Gay Panic

Jan. 16th, 2008 04:40 pm
thisearthlyride: (safe sex)
A friend passed this along... Sound familiar anyone?

New Bacteria Strain Striking Gay Men )
thisearthlyride: (hrcseparate)
Pop Quiz: What and who was Stonewall? Was it the first uprising of queer Americans for their rights?

Read more... )
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Barney Frank is speaking right now on the House floor. He's insisting that the house members who are fighting to include the Baldwin Amendment are attempting to undermine the ENDA bill currently on the floor for debate and vote.

Not a perfect quote, but as close as I could get: "If we do not have the votes to go forward as much as we'd like to, do we then abandon any effort? Do we allow the use of a particular group to prevent progress?"

I cannot wait until this man is booted from his office out on his arse.


You can watch it all here: http://www.cspan.org/watch/cs_cspan_wm.asp?Cat=TV&Code=CS


I am pleased by Rep. Doc Hastings from (of all places!) Yakima, WA. He is pushing hard for the representatives to vote NO on a previous rule vote which does not allow the house to vote on any amendments to ENDA. When Rep. Barbara Lee (Oakland, CA) was speaking in support of the Baldwin Amendment, she was cut off quite forcefully. Hastings conceded some of his time so Lee could finish her statement. He also spent some of his time arguing back and forth with Frank.

I am, however, heartened by the number of representatives speaking against the current state of ENDA and lobbying for the Baldwin Amendment.

I could sit here and update the debate all day, but I'm sure we'll have enough to review later. So I'll post separately with my personal rant.

EDIT: Still wonder why I love Kucinich?

"This is one of those moments where the Housee gets to demonstrate the degree to which we are truly committed to... due process and equal protection of the law. I believe that people who happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender are entitled to the full and equal protection of employment laws...

None of us can know unless we've walked in somebody's shoes... Imagine what they must go through in their daily lives. And imagine that we would separate those people from... the claims of constitutional protection.

To be an American means really standing for those constitutional principles... I'm very concerned that the Baldwin Amendment can be offered and pulled back without a vote."
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The HRC has decided it will not oppose the two bill ENDA strategy.

From their press release:

"Therefore, we are not able to support, nor will we encourage Members of Congress to vote against, the newly introduced sexual orientation only bill."

It is interesting to note that the part in bold has been removed from the statement posted on their site, despite being included in press releases.

I'm done with HRC. More Here )
thisearthlyride: (wheel of fortune)
My how she's grown...

Angelina Jolie announced at today's Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that members of the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which Jolie co-founded as part of a 2006 CGI commitment, has pledged to educate more than one million children whose lives have been irrevocably shaken by conflict around the world—including young people affected by Darfur genocide, girls and youth in rural Afghanistan, and other groups across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.


The very last comment she makes in the video is what really gets me. Check it out:

http://www.yahoo.com/s/689569

I also highly recommend checking out this story:

Angelina Jolie criticises Iraq war spending


Story Text for those Hate Clicky-Clicky )
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Staying home with some "ick" today, trying to be considerate of other humans who wouldn't want to feel this way.

This story made my day:

China Bans Reincarnation Without Government Permission

Oh yes, I also loved this:

Senator Sues God
thisearthlyride: (feed your brain)
So, yeah...



Thoughts Under Here )

Grrrrr

Sep. 9th, 2007 11:30 am
thisearthlyride: (tranny boys)
Dammit, Seattle! Why can't you just live up to my Utopian dreams????

Mall-restroom evictions raise transgender ire

Text version for those of you who hate linkage Under Here )

*Barf*

Jul. 18th, 2007 05:33 pm
thisearthlyride: (powered by tofu)
Maybe listening to talk radio all the time isn't such a good idea...

Feel like having a steak? Yeah...

Carbon monoxide is used in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) as a technique for maintaining food quality. By altering the atmospheric conditions within the package, products can have a longer shelf life.

However, carbon monoxide also makes meat appear fresher than it actually is by reacting with the meat pigment myoglobin to create carboxymyoglobin, a bright red pigment that masks any of the natural aging and spoilage of meats.


Here's the article if you want to read the whole story.

And now I'm off to cook my Tofurky for dinner!
thisearthlyride: (hope something eats you)
This is one of the most disgusting things I've heard lately...

Woman Dies in L.A. Emergency Room Waiting Area

And if the article isn't enough to piss you off, try checking out the audio of the TWO 9-1-1 calls made by her boyfriend and by another person in the ER waiting area:

1st Call

2nd Call (This one gets really interesting around the 1:00 mark)


As if I wasn't worried enough about having to be seen in an ER....
thisearthlyride: (bush vampire)
Here's one more reason I love living in Western Mass...

(The video gets *really* good around the 2:38 mark, but it's all worth watching!)

For those of you who would rather read about it (although the video is SO much more entertaining), here's a link:

Former Bush aide Card is booed at UMass. If you read the article, it mentions that "The protests were mainly contained to an area in the back of the campus arena, though many of the faculty members onstage joined the three- to four- minute outburst." As you can see from the video, that was clearly not the case.

And, as quoted on the Wikipedia page about Card,

"In 2007, Card received an honorary degree in public service from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The decision by the university administration to give Card the degree was met with protests and petitions from thousands of university students, faculty, staff, and community members. They argued that Card played a leading role in disseminating deceptive and misleading evidence to justify the Iraq War. At the May 25, 2007 graduate school commencement ceremony, hundreds of students, faculty, and staff protested the award with boos and catcalls as Andrew Card accepted the degree. Protesters, including many faculty on stage, drowned out Provost Charlena Seymour's remarks, asserting that Card lied about the Iraq war."

R.I.P., Al

Mar. 21st, 2007 11:58 pm
thisearthlyride: (bridge)
Noted scientist was father of Joan Baez and Mimi Farina
Paul Liberatore
Marin Independent Journal


Albert V. Baez, a noted physicist who was the father of folksingers Joan Baez and the late Mimi Farina, died of natural causes early Tuesday in Redwood City. He was 94.


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This is what happens when I stay up late to do work and then cannot/do not want to go to bed yet...
Safe Haven of Sleepless... )
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So I know this post is a bit delayed, but I wanted to process before screaming about the State of the Union speech. Being the nerd that I am, I actually took notes so I'd remember points that really chapped my hide. Funny thing is, not a lot made me curse at the television. I suppose it's because most of the speech was a repeat of what we've all heard before- the same old lies that have ceased to cause an immediate "F*** you, Bush!" reaction.

Anywho... Some general observations and some points from the speech... )

Thunder

Apr. 13th, 2006 10:31 am
thisearthlyride: (pug riot)
The story under this cut ) made me very happy, despite the need for it. Cecelia Fire Thunder is my new hero!

Dammit...

Apr. 7th, 2006 10:27 am
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Can someone just say "impeachment" already and get it over with? This is getting ridiculous....

Bush at Center of Intelligence Leak

Libby Said Bush OKd Leaks

Bush Sneaks Social Security Plan into Budget

U.S. Rolls Out Nuclear Plan

WTF???

Jun. 9th, 2005 01:46 pm
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Ok, this just made me want to simultaneously puke and laugh....

It seems there is a Christian based phone company called United American Technologies which is donating its money to fight gay marriage. Among their targets are: AT&T (which they call Gay T&T), MCI (which they claim supports child pornography), other major telephone carriers and- get this!- the ACLU!!! Goddamn that ACLU for defending people's constitutional rights!

Check out this guy's conversations with the operators at UAT at:

http://www.eugenemirman.com/latestnews.html

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