Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This post is in response to recent opinions and editorials by certain individuals who contend that majority vote should override judges' rulings in civil-rights cases such as with California's upcoming "Proposition 8" ballot measure.
Civilized people can hold "different belief systems" and still coexist peacefully; this country is a true melting pot and its diversity in racial, cultural, and sexual orientations benefits us all. Trying to deny EQUALITY to a minority segment of the population, even in the name of faith, is still discrimination, unjust and wrong. In the distant past, the majority of the population in the South were white and overwhelmingly favored slavery. If the majority had been allowed to continue to decide law, without the wisdom and the intervention of wise individuals, blacks would still be slaves. They would also be prohibited from entering many restaurants, restrooms, schools, etc. if subsequent action had not been taken by so-called "progressive" and "activist" judges and civil-rights leaders in the not-so-distant past.
We're all here now in supposedly more enlightened times. It is more than ironic to me--it's appalling--that the " " has become this hypocritical, intolerant, political-interference machine, especially with its own history of nontraditional marriage and its even longer history of being a persecuted minority. Rather recently, in several states, there were extermination orders written into law decreeing it legal and justifiable to shoot on sight (up until 1970 in Ohio and 1976 in , for instance). Needless to say, such laws should never have been allowed to exist even though they were passed by a majority of citizens of those states at the time.
I have numerous LDS loved ones, family members and friends, some more progressive than others. I cherish them all for who they are. I'm thoroughly vetted and advised in their doctrine and customs, and I've attended their churches, so my associations with them and opinions about them are not based on simple ignorance or inexperience. With all due respect, I'm glad to have them in my life even though their chosen organization abuses its tax-exempt status by continuously interfering with government and politics in its efforts to oppress me. In the spirit of "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin", a Mormon adage frequently offered as the standard anti-gay compromise.. . If I were to be completely frank with my Mormon friends, I'd admit that I view their beliefs in essentially the same fashion that so many of them have conveyed regarding my sexual orientation: as something that is illogical, freely chosen, and deserving of silent disapproval. However, I still understand that religion is personal and people's right to their faiths should be respected. There are also some "stalemate" topics not worth arguing about because people tend to cling to what they want to believe, no matter what. Beliefs and religious faiths are further ingrained in most of us based on our own life experiences (or lack thereof), so I've always tried to forgive people for their ignorance. However, regardless of my anti-Mormon beliefs, (i, goat, do not consider myself anti-mormon) I wouldn't even consider voting for any proposed measure that would prohibit people from practicing whatever faith they choose or, say, a measure banning Mormons from marrying each other. If my Mormon friends were facing what gays are facing presently, my principles would compel me to help them just as I would help to defeat injustices toward my atheist, straight, red-headed, Hispanic, or handicapped friends.
People choose religions, even from an array of religions that teach discrimination, oppression, and even violence as acceptable. People also choose to justify their hatred and ignorance by scapegoating it onto religion. If I were God, I would be affronted. If I were LDS, I'd be incensed that my tithing dollars are being used arbitrarily in a political discrimination campaign ($24 million in Mormon money on Proposition 8 so far). I did NOT choose to be gay; I simply AM gay because it chose me. I DO choose not to pursue a same-sex marriage for myself as I think it often brings more problems to relationships that are complicated enough. Still, the rights that come with legal marriage, hetero or homo, should be available to people equally, and so should the consequences of divorce. It shouldn't be some ultra-liberal, radical notion to mind one's own business so that two consenting adults can live their lives together in the way they choose. It's so easy for people to be narrow-minded, arrogant, hypocritical, and self-righteous until they themselves become the disadvantaged minority. It should also be said that not all Mormons support this discrimination; there are vast numbers of them who want nothing to do with it. I implore my Mormon friends to remember their own roots and try to imagine themselves having to walk in others' latter-day shoes when considering California's " ". This inhumane and unnecessary measure will eventually be remembered as yet another shameful part of our nation's checkered history.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
"Every time Sarah Palin winks, God kills a kitten." Lola Cola
Saturday, October 25, 2008
They make it sound like it is the end of the freaking world. I listen patiently, apologizing profusely and then when I ask them what the order number is they either have no idea or the said event was months ago. I then at that point have to wonder about all the auditory theatrics I have been listening to. If it was really that important, one would think you would have more of the details? If you wanted us to rectify it in some manner because it was so important, you would think you'd have that order number tattooed on you in plain sight. I mean, it was little Jimmy's birthday! He is your second cousin's best friend's nephew and he just turned 2! The end of the world is upon us and you can't waste you time in keeping this important information so you can call and have us refund you shipping costs or give you a discount. NO!
And when I finally locate the order, which was 3 months ago (but still, little jimmy, don't forget he was crushed) and then try to do my job you get pissy with me and tell me what a bad company we are. I just love it when customers heap abuse on me. Let me tell you, it really turns my crank.
Friday, October 24, 2008
For all you guys out there that have conquest issues.
When attempting to pick up a lesbian in a bar remember that she is a lesbian and does not want to hear about the size of your penis.
She will see right through your smarmy pick up lines because she has probably used them herself.
If you think you are clever, you aren't.
Nine times out of ten, if you meet a lesbian in a straight bar, she is there with friends. Do you really think she is interested in you?
If she had a dollar for every time a guy has said to her, "my wife is really into the lesbian porn thing, would you be interested in a three-way?" she would be really fucking rich. This does not mean she would take you up on your offer.
If you think along the lines that women are lesbians because they haven't met the right man yet, you are most assuredly not the right man.
Just because you like women too does not mean you are a lesbian. It means you are a heterosexual man.
If you want to buy her drinks, great! Don't assume that because you are buying her a drink she is interested in anything that has to do with you sexually.
If she says she is not interested generally this means she is not interested. REALLY. No hidden code there.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The economy worries me, the state of the nation and the election of a new leader, worries me. The fact that I am one of the many who lives paycheck to paycheck, worries me. Apathy, this culture's greatest enemy (in my opinion) worries me. This is a small example of the large list of things I have in my head.
Am I different from any other person in these things I worry about? I seriously doubt it.
The thing is, yesterday I was participating on a yahoo list I belong to. A friend of mine from that list posted this:
Out of the night that covers me
Black as the Pit, from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.It matters not how strait the gate,How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.
Its by William Ernest Henley. Talk about adversity. Go to wikipedia and read about that guy. Wow.
I read that and found myself with a feeling of release which filled me with a sense of wonder, like I wonder what I was needing release from. All those worries and cares had seemed to slowly but surely put a weight on me that was dragging me down and it happened so slowly and gradually. It's amazing how sneaky a mind can be. It was all at once empowering to be reminded that I am the master of my fate. Its breath of fresh air, the ability to stand up and take responsibility for myself that gives me strength. To not be a victim of circumstance of any kind. Does shit happen? Everyday, every damn day. I square my shoulders and face it head on. Its called life and I refuse to live it unconsciously.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
All About Things Quiz
1. One thing I'd grab if my house were on fire......
My backpack. It has my wallet and calender, a good book or two and usually my phone, ipod and tarot cards in it. All the rest is just stuff, replaceable. Yes the back is replaceable too, as is the stuff in it.
2. One thing I wish I could throw away.....
3. One thing I'll never ever throw away.....
I don't think I can answer this, there may come a time when its an "all or nothing" kind of deal. The interesting thing about these questions is that it isn't all in the physical context.I am a human being, ever changing and growing. there may come a time when what serves me now, is no longer needed, no matter how precious.
4. Something I lost and still miss.....
5. Something I've kept since childhood.....
A sense of fair play
6. A food item I never run out of.....
Top Raman. its cheap!
7. A household brand I'm very loyal to.....
8. Something I sleep with every night.....
A nest of pillows. Beats sleeping alone...
9. One thing that's on my wish list.....
A Honda Shadow, brand new and lifetime of free fuel
10. Something I take with me wherever I go.....
11. Something that makes me smile when I see it.....
12. Something my children fight over.....
13. Something I hate to clean.....
I am by no means a neat freak but I can't really think of anything I absolutely hate to clean. Cleaning is just one of those things that has to be done but I don't hate it.
14. Something I show off when people visit.....
Anything I have been working on. This may include but is not limited to, jewelry, woodburning projects, various and sundry other stuff and this blog.
15. Something I hide when people visit.....
Nothing that isn't already hidden
16. Something I'm embarrassed to admit I like.....
If you know me, you know that I am not embarrassed to admit much so this question is kind of moot for me...
17. Something I collect.....
Sticks, wooden boxes, bits of junk to make jewelry out of. Honestly I am a magpie
18. Something I avoid at all costs.....
Contact with most of my exes
19. Something that reminds me of my mother.....
Strangely enough, my laugh
20. The best gift I've ever received.....
LIFE! ain't it grand?
Friday, October 10, 2008
This came out a couple of years ago. Also on the site there is now an addendum movie that was added on 10/2/08. You don't have to watch these but I strongly suggest you do. Both movies are a couple of hours long each. You don't have to download them but there are links to do so, right on to an ipod if you fancy to do so.
I don't post this to fuel the fear, I post this that people may have more information. I post this to hopefully piss people off. What is it going to take to make the American people stand up and say, " I am mad as hell and I'm not gonna to take it anymore!!"
Again, and I cannot stress this enough, become educated and be sure to vote. Exercise your rights of free speech. Speak out and be proud to do so. If you don't agree with someone, including me, feel free to let me know. I am all for fostering discussion and dispelling mystery and myth. Question everything.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The time is coming for what I believe will be one of the most important elections this country has ever faced.
Be educated in your vote
I have provided a links to the candidates for both parties. Make an educated choice. We, the american people, deserve more than what is being offered. Vote for the one that least offends your intelligence.
www.wikipedia.org is also a great site. Just put in the candidates name.
Remember that those who refuse to study history are destined to repeat it.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
"How do you get very far if you don't know WHO you are?
How do you do what you ought if you don't know WHAT you've got?
And of all the things in front of you,
if you don't know which to do,
then what you'll have when you are through
is just a mess, without a clue
of all the good that could come true
if you knew WHAT AND WHICH AND WHO.
~Winnie the Pooh
from the Tao of Pooh
by Benjmin Hoff