

Here’s my plan… First, make all the bank and finance CEO’s who have pocketed millions and millions of dollars over the past couple of years return that money to the companies to pay off the outrageous debts they owe.

Secondly, LET THEM FAIL. It’s about fucking time we have some equalization in the vast class discrepancy in this country. Why should we allow the government to spend 700 Billion dollars to maintain the status quo (which will fail again eventually!)?

Thirdly, and this is a big one… How about we take all of the unemployed people who need jobs to feed their families and put them to work on public projects, like roads, schools, bridges, levies, and urban renewal tasks? How about helping rebuild New Orleans and Galveston?

You may be thinking that this all sounds familiar. It should… it’s what happened after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. FDR instituted his “New Deal” (a chicken in every pot!) and built most of the public buildings and jails that are right now falling apart because there hasn’t been any funding to repair them. If we can find 700 Billion to bail out Wall Street fat cats, I say we can find half that to start putting things back together.

Of course no one in our government is interested in looking to the past for answers. You know that cliche’ “Those who don’t learn from the past are bound to repeat it?”

Yeah.

2008 is the new 1928. Where are my spats?

Mar 08

What They Say When They Think We Aren’t Listening

This should make your blood boil.

[UPDATE:

Sally Kern - OK State Legislator, Homophobic BitchThe Oklahoma State Legislator responsible for this gay-bashing is Sally Kern. Her website is: here.

Her contact information:

Capitol Address:

2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room 332
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7348

District Address:

2713 Sterling Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73127

Email:
sallykern@okhouse.gov

She is on the “Social Services” Committee. She’s married to a Baptist preacher, and has two children, Jesse and Nathan.
]

Feb 26

The Hillary Conspiracy or 98% of My Family are Republicans

One of my many aunts sent this email to me (and many other people in her address book, mostly family members). This aunt has not communicated with me in years, not since she discovered that I was gay. She obviously has my email address, and knows that her little sister lives with me, but has never made any attempts to talk to me.

Most of the time when I get one of those “inspirational” or “Jesus Loves You” emails in my inbox I ignore it. Usually (especially when it comes from a family member) I don’t even respond when it’s one of those emails clearly designed to rile you up against some Democratic conspiracy.

When I got this email though, I had to respond because it just didn’t make any sense.

I’m sure this one will warm your little taxpayer heart.

If Hillary wins in 2008 and Bill is ‘appointed’ to fill her Senate seat and either live to retire ‘they’ (together or alone) would get two US Presidential retirement checks, two US Senate retirement checks, and a retirement check from the State of Arkansas. About the only thing they MIGHT NOT get is a Social Security check….but I wouldn’t bet on it….

I understand Bill has earned $40,000,000 in the past six years.

What a guy!

AND THE REST OF THE STORY… Hilarious Rotten Clinton, as a New York State Senator, now comes under the ‘Congressional Retirement and Staffing Plan,’ which means that even if she never gets reelected, she STILL receives her Congressional salary until she dies. (Would it not be nice if all Americans were pension eligible after only 4 years?)

If Bill outlives her, he then inherits HER salary until HE dies. He is already getting his Presidential salary until he dies. If Hillary outlives Bill, she also gets HIS salary until she dies. Guess who pays for that?

It’s common knowledge that in order for her to establish NY residency, they purchased a million dollar-plus house in upscale Chappaqua, New York. Makes sense!

They are entitled to Secret Service protection for life.

Still makes sense.

Here is where it becomes interesting. Their mortgage payments hover at around $10,000 per month. BUT, an extra residence ‘had’ to be built within the acreage to house the Secret Service agents.

The Clintons charge the Federal government $10,000 monthly rent for the use of that extra residence, which is about equal to their mortgage payment. This means that we, the taxpayers, are paying the Clinton’s salary, mortgage, transportation, safety and security, as well as the salaries for their 12 man staff — and, this is all perfectly legal!

As she runs for President, will YOU vote for her?

How many people can YOU send this to?

Here was my response:

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“There’s nothing in this email about the Clinton’s that is any different than any other ex-President or current Senator.

If you believe that it’s wrong for Hillary to get paid the same as any other Senator, or to receive the same benefits as any other President would if elected, you’re basically saying that she shouldn’t get those benefits because of her marriage.

She’s doing the job of a Senator and she should be paid for it.

If elected to the Presidency, she should be paid for that also. Just as Bush was. And Reagan, and Ford and any other Republican president was.

If both a husband and a wife work outside the home, whether for the same company or not, shouldn’t they both draw a paycheck?

What difference does Bill Clinton’s income over the past six years make? He makes his money from speaking engagements and book deals, just like nearly every other president before him in the last 40 years. The fact that he makes 40,000,000 (which I highly suspect is an inflated number) should have no bearing on what his wife should or will earn from doing her job.

If your issue is with the level of benefits current Senators and ex-Presidents receive, you should contact your local representatives and take it up with them.

But if you are simply trying to dissuade people from voting for Hillary Clinton, you would be better served by offering arguments against her policies and voting history, rather than ringing an alarm about a non-issue.”

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I have not received a response. I don’t suppose I will.